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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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"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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Should I use 'at' or 'during' in this question? [closed]

Which of these is correct? (1) Can students leave the college campus at the lunchbreak? (2) Can students leave the college campus during the lunchbreak?
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What does he really mean by “feel like it” in this case?

Being Funny may not contain many grand topical pronouncements, but it does include some of the most personal songwriting of Healy’s career. “Love is the narrative and the intention and the obstacle,” ...
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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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Can Past Perfect be used for a more recent, not earlier event in the past?

Let's sum it up: Past Perfect is not only used to refer to an earlier event in the past but also to refer to an event that could've happened, or was supposed to happen, or was expected to happen ...
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Hoop and loop to install

The following is a description of a type of blinds: "Easy to Install:Trim at home for the perfect fit inside or outside your window frame, then install in seconds without a drill, screws, or ...
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Can I reduce these sentences

The boy who lives in Kolkata is my brother. Can I reduce it to The boy living in Kolkata is my brother. Ram, who works in your company, is a good boy. Can I reduce it to Ram, working in your ...
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What does "the quarantine fools" mean?

His most important coin is perhaps ‘Lindy walk’, which he came up with last year to get an escape from the quarantine fools. “It really just means a walk,” he said. ‘But it’s also in many ancient ...
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or rather what would be kind by me

I have not said, exert yourself Harriet for my sake; think less, talk less of Mr. Elton for my sake; because for your own sake rather, I would wish it to be done, for the sake of what is more ...
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Which is correct: I could come your home today? or I could come TO your home today?

I'm confused about whether to say "come your home" or "come to your home." I saw a video by EnglishWale on YouTube on how to use could in a sentence. For past possibilities, he ...
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They Was Gonna - Colloquial Language

I heard some people saying "They was..." instead of "They were...". Also, it seems that this is usually used with gonna (e.g. They was gonna use it). Is this a common colloquial ...
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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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Jacob cook (name + his position)

Jacob cook is making an Italian meal right now. Jacob, the cook, is making an Italian meal right now. The cook Jacob is making an Italian meal right now. Could you explain how to write correctly the ...
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What does "big ideas" mean?

With big ideas about originality, postmodernism, and the dire state of the world wafting from the record and circling our conversation, I offer up a theory about how Being Funny fits into the 1975’s ...
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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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Can we use "before" instead of "until" in this sentence?

"To experience enlightenment you must surrender and dissolve totally and completely into the Infinite Sea of Consciousness until there is nothing left of you" In the sentence above, why can'...
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Is the "know" in "Do you know" an infinitive?

Is the know in the sentence "Do you know where the mall is?" classified as a (bare) infinitive? Is seems to, because the construction seems to be auxiliary verb + infinitive, much like "...
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Saying that someone is wacky, airy-fairy, zoned out, distrait, bonkers etc [closed]

Trying to put up examples that would convey the idea of someone "having a screw loose", "being kooky" etc, I concocted some random sentences containing modifiers interesting for me,...
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The close-knit family (how to say with its surname?)

The close-knit Stones family is doing ... (right now). The close-knit family of the Stones is doing ... (right now). How to say idiomatically about the particular close-knit family with its surname ...
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Meaning of 'with' in context

What is the meaning of the preposition 'with' in the below sentence? Why has it been used? He sat down at the table, with the order that he be served immediately.
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what is difference between ''the world of '' and ''a world of''?

in this following sentence, what is difference between these phrases ''the world of'' and ''a world of''? is it the same or what? ''An eternally surging sea of feelings, perceptions, volitions and ...
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You check her forehead with your palm and her temperature is high. What do you say?

Do you say "it burns", "it is burning", "it's hot", "she's burning", or "she's hot" when you notify another person about it? I want to avoid to refer ...
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Adjective elemental or elementary?

It seems elementary refers to rudiments and elemental to individual constituents, but there are also sentences like elementary particles, the individual constituents of atoms. How do English native ...
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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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What does the phrase '' in the form in which '' mean?

The definition ''in the form in which / in the form that'' was given by some native speakers about the phrase ''such as'' in following sentence. Because as if the definition is technically defined in ...
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a question about plain language and unnecessary modifiers (not a homework question)

The question below (see the picture) is from Writing in Plain Language course on Linkedin Learning. It's the second last question on the curriculum though. Well, the answer is B (the one in the middle)...
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How long have I been sleeping?

If I am sleeping and I just woke up, is it correct to say to someone: How long I have been sleeping? Secondly, the present perfect continuous implies the continuity but it doesn't mean that I am ...
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that must be achieved at the Constituent Assembly

From "Ten days that shook the world"... I can't get the meaning of "that must be achieved Constituent Assembly or no Constituent Assembly: Peace, Land, and Workers' Control of Industry. ...
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Is that correct to ask "How many previous owners does it have had"?

Is that correct to ask "How many previous owners does it have had?" If I want to know the number of previous owners of something? Also: "How many previous owners has it had?" Which ...
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Could someone please help me with analyzing? [closed]

I've found the following sentences: "He'll keep his pledge to donate 10,000 mosquito nets to charity to help fight Malaria in Africa." I would analyze them as the following: He is the ...
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