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Is a job occupation or a season a gender? I am confused about the meaning of 'gender' in English speaking countries [on hold]

My friend who is from the UK works in a jail. he says recently he has seen a documentary that teaches children that 'otherkin' identities are all genders, for example 'stargender', 'wintergender', '...
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Should I use “when” or “where” in this riddle?

Here is the riddle: When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving? The answer is: "in the dictionary". When I told that riddle, a coworker said it should be "where" instead of "when". Is “when”...
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The different nuance between “I think~”/“I don't think~”

Is the sentence 2. sounds more..rude-ish?? They convey the same point but the way how the speaker delivers it could change the nuance and I wonder if that is applied to these two sentances~! I don'...
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What does “printing the current print status” means in this sentence?

I read a printer manual and can't understand the meaning of the phrase "printing the current print status" in this sentence: After printing the current print status, a continuing self-test ...
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What is the difference between 'hang out' and 'go out'? and what is the origin of thes [on hold]

What is the difference between 'hang out' and 'go out'? What is the origin of 'hang out' and 'go out'?
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Difference between first conditional and second conditional sentence

Consider these two sentences: first one: If he asks me I will accept his offer. and the second one: If he asked me I would accept his offer. what is the exact difference between these two ...
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Correct comma usage in this example?

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/appositive/ When an appositive noun or noun phrase contains an essential element without which a sentence’s meaning would materially alter, do not frame it with commas. ...
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type of usage/definition

Companies to be brought into public ownership. Introduce a shorter working week within a decade. Billions to upgrade every home to be energy efficient. Skilled and experienced sports therapist, who ...
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Help! I don't understand this sentence's meaning

I'm reading Harry Potter for English study. "Gryffindors have never gone so long without winning" I think double negative means postive. So I think "Gryffindors have never gone so long without ...
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Birthplace vs living place

If someone ask me where is my hometown what should I said? I live in a country which is not my birth country. I was born in different country. So which one should I consider as my hometown? The ...
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“Ain't” negative or positive?

Dictionaries say ain't is a contracted form of am not, is not, are not, has not, or have not. The Cambridge Dictionary gives the following example sentences as well. He ain't going. "Can I ...
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How many miles a gallon does it get? [on hold]

“How many miles a gallon does it get?” Audi: “No” what does it means?
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Meaning of Political Space

What does "political space" mean in this context? Of course we are mindful that there is no guarantee that our current diplomatic efforts will succeed where others failed, but with the president’s ...
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Usage of “above” to refer to a previous item in a text

If I want to refer to a previous remark in a text, do I write "the remark above" or "the above remark"?
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'a way that no one could have predicted'

Is "that no one could have predicted" a relative clause modifying the noun "way"? Events unfolded in a way that no one could have predicted.
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Is “the” possible as a right answer? (English test from Japanese year 7)

This box is big. This ( )( )( ) box. Fill in the blanks so those two sentences can be almost the same meaning. I know the answer is This (is)(a)(big) box. However many children use "the" instead ...
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Can comparative adjective clause be the subject in the sentence?

I read about the chapter about emphasizing the sentence, and it gave me two example. Questions about the ethics of withdrawing intravenous feeding are more difficult(than something just mentioned). ...
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Compound nouns (noun+noun), what to call an application that combines (or merges) subtitles

I can't decide what is the correct title for the application I'm working on that can combine two files with subtitles into one new file. Murphy book says the following: When we use noun + noun, ...
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“This often happened” vs “this happened often”

My editor changed "this often happened" to "this happened often." I checked on ngrams and discovered that their frequency is almost the same. Maybe the order doesn't matter? Or one is more common ...
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A challenging question [on hold]

By 1999, astronomers .................................. about the size of Jupiter (A) had discovered 17 nearby stars that are orbited by planets (B) had discovered 17 nearby stars with planets ...
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Which is correct, “The more we have a tendency…” or “The more tendency we have…”?

I came across an expression as follows: a) "the more people had a tendency for the mind to wander in general, the more creative they were." Here, adverb "more" is used, but I think the following ...
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Someone said to me, “We basically literally did.” What were they trying to express to me?

Someone said to me, "We basically literally did." What were they trying to express to me? Also, can basically and literally be used in the same sentence? My points to my language partner: ...
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Dry up my clothes vs Dry my clothes

Is is it idiomatic to say: Dry up your clothes in the dryer after the washer is done spinning. I know dry up means to evaporate, in other words, if you dry your clothes up you're drying them till ...
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What's the meaning of “With…looking on ” in this sentence?

It was a good night for science at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night. Julianne Moore won the Best Actress prize for her role in Still Alice, a movie that shines a light on Alzheimer’s ...
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“to gatecrash smth” meaning

Even though Maxwell gatecrashed society events and made (30) he was photographed with powerful figures such as Russia’s President Gorbachev, he never felt embraced by society. What is "gatecrashed ...
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A is twice as many as B usage

As far as I know, A is twice as many as B is the same as Twice as many A as B. Can I convert it into an uncountable form ? like the below. The size of a room I saw is twice (or two times) as much as ...
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Looking for a dictionary with standard American English example for foreign learners [migrated]

Here is the thing. As a foreign learner, for example, when I look up sticker, I also need to learn common usage and scenario for it. This is what I mean standard examples. Is there a specific verb for ...
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Which phrase sounds more correct

I’ve got two sentences here using with or while I’m feeling great this month while all my bills are paid in advance. I’m feeling great this month with all my bills are paid in advance.
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Tense structure in this phrase: “unfurl my cape and swoop in to launch my second act…”

"I just wanted to leave L.A. in a snit, lick my considerably wounded ego, and when I determined that everyone felt sufficiently sorry for me, unfurl my cape and swoop in to launch my second act ...
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Why do so many people say “equals to” in maths?

I hear a significant number of English-second-language speakers, English-first-language children, and less educated English-first-language peers, say x equals to three times sine alpha For example,...
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Do these changes of the location of commas in a dictionary make the meaning dif from the original?

Does the location of commas in the original explanation (,or not ~ of,) indicate the phrase between them is not neccessary? I wonder whether the change of the location of commas below affects on the ...
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“something I’d do as a matter of course had I not been under Atticus’s interdict” — why “I'd do” and “had I not been”?

From To Kill a Mockingbird: In later years, I sometimes wondered exactly what made Jem do it, what made him break the bonds of “You just be a gentleman, son,” and the phase of self-conscious ...
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Word choice between us and each other

Hey I’ve got two sentences which sound almost the same to me We have real intimacy between us. We have real intimacy between each other. Do they carry the same meaning or are they grammatically ...
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Word order in an interrogative sentence

Please, could you tell me the difference between these sentences: Why weren't we informed earlier? Why were we not informed earlier? I am not sure about the 2nd sentence actually.
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Why 'can', not 'could' in “She told us that we can use the kitchen.”?

Why 'can', not 'could' in "She told us that we can use the kitchen."? I thought that since the main verb is 'told' that the following sentence after 'that~' should use the past tense, 'could', too. ...
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Other ways of asking “what’s in the news?” [on hold]

“What do they write in newspapers about?“ - does this sentence sound right for a native speaker? If not, what are the alternatives?
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Subject, Object and must do

Can someone please explain what is subject and object in this sentence? 'You must do what the boss tells you' The Boss is the subject and you is object, is it or is it not?
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Difference between “don't have + noun” and “don't have any + noun”

In negative sentences, what is the difference between the forms "don't have + noun" and "don't have any + noun"? Here are two couples of examples: (With countable nouns) I don’t have books I ...
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What is 'assonance'?

What is the exact definition of the literary device assonance? This web site Literary Devices explains it as: Assonance takes place when two or more words, close to one another repeat the same ...
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How does Present Continuous [used in repetetive situations] sound to a native speaker?

We know that grammatically the Present Simple tense is used when we're speaking about some mundane, every day, usual situations (especially when we list them) For example, every day I drink a cup ...
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Using both adjectives and adverbs with gerunds

You can use both adjectives and adverbs with gerunds, can't you? Say, 'Despite hefty fines, he kept on illegally hunting endangered species'. I think, though I'm not completely sure, that you can use ...
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using of above as prep and after veb to be

is the using of above always prep? I mean the word above goes with and should be using only with verb to be? The sky is above the cloud.
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Should I choose “for” or “of a” in this sentence?

A top tier choice for a camera or A top tier choice of a camera Please explain why at the same time
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Is the use of '1991-9' annoying/confusing?

As a native, do you understand what '1991-9' means? Do you find it annoying or confusing? Maybe, '1991-99' would be better? '1991-1999' contains too many symbols, I would like to shorten it a bit.
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What is the difference between “I will need something” and “I will be needing something”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences. Don't throw your boots away yet because you will need them. Don't throw your boots away yet because you will be needing them....
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Difference between 'directorate' and 'department'

What is the difference between 'directorate' and 'department'? Is a department, like, a ministry and directorate a sub-ministry? In the political/business context, a directorate doesn't exist on its ...
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School and school of fish

Why is a group of fish called "school"? And is it anyhow etymologically connected with the word "school" denoting an educational establishment?
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How to understand these two “construction”s [on hold]

A subject contact relative is a construction construction where the subject is immediately followed by a phrase describing it (without the phrase being introduced by who, which or that). This is ...
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Did you hear that or Have you heard that

Could you please help me to understand which sentence sounds more correct (and explain why), or suggest your own version? Did you hear that John has made a fortune with his new business? Have you ...
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Why does it write with “ed”?

Why does it always write like this? What if you write without "ed"? What is the rule for this? I love to be loved by you / I love to be love by you. I like to be liked by you / I like to be ...

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