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Can I use “would have had” in a hypothetical statement?

Example: Even if she was an astonomer, it would have been impossible for her to predict that. There are too many variables to handle—even for the most powerful computer. Not only it would have ...
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Gas as a liquid and as a gaseous form

Gas is a short form of gasoline and also is a word for gaseous form substance as oxygen for example and also we can make liquid gas as propane for example. The problem is all of these words can ...
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What's the difference between the word only and every in this context?

This is a question taken from a aptitude test but I am confused with the answer . Only fish oil contains Omega 3. Only foods that contain Omega 3 help with brain development. Which conclusion ...
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X is axially symmetric to Y with respect to Z

In the following figure, is it automatically correct and clear to say that X is axially symmetric to Y with respect to Z ? Is there any better way to express this fact?
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Rules for repeating “to”

I often don't know whether I should repeat the "to". E.g.: To enable the car to perform jumps between blocks or simply to go faster, accelerator blocks can be placed, which as the name ...
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When I introduce an abbreviation in a title, should I introduce the abbreviation again in the text that follows?

When I introduce an abbreviation in a title, should I introduce the abbreviation again in the text that follows? Example: vs.
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Deterioration of cardboard on the line where it folds

How is it called the mark that is left on a cardboard right where it is folded?
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British Person or English Person?

Are there grammatical etiquette guidelines as to whether to refer to a person from Great Britain as a British person or an English person? Is referring to a person as a Brit insulting, even if no ...
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Four concerns on this short passage?

I was so stunned by her sudden change of mood that I couldn’t process her words. I just stood there staring at her. She swung her schoolbag as if she were about to hit me on the head with it, but ...
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Is “I'm doing this primarily for myself, so…” proper English?

Basically a quick question. Consider the phrase: I'm doing this primarily for myself, so... I'm trying to almost literally translate a widely-used expression from my language to English, but it ...
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Question about hair types

Could somebody tell me please that what is the word that you use for a person who lost most of his hair?(he is not bald yet)
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“to note” or “to note down”?

When using the verb "to note" in the sense of "to write down", for example, Note that down so you will remember it is the down necessary or not? Does Note that so you will remember it also ...
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Future Employers Are/Will Told

I have a question about present & future tenses here: Hegwood, who taught English at Duncanville High School, was placed on unpaid leave Monday. She apologized in a statement Thursday and ...
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What to call the activity of providing workshops and training

I have organized and conducted technology workshops and trainings for my employer and several clients. In some cases, it was rather teacher-oriented and lecture-like, while in others it was rather a ...
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designate VS assign

One naked, bald, vaguely female doll, made of hard shiny plastic, whom I designated the mother. I made her a Greek-style tunic out of an old handkerchief and glued a lock of my own hair to her head. ...
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What does “tiny baby” mean here?

Two tiny baby dolls of unidentified gender, made of hard, matte plastic, and wrapped in blankets of the same kind of plastic. Does the tiny baby mean "extremely small newborn"?
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'Is your English getting better?' or 'Does your English get better?'

I want to know difference between the following sentences. Is your English getting better? Does your English get better? I am not sure about the nuance of each. Also my book says "We use ...
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Why do I use preposition at notice verb?

I have some question with following sentence. 1.Don't take too much notice of it. 2.Don't take too much notice it. Q1. I want to know as to what difference between them? Q2. At native English ...
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Preposition phrase serves as the subject complement

To hold any kind of resentment is like taking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. In the sentence, "like" is a preposition followed by gerunds. The preposition phrase "like taking rat poison ...
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An agency or company who will help you [duplicate]

I know that "which" or "that" should be used to refer to entities, and "who" to people. However, I have come across "who" being used to refer to companies and agencies in a UK ESL textbook for the ...
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See past the necessary silliness

Don’t get me wrong. Interstellar is a magnificent film, true to the richest traditions of science fiction, visually and auditorily astounding. See past the necessary silliness and you will find a ...
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meaing of 'of': I inquired of them the score

(1) She had done what God asked of her. (2) I inquired of them the score. (Examples are from COCA) I can guess from NED (III.10.b) that when you use ‘ask’ or ‘inquire,’ construed with ‘of,’ you ...
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I haven been a long time no eaten macaroons

I have not eaten macaroons in a long time. It has been quite a long time since I've eaten macaroons. I haven been a long time no eaten macaroons. Which is the colloquial way to say?
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question about highlighted parts of this passage

So imagine my surprise, my joy, when I suddenly got a father doll as a gift! My uncle had bought it for me on a business trip to Bulgaria. It was a beautiful doll, just the right size, a little ...
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Two concerns on this text regarding “sick” and “up and go”

What my family lacked was a father, but a father doll was a true rarity. Nobody I knew had a father doll. Most of the kids I knew didn’t even have fathers. I didn’t have a father; mine died when I was ...
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Question about meaning of “painted-on hair and dress”

When I was a child, I had a family of doll people. They lived in a red shoebox painted to look like a house, with a dark-brown roof and yellow awnings. Inside the house, there was a set of plastic toy ...
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Surprises are waiting to wow/woo you

Surprises are waiting to "wow" you. They wowed audiences on their play. Mostly I have seen "woo" to describe how it has impressed/surprise someone. "wow" in the both sentences mean the same?
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The love may begin/begins from here

The love may begin from here. The love may begins from here. after "love" and "may" which form of begin we should use? "begin" or "begins"?
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different meanings of 'to infinitive'

Could you please check if I understood them correctly? 1)The overwhelming majority of the houses on the Currituck Outer Banks were constructed within the last decade, most of them to accommodate ...
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Redundant use of the adverb 'so'?

maintenance = [mass noun] 2. The provision of financial support for a person’s living expenses, or the support so provided 1. Would someone please confirm the right part of speech and definition of ...
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what is the proper way to use the adjective “calm”

Do we say "in calm", "on calm", or just "calm"? For example: I am writing in calm or I am writing on calm
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Use of comma with a noun clause [closed]

Are the following sentences correct?` What I am trying to tell you, I have not done myself. What I am trying to tell you I have not done myself. I have not done myself what I am trying to tell you.
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“We'll sit tight”

Context: Hagen said quickly and proudly, "I was as good a son to him as you or Mike, maybe better. I'm giving you a professional opinion. Personally I want to kill all those bastards." The ...
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pronunciation: send

send When you make these sounds /n/ and /d/, does your tongue position at the very same place? And are the differences between the two these: (1) /n/ is differentiated by its nasal sound, (2) /d/ is ...
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How to pronounce 'send the'

Australia is now spending over $40 million to combat the deadly virus, but it hasn't silenced the critics, who say the response has been underdone and tardy, or hushed calls to send the military. (...
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Can I say: Technology has a word to say?

I'm writing an essay on how technology has affected our lives and I would like to know if I can say "Technology has a word to say when it comes to communication". for example. What I would like to ...
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Meaning of “They can have each other”

“Poor Janine,” Holly said, and Veronica caught a mocking look that passed between her and James. It implied she didn’t really have any sympathy for Janine at all. “She was really upset,” ...
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Journey Reach Miami

I have a question about the usage of "journey" and "reach" here: The film also fails to adequately plumb the mystery of Che. It can't quite rip off the halo that idealists the world over have ...
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what do the questions begining with “ In what sense has/are/do…” mean?

From time to time, I encounter some questions starting with .. "In what sense" For example : In what sense does the public need to understand global climate change? I've also seen this expression ...
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what does the writer mean by “ as it would trust a bear to guard a picnic hamper”?

The text : Many European countries buy gas from Russia, a country that uses hydrocarbons as a weapon to bully its neighbours. This is perhaps why Poland has been quickest to embrace shale gas; ...
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who takes you for English ? - And why not 'Who takes your English?

Who takes you for English ? (Who teaches you English) The above one is an example from Longman Dictionary Why 'for' is used in that example ? Is ''Who takes your English ?'' incorrect sentence ? ...
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Is the following sentence acceptable for you? [closed]

Is the following sentence acceptable for you? I humbly think that as a x, I could have increased my knowledge and experience in y by my previous studies. And is this possible to change my ...
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Searching for a word by pronunciation

One of the common problems that a language learner often faces is searching for a word knowing only the pronunciation. Usually it is possible to guess the correct spelling, but sometimes not. How ...
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Help me with this sentence [closed]

And this is how to get pregnant is this is how is to get pregnant(I don't think so) or And this is what to get pregnant is like Do they have the same meaning?
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/will/ or /wəl/ in this audio?

We will start the day with cloudy skies. (here is the audio of the above sentence ) Is the will in this audio file pronounced as /will/ or /wəl/? To me, I hear that the speaker's vowel for will ...
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John threw Mama from the train a kiss

"John threw Mama from the train a kiss." This statement is used as an example of poor syntax. It sounds as if John threw Mama off the train, followed by a kiss. How would one arrange this statement ...
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alongside of vs. alongside

Fascism has opened up the depths of society for politics. Today, not only in peasant homes but also in city skyscrapers, there lives alongside of the twentieth century the tenth or thirteenth. Could ...
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excited about; excited at

(1) The children were excited about opening their presents. (2) I'm really excited at the prospect of working abroad. (Both are from OALD) The adjective, excited, has different complements, about ...
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Do I use the apostrophe when referring possessivizing “humans”?

I want to talk about what humans usually eat. Do you use humans’ diet in English? Thanks
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“He was surpassed in all Hobbit records only by two famous characters of old.” - How to interpret this sentence

In the Lords Of The Rings prologue there is a famous phrase: "Their height is variable, ranging between two and four feet of our measure. They seldom now reach three feet; but they have dwindled,...

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