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"A dreadful five minutes" - what about the article?
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The indefinite article is here because the "five minutes" referred to is a actually a description of a single time span (which consists of 5 minutes) rather than a plural, it's confusing because of ...

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We're running away = Let's run away -> why so?
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"Let's" is a contraction of "Let us" and is an indirect suggestion or proposal for a group of two or more people (of which the speaker is one) to do something (in this case "run away") so (b) is a ...

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Is it correct to use "ever" with the present perfect?
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Present perfect doesn't dictate the extent of the time period - only that it occurred before "now", if one is not specified it can be assumed to be any point in the past but only if taking the ...

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Specific time with "used to"
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You're absolutely fine to add a clarifying time period when saying "used to" - both your example usages are fine.

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Can "Madame" be used instead of "Madam"?
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Colbert had it correct.. Madame refers to a married French lady but can also be used slightly more broadly when referring to a older lady of distinction of non-British, non-American heritage and in ...

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"Had not gone" or "didn't go" and "every night" in conditional
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In this case the second one - the first explicitly refers to events in the past had not gone whereas the second having the future tense of: you wouldn’t be tired refers to a situation that is ...

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Is + another expression
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I'm assuming that the intent of the sentence here is to basically to tell someone to do their homework (presumably as a prerequisite or condition for something else) e.g. someone is asking "Is there ...

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How to understand "got a good bit of use out of them"
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They are are suggesting that they managed to use them for an amount of time (or number of uses) that they found good. While not explicit here the usual implication would be that this would be measured ...

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"My shares were valued 1M USD at that moment" or "My share was valued 1M USD at that moment"?
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If you're talking about shares in multiple businesses then it's "shares" if it's just the one business then "share" is fine, even if it actually referred to multiple individual "shares" although it ...

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Does "a media work" make sense?
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I created a media work Doesn't really scan, "work" on it's own is rarely used to indicate an individual - you would use "works" for a collection, the genre doesn't really matter (although in some ...

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Can you use two verbs in simple past tense in a row like this?
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We will assess network performance in this regard measured compared to the protocol which hops over other nodes It doesn't scan as written, as a general rule (there's always exceptions!) if using two ...

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