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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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Should I hyphenate in this expression?

How can I use the hyphen (or something else) to make this sentence less confusing: This algorithm achieves a fraction of 0.5 of the full and instantaneous information system region. Here we ...
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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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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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Problem to use Past Perfect tense (Had met / met)

Sentence: It was the first time I had met/met her. Which tense form should be used, had met or met? I have come across this sentence only, not from any specific context.
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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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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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“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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Is “to” always necessary?

Will the meaning of this sentence change if I remove "to" in the second sentence? He wanted to go to the park by himself. But I didn't allow him to.
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“Have ever done before” or “ever did before”

What is the difference between a) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done more in the last few days than I've ever done before. b) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done ...
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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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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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‘Biscuit’ as modifier, according to the online OED

If you look up the word ‘biscuit’ in the Oxford online dictionary, you'll see this biscuit noun 1   British     A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and ...
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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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(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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Putting to+infinitive at the beginning

My question is about the place of to+infinitive in some sentences. For example, 1- Before I went on holiday for a week, I was really eager to study at mathematics. I know this is correct. How ...
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What does “running from” mean?

Remove the screws securing the boards running from the right side of the crate to the left side. I read this from a manual, and this is about how to unpack a package. Does "running from" refer to ...
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What does mean “as” here?

Financial markets spend most of their time expanding as more economic value is produced. I found the meaning of Financial markets and economic value but the structure of the sentence get me all ...
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What is the function of “of” in “of her immortal sisters” and “that of Roy Bhaskar”?

There are two long sentences here, I quoted from different books. If you paint the same face, and set a winged rose or a rose of gold somewhere about her, one's thoughts are of her immortal sisters,...
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“an example of use” OR “an example of usage”

I was answering a question on StackOverflow, I wrote a code snippet and provided an example of how that piece of code should be used. I was going to write Here's an example of usage Then I was ...
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Is the use of neither-nor grammatically correct in this sentence?

Is the neither/nor structure used correctly in the following sentence? This treatment can’t be used if the root is too curved or it has got a tiny root canal that would not provide the needed space ...
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Past Simple VS Past continuous in this context

In Cambridge dictionary I saw a sentence: They sat in the back row of the cinema kissing and cuddling. As a basic learner I always would use: They were sitting in the back row of the cinema ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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1. Let's all thank <the> group A, B, and C; 2. Thank you to <the> groups A, B and C

Let's imagine a small firm where all people know each other very well. This firm consists of five groups A, B, C, D & E. Each group was involved in some process. Together they were doing one big ...
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“Require” or “Need”

I thought that the two verbs "require" and "need" mean the same thing, while I saw these links: link 1 and link 2. Now, I don't think these two verbs are always the same. (Though I have my doubts ...
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No. VS Not? He had a pen not a pencil

I know that we use not to negate a verb and we use no to negate a noun! he had no pencil Why do we use not in this sentence? He had a pen not a pencil Why don’t we use “no” ...
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What does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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populous and politically important

The definite article the is used before a proper noun when it is qualified by an adjective. example The immortal Shakespeare. The great Caesar. But in the following sentence Populous and ...
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“had to have known” vs “must know”

Coroner just told me that Christine's body was put in the water sometime early Tuesday morning. So that Monday night party is critical. Somebody there had to have known what happened later that ...
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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present?

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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“A variable of type”

In programming every datum has some type. For example: 1, 2, 3, are of int type 'a', 'b', 'c' are of char type '5/17/2019' is of Date type I often see phrases like this one: A ...
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Meaning of Off In the following sentence

The England captain scored 148 off 71 balls against Afghanistan at Old Trafford What is the meaning of off. Does it mean to get out off? I looked up its meaning in dictionary but didn't find ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Is this translation of the original text correct

I was reading a translated copy in modern English of The Tempest. And one of the sentence of the original text which was All things in common nature should produce without sweat or endeavour. Was ...
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using the simple past in the present tense

In the sentence given below It is quite apparent that the Narendra Modi government did not want the language issue to acquire disproportionate importance at a time when it is embarking on its ...
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Coming and going (for hiccups)

I know "I can't stop hiccuping" is natural. But if we have to say that "I stop hiccuping after a while only to start hiccuping again", is it okay to use: My hiccups are coming and going. Is the ...
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Which is most natural here? than on/than that on/than that of

Which sentence seems more natural to you: Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than on international companies. Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than ...

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