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How can you recognize if an "uncle" is father's brother or mother's brother? (Is there any "default option"? )
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In English and in other languages, unlike the Arabic language (for example) that has a special word for the uncle of the father side (am- عم) and the uncle of the mother side (khal-خال), there are no ...

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it VS. this Vs. that
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The difference between the two based on the "Cambridge dictionary" article, is as follow (quote): "We use "it", "this" and "that" to introduce further information about a topic already mentioned. ...

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What is the filling of the stapler called in English? (picture attached)
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By the previous answers here, I found the following things: In Wikipedia they're called paper staples. In Cambridge dictionary they're called simply staples. Checking in google images shows that ...

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What is the meaning of the quote "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link?
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A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It means that if you want to know the level of strength of a chain (i.e. how strong is it) then you have to check which link (chain made of links - see ...

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Arrive to or arrive at?
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It seems that formally the only one correct preposition in your context is "at". "When I arrived at the school I really did not know what to expect.". Based on Cambridge dictionary and Oxford ...

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What's the form of the modal "must" in the past or future?
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You must listen to this recording. For past*: had to = must to You had to listen to this recording. N.b. There's an archaic and very rare past form of "must": mote. It's not common in usage. ...

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What are the combinations of ch, sh, th, wh, ph called in the professional literature jargon?
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They are called consonant digraphs. Consonant blends (also called consonant clusters) are groups of two or three consonants in words that makes a distinct consonant sound, such as "bl" or "spl....

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Which article should be used in the following sentence?
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You use the article "the" when you're talking about something that is known already (for example you talked about it before) or for something specific or particular that you're supposed to know about ...

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You can contact me on/over/by Skype
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Based on Google the most common preposition in this specific context is "on". However, I think the question should be expended with the question about the options "in" and "at", since they are also ...

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"In the 1970s, Viking space probes may have etc." - help for understanding
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I found the answer on Wikipedia -here There is a scientific instrument which called space probe - is a robotic spacecraft that leaves Earth orbit and explores space". (wiki)

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punctuation marks - importance and examples
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Yes, it happens to be in many languages as well as in English. For example: Let's eat grandma. Vs. Let's eat, grandma. For more examples - see here: 10 Hilarious Examples Of How ...

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How to ask someone to speak lower and louder?
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It is more natural to use the adjective / adverb: Would you speak louder. please? or Would you speak a little louder, please? Would you speak (more) quietly. please? could you speak ...

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How to pronounce A'B'C'?
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The word that you're looking for is: prime. From Wikipedia: "The prime symbol ( ′ ), double prime symbol ( ″ ), triple prime symbol ( ‴ ), quadruple prime symbol ( ⁗ ) etc., are used to ...

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There 'is' people or There 'are' people?
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People is the plural form of person (see irregular words), therefore, it has to be referred as plural. People are always minimum two, that's why we should say: "There are people who like to help."...

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What is the brown cardboard covering coffee cups called in English?
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It is called "Coffee cup sleeve", and it is known also in the following names: coffee sleeves Grip cup sleeves Coffee clutches Coffee cozies (refers mainly to those that they're ...

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“file doesn’t exist” or “file doesn’t exists”
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The right form is: The file doeSn't exist. Gramatical explanation: always when you're forming a positive sentence about a 3rd person (singular only) in present simple tense, you have to add the ...

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A troop of monkeys ______ coming towards us ( is/ are)
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An official site of Canada English grammar learning shows a similar question to yours and goes for the singular choice: A huge swarm of locusts has destroyed the crops. But, in the Oxford ...

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What do we call the half closing of eyes?
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There are some kinds of half-shut eyes, here are some of them: 1) While a person is very tired and he is about to sleep, or alternatively before death or if having a structure of such eyes. It can be ...

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sick vs. patient?
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A patient can be sick but it is not necessary. A Patient is a person that go to a medical facility such as a clinic or a hospital. Very often, patients go to these facilities or others just to get ...

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I'm waiting for you ON/AT/IN the second floor?
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The short answer is "ON the floor", but here is the explanation: Since we are stepping on the floor rather than inside ("in") the floor itself (probably it is something impossible), therefore we say ...

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What day is it? vs. what date is it?
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For my opinion, sometimes they can be used correctly interchangeably but you cannot always use these two sentences interchangeably because each one of them may have a totally different meaning. ...

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What is the soft part of the palm called in English?
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By googling "fleshy part of the palm" I found that it is called in English "Thenar". Based on "Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary© Farlex 2012" The word thenar is a noun, not an adjective. From these ...

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I didn't ('go' or 'went') to party?
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This is a rule in English grammar: The verb which comes after the auxiliary verb - "did", always will be the base form (that called "infinitive" form, meaning without any inflection to the past tense)...

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the skull protects "on the brain" or "the brain"?
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The answer is: it depends on the context, because according to the context it's decided if it's transitive or intransitive verbs. In this context is a transitive verb and therefore the answer is "...

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I lived Vs. I was living
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Both are grammatically correct but the usage depends on the context. As you noted one is in past simple tense while the other in past continuous tense, and there is a difference between them in use. ...

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What does "epitragic" mean?
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I found for this word at least 4 forms: epitragic as you noted, as well as epi-tragic, epictragic, and epic-tragic (which is the most common form among the mentioned forms). Anyway, this term is a ...

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"Do" in meaning of "learn"
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The word "do" can have the meaning of "learn" or "study". From Oxford dictionary: Do: 1.8 Learn or study; take as one's subject. ‘I'm doing English, German, and History’ Based on ...

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Find the error in the sentence
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The answer is indeed "to welcome you" (b). I take great pleasure in welcoming you. is a correct sentence (see here for example) and the correct choice out of the other choices there. But anyway I'...

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Can "some feature" be correct?
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In this context it should be "some feature" (in singular). It isn't talking about plural but it simply means a not known (or it doesn't matters to mention) feature. From Cambridge: Some: UNKNOWN ...

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What is the British term for the place where people change clothes at the gym?
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Due to the comment (of FumbleFingers) here, I discovered on Wikipedia detailing about the changing room: "Various types of changing rooms exist: Changing stalls are small stalls where clothes ...

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