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I wanna know why preposition 'in' has the meaning of 'later' in the time order

I have studied in school that preposition 'in' has the meaning of 'later' as in I will do it in three hours. But I have been taught at school like preposition 'in' has the meaning of 'inner side of ...
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One moment in time vs. One moment of time

Could be any difference between one moment in time and one moment of time? There is only one difference: in and of
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Which quantifier should I use?

Are those two sentences equivalent? Are they both valid? "There are a little more than 1,000 inhabitants." "There are a few more than 1,000 inhabitants."
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Is the rule of when to add the articles: (a, the, no article) before a noun, too flexible in English?

Whenever I think I understand English I find a sentence that show me the opposite. Like the following sentence from William Gibson's Neuromancer: "The impact with pavement drove dull rods of pain ...
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Help with grammar exercise

I am struggling with an exercise. I have not studied English grammar for years so do not remember much. My questions concerns headwords in the following sentences: the dog with the collar may work ...
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"in the sense in which that concept is relevant" vs. "in the sense that concept is relevant"

Isn't "in which" below redundant? I don't understand what "in which" adds to the sentence. If I delete it, what happens to the sentence? "in which" below hails from ...
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It was good meeting/It was good to meet

If I have just met my friend's girlfriend, which of these would be more idiomatic? It was good meeting your girlfriend. / It was good to meet your girlfriend. She seems nice.
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What prepositions should I use when talking about being a member of an organization and doing something?

What prepositions should I use when talking about being a member of an organization and doing something? Example 1: I play tennis well because when I was a high school student, I played tennis for a ...
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Usage of the preposition "to" after the noun "technique"

"Military Technique to falling asleep in 2 minutes." (an article on Yahoo) I would have thought there should be "...technique of falling asleep..." or "...technique for ...
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Drooping head and back

She looked shorter because of her drooping back and head. Question 1: Can drooping used to describe the posture of the back and head? Question 2: If so, should it be drooping or dropped in this ...
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What is the difference between collide and clash?

And what is more appropriate here: He was a great manager but he __________ ( collided, clashed) with time-keeping. Why?
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“The town is (located) 20km southeast of city X”

Is southeast an adjective being modified by of city X (an adverb phrase) and having 20km (an adverb) modifying it? Or is 20km an adjective modifying southeast (a noun) and of city X an adjective ...
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The proper word for 'make it to wobble'

I'm trying to find a proper word for russian 'шатать' (to cause a wobble, to sway, to rock) in context of causing possible damage or instability due to unexpected movements. The literal meaning of the ...
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...than I would have (done) otherwise

So you didn't see her every day? No. I think I've seen her more the last three months than I would have (done) otherwise. Is it idiomatic to omit done here?
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What does "I don't know what it was in me." mean? [closed]

I couldn't understand the first sentence. How can I say it differently? I don't know what it was in me. He called me and I recorded that conversation.
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waiting for a/the good sale price

Have you bought that fashion coat yet? - Not yet. I’m waiting for a good sale price. Have you bought that fashion coat yet? - Not yet. I’m waiting for the good sale price. Which article is ...
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What is the difference between milling around and milling about?

I have looked for the difference between these phrasal verbs in the Cambridge Dictionary, Collins, Merriam Webster, among others, and they all seem to indicate there is no difference between one and ...
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Can you clarify the meaning of coddled for this sentence? [closed]

Can you clarify the meaning of coddled in this sentence? Because of her condition, was she coddled growing up? What is the meaning of coddled here? Scared or pamper? Or something else?
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Meaning of 'inherited institutions'

Wars and economic dislocations always have been regarded as generation-defining events. Not surprisingly, Americans that came of age during a national emergency typically developed powerful collective ...
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Has he known yet what happened? / Has he known what happened yet?

Has he known yet what happened? Has he known what happened yet? I know "yet" is usually used in the end of questions, but in this case I suppose we need to use it after the main clause (see ...
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"at" or "by" in conjunction with the past perfect

In the following passage, should "by" or "at" be used? Earlier this month, Saudi photographer Osama Al-Habri captured aerial images of Badr Governorate, southwest of the Islamic ...
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What does "scratch the last question" mean?

It's the phrase from Friends. This is a dialog between Ross and Benhamin. Here is a part of it: Ross: What? Wait, wait, wait, just a minute. None of my questions have anything to do with Paleontology. ...
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Using past perfect

Why do we use the simple past with "was driving" and not the past perfect? He had probably crashed because he had gone to sleep while he was driving I have taken this phrase from the topic ...
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"Were being" use for descibe an event scheduled in near future

I have come across the following sentence in a newspaper On the occasion, the Governor said that in line with the election manifesto promise made by the government for delivery of more efficient ...
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What part of speech is "freezing" in this sentence: "He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse..."

Doing a part-of-speech breakdown on Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian". He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse in the predawn dark. I ran the sentence through a POS website and it ...
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What does "particularly" refer back to Murtlap?

In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Newt says to Jacob, who got bitten by Murtlap: Newt: That's definitely the Murtlap. You must be particularly susceptible. What does "...
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fest that takes over several blocks of Folsom

This is an excerpt from a Vox article. We went to the Folsom Street Fair, too, an adults-only kink-fest that takes over several blocks of Folsom one weekend every September. I wonder if the meaning ...
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Reported speech with the word "before"

I have such a sentence: 'Who did you see at the club last night?' Tony asked me. I need to transform it into reported speech using the word before. But wherever I put the word, it changes the ...
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Can "defined as" and "referred to as" be used interchangeably?

I use "defined as" and "referred to as" interchangeably as follows: The line connecting two points A and B is defined here as line AB. The line connecting two points A and B is ...
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What is the object of 'the relaying of?

I think it's just a letter, which means the relaying of a letter and the communication that a certain employment exists are in a parallel structure, but it's a little bit ambiguous. Other late ...
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Do you "rent with" a landlord or a housemate?

I rented with Jane for 5 years Does this mean Jane is a co-tenant or a landlord?
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ones or the ones?

Is "the" necessary in the following? What difference would it make if it were removed? Does "the" imply all the bacteria in vultures and other-feeders? These bacteria are similar ...
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played into my myth

This is an excerpt from a Vox article. Staying played into my myth. I was the strong one. I could hold our marriage together — physically, financially, emotionally — in the face of whatever came our ...
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What is the appropriate antonym of "the dark" in this context?

There are always two sides in this world. The dark side and the _ side. It's not about night and day, but it's about bad people/things and good people/things. I'm trying to determine the appropriate ...
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idea of attractive

This is an excerpt from a Vox article. I wasn’t interested in looking like my husband’s increasingly exaggerated idea of attractive, and he wasn’t interested in intimacy, touch, or plain old ...
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Is "ought to" just a fancy British way of saying "should"? [duplicate]

I consume a lot of English content on a daily basis, but hardly ever come across the expression "ought to". That is, except two cases: the BBC (infrequently) and the TV series Downtown Abbey ...
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What is the difference between "path" and "passage"?

Water is supplied to the tank through the water supply passage/path. I would like to know "passage" or "path" which is better for the sentence above. It seems to me that "...
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Has he come of age yet?

Has he come of age yet? How do you usually ask that? As I understand it, the above-mentioned sentence isn't common (among Google books, on the internet). Why?
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Yes it is, but it’s getting warmer. / Yes, but it’s getting warmer

If we speak about the weather: "Is it cold outside?" I suppose I can answer both versions, right? Yes it is, but it’s getting warmer. Yes, but it’s getting warmer. If I understand it ...
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What in the world is going on? / What's going on in the world?

What in the world is going on? What is going on in the world? It seems I'm surprised and don't understand why is used the first version, not the second one? Could you explain please?
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is/are - in given scenario

My biggest fear is cockroaches and spiders. My biggest fears are cockroaches and spiders. My biggest fear are cockroaches and spiders. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? If not which are ...
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"in as many weeks" and "as" meaning

I've seen a sentence like this: North Korea's internet appears to have been hit by a second wave of outages in as many weeks. I wonder what does "in as many weeks" mean and specifically &...
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Is "fit in well" appropriate?

Let's say I'm showing a friend of mine a painting I just bought... Me: I just bought it. What do you think? I thought it'd fit in well. You like it? Is "fit in" the most idiomatic option I ...
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Is it necessary to use "it" as an object? - Yes, I know it but... / Yes, I know it

Is it necessary to use "it" in such answers, or is it redundant? Could you explain why? Yes, I know it but I still love her. Yes, I know it. I guess "it" might be used for ...
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Should it be "social interaction" or "a social interaction" in the following?

Buying from the client wouldn't be (a) social interaction, just a business transaction. Should it be "social interaction" or "a social interaction"? And why?
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what does hiding an uneasy conscience with a judicial air mean

What does hiding an uneasy conscience with a judicial air mean? I've quoted it from Pygmalion, a play by George Bernard Shaw.
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What does "shrug" mean in "Atlas shrugged"?

I've been reading "Atlas Shrugged" and the title puzzled me. The title is a reference to Atlas, a Titan in Greek mythology, who is described in the novel as "the giant who holds the ...
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wasn't looking/didn't look

Guy 1: When he first got diagnosed six months ago we were told that the prognosis was encouraging. Guy 2: So when did the doctor let you know that it wasn't looking / didn't look quite as encouraging ...
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Is it correct to use "on" in this sense? "There have been house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program."

"There have been many house fires due to faulty work done ON the government insulation program." "....work done on insulation program" sounds not correct to me. If something is ...
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Past perfect and reference time

I don't really understand why we use past perfect here: It had been earlier reported that four people were taken to the hospital. The pre-history has been written in past simple, and it has stated ...

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