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What does "scratch the last question" mean?

It's the phrase from Friends. This is a dialog between Ross and Benhamin. Here is a part of it: Ross: What? Wait, wait, wait, just a minute. None of my questions have anything to do with Paleontology. ...
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Using past perfect

Why do we use the simple past with "was driving" and not the past perfect? He had probably crashed because he had gone to sleep while he was driving I have taken this phrase from the topic ...
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"Were being" use for descibe an event scheduled in near future

I have come across the following sentence in a newspaper On the occasion, the Governor said that in line with the election manifesto promise made by the government for delivery of more efficient ...
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What part of speech is "freezing" in this sentence: "He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse..."

Doing a part-of-speech breakdown on Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian". He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse in the predawn dark. I ran the sentence through a POS website and it ...
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fest that takes over several blocks of Folsom

This is an excerpt from a Vox article. We went to the Folsom Street Fair, too, an adults-only kink-fest that takes over several blocks of Folsom one weekend every September. I wonder if the meaning ...
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Reported speech with the word "before"

I have such a sentence: 'Who did you see at the club last night?' Tony asked me. I need to transform it into reported speech using the word before. But wherever I put the word, it changes the ...
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Can "defined as" and "referred to as" be used interchangeably?

I use "defined as" and "referred to as" interchangeably as follows: The line connecting two points A and B is defined here as line AB. The line connecting two points A and B is ...
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What is the object of 'the relaying of?

I think it's just a letter, which means the relaying of a letter and the communication that a certain employment exists are in a parallel structure, but it's a little bit ambiguous. Other late ...
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Do you "rent with" a landlord or a housemate?

I rented with Jane for 5 years Does this mean Jane is a co-tenant or a landlord?
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ones or the ones?

Is "the" necessary in the following? What difference would it make if it were removed? Does "the" imply all the bacteria in vultures and other-feeders? These bacteria are similar ...
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played into my myth

This is an excerpt from a Vox article. Staying played into my myth. I was the strong one. I could hold our marriage together — physically, financially, emotionally — in the face of whatever came our ...
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What is the appropriate antonym of "the dark" in this context?

There are always two sides in this world. The dark side and the _ side. It's not about night and day, but it's about bad people/things and good people/things. I'm trying to determine the appropriate ...
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idea of attractive

This is an excerpt from a Vox article. I wasn’t interested in looking like my husband’s increasingly exaggerated idea of attractive, and he wasn’t interested in intimacy, touch, or plain old ...
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Is "ought to" just a fancy British way of saying "should"? [duplicate]

I consume a lot of English content on a daily basis, but hardly ever come across the expression "ought to". That is, except two cases: the BBC (infrequently) and the TV series Downtown Abbey ...
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What is the difference between "path" and "passage"?

Water is supplied to the tank through the water supply passage/path. I would like to know "passage" or "path" which is better for the sentence above. It seems to me that "...
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Has he come of age yet?

Has he come of age yet? How do you usually ask that? As I understand it, the above-mentioned sentence isn't common (among Google books, on the internet). Why?
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Yes it is, but it’s getting warmer. / Yes, but it’s getting warmer

If we speak about the weather: "Is it cold outside?" I suppose I can answer both versions, right? Yes it is, but it’s getting warmer. Yes, but it’s getting warmer. If I understand it ...
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What in the world is going on? / What's going on in the world?

What in the world is going on? What is going on in the world? It seems I'm surprised and don't understand why is used the first version, not the second one? Could you explain please?
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is/are - in given scenario

My biggest fear is cockroaches and spiders. My biggest fears are cockroaches and spiders. My biggest fear are cockroaches and spiders. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? If not which are ...
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"in as many weeks" and "as" meaning

I've seen a sentence like this: North Korea's internet appears to have been hit by a second wave of outages in as many weeks. I wonder what does "in as many weeks" mean and specifically &...
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Is "fit in well" appropriate?

Let's say I'm showing a friend of mine a painting I just bought... Me: I just bought it. What do you think? I thought it'd fit in well. You like it? Is "fit in" the most idiomatic option I ...
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Is it necessary to use "it" as an object? - Yes, I know it but... / Yes, I know it

Is it necessary to use "it" in such answers, or is it redundant? Could you explain why? Yes, I know it but I still love her. Yes, I know it. I guess "it" might be used for ...
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Should it be "social interaction" or "a social interaction" in the following?

Buying from the client wouldn't be (a) social interaction, just a business transaction. Should it be "social interaction" or "a social interaction"? And why?
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what does hiding an uneasy conscience with a judicial air mean

What does hiding an uneasy conscience with a judicial air mean? I've quoted it from Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw.
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What does "shrug" mean in "Atlas shrugged"?

I've been reading "Atlas Shrugged" and the title puzzled me. The title is a reference to Atlas, a Titan in Greek mythology, who is described in the novel as "the giant who holds the ...
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wasn't looking/didn't look

Guy 1: When he first got diagnosed six months ago we were told that the prognosis was encouraging. Guy 2: So when did the doctor let you know that it wasn't looking / didn't look quite as encouraging ...
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Is it correct to use "on" in this sense? "There have been house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program."

"There have been many house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program." "....work done on insulation program" sounds not correct to me. If something is ...
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Past perfect and reference time

I don't really understand why we use past perfect here: It had been earlier reported that four people were taken to the hospital. The pre-history has been written in past simple, and it has stated ...
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'to persuade' or 'persuade'

I'm struggling to find an appropriate answer. In the sentence below, 'persuade' confuses me since it seems to me this word should take a -to before itself. Original one: Researchers have been looking ...
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What is the role of preposition "in" in this text?

The text: "Online creators make the content that entertains and informs us, and they want to share in the riches." I don't know if I should read: "share in" like a phrasal verb OR ...
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Is the sentence "This is the book which there are not many people who have read it." grammatical?

If the sentence above is grammatical, what is the role of "the book" in the relative clause? I'm an EFL learner. I can understand the sentence "This is the book which there are not many ...
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Saying the years after 2000. Cambridge says you can say 2003(twenty-oh-three), but native speaker tells to say it (two-thousand-and-three) until 2010

When researching on how to say dates, I came across two different instructions on the same issue: how to say years before and after the year 2000. (Actually I wouldn't expect to hear the rules would ...
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Is 'proceed' a correct past participle form?

Googling "is proceed" or "will be proceed" (with quotes, literal search) shows several millions of results, including a lot of discussions, some scientific articles etc. I've ...
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what does Defines from meaning

there are 2 subjects a,b and the difference between them is x how is it better to put it in a sentence x defines a from b x differs a from b x differentiate a from b and another question, what does ...
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Do you consider this as polite email?

I appreciate your quick response.I have to make an opponent with embassy and their schedule is very busy. Could you please if it’s possible let me know approximately when my I-20 will be issued. —————...
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for up to four times a year

Is "for" used correctly in the following sentence from CNN? Unvaccinated people will eventually face a maximum fine of 3,600 euro ($4,000) for up to four times a year if they are not on the ...
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Is ‘broken wing’ an English word?

I have heard the word "broken wing" used in movies. The meaning is on a website called Urban Dictionary. I couldn't find this word in Cambridge or any other trusted dictionary. So I’m a ...
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Reminiscence, sleuthing

Reminiscence means recollecting past events and sleuthing means a detective solving mystery. When writing or talking, can it be delivered like this I met a very old friend, we were reminiscing,or ...
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many who had traveled miles for a glimpse of the frozen landscape

Is "many who" used correctly in the following sentence from CNN? The Saudi photographer, who documented the scenes on January 11, said the site was teeming with visitors, many who had ...
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Is this sentence correct ? Are these 2 sentences bounded correctly?

'Mr. Smith invited Mr. Adachi for a business lunch, to introduce their new accountant to him and to discuss their future relationship.' For the sentence above, I want to ask: Are these two sentences ...
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the Seattle area vs. the western Anbar province

In the following sentences, is it okay to keep "the"? She was also forced to make an unscheduled landing in Redding, California, due to poor visibility as a result of the wildfires in the ...
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Where should a preposition be used in an interrogative sentence?

From where are you ? Or where are you from? 2.At what time do you come ? Or What time do you come at ? Aren't the latter sentences in both the examples correct ?
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He fed me a line about how he was late because his car broke down

It is an example of 'feed (someone) a line' in the Webster's dictionary. How about rewriting the example as 'He fed me a line about how he was late that his car broke down'? Is the rewritten sentence ...
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I'm not impressed by his stupidity

If someone says "I'm not impressed by his stupidity," what do they mean non-literally? Is it a kind of trope?
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Duties - everything / anything

I have two questions concerning my sentence: Is "duties" the correct word for my context (I'm talking about doing homework)? In case it is, does it mean moral obligations in this sentence? ...
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Is there a simple abbreviation for "petrol" or "gasoline"?

I'm making a list of vehicles, and I'd like to add the type of fuel used in engines of said vehicles right after the engine size, which is rather easy when the fuel is diesel, because that's ...
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Which one is a good collocation? "handmade merchandise" or "handmade goods"?

Which one is natural? I am talking about those kind of handmade products which visitors usually buy as souvenirs. Tourists buy handmade goods from local craft fairs. Tourists buy handmade merchandise ...
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If you had stayed, this would never happen/have happened

Below is just an example sentence from a dictionary, so I have no context for it: If you had stayed, this would never have happened Would it be grammatically correct and have the same meaning if the ...
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Does "must" in this sentence refer to "a deduction" or "a necessity"? "She must live close to where she works because she walks to work."

She must live close to where she works because she walks to work. This sentence is given as an example of "must" being used for deduction in the present. However, when I read the sentence, I ...
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Why is "I'll see you on next Tuesday afternoon" wrong but "on Tuesday" isn't?

I'll see you on Tuesday. I'll see you on next Tuesday afternoon. Does anyone know why the second sentence is wrong? Please help - I need the grammar rule!

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