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Factors governing the avoidance of contracted forms such as we're, I'm or didn't and wouldn't
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I think the basic rule is that you can always use contracted forms, except in some cases. In very formal texts, where it is very important that the reader does not “miss" the negation or interprets ...

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"co-worker" vs. "colleague"
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I'd say that every co-worker is a colleague, but not every colleague is a co-worker. The usage depends on context. Within a company, my co-workers would be the people on my team (and likely, people ...

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What is the origin of the phrase "something is fishy"
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etymonline tells us: fishy (adj.) late 15c., "fish-like, slimy," from fish (n.) + -y (2). In reference to taste, from 1540s. Sense of "shady, questionable" is first recorded 1840, perhaps from ...

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Using nor only with verb of being
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The emphasized sentence is, as such, grammatically correct. (It is a full sentence.) I would opt for better instead of longer, but that is probably a matter of taste. Although you don't ask about it,...

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a phrase indicating a (gold) winner in the contest
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I would strongly suggest to find out what the organisation that awarded the prize calls it, and use their description. If you use any other description, the claim that you won the prize may actually ...

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The order of letters in the English alphabet
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The short version is: the English alphabet is based on the Latinised version of the Greek alphabet, which in turn was inspired by the Phoenician alphabet. The long version has little to do with ...

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"expired" vs "is expired"
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Unless you are writing headlines, you need to include a definite article before deadline. Then all three options you mentioned can be correct, it is simply a matter of which tense you mean to use (...

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What does "could be made that without it" mean in this context?
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You seem to be parsing the sentence in a confusing way. The argument could be made that without it, any high-tech wearable is useless in carrying out its task. Here, it refers to your smartphone (...

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polite answers and questions as to failure to meet deadlines
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The idiom is that you make the deadline. Making out with it means something else completely! Do you think you can make the deadline? I don't think I can make the deadline, I'm sorry.

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“Pharaoh was thought he was divine”
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Well, the problem is that two sentence constructions seem to have been mixed up in that last part of your sentence: The pharaoh thought (that) he was divine. This is simple active voice: the ...

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(The) companies engaged in this field - is article needed?
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that we've mentioned previously This is one of those rules that aren't rules. It does not apply to every situation, and not every use of the can be explained by it. In this case, it is totally ...

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I don't understand this sentence of an article about Windows 10
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The two put Microsoft's Windows 10 and Microsoft's promise of a steady stream of updates in context for businesses, which have shied away from Windows 8 and are being coaxed back into the fold with ...

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How come is that possible? vs. How come that is possible?
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As far as I know, HOW COME requires its following sentence not to be inverted, while WHY necessitates the inversion. Yes, that is correct. So it is completely normal that your sentence (a) confuses ...

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serious vs. high-end
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Serious in an informal context confers indeed the meaning of "very well up to the job, actually oversized for it!" Big-ass can be used in the same (very informal) way. High-end on the other side, ...

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Easier and much easier trouble
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Much simply indicates that it is not a little bit easier, but a lot. That doesn't mean it has to be the easiest. 1 billion dollars is much more than I have, but is is not the most money anyone can ...

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The meaning of the quote: “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together"
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The quote is taken from a song by the Beatles (obviously) called I am the walrus. Metrolyrics provides the lyrics, and I will just quote the first part (the rest does not make more sense than this ...

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Is it correct to say, "There is no enough room in the lift (or the elevator)"?
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for starters, no enough is not correct. You can either say there is no room, or you can say there is not enough room: both are grammatically correct. Depending on the situation, it may or may not ...

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What does "It wasn't all romantic" mean?
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First of all, "there is no any romantic at all" is not a grammatical sentence. You could say "there is not any romance at all" or "it is not romantic at all", but you cannot use romantic as a noun in ...

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Is 'mating' only used with males? What if I use it with females? Is it incorrect?
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The main idea is that lions does not mean male lions. It means lions. Chickens also mate, and indeed cats. I rarely, if ever, have seen mention of roosters or tomcats mating. Or bulls, stallions or ...

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Number description for Writing paper, Task 1, IELTS
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Very much depending on context, but the possibilities are almost endless: Roughly 30 Almost 26 Just over 16 Around 20 For 7.0, it would be difficult to avoid 7, unless the context permits it....

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"exponentially stable global" vs. "global exponentially stable". Which is more appropriate?
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In general, in English, adjectives come before the noun that they modify, so version (2) doesn't work: you placed the noun somewhere in the middle. The other two are basically fine, but there are ...

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what does "working life organization" mean?
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Working life organisations are organisations one deals with during their working life. These can be (commercial) companies that employ people, but also other employers like governmental organisations ...

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fewer iterations vs a fewer iterations
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The indefinite article can be used in the plural or in the singular form. But that article does have its own plural form: the zero form (there is nothing!): Singular: An apple A car Plural: ...

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be located in New York vs locate in New York?
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He locates in New York. This sentence means that he is locating things or people in New York. I don't think that is the meaning you are looking for. To locate something means that you find the ...

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People who I would like to be friend should be
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These are basically fixed constructions in English. You are friends with someone. Note the -s! Also, the with is not optional. You are free to use whom or leave it out. Who is technically not correct ...

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A question regarding gerund and its actor
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I would say that like refers to the whole phrase your teacher telling you... and allowing you... And yes, your teacher is the actor for both telling and allowing.

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Should I say "a normal form of a game" or "a normal form game"?
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You wrote in a comment: Yes, the standard definitions in game theory read "normal form game" and "extensive form game", or "game in normal form" and "game in extensive form". So, the expressions ...

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Passive construction of infinitive verb
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1# Active voice: India expected to win the match. I think the easiest way to read this sentence is to add one simple verb to act as a copulative: India (is/was) expected to win the match. Note that ...

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Why do native speakers use "vent your anger" rather than "erase your anger"?
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I'm afraid the meaning you were given is not what most people understand by it. Merriam-Webster gives me this definition for vent: to express (an emotion) usually in a loud or angry manner When ...

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What's the meaning of 'discharged by an assignment' - 1932 US?
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Why not just write the alternative version? Because it means something different. The difference is not big. Basically, Mr Sutherland states that the court has to provide counsel, and it cannot claim ...

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