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Ditched me for breakfast?

I was watching Santa Clarita Diet and in one episode, a girl ,named Abby, promises to have breakfast with a boy, named Eric. However, Abby later ditches Eric to do something else. Eric finds her later ...
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Why is “who are” is fine, but “who go” is not?

Is there any reasonable explanation (that is, not just "that's the way it is") as to why "Who are the ones who go there?" is grammatically correct, but "Who go there?" is not? In the first ...
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in the latest months vs past simple or perfect

in the sentence: "In the latest monts, I ______ (go) to the doctor.....because of many problems which _____ (disturb) me and my wife. How would you fill in the blanks?
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The use of the word “close” in context

Tell me please if the following use of the word is correct. His viewpoint is close to me, so I would rather side with him. What I mean by that is that I like his viewpoint, and it is similar to ...
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“make money on something” or “make money out of something”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentence sounds more natural. I am trying to make money on my hobby. I am trying to make money out of my hobby. What I am trying to say is that I am ...
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I always get confused between be and being can anyone solve my problem

I don't want you to be here again. I don't want you being here again. 'Being' is always a problem for me. I can use all gerunds but not this one. Please help.
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what does “blinking” mean in this sentence?

Lucy found herself blinking in the light of a wood fire as soon as she got in. Does “blinking” mean to look with half-shut eyes or to shine intermittently?
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What does “White bordered canvas” mean?

Does "white bordered canvas" mean "bordered canvas whose color is white" or canvas whose border is white"? Since it's not "white-bordered canvas", I think the former one is correct, but I am not sure. ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Choosing till or before

In an exercise I am to fill blanks with suitable prepositions He does not leave his house ________ 9 o'clock. Answer according to my book is before but I think I can also use till without any ...
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What's the grammatical structure of this sentence?

Does this sentence "as were all things Thanos" means "as if all things were Thanos?" If so, is it common to reverse "were" while omit "if"? Could anyone help with its grammar or structure? Greatly ...
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was or were - what is the correct usage?

The efficiency of the companies were evaluated based on operating profit per employee (weightage-60 percent), growth in operating profit (20 percent) and balance sheet size (20 percent).
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What do you call a notepad used to keep a record?

Let's say we're in a computer room of an university. In order to use a computer, you have to write your name, department, and seat number in a notepad. What do you call that notepad? Or what ...
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<Brag about> vs <Boast about>

According to the dictionary definition the two words "boast about someone / something" and brag about someone / something" are so close in meaning that I cannot differentiate between them. Are they ...
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objects taken by “specify”

Can the verb specify take an object that refers to something specific, like "January 20" as opposed to "the date"? Are the following examples okay? He specified January 20 (as the election day). ...
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How do you read capital letters?

For example, speaking AbcDEg, over a phone. "capital A,b,c, capital D, capital E, g" or "uppercase A,b,c, uppercase D, uppercase E, g" or some way else?
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Grammar after word 'making'

She shifted in her chair, making it creak Why it is wrong to use past tense after making (i.e., making it creaked)? Because 'shifted' is past tense, I wonder why I can't use past tense after 'making'...
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Subject + v-ing at the beginning of a sentence

A: I will help you to get your girlfriend out of jail. B: That makes him very happy and says this: "My dreams are coming true. You and me saving my lady together. " I saw this dialogue in a tv-...
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How should I interpret “on” in this sentence?

We are endeavoring to better understand the barriers to safe work environments and implementation of a safety program on film productions. In this example, does "implementation of a safety ...
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Would it be wrong to say: “I am wrong!”?

Should I say: "I am wrong!" or "I am mistaken!"? I, as a person, am not wrong for sure! What I did/tell/do could be 'wrong'! Please, explain!
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Different pronunciation for words starting with en- ( /ɪn/, /en/ and /ɪˈ/ )

Are there any guides to know when to pronounce as /ɪn/, /en/ and /ɪˈ/? For e.g. enable, entertain, enforce
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What does Trap Queen means?

I'm new in learning English, so I want to know more about idioms and some words that I can't understand. What is the meaning of trap queen? And how and when the situation we can say that. If you ...
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link of free ebooks and youtube channels for ielts preparation? [on hold]

Please kindly guide me about web links of free ebooks and youtube channels for ielts preparation
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Why does one person hit “showers”?

“You get shit figured out?” “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I did. I’m just gonna hit the showers. I’ll be back in a few,” The person "I" hit the "showers", why does use the plural of "shower"?
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What does the verb “indicate” mean in this context

I read a sentence in "Word Power Made Easy" which was: In any case, psychotherapy of one sort or another is the indicated treatment for psychogenic disorders, or for any personality disturbances. ...
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An adjective for a deal/agreement that is withdrawn by one side?

The nuclear agreement is now a ----- deal. Trump one-sidedly withdrew it. I want an adjective that shows a deal is withdrawn only by one side with no shortcoming on the part of the other side. I ...
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An adjective meaning something is imposed in a country by another country?

This coup was run in this country by another country. It is a ----- coup. What word to put in the blank? I want an adjective meaning that the something, such as a coup, is imposed/run/planned in a ...
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A question regarding sentence construction

Is my understanding of the following sentence construction correct? 1) I will be feeling tired Noun (I) + modal verb (will) + verb (be) + linking verb (feeling) + adjective (tired) I doubt that ...
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The usage of “setting forth”

Matters such as standards on setting forth the aforementioned plans and disposal guidelines shall be expressly established by the central government authorities of different industries. Is the phrase ...
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What does “down in the dumps” means?

What does "I am often down in the dumps" mean? Is it "to feel bad about messed up things"?
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What does the “down the block” mean?

I saw a sentence from the English learning website that show an example " You stay away from those boys down the block, hear? They'll get you in trouble. " I don't know how to understand "down the ...
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Is there an idiom or a phrase that means “he's a talented writer”?

Is there an idiom or a phrase that means "he's a talented writer"? I can think of a few way of expressing it, but none of them sound particularly good or idiomatic even. Most of them sounds weird. ...
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Is “enter a dance animation with” idiomatic?

Is "enter a dance animation with" idiomatic? It's a very new expression, because it's mostly used for video games, so I was wondering if it was idiomatic? I am not sure, but maybe there's a better way ...
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inquiring about a subject of a sentence that you've just overheard

Imagine you have just entered a room and saw your friends talking about something. One of you friends is finishing her sentence (your friends are talking about aircraft, but you don't know that): ...
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“Upon after the fact”, what fact?

I am sorry asking you on daily basis. But I appreciate all of your support. Now I am reading this article, and I came across this paragraph, saying, While many other states have legalized ...
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How do we use “drill in”?

I found an entry in a dictionary, but it only says "teach by drills and repetition" without providing any example. Now, my question is if we can say "drill yourself in X". For example: You can ...
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Is “doing X in morse code” idiomatic?

Is "Yawned words in morse code" idiomatic? I am not sure if it's idiomatic, but I don't think I've ever seen a phrase like that in my life. I know that "blink in morse code" is idiomatic, but I am ...
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Usage of past participles

1- The funeral is at 3.00, followed by a reception at Shawn's bar. I saw this sentence in a tv-series. Can I say that this sentence is a reduced form of the sentences below? 2- The funeral is at 3....
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He dropped by my house so that he gave me the invitation card

I live in Korea. But I lived in the US for 4years and I probably know English as much as I need. My friend asked me if that sentence was wrong or right. And I said it was wrong. I thought if the ...
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What do they call a small piece of tactics in chess that involves several moves?

Imagine you are a professional chess player and you contrive a plot, in which you will get your foe's valuable piece, say, the queen, within more than one move - say, within 3 or 4 moves (each one, ...
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The word “this” in this phrase

If a woman say: At our last yearly convention in Miami all the men were crazy about this extremely beautiful woman. Will the person who she is talking to understand that she is talking about ...
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Meaning of “platonic twin”

What does platonic twin mean here? I scooped up one of the detached nanoprobes. In reality, the drones mimicked my intentions with their own manipulators, picking up the nanoprobe's platonic twin......
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“As we have seen” vs. “As we saw”

What is the difference in meaning between "As we have seen" and "As we saw" when occured in a book in the following context: As we have seen/saw, [a description of a phenomenon that occured earlier ...
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How do you use 'throwback to'?

Do I have to say full sentence after throwback or is it ok to just say throw back to noun? For example, between 'Throwback to when I was a high schooler' and 'Throwback to highschool', which is ...
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Is the pronoun “it” in the correct position?

The book that your father got from USA yesterday I want it for few days to read. The pronoun used “it” which refer to book - is it in correct position?
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“Has someone smoked” vs. “Has someone been smoking”

If I come into a room full of smoke, should I ask: A: "Has someone smoked here?" or: B: "Has someone been smoking here?" I can literally see the smoke, but the person who was smoking has ...
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The meaning of more than in mathematics

In a mathematical question it is stated as follows. On Monday I sold 15 cows and today 5 more than on Monday. How many did I sell today? The question is one of ambiguity. Does 5 more refer to a ...
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“tell me what that movie is about” vs “tell me what that movie about is”

Tell me please which sentence is correct. Could you tell me what that movie is about? Could you tell me what that movie about is? In theory, the second has to be correct because the part what ...
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What does the phrase “rolling onto rails” mean here? [on hold]

Here is a sentence from a game in which the player has to roll a ball into a hole: You might not feel adventurous if your ball rolls gently onto rails and jumping onto them might be much cooler, ...
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Permission is required + infinitive clause

Is there a correct and natural way to construct a sentence starting by "Permission is required" that contains both the action that requires permission and the person who would do the action. For ...

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