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“a hundred” vs. “a hundred of”

What is the difference between these two sentences? 1) I have interviewed more than a hundred of the greatest politicians, artists … 2) I have interviewed more than a hundred politicians, artists …
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Conversation through skype

We started the conversation throught skype and 1my companinon didn't turn on his web-cam. How to ask the following: Will we talk without seeing through web cams? in a more natural non-formal way?
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Was or had been

I have just started learning grammar and some of the rules are confusing, especially tenses. I am finding this one, in particular, difficult to understand. Which one of these would be better suited in,...
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Another “Deviate” Question

I have yet another question about the verb "deviate". Suppose there is a plan, and part of the plan includes uttering the prepared text "do no evil". If I write the following sentence: He ...
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What does “lie upstream from” mean?

If X lies upstream from Y, then is X a result of Y? Examples: Social justice lies upstream from charity. Everything good lies upstream from us. Tonak Pokhari, or simply the Fourth Lake lies upstream ...
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Undertake Employment

I have a question about the usage of "undertake employment" here: There are few employers currently offering a certificate of sponsorship to undertake employment. I cannot find "undertake" ...
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what is the meaning of “five-at-a-time”?

A business owner told me his tipped employees will cash their cheques five-at-a-time because they're not that important to them. What they want are the tips. $15 minimum wage won't work for ...
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Meaning of “was having”, “had” and “have had” in English

How to tell someone that I have observed fast full day? 1 I was having fast whole day 2 I had fast today 3 I have had fast today I feel all are correct to say Please, help me to understand the ...
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This is the sentence that has made me wonder usage of 'to infinitive' [duplicate]

This is the sentence that has made me wonder usage of 'to infinitive'. We have three session to learn about history. And I think this sentence is the same meaning as the following 2 sentences, which ...
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Does “Have a bearing on” also mean “impact”?

Almost all definitions which I've found about this phrase describes it as a way to say that something is related to something else but the more I search the more I believe that it more often means "...
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May “by the way” be used in formal professional writing?

I saw many times on forums or chats discussions the expression by the way. I understood its meaning, but is it a familiar expression or could I use in professional documents or messages? If it is ...
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I don't understand how to use 'infinitive' here.

Here's a sentence I get mixed up. I was told that there will be a session to actually perform the skills we learn at the work shop. I understand this sentence like this. I was told that ...
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Why are setup windows called “wizard”?

Commonly, the word "wizard" means "someone who practices magic; a sorcerer or magician." FreeDictionary In software wizard is "an user interface type that presents an user with a sequence of dialog ...
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Does “heavy … but restorative” describe a food which is healthy but not for weak people?

Would you like to eat breakfast? No, last night I eate a lot. I ate spinach as dinner. It was heavy but it is generally a restorative dish; not for those who are in restoration but for an ordinary, ...
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Help me with “let”

My friend wrote a sentence Let they love what they want to love I think it should be "Let them ...." Who's correct ? I think I'm right because as much I know, after "let" it's an object.
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What is the verb in this sentence?

I should be sleeping. Is "sleeping" used as adjective?
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Do “I can't remember” and “I don't remember” mean the same thing?

I don't remember and I can't remember Do these mean the same? I translated it to my mother tongue using Google translate and the translation is the same, but I have a feeling that it's not ...
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having emigrated VS. after emigrated

My research is on Italian settlers to the countries of East Asia . I, however, don't intent comparing between the conditions of these people having emigrated with their own condition in their country ...
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should + continous infinitive OR should + perfect continous infinitive

I have been practicing grammar structures of various modal verbs (from the Thomson/Martinet structure drills exercise book) and I have come across this one exercise that left me pretty confused. ...
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Two directions of “Identify”

I have a question about the usage of the verb "identify". Could "identify" be used in two directions like the following: John Doe was identified as the intruder of the meeting. The ...
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Are “whole purpose” and “only purpose” synonymous?

Are the phrases whole purpose and only purpose synonyms in this sentence (which you would say about/at your work): I am officeist. My whole purpose is my office. It's part of speech.
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Do you 'greet' someone if you are coming to them?

Can 'greet' be used when someone is 'saying hello' to someone they are coming up to. I have seen it used in the opposite order, as in greeting a visitor. Can it also be used for the visitor? Examples:...
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Does word “someone” refer to both an animal and a human being or only human being?

The word someone is used for human beings but I am having a hard time understanding if it is also used for animals!
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What are the doors on a bus called?

What are the doors on a bus called? How do you describe the doors in the front and the back? Is it door or entrance? Is it front or forward, back or rear? Examples of where it could be used: The ...
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“Too much of an ask after all” meaning

I've got answer from support team regarding cirrylic issue in the software. They have written me: It might be we've had a regression so we'll have the devs take a peek and see if we can get this ...
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Formal conversation starting

Suppose I met someone to discuss some business topics, so the conversation is going to be quite formal. My companion started it with saying "How are you?". Is that acceptable to say "I'm great, hope ...
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Are these sentences characteristic of a native speaker?

I found someone online who can help me in English, and I will teach him Persian. He said to me: Yes, I am a native speaker of (American) English and well educated in reading and writing. I would be ...
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“will build” vs. “will have built”—any difference?

My question is one I saw on a site it is.I want to know the difference between the sentences. By 2025, I think we will build a settlement on Mars. and By 2025, I think we will have ...
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What is best choice among “sake”, “good”, “benefit” and “interest”?

I am saying this all for your sake. I am saying this all for your own good. I am saying this all for your benefit. I am saying this all for your interest. When talking and reasoning with a kid, ...
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it comes out that

As far as I could see we can use come out that and come out as follows: It came out that she was already married. and It came out in the last winter But is it correct to say It came out ...
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Come out in the sense of removing something

How come is the meaning common in everyday speech? I mean, we may use just remove instead. For instance: The stains from the meat sauce won't come out. What is the difference between these two ...
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Juxtaposition of prepositions

As a non-native English speaker, I often come up in my emails with awkward structures where prepositional verbs find themselves next to adverbial phrases introduced by the same preposition. For ...
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Matched vs. Matching

Which sentence is correct or more natural If it matches any of the items, the item is selected If it matches any of the items, the matching item is selected If it matches any of the items, the ...
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knowing the basic rules or ways of doing something

I am wondering when you want to say the following, what/ how you say it? To know the basic principle or rules of doing something For instance, he must know the basic rules of the way of doing ...
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Are “dude” and “man” disrespectful words?

What is the exact nuance of dude or man? I'm studying English from Japan. I want to know how people feel about dude or man. Is it just a friendly way to call close friends? Like addressing a ...
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military grade explosives — meaning?

Example with a context (news article, ISIS is manufacturing weapons at an alarming rate): IS is manufacturing the weapons at an alarming rate, using everything from fertilizer to military grade ...
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Have you seen or did you see

In US, when people work together, they may look for a colleague or any person to tell something or for any other reason, asking other collegues/people such a question: Have you seen Michael? or ...
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Dangling modifier in this sentence

I have this sentence: Otherwise, if it has an ancestor which encloses the target section, we can specify another anchor which shares the same ancestor; then, by specifying these two anchors and ...
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Is “get away with you” command related with “be/behave yourself”?

I see in my dictionary that a fool is asked to stop kidding either by the command "be/behave yourself" or "get away [with you]". I am curious to know what is denoted with "with you" in the latter? ...
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Failure Vs. Inability

Only one painting by Van Gogh was sold during his lifetime. What would be the best sentence to describe that? 1) He could sell only one painting during his lifetime. 2) He couldn't sell more than ...
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“Took” or “take”, which one is best?

In the following sentence which should be preferred: I would rather you took/take a car instead of walking in the street at night. Can both be used in this context? To me "take" seems more correct,...
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What part of speech is “born”?

I was born in 1980. What part of speech is "born"? verb? past participle? It can be a past participle as in " I was seen ." It can be verb as in " It was pulled by a car ."
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Can I dislocate a relative clause

Suppose this sentence Otherwise, if it has an ancestor which encloses the target section, another anchor within the section which shares the same ancestor is required; Can I say it as Otherwise,...
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“None of us are” vs “none of us is” [duplicate]

Which is correct? None of us are getting out of here alive. or None of us is getting out of here alive.
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How can I avoid repeat “the user” in a paragraph

Consider this part of paragraph: The elements of the page get highlighted as the mouse moves over them to make it easy for the user to detect the boundary of each element. Then, the user specifies ...
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Is 'went down well' correct conjugation of 'go down well'?

I'm trying to construct a sentence where I would like to use the 'go down' phrasal verb. The sentence I am working with is follows this pattern: They decided to play Mozart; it usually went down ...
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“I will no longer use these tools any more.” Is this sentence correct? if not why?

Would you please elaborate your explanations on the reason why the following would be incorrect? I will no longer use these tools any more Thanks in advance
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Splitting “X verbed Y into Z” statements into question and answer

Are these responses grammatical? Speaker A: What did John force Mary to do? Speaker B: Her into buying the house. Speaker A: What did John talk to Jim? Speaker B: Him into believing the news....
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May I stack prepositions: “somewhere inside of me”?

Today I heard a song, where were the words: 'I feel eternity somewhere inside of me' I've never heard it before and I'm interesting is it right construction? By the way, in many songs I hear very ...
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A word for a (prominent?) feature of something

Suppose you can distinguish something and guess its purpose just by looking at some ???? in it. something like prominent points (marks), marking points, or outstanding points.... My sentence is: ...

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