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Can the phrase "out of" be used to specify part of the whole?

Only one out of twenty students in my class passed the test. I think the usage "out of" in the sentence above I created is correct, but I am unsure if the following usage is correct: This ...
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"There was no such thing as ... " + "nor were there..."? "Or..."? "Nor... ?"

I would like to convey two ideas in a single sentence. Idea 1 : "Rock music" was not (yet) an established music genre at some point in time Idea 2 : There were no more than a handful of ...
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Check after someone

Is it "check after someone"? As in I need to check after him lest the job is done wrong.
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Usage of prepositions with "to smb's advantage", "for smb's benefit"

The meaning differences of these two phrases are slim. How can using the prepositions "to" and "for" be explained here from a grammatical point of view? Why is there such a ...
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"went on to" x "went onto". Do they have different meanings?

I found both of these expressions in a YouTube comment and I'm trying to find out if using "on to" or "onto" after the verb "went" makes the expression to have different ...
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What is the American equivalent of "catch out"?

"Catch out" would be a good addition to my vocabulary, but it's from BrE (which is less relevant and has fewer speakers, no offence). What do they say in the US to convey that meaning?
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Meaning of "they didn't want them good; they wanted them Thursday"

I was wondering what "they didn't want them good; they wanted them Thursday" means. Apparently it was said by Reagan wiki link I am only guessing but is it sort of quantity over quality? As ...
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Tense with relative clause

What is the correct answer to the following question? Which one is correct and why? Why not the other? I need explanation. Thank you in advance! Ernest Hemingway ___ one of those people who ___ in ...
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"It wasn’t always like that" / "It hasn’t always been like that"

It wasn’t always like that. [something was different, for example, yesterday, or one week ago or earlier?] It hasn’t always been like that. [something was different very recently, for example, less ...
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introduced to you/you to/for you/you for

A: He has dated a lot of women. B: No, I haven't. C: How many has he introduced to you/you to/you for/for you? A: Three only this year. But he dumped them all. If C is asking about how many ...
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could be with past, present and future

is it ok to use could be with past, present and future actions. the bridge could be removed yesterday but they decided to do it today. the bridge could be removed today . There are chances that the ...
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On opening a sentence with the (quasi-)command, "Look..."

It's quite common, especially in spoken English, to hear someone begin an explanation with the word, "Look". For example, on US cable news and the like, we often hear an exchange something ...
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to help with -ing

From https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/airlines-cancel-change-flights-to-us-over-5g-dispute-/6403568.html: An altimeter sends radio waves from an airplane to the ground to measure how far above ...
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the usage of "most" as in "the place that you most like to visit"

the place that you most like to visit the place that you like to visit most the place that you like to visit the most the activity that you most want to do the activity that you want to do most the ...
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Is "neither" used correctly here?

I know you can use "neither" in the next sentence if the previous one has a negation (e.g. don't, can't, etc.). I'm not sure about "never." Example sentence: Your friendships ...
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What does the phrasal verb "hold up" mean in this context?

This context is from the movie "on The Waterfront" The people speaking talk about a boxing mach in which one was a contestant and the other a spectator in the audience. person 1. Man, he ...
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Would 'sure' be natural in these examples?

I wrote three examples where I used sure. I would like to know if I have used it as I intended. 1. I painted it myself. You like it? ...Sure. Would sure be perfect here if he doesn't really like it? ...
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Why "years to life" instead "years of life"?

That is the Headline: Teenager Sentenced to 14 Years to Life in Tessa Majors Murder why the use of preposition "to" in this case? I wonder if "years of life" would convey same ...
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What does "when shift breaks" mean in this context?

The context is from the movie "taxi driver" by Martin Scorsese The main character Travis comes to a taxi company to ask for a job as a cabbie. The manager he talks to after some initial ...
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Would it be alright if I [present tense/ past tense]?

I heard native speakers use present tense in the following sentence. Would it be alright if I take a rain check?Would it be alright if I call you Annie? But I think the correct grammar is took and ...
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What type of speech is: "Have you completed the task"? What type of questions are "have you" [closed]

I would like to know what type of questions are questions that start with the first two words "have you". What part of speech is each individual parts of the phrase: "Have you" and ...
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Are you the best it's ever gonna get for her? (meaning)

Are you the best it's ever gonna get for her? Can you break it down for me please?, the meaning and other possible usages. thanks
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was just here / has just been here

He was just here, but he has gone away. He has just been here, but he has gone away. Which sentence is idiomatic? I suppose the first one because we need to show the difference in his location.
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3-6 6-4 6-1 pronunciation

This sentence is from my book. The sentence is about Serbian tennis player Bojana Jovanovski. How do you pronounce 3-6 6-4 6-1 in this context? "Unfortunately, the day finished badly for Bojana ...
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What does "Somebody still hearts waterboarding" mean?

"Cheney still hearts waterboarding. 'Are you going to trade the lives of a number of people because you want to preserve your honor?' he asked, his voice dripping with contempt. 'I don't lie ...
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The one is wrong is/are you

Help me to fix this sentence because it doesn't sound good to me: The one is wrong is you! I believe there is redundancy in that sentence, but I can't explain. Probably the "is"? A part of ...
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"So I am a younger brother to 3 siblings..." Does this mean there are 4 siblings or 3 siblings in total?

"I am a younger brother to 3 siblings." I thought the sentence means "I am the youngest of 3 siblings." But then I got confused because maybe the sentence means "There are 4 ...
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that running boy

a. Stop that running boy! b. Stop that boy running! You see a young boy running towards a street and you think he is going to try and cross it and put his life in danger. You shout to other people to ...
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How do you write this sentence? [closed]

Grammar Which sentence is correct. For which thing was I appointed? For what was I appointed?
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Using "The" at the beginning of title

Consider two following options for the title of a scientific article: The underlying mechanism of coupled ion motion in lithium-sulfur batteries. Underlying mechanism of coupled ion motion in ...
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native English speakers

a. Native speaker men speak English differently than native speaker women. b. Native speaking men speak English differently than native speaking women. ========================== c. Native English ...
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the dog's barking/the dog barking

a. The dog barking was coming from the house next door. b. The dog's barking was coming from the house next door. It seems to me that in (a) the dog is coming from the house next door while in (b) ...
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The Present Simple is used as a condition. Why not 'will'?

I'm not sure if it's the right word, but I feel like the Present Simple is sometimes used as a 'condition'. For example: If you do that, this will happen. I'll call you when I arrive. Clean your ...
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using an idiom on your own

There is an idiom in English 'sit at the feet of', i.e. to admire somebody very much, especially a teacher or somebody from whom you try to learn. Can we use it this way: I would sacrifice everything ...
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How can I say when an uncountable noun coordinates with a countable noun?

These are all water. Coral reefs are important place for them. or These is all water. Coral reefs is important place. or do such sentences not make sense?
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I am looking for the right word for a board above the door of a small store or restuarant(like in the picture)

What should I call them? a Nameboard? a Board? a Plaque? Thanks!
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"Users use" - Is it considered to be a poor word choice?

Would you ever write "Users use" in an article, or it's considered a bad word combination because two words share the same root? Thanks! Edited Here are some examples: Users can use the ...
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Please help me with this point of grammar

Nobody thought we had a chance entering this season would understand as: A) Nobody thought we had a chance when we entered this season B) Nobody thought we had a chance to enter this season What would ...
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What is the structure of these sentences?

they can have an enjoyable time watching movies or playing video games together. let yourself fall asleep enjoying the safety found in silence. why there isn't any linking word before "watching ...
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Is there a word/expression for the attitude of giving a lot of advice

In the expression "it feels patronizing", patronizing have the following meaning: apparently kind or helpful but betraying a feeling of superiority; condescending. In a slightly similar ...
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Is it good to learn English from TV show Vikings? [closed]

I am not an English native speaker. Recently I have been watching TV show Vikings. I find that the characters seem to use lots of old-fashioned English (I don't mean when they use old Norse or old ...
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The meaning of a sentence: "He was complete even down to white kid gloves"

What does "He was complete even down to white kid gloves" infer in this context: *Sally was usually good company at all times, pleasant to be out with; that was why they had made the trip ...
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Use of 'and' with perfect tenses for regular verb

It is clear that when the verb is irregular we don't repeat auxiliary in perfect tense "she has danced and sung a good song." but if the verb is regular, omitting auxiliary confuses it for ...
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Which is the subject in the following sentence?

There are lots of reasons why the road shouldn't be built Answer : Lots of reasons = the subject ✔️ There is the subject ❌ ❌ ❌ There or here is never the ( subject ) many books confirm this idea ...
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Past Simple, Past Perfect or Present Perfect before "which"

Which of the sentences is correct? I don’t know whether you read my previous messages, which I unsent not long ago, ... OR I don’t know whether you had read my previous messages, which I unsent not ...
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What is the definition of "big tent pop " in this context?

the headline is: "Listen to ‘Popcast’ A conversation about the Weeknd’s new album and making big tent pop in an age of the micro." I googled big tent and the definition seems not to fit in ...
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Would it be idiomatic to use 'then' where I have in this sentence?

A: Do you think he's in heaven? B: Yes. A: Then he's together with Grandma. Would it be completely idiomatic to use then where I have in the sentence? (to mean in that case; therefore.)
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British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again." Is this not true for "used to do"?

British council says "We use the past continuous for something that happened again and again. And they put some sentences below: I was practising every day, three times a day. They were meeting ...
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past and present with models when using conditionals

what would be the context to use below sentence. I could get in trouble If I did that. I will get in trouble If I do that. Would Tom accept your help If you offered it. Will Tom accept your help If ...
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How is Mike? / How is Mike doing? / How is it going with Mike?

If you know that the person you're asking about is in a coma, which of these options would you find more appropriate: How is Mike? / How is Mike doing? / How is it going with Mike? And which of these: ...

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