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Would it be alright if I [present tense/ past tense]?

I heard native speakers use present tense in the following sentence. Would it be alright if I take a rain check?Would it be alright if I call you Annie? But I think the correct grammar is took and ...
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How do we use can in questions

One person here explained difference to between can and could "Could indicates that something is possible, but not certain. Can is used in general statements about what is possible. So, you may ...
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What Is the Implied Contrast Between These Clauses Linked by 'But'?

It's generally understood that the coordination conjunction 'but' is used to create contrast between different constituents (e.g. positive against negative, good against better, bad against worse). ...
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Choosing between simple present & present continuous

If I intend to ask about somebody's major of study, should I use Simple presents: what do you study? or present continuous: what are you studying? I understand that the simple present tense is used ...
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Can we have adjectives before objective personal pronouns, for example, "I have some photos of baby him"?

THis is a part of the script in the social network film Erica Albright : Well, why don't you just concentrate on being the best you you can be. Mark Zuckerberg : Did you really just say that? Erica ...
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"Building of [ noun ]" vs "Building [ noun ]"

I was asked by one of my coworkers if there is a difference between "Building of human relationships" and "Building human relationships". I couldn't find any discussion on this ...
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past perfect to explain the completion of an action

I just ordered the book after seeing this aleatorick's post on the blog (probably as soon as he had posted it) would it be better to use past simple for post, I chose past perfect because I wanted ...
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Can "unless" be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything so ...
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How to use "seems to be"

What is the correct way to say this.. I just checked my bank account and that seems to be have been activated. I just checked my bank account and that seems activated. I just checked my bank account ...
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What is the movement called when you put out a cigarette on the ground with your foot?

Like for example when you move your foot side to side. I don't know what that's called and I need help for writing a story.
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What does "can" mean in "The best we can expect"?

What does “can” mean here? “The best we can expect from our allies is the supply of food and ammo.” Does it mean the ability to expect something? Is it implying that other things (e.g direct ...
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Present Continuous expressing future

One of my grammar books says: The future use of the present progressive is limited to actions brought about by human endeavour. Therefore sentences such as "It's raining tomorrow" or "...
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"had + Subject + past participle" in conditionals

I always thought that the elliptical conditional clause "Had + Subject + past participle" is used only in counterfactual conditionals, e.g. : Had Joe seen Mary, he would have fallen in love ...
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"He said that if it <rained / rains> <tomorrow / the next day>, he <would / will> not go to the beach."

All sentences are mine: (1) If it rains tomorrow, he will not go to the beach. If "tomorrow" remains after backshift, it means tomorrow has not yet come, so backshift is optional. That is: ...
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Why in this example do we need to use "working" in the gerund form after the verb "love"?

In the example below I believe do we need to use "working" in the gerund form? You will love working here I thought that verbs following "love" can be either in the gerund form ...

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