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Dubious proposition at best - meaning

The sentence I'm wondering about is: His approval would be a dubious proposition at best The meaning I've realized about this one is something like this: Some guy would not approve something, and ...
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What is the idiomatic way to express “we have no power to run this machine”?

power 7 [noncount] a : energy that can be collected and used to operate machines electrical/nuclear/solar/wind/battery power The car's engine yields more power while using less fuel. ...
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could someone give some simpler explanation about the meaning of “epistemic”, difference between epistemic and predictive?

An wiki page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistemic_modality) explains "epistemic modality" as a sub-type of linguistic modality that deals with a speaker's evaluation/judgment of, degree of ...
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an adverbial phrase of frequency could be placed in the front, mid and end position, right?

Note: This post is different to another (Does "I play football at the park near my house every Tuesday evening." sound natural?), which focuses on a particular group of sentences. This post ...
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The position of 'preposition+which' in a sentence

If I address 'Severe is the disease, and patients with the disease suffer from daily symptoms' in another sentence, A: Severe is the disease with which patients suffer from daily symptoms. B: ...
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Is it 'freshman female representative' or 'freshwoman representative'?

Lexico has the word 'freshwoman', but, unlike 'freshman', it doesn't have the meaning 'a newcomer or novice, especially someone newly elected to Congress'. Which option would be better? 'Freshman ...
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“of all five”, how do I use this kind of expression correctly?

This post starts with Manarola, Liguria, Italy. Is one of the smallest towns in Italy, however, it is frequently visited by tourists due to its stunning beauty. The oldest building here is San ...
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Looking for a verb that describes stopping the light of the candle

If I have a candle which is lightning and I want to stop it by my touching the wick and stop it mechanically by my fingers at the moment because I want to sleep. Do I want to extinguish it, or to put ...
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Where should I put an adverbial phrase of place in a sentence structure of “to be adjective”?

I asked a question just now, with this title Is "on" in "spend sth on doing sth" optional? To express that meaning, should I say it like that, or like the following? Is "on" optional in "spend ...
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what is the verb in here? Are there two verbs?

The following sentences are quoted in this article : https://www.wired.co.uk/article/robots-human-jobs "Technology is not like gravity. It does what the humans who design and deploy it are rewarded ...
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What does a superscript 'r' in IPA mean?

I am aware of the pronunciation of the IPA /ɔː/ and /ɔːr/. Cambridge dictionary gives this IPA. What does the superscript 'r' pointed out by red arrow mean?
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Rewrite sentence using it's the first time

hello everyone? I have rewrite sentence And i just want to ask for help if I write this setence is correct or not:"It is the first time I have taken a bath since Wednesday". Many thanks
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Is “on” in “spend sth on doing sth” optional?

Cambridge dictionary gives this example We've just spent $1.9 million on improving our computer network. I am aware of that usage, the standard form, spend sth on doing sth. This post (https://...
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Is “… got me got me into swimming” grammatical?

I understand that the noun "swim" means "an act or period of swimming." I also understand that "to get someone into something" means "to cause a person to become involved in a situation or activity (...
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“Have i not been” or “Have i been not”

"Have I not been cleaning the house" or "Have I been not cleaning the house" Which one is correct? I saw both of them in the same grammar book but I can't trust that book completely.
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Is it at, in, or on a dump?

The owners of a pub and sandwich bar in the village both said they knew nothing about their refuse being deposited at the illegal dump. Look for instance at plants: vandalized trees send out new ...
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Can we use “also” at the beginning of negative sentences?

As far as I know, we can't use the word "also" in the middle or at the end of a negative sentence. For example, we can't say "I don't know what she said about me. I also don't care." or "I don't know ...
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The variance between a teacher's and students' English levels

A question to people knowledgeable about teaching in classes: What is an adequate gap between a teacher's and students' English levels so the students can, actually, learn English? For instance, can a ...
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Dixson's “Graded Exercises in English” - answers..?

I've been looking for the answers of the classic, best-seller "Graded Exercises in English", by Robert J. Dixson. Please, was it published somewhere, somehow? Thanks in advance.
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what is the meaning of “pass the requirements” and “district council surveyor”?

what is the meaning of "pass the requirements" and "district council surveyor"? Hydesville is a typical little hamlet of New York State, with a primitive population which was, no doubt, half-...
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which surpassed the record of 2017

Despite a strong consumer economy, physical retailers closed more than 9,000 stores in 2019 — more than the total in 2018, which surpassed the record of 2017. Already this year, retailers have ...
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plural or singular when using noun as adj

emissions data / services industry I was told when using nouns as adjectives in compound nouns, the nouns should be in their singular form. But I've found many exceptions as listed above. Can you ...
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what is the meaning of “centres of life” in this conext?

what is the meaning of "centres of life" in this conext? Hydesville is a typical little hamlet of New York State, with a primitive population which was, no doubt, half-educated, but was ...
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Does “I play football at the park near my house every Tuesday evening.” sound natural?

The answer to this post (Is it idiomatic to say "he wakes up early always" or "he wakes up always early"?) says It is unusual and odd to use the adverbs "usually" or "always" ...
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Why do these while and when parallel questions have definite answers (when both past or continuous is correct)?

I am teaching a junior high school student at home in Japan and I just picked basketball worksheets to pique his interest but didn't look at them hard. These question have the answers below. Why are ...
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Can “check” be used instead of “Look over” or “Examine”

A doctor "examines" a patient, "looks over the patient" (and takes her/his vital signs too.) Does "check" work? Can you check her? Instead of "Can you examine her?" Or "Can you look her over?" ...
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From 15:00 on vs. From now on

If I'm not busy from at the moment, I say "I'm free from now on". But what if I'm looking for a way to say that I'm free from 15:00...? Can I say "I'm free from 15:00 on" as we say in "from now on"?
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Can somebody please tell me which sentence is correct and why?

"I am the one who is ready" vs "I am the one who am ready". Which sentence is correct and why?
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Confused! The differences between “coconut juice”, “coconut water”, “coconut milk”, “coconut cream”?

juice [uncountable, countable] the liquid that comes from fruit or vegetables; a drink made from this a glass of fruit juice a carton of apple juice lemon/lime juice Add the ...
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Is it a little bit wordy to say “wake up at 5:00 in the morning”?

I guess these 3 sentences are all idiomatic. I usually wake up at 5:00. I usually wake up at 5:00 AM. I usually wake up at 5:00 in the morning. The last one seems a little bit wordy, isn't it?
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Cases of different pronunciation and word meaning in American and British English and its influence on the sense of humour

Spellings and pronunciations of some words in American and British versions of the English language sometimes don't coincide.Also, these versions have different meanings of some words( like the most ...
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if with will is it possible in this case

I would like to know if you will stock this record I would like to know if you stock this record I think the first one sounds better because the record I am talking too is not out yet but I also ...
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Present or future in that case

Which is the better way to phrase this sentence? I would like to know if you will stock this record. Or I would like to know if you stock this record. Is future tense correct or is present ...
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What is the role of “AS” here?

sometimes I come across some sentence starting with "as", like: As was shown in Fig 7, we can see .... . As can be seen in the picture, it can be .... Now, I want to know what is the role ...
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Can I use the word “very” wherever I want?

For Example: I like this very book. I written this very poem with ease. Can I use the word "very" wherever I want?
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What does “but” mean here?

Which college one attends may influence opportunity at the entry level, but 10 years later, it makes no difference in terms of achievement and fulfillment. I suspect "but 10 years later" in this ...
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Were they also there?/Were they there too?

"What about your parents? Were they also there?/Were they there too?" Are these completely interchangeable in the context?
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“get the boat” or “get a boat”?

When talking about form of transport, we could say "take a bus", "get the subway". In this context, should I use "get the boat" or "get a boat"? Google Ngram gives this plot
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Do you go to college?

Do you go to college? I've been wondering if the question is acceptable and conveys the same meaning as a "are you in college?" question?
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How to express something that came after something

While am doing a conversation thre some expressions that make my Conversation difficult, Example, how to express the numerical Order of Barak Oba from the numbers of US Presidents like saying, Barak ...
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her face had gone walking elsewhere

It' from book 84k by Clare North But Lucy had a decent head on her shoulder, "even when her face had gone walking elsewhere", and told men to go fuck their mothers and stormed out of the flat. Lucy ...
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Is “did you” pronounced /di ju:/, /di dʒju:/ or /di dju:/?

There are 3 types of pronunciation of "did you" I've heard, /di ju:/, /di dʒju:/ and /di dju:/. When a speaker, usually an American, doesn't pronounce the second 'd', that would be /di ju:/. When a ...
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Why is “it” used in sentences below?

It is crowded on the dance floor and they are briefly pressed together. In this sentence would the meaning change if I say the sentence below ? I mean I couldn’t understand what “ it” means and why ...
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Why don't we say “caught two colds”?

I guess "I caught a cold" is an idiomatic expression. Similarly, "pay someone for a service". I've never heard anyone say "caught two colds", "pay for 2 services". where "cold", "service" is treated ...
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Differences of 'with' and 'in'

With- used to say that people or things are in a place together or are doing something together. In- used as a function word to indicate inclusion, location, or position within limits.
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Is there any difference between 'unlawful' and 'illegal'?

unlawful Not conforming to, permitted by, or recognized by law or rules. (from here) illegal Contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law. (from here) Does it all mean that ...
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“get an illness” or “get illness”, which one should I use in speaking?

I guess both "get illness" and "get an illness" mean ‘catch an illness’. according to Ngram, "get an illness" seems more widely used in writing, how about speaking? the weird thing is, "got cold" is ...
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Please correct the grammar. thanks in advance [closed]

The judge denied Pima Community College’s argument; stating that under FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) they should not release any documents relate to their students. The Arizona ...
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What verb tense should I use after “did”

I know you are suppose to use the present verb tense after DID, “ I did do my homework” “ I didn’t go to the park”. But what about: “I DID what you TOLD me?”, I know this is correct, but why? Isn’t ...
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the philosopher thought to have died of syphilis

Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher thought to have died of syphilis, was the victim of a posthumous smear campaign by anti-Nazis, new research shows. Source: https://www.smh.com.au/world/nietzsche-...

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