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what (color hair vs. hair color) do you have?

My hair color is black, and the question should be what is your hair color? or what hair color do you have?. However, it turns out surprisingly to me that the question with do is: what color hair do ...
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What should follow “cause” (the verb)?

I wrote the following sentence, but I am not sure it is correct. All the moderators asking for blacklisting a tag would not probably cause the tag being blacklisted. Is it correct to use "the tag ...
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Help with adjective phrases

I would like some help learning about "adjective phrases". Jane is in the meeting room. Does "in the meeting room" modify "is" or "Jane"? I think “in the meeting room” is an adjective phrase. Is ...
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Does “have a sore head” have the same meaning as “have a headache”?

The post title is my very question. Does have a sore head have any meaning other than have a headache?
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What does “so… how about them hats” mean?

I saw this question on another SE site, What is meant by "them hats" in this context? I hear the use of "them [word]" many times, does it mean like their or these? or what exactly?
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What's a good word for “estimating the correctness”?

Let's say you are given a set of numbers, called the state, and you are supposed to use external information to estimate if they are correct. I am looking for a word that means "to estimate the ...
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The usage of the articles 'a' and 'the' for describing natural things

Putting the proper article before a noun is really complex. To be frank, I'm still learning this! I don't remember the source, but I had read somewhere that even students of English Literature make ...
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sit on the beach vs. sit at the beach

At first I thought it is "at the beach" then after a quick Google search I found out that it is flat out "on the beach". However, I have found one instance where a woman, presumably a native speaker, ...
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What is the meaning of “a little cushion” and “at yard sales”?

Yes, money is our madness. Last year, we thought we had found a little cushion when I published a book about the life here in suburban America. It sold 12 copies——six of them to my mother. Four ...
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“No authority” vs “Not authorized”?

I just had a discussion with a college who used the phrase "No authority" to inform a user (text display) that he is not authorized [to use the device] after holding a card in front of a device. ...
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Up to what level the adverbs 'firstly', 'secondly', 'thirdly' and so on is acceptable?

This question is different from the one that's already asked here. I'm asking about the levels here. About research: Trust me...the Internet gave me up to nineteenthly and to be frank, I then ...
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What's the meaning of “to his hard drive”?

Such is the life of a writer,sending off the most personal thoughts possible to his hard drive.
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How to Pronounce Cars and Says?

I think for a pronunciation symbol, cars is /kɑːrz/ and says is /seɪz/. But whenever I listen these words I feel like there are a little “d” sound, Cars /kɑːrdz/ and Says/seɪdz/. For me, cars sound ...
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Should the article be “the” or “a”?

My nephew who reads in first standard was reading a book on basic introduction to computer. It had a line "The Computer has four basic parts", but to my ear "the computer" sounded weird. I think the ...
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Can I use “they” with “OP”?

Looking at the NOAD, I read that using they as pronoun to mean a person of either sex is acceptable in those contexts where it follows an indefinite pronoun such as anyone, no one, someone, or a ...
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Can nouns license their complements to be followed?

The spying row between Australia and Indonesia shows no sign of easing, and overnight a powerful minister within the Indonesian government said talks about any future cooperation on asylum seekers ...
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What meaning does at all intensify?

Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students ...
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Prepare to presentation (sentences)

I have to be presenter of teamwork done for American owner. I haven't done it yet. I would like prepare several sentences for correct to use. Have all joined? Have all saw my screen ? You can see - ...
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Theory vs. Theorem? [closed]

What is the difference between theory and theorem? Could you please give some examples? thanks in advanced. So far, what I know is both are nouns and they are exchangeable.
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Which tense should I use in “Roger told me that you { have / had } a pen”?

Should I say: Roger told me that you have a pen. OR Roger told me that you had a pen. Assume I talked to Roger a few hours ago.
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Which meaning do I have to pick up, deontic or epistemic, for ought to?

Oh,you may not think I'm pretty, But don't judge on what you see, I'll eat myself if you can find A smarter hat than me. You can keep your bowlers black, Your tops hats sleek ...
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How do I know when to use “the” versus “a” versus “∅” as an article on a noun?

With proper nouns, we don't use the except for river names, newspaper names, etc. I want to know why we use the with White House. I mean, under which rule can we categorize it? What could other ...
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Infinitive form Vs. -ing form after a value judgement

Which one of the following is correct and why? It'll be wonderful to see you again. It'll be wonderful seeing you again.
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I don't understand the structure of this sentence

What does this sentence mean? Especially the "the process that today is long" part. The agency said that the procedure it set back in the 1970s for revising rules for older drugs "was not rapid, ...
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What is the function of “as” here?

I read this sentence in my workbook: Regaining the former glory as a port town in the Middle Ages, it is now a prosperous town. I've tried to simplify this below: I regained the innocence as a ...
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Is “had been reached since” proper usage?

A quote from The Guardian: Last year, a paper in Nature co-authored by Sir David King, the UK government's former chief scientific adviser and currently the government's climate change envoy, ...
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He continued to talk and he continued talking

I know that some English verbs can be followed either by the -ing form or by the infinitive form, with a little difference in meaning though. Could you tell me what is the difference between these ...
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What expression should I use in this case?

In Italian, when somebody wants to say that something is true also for them, or they know something because they experienced the same, they sometimes say non lo dire a me (litrerally, "don't say it to ...
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“I've watched a video…” or “I've watched the video…”

I want to tell to my friends that I've watched some video and give them the link. How I should write this message in instant messanger or in twitter? I've watched a wonderful video about ... You ...
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Which preposition should I use? [duplicate]

Which one should I use here? IN June 2014 or ON June 2014 Why? Thanks.
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What does “stark contrast” mean? [closed]

I was reading The Accidental Billionaires and I came across this sentence "...; the relaxed, almost rubbery way he leaned against the window - a stark contrast to his usual calcified, if slightly ...
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Putting the accent on a word when speaking

To put the accent on a word when I am speaking, in Italian I would raise the tone on the accented vowel; raising the tone of accented vowels is normally done when reading an Italian word, but it is ...
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What does “he came galloping up” mean here?

He came galloping up and halted. Does "he came galloping up" mean the person was riding a horse? Was the person coming towards the speaker? I just wonder if the man was riding a horse, and if he was ...
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“Life is too short to regret of …”

Life is too short to regret of not “living your dreams” that ultimately “make your life”. Is this sentence correct, or does it require corrections?
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Help with combining sentences

Could you help me check whether my combined sentences are correct or not? She was carrying a tray. The tray was filled with cakes. The cake were homemade. They were very delicious. ...
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Can progressive aspects express the ongoing effect of an activity?

"The Sorting Ceremony will take place in a few minutes in front of the rest of the school. I suggest you all smarten yourselves up as much as you can while you are waiting." Her eyes lingered ...
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What's the meaning of “into frame” in this context?

The following are comments made on this video link]: Person A: Anyone know if the dude actually lost any digits? A fish that big looks like it could take off with your arm if it wanted to. Person ...
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Where can I use “arrive to”?

I know the difference between arrive at and arrive in, but where can I use arrive to? A car arrived to the gate. Should I use arrived at?
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Informal word for cartilage?

I know what cartilage is, but I was looking for the every day synonym to the word in the context of meat and eating, not in the context of human anatomy. I found out that gristle maybe the informal ...
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How much vocabulary should be studied a day? [closed]

And not only vocabulary. What is the amount of daily study material for an advanced learner of English?
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structure: I stood guard

“I need you with me,” she said. “Don’t go away again.” But I hadn’t gone away! I had been abducted! I could feel the sleep pressing down on her. “I need you with me,” she said. “I’m ...
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Phonetic Transcription of Spoken “Whose is it?”

I do not know how native English speakers colloquially pronounce the question "Whose is it?". What would the IPA of the sentence be like? An IPA keyboard is here Update: you could record the sentence ...
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What does this “as” mean?

Source Reality is what language, as Reality’s toothpicks-and-chewing-gum replica, will never be. What does this sentence mean? I am not sure how to interpret this "as" here.
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Which is correct,“the most banal” or “the banalest”?

I heard Jon Stewart say on his Daily Show: ...search even the most banal of the background facts... Does it right to say "the most banal" instead of "the banalest"? I googled "the banalest" and ...
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Is “haven't met my friend” correct in British English?

The discussion in comments to Tyler James Young's answer to this question Which is correct: 'haven't done since' or 'haven't done for'? deserves to be asked as a separate ...
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How do we tell countable vs uncountable noun from OED?

I am referring to the online OED, how can I tell whether a noun is countable or uncountable from the page? Thanks.
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Capitalisation in titles

Some of the examples: Flow of Control between Layers Layered Architecture: Schematic Introduction to Aspect Oriented Programming(AOP) POJO-based Programming Model I can't decide whether to use ...
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What does this example sentence “He shocked so easily” mean?

It's an example sentence under the entry word "shock". verb 1 [with object] cause (someone) to feel surprised and upset: [no object] experience outrage: he shocked so easily What does "...
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Is there another word for “deported person”?

I am looking for another word for deported person, or a short form of saying it.
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perfect tense whose reference time is future

“It just doesn’t seem fair,” Eve said. “It was the other driver’s fault.” “If it was anybody’s fault,” Denny said, “it was mine for being where I could get collected.” This is something I’d ...

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