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Difference in meaning between "I provide her with a TV" and "I provide her a TV"?
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The expression is provide [someone] with [something]. It says nothing about whether that thing is the provider's own, though if that were so, I give her my TV would be a more natural way of saying it. ...

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Interpretation of "congress to the mayor's president"
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The City Council has the same kind of relationship to the Mayor as the US Congress has to the President.

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"Mom comes" Is it grammatical?
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Your teachers are not being 'fraudulent'. As a student of a foreign language you have to learn the basics of correct grammar first. Later, as your English becomes more confident you will become ...

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What are the grammatical terms to describe the way of using the adjective "beautiful" in these two sentences?
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In the first sentence, the adjective is attributive. (of the position or use of an adjective, noun, or phrase) before a noun: In "a sudden movement", "sudden" is an adjective in ...

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Can we say "It's sunny outside" when it doesn't have much sunlight?
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It's sunny when the sun is casting distinct shadows of people, buildings etc. This can happen in the early morning. If there is a light layer of cloud between us and the sun, the shadows don't have ...

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Can "potion" be uncountable?
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We usually refer to a potion in the sense of a particular mixture made up by someone, rather than a generic substance like milk or wine. So you could say 'The witch drank some of the potion she had ...

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made them sit up straight vs. made them sit upright
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Sit up straight, as well as describing a person's posture, is an idiom meaning suddenly start to pay particular attention. Those experts were in a routine meeting when they saw the first evidence of ...

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Sentence started with Verb+ing, but it's a really different structure
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The Palazzo faces the square (its front forms all or part of one of the four sides). The second phrase explains what the palace is, the third explains who the family are.

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What is the difference between "a track" and "a trail" as in "Follow the track/trail to the temple on the top of the mountain"?
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Yes and no. Oxford Dictionaries defines a track as a rough path or road, typically one beaten by use rather than constructed. 'Trail' can refer to the same kind of path, but 'following a trail' can ...

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Difference between it and there
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"Was it really a Martian?" means 'was the apparition really a Martian (or something else)?' ("in his room" would be a bit superfluous here.) "Was there a Martian in his room?&...

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Am I using chocolate-box correctly?
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In the early-mid 20th century, assorted chocolates were a small luxury and were sold in shallow cardboard boxes with a lid on which was printed the kind of picture expected to appeal to women, such as ...

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How would the place one spent most time growing there be called?
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The usual expression, at least in British English, is "I was born in X but brought up in Y".

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"Get Groomed" Is it safe to use without negative connotation?
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To groom in its literal sense is usually applied to horses or dogs. The noun groom originally meant man (as in 'bridegroom'), but came to mean a servant who looks after horses. As an extension of the ...

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Meaning of "she had wept over the reservation."
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Most of your interpretations are correct, but... Dr. Fox had described Elizabeth as having 'an intellect of quite a high order' - that is, as being fairly intelligent. At the time she had wept from ...

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Why is it not idiomatic to use the past continuous here?
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The verb to last normally requires an end date or time (except when something is lasting a long time). The party lasted until one o'clock in the morning. We can say that a relationship has lasted ...

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"it is a [noun]" or "this is a [noun]"
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"What is the organ shown in this picture?" "It is a brain." "What organs do these pictures show?" "This is a brain, and this is a heart." We use it to refer to ...

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"house owner" vs. "householder"
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Oxford Dictionaries defines householder as a person who owns or rents a house; the head of a household. So in (1), Kevin is the householder and Anthony his landlord. On (2), if Kevin is a live-in ...

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see, saw, have seen
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I have seen (this happen) means that you have witnessed this in the past. I see (this happen) means that you are still frequently seeing it. In this context, you can use either according to your ...

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"Such other people as are willing to do..." Sentence pattern
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In the Cambridge online dictionary I found a link to Such as a determiner , where you will see examples of such meaning of this or that kind. I wouldn't call it outdated, but it is, as the website ...

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Is it correct to say "don't pull out these bits of wool/cotton"?
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The process is called pilling and the bits are called pills or lint. https://www.rd.com/article/how-to-de-pill-sweaters/ You can buy small devices for trimming the pills away.

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'Not yet' or 'Never yet'
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I've not yet tasted it or I've not tasted it yet imply that you expect to do so quite soon. Probably someone has asked how you like a present of food or drink they recently gave you. I've never tasted ...

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How to understand "doing thee injuries" in "Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries"?
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Yes, you can modernise it to "doing you injuries". Grammar checkers don't know everything. Do yourself/someone an injury/mischief is still used as an idiom, mainly in a lighthearted way. ...

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the case is growing
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Neither. Case is singular and is meant in the legal sense of 'the evidence in favour of' giving people doses of different types of vaccine instead of a repeat dose of the same kind.

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Are noun+noun and noun's (aphostrope) + noun the same?
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Both three weeks' holiday and a three-week holiday are possible. The hyphenated form acts like an adjective. "I live ten minutes' walk from the station" does not need a hyphen. However, ...

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"We are giving away 5 pens each to 5 winners" - Each winner will receive how many pens?
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'Five pens each' definitely states that each person receives five. Making it into two sentences makes it meaningless. 'We are giving away 5 pens to 5 winners' is ambiguous. 'We are giving away 1 pen ...

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Hello, what does the word "are dogged" mean in this context?
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One meaning of dog is to follow someone closely (like a bloodhound following their scent). Insecurity 'follows' the workers' lives; that is, they often experience it.

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When to use jacket,cloak and sweater?
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A sweater is usually a knitted garment that you pull on over your head. A jacket is an upper body garment that opens at the front. It may be the upper half of a man's suit, a similar garment for women,...

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Is "Who has Hamlet been written by?" a grammatically correct sentence?
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Who has 'Hamlet' been written by? is grammatically correct, but an unlikely thing for anyone to say. We would use has written of a recent work by a living author. Hilary Mantel has written three ...

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"the" before a thing and "down-filled snow pants"
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Bounding (leaping) is a physical action, so it obviously refers to his leaving the school building. Alaska is a cold region. Snow pants are trousers designed to keep you warm and dry in the snow. ...

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What is the name of the packaging of sterile bandages?
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I think most people (in the UK, at least) would say "[She was] holding a [sticking] plaster in her hand", leaving the listener to assume that it was still in its package unless specified ...

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