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What's the second d in “didn't”, phonetically speaking?

In British English it seems to merge with the n to produce something which isn't on the standard phonetic chart afaict.
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What does “persecutory trends” imply in this definition?

I read a definition of the word "paranoid" in Merriam Webster which was: characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania I'm not sure what specifically "trends" mean above. ...
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Is “it is you that is wrong” correct?

I know that between ”it is you who are wrong” and ”it is you who is wrong”, the former is the correct version. However, if I change who to that, is the same still true? It is you that are wrong. ...
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generic or specific reference

My question is how can I decide wheather a noun is a generic or specific one? I know all the rules but still one thing confuses me. For example: "According to the linguist (mentioned before) ...
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“Past perfect progressive” vs “past progressive”- Can we use the adverbial phrases of time with past progressive?

I know one of the main differences between past perfect progressive and past progressive is the fact that the latter can be used when the duration of an event or its exact timing is not important to ...
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Reduced relative clauses

a. Trees which fell in the storm have resulted in several accidents. b. Trees falling in the storm have resulted in several accidents. a. Teams which have completed the first round go into the ...
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How to use tenses in reported speech

If I had two verb forms in a sentence, how should I use the tense? For example: I heard that you were moving to London. The situation is like this, the event (moving to London) has not taken ...
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Past Simple/ Present Perfect

Is it correct to say "I've missed this programme but I've watched another informative programme" Should I say 'but I've watched...' or 'but I watched...' Thanks
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When should I use the definite article before a plural noun + relative clause?

Here are examples from my posts on Lang-8: E1. Its style was older -- for example, "today" was written there as "to-day" -- but it had no typos, or at least far fewer of them. Out of interest, I ...
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I'm having a hard time figuring out “Categorical Noun”

I like fruit Here, fruit refes to a category called fruit. that's why we use singular form:fruit. I like oranges and apples. oranges and apples refer to two kinds of fruit. I have oranges and ...
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Misplaced modifier? Judging by

I have read many sentences with the modifier "judging by..." followed by the subject "it". Such as this example: Judging by his appearance, it is clear that he doesn't comb his hair. The sentence ...
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Comma after “to”-phrase starting a sentence

I am wondering if I need a comma in the following sentence. To further our understanding of this phenomenon(,) we conducted yet another experiment. If the sentence was the other way around (We ...
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Present simple + time? “I can't do it for the next 5 hours”

Is it correct to say something in present tense, but it has a time information that will be taking place until a certain time in the Future. For example, I can't do it for the next 5 hours.
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Type 2 Conditional - Should verbs be consistent?

From EF (Education First), The type 2 conditional is used, with if clause in simple past and main clause in present conditional or in present continuous conditional, to express an unlikely or ...
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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
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Non-perfect Tense with Since

Most of the time, the simple or progressive present tense is not used in the main clause, when there is a since clause: Correct: I have been here since morning. Correct: I have been waiting ...
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Picture Someone Engaging VS Engaged

I looked up the word "picture" in the dictionary and it is usually said "Picture someone doing something". Shouldn't the word "engaged" be "engaging" in the following sentence? Perhaps you’re ...
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'global role' vs 'role globally'

In a footnote at the bottom of page 123 of A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005; by Huddleston and Pullum), I found mention of a construction in which adverbs modify nouns: There is a ...
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“in” versus “to” in “He went running {in / to} the park.”

Do you agree that: He went running to the park. He went to the park running. mean the same thing - "He got to the park by running." Now, if I want to say: He went to the park to have a ...
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
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Reducing adverb clauses

Here's a sentence from a textbook Before I left home, I promised my parents that I would return. According to the given instruction, I'm suppose to rephrase it into a participial sentence. One ...
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(In) no way? - She will agree to you leaving early in no way

A manner adjunct - (in) no way. It can move freely in a sentence. (In) no way will she agree to you leaving early. But when (in) no way change its position, we can't drop in. She will agree ...
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Which tense should I use in “I was talking about … when she started to talk about …”?

I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about what he had been up to these days. I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about ...
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tenses harmony/mixed tenses

I just read that the characters of [insert random show name] would be coming to our city. I just read that the characters of [insert random show name] will be coming to our city. Are both the ...
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Should I use Present or Past perfect for describing a case in a figure?

I have this sentence Figure 2 shows a screenshot of a dialogue for creating an anchor. In this dialogue, the anchor ( has been / is / was ?) specified by a text pattern. I don't want to say how ...
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I wanted to do something but have forgotten

I wanted to do something but have forgotten. Is this sentence valid? Can I use the past simple with the present perfect in this case? As another example: I have wanted to buy something but have ...
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Since when {could/can} he move so quick?

SOURCE   Attack on Titan, 2013 Anime Season 2, Ep. 7 What is the difference between "Since when could he move so quick?" and "Since when can he move so quick?" The original sentence ...
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Article use in “I didn't have a key”

In Raymond Murphy's "English Grammar in Use with Answers 4th edition" there is the following sentence: I couldn't get into the house because I didn't have a key. with "a" being the correct answer ...
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“Could not but” in interrogative sentence

Is the following sentence grammatically correct to write in literature? How could I not but close my eyes? As "I could not but close my eyes" is a valid sentence, I felt like this one should also ...
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The word “Combined” at the beginning of the sentence

To assess the effects of ocean heat waves, researchers led by ecologist Daniel Smale of Great Britain's Marine Biological Association turned to 116 previously published academic studies. Combined, ...
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What is the difference between “I will need something” and “I will be needing something”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences. Don't throw your boots away yet because you will need them. Don't throw your boots away yet because you will be needing them....
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I just noticed that the location of be(is am are was were, etc) is not changed when there's an adjective, even in affirmative sentences

For example: I don't know what's wrong [not what wrong is] Had there been a noun I'd have to change the structure. I don't know what your problem is. Am I right? I'm fairly certain I am
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Lexical issue - the words “close” and “far” in terms of time

I need some help with a lexical issue. In my native language we have one word that means "close" both in terms of distance (meters etc) and in terms of distance in time. The same goes for "far" and ...
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What preposition should I use? “Cartels lead to 20-30% higher prices in/on/at/for… public procurement”

"Cartels lead to 20-30% higher prices in/on/at/for... public procurement" What preposition should I use? I mean, as a result, eventual prices are higher to that extent.
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Correct preposition in “The holes will be made in/to/at a diameter of 5 cm”

The holes will be made in/to/at a diameter of 5 cm. I couldn’t decide which preposition is correct in the sentence above. What I want to say is diameter of hole will be 5 cm. Is it correct to make ...
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meaning of “maintaining moral and ethical standards” in context

One of the issues from the pool of GRE analytical writing issue topics is as follows: To be an effective leader, a public official must maintain the highest ethical and moral standards. Write ...
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“get a train from the station” or “get a train at the station”?

Which preposition do I have to use in the following sentence. You still can get a train to your destination at/from the station near the bank .
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A verb for a raise in a feeling

The studies conducted 10 years ago shows that the feeling of belonging to the group is very weak among the members. We have no evidence that the feeling _____ in the meanwhile. I want to say that ...
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Can the start be “the other end”?

The sentence is " There is the letter T in the end of the word and the letter C in the other end". Can you call the start of the word the other end?
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What does “feel one's stomach disappear” mean in this context?

In Harry Potter: Harry ran up the hall into the kitchen and felt his stomach disappear. Aunt Petunia’s masterpiece of a pudding, the mountain of cream and sugared violets, was floating up near ...
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Why do people use “did” instead of “do” when asking something?

When I go to shops to buy something, always workers ask me, "Did you need a bag?" or "Did you need a receipt?". I'm really wondering why they say "Did" than "Do" because I learned that when I talk ...
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What does “skim away” mean?

I saw this in a book called The Garden Party: Away she skimmed, over the lawn, up the path, up the steps, across the veranda, and into the porch. Can someone explain this phrase in simple English?
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What adjective does lay between “selfish” and “unselfish”?

Selfish means someone who doesn't care about others' needs. Unselfish means the one who is willing to put others' wishes before her own. These two adjectives are radically opposite. What adjective ...
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difference between “part” and “a part”

What is the difference between part and a part? What is the difference between these two sentences? He was a part of the team. He was part of the team. I heard that part means a member and a ...
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Infinitive or gerund?

I run into a question as shown below studying an exam held in my country: Fill the blank. The passengers ---- the announcement of the cancelled flight for the second time groaned audibly. A) ...
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What would you rather I did?

I want to ask someone about what he want me to do. which one of the mentioned below is better and grammatically correct? What would you rather I did? What would you rather I do? What would you rather?...
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How to express “Cela comptera moins”? (What are the most important objectives and those that'll count less)

In the French sentence: Quels sont les objectifs les plus importants et ceux qui compteront moins ? That I can approximately translate into: What are the most important objectives and those ...
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Squeeze some juice out of the orange/ Squeeze the orange for some juice?

I am really confused regarding the usage of this word, squeeze. I know it means to press something with fingers or extract liquid from something, but what bugs me is its usage: Should it be ...

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