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Do we always use "worsen" with something which is already bad?

In a comment the OP asks "So there's no word that simply means 'make something not as good as before'?" There are specific verbs for specific types of harm (e.g. cracked, scratched, snapped,...
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Do we always use "worsen" with something which is already bad?

I won’t use worsen to describe a good situation becoming not as good. The adjectives bad and worse are closely related as seen from phrases like from bad to worse. Thus worsen has the inalienable ...
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Do we always use "worsen" with something which is already bad?

No, you can't use it that way - 'worse' is a comparative adjective, so to say one thing is "worse" than another means both are bad to some degree. When you compare things, you're comparing ...
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"load of something" vs "loads of something" -? Difference

'Wildlife' is a collective noun. Collective nouns are used to refer to a group of people, animals, or things, either *as a single entity or as individuals within the group. Collective nouns refer to a ...
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Will be held or would be held

No backshift.. If we consider the direct speech: The teacher said,"The exam will be held on March 20, 2021. Then we have to change it into reported speech would give the following: 1.The teacher ...
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Using "the" with "return of someone/something"

I don't think the word "return" has anything to do with it. After all, you're not suggesting that the word "the" later in the title should be omitted, like "Return of King.&...
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He is ill/well/highly reputed of

This dictionary example has several problems. It's not even idiomatic to say "he is ill reputed," using even without the "of." A more common pattern would be "he is of ill ...
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" ...syntactically, being rather a matter of pragmatics, dependent... " - Can we delete 'being rather' in the parenthetical?

Consider: The leaking pipes in the basement were not touched by the carpenter, being rather a matter for the plumber. The participial clause ascribes to the noun-phrase subject in the matrix clause (...
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" ...syntactically, being rather a matter of pragmatics, dependent... " - Can we delete 'being rather' in the parenthetical?

You cannot remove “being rather” without it becoming grammatically incorrect and (more importantly) hard to comprehend. “A matter of pragmatics” could be used on its own as a parenthetical noun with ...
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Is this called a math problem or a math question or a math exercise?

It is common for questions like this to be called 'maths problems' (or 'math problems' in US English), because they are usually posed in an education setting, in a mathematics class. Really though, ...
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He is ill/well/highly reputed of

Your sentence doesn't work - we don't use the verb repute in that way. Say He has a bad reputation or, more formally, He is a man of ill repute. Repute as a verb is used in sentences like He is ...
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Is this called a math problem or a math question or a math exercise?

It is a problem, a question and an exercise. 20+30=50 is the working out, in the form of a sum and the total, that the child has done to answer the problem/question/exercise. A "sum" is used ...
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Is this called a math problem or a math question or a math exercise?

You can call it an exercise, a problem or question. Arithmetic = Addition Subtraction Multiplication and Division "20+30=50" is an arithmetic problem or a math problem. 20+30 is addition (...
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Can "plucking up" be used together?

The correct expression here is pluck, not pluck up. The basic meaning of the word is to separate something attached to something else. So we pluck fruit from a tree. We pluck feathers from a dead bird....
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Is this called a math problem or a math question or a math exercise?

For precision in these answers you may be better off in the Mathematics forum. But at a basic language level my answers are: Problem, question and exercise are all natural words in this context. You ...
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Is that idiomatic to say "I smell the old-school summer smell every time I go there"

Edit The original sentence is fine and in fact has its advantages. However, if you still must avoid the repetition of smell, you can consider what I suggested earlier. You could replace the first ...
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Is the word "done" needed?

To answer your question, no, the word done is not necessary. In this example, however, it means just: Look what I just found in the possum hole. How done is used is an example of the way an uneducated ...
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Is it correct to say "that is a backward seven" or "that seven is backward""?

That's a painting of an upside-down tree. Using upside-down as an attributive modifier is colloquial, informal. It appears normally after the copula: In that painting, the tree is upside-down. Some ...
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Can we refer to "an electrical socket" as "a plug"?

The OP is right that the device on the wall is called socket, not plug. Plugs are the male counterparts, those that have the three pins or sometimes two, depending on the standard adopted. Sockets ...
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Is it correct to say "that is a backward seven" or "that seven is backward""?

is it "upside down" or "backward"?. . You cannot call your daughter's "7", upside down as it means legs up and head down (image). You can call it, "backward", ...
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Do we use "rapport" for only transactional relationships (teacher/student; seller/buyer; doctor/patient...)?

Short answer: Yes. thefreedictionary.com defines "rapport" as "Relationship, especially one of mutual trust or emotional affinity." That makes more sense for a relationship between ...
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How to reply to "hope you all had a great time celebrating"

Don't overthink it. You could write a short text saying how much you enjoyed the birthday: I had a great time, thanks. We had cake and danced to old records.
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Does "I rushed to do homework" mean I quickly went to my homework and did it at any rate (maybe be fast or slow) or I did the homework quickly?

I don't think it's something very likely to be said. It could be ambiguous, but I would probably interpret it as your first, because for your second I would expect something like I rushed through my ...
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Is the idiom "the dog's bollocks" acceptable for printed media?

Asking if the phrase is acceptable for print is really no different to asking if it is acceptable to say it out loud - clearly some people do say it, but it is considered rude by some. It certainly is ...
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Is the idiom "the dog's bollocks" acceptable for printed media?

Modern general-purpose dictionaries and other similar reference works don't censor their entries. For example, Collins has your exact idiom. (All bets are off for specialized reference works; I would ...
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Do you say "We have company" even though that person was just a stranger to you?

In the scenario you describe, it would be odd to say, “We have company” because you were the only one there. To whom would you say it? The new arrival? Now that would be extremely odd. If instead of ...
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Do you say "We have company" even though that person was just a stranger to you?

In its most literal use, 'company' does tend to mean friendly visitors to your home, or that you have someone with you in another settings - someone you would call a companion. Saying "I/we have ...
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This usage of "would"

When you didn't come... is a neutral statement about the fact that you were absent. It says nothing about reasons. Maybe you stayed away because you hate me. But maybe you were on the way to my ...
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This usage of "would"

This is a stylistic choice made by the author/writer to add poetic flair to an emotion. A very direct and unemotional way to write it would be "when you didn't come..." but then the second ...
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the alternative to the clause 'not just that S+V but that S+V'?

I'd say B & C sound odd because of the lack of consistency between the clauses. However, C sounds worse, since English tends to elide the second repeated element, like it does in comparatives or ...
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Do you really distinguish the difference between "the shirt's rumpled" and "the shirt's wrinkled" and "the shirt's creased"?

You forgot crumpled! My take on it: I would call a garment wrinkled if it hadn't been ironed after being washed - full of small creases. I would call it creased if it had been placed between other ...
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"Life really is short"

Both are correct English utterances in terms of their syntax. So there's not really a difference in meaning but they'd be used in different circumstances. There are a lot of existing questions on ...
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Do you really distinguish the difference between "the shirt's rumpled" and "the shirt's wrinkled" and "the shirt's creased"?

First, no, creases aren’t necessarily intentional. To call something creased often conveys that the thing bears a single crease. And creases are sharper, more pronounced than are wrinkles. Also, the ...
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Is it correct to say "he gave me a bookshelf" or "he gave me bookshelves"?

A bookshelf may have many shelves. Ref. Collins dictionary meaning, bookshelf in British English NOUN. a piece of furniture consisting of a shelf or shelves for books. collinsdictionary.com/...
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Is it correct to say "he gave me a bookshelf" or "he gave me bookshelves"?

Bookshelves is ambiguous, but so would be bookshelf. The ambiguity can be avoided by referring to the thing your father gave you as a bookcase.
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Is a expression "just like you don't " idiomatic?

I wouldn’t quite call it wrong, but it’s not idiomatic—in American English anyway. The awkwardness arises from an apparent inconsistency in its sense (polarity, direction, arithmetic sign). Just like ...
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Is a expression "just like you don't " idiomatic?

Yes. The words I have enclosed in square brackets are implied, and this is understood by native or fluent speakers: I don't know the exact meaning just like you don't [understand the exact meaning]. I ...
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Degree or extent of something

So as an adverb:. OP's enquired about 'si' used as an adverb. Ref. Cambridge dictionary so + adjective (so difficult), so + adverb (so slowly). We often use so when we mean ‘to such a great extent’. ...
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Can we say "she was sleepwalking" when she is not walking but sitting up?

"Parasomnia" is the broad term for sleep disorders that involve abnormal movements, behaviours, emotions, perceptions, and dreams. Sleepwalking, or 'somnambulism', to give it its medical ...
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Can we say "she was sleepwalking" when she is not walking but sitting up?

"Sleep walking" - the term can also be used for doing other activities.. The term can also be used for doing other activities while deep in sleep, such as sitting up in bed, opening the ...
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Can we say "she was sleepwalking" when she is not walking but sitting up?

I'm afraid there's no convenient single word for this scenario and it would have to be spelled out. Sleepwalking has the distinct connotation of actually walking, even if the scenario you describe is ...
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Is "a output" a typo or another type of pun?

It should be an output, but there's no mistake. An engine supplies power. You can also say that it puts out power. The power is then regarded as output. So you're saying that the engine supplies 420 ...
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Does it refer to the preceding noun or preparatory it?

There's some ambiguity in your sentence, because the highlighted 'it' could be read as either referring back to the bread you are speaking about or, as you suggest, acting as a 'preparatory it', ...
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Shift a little forward? (I feel that it will be better to use "move over")

As always, it depends on the context, but shift is quite commonly used in place of move. I think shift implies moving something a small distance. It's like a minor move. For example, here the movement ...
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the more the person is likely to ~ vs. the more likely the person is to ~

Here's a relevant usage chart for the same construction, but comparing the more likely I am (OP's preferred version) and the more I am likely ("likely" moved to after subject+verb). As you ...
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Is it correct to say "don't eat walking around" or "don't walk around eating"?

Clarity This is clearer: Don't walk around while you are eating. This is even clearer: Sit down and stay in one place while you are eating. It's usually clearer to ask for what you want than to ...
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Is it correct to say "don't eat walking around" or "don't walk around eating"?

Without while connecting your two clauses, your sentences sound like the following, where the two actions are integral to each other, not simply being done at the same time. The potential buyer ...
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"Death and morality" or "Death and immortality"

death and morality is not a meaningless combination in cultures whose religions are concerned with eschatology. death and mortality is pleonastic but that doesn't make it ungrammatical or impossible. ...
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Is it correct to say "the baby can walk 4 steps today" or "the baby can take 4 steps today"?

When reporting the ambulatory progress of a toddler it is idiomatic to say The baby took her first steps today. The baby took four steps today. The baby walked across the room today. "walked ...
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"Death and morality" or "Death and immortality"

As Peter said in his answer, similarity in meanings of two nouns isn’t a requisite for connections of the nouns. On the use of ‘death’ and ‘morality’ together, there are some matches in Google Books ...
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