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Adjust something to something

I know I can say adjust something to something . Can i use the verb adjust in the way below? I adjusted the piston to rotating at intervals of five minutes.
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What “totalling” is modifying?

Yesterday, Fang told the court that Zahid and his family took 23 insurance policies for 12 vehicles owned by them totalling $10k . What "totalling" is modifying ? Shouldn't there be a comma before "...
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what is the best formulation of this idea in english?

I write an essay and I have trouble about this sentence, should i write "electric cars begin replace gasoline and diesel cars." or "electric cars are beginnig replace (replaced ?) gasoline and diesel ...
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Meaning of “most primary relationship”

Is the most primary relationship between an employee and its employer understood as the most basic one, referring to a new work relationship? I do not want it to be understood as the most important or ...
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The Intention of X / An intention of X

She'd want him to be involved in their relationship with the intention of marrying, not just playing around. We couldn't say, ''an intention of marrying'', which means we don't limit the number of ...
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how we should use simple past after present perfect

Is this sentence correct? I have called him but he did not answer. Is there any other way to say it? what about these two ones? I am calling him but he will not answer. I am calling him ...
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to take note vs to make a note vs to note vs to write down

I have read the following sentence: I took note of the telephone number. However, Cambridge dictionary says that "to take note of something" means "to give attention to something, especially ...
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Conditional I and Conditional II

Conditional I Active: Rita would write a letter. Passive: A letter would be written by Rita. Conditional II Active: Rita would have written a letter. Passive: A letter ...
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The use of “within”

I am still confused with prepositions. I think I can't bear the situation within the next 30 days Is that sentence correct? Or there are other prepositions that might suit the sentence, replacing ...
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How to read some maths expression in English?

Hi there! I am learning English and I wonder how to read this maths expression in English.
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meaning of 'sip'

Two were an old ill-favored pair; But the third was young, and passing fair, With laughing eyes and with coal-black hair; A dainty quean was she! Rob would have given his ears to ...
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Plural or singular after a number?

Which one of those is correct grammatically? I We evaluate 1000 student result Or We evaluate 1000 student results Or We evaluate 1000 students' results
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We cannot accept returns [ on / for ] those items

I've seen both are used. Is there any difference between on and for in this sentence?
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On using “whether it be” with plurals

I use data to describe plurals (Xs or Ys). Is it correct to use whether it be in the following description? The data, whether it be Xs or Ys, are collected from users. Or shall I use whether they ...
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I have deliberately done this

Is it possible for an adverb derived from adjective to occur in between 'have' and 'done' in the present perfect tense?
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Difference Between “conducted by ” vs “is conducted by”

An experiment conducted by a scientist An experiment is conducted by a scientist An experiment that is conducted by a scientist Which one is grammatically correct ?
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Difference between two same structure

Can you please explain difference between two structure below; First is “It is my turn to drive “ . This means that my turn to drive has come . Second is “ It is my idea to buy a new car” ....
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52 votes in favor/for

Normally, prepositions require objects. However, someone told me the following is correct: The House of Representatives approved the budget, with 52 votes for, 16 against and 12 abstentions. ...
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Can anyone explain this quote in a simpler way?

This is the context: So there's two ways of thinking about ethics and one is outcomes-based. Only utilitarianism-consequentialism. And another way of thinking about what we as selves and persons ...
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What are the proper answers to the type of these questions?

When being asked questions like 'who is he' or 'what is this'? Should I amswer 'he is my brother ' or 'It's my brother'. TO 'what is this'? It should be 'It is a ruler' or 'this is a ruler'.?
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Why do Russian names transliterated into English have unpronounceable 'k's before 'h's (e.g. 'Mikhail' instead of just 'Mihail')?

Why can't it be just 'Mihail'? I guess the 'k' is inserted to ensure correct pronunciation, but I don't see how 'Mikhail' and 'Mihail' are pronounced differently.
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The use of the adjective "slippery in context

Is it natural to say it is slippery meaning that roads, sidewalks and what not is covered in ice. For example: You had better put on boots with good traction as it is slippery today.
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Is there any difference in meaning between “pass”, “pass by” and “pass past”?

Is there difference in meaning between pass, pass by and pass past. For example: On my way home I will be passing/passing by/passing past the school, so I could pick you up. I feel there is no ...
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The use of “go through” in context

Is it correct to use go through in the sense passing something. For example: On my way home I will be going through the grocery store, so I can get you something. What I am trying to say is that I ...
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Past perfect or past simple to express a cause?

Because she finished the exam, she felt very happy. I was angry because someone stole my car. Both verbs are past simple to express cause and effect and the effect is immediate, look at this ...
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What is the difference between 'at a conference' and 'in conference'?

Here's how the Longman dictionary distinguishes the two senses of the noun 'conference'. 1 a large formal meeting where a lot of people discuss important matters such as business, politics, or ...
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If something happens at, say, 1 A.M. on December 10, how should I say it?

Is it on the night of December 9 or on the night of December 10 or on the morning of December 10 ? What is a grammatically correct way to refer to 1 A.M. December 10?
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What does the phrase “You have a mice nest in your mouth” mean

I was chatting with a colleague and she just said that I have a mice nest in my mouth, what does it mean?
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What is the difference between “check something for something” and “check something over for something”?

Is there any difference between check for and check over? For example: I have to check my essay for mistakes. I have to check my essay over mistakes. Does over imply greater carefulness in ...
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In our end or On our end

I need help to explain as to why the phrase "in our end" is incorrect (or is it?) as I feel like it should be "on our end". Why is "in our end" incorrect? For example: We are unable to locate your ...
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can I say “I am going on business” for things that are not a part of my job?

In the dictionary, Business (4) FOR YOUR JOB [uncountable] work that you do as part of your job She’s in New York this week on business (=for her work). Hi Maggie! Is this phone ...
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What's “Egbert the Egregious” and “Emeric the Evil” in the context

"Which is that the possessor of the wand must capture it from its previous owner, if he is to be truly master of it," said Xenophilius. "Surely you have heard of the way the wand came to Egbert the ...
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The meaning of 'pipe of the key'

There came a shrill and a whistling sound, Above, beneath, beside, and around, Yet leaf ne’er moved on tree! So that some people thought old Beelzebub must Have been lock’d out of ...
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Confusing sentence construction

London(CNN) - If allied leaders had hoped that US President Donald Trump's presence at a summit in the London area marking the 70th anniversary of the alliance this week would promote unity among old ...
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Can the subjunctive mood lack “would”?

In all the examples I've seen, the subjunctive mood has "would." Examples: If I were rich, I would buy you a car. What about these examples? What if I was/were an astronaut? (I'm not actually ...
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How is “because of” an adverbial prepositional phrase?

Okay so I was told •because of• is an adverbial prepositional phrase while •due to• is an adjectival prepositional phrase. Now consider this example: I'm having to bear losses because of my mother-...
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Exactly when do you put 'even' before the comparative words?

One of common mistake that non-natives say is something as below. (B is a non-native here) A: How was the movie? (expecting a good response) B: It was better than I expected. (meaning it was ...
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Alternative expressions for “there's a possibility of something”

I usually say "there is a possibility of ..." to describe something that can still happen anytime later, but I don't think this is the only way to describe it. The problem is that, while searching ...
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Why 'more' used in “pulled a torn piece of parchment from between more books”

He picked up a quill from a packed table at his elbow, and pulled a torn piece of parchment from between more books. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I don't understand 'more' here. It seems ...
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Should I use `coated papers` or `Coated Paper`, or either way is fine?

Our company mainly sells printing materials and printing papers, coated papers, offset papers, book papers, light-weight papers, as well as white kraft paper bags, sticky labels, cash register papers, ...
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The verb after “makes”

Is the verb eat correct or should it be eats?? I found a sentence similar to this: He makes a student that does not like milk eat a cake with milk I am not sure if this is a grammatical mistake ...
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Why we should write “That”?

Global markets are waking up to an upbeat report on the U.S.- China trade talks. Asian markets fell hard following the sell-off in the U.S. yesterday, but a report out of Bloomberg News this ...
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Multiple choice questions about word choice

(1) The loan officer of the bank called today and told me we got a _____on our home improvement loan. head first thumbs up hands down fingers crossed My answer is 3 Is this right? ...
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“each + singular ” or “each + plural”

The server is connected to each PC in the class via cables. The server is connected to each PC in the class via a cable. I would like to know whether the two sentences listed above I created ...
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The most proper description of mathematical increment

Assume that we have a function f(x) = 3x + 1, and I want to explain what actually derivative is. For this purpose, I constructed following sentence: If you increment the value of variable x by 1, ...
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When to use article (a) and not using article , also using article (the)

Based on information from police report you are a traitor. Based on information from the police report you are a traitor. Based on information from a police report you are a traitor. Which is ...
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You will be fine

I have a doubt on this sentence You will be fine. I want to know what kind of sentence is this? As per my research, it is not a sentence in the future continuous form, although it uses, will be It ...
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The Poor Farmer or A Poor Farmer? What fits best?

[The] well salaried workaholic who is never home to strengthen the relationship with his wife and kids is likely to be less happier than [the] poor farmer in Thailand who spends half his day tending ...
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Are there different meanings of “to drop something”?

I know that I can drop something: I accidentally make it fall to the ground. But I want to know if I can use it in other ways like: I was trying hard to finish the task, but I dropped it. Meaning: I ...
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Usage of plural nouns with and without 'the'

Can I use the plural nouns in the given sentences with and without the. What difference in meaning does the create in the sentences? And as an English speaker which one sounds best to your ears? John,...

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