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Sentences containing "refused to close his bar because"

Both of the sentences are grammatical, but you're right that they are either ambiguous or don't mean what you want them to mean. To make the meaning explicitly clear, use despite instead of because: ...
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Introductory word meaning "considering what was previously said"

What about good old "so"? German-made parts are way too expensive, so we ordered Chinese ones. This is by far the most natural way of saying this.
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Introductory word meaning "considering what was previously said"

I guess you want to use a subordinate conjunction (or a phrase with similar functionality) which simply means "because". In this context, I can mention several ones as below: Thus Therefore Hence ...
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Which of "almost don't talk to each other" or "almost never talk to each other" is correct?

Sentence (a) is awkward. Sentence (b) is colloquial. In (a) the word "hardly" would be more concise than "almost don't": My sons hardly talk to each other. In (b) you could replace ...
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Introductory word meaning "considering what was previously said"

Given: assigned as a basis of calculation, reasoning, etc.: Given A and B, C follows. dictionary.com So your sentence would read: German-made parts are way too expensive. Given that, we ...
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"In his ear" - preposition phrase or adverbial phrase?

It is both. The term preposition phrase describes the phrase's internal structure: it is constructed with a preposition followed by its object. The term adverbial phrase describes the phrase's ...
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Which of "almost don't talk to each other" or "almost never talk to each other" is correct?

I would easily understand a., but it's not natural. To capture that meaning, you could say, "My sons practically don't talk to each other" or "My sons pretty much don't talk to each ...
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Is "last two years ago, I was in a classical concert " a correct sentence?

*Last two years ago is incorrect because it combines two constructions with different senses: Ago is a preposition which, unusually, follows its object. That object is a measurement of distance in ...
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How to identify the adverbials in a phrase?

It is clear that your daughter's teacher (or textbook) makes a distinction between adverb and adverbial. Adverb is the traditional term for a class of words—those words which by themselves can '...
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How to identify the adverbials in a phrase?

"Adverbial" is a function, not a word/phrase category, that may be realised by an AdvP (he spoke quickly), a PP (He spoke with enthusiasm), an NP (He’s speaking this evening). In your first example, ...
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Introductory word meaning "considering what was previously said"

Your phrase as-is is exactly what I'd use. Except I would probably change it to "this," not "it." German-made parts are way too expensive. Taking this into consideration, we ordered Chinese ones. ...
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Never believe anything you hear at a woman's tit

The sentence is from the start of the prologue. Here's some more context: "Are they dead?" Royce asked softly. "What proof have we?" "Will saw them," Gared said. "...
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Passive sentences: placing an adverbial before or after the agent

Both of your examples are grammatical, but what could run you into trouble is when the prepositional phrase only applies to the subject of a passive sentence. For instance: The problem was found by ...
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How to analyse/decompose 'where this would otherwise lead to an unjust result'?

The phrase you have emphasized is in fact badly written; it cannot be satisfactorily parsed as it stands; but its meaning is clear. Where is not problematic here: it is not a relative but a locative. ...
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phrases like on my own, by myself, and alone

I would characterize the phrases as: On my own primarily means "with no help from others", or often "with no decision-making input from others". By myself primarily means "with no one else ...
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flew one meter into the air?

"One meter" describes the peak height (skier to ground) of the jump. We don't know how far the skier travelled horizontally in the air before coming down again (but presumably she did travel ...
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Sentences containing "refused to close his bar because"

He refused to close his bar because of the pandemic. He refused to close his bar because there was a pandemic. He gave the pandemic as a reason for refusing to closing his bar. He refused to close ...
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As he came within 20 feet of an officer - meaning, understanding

When he came within 20 feet of an officer he was less than 20 feet of the police officer. Imagine it like when you come inside the radar area where the guards can see you on Metal Gear Solid: ...
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Usage of 'quick' as adverb

quick can be both adjective and adverb. In spoken language it may be used instead of quickly as an adverb mostly in exclamations or comparatives. Come quick, Larry's on TV Quick! there is a ...
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Usage of 'quick' as adverb

‘Quick’ (without -ly) is an adverb, as well as an adjective. An adverb does not have to end in -ly and often such adverbs that do not are called ‘flat adverbs’ (see Flat adverbs are flat-out useful). ...
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How to tell if adverb clauses are essential or not?

The difference is not whether the clause provides information, but whether it changes the information in the rest of the sentence. Your first examples: The package came at 8:30, after you had left. ...
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Just now I know he is stingy

I just know has nothing to do with time. In that expression, just means "for reasons that cannot be stated". An example of that usage would be You're hiding something from me — I just know it! … ...
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when a sentence starts with words 'As stated by the law'

The longer you delay the subject in a sentence the more clumsy the sentence can become, but that's a matter of style rather than grammar. As you can see in this rather rambling sentence, which I ...
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We are seven minutes in. No score yet

"Seven minutes in" means "seven minutes into the game". The game (or part of it) has lasted for 7 minutes, but nobody has scored a goal yet.
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When clause; adverbial of time

The second sentence sounds like a mistake even though technically it's not. In your examples, people expect to hear the "When…" clause as an adverb. However, your second example makes the &...
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Usage of 'quick' as adverb

I see quickly as the correct adverb; I would correct my children if they said: He's running quick. However quick is widely used as an adverb, and in some phrases seems to work better: a get ...
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Is "last two years ago, I was in a classical concert " a correct sentence?

"ago" is used to specify a time point in the past when something happened. Before "ago" you need a time period like "two years" or "10 minutes" to specify how long ago it happend: 5 minutes ago ...
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Why can “bigly” or “big league” become a confusing question?Do they belong to the same part of speech?

I think the whole thing is pretty silly myself -- I thought it was obvious he's been saying "big-league" but not fully enunciating the last G (a fairly common way to pronounce it). I don't think ...
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