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The construction " to be apt at " - is it legit?

She is apt at solving puzzles quickly. Does it make sense? I can't find this definition in a dictionary.
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We launched these sales campaigns "for the government" to boost the economy - differences if without "for the government"

Example 1 (1) We launched these sales campaigns to boost the economy. (2) We launched these sales campaigns for the government to boost the economy. Does (1) mean the people launched the campaigns ...
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Why we say president Obama or princess Diana but we say Canterbury Cathedral or Marian shrine or Imam Ali mosque?

It always was one of my question that why we say the position of person first and then tell their name but for places or rivers etc, we say the name of the place and then say the quality of it ( for ...
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within five to six days

a. Symptoms will develop within five to six days after contracting the disease. b. Symptoms will develop within six days after contracting the disease. What is the difference between (a) and (b). They ...
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A question regarding "might have been"

Dear fellow learners and teachers, When I was going through a book a sentence caught my eye, and it goes like this: I guess it might have been Jasmine who stole that necklace. The question is, can ...
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Isn't that ungrammatical?

The Reverend said I was to go back to my cot and I was not to eat supper for a week. Which I didn't eat supper anyway. from "The Education of Little Tree 영한대역 p594" If "which" is ...
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Did you see how fast he move or moved?

Which one is correct Did you see how fast he move? Or Did you see how fast he moved?
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The worst thing he can be called

Which one is the correct? The worst thing he can be called is a coward. The worst thing he could be called is a coward. I think it's the second one because it's about possibility in the future; on ...
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played guitar/had played guitar at the party

He is the man who played guitar at the party. This is stating a fact. He is the man who was playing guitar at the party. This emphasizes the duration, but the meaning is essentially the same as the ...
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Which possesive pronoun is used when referring to the gas bill of "THOSE OF YOU"? Would you you say "THEIR bills" or "YOUR bills"?

A presenter on TV advises people who struggle to pay their energy bills, and he says: "Please don't clog up their phone lines because they only have limited resources. That's for those of you who ...
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Why don’t you vs Why won't you

Son, switch the lights off. The movie's about to start. Why don't you go dad? [or Why won't you go dad? Because I'm scared of darkness. When I wrote this dialog I didn't even consider won't. But then ...
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How to ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer

How can someone ask a wondering question to make a listener deduce the answer? Here are a couple of examples to demonstrate what I mean: A: Is he sad because he lost 1 Bitcoin? B: He was ...
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What does this sentence mean: "It is not like those women would have looked at you twice before Christmas."

This is from famous British TV drama, the Eastenders, a man is saying to a woman: It is not like those women would have looked at you twice before Christmas. TV drama - Eastenders see: (0:44-0:48) I ...
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On scientific merit

Someone said in another thread that the following sentence may not be correct because it is lacking "any": (1) 60% of academic papers do not offer scientific merit. Here's what the right ...
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How to answer using "had better" form for a positive answer?

When give an answer using "had better" form, should we add the verb after "had better", such as: "Yes, we'd better study". or just to answer: "Yes, we'd better. &...
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graphic design is my passion so you are(is it true?)

Hi I want to say that "graphic design is my passion and you are my passion too" but in a shorter way. Can I say "graphic design is my passion, so you are." or "graphic design ...
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'A more sophisticated method is really what we wanted'

I am always confused with the tense. The context is as follows. Some friend found a naive solution to a problem. But his method is not I want. I want a more sophisticated and more powerful method. ...
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Term for a device with partially faulty wiring or electric contact

An internal wire is partially broken, or a faulty contact between any two electrical components that need to touch to transmit power or signal. Like a headphone that only works if you hold it just so, ...
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What is the meaning of “squiggles out” in the poem “What Is Red" by Mary O' Neill?

What is the meaning of “squiggles out” in the poem “What Is Red" by Mary O' Neill? Source Red squiggles out when you cut your hand. Red is a brick and the sound of a band. From the Cambridge ...
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Difference between remain and maintain

What's the difference between remain and maintain? Sentence 1: This research shows that Christmas remains a time of generous charitable giving. Sentence 2: Stephen Dunmore, the CEO of the Fundraising ...
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Where did we come out at/end up at

My mom was showing me around the city, so that I don't get lost and I know my way around when I'm alone. She kept asking me where we were. We were driving down a narrow street with huge buildings all ...
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"friend and contemporary": pleonasm?

On the Adam Smith's Wikipedia page there is a picture of David Hume, with the caption: David Hume was a friend and contemporary of Smith's. Obviously, friend and contemporary are by no means ...
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If you did, you'll pay

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Supposing that the one who speaks is not sure if something happened in the past. If you actually did it, you will pay for it. And if it's grammatically ...
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accomplished in [accomplished an advanced education]

I have made up the sentences below. (1) Jack accomplished an advanced education. He doesn't know why I can't get a good job. Is "accomplished" the right correct? Thank you.
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Why is remain a verb

I was taught a verb "is a doing word" well remain is not doing anything, it is describing the state of not doing anything Prices remain the same She remained seated Standards remain high ...
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How can I increase my English vocabulary?

How can I increase my English vocabulary? Because I feel my knowledge of words is very limited when I talk with another people.
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"Besides" vs "as well as" in context

Would you tell me why it isn't natural to use besides in the sentence below? Can you give the length of width of the box besides the height? I've asked a couple of native speakers of English and ...
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A comma before "because" in a sentence like "This effect happens(,) because of this cause."

In this sentence, should there be a comma before because: A file was excluded because it cannot be updated. Part of me thinks cause and effect should have a comma. This effect happens, ...
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Is the term "dumping tours" a generic English term?

I read: "Dumping tours" refers to package tours offered by travel agencies at unusually low prices, in which they usher tourists to stores and force them to buy overpriced products such as ...
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"I sat in the kitchen sipping my coffee" AND "… and I was sipping my coffee"

"I sat in the kitchen sipping my coffee" "I sat in the kitchen and I was sipping my coffee" These two sentences are the same meaning, but what type of grammar are between these ...
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Why is "personal reasons" always plural?

Why is the phrase "personal reasons" is preferred to "personal reason"? Example: I'm on leave due to personal reasons. I hardly have seen anyone saying "I'm on leave due to a ...
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At the time, I was leaving/was about to leave/was going to leave my friend's house. - do they mean the same?

Wife: You came home pretty late last night. What were you doing? I called you at 10. Example 1 Husband: At the time, I was leaving my friend's house. Example 2 Husband: At the time, I was going to ...
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Meaning of "bringing on the necessary support"

What does "bring on" mean in the following? Food alone costs $2,000 per day, per person, in space. Getting provisions to and from the space station for a commercial crew is another $88,000 ...
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Present relevance or not , present perfect or past simple in this case

Sorry to contact you but I just realized that my last order ( two Comps on bin liner) made on discog were on Cd. I made a mistake. I thought they were on vinyl. So I know that this order has already ...
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Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off?

Is there a word or phrase describing a tree in winter with all its leaves fallen off? It makes me look at it in awe.
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Collocations for "world record": one can "break"/"set" a world record - what about "making" one?

Is it also possible to "make a world record"? Or just "setting" and "breaking" are possible? I found it in a google search but found nowhere else proof of it. Could you ...
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Are there execeptions to the rule that we always use singular forms to refer to singular objects and vice versa?

If that was the case, those movies would not have been successful. If that was the case, those movies would not have been a success. If that was the case, those movies would not have been successes. ...
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"The beach was flat enough to play soccer on." or "The beach was flat enough to play soccer."

The beach was flat enough to play soccer on. This sentence is from my English grammar book. I understand why there is an "on" at the end of the sentence, but I still wonder if the sentence ...
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who is the feds

Although money buys access in both “back door” and “side door” admissions, these modes of entry are not morally identical. For one thing, the back door is legal, while the side door is not. The U.S. ...
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"the majority of" vs. "a majority of"

Is there any difference between these 2 sentences? Do they mean exactly the same? The majority of men does not have a moustache. A majority of men do not have a moustache. I am using a singular ...
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Should I use from or in?

He was participating in every community from which he wasn't banned yet. I am wondering if you should use from, in or something else. I am not sure if it's grammatical or not.
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What's the proper way: "Resolution of Conflicts" or "Conflict Resolution"?

I'm taking an online course about conflict resolution and in one slide they show both forms. First, there's this part where they show this web site: www.resolutionofconflict.com.au (it's unavailable ...
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"grin at" vs "grin to"

What's the difference between "grin at" and "grin to"? oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com ("Extra Examples"): (1) She grinned to herself at the thought. my variant: (2) She ...
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those of us who were new

Can one use a. He talked to us who were new at the office. b. He talked to you who were new at the office. c. He talked to them who were new at the office. instead of a1. He talked to those of us who ...
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"what's to stop something" and the "be+to+verb" construction

I was reading an article and there was a line that has what's to stop: If the Big Tech oligarchs can muzzle the former President, what's to stop them from silencing you? What does "What's to ...
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ellipsis: ten to eighty thousand dollars

I have made up the sentences below. (1) This antique vase is worth ten thousand to eighty thousand dollars. (NO ELLIPSIS) (2) This antique vase is worth ten to eighty thousand dollars. (ELLIPSIS used) ...
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correct tense: [you swept] or [you had swept]

I have made up the examples below. (1) When was the first time you swept the floor? (2) When was the first time you had swept the floor? My non-native friends think (2) is the correct question. They ...
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What does "under the rug" mean?

In a secret location from L.A Confidential (1997), Dudley is extracting information about Pierce Patchett’s activities from Sid, the editor of Hush Hush magazine, who is tied to a chair. Bud White is ...
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correct word choice between until and before

I have made up the sentences below. (1) I haven't made any new friends until I am meeting you now. (2) I haven't made any new friends before I am meeting you now. Thank you for your help.
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John has finished sawing a board (present tense narrative)

Man #2 is about to start winding up a cord when man #1 comes up to him. They have the following conversation (here's a link to the video on YouTube): Man #1: "What are you doing?" Man #2: &...

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