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Are the “corpus evidence” in the first paragraph and last paragraph of this guide(2012) the same?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools Vocabulary List was originally developed by Cambridge English in consultation with external consultants to guide item ...
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Should an apostrophe be used when writing “predeceased by her husband's”?

Should there be an apostrophe after husband when writing "she is predeceased by her husband's" or should it be husbands?
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Does “expected to” a polite way to say “need to”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The list covers vocabulary appropriate to the B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and includes receptive vocabulary (words that the ...
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How to split the bill in a formal way?

What is the polite and formal way to say if I would like to split the bill? That was a time I went to a casual business meeting and the person was kind enough to pay for my bill. And all I said is ...
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must for deduction

A situation where Jack , Bob and Adam at the same room ,Bob and Adam thought that Jack didn't understand English , Bob said to Adam: "Jack is so boring" , Jack get mad and left the room, then Adam ...
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Which is the meaning of push the slinky Sphinx? [closed]

Which is the meaning of push the slinky Sphinx? I found it in a book about conceptual selling: I told you to move the Slinky Sphinx models, didn’t I?
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Proper way of using adverb

I know the first one is correct, but what about the second one? Would that be still? I could hardly hear her voice. I could hear her voice hardly.
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Is WHICH referring to A, B or something else in “A is … B … and from which”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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Change of pronouns in reported speech

I have a question that says: Report the following sentence- ‘Tomorrow we’re starting a new project,’ the teacher told us. [Direct Speech] According to the rules: (tense): present continuous (...
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what article (a/an) to use when there when there's a parenthesis following it?

I just wrote down a sentence like this This is __ (infinite) subset. Should I use a or an here? Do I consider what's in the parenthesis when choosing the article?
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words in particular in paragraph [closed]

Is this paragraph free of mistakes: "We once conducted an INQUIRY about stress. At the beginning, we obviously collected some personal data, such as name, age and profession, I no longer recall if ...
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What do “so much” and “more” emphasize or modify in these sentences?

"They're not so much lovers as friends." "They're more friends than lovers." I'm a bit confused in analyzing what "so much" and "more" modify in each sentence. I think "so much" and "more" modify "...
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Shouldn’t “language USE by learners” be “language USED by learners”?

A Cambridge english vocabulary says The Cambridge Learner Corpus is a collection of over 44 million words of English, based upon evidence of language use by learners from all over the world and ...
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of the form vs in the form

The structure is of the form of X. The structure is in the form of X. What is the difference in meaning and which one is grammatically correct? I think 1 means the structure is united with the ...
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Unlike and Not Unlike

He doesn’t eat a lot like her. This can mean both she eats a lot and she doesn’t eat a lot, right? He doesn’t eat a lot unlike her. Does this have the same problem as the first sentence?
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Can I say “or so on”?

Don’t forget your umbrella, ticket, wallet and so on. I think this is correct. But how about this? You can eat apples, bananas, oranges or so on.
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Sentence needing revision [closed]

Is this sentence correct: "He accidentally knocked off the glass of milk, spilling the milk on the table, and then running it onto the floor."
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The confusion of “for”, “In” and “after”

The use of the prepositions "for",after and " in" while talking about time periods is rather confusing for me because some times they are interchangeable and some times not. Let us observe the ...
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Verb in a sentence [closed]

Is this sentence correct: "To the Zoo staff: Thank you to all those whose work allow us to see a great part of the animals that INHABIT our planet, in such an entertaining way."
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What does “hangs a cloud of thoughts…” mean?

I want to know what this sentence means; particularly the part that says "hangs a cloud of thoughts": About what goes on today hangs a cloud of thoughts concerning similar things undergone in ...
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What do you call a piece of software inside another software that could be considered a software on its own?

What do you call a piece of software inside another software that could be considered a software on its own? I am looking for a language and technology independent word for it. Is there a word for it, ...
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“its something of” vs “something of it”

I am bit confused between the Possessive adjective and Preposition I got a car from India for my brother and its one wheel are made from Germany. I got a car from India for my brother and one ...
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Could I remove “reference to” from “being informed by reference to”?

A Cambridge english Vocabulary says The vocabulary of English changes over time, with words being added and other words falling into disuse. In order to maintain its currency, the Preliminary and ...
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How to understand “those wreckers of all but the best laid plans” in this context

"I have been careless, and so have been thwarted by luck and chance, those wreckers of all but the best laid plans. But I know better now. I understand those things that I did not understand before. I ...
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“Despite the fact that” or “Even though” - Which is more stronger and emphatic?

I know that "even though" is more stronger than "although". The former "makes the contrast between the main and subordinate clauses stronger or more emphatic." I know they all are used to show ...
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In the sentence “I'm happy that you're happy.”

I came across this line; "I'm happy that you're happy" in movie. What does 'that' mean here? Does 'that' in here have the same meaning as 'when'? I in no way thought that 'that' would address this ...
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Does it feel natural to use 'several' to mean starting from 'two'? Can 'several' be 'two'?

My question is based on this post: Using 'several' and 'some' Anyway, my question is this: Does it feel natural for native speakers to use several to mean starting from two? Do you ...
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“Meanwhile” Vs “In the meantime” Vs “At the same time”

I wonder which choice works and which doesn't work in each example and why? Jim went to answer the phone. ............., Nancy started to prepare lunch. a. meanwhile b. in the meantime c. ...
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Cutting tree into thin strips

Is the following sentence semantically correct The man cut the tree into thin strips. How can a tree be cut into thin strips? Its stem can be cut into thin strips.
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Meaning of safe water [closed]

In the following sentence what is the meaning of the term safe water? The ship is being taken to safe water by the captain and not his crew. I found this sentence in my grammar book hence no other ...
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Why “told me” and not, “said to me”? [duplicate]

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 1) Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." ...
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Which is correct - “while chapaties are being made” or “while making chapaties”?

I have to change the voice of the following sentence Our mothers use tongs while making chapaties. I think its answer would be Tongs are used by our mothers while chapaties are being made. But ...
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Sentences/Verbs [closed]

Are both sentences correct, and do they mean the same: a) "Tears SLIPPED DOWN my face." b) "Tears OOZED DOWN my face." In case they are both correct, which form is more commonly use?
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English Definite Article “the” with “Same”

I know we often use the English article "the" before nouns. But I have noticed this is not always true. According to the Oxford dictionary, "Same" is used as Adjective, Pronoun, and Adverb. Oxford ...
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When do we use “THE” before character name/nickname?

For example: Why do we use "Wolverine" not "the Wolverine" I want create character of the nameless man called Revenant. Should I use "Revenant" or "the Revenant"? Thanks in advance.
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Is it alright to say good afternoon Sirs and Madams in a panel interview?

I will be attending a panel interview (with two men and two women). I don't know their names. I want to be more polite, but I am not sure whether it is alright to say Good afternoon, sirs and ...
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Adjective or adverb before another adjective

I am aware that adjectives only modify nouns, while adverbs modify everything else (verbs, adjectives and other adverbs). However I'm experiencing some difficulty identifying these two expressions ...
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play snowball / have a snowball fight

A colleague of mine said there is no such thing as "playing snowball" in English. In my native language, when we talk about "snowball", we use it with the verb "play." I wonder playing snowball ...
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With or without a preposition?

Certainly, it is not as easy to learn to read and spell English as it is most other phonetic languages. from Uncovering the Logic of English: A Common-Sense Approach to Reading, Spelling, and ...
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What means “veteran bores”

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald "In consequence, I'm inclined to reserve all judgments, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran ...
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We're having a party on his birthday VS for his birthday

I know 'for' can be used as "on the occasion of" or "at the time of", so what's the difference between the two sentences in each group? 1A. I'd like make an appointment with the doctor for 11 o'clock ...
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…followed by (Function)

...The construction with "of" seems to be the most common, followed by the one with no preposition, and then by the ones with "in" and "at" . The funeral is at 3.00, followed by a reception at ...
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“Opposite to” Vs “Contrary to”

Based on all my researches and what I know myself, the words: "contrary to" and "opposite to" are not exactly the same like many other English synonyms! Opposite is when a word or thing means exactly ...
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Difference between “in six years” vs. “for six years”

What is the difference between the two sentences? I have not played hockey in six years. I have not played hockey for six years.
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When you are doing something despite your inner feelings / personal interest

I am looking for a quite polite or rather formal phrase / expression to use when I want to say: "Although I don't want to...(the negative statement; e.g. don't want to go,) but (the positive ...
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Is “to infinitive” a myth?

Let us observe the following examples I want to speak to you I am looking forward to seeing you I am interested to learn English In the sentence 1 we say "to speak” is a to infinitive and to as a ...
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Is it correct to say “I fell off my bike while riding with my friends”?

What I want to say is: I fell off my bike. I was riding a bike with my friends. => I fell off my bike while riding with my friends. or => I fell while riding a bike with my friends. Which one is ...
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“ species ” or “ species' ” or “ species's ”?

In an example used for describing the meaning of the word "biodiversity" in Cambridge dictionary the phrase "species habitat and biodiversity" is used: the number and types of plants and animals ...
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Dangling modifiers

Sitting on the edge of the chair, a scorpion bit me I know that it is an example of dangling modifier because it is not clear who is sitting on the chair, the scorpion or me. It may be modified as ...
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Does “should not confine [something to something] alone” mean “should look around more”?

A Cambridge english Vocabulary says The list does not provide an exhaustive list of all words which appear on the Preliminary and Preliminary for Schools question papers and candidates should not ...

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