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I will break your vase

I will break your vase. I will break your vase! I'll break your vase. I will break your vase. Which one is stronger in meaning between Sentence 1 and Sentence 2? Is it #2? Between #1 and #4,...
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“Couldn't have done” VS “couldn't do”

Harry Potter Harry did some very amazing thing. Pro. McGonagall complimented him. "He caught that thing in his hand after a fifty-foot dive," Professor McGonagall told Wood. "Didn't even scratch ...
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Adjective rules [make(s)/made+ pronoun+adjective]

I am trying to help non native speakers understand the [make(s)/made+ pronoun+adjective] sentence structure. They are struggling with picking the right adjectives. I am getting sentence such as ...
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Can a relativizer be modified by PP phrase

The level of responsibility which the client carries for the whole development process with time & materials is much higher than with fixed-price or milestone projects. It can be understood that ...
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Conditional After a Conditional - in Different Type

For example I'd like to say a type 2 conditional structure (hypothetical). Is it okay to add another conditional structure but in another type? If this book talked, I would learn more. But I think ...
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Mixed type conditional or Type 2/3 conditional?

I'm revising grammar and while reading this I noticed that either "Mixed type conditional" or "Type 2 conditional" speak about the unreal present, and "Type 3 conditional" speaks about unreal past. ...
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Infinitive after Preposition

As I know, gerunds must be used after prepositions but I heard the sentences below in a movie. Is it possible to use such constructions ? 1-"He is waiting for me to call him" I thought it must be "...
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travel: travelling / feel: feeling

If the verb ends with a vowel plus -l (as in travel or equal), then you need to double the l before adding -ed and -ing in British English. Oxford Dictionaries Is it a general rule in British English?...
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'Drama is hard for me' - Grammar

What are the parts in this sentence? Drama is hard for me. My thoughts so far: "Drama" is the subject "Is" is the verb "Hard" is the predicate complement? "Me" is the indirect object? Not ...
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Relative clause as a subject predicate

Can which-clause function as a subject predicate like this? That is which we had to overcome and penetrate. It sounds weird to me, but is it a correct use of grammar?
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How to properly write down an enumeration? No consensus in the literature

I doubt what is a proper, and suitable for in an academic text, way to give an enumeration. I used Google to see how other people (mainly in papers) do it, but there is not a consensus. The reason ...
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use of present perfect tense in a real life scenario

suppose, I played football in my childhood. in 2016, I am sharing my that experience with my friends like this way I have played football but I have not been able to play since I have been ...
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Do we use “would do” or “would have done” after “if it wasn’t/weren’t for…”?

In dictionary, if it wasn’t/weren’t for…: used to say that somebody/something stopped somebody/something from happening If it weren't for you, I wouldn't be alive today. (seem like ...
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On (at) a moment(')s notice?

I have been searching for a while, and I haven't seen a good discussion of this phrase. It seems to me like the preposition is in question (I've heard it both ways), and the possessive is also in ...
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'Have a shortage of' vs 'be short of'

Edited: Which one of the following self-made sentences sounds more idiomatic to you: We will have a shortage of rice in the next year. We will be short of rice in the next year. They both ...
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Can “though”, “although”, “if” and “even if” be followed by an adjective?

I am trying to say the following thing : "Even though this font is my favourite, it will not be used anymore". Is any of the following four sentences correct? This font, although my favourite, ...
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Which one is a correct usage of “-ing form”?

There are two examples Paying the enrollment fee by bank transfer this afternoon, she secures her seat for the three-day acting workshop in July. She paid the enrollment fee by bank transfer ...
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“various feminists who have led the fight”

In the documentary film about the hard-core pornography industry Not a Love Story (Bonnie Klein, 1982), various feminists who have led the fight against pornography speak emotionally about the horrors ...
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How does the conjunction “that” affect the meaning of a sentence?

She said (that) she was satisfied. We are the strongest team (that) Konoha village has to offer. Would you like to know why I did that? What do you think (that) I am? I thought (that) I would ...
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Have I used “Such a” in an appropriate way?

Have I used "Such a" in an appropriate way? Congratulations for having such a little bundle of joy.
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“Much depends on the guilt or innocence…” is 'much' the subject of the sentence?

Much depends on the guilt or innocence of these archetypal “innocents”-- --the first in a long line of allegedly framed leftists from Alger Hiss to the Rosenbergs to Leonard Peltier to Mumia Abu Jamal-...
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I do not know how to diagram this sentence

How would I diagram Unless we share the food, many of us will go home without any food.
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Is it under siege “from” or “by”?

His belief was under siege from/by skeptics' words. Can either "by" or "from" be used with "under siege"?
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What is the sentence structure? Specific use of gerund

Even after lowering the volume, Suzanne found that her electric guitar so annoyed her neighbours that they complained to the building's manager Why is the gerund used here? What sentence ...
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Why is it right to say you die “from” an illness instead “of” an illness?

I just found this sentence in an article in Nature: Lovelace died in great pain at 36, from uterine cancer. And I'm confused about the use of "from". I know "from" is used to express physical ...
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Apposition at the end of sentence

I think in the following sentence I used apposition at the end of sentence, I would like to know is it a correct way to introduce an apposition? If this rule be applied on the elements of the page,...
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Use “motivation for learning English” or “motivation in learning English”?

The researcher also will give questionnaire to the students and interview them to measure their motivation FOR / IN learning English.
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“This (should present/show/other) the (best/other) contrast of all”

While posting an answer on UX.stack (then moved to Graphic Design) I found out I wasn't sure about how to express this: The Go button size should be bigger and present the best contrast of all ...
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Interpreting “Only Bill did any of the homework.”

Does any of within: "Only Bill did any of the homework." mean some of ?
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Put up a picture

I was wondering about when to use this phrasal verb ‘put up’ As far as I know, if someone says they’re putting up a picture, It means they’re displaying it on their wall, but could it mean they post ...
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Why add ‘she knew’ when this sentence was changed into a passive sentence?

People did not take the girl seriously when she said she had seen a kangaroo. Change the sentence above into a passive sentence. The answer is: ‘When the girl said she had seen a kangaroo, she knew ...
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What does “feet” mean here?

Context: Youtube Link: Time 3:02-3:10 and my feet are not coming more than at the most 2 inches off the groud for regular bounce, so somewhere in the range of 1 to 2 inches is all that. What does "...
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How to Identify Past Participle in passive voice & Adjectives

Que 1: Are below sentences examples of Passive Voice? Que 2: Are Was Exposed and Was Admitted used in below sentences as Adjective? a) Her husband chided her and her lover after their affair was ...
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Attended to vs attended upon

Which is/are correct. Are they mean the same? The senior doctor attended to the patient very quietly. The senior doctor attended upon the patient very quietly.
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What does ”they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself” mean?

The last part of following paragraph is they were an insult to the fabric of space/time itself. what the writer want to say? Elliot’s work performance suffered. Tasks that were once a breeze to ...
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Scramble/Jumble Together

"Devastated Indian bands then faced the daunting task of literally reinventing themselves without benefit of accumulated wisdom or kin networks. The decimation and forced migration of native ...
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Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?

Pumas never attack a human being except when they are cornered. Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?
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What is the difference between ‘was really’ and ‘really was’?

The animal was really a puma. The animal really was a puma. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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Which version is correct?

I would like to know which version is correct. All it has are words. All it has is words.
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Grammatically, is it necessary to add a comma before “until”?

I ask because I've seen until with and without a comma. Examples: Then he flew until he reached the sea. (History of al-Tabari Vol. 3, The: The Children of Israel) He strolled along the ...
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Use of words 'very' and 'same' together

Does the word 'very' qualify the adjective 'same' or is it the opposite? They will be in the same very state. They will be in the very same state. Which one is correct? And can this be ...
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“What has got in her mind?” to inquire about a sudden change of thoughts

For example, if X was crying because of Y's harsh words to her, but suddenly, and while Y was standing in front of X, X stopped crying and started staring at Y calmly but intensely. Then, Y would ...
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“From (all/any/the financial) aspect” vs “From (all/any/the financial) facet”

Edited: The word "aspect" means: One part of a situation, problem, subject, etc. On the other had, "facet" means: One part of a subject, situation, etc. that has many parts So it seems ...
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Meaning of the phrase “you guys” in context

It is from Crash Course Film History. It is at 6 minute and 15 second. Ticket sales were falling, and studio executives were in an outright panic. Studio executives like money, you guys.
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What is the difference between 'Quite' and 'Very' in the following sentences?

She is very lovely. She is quite a lovely girl. He is very handsome. He is quite a handsome man. Do they mean exactly the same?
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Describing the relation between two things

I wrote: We expect, the larger a home's living space is, the higher its price is. First, I would like to know about the correctness of the sentence and punctuation. I don't know exactly the ...
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Need help with this please?

Can someone help with this please? “I saw you injured” it’s a process of the action. How about I didn’t see the action but maybe an hour later. I saw your injury or I saw you bad ...
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“Who” or “Whom” someone was speaking to?

Cinder How easy it was to forget who she was speaking to, She was speaking to someone. I think it shuold be "whom".
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I've seen this expression “not to worry” used sometimes, but why do these invented expressions sound unnatural?

I've seen "not to worry" used to mean like "Don't worry" sometimes in conversation, so I think I could invent some similar expressions like that like Not to mind. It gonna be all right. (meaning ...
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“than he could help” meaning in this context?

I spun him a tale of deepest remorse when I joined his staff, fresh from my Death Eater days, and he embraced me with open arms - though, as I say, never allowing me nearer the Dark Arts than he could ...

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