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What is the meaning of "When I'd fall into one of them strange sleeps"?
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Them here is employed to mean those, so the speaker is referring strange sleeps to the antecedent everything would go black. The usage is very common in many British and American dialects; it is non-...

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What is the sentence structure of the sentence?
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On the part of following a verb-derived noun means approximately "performed by". The "one to whom as yet no tie of love bound me" is her baby sister, who (we may presume) is so young that Helen has ...

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Importance and usage of being in relative clause
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Being is essential here. This is not a relative clause but a 'gerund' clause--that is to say, a clause acting as a 'noun' and headed by a verb in the -ing form. The clause "larger ... number" must act ...

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What is "meal penalty"
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In some jurisdictions, and under some collective bargaining agreements, an employer who does not provide an employee sufficient or correctly timed meal breaks must pay the employee a 'meal penalty'. ...

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Is it a correct statement?
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If the sun didn't come up tomorrow, we wouldn't have any life on earth. This is fine. The past-form verbs don't indicate tense but 'unreality'. Compare a version with present-form verbs: If the ...

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Grammar construction "subject + to + infinitive" question
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The infinitival (to VINFPHRASE) in this construction is licensed by the superlative adjective youngest; it expresses the domain to which the superlative applies. Just about any superlative can enter ...

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that + past participle usage
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generated is not a participle: it's an ordinary past form. that is a relativizer, equivalent to which. Some condition generated the signal. This function performs some action appropriate to the ...

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I want to stop using "I" vs I want to stop to use "I"
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The rules you quote may be clearer with examples: We use the -ing form after stop to indicate that an action or event is no longer continuing: John stopped running. ... means that John ...

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Can I combine verbs and adjective in a sentence? Example `It is easy to read, edit, remove, and visually appealing.`
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Conjunctions join similar entities. The and you have there joins two adjective phrases (headed by easy and appealing), but you need another conjunction in there to join your three infinitives (read, ...

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What word would could I use for this
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We don't really have a general derogatory term for such speakers, perhaps because most of us don't regard them with particular contempt. In English most such usages are not "really bad vocabulary ...

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than is thought by
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Is thought is a passive; convert this to active voice, with the object of by as the subject: Those who consider only the case of the spadefoot toad tadpole do not think that the traditional theory ...

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Does past perfect tense 'had been allowed' suggest it's not allowed now?
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A 1982 agreement between Singapore and Malaysia reduced the amount of phosphates that municipalities had been allowed to dump into the Johor Strait. The past perfect is used for eventualities prior ...

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'Will' vs. 'would'
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It is not so much the wills and woulds as the "solves" that makes it unclear which eventualities are hypothetical. In the context of present-form narrative, the indicative implies an actual ...

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Sentence meaning simple present tense
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Did in the context of an as or while clause is non-perfective: that is, it implies a continuous activity rather than a completed action. In this case, the poison is "doing its work" throughout the ...

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Nuances in expressing how someone joined a tribe
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Stamm and tribe both imply kinship groups, at least metaphorically; so I find adopt more appropriate than affiliate. German lassen (like English let, historically) is ambivalent: it may be understood ...

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Why is this conditional different?
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First, correct the participle in your sentence: If Kennedy had survived, the US would be very different now. Next, ignore the category "third conditional"—in fact, discard everything you've ...

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Does the word "Bill" in meaning of "banknote" exist or common somewhere?
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Bill is standard in the US when speaking of a banknote of a specific denomination: I gave him a one-dollar bill, two-dollar bill, five-dollar bill, ten-dollar bill, twenty-dollar bill, and so forth....

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Meaning of the verb "tease" in context
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One of the meanings of tease is to tantalize especially by arousing desire or curiosity often without intending to satisfy it —M-W This meaning most often has a specifically sexual ...

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The meaning of "How low can you go?"
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The phrase "How low can you go" is not usually encountered in conversation; it's an allusion, a line in Chubby Checker's 1962 recording Limbo Rock. It refers to a challenge dance called the limbo ...

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The meaning of "bear away the empty cup on the knee"
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The old man gestures to Hugh to take the cup from him, and Hugh--who recognizes the old man as Harold Godwinson, the English king defeated and dethroned forty years before at Hastings--kneels to ...

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Is this the relative non-restrictive clause?
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The relative clause is not restrictive, but it is not a "non-restrictive relative" in the sense that term is ordinarily used. The comma (or in speech the comma intonation) marks the clause as a ...

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Ran verses run in a sentence usage
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I let it run is the only grammatical construction. Let in the permissive sense takes an unmarked infinitival clause: that is, a clause whose main verb is cast as a bare infinitive, without a to ...

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The use of adjective + noun between as and as
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This sort of expression has two somewhat different constructions; in neither does the compared adjective immediately precede its head. The more common construction puts the compared adjective before ...

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CNN, conditionals in news sentences don't conform to any conditional types at all. What are they?
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The only general rule for conditionals is that the condition and consequence clauses must have the same degree of "reality", which may be expressed in the verbform or with a modal verb.† Note, ...

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What does the bolded phrase mean?
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Paraphrase: A society which bases itself on (="rests upon") the supremacy of some factor over another without regard to (="irrespective of") whether the claim of supremacy (="its claims") is ...

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Why "would have + past participle" instead of simple past?
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It is possible that your understanding of the situation is correct: the speaker knows that Andy did in fact 'chance it'. In this case Luke Sawczak's reading is likely: the would expresses a sort of '...

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Why isn’t the pronoun “it” placed after But?
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The two verb phrases sent soldiers... and is nonetheless... are conjoined by but and share the subject, Poland; parse it like this: sent soldiers ... Poland but is nonetheless ... ...

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Future Perfect and Future Continuous with present reference
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The second speaker's will does not signify futurity; it is an epistemic use, marking the clause as the speaker's confident inference of probability from knowledge of the subject and the circumstances. ...

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How to understand the word "if" in case it means neither condition nor assumption?
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If this book begins with a familiar theme—the Native American experience of the last 120 years—the author brings to it great power and deep understanding. This is a complicated ...

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Why is it Infinitive
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Supplemental to Colin Fine's answer: The distinction between the English infinitive and base present forms is usually invisible. In grammatical analysis, however, the distinction must be drawn, ...

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