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Haunting radiance in the black

Scene : He has been crawling in the dark in a cramped shaft of ventilation duck for god knows how long. Crawled for what seemed like days. His eyes conjuring strange displays of light that appeared ...
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Which is better, 'the better able we will be to ~' or 'the better we will be able to ~'

Or, is it simply a matter of preference? The second form of this argument suggests that the more we learn about whales the better able we will be to protect them. The second form of this argument ...
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How to use months in a sentence? For example: "January"

I've always thought that to use the month in a sentence you must use it with a preposition, such as "... at January". But I saw a sentence in a press release today: "Nearly two-thirds of ...
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“Roll Over” in the Song Roll Over Beethoven

There is a famous Chuck Berry song titled Roll Over Beethoven. The overall meaning was telling a DJ to stop playing classical music and play rock and roll. But when I looked up for the definition of ...
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Alternative word for “less than or equal to”

I want to ask about the number of people whose ages are less than or equal to 18. It is important to be precise and mention that also this includes those whose ages equal to 18 (therefore less than 18 ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “finish something in a week” and “finish something after a week”?

Is there any difference in meaning between finish something in a week and finish something after a week? For example: I'll finish the job in a week. I'll finish the jon after a week.
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What do they refer exactly to with “last name”?

I'm from Spain, and here we have 2 last names; one coming from our mother, and the other one from our father. In the translation of last name, technically it's like a family name, but in my country we ...
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“It doesn't add too much about”

This information is useful, but it doesn't add much about what we already know. or maybe This information is useful, but it doesn't add much to what we already know. Is the bold part is ...
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Is this ad at a barber shop worded correctly?

Recently I saw an sign at a barber shop on which I read on bold letters: "Men's only" Is this a correct writing? I think that it has to be "Men only" to make clear that it is a ...
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a strange sentence in the movie Greyhound (2020)

while explaining ship status is said in the movie: We have a five-degree list at starboard, and we're down at the stern, but we'll tow all right up to five knots. We have a flap of plate sticking up, ...
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Patient or client?

I know that this is subjective and opinions may vary, but do you prefer "patients" or "clients" about people who are seeing a psychologist? And the same question with psychiatrist.
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Meaning of “How much you had? Woah, must be gone. You must have since lunchtime”

The text is from Over There by Mark Ravenhill. What is this part referring to: "How much you had? Woah, must be gone. You must have since lunchtime." Franz: Brilliant that’s brilliant. It’s ...
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I'm stitching my way back in

I have heard the phrase I'm stitching my way back in multiple times, I did some research but couldn't find any entries. What does this phrase mean?
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Correctness of “Give me back my keys!”

I was discussing this with a friend but couldn’t find an answer online. Which one is correct? (I’m guessing both) Give me my keys back! or Give me back my keys!
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Is it correct to say “something smells burning in the kitchen”?

The verb "smell" is a linking verb and is often followed by an adjective. For example, "It smells bad". Also, adjectives can also be formed from verbs by adding "ing" or &...
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Emotion/Emotions

Mike got in the car and drove away. The sight of his dad's grave didn't seem to have brought out any emotion/emotions in him. Is "emotion" a fitting word to use in this context? If so, are ...
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opponent team or opposing team

Can we use the word "opponent" as an adjective as in follows? "Our school beat the oppponent team 2-0." Should we say "opposing team" or "rival team" in the ...
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Meaning of foot in the context of cliff climbing

Scene: Climbing a cliff. A foot above his head, he gripped his smallest handhold yet, and then stepped up onto a gently sloping surface that contained just enough grit to give the soles of his boots ...
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What's the drainage of the canyon?

The canyon appeared to climb another thousand feet to a high, wind-ripped ridge. If his strength held, he might reach it by dusk. But even more than the looming threat of hunger and thirst, he feared ...
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the use of comma

In my first language we don't use comma as frequently as English speakers do. so sometimes it's kind of hard to translate the sentence that has more than one comma. here is the sentence i got stuck in....
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when you wish someone makes the job

I could have included the question in the title actually. I was wondering how I should use ''looking forward to'' when I want someone else to do something. Namely, which one is correct? I am looking ...
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There is me and friends vs There are me and friends. Is the following sentence correct?

"The picture was taken in Amsterdam. There are me and a lot of friends and I had my teacher take a picture in our hotel room." I am not sure if the part "There are me and a lot of ...
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Nominal sentence (sentence without verb)

Short question. Is 'I happy' correct? you mad, I happy.
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If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in another one, then the description should have a reference to another/the other tool?

Which one is correct: If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in another one, then the description should have a reference to ANOTHER tool. If one tool of the kit is intended to be used in ...
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The use of “precisely”

There are various ways in which something can be wrong, but in this case, if you had to explain it, you'd probably say that it would be unfair to other users of the library who may be just as ...
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A dynamic state is understood as a state in which…/The dynamic state is understood as the state in which…?

Which one is correct: "An invention should be described in its dynamic state. A dynamic state is understood as a state in which... " "An invention should be described in its dynamic ...
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meaning of “betraying no evidence of nerves”

The man’s eyes stayed hidden under the shadow of the hood, but his jaw was set and his hands, particularly the one holding the knife, were rock-steady, betraying no evidence of nerves. What does this ...
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Should there be comma between 'me' and 'too'?

As 'I can, too,' 'I can, either,' I think there should be comma between 'me' and 'too' because it seems like 'wow you are here,' but not 'wow, you are here.'
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what does refer the word 'to' at the end of the sentence?

What does refer the word 'to' at the end of the sentence? This is the school which I used to go to. This is the school which I used to go. What's the difference between these two sentences, and ...
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Is the tense of my sentence correct? "I __locked__ (lock) my house and went to my office.”

What will be the correct tense form of the verb in the sentence, "I _______ (lock) my house and went to my office." I believe the answer should be locked. If it were had locked, the sentence ...
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What does come down mean in this sentence?

I was reading a short story and I found this phrasal verb so difficult to understand even with using Monolingual dictionary. “Why don’t you come down to the pony farm with me tomorrow?“
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Do boxing or go boxing?

Looking at https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/to-do-or-go-boxing.1457472/ and http://www.englishteachermelanie.com/vocabulary-verbs-used-to-talk-about-sports-play-do-go/ I found that we should ...
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Meaning of “folksy side of the spectrum”

He unlocked the door, stepped inside, hit the light. The decor ran to the folksy side of the spectrum. Two badly done iconic Western scenes. A cowboy on a bucking bronco. Group of ranch hands huddled ...
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What is the common everyday term for people with front teeth moving forward?

What is the common everyday term for people with front teeth moving forward as shown in the above picture, for example, "she is buck-toothed" or simply "her teeth stick forward"?
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Why is the definite article “the” not used in this Cambridge Dictionary example?

We expect to take delivery of our new car next week. The above is an example from the Cambridge Dictionary, I would like to know “why have we not used take the delivery?” We are talking about a ...
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Is “Her hair is in a pigtail” (singular) used in British English?

The British say "Her hair is in a plait" (picture 1) but "Her hair is in pigtails" (picture 2). Americans say "Her hair is in a braid" (No.1) and "Her hair is in ...
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“I was working for a long time before…” vs. “I had been working for a long time before…”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between I was working for a long time before... and I had been working for a long time before...? For example: I was working for a long time ...
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Listing's meaning as in motion or movement?

It's the scene where he's being pushed back He stumbled back, listing, unsteady on his feet. What does listing in this sentence mean? Source: Novel, Pines, Blake Crouch
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How to change this sentence below to passive voice?

Jill's parent are making her study hard. Is my version correct? - Jill is being made study hard by her parents. Should it be like this? - Jill is being made to study hard by her parents.
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the meaning of “Hit the ground”

what's the meaning of this sentence in "Billie Eilish - She's Broken": "You see them talking but hear no sound to hit the ground"
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What is funny about an American joke about the British actor Daniel Day Lewis

Comedy Central(viewable only to the U.S and other limited countirs) is a favorite channel through which you may say you see only cheap shots but to me a new "spot" for just an an "...
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which one is correct, whine or whining as a noun?

Do you think these 2 are correct? Cannot tolerate your whine anymore Cannot tolerate your whining anymore I feel more comfortable using "whining" in this example but I can also see that &...
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comma+noun+ relative clause VS comma + nominative absolute

From an ACT English test: Now, the site is visited by thousands of scuba divers every year, those ____ for an unusual dive in what might be called an underwater mining museum. Why inserting "...
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Classic rule fishing: Has or had

I have a feeling both tenses are relevant here, but need some guidance if possible. “He knew how to use the machine because he has/had used it before.” Please correct me if I am wrong, we should be ...
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Having to reason

What does "having to reason" mean here? Are "exhausting" and "having" gerund here? Can I use "having" instead of "having to"? Is it following this ...
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“I've kept on falling asleep”?

I would like to know the difference between the following sentences in meaning. I've kept on falling asleep during class. I keep on falling asleep during class. I've been falling asleep during ...
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Brought out/Evoked any emotion/emotions

Mike got in the car and drove away. The sight of his dad's grave didn't seem to have brought out/evoked any emotion(s) in him. Is there any difference between using "brought out" and "...
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''Leave university''

Does ''I left university'' mean ''I dropped out'' in this sentence? ' 'When I left university I made a decision to take up a profession in which I could be creative.'' The example is from the book ...
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Can I blend Future Perfect and future-in-the-past?

Can I blend Future Perfect and future-in-the-past? For example, He would have served the remainder of his term and leave office in 1990. It may be confusing since the "would have" ...
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Verb usage in subordinate clause with “before”

Question: While some scientists are confident of the project of transforming Mars, they admit that it ______(be) a few decades before people ________ (move) to the planet most similar to Earth. The ...

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