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expressions with LONG

Are these sentences correct? It took no long for me to realise that ... It was not long before I realised that ... It didn't take long for me to realise that ... It didn't take me long to realise ...
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Which is grammatical - "There is a sign {reading / reads / which reads / that reads / to read}"?

There's a sign reading "No Entry". There's a sign reads "No Entry". There's a sign which reads "No Entry". There's a sign that reads "No Entry". There's a sign to read "No Entry". Which one is right? ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase: "take huge leaps forward with"?

To be specific, I don't understand the meaning of the word "with". Here is a sentence: "Manufacturing innovation takes huge leaps forward with the 3rd generation Anaconda printing ...
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How to analyze the structure "as by ..."

In the fourth book of New Concept English, there is such a sentence as It is almost always due to some very special circumstances that traces of land animals survive, as by falling into inaccessible ...
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How meanings differ if you put 'always' in: "{1}, sheet belts {2} should {3} be {4} used {5}."

Possible positions: Always, sheet belts should be used. Sheet belts always should be used. Sheet belts should always be used. Sheet belts should be always used. Sheet belts should be used always. ...
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error by vs error of vs apostrophe [closed]

In Hindi there's a word that tells 'relation' between subject and the noun/action. To represent the same in English, we use by / of / apostrophe in English. Some examples in English are: Tom's car ...
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"Does this and this help?" or "Do this and this help?"?

Which one is correct: "Does this and this help?" ("this" and "this" as a whole/as one together) or "Do this and this help?" ("this" and "this&...
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Had better plus present perfect vs 3rd conditional

If I say You had better have invited him. I'm referring to the point that the addressed person hasn't been invited yet. I was thinking that I can also say it like this: It would have been better if ...
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What is the meaning of "it's just that" in this video?

https://youtu.be/T_MUer2ojV4 At 02:41 She says It's just that I'm an artist this is not what I'm supposed to be doing What does that mean?
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What does "If it wouldn't be" mean?

Drill Sergeant says to Forrest Gump: Drill Sergeant: If it wouldn't be a waste of such a damn fine enlisted man, I'd recommend you for OCS, Private Gump. You are gonna be a general some day, Gump. ...
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What is this "so far?"

You are so far right as to say that but the rest of the argument is specious. what is this? is it up to a point?
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Questions having you have vs you had

when asking the question, someone says you had vs you have. what is the difference between these. What would you do if you had one year free. What will you do if you have one year free.
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What does "get us by" mean in this sentence?

The sentence goes as follow: Being rationally uncommitted does not do away with all the other sources of motivation that get us by — habit, desire, fear of the law and so on. I googled the phrase ...
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among other impacts to human, animal and plant life

In the following sentence, should there be a comma following "impacts"? If not, should the "to" after "impacts" be changed to "on"? They added it was more ...
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They saw my touching the chair?

a) They heard my arriving (my playing/my singing). – Gerund b) They saw my touching of the chair. - Gerund - wrong They saw me touching the chair. Could you, please, explain why the ...
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How to ask if someone is in a hospital

The scenario is: I am going to hospital to see my friend who got injured in an accident. Suppose that I have entered in the hospital and now I want to ask someone who works in the hospital about my ...
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Can I say down north as well as down south?

Here are two definitions of the word "down" form TFD.com Down a. Toward or in the south; southward: flew down to Florida. Down b. in a particular part of a country: down south. According to ...
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Is this grammatically correct?: "something we thought which might have been lost due to the time and distance"

Here is the context: Two performers who are based in two different countries are going to carry out a performance together. The two of them cannot see each other often so they thought the senses and ...
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A word to describe actions when someone try to avoid the cold

I'm looking for a word that illustrate this particular action. Like, you know how you kind of hunch your shoulder to avoid the cold in winter. Especially if you are wearing a scarf and you just maybe ...
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Which clause a preposition belong to matters to determine whether who or whom is used?

In general, both who and whom can be used in the following sentence, although whom may be preferred in strict grammar: I knew who/whom he was talking with. I think in the following sentence, whom ...
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About coordinating adjectives

I'm currently working through a grammar textbook and have come across something that's got me a little confused. As far as I know, you must place a comma between two coordinating adjectives. However, ...
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of vs for grammar

In this sentence the British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration. Can I use "for" instead of "of"? ...
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Is it possible to put more than two prepositions before a relative pronoun?

I think the following is OK: I was talking to whom he was looking at. Question: Can I move the 'at' in front of the 'whom'? So the sentence will be: I was talking to at whom he was looking.
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"Consider" vs. "look" when asking someone to take a fact into consideration to back up one's point

Is there any difference between consider and look when asking someone to take a fact into consideration to back up one's point? For example: That guy is really rude. Consider how he treated the ...
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What does the verb "borne" mean here? Is it used correctly?

The actor creates on the stage infinite sensations, feeling, or emotions that become the emotions of the whole theatrical audience. Before they become the subject of the actor’s embodiment, they were ...
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common meanings of "I've got it"

What are the possible meanings of "I've got it"? As far as I know, it may mean possession like here: – Jack you also need to have a backpack if you want to go with us. – Well, I've got it. ...
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present progressive with always that does not imply annoyance?

What is the difference between I am always coming back I always come back I know that always+present progressive can be used to show annoyance but in this example I don't think it is the case and ...
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a matter/the matter of/for debate /a debate

The problem is this. 1 A matter of something means a question of something. This is a matter of time. = This is a question of time. This is a matter of debate. = Something can be solved or negotiated ...
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Complex Object with words that express desire/intention and infinitive Verb in passive

What is the way Complex Object shall be constructed if words that express desire/intention are used as predicate and infinitive Verb is in passive? a) I prefer it to be done. b) I prefer it done. c) I ...
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What is the meaning of "dog-food" here?

I was watching a programming course "Kotlin". The instructor of the training course was saying: "We focused on the use cases we knew about from our everyday work and from what other ...
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Is "a band which I'm a huge fan of" correct?

Is "a band which I'm a huge fan of" correct? Or is "which" out of place there? I know I can simply say "a band I'm a huge fan of". I just don't know whether the version ...
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Participle Phrases vs. Reduced Relative Clauses

I found this article about Participle Phrases, It's the first time I hear about them. I always thought they are all reduced relative clauses. How do they differ from reduced relative clauses? ...
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"I kept sleeping" or "I kept asleep"

I kept sleeping. or I kept asleep. Which is correct? I have gotten different opinions.
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Meaning of the phrasal verb "cut in" in context

The following usage of cut in, I came across in the 6th episode of the 2nd season of "Narcos: Mexico." Here is the sentence it was used in. If we can weaken Felix without having to go back ...
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What is the underlying meaning of this sentence?

I came across the sentence below. I am confused about the meaning the author tries to express, especially about the nuiance attached to the bolded pronoun 'that'. This list is the possibilities that I ...
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What does "the day has turned over" mean?

p1: What time is it? p2: The day has turned over. It is monday 02:50am, You've been unconcious for nearly 5 hours. p1: Otta got me didn't he? p2: He struck you over the head with a wok. What does &...
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What meaning of FOR is used in "stumped for an answer", "lost for words", etc.?

What meaning of FOR in "stumped for an answer", "lost for words", etc. I've gone through the OED looking for the right meaning to no avail, as well as other major dictionaries. https://www.oed.com/...
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How to negate a sentence

I'm kind of lost here. In a software that I'm programming it has a condition that when satisfied will not execute the profiles, none, not a single one. How to correctly express this? "Will not ...
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meaning of 'but' in incomplete sentences

summary 'But' is a conjunction to express a contrast between two ideas. Incomplete sentences allow us to omit information without changing the intended meaning. This makes it difficult to identify the ...
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"It is done" what is the sentence structure?

It is done Is "done" in the above sentence an adjunctive or a verb? Or is it a simple past tense in passive form. If so why "is" is used. Please clarify what is the structure of the sentence. This ...
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«The more that farther data are correlated, the higher L is» Is this correct?

I've wrote the following sentence: «The more that farther data are correlated, the higher L is» I mean to say that the farther data points are correlated, and the more correlated they are, the higher ...
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How can I be more expressive? [duplicate]

I want to be able to express human situations, human feelings, feelings, and instinctive feelings. What can I do to achieve such a feat and what verbal drills may I make for that sake. Here is a list ...
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Comparison between there and demonstrative pronouns

Comparison between there and demonstrative pronouns Who claim there is a subject \ question tag ? Though many books apparently tell that ( there or here ) is never the subject, but the noun that ...
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Meaning of "Nobody thought we had a chance entering this season"

Nobody thought we had a chance entering this season would be understood as: A) Nobody thought we had a chance when we entered this season B) Nobody thought we had a chance to enter this season What ...
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enjoyed OR have enjoyed?

Should I choose ENJOYED or HAVE ENJOYED in this situation ?And WHY ? I (enjoyed/have enjoyed) working with my company but now I want to look for another job. I think it should be 'I enjoyed ' ...
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Is it wrong "These are expensive engagement rings. Having said that, the rings are very glory."?

I mimic the sentense in book It's an expensive restaurant. Having said that, the food is very good. Is there wrong "These are expensive engagement rings. Having said that, the rings are very ...
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by a/the bank holding the shares

Below is an excerpt from the article Can Stocks Be Traded on More Than One Exchange? A depositary receipt can be issued on a foreign exchange by the bank holding the shares with or without the ...
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Can "such ... as" be used to introduce a clause

Recently I'm learning the usage of the word "such". I looked up several dictionaries and found that in Collins Dictionary, one sense of "such" has the following usage: You use ...
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Which to use, or/and/vs. in "When should you use X (or/and/vs.) Y"?

I am writing an article that explains when to use X instead of Y, and when to use Y instead of X, that is the relative advantages/disadvantages of using one over the other given the situation. Now ...
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Which is the subject in the following sentence?

There are lots of reasons why the road shouldn't be built Answer : Lots of reasons = the subject ✔️ There is the subject ❌ ❌ ❌ There or here is never the ( subject ) many books confirm this idea ...

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