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What does the word “out” mean in the sentence “the correlation is very out”?

I just bumped into a sentence spoken by a native speaker that went as "I think the correlation is very out there." From the context, I thought he meant the correlation was low/weak. Google ...
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Indicating of some part of body with comparison

How to indicate correctly which part of your body you look like someone? For example: eyes If we use "You look nothing like someone" then how to indicate what I wrote above? ?You look your ...
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Conversion of a verb into adjective

How are verbs converted into adjectives In the following sentence can I use both craved for and sought after Power got with money is the most craved for/sought after today
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Why is the past perfect tense used in the following sentence?

from The Economist (https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/08/25/the-way-forward-on-immigration-to-the-west?cid1=cust/ednew/n/bl/n/2018/08/23n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/na/146317/n) A sensible approach ...
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I've written some sentences in English.But,I don't know if they are correct or not grammatically

Is my text correct in English literature and so grammatically ? My eyes were mysteriously turquoise and my skin was as white as blue pond in my imagination And the vastness of my white cheeks the ...
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Confused about the structure of this sentence

Don't take a decision based on your assumptions. I think some parts of the sentence are omitted. The complete sentence may be Don't take a decision that is based on your assumptions. or Don't ...
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What does “be accounted for” mean here?

I know the first part means that "no ethnic is inherently easier to form a gang than another ethnic, but being marginalized makes some ethnic groups have more gangs". I also know "...
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Is it common to pronounce two /tjuː/?

The word "two" in a tutorial sounds like /tjuː/ at multiple positions. Is it common to pronounce two /tjuː/? Another tutorial uses the same pronunciation. I want you to listen to English through ...
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“do that” stands for a negative action

Can "do(ing) that" refer to a negative action in the following? I will not talk about your exam results any further if me doing that (= not talking about your exam results) will make you ...
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What is the meaning of “There's baloney in our slacks” (Animaniacs theme song)?

Part of the theme tune of the 1990s cartoon series Animaniacs has these words: We're Animaniacs! We have pay-or-play contracts. We're zany to the max There's baloney in our slacks. I do not ...
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Usage of articles before adjectives

Most of the time I have heard people say "Rahul is an honest person." Which one is correct and why? He is an honest person. He is honest person. She is an honest woman. She is honest ...
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Use of plural when referring to a singular

Following is the sentence given in my exercise book(no other context can be provided). One could see her lying on the flowerbeds At a time a person can lie only on one flowerbed then why have they ...
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How do I call a person working in a higher position than me in company?

In a company, there are various ranks of positions. And some people are working in a higher position than me. Is there any word indicating anyone working in a higher position than me? He/she can work ...
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Particular question about past

He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact that him being wrong. He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact which is him being wrong. He knew that I was trying to tell him the fact ...
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difference between had and have/has had

I am just confused about how to use have/has had David has had a nice car. David had a nice car. May I know which sentence is correct and why, and please let me know how to use have/has had.
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“All the water” VS “All water”

I am a bit confused as to the difference - some use the definite article, some do not: -All water on Earth will evaporate in a billion years. -Not all water is composed of the same substances. -All ...
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present perfect or past simple in this case for an event that has finished recently

Restorers have returned the Leaning Tower of Pisa to its former glory after an eight-year restoration project in which they cleaned and partially straightened it. Workers were using chisels and hi-...
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“Would he be the voice of reason?”

Is this grammatically correct sentence? I cannot seem to understand the grammar behind the structure of this sentence So if we change "would" to "why", it seems incorrect to me to ...
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Meaning of the phrase “I got nothing” in context

It's from the second episode of the tenth season of Friends. Here is the scene. It's at 1 minute and 49 seconds. Chandler: I'd love to, but I gotta get back to talking to your parents. They're ...
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Misplaced modifier?

I got this sentence from an CNN interactive magazine: In 1879, a German engineer, Carl Benz, developed the first internal combistion engine, burning fuel like oil and petrol to power pistons." The ...
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“I don't promise anything / nothing / something / everything” - Difference?

If I want to say someone that I don't premise him about that, it says, I want to give him nothing about permission. what's out of the following four is the correct? For example: a) I think I'll ...
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When change is transitive and in which situations intransitive

I'm not sure when exactly the verb "change" can be passive or not. With googling, I figured out that it could not be passive when you are talking about a change happening in someone's ...
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Why “short of a six pack” means someone is stupid or missing common sense?

I looked up in the urbandictionary One Short of A Six Pack A term used to describe a person who is not all there. A person missing a marble or two - a few percentages off from being full ...
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questions on tense has vs. had

The rumor that she has something to do with the crime turned out true. The rumor that she had something to do with the crime turned out true. Which is correct? If both are correct, is there any ...
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I'm waiting for you ON/AT/IN the second floor?

what is the correct option when I want to sat that I'm waiting for someone ON / IN / AT second floor? a) I'm waiting for you on the second floor. b) I'm waiting for you in the second floor. ...
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Can we say “4 peels of the banana”?

peel 1- [uncountable, countable] the thick outer layer of some fruits and vegetables orange/lemon peel (North American English also) an orange/a lemon peel 2- peels North American English(also ...
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Usage of in a such a way

I wonder if the usage of '' in such a way '' correct in sentence below. '' He was founded in such a way that his arm has been broken by his freind ''. I mean ; Does this sentence above maean ''he ...
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Should there be a conjunction in “There are two bowls, each one obviously designed for a dog.”?

Is this sentence grammatical? There are two bowls, each one obviously designed for a dog. Since I don't see a conjunction between two clauses, it looks like a run-on sentence to me. Maybe you can ...
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Do all four given sentences mean the same thing? Are they grammatically correct?

Have I told you he stopped responding to my letters because I'd offended him in the last letter I sent him? Have I told you he stopped responding to my letters because I offended him in the last ...
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A confused descriptive paragraph

I saw a post on Reddit, I knew every meaning of words but I can't get what process of action they were describing. Below is the post they put. I had to call my boss for help with a machine that ...
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Is “It is + clause” correct?

I'd like to know if "It is + Clause" is correct: It's that I don't want to talk to you anymore. If it is not, would mind saying how I could rephrase that sentence?
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Asset to vs asset for

I believe my skills will be an asset to the company. I believe my skills will be an asset for the company. Concerning the meaning in this context, the Cambridge dictionary defines the word asset to ...
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Which is correct? They have been married for 5 years. They have been married 5 years

I have learnt I have to use the word "for". But in an English lesson the teacher said, "They have been married 5 years". Is this sentence correct without "for" before the ...
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What does the verb “heighten” mean here? Is it related to speed or intensity, or something else?

Regardless of where you come from, there are ‘native-like’ ways of speaking. These are distinct from ‘foreign’ ways of speaking. You cannot speak English in the way you speak your native tongue. ...
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“She noticed the change of (in?) her son” - choosing the right preposition

Am I right to say such like this: She noticed the change of her son. Is it different from the sentence: she noticed the change in her son?
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What is the gap/crack/flaw in the top of a cardboard box called?

per this answer The bits at the top and the bottom that tuck in to seal the box are called the flaps. what is the gap/crack/flaw pointed out by red arrow shown below (img_1) called? is the part ...
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How can I learn fully/more about the various ways Americans use the phrase “I guess” nowadays?

I wanna learn like all about it. Its intonation, the context, the volume of voice, the pitch, etc. Because I don' think any online dictionary can probably help you with that. So do you guys have any ...
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Meaning of “but for” as in “But for your support…”

The following is a question in my book where I am given 3 options from which I have to select one which may improve my question sentence In the absence of your support, he would have lost the ...
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lucky to have met / met / meet someone

In a scenario, if you met someone a few days ago for the very first time and then you met again today and after spending time together, you feel lucky to know him/her because you think you will get on ...
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“I hear it” vs. “I can hear it”

To improve my pronunciation, I was trying to imitate a native speaker friend and found some pronunciation is difficult for me to speak. I said this to him I can hear it, even it is spoken very fast ...
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What does 'agreed' modify in the sentence?

De Soto argues that, within many of the extralegal markets of the developing world, mutually agreed upon rules for distributing assets and recognizing property rights already exist. I don't ...
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“I have class” or “I am having class” in context

Let's say I am a student and at this very moment I am being taught math and someone is calling me and asks what are you doing. Is correct to say the following? I am having math class. And by the ...
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Using “of” or “out of” big confusion

I'm really confused which one to use? 1- Don't make a big deal out of it 2- Don't make a big deal of it The second part : are the following sentence makes sense in terms of meaning and using the ...
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What is the “subject” in the sentence?

A sentence from Longman Dictionary That smell of oil and candles and that light from a distant window and him on his knees, mumbling. I can't make out the meaning of the sentence and thesubject. ...
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“It was extraordinary, she told herself, how this little snippet of a girl seemed suddenly to be taking charge of her problems,”

Miss Honey smiled. It was extraordinary, she told herself, how this little snippet of a girl seemed suddenly to be taking charge of her problems, and with such authority, too. "Well," she ...
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Relative pronouns part of speech

”Have you eaten all the cake THAT I made yesterday?” ”That” in this sentence is a relative pronoun that introduces the relative clause (I made yesterday), if I’m not mistaken. But what part of speech ...
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Transforming sentence to passive

I am trying to transform this sentence into passive form: They are thought ... in a deserted cottage. [hide] My guess is: In a desert cottage they are thought to be hidden. Is that correct?
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“For many years now” and “For some years now” meaning

I want to know the meaning and the differences of these particular phrases: for many years now / for many times now for some years now / for some times now can anyone also provide an implementation ...
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Is “as” correct here?

Outside his house, several cars are parked as a group of people have gathered to demonstrate. Is as natural here? Would and be better? Would it also be correct if I had written "a group of ...
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‘have not been able’ or ‘have been unable’?

The archaeologists have been unable to discover her identity. The archaeologists have not been able to discover her identity. What is the difference between them?

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