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Drift = to be carried along by currents of water or air, or by the force of circumstances (Dictionary.com). Wander = to go aimlessly, indirectly, or casually (Dictionary.com) Drifted means carried away when you do not fully control the situation. "The farmers drifted about England" means they were dependent on the job availability, so they "had to" go ...


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How has a different meaning when it directly modifies an adjective. How different (in any context, I think) means "how big is the difference". In other contexts, how means "in what way". So, as direct questions: How are they different? means "In what way or ways are they different?", but How different are they? means "How great is the ...


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You must not read such trash. Trash, meaning "something which is waste or of no value" is a non-count noun, so you would not use an article such as "a" before it. trash noun [ Uncountable ] anything that is worthless and of low quality; waste: Trash


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Your provided definition of speak to (and the answer given at the WordReference link) describes that meaning well: it's speaking about the truth. In contrast, to speak the truth just means to say something that is true. "Two plus two is four." I am speaking the truth. "People say that two plus two is four. They say this because . . ." I am speaking to ...


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First of all, you can't can "I have find." You are trying to use the Present Perfect tense, aren't you? So, "I have found a good friend in you" is grammatical, unlike "I have find... ." Now the question is what's the difference between the present simple (I have) and the present perfect (I have found). Well, if you say "I have a friend," you are talking ...


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As is implied by the particular verbs, Before you came online denotes a time before the point when you came online. Before you were online denotes a time before the period during which you were online (the point of time when you came online is the the start of this period). In this case, I can't see any practical difference between them: as with ...


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The sentence is grammatically correct with or without the, as you rightly said. But for me the meanings are very slightly different. "In the previous chapters" suggests to me that the author is referring either to all previous chapters or at least several contiguous immediately-preceding chapters. "In previous chapters" is more vague and could refer to, ...


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Even though your dictionary doesn’t appear to make the distinction, I have never heard drift used in the sense of self-directed, meaning self-controlled movement. That is why it is used in connection with ocean currents. The current moves you without your input. Drift is also used in the sense of drifting off of ones intended course. Again, the movement is ...


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as the marvelous boy describes your opinion of Chatterton. For example: How do you feel about Chatterton? Well I think of him as a marvelous boy. For the first sentence, the marvelous boy is used to specify which Chatterton you are talking about. It's like if you knew two people with the same name and you want to be specific: I think of John, the mailman, ...


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Before can be used as an adjective, but its common use is as a conjunction ("A had achieved that before B did"). For this sentence, the emphasis can be achieved by using "way before B" or "long before B". You may want to consider the following alternatives: Person-2 has achieved this long ago (informal superlatives: long long ago, ages ago) - This is not a ...


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Way back then - indicates something that happened in the past, but the time is usually specified in some previous instance. So it's like an additional form of wording to the previous already stated time. Way back when - refers to something that happened in the past, the time is not specified here by previous instances, and the word "when" symbolizes an ...


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One would be likely to say "John is suited to that job" or "That job is suited to John". (In either case "well-suited might be used instead". One might say or write: I would really like to find something more suitable. I would really like to find something more suited to me. I would really like to find something better suited to me. But I, at ...


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There's nothing grammatically wrong with the sentence "How would you get so tan?" However, it wouldn't make sense in this context. Because we have the word would, this phrase would describe a hypothetical situation: Andrew: I'd like to go to Alice's pool party on Friday, but I'll only go if I can get as darkly tanned as Peter. Ben: How would you get so ...


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I wanted to come to your party but I couldn't I would have liked to come to your party but I couldn't. In current usage, there is little if any difference between these two. When discussing a current or future desire, "I would like to" is considered by many to be more polite than "I want". Many others do not make a distinction here.


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Very straightforward: "I want doesn't get" - some people consider it rude to say that you 'want' something. It is considered more polite to state your preference rather than your demand. For some reason chief executives and suchlike are allowed to say "I want this company to be ...". Such words suggests urgency but in normal social life urgency is not ...


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"You have been dishonest to me." is in the present perfect tense, which is used to describe something that happened in the past, but the exact time it happened is not important. It has a relationship with the present. (ecenglish.com) "You are dishonest to me." is in the present simple tense, which describes the current situation. You can also use "have ...


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Functions can refer to a lot of things. There might be confusion if we are talking about functions and features in the context of products/marketing/technology. Functions describe what something does. It is goal based. It refers to what something does or is useful for. For example, one function of that smartphone is that it can be used to browse the ...


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