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It plagued/had plagued the reputation of him for the next seven years, which is right?

I read an article about Marie Antoinette on wikipedia and I found a sentence -The couple's longtime failure to consummate the marriage plagued the reputations of both Louis-Auguste and Marie ...
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Capitalisation of proverbs in titles

In titles, do you capitalize all words in a proverb like "Better late than never" or only the first word?
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“What are you saying” vs “What you are saying” [duplicate]

I don't understand the correct meaning and concept of the following sentences. 1. I can't hear what are you saying? 2. I can't hear what you are saying? another example; 1. Where are you ...
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use of preposition 'in time' or 'on time'. Will you be at home in time for dinner? [duplicate]

Which preposition in the sentence is correct: 1) Will you be at home in time for dinner? or 2) 1) Will you be at home on time for dinner?
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Difference between “hold out the possibility” and “hold the possibility”

“We’ve seen this movie before. The top economists at the International Monetary Fund — the global agency created after World War II to promote stability and growth in the world economy — unveil ...
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Which one is correct definition in the phrase?

There is an exemple of phrase below. With great attention to detail. And there are two definiton on preposition of 'to'. 1) reaching a particular state. 2) to show the person or thing that is ...
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What is the difference between “to look carefully at something” and “to look at something carefully”?

What is the difference (if any) between the following? 'to look carefully at something' 'to look at something carefully' I am trying to understand which place the word 'carefully' should ...
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I have switched off vs I switched off

Please, help! I have switched off the light before going out this morning. or I switched off the light before going out this morning. What sentence is correct in BrE? Could you explain it ...
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Do I say 'a product has to be tested before it goes 'into the market' or 'to the market'?

Do I say 'a product goes 'into' the market or 'to' the market? The context is the following: Every product requires a specific testing protocol before it goes in/into the market.
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Can square mean a reounded number?

Can square mean a rounded number as in "Can you knock 50 dollars off the price and make it a thousand dollars square"? The seller is asking 1050 dollar for the merchandize and the buyer is trying to ...
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Is the “How much of a/an + noun” structure correct?

I was writing an essay and in one sentence, I wrote "With the pros and cons I specifically mentioned, this essay will shows how much of evidence it is to why one of them has more potential to make the ...
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“Hear” or “Hearing”

Is this correct that we can't say. "I am hearing the sound" gramatically because 'hear' is a state verb but,'i hear the sound',is correct. But can i say that 'i hear the sound' is a continous tense ...
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“little though he wanted to” meaning in this context

"What are we going to do with it?" Hermione asked. "Keep it safe 'til we work out how to destroy it," Harry replied, and, little though he wanted to, he hung the chain around his own neck, ...
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“children were sold to sweep the chimney” is it a valid structure

During that time children were sold to sweep the chimney. Here, the two works-- 1. selling, 2. sweeping are being done by two different people / group of people. The pencil is used to write ...
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Do we follow “is” with a gerund or infinite?

Do we follow "is" with a gerund or infinite? For instance, should I say "Our goal is to eliminate distractions?" or "Our goal is eliminating distractions?" Thank you
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Why is the past-perfect used in this?

Remember the chocolate and the scarf you gave me? I hadn't returned the favor for that until now. Why is the past-perfect (I hadn't returned) used in this, instead of the present-perfect?
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Is it natural to say “I’d like a…” when ordering from a restaurant?

If ordering from a restaurant over the phone are the phrases written in bold completely natural in the context? Me: "Hi, I'd like to order a cheese burger..." Restaurant guy: "A cheese ...
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How can agentive language influence human behavior?

The effectiveness of agentive language on the perception of blame and punishment
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i'm in a catch 22 situation vs i have a catch 22 situation

Two people were conversing in something I read (I forget the details) — I'm caught in a catch 22 situation..." —"I have a catch 22 situation myself, and it's going to be the reason I die early." ...
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So verb-ed as not to

I have a question regarding "so v-ed as not to". Here are some examples: Reading their litanies of untruth, so concocted as to spread the maximum terror and mistrust and discontent, is not an arduous ...
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Which of these verbs match to the following context?

I don't find a specific topic in a huge book, and I want help from my friend. Which of the following verbs match to the situation? 1) Please, turn me to the correct page in the book, in which ...
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Literally about meaning in a context

I'm currently reading this article, and the first paragraph says, If you need another reason (besides all the cool accolades, you know?) to cement Michael Jordan as the GOAT, this is for you. Will ...
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Cleaning articles

Is a trolley a cleaning article? The room was stuffed/containing with a trolley and (other) cleaning articles. Also, can I use both stuffed and containing in the sentence?
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Are there any words (synonyms) meaning 'credit to somebody'?

So I have included some information from other books in my presentation, and I want to give credits to those people who have written them.I hope you can help me with this difficulty.By the way, do we ...
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“I hear about it more and more these days” or “I am hearing about it more and more this days”?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I hear about the issue more and more these days. I am hearing about the issue more and more these days. Many will say that ...
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“Ago” at present perfect simple?

Are there any instances in which the use of "ago" in Present Perfect Simple Tense would be deemed correct? For example: I've (just) finished reading 5 minutes ago. From my perspective, the ...
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What's the synonym word when you DO NOT get on with someone?

Could anyone tell me what is the synonym word for describing when you don't get along with someone. the word must include 5 letters. Thank you
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“in dignity” VS “with dignity”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted by the United Nations in 2016, all have one goal: by 2030, all inhabitants of planet Earth should be able to live in dignity. The Sustainable ...
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question about plural and possesives [on hold]

Is this dialogue correct? (regarding plural and possessives) Thank you. "I like it; keep going. Would you want some more clovers? I can bring you some," the fairy said. "Yes! Thank you... What'...
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By the CATAPHORIC use of “the” may be understood the use of the definite article

By the CATAPHORIC use of "the" may be understood the use of the definite article in a context where what follows the head noun, rather than what precedes it,enables us to pinpoint the reference ...
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How to understand the【big picture】in this context?

This is a short piece from the article "10 Simple Ways to Make People Like You More" from Time.com. I'm not sure the meaning of the big picture highlighted here. Does it mean the bright side of life? ...
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When to use night/nighttime in the following context?

"How have you survived living here for nearly a year now if you don't like the hustle and bustle?" 1) "At night it's bearable." 2) "It's bearable at night." 3) "Night makes it bearable."...
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Why has the preposition been moved to the end of the sentence?

The school is surrounded by big trees and grassy fields that the children use to play football on I've come across it in the school Olympiad, so I don't think it was wrong. In this example, the ...
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Better than I or better than I am

I am confused , when to put helping verb at end and when to omit it. 1.SHe is more beautiful than I. 2.SHe is more beautiful than I am. 3.I am better adapted to the environment than you. 4.I am ...
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comparaison: 'like' or 'as'

I'm writing a fantasy story, and I have this sentence edited by different persons in different ways. I want to play with the word 'present' and 'gift', meaning 'the present' (no past, no future) is ...
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How do I make adjectives from names of regions? California → Californian. Easy. Zabaykalsky Krai →?

Is there some universal rule? Do I even need to add any suffixes? Maybe, I can use those proper nouns on their own, as modifiers, can't I? I see three options: 'Zabaikalian voters' (or 'Zabaykalskian'?...
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Dog days means? What is the meaning of dog days? [on hold]

The phrase dog days means, What is the meaning of dog days? Is it mean bad weather?
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Are these sentences grammatical ? Please help me to improve them [on hold]

I am on leave tomorrow. Scenes of violence have been occurred since April.
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“Make” instead of “choose as”

Our school chose an arrogant girl as a "prefect". So a kid said: Who made you a prefect? You're so snobbish and stuck-up. Does "make" here sound natural instead of "choose as"?
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How to use ate and had eaten

Which one is correct Example. Mark ate all the chocolate when I got home . There was nothing left . Mark had eaten all the chocolate when I got home . There was nothing left . Thanks
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Usage of plural “maximums” in “I tried to go for six maximums”

After his Man of the Match performance, Rohit appeared on the Chahal TV, hosted by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, and revealed the mantra for hitting sixes. “When I hit three consecutive sixes, I ...
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Use of “The Same”

I came across many sentences , in few the same is correct but in other its use was incorrect. Although going through many sites, didn't understand the difference. The police started the ...
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an office for dealing with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail

Is there a word for an office that deals with incoming (and possibly outgoing) mail in a company or other organization? I'd appreciate your help.
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Present perfect tense = if conditional?

Is it right to say: If you have mastered some foreign languages, what would you do next?
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What does this quote mean from Jane Eyre? “She regretted to be under the necessity of…”

Jane Eyre is a famous novel about a girl dealing with stuff like her aunt (Mrs. Reed) not liking her. Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room: she lay ...
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Pronunciation problem : The word data : Is it pronounced dā-tə, or ˈda?

Recently our Educational Ministry is trying to change the way how to evaluate the English skill of candidates of university tests and it hit on Yahoo! Japan's main page. A comment says, in American ...
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Grammaticality of a sample phrase

Is the phrase 'a proposal that is discussed in a meeting and a vote is taken on it' grammatically correct, and if so, could anyone please explain to me how, as I fail to see it. After the ...
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“has nothing to do with” vs. “does not have anything to do with”?

What's the difference between "has nothing to do with" and "does not have anything to do with"? For example: a) My question has nothing to do with homework. b) My question does not have ...
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day without preposition “on”

I have read the following sentence: We'll be disappointed if the weather isn't nice the day of our party. Isn't "on" required here before "the day" ? I think this question also applies to the ...

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