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It's been raining all day

It's been raining all day. It's been way too long. What does the meaning of "it is been", could anyone explain more specific how to use and the meaning of it?
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Sentence correction

I've been told the following caption for a video about deglaciation looks awkward, "Highly impressive footage of the effects of climate change that is not happening wink wink" because of the ...
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“lend” vs. “borrow”

To me, Borrowing and Lending have the same meaning, but what is appropriate to use in the below sentence and why we should prefer that word? Thank you for __________ me your book. Borrowing ...
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The meaning “get up to” in context

— How did architect become involved? — Well, someone had to design the dreams, right? — Why don't you give us another five minutes? — Five minutes? What--? We were talking for at least an hour. ...
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… finished {written/writing/to write/wrote} two compositions

I am just practising some english grammar related questions , here is the question I am confused about : Salman finished__________ two of his published compositions before his twelfth birthday. ...
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Usage Of The Determiner “This”

I am thinking there must be something wrong with the usage of "this" here: The video made its debut on Aug. 27, and as of this writing, more than 600,000 people have seen it. "Writing" is the ...
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Why does “raised” use past tense in this sentence “I was born and raised in Jakarta” [duplicate]

I know born is once event so I can understand why born use past tense but how about raised ? it's still happening until now I'm growing in Jakarta, isn't it ? why we don't use present perfect ...
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Usage of the word “gratis” in English

As Spanish native speaker, I cannot find the context or usage of word "gratis" in English Language, as example: All apples are gratis. I know (maybe I'm wrong) that it would be better to use: ...
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What does “scare you” mean? [closed]

I understand some about "scare" like I'm scared of the dark. However, I heard this word and I'm not sure it is "scare you" or scared you". Could you tell me what it means?
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How to decompose 'nor on the other hand'?

The problem here is one which arises in relation to any study dealing with matters of profound human concern. Someone who is profoundly uninterested in political affairs is unlikely to make a good ...
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What's the meaning of 'or else' here? Does it present a third alternative?

Theology is parasitic upon religion. If there were no religious faith, there would be no theology. It would therefore be absurd to suggest that there is not or should not be a close connection ...
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Is usage of relative pronoun for a personal pronoun admissible in writing

In the following sentence, a personal pronoun (I) is referred by a relative pronoun (who): I am Steve who is living in this locality for the recent 2 years. Is this correct or looking weird? Can ...
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Are the listed words colloquial to use in writing

Are the listed words colloquial to use while writing? I second this opinion. I reckon, it would benefit both Due to the non stop rain Should we avoid using these in writing? Can someone clarify? ...
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Meaning of “Input”?

In this context: Impact Listening(name of a book) makes listening an active and enjoyable experience for students. While featuring an abundance of natural listening input and a variety of creative ...
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what does “preserved” mean here

The Komodo dragon was the driving factor for an expedition to Komodo Island by W. Douglas Burden in 1926. After returning with 12 preserved specimens and 2 live ones, this expedition provided the ...
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“they do not have chunks of rotting flesh from their meals on their teeth, cultivating bacteria.”

I was reading this page.[1] It's about Komodo Dragons, an animal you should really study about them if you didn't do that yet. The notorious Komodos are no dirtier than any other species he’s ...
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How to explain non-continous verbs to beginners?

I am strongly opposing an approach, when person learning language should rote learn anything. Trying to understand sense and structure of a language seems more appropriate. I am trying to explain non-...
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What does “for money” mean in this sentence?

"That's the idea that if you make the consumer uncomfortable enough and then tell them that for money we'll make you less uncomfortable, then you will give us money." It is an excerpt from an NPR ...
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Why is there a How in this sentence?

"Ramin Shokrizade is a game designer. And he says he likes how kids are not being manipulated into clicking buttons to buy stuff within this game itself. Lots of other popular games are designed to ...
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Which form should be used for nationality: German or Germany

In forms, what should I write for nationality fields? The name of country or the word for people of country? German, English, Iranian vs Germany, England, Iran. (I need this for listening section ...
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“$25 more than” vs “$25 more than what”?

"But that e-mail - the one he'd overlooked - said his clients were supposed to be paid $425 million - $25 million more than he'd written in the contract." I think the last part of the sentence "$25 ...
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Omitting a repeated verb

What is the rule and meaning of does in the following sentence (I think the appear omitted by it but if I am wrong please correct the title and tag): The Moon illusion is an optical illusion which ...
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How is it called in English a group of gipsy families?

There is a wonderful movie called “Şatra”, original title: "Tabor ukhodit v nebo". In my language the word ”şatră”, pronounced (ʃatrə) defines a group of gipsy families and is attributed only to ...
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meaning of “There Must Be More to Life Than This”

It's the name of a song and it's hard to understand. Please translate this to simple English.
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Why does Richard Stallman refer to random strangers with feminine pronouns?

For those of you who don't know Richard Stallman, he's the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the father of the Free Software movement in general. I read a lot of his writings, as well as ...
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“must to be” vs. “must be”

Would you simply show me which one of the following bold parts you would use? Something must be taken into account. Something must to be taken into account.
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discerning between the usage of raise and rise?

I am wondering if there is any difference between the bold parts? these are extracted from Longman: rise: increase: to increase in number, amount, or value [= go up; ≠ fall] raise: increase ...
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become or became (or “are”, or “have been”)

I've translated a bit of text and is unsure which form to use: become or became. Piston-type modular gas boosting stations can be used at sites that have: - wells with low output gas pressure, -...
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differentiating between rise and raise? [duplicate]

rise: wages: an increase in wages(= raise American English) raise: an increase in the money you earn(= rise British English) I have extracted those from Longman. So, are the bold terms are ...
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Does it sound awkward if I ask someone“Call me when you are free to talk”

Does it sound awkward if I ask someone "Call me when you are free to talk"
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think something of something/somebody

When I came across this sentence, “What did you think of Bombyx Mori?”, in the Silkworm, I re-read CGEL’s page 909, which was led by @snailboat’s comment. Then, I thought out this construction: I ...
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Present perfect in subordinate clause

The following sentence is given (M. Swan - Practical English Usage): It's been a good time while it's lasted. I can't get the point of the sentence. Why can we use the present perfect in the ...
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What is the difference between corridor and hall way [closed]

My understanding is that corridor means there is no doors on both sides, and hall way means there are doors leading to rooms on both sides.
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The Usage Of “Withhold”

I am not too sure about the verb "withhold" here: Generally, there is no fasting requirement prior to a CT scan, unless a contrast dye is to be used. Your doctor will give you special ...
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'would have V-ed' when the situation is not in the past

(NYTimes article) American officials said Tuesday that half of the slots that would have gone to Russian students during the next academic year would instead be allocated to Ukrainians. Why is it '...
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I saw a scene in Sons of Anarchy yesterday, where Jax wears sunglasses vs where Jax was wearing sunglasses

Is it correct to say: ''I saw a scene yesterday where Jax wears sunglasses'' or is the only correct form: ''Where Jax was wearing sunglasses'' I was in doubt whether the first one is okay to use.
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Next December or this December?

It is October now, so do you say "this December" or "next December", or maybe both? Of course I am talking about the month after next.
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Can JAVI BROTHERS in JAVI BROTHERS MOVIES be considered as an adjective

Which would be the ideal choice, literal option: A JAVI BROTHERS MOVIES A JAVI BROTHER'S MOVIES A JAVI BROTHERS' MOVIES
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past perfect in a time clause

I would like to know if we could write "What had happened while we were away." I think past perfect is not obligatory in time clause. When we returned from our holidays, we found our house in a ...
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What is it meant by “ 'get the capacity' to understand their study purpose”?

I am reading a reference book and there is a sentence which I don't really understand. Here is the sentence: They have not grown old enough to get the capacity to understand their study purpose. ...
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English Questions' Length

I usually write very long questions which come not to be understandable, so I feel I have to keep a number of words and I must not exceed it. So, when I want to write an English question, what is the ...
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Articles in real life use

I am very confused with this question and I wonder if someone will be so kind to take the time and try to explain this, because I can't find an explanation along these lines. When it comes to articles,...
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Is it impolite to use the word “snog”?

My ex-wife always used this word instead of "kiss". She even used the verb "snogging" in some semi-formal places. She is not a native speaker however she has studied English literature for many years. ...
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Is 'temper' used sarcastically in “tempering justice”?

p 659, The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall, James W. Ely, Joel B. Grossman A complex, narcissistic bachelor, he was a priestly jurist whose ...
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Is my use of “so as to” in this sentence grammatically correct?

Is my use of "so as to" in this sentence grammatically correct? Guiding students down the right career path is a designated role for the government so as to ensure the students to get a big picture ...
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Pronunciation of English

In China, people in different places speak different dialects, so the government introduces the official pronunciation standard -- Pu Tong Hua, which can be characterized by Ping Yin. Therefore I am ...
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Is this BBC article ambiguous, or am I interpreting it incorrectly?

I came across a BBC article titled Ten laws that India should scrap. In the section about salt taxes, it first states: In 2013-14 collections from the tax amounted to $538,000 (£343,400), which was ...
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using the pattern: less (noun phrase) than (noun phrase)

Would you please give me some examples with the pattern below, in such a way that I could understand what the bold part means? I couldn't find such a pattern in dictionaries. This is the pattern: ...
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Mobile network operator vs. mobile network carrier

Is there any difference between "mobile network operator" and "mobile network carrier"?
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Difference between “having” and “having had”

Often, I've seen 'having' with verb 3form but it doesn't make sense to me at all Having done work, I went home", Does this mean "I did work first with myself then I went home"? or anything else?...

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