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Which part of the sentence can decide the meaning of “for”?

The following sentence which have the same sentence construction, but why do the meanings of "for" in them vary? The entrepreneur /has responsibility /for any risk involved. He /has too much ...
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What is the difference between “I am from China” and “ I come from China”?

I am from China. I come from China. What is the nuance between them? likewise: Where are you from? Where do you come from? Are there any nuance between them?
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What is the difference between “What for?” and “For what?”

I am going to die. For what? What for? What is the difference between "For what?" and "What for?" in this context?
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How to parse “I had made arrangement for my affairs to be dealt with by one of my children”?

I had made arrangements for my affairs to be dealt with by one of my children. I have different understandings of this sentence. (1) I /had made/ arrangements/ for ( my affairs/ to be dealt with/...
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How to parse “in case” in this sentence?

You should take an umbrella in case it rains. According to the Collins Dictionary, the meaning of "in case" is :"If you do something in case or just in case a particular thing happens, you do it ...
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How to ask a question according to the specific sections?

(1)I get up early in order to catch a bus. (2)I get up early because I can catch a bus. How to ask a question according to “in order to catch a bus ” and "because I can catch a bus"?
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“soup” or “a soup”

I am learning Duolingo English course, one sentence is we make soup with pieces of meat. and the other one is We make a soup with the roots. When should I use a?
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Use of “take on” and subject-verb agreement

I have two doubts about the following sentence: Assignments are how data objects take on a new value. The first is whether the subject-verb agreement is correct for the two verbs in the sentence. ...
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Can I use “I don't get” for “I don't understand”

I am wondering if it is possible to say "I don't get what you mean" as a synonym of "I don't understand what you mean". If it's possible, is it more colloquially to say "I don't get" or is it as ...
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How to backshift “would” (used for saying what someone used to do in the past)?

How to backshift the following sentence: As a child he would get up early and go fishing. I think it should be: He said when he had been a child he would/would have get up early and go fishing. ...
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How can one certify one's knowledge of English without paying for exams?

My friend speaks English at FCE level and would like to prove that in her CV, but cannot afford to pay for a relevant exam. Are there ways she could certify her English knowledge that are less ...
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Can I remove the “that” in “Test that it works”?

I read other questions like When can I omit "that" in a sentence?, but my knowledge of English's grammar is lacking and I couldn't apply the rules explained there to this specific case. Is "...
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Could have vs would have

could have vs would have I know could means indicating a possibility or ability, and would means the past of will or something about that is uncertain. Which of the following is correct? If you ...
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On the singular vs plural aspects of “who”

In a question like this one, for example, Who have/has come? Is the word "who" singular or plural? Or is it both plural and singular? I have heard it’s plural. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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How to ask the names of people in a group?

I am not getting the correct sentence for asking the names of all people in a group. I know their nick names and I want to know the actual name of every person in one sentence. The sentences which ...
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Meaning of “You're on” in this situation

In the movie, Inception, 2010 film. EAMES was sitting down, and COBB approached to him. And said, "You're on. You've got an hour. Now get us something useful." I googled it and found this : ...
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What are the differences between these usages of causative 'have'?

Hello I would like an explanation on this usage of have as I believe it can be used as a passive, talking about things that have happened to you not just as a causative which means that you caused for ...
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Hair on the legs, hair on the hands

Is there a word for hair on the legs or hands? Can we say legs hair or hands hair, or do we use another word?
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(Adjective) Slipping

Could someone please clarify the exact meaning of Slipping in the text below. According to Pentland, though, those arguments ignore much of what these devices enable. Tethered mobility might mean ...
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Is there always a way to find the meaning of a multi-word verb or an expression by its words?

I think that would be a good practice for English learners to put the correct meaning of words of a multi-word verb or an expression. and find the whole meaning. So, can we be sure about that, or we ...
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Prone position, face up

Came across this site. Under pt. 3 they say: Look for bleeding from the eyes, nose, or ears. This doesn't have to be bright red blood; it can be something like brown discoloration around the rims ...
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“While she is sleeping, we…” – what verb tense comes next?

While she is sleeping, we decided to wake her up. Trying to understand this grammar. Should we use decide or decided to? Edit: Okay, the reason I'm asking is because I'm trying to make some ...
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“got” in “You've got to be kidding me!”

What's the meaning of got in "You've got to be kidding me!"? I already knew that "have got" and "have" can be used interchangeably in some cases. But I'm not sure about this one. I even saw "You got ...
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“One thing or another” is singular or plural?

There are a lot of answers about has/have but I couldn't find one that answers my question. Which one is correct ? Window size or position has been modified Window size or position have been ...
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Which modifies which?

Kaldren returned to his seat and lay back quietly, his eyes gazing across the lines of exhibits. Half-asleep, periodically he leaned up and adjusted the flow of light through the shutter, thinking to ...
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“I am been” or “I have been”?

The scenario is: I have started my job in a company a few weeks ago. Now I am telling someone that I am doing this from a short time only, that is only from a while. The sentences that come in my ...
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Synonyms to “pick up”

Is this sentence correct: I picked up this word in the dictionary ?? Do you know any synonyms to "pick up" in this context? Thanks in advance!
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When comparing two dates, what term is best used to say that one should come before the other?

When comparing two dates, what term is best used to say that one should come before the other? For example, a user of my application can input two dates, that form a time interval. Obviously the "...
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“led” or “was leading”? — “Raheem ____ a happy life after his retirement.”

Is this sentence correct? "Raheem was leading a happy life after his retirement." I used past continuous tense here.Can I use past simple tense in this same sentence without changing its meaning? Like ...
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When does the determiner “each” modify the plural noun?

[A] We interviewed each individual member of the community. (OALD) For they have this meaning for ‘each’: “used to refer to every one of two or more people or things” in OALD, isn’t it proper to ...
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What are you doing/going-to-do this evening?

In Grammar and Vocabulary for First Certificate (Prodromou, 2005), Chapter 2 covers "the future", "be going to", "present continuous", and "present simple". I put three of the End-Of-Chapter questions ...
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What's the difference between a can and a tin?

I always thought 'tin' and 'can' to mean about the same thing, guessing maybe these are regional names. Then I encountered this: Inside are 2 precooked, ready-to-eat main courses packed in cans and ...
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Meaning of “he claims to announce”

Could someone please clarify the exact meaning of claims to announce in the paragraph below. A Greek philosopher of the late 6th century BCE, Heraclitus criticizes his predecessors and ...
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“would have” vs “would”

Princess Diana would be 50 this month, if she were here now. Princess Diana would have been 50 this month, if she were here now. Are both "would be" and "would have been" possible here? If ...
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Buy a home VS Buy a house VS Buy a building

I am learning English a foreign language and I was wondering if anybody here could help me out denoting the difference between three expressions below? Buy a house Buy a home Buy a ...
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Wondering which word is more suitable in the context. Threaten or begin

The abduction of the girls threatens to overshadow the Nigerian government’s hosting of the World Economic Forum for Africa this week. (Actual text taken from euronews) The abduction of the girls ...
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Why can't I use “do” in “How many rooms have conditioner?”

I wonder why I can't use "do" in this question? How many rooms do have conditioner? It means that all the rooms have conditioner, right? But the question that I mentioned means some rooms don't ...
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When 'but' means 'exception', what if we put 'not'?

From StoneyB's answer: You may clench grass or earth or soil, but the ground. I know this structure and have read this at many places. It's perfectly fine. But then, is this sentence redundant/...
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Difference between “In front of” and “In the front of”

I am learning the duolingo English course. In some sentences, they use In front of, but the others use In the front of. Would you please let me know what is the difference between those two? Thanks
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Does my sentence structure and the vocabulary make sense? [closed]

Helpless I screamed in pain, clenching the ground beside me, as my mind thought back to the moment that led me to my unknown fate. Does this sentence make sense and have good structure?
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Which way: One and one ARE two? One and one IS two?

Which verb is grammatically correct when used to describe addition? One and one are two. One and one is two.
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The usage of a comma with conjunctions

I am a little confused about the usage of a comma in sentences with conjunctions. For example: Dairying is concerned not only with the production of milk but with the manufacture of milk products. ...
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What is this “much?”

I saw this sentence in an article in the New Yorker: The question is as much philosophical as it is scientific, since the answer depends on how these terms get defined. I came up with my own ...
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Can every A or B plus singular form of verb be possible?

“Every town and city has areas like this.” (source) When I first came across this clause, I thought it might have wrong verb form of has instead of have. Now I can understand why there is has. But it ...
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Pointing out someone in a photograph

How should I refer to someone in a photograph with language? I know expressions like "the second girl on the right", but what should I say about "the first girl to the right"? Does "rightmost" sound ...
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'using' as preposition in the beginning of the sentence

Can 'using' correctly be used as a preposition in the beginning of the sentence and if so, is this structure natural, formal ? What are other alternatives. Here's the example: Using ..., somebody ...
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Difference between “ in a row” and “at a stretch”

There is a sentence, "He would study for eight to ten hours at a stretch." If I say, "He would study for eight to ten hours in a row.", does the meaning the same? The dictionary says that "in a row" ...
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Conditional Sentence Using IF and HAD

What is use Diffrence between below two conditional Sentence. Had I been present at the Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe. And If i had present ...
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Which is the correct construct - “Is … there” or “Is there …”?

I try construct a question. Which variant is correct? Is any task there? Is there any task? What I must use in answer - one or ones to avoid unnecessary repetition in this context?
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“war-concomitant event” as a adjectival phrase

Can I use "war-concomitant" with a hyphen as adjectival phrase? I am aware that I can say "an event concomitant with war", but I need to use it as"war-concomitant" as in "war-concomitant event" for ...

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