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How to describe following situation?

I and my friend came out from our class and were going to powder our noses. After reaching near to bathrooms, we found that doors of all bathrooms were closed, meaning that some students had already ...
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What's the difference between “over this year”, “during this year” and “in this year”?

What's the difference between "over this year", "during this year" and "in this year"? For example, Over this year, he's been able to provide a lot of correct answers in class. During ...
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How does a phrase differ from a clause

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/price_is_right Is this a phrase or clause. How do they differ aside from active verb. A group of words that is part of, rather than the whole of, a sentence A phrase ...
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Present simple for some future events

We are leaving on tour to Italy tomorrow for 10 days, after that we tour USA and Canada for two weeks. When we come back we play Fuzzville in Benidorm. Then some gigs in England, Holland, France, ...
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Passive/Active Voice

Why is the active voice better than passive voice in the following sentence? I really feel that the passive voice fits perfectly well. "The marketplace is filled with intense competition" "Intense ...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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Using will and would to talk about future

a) Ok sir, I will send you that file tomorrow. (Definitely) b) Ok Sir, I would send you that file tomorrow. (Probably) In above sentences can we use Will interchangeably and imagine the meaning ...
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Proper use of conjunction Where

A statement read Today, mention of the word ‘Aadhaar’ would not lead a listener to the dictionary meaning of this word. Instead, every person on the very mentioning of this word ‘Aadhaar’ ...
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What does “let’s get rocks” mean?

I saw this on a t-shirt one of my friends is about to make for a sports event. Let’s get rock (or "rocks", I am not sure). And there is a dirt bike on it too. The event is dirt bike racing, my ...
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“If I knew what you want/wanted to eat tonight”

Context: I am talking to my friends, trying to find out what she wants to eat tonight. "What do you want to eat tonight?" "You know what I want to eat." "If I knew what you wanted to eat, I ...
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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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Tense slip: “have done sth when I realized”?

Most of the confidences were unsought —frequently I have feigned sleep, preoccupation, or a hostile levity when I realized by some unmistakable sign that an intimate revelation was quivering on the ...
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Consider them to be smart…but Say them to be smart?

If we can say: He is considered (to be) smart. We consider him (to be) smart. By the same token, I have also heard: We think him (to be) smart or think him dead. It is also correct to say: He is ...
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Using plurals of scientific words regarding events

Mostly people say "too much apoptosis can lead to cancer" or "too much photosynthesis". However would it be wrong to say "many apoptoses" or "too many a apotosis" or "too many apoptoses"? The first ...
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Does this sentence have a clear antecedent?

Does their in the following sentence refer only to Chandler and Monika, or is it one of those sentences with an unclear antecedent? In order to celebrate their anniversary, Chandler and Monika ...
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Difference between “in” and “of”

Can anyone please tell me what's the difference between in and of in the following sentences? Are they both correct? Lionel Messi is the greatest player of/in the Argentina football team. John is the ...
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“He wore a trailing arm from someone” What does this mean?

I was watching/reading World cup soccer live updates and read following sentence. "Lichtsteiner is down holding his face. Replays show that he wore a trailing arm from Miranda. He’s up now and seems ...
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What type of construction is “In came I. I. Chundrigar…” where a preposition “in” is placed before the verb “came”?

In the red-marked line i.e. In came I.I. Chundrigar, a Bombay barrister, to join the Mad Hatter's dance. See preposition "In" is placed before verb "came". What types of syntax is it and what is ...
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Should this reported speech use “was” or “had been” to convert “was”?

When you have a sentence in the direct speech talking about someone’s age such as “a producer discovered me when I was 13” How does it change into the reported speech? he said a producer had ...
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Backshifting the verbs in questions

As far as I know, when we can't remember the name of a person or when we didn't hear it properly, or even if we never learned the name of a person before, we can say "What was your name" to that ...
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He believes that the world is round OR He believes the world is round

Which of the following sentences look better in formal writing: "He believes that the world is round" OR "He believes the world is round"
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Definite article-is it necessary?

Is this sentence correct with or without "the"? Why? You tidy the living room while I do the washing-up. That’ll be the quickest.
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Protagonist becomes antagonist

Do we have any term or phrase for the situation wherein a protagonist becomes an antagonist for rest of the characters in a drama but still remains a hero for the audiences? For example in The Count ...
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What is the function of “do” in this sentence?

Rarely, though, do countries introduce a single reform alone. What function does do have in this sentence?
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What is a single word such that it is not too deserted and it conveys the meaning of “desiredly”?

I am after a word that is not too unknown and that can convey the meaning of "desiredly? Here "desiredly" is only used to make a point; I did some search and am under the impression that there is no ...
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Should I write “to” again in this sentence?

Her words seemed to make him happy and (to) pacify his inner turmoil. Is the sentence correct both with or without the second "to" in bold?
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Order of adverb “immediately” in a phrase

I've been struggling with this aspect of the English language and i don't know if there are some rules to it that can help me. I've looked for answers on the internet but so far i haven't found ...
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About past tense/present in summary

First, my teacher taught us to use present verb tense in a summary, but sometimes I just really want to use past tense. for example (sociology essay,informal tho) A black female student is ...
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“are you wanting” vs. “do you want”

What are your motivations for doing this course? What do you want to achieve? Are you wanting a practical outcome, are you just browsing, or do you want to further develop your understanding of a ...
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present and future continuous + conditional mood sentence correction

If I say this: If I am sleeping when he will be coming wake me up, please. Will it be correct phrase or I should say another way?
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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The man of double deed

There is this beautiful poem I heard on "The Fall" (british tv show). There was a man of double deed, Who sowed his garden full of seed; When the seed began to grow, 'Twas like a garden full ...
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Plural or singular noun adjunct?

Wikipedia says: Noun adjuncts were traditionally mostly singular (e.g. "trouser press") except when there were lexical restrictions (e.g. "arms race"), but there is a recent trend towards more use ...
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which one is correct (have been or was)?

Which one is correct (have been or was)? I have been receiving allowance from the office from the above dates. or I was receiving allowance from the office from the above dates.
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He brought a bag for someone to take (it)

I have been thinking about the sentence "He brought a bag for someone to take (it)" because if I used "so that", I think "it" would be required. "He brought a bag so that someone can take it". I have ...
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Fall down or Fall

The people who clean the windows must be careful. Some of them die because of the negligence. If I want to reconstruct this sentence by using the verb fall, how can I use it? There is a ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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“For at least” vs. “at least for” ?

What do you prefer, or which one is more acceptable; putting the adverbs or phrases before the preposition, or after. He has been jailed at least/nearly for 5 years. He has been jailed for at ...
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How to say that some amount of money equals the demanded amount?

My question relates to this: How to say "pay exact amount of money" Now my question is from the payers point of view, not the payee. During my latest trip I literally said to the the ...
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Comma usage of non-restrictive and restrictive clauses containing that and which

I am a native speaker of English but am having trouble with the distinction between that and which, with respect to restrictive and non-restrictive clauses and comma usage. For example, which is ...
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Sentence correction on subjunctive mood

From my textbook: I wish the earthquake never happened. Answer key: I wish the earthquake had never happened. Can I say the following sentence? I wish (that) the earthquake didn't happen. ...
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Can I omit the verb 'drew/was/became'?

In the following sentence, can I omit the verb 'drew/was/became)? If so, how is the grammar rule? The nearer her wedding day (drew), the more nervous she (was/became).
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“Have at” or “have done at” ?

The source: SIMON & Schuster Handbook for writers When I was reading this book, I came across this sentence. We live in an age when people do more writing than they have at any other time ...
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Using an infinitive in subordinate clause

The Infinitive phrase may be subject: For you to learn English is good subjective complement: My desire is for my family to be happy object: I consider it better for children to learn ...
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'Is' vs 'has been'

"It is/has been 40 years since I left college" Which one of 'is' and 'has been' should be preferred in above sentence and why?
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“leave many [N] to look for…” vs. “leave many [N] looking for…”

SAT Grammar Question Others, like court interpreter Ludmila Baker, believe that technology will ultimately leave many translators and interpreters _______ for new careers. a) to look b) ...
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How do you know which suffix to use in order to make a verb be a noun?

How do you know which suffix to use in order to make a verb be a noun? For example: Let's look at the verb "admit". The noun is "admission" "achieve" the noun is "achievement" "arrange" the noun is "...
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How to count consciousness?

I'm afraid I'm talking about my favourite topic, consciousness, wrong. Can you please check which of these cases of my trying to use the word on Reddit are correct? "Quantum wave form collapses ...
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Ask correctly about something in the future : “Will candidates get accommodation ?”

I always find difficulties in asking properly in English. Can you help me to correct the following : Will the selected candidates for both fellowships get accommodation and/or any financial ...

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