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Taught Modules meaning

I have a question about the term taught modules.What does it mean?I have found it in an academic site of university and especially school of physics and astronomy. Can we say module tutor assistant ...
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What to use Is or Are?

How to ask this question correctly? Is there any volunteers? or Are there any volunteers? It is enough to get at least one volunteer to do the job, but it is also good to get more volunteers.
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Word choice - Stand out in / Better at

I'm writting a letter for my girfriend and I'm wondering if I'm right. One of the things I think you stand out in compared to any other girl is the fact you are healthy. One of the things I ...
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What are “ferry terminal” and “car ferry”?

I have encountered many ferries in that small abstract of text, but don't quite get what it is. Could u explain, please? However, once you get to the end of the road and the ferry terminal, you ...
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What does “go back” here means?

You and I go way back, have I ever let you down? It's from a dialogue from House of Cards. Frank was trying to persuade someone to give him more time to deal with an issue at hand. My guess is "go ...
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What does a middle name mean in AmE and where from it is taken (What is the formula for making a middle name)?

I am well aware that people's names in several cultures include one or more additional names placed between the first given name and the surname. It is called a middle name. Like: "Tom r. Tyler"; but ...
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the subjunctive mood

This is from The Bold and the Beautiful. Amber gave Rick one of her kidneys a few years ago. Now pregnant with Rick's baby, Amber faces some medical complications because of having only one kidney. ...
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Meaning of “for a month” in this context?

"Tom is living in London for a month." What does here 'for a month' mean? Does it mean, By the time when we speak, Tom has lived in London 31 days and he's spending his 32nd day. or When the time ...
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when to use preposition 'to' or 'for'

I am searching for or I am searching to necessary for or necessary to I am confused with the usage of 'to' and 'for'. Can somebody help me to apply the proper preposition?
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What is the meaning of 'dynamic' as a noun in this passage?

I'm confused about how dynamic can be used as a noun here: ODO: {noun} 1. A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process: Third Example Sentence thereunder: The ...
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How to describe my “pistachios accident”?

I don't know how to express this minor accident of mine precisely and concisely, and also sound natural in English. I was enjoying my "Dry Roasted Pistachios", given to me as a New Year present, and ...
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non-idiomatic meaning of “in terms of”

Hitler explained his frustrations in terms of a Jewish conspiracy. I am familiar with the idiomatic meaning of the phrase "in terms of" (Like This film offers nothing in terms of satisfactory ...
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When you hear 'sound out', don't you picture percussion activities?

While they were eating it, Michael risked asking Howl what the King had wanted. “Nothing definite yet,” Howl said gloomily. “But he was sounding me out about his brother, quite ominously.”(Howl’s ...
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How's this phrase about a housing bubble in the Economist 'an elegant turn of phrase' ? (2015 Jan)

Source: CBC News, by Don Pittis It is easy to say in retrospect that the results were predictable. But it was the following line in the story that made me sit up and think of Canadian houses. "...
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In the given graph VS In the graph given

Is there grammatical and sense difference between these two variations: "The two given graphs reflect the percentage relationship among UK migrants in the year 2007". reflect the percentage ...
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split town — meaning?

A short dialogue from the movie Extraterrestrial (2014): — It's been ten years, Alan. Now look. I mean no disrespect, but it is time to face reality, man. She left you. — People have been trying ...
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difference between not to verb , to not + verb

"Name three things that, if you were told were part of the job, would cause you to not take the position. " I've just come across this sentence while reading the news. Question is: Why to not is ...
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Can I say “bottlenecks”?

For example, I want to tell the limitation of the system. Is the plural form bottlenecks correct? Here are the bottle necks in our system to achieve this requirement. <<< <&...
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had been using vs has been using

I want to say my friend was using a software since five years ago and he's still using the software, now which term is right : My friend has been using a software for five years. My friend had been ...
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Smoothing or smoothening (smooth/smoothen)

I just want to make it clear to me if there is a difference between 'smoothing' and 'smoothening' or if one of them is incorrect. 'Smoothing' is used far more often according to Google search, but ...
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Use of “thus (far)” with past perfect

I am working overtime this week, and I have earned $200 extra thus far. I was working overtime that week, and I had earned $200 extra thus far. (?) Does the use of thus far require that the action ...
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more Swiss media confirmed — is “media” a mass noun?

Example with a context: More Swiss media confirmed Saturday that Vladimir Putin is the father of a bouncing baby girl, giving the lie to the Kremlin’s determined efforts to deny the story. Is the ...
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Differences - As / The way / like

It might not be possible to continue the relationship as it used to be. It might not be possible to continue the relationship the way it used to be. It might not be possible to continue the ...
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Language; math vs maths

I've heard of the term "maths" used by my UK friends, I am from the US and I use the word "math". Is "maths" grammatically correct? For me, it rolls off the tongue oddly; My maths teachers gave us ...
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The “grey market” of loans

In Hebrew, the term "grey market" refers to a market of loans given by private lenders, with the following characteristics: Usury rates are much higher: even 1% per day is common. Collection is much ...
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Was Married or Had Married?

I want to say. Couple did marriage on 1 April and after 5 years they taken divorce. How should is say? A) They were married on 1 April 2014 and taken divorce after 5 years. B) They had married ...
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Preapproved, pre-approved or pre approved?

Just wondering which is correct in this sentence: And, I think that was someone spamming, pretending to have a convo. Because they have to be preapproved before they show up on my blog.
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What does earliest point mean here?

This screenshot is taken from Python Documentary. I wanted to know what does earliest point mean here? (I have marked it with a red line). Does it mean the first point where an error was detected?
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Tense not validating

"He likes sleeping." This is a simple present tense but my question is sleeping act as a object in it ?If not then why verb is with ing (I know it is gerund). Because as far as I know sleep is a ...
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Russian loan words in English [closed]

I have a task to make a research paper about Russian loan-words in English and can't find any informative material. Could you help me, please? I spent hours googling and got almost nothing. Is this ...
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The license is due annual maintenance..? Expecting, owing, deserving?

So I have received an email saying The licence is due annual maintenance... I checked my dictionaries and there is only "due for" or "due in/at/on" or "due to do sth" when something is expected. ...
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'at whim' vs 'on a whim'

What are the similarities and differences? Are there any general lessons or implications? Wordreference.com (banned) user 'Ume' claims: I've found "at whim", not "at a whim", in both the LONGMAN ...
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Different nuance between “on + (Object)'s order” , “by + (Object)'s order”

I'm taking this money on my uncle's order. I'm taking this money by my uncle's order. What is the difference between those two sentences above, and which one would a native English speaker use or ...
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Terminology about cooking meat on a rod over a fire

If you "poke" a beef steak in a "long metal rod" and then you hold it by hand on a fire to cook it, this is called what? It's grilling in BrE and you could say: I was grilling the steak. The verb is ...
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is a dove a “she”? how to use “he” and “she” for animals?

In the song "Blowing in the Wind" by Bob Dylan, there's a verse that reads: Yes, and how many seas must a white dove sail Before she sleeps in the sand? My question is, why he used "she" for ...
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Is it “a big guy for you” or “extremely painful for you”?

BANE: No one cared who I was until I put on the mask. CIA: If I pull that off, would you die? BANE: It would be extremely painful…. CIA: You’re a big guy! BANE: For you! --The ...
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present perfect or past simple for a finished action

Are these sentences correct I feel fat. I ate too much I feel fat because I've eaten too much Will it be possible to write I feel fat. I've eaten too much What will be the difference in term of ...
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Perfect Infinitive: To + have

She denied to have seen him yesterday. She denied seeing him yesterday. She denied having seen him yesterday. Are these sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same?
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“do not have to” vs. “must not”

I do not have to wait for bus. Which one does it mean? I am under obligation (e.g. to leave the bus station and go and) not to wait for the bus. I am under no obligation to wait for bus and I am ...
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What article to use in that particular case?

How should I say: I would like to hang out with friends. I would like to hang out with some friends. I would like to hang out with the friends. I would like to hang out with my ...
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“I can not able to” Sentence formation

I can not able to understand Is the above sentence grammatically correct? The words can and able have the same meaning, they're both used to talk about the ability of a person. How do I correctly ...
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what does “this isn’t intuitive” mean in this context?

so common that it’s accepted as an excuse without question. Instead of allowing themselves to say, “this isn’t intuitive,” users may feel guilty, taking responsibility for that failure when the fault ...
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Is a comma required after “Researchers”?

Sentence: Researchers Sprecher and Regan 1996, found that males typically feel more positively about losing their virginity because it removes an undesired stigma. Do we require a comma after '...
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Meaning of semi-first-name basis?

So, I heard a colleague of mine use the expression "I thought I should introduce myself on a semi-first-name basis". Even though I use English a lot, I've never heard it before. My question is what ...
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Dead Poets Society

I wonder why there is no apostrophe in the film title "Dead Poets Society". Shouldn't it have been written as "Dead Poets' Society"?
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Is it possible to be grammatically correct without using past perfect?

Can you guys please help with which verb tense to use when talking about numerous specific events? In the example below, I'm not quite sure if past perfect really is necessary. "She sent me a new ...
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Noun+to+Verb , Abstract Noun+to+Verb

You are already familiar with the structure of "noun+to+verb". cake to make, house to stay in, a city to go to, man to kill, hamburger to eat ...etc. We know that there are certain abstract nouns ...
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Dilemma about tense in Second Conditional question

I came across the following question: "If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?" Is "would die" the only correct option, or ...
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What is the difference between “he helped me out” and “he helped”?

What is the difference between he helped me out and he helped? In what context can we use them?
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When 'like' is a conjunction, which grammatical case follows? [closed]

Whenever like serves as a conjunction, does user John Lawler's answer also answer this question? So the answer about they/them, at least, is to use whatever case the NP being compared uses. I read ...

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