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Notice Vs Take Notice Of

I have a question about the verb "notice" and verb phrase "take notice of": He noticed a stranger in the corner. He took notice of a stranger in the corner. Are "notice" and "take ...
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Can 'menu' be used as a 'catalog'?

The word 'menu' as we all know is mostly used to list the food items in a restaurant. It is also used in computers where we have a 'drop down' lists. Merriam Webster gives an example of... a ...
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Take In The Details [closed]

I have a question about the usage of the verb phrase "take in" here: Gazing about me, I took in the details of the people surrounding me in the courtyard of a Russian Orthodox church. I ...
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Should I put an article before “House E”?

When you say "house 25", you don't add "the". Does the zero article apply to the use of the alphabet: house e?
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How to construct this sentence: “The manager of the representative”?

How can I construct this sentence "The manager of the representative"? I mean about something like this: "representative's manager" The full sentence is: The manager of the representative said to ...
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Break Diet/Quarantine

For the verb "break", many dictionaries have example usage sentences like: He broke the law. He broke the agreement. Could the usage of "break" be expanded to "diet" and "quarantine" ...
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Can you say “New York is in night time”?

New York is in night time. New York is night time. Which one is correct? I know that you use "It's night time in New York", but does the inversion sound wrong apart from the grammar problem?
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“I am in a hurry”

In a hurry. In the hurry. A) Would you ever say #2? B) Why would you want to add "a" in front of "hurry"? If you say "I'm in hurry", what would make you feel that it is wrong? You use the word ...
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Take/Make A Run/Walk

Suppose the context is a guy going to a store to buy something: He made a run to the store. He took a run to the store. He made a walk to the store. He took a walk to the store. ...
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How to ask about an object's age

If I want to know how old an item is (a bicycle, a laptop etc), is it OK to ask: "How old is your bike?" or it can only be applied to people and animals.What's the best way to phrase this question? "...
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A phrase for describing the reaction of an element to an action

I have this sentence: In our software we ask the user to specify some elements by clicking on the <highlighted / being highlighted / active ...> HTML element My purpose for the sentence: ...
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The ways to relate two sentences

I asked a related question about excessive use of "and" or "or" to relate sentences. Here I would like to make it more general and ask for alternatives which can be used to relate sentences. For ...
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Is this proper English “They have church building, but they're not church.”?

In a script I am working on a line is phrased within the movie: "They have church building, but they're not church." It is our job to edit the lines and make it more natural for the American ...
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Can 'to think' be an ordinary monotransitive verb?

(Per p 78, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005), by Huddleston & Pullum) 'ordinary monotransitive' means this structure: Subject-Predicate-Direct Object-Predicative Complement. ...
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How to spell out a telephone number that's from a remote area of the country without misunderstandings?

I just moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. My phone number's area code is from Massachusetts. When I need to tell someone my phone number, I start to spell out the digits: one-two-three, At this ...
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Grammaticality: 'something than which nothing greater can be thought'

Source: pp 158-159, The Cambridge Companion to Anselm, by Brian Davies, Brian Leftow What Anselm describes himself as looking for here he believed he had found when reflecting on the idea that ...
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How do you grammatically discern these phrases and what they modify?

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ...
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to start out vs to start off

What are the differences between "to start off" and " start out" ? I think they have a common sense which is "to begin to do something" but apparently also they have some unique usages. Do you think ...
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The “movie jail”: is that idiomatic and how to express this differently?

A French article claimed the term "movie jail" could not be translated. I found the following sort of sarcastic explanation about the expression on some random website as I can't find it in Collins/...
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Three Of Each Of

Suppose I have three $1 bills, three $5 bills, three $10 bills. I want use "each" to describe them: I have three of each of $1 bills, $5 bills, and $10 bills. I have three each of $1 ...
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“Macaroni and cheese (is/are) on the lunch menu”

Is the sentence "“Macaroni and cheese is on the lunch menu.” correct? I mean there 'is' is used as verb because two item means one unit. Or 'are' will be used?
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“gave a late slip” and “a hall pass to get through each broken promise”

Quoted from this talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/shane_koyczan_to_this_day_for_the_bullied_and_beautiful/transcript When I was a kid, I traded in homework assignments for friendship, then gave each ...
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something/some things to be desired

I know the phrase "leaves a lot to be desired" is used frequently in today's English. But how should we rephrase it when we want to be a little more conservative?: it leaves something to be ...
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What is the difference between “if he has got” and “if he got”?

What is the difference between "if he has got" and "if he got"? I know that "If he got" is used for wishes or to talk about 'impossible' situations. For example If he got the car, he would visit ...
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Within OR Upon for this sentence?

I am confused between 'within' and 'upon': Within/Upon my curiosity, I asked my fellow tutor who lives in the USA. Which one is appropriate, within or upon? Could anyone explain why?
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appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix — why is there no definite article in front of “inflammation”?

Example (Wikipedia article): Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. Why do you think there is no definite article in front of inflammation? Wouldn't it be better if there were one? For ...
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What's another word/phrase for “departure time”?

I'm asking about the departure from a school/college or an office. When my college is over (it's time to go home), what expression can I use to say about that time? I'm an Indian and in India, we say "...
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meaning of “I don't know” and “suffer for”

I'm reading Lawrence Block's memoir, in which he recalls his experience of writing rapidly. And it goes: "Some of us are apt to describe a book as having virtually written itself, but that’s not ...
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What does “find out” mean in this context?

At a university: A: 'Oh no! We had to hand a project in!' B: 'You could make up an excuse...' A: 'He won't fall for that, and wait until my dad finds out! He'll be furious!' B: 'Don'...
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Difference in the meaning of these two expressions with construct there is/it is?

Consider these two expressions: It has been a dominant election for X political party. For 9 out of every 10 constituency, it is a X party representative who won the election. It has been a dominant ...
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“U saw Jurassic Park movie in Hindi or English” [closed]

Is this correct? U saw jurassic Park movie in Hindi or English
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'I have decided to purchase a jet for getting to NYC and back more quickly.'

Are the following sentences grammatical or not? If not, does substituting a to-infinite make them grammatical? (Optional: designate if the sentence expresses purpose, reason, aim, or function) 1 I ...
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How to parse: That is {adjective} which + {verb} + {object} (1904)?

I was reading this Etymonline entry which cited the following, whose syntax confuses me: [1.] That is common which pertains equally to two or more persons or things. [2.] That is mutual which is ...
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“But, along with the street lamp, everything breathes deceit.", prepositional phrase?

“But, along with the street lamp, everything breathes deceit. It lies all the time, this Nevsky Prospect, but most of all at the time when night heaves its dense mass upon it and sets off the white ...
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What type and color of car [closed]

What type and color of car is it? It's a blue monster truck. Is the question well composed for the answer?
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Police ride horses and bikes

Police ride in cars, boats, on horses, bikes, or walk. Police ride cars, boats, horses, bikes, or walk. Police ride in cars, boats, horses, bikes, or walk. Which ones are correct? Also, is it ...
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May this seem like a complete sentence or maybe complete interrogative(?), no subject intransitive verb bit, or main clause? [duplicate]

"But what about Sir Isaac Newton, who some contend was autistic?” I may not get this. I may get here and there complete sentences may not contain subject verb object. I think they got to contain ...
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“relevant for our purpose” or “relevant to our purpose”

I wrote the following sentence We use a subset of XPath axes which are relevant for our purpose. To check its validity I searched the phrase in google (I always do that trick) "which are ...
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Aspirated T in unstressed syllable

I read that p, t, and k are aspirated at the beginning of words, but are they aspirated in an unstressed syllable? For example, the first syllable in the word "today" is unstressed.
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How to understand a expression of “ why don't you~”

I've learned that this expression is more like to persuade someone than asking the reasons I want to make sure of what i'm thinking When i say Why don't you take that class? Is more like ...
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What does this answer to the question below imply?

Do you like talking and meeting with people in your neighborhood? I'm not getting accustomed to people. Could you paraphrase the answer in simple English?
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“Is there a plane” or “Do you have a flight”, which is better?

Assuming I'm speaking to staff at a booking center, which of these is better? Is there a plane to London today? or Do you have a flight to London today? And why?
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Fire extinguish(ing) systems

Fire extinguish systems Fire extinguishing systems. Can you tell me why #2 should be used instead #1? Or do you use the 1 as well?
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Did I discern these phrases all right?

“Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to ...
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makes ready sense — meaning?

From the book Thinking in Java: Encapsulation creates new data types by combining characteristics and behaviors. Implementation hiding separates the interface from the implementation by making the ...
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how to use “is characteristic with”

The tongue is characteristic with yellow coating at the base, or it may be dry, smooth, glazed and cracked. X is characteristic with y I cannot get the concept of the bold parts.
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Do you pronounce words in your head when reading?

Whenever I read (silently), I hear a voice in my head speaking the written words. I've tried to mute this voice while reading, but have been unable to thus far. Is this a universal aspect of reading,...
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Question about meaning of “cultures the world” & “over enjoy” in this passage

Diet fads come and go so quickly that many of them are gone before we’ve really even learned what they are. One diet that has remained constant at the forefront, however, is tea. Cultures the world ...
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This is a good news. This is good news

This is a good news. This is good news. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference
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“You have my word” or “You have my words”?

Why it is ""You have my word" rather than "You have my words"?"

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