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Imperative sentence and the following tag question

If the main sentence is an imperative sentence, such as, "Do it at once," Grammatically speaking, should the tag question that follows the imperative sentence be "will you?" or "won't you?" not "...
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Is the grammar of the sentence “What did you keep busy yesterday?” correct?

How is it similar to the question "What kept you busy yesterday?" Which one is correct and wrong? Also, please explain the rule of the wrong sentence.
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What does 'as' mean in 'Lawyers write as they see other lawyers write'?

I asked this question, but still having a problem understanding this sentence. 'Lawyers write as they see other lawyers write, and, influenced by education, profession, economic constraints, and ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “go to the seaside” and “go to the sea”?

Let's say I am going on vacation. And I am planing to spend my vacation by the sea. Is there any difference between the following sentences? I am going to the seaside. I am going to the sea.
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“question the charges in my bill”

Is it grammatically correct to say "I also question the charges in my bill" or should it be "I also ask question about the charges in my bill"
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What “were to ” means in these sentences?

a : What time do you usually get off work? b : It depends, but If I were to get off work early, I can. If I were to be born again, I'd like to be born in the states. If I were to be a journalist when ...
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I realised + Past tense or Present tense?

"On calculating my annual carbon footprint recently, I realized how inadequate those efforts are." Source: https://commentwise.com/2019/12/06/will-the-rich-change-for-the-planet/ In the given ...
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'It was the only mine still in operation'. Where do I insert 'of six' in that sentence?

It was the only of six mines still in operation ? No, 'the only' cannot be used as a pronoun. It was the only mine of six still in operation , maybe? But then it's not clear whether 'still in ...
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What does the phrase “slice your timeline” mean here?

Does the word "slice" simply mean "cut" in the following sentence? The new tool palette includes cursor modes—Hand, Zoom, Blade, and Track Select—that enable you to quickly zoom in, move, and even ...
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usage of mean/meant for a shorter sentence

Can I write the shorter form of the first line as the second line ? Have they got the same meaning? Going to gym does not mean that it makes you healthy Going to gym is not meant to make you ...
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Is a verb important in any English sentence?

Is a verb exists in any English sentence? If yes, what is the verb in the following sentence? In a democrat government there are separate authorities which are the executive, the legislation and ...
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“Go to school” or go to the school" in context

Let's say I am in school, and my parents want to visit my school to find out how I am doing there. Which one of the following is the most natural way to communicate the idea? My parent are going to ...
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“the deed” “the mortgage” can they convey general meanings?

I reckon there are three types of general meanings in English using the definite article: The iPhone is a popular gadget nowadays. The steel industry is the business of producing steel. The ...
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How worse vs how much worse

If you're in a bad situation, which of the following are you more likely to say? How worse are things going to get? How much worse are things going to get? Are both the sentences grammatically ...
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Should I backshift second conditionals in reported speech?

Consider this sentence, please (taken from the English Grammar Secrets website): If I had millions dollars, I would give a lot to charity. If we used it in reported speech, would it remain the ...
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What does the phrase “Focus and inform” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "Focus and inform" that is used as heading of the following text (this is not available online): The app includes a number of screencast-specific ...
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My car is at the garage vs my car is in the garage

(My car is at the garage.It is being repaired,somebody is repairing it ) I think it should be in instead of at because my car is present in the building/shed and it is not out present of building/shed
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Is it correct to use “take” in “I took this word from the dictionary”?

Let's suppose I am translating a text from my native language into English, and I come across a word that I don't know how to translate. I look it up in the dictionary and put it in my text. Can I say ...
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Using implied as an adjective

According to the dictionary the word implied is an adjective. It is is also the past tense of imply. I have been trying to find some examples of where implied is used as an everyday adjective and ...
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I just noticed that the location of be(is am are was were, etc) is not changed when there's an adjective, even in affirmative sentences

For example: I don't know what's wrong [not what wrong is] Had there been a noun I'd have to change the structure. I don't know what your problem is. Am I right? I'm fairly certain I am
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Differences in the usage of “Hang around” in the following sentences?

what are the differences between these sentences? He is hanging around on the streets He is hanging around the streets and He is hanging around at the mall He is hanging around the mall
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Sentence structure ambiguity

I lower myself to show humbleness. I lower myself, in order to show my humbleness. To lower oneself is a way of showing humbleness, and I lower myself. I don't lower myself to show humbleness. I ...
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Transform the sentence “As soon as the child sees the mother, it begins to smile.”

As soon as the child sees the mother, it begins to smile.(Change it using "No sooner..... than"). Please help me to transform the sentence.
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capacity to read vs capacity for/of reading - preposition and verb tense choice

Are the following sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning? Are they equally usual? She lost her capacity/ability to read. She lost her capacity/ability of reading. She lost her capacity/...
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What does the phrase “to a shot of yourself” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "to a shot of yourself" in the following sentence (this is not available online): Do you want to cut from your screencast to a shot of yourself ...
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Find it hard to do

You can make the things easy which you find it hard to do. Should I use it in sentence above? What I want to say is that There are things and I found doing things hard and ı want to make things ...
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When we talk about a general thing and the event in the adverbial clause happens earlier, what tense should we use?

When we talk about a general thing and the event in the adverbial clause happens earlier, what tense should we use? Please help explain a bit, thank you. Example 1 I usually don't feel ...
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What did you use to cook or What did you used to cook, which one is correct?

I have confusion with some grammatical facts. So I am looking for help here. Which one should be correct? A. What did you use to cook? B. What did you used to cook?
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Article after AT - THE vs A/AN

What are the rules on the use of articles after the proposition of AT? I'm asking because I can't conclude why in the case of age, THE is used and in the case of speed or altitude, A/AN is used: ...
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Be and to be what's the difference?

'Be' and 'to be' have different meanings or they both are interchangeable? 1.I need a reasonable time for myself, therefore not 'be' a part of new team. 2.I need a reasonable time for myself, ...
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Word order Q : between two sentences, which one sounds more accurate? (Or is none of them right?)

So I can use 7 words among those below and each one of them only once without chaning its form as it is presented here. [ frequency / take / regular / make / its /reflect / availability / will / ...
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Is the sentence correct: “He die of heart attack yesterday”

I have a problem in the sentence: I am very sorry to say you this, but Ignazio, he die of heart attack yesterday night. The time is of past-yesterday night, but the verb die is used in its root ...
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I prefer to use smth vs I prefer using smth

What's the difference between I prefer to use smth and I prefer using smth. Are they both correct? And why is the -ing ending, is that ok to use it?
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What's the meaning of the word 'there' in this context?

In the song "You are the reason" by Calum Scott There goes my heart beating 'Cause you are the reason What does the word "there" mean in this context?
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Is it possible to change the tense in this sentence?

This is a from a novel: A little girl got sick after eating something and the mother wants to know what it was. The sentence says: "What have you been eating?" "The dried leaves in the box on ...
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as adjective as to infinitive or as adjective to infinitive as

Older workers can be as adaptable and quick to learn as anyone else. This sentence is from Oxford Advance Learner Dictionary. I wanted to know whether I can change this sentence as follow. Older ...
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Why using adjective after noun?

I met phrases like "place nice" and "place safe" for several times during watching series and movies and each time I was wondering why an adjective stands after a noun while they teach that adjectives ...
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'promised as a' or 'promised to be a', which one is correct?

I am writing a scientific paper. Which one is correct? This method has been promised as a solution for .... or This method has been promised to be a solution for ....
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What is the meaning of a.k.a. abreviation?

I have saw this expression been used very often in colloquial textual conversations (as in this question for example), but I don't know what it means.
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Use of the past perfect tense [closed]

Should I use the past perfect tense in this sentence or is the past simple more appropriate? We had seen him at the park that day.
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What does “of” modifies in sentence below?

I wear the shirt with flower print of my father. In this sentence , does “ of” modifie shirt or flower. Of It is know that the shirt belongs to my father but I wonder if I use this sentence in ...
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What does it mean when we elude ourselves?

Here is a sentence: In our daily lives, then, we are never quite there. In the present we elude ourselves and the world eludes the grasp of a fully self-possessed experience.
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Using an infinitive in subordinate clause

The Infinitive phrase may be subject: For you to learn English is good subjective complement: My desire is for my family to be happy object: I consider it better for children to learn ...
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The use of the verb “know” in the sense of knowing the name of something

Let's say I want to know if someone knows the name of something, say, the capital of a country. Would it be natural to say the following? Do you know the capital of Japan? Would it be more natural ...
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We did not have a holiday last year

We did not have holiday last year (source ......) What is the meaning of this sentence i think it can be-(1) we did not get holiday last year or (2)we did not spent a holiday last year
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Correct grammatical usage of already

Can we use this type of formation. Stop bluffing. There's no need to hide it. Tell me already Can already be used in this way.
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What is the meaning of “little long-term ” in this sentence?

Many such drives from the government have been initiated with little long-term results. I know the meaning of long-term.But what it means when "little" word is added before it? TIA
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What is “Sisu means data”?

I saw that on a laptop sticker(owned by a girl majoring in computer science) and I thought Sisu may typify the Finnish spirit, but I wonder how it relates to "data"?
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What could be the names of the sound of the water falling in a shower?

one of my friends said: "The swoosh of the shower" I don't really think it fits the calm sound that could be heard when water is falling in a common shower, listening in the bedroom next door. What ...

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