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Which of the following is a phrase fragment?

Which of the following is a phrase fragment? A) Since the weather forecast is beautiful this weekend. B) Let's ask our parents if we can go tubing. C) Did you just say that? D) A great dog, that’...
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“educational and communication opportunities”

Is it fine to say The Internet provides many educational and communication opportunities to us. My concern is that "communication" is a noun, and "educational" is an adjective. Should I use some ...
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Is there a usage like “come do something”?

From NPR: So go ahead, join the entomologists and hope for another even colder polar vortex to come settle over the country again this winter. I guess the word "settle" is used as a verb here. So ...
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Nor there if they yet mock what women meant / who gave them flowers

From "The Send-Off", by Wilfred Owen: So secretly, like wrongs hushed-up, they went. They were not ours: We never heard to which front these were sent. Nor there if they yet mock what women meant ...
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Can someone be an administrator of a festival?

Someone is in charge of organizing a festival/meeting/conference etc. What do we call him? Can we say he is the administrator of that festival? What word suits better?
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Is “head of the heads” right?

I want to say I am the Head of The Heads of all Scientific Councils of the University, elected democratically by heads of all student scientific councils to act as their delegate. Is the head of ...
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What does “however” mean in this sentence?

However it was, no one from the Poyser family went to church that afternoon except Hetty and the boys. Source Is this "however" similar to "whyever"? "How" can mean "why" as in "how is that?", so I ...
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That I couldn't identify her was no more a surprise than that she should know me

I found this sentence - That I couldn't identify her was no more a surprise than that she should know me. What is the meaning of this sentence? Source - The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
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these organizations or those organizations?

Consider a hypothetical quote: Each day we gather information from manufacturers, distributors, Russian and foreign vendors, research centers. The reliability of the sources is ensured by our ...
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Can a customer be loyal or regular?

I read a lot about the difference between customer and client. There have been a myriad of answers, and the most common thing I could find is the one that matches Hellion's answer here: Client - ...
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Over the Internet or On the Internet?

I have come across both the phrases - 'on the internet' and 'over the internet.' I'm pretty sure that both are correct but then which to use when? Please note, I'm well aware of all over the ...
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Unconventional usage of “way”

So, if you are thinking of a particular context, you should specify it. In its current form, the question is way too broad, and way too general-reference. Since, after having consulted some ...
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What is the meaning of these two statements? [closed]

We're pleased to inform you that you have been screened for the final round which is going to be a technical Skype interview (not the knockout coding round for some reasons). What do these lines mean?...
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“what” questions

We ask about playing football with this sentence: a: What are you doing? b: I am playing football. but when we want to ask about languages that are spoken or sports being played, we use these ...
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“Their money was not earned easily.”

Suppose that when I was a child, my parents' wages were low. Is it good to write: I knew that their money was not earned easily. So I rarely ask them for allowances to buy candies or toys. In ...
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Is my interpretation of “would not seem so” correct?

I did not feel insensible to his condescension, and would not seem so.Source "wouldn't seem so" Is this interpretation legitimate? "I didn't wanna look like I was unaware of his condescension."
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Usage of “would” and “will”

What is the difference between would and will in the following examples? How would you use this word in a sentence? How will you use this word in a sentence?
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How does the word “ever” change the meaning of these sentences?

Please teach me the difference that the word ever makes in below-mentioned sentences. Nobody speaks with me. Nobody ever speaks with me. Thanks in advance.
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How do we split a two-words verb in a sentence if the object is a bit descriptive?

Let's see these two-word verbs first - Wake up, Kick off, Pull out, and many more... Now, I'm adding an object there... Wake me up after an hour. I'll kick him out. You see a thread ...
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What does this part “might equally well have done” mean?

What does the part "might equally well have done" mean? Several have defined man as an animal which laughs. They might equally well have defined him as an animal which is laughed at. Source I can'...
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Why 'brought out' rather than simply 'brought'?

Looking for some explanations, it seems that the use of 'out' in some phrases is just a thing we need to accept, there is no rule around that. Is that true? If yes, how can I know when to use the '...
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What's the meaning of “routine” in this context?

This is a part of a passage quoted from an article: After a routine health check up with your local doctor, if he concludes you are physically and mentally sound... Routine's definition in its ...
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Can infinitive marker, to, be categorized into two meanings?

I get the strong feeling that infinitive marker ‘to’ has two ways of meaning in dictionaries, though it has variety of meaning on them. One is ‘toward something’, the other ‘(just) have passed ...
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I don't know which is correct in this sentence, “rose” or “raised” [closed]

I was wondering in this sentence whether to use rose or raised: Yes, they said she rose from the dead to haunt her husband.
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Is my interpretation of these correct?

Is my interpretation of these correct? I am not older than 6. I am no older than 6. (I am 6 and under) I am not much older than 6. (I am older than 6, but not very different from being 6)...
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Possessive or objective?

I wondered about this grammar point, i.e. the possessive and the objective functionalities of 's. For example, you have "JFK's murder" to mean "the murder of JFK" (which is objective). On the other ...
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Word for “stickiness due to viscous liquids”

My friend gave me a chocolate. It was melted and, as a result, my hand was sticky with chocolate in an unpleasant way. Which word can I use to describe the unpleasant stickiness of this viscous ...
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Is there a word in English meaning “see something incorrectly”?

For example, I saw someone just now. I thought he was Jack, but turned out he was not. Or, I saw something and recognized it as something else incorrectly. Is there a word for such situations? I ...
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Is making of 'right doing' into 'rightdoing' acceptable in a formal speech/writing?

I found this sentence on a news site - The Watchdog chases wrongdoing but also admires right doing. This tickled my fancy! I know the noun wrongdoing but then why not rightdoing as a single word? ...
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Present Perfect as Reference Time (RT)?

Could the present perfect be used as a RT for another earlier event? "What you have just written about the time line and the interruptions of the past perfect, I had already made it into a chart"...
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“I would so much like to thank you” or “I would like to thank you so much”?

Are both of these sentences acceptable? I would so much like to thank you. I would like to thank you so much. If both are acceptable then which one is more formal? And what part of speech is ...
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I will call you vs. I would call you [duplicate]

Which one is correct to speak? Why? I will call you. I would call you. What is the difference between the two? Thanks.
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close to forty-five thousand people

No one else could carry close to forty-five thousand people in such a short amount of time. -- Markus Zusak, The Book Thief There seems to be almost no other explanation but determiner or quantifier ...
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The meaning of stressing the word “is”

This is strange! Does this mean, "It is really strange!" or "This, as in This, not any other is strange!" Or both?
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Do you need help (or _a_ help) in Biology or Chemistry? Join our Tutoring Club! (article use)

Am I right to think the following announcement wrong in its use of the indefinite article? Do you need a help in Biology or Chemistry? Consider joining our Friday Chemistry and Biology Tutoring ...
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Is this a grammatical error? [duplicate]

Professional interests continue to expand, Virgo, and you're managing to keep very busy. Your income is rising, and you could be achieving a certain prominence in your field. Nonetheless, you could be ...
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Meaning of “pioneers” in the sentence

The pioneers left a blazing trial of courage and chivalry. In this sentence, does the word pioneer mean explorers, inventors or settlers? It is answered as settlers here. But I think it ought to be ...
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'Yet' in present simple

Where can use an yet in the present perfect? This vendor has not yet posted their profile online. or This vendor has not posted their profile online yet. In my mind I can use the yet in the end ...
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What's the meaning of “entasked with”?

Google, like all search companies, is entasked with providing an easy way to access information that’s important to people. -- What "viable search engine competition" really looks like, blog....
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How to parse “they get the help they are demanding to reach their potential”?

Our best hope in keeping our best reporters, copy editors, photographers, artists - everyone - is to work harder to make sure *they get the help they are demanding to reach their potential.*If ...
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“so think of him/her on” Tuesday

If your friend has a job interview, what does "so think of him/her on Tuesday/Thursday/etc" mean? Does it mean like pray for him that they get the job?
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at the moment (in past tense context)

In 2001 I watched a great documentary about Shakespeare. And this was the reason that novel books attracted my attention. I was also learning English at the moment. Is it possible to use "at the ...
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“cast a shadow on someone's heart”

What does "someone or something casts a shadow on someone else's heart" mean? For example, can I say a potentially deadly disease cast a shadow on my heart? Thanks!
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What are “brushes” in this context?

This is a post from Google blog: At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to ...
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Casual in “business casual”: a noun or an adjective?

Example: Each manager needs to decide if "business casual" is right for his or her company. Source: Summit 1A, page 40, 1st edition, Pearson Longman Publication
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What does 'talk a blue streak' mean in this movie?

I found this line from a movie script of The Cabin in the Woods (2012): This house is talking a blue streak... This line didn't make it into the movie, so I'm not sure what this "talking a blue ...
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The use of the gerund in this sentence

Sentence: "Having started at the position of a teacher, I was later promoted to holding the role of the coordinator of the school." I wonder if this sentence is correct. The idea is that "holding ...
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Convert constuction 'she is standing behind B ' to interrogative expression?

I want to construction expression She(A) is standing next to B.. in to this interrogative construction . Who is A standing next to? Now, for the expression She is standing behind B. I don'...
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Is there a pun in “as absolutely inhuman as bees”?

The whole paragraph goes like The lower animals do not have this splendid freedom. They are limited most of them, to absolute infallibility. Cats, for all their good side, never make mistakes. I ...
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What does “thing” mean in “this is the thing”?

“THIS IS THE THING ABOUT NICKLEBACK…they get a lot of hate, but they are still very proud of themselves, and they do very well regardless of the hate that they get.” Does it simply mean the ...

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