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I have and will

I want to combine the following two statements into a single sentence... I have kept this thing between us. I will keep this thing between us. Which version is correct? 1: I have kept and ...
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pronunciation difference: /ʃ/, /ʃu/

shrew /ʃru/ shoe /ʃu/ Korean having no spelling for consonants by themselves, when I come across one of them, as in /ʃ/, it makes me very hard to catch how they are pronouncing. What’s the ...
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What does “in a nut shell” mean in this context?

I know what a nut shell is: But what is its meaning in this sentence: In a nut shell I'm trapped mentally and physically. In this a common expression? Does it mean that he's closed in himself?
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What languages and techniques “have” this product “been developed by”?

I am writing to a company to ask about one of its software products. my question is: What programming languages and techniques have product_name been developed by? am i using the have been and by ...
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Is 'where' used as a pronoun in relative clauses?

Please take a look at the following examples: (a) Statement: He works in a office. (b) Relative clause:   1. The office where he works (is for rent).   2. The office in which he works (is for rent). ...
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What's the function of “how” in “This is how they lived”?

This is how they lived. In the sentence above, what function does how have? Complements, interrogatives, content clauses, etc. I looked up on CGEL, but I’ve not found explanations for the example. It ...
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past simple versus past perfect

Should I write: He wrote in his last email that he did not find the time to do it yet, but was going to do it pretty soon . In fact he has still not done it. He wrote in his last email that he had ...
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Plural form of the words which end in 'o'

Words ending in -o form plural by adding '-s'. In some resources I have read some of these words needs '-es' to make plural (e.g. echo, buffalo). However it seems both form of all such words (-s or -...
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If-clause about an imaginary event

Virgil "the Turk" Sollozzo was a powerfully built, medium sized man of dark complexion who could have been taken for a true Turk. He had a scimitar of a nose and cruel black eyes. Sonny ...
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Typical behavior and habits via the present simple and “will”

The sentence She'll sit talking to herself for hours. may express typical behavior. Indeed, M. Swan in his Practical English Usage (629.7) says: "We can use will to talk about typical behavior" (...
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Hoover, dust and iron

She would hoover, dust and iron, but she didn't like doing windows. I would like to look at expressing the point of the sentence in more simple words.
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target desired audiences - or 'the' desired audiences?

An example sentence from a market research company's website: Having established relationships with departmental heads of such organizations helps us better target (the) desired audiences. (I've ...
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Should I use the past tense with did?

Should I use the past tense with did? For example, I was to say: The important question is: Did they knew what it means or not? Or should I say: The important question is: Did they know what it ...
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Supporters In The Lead

I have a question about "in the lead" here: On Wednesday, campaigners were making last-minute pitches as polls suggested that pro-union supporters were narrowly in the lead despite a recent surge ...
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a one minute's talk

I know that the right way to say it is: a one-minute talk one minute's talk However, I come across these examples: Batt's track, “A One Minute's Silence”, consists of the absence of any ...
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Why is “so that” improper in “I was tired so that I couldn't sleep”?

d) I was so tired that I couldn't sleep e) I was tired so that I couldn't sleep Of these two examples d) is perfect and e) simply doesn't work. d) is the correct form of e) or an alternative would be ...
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When couldn't we use “in doing so” instead of “so that” or “in a way that”, interchangeably?

When couldn't we use "in doing so" instead of "so that" or "in a way that"? And, are the following explanations correct? In doing so can be replaced by when we do this or in the process. By doing so ...
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What does “so the newspaper says” mean?

I don't fully understand the use of "so" at the beginning of a clause. We can use "so" at the beginning of a clause with "say", "hear", "understand", "tell", "believe", and a number of other verbs. ...
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Should I use “on the threshold” or “at the threshold”?

She felt as though she was on/at the threshold of a new life. Could you cast light on this sentence? Which is correct?
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I am wondering what is the difference between nice and nice

We distinguish in order to separate or keep things apart which might otherwise be confounded**.We discriminate with the further view of showing where in their differences consist.** Hence ...
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2005: The company hosts a (the?) annual meeting of the Petroleum Alliance

Suppose we have a list of paragraphs reflecting a company's history through the years, and one of them reads: 2005: The company hosts an (the?) annual meeting of the Petroleum Alliance in Moscow, ...
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Why is it incorrect to use “how” before an infinitive here?

On a forum about English grammar, a user (a native speaker) wrote that the sentence below is not grammatically OK. Can you please explain to me why not? This is the only chance how to win money.
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Many/Much more difficult problems

Pick the correct sentence: There were many more difficult problems than we were thought possible. There were much more difficult problems than we were thought possible. I think both are correct. The ...
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The most exciting project this/that year was

Suppose we have a list of paragraphs, each describing a company's achievements in a particular year, and in one of these we find: 2009: The most exciting project this year was the construction of a ...
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Correct use of floor and flooring

I was writing a question on Home Improvement, when I realized that I don't really know how to use the two words floor and flooring. Here's one example from familyhandyman.com that confuses me: How ...
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Discriminating between “in doing so”, “in this way”, “so that”

Would anybody tell me if the following phrases are the same? Ff not, when they are? When they are not? I am too confused to discriminate between these. in doing so in this way so that Or, when ...
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What does this phrase - headline means “Crippling cost of disparities”?

I am preparing for the good and quick reading comprehension. People say that in order to excel in the reading comprehension, one should be able to guess the content. So, there was a sub-heading in ...
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See, look, watch or view? (regarding drawings/images/art)

I run a website where the user can do two things. Draw or look at other peoples drawings. The menu has two big buttons: [DRAW] [SEE/LOOK/WATCH/VIEW] If I were to use it in a sentence I would go with ...
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Can I use 'improving' instead of 'improved'?

So far, they have provided invaluable data on how human bodies react in crashes and have contributed greatly to improved vehicle design. In this sentence, if I use 'improving' (as a gerund) instead ...
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Is there a word for “hard camping”?

You can say "go camping", meaning light trip outdoors, more like a picnic. By what about serious trips across tundra or some uninhabited land, with a heavy backpack? In short, is there a word for "...
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Which meaning of 'all but' in 'all but unheard of?

What does '‘end of the Eastern Bloc’ suggest? - Test 3, Q21, p 143 reveals another English issue: The 95 Theses were written in 1517 and by 1521 [Martin] Luther had developed these ideas and ...
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Does 'we know not what' sound incomplete?

At the 1 hr 10 mins 0 secs instant, Justice Stephen G Breyer says: (I ask a disparate question here) I obviously have not convinced you. [laughter] I’m just trying to acquaint you with the ...
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Differences between “Who there is with him” and “Who is with him”

1. (a) Statement - There is a man with him. (b) Question - Who is there with him? (a man) (c) Noun clause - who there is with him 2. (a) Statement - The man is with ...
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Exact meaning of “to kindly invite”

It is common to thank somebody for "a kind invitation". However, when somebody writes I kindly invite you to event xyz, does that not suggest that the person who invites the other is doing the ...
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Can 'niggard' be confused with n-word in speech?

Is the word niggard (~ cheap person, miser) popular in speech? My concern is that it can be confused with the derogatory n-word, especially when uttered by someone who has an accent.
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Can I use plural nouns in table headings?

I've always thought that table headings need to be singular. However, I've come across examples when that hasn't been the case. For example, if there is a table that shows the number of visits that ...
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What is the real or main difference between English and American speaking? [closed]

I thought that English speaking was about remarking consonants over vowels... but when I watch an american movie I don't notice that fact... I'd like to speak English in the most understandable way......
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What does “Anglo” mean here

What doe anglo mean here Having said that, there is something which, to my absolute amazement, Obama's election did achieve: the removal of (most, but not all) Neocons from (most, but not all) key ...
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Is the following sentence good in formal writing?

I want to send an email to my professor and thank him. I asked him to change my presentation day since I have an exam on that day and he accepted my request. Is the following sentence good : "Thank ...
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I didn't mean to “diss” you

“OK man we all do it differently I didn't mean to diss you.” (daum.net) Reading a Korean news that a girl singer ‘디스 [dɪs]’ an actress in her SNS, I wondered what this Korean word mean. It’s not in ...
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“less than global reach”

The current teleport sector consists of four primary types of service providers, all with different strategies: • In-house broadcasters - a limited number of broadcasters that have ...
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Trailing Off The Back Of

I don't quite understand this phrase The Rib trailing off the back of the Naga Does it mean "The Rib trailing behind the back of the Naga"?
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deontic sense with the third person

All boys will attend roll-call at 8 o’clock. Above sentence is from a Korean dictionary, which says it can denote order or instruction. It’s not common to use the meaning when the subject is the ...
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How do you say “I hope it doesn't rain and lightning today?”

How do I say I hope it doesn't rain and lightning today?
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Subtracts A from B

This is quite an embarrassing question, but what does it mean subtracting A from B? B - A (correct, in my opinion) A - B I got a bit confused and I wouldn't err all the exercise because of this ...
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Does “would” mean “wanted to” here?

Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Prologue: CHORUS   Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,   And young affection gapes to be his heir.   That fair for which love groaned for and would die   With tender ...
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The use of “in” & “out of” in the financial context

Amos communications satellites operator Spacecom Satellite Communications Ltd. (TASE:SCC) received more than NIS 600 million in orders in the institutional tender of its bond issue, in which it ...
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Since the death of an actor X. Y has elapsed ten years

Could you please help me to rewrite this sentence. Since the death of an actor X. Y has elapsed ten years. I want to use the relative clause. An actor X. Y., of whom death has elapsed ten years.(I ...
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How is the sentence “It means something different” grammatically correct?

Can anybody explain to me why this structure is correct? It means something different. I thinks it is a reduced form of this sentence: It means something (that is) different. I'm so confused. ...
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Why do some words contain “let”?

outlet, booklet, tablet... Are there any other word that contains a conjugation of "let" with other words? Why do these words contain let? If not coincidental, what is the significant meaning of let ...

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