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I'm still confused about "for me" vs "to me"

"For me" and "to me" have different meanings. We use "to me" to indicate that this is our own opinion or perspective, and that this isn't an absolute statement of fact. ...
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Yes I do. / Yes I have

If we wish to contradict a negative statement containing a verb, we use the same verb in the answer: You don't (do not) have any money. Yes I do. You don't (do not) know how to ride a bicycle. Yes I ...
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I'm still confused about "for me" vs "to me"

This is tricky. "For" and "to" can have very similar meanings. But "for" is better here. for: Collins COBUILD sense 20 You use for when you make a statement about ...
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What is the grammar structure of this sentence?

That sentence is natural enough, but if you parse it, it looks like "the result of this fire sale" is the subject of "intended", which obviously makes no sense. The subject of &...
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What part of speech does the phrase act as: "of boiled cabbage and old rag mats" in "The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats"?

The hallway smelt [of boiled cabbage and old rag mats]. "Of boiled cabbage and old rag mats" is a preposition phrase headed by the prep "of". Its function is complement of the ...
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Adverb phrase vs adjective phrase …

In your sentence, the phrase "in the shop" only modifies "buy", not "bandages". But let's change the sentence a bit: Take this money and buy the bandages in the shop. ...
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How to know which words are being modified by a prepositional phrase?

It describes the table. This is because you don't carve the legs of girls. This kind of reasoning is called "pragmatics". You understand which noun phrase is modified partly by syntax (the ...
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"I have been talking" vs "I was talking"

I have been talking - the present perfect continuous tense We use the present perfect continuous tense for an action over a period of time up to now. (We can talk about repeated actions) I was talking ...
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...to be in process of continual change, of motion

Things like this can be easily understood when the two parts have words in common, and fortunately in this case they do: in process of continual change, of motion. The "of" at ...
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Why we use present perfect continuous in the below example?

"I feel better" is the current state of affairs. And hence the "simple present" tense. "I have been drinking more water recently" is an activity or process that has been ...
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Does "than private vehicles" only modify what closely precedes it?

Both the sentences are already adequately expressing that. If you do want to use the second sentence, I would suggest you to use "to". This is good for the environment because, compared to ...
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I'm still confused about "for me" vs "to me"

To me indicates personal value (emotional significance) For me indicates a practical benefit (not an emotional significance)
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Had I not retrieved those two soiled, damp and moth-eaten books from the garbage pile going to be reduced soon to ashes, I would have remained unknown

The example sentence Had I not retrieved those two soiled, damp and moth-eaten books from the garbage pile going to be reduced soon to ashes, I would have remained unknown. is grammatically valid, ...
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How to express 3 people are coming tomorrow

Whenever there is concern about possible misunderstanding, say it differently. In this case, rather than: name-1, name-2, and name-3 are in which might make one wonder "are in what?", you ...
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what is the full phrase of the contraction zeal's

Zeal's is not a contraction; it is a possessive form. The advances of (or by) Zeal (apparently something in a computer game) stem from a new energy source. The dog's left ear is black. (The left ear ...
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Use of preposition 'in'

As to (1): X has been busy doing Y. is a perfectly natural usage. It would be understood by any fluent speaker. It is commonly used. Indeed I would say that it is significantly more natural nd ...
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One pack/package of bread vs. One loaf of bread

No. the meanings are different. A "pack of bread" is not a common phrase, and would be used for the unusual situation in which the bread was not being sold in single loaf form. For example ...
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One pack/package of bread vs. One loaf of bread

A sliced loaf of bread is normally sold in a single package. However, because the word "loaf" is so well used and understood, people who hear (or read) the expression "package of bread&...
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