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How to say any day after a particular date?

My interviewer mailed me this: When can you come in for a technical interview? Is it correct to say "15th June 2013 or any other Saturday after that" or is there any other correct phrase to say ...
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“high” vs. “tall”

The chimney in the picture above is more than 20m high. The chimney in the picture above is more than 20m tall. Are both high and tall proper in these sentences? If not, why not? And when should ...
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What do these duel terms mean?

[Harry said] "You're a lot braver now that you're back on the ground and you've got your little friends with you," said Harry coolly. There was of course nothing at all little about Crabbe and ...
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Mnemonic for remembering the difference between 'while' and 'until'?

My mother almost consistently uses "while" when she means "until", and vice versa. (This is because in her native language, those are the same word.) Obviously, I can't simply tell her, "whichever ...
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Wake up in the middle of night

Yesterday, I suddenly woke up at midnight in the middle of terrible dream. Sometimes, when you have bad dream, you wake up suddenly scared. So when say about this to another person, what is better ...
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A six-year-old boy or A six-years-old boy?

Which one is correct? A six-year-old boy A six-years-old boy I see both usage when I search in google.
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What does it mean to “absorb rather than learn”?

While he waited to change trains in Kansas City, he heard his name called and a message was shoved into his hand-orders to report to Washington to the office of the Secretary of War. Adam in his five ...
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What does “… they believe were to be …” mean?

For evidence, investigators pulled from along the driveway a few dozen castor bean plants that they believe were to be the raw material for the biological toxin ricin, which can be fatal if ingested ...
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Is “had done it” an idiom?

Harry caught sight of Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle's triumphant faces as he left, walking numbly in Professor McGonagall's wake as she strode toward the castle. He was going to be expelled, he just ...
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It's just black or It's just dark

Nothing visible through the windshield. It's just black. I take my car into a forest, the car battery goes down. Outside it's so dark. I wrote the above sentence to describe what I see though the ...
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Is there a word that means “walk away disregarding”?

John turns and walks away, disregarding Mike's response. Is there a word (verb) that means "walk away disregarding"? Is there any word that means "walk in upset or sad"?
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What does down the hall mean?

“Good night,” said Adam. She did not answer him. At the top of the first flight he looked back. Her head was raised, and now her chin made a shadow on her throat and her eyes had no pupils. His ...
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“To be more catholic than the Pope” vs. “eager beaver”

According to The Free Dictionary: Eager beaver: One that is exceptionally, often excessively industrious or zealous And: To be more catholic than the Pope: To adhere more stringently to Roman ...
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Significance of 'only' in this sentence

I read this sentence somewhere: SpongeBob SquarePants became famous only in 2000's. Is this equivalent to "SpongeBob SquarePants became famous in 2000's", or does it mean that the SpongeBob ...
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Which word is equivalent to word Providing?

Can you tell me which word is equivalent to providing in this sentence below, if or in case? The deposit is refundable when you leave, providing you haven't damaged anything.
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“with eyes and curiosity” vs. “with curious eyes”

It is a great list, which would tempt anyone with eyes and curiosity. As all prizes should, the Turner gives the appearance of rewarding achievement, when what it is really doing is luring in the ...
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Is it “x degrees North of the equator” or “X degrees north of the equator”?

On many places it is explained quite well: You use a capital letter for wind directions when that indicates a specific place. Eg. "I live in the North" But a small letter, when it goes together ...
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Can “certain” imply a negative opinion about something/somebody?

In Italian, if I say Indossano certe scarpe. (which Google Translate translates as "They wear certain shoes."), I would be expressing a negative opinion about the shoes, for example that the shoes are ...
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Is it grammatically correct to remove “The” from the beginning of a photo title?

For example in a photo there is a river. Can we title it "River" and not "The River"? Or there are some women who are sitting and standing on the ground. Can we title the photo "Sitting & Standing ...
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“I'm not able to make it fly high”

I'm not able to make it fly high. If I change not able to unable, will it retain the same meaning? When should I use not able and when unable? Is the phrase fly high correct? Suppose I'm trying to ...
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What does “ toward a smooth, flat lawn on the opposite side of the grounds to the forbidden forest” mean?

At three-thirty that afternoon, Harry, Ron, and the other Gryffindors hurried down the front steps onto the grounds for their first flying lesson. It was a clear, breezy day, and the grass rippled ...
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Confusion between is and are

My confusion kicks in again and now I'm having a headache of which word to use. All we need is your two hands. or All we need are your two hands.
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“His sight blurs in dizzy.”

His sight blurs in dizzy. What wrong with "sight blurs in dizzy"? I don't find any google result for the phrase. The context is the following: The person is old and sick, and he is walking on the ...
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Is a comma needed in this sentence?

Me and a friend are arguing on which is correct. Which one would be more correct and why? When cholera did break out in Britain Farr believed, like Chadwick, that it was caused by miasma. or ...
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what are the best answers to these tests? [closed]

I wanted to know your comments about answers of questions 51 and 52 in the bellow picture. I think "Sat" is better for 52 and "Happy" for 51, but the answers in legal answer sheet are different, and I ...
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Rectangle Adjectives

My research involves rectangles that differ in their width/height ratio, and I am looking for words to describe them. Specifically, consider these 4 rectangles. What adjective describes a rectangle ...
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What article to use in front of “news” and “television”? “a”, “the” or nothing?

I'm sorry for too many items below. I'm really confused. The question is really about whether to use "a", "the" or nothing in front of "news" and "television". A small crowd is keenly watching ...
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How do you pronounce this possessive - Trask's? [closed]

Trask's life How do you pronounce Trask’s?
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What's the role of “whatsoever” in this sentence?

Meanwhile, Cathy has become a prostitute at the most respectable brothel in the city of Salinas. She renames herself "Kate" and embarks on a devious – and successful – plan to ingratiate herself with ...
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“Immediately, David and Adan skedaddle.”

John takes a gun. Immediately, David and Adan skedaddle from the place. John takes a gun. Immediately, David and Adan skedaddle. John takes a gun. Immediately, David and Adan skedaddle from that ...
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And nobody came between us or could ever “come above” [closed]

The following is a part of a verse from the song Baby by Justin Bieber. When I was 13, I had my first love, There was nobody that compared to my baby And nobody came between us or could ever ...
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A “soft” caress

The following is a verse of the song Stay up by George Nozuka. Let me start with a soft caress Wanna show you I'm not like the rest So put me to the test Anything that you feel let it go ...
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Sentence starts with “As” [closed]

As she falls down, she tries to catch something. Is it a bad writing style to start sentences with "As" like above? I know the above sentence can be written as "She tries to catch something as she ...
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How to find the right adjective to a word?

When I am writing an article, from time to time, I am not sure which adjective to use when describing that something is significant (or insignificant). My current problem is: significant advance in ...
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I guess 'which' should be instead 'where' in these two sentences

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I read: Nose still stinging where it had hit the hearth, Harry made his way swiftly and silently toward the door, but [...] (page 49) I think the ...
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Appropriate phrase for the expression “get something made”

I see "get something made" used a lot in Indian English, for example in sentences like the following. Do you have any idea how do I get my passport made? What is the procedure of getting the ...
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Which verb to use to express a realistic wish

Lets say I want to make my birthday wish 1:I wish I get the tickets to the Super Bowl(like a lottery). 2:I wish I would get the tickets to the Super Bowl, All of the grammar websites I have ...
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Subject-verb-agreement

I'm learning English and I'm having trouble on understanding which word I should use to avoid any subject-verb agreement issue. Which one is correct? The counting of votes are easy. The ...
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What is the word for a structure that covers the part of the house that is lower than the top?

Looking at the definition of roof, I read that it is the structure that covers the top of a building. Suppose that the house shown in the picture didn't have a porch and the garage was extending more ...
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falls down on the ground from the roof

1) He falls down on the ground from the roof of the house. 2) He falls to the ground from the roof of the house. I think both sentences are grammatically correct. But something else is wrong ...
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How do I describe 'stickiness'?

Let's say I spill some coffee or soda on my laptop, and that makes is very sticky and impossible to work with, So my friend asks me What is wrong with your laptop, why is it so sticky? So what ...
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Is there any difference between “sticking to” and “stuck on”?

See these two expressions: Every time I park my car here, there are tons of fliers stuck on the windshield when I come back to pick it up. Every time I park my car here, there are tons of ...
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Name or word for the edges in the side of the buildings

What is the word for the edges in the side of the buildings which are marked in the pictures? In some building which is big where a person can stand or even sit. Not I'm not referring balcony or porch....
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When to use system as countable-noun, and when to use system as uncountable-noun?

When to use system as countable-noun, and when to use system as uncountable-noun? for Example: I wrote an article whose title is "an XXX analysis for state prediction of process complex system (...
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Got a cold, cure it by yourself?

When a person got a cold, but he didn't want to have any medicine as he believed that it could be got well after having a rest. In this situation, does this sentence below sound natural? Or how would ...
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Is it grammatically correct to write restrictive clauses (of the form: which … ) in this way?

The darkness, which had felt like it would last forever, gives way to dawn. The heavens open and light, which had seemed never to return, flows down. I could not help be overcome by wonder as I ...
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What's the abbreviation for “elder” in American English?

I know that "Jackson jr." means Jackson the junior, but what about Jackson the elder? How do they abbreviate "elder" in American English?
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Is this verb usage idiomatically/grammatically correct?

For some reason, "slammed into" here sounds off to me. Does it sound OK to you? If it doesn't, please explain why. It was not uncommon for those chimpanzees to die within just a few days of ...
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Can the form of a verb be determined by the meaning of the subject instead of its grammatical number?

In school we were taught that a subject in singular form required a corresponding verb, for example: The multitude of insects is astonishing. multitude is singular, therefore is must be used. But ...

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