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When does “quite” means 'rather' and when does it mean 'completely'?

When does "quite" means 'rather' and when does it mean 'completely'? Here is its wordnet entry: quite adverb 1. to a degree (not used with a negative) (Freq. 57) - quite tasty - quite soon - quite ...
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Is even a preposition/conjunction?

No one can do it , even him. I've always thought that "even" can function as both preposition and conjunction in that it can be followed by noun phrases or dependent clauses. But dictionaries only ...
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Held him in small worth

Could you possibly explain what is the meaning of the phrase Held him in small worth
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Do the sentences sound natural and have the same meaning?

1a: Nobody knows what will happen next. 1b: Nobody knows things that will happen next. 1c: Nobody knows that which will happen next. 2a: I asked her what kind of music she liked. 2b: I asked ...
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Usage of “discriminating in”

Sentence that needs correction: "Many believe that goats are not very discriminating in nourishment, but although they may eat many types of plants, they do not actually eat tin cans." What's ...
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Usage of fractional numbers

I had a test yesterday. There was a question about fraction number and it's way of writing. What is the right form of spelling of "1/2 ton"? A half of ton, half of a ton or half a ton?
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Usage of “in places”

A question about "in places": link 1. The paint was peeling off the wall in places. 2. The paint was peeling off the wall in some places. 3. The paint was peeling off the wall. (I added ...
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Proper use of the word equipment in the following sentence

Which sentence is correct: The equipment used for both boats is similar. The equipment used for both boats are similar.
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Singular or plural copulative verb in a question?

Should the copulative verb be singular or plural in this type of sentence: A crucial question is / are the causes of misunderstandings ?
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What is an “alpha answer”?

It may seem a bit odd to return a number for the day of the week, so there’s a function to return the day as its name. The DAYNAME function works like DAYOFWEEK or WEEKDAY but returns a string ...
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Conditional Sentence

Ellen probably wouldn't have survived, let alone broken the record, if she didn't have such extreme mental toughness. Is it the third conditional? I guess, they talking about past events that didn't ...
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What is “the bucket analogy” that the writer is talking about in this passage

Databases relationships are quantified with the following categories: • One-to-one relationships • One-to-many relationships • Many-to-many relationships We’ll discuss each of these ...
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How does 'according as' = 'Depending on whether' ? [closed]

I've read the definition and am not asking about it: according as = 'Depending on whether' Instead, I'd like to learn how to anatomize/unravel according as to determine/deduce this definition on ...
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How (in)formal is the word “OK”?

The word OK is pretty much everywhere, from simple conversations to user interfaces and even as a gesture: 👌 That makes me wonder: how informal is the word "OK"? For instance, would it be ...
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“It needs to {be / have been} deviated for 1 minute”

I would like to understand the difference between these two: "It needs to have been deviated for 1 minute" "It needs to be deviated for 1 minute" Are both saying that the deviation needs to be ...
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How to analyse/decompose 'where this would otherwise lead to an unjust result'?

Source: p 102, How the Law Works, by Gary Slapper With so many rules and slightly different interpretations of them in thousands of cases, it is not always easy to see which interpretation of the ...
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“much of the same” vs “much the same”

What are the similarities and differences? I tried http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2474929&langid=6 but am contending against the differing opinions. http://forum.wordreference....
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How to parse 3 successive negations: '… does not … without … unless … ' ?

I apologise for this long quote's intricacy, but I simply wish to practice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, the bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditional), ...
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A customer is someone who 'buys' but what is he if there's no purchase made?

The noun customer is clear to all of us. customer - *a person or an organization that buys something from a shop/store or business* - OALD customer - *someone who buys goods or services from a ...
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Question about an Obama's statement on Iraq

Here's a quote from an Obama's statement on Iraq. "But what we've also seen I think is a wake-up call for a lot of Iraqis inside of Baghdad recognizing that we're going to have to rethink how we do ...
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semantic difference between 'should' and 'would'

If it should rain tomorrow, the party would not be held. (A Korean grammar text) While wondering what’s the semantic difference between ‘should’ and ‘would’, I get an idea from the account for ‘...
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How do I use the auxiliary “do” in questions?

Consider these two sentences: Who left the door open? and Who do you want to speak to? In the first question auxiliary do cannot normally be used, but in the latter question it can. Why is ...
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What is the meaning of “positions” in this sentence?

I read this on an English blog today: This suit of clothes is invisible to those unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. — the emperor’s weavers I can guess the general meaning ...
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“Plus, …” at the beginning of a sentence. Is it usual and / or always correct?

Does it sound usual to use "Plus" at the beginning of a sentence to say "moreover" or "furthermore" or it is a form to use only in specific cases ? I'm wondering because I don't see it much. (And I ...
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What does “directing the traffic” mean?

A police officer was directing (the) traffic. (Oxford Dictionary) This is one of example sentences under 4 [transitive] direct someone (to…) to tell or show someone how to get to somewhere or ...
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Difference between Coming up, Gone up and Come, Go

What is the difference between... "I see Dr.Phil coming up through the garden" and "I see Dr.Phil coming through the garden". "He has gone up to buy your outfit" and "He has gone to buy your ...
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difference between the pronunciation of “cheating” and “teaching”

I am a Brazilian speaker, and I'm having trouble understanding the difference between the pronunciation of the words cheating and teaching.
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Does “is designed” vs “was designed” imply anything different?

A product has already been put into mass market,we can buy it everywhere,so,when I want to write an introduction for this product,should I use XXX is designed to do sth. or XXX was designed to do ...
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Difference between “nice to see you” and “nice to meet you”

What is the difference between "nice to see you" and "nice to meet you"? Are they the same or not?
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What are hog futures? [closed]

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cramer-putin-windfall-103000769.html This Putin-hurts-chicken-farmers story is a classic example of how a huge positive gets turned by the press into something ...
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“To put into a bottle” verb

I'm Brazilian and in the portuguese language we have a verb do describe the act of putting something in a bottle. The verb is "engarrafar". Is there an equivalent in english?
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∅ Three Potholes

Three potholes in the road were completely filled by the city to avoid further traffic accidents. (Grammar Book) According to the rule of "the," this being without it, it means that there are more ...
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The respective functions of two occurrences of “as” in a sentence

In the sentence Travelers must explore as much of the world as they can before it completely changes, I am confused by the two occurrences of "as". What are their respective functions in the ...
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Can “who” serve complement in a relative clause?

1: He is no longer the person who he was ten years ago. 2: He is no longer the person that he was ten years ago. Does the first sentence sound natural? Can "who" serve as a complement in a relative ...
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What article should I use with the word sarcasm?

What article should I use with the word sarcasm? -Are you serious? -No, it's [a/the/ ] sarcasm.
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Do these sentences have different meanings?

Imagine someone bought you a gift and you say : "Thank you but A) you didn't need to do this. B) you needn't do this. C) you didn't have to do this.
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When medial ‹d› represent /dʒ/?

When does medial ‹d› represent /dʒ/ e.g. educate, graduate, soldier, ... ? Is there any rule?
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Differences between using “used to” and the simple past

In following examples I understand: Situations are in the past. Situations are continued until some time and stopped. Situations are regular, routine and repetitive. My question is should we use ...
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“The agreement was ratified by parliament” - why no definite article?

A quote from Reuters: "The agreement was ratified by parliament," Borislav Stefanovic, a senior party official, told the Beta news agency. Why is there no definite article before parliament? Is ...
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'A decapitated head' from the Huffington Post sounds strange to me

The headlines on the Huffington Post reads Grandfather Of Australian Boy Pictured Holding 'DECAPITATED' Head In Syria Tells Of Shock Decapitated? It's used as an adjective here. That seems strange ...
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'act up' - how did it get its meaning and what does “up” mean?

Act up: If a machine or part of the body acts up, it does not work as it should To make somebody annoyed by behaving badly, trying to get attention, etc. The kids started acting up. The car's ...
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why is there an underscore and a dash in this sentence

I am reading this article about being single, where the opening line is: You're single — a heat-seeking bachelor, committed to no one in particular, able to party like John Belushi and sleep until ...
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Example 5-1 shows about as basic of a program as you can get - what do we need “about”?

An excerpt from a book on programming. Example 5-1 shows about as basic of a program as you can get. To me, sounds like a weird word choice. Without it, the sentence makes more sense to me.
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Echoing of all variables is nearly foolproof - I can't quite get the meaning of “echoing of all variables”

Parameters send information to a function, and then the function executes the code. Functions can use anywhere from zero parameters to a whole list of them. In Example 5-1, you’ll use the echo ...
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“can” and “could”? [closed]

How can / could you say such a thing? How can / could you do this to me? How can / could I work with all this noise going on? How can / could this be? How can / could I possibly refuse such a charming ...
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Conjunction reduction

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It is common for a native American who has never driven a car to move to another part of the country and have to learn to do it. My guess is that the ...
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A sentence with many genitives and 'of's, correct phrasing?

I have this sentence, the phrasing of which seems to be (to me) very strange..But I cannot do any better: The activation of the system is going to be based on the detection of a deviation of a ...
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Time period for which the temperature A) has to be deviated B) has been deviated C) deviates

Let's assume that event Y occurs in a device if its temperature has deviated from its baseline for 10 or more seconds. In other words, these 10 seconds represent a time period. And I would need to ...
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Word order in an example

My system requires the temperature to be deviated from the baseline for X seconds in order to become activated. Could I say that X: Specifies the number of seconds for which the temperature has to ...
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Are these sentences grammatically correct in e-mail? [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct in e-mail? I saw your catalogue of 'Canadian Used Car & Truck Values' and I can't find my vehicle. Therefore, I have a question. How much is value of ...

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