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“For your reference” or “For your information”

I always get confused whenever I find myself in this situation. I get emails asking to send someone some pictures and other information. When replying, what should I write? Kindly find the ...
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on the corner office

I would like to know what is the meaning of on the corner office ?.Please help me to understand in this context. David MacDonald, CEO of Softchoice, a Toronto-based business that helps companies with ...
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Usage of Restock

In this News transcript The goal is to hit pause on the fighting long enough to allow civilians in Gaza to take care of injured people, bury the dead and restock on food and other supplies. But I ...
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a question regarding “as long as”

Sentence 1: I haven't known him as long as you. Sentence 2: I haven't known him as long as you have known him. Sentence 3: I haven't known him as long as I have known you. Does the meaning of ...
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Use of tense and clause in a sentence

'when shone through a prism, a beam of white light breaks into all the colours of the rainbow' Is the usage of shone correct here? Is it an adverb clause?
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Subject-Verb Agreement

Sentence that needs correction: Sensationalism in television shows masquerading as "news" programs are making it difficult for serious journalism to compete for ratings. The correction should be ...
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Why is it grammatically correct to use present tense in this sentence?

Sentence that needs to be corrected- "After discussing plans for seaside vacation, Victoria realized that she likes the ocean more than Doug did." Why does the sentence need the following ...
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“than her” versus “than she”

It is a well known fact that Alex is more soft-spoken than (she/her). Why would "her" be wrong? Why must the sentence end with "she"?
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Can 'as many as it can' mean thing 'can't' in this context?

Consider these two expressions The city can't handle any more people(moving here). The city has as many people as it can handle. The first expression is pretty clear, it says that city is over the ...
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What is the verb or correct word to describe 'losing some part of a cloth'?

Let's say I have a backpack. It is a typical bag like this but say it is made of inferior quality. One time I wash it and since than I have been observing that the black body of the bag has been ...
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weep “to have” that which it fears to lose

This thought is as a death which cannot choose But weep to have that which it fears to lose. Sonnet 64, Shakespeare What is this to after weep? Is it like "I am sad to hear your father's death?&...
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Stative verbs in the progressive

I posted a question today about "Have to / having to?"and I used the verb "find" in the progressive.: I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to". Someone comments ...
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DIfference between 'methodology' and 'method'?

I was reading an ELL question, Is there any good methodology to help remember sound-alike words?, and I wondered about the use of 'methodology'. Would someone please affirm or refute it? Would that ...
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How to refuse an offer of partially eaten food?

If someone has already started eating his food and offers me some, I don't eat the food he has already started eating. How do I frame a sentence for that? Thanks for the offer, but, I don't eat ...
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What does “blowing on” mean here?

Dean: I'm here to kick off the first day of a new tradition at our school called Green Week Pierce: What? First we get a month of black history, now we're blowing seven days on the Irish. ...
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Since then with past simple

I have this sentence where I am not sure about two things: "after launch" – is that correct when I talk about a device? "since then" – is that correct with the past simple tense? I'm sorry for the ...
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what does “taken” mean in this sentence

can someone explain this sentence for me? I'm not english. "he had taken in the opening act for one of his band's gigs-the Sex Pistols" from wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_clash
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What does “positively ill” mean?

The following quotation is from “A study in scarlet” by Arthur Conan Doyle: That book made me positively ill. I know the meaning of both positively and ill, but when consolidating (combining) them ...
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Do “twice as high xxxxx as” , “twice as high” and “twice higher” mean the same thing?

What do the following sentences actually mean? Are they the same in meaning? The cost of living is twice as high in New York as it is in Tokyo. The cost of living in New York is twice as high ...
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Have to / having to?

As fas as I know, "have to" is the commoner version of the two, but I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to". She has to / is having to look after herself now. ...
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The meaning of 'becoming brown'

It's not a grammar question but I can't understand what it means. I would appreciate it if you could help me. Young people in America are growing up in a country that is quickly becoming brown, where ...
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Different uses of subjunctive

It is necessary for Mary to go home. It is necessary that Mary go home. It is necessary that Mary goes home. I am wondering, what's the difference between their meanings?
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In 'it was a lot of fun', is 'fun a noun or an adjective?

[i] I hope that you have a lot of fun at the flower festival. [ii] I don't think I'll go again, but it was a lot of fun! (daum.net) At first, I took it granted that a lot of fun’s both in [i] an [...
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Using the verb need through non affirmative structures

Longman:" Verb patterns You can say that you need to do something • I need to clean (NOT I need clean) the house". As we normally use this pattern need +verb about non-affirmative structures and in ...
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use of the preposition “in” in front of here/there

I want to know if there is any difference of meaning between the following two sentences: 1- It is hot here/there. 2- It is hot in here/there.
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Would you tell me more about preceding adjectives?

Would you possibly tell me which of them is more polished or fluent? By carrying out due research and studies on the received scientific reports from/by someone By carrying out due research and ...
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“Disordered” vs. “inscrutable”

Which word is appropriate for the blank in this sentence and why? Dreams are _________ in and of themselves, but, when combined with other data, they can tell us much about the dreamer. A) ...
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variability + singular or plural verb

The sentence is Variability in data is considered a nuisance. Variability in data are considered a nuisance. Initially I thought is was the correct one, but it was corrected to be are. I want to ...
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Difference between 'consecutive' and 'contiguous'? [closed]

Are consecutive and contiguous interchangeable? Or they should be used in different situation? Anyone can tell me how they are different? I tried to find the two words in Longman dictionary, but it ...
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discrepancy vs ambiguity

Blockquote Which word is appropriate for the blank at the end of this sentence and why? The question of forgery in photography has lately become nontrivial. Prices for vintage prints (those ...
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What does “to throw a fun curveball” mean?

I've found this expression in the title of this game review: 'Kairobotica' Review - Kairosoft Throws A Fun Curveball But what does it mean? The Cambridge Idioms Dictionary says that "to throw (...
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“30 miles to the gallon”

The 13th entry of "to" in OALD: used to show a quantity or rate There are 2.54 centimetres to an inch. This car does 30 miles to the gallon. I'm wondering why the second ...
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Would you readily explain the usages of need?

Having studied several different grammar books, I am still confused as to whether these have the same meaning and can you use them interchangeably? Don't need to Don't have to Needn't Would you tell ...
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Shouldn't 'equities' be singular here?

Another way to come up with ex ante arguments is to imagine how a legislature would think about the problem facing the court. Legislatures make general rules for the future; they don’t resolve ...
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Does 'estate' mean a kind of person?

A thief walks into a bank, puts a gun to the head of one of the customers, and announces that he will shoot unless the teller hands over all the money in the drawer. The teller does nothing. The ...
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Various usages of needn't

Could anyone possibly simply tell me which of the following would be correct? Tell her she needn't work tonight. Tell her she doesn't need to work tonight.
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the usages of while

Metals occupy a rather special position in the study of solids, (while) sharing a variety of striking physical properties that other solids such as sulfur lack. One of my friends has told me the ...
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Meaning - too **self-conscious** to bear

I naturally encountered the problem of choosing a pronoun to refer to someone who could be male or female. I dealt with this by treating the masculine pronoun as referring to anyone of either ...
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“Somewhere a man must begin, and it had better be just where another man might stop” (Chesterton)

From Chesterton's Blue Cross, describing a detective's tactic when said detective finds himself without a clue as to the whereabouts of the criminal he's after: In such cases he reckoned on the ...
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'the body politic' vs “the politic body”

According hereto, politic (with NO s) is an adjective or verb, and not a noun. So shouldn't the body politic be "the politic body" instead? Are both legitimate? If so, what are the similarities and ...
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Is it correct to say a program is “buggy”?

I am writing an internship report and I wonder if I may use the adjective buggy. I mean, if a computer program has lot of bugs, is it correct to say that the program is buggy?
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What does “go meta” mean?

An excerpt from a video course dedicated to developing good communication skills: Second. You can go meta on the flattery. In other words, you can acknowledge that what you're about to say might ...
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The meaning of “over” here?

He stayed married over a quarter of a century. This "over" has two possibilities? a time span..like "over many years" and "over" means more than?
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Can I ask “how is she?” in a situation that her husband is dead?

"How is she?" "She is lonely after her husband passed away." Supposing that there is a woman who lost her husband and a friend of hers I come across. In this case, if I intend to ask if she is sad, ...
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“Black and white dogs”: ambiguity with coordinate adjectives

A black and a white dog means "two dogs". A black and white dog means "one dog". Then what about black and white dogs? Does this mean two things? "Dogs, each of black and white color" and "dogs of ...
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What does 'Slippery Slope' mean?

I deeply apologise for the length; I wanted to provide (over)sufficient context while questioning my confusion and miscomprehension. Please advise if this can be improved or pruned. Source: The Legal ...
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If he knew I had not found her yet?

I have been reading a novel (The Bridge Across Forever) for the last two days. I read a sentence which I thought was a part of if conditional. I understood what exactly the writer wanted to tell but I ...
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What does 'of' mean in “It's this friend of mine”?

As such, any uncle of hers would be minor royalty, even if illegitimate. (daum.net) When I saw this structure, I would thought that the preposition ‘of’ presents a set (=a set of her uncles) and ‘any ...
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If potato chips come in contact with humid air, they become what?

In my mother-tongue, there's a word for it. I'm wondering what the English word is. If potato chips come in contact with humid air (as in rainy days), they lose their crispiness, and become ...
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number unite adjective

Please give me a two hour leave Please give me two hours leave Providing that those are correct, Could you tell me when/ in which situation you would rather use one over the other? Meanwhile, would ...

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