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What is the meaning of “on the coal face”?

When I was reading an article, I came across this sentence: "Service that should be provided on the coal face are centralised and staff and students left to manage on their own." I wonder what is ...
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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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Trying to finally understand the essence of the Present Perfect tense, denoting in other languages (translating into English)

Little reference: 1. The result, the experience; it's used for emphasising a number, not a duration. 2. The main key point is that it's used when we have some conjunction, I mean ...
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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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Question on generic noun phrase

I was looking at the definition of definite article and it reads like this - "The definite article is used before singular and plural nouns when the noun is specific or particular". Since this ...
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“have done on weekend” vs “had done on weekend”

Which is the right way to say grammatically? If you had reviewed your lessons on weekend, you could pass the test now. If you have reviewed your lessons on weekend, you can pass the test now.
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Past perfect or past continuous? Was or has?

I do my homework test. I need to find mistakes and correct them. Check please if I do it incorrect. - Was he working as a sales rep when you've met him? - Yes, he was. I think I must erase "have" ...
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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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How do you call the vice-principals?

There are various types of vice-principal: The person who oversees the school inventory (things they have, things they need, what to buy, when to buy, etc.) The person who oversees curriculum (...
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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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“to receive” vs “to have received”

1) The salesman said he was very glad to receive the order the day before. 2) The salesman said he was very glad to have received the order the day before. I think that a perfect infinitive (to ...
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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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What does “In the throng are familiar calf marks” mean?

To the untutored observer it is all a blur. But Ms Korpela has spotted something. In the throng are familiar calf marks. They belong to a reindeer that goes by the name of Kepo (pictured, with Ms ...
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Online resource for the IPA pronunciation of placenames in the UK and Ireland (example: Lough Beagh)

My mother has a paper dictionary with the IPA pronunciation of very many placenames in the UK & Ireland. I think it's from the 1960s and she bought it when she studied English at university in ...
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Is the structure “should do something” JUST advice form of “simple present tense”?

We all know that simple present tense is used to show habitual action. I play tennis. (current habitual action) She does not play tennis. (current habitual action) She always forgets her ...
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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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A subordinate (adverb) clause with the main verb omitted

Here is the sentence, which I came across reading a book by Harlan Coben, where, in the subordinate clause the main verb, do (wake up) in the past perfect, is omitted: As he had nearly every ...
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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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How do I know how to pronounce a word?

English is not my native language. I read much more than I speak or hear. In fact, the only time I hear English being spoken is when I'm at my lectures in college or watching a movie. However, I ...
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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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What does “the fit was beyond my holding” mean?

'I never heard his feet behind me--he always walked like a cat--but his arm slid round my neck, pulling me back where I sat, till my head lay on his chest, and his left hand held the knife plumb ...
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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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Meaning of “plug fill” or “fill plug” in pharmaceutical industry

From an FDA guideline: Bracketing can be applied to studies with multiple strengths of identical or closely related formulations. Examples include but are not limited to (1) capsules of different ...
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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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I'm confused on using participle form and gerund form after auxiliary verb

We know that after auxiliary we use gerund or participle form of verb. Like, I'm going to open a bank account or I'm gone there. So, now my question is when I will use pp form verb after auxiliary and ...
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Direct speech to Indirect speech

A man says, " May I drop you there in my car?" Convert the above sentence to reported speech. Is the following a correct attempt? A man asked if he might drop somebody there in his car. Not a ...
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How to reference previously mentioned words without ambiguity?

There are TV programmes produced by the Ministry of Education for high school students, and (1) they \ students can attend (2) these lectures remotely without traveling to schools. Assuming you are a ...
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“the only thing you did today was breathe” vs. “the only thing you did today was TO breathe”

Sometimes it's okay if the only thing you did today was breathe. In this sentence, should I use a bare infinitive, 'breathe', or 'to breathe'? I think I should use a bare infinitive, otherwise ...
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“considered as” vs “considered to be”

I'm trying to understand the difference between considered to be and considered as according to this link on ELU, but I still can't figure out which one to choose in my sentence: In addition to ...
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A class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects

Given the following definitions of a class: a class is an extensible program-code-template for creating objects1 A class is the blueprint from which individual objects are created2 A ...
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What is the subject of participle clause in the following sentence?

What is the subject of 'referring to ~' in the passage? Mr. Moon or his spokesman? I think it is the latter but I don't think I know the rule. South Korea Proposes Joint Economics Projects to ...
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a predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR an postpositive adjective?

These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can I use it ...
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Take sth into account vs. take into account sth

Regarding the idiom "take into account", when is it appropriate to put something between "take" and "into", and when is it best to place something at the end of the idiom? For example, consider these ...
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That chapter is a little further ahead

My friend and I are reading a textbook. So she asks me about a chapter(she asks: Where is the chapter X?). I say: It is a little further ahead. So,actually we are on page 20 and it's somewhere ...
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“could” in the past referring to a single possibility/opportunity

I decided to create another question as this addresses another aspect of the topic I discussed in my related questions. I know that in general, "could" is not used to describe a specific possibility ...

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