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'Is need, should be, have to' which is better approach?

I have sentence like this: ...set some edge cases where component will throw an error. and I'm not sure which of these ones is better: 1. There should be... 2. There have to be... 3. There is need ...
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Pronunciation of “How have you been?”

Is it true that we pronounce it as: "Howve you been?" And don't pronounce "ha"? Am I right?
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“he doesn't have money” vs. “he doesn't have any money”

I've seen 4 similar expressions a lot of times, though I don't really understand the difference among them. "he has no money", "he doesn't have money", "he doesn't have any money", "doesn't have ...
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She is tall/ taller for her age by two inches

1.She is tall for her age by two inches. She is taller for her age by two inches. Which of the above two sentences is correct? If the two are correct, how?
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Listening comprehension at proficient levels of English

Trying to improve my English from C1 to C2, I came across this Stanford's lecture (link). The matter is, I understand circa 80% of the professor's speech. Is such percentage OK for an Advanced user? ...
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“all the same” and “all different”, versus “the same” and “different”

What is the difference between these two sentences: 1- Our shirts are all the same size but they're all different colours. 2- Our shirts are the same size but different colours. * I cannot understand ...
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What is the difference between the following sentences in this context?

If I want to ask my friend if a school work that we are doing belongs to a specific school subject which of the following sentences should I use: 1 does that work have to do with that subject? ...
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Get vs Collect (Package) [for someone else]

Someone is going out of town for a week. Her package is going to arrive in two days. Thus, she asks here neighbor to get it for her. Is "collect" equally likely to be used in this context? Can you ...
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Pronunciation of “How are they?”

Is it true that we pronounce it as: "How A they" And we miss "re"?
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Can I say 'fall far of [sth]' by analogy of 'fall short of [sth]'?

Can I say 'fall far of [sth]' by analogy with 'fall short of [sth]'? If not, what expression can be used instead to mean that the result of some actions was far from what was planned/expected?
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“got our sleeping bags unrolled” vs “unrolled our sleeping bags”

Can you explain to me the ussage of "got our sleeping bags unrolled". The text in my book is: When we got our sleeping bags unrolled, I pulled out a bag of Double Stuf Oreos. Can I say it without "...
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“complain about” vs. “make a complaint about”

Cambridge Dictionary gives this definition about "complain" to say that something is wrong or not satisfactory and this definition about "complaint" a statement that something is wrong or not ...
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All of these may be related to

Talking about beliefs of a writer I want to say: "his contradictory ideas are probably formed before his view change" Through: "all of these may be related to the time before his change" Does it ...
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Is “the service *from which* custommers benefit” idiomatic?

Many English expressions are constituted of a verb with a preposition (from, to, etc.). Let's take to benefit from as an example: The customer benefits from a service. Say I now want to refer to ...
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does “sensitive plate” refers to “Photographic plate” or not?

does "sensitive plate" refers to "Photographic plate" or not? The author is of opinion that the true explanation will be found by coupling all these happenings with the recent investigations of ...
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English Articles: Perilla oil is an/the edible vegetable oil derived from perilla seeds

This is a sentence from Wikipedia. Perilla oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from perilla seeds. I don't understand why it is an edible vegetable oil. We can only have one oil from perilla, i....
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how to pronounce “causa causans” in american english?

how to pronounce "causa causans" in american english? The simple explanation which was given by the Spiritualists of the time is not to be set aside readily—and least readily by those who know most. ...
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What is the difference between “trying” and “tried” in this context?

I want to say that in a near past I tried to run a computer program,but it didn't work. What is the difference between the following sentences: 1 I tried to run the computer program,but it didn't ...
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What is the grammar rule for “might + verb1, and verb2”?

Exposing individuals' personal data might make them vulnerable to cyber fraud and piracy, which might result in them losing money and put/puts their privacy at risk. When I write might + verb1, ...
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'be fit for', 'fit', or 'be fitting for' what is the correct usage and why?

After checking the old post, I found this Difference between 'it fits something' and 'it is fit for something' -- "The key fits the lock" vs. "The key is fit for the ...
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“Affected neighboring topics” sounds wrong

I found in our documentation the phrase affected neighboring topic. It looks unfamiliar to me. Is affected related topics a better way to introduce a list of issues, which are influenced by this topic?...
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Should I repeat the “is” here?

It is used very frequently and is idiomatic. Or It is used very frequently and idiomatic. Should I repeat the auxiliary verb is in this context? Are there any rules for this? Thanks in advance.
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Off being used to say “not to live on a certain place”?

I've seen some sentences with off to apparently say "not to live on a certain place" For instance: We live off the campus I used to live off that farm,but after my grandpa invited me... ...
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Is San Francisco near the “**sea**” or the “**ocean**”?

When I was chatting with a native English speaker, I said San is Francisco near the "sea". He told me, he would say San is Francisco near the "ocean" Cambridge Dictionary gives this definition ...
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Any other books or any other book

Any other books or any other book? We usually say any book, and not any books, but when we put other, we seem to say any other books instead of any other book. Are both sentences equivalent or not? ...
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Word for “mixed letters”

I have seen: Fill out the form in block letters. and Write your name in small letters. But I wonder what I should say when I am using both. Is it, running letter? Thanks in advance.
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What do you call the action of either shorting a stock or betting against the market going up?

What do you call the action of either shorting a stock or betting against the market going up? I think shorting means buying shorts, but you can also buy ETFs that go up when the market goes down. ...
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“Even this means” VS “Even though this means”

Medical workers exhibited their dedication to saving lives, even though this meant they had to put themselves in harm's way. Medical workers exhibited their dedication to saving lives, even this ...
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How would I refer to “one quadrillionth” in a everyday way?

I guess if I say one hundredth people would probably easily know what I mean, it is equal to 0.01, 1% or 1/100. Although I am not sure whether I said it correctly. How about 1/1,000,000,000,000,...
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“When would I use which” vs. “When to use which”

In one of my posts ("Farthest" vs. "The farthest") I said Is there some difference in meaning? When would I use which? I guess it is grammatical, though it does not seem to be ...
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'Passed away' vs. 'Died'

I told my friend about a person that died and he corrected me and told me that using the word 'died' about person isn't frequent although it isn't a mistake, instead, he added, it's more natural to ...
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dashed hopes , dashed lines

Actually I was wondering about the literal meaning of the word "dashed" , somewhere along the way I learned that "dashed hopes" meant "shattered hopes" but a dashed line isn't really "shattered" since ...
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“Farthest” vs. “The farthest”

Oxford Dictionary gives this definition about "leftmost" Farthest to the left. I guess "to" means "toward" there, something like the red arrow shown below. I guess "farthest" might be the ...
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Is ‘five for ten’ the same as ‘five out of ten’?

I’ve heard the phrase 5 for 10 several times in a tv show in contexts where I would have used 5 out of 10 (of course different numbers work as well). I searched for it but found not a single page ...
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Which preposition should I use when saying “Idea of” or “Idea on”

Which preposition should I use when asking someone about their idea on/of something in a formal manner? Saying "idea on" sounds too informal, but "idea of" doesn't sound correct. For example, which ...
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A sentence which I couldn't even separate which part is what

My sentence is from a philosophical book and it made me perplexed. Such that I wasn't even able to separate the parts of it. So, the sentence is: Modern philosophy begins with Descartes, whose ...
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Have + Present Perfect Continuous

Doing some tasks in the textbook I stumbled across one sentence. Here is a small dialog. Do you have a headache ? Yes, I've had a headache all morning. Why do we use the present perfect tense ...
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Definite article omission: “The ones with *the* black hair” vs “The ones with black hair”

I wonder which phrase is grammatically correct. the ones with the black hair the ones with black hair For me both sound right. But when I searched Google Books I found the second one to be ...
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remove subject in if clause

I was reading a book, and I saw this sentence: They also contain a lot of fat and hydrocarbon which, if eaten in quantity, can result in ... I was wondering whether it is possible to remove ...
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Do “l know something like the back of my hand” and “I know something like the palm of my hand” mean the exact same thing?

Having heard both of these idioms I would like to know if they have the same meaning? Idiom 1 "I know something/somebody like the back of my hand." Idiom 2 "I know something/somebody like the palm of ...
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Is Were or Was the correct preposition for 3rd person singular “my heart”?

I understand that if I refer to my heart (my leg, my hair, etc.), it is third person singular and so I should use "WAS", but there's a song called "If my heart WERE a ball" that brought this question ...
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Is there an idiom for when two things don't interact with each other?

Is there an idiom for when two things don't interact with each other? For example, two bacteria next to each other don't interact with each other and behaves like they are not near each other. It ...
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what is the function of “exhausts” in this context? does “more than exhausts” refers to “the psychic knowledge”?

what is the function of "exhausts" in this context? does "more than exhausts" refers to "the psychic knowledge"? Both Kate Fox Jencken and Margaret Fox-Kane died in the early 'nineties, and their ...
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Is there an idiom that means something is inconsistent with the contexts or facts?

Is there an idiom that means something is inconsistent with the contexts or facts? Like when a book is written and the plot and the world-building doesn't go hand in hand and are inconsistent with ...
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What types of these lines are?

Consider this image, wiki calls the red line as "dotted line". However, the wiki page is one of the searching results with "dashed line" as keywords, which one would I use? In terms of "dotted line" ...
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pronunciation of “was spent”

"Was spent" We don't pronounce it as a: /waz spent/ We do it as a: /was'spent/ (without any gap between was and spent?) Did I understand it correctly?
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Is cross-talk the right word in this paraphrasing context?

Take a look at this link. 7. After all the thinking hats have had their say, the blue hat continues to transition between the hats in a logical order. It may, for instance, ask the red hat for ...
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Meaning of “Setting the alarm clock aside”

I have some troubles with understanding the first part of below sentence. When the girl wake up late because of broken clock she said this Setting the alarm clock aside, why did they have to cut ...
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Tell me all wrong grammar points in this short simple sentence

What do you think of this sentence: "How many days is quarantined?" using "is" wrong with to be verb while we have "how many days" and is it correct to use the passive form "quarantined" in this way? ...
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difference between “Grandfather” and “the grandfather” [duplicate]

I took the list to my room and read the names of the birds: swallow, turtledove, redstart. A description followed the name of each bird. I tried to sort everything out. Grandfather was not angry ...

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