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How to decompose/parse 'to know better (than to do <something>)'?

How does to know better than to do <something> effect/imply/induce the definition: to be wise or moral enough not to do <something>? Please explain the steps, thought processes; I’d ...
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Doesn't this contradict 'know better than + to do <something>'?

Paras 3 and 4: This is why the unfolding scandal of police hacking journalists’ phones matters. Like the media phone-hacking scandal that led to the Leveson inquiry, it offers a glimpse into an ...
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The problem is/was due to something

Do normal native English speakers say The problem is/was due to the increased amount of traffic.? In general, I would like to know if is/was due to is a common expression or there's a more natural ...
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Question about usage of past perfect

I read about past perfect is about event in the past before another event in past. so am I correct to use past perfect in this sentence ? I found posting about Michelle Branch accidentally and had ...
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Are the questions of the form “A is B?” acceptable in English?

I wonder whether it would be grammatical to pose a question in the form "A is B?" in cases where it is obvious it is a question rather than a statement? To what extent such sentences perceived ...
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How is this containing 'all the while' a fused sentence?

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/fusedsentence.htm alleges that the following is a fused sentence: Driving home from school, Brett vowed to protect the fragile ecosystem ♦ all the while the tires of ...
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Making conditions and talking about later result

We normally use the future tense in the main clause and the present tense in the subordinate clause when we're making condition. But we use the future tense both in the main and the subordinate clause ...
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How to interpret subtleties between sentences on 'faith' and 'theology'? [closed]

How do you determine/deduce which sentence supports the proposition that ‘faith is a prerequisite for the proper prosecution of the theologian’s task’? Would someone please help clarify and pinpoint ...
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Question with that-clause, meaning

I came across a question called "question about that-clause" (M. Swan- Practical English Usage). What I wish to understand is what kind of meaning these questions express. For instance, what are the ...
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At the cost of about or At a cost of about

According to preliminary estimates, the project should be completed by 2020 at a cost of about RUB 40 bn. or According to preliminary estimates, the project should be completed by 2020 at the ...
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meaning of maintain a realistic perspective

It was difficult for the mayor to maintain a realistic perspective of the traffic problem after she was in a car accident. Perspective: the ability to view things in their true relation or relative ...
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“Being industrious” vs. “industriousness”

From here: Despite my industriousness, the professor only considered the scores of my final exam. a:Despite the fact that I was being industrious, the professor only considered the scores of my ...
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adjective + of-phrase + to-infinitive

Beside some of them he had jotted the letter A for Anstis, and if it had crossed Strike’s mind that it might be considered arrogant or deluded of a private detective with no authority in the ...
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I asked a question “of” her

Random House dictionary (RHD) has these examples for: of (used to indicate derivation, origin, or source): I have a favour to ask of you. Don’t expect too much of him. And I can add one from ...
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The word that means for eating at midnight

What are midnight snacks or meals called? If you already ate three meals in the day, but you eat a fourth meal, what is it called?
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What is the meaning of “perhaps not surprisingly”?

Perhaps is used when one does not wish to be too definite or assertive in the expression of an opinion. "perhaps not surprisingly, he was cautious about committing himself" But, what is the ...
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How we should use 'it's not worth it' structure for an activity

How should I use this structure to convey the matter in my question exactly like a native: 1. It is not worth it we are moving next year 2. It is not worth it if we move next year 3. It is ...
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Indirect questions order

In the paragraph below, do you not think the second bold phrase should be "what they are" i.e. the pronoun and verb order should be reversed? Computers are also extremely popular with children and ...
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Is it ok if I say “ he often involves in/with trouble/incidents”

I am not sure if I found the right word/verb for what I am trying to say.. Is it ok if I say " He often involves in trouble/incidents" " He often involves with trouble/incidents" and another ...
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Percent with do or does?

Which one is correct? 1) How many students, in our University, does 10 percent comprise? 2) How many students, in our University, do 10 percent comprise? Is this one correct or not? I am not sure. ...
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Who are you to say otherwise?

The following quote from Inception movie I'm trying to understand: Eames: They come here every day to sleep? Elderly Bald Man: [towards Cobb] No. They come to be woken up. The dream has ...
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Question about book reports [closed]

I are writing a book report and the main person's name isn't revealed. How do I write about this?
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How to determine if 'would' is simple past or past subjunctive here?

Andrew McKillop, author of The World’s Final Energy Crisis, calculates that ✘ (b) China, India and other developing countries will never be able to achieve the vehicle “saturation” ownership ...
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How to interpret the verb 'trace' to determine the relevant 'Kantian notions'?

These rights confer adult status on patients whom paternalists regard as children, replacing quasi-familial with quasi-legal relations. A patient’s “free and informed consent” reflects an implicit ...
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What does it mean for a physician to be a 'batterer'?

Some physicians reject such criticism as intervention by lawyers, philosophers, feminists, and other social critics ignorant of the realities of medical and hospital life. But the “neo-...
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Difference between “if only” and “only if”

What is the differences between "if only" and "only if" ? What is the use of each in the sentences? Are there any specific rules for their uses? "I could get more work done if only there weren't ...
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What do we call the entire project which is based on arranged kinetic actions?

I love that concept whenever any company comes up with it as a part of their marketing campaign but not sure what do we call such action. The action starts with one tiny thing (say striking a small ...
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I'll watch some TV vs. I'll watch some movie

I know and have used this phrase many times. I'll watch some TV But when I told this to my daughter, she asked a question that confused me a bit. Her concern was how this phrase is different from ...
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“to bump your head ON something” vs. “to bump your head AGAINST something”

Can anyone help me to understand the difference between "to bump your head on something" and "to bump your head against something". Is there any substantial difference or are they both used ...
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Does this sentence even have a past perfect?

"I am told to attend the meeting" Does this sentence even have a past perfect form? Is the past perfect form like this : They had asked me to attend the meeting?
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Question about highlighted part of this short text

The first official said the U.S. military is more confident right now about the Iraqi military's ability to protect Baghdad. The Iraqi brigades defending the capital are more capable and include U.S. ...
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How to use right word in right way with sentence

I am learning vocabulary as I am not a native speaker , I just search word intrinsic and found its meaning as Belonging to a thing by its very nature . But I don't know how we can use it correctly ...
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A Until B and B after A not?

Can someone of you tell me if the following sentences is the same meaning or not? " After she came to Korea, she learned Korean. She didn't learn Korean until she came to Korea. " For me, they ...
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Present Simple with “since”

I have to do this task, choose which sentences could be completed with an adverbial expression and which are ungrammatical when an adverbial expression is added. What do you think, is it possible to ...
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Deriving the logical subject of an infinitive subordinated to a passive main clause

I am wondering whether the logical subject of an infinitive should be the same with the subject of the main clause if the infinitive is used as an adverb of purpose in a sentence. As for this matter, ...
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Is it awkward to say “Good morning” to roommate every day? [closed]

I know it is a bit weird to ask this question, yet in the country I am staying, China, people love to say "Good morning" to everyone every morning. I have never been to other countries except China ...
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What is the meaning of “bought the field into existence” in this sentence?

I saw it on a book about occupational therapy What is the meaning of "bought the field into existence" in this sentence? The observation that engagement in an occupation had the potential to ...
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Prices Turn Higher [closed]

I have a question about the phrase "prices turn higher" here: Crude prices turned higher at the end of June as sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program by the U.S. and EU took effect. ...
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“would be” or “would have been” nothing to speak of

Suppose we have two sentences: There would have been nothing to speak about, if only behind his passion to take the whole world to court one could not trace a motivation far more titillating than ...
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make way for your betters — what does that mean? — from the movie Pompeii (2014)

A line from the movie Pompeii (2014): Make way! Make way! Off! Off the road! Make way for your betters! Move it, scum! Clear the way there! Move! What does for your betters exactly mean? I know of ...
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you don't learn what other words they fit together with — why do we need “what” in that sentence?

Most people are taught to study lists of words by themselves: apple, surrender, enormous. But when you learn words by themselves, a few things happen: - You learn what the words mean, but you don't ...
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try plus plural nouns?

The fourth one he tried slid home without protest and turned as though it had been doing so for years. (The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith) When I see the word, tried, I got this question: Can the word ...
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Stress in the word /telephoning/

Could someone tell me how the word /telephoning/ is pronounced with the stress made clear?
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It's about time [she came/has come], It's about time [to verb]

The scenario is that you have been waiting for your daughter or wife that is visiting a friend of hers. Your son complains about them taking so long. In this scenario I would say: It's about time ...
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Is “Tweety” suitable as a person's name?

My name is Chia Yin. I am a Taiwanese. We usually have two names in this generation: one Chinese, one English. I don't know why. For my English class, my teacher asked me my English name, I don't ...
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“Differences in values” - use “is” or “are”?

Differences in values are/is not necessarily the source/sources of conflicts Which word should I choose in each pair of words separated by "/"?
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The easiest thing to do is [to] call for a taxi

Which is more natural? The easiest thing to do is to call for a taxi or The easiest thing to do is call for a taxi And what do you call this to in grammar terms if any?
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Past participle phrase vs past perfect tense

In because about my last question before so I'm learning Past Participles in Participle Phrases now. I'm curious about example that I read from this http://www.grammar-monster.com/glossary/...
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tolerance is a learning over instinct… (From the french “un apprentissage sur l'instinct”)

I'm trying to translate a french expression La tolérance est "un apprentissage sur l'instinct". which literaly means "tolerance is a learning over instincts" ("instinct" in french doesn't refer ...
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What is the reason of putting “on” in this sentence?

Some occupational therapists help kids create alternate ways to play popular games they might miss out on because of their illness or injury.

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