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What are the commands customarily shouted out to the crowd to leave?

What expressions (commands) do police customarily use when calling out over megaphones to a gathered crowd (a protest, demonstration or such) to walk away and end the protest?
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Getting the meaning of a comprehension [closed]

I have read this passage several time and I guess that the summaries of the passage is in the last sentence I but couldn't grasp the total real-meaning of the passage. Can you please paraphrase it ...
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Using “e.g.” to introduce another clause

I always used e.g. to introduce a non-exhaustive list, as in the following sentence. He was the school champion of many activities (e.g., chess, badminton, 110m hurdles, and high jump). Can e.g. ...
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What tenses should I use in clauses joined by “so”?

I'm learning about joining Past Continuous and Simple Past tenses. It's easy to understand when we use while and when. However, for other conjunctions, I don't know which sentences should be Simple ...
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Can I use the passive voice when talking about sending things?

Which sentence sounds/looks better, and why: You will be sent something. or You will get something. I'm not a native speaker. The first option in my opinion looks silly, and I have had a ...
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How to get correct words on time? [closed]

My first language is not English, though I read/write and talk (sort of), more than average fluency, I am not able to recall exact word on time. I really get no idea which word to use and I end up ...
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Can “would have pp” have present as its reference time?

I've been guessing that would have p.p can be used for future and it has present reference time. But I've not met the case before this. I strongly suspect that the example's reference time is present. ...
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“Dripping with sweat” versus “dripping sweat”

Is there any difference between these sentences? The hand that held the gun was dripping with sweat. The hand that held the gun was dripping sweat.
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Can the indefinite article be omitted in “watch solar eclipse”?

I have read the following passage, and I wonder whether watch solar eclipse is correct. On July 22, 2009, there was solar eclipse in the sky. In the morning, we got up early. After we had breakfast,...
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What is the right place to use “I got it working” and “I made it worked” and “It's working”?

I had a situation where I struggled to make my program run. So after a great struggle I got it working. Is this the correct statement I can use here? Or is there any other sentence like I made it work ...
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Are my interpretations correct?

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/09/where-nokia-went-wrong.html What do they following mean? Does the following mean, because after a year(2014) this company may be found to have ...
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What kind of grammatical structure is “all the time”?

You are meeting friends at the cinema all the time. Is "all the time" a preposition structure or a noun structure? "all the time" means always do something. I think "all the time" is a preposition ...
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Which one is correct, “brothers” or “brethren”? [duplicate]

I read a text in which "brethren" was used instead of "brothers". Is that common to use or it is an older plural form for "brother"?
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Is this expression idiomatic?

I want to ask my colleague till what time he is supposed to work here, and what is latest time has has worked at office, Can I ask him What is the latest have you worked here? Is this expression ...
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Is 'face falls' an idiom?

Harry put the plates of egg and bacon on the table, which was difficult as there wasn't much room. Dudley, meanwhile, was counting his presents. His face fell. "Thirty-six," he said, looking ...
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Word choice between can't and couldn't

He can't/couldn't be the wanted man. It can't/couldn't have been true. Why are can't and couldn't alternative in cases above? Alex can't have broken that window because he never came anywhere ...
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Use “declaration” to let the readers feel that this sentence is ironic and humourous?

I think this author uses declaration to let the readers feel that this sentence has irony and humour,Am I right? Because the general usage would be "but after I had heard what Lorna said, […]." Here ...
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“Bring somebody to his knees”

Bring the man who embarrassed your cousin last night in the party of College of Forestry to his knees. Is it acceptable for the long noun phrase to switch places with the PP to knees? Bring to ...
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What does this sentence mean by “challenging modern media outlets”?

The growth, exponential influence and scope of participation in social media, challenging modern media outlets, is rivalling that of nation states. What does "challenging modern media outlets" refer ...
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“Would like” vs. “should like” vs. “may like”

What are the differences between 1, 2 and 3? I would like you, too. I should like you, too. I may like you, too. Is 1 in agreement with politeness?
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Suitable tense for specific time

I understand that when we use the past continuous tense, our listener usually understands what time we are talking about. Like, "I was working at 10 pm last night." However, I saw a sentence in a ...
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Pronunciation of “negotiations”

I am pretty sure that I have heard the word negotiations being pronounced in one TV show in two different ways: Nego(sh)iations Nego(s)iations What's the deal here? Just different accents?
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second television

When he was dressed he went down the hall into the kitchen. The table was almost hidden beneath all Dudley's birthday presents. It looked as though Dudley had gotten the new computer he wanted, ...
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comparative phrase with put together

"Comb your hair!" he barked, by way of a morning greeting. About once a week, Uncle Vernon looked over the top of his newspaper and shouted that Harry needed a haircut. Harry must have had more ...
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Typos have been authorized

What is the meaning and use of above sentence if somebody replied through their mobile device and wrote below sentence in the lower part of email Sent from my mobile device. Typos have been ...
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the relation between the meaning of the word “strip” [closed]

strip is comic book, is that related with other meanings such like that in the sentence : The children stripped off their clothes and jumped into the river.
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Asking a name/address

Which are correct? He asked my name He asked me my name He asked for my name He asked my address He asked me my address He asked for my address
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However, in spite of

Is it appropriate if I form a sentence by using two of these conjunctive adverbs like in the following sentence? However, in spite of her attitude, he did well. Is however quite redundant?
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Does “handicapped” mean mentally ill or physically disabled? [closed]

Does the word "handicapped" mean mentally ill or physically disabled?
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Why is it vanishing instead of vanished?

The Vanishing Glass . . . . . . Dudley came waddling toward them as fast as he could. “Out of the way, you,” he said, punching Harry in the ribs. Caught by surprise, Harry fell hard on ...
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meaning of past perfect

Nearly ten years had passed since the Dursleys had woken up to find their nephew on the front step, but Privet Drive had hardly changed at all. The sun rose on the same tidy front gardens and lit ...
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What does “good country” mean when related to person?

What does "good country" mean when related to person? I've been watching this documentary and I've met the expression in this chunk Discussing that scene by the river with Jimmy Stewart one time, ...
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Is the sentence “A father of mine is ill.” correct?

Is this sentence correct? A father of mine is ill. Please explain.
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What does “She’s nice to see and she’s soft to touch” mean?

I read a following poem in Les Miserables. There is a castle on a cloud, I like to go there in my sleep, Aren’t any floors for me to sweep, Not in my castle on a cloud. There is a room ...
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Meaning difference between Wandering and Roaming

What is the difference between the words "Wandering" and "Roaming"? Don't both of them mean an aimless movement? In Wordweb dictionary their meanings are described as: Wandering: Travelling without ...
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“Why didn't he make the decision?” versus “Why hasn't he made the decision?”

Which auxiliary verb should I put in a question like this and why? Why didn't he make the decision? Why hasn't he made the decision?
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Adjective or Adverb: unconsciously vs unconscious

Position of Adjectives: An adjective nearly always appears immediately before the noun or noun phrase that they modify. The source is here. But if you look at the following sentence, the adjective "...
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“would not bury” vs “never buried”

In the following sentence (from the book A Force More Powerful by Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall, page 31): They also killed a few officials whom the gravediggers would not bury as part of the ...
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Is “foursome” appropriate?

Does the suffix "some", when it comes after a number, conjure up some kind of an orgy? Here is an example: Have you heard that Jim and Tina made up a foursome with Jean and Bruce? would you ever ...
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What does “just” mean?

What does the highlighted "just" mean in the following paragraph? Dumbledore turned and walked back down the street. On the corner he stopped and took out the silver Put-Outer. He clicked it once,...
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“take the day off” vs “take a day off”

In an English grammar book I saw two sentences: Tim isn't working hard today. He's taken the day off. Although it is ridiculous to argue with a grammar book :) in this case I would suggest using ...
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Is it 'jargon'?

When a non-native writer writes a paragraph which is difficult to understand because of some errors and unnatural use of the language, could we call this kind of language for example 'a bit jargon' or ...
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Difference between ''distinct'' and '' distinctive''

The male bird has distinctive white markets on its head. According to Oxford Advanced Learner's English-Chinese Dictionary 7th Edition, page 580, the word distinct has the meaning of ''easily or ...
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How different values of .. affect/affects?

May I know which one is grammatical? We will investigate on how different values of V affects the behaviour of the program. We will investigate on how different values of V affect the ...
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Are country and nation interchangeable?

Robert and his family will move to the country and live there for a short period of time. Will Rob return to his home country? He will live in a remote country where has fewer friends. In the ...
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have the same structure or structures

The background is that the program structures have four kinds: sequential, compositional, conditional, loop. If two programs say both using sequential program structure, then they have the same ...
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What is the difference between effect and affect? [closed]

I am confused about these two words how they differ in usage. Would be easy if explained with example.
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Which phrase is possible using “last time”?

There is a dialogue: "Which hotel are you staying?" "It's the same hotel I stayed at last time I was here." I'd like to ask about the second sentence. If I want to make it short, which ...
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How should I ask a barber the fee of a haircut?

I'm struggling as to which one of these two sentences is right. If neither, then what is the right sentence? How much is the fee for a haircut? How much do you charge for a haircut?
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What’s the meaning or function of ‘ever’ in the example?

It was the best evening of Harry's life, better than winning at Quidditch, or Christmas, or knocking out mountain trolls... he would never, ever forget tonight. (Harry Potter) What’s the meaning ...

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