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What does 'onding on snaw' mean?

It was a very grey day; a most opaque sky, “onding on snaw,” canopied all; thence flakes felt it intervals, which settled on the hard path and on the hoary lea without melting. (Jane Eyre) ‘...
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So we say, “It's starting to rain, let's bring the washing in” or “…let's take the washing in”?

ok, so hang something ↔ out to hang clothes outside in order to dry them My job was to hang out the washing. Hang the wet things out to dry. But if it's starting to rain, then we say: "...
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Is not & Does not with verb+ing

Can we construct below sentences? a) System does not calculating it correctly. b) System is not calculating it correctly.
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About the meaning of the word “groundhoggery”

The title of this article says, UK Prime Minister Johnson to declare Britain can end 'the groundhoggery' of Brexit So there was no entry in the dictionary nor googling didn't help. I suspect the ...
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Are the feelings always a noun?

Are feelings always a noun? For example, "headache" or "nausea". Why I am asking this question is because I always have a problem with countable and uncountable nouns. First job is identify the nouns. ...
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Past tense in the main clause and present tense in the subordinate clause

If the verb in the main clause is in the past tense, the verb in the object subordinate clause should also be used in one of the past tenses. The examples below show how the sentences given above ...
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denomination vs value

According to the Cambridge dictionary, one of the meaning of "denomination" is: a unit of value, especially of money Is it wrong/unusual to use "value" instead of "denomination" in this context? ...
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“potential good {noun}” vs “potentially good {noun}" vs “good potential {noun}”

A good candidate But what if the candidate has the potential (n) to be good? Should I say A potentially good candidate or A potential good candidate or A good potential ...
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Usage of plural form

When writing a sentence about a gentleman in his organisation, I come across a question of plural form usage. ...he retains his current role as the CEO of Company A and other JVs." Should the word ...
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“network paradigm” or “networking paradigm”

I want to know which one is correct: A novel network paradigm or A novel networking paradigm If both of them are correct, what is the difference between them?
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Non-usage of Sequence of tenses

He gave me his room number just in case I change my mind. Why doesn't the rule of sequence tenses use in this sentence? PS At the same time, why is it written as "room number" instead of "room's ...
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expression meaning

I've read this sentence in a book, and I am a bit confused. I pray to greet you with good fortune, and to greet your sweetest person. This sentence came in the opening of a letter. I have no clue ...
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The meaning of “skinny turkey tee's”

The phrase "SKINNY TURKEY TEES $10" in the image is supposed to be funny, but I can't figure out the reason. Could somebody explain why it's funny? Also, it's "TEE'S" instead of "TEES" - is it because ...
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Using the atrticle the or a

Which one is correct? 1/ I have ability to do that. 2/ I have the ability to do that. Generally when we use the or a with the word ability.?
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Is the use of 'for' after the adjective 'attractive'' acceptable?

In the following sentence, is the use of 'for' after the adjective 'attractive' acceptable? It is said in a dictionary that 'attractive' is followed by the preposition 'to'. Pleasant beaches are ...
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“packing with a hard knot in the pit of his stomach” meaning

... Harry Knew why she wanted to spin out their time on the riverbank; several times he saw her look up eagerly and he was sure she had deluded herself into thinking that she heard footsteps through ...
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he or she vs their when using 'one' as a pronoun

Mindfulness allows one to cope with their daily challenges. Is "one" correct with "their" here? I want to know if it is okay to user their (instead of he or she) when using 'one' as a pronoun.
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Subject Auxiliary Inversion and the usage of 'ever' and 'never'

Please let me know if the following sentence is correct: 1- Have you never tried the Doritos Wasabi flavor? My question is related to using 'have' with 'never'. I've seen the present perfect with '...
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Correct error in perfect tense

I'm self-studying English and in an exercise I'm asked to correct the errors in perfect tense of a series of sentences. One of them is the following Supposing they would have got married, wouldn't ...
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Too far vs far enough

The car was far,but it wasn't ( too far - far enough ) for me to see. I said the answer is ( too far ),my teacher doesn't agree. Which one is it and why?
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Usage of sentence after “as”

Can i use a sentence after “as” or “in the way” as is the case with sentences below. 1) This sentence can be translated as “they will never come again” . 2) This sentence can be translated in the ...
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Keep/ be quiet in order to ask someone to stop talking

When someone is talking a lot and I want that person to stop talking, can I use: Please keep/be quiet. Why am I confused? Because someone told me that "keep quiet" is used to ask someone to remain ...
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“Anger was coming to his defence now” meaning

“So what part of it isn't living up to your expectations?" asked Harry. Anger was coming to his defence now. "Did you think we'd be staying in five star hotels? Finding a Horcrux every other day? Did ...
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How to use ‘concerns’ in the sentence?

This is the original sentence: This novel has to do with peasant life after the reform. We cannot say This novel concerns peasant life after the reform. but we can say This is a novel ...
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Difference between photograph and picture/ photo

I don't know where should we use photograph, where picture and where photo. Are there and difference in meaning. thanks
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Can I use comparative adjective for compound adjectives

Can I use comparative adjective for compound adjectives? For example, Caged birds are longer-lived birds than the ones in the wild.
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'evidence' can take plural verb?

It seems to me that the scientific evidence for the benefits of a vegetarian diet are numerous In this sentence, the verb 'are' is wrong or possible? As far as I know, the noun 'evidence' is ...
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Prepositions used with 'common'

Is the sentence, "There is nothing common between you and me." wrong grammatically? If yes, why? Should it be, "There is nothing in common between you and me."?
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Active sentences with an immediate passive insertion

I am confused about the usage and the correctness of the passive structure here. My question is if the sentence sounds ok. If there is anything wrong with the sentence, please highlight that so that I ...
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary.com definitions: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - ...
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Which phrase is more correct?

I have two sentences that are ambiguous to me. The first sentence is: I have got a woman at home. The second sentence is: I got a woman at home. The meaning I'm aiming for is the present moment. I ...
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meaning of “to go by six-forty-five”

But she doesn’t really believe these silent Saturday-morning appearances have anything to do with early-onset Alzheimer’s; on any given weekday morning Harvey Stevens is ready and raring to go by ...
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Is this shortened sentence correct compared to the origin one?

Sentence: This seems a justification for neglect of those in need and a rationalization of exploitation , of the superiority of those at the top and the inferiority of those at the bottom. Origin:...
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Is there a usage like “feel done” in English?

I saw a sentence like: "Have you ever felt done by blablablah?" What does it mean?
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The Day I Realized the Truth (title of the essay)

That was easy. I picked "The Family Hero." Some psychologists also refer to this child as "The Golden Child". This child can do no wrong, is praised by the family and commended no matter what ...
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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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Q: Could? A: Can!!! -> always?

I feel like I've seen a grammar rule somewhere that explained like, "You must answer could questions with the modal can". But I've seen quite a few cases that are opposite, such as... Q: (turns on ...
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What is the meaning of “on the wrong lines” in this context?

This is the context: The universe is telling us it is simple. It is astonishingly simple. And yet here we are with thousands of physicists worrying about a multiverse of infinitely complex ...
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Using the article “the” with the word “ability” [on hold]

Can I use the article the or I cannot with this sentence? He has the ability to do that.
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“Pull out a win”

Nevertheless, the Cubs felt giddy about pulling out the win. Anthony Rizzo described it as a season-defining moment. (source) This line sounds strange, even jarring, to me. To pull out of something ...
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well under way/fully under way

The party was well under way when we arrived. The party was fully under way when we arrived. What is the difference between "well under way" and "fully under way"?
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How many years have you studied English?

For the question: How many years have you studied English? does it mean studying English only or studying all courses in English?
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Able to or can. What is the difference?

Is it correct to say: I am not able to talk to you right now. I am able to talk to you right now. I am able to talk you tomorrow. I cannot talk to you right now. I can talk to you right now. ...
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Use of “intense” when talking about someone's drinking

"He's on the fifth drink or something since we got here. It looks pretty intense. Maybe we should go talk to him." Is the line of dialogue okay or is "intense" unusual in the context?
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The use of “would” as the future in the past

I'm reading a book and I've come across an use would that I cannot figure out what the author meant. In "The Lord would be found in his chambers", take note that before anything we know a character is ...
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Should I hyphen the adjective here?

How would you write these two sentences: It's quiet at nighttime. It was a night-time ritual. Should I hyphen the second sentence (as I have)? ?
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Object Place Verb: is that a correct order in an english sentence?

I've read this sentence on a US internet news site (huffpost.com): "Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller in a series of leaked emails pushed white nationalism[...]." I've always thought that ...
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Is this the right way to ask someone a question?

I would like to know how to ask someone about something without accusing them. If I want to know if someone at work has used my computer, can I ask "Have you used my computer?", without insulting ...
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questions with Past Simple

If I ask a question in Past Simple using the coordinating conjunction and, does the second verb take -ed or not? e.g. Did you muster up the courage and propose? or Did you muster up the courage ...
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“I gave it everything I've got” or “I gave everything I've got”

Last day, I read this sentence " Nice game, the team gave IT everything they've got" to give is a transitive verb therefore An object must follow the verb; however I consider "everything they've got" ...

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