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housewife (but if she has a job?)

What is the word in English for "a good housewife" if she has a paid job? In a dictionary "A housewife is a married woman who does not have a paid job, but instead looks after her home ...
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Which is the more natural way to ask the reason for which no one's here?

There are 2 sentences asking for a reason: Why is there no one here? Why is no one here? They both seem grammatically correct, but which is more natural? Is there any nuance between the two?
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Meaning of the "Ten Green Bottle Jobs" headline in The Sun

I don't understand what "green bottle" means in this newspaper. Could you explain? "Ten" is Man Utd's couch.
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use of 'all' with a possessive adjective

What is the right way to use the determiner 'all' with a possessive adjective e.g. my, your, etc? What is placed first? all or P. Adj? A. His all habits were unique. B. All his habits were unique. Is ...
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Is the word "ball" omitted in this sentence?

I understand the meaning of the word "hit", which in football it means kick the ball. But here it's sort of awkward. "Hit" should be used with the object "the ball", ...
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surgery/a surgery: Is using "a" before surgery wrong?

I have to undergo surgery on Sunday. I have to undergo a surgery on Sunday. Is using a before surgery wrong? I looked up examples on the internet, and though I found some results where a was used — &...
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Which is correct? do they? or don't they? or have they or haven't they?

"The children hardly have problems waking up early for school, _______?" do they don't they have they haven't they
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what does the verb phrase ''entered upon'' mean?

in the following sentence, what does the phrasal verb ''entered upon'' mean? and what does all the pronoun ''it'' refer to? to buddhism or dummy subject? Buddhism is a hundred times more realistic ...
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Is a clause defining or non-defining entirely dictated by the use of the comma pair?

Considering the following two sentences: My brother, who lives in LA, is an engineer. My brother who lives in LA is an engineer. My questions are: Are they both correct, grammatically? If yes, then ...
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How do I interpret "not X any more than Y"?

They do not relate to the present any more than they relate to the person. I came across this sentence from the book The Fire Next Time and just couldn’t understand it. Than would indicate some sort ...
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a list with or a list of

Which word would you use after list here, "with" or "of"? Make a list of all the verbs you know. or Make a list with all the verbs you know.
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What does "sacrament for priesthood" mean in this context?

Everyday life in mediaeval Finland was very different from the way of life of the Christian peoples of the Mediterranean. The climate rendered the agricultural yield considerably lower in northern ...
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What's the meaning of "I Will Not Pass This Way Again"

I read this on the twitter feed of Pastor Mark Driscoll, quoting an unnamed church bulletin. Miss Charlene Mason sang, "I Will Not Pass This Way Again," giving obvious pleasure to the ...
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Referring to the past(that is also in the future) in future sentence

Is below sentence grammatically correct if I am currently taking part in a course on biology and am not sure whether there will be any information about tigers in it. But I will know once I finish the ...
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Is it possible to use "already" with the past simple in this example?

I did not remember that I already bought it. or I did not remember that I had already bought it. I think that past simple works as it is not a narrative and it is obvious that the action of buying ...
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Should there be article in: "to cover postage"?

I hope Paypal added the correct amount of money to cover (the) postage to France. I think that without (the) it would be better but the postage is used for a specific thing (it is not used in ...
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be depleted of vs. deplete

We are depleting our resources. We are depleted of our resources. Which is correct? If both of the sentences are correct, I guess there is a slight difference between the two sentences. The former ...
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Can I use how long without a continuous tense

How long have I slept ? Can I say that just before waking up. I think so. The problem is that "how long" implies a continuous tense in most cases. In this case you can't use with a ...
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What does "fire" mean in this context?

In football context, the verb "fire" means to kick the ball with a lot of force. I think it's used very strangely here. "Fire Manchester City" doesn't make any sense at all. In ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Is "splinter and barb" a metaphor?

I recently read a sentence that has confused me in the book Educated by Tara Westover. I watched the landscape splinter and barb, the rolling black summits of the Bear River Mountains giving way to ...
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"used to" vs "would"

The book "Freakonomics", Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, 2005, page 186, the link (the original is with "would"): So how does it matter if you have a very white name or a very black name? ...
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What is 'crying' in 'She saw him crying.'

I am going through 'Infinitives' and 'Gerunds' on my own with the help of a grammar book written for Hindi speakers. The book focuses on common errors commited by Indian English-Speakers. There was an ...
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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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What is a "regulation pistol"?

What is a "regulation pistol"? It's puzzling to see a man buying a gun before going to the front. I thought soldiers are provided with guns for free. From Hemingway's Farewell to Arms The ...
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I'm telling them/I'll tell them/I'm going to tell them

Are these all natural to your native-speaking ears? If you don't pay me right now, I'm telling them what you did! If you don't pay me right now, I'll tell them what you did! If you don't pay me ...
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"action" with quotation marks

Could anyone tell me why "action" in this passage is marked with quotation marks? The origin of the term can be traced to Albert Goldman and a 1964 article he had written in The New ...
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The subject and will change position to form questions

I learned that we must change the subject to form questions using will. But today while watching a movie I saw a question that they didn't change. Example: The subject and will change position to form ...
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Is "How ... works?" a valid question?

I sometimes see questions on Stack Overflow which ask "How <technology> works?" I always thought that this is an incorrect use and it should be "How does <technology> work?" ...
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It cannot do this, "can it?"

I think we can say: Technology XY doesn't work with batteries, does it? to ask the other person for confirmation / to ask if you're correct or not. But how to do the same with a sentence with ...
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what do authors of negative questions think?

I would like to know how native English speakers regard the opinion of authors of negative questions. For this reason I added the sentence "You're right." to each of the following examples (...
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In-depth explanation of the difference between "will" and "going to"?

Background My wife and I take English classes provided by our companies, so we have different teachers. So now it happened that we had the same topic: future. Both teachers are native English speakers,...
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Go waste or go wasted?

I wonder which of the following is correct? Go waste or go wasted? Two examples: I have spent a lot of time on this project. I really do not want my efforts to go waste(d). If you do not practice ...
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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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Is the phrase (I find it + verb) correct?

I was reading a comment and there's a part of his comment that makes me think, here is the screenshot: Is the sentence I find it works even correct? Because, as far as I know, the phrase "I find ...
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You're not gonna get away with this!/You'll not get away with this!/You won't get away with this!/You're not getting away with this!

I'm writing a story. A burglar breaks into a man's home and threatens him with a gun. As the burglar locks the man into a room so that he can rob his things, the man yells at him - 1) You're not ...
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What does adverb "proper" really mean?

I came across the word "proper" while reading a random comment on a video about WW2 Japanese history on YouTube. Showing even more dedication to their ideology was when Americans started ...
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A common sentence structure with "would"

I hear the following sentence structure a lot from native speakers: I would take a different approach. I would recommend going to the store in person and talking to the manager. I would disagree. ...
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What's the word I should use for close calls

Please allow me to ask a question, I set a goal in my work, which could not be accomplished in the first place, but it was finally accomplished. How should this situation be described? What word would ...
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A purse is but a rag

A purse is but a rag unless you have something in it. I read this in chapter 1 of Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Here is a link to the context Moby Dick, page 14 Here what does but mean? Is it not, ...
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Infinitive - omitable "to be"

Is there any explanantion in theoretical grammar why «to be» in some sentences is allowed to be omitted when used with Adjectives and Nouns as Complements and in some cases it is prohibited. a) I ...
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Are there any recommendable books or websites to learn grammar myths?

There are many methods of phrasing one's words that are not told in a standard grammar book, especially in oral English. If there is a book or website about this kind of myths, it would be very ...
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Tense selection

Which of the following sounds more natural? 1- If you follow this method, you will come up with some solutions that you never thought of before. 2- If you follow this method, you will come up with ...
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"You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work."

You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work. You will acquire more and more knowledge while you are working. What is the difference between them? Which sounds more natural?
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I went to Cabo Frio in 2020. I had never been to another state... OR I have never been to another state

Which statement is correct? I went to Cabo Frio in 2020. I had never been to another state and had never traveled by plane. I went to Cabo Frio in 2020. I have never been to another state and have ...
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How to say there's something wrong with someone's nature?

Please imagine a bad doer or ill-natured person who oftentimes commits bad actions toward the people around him. E.g. backbites, gossips, lies about others, etc. He says something bad to you and you ...
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Correct meaning of 'out of'

Vikram (April 12, 2013) posed a question 'Is "work out of" correct English?'. My question is an extension of Vikram's question. In India where I live, the phrase 'out of' is used with opposite ...
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'To dance is fun' Versus 'It is fun to dance'

I am going through an English grammar book written for a particular test that I am targeting. The other day, when I was studying 'Infinitives' from it, I stopped at a sentence. To dance is fun. I knew ...
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Is 'to be seeing things' the same as 'to have visions'?

Is 'to be seeing things' the same as 'to have visions'? I did this ngram search to figure out if there's any difference, and it looks like they have a very similar meaning. (I don't know why the link ...
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Confusing usage of "as ... as" in this context

Finland was a very sparsely populated, extensive area, and the peasantry succeeded in retaining many of the ancient traditions, exactly as in Europe generally, by giving them Christian interpretations....

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