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Is this expression clear and idiomatic, “Mathematically, is 21 ideal for Blackjack in some sense”?

I asked a question just now, where I would like discuss if 21 is in some sense ideal. Mathematically, is 21 ideal for Blackjack in some sense? Is this expression clear and idiomatic?
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what does “that” refer to

What does the 2nd "that" refer to in this following passage? The story of Cabeza De Vaca and his companions has its origins in the Caribbean archipelago, that immense arch of green gems set against a ...
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Truly VS really

Mahatma Gandhi was really a great man Mahatma Gandhi was truly a great man I think there is a difference between truly and really. I have searched on the internet to find the difference and I ...
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Which one is more grammatical and idiomatic, “view something is” or “view something as”?

The lecturer is saying Something hits you really hard and then goes away, and then nothing happens for a very long period of time. And you'll learn this in the future, you can kind of view ...
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More appropriate “participial clause” here--

He took all my books, threatening to throw them if I revealed his secrets. Taking all my books, he threatened me to throw them if I revealed his secrets. Do they both mean the same? Which is ...
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ask for help in finding an idiom or expression

have you ever faced with this situation? You suggest people to do something but they reject it! after a while the other people suggest the same thing and they accept! can you tell me any expression or ...
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Difference is meaning due to the position of adverb

What is the difference between the following two sentences ----- It can be easily changed into a subordinate clause. It can easily be changed into a subordinate clause. Do they both mean ...
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Can “to put away” be used with a target location?

Cambridge dictionary says that "to put away" means "to store things where they are usually stored". Can I explicitly mean the usual place of storage when using it? Example: His mother puts away his ...
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at/in/on the same day

I have a sentence like: We run the three programs __ the same day: Choices are: 1) at 2) in 3) on Which one is correct? You can suggest another better choice if any.
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“in” or “on” my second week?

Should I use in or on? Or are both okay? A: I’ll be here for six weeks and I’m already in my second week. B: I’ll be here for six weeks and I’m already on my second week.
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Can I use “due left” as meaning of “due west”?

According to the dictionary, "due" can be used to emphasize for "Straight, directly" i.g: "Go due west". So,can I use "due left" as meaning of "due west"?
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Meaning of “as merry a band of children as I had ever seen before or since”

The long awaited moment at last came and we set out for station, as merry a band of children as I had ever seen before or since. What is the meaning of the highlighted text? I think it means We were ...
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Difference between 'should do this' & 'should have to do this'

I am confused between You should do this and You should have to do this Can anyone explain difference between these sentences.
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When to use “I” and “me” in an answer

I still have problems to figure out when it's right to use I or me in an answer. For example, what is the right answer to "Who did this?" If I did it, should I say I or me? I've heard native ...
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use of “Perhaps with ”would have"

Which one is correct out of the following? i. Perhaps he has done it. ii.Perhaps he would have done it. Can we use 'perhaps' with 'would have' for a thing that we speculate or doubt was done by ...
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About “too…to do” and “too… not to do”

As taught by our English language teacher back home who are not native speakers, we learn that "too...to do" contains the negative implication which means the opposite to the face meaning, as in "he ...
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Mixing tenses in one sentence

Can I use might and may in the same sentence? Am I mixing tenses incorrectly? "To your pleasure, I might have changed and may not dwell in silly thoughts about love I used to a few years ago."
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was not expecting to hear from you ANYMORE

I am surprised to receive your answer, I was not expecting to hear from you anymore Is anymore a good choice or shall I write: I was not expecting to hear from you The context is because the ...
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What is another word for “sh*t”?

As we know, people in current society are more in to the word shit when they get frustrated over something. The real meaning of this word is solid waste from a person's or animal's body according to a ...
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On the meaning of 'anyways' in “What Exactly Is a Quartz Crystal, Anyways?”

I couldn't really find the meaning 'anyways' takes in this specific context: What Exactly Is a Quartz Crystal, Anyways? Each of the four definitions of anyways listed in this dictionary, for ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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Why do we need 'the' in front of the grammar word? [duplicate]

the indefinite article the gerund the past participle I've always thought that 'the' is placed when you're talking about something specific. But I see people usually say with 'the' even ...
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How do you ask 2 paralleling things if exist?

I want to ask, Why is there Chinglish and why is not there English style Chinese? Or Why is there Chinglish but is not there English style Chinese? What is the correct way to say that?
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The present continuous vs. the 'going to' construction for future events

Is there any slight difference between the two sentences below? I’m taking the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow. I’m going to take the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow.
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How to express the meaning that I am trying to figure out a concept?

I asked a question just now What an input space exactly is in the context of machine learning? I am not sure where should I put "exactly", which one in the following is more appropriate? What an ...
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Why “Take something with [reflexive pronoun]” is incorrect?

People don't use bring/take/etc (If you know other similar verbs, please tell me) with reflexive pronouns. I heard that from one of my English teachers too. Why? As I know we need to use objective ...
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Intransitive use of 'break' in “the record will break”

Is the following sentence correct? That the record will break today is probable. I found this sentence in a book. I think the sentence is wrong, because break is a transitive verb in this sense ...
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‘Centuries-old architecture’ or ‘century-old architecture’

I came across the phrase ‘centuries-old architecture‘ in a video provided by BBC learning English. It’s common knowledge that a boy who is 12 years old can be called ‘a 12-year-old boy’ so why don’t ...
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What does the phrase “get me bloody please” mean?

What does the phrase get me bloody please mean? Here is some context from a song : Get me, get me bloody, please get me bloody You can get down on your knees if you're naughty It sounds for ...
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Never give up on your hope vs Never give up your hope

Never give up on your hope, whatever hardships you face. Never give up your hope whatever hardships you face. What's the difference between the two sentences in meaning? Are both 2 grammatically ...
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Can we use “then” in the first conditional sentences?

I want to know if I can use 'then' with first conditional sentences. For example. If you want to learn anything, then read a lot of books in the same field.
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Importance to me or importance me

Which one is correct? I need a friend who will give importance to me. I need a friend who will importance me. I think the former is correct but the website “sentencechecker.com” says it'...
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Is 'still wasn't able to' correct in this context?

Kindly, consider the following situation: The question says: Complete the following with was / wasn’t able to. The context says: A man said: ‘In my garden, there is a heavy stone, I tried to lift it ...
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Pronunciation of English phonemes together to clearly say a word

How are the individual English phonemes pronounced to make a whole word? How are they joined in speech to give correct pronunciation?
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Negative with subjunctive in that clause

I was wondering, why exactly is it correct to use "not" without a helping word instead of "do not" with the subjunctive in the negative after the "that" clause, after words like "suggest" or "...
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Make clear where the reply should be given

As part of a task I make as webmaster of a site, I sometimes contact users through the Contact form made available from the site, asking them to reply on a specific page on that site (the one I link). ...
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“share the housework” vs “share my housework”

How should I use the definite article in this particular situation? OK,let's imagine the following conversation: A: Hello B. B: Hello A, what's that you're doing? A: I often share the ...
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to reach the end vs to finish

What is the difference of "to reach the end" and "to finish", when used transitively? Example: I have finished (my) lunch. I have reached the end of my lunch. I know the latter is much less usual, ...
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Does “as soon as” imply simultaneity?

Someone has told me recently that "A as soon as B" does not imply that B will be complete before A starts, but rather that both events will take place at the same time. Example: He will speak as ...
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What's the meaning of thinking they not?

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn made a statement on Twitter recently: "Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not" What is he apologising for? What's the meaning of the ...
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Should there be two commas in the construction so … so … that (intensifier)?

Here's an example: Her deception had been so deep, so disappointing(,) that he swore never to speak to her again. Should there be a second comma there? I'm sure you need a comma if you write ...
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How to read aloud this math symbol u_a(x)?

I asked a question about ua(x) just now. Then I realized I have no idea how to read aloud the symbol. Usually I read aloud X1 as "X one". Should I read aloud ua(x) as "u a of x"?
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Concrete examples to supplement(s) when talk about some operation or explanation

I am confused with the usage of the word supplement. A similar usage might be a 16-page advertising supplement where it means an additional part of a book, newspaper, report etc Following is ...
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Applying restrictive clause to compound nouns

A renown foreign bakery and a locally owned bakery, which HAS won awards for its croissants, HAVE seen a significant decrease in the revenue since the biggest employer in the area shut down. How do ...
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Does this sentence have a clear antecedent?

Does their in the following sentence refer only to Chandler and Monika, or is it one of those sentences with an unclear antecedent? In order to celebrate their anniversary, Chandler and Monika ...
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Introductory Sentence/introductory clause

Introductory clauses are dependent clauses that are often found at the beginning of the sentence (although they can be moved to the end of the sentence, too, without confusing the meaning of the ...
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Is willn't ever used?

He willn't go there tomorrow. He won't go there tomorrow. Do people use "willn't" our days?
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Using not to <verb> or to not <verb> [duplicate]

Which of these is the correct one, or are both correct? I moved slowly, to not wake my parents. - Intended meaning I moved slowly, not to wake
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my question is about figures of speecch.the line is …How we treat our loved ones young and old [on hold]

What figures of speech is this? Is this ANTICLIMAX ? How we treat our loved one young and old... I enquired about the above poetic line one redponse I got was....there is no figures of speech in ...

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