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Sentence construction

i want to ask my fellow passenger if my destination will come then please wake me up. Let me know if below sentences are correct. Let me know when my stop is come ( if bus has reached stop) Or ...
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How to understand the sentence? What is the function and usage of “too” here?

That said, so long as China's unusually high savings rate persists-about 40% of GDP compared with less than 10% in the U.S.-so too will large surpluses recur in its current account. How to ...
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My swimming pool would hold 20,000 gallons of water

Forgive me for asking numerous questions about "would" on and on.╮(╯-╰)╭Somehow I hate this word and also love it. 13 — used to say that something is possible or likely ▪ I think my swimming ...
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How can I translate this phrase? “ To break with the past” [closed]

In 1791 the French nation, in the midst of a revolution, wished to break with the past, especially with those aspects of it which they considered illogical and useless. This phrase is the topic of ...
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“it's not always so easy to get a thought out”

From WIkipedia The actor Cary Grant said of Stewart's acting technique, "He had the ability to talk naturally. He knew that in conversations people do often interrupt one another and it's not ...
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What's the opposite (term) to 'cleavage'?

Indeed, it is not a taboo subject anymore! In fact, I frequently read about it in news papers mentioning this as dressing sense or beauty of a woman (I guess there are competitions as well). ...
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Meaning of “erstwhile” & “gone in the first cull of hereditary peers”

He didn't believe her. The last thing his erstwhile brother-in-law had ever felt was affection for the man they'd all called 'Jemima's unsuitable husband'. It was a matter of some satisfaction ...
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Wondering what the phrase “transformational moment” means in this context

Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, two of the world's top drugmakers, have struck a multi-billion-dollar deal to join forces and reshape their businesses. The deal involves swapping assets and ...
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Question about meaning of “ to exceed a company returns criteria ” in the context below

"With this transaction, we will substantially strengthen two of our core businesses and create significant new options to increase value for shareholders."GSK said the agreement with Novartis "...
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The promotion is valid by December 5th [duplicate]

1) I need to say the promotion will be invalid on December 6th and while we have not reached that date, the promotion will be valid. What should I say: A) The promotion is valid up to December 5th. ...
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Difficulty understanding the last sentence of this short piece of news

News piece: Hundreds of thousands of people have attended the Boston marathon, cheering on the nearly 36,000 competitors one year after tragedy struck.Many spectators chose to cheer on runners from ...
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American Accent or American Intonation?

I found this: intonation (n) - the rise and fall of the voice in speaking, especially as this affects the meaning of what is being said. And, accent (n) - a way of pronouncing the words of a ...
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Don't make this hard that it needs to be [closed]

Is this sentence correct ? & would you give me different sentences with the same meaning.
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Why using quotation marks in this sentence and what does it means?

In the article from The Seattle Times, there is a sentence like this: But she also said it’s “incumbent” for the fashion labels to keep their sales channel “clean,” making sure in-season items don’...
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Continuous and until

Is it possible to use Continuous tenses together with 'until'? For example I will be working until 8 a.m. In my opinion, Continuous sounds pretty logical since we're emphasizing duration, but I'...
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what does “suit up” mean

I am reading the script of a TV series "How I Met Your Mother" The script has this sentence: Hey, you want to do somethin' tonight? Okay, meet me at the bar in 15 minutes. And suit up! Where's ...
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Meaning of “it is telling to note that”

It is telling to note that the language of exclusive territoriality in disputes such as this one originates with local authorities. What's the meaning of "it is telling to note that"?
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Would you tell me which answer is correct? [closed]

It is only a question which, for instance, my friend is asking me, and I would like to know which one is not right. A few answer choices are available against each question. Please let me now which ...
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“fully stuffed with cash” or “stuffed full of cash.”

While I was checking the meaning of stuff I found this two examples below. An old teapot stuffed full of cash. and The wallet was stuffed full of pictures, letters, keepsakes and prayer cards....
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Wondering if my perception of the following highlighted terms is correct

"An Garda Síochána is determined to protect communities from the potentially devastating impact of these drugs and firearms" The senior officer said the operation had been "highly targeted" and had ...
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Is this sentence correct with 'by the boat' instead of 'by boat'?

I was reading an article in The Independent (an interview of a native English speaker) and I read the following sentence: We travelled across by the boat to Mljet National Park . . ....
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“I like to read by/with the light of the candle.” Which is right?

I like to read by/with the light of the candle. Which one do you say or write?
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What does “weighted pass” mean in soccer sense?

With roughly 15 minutes remaining in the first half, Christian Volesky was in clean on goal after a well-weighted pass in the right channel from Matt Polster, but didn't get the contact he wanted and ...
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How can I interpret “from” in this case?

I have a question about "from across the street" in the following quote: Should he really send in his explanation? He wondered about it. If nobody believed him, and in this case that would be ...
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What does “bringing prior knowledge of a subject to a text” mean?

in the following sentences: A better way is to practice "elaborate rehearsal". This involves assigning semantic meaning to a piece of information so that it can be filed along with other pre-...
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Trying to express the frequency of ones activity

If I say... "you're almost always on call" Is it a right form of expressing your little knowledge about the matter. In this case, I'm talking about the person who's not close (in relationship or ...
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I hear people say this often time. Which is correct

"I will visit you today, come rain come shine" or "come rain come sun shine".
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He is almost abject in his respect for his boss

I have seen the meaning of the word Abject in Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary: abject (*adj.) showing no pride or respect for yourself and the example sentence in the dictionary is: ...
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The clock isn’t working or has stopped

When the clock hands don’t move because its battery is dead. Is it possible to say like these? The clock isn’t working. The clock has stopped. The clock stops. The clock stops moving. The clock ...
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Bloat vs Swell vs Bulge

Please help me to use the words Bloat, Swell and Bulge properly. Oxford defines "bloat" through the compression of gas or liquid but some other dictionaries are not specific about the cause. For ...
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Using “would” with “if”

I read from several books and grammar websites that we don't use "would/will/shall" in "If clause". But I was looking up the meaning of a word in Cambridge dictionary and I got stunned to see there "...
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Use of “so many” without specifying: so many WHAT?

I read a certain script of some film. An old man : But so many have been killed. We've lost so many. He said, "so many" instead of "so many people". Is this fine? Natural? I know the word "many" ...
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Wondering what “go through” means in this context. (it differs from my perception)

Scuffles broke out when some family members tried to cross a bridge to the mainland, reportedly to march on the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, some 420km (260 miles) to the north. "Bring me the ...
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Which tense should be used with “while” here

A: Do you know how we spent the afternoon? B: How? A: All of us chatted away in the kitchen while Ben’s mother showed me how to cook his favorite food. B: Great. Sounds like you had a fun time ...
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Would you tell me more about “however” vs. “still” vs. “nevertheless” [closed]

In this example, is there any difference between these two words? Which one should be used, and why? I enjoyed the trip very much; however, my roommate did not. I enjoyed the trip very much; ...
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Placement of “either” (and the verbs that follow)

Are these right? Can the word either be put in either place? David will either write or have written. David either will write or have written. ...... What about when mixing a gerund and a ...
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The polite ways of disagreement [closed]

I wonder if someone could tell me which one of the following choices work in AmE nowadays as a polite way of bringing up a disagreement: -A- I take the liberty to disagree. -B- I humbly disagree....
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Would you help me with terms of WHOM and WHO? [duplicate]

To whom/who should I address the latter? Am I right? In informal writing, you use who. ..... Moreover, can I use who instead of whom? Furthermore, which one is formal, for instance, about TOEFL ...
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Is past perfect needed

Could you please look at this sentence and let me know if past perfect is needed.The sentence is from a song. I woke up this morning with the blues My baby left me a note I would have written, my ...
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A phrase or idiom for 'something you already wanted' and you are 'legally' asked to do it!

In my regional language, there's a very good idiom which literally means... 'X' was already my favorite dish and a doctor advised me to be on 'X' (this 'X' diet/dish) Now the context. This idiom ...
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Is this rewrite correct?

Tell me about those facts from whatever source you may know them. Is this the same as No matter what source you may know those facts from, tell me about them? The common mistake is to interpret it ...
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Two usages of “on”

OALD and MacMillan give several examples in the entry of "on": On arriving home I discovered they had gone. On being made aware of complaints, he informed the committee. They exchanged a ...
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The nuance of 'met by [someone]' and 'met someone' [closed]

The phrase from the Bible (Acts 16:16) Paul and Silas in Prison: Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. ...
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*Master in Java Programming* or *Master at Java Programming* - The Use of 'Master'

When you master something, you master in that or at that? He's a master in Java Programming Vs. He's a master at Java Programming Note: Java programming is just an example and not something ...
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Wondeing what the difference would be if we change place of “ people” & “ republic” in following sentence

The "Donetsk People's Republic" refuses to recognise the Kiev authorities. ( The actuall text taken from BBC , this is the caption of this picture: http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/74319000/jpg/...
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Is “for product” redundant?

"This confirms that we rely on goods made overseas for products that Japanese consumers buy," adding that "despite the weak yen, Japanese manufacturers are not coming back." I think "for products"...
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Wondering what the word “struck” in this context of news really mean

Here is the paragraph in concern: After cautiously welcoming the deal struck on Thursday, the White House has now stepped up pressure on Russia to use its influence over separatists occupying the ...
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stay focus & stay focused

In some movie, someone said "Stay focus!" in English subtitle. But I have never heard that phrase for my one year English learning period. I only ever heard this : "Stay focused (on something)!" ...
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Picking strawberries v. The picking of strawberries v. Strawberry-picking

Consider: Picking strawberries can be fun. The picking of strawberries requires patience. Strawberry-picking is a strenuous job. Which is more common in use than the others? Do they ...
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We're out of time. We're running out of time

What is the difference between "We're out of time." and "We're running out of time."? Are they both correct phrases? And they have same meaning? Could you please tell me what is the difference.

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