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Can I use -ing form here?

1) "There are five other lawyers working here, but they're not here right now." 2) "There are five other lawyers who work here, but they're not here right now." Can I use "working" here or is only ...
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Is “eventually” possible to use in that case

Could you let me know if the lp has been sent, I sent many emails then eventually I made a paypal claim . None of my emails have been replyed. This sentence means that I stopped sending messages ...
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She got pregnant “around” July last year

She got pregnant around July last year. Is "around" natural here and what exactly does it mean?
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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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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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After verb DO(auxillary verb) main verb should be in base form or V1

when we are using DO as auxillary verb the main verb used should be in which form, base form or V1? Example :I do understand. Here 'Understand' is in Base form or V1?
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Would you give me a hand with these dishes?

Would you give me a hand with these dishes? Which answer is correct: a. of course b. yes, I would This question appears in my exam, I am confused because I really think both are correct but then ...
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Is there any grammatical rule which tells you when an english word has to be written with 2 equal consonants together?

In other languages, sometimes there are rules which tells you how to write a word. For example, in Spanish, you can never write a word with "nb" together, if a word sounds like it, then it's spelled ...
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Can we use Would have in past hapitual actions and states?

Can we use would have for past habit? For example: "Romans would have travelled by ship." What is the difference between: I would have expected he would come here. and I expected he would ...
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How to say when you want to delay a state: to suppress my pee / poo / cough / laugh / smile / anger / giggle / pain / excitement / etc?

How to say when you want to delay a state? hold somebody/something ↔ up to delay someone or something Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work. suppress something to prevent yourself from ...
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appropriate prepositon

Look at this example below I prefer to choose money over happiness In this example, prefer is the main verb which takes 'to' appropriate preposition. with it. Now if we use 'choose' (as an ...
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“Stand up in a train” or “stand up on a train”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have been standing up in the train a few hours. I have standing up on the train a few hours. Not a long time ago, I ...
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A boy ran into a chair & made the chair fall off, can we say “you fell the chair”?

fall [intransitive] to suddenly stop standing She slipped on the ice and fell. A tree fell, just missing his car. fall + adv./prep. I fell over and cut my knee. The house looked as ...
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The tenses for itineraries

Here is an example about the present simple used for a series of planned actions in a Martinet's grammar book: We leave London at 10 next Tuesday and arrive Paris at 13. We spend two hours in Paris ...
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“Tired from work” or “tired from working”?

Tell me please which one is it correct to use in the following context. I have been working all day. I am so tired from work/working.
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What verb do you use to describe the noise that someone makes when they are rocking a chair on a wooden floor?

What verb do you use to describe the noise that someone makes when they are rocking a chair on a wooden floor? I can think only of make noise, but that is not very specific.
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Can we say “I turned the switch off and the light went out” and “I flipped / flicked the switch off and the light went out”?

flick ​[transitive] to press a button or switch quickly in order to turn a machine, etc. on or off SYNONYM flip flick something He flicked a switch and all the lights went out. flick ...
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What is the opposite action of “You fought with your sister over the toy”: “you sacrificed the toy for your sister.”?

fight [intransitive, transitive] to struggle physically with somebody My little brothers are always fighting. He taught me how to fight with a sword. fight with somebody Riot police ...
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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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Meaning of cost and receipts in context

I was reading a passage on economics, and I found a sentence that doesn't seem to make sense or I am misunderstanding some words. The sentence is blow with the neighboring sentences. He (...
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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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How do you analyse the verb phrase elements in the sentence 'I have been having difficulty sleeping'

For the sentence 'I have been having difficulty sleeping', how would you analyse the verb phrase elements : VP have been having? 'have is an auxiliary - required to create -en form of the verb 'been'. ...
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What is the opposite movement of “go into the shade of the wall”: “go into the sunny area”?

shade: [uncountable] an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun’s light does not get to it shade of something The shade of the ...
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Which one is correct? Double negatives

Which one is correct? 1. I cannot do not eat for 5 days straight 2. I cannot not eat for 5 days straight 3. I cannot not to eat for 5 days straight
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“Upon” versus “on the basis”

What are the differences between a/ and b/ below? a/ The agreement will be terminated upon written notice? b/ The agreement will be terminated on the basis of written notice ? My ...
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A sarcastic expression

When something is obvious and the other person didn’t notice a long time and then lately realised, for i.e someone come up and say I know I’ve broken your heart In my mother language we go and say “...
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The Difference between Heritage, Heredity, and Inheritance

Could someone please explain to me what's the difference in meaning between heritage, heredity and inheritance and give an example of each? I've read the posts about differences between them as ...
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“Which is better” or “Which are better”?

Which one is grammatically correct? "Which is better, cats or dogs?" "Which are better, cats or dogs?" If they are both ok, what is the difference between them?
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What does ''times'' mean here?

What does this sentence mean? ''I need us to maybe put times aside that I can count on.'' If ''times'' means ''the circumstances and ideas of the present age'' What can he count on?
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Which is Adjective its Transfer or Transferred?

What could be the Adjective in below sentence, I mean which is defining the date? a) Your transfer date is 31-Dec-2020. b) Your transferred date is 31-Dec-2020. I can understand that most of the ...
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Better way to use 'take' and 'took'

When before sleeping if one ask me how much you drink water today. How can I respond him in better way or which one is right one? I took 5 glass of water. or I take 5 glass of water today. ...
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First vs at first

I usually ask people this first, but I haven't done so with you. What's your favorite music? I usually ask people this at first, but I haven't done so with you. What's your favorite music? Are both ...
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Is the sentence “You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference.” correct?

Inspired to this sentence: KEEP CALM AND {verb} I want to create my own, this is my current work: You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference. Example usage to that sentence template: You {...
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The use of the definite article with the word “answer” in context

Let's say I am teaching math and I tell my students that if they don't know answers to my questions, they can ask me. I am not talking about specific questions and answers about math, but rather ...
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See this sentence “This is my last night working here”! What grammar structure is it? Reduced Relative Clause?

We often reduce relative clauses when the relative pronoun is the subject of relative clause. The professor who is teaching mathematics will leave the university. Reduced: The professor teaching ...
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“Sophisticated” in this context?

I have look up in many web dictionaries but can't find which definition of "sophisticated" appropriate in this context. Angela : Forget it, Joey. I'm with Bob now. Joey : Bob? Who the hell's ...
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Help understanding “to have” in sentences like “I would have liked to have invited few people.”

Yes, I am still confused with the sentences like ' to have' but not all the sentences related 'to have'. I can understand the sentences below: I am happy to have been invited by him. He was ...
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Which is correct? …the same as one will feel, would feel, or feels

Which is correct? If he pursues the breakthrough in technology for the sake of advancement in science and not for his own fame or desire, he will not feel the disappointment or despair as one who ...
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What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
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“On the other hand” usage in a sentence

"The criminally poor always face a plethora of problems, but if your a wealthy elite on the other hand, then that's a whole different story" Is it possible to use "on the other hand" in this sentence ...
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Meaning of laces in this verse

From Tim Minchin's GroundHog Day Musical: There will be mornings You'll be utterly defeated by your laces Days when every look looks condescending Empty smiles in empty faces The same ...
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“I didn't do it” vs “I haven't done it” - When do you use which?

When do I use the following variations: I didn't [verb in infinitive] I haven't [verb in past participle]. I know that it has to do if it is a specific time (I didn't do) and a non-specific ...
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Difference between 'ask' and 'ask for'

Can I use 'ask' and 'ask for' interchangeably? For example, there's no difference whatsoever (including stylistic difference) between 'ask forgiveness' and 'ask for forgiveness', is there?
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What is the function of the expression being used in the following sentence

In the following sentence I am confused about the exact function of being + used We see the internet being used in many places. My analysis is as follows: Subject = We , Verb = see, Object = the ...
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terms related to veiling

What is the best construction of a sentence to talk of a lady who's covered herself fully with a sheet or any other stuff like a gown? She is wearing a veil. She is observing a veil. My question is ...
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Is the sentence “I believe that why people choose to enter this competition is an interesting question” correct?

One of my friends is going to take her language exam next week and since I successfully passed mine, she asked me to say some words about her letter and correct the errors if there's any. She wrote ...
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When 'the' not pronounced as 'thee' in front of vowels

the university the one The pronounced as the way it is because university is pronounced as y-, and one w-. Is there any other case it should not be 'thee' even though in front of vowels? Also I ...
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Is there a shorter way to say “Number of times reported”?

I am drawing a table. My table contains list of diagnosis along with how many times a particular diagnosis has reported in the hospital. | Diagnosis | Number of times reported | | | ...
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Verb tense after stated expectation

In the following sentence: The newspaper expects its editors to check the facts. What is the grammatical role of "to check"? Why can it not be replaced by "checking"? I thought they were both ...
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Simply diagnosis or diagnosed or diagnosing and dispensing low vision aids is not sufficient to manage low vision patients

emphasized text which word should I use in this? is it diagnosis or diagnosed or diagnosing in the above sentence and the reasons Help me

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