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Use of it as subject in the sentence

It is crowded on the dance floor and they are briefly pressed together. In this sentence would the meaning change if I say the sentence below ? I mean I couldn’t understand what “ it” means and why ...
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Difference between “from a distance” and “from the distance”?

Consider these two phrases: "from a distance" "from the distance" Is there a difference in these two terms? When would you use which?
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“get the boat” or “get a boat”?

When talking about form of transport, we could say "take a bus", "get the subway". In this context, should I use "get the boat" or "get a boat"? Google Ngram gives this plot
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Do you go to college?

everyone. I've been wondering if the question is acceptable and conveys the same meaning as a "are you in college?" question? Thanks in advance
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What is the meaning of “include but not limited to”?

I have been following this trend for a while now , it seems to me it s very helpful to English learners like me . So far, I appreciate your contributions to questions. Below is my question for today: ...
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How to express something that came after something

While am doing a conversation thre some expressions that make my Conversation difficult, Example, how to express the numerical Order of Barak Oba from the numbers of US Presidents like saying, Barak ...
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Does “which” make this sentence clearer?

As I am proof-reading my own writing, I am not sure if which one of these two sentences sounds clearer. Language skill can bring distinct advantages that set those learning it apart from their ...
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her face had gone walking elsewhere

It' from book 84k by Clare North But Lucy had a decent head on her shoulder, "even when her face had gone walking elsewhere", and told men to go fuck their mothers and stormed out of the flat. Lucy ...
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Concerned or worried?

Could someone please tell me which one of "concerned" and "worried" that has the strongest meaning? He was concerned/worried.
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Is “did you” pronounced /di dʒju:/ or /di dju:/?

There are 2 types of pronunciation of "did you" I've heard, /di dʒju:/ and /di dju:/. I guess Americans like pronouncing /di dju:/ or /di ju:/, and British like pronouncing /di dʒju:/. Is my ...
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Threaten someone with something

He threatened me with guys around. In this sentence what confused me is that he threatened me with his guys or he threatened me and guys around. What does this sentence mean?
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“really not” vs “not really”

If someone says "David is not really a leader", it means something like: the speaker believes that David isn't the kind of person you would think of as a without-doubt a real leader; but the speaker ...
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How do we use the word 'opposite' in the context of movies -opposite sex or deeds?

What I know is we use opposite word for the actor or actress. I mean the main hero or heroine of the film. Let's talk about The Matrix. Here, Keanu Reeves is in the lead role. Carrie-Anne Moss is ...
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what's the meaning of “Am i on jerk'd?”“ in this context- 7th episode of ”Big Mouth" , an American adult animated sitcom

What the hell are you gonna jerk off to? - Nothing. I guess I'm not gonna jerk off. [BREATHLESS LAUGH.] Yeah, you're you're not gonna jerk off. All right, where are the cameras? [CHUCKLES.] Am I on ...
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grammar / meaning “I was going to do the washing, but we would run out of washing powder.”

The explanations of my grammar book is as follows. 1) “They left the house at 6.00 a.m. and would reach Edinburgh some 12 hours later.” (=they reached Edinburgh) 2) He was sure that the medical ...
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redistribute someone

In the movie Love Actually, the prime minister asks his secretary to redistribute an employee, I think, because he was falling in love with that particular employee, Natalie. Redistribute Natalie. ...
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Each vs. Either

I wrote: For example, in English where phrases of a sentence have an almost fixed order, using the phrase structure is more common, while for languages with more flexible word order, the dependency ...
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To Verb+ing or To Verb

Why are there two different formats that is ' ~to being able ~' and '~to hold~' in the following sentence. Is it correct that 'to' connecting with a verb not v-ing ? 'It's equivalent to being able ...
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Why don't we say “caught two colds”?

I guess "I caught a cold" is an idiomatic expression. Similarly, "pay someone for a service". I've never heard anyone say "caught two colds", "pay for 2 services". where "cold", "service" is treated ...
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Differences of 'with' and 'in'

With- used to say that people or things are in a place together or are doing something together. In- used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limits.
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How to use “seems to be”

What is the correct way to say this.. I just checked my bank account and that seems to be have been activated. I just checked my bank account and that seems activated. I just checked my bank ...
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Level of English movies according to CEFR

See, I am a bit puzzled by original English movies, such as "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows". Assessing myself as a C1- user, I struggle with such kind of movies. Do these movies suit for C2 ...
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Conditional sentence in simple past

Me and my friend decided to meet at school but at the last moment he changed his plan. But I went there on time, and surprisingly met another friend. After he left, my former friend arrived. How would ...
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What verb tense should I use after “did”

I know you are suppose to use the present verb tense after DID, “ I did do my homework” “ I didn’t go to the park”. But what about: “I DID what you TOLD me?”, I know this is correct, but why? Isn’t ...
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What's the meaning of “Frantic pace”?

I've just seen the phrase "frantic pace" in following sentence, could anyone explain what its mean? Go into any mall these days and you'll find many people shopping at a frantic pace,...
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“to be gained” or “can be gained”?

Tell me please if to be gained means the same as can be gained in the following sentences. Given the giant sets approach is an advanced training method it is best that it not be used by beginners ...
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Is there any difference between 'unlawful' and 'illegal'?

unlawful Not conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules. (from here) illegal Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law. (from here) Does it all mean that ...
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“get an illness” or “get illness”, which one should I use in speaking?

I guess both "get illness" and "get an illness" mean ‘catch an illness’. according to Ngram, "get an illness" seems more widely used in writing, how about speaking? the weird thing is, "got cold" is ...
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How would I describe a room with no ventilation?

Let's say I have a room in my house with no windows, no flow of air in or out, isolated from the rest of the house, which makes it impossible to sit there. How do I describe it? Can I uses the ...
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How would you describe thinking in the dark?

It happens usually in the bed, when all the light is out. This would reduce all stimuli significantly, so you can analyze/use your imagination best. I take a look a some synonyms for "think" but don't ...
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Use of the word 'so'

I am confused about using the word 'so'. Here is an example. I had a fever so I did not go to work. Question is, in the above sentence, do I really need a comma before 'so'?
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Could “People”, “Some people” and “Lots of people” be used interchangeably?

I used this kind of expression at another post (Does there exist a grammar formula in grammar book?) Lots of people refer to "subject + verb + adjective" as a formula. similarly, I could say ...
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Please correct the grammar. thanks in advance [closed]

The judge denied Pima Community College’s argument; stating that under FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) they should not release any documents relate to their students. The Arizona ...
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“three hours of you writing”, is it an idiomatic expression?

This video (https://youtu.be/iSV9uohbCjQ?t=258) is saying if you're taking something like TOEFL or TOEIC that's going to be an exam, exam instills fear of one or two or three hours of you ...
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How do I know whether a noun is countable or not?

I'm new learner and often confused with countable nouns. Is there any way that I can know whether a noun is a countable noun? Thanks
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quantity words used adverbially to describe the extent of something

I've noticed the word plenty can be used as an adverb: We're plenty [=very] busy with the work we have already. It's plenty cold outside. There's plenty more where that came from. ...
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the philosopher thought to have died of syphilis

Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher thought to have died of syphilis, was the victim of a posthumous smear campaign by anti-Nazis, new research shows. Source: https://www.smh.com.au/world/nietzsche-...
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I like the way you’re walking in the hall. V.s. I like the way how you walk in the hall

When I dropped off my kid at school. I heard the teacher said “I like the way you’re walking in the hall.” or “I like how you walk in the hall.” I would say I like the way how you walk in the hall. ...
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Does “humble” refer to “practical people” or not?

Does "humble" refer to "practical people" or not? WE have now traced various disconnected and irregular uprushes of psychic force in the cases which have been set forth, and we come at last to ...
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Is the word “could” here in the past or present?

SOURCE Context : A guy wakes up and a girl tells him that he slept with her during the night (the girl is his friend). He denies this and says: Since you've tempted me so much until now, I would'...
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Should I use “we will” or “will we” with an “if” clause in speaking?

This video is speaking If we get the subway, we will be on time? and giving this slide should I use "we will" or "will we"?
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Difference bwtween heavier than and weightier than

It's from this question. Can "he" and "man" refer to all genders? The ancient Chinese writer Si Maqian said, "Though death befalls all men alike, it may be weightier than ...
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Difference between pleasure and delight

I didn't find anything very clear. What is the exactly difference between "pleasure" and "delight"?
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How to say the following thing?

If I have a phone number in usage & after some time I no longer does, how do I then say it with just one verb in active form & without using negation? So apart from the following way:- I no ...
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Can present perfect be used for events occurred long time ago?

I had a discussion with my mate about the usage of present perfect tense, and he raised the point that it can only be used for recent past events. First off, it's illogical, because we can't agree ...
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Is there any difference between the noun “move” and “movement” in the sense of moving in a physical sense?

Is there any difference between the noun move and movement in the sense of moving in a physical sense? For example: Today we are going to learn the vocabulary to do with body movements/moves.
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Meaning of the words

Would you please kindly tell me about what the words in bold do mean? ... he argued May's Brexit plans amounted to "a suicide vest around the British constitution". Baker, who quit in July ...
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The right position of “too” in the mentioned sentence?

A would fail to explain X. B would fail to explain Y. B would fail to explain X. Where to put "too" in the third sentence to mean that "next to A, B would fail to explain X" and not to mean "...
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What is the opposite to laudatory when describing an adjective?

For instance, when I say that the word "great" is a laudatory adjective. What would the opposite to that be in the case of a word such as "evil"? Thank you.
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Meaning of the “d” in “how'd” (other than “did” or “had”)

In the movie The Martian in a scene right after the failed launch of provisions, there's a text on the screen as a chat message arrives at one of the scientists' computer. how'd the launch go? Now,...

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