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Somewhere, or sometime, down the road?

If you're talking about doing something in the future, do you say "somewhere down the road", or "sometime down the road"?
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'student at the university' and article 'a'

I think it's okay to say "I study [subject] at the University of [City] ". However, should I say I'm a physics student at ... or without 'a', I'm physics student at ... I'm suddenly terribly ...
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I “went for” a cosmetic treatment

In 2009 I went for a cosmetic treatment called Electrolysis. Is went for correct? I'm trying to say I went and received cosmetic treatment during 2009 and 2010, but saying I went and received sounds ...
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What's the difference complementizing between with gerund-participle and to-infinitive?

They would have felt sorry for Hagrid when the time came for him to say good-bye to Norbert if they hadn't been so worried about what they had to do. It was a very dark, cloudy night, and they ...
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Is this a double negation or a dialect?

"It's too late to change the plan now," Harry told Hermione. "We haven't got time to send Charlie another owl, and this could be our only chance to get rid of Norbert. We'll have to risk it. And ...
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What do these pronouns mean?

It was a mark of how bad the last week had been that the other two agreed with him. Anything to get rid of Norbert –– and Malfoy. There was a hitch. By the next morning, Ron's bitten hand [by ...
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How often is “check” used to mean “ensure”?

I'd like to know how often check is used to mean ensure, which means not only "determine if everything is right," but also "take the appropriate actions to correct the situation if it is not." What I'...
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“is being” vs “has been” [closed]

What is the difference between following sentence constructions? It has been developed vs. It is being developed It has been held vs. It is being held is being: what is the grammar ...
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Factual conditionals: simple present or future?

At times I find it difficult to decide whether to use a zero conditional sentence or a first conditional. Would you mind helping me with the following example: If they want to get there fast, they ....
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It has been developed vs It is being developed [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following sentences? It has been developed vs It is being developed It has been held vs. It is being held Which tense is "is being" used here and ...
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What does “a Sunday run” mean in “It's a Sunday run to go there”?

I read the conversation below: Excuse me, where's the City Library? It's a Sunday run to go there. You'd better take a taxi. I didn't understand the meaning of "a Sunday run". I guess it ...
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How to pronounce “Chicago”?

How to pronounce "Chicago"? I have 2 issues with it. First is how to pronounce the "Ch" in "Chicago". I have heard it pronounced as in "cheese", but also as in "ship" by the natives. Second is how ...
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How to refer to a television series in UK English

This has been bugging me for a while, and I did attempt a google search on "British word for TV series" but I was unable to unearth anything helpful. In the US, a season of a TV show refers to the ...
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What does this 'by' mean?

"Hagrid," said Harry loudly, "give it two weeks and Norbert's going to be as long as your house. . .” The following week dragged by. Wednesday night found Hermione and Harry sitting alone in ...
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Ain't and negatives

I am puzzled with the use of ain't. I know its meaning, and also know it is pretty informal. But I see it used in several ways, some I think of as conflicting. See the following examples I ain't ...
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Change “I had a car” to passive voice

Change the voice from active to passive of the following sentence: I had a car. The active sentence is "I had a car". In passive form is it "a car had had been by me" or some other answer? I found ...
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Why is this not 'them'?

"I've decided to call him [= little dragon] Norbert," said Hagrid, looking at the dragon with misty eyes. "He really knows me now, watch. Norbert! Norbert! Where's Mummy?" "He's lost his ...
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What's the meaning of “Quills and Sofas”

I've just read this (from https://area51.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/10950/why-this-bundle): I really don't understand this "Quills and Sofas" style of bundling the two significantly distant ...
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Letter writing - university admissions [closed]

I am new to English language. I drafted an e-mail to university requesting the information regarding my offer letter. Also, how can I politely ask to make things done quickly, so that I may apply for ...
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Which sentence is correct, “The shop is open” or “The shop is opened”?

As for "The shop is open" or "The shop is opened",which sentence is right?
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How to answer the sentence “how are you going?” [closed]

I found the following dialogue somewhere. The answer given is C. I am a little bit confused about it. How are you going, buddy? ________. A little busy, though. The options given for the ...
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The verb “to overlook” embraces the opposite meanings?

One of the meanings of the verb to overlook is "to provide a view of" (the chateau overlooks fields of olive trees), when it gives you the possibility of seeing. The other meaning is "to fail to ...
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What are the meanings of the participial phrase and the verb-less clause?

From you have I been absent in the spring, When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing That heavy Saturn laugh'd and leap'd with him. Yet nor the lays ...
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Why are these present perfect? [closed]

From you have I been [A] absent in the spring, When proud-pied April dress'd in all his trim Hath put [A’] a spirit of youth in every thing That heavy Saturn laugh'd and leap'd [B] with him. Yet ...
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efficacy vs. efficiency

I've got troubles perceiving the difference in meaning between these terms. They have different Latin roots which means they have to be different (efficacy—efficacia, efficiency—...
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Why do you say “to the movies”

What structures do stand behind the expression the movies (we're going to the movies)? It confuses me that it is plural (movies) and with the definite article (the). It seems that in the same way you ...
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When should I use “caution” instead of “warning” and vice versa?

Can you tell me in which context I should use caution and warning? Caution seems more formal, and more serious than warning. Caution can imply fatal, while warning refers to errors or mistakes.
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Is there a word for online-only jerks?

Is there a word, phrase or urban saying for people who appears polite and reasonable in real life, but is rude and trolling everything on the internet?
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*get your sh–t together*

In a forum thread, someone posted a video of a guy throwing a racoon down the stairs because the racoon was fighting with his dog (named Toaster). One user commented: Get your shit together ...
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Did I understand the third conditional correctly?

All of these are sentences I would like write in the Third Conditional: 1: I would have gone by taxi, if I had had enough money. 2: He gladly would have taken his children for a walk, if he ...
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Difference between 'feel' and 'feel like' in this context?

Let's say I am talking to my friend, and he says I feel like taking a week off at work. and I want to say Why do you feel like that/ feel that? Which of these two expression is idiomatic here? ...
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What is a canvas tent that is used for emergency/survival called in English?

Is there something like 'canvas tent' (translation for Polish 'płachta namiotowa' suggested by Google Translate), or this has some other name? This is what I mean: It's not a tent, it can be ...
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Looking for an English word that means all kinds of educational texts

What word English speakers use to name educational texts in general - textbooks, tutorial, educational and encyclopedia articles. In my native language there is such word - it meaning covers ...
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Using articles in a catch-phrase

I face an issue with a catch-phrase on my site. English is not my native language, and I just can't solve this issue. I have a catch-phrase, and by the rules of grammar, it needs the article an: ...
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Which form and when? “counterclockwise” vs “anticlockwise”

Which term is more used in everyday English and which in formal/professional environment?
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“A part” or “parts”?

When you refer to a generalized part of a generalized plural noun, should I use "a part" or "parts"? do you have to use " city names" as "a part/parts" of " commercial addresses"? This is the only ...
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Can 'all' be used as a predicative complement?

"But what are you going to do with it [= dragon’s egg] when it's hatched?" said Hermione. "Well, I've bin doin' some readin', said Hagrid, pulling a large book from under his pillow. "Got this ...
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“Device got hanged” or “Device got hung”

If i have to report an event that took place earlier, what is better to report, "The device got hung" or "The device got hanged"? The current status of the event is unknown; it is still happening or ...
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“Amazonia” vs “Amazon”

Which form is preferred when we speak about the region in South America and not the Amazon river? Do we need to use the definite article before Amazon and no article at all before Amazonia? "There ...
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what's the difference between “the summer holiday” and “the summer holidays”?

"I'll go to visit my aunt in England as soon as the summer holidays start." Does "the summer holidays" refer to many days in the holiday, or many different summer holidays? I prefer to regard the ...
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“She has passed the exam, therefore she can work in the company directly.”

Which of the following two sentences is correct? She has passed the exam, therefore she can work in the company directly. She has passed the exam and, therefore, she can work in the company ...
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“They have been exempted” vs. “they are exempted”

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences? They have been exempted from paying tax. They are exempted from paying tax. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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such like doing? and the use of the word “earn”

A may mean an event, or an event's profit such like earn 10 dollars in one gambling game. Is there any problem in using earning? like is an prep and after the present participle? And in a gambling ...
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How can I tell the difference between “an hour” meaning “per hour” versus “in one hour's time”?

The "an" can be used as a preposition with the meaning of "per": My rate is $10 an hour. Also it can be a used as a determiner: I will be ready in an hour. How can I tell these 2 apart?
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Do you need help vs do you need any help

Is there a difference between thses two sentences? Do you need help (studying for the test)? vs Do you need any help (studying for the test)? I wonder if they can be interchangeable when I ...
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Word for visiting infant and parents

In Dutch, we have the word kraamvisite or kraambezoek, which is a visit to a newborn baby and his/her parent(s). This word is lacking in my dictionary. Google Translate makes it maternity visit, but ...
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What is the different between “what” and “which”?

What is the difference between what and which? For example, what is the difference between the following sentences? What is correct? Which is correct?
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Difference between “Thru” and “Through” [duplicate]

I can't figure out what the difference between thru and through is. I'm working on a text for a website. I described some process and used this sentence: [...] when guiding the user through the ...
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Present/past perfect when the object is a dead person

I remember (vaguely) reading somewhere that it is wrong to use the present perfect when the subject of a sentence is someone who is long dead: *Einstein has visited the Philippines. My question is,...
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Is “gas” ever used to mean a specific substance that at room temperature is in gaseous form?

In Italian, if I were in a house and said Sento odor di gas. (approximately, "I smell gas."), the person to whom I am speaking would probably go check the stove or the water heater, which is normally ...

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