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Difference between "the number of people you would have thought" OR "the number of people you would think"?

This from the BBC website Lost wallet found 5 years on It is about a story in which somebody lost his wallet 5 years ago after he watched a game in a rugby stadium, and it was found 5 years later. ...
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The use of "follow through"

I was making preps for a coming exam and this suddenly came to me: Can I say "I am that kind of person who always follows through once I make a promise"? Thanks
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Would it be alright if I [present tense/ past tense]?

I heard native speakers use present tense in the following sentence. Would it be alright if I take a rain check?Would it be alright if I call you Annie? But I think the correct grammar is took and ...
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How do we use can in questions

One person here explained difference to between can and could "Could indicates that something is possible, but not certain. Can is used in general statements about what is possible. So, you may ...
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the percentages or percentage of three different groups

In a graph showing data on people using the Internet in Korea, Japan, and China, a writer wrote: The line graph compares the percentage of people in three countries who used the Internet between 1999 ...
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What Is the Implied Contrast Between These Clauses Linked by 'But'?

It's generally understood that the coordination conjunction 'but' is used to create contrast between different constituents (e.g. positive against negative, good against better, bad against worse). ...
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Choosing between simple present & present continuous

If I intend to ask about somebody's major of study, should I use Simple presents: what do you study? or present continuous: what are you studying? I understand that the simple present tense is used ...
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"Building of [ noun ]" vs "Building [ noun ]"

I was asked by one of my coworkers if there is a difference between "Building of human relationships" and "Building human relationships". I couldn't find any discussion on this ...
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What is the difference between "end up in" and "end in"?

Is there any difference in meaning between end up in and end in? For example: My attempt to cook chicken ended up in a complete mess. My attempt to cook chicken ended in a complete mess.
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past perfect to explain the completion of an action

I just ordered the book after seeing this aleatorick's post on the blog (probably as soon as he had posted it) would it be better to use past simple for post, I chose past perfect because I wanted ...
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"The+ comparative" form

I know that when something changes (whether it increases or decreases in size, number, or whatever) along with another change, it can be expressed with " the+ comparative, the+ comparative" form. ex) ...
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Can "unless" be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything so ...
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How to use "seems to be"

What is the correct way to say this.. I just checked my bank account and that seems to be have been activated. I just checked my bank account and that seems activated. I just checked my bank account ...
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Is comma used to join two dependent clauses?

In a sentence A: She played with our dog, and he played with our cat One would typically put a comma before “and” as two independent clauses are joined, if I get the rules correctly. Does it change ...
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In constructions with attributive nouns, which noun are articles applies to—attributive noun or noun being modified?

For example, in "a network name", the article applies to "network" or "name"?
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Constituency tests

Determine whether "down the radio" in the following sentence is a constituent by using any of the following tests: substitution and movement. If it is NOT a constituent, you need to identify ...
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What does "can" mean in "The best we can expect"?

What does “can” mean here? “The best we can expect from our allies is the supply of food and ammo.” Does it mean the ability to expect something? Is it implying that other things (e.g direct ...
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antique dealer VS antiques dealer — Does "s" affect the meaning?

On oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com, first they give the collocation "an antique dealer" but then (in the "Extra Examples" section) give a sentence having "an antiques dealer&...
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Present Continuous expressing future

One of my grammar books says: The future use of the present progressive is limited to actions brought about by human endeavour. Therefore sentences such as "It's raining tomorrow" or "...
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Can we have adjectives before objective personal pronouns, for example, "I have some photos of baby him"?

THis is a part of the script in the social network film Erica Albright : Well, why don't you just concentrate on being the best you you can be. Mark Zuckerberg : Did you really just say that? Erica ...
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What does the verb phrase 'exposed to' mean?

In this following context, what does the verb phrase 'exposed to' mean? Does it mean 'experienced'? Context: Without birth there cannot be decay and death. If we had not been born, we would not have ...
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"had + Subject + past participle" in conditionals

I always thought that the elliptical conditional clause "Had + Subject + past participle" is used only in counterfactual conditionals, e.g. : Had Joe seen Mary, he would have fallen in love ...
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"He said that if it <rained / rains> <tomorrow / the next day>, he <would / will> not go to the beach."

All sentences are mine: (1) If it rains tomorrow, he will not go to the beach. If "tomorrow" remains after backshift, it means tomorrow has not yet come, so backshift is optional. That is: ...
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Why in this example do we need to use "working" in the gerund form after the verb "love"?

In the example below I believe do we need to use "working" in the gerund form? You will love working here I thought that verbs following "love" can be either in the gerund form ...
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Is "on a spring midnight" correct?

I think I have seen people use "on a summer night", but I don't know whether "on a spring midnight" is correct or not. I hope I can find the answer here
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Is there any difference in meaning between "work overtime" and "work on overtime"?

Can you please tell if there is any difference in meaning between work overtime and work on overtime? I came across the following sentence when I was looking up the word overtime in Longman Dictionary....
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"There was no such thing as ... " + "nor were there..."? "Or..."? "Nor... ?"

I would like to convey two ideas in a single sentence. Idea 1: "Rock music" was not (yet) an established music genre at some point in time Idea 2: There were no more than a handful of songs ...
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Do I use the past simple or the present perfect after "I've been meaning" as in "I've been meaning to do something, but I've always forgotten/forgot"?

Could you tell me if I have to use the past simple or the present perfect after I've been meaning in the context below? I've been meaning to watch the movie, but I always forgot to till now. I've ...
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"Can I use either of them" or "Can I use both of them"?

Let's say, in a question on this site, I am giving you two sentences which I think probably carry the same meaning and I want to ask you if I can use either of them interchangeably. I feel like if I ...
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Meaning of "My luck precedes me"

What is the meaning of "My luck precedes me" in below paragraph? Would you like to buy flowers? Yes, how about the red rose. Sure, there you go sir. Thank You. As soon as he touched the ...
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What do you call an area of the sea that sinks many ships?

What do you call an area of the sea that sinks many ships? I am pretty sure there was a word for it. When there are treacherous rocks that sink wooden ships, there was a word pirates used to refer to ...
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In that vs with that

He seems to agree with most of us in that they're trying to conquer the world. He seems to agree with most of us with that they're trying to conquer the world. We say "agree with the idea", but in ...
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“I rode / was riding / used to ride a bike every day”

Which tense should I use if I was on a holiday which lasted two weeks and during that time I rode a bike every day? It was a great time because I rode a bike every day. (Past Simple) It was a great ...
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Correct use of lately

According to Cambridge dictionary We don't use lately for single events that happened recently I had a strange experience lately. (wrong) But in my grammar I found a sentence I had a letter from ...
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He brought a bag for someone to take (it)

I have been thinking about the sentence "He brought a bag for someone to take (it)" because if I used "so that", I think "it" would be required. "He brought a bag so that someone can take it". I have ...
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'In a hurry', why is this used with the infinite article 'a'?

I was so confused with this. So I look up the word 'hurry' in the Oxford dictionary and I found that it is an uncountable noun. Is it possible to use 'a' before 'hurry'? Why is it possible? Do I ...
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Extended indirect structures

I've noticed a lot of native speakers struggle to use the indirect forms, in that they stick to the incorrect inversed structure when forming a simple informative sentence. For instance, while ...
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"leave many [N] to look for…" vs. "leave many [N] looking for…"

SAT Grammar Question Others, like court interpreter Ludmila Baker, believe that technology will ultimately leave many translators and interpreters _______ for new careers. a) to look b) ...
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usage of present perfect tense

My question is about the use of present perfect tense. To my knowledge this tense is used for the actions that have started in the past and continues up until now. I have questions about different ...
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to-infinitival clause expressing a manner

Experts say the drowsiness many of us feel during the day may not be because we had too little sleep at night, but because we need an early afternoon nap. Humans were made to sleep not once, but twice,...
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Coordinate or cumulative adjectives? Beautiful mysterious dreamy feelings

I want to express that something brings me some feelings, then I wrote the following sentences. It brings me beautiful mysterious dreamy feelings. It brings me beautiful and mysterious dreamy ...
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"It is you who doesn't OR don't want this" - Stuck between 'don't' and 'does not'

I got stuck while writing this in a post "It is you who does not want ...." While the third person 'it' takes 'does not', when I reveal that it is 'you', should I use 'don't'? In my final ...
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Do you need {some/any} scissors? Yes. Do you have {some/any}?

A: Do you need _____ scissors? B: Yes. Do you have _____? a. any/any b. any/some c. some/any d. some/some My answer is b. any/some. Is that correct? Or is it choice c. some/any because some scissors =...
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How does "the + comparative adjective" work here?

I was reading chapter 5 of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells and came across this sentence: "This smoke was so bright that the deep blue sky overhead and the hazy stretches of brown common ...
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What's the difference between "much the more" and "much more"?

for example: (1) X is much the more common than Y. I don't understand the role of "the" here. What does "the" mean in (1)? (2) X is much more common than Y. What's the difference ...
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Are "I would rather I stayed home than go out" the same as "I would rather stay home than go out"?

I came across this sentence in the Grade 10 Vietnamese English grammar. "I would rather that it were not summer now." My question is that that sentence does not have a main verb after "...
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Is this sentence correct? Future in the past confusion

"It didn't happen the way I had thought it would have happened." So, I used Past Perfect in the second part of the sentence to specify that the thought process had occurred before the actual ...
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among us vs between us

I know that "between" is used when the individual items are specified and "among" is used when they are not. Ref: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/between-among/ . Examples: I need to choose between ...
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"had + past participle " VS "could have + past participle " in conditional sentence

The following sentence is collected from cricinfo.com: They were under a little bit of pressure then. If we could have carried on, we could have set them 220 or even more than that. So to get out ...
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