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Verb for what the radio does
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"Tuned in" is probably the safest option, as LanguidSquid and ssav have mentioned. "Playing" is applicable, because the word "play" in this context refers to "playback," which has a different meaning ...

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What is the opposite of "in the near future"?
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"Far future" isn't a very common phrase, and it sounds very awkward in this usage. "Distant future" is the more common one. However, most native speakers wouldn't say this: I want to get married in ...

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Can I contract "Where are"?
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It's not as unusual as you think, and it's not even very awkward to say (at least to me, being a native English speaker). It is indeed contracted just like that, "where're." "Where're you going?" ...

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"x thinks it's people"--why "people" and not "a human"?
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This isn't a grammatical mistake, but a reference to an old Simpsons episode from 1994. The phrase is meant to be said in a condescending tone: "Aww, it thinks it's people!" It means exactly what you ...

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What is the difference between spare time and leisure time and free time?
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They're all correct. "Spare time" and "free time" are the most common, but "leisure time" is more specific -- it means that you're not working. Free time and spare time usually is taken to mean "time ...

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What does (sic) mean?
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"Sic," like so many things in academic English writing, is derived from a Latin phrase: sic erat scriptum, which translates to "thus was it written." It's typically used when quoting someone to denote ...

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What are the differences between "check it" and "check it out"?
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...but if I add 'out' after the word 'held out' (David held out the box) does not make any sense, i.e I can not understand the meaning. This is a literal application of the word "out." As ...

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A '[sic]' is added to a passage. But why and which part is deemed as an error?
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[Sic] does not necessarily denote an error, because taken literally it means "thus," short for "thus was it written." It denotes specifically that you've put the original author's or speaker's text ...

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Can we use one-two instead of first-second?
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Ordinals are used to describe something's order in a sequence. These are the "first, second, third" words you have mentioned. However, numbers by themselves can be used to denote points on a ...

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Meaning of warm vs hot when talking about weather
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This question doesn't really have anything to do with the weather when you come down to it. I wish it was warmer today. "Warmer" does not mean "colder" if the temperature is above a given ...

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Word for "a person who seeks seriousness in jokes"
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"Pedantic" is probably the most applicable term, or among the most applicable. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching. The term describes someone who is overly ...

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Are "actually", "exactly", and "really" interchangeable?
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I think they're all grammatically okay, but the second two constructions are very unusual. Such a phrase is normally constructed like this in colloquial conversation: Who are you, really? Who are you,...

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I couldn't help it
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"I can't help it" (and its variations) is an idiom which means "it's beyond my control." "It" can refer to the current situation, something that just happened, or in this case the action that the ...

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The sentence with all but
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The "all but" idiom describes something that is as close as possible to being [adjective] as it possibly can without actually being [adjective]. For example: "I was all but unconscious after that ...

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Criticism: Act Or Statement?
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Those are two separate definitions that are closely related. Perhaps the two definitions will become more clear when used in a sentence. the act of expressing disapproval of somebody/something and ...

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How to use the word inspired
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Okay, so you have two points here: the tense of your sentence (was or is) and the phrasing of "inspired from." As Arrowfar stated, "inspired by" is the correct phrase. When it comes to tense in this ...

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Hit count or hits count
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"Hit count" is the proper way of saying it. The important thing to keep in mind here is the actual subject of the phrase or sentence you're stating. "Hits count" would imply that count is a verb, and ...

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When do we choose 'on bicycle' vs. 'by bicycle'?
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Depends on the context. "By bicycle" is used to show how you got somewhere. How did you get here so quickly? Well, I got here by bicycle. The road can be dangerous if you travel by bicycle; ...

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Doesn't… (negative), but…. (short positive)
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The Google search engine wasn't designed to teach you English. And English is a language with a lot of flexibility. It's likely that someone's made the same statement as you, but phrased differently. ...

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the letter is his alone
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If you're learning English, keep in mind that columnists and other journalists will often use very unconventional flourishes in their writing, sometimes with no precedent set by other writers. English ...

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Using commas for pauses, not using commas after 'that'
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"That" is a word which is used for many different purposes. It fills a lot of different grammatical roles. Attempting to use such a broad rule as "use a comma after 'that'" will ...

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textbook accusations -- meaning?
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"Textbook" can be used as an adjective as well as a noun. It is meant to evoke the definition of something as it would be defined in a textbook (or in school, university, etc). More broadly: adj. ...

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So fat is he ... So beholden is he to ... -- Grammar Question
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This is an alternate way of structuring this sentence, which you may understand more easily: Putin is so beholden to the siloviki that some European diplomats even question whether he is still ...

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The opposite of damaged
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You already said it: "intact." Other alternatives include "mint condition," "brand new" (or "like new" if it isn't actually new, just in good condition), or just plain undamaged.

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Which meaning of "A test question" is correct?
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I want to write my professor an email about a question regarding a test. Okay. Then put that in the subject of your email. Subject: Question regarding our test Problem solved. In all seriousness,...

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Did you think you .... me somewhere before?
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Unfortunately, you're trying to decide between both wrong answers. Did you think you had seen me somewhere before? I don't know who taught you these rules that "have" is only used with "ever," "...

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Is "payment mode" acceptable
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"Payment mode" would be fine. It would get the message across quite unambiguously. However, I think the more common phrase is "payment method," just so you are aware. If I were in your position (I too ...

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What is subject In the following sentence?
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The subject is "celebrities." "While commenting on this brawl" is a parenthetical phrase. It means that it is a part of the sentence that is moved from where it normally is. Here is how the sentence ...

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"came in first place in a challenge" vs "came first " vs "won first place"
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The two in the middle need to be adjusted slightly. The others are correct, but for the fourth one to be more exact and idiomatic, you should probably change it to "won first prize" instead of "place."...

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how to use"this mathematic expression?
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The big problem is that you're trying to use "is" (the "being" verb) to attribute something with a verb instead of an adjective. You can use "does," as in @TzD's example, to make that connection ...

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