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How can one address the effects compound words/phrases have on their meaning?

Particularly interested in the difference between using the same word as either a modifier or the head of a compound phrase for example, take the word design, which is compounded regularly as both a ...
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Present subjunctive: Verb tense after when

I have seen two related questions. This one here has an answer trying to give some general explanation, but I don't understand it well. Let me try with a simple example: Text me back when you (be) ...
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Do I use the Past Simple or the Present Perfect whem talking about my previous jobs?

Let's say I work as a bartender, and I want to mention the fact that I worked as a cook a while ago. Do I use the Past Simple or the Present Perfect? For example: Person A: Do you think you could ...
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Sentiment vs sentiments

I wonder about the difference between the use of sentiment and its plural, sentiments. I was reading a site that used sentiment where I would have used sentiments. In the title part, it says: Text ...
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Correct order of adjectives

Is there any rule governing the order of adjectives, when we use consecutive adjectives? For example, is the order of the adjectives in the following sentence correct? I mean the order of "his, ...
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Use of Preposition at the end of a sentence

I understand a bit of the Verb+Preposition combination to end a sentence. But the below sentence is kind of complex for me to understand. Can somebody make me clear how "in" is connected to &...
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“Even if it is…so be it” vs “Whether it is… so be it” vs “Whether it be”

What’s the difference between those expressions? For example: Well, there is something between you and me even if it is the distance, so be it! Well, there is something between you and me whether it ...
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What do you call a person who always provides statistics against his/her opinion?

Can you please provide the SINGLE WORD used to describe a person who always provides statistics against his/her opinion?
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I can sense that

I can sense that you think we had more to discuss. Is it perfectly natural to use "sense" here instead of "tell"?
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What preposition to put between “to fall” and “window”?

Which of the sentences below is/are correct? It is a matter of prepositions. I saw a ball fall out of a window. I saw a ball fall from a window. I saw a ball fall off a window. I am not quite sure ...
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What do you call it when a situation deteriorates into something worse?

Please fit the blank. I can't recall the right word, I've checked a thesaurus, no help. I thought it was 'devolved' but Lexico didn't back me up. I guess I confused it with something else. It's ...
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“If William and Jack don't perform, they don't stand a chance.”

Which sentence is correct? If William and Jack don't perform, they don't stand a chance. OR If William and Jack doesn't perform they doesn't stand a chance.
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Short forms of “be” and “have”

Are the short forms of verbs "To be" and "To have" common in written English? For example "She has a baby" is probably more common than "She's a baby" in both ...
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proposition modifier

When I first read the sentence in blue bracket, I subconsciously regard "with rows of smaller ridges" as a modifier of "spines". Now I realize that it makes more sense to think it ...
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Is 'resetted' a word?

Link 1 Link 2 I entered "resetted" and for the spell check, I searched and got the first link. I thought it is correct because (I thought all words are included in a spell checker)1 and ...
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thank you phrase

I'm looking for a sentence to end the acknowledgement section of my book, I was thinking to: And to you who are reading these lines, thank you. Does it sound good in english?
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The use of trap as a verb?

A paragraph from a ACT English test: For the underlining part, how should I understand the expression "trapping to". Honestly I've looked it up in the dictionary, but there ain't such ...
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Plural adjectives of plural nouns: “Device terminals” VS “devices terminals”

My mother tongue is Spanish. I'm trying to complete a legend for a technical drawing I'm doing. The text I'm writing doesn't have a context that makes it clear what I want to say. I want to put a ...
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present perfect and past simple in the same sentence

I have the sentence below from a dialogue between a doctor and a patient. The doctor speaks to the patient in order to reassure him: "You left the hospital yesterday and only two weeks have ...
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“Intends” or “Is intending”

In this sentence "He intends to take a sledgehammer to it" I used the progressive but according to my book it is the wrong choice. Sometimes both the simple present and the progressive are ...
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Technically, is 'three bright' valid?

In conversation, we usually use 'three degrees bright/brighter,' but I doubt three bright/brighter can be the case.
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Either vision for or vision on

Which one of the two prepositions should be used in the following sentence The company released a statement on Saturday paying tribute to its founder, praising his philanthropic efforts and his vision ...
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Which one of these are correct? Usage of plural

Please help me clear my confusion regarding the following sentences and correct me if i am wrong. My proficiency level(s) of both the english language and the French language (are/is) about the same. ...
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What does “love of God” mean?

But however we interpret the religious motivation, there are three objections to this type of answer. [...] Third, fear of punishment and hope of reward, and even love of God, seem not to be the right ...
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(have been too focused/ was too focused) and (have felt pain/felt pain)

I have made up the examples below. (1a) These few days, I have not been feeling well. When I have been too focused on my work, I have felt pain in my neck. (1b) These few days, I have not been feeling ...
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If you miss that train then you'll have to get a taxi

Some dictionary said, 'If you miss that train then you'll have to get a taxi.' Is it wrong not to use a comma between an if-clause and a main clause? I'm confused because this is from an Oxford ...
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Are there any differences between “a slew of” and “a lot of”?

I looked them up in the dictionary and it seems they both means a large number of something. Somebody on the Internet says that a slew of can only be used to refer a lot of people, which I don't agree ...
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Noun Clause with WHO

I'm a little bit confused about "Who" in this sentence: "You may borrow as many books as you like, provided you show them to who is at the desk" Is "who is at the desk" a ...
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Cohesion and Coherence of Texts

it is clear to me that it is possible for a text to be cohesive while it is not coherent. But is it possible for a text to be coherent but not cohesive? if so, can you give some examples
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What does “subtract A to B” mean?

I am a little confused about this specially when answering arithmetic problems. Help me with this: what does "subtract A to B" mean? A-B B-A
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“We are the citizens of the US” vs. “We are citizens of the US”

We are citizens of the US. We are the citizens of the US. I mostly use #2 when I use sentences like this. According to me, #2 suggests that we are talking about a specific group of citizens that is ...
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placement of [something] in [five dollars] and [twenty dollars]

If you bought something between $5 and $6 (that means, $5.10, $5.20, ... , $5.80, $5.90), would you say (1a) It cost five dollars something. (1b) It cost five something dollars. If you bought ...
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from elementary and high school(s)

(1a) Most of the students in the chess club come from elementary and high schools. (1b) Most of the students in the chess club come from elementary and high school. (2a) Most of the students he tutors ...
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'one and one is two' question

'one and one is two' is correct as you know. I wonder there should be whether 'am' or 'is' between 'he and I' and 'a monster.' 'he and I am a monster' or 'he and I is a monster?' I mean a group of him ...
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Is my understanding of the paragraph correct?

I was reading a book called Enlightnment Now and found a paragraph that I find quite difficult to understand. The paragraph is about critiquing subjectivism. The paragraph is as follows: The claim &...
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What is the difference between “admit stealing” and “admit having stolen”

What is the difference between They admitted stealing the money. They admitted having stolen the money.
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Is “the large number of genes” grammatically wrong or is it a glitch from Grammarly?

Grammarly asks me to change the "this process is infeasible due to the computational cost of the optimization process and the large number of genes. " sentence to "this process is ...
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How to avoid multiple “to” in sentence?

In sometimes I use the multiple "to" in a single sentence. But I try to avoid this kind of sentence formation. After eight years I again went to Chennai to join my first Job Any simple ...
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How to understand the following context?

I found a sentence: "The children had smeared peanut butter all over the sofa.". Does "all" in the sentence mean all the sofa or all the butter?
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What could speaker mean by asking “Oh, it is, is it?”

I found this in English syntax textbook. What could speaker mean by using "is it" instead of "isn't" The whole example goes like this: My advice to you is to wait. Unfortunately, ...
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A comma before “and” with a dependent clause

We've removed one complexity, and introduced a different one which turns out to be worse. Could somebody explain whether it should be a comma before "and"? The author is a native speaker, ...
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Why is there used adverb?

I came across this sentence below: Judithe Hernandez’s art career began in Los Angeles during the socially and politically turbulent 1960s I know that adverb is mainly used to modify verb or ...
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mixed conditional sentence

Assumming that tommorrow my friend will take a examination, but he didn't study anything, so it's too late for him now, he is doomed for sure :). Is it grammatically correct if I say to my friend: If ...
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“to rub smth into a surface” vs “to rub a surface with smth”

I found 2 sentences: We rubbed some polish into the surface of the wood. First rub the baking tray well with butter. Can I rephrase them as "we rubbed the surface of the wood with some polish&...
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What is a hypernym for “full-time”, “half time,” “quarter time” in the context of employment?

I'm looking for a word that would describe the quality of working full-time, part-time, and so forth. There are many websites that distinguish between the two but do not provide a term for the ...
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Is it correct to say “scratch the edge of the sticker until it sticks up, then pull the sticker off by the edge”?

You have a sticker stuck on a surface and you want to take it off. Is it correct to say "scratch the edge of the sticker until it sticks up, then pull the sticker off by the edge"?
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Why is “help you save money” wrong if the subject was plural?

Could you please explain to me why I got this sentence wrong? Living at home and enjoying your mother’s cooking help you save money. My teacher said "help" should have been written with an ...
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Do “I have eaten that cake” and “I have eaten that cake up” have the same meaning?

I know that "to eat up smth" means to eat all of it. Now I have a question. Do "I have eaten that cake" and "I have eaten that cake up" have the same meaning? Do they ...
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What is the difference between “Have I got it right” and “Did I get it right”?

Let's consider the following questions: "Have I got it right?" "Did I get it right?" What nuances are introduced by the past tense and by the present perfect? These two tenses ...
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A linkage of preposition

5.2.3 Signals and interrupts Functions shall be implemented such that they may be interrupted at any time by a signal, or may be called by a signal handler, or both, with no alteration to earlier, but ...

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