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Are these considered conditional sentences? [closed]

I asked Anna if she were a student. I asked her if I could read the book. I asked her if she had been to Mexico. I asked her if she was going out. I asked him if he had got my letter. I asked him if ...
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Are descriptives and depictives the same thing

I know depictives are secondary predicates describing how a certain action took place like in 'I ate the meat raw'. But what are descriptives? I saw on wikipedia that they are just a different name ...
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profitableness - profitability - profit

Can you clearly explain the difference between the three? profitableness - profitability - profit. While I can see the difference between PROFIT and PROFITABILITY, I have no idea what the difference ...
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The right place for "...of which"

Where should we put the relative clause? "So how do you know which sites to use or which information to trust? Much of it is misleading." So how do you know which sites to use or which ...
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Are all versus are the all

If I post some sentences and then ask if they are correct, what question shall I ask? 1.... 2.... 3... Are all correct? or Are the all correct?
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similarity or difference between on and in

Last week my friend asked me if I found the information that he asked me to find. And I said yes. He asked how did I find about it. I said i found the information in my computer, and he said that, I ...
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Helping with understanding comics dialogue

Can you help me understand their last dialogue? there is no prior information other than that man in yellow - Jason Blood Indian - Randu, Indian delegate to the UN third guy - Harry Matthews - ...
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It happened when he was abroad. (4 versions of the sentence)

It happened when he was abroad. [the main subject is "it"] When it happened, he was abroad. [the main subject is "it"] He was abroad when it happened. [the main subject is "...
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conditional past tense vs past perfect

While watching a movie, there was a particular scene, when mother and daughter were sitting next to each other and mother said: If you called, you would have known about my health. I feel the above ...
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Why does this sentence use "to writing" instead of "to write"?

This is a quote by Hemingway. Don't get discouraged because there’s a lot of mechanical work to writing. Should not the sentence be the following one? Don't get discouraged because there’s a lot of ...
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Why is "for" used in "for me" in standup meetings?

In standup meetings where each attendee tells about what they did yesterday in turn, people always start with "For me", for example, "For me, yesterday I finished my task" or "...
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meaning of 'There’s doing things'

This is an excerpt from a fiction story. People could get into total flaps about weddings. Frank knew this. It was common knowledge. But he’d never before faced the wedding of his own daughter. He’d ...
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long title without verb

As a non-native English speaker I know that English requires verbs in every sentence, but I don't know if it is the case for the long title (a title of a subsection in academic article). Example for ...
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how does it different between "to " and "for" [duplicate]

In this sentence "I threw a chair at the gunman. And I headed for the door." If I say I headed to the door. how does it differ between I headed for the door. vs If I say I headed to the ...
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Sentence structure after a quotation [closed]

From Rendezvous with Rama: “Can’t you scientists do something about it?” they had been heard to complain bitterly when told that immediate face-to-face conversation was impossible between Earth and ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "the capital city highway"?

Context: "At 06:10 yesterday, on the outer circle of the capital city highway in Minato District Tokyo a traffic collision uccurred, involving five cars and at least one truck." What does ...
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Is it apostrophe-s or only the apostrophe for singular nouns ending in -s?

This page gives the following examples of correct punctuation showing possession for singular nouns ending in -s: Thomas's job the bus's arrival James's fiancée Steve Davis's victory VS Socrates' ...
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We have talked/had talked/have been talking/had been talking

Woman 1: Ben has just moved in with me. Woman 2: Really? Woman 1: Yeah. Last week. We have talked/had talked/have been talking/had been talking about it for a while, so... Hi. I wrote this piece of ...
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What does the phrase "the outer circle" mean in this context?

Context: At 06:10 yesterday, on the outer circle of the capital city highway in Minato District Tokyo a traffic collision occurred, involving five cars and at least one truck." What does "...
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What does the phrase "on a conveyance" mean in this context?

This is a definition of the word "car" (from TFD) 3. A boxlike enclosure for people or cargo on a conveyance: an elevator car. What does "on a conveyance" mean? TFD Definitions for ...
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"Why did the postman not come today?" Vs. "Why didn't the postman come today?"

I saw a post about common mistakes in English, and one of the mistakes was: Why the postman did not come today? - incorrect Why didn't the postman come today? - correct According to the grammar I ...
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gushing tributes

source: Apple has had a successful decade. The next one looks tougher from Economist Given such achievements, Mr Cook could have retired amid gushing tributes around now(and with a spot in the ...
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Present perfect and the use of "Today"

I understand that present perfect can be used with "today" if "today" isn't finished. So if I say: "I've seen him today" it is still today and the fact that I've seen him ...
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How do we express we want someone to do what we say without any negotiation?

When I ask my children to do chores, they often say they will do them under a condition like giving them some money or cake or letting them watch TV, etc. How do we tell someone we want them to do ...
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2nd conditional real vs imagned [closed]

If we didn't attend that meeting, it would be better. If we don't attend that meeting, it would be better. are these 2nd conditional as real events happened in past?
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2nd Conditional in present and past actions [closed]

If he invited me, I would go to his party.-> does this mean the part is over ? If he invites me, I will go to his party.-> this means the part is not over. how to use 2nd conditionals for ...
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Is this structure idiomatic: "I seem to remember...." to mean you only remember a little

"I seem to remember that the park adjacent to my school was humongous." This is a sentence of a native speaker when he was talking about how things have changed compared to when he was ...
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What is the name of the packaging of sterile bandages?

Some adhesive bandages come in small sterile wrappers like the one shown on the top of the image below. What word is used to name this type of packaging, either technically or colloquially? (Of course,...
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People in costumes [closed]

When talking about traditional holidays, in this context does my sentence sound natural or should I use "dressed in costumes"? Would a native speaker use "entertain" in such ...
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Happen to/with doesn't happen often

Would a native speaker say both "happen to" and "happen with" and "often" at the end of my sentence in this context? "Yes, she sometimes suffers from insomnia. It ...
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Need help doing or need help in doing?

Do you need help in doing something? Do you need help doing something? Which one is correct? I've heard sentences like the second one many times. But I don't think it's correct.
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Does it make sense to put a lengthy subject after "for" and use "they" to refer to it

I always hear sentences like below in conversations with English learners. For successful people in the world, they always work hard. For most employees in the sales department, they have a good ...
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Is there any best way to say rather than "stronger and stiffer" [closed]

In Grammarly, I typed the following sentence, and then it showed the word "stronger" as an invalid word choice. The fiber optics are stronger and stiffer than the cable that helps ...
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I have yet to see the results

I have yet to see the results. What does this sentence mean? I can understand it without "yet". But with "yet", it puzzles me. Does it mean I haven't yet seen the results. If it ...
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What's the difference between "Would you like to go on a long drive with me?" and "Would you like to go with me on a long drive?"

Would you like to go on a long drive with me? Would you like to go with me on a long drive? The position of "with me" is different in both of the above interrogative sentences. As per my ...
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Do you say "get away with <somebody>"?

From Definition of get away with phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: get away with something ​1. to steal something and escape with it Thieves got away with computer ...
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The meaning of "lap tea all night to fettle up"

‘That’s North country.’ She laughed again. ‘Setting aside my good looks and yours, I’ve four thousand a year of my own, and the rents should make it six. That’s a match some old cats would lap tea all ...
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"Besides" vs "as well as" in context

Would you tell me why it isn't natural to use besides in the sentence below? Can you give the length of width of the box besides the height? I've asked a couple of native speakers of English and ...
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Is this sentence correct in terms of structure: "By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years."

"By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years." This sentence is from a text in reply to a question: "What do native English speakers learn at school in the English ...
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The list of uncountable nouns that never take 'a/an'

There is a rule not use the article ‘a’ with uncountable nouns. Unless, we talk about a particular kind of the uncountable noun. For example, ‘a dreadful anger’, ‘a fragile calm’, ‘a great enthusiasm’ ...
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Is it correct and natural to ask "what is something count?" when you want to know how many something there is?

Would you tell me if it is correct and natural to ask what is something count? when you want to know how many something there is. For example: What's the pallet count and what are their sizes? By ...
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For who or For whom

What is the correct usage in the sentence: “I am the one for who / whom the cafe was kept open.” Since who / whom refers to the subject “I”, would the subjective case “who” be correct?
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Giant/giant's/giants- which is the right choice in the given context?

Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giant's. Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giants. Microsoft ...
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After a few hours or a few hours after

Which of these is correct and why? However, after a few hours of opening an incident occurred. or However, a few hours after opening an incident occurred.
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Can anyone tell me what timelines have slipped mean?

Apple reportedly has plans to release a vehicle that is both electric and self-driving in 2024. But it is also widely known that things have not been going well and timelines have slipped in the past. ...
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Can anyone tell me what climate-cuddling mean?

Source: Apple has had a successful decade. The next one looks tougher. (From The Economist) Today Lisa Jackson, a former head of America’s Environmental Protection Agency and now a vice-president ...
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Would "on the good side of" make sense in this context?

Have many girls has he dated this year? I would say on the good side of ten. Hi. Would on the good side of make sense here (to probably mean more than ten) or have you never heard it used this way? ...
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Why can we say "in a day/in a week/in a month", but not "in a night" and instead "overnight"?

You can't learn English overnight. You can't learn English in one night. I know that "in one night" may not sound idiomatic, so I should say "overnight" to sound natural. I often ...
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Meaning of “stratospheric trajectory” when referring to a company

Source: Apple has had a successful decade. The next one looks tougher. (From The Economist (paywalled)) Given such achievements, Mr Cook could have retired amid gushing tributes around now (and with ...
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which paraphrase is better

Consider the following sentence: With these exams, schools become more accountable for the success of their students. (these exams refer to standardized exams, exams given to students at the end of ...

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