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What does this use of 'there' mean?

[Ron] "Look –– they're off Ouch!" Someone had poked Ron in the back of the head. It was Malfoy. "Oh, sorry, Weasley, didn't see you there." (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) They say ...
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“You are true!” VS “ You are right!”

P1: What is the Earth's highest mountain in the world? P2: Everest? P1: You are true! It's Mount Everest. VS P1: What is the Earth's highest mountain in the world? P2: Everest? ...
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What is the word that is the antonym of “monopoly”?

What is the one-word antonym of monopoly? Examples: The postal service has a monopoly on delivering letters. AT&T used to have a monopoly on telephone service. The Smith gang has a ...
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Can I use the verb with and without “-s” in this sentence?

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. (O'Rourke, P. J.) The verb in the third person singular (it cause-s) dragged my attention. So I can rephrase the sentence ...
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Is it necessary to use the possessive determiner in this sentence?

English uses the possessive determiner where in Italian would not use it. For example, "Take your hands out of your pockets!" is translated in Italian as Togli le mani dalle tasche! Even if I am using ...
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From that day she won't / wouldn't talk to me

From that day she won't / wouldn't talk to me. It refers to some day in the past. What is the difference in meaning between two ways? Compare it with "From that day she doesn't talk to me"? Let me ...
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another / the other hand

She started shivering, so Jonas took her one hand, Father took another / the other and they comforted her. The other is definitely appropriate here. But what about another? There is only one arm left,...
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What is the difference between “not a lot” and “not very much / not much”

When I'm speaking English, I think I use not a lot and not much interchangeably. I've thought that maybe grammatically there is a difference between the phrases. Are there cases where I should use ...
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Rephrasing “to be in the air”

There was a sense of mystery in the air. Since "to be in the air", at least according to the dictionary I use ("i Garzantini"), can be translated using the verb "to hover", in order to make the above ...
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“-ic” vs “-ical”, which to use

Is there a rule about when an adjective should end with "ic" or "ical"? Geometr-ic Analyt-ical Theoret-ical Kinet-ic
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Adjective to qualify “struggle”

The ascent of Mount Everest was first conquered nearly sixty years ago, but it nevertheless remains a symbol of […] struggle in the popular psyche, demanding incredible determination and physical ...
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“At which hotel” vs “At what hotel”

Which word would you use in this question, which or what? At which hotel will we be staying during the conference? At what hotel will we be staying during the conference?
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Can I use quotation marks to mean a word is used euphemistically?

In Italian I could write Ho visto "l'albergo" dove lavori. (I saw the "hotel" where you work.) In that sentence, I am not quoting what somebody said, but I am using albergo in an euphemistic way, ...
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Which is the head in “a number of boys”?

[A number of boys] were absent. (The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, p56) This book says that number is the head of the subject NP, but Angela Downing calls it a "determinative" (that is,...
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What's the difference between “to get used to something” and “to be used to something”?

to get used to something to be used to something These two expressions seem to be the same. Please tell me what the difference is and in what situations i can use each of them. I only know ...
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“Photos of Someone” vs “Someone's Photos”

In facebook, in the photos page, you will see: I know the difference in facebook, the first tag "Photos of Someone" will show photos you are tagged in, the other tag "Someone's Photos" will show the ...
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What is the meaning of “vaults”?

I have this sentence in an architecture context: The concept of the pointed arch allowed architects to change the way they approached vaults in churches and cathedrals. I'm wondering what the ...
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“I have never done it” vs “I have never been doing it”

"I have never been dating." I heard some non-native speaker said it. For me it should be just Present Perfect ("I have never dated.") Because my grammar book says that an absence of some action in ...
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Can Present Perfect with a time period tell about an action that stopped in the past

I spent 20 years in the software industry where... As I was taught, it implies that the talker doesn't work in this software industry now. Otherwise he would have said "I have spent 20 years..." My ...
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What does 'as you were' mean?

No end in sight to this very warm to hot weather across the bulk of the United Kingdom. No significant rain in the forecast. It’s as you were this week the hot spots around thirty Celsius. (BBC’s ...
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Is “libre” understood by native English speakers? [closed]

E.g. software libre Libre Office libre software I want to be/stay/feel libre. Do native English people understand this word or not?
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How can I simplify this sentence?

I am counting the number of questions about Drupal asked on Stack Overflow, and for my convenience I consider a question about Drupal if it contains one of the following tags: drupal drupal-5 drupal-...
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Tenses after “when,” “if,” “before,” “after,” and “as soon as” [closed]

What tenses should I use after these adverbs, Present Simple or Present Perfect? Is it possible to use the Future Simple?
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How can I understand when “will” is used to express willingness?

The OALD says that will can be used to: Talking about or predicting the future Showing that somebody is willing to do something Is there a way to distinguish the first use from the second? For ...
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“Want to be able to” VS “Want be able to” [duplicate]

Which form is correct? I want to be able to run 3 miles even when I am very old. I want be able to run 3 miles even when I am very old.
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Can I always use the present tense for something happening in the future?

In Italian, I could use the Simple Present for something happening in the future. For example, I could say l'anno prossimo parto per gli Stati Uniti ("the next year I leave for the USA".) This would ...
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Correct usage of the preposition “with” [closed]

I want to say: With help my friend I pass exam. Rename folder with help Resharper. [Resharper is a tool for developing.] With a sense of self-preservation I jumped over the wall. Are those ...
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Diffrences between “told” and “have told”

What are the differences between "told" and "have told"? How do you know that? Jack told me so. Can we use "Jack has told me so" instead, since it is related to the present? Why are you ...
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What role does 'something' have?

The rest of the team hung back to talk to one another as usual at the end of practice, but Harry headed straight back to the Gryffindor common room, where he found Ron and Hermione playing chess. ...
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“We have broken this rule for 2 years.”

We have broken this rule for 2 years. Can I use the verb to break in a Present Perfect with a time period adverbial, like I use to stand in the sentence "This tree has stood here for many years."
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Can I always use “'d” as contraction of “did”?

Two different answers for a question say that 'd in "How'd you know?" is a contraction of did. Can I always use 'd as contraction of did, or should I use it only when 'd follows a word that is part of ...
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Does the word “that” give a possibility to simplify a Past Perfect sentence?

I'm talking about the past and then I make a digression farther to the past and start adding had before every verb. And I want to say this: There had not been many people that had been disappointed ...
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How had you known?

I caught this dialogue on TV: A: Who was that guy you spoke at the parking lot with? B: How'd you known? The second sentence, as I understand, is a contraction of "How had you known?" It ...
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positioning of “a” when an object is long

For a description of a hotel offer, is the following sentence grammatically correct? This deal offers complimentary a Video On Demand ticket.
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Words with similar singular and plural forms

The plural of "heir" is "heir". There are many other words like this. Is there any rule how we can understand when a word cannot have a different plural form? Or do I have to mug up those words? ...
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Are temples or shrines “buildings” or “structures”?

When I refer to old temples or shrines in Japan, shoule I use structures or buildings? I refer to each of them as a shrine or a temple, but when I want to generalize, like all these temples, shrines, ...
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Using earlier and later as adjectives

Can you use earlier and later as adjectives? Here is a conversation I overheard this morning: A: I was able to do two paintings yesterday. B: Me, too. But the earlier one I had to re-do, ...
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Correct usage of “If I were”

Which of the following sentences are correct? If I was him, I'd buy a car later when I have money. If I was him, I'd buy a car later when I had money. If I was in her place, I'd ask the kids if they ...
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Plural of “must have”?

I have seen on a clothing advertisement something like the following: This Summer "Must Haves"! Is it correct? For example, one swimsuit is one "must have" and two swimsuits are two "must haves."
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Difference between “This was happened to me” and “This happened to me”

Which one is correct? If I am talking about the past.. How should I use "was" or "were" if there is an V2 in place: e.g. "They spoke" or "They were spoke" and another thing about adverbs.. How I ...
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Use of “as per se” [closed]

I have encountered people using as per se. What does it refer to exactly? What is general sense of its usage? As per my knowledge. As per the listing/information provided. In terms of providing ...
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Do you have a / the time?

I am trying to cope with the ever increasing trend of new phrases in English language and found something. I have heard many a times people use "Do you have a/the time?" In reply, either we say "Yes/...
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How to understand this sentence 'Nobody can argue that the acquisition of knowledge is more fun and easier with computers.'

I'm studying IELTS writing, and I just came across a confusing sentence from this band score 8 essay: Nobody can argue that the acquisition of knowledge is more fun and easier with computers. As I ...
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What is the word that is used nowadays to mean “asylum”?

I was trying to translate manicomio in English, and I remembered that a friend of mine told me the English word was asylum. Looking at the OALD, I noticed it is said to be an old use of the word. (...
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What's the opposite of “vegetarian”?

If someone hates salad, and mostly eats meat, they basically are the opposite of vegetarians. What do you call those people in English? I guess there is no such a thing as meatarian.
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Email subject: “introducing myself as an aspiring <job position> at <company name>”

I'd like to use the following subject in the emails I will use to try reaching companies, looking for a job: Introducing myself as an aspiring <job position> at <company name> How ...
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What does “his healthy home already healthy” mean in this context?

Nothing would make a weary traveler’s heart beat a little faster than the luxury of arriving at his healthy home already healthy, especially with that built-in juicing station, and a 78-bottle dual-...
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Quiet or you die! Hold still or I'll kill you! - present vs. future tense?

What is the difference between the future and present tense in the following sentences? Which tense is more preferred? Quiet or you die! Quiet or you'll die! And Hold still or I kill you! ...
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“The Guest House provide rooms” or “The Guest House provides rooms”?

So what is the correct version? As I remember it should be "provides rooms", but "provide rooms" sounds more English.
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Is there a difference between “load” and “upload”?

What is the difference between these phrases? To load a file. To upload a file. Specifically, I created a browser button labled 'browse...', which I use to transfer a file to a server from my ...

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