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Why is it correct to say “me busy.”?

I was playing Warcraft. I clicked on my peon. He told me: "me busy. leave me alone." Why is it OK to say it that way instead of just "I'm busy."?
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I want to know correct usage of “each”

For example, there is a rectangle with a vertex a, b, c, and d. There are four circles A, B, C, and D. The circle A is on the vertex a, the circle B is on the vertex b, the circle C is on the vertex c,...
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Is there any rule that governs whether we will use hyphen or concatenate two words like homemade?

I mean is there any rule to avoid spelling mistakes in these cases? Why we write homemade but we cannot write readymade, and we write ready-made instead? Also why shut down and hand over are verbs ...
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verb-ing modifier trouble

I'm unexplainably confused about this topic. What does the following verb-ing clause modify? (noun) researchers or (action) have sent? How do we decide that? --> very important for me Is there any ...
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“She picked up the male [puppet], examined the thick wooden handle with the finger grooves.” p.388 Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I have a short question, finger grooves? Can somebody explain or try to explain what the author meant? Thanks.
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does “whence he derived the ”Rev.“” means “from where he became ”Rev.“”?

does "whence he derived the "Rev."" means "from where he became "Rev.""? This man, Thomas Lake Harris, is certainly one of the most curious personalities of whom we have any record, and it is ...
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Why do we say “challenge accepted” instead of “challenge is accepted”?

I have never heard someone say "challenge is accepted" however it sounds more formal to me than "challenge accepted" I am not a native speaker by the way. let me know what do you think , thanks in ...
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How to identify an 'adjective' in a sentence?

I'm preparing for an exam which will test the candidate's ability to identify different parts of speech. I know a word can work as different parts of speech based on its meaning in the sentence. But ...
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Hi, I am wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct: future tenses

I am wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct: In the year 2200 some people will live on the moon. Can I also write : In the year 2200 some people will be living on the moon ?
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What is the idiomatic way to express “The man is supporting himself by placing his palm against the wall”?

Look at this picture "The man is standing and supporting himself by placing his palm against the wall" Do we say "He is standing with his palm against the wall"? or is there any idiomatic way to say ...
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What does phrases “you fancy having” and “as a favor I expect returned” mean?

In the videogame Grand Theft Auto Vice City there is a moment, when Tommy Vercetty, main character, should drive some girl to meet with rockband, with intention of them "having fun". When he drives by ...
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What is the difference between “comprehension”, “perception” and “sensation”?

I searched these words but there is no information comparing these three words at once. I probably should post the question in a psychology forum.
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present continuous or present simple?

Which of the following sentences is correct? "I wasn't very well yesterday, but I'm feeling fine today." or "I wasn't very well yesterday, but I feel fine today."
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the litany of consequences

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has declared that “We’re not going to put a dollar figure on human life.” It was meant as a rallying-cry from a courageous man whose state is overwhelmed. Yet ...
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There weren't any (instead of “get/recieve any”)

There weren't any email attachments with the email you sent. Can you possibly resend it? I didn't get/recieve any email attachments with the email you sent. Can you possibly resend it? Do both ...
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Is X et al. one word or multiple words?

as you know in in-text citation, we use this format to cite a reference of more than two authors. For example, if the first author's name is X, we write: As stated in X et al. [1], ... Because ...
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Should the word determines in this sentence be singular? And does the entire sentence make sense syntactically?

This negative attitude reflects your thoughts which determines your success or failure. I'm an amateur editor, I'm looking to improve myself drastically. This is one sentence in a copy that I was ...
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'Not until three years ago _________ to work outside.' [(a) he began (b) he begins (c) began he (d) did he begin ]

'Not until three years ago _________ to work outside.' [(a) he began (b) he begins (c) began he (d) did he begin ] Hi guys, I know the answer to this question is 'd', but I've had someone ask me ...
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“You or singular noun” should be followed by 3rd person singular or 2nd person?

If you or a team member needs / need any help during my vacation, please do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile phone. Should I write need or needs?
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Day-to-day word for “corresponding” in this context

Integers are: All the natural numbers, their negative corresponding numbers and zero. The word corresponding doesn't seem suitable for a child. How a native speaker would say this to a child? Is ...
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to CENTRE or to BE CENTRED?

What are the meanings of the four sentences below? When it comes to the sense of making something the central person/thing, the verb centre bothers me. Because I'm not sure if this verb would change ...
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The choice of preposition “for” vs “to” with “criterion”

I came across the following sentence while reading a book. An alternative criterion for classifying networks is by scale. I wonder if for can be replaced by to, as below. An alternative ...
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What's a word that has a meaning a 'new word for an old concept'?

Word2 is better known today as _____ . I used to be known as Word1 back in the day.
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the difference **between** A, B and C

Cambridge Dictionary grammar tutorial says We use between to refer to two things which are clearly separated. We use among to talk about things which are not clearly separated because they are part ...
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English Pronunciation

I have problem pronouncing and connecting /ʧ/ sound with other consonant sounds. For example: I pronounce "which sound" as /wi_ʧ_saʊnd/ which sounds wierd. Could anyone help me correct my ...
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I think he will need vs I think he needs

Please describe the right sentence or both are appropriates? Is it right that the first one is more about future, may be in a month. But the second sentence is more about now, already need. He is a ...
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What does 'they' refer to in the sentence?

In the following sentence, what does 'they' refer to. While people are arguing how coronaviruses spread, they have spread around the world.
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When is it okay to write “childrens” or “childrens' ” – language hack

Let's make a scenario in which there are two distinctively different entities which are both referenced as "child". The first entity is a group of nodes that are named "children" from the parent ...
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How do you express your family, 'Smiths' or 'the Smiths'?

I want to express my family in English. As far as I did research, plural form of family name has that meaning. However, I do not fully understand how 'the' works here. Suppose the family name is ...
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Due to my failing English?

I have a question. Here’s the sentence: I wasn’t accepted to college due to my failing English. Is “failing” here a gerund (meaning he failed English exam) or is it an adjective, describing his level ...
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Is the '/r/' sound 'alveolar' or 'palatal' or 'retroflex'?

In phonetic classification, Is the '/r/' sound 'alveolar' or 'palatal' or 'retroflex'?
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“Orange” is a countable noun, can we say “he is eating orange or some orange” when we mean “he is eating some segments of an orange”?

or‧ange 1 /ˈɒrəndʒ $ ˈɔː-, ˈɑː-/ ●●● S1 W2 noun 1 Image of orange[countable] a round fruit that has a thick orange skin and is divided into parts inside Peel the oranges and divide ...
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Which verb form should we use with present tense.?

Which verb form should we use with present tense.? A) I am glad to find/found you. B) I just find / found it. C) OK OK you win / won the discussion.
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Meaning of “where others have failed” in the following sentence?

What is the meaning of "where others have failed" in the following sentence, One country that appears to have succeeded with the coronavirus where others have failed is South Korea. (Source: BBC ...
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Why to go to work and school, without “the”?

Why does one say "I'm going to work. / I'm going to school." without "the"; but says "I'm going to the hospital. / I'm going to the museum."? Why doesn't one say "I'm going to the work. / I'm going to ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “if I do something” and “if I am going to do something”?

What is the difference in meaning between if I do something and if I am going to do something? For example: If I take a cab, I will be just in time. If I am going to take a cab, I will be just ...
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How to say that you had some memories, but not anymore using “remember”?

Let's say in the past I knew some information, but now it's forgotten. How to do it with the word "remember"? Can I use "I remembered it when..." for that case? An example: -You don't remember the ...
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What is the participle of “stop working” and should I use it?

I was trying to formulate the present participle form of the sentence "My body slowly stops working". My intuition told me that I should be writing "My body is slowly stopping to work." However I have ...
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Usage of “when to do something”

I wrote a sentence like this " She is homesick and uncertain when to go back to her home country." Is that sentence correct? Is there a usage of "when to do something"?
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Lead in & Lead to, what's the difference?

So, as the title says, what's the difference between "lead in" and "lead to", as can be seen in this example taken from the novel The Name of The Rose: "Thus it happened that we turned westward... ...
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Is comma discouraged in compound predicates even within long sentences?

I'm checking my new formal document with Grammarly, and feel uncomfortable seeing it suggesting I remove the comma in many compound predicates, even in longer ones. For example, the following sentence ...
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By how, With how or Through how?

I was thinking about this type of construction that is in blank: Oh my! I am amazed ____ you did this! There is only three options to my head: By how With how Through how What is the difference ...
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“hit my head” and “hit me on the head”

I’d like to know the difference between “My brother hit my head” and “My brother hit me on the head”? I’m going to take a teacher’s exam. In the last year’s test, there is a question below; You’re ...
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¨be given out¨ meaning

The cricketer was given out leg before wicket. What is the meaning of the idiom ¨ be given out¨ in the sentence above?
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What is grammatically wrong with this sentence?

I'm doing exercises from the schoolbook. The topic of the exercise is to find errors and write the correct sentence. The lesson was about adjectives and "so", "such" and "too", enough. I have checked ...
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score vs scores

https://www.lingq.com/el/lesson/lesson-28-the-gettysburg-address-431424/ LINCOLN: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation dedicated to the proposition ...
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Call professor without using the name

I just attended to a study project in abroad and I don't know if I'm correct at calling people and professors. Is it possible to call a professor just only "professor"? I mean, is it possible to not ...
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The use of “over” in “saw someone over the garden”

Over (preposition): Extending above (an area) from a vantage point. (Definition by Lexico Dictionary) Sentence: I went out in the balcony and saw a dark-haired, rather thin guy over the ...
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In everyday English, How to express “to pull the drawer open so hard that it falls off”?

You can move the drawer in and out easily because of its glide bars, but sometimes you pull it so hard and the drawer "goes off the track". In everyday English, How to express "to pull the drawer ...
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“As if we were are …” What does it mean? Present or Past?

I happened across this expression "as if we were are..." I would appreciate if someone simplifies the meaning & illustrates the tense? Here is the context: After just one phone call or e-mail ...

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