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Asking about the location(specifically the name of the room) of a meeting

A person from the company where I'm working send me an email telling that we are meeting on the 3rd floor, but she forgot to mention the name of the room where we are meeting, so I want to ask her ...
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Past tense of “Seems like everything I've been doing recently is to follow people around.”

I tried this: Seemed like everything I'd been doing recently was to follow people around. Is that correct?
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How to express the past tense

I have just watch movie in which I think that they should built the digestive system of that toy , after watching the movie how can I express that sentence like I express it as They should have made ...
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Generic term for “lowercase”, “uppercase” and “camelcase”

I want to write something like this: In choosing his variable names, the applicant did not show a clear pattern or convention. Not only does the casing seem to be chosen randomly, ... But I did ...
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Meaning difference between using “is” and “has been”

What is meaning difference in the below sentences? Once your ID card number has been noted, there’s no way of escaping the fine. and Once your ID card number is noted, there’s no way of ...
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If this spook is a U-boat, he might pull the plug

Here's from the movie The Enemy Below(1957). You can watch it on youtube. 10:35 It might be a fishing smack or... well, it might be the conning tower of a sub, sir. - Bridge. Lieutenant Ware. ...
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What does “bidding dull care begone” mean? From O Henry story “The World and the Door”

On the evening that the material allegation of facts begins, Hedges was bidding dull care begone in the company of five or six good fellows -- acquaintances and friends who had gathered in his ...
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“The dog chased the cat” vs “The cat chased the dog”

Is it true that they have same meaning ? I tried with google translate and it gave me same meaning but "The dog chased the cat" is active voice and "The cat chased the dog" is passive voice. The dog ...
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What do StackExchange “beta” and “meta” mean?

I checked beta in a dictionary and it says beta is the second letter of the Greek alphabet, so does the beta mean second-class? I can't understand the explanation in a dictionary about meta. Could ...
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Procedure for assay of chemicals X and Y - or - Procedure for assaying chemicals X and Y

A sentence from a document describing the contents of a pharmaceutical tablet and the prodecure helping to determine whether a tablet has the proper content: The procedure for assaying ethinyl ...
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different usages of et al?

History's London is closely bound up with England's history. History's London is closely bound up with that of England. History's London is closely bound up with the history of England's. Our ...
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The meaning of “share the expenses” [closed]

What does this mean? You're welcome to stay with us as long as you share the expenses. I don't understand share the expenses. What is this saying?
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Imagine a world [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatical? Imagine a world that you can ask questions about a piece of program, and have tools that answer the questions automatically and efficiently.
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guilty of the illegal sale of houses that were not its to sell in the first place

The council appears to be guilty of the illegal sale of houses that were not its to sell in the first place. (CGEL,p.471) I don't get well what role this phrase, to sell in the first place, takes. I'...
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How is it, Kirby?

I'm watching an old TV show on youtube: COMBAT! s.2 ep.3: "Masquerade" (1963) I wonder what they are exactly and literally saying from 0:26 to 0:48. All I can hear and comprehend is that: 0:...
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Before today, I (thought/was thinking/used to think)

How can one talk about their thoughts or what they used to believe before another action in the past. If that thought or belief is general, then I guess we can use used to. Assume these examples (the ...
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stemming a bond selloff - what does “stemming” mean here?

Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-24/obama-says-russia-s-ukraine-aggression-challenges-order.html?cmpid=yhoo Ukraine’s government pledged to meet all its debt obligations, stemming a ...
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You've got us down 200, partner

Here's from the movie The Enemy Below(1957) Oh, thanks, Salvador. - You've got us down 200, partner. - Sorry, sir. - Six spades. - I thought I could do it, sir. - Well, don't go off half-...
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the northernmost large and populous

Russia is the northernmost large and populous country in the world; much of it is cold and/or dry. Although it is a very simple sentence, I am at my wit's end with the phrase northernmost large and ...
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Where is the correct occurence of the world “also” in sentences? [duplicate]

I noticed that I use this word much. The problem is that I don't know where should I put it in the sentence! Sometimes I say for example: I like T.V and also radio. Is the sentence above OK? ...
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How to ask someone to make the level of the sound of a radio or a T.V higher?

If I'm watching the T.V with my friend or somebody and I want to ask him\her to make the level of the sound of the T.V or radio higher, How to express that soundly? Could I say, "could you make the ...
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We developed a procedure that employed / employs different elements

Let's imagine an engineer saying: With the unit's design in mind, we developed a detailed rigging procedure that employed both fixed and buoyant rigging elements to distribute the load. would ...
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“My wife and I have been living here since we have been married.” is the tense correct?

I want to make a sentence meaning that "we have been living here since the day of our marriage" but is the latter part of the sentence correct? "My wife and I have been living here since we have been ...
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Class-approved wet welding: the meaning of “Class” (and why capitalize?)

A quote: With a dedicated staff situated globally, Subsea Global Solutions has revolutionized the methods of repair for ships; ship propellers, thrusters, ship seal, Class approved wet welding, and ...
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Using What and Which

In this two cases what we should use? What or Which? 1) what/which email program do you use 2) what/which accounts have this problem Thanks.
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Usage of “call” when arranging a phone call

Imagine I'm one the phone with somebody and want to postpone the call. I know i can say I'll call you tomorrow or Call me tomorrow But what if I don't want to specify who is calling who? Can I ...
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the battery power is limited on mobile devices

May I know which one is grammatical? the battery power is limited on mobile devices the battery powers are limited on mobile devices
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the world where we live in now

I am writing a short article on the subject Today's World. I want to express the fact that – for example – there is the world of poor and the world of rich and successful and so on. I would like to ...
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“Deployed” stabilizer fins: installed in dock or unfolded at sea?

I have the following passage: When rough waters hit a cruise ship, the vessel stays surprisingly level. Its secret is stabilizers, relatively small movable fins attached to the hull below the ...
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In “All valid data bits”, what does “valid” refer to?

Coding of NVB (Number of Valid Bits) Length: 1 byte The upper 4 bits are called “Byte count” and specify the integer part of the number of all valid data bits transmitted by the PCD (including SEL and ...
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articles: after “with”

Are there any rules for omitting an article after the word "with"? for instance, a sentence I see a lot is: The procedure fails with small probability rather than with a small probability. What ...
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Do your jobs efficiently and we'll chalk one up for the “Haynes”

Here's from the movie The Enemy Below (1957) This is the captain. I guess you're all waiting for some kind of word. We're tracking an unidentified ship. We're going to try to stay on his tail ...
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“bitter arguments and heated discussions” - meaning of “bitter”

I looked up bitter in the dictionary but this word is difficult to understand in the following context: Why the bitter arguments and heated discussions around Scotland's independence referendum might ...
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see Batman in the theatre

I’m going to see Batman in the theatre. In the case that I’m going to see a specific movie, e.g. Batman, do I use definite or indefinite article in locative adjunct? (It’s not yet decided which ...
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Don't leave food

When I want to tell a boy that he should eat up what he is eating now and not leave anything at all, what words can I say to him? “Don’t leave food,” is this proper words? What I like to know is if ...
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Is “MA Graduation in Tourism Management with a concentration on Marketing” right?

I have finished my MA. I would like to add a life-event on my Facebook timeline. Is the title "MA Graduation in Tourism Management with a concentration on Marketing" right?
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Understanding English (Listening skills)

I've been trying to improve my listening skills for about 9 months. I realized that I can understand "BBC Radio 4 extra" very well (especially the drama), but I find it's hard to understand "CNN" and ...
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The meaning of bargain for

Suppose we have the following piece of text: He sold you out. Thought to come to me and bargain for his life. So I offer you the satisfaction. What is the phrase "bargain for" there?
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When to double the consonant before the suffix “-able”

I'm not a native English speaker and I was wondering what is the rule that decides whether to write double letter before -able. In programming, we have abused the (English) language in new ways, ...
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“Across” vs. “over” as adverb [duplicate]

Across as adverb cited from OALD: 1 from one side to the other side It's too wide. We can't swim across. The yard measures about 50 feet across. 2 in a particular direction towards or at somebody/...
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What is the connection between these two clauses?

What does the bold-part mean?, in connection to the first part before hyphen? Chomsky expresses support for the boycott of products from Israeli settlements in the occupied territories – a strategy ...
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The meaning of “stretch of symbol”

The Lawyer in this interpretation would represent capitalist society–not a stretch of a symbol by any means. I am a little bit confused by the second part of the sentence (not a stretch of a symbol ...
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Doesn't pervade = prevail?

The word ‘gay’ is commonly used as an insult in British playgrounds. With homophobia on the increase in schools, should teachers be doing more to stop such name- calling? Calling something, or ...
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Is it right to use were only with he she it?

I am trying to learn some basic's of English , I want to know when we always use Was , Were , we always use were with he,she,it and was with you or whatever , Am I assuming it right ? For example : ...
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“say something” vs. “tell something to somebody”

I am familiar with this rule: 1.Tell something to somebody 2. Say something But what about his sentence from Melville's Bartleby Scrivener? “Bartleby!” “I know you,” he said, without looking ...
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What does this headline mean? - “Fiji turns the page”

Fiji turns the page (source: The Hindu online newspaper) Does this mean that Fiji is progressing? Turning the page means moving forward, no? I am trying to do speed reading and want to guess the ...
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He was having his food when I went to his home. Or… When I go to his home

He was having his food when I went to his home. Or.... He was eating his food when I go to his home. Do I have to use comma before when? He was eating his food, when I went to his home.
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What does a 'state-in-waiting' mean?

From Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd, page 181-182 Last para: Gruesome as we may fi nd the histories of formal dictatorships both of the left and of the right, ...
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Can you use word “translated” as adjective?

I am wondering if word translated can be used as adjective in the following example. I have a translated document. For me this sounds completely fine, but dictionaries do not provide word ...
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Does 'of' include this noun at the end?

From Mastering the National Admissions Test for Law by Mark Shepherd, page 181-182, last para Gruesome as we may fi nd the histories of formal dictatorships both of the left and of the right, ...

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