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when + present continuous

I have recently read the sentence: When are you doing the practice? If "doing" referred to the present, that sentence would not make sense. Does the present continuous refer to the future here?
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How many years have you studied English?

For the question: How many years have you studied English? does it mean studying English only or studying all courses in English?
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on your future vs in your future

Is there any difference between the two sentences below? You can expect positive effects on your future. You can expect positive effects in your future.
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How should this sentence be constructed?

I know that I fully understand your feelings. is correct but I wondered why we cannot use I am fully understand your feelings.
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The use of “Would have not been” and “Would not have been” in English Grammar

What is the exact meaning of "would have not been" and "would not have been" in English grammar? Do they mean same thing? For example, On this principle, if Mr. Lynch had decided to go on hunger ...
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How to use 'I learned that if I faced' in its reported-speech kind of context

It is said that in reported speech, verbs tense will change. Also, when using 'if', verb tenses change. So what is the correct form of the below sentence? I learned that if I faced another question ...
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Which is right? “Why did you go there and do/did that?”

Why did you go there and do that? Why did you go there and did that? Why? I feel the first sentence is correct but one of my friends argued that both the things are past, so, the sentence should ...
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Does the present fit in this case

January 1st is on Saturday next year or january will be on Saturday next year I think present fits because it is something that can't be changed . So what is the better solution, is it only a point ...
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Should I hyphen the adjective here?

How would you write these two sentences: It's quiet at nighttime. It was a night-time ritual. Should I hyphen the second sentence (as I have)? ?
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Prepositions used with 'common'

Is the sentence, "There is nothing common between you and me." wrong grammatically? If yes, why? Should it be, "There is nothing in common between you and me."?
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Subject Auxiliary Inversion and the usage of 'ever' and 'never'

Please let me know if the following sentences is correct: 1- Have you never tried the Doritos Wasabi flavor? My question is related to using 'have' with 'never'. I've seen the present perfect with ...
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what is a better phrase than “is there a problem with that”

Is there a better way of saying "is there a problem with that?" I feel that this phrase is a bit disturbing to some people, is there a better way of asking this question in a nicer friendlier way? ...
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This and that difference

Are this and that both used to refer the thing/person/situation just mentioned or not?please help me in this or that. E.g, Two persons are talking about a man. That/this man is not on the spot. The ...
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Does one suffer a defeat “to” or “from” someone else?

On the one hand, you lose "to" your rival. On the other hand, a defeat is done or comes "from" them (there are some search results for the latter but mainly from second-rate publications). I think you ...
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“the whole shabang” vs “the whole shebang”

In the vocabulary.com A shebang is a thing or a group, used in the phrase "the whole shebang." When your teacher says the test will cover the whole shebang, she means everything you've studied is ...
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What does “he was there for” mean in this sentence?

I really don't understand the usage or the meaning of "he was there for" in this sentence : Tony shook his head, as though he couldn’t wrap his mind around events he was there for, and partially ...
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'We are starting class now' or 'We are the starting class now'?

I saw the sentence: 'We are starting class now' in a book of English grammar exercises. But, I don't understand why the sentence have no article (the), like: 'We are starting the class now'.
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Is this the correct phrasing? “I wasted some moments of my ever last passing.”

Does this phrase make sense to describe the passing away of life every moment? I wasted some moments of my ever last passing. If not, what would be the correct phrase to mean passing away of ...
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Is this a correct way of using a comma?

"Deduplication of data can be done inline, that is, before storing them." before the words "that is" and after it. please note that deduplication is a computer term.
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often + used to

I know that adverbs of frequency such as "often" are usually put before the main verb (or after if the main verb is "to be") or at the end of the sentence. Examples: I often walk on the beach / I ...
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When I've… I've been

Question: Is it idiomatic to say: l'll be speaking English like a native speaker by the time I've been in the US for 30 years. I'll be speaking English like a native speaker when I've lived ...
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When + Past Perfect

Does Past Perfect sound good here? This sentence is from the book, but I am not sure why we need Past Perfect here. It would make more sense to use Past Simple there. He must, he thought, have ...
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Instinctively or intuitively?

Jacob is sleeping in bed. His phone, which is on silent mode, is ringing silently on the nightstand. He instinctively wakes up, sees it's ringing, and picks up. Hi, everyone. Is "instinctively" the ...
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“Why are we going on/ in this side” Vs. “Why are we going by this side”?

Imagine a couple going on the left sidewalk but this side isn't comfortable as the second side is, and then the girl asks the guy beside her "Why are we going ___ this side"? What preposition would be ...
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“On Horse Market” vs. “On the Horse Market” as the title for a post

"On Horse Market" or "On the Horse Market" I suspect the latter is correct, but I do not know why? I did some research. I know that market is countable. Is that a rule that I always have to put an ...
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passive to active voice using modal

This word cannot be uttered by a sane man. If this sentence is changed into the active voice which one is more appropriate and why? a) A sane man cannot utter this word b) A sane man will not utter ...
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What is the meaning of “windows into men's souls.”?

Queen Elizabeth: Now, I ask you to pass this Act of Uniformity not Not for myself, but for my people, who are my only care. Bishop: Madam, By this act, you force us to relinquish our ...
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Are all the paired sentences grammatically correct? And do all those sound natural to native speakers? [on hold]

The car is too old to repair. =The car is so old that we cannot repair it. The car is too old to be repaired. =The car is so old that it cannot be repaired. The coffee is too hot to drink. =The ...
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The preposition 'about' before numbers

Can the preposition 'about' be used before numbers like one or two? Example 1: It employs about one contractual workers in the business. Can the preposition 'about' be used before a range of ...
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I am an assistant professor in the department of Biochemistry [on hold]

I am an assistant professor in the department of Biochemistry. In this sentence, the use of "an" in front of "assistant professor" is correct or not?
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Past tense and present tense?

Leonardo Da Vinchi collaborated with Marcantonio della Torre, an anatomist from the University of Pavia. Their collaboration is important because it marries the artist with the scientist. Similarly, ...
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Why can't I use “passing” instead of pass?

I have been given the following sentence: He got only passing mark. I don't understand why it should be "pass marks" in place of "passing mark". I don't want to cram but understand. I read a ...
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What exactly *Verb + Ed* describes in English Sentences?

Can we summarize the various uses of Verb+ed in the English sentence, as it is used to describe completed actions in Present, Past and future, Whether verb+ed is used as past tense or past participle. ...
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Is this grammatically correct and naturally phrased? [on hold]

Will is on the desk phone, ordering takeout, when his assistant enters. Is this grammatically correct and naturally phrased?
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Tenses in 'Did I tell you what happened to me?'

Why can't we use Past Perfect in the second clause of the sentence 'Did I tell you what happened to me?' if the second clause happened before 'Did I tell you' As far as I know, we use Past ...
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claim or take something?

If no one claims the items before going off work, please dispose them. In the above context should I use claim or take…away. Is "going off work" or "quitting time " more proper in the sentence?
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Use of 'Far' and 'Far away.'

I'm a little confused about the proper usage of Far and Far Away. For example, if a friend asks me to go out with him for dinner and I want to tell him that I cannot go very far from where I am right ...
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“Raising up the dead” VS “Raising up the deads”

It seems the correct sentence would be : Raise up the dead Though "dead" is supposed to be about dead things or persons, which would be plural. So why wouldn't we say : Raise up the deads ?
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Different forms of clauses are treated differently

While this is considered true: Tell John McGarrett that his son will be along soon enough. while this is false: The large family that its house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to ...
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In “machine learning”, is “learning” a noun, adjective or gerund? Please explain

In the phrase “machine learning”it is really confusing for me to get the meaning of it in its grammatical sense.
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Converting impersonal constructions to modal sentences

In these examples: It is required that we file taxes. It is crucial for my friend to be here. It is possible that humans are on the edge of breathtaking discoveries.. How can I convert these ...
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Are these 3 constructions the same?

While watching the film Django Unchained I came across the phrase (I paraphrased it to make a direct word order). I insist that you shake my hand. But I'm curious if I can paraphrase it in the ...
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Usage of “From” and “Of”

Let me know what you guys think should be the correct sentence here.. Ice cream is made from dairy products, such as milk and cream. or Ice cream is made of dairy products, such as milk and ...
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Using “very” to put emphasis on sentence meaning

"Very" is commonly used to put emphasis on adjectives, like : I think you're very strong. But I noticed there are sometimes other usages, such as this sentence I came across : With or without ...
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Would it be equally okay to say 'an interim governor' and 'an acting governor'? Is there any difference in meaning or connotations?

An incumbent, suppose, resigns, then the president appoints "an interim governor" (or "provisionally performing duties of a governor", as it's officially called in Russia) before an election is held. ...
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What that means by “I am willing to try the code as is”?

My colleague and I have been working on a software project. I recently proposed some changes to the code base and requested for his review. He then added some comments as below: Now that I see you ...
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“It can be seen as”

I would like to have a synonym of (It can be seen as). I understand the meaning of this sentence but would like to use a synonym without changing the meaning. Example This estimation equation can ...
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What should I use: his or their

Should I use HIS or THEIR in the sentence: Which of the students of your group does __________ homework together?
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Why I can't use “that its” in this case?

I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to stay at a hotel. There were ...
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“every”and “each”

recently,I read a literature about "every" and "each",This involved a theory called the scope between quantifier and negation. "A boy didn't eat every cookie" means "some cookies were eaten"."A boy ...

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