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Do verbs change form when you turn tag questions into non-tag questions?

When changing a tag question, for example: It's only you who have that book, isn't it? to a non-tag question: Isn't it only you who have that book? Does the verb stay the same?
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Practice Makes It Perfect

Is the phrase "practice makes perfect" (three words) a nonstandard but popular variation of "practice makes it perfect" (four words)?
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Chong Wei's B sample being tested

Chong Wei's B sample being tested, faces agonising wait for result. What does the "being" means in the sentence above? Is it means the sample is still testing? Reference: thestar.com.my
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Excrement, faeces or poop?

In daily conversation, when we discuss/say about the baby excrement/faeces. Which word should we used? Excrement, faeces or poop?
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Live Its Divsion

I have a question about the usage of the verb "live" here: As the country celebrates its reunification this weekend, a tiny village divided by the Iron Curtain for four decades continues to live ...
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What does “beat free” (or “can't beat free”) mean?

The Impossible Book – Hey, let’s go for a walk or something! – Oh, I’m kind of busy here… – Busy bee as always. What are you doing? Reading again? Let me see the title. – It’s a ...
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Confusing exercise question about modal verbs [closed]

I found this question in an exercise on modal verbs. Find the mistake: Yesterday; I think he travelled last week. Where is the mistake and what does (yesterday & last week) refer to?
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Am I Using Recondite Correctly Now?

Just want to make sure I'm correctly using this word. According to my dictionary it's an adjective so I was originally using it all wrong. I usually don't pay attention to what type of word a word is, ...
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Second conditional or “be to do something” in an if clause?

Is there any difference between these sentences? "If anything happened to her, I would help her." "If anything was to happen to her, I would help her." "If anything is to ...
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What's the meaning of “undercurrents” here?

I'm translating a text into Spanish and I don't fully understand this sentence (undercurrents): A guy has just returned from a travel. But in fact he's plotting against the government and his journey ...
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What's the meaning of 'stopover' here? (movie dialogue, “The Defiant Ones”, 1958)

Several lines of dialogue from the movie "The Defiant Ones" (1958): Somebody gotta fix them cars. Let somebody else fix them cars. Me? I wanna drive 'em! You gotta buy 'em first. On ...
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Is “Speed of need” acceptable in English?

Is "Speed of need" acceptable in English? Does it mean: "ASAP"? or it's not expression at all?
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Adverbs which are used to convey that one thing happens as the result of another thing or to introduce a logical result or conclusion

I think all the adverbs bellow mean the same and can be swapped in every context depending on whether the context is formal or informal; in the manner that in formal speech and in written English we ...
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“how could you know” vs “how can you know”

Consider the following sentences: How could you know if you have cancer. How can you know if you have cancer. Note that the sentences are not interrogative, but both of them are to be the title of ...
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Does 'Founded ,the club' mean 'The club,which was founded'?

"The club, which was founded 20 years ago, is more popular today than ever before." If I express the above relative clause using past participle, which one is correct? The club ,founded 20 years ago,...
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prepositions with (Industrial estate)

I have check the outskirts entry in Cambridge's Dictionary and found out that I could use either on or in. The factory is in/on the outskirts of New Delhi. Since when have industrial estates ...
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Reported speech of (three years ago/ next week)

In this link you will see that this ELL book does not change the words of time I joined the company three years ago The reported speech version is: He said that he had joined the company three ...
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Is “ Are there the person who have a doller?” grammatically incorrect?

A person said " Are there the person who have a doller?" would be grammatically incorrect. Is this true?
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How does 'as to' mean 'with respect to'?

I already understand and so ask NOT about the definition, which I instead want to burrow into. as to = With respect to; concerning: How does the juxtaposition of as + to effect/imply/produce this ...
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'people far from business and politics'

Do native English speakers use any idiomatic expression for 'far from a specific topic or an area of activities'? Some ratings are based on summarizing opinions of people far from business and ...
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Difference between In and During

How different are the following two sentences: I am not allowed to sleep during the day. I am not allowed to sleep in the day.
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-ɪdʒ vs -ədʒ at the end of knowledge, vintage, college etc

I always used to pronounce knowledge, vintage, college and so on with -ədʒ at the end. Now I've noticed that according to Wiktionary they are pronounced -ɪdʒ. So I tried changing my pronunciation. ...
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Context and use of word “exception worthy”

I am just passing through my program in computer and my teacher said , I see exception worthy problems in it , to me exception is somehow like exempted but when I add both these words there exact ...
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Comparative vs. Superlative While Comparing Two Items

In his book section 176, 3rd ed., Swan says: Elder brother/sister are used when a person has only one brother/sister who is older; eldest is used when there are more. An elder son/daughter is ...
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Meaning of the participle “being bitten by insects”

I don't want to stay out here being bitten by insects What does the above sentence (especially adverbial participle clause) mean? Does it have a continuous meaning like, After I am/was being bitten ...
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extract vs excerpt

This question seems to be tricky even for native speakers. I have done a quick search on Google and gotten mixed results. However, the best result I have gotten so far is from iTalki.com: They are ...
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How would uneducated people say: “he has some good qualities”

I have this thought that uneducated people wouldn't use the word "quality" when describing people's personalities such as helpful, mean, grouchy and hardworking. So how would uneducated people say: ...
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Backshifting in reported speech - “I wanted to let you know that he HAS/HAD sent you the letter”

Grammar rules say that when converting a sentence from direct speech to indirect, the reported speech is converted to past tense if the first part of the sentence (reporting verb) is in the past tense....
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What is the meaning of 'the bus doesn't run out here ?'

Could you please provide any similar examples ?
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What is the meaning of “For Good”?

What's the meaning of "for good"? For instance, one says "Are you leaving?" The other replies "Yes, for good."
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Turn Equipment On <Somebody>

I have a question about the pattern "turn <something> on <somebody>" here: Then he allegedly turned the body-building equipment on his 44 year-old wife, identified by sources as Feng ...
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Use of the Phrase 'Home Tuition'

How to correctly use the phrase 'home tuition'? Please give some examples from both a student's and a tutor's points of view. Are the following sentences correct: I give/offer/provide home tuition ...
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Usage of “Go At”

I have a question about the phrase "go at" here: With 10 aircraft carrier groups, dozens of destroyers, 22 cruisers (nearest rival Russia has five) and a large modern submarine force, the US Navy ...
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What's the meaning of “reasonably believing”

Example: A heavy plasma cannon for eliminating heavily armored targets, like corvettes or bombers. It fires high-temperature plasma blobs that deal massive damage to any vessel. Its drawbacks include ...
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Difference between simple, continuous and perfect passive participles?

Surrounded by people, the musicians stood up. Being surrounded by people, the musicians stood up. having been surrounded by people, the musicians stood up. (A).What are the differences/meanings ...
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For future reference, I have a red Volvo

Here's from a TV show "3rd Rock from the Sun" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKeXnzoc0pI 6:04 For future reference, I have a red Volvo. Please, Dr. Albright! We barely know each other. (...
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Tom has studied Chapter One and he is begin to study Chapter Two

Present Perfect. Tom has studied Chapter One and he is begin to study Chapter Two. Past Perfect. Tom had studied Chapter one before he began studying Chapter Two. Are "Tom has ...
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Does 'pepper' include bell peppers

Sometimes peppers, bell peppers, capsicum and chilies confuse me, perhaps, because I am a South Asian, but this article is written in American English. Avoiding nightshade vegetables (including ...
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Do I understand “As computers became smaller and more powerful so their uses developed within science…” correctly?

From the book "How It works... The Computer": As computers became smaller and more powerful so their uses developed within science, technology and business. How I understand this sentence: As ...
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What's the meaning of “conventionally”

To me, Most of the words are easy to understand by looking up the dictionary, but some words are difficult to understand even though i search dictionary, due to the context it comes with. Here is one ...
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What's the meaning of “has to say”

I’d like to sort through the hype and hoopla and figure out what the evidence has to say. If this phrase is mentioning something happened in the past, why to is there, because due to the presence of ...
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“x thinks it's people”--why “people” and not “a human”?

If I understand correctly, the phrase "x thinks it's people" is used to say that something (usually an animal) behaves like a human being. An example: Wherever you turn your head, you can see a ...
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that I scarce was sure I heard you — please help me make grammatical sense of this line

A stanza from a poem entitled The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe: Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact ...
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What does “every fourth victim” mean?

When the program began, the disease still threatened 60% of the world's population and killed every fourth victim. I failed to get what the bold part could mean.
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Asking about Certainty/Possibility

Suppose I have a dictionary but I can't find it at this moment. I ask myself a question. Which of the following is the most suitable form and how is it different from the other forms? 1. Where can it ...
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Meaning - to her own recipe

I can't understand the bold part of this sentence - Potpourri was provided, made by Mrs. Jevons to her own recipe, to take away the smell. What is the meaning of "to her own recipe"?
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Why it is changed from a man to the man?

We does often use like this sentence. For example: : Jill is talking to a man. And we can swap object and subject . Then the sentence made like this. For example : The man jill is talking to. Here ...
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Is an expression like “How long does this letter take to arrive at London” unnatural?

(Excuse for my broken English) I am a Japanese student studying English. The other day, my classmate was asked to translate the below Japanese sentence into English by the teacher: ...
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Meaning - there was yet time for that tiny slip

I can't understand the meaning of the bold part. Please help. The earl was obviously happy with the job she was doing, and he had decided not to summon the housekeeper from London, which she took ...
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The usage of “Not all of them” as Subject

The members of a family want to go on a picnic, But not all of them. Is it correct to say: "Not all of them want to go on a picnic" ?

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