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I want to know a proper English word to describe a particular kind of television show

What is a suitable word for a TV program which is designed for unmarried male and female to come to know each other?
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Ambiguity - 'offence to which the defendant has a complete defence'

Source: p 57, Criminal Law: The Basics, 1 ed (2009), by Herring As already explained, to convict the defendant of constructive manslaughter it must be shown that the defendant committed an ...
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how to use be and become

One day, I'll be a rich person. One day, I'll become a rich person And, I've been a rich person. I've become a rich person Can I use 'become' instead of 'be' there or any other verbs ...
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Verb, but no subject, after 'such … as'?

Source: p 52, Criminal Law: The Basics, 1 ed (2009), by Herring HOMICIDE ACT 1957, SECTION 2 Where a person kills or is a party to the killing of another, he shall not be convicted of murder if ...
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What is this “look”? Is it an error?

He looked a forlorn figure as he limped off. From Dictionary why in this verb? Is it not look like?
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checked somewhat in their headlong progress

The revolving crew of helpers take good care of their little corner of Beijing, and of their patron, hustling him from the front gate to the waiting car, from meeting to meeting, checked somewhat in ...
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Sarah writes the letter

Simple Present Sarah writes the letter. Present Continuous Right now, Sarah is writing the letter. Simple Past Sarah writed the letter. Why Simple Present and Simple Past do ...
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a generic way to refer to a word or an expression?

Is there a term that I can use to generically refer to a word, an idiom or any other kind of linguistic entity related to vocabulary? vocabulary unit is what I can conceive of at the moment. Does that ...
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How do I refer to a word in a vocabulary list in regards to what position it has there?

I have a list of vocabulary words (it can also be a list of idioms). Now, how do I refer to a particular word in regards to what position it has in the list? I really don't know how to formulate this ...
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Do I need to invert the subject and verb in questions?

I came across this post and makes me wonder about below 2 sentences: How can I do this? How I can do this? Considering subject should come before auxillary verb, please clarify if only 1 from above ...
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Are “if”,“provided”, and “supposing” interchangeable in such conditional sentences? [closed]

For example in this sentence: And don't worry if you've never played the sport. That experience might help, but it's not necessary. As long as you know the rules and can do the job, you can be a ...
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What to say when you want to ask a model to imitate a pose from an artwork

Say the woman on the left is my model for drawing, and I want to ask her to take the position as shown above, the same pose Mona Lisa is in. Do I say to her: "I would like you to pose as in ...
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'a' with non count noun?

From PEU/talking about the future: There are several ways to use verbs to talk about the future in English. This is a complicated area of grammar. I can't get the point of the indefinite article ...
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How do I make sentence with charge?

I want to make sentence with charge. but I'm not sure as to sentence structure with charge. For example. Is something just charge of something? Can I make like this? If I wrong please let me know ...
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Did I paraphrase this well?

Is this parsing correct? I arrived at the private eye's, taken into his smoke-filled study. My PARSING: I arrived at the private eye's office, and was then taken into his smoke-filled study.
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totaled 969 in the 2014 fiscal year, up 34 percent from 2012 — comprehension

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/scores-russian-gays-seeking-asylum-us-060357416.html There are no firm statistics on the number of gay Russian asylum seekers. U.S. government agencies that handle ...
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word usage “to treat” differently

Which of sentences is correct ? We still xxxxx it a miracle that they were able to do so. xxxxx take, think, consider, find
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The family declined time alone [closed]

Could you please help me understand the following sentence: The family declined time alone. It doesn't make sense to me. Thank you.
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occupation of area or space

I'm writing an article and I have used the following sentence, The switched-capacitor technology is used to replace the large resistors which can't be used in ICs because of their large occupation of ...
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American vs British pronunciation of `i`

Have you ever noticed that the American pronunciation of the letter i in various words is exactly "opposite" of the British way. Look at the following two word groups to understand what I mean... ...
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Non-progressive verbs with present perfect?

Some grammar books/ websites say that 'The present perfect can be used for actions which started in the past and continue up to now...and often we use Non-progressive verbs (state verbs) in this way.' ...
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“Mining your life is the only way to stumble on anything real” [closed]

I came across this sentence by actor Ethan Hawk in a newspaper.I know what "to mine" means and I took it as figuratively as well but still I am stumped.What could it mean?
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Do I use “I” or “me” in a compound subject?

I want to know the correct form: He and I will go there or He and me will go there. Which is correct?
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The use of “NP + for someone doing sth”

Peter Quill: She betrayed Ronan. He's coming back for her. And when he does, that's when you... ( Quill makes a gesture of slicing his own throat ) Drax: Why would I put my finger on his throat?...
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Meaning - 'the foresight of … test'

Source: p 28, Criminal Law: The Basics, 1 ed (2009), by Herring The Woollin direction allows the jury to find intention if they wish, if the foresight of virtual certainty test is satisfied. But ...
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I switched out the Orb “on” him

Peter Quill: He is gonna be so pissed when he realizes I switched out the Orb on him. Gmora: He was gonna kill you, Peter. Peter Quill: I know. But he was about the only family I had. Gmora: No. He ...
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Does 'not too much' sound natural?

For instance, in the sentence I have not too much money to pay for the dinner Do the sentence have a similar meaning with I just have a little money to pay for the dinner or I have little ...
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Which's the right definition of 'operate'?

Source: p 21, Criminal Law: The Basics, 1 ed (2009), by Herring THE OPERATING AND SUBSTANTIAL CAUSE TEST The courts have held that the defendant will have caused a result if his or her act was an ...
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How to analyse: only if ‘but for'?

Source: p 20, Criminal Law: The Basics, 1 ed (2009), by Herring   As we have just noticed, most crimes involve proof that the defendant caused a harm. ... If the defendant stabs the victim, and ...
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Can I say “Sam offered to minute take”?

Is it correct to say "Sam offered to minute take" regarding meetings, it sounds wrong & clumsy to me? If incorrect, what would the correct form be?
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Difference between 'find out', 'discover', 'realize' and etc

For me all the verbs bellow mean the same thing. My dictionaries, confirm this fact. But I guess something is wrong with this belief of mine and their usages are different. I would be thankful if you ...
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“It” as placeholder

Is it correct that : I want it that he buy a new car. It seems crazy that he got married second time. Only in US is it possible that people want it. Best regards, Marek
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it doesn't fold out, so no one can sleep over — what does “sleep over” exactly mean?

A line from the sitcom Seinfeld: ELAINE: Hey, what's going on? JERRY: New couch, baby! ELAINE: New couch? Why? JERRY: I love this couch. You know what the best part about it is? ELAINE: Nuh-...
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Meaning of 'solitudes'

[4th and 5th last paras] Professor Hugo Cyr, of the University of Quebec in Montreal, a law clerk at the time when LeBel was appointed, ... ... says LeBel was good “at bringing people together. That ...
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Is the adjective phrase “hungry and tired” “attributive” in the sentence “After the long journey, the three of them went back home, hungry and tired”?

After the long journey, the three of them went back home, hungry and tired. As for the phrase "hungry and tired" , I can understand that it is used to modify "the three of them". But I cannot figure ...
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Does she do her homework?

She does her homework. Does she do her homework? Why the questioning sentence is using "do"?
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“They're going gorilla watching” - is there a verb at the end of the sentence?

In this sentence: They're going gorilla watching. what's the function of the verb watching? Is it a verb? a noun? ... maybe gorilla watching means "mirador de gorilas", in spanish? In English, ...
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What is the spatial explanation of “in” and “on” prepositions when they are contained in sentences holding an abstract meaning?

What is the spatial explanation for the preposition "in" or "on" in the following examples: 1- American society is in trouble. (Why do I have to use the preposition "in" instead of the preposition ...
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A question about the sentence structures of the following examples

I need help in choosing between the constructs 'is' and 'to be' I am trying to say: Now that I have argued that there is a research need, I would like to fill something of a gap by . . . The ...
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does just as well — meaning?

Example: Descriptive names can be carried to an extreme, of course. There's no point in naming a form frmUpdateContactInformation if frmUpdateInfo does just as well. Long names are more easily ...
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'Strong' presence, but ________ absence?

What would be a good collocation to emphasize the absence of something. A 'strong absence' sounds a bit oxymoronic to me. I want to talk about the absence of certain important aspects in someone's ...
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Taking the high road - what does it mean? [closed]

I wonder what does mean an idiom (if it is an idiom, of course) "taking the high road"?
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what does “found read” mean? [closed]

Well, read this, if you want to understand the issues: In the 1930s, Benjamin Whorf wrote a number of published and unpublished essays, proposing to identify phonetic elements within the writing ...
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usages of although and having past participle

would you possibly show me if I have grammatically or properly rephrased the sentence above? if no, could you please correct me? Having remained a mystery until today, however, Maya hieroglyphs are ...
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change the word order in “confer a degree on him”

When I looked up the word "confer" I found these example sentences: "The university conferred a degree on him" "A degree was conferred on him by the University" What if ...
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How to rewrite “I think that in the film is some similarity with our real world but with hyperbole, sure.”

How would be the following idea expressed in more fluent and idiomatic English? I think that in the film is some similarity with our real world but with hyperbole, sure. It is somebody defending ...
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dependent words are far from a subject in the sentence

In the previous year, the travel expenses were also incurred as [when] the works were provided, in whose cost they were included. The words 'in whose cost' modify 'works', but they are located far ...
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What's the best way to put this

Facebook has made a difference in the English language: "Like" now could be an action verb besides(apart from) being a verb expressing a state of mind. If you got what I'm trying to say, then is it ...
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the public vs public

When should I put "the" in front of "public" ? (The) public threatened the security guy in order to go across the restricted area. what is the role of "the" here ? Thanks.
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Meaning of military terms in the game

The following dialogue is taken from the subtitles in the first-person shooter video game -- Crysis Warhead: SIERRA 1: Command, Sierra lead, bearing 270, angels 7, target is 16 and closing. ...

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