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Combining a sentence

Mike takes small weapon and inserts into his jacket. I want to make the above sentence into one single sentence without the conjunction. I guess I'm not aware of some word. That's I'm finding it ...
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What does “drink like a professional” mean in this context?

Scott Fitzgerald always drank like a professional, collapsing the arc from charming to churlish early on. This sentence is from a review by P. Green of ’Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald’ in The NY ...
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“yet” vs. “already” with present perfect

'Yet' and 'already' are often used with Present Perfect. Which of them is preferred in sentences like this: Is your father here yet (or already?)? Yes, he has just come. 'Yet' is used to say that ...
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Do we use “among” or “amid” before abstract concepts or mass nouns?

Monet would have loved to stand his easel among the landscape. (The New York Times) Since "landscape" is an abstract concept, shouldn't it be better to use "amid" in the sentence above? Please, ...
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What are the differences between /ɑ/ and /ɔ/ in American English?

I learned /ɑ/ and /ɔ/ represent two different vowels. However,recently I read a book, the American writer said she didn't differentiate between /ɑ/ or /ɔ/. She used only /ɑ/ for everything so I ...
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What does this 'what' mean?

My knuckles lay against the child’s blue jeans. She was barefooted; her toenails showed remnants of cherry-red polish and there was a bit of adhesive tape across her big toe; and, God, what would ...
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what role does this 'at heart' take?

You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve, and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart; (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) It seems somewhat awkward ...
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What does RA mean?

I read this sentence in a Service Encounter class. Excuse me, are you an RA here at the residence hall? What does RA mean?
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Can we use 'may' instead of 'might' in this case?

Saturday. (Beginning perhaps amended.) I know it is madness to keep this journal but it gives me a strange thrill to do so; and only a loving wife could decipher my microscopic script. Let me ...
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Can we use superlative degree when comparing?

In my academics I've learnt that we use comparative degree when comparing any thing. But I shocked when my friend told me that this sentence is correct. The population of Tokyo is greatest among ...
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word for act of keeping a knife in front of throat to threaten

What is word I can use to describe the act of keeping a knife in front of throat to threaten. Can use the word "keep" as in the below sentence? She takes a knife and keeps the knife close to ...
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reported speech--three different tenses?

I have a question regarding reported speech. I've seen three different tenses being used when in comes to reported speech and was wondering if any or all of these were grammatically correct. "He ...
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Why is there no determiner before wife?

Ken was one of nine children of Patrick William Jubb and wife Mary Alice (nee Finlayson). (The Age) There’s no determiner like ‘his’ in front of ‘wife.’ Did the paper miss it or is it a possible ...
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What's the meaning of “deep” here?

This is a passage from the song Hero by Enrique Iglesias: Would you swear, that you'll always be mine? Or would you lie? Would you run and hide? Am I in too deep? Have I lost my mind? ...
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Is “she should ought to adopt it” acceptable English

She has consented thus to consider the matter in doubt, and to leave to a foreign arbitration that which she believes fully admits of no doubt. The Government of the United States has declined this ...
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slide or descend?

Assume you are in a flight(air plane). When the flight goes down one side, how do say that? I mean the slide/descend. I feel both are wrong word. What is the correct word? Can I say, "The flight slide ...
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Determining sequence

I have a question regarding determining the sequence of events. "It is taking her a bit longer than usual to get back on the game because she had come back from Germany last night. So I gave her a ...
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Is this construct 'acting opposite to' idiomatic?

Consider this expression He has been acting very weird lately. He is acting opposite to how he usually does. What I am trying to say here is that 'He is usually very calm and relaxed, but he has ...
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Why are there two nouns after neither?

It will be marked that I substitute time terms for spatial ones. In fact, I would have the reader see “nine” and “fourteen” as the boundaries – the mirror beaches and rosy rocks – of an enchanted ...
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How to say your English/language is wrong, strange, artificial, wooden, direct copy of your language?

How will native speakers say about strange English? If you English is artificial (When I am using valid words but anyone is not use such words). If you English is wooden (When I am using very ...
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Is there a standard dictionary to use for vocabulary?

I have come across many kinds of English dictionaries like Oxford, Cambridge, Collins and other similar ones which are commonly used. Suppose I wanted to look for a word, apparently each of them gives ...
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“Thus” or “so” to connect two sentences

Nowadays, computers have become useful facilities at home. Whereas, they also bring a harmful impact to young students of those who use it frequently. Thus|So I believe their demerits overwhelmingly ...
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When to omit “to” with infinitives

I want you to feel better I want you feel better That was the right thing to do That was the right thing do when somebody challenges you to dance when somebody challenges you dance I'm not ...
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What does this noun phrase plus a clause mean?

My studies were meticulous and intense, although not particularly fruitful. At first, I planned to take a degree in psychiatry as many manqué talents do; but I was even more manqué than that; a ...
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Is there some omission in this noun phrase followed by subjunctive clause?

Despite the huge death toll, more than 200,000 Hungarian Jews survived the war, a number inconceivable had Horthy not secured relative independence for his country for so long. (The Telegraph) ‘A ...
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Is “square foot of area” correct?

In German it is quite common to say „Bitte gib mir einen Tag Zeit.“ Literally this is “* Please give me one day of time.”, but this is not correct in English! While “Please give me ...
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What does this perfect tense mean?

The chill air was whipping through Harry's hair, and before he'd stopped enjoying the ride, it was over. (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) The conditional clause - before he'd stopped ...
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write form into cover letter [closed]

Today morning I have faced a viva-voce exam, and I did good in exam. How will I write this as formal cover-letter with 100 % Grammatically accuracy? What tense is good for mentioning this? past tense ...
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Is this an adjective or a noun?

(1) Dotted here and there among the students, the ghosts shone misty silver. (2) Then the hat twitched. A rip near the brim opened wide like a mouth - and the hat began to sing: (Harry Potter and ...
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Why does the name of this book have ‘a’ in it?

Hermione whispered, "Its bewitched to look like the sky outside. I read about it in Hogwarts: A History." (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) I think the name of the book would be better with ‘...
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Is this “that” a relative pronoun or a demonstrative pronoun?

"Move along now," said a sharp voice. "The Sorting Ceremony's about to start." . . . . . . Harry quickly looked down again as Professor McGonagall silently placed a four-legged stool in ...
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A healthy disrespect for authority

To to mind, the collocation "a healthy disrespect for authority" means that we ought to respect experts normally, but in some rare cases they might also make mistakes. So it implies that we should ...
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Does “heaven hand” sound natural?

In Diablo 3 (PC game) there is a weapon class called "heaven hand" (other weapon class names are more ordinary like "wand", "long sword" etc). I understand, being fictitious as it is, the name can be ...
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What are the alternatives for “I was going to ask you”?

What are the alternatives (but not too formal or unnecessary polite) to "I was going to ask you" phrase to start conversation with the question?
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Is there any difference between “twice, three times, etc.” vs “twice over, three times over, etc.”?

Accordng to the dictionary, the expression with "over" can be used to "say how many times the same thing happens" or "say by how much an amount is multiplied". These are the given examples: 1 - ...
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Is there a particular reason to use directional words in a plural form? [duplicate]

By a "directional word", I mean those such as backward, forward, toward, etc. Words specifically indicative of direction of movement. Consider these sentences: I walked toward the objective. ...
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Joining phrases with prepositions

If I have to say the following idea, I am pleased to submit our manuscript entitled “ABC” for consideration of publication in PQR Journal. I wish to submit this manuscript under the theme ...
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Is it polite to say “I want to make sure that …”

In a formal letter, is it polite to ask information about dates and cost information by saying something like "I want to make sure that..."? Further, I want to make sure the dates of the courses ...
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How can this as~as structure be parsed?

Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, a certain initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh ...
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Equivalent of “coal plant” for oil

How do you refer to a power generation station that derives its energy from burning oil, rather than coal? I looked up "oil plant", on onelook.com, thinking that it'd also be used to mean a place ...
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Is there an Idiomatic phrase for “keep something near your hand/near you in range of your hands or eyes”?

In English is there a short/idomatic phrase to express that something should be kept in range of your hand or eyes? I mean for example: keep phone and email/something in hand range or eye range How ...
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How to say about waiting time change “waiting time was …”?

I want to use some phrase with waiting time and not sure if they are valid and not artificial: waiting time was reduced by 10 minutes - was 20 minutes and now is 10 minutes waiting time was extended ...
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Usage of other/another

I am making a test where I am asked to add the missing words. You can buy this shirt and [...] one. Which [...] would you like? I would have added the other and other thinking that the sentence is ...
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Why is there -ing object after tried?

She reveals the truth: Clare Quilty, an acquaintance of Charlotte's, the writer of the school play, and the man Lolita claims to have loved, checked her out of the hospital after following them ...
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Does “respectively” come before or after what it describes?

I have the following construction: If union and intersection of A and B sets are defined respectively as A U B :=(Va U Vb), A ^ B :=(Va ^ Vb), . Where Va and Vb are points within the each entity. ...
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Is the sender name/signature on the bottom of a letter called 'inscription'?

My attorney drafted some legal document for me but the name on the bottom of the letter was misspelled. When she asked me which part of the letter needs correction over email, I wanted to answer with ...
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What is the correct construction for 'as was my hunch'

Let's say I want to say 'X team did not win and that was my hunch. I want to write this expression in the form of as I said, as I expected, 1 : As was my hunch, X team did not win. 2: As ...
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mixed functional and non-functional requirement

Some background: Functional requirement of a web service is concerned with the correctness of the web service's function, say the service will always return a number that is less than two. The non-...
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What is the right option for this sentence?

The following multiple choice question is from a competitive exam. Q: You are fortunate ________ having an intelligent and obedient son. a) For b) Of c) In d) To I opted for as the ...
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“x's y” or “y of x”

Which or following phrases are correct? Why? Can you please guide me to use correct construct? the cat's eyes, eyes of the cat the table's legs, legs of the table this year's spring , spring of this ...

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