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Past Participles of Stative Verbs

I don't understand what does a stative past participle conveys.We only use them when we want to emphasize the duration like "I have always wanted" or "I have known him for 5 years" what do they mean ...
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Begin the sentence with present participle

The captain won the toss. He elected to bat first. Is it Having won the toss the captain elected to bat first. or Winning the toss the captain elected to bat first.
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Before/In front of

I'd like to know if "before" and "in front of" is equally common in a sentence like this in American English? Is one more formal than the other? Elina stands before/in front of a vending machine, ...
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losing when my mind's astray

I was reading the lyrics of a song called "Dominoes" by Syd Barett, and couldn't understand what he was trying to convey in this verse "Losing when my mind's astray" Lyrics
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Consider the sentences below please

I'm wondering if these two sentences have the same meaning and can be used interchangeably. Doe the parts in bolds equal? 3 soap dispensers have already been broken in the men's restroom when the ...
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Difference between “Why you say” and “Why did you say” in spoken language [duplicate]

For example Why you say I am idiot? Why did you say I am idiot? Will Sentence 1 be a natural way to speak? Any grammar mistakes in Sentence 1?
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Exclamations with verb

How to make an exclamatory sentence with a verb? For example: Someone plays football incredibly and you want to exclaim how he plays. I guess I made the sentences wrong. How he plays football! ...
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what does “out of choice” mean in this context?

What does "out of choice" mean in this article? Does it mean, he didn't have other choices? https://www.quora.com/Would-becoming-homeless-be-a-good-strategy-to-cut-costs-1/answer/Kurt-Varner I ...
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Idiom: It follows that

Since non-count nouns like "sugar" take singular verb agreement it follows that the verb must be the singular "has". How do you parse the structure of it? Does "it" serve as a dummy subject, with the ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “manage with someone” and “manage someone” in the sense of dealing with difficult persons?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following two pharases? However do you manage those unrully children? However do you manage with those unrully children? As Macmillan Dictionary ...
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correct usage with at and as

My best friend committed suicide because he was being bullied for being "blind" at his high school shortly after this song was released. He stated this song and lyrics gave him comfort and solitude to ...
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What part of speech is Christmas in “who were Christmas shopping”

It was therefore a full week later - once they had surreptitiously obtained hairs from innocent Muggles who were Christmas shopping, and had practiced Apparating and Disapparating while underneath the ...
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Does the construction “not only … but also” require a comma?

Example sentence: She had not only lost her job(,) but was also about to fail university. A quick search on Google Books told me that most people put a comma in this type of construction. The ...
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“You caused me to learn this”

Suppose a friend says something to me which is incorrect, and because of that I do some research and learn something which is good for me. Now, in order to be polite and kind, can I say "You caused ...
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How to introduce yourself mentioning that you have a doctoral degree?

How would you introduce yourself when you need to mention that you have a doctoral degree. What is the polite way to say that? Which of the following is a better choice? Or maybe other suggestion? ...
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What does “fill in” mean here?

There are still plenty of details to fill in... I searched online dictionaries for meaning of fill in but I didn't find any fit meaning. So, could you please explain it to me? The fuller text: ...
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should I use 's in this sentence

Should I use 's after incoming flows in this sentence? it is responsible for incoming flows management or it is responsible for incoming flows' management I'm talking about data flows that ...
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“consisting of” or “that consist of” in this context

A book defines sonnet as: A lyric poem consisting of a single stanza of fourteen iambic pentameter lines... But if I rewrite it as: A lyric poem that consists of a single stanza of fourteen ...
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Say or speak, which is the correct verb in the context?

What would be correct? I'd like to say the first two paragraphs from the speech. I'd like to speak the first two paragraphs from the speech. It's not to be read out from a written sheet, please note;...
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Using 'in regards to' with gerunds and using 'started' with gerund in the present perfect tense

I was just wondering if these sentences are correct: 1 - I am writing this email in regards to (get / getting) job-seeking assistance from the placement coordinator. 2 - She has started (...
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English article: a temperature vs temperature

I was looking the definition of temperature in Merriam-Webster. In count noun section, I noticed a sentence with no article before "temperature". If a noun is countable, we must use an article (a or ...
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What does “Be-ness” and “Is-ness” mean

In a book about spirituality the author uses the words "I-ness", "is-ness" and "be-ness". These words aren't in my dictionary. How can I understand words like "be-ness", can I add "-ness" to the end ...
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Does the meaning change if I add “which are” in this sentence?

There are factors considered to be more relevant to a person's success in life. Does the meaning change if I insert "which are" in the sentence? There are factors which are considered to be more ...
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How to understand this definition sentence

arrogance:​the behaviour of a person when they feel that they are more important than other people, so that they are rude to them or do not consider them Oxford learner's dictionary I think the ...
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Why is it “lay still” instead of “lie still” in this scene in Wonderwoman?

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/91b8b6ce-5a99-4bae-983d-2585944b7834 This is from Wonder Woman, and a woman on the left is laying the wounded woman down on the grass. She says to the hurt woman, "lay ...
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How do we know when to use present perfect simple, present perfect continuous or past simple?

I have read a lot about the three of them. There are certainly a lot of rules on their usages. However, what I'm concerned about the most is how I can determine when to use one over the others. So I ...
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Is there a difference in meaning and use because of a comma?

Let's compare four examples 1. His sister Amy (comma dropped) vs 2. His sister, Amy (comma added) 1.I respected and admired his sister Amy. 2.I respected and admired his sister, Amy. I think ...
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The correct comparative to use in this sentence

Comparative adjectives are adjectives that we used when comparing two nouns, pronouns or objects. We add either 'er' or more to the positive form to give us comparative. e.g Nice-nicer, handsome-more ...
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What articles (if any) are needed in “…achieve __ maximum value in __ function”?

"We derive a condition to achieve the maximum value in a function" versus "We derive a condition to achieve a maximum value in the function" versus "We derive a condition to ...
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Using 'confirm' with 'if'

Let me tell you the scenario first. I asked my previous to give me some work on my weekends and my manager has told me that I can work on Saturdays from 7 am to 5 pm. Now tomorrow is Saturday and ...
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My friend cannot… Or My friend will not able

Is it correct to say. My friend told me that He will not be able to visit us next month. Or I have to say. My friend told me that He cannot visit us next month.
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I forgot or I had forgotten in this example?

Example: After leaving the grocery store, it dawned on me that I forgot to buy a cucumber. In my opinion "I forgot" should be "I had forgotten". What is correct?
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The forecast said it [ will / would ] rain

The forecast said it [ will / would ] rain. What's the difference? Plus, how about this below? The forecast said it [ is / was ] going to rain.
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“because” and “so” in same sentence

Will a good(Native) English speaker put "because" and "so" in one sentence? For Example: because that apple is too heavy, so it fall down to the ground.
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What does “working majority” mean in a context?

Actually this is the continuation of this article, which I asked about prior. And now I am facing a very subtly confusing statement from Boris Johnson. He says, (from the 4th paragraph) "If we ...
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Can the word `task` on its own be used to refer to a physical place (e.g. short for `task surface`)?

In a paper about Photo-Electrically Controlled Lighting Systems by Francis Rubinstein et. al. (a native English speaker as far as I know) I've come across some wording that seems incorrect to me. The ...
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Explain this joke: “Theoretical physicists will never schedule a meeting on Wednesday because it spoils two weekends”

This is the context: Finally, I would say that, even within physics, philosophers are sort of like theoretical physicists, and physicists are like experimental physicists. Experimental physicists ...
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“Fare worst” of “fare the worst”? [on hold]

There's no point in an article. None! It is linked to a noun (apart from cases like 'the rich', 'the poor', etc. where it makes collective nouns). Is there a noun? None! And yet, there are more search ...
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“We have been engaged for 9 years.” Is this sentence in passive or active voice? [on hold]

In which cases can "engaged" be used in the passive voice? Please give me examples.
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Do they say 'a vertical of authority' in English (like, from a top boss to a lowest subordinate)?

If not, how do I express that otherwise? I know the expression 'chain of command', but it doesn't seem fit for my purpose. I need to say 'reinforce the vertical of authority', meaning "to make the ...
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How does the “drab office kitchen” look like?

This article has such a following passage as ( in 7th ). The five-minute broadcast showed Johnson walking through his campaign headquarters, answering questions put to him from behind the camera, ...
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Should I use sound or noise?

Sean hurries into the room to hide from the hitman. As he closes the door and the room goes dark, he bumps into something which makes a loud sound/noise. Out in the hall the hitman has heard the sound/...
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“I won't be attending” or “I won't attend”?

In which cases should these two similar sentences be used (i.e., future progressive vs. future simple)?
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Is “to ease” the same as “could ease”?

Found this article online and the title is: China-U.S. trade war to ease but conflicts will persist - former finance minister But then the person is quoted of saying "could ease". Are the two ...
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Which tense is correct when we use 'when'? Had given or gave?

He justified his crime by saying that his friend had given/gave him false hope when he was suicidal.
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Signed vs has signed / first vs the first

I have a few dilemmas regarding grammar, and would like you to help me improve my written English, by fixing errors and explained me rules. It's for a project, the sentence would be like this: ...
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I had studied at St Mary's School. Is this sentence grammatically right or wrong?

I had studied at St Mary's School. Is this sentence grammatically right or wrong?
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“flank” on T-shirts

I saw branded T-shirts that have "flank" on it. I know flank means that side part of the body above hips. Is there any other cool meaning? Is it sarcastic or something? I wonder if it really meant ...
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Can we use the phrase “get pleasure” without using “out of” or “from” along with it?

Let's say somebody asked, "How was the movie?", after I went to the movies. Can I say to him, "It was nice. I got pleasure", or do I have to say, "I got pleasure out of it/from it" instead of just ...
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Position of words

We show now that this algorithm can do X. We now show that this algorithm can do X. Next we show that this algorithm can do X. Now we show that this algorithm can do X. What is better english, and ...

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