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Cut me off vs passed me

Let's say you're running a marathon and someone catches up, runs faster than you, and wins the run at the last minute. Did the person who catch up to you and won the marathon passed you while you ...
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Match up (with) vs Match

I've looked in the dictionary about the meaning of these 2 words, but I can still not process how they're different. For example, when should I use up? If the word match up means the same as match ...
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“who knew what long-dead past” referring to in this context

Five different voices behind him bellowed, "REDUCTO!" Five curses flew in five different directions and the shelves opposite them exploded as they hit; the towering structure swayed as a hundred glass ...
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A term for reaching the height that an airplane is going to keep at during most of the flight

What's the right expression in English to describe an airplanes' reaching the height that it is going to keep at during most of the flight? For example: -- Excuse me, stewardess, can I have some ...
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Meeting Vs Session

How shall I tell the words "meeting" and "session" apart, whilst some dictionaries and articles introduce them as similar words (at least in a specific sense where "meeting" can be used) and some ...
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An adverb or adjective for the mentioned context?

Many times when someone tells us something we just accept it. We don't consider the question "whether it is true". Perhaps because we trust the speaker. In such cases: We believe others _____ . ...
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How to write email to Prof: I need your corrections

I would like to write an email to Prof to ask him if he finds the supervisor for my bachelor thesis. I wrote him 2-3 weeks ago, and he replied to me that he is looking for a member in his research ...
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What could “in an oil slick” figuratively mean here?

I read an article in "The Hindu" which was titled as: In an oil slick Now, the article talks about ending of waiver on sanctions to India by U.S on import of Iranian oil and India giving in to U.S ...
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Use of “past” in sentence

Would you be okay drinking milk that is few days past its expiration date? I couldn’t understand how the past is used in this sentence . Is it adverb or preposition?
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What does “as parentheses” mean?

What does "as parentheses" mean in this context? Does it mean "as something added to..."? Rituals and ceremonies are expressive occasions. As parentheses in an ordinary workday, they enclose and ...
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Someone's on a round

Our Principal was walking around in the school, inspecting the kids and see what they were doing(such inspections are always sudden). So our teacher said: Sit up straight, Ms.X is on a round. ...
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What should I use here?

All I see is a dead crowd and people on their phones All I see are a dead crowd and people on their phones Which one is grammatically correct?
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It was the Homer's car

Can we use "the" article before names in possession, like: It was the Homer's car or it should be It was Homer's car
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Is “damage” an ergative verb?

Does "it damages w/o object" mean "it damages itself"? For example: If you use your car too much it damages.
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Is “in” redundant in the phrase “in during”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: The number of civilian security personnel deaths from Islamist terrorism in India, excluding Jammu and Kashmir, was 926 in during 2000 to 2018. I don't ...
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Is this “She has too many students in the class to give them individual attention” grammaticaly correct?

She has too many students in the class to give them individual attention.
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“Pre-reserve” to express retaining something in advance

Reserve means to retain something and to keep something for a particular purpose or time. I want to use reserve but with the meaning of retaining something initially/in advance/before the time. As ...
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So that … would

I wanted to use the "so that ... would" phrase and used it like: I want so that a car would drive But I was told it was wrong. The sense i am putting in all of this is like here: I wish you wre ...
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To study english with Sherlock Holmes movie is fine?

I am studying english with movies Notting Hill and Sherlock Holmes, but the Sherlock Holmes movie (Robert John Downey Jr) is based in 100 years ago. Do you think it is good to study?
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When your furniture are damaged at the time of replacement

How shall I describe this happening using the proper verb: When we were moving to the new house the workes who were carrying the furniture were really careless and they.................the ...
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“A top three” or “one of top three”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: We are working together to see India become a top three trading partner for Australia by 2035. Shouldn't there be "one of top three" or "top third" ...
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Slighly cutting your body when your skin gets red (not bleeding yet) or when you bleed very slightly

How do you mention these types of wounds? Based on my mother language and dictionaries' definitions, the only word which can work here is: "scratch". So I need to know if the following sentences are ...
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Difference between the meaning of “For this reason” and “in this regard”

Celebrities are increasingly becoming famous for their luxury lifestyle than their achievements. For this reason, they are bad role models for children. Celebrities are increasingly becoming famous ...
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Confused use the comma

I know the brother of Ram, who loved Rani. I know the brother of Ram who loved Rani. Are the sentences same in meaning? In the first one we've used comma and in the 2nd one we haven't used comma. ...
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When someone walks without lifting their feet

I'm interested to know when someone drags thier feet along the ground in the manner that makes noise or sounds a bit crass to you or sth, would it be possible to say: Don't drag / scuff / ...
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Confused about the meaning of these

H is a subset of G containing those elements of G that commute with every element of G. Clearly, H contains the elements. Now let's take an another example. The boy is the son of the man ...
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How do native speakers read “think of it as” in a quick and linked way?

The Big Bang Theroy I prefer to think of it as "I'm pulling them forward." I heard many times. I only can hear think bala bala them ...
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“I might seem strong, but in actuality I am anything but.” — Complete or incomplete?

Is the sentence complete or should it be completed, for example, as follows; I might seem strong, but in actuality I am anything but strong. If the original is complete, please provide any ...
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What to call someone you're trying to keep a secret from?

I've realized when you know something you're trying to keep secret, there is usually one person whom you most want to not know -- that if they found out, would be more disastrous for you than any ...
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Use of the relative pronoun who

I know the brother of Ram who loved Rani. In the above sentence what does it mean? Who loved Rani?? Ram or his brother?? Because we use the word 'who' just after Ram. But it might be different as ...
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“Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three”

"Yeah," breathed Harry, looking up at the end of the closest row. Beneath the branch of blue-glowing candles protruding from it glimmered the silver figure fifty-three. Harry Potter and the ...
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prayer is accepted or answered?

What is the difference between the use of 'accepted' and 'answered' when used with 'prayer'? Supposing, we say: His prayer was accepted. His prayer was answered. Are the two same? I think ...
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Walk crawling, leaping, hopping

Can I say the followings: Frog walks hopping. Snake walks crawling. Are these sentences correct to use? Or simply crawl, hop, leap? Thank you.
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Is this question asked correctly?

I saw someone post a tweet with a gif animation (a rock star singing something). The tweet itself is about some stock's price going up or down. Every comment under that tweet is talking the stock ...
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What does “put a bag on the side of…” mean?

Then he went to people one at a time, telling them the bosses liked the idea and asking them to come on board:“They say,‘Ah, it sounds like you’re just gonna put a bag on the side of the Eclipse,’ ...
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Use of present participle

The boy is the son of the man standing here. In the above sentence we used the participle form 'standing' after the object instead of the noun. Is the sentence correct? And if it is correct, what ...
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Chulada Shop or The Chulada Shop? Which one is correct?

What is grammatically correct for a business name, Chulada Shop or The Chulada Shop? Why? My online business (I sell Mexican accessories) is called Chulada Shop but I wonder if it's grammatically ...
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Is it okay for me to open the door?

Is it okay for me to open the door? In this sentence, does 'it' refer to 'for me to open the door'? Is 'it' an anticipatory subject? Or is 'it' an impersonal pronoun, which does not refer to anything?...
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Than ever before VS. than it ever has been

What is the difference between: Cybercrime would be up in 2020, higher than ever before Vs. Cybercrime would be up in 2020, higher than it ever has been Sentence1 is what I always use, but ...
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What do you call the work done to make an encyclopedia or a reference book?

There are many reference book, but I mostly mean by that a book that list concepts and organize them like most encyclopedia, but not necessarily an encyclopedia. What do you call the work done to make ...
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Am I understanding verb tenses correctly?

I made the following sentences up by myself and I would like to know if they are grammatically correct. Past Continuous: “I was searching for a job in the newspaper when I got a phone call.” or ...
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“Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”

Which one is more correct: “Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”
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What do you call the crack between the seating mattresses in a couch?

As you see in the picture, we have 3 mattresses and 2 cracks in the middle that extends from the upper area to the bottom area. What are these cracks called? Is there a specific word for it?
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What do you call a situation that can end very well or very badly?

I am not sure if there's a word for this, but if there isn't, it would be really useful if we had a word for it since I can see many situation where the word would be used. For example, let's look at ...
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I arrived there at half past five

I arrived there at half past five. I arrived there at half to six. I arrived there at nine forty-five. I arrived there at nine forty five. I arrived there at nine-forty-five. I arrived there at nine-...
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What is the grammatical function of “circumstances as they are” in this sentence?

I find this sentence in an online article strange and even jarring for several reasons. With limited provisions, he awaits reinforcements, but circumstances as they are, is believed lost to the ...
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What's the meaning of “while the bands play” in this sentence?

It's all I can do to sit still while the bands play. I can’t believe Mirror Boy was in the system. I don’t know if he was when he died or not. (The Ghost Files, by Apryl Baker) Who's "thinking" here ...
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Past tense or present tense with after

Some people after you help them, just go away. Or Some people after you helped them just go away. Or Some people after you’ve help them just go away? Thanks
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It was wise of you to buy the secondhand product

It was wise of you to buy the secondhand product. 1-2. You were wise to buy the secondhand product. It was wise for you to buy the secondhand product. 2-2. For you to buy the second product was wise. ...
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What does “with a balcony same size as the room” mean?

I didn't like the tiny size of the room we were given with a balcony same size as the room. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean: I didn't like the tiny size of the room that we had. The ...

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