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“ could ” vs. “ could have ”

As I know we can use both structures to talk about past ability , but is there any difference between them? A. He could climb the mountain B. He could have climbed the mountain
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“…type/kind of + indefinite article + singular noun…”

Q) "What type/kind of (a) compressor is used in a rocket engine?" A) "The compressor used in a rocket engine is called the rocket-engine ...
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The curious case of backshifting

I've always found backshifting to be one of the most challenging parts of English grammar. My current issue involves using it in questions and negations. Recently, I got into a conversation about ...
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How many friends were invited by you Vs How many friends were you invited by?

I am confused which type of passive sentence should be used and why Active How many friends did you invite? Passive 1 How many friends were invited by you? or 2 How many friends were you ...
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Is “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You” grammatically correct?

By accident, I found this sentence, which is from JFK's inaugural address. As a non-native speaker, I feel this sentence quite uncomfortable. I personally would say "Don't ask ....". Is "ask not ...
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Can I omit the “it had” in the following sentence?

The beach looked as dazzling as (it had) from the highway. The sentence is past-tense narration. Do I need the "it had"? Why or why not?
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What does “Mask your surprise that..” mean?

The dialog is as follows Sheldon: How do you propose we move forward? Howard: Uh, for starters, we could stop insulting each other. Sheldon: That’s a great idea. And in the spirit of our ...
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What's the meaning of “Over time,” and “Taken together,”?

I was a reading a book and I came across this sentence "Over time, a sequence of binary digits can be transmitted across a single line. Taken together, several lines of bus can be used to transmit ...
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Year/Years in 'an x-year degree' (x>1)? [duplicate]

What is the exact rule regarding the plural/singular 'year'? Which one is correct and why: A five-year degree A five-years degree As in a degree that takes five years to complete, of course. ...
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Is it “I didn't know it had started already!” or “I didn't know it has started already!”

If someone asked me "Have you seen the new season of GoT?" do I respond "I didn't know it had started already!" or "I didn't know it has started already!"? Or just "it started already"?
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I still didn't fall in love or I didn't still fall in love?

What is the correct structure to refer to something that's true up to the present moment? I still didn't fall in love I didn't still fall in love
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Which prepositions collocate with “to be born”?

A baby girl was born to Mr Arthur Keller and Kate Keller. Why does it use 'to' instead of 'by'? Please tell me differences. Note: An answer to a related question does touch on this some. I would ...
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“to whom I am talking with” — is “to” or “with” redundant?

My friend was like You are the first member here on facebook to whom I am talking with. Shouldn't it be like "you are […] facebook to whom I am talking"? I think one of the words is redundant &...
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What's the meaning of “made up”?

This is a passage from a novel: He smiled as he made up her plate. Stir-fry. Salmon. Kale. Other green things. He crushed a handful of cashews in his fist and sprinkled them on top, then set the ...
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How to designate the X5-(X+1)0% range? (e.g. 85-90% range)

How to designate the X5-(X+1)0% range? E.g. for the 85-90% range, which one(s) amongst the following are correct, which one sounds the best, and is there any better alternatives? the high 80% the ...
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He has very good command in/over/of English

He has very good command in/of/over English. Which is the best option out of the three and why?
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No student or no other students is as intelligent as my son

[no student or no other students] is as intelligent as my son. Why do we use "no other students" in the above sentence? We do say that "There is no student in the class." Here "no student" refers to ...
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Is it misfortune or small misfortune

Some people complain when they encounter a small misfortune in the course of their thoroughly happy life. Using small with misfortune, does it make sense. Can misfortune be small or big?
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One of the pirate stories that [ was / were ] written

Treasure island is one of the best pirate stories that was/were ever written. If I use was then will this sentence become wrong? The subject treasure island is singular, I think we should use was ...
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Any addition which appeared or have appeared in recent times

Yavanika is one of the latest additions to good drama which appeared/have appeared in recent times. If I saywhich appeared in recent times, will that be considered wrong? As far as tense of the ...
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“it didn't sent the messages”?

Which one is correct? it didn't sent the messages OR: it didn't send the messages
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Confused about the order of determiners

the last two books the two last books Like the phrase" the two best friends"(I think) the latter would be correct. ...... my last two books my two last books I am confused which of those could ...
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Admission in or to the engineering college

Rina was trying for admission in/to the engineering college. What is the difference between the two preposition used here. Are they both not correct. In or to the engineering college?
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Example of right usage of Past Simple and Present Perfect

I am practising and doing exercise on the differences between simple past and present perfect. One of the rules I've learnt states that present perfect should be used when an action happened in the ...
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tense usage: “It has been (is) two weeks since I've seen (last saw) you”

A. It is two weeks since I've seen you. B. It has been two weeks since I've seen you. C. It is two weeks since I(last) saw you. Would you please show me which of the sentences would be correct, and ...
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how to use a noun phrase or verb phrase after “of”?

the effects of the spraying of Matacil the effects of spraying of Matacil I know you usually use the former, however, I wonder what is your opinion as to the latter! Thanks
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The part of speech of “that” in a sentence

If I see an article advertised, it is the surest proof I know that the article does what is claimed for it, and that it is good value. I'd like to know what the part of speech of "that" in the ...
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What does it mean when someone ask you “Do you happen to have this?”

Could you use it in some contexts and explain a little of its meaning? Does it have an usual use in every day socializing?
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What do “value of a patent” & “the road less traveled” in following context mean?

I like to be outdoors, pick on people my size, and read books. I'm a patent lawyer, and relatively good-looking for a nerd. I love Ironman triathlons, but usually come in near last in my age group. I ...
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I have concerns on the highlighted part of this text “come in near last in my age group”

I like to be outdoors, pick on people my size, and read books. I'm a patent lawyer, and relatively good-looking for a nerd. I love Ironman triathlons, but usually come in near last in my age group. I ...
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Does “pick on” in thus text mean to frighten or to choose?

I like to be outdoors, pick on people my size, and read books. I'm a patent lawyer, and relatively good-looking for a nerd. I love Ironman triathlons, but usually come in near last in my age group. I ...
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Meaning of “You are on a 1 day streak”

I've got this sentence in an email from an internet site where I learn foreign languages. What does it mean? Way to go! You are on a 1 day streak!
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Something has run / ran its course

I'm always hearing sentences like "this x has run its course" from native English speakers. However, from my understanding, it should rather be "this x has ran its course" as it's something that has ...
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What is a third of a circle or a third of a plane called?

There is a word for a quarter of a circle or a plane: "quadrant". What is the corresponding word for a third of a circle? "tridrant" or "terdrant" or something different?
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What case is assigned by *like*?

In this sentence "They agreed unanimously that John looked like an extremely happy man", what gives case to 'man'? Is it 'like'? I know the preposition can assign case and I think the adjacency ...
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Do I need do add “over” after “come” in the following sentence?

I couldn't sleep, so I thought I'd come (over) and chat with you for a bit'. The person who's speaking went to another person's door. Do I need to add "over"? Why or why not?
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A British teacher said “What do you think are the advantages of online dating?” Right or Wrong sentence?

Ok, a British native teacher said in his English class "What do you think are the advantages of online dating?". My question is why he used the word "are". Why not "What do you think about the ...
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transom of hypocrisy

Source: Russia Wants Texas and Puerto Rico to Secede Example: As such, if you’re a secession movement in the West, you’ll find a ready, willing audience in Moscow—but if you expect to find any ...
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Adjective, if adjective: eg “pointed, if fatherly”

They were pointed, if fatherly, remarks that echoed the themes he has stressed in his papacy but ones that resonated all the more in a newly renovated cathedral surrounded by the luxurious shops of ...
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“What was a little X going to do?” or “what was a little of X going to do?”

What the correct option? Or maybe the of is optional? Example: What was a little more (of) smoke going to do?
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Is it possible to say “I did … metres in the long jump”?

I've been searching websites looking for an informal way to talk about one's results in such events as long/high jump, 100 metres if one is not a professional athlete but e.g. took part in the school ...
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A singular verb or a plural after “a set of numerals”

Digital clocks tell the time with a set of numerals which appear/appears in a little window. Please tell me which verb I should use in this sentence. Thank you so much.
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What did he mean by saying “giddy up”? [closed]

I saw a boy riding on another boy yelled proudly to his mount, “So, giddy up!” What did he mean by saying "giddy up"?
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Should I say “Quite a long time” or simply just “Quite a long” - in the following context?

What is the appropriate phrase when saying the following sentence? 1) "Quite a long time I have been waiting for her to back" 2) "Quite a long I have been waiting for her to back" I'm asking ...
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Should I say “Which city” or “What city” - in the following context?

In the following context, which of them is acceptable to the English native speakers? 1) Which city are you living? 2) What city are you living? or 1) What city have you come from? 2) Which ...
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“It was me” or “It was I”

It was ... salted the earth around your flower deck. I wrote the second form "It was me". I have chosen the most "appropriate" answer to this question as somebody who is learning English. This ...
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Rather than you doing — omit pronoun?

I'd prefer to do it myself rather than you doing. I'd prefer to do it myself rather than that you do. I'd prefer to do it myself rather than that you did. Is using a pronoun after the phrase ''...
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When do you omit a/an? - “Choose Suspect” [duplicate]

I was looking at an Android app, there are two buttons with these names: "Choose Suspect" and "Send Crime Report." After I thought about it, there are bunch of places where 'a/an' are omitted and they ...
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What grammatical concept is “I want dating my wife”?

A line was said in the Big Bang Theory. I’m starting to think you’re not the kind of guy I want dating my wife. I know that we say "You are not the kind of guy I want for my wife to date. Or ...
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Should 'in contrast' always be followed by 'to'?

Is 'in contrast' always followed by the preposition 'to', or are there situations where it can correctly be followed by 'with' or a different preposition?

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