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Q: Could? A: Can!!! -> always?

I feel like I've seen a grammar rule somewhere that explained like, "You must answer could questions with the modal can". But I've seen quite a few cases that are opposite, such as... Q: (turns on ...
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Using the article “the” with the word “ability” [on hold]

Can I use the article the or I cannot with this sentence? He has the ability to do that.
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“Pull out a win”

Nevertheless, the Cubs felt giddy about pulling out the win. Anthony Rizzo described it as a season-defining moment. (source) This line sounds strange, even jarring, to me. To pull out of something ...
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Use of “intense” when talking about someone's drinking

"He's on the fifth drink or something since we got here. It looks pretty intense. Maybe we should go talk to him." Is the line of dialogue okay or is "intense" unusual in the context?
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Able to or can. What is the difference?

Is it correct to say: I am not able to talk to you right now. I am able to talk to you right now. I am able to talk you tomorrow. I cannot talk to you right now. I can talk to you right now. ...
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What is the meaning of “on the wrong lines” in this context?

This is the context: The universe is telling us it is simple. It is astonishingly simple. And yet here we are with thousands of physicists worrying about a multiverse of infinitely complex ...
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Should I hyphen the adjective here?

How would you write these two sentences: It's quiet at nighttime. It was a night-time ritual. Should I hyphen the second sentence (as I have)? ?
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Is this the right way to ask someone a question?

I would like to know how to ask someone about something without accusing them. If I want to know if someone at work has used my computer, can I ask "Have you used my computer?", without insulting ...
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On this definition of holding

A tenure; a farm or other estate held of another. The above is the third definition of holding in this dictionary. I couldn't make sense of the part in italics, especially on their use of held; is ...
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How many years have you studied English?

For the question: How many years have you studied English? does it mean studying English only or studying all courses in English?
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“I gave it everything I've got” or “I gave everything I've got”

Last day, I read this sentence " Nice game, the team gave IT everything they've got" to give is a transitive verb therefore An object must follow the verb; however I consider "everything they've got" ...
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Object Place Verb: is that a correct order in an english sentence?

I've read this sentence on a US internet news site (huffpost.com): "Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller in a series of leaked emails pushed white nationalism[...]." I've always thought that ...
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“At x and y, I have encouraged…” or “At x and at y, I have encouraged…”?

I want to talk about two schools, x and y, in a sentence. I have the following options and I am confused which one is grammatically correct. (1) At x and y, I have encouraged interaction between ...
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Whether vs. Regardless in this sentence

I wrote: Whether these powers are good or not, or whether they have good intentions or not, people dislike to see their presence in the region. I suspect if I had to use "Regardless" or "No matter"...
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How to translate “cocotte en papier” in English?

I'm surprised how I never been able to found an online translation of "cocotte en papier" (which is the thing pictured below), or people able to answer IRL, other than via less precise terms as "...
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What's the difference in meaning of this two sentences?

They would often visit friends in Europe. They often visited friends in Europe.
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Ask about the reason of not giving money to people by banks

Suppose you live in a country, and an economical issue was happened, and the country's banks refuse giving money back to people ... what is the best way to ask about the reason ? 1)Why are not banks ...
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main clause predicate and participial phrase

Is the following sentence beginning with "Comparatively speaking" okay, in terms of the tense sequencing of the main-clause verb holds and the participial phrase? And what is the semantic relation ...
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Been there or Were there in this sentence? - Tense-Usage

Look at the bold clause He's been to France. It was fun. Although, he already was/has been here before. Which one should I use? I mean, to me, since the context creates some sort of timeline, I ...
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What on earth does 'a blowtorch in the mountains' mean? There's no other meaning for that in dictionaries except “a tool to produce flame”

My guess is that it refers to crown fires. Like, fires that are caught by upper levels of vegetation. Am I right?
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Greedy for + meaning

Can you be "greedy for" a material thing? Or is it only used for power/fame, etc... The dictionary is ambiguous about that: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/fr/dictionnaire/anglais/greedy ...
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What's the meaning of this “Death” in “Mobile Attribution 101: The Death of App Attribution”?

I read that article Mobile Attribution 101: The Death of App Attribution. That article introduced some basic ideas about Mobile Attribution. It confused me, why that article name as "The Death of ...
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What is the difference between “had” and “has”?

I mean, when we use these words is there a difference in the meaning, or these sentences? And What's difference, with proper example ?
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What does “the very” expression mean?

What is the meaning of "the very" if a noun follows it? For example: the very wheel of life.
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What is the difference between “This is” and “Here is”?

I mean, is there a difference in the meaning, or the contexts for these sentences? When using the one or the other one? My question is about every kind of words. Innert things, or beings, or any ...
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What is the difference between “myself vs i myself do.”?

Sometimes ago, I was facing with native speakers he used " Myself & I Myself Do." could you help me out about importance of this sentence "I will eat myself." & "I myself will eat."
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What does the phrase “edges the fabric” mean here?

Please help me figure out the meaning of the phrase "edges the fabric" in the following sentence: Depending on the look you want to go for, hold your felt sides together using a running stitch (where ...
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My question is about names of the institution where in some new words are coined and used?

I came across 2 signboards at 'the English Speaking Tutorials'. The names are SPEAKWELL ENGLISH and SPEAKON ENGLISH. Such words dont exist in dictionary or in usage.Are such usages appropriate? can ...
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Did I use reconcile correctly in this sentence? [on hold]

I would really like for us to talk this has gone on long enough you are the Grammy of my son and I would really like to be able to reconcile.
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What does 'jack your beanstalk' mean?

I'm watching the TV drama 'sex education'. In S01E01, a guy says to his friend 'Everybody is either thinking about shagging, about to shag, or actually shagging, and you can't even jack your beanstalk'...
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about the waste-sorting OR with waste-sorting

Which sentence is correct between those two: The problems about the waste-sorting are ... The problems with waste-sorting are ...
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What is the meaning of “flung their hands up” in this context?

This is the context: the multiverse is just an example of a bad theory. The multiverse theory can predict nothing. But can it accommodate anything? Oh yes. It can accommodate everything ...
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A verb means behave or acquit

The word means "to behave or acquit", and I vaguely remember there's a collocation like " xxx well/badly in the example sentence(of OED), but i really can't recall the word.
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Meaning of “if not” in “if not [some trait]”

If I say: You are well-established if not dominant in your field am I saying that you're not dominant or that you are?
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Tense choice after 'so (that)'

I recommended that we all go together, so no one gets lost. Here we have 'recommended' which is in past simple and 'go' which, as far as I can understand, is present subjunctive, but 'gets' is in ...
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Is the phrase “You can cancel a subscription anytime” correct?

One native speaker said that it is a mistake to use the indefinite article in the phrase "You can cancel a subscription anytime". I want to ask native speakers if it's true, and if yes — what rule ...
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what does “(until) that is” refer to in the text

I read an article where a physicist explains how the rainforest produces oxyden. Help me please understand the point of one passage: Oxygen is produced by photosynthesis and consumed by decay. If ...
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Do I need to put “the” before “contemporary” in this context?

Here I am going to talk about this problem in the contemporary Tajikistan. Is "the" required in the above sentence? I could find many instances of both contemporary with and without "the" on the ...
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Which of these statements is correct?

I sometimes get confused about the which of these statements. I saw you entering Daniel's room in the morning. I saw you enter Daniel's room in the morning. Do the above sentences have the same ...
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what does the phrase “get someone into something” mean?

I am reading a text. A line of it, is as follows: Your daughter has a cocaine habit. Get her into rehab. I have searched about the meaning of "get someone into something" and I found somethings. ...
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She's been a vegetarian for ten years now

She's been a vegetarian for ten years now. Does She continues to be vegetarian or no?
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What's the difference between words “tongue” and “lingua”?

Dictionary definition: tongue - the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and most vertebrates, functioning in eating, in tasting, and, in humans, in speaking. lingua - the ...
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Is nataral to say “can you do any dances” meaning can you dance any dances?

Is it natural to ask Can you do any dances? meaning can you dance any dances like the walts, the tango etc. If so, can I use the verb do instead of dance. For example: Let's do waltz at the ...
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Text dexcribing my military service - not sure if correct, grammar-wise [on hold]

I could use some help :) I know that you don't proofread, but I don't know where to ask. I had been recruited to the Military on the 20th of October, 2013. As a combat service supporter in the ...
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How each and individually differ as an adverb?

The legs of the chair are individually joined to the seat by screws. The legs of the chair are each joined to the seat by screws. I would like to know if there is any difference between the two ...
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Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous with 'since'

Can we combine the present perfect continuous tense and the present perfect tense by using 'since'? For example: I have not been going to the gym since I have come back from overseas. The ...
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Is this discription that 'she is not as mean as the way she looks.' right?

she is not as mean as the way she looks. she is not as mean as how she looks. she is not as mean as what she looks like. Which one do you guys discript generally? or I would be happy, if you teach me ...
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The meaning of Fifo's Fraud

Based on my search, it seems "FIFO" in "Fifo's fraud" means "First In, First Out". I hope I am wrong because I don't see how "First In, First Out" has to do with frauds. Please help me understand the ...
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Meaning of “why should we take you over the next person”

I'm Chinese, and I can not fully understand the meaning of this sentence. In the interview, does it mean "What is your advantage" or "Why we should accept you"?
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Your order has been received, which tense this sentence is using?

I have gone through this sentence "Your order has been received." i am wondering which tense this sentence have made up off is 'been' is used as main verb or a helping verb.

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