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Is this natural English: How was it yesterday?

People say: how was your weekend? But do they say: how was it yesterday? Is this the natural way of asking about how their yesterday went?
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Which tense is “are ice skating”?

I'm reading my lecture and I have the following sentence We're ice skating this afternoon in the park. My question is which tense is used in this sentence? Is it gerund?
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woman due to be put to death

An Iranian woman due to be put to death for killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her is reported to have had her execution postponed. I would like to ask about the word due in the ...
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What word should I use here

I'm currently writing a blog and am having a question on what word should be used in here. Department of Secrecy _______ Lower Leveled Species Should the blank be filled with (from/against/or any ...
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her former flame’s new girlfriend - what does “flame” mean? [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/tsarnaev-boston-marathon-bombing-legal-woes-140543802.html On Aug. 25, a New York City woman caught up in a messy child custody battle with her ex-boyfriend got into a ...
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'what are you talking about?' and 'About what are you talking?'

Why is the question 'About what are you talking?' incorrect? and Is The question "To whom are you talking" correct? I know the question 'what are you talking about?' is the correct question.but why ...
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correct use of similar /to/with/like/

Is it correct to say similar with or similar to or similar like? Consider the following sentences He has similar behavior with his friends (He has a behavior similar with his friend) He has ...
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“I have little money” vs. “I have a little money”

What is the difference between “I have little money” and “I have a little money”? Are they the same?
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reciprocally VS. mutually

Would anyone please more readily explain if there is any difference between these? and if they are interchangeable? A mutually beneficial/supportive relationship A reciprocally beneficial/...
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Why are “baked” and “naked” not pronounced the same?

The word "baked" is pronounced as: /ˈbeɪkt/ While "naked" is pronounced as: /ˈneɪkɪd/ Why are these two words not pronounced the same?
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The World Wide Web or World's Wide Web which is correct

World Wide Web and World's Wide Web which is grammatically correct. which is proper. please kindly answer me. i want to know the difference between them.
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Set aside vs. put aside

Is there any difference between these two phrases? For example, are they interchangble in these two sentences: I've been putting money aside to buy a piano. The international body put aside ...
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"The mean recognition rate of the first 6 attitudes is above 50%”,correctly? [closed]

The mean recognition rate of the first 6 attitudes is above 50%. It is there anything wrong?
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Using articles with dynamic nouns

Is definite article needed when we refer to metrics like impressions, visits and purchases (terms used in online marketing) which tend to change with time? For example, let's say I'm preparing an ...
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How can a picture be naked?

I have some questions about the following phrases: a picture of a naked woman a naked picture of a woman On first reading, the second phrase seems wrong. The second phrase seems to be more ...
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'He don't have knowledge ' vs 'He doesn't have knowledge' [duplicate]

Which one of the statements below is correct? He don't have knowledge about others. He doesn't have knowledge about others.
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“in” versus “to” in “He went running {in / to} the park.”

Do you agree that: He went running to the park. He went to the park running. mean the same thing - "He got to the park by running." Now, if I want to say: He went to the park to have a ...
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Confrontation With Beijing

Could there be something wrong with this sentence from some webpage: Police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters in the city’s most serious confrontation with ...
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Is it “Adapted to” or “Adapted for” ? Knowing that its phrasal verb is “adapt to”?

I can not determine whether the right prepositional adj. is: "Adapted to" or "Adapted for". I have confused with these two prepositions but I'm sure that the phrasal verb is always followed by "to"...
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What's the difference between “Syntax of mail function” and “mail function syntax”

I am little bit confused about what is the correct sentence of following statements. Syntax of mail function OR mail function syntax Both are correct then Why ?
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Pick up for the penultimate time

I am teaching my 7 year old daughter to speak English, and we came across the word "penultimate" meaning next-to-last. After describing to her the meaning, she tried to use it in a sentence less than ...
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What does the word “square” mean in this context?

I was reading this quote which a friend of mine posted on facebook, I didn't understand this particular sentence, "t's looking at an evil act square in the face and saying, ‘I forgive that evil act", ...
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“proves” vs “is proved” vs “has been proved”

The question from the test: The atmosphere ___________ to extend several hundred kilometers above the Earth. a. proves b. has been proved c. is proved Sentences with the blank filled with ...
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I know Who(m) you spoke to or I know to whom you spoke

1.I know Who(m) you spoke to. 2.I know who(m) it was given to. according to above noun clauses ,Can we move the preposition 'to' before 'whom'? e.g:1.I know to whom you spoke. 2.I know to whom it ...
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In relation to versus respect to

I would like to know first if both expressions are commonly used by English people. If yes, what is the best to use in which circumstances, if they are different. For example, what would be the ...
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The only thing she’s done wrong is [show it to me]

The only thing she’s done wrong is show it to me. (The Silkworm, by Robert Galbraith) The last thing he wanted to do was rescue her. (The Town, Chuck Hogan) Both the sentences seem to have ...
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“I've no idea…” which is the right preposition?

Which one is the correct form? "I've no idea of what word to use" "I've no idea about what word to use" "I've no idea what word to use" Does the preposition change according to what follows "I've ...
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How do I say if the portrait is made by humans not drawn by them?

On Oct 2, more than 6000 participants (humans) are gathering to create the largest portrait of Mahatma Gandhi. Once created, how do we say this without bringing any ambiguity? Gandhi's largest ...
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which vs where?

Why is this sentence wrong: London Bridge is one of the most popular places where people want to visit. The correct version should be which or that. Why?
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Difference between transitive and intransitive sentence

Difference between transitive and intransitive sentence 1) Is the sentence below transitive or intransitive? Suburban train services on Central Railway were disrupted after derailment. A) If ...
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Prepositions in, on and at rules

I would like to know when to use each one of them. I mean, how is the right way to use in and on. Example: The gift is in or on the box And in and on are similar, but at is different. Anyway i ...
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I am healthy like a fish or as a fish?

Which one is the correct way of saying? I am healthy like a fish or as a fish?
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I have only been able to borrow

“I have only been able to borrow about RM100,000 from friends and relatives so far. I can’t get any more,” Chin said when contacted. What does "have only been" mean in the sentence above?
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raise by? from?

If the original premium is 100 USD, and the insurance company announced that it would be raised to minimum 105, and maximum 110, which one is correct? The premium will rise by 5 to 10 percent. The ...
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Which one is correct in examples?

I have some confusion about the following sentence. It was broken, but it's OK. Now it (has been repaired). It was broken, but it's OK. Now it (is being repaired). It was broken, but it's OK. Now it (...
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Which one is correct in present perfect?

I have confusion about the following sentences. I have never seen these flowers before (what have they been called). I have never seen these flowers before (what are they called). I have ...
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Is it common for British English speakers to use “us” instead of “me”?

If someone is keeping a secret, in the US one might say "tell me!" However, I was in the UK and I heard a person say "tell us!" although she did not appear to be with anyone. Am I misunderstanding or ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence?

I found some sentence in the online newspaper; The Chilean flamingo chicks started to hatch on July 18 with 13 more arriving since then. Does it mean some chicks arrived on the 18th and after ...
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Reading alone can improve listening?

I’d like to ask if I have to give up my meagre listening practice and listening understanding. I put up a goal to understand what the actors in a radio drama, the Archers of BBC, talk. But I mainly ...
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Have somebody doing something?

What does this mean if a standing comedian says I can't have you guys being a.. umm.. English audience and going "Oh hmm hmm" This is from 3:30 of https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIE1xkF8RZE I ...
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Into A Bottle Of Wine

On google, I found sentences using the preposition "into" like this: He was halfway into a bottle of wine. Could sentence 1 be a slangy version of this: He was halfway through ...
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“occasional stuffed animal”

Cobb: [holding a bag] I brought these for you to give to the kids when you get a chance. Miles: It'll take more than the occasional stuffed animal to convince those children they still have a ...
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Will or Be Going To

They ....... (play) golf this afternoon. I'm bored, I think I ....... (do) a crossword puzzle. They are making a lot of noise. They .......... (wake) the baby. You've got a bad cold. I .......
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Nonfinite Adverbial Clause

For some unknown reason, these two sentences: 1a. The report describes the problems at the firm, blaming specific employees. 1b. The report describes the problems at the firm and it blames ...
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Meaning of “in the evidence”?

I am not sure I quite understand the meaning of “in the evidence” in this sentence: “The organization would feature in the evidence as an alleged MI6 front operation”. Does it mean: “It turned out ...
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Synonym for “nip”?

“His father had always been an urban dweller(…) nipping through the streets by taxi(…)” The Oxford Dictionary mentions “dash” as a possible synonym (among many different meanings). Does “nipping” ...
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What's this kind of realistic, nonfiction, poetic travel writing called?

Sorry for my many posts on http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/19/travel/reif-larsen-norway.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 but this travel article just charmed me. What's this kind of writing ...
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It was what I had seen every day but I had never seen it before today

Last paragraphs] On our last night in Norway, the sky finally began to clear. Even if glimpsing the sun at midnight was completely arbitrary, I still wanted to see it. I scurried up a small mountain, ...
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What does “mine … relationship” mean?

[Scroll up 7% from the bottom] Just before he died, my grandfather wrote a slim little book called “Last Boat to New York,” which laid out, in typically sparse nordic prose, the mechanics of his ...
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placeless place

[Scroll down 80% from the top] After coming to America with basically nothing, my grandfather started what would become an extremely successful multinational shipping business. But even after he ...

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