Derek Knight
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What is the difference between "talk to" and "talk with"?
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Skyminge is correct. Talk to implies a one-sided conversation, and "talk to a stone" is an excellent example of this. It doesn't have to be one sided though, for example "I talked to my boss today", ...

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What article should I use for "air conditioning"?
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1 or 3. There is no definite article because you are not talking about a specific air conditioner system

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Why is it 'for I knew' not 'for I know'?
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Yes, you're right. He says "For all I knew" because he's relating what his feelings were at the time Harry was scurrying round the school on Hallowe'en, not what his feelings are now.

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Is "Sausage sizzle" only used for charity events?
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Yes, here in New Zealand, a sausage-sizzle is a fundraising event where cheap sausages are cooked on a grill or barbecue, served in a slice of sliced bread, sometimes garnished with fried onions and ...

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plural or singular for "The complete set of"
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Yes If I use brackets to illustrate, the structures are used and the set is provided .... The complete set of (compositional structures that are used in this paper) is provided in section 1.

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“Writer” or “Author” when talking about somebody who “creates” book stories/novels as a professional?
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I think both can be used interchangeably. However in my view, authors write books while writer is a more generic term. The are other words for other media too, playwrights write plays, bloggers write ...

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"I don't want to allow" versus "I want to not allow"
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The first is the usual form. You would be saying that the other person has asked for your permission to go to war and you would like to deny it. That's the best way I can see to explain it. The second ...

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What does "dreaming of houses uncluttered by reality" mean?
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He's pointing out that houses photographed in magazines like Country Life are not cluttered. In real life, houses have articles strewn everywhere. He's suggesting that perhaps people with Country Life ...

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When there is 'could' in the indirect as complement clause, what meaning does it add?
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"As much money as you want" means "as much money as you want now" - since it's the present tense. "As much money as you could want" is conditional (I think) and it means "as much money as you might ...

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(the, Ø) rates: article usage
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"the interest rate" would means there is just one interest rate, but the Bank of England maintains a number of interest rates. That said, the rest of that sentence indicates a value of 0.5% and as you ...

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"celebration is good to have"
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Not sure about grammatical correctness, but I would not use either in common speech. I would use celebrate as a verb rather than celebration as a noun. So I'd say "to my mind, celebrating is good..." ...

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Preposition: Language acquisition (among/of/by) students
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I think you should use among. If you put "of" then the sentence would be confusing. It seems to mean the languages are acquiring the students!

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Difference - "never learn" and "never learned"
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The fourth one is correct "I have never learned it" The first is the present form, though it's not often used, in fact I can't think when I would say "I never learn it" The second if not correct ...

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"Hyacinths on (what I fondly call) my rockery"
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He's being ironic. What is presumably just a pile of stones is something he fondly calls a rockery. The hyacinths are on the rockery.

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Singular instead of plural noun in context
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"The horrendously complex" is another way or saying "something that is horrendously complex" so if you replaced it in the sentence you would get "... but the art of theoretical physics lies in ...

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we'll coming back
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No, the author is correct. "We will be coming back" is the future imperfect (I think). "We will coming back" doesn't make sense. "We will come back" is the future tense, but the imperfect form ...

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When should I use the word 'that' between parts of sentences?
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Either is acceptable, though the second is more common nowadays. I think the difficulty arises because as well as being used as a conjunction in your example, "that" is the opposite to "this". So you ...

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Difference between might and could
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He could not turn up is used if discussing something that happened in the past. For example, "His car broke down last night so he could not turn up". He might not turn up means similar but it's spoken ...

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