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native English speakers

a. Native speaker men speak English differently than native speaker women. b. Native speaking men speak English differently than native speaking women. ========================== c. Native English ...
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the dog's barking/the dog barking

a. The dog barking was coming from the house next door. b. The dog's barking was coming from the house next door. It seems to me that in (a) the dog is coming from the house next door while in (b) ...
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The Present Simple is used as a condition. Why not 'will'?

I'm not sure if it's the right word, but I feel like the Present Simple is sometimes used as a 'condition'. For example: If you do that, this will happen. I'll call you when I arrive. Clean your ...
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using an idiom on your own

There is an idiom in English 'sit at the feet of', i.e. to admire somebody very much, especially a teacher or somebody from whom you try to learn. Can we use it this way: I would sacrifice everything ...
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How can I say when an uncountable noun coordinates with a countable noun?

These are all water. Coral reefs are important place for them. or These is all water. Coral reefs is important place. or do such sentences not make sense?
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I am looking for the right word for a board above the door of a small store or restuarant(like in the picture)

What should I call them? a Nameboard? a Board? a Plaque? Thanks!
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"Users use" - Is it considered to be a poor word choice?

Would you ever write "Users use" in an article, or it's considered a bad word combination because two words share the same root? Thanks! Edited Here are some examples: Users can use the ...
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Meaning of "Nobody thought we had a chance entering this season"

Nobody thought we had a chance entering this season would be understood as: A) Nobody thought we had a chance when we entered this season B) Nobody thought we had a chance to enter this season What ...
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What is the structure of these sentences?

they can have an enjoyable time watching movies or playing video games together. let yourself fall asleep enjoying the safety found in silence. why there isn't any linking word before "watching ...
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Is there a word/expression for the attitude of giving a lot of advice

In the expression "it feels patronizing", patronizing have the following meaning: apparently kind or helpful but betraying a feeling of superiority; condescending. In a slightly similar ...
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Is it good to learn English from TV show Vikings? [closed]

I am not an English native speaker. Recently I have been watching TV show Vikings. I find that the characters seem to use lots of old-fashioned English (I don't mean when they use old Norse or old ...
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The meaning of a sentence: "He was complete even down to white kid gloves" [closed]

What does "He was complete even down to white kid gloves" infer in this context: *Sally was usually good company at all times, pleasant to be out with; that was why they had made the trip ...
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Use of 'and' with perfect tenses for regular verb

It is clear that when the verb is irregular we don't repeat auxiliary in perfect tense "she has danced and sung a good song." but if the verb is regular, omitting auxiliary confuses it for ...
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Which is the subject in the following sentence?

There are lots of reasons why the road shouldn't be built Answer : Lots of reasons = the subject ✔️ There is the subject ❌ ❌ ❌ There or here is never the ( subject ) many books confirm this idea ...
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Past Simple, Past Perfect or Present Perfect before "which"

Which of the sentences is correct? I don’t know whether you read my previous messages, which I unsent not long ago, ... OR I don’t know whether you had read my previous messages, which I unsent not ...
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What is the definition of "big tent pop " in this context?

the headline is: "Listen to ‘Popcast’ A conversation about the Weeknd’s new album and making big tent pop in an age of the micro." I googled big tent and the definition seems not to fit in ...
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Would it be idiomatic to use 'then' where I have in this sentence?

A: Do you think he's in heaven? B: Yes. A: Then he's together with Grandma. Would it be completely idiomatic to use then where I have in the sentence? (to mean in that case; therefore.)
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British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again." Is this not true for "used to do"?

British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again. And they put some sentences below: I was practising every day, three times a day. They were meeting ...
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past and present with models when using conditionals

what would be the context to use below sentence. I could get in trouble If I did that. I will get in trouble If I do that. Would Tom accept your help If you offered it. Will Tom accept your help If ...
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How is Mike? / How is Mike doing? / How is it going with Mike?

If you know that the person you're asking about is in a coma, which of these options would you find more appropriate: How is Mike? / How is Mike doing? / How is it going with Mike? And which of these: ...
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Is it possible to change gerund to infinitive in here?

Can I change the gerund in the following sentence: "Being an activist means using your voice" to the infinitive? That is, the sentence would look like: "To be an activist means using ...
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Do people still use "(I'm) your servant, sir/mam?" When they get introduced?

I was watching the TV series "Poldark" on Netflix and I've realized when someone introduces a gentleman, the guy says: Your servant, sir/ma'am In which if the other person (if not a lady) ...
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The meaning of "a Tackberry from Jarrow way"

‘‘A few months before you were born—on her trip to Australia—at Mola or Molo something or other. It took me three evenings to get it all out.’ ‘Ay—mother’s suspicious of questions,’ said Miss Henschil ...
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How do you ask to know whether "reaching" a doctor's service was easily accessible?

I am trying to write down a questionnaire for people (patients) on vacation, who were served by a doctor/nurse on the scene (in this example, at the hotel). I would like to ask whether the service ...
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Why can the EU be called a project?

From an article in The Economist: Having buried the age of big government under Bill Clinton, Democrats are enthusiastically exhuming it, with even some Republicans cheering them on. Britain’s ruling ...
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Syntax.Analysis of the sentence

She didn’t want to hear that this was the platform he usually sat on to wait for the cheaper train, she didn’t want to become part of his ri-diculous pattern of commuting from this new home to get ...
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Is it a imperative clause?

From an article in The Financial Times The technology, often so prescient it borders on creepy, has made Chinese counterparts very profitable too. Cue tougher scrutiny from a state intent on trust ...
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"the best singer of those ones who sang" / "the best singer of those who sang" / "the best of the singers who sang"

He was the best singer of those ones who sang in the concert yesterday. He was the best singer of those who sang in the concert yesterday. He was the best of the singers who sang in the concert ...
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Use of article for each noun in a sentence

Can we use article with each noun separately in a sentence or one is enough as in the following sentence; Draw a car, a truck and a van. Or Draw a car, truck and van Draw a car, truck and a van.
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What is the difference between "My sole is tickling" and "My sole is ticklish"?

According to my research, "My sole is tickling" refers to "uncomfortable feeling" or a very little pain like an ant bites you or so, while "My sole is ticklish" refers to ...
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remains an integral part of its menu that it has expanded an option

Does the following sentence from CNN miss something to make it grammatical? Should "such" have been inserted between "remains" and "an"? The sandwich remains an integral ...
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What does "dead" and "buck" mean? [closed]

In a youtube video, the interviewer asked, "What happened to your business?" The interviewee replied with, "It was basically dead and the economy was literally like a buck a day." ...
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How to differentiate "this" and "that" to mean "so"?

I'm confused about differentiating these "this" and "that" when they're used to mean "so". E.g. Can you tell me why you're this angry? Can you tell me why you're that ...
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Can we use that/those of before a possessive?

I wonder whether these sentences are correct or not: My fingers are smaller than those of my brother's. You can borrow my note or that of Sandy's. I don't know, but the second just sounds awkward. ...
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The meaning of "point like an infant"

‘And I shall be left alone with George! But suppose it isn’t cured,’ said Miss Henschil of a sudden. ‘Suppose it comes back again. What can I do? I can’t send for him in this way when I’m a married ...
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Is it rude to say: "Let us make sure this does not happen again."

I was told that "Let us make sure this does not happen again." is disrespectful. My manager had this line at the end of her email to my team. A few found it disrespectful. Is that so?
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Looking for an idiom meaning "you haven't changed"

Is there any idiom that means "you have not changed" that you could use in a conversation when you catch up with an old friend? Thank you.
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In any way / In any case [closed]

''But have you ever asked yourself where your next meal is coming from, who's growing it, and whether it's actually good for you? In any ______, for a great many people food isn't simply an issue of ...
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In what cases can we use "where" to lead a subordinate clause, when not talking about places?

We can use "Where" to lead subordinate clauses when talking about places. A place where people live Sometimes "where" can also be used for more abstract concepts. I missed the ...
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Is "This is what I had been doing all the time before I ended doing it" correct?

"This is what I had been doing all the time before I ended doing it." I would be glad for explanation.
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Do native speakers pronounce "z" as or close to "s"?

Sometimes I hear English speakers pronounce "z" very close to "s" in some words. I wonder if it's common, from a dialect, mispronounced, or just I misheard it. For example, "...
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What is the difference between these structures generally?

Didnt want you to/wouldnt have wanted you to Didnt expect you to/wouldnt have expected you to My second question: when we say for example :I didnt want you to cry /I wouldnt have wanted you to cry I ...
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Is it correct to say "don't go Err like that before talking"?

One problem of my daughter is that she often says "Err Err Err" for a while (3 or 4 seconds) before saying a full sentence. Probably, she makes that sounds because she can't remember the ...
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The meaning of ‘move to a human beat’ in this context?

Does ‘move to human beat’ mean to act according to what humans want? For many people, wildness is what we experience when we go into the woods, ascend a mountain, or explore a desert. Wildness, from ...
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The meaning of ‘rush’ in this context?

Among different meanings of ‘rush’ — such as dash, run, draught, call, demand, surge — I cannot say which one is meant in this context. “For many people, wildness is what we experience when we go ...
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It is illegal to buy drugs in the countries, though there are exceptions. (meaning of "there are exceptions")

It is illegal to buy drugs in the countries, though there are exceptions. Does that sentence has the only one meaning? Does "exceptions" mean "it is legal action in other (non-...
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Questions having you have vs you had

when asking the question, someone says you had vs you have. what is the difference between these. What would you do if you had one year free. What will you do if you have one year free.
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A casual way to say approximately?

I'm looking for a casual way to say approximately in this dialog. Would there around be idiomatic? How many close friends do you have? I don't know... Seven. Seven? Yeah. There around.
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A bit too much, could i use "a bit too little" as the opposite?

Could i use "a bit too little" as the opposite of a bit too much? Or I'm wrong? Thanks!
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"the best of the X" (might it mean several persons?)

Might it be that a phrase "the best of the singers" means several persons? They were the best of the singers who sang yesterday. Might it be if they were from one band/choir, or might it ...

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