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When people would ask me

When people would ask me how old I am, I would answer them correctly. 2.When I would go to social events, people would ask meto tell them my harrowing story. It is annoying when people would ask me ...
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Is my sentence grammatically correct 'As a person who learns though self-study'?

I wrote this sentence, but I am not sure if this sentence is correct or not. "As a person who learns English through self-study what are the best English grammar books in my opinion"
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Words to describe pleasure in keeping something or an activity secret

Is there a single English word that can be used to describe the deep pleasure that can be experienced when you keep something to yourself, especially, when it concerns an activity you engage in or ...
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When you and someone else often joke together

I was out with a friend. A stranger heard the way we talked with each other. The stranger became offended at some of the vulgar language we used and I found him a bit uneasy and uncomfortable; so I ...
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Meaning of the adverb “especially” after a subject in context

Tell me please what especially means in the following sejtence. All my family likes music. My father, especially, goes to as many concerts as he possiblay can. I would get it if there were the ...
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What's the hidden joke/meaning behind “Don't drink and park - accidents cause people”?

One of the articles in my (Dutch) secondary school newspaper had a long list of funny English quotes, e.g. "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like bananas.". There was one quote for which I couldn'...
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Why use or why using?

From https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/grammar/british-grammar/questions-wh-questions, I know that: Without an auxiliary verb Warning: When what, who, which or whose is the ...
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How to idiomatically say that you have to quickly go to your home everyday

I got the following question in a speaking test: What do you usually do after work? Here is the answer: Actually, I have to run to my home in order to have some sleep before going to work in the ...
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English Sentence Construction for situation in present tense

We were stuck in our office lift due to power failure. Lift started within 2 min after restoring power supply. If I had to say this while in the lift how could I say? a) Finally Lift Starts...... ...
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As you mentioned or as you mention?

As you said or as you say? As you mentioned or as you mention? As he described or as he describes? Which are correct? If I understand correctly, the formers are correct. Why use past tense here?
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new puppy vs a new puppy

What is the difference between "new puppy" and "a new puppy"? Take this sentence for example: My brother’s daughter and new puppy are already best buds What if we add an indefinite article berere ...
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How is he? VS What is he like?

As a topic if we want to suggest that a man should have some particular qualities, which of the following fits best? How should a teacher be like? How should be a teacher? What should a ...
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“perfume” vs. “perfumes”

I don't know what to choose in such a situation: Your perfume/perfumes smells/smell nice. What is it? / What are they? It's a new perfume called Sunshine. / They're new perfumes called ...
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“Should you require X, you are to advise us by date Y”

When someone says: Should you require X, you are to advise us by date Y — does that also mean that I am to advise them even if I do not require X? Or does that only say that advising them is only ...
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so much not alike

a. Those twins are so not alike. b. Those twins are so much not alike. c. He was so not in a hurry. d. He was so much not in a hurry. (Meaning of (c) and (d): He was not in a hurry at all.) Are ...
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didn't use to smoke

a. I didn't use to smoke when I was in college. I might have smoked five cigarettes in all back then. b. I wouldn't smoke when I was in college. I might have smoked five cigarettes in all back then. ...
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Does “Do I misunderstand something?” sound natural?

What's the natural way to express that you are not sure if your opposite opinion/conclusion is 100% correct, and politely ask if you misunderstand something. Does "Do I misunderstand something?" ...
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What does “clean cut whimsy” mean?

Could you please explain me what does "clean cut whimsy" mean? I truly have no idea. I'm trying to understand this figure of speech word by word, but it doesn't work. The Cosby Show was wildly ...
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“is appearing in a movie” vs. “appears in a movie”

I don't know which tense I should choose in this sort of sentences: Angelina Jolie appears/is appearing in a movie titled Tomb Raider. Angelina Jolie plays/is playing the part of Christine Collins ...
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Different people like different things - how to say it in a more informal way?

I am translating a text, and I should be as precise as possible. I am wondering whether there exists such an expression 'who likes what' (it sounds weird to me) meaning 'different people like ...
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Is “some of Mr. Trump’s own allies fear the failure to follow through was taken by Iran as a sign of weakness” grammatical?

Does the following construction make sense with regard to grammar? Some of Mr. Trump’s own allies fear the failure to follow through was taken by Iran as a sign of weakness. Shouldn't there be a ...
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the entire time / that / for which

Have you totally blocked out the entire time we were a couple? Can I rewrite this sentence above as shown below: 1- Have you totally blocked out for the entire time we were a couple? 2- Have ...
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Ways to ask about the time that left for something

My friend is cooking food. I asked her if it's already ready and she said that it's not ready yet. Now I want to know how much time we have to wait until it'll be ready. What are the common ways to ...
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History of shows [on hold]

What is the meaning of history of shows in the following sentence The three-hour “Howdy, Modi!” event in which President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi is organised at the ...
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want to be vs want to become

Is there any difference of meaning between "to want to be" and "to want to become" when they express a change of "permanent" state , eg a profession or a personality trait? Is one of them more usual/...
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“I will not” or “I don't” in the following context?

She: "Don't forget to bring washing powder. I: Okay, I don't. (or I will not?) I know the rule of thumb that in interrogative sentences we always have to answer in the same tense that we were ...
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How to use adjective onboard [on hold]

In the following sentence I don’t understand the usage of onboard Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stopped Pakistan PM Imran Khan from embarking on a commercial flight to the U.S. and asked ...
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“It helped the north remember” or “It helped the north remembered” or “It helped the north remembers”

https://www.lingq.com/el/lesson/lesson-28-the-gettysburg-address-431424/ It helped the north remember what they were fighting for-- freedom and equality for all people, black and white and ...
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The clerk concerned VS the concerned clerk

I want to meet the concerned clerk I want to meet the clerk concerned According the grammar book by David Green the first sentence means I want to meet the clerk who is tense or ...
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First or Second conditional form?

Which form would a native English speaker use here? I'm the kind of person who doesn't like a movie if it's not very convincing. I'm the kind of person who wouldn't like a movie if it wasn't very ...
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meaning of phrase “Get all huffy and weird”?

I am watching Friends series (season 9 episode 13). In the beginning, I faced a dialog which I cannot get the meaning of this phrase: "Just give me a second to get all huffy and weird like you".
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“make a visit”, what does this mean?

It seems that "make a visit" is not a common phrase, and I am not sure what is the difference between "make a visit to a friend" and "visit a friend". The following sentence is copied from The ...
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“Boastful” VS “Immodest”

Having a look on dictionary definitions: Boastful: Someone who is boastful often talks proudly about things they have done or can do, or about something they own, especially in order to make other ...
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“assumed an expression appropriate to the sickbed of a close friend” meaning in this context?

Mr Weasley gave a maniacal laugh; Mrs Weasley threw him a look, upon which he become immediately silent and assumed an expression appropriate to the sickbed of a close friend. Harry Potter and ...
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difference between 'most like' and 'much like' [on hold]

It's most like people are attracted to similar people. In this sentence, is 'most like' grammatically right?
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Difference between “rip up” and “rip down”

For the next two years we lived not just next door to the wild ocean, but to a massive construction site. The house was bad enough, but the ripping up of the trees, the building of roads, the ...
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What is the difference between interesting to you and for you [duplicate]

I want to know what is the difference between these two examples: .1 Read a lot of books that are interesting to you. .2 Read a lot of books that are interesting for you.
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“much like” vs. “most like”

It's much like I am in the island. It's most like I am in the island. Which should we use, much like or most like? Is 'most like' correct?
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Past Perfect question

Did you find out who was behind that action? Did you find out who had been behind that action? So Past Perfect refers to events that happened before the main event. So i think 2 is correct but 1 is ...
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What was the intention of the speaker when she said with a rising tone in the below audio?

When the sentence I went to the theatre last night was said with a rising intonation at the end,... What was the speaker trying to convey or What kinds of situation could she use that type of ...
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What does “the closest it was expected to be” mean in context

*Tapah = A typhoon. *Busan = The country’s second-largest city. Tapah was expected to pass about 130 kilometers southeast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, at around 6 p.m. Sunday and 170 km south ...
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Is this modification necessary, to add something between these two parts “You did something stupid” and “you tried to”?

There seems to be some errors in this post. I am trying to fix some. Here is the original, It may be a pain to see compile errors, but trust me, getting error here is good for you. You did ...
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Does this sentence “We could not conceive..” describe the past or the present?

I'd like to ask if this sentence describes something that happened in the past or something of the present or future. "We could not conceive that he might soon be dead." Does it mean 'we' were not ...
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Is there anything uncommon or ungrammatical in my fix? [duplicate]

There seems to be some errors in this post. I am trying to fix some. Here is the original, It may be a pain to see compile errors, but trust me, getting error here is good for you. You did ...
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What does it mean by “my days-of-the-week underwear only go to Thursday” in this context?

Emily: Lorelai? I'm going shopping this afternoon. I thought I'd pick up a few things for Rory. Lor: I already took care of all that, mom. I got her two skirts and a bunch of tops. Emily: ...
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What is the difference between I love flowers vs I love the flowers

I want to know what is the difference between these two examples: I love flowers so much! I love the flowers in my garden so much!
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As he <finished/has finished> his homework, he wants to play

Are both correct? a. As he finished his homework, he wants to play. b. As he has finished his homework, he wants to play.
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Which one is correct? Docs or Doc?

An abbreviated word for 'documentary' would be doc. However, it could be also reffered as doctor as well. Should I use 'docs' instead? Is there any chances people might misunderstand or confuse it ...
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Can we use a definite article when someone we are talking to doesn't know of the topic yet?

As for my question about the difference between I like a movie, Pulp Fiction. I like the movie, Pulp Fiction. A commenter answered: I would say the only difference in usage is that you would use ...
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Using present perfect continuous

One of the uses of present perfect continuous is: One continuing event We use the present perfect continuous for a single activity that began at a point in the past and is still continuing: ...

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