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She dressed like an owl. When looking at her (say from a distance) she vaguely resembles an owl. Maybe she is wearing a long brown frumpy gown or over-sized sweater, has very large horn-rimmed glasses, and a hairdo that makes it look like she has owl ears. As an example of usage, often a person who is wearing a tuxedo will be described as "dressed like a ...


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What time is the pharmacy open? I would assume you are asking about the time during which the pharmacy is open (its working hours), and would reply with We are open from 9 to 17. (I am being a pharmacy assistant here, thus we) If I hear When does the pharmacy open? I would think you are asking about the opening time (when the pharmacy starts to do its ...


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Confusion around use of ‘is’ versus ‘does’ is exceedingly common among people learning English as a second language, as it’s a distinction that a large number of other languages make through context (either by usage of specific forms for other words in the sentence, or by choice of words in the sentence). The difference, once you know it, is actually pretty ...


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1: She dressed like a child The way she put her clothes on was child-like (perhaps she struggled with the buttons, etc.). 2: She dressed as a child The particular clothing she wore was intended to make it seem that she actually was a child. Note that in practice these are not hard-and-fast distinctions, but if forced to distinguish two different ...


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Your confusion here is because the English verb "open" can be both a verb: I opened the door. / I did open the door. (the second uses "do support") And an adjective. This is an open door. / The door is open. Now we can say, using the verb The pharmacy opens at 8:00 When I form a question I use the "do" auxillary, and ...


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One way to reduce the ambiguity is to include articles:  Put the green apples in the first box.  Put the red and yellow apples and the oranges in the second box. With the definite articles in place, we can see that red and yellow applies only to apples and not to oranges.  This "red and yellow" is inside the phrase "the red and yellow ...


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The correct answer is basically what you already had, pull out. It took some time to pull out the bike from under the car because it got stuck. That is perfectly acceptable. I would probably move the object (the bike) closer to the verb though: It took some time to pull the bike out from under the car because it got stuck. You can also replace out from ...


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I had dozed off when we crashed. .......................... when the car accident happened. You should use the past perfect tense because your falling asleep happened before the car accident. doze off phrasal verb If you doze off, you fall into a light sleep, especially during the daytime. [V P] ⇒ I closed my eyes for a minute and must have dozed off.


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Simply repeat the use of apples. Rather than using the shortcut of red and yellow apples, use the expanded form of red apples and yellow apples: Put green apples in the first box. Put red apples, yellow apples, and oranges in the second box. Alternatively, given that only 4 type of things are under consideration, there is an even simpler method of ...


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Both questions are OK but they could be slightly clearer. If you want to know the meaning of the word, it's better to ask: What does the word bleach mean? This makes it clear that you are looking for the significance of the word - what it denotes. To ask: what is ....? might bring up a more scientific answer or philosophical answer. For example, ...


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"I am very sorry for your loss," is probably most common. You can elaborate if you wish, but otherwise this is simple and sufficient, especially if you are not very close to either the bereaved or the deceased.


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The ambiguity of sleeping with being a euphemism for sex is often the cause of humour, confusion, or embarrassment for English speakers. This Quora discussion gives a brief history of this usage in English, which goes back to the tenth century. I can't speak to why Google Translate doesn't offer more subtle translations in this case, but I can help with ...


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The ambiguity arises because you have one sentence doing three jobs. It is telling us which city Jessica lives in, where that city is, and what the unemployment rate is. The simple fix is to split the sentence, repeating "Halifax" Jessica lives in the city of Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. In Halifax, the unemployment rate is five ...


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Well, the first thing I must point out is that neither of these sentences are correct without an 'a' in them. It was a pleasure to meet/meeting you. As for whether you should use "to meet" or "meeting", it makes no difference. The meaning and usage is completely interchangeable. I would not recommend using "to have met you" except for specific ...


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They can be somewhat interchanged; that is, they have similar meanings that in some contexts are equivalent, but in others they have a different connotation. "living by himself" tends towards meaning without anyone in the same house. He finished college where he shared a small apartment with three guys and found a loft apartment just a few blocks from ...


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I think the easiest way to phrase this would be "I stayed with". For instance, if you shared a room with your father at a hotel, you can say "I stayed with my dad at the hotel" or "I stayed in a room with my dad". "I shared a room with my father" is also pretty unambiguously platonic.The details of who slept in what bed are probably not necessary to get your ...


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Halifax has an unemployment rate of 5%. Although the original sentence could be parsed as using parenthetical commas, it could also be parsed as having each comma functioning to have what comes after it modifying what comes before it. To make it clear that it's actually parenthetical information, use actual parentheses: Jessica lives in the city of ...


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I'm not sure that in modern usage of english that we refer to class directly in this way - people tend to reference the attributes that go with being in an upper-class environment, rather than referring to the class itself. For example, in the scenario you have provided, one might say: Have some etiquette! Show/have a little decorum. Show some ...


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Under this kind of condition, I'd be likely to adopt a quite formal tone, rather than less formal phrases such as "dozed off", so I'd think something like: I'm sorry, I was asleep at the time of the accident. I don't know what happened. Mind you, I'd expect a certain lack of coherence from someone who had just regained conciousness after an accident so ...


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I don’t know anyone who would say, “Maintain your class.” The word class in this context doesn’t usually get a personal possessive pronoun such as my or your. Instead, we’d use a determiner like some: Hey! Show some class. Other good suggestions have been given in other answers – I particularly like “Show some manners.” I think “Don’t be crass” is good,...


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It took you some time to extricate the bike from under the car. Merriam Webster defines "extricate" as "to free or remove from an entanglement or difficulty" and notes that it "implies the use of care or ingenuity in freeing from a difficult position or situation," which is exactly why it took you some time to remove from under ...


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Abruptly is redundant in both sentences since "accidents" are usually abrupt. What you are trying to say is I was taking a nap when the accident happened. I was asleep when the accident happened So either "catching some z's" or "having a cat nap" could be used since both are equivalent phrases to "taking a nap". The choice is stylistic. http://www....


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I was catching some Z’s that the accident happened abruptly. I was having a cat nap that the accident happened abruptly. The second half of both of these doesn't work. "That" isn't suitable where you've put it – I think your getting confused with the construction "I was so [adjective] that [event]", meaning "[Event] happened because I was ...


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As you might have noticed, both phrases need an "..of" - we have edited your question. "to take advantage of" and "to make the most of" have an overlapping meaning of "using an opportunity". So you might use them synonymously. But: to take advantage of sth. or so. also has the meaning of exploiting a weakness of someone or seducing someone, implying ...


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As this chart shows, in the construction [some complete thing] consists in [the parts thereof]... ...the preposition in is now at the very least "dated", and should probably be avoided in your own text. But of course some people will think old = traditional = authoritative, so you might still want to use it. As pointed out in this ELU answer to a related ...


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I would like to offer you my condolences or My condolences on the death of your grandmother Is how you would say that. If you actually knew person who died though, they would probably expect something more personal, to the tune of. I was so sorry to hear that your grandmother passed away, She was such a nice woman and I always enjoyed her company.


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Both are acceptable, though the first one has connotations that might make it not work in this context. If someone says they "don't have a voice" in a matter, the implication is that this is a bad thing. The person being shut out of this conversation would probably phrase it that way, or someone who feels that their government or employer doesn't listen to ...


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There's nothing wrong with that which here. You are mistaken in your belief that that must be employed with restrictive relative clauses: both that and wh- relatives may be used in this context. The idea of employing only that with restrictive relatives was first advanced in 1851, at a time when grammar-writers were inclined to rationalize the language. It ...


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I think the simple answer is, Don't be afraid to break up the sentence. I'd write, "Jessica lives in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. The unemployment rate in Halifax is 5%." We have a fair number of questions on this site about "how do I eliminate the ambiguity without adding more words". Very often the answer is, "There is no other way. You have to ...


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I think the connotation you are looking for really depends on the context of these sentences. Neither one has a strong enough connotation on its own to make the assumption you are about what it implies. For example, compare: He lives by himself now. He can do what he wants when he pleases. There is no one to tell him when to eat, when to sleep. For the ...


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