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ambiguity?: to infinitive phrase as a purpose clause or an infinitival relative clause

I think the grammar of To-infinitive is the most difficult part of learning English because it is hard for me like ESL students to know which is which. I mean, I'm, well, just wanting to classify the ...
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What is the pronunciation of “Will you” in fast/connected speech?

I usually pronounce "will you" as "/wɪ/ + /lju:/", but seems that people have some troubles understanding me (at least here in the UK). Is my pronunciation wrong? That's the way we usually make the ...
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Use of Past Perfect Tense and Simple Past

Yesterday I called my doctor but could not get his appointment. Hence Today I again tried for his appointment. I started our conversation with receptionist as follows. Yesterday, I had called for ...
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Why was “dream of” used instead of “dream about” in this case?

“She lives in a large copper castle, surrounded by walls and towers. No one but the king himself can pass in or out, for there has been a prophecy that she will marry a common soldier, and the king ...
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Substitute for “prospection of” something

I'm doing a comparative analysis to determine the best device to be used in an academic project, and this analysis shall be recorded in a document. For example, from all wireless keyboards available ...
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If “discuss about” is redundant, what about “discuss with you about”?

My research showed that "discuss about" is incorrect because "discuss" is a transitive verb which means an object have to be attached. So "discuss about" would be redundant as in "talk about about". ...
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Interpretation of adverbial clauses meaning time or condition, such as when, if

I'm learning English with text books, and one of them says tenses of adverbial clauses which means time or condition(such as when-clause or if-clause) depend on the main clauses to which they are ...
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to square it with your conscience or to scruple

to square it with your conscience means that something is congruent with your conscience. I would like to ask as to how to use it correctly and if the following example is correct. For example ...
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How to pronounce unaspirated stop sound properly? Such as the /t/ in “ let me”, is it just/lɛ/ /mi/?

I'm not a native speaker, and I feel difficult to pronounce unaspirated stop sound properly, such as the /t/ in "let me". I found some learning materials on internet, but they are not sophisticated ...
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What distinguishes a predicative complement from a direct object?

What makes be an intransitive verb? How do we know that the analysis of It is me as transitive by tradtional grammars is incorrect? And how does this analysis apply to other verbs, like hurt for ...
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Is it a modal or main verb?

I don't need to do the work Here, we can see that need is the main verb of this sentence. But when I turn it to a passive then need works like a modal and do has became main verb. The work doesn'...
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Subclausal negation and clausal negation: “not an uncommon mistake” vs. “a not uncommon mistake”

I'm confused about distinguishing the meaning difference in scope of negation. This is a common mistake. This is an uncommon mistake. I know that (1) means the mistake occurs often, ...
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The plan that I want to give [to] you. Direct, Indirect object in attributive clause

I don't know the grammar rule I must apply in the following sentences. Do I need to add to? Here is the book that I want to give [to] you. Here is the plan that I want to give [to] you. Here is the ...
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Cover letter: work in/work for/work with/work at

I understand how these work: I work in IT. I work at Google. I work for Google. I work with computers. But how about these? To tell someone if I get this job, I would gain experience. I will ...
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possessive ('s) used in the word “family”

Which of the following sentences is correct? He's a friend of my family. He's a friend of my family's.

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