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“Would have been given, I shall”; is it a valid construction?

I say Having been given sth, I am ready to do sth. to express that now I am ready to do sth because I was given something else. However, I want to say that if in the future I am successful at ...
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Use of Present Perfect

I am not sure whether I have used Present Perfect correctly in the following sentence: "Influenced by my academic background and experience, my research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary. ...
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How to form possessive from “belongs to X (preposition) Y”

This is none's of us business. Everyone's in the room pockets were empty. The car isn't anyone's from this town. Are the sentences correct? If not, how should they be phrased correctly?
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What's a word for being disappointed in a surprising manner?

I know the question a bit vague but that's the only plausible inquiry I could come up with. I wanted to what word can be used if someone is disappointed and they are surprised as to the fact that to ...
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Usage of the word “refuse”

I have a question regarding the proper usage of the word "refuse" Let's say someone made a request to me, and my desire is to grant the request to the person. However let's assume that I am unable to ...
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The late professor X gave a talk

Is "the late Professor X gave a talk" correct? I mean: Correct not in a Zombie sort of way, but to express "Professor X gave a talk while he was still alive, which he is not any more".) If deceased ...
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Is the following ungrammatical expression common in speech?

Don't be ashamed. It was cute, like a shy teenager. I'm not very sure if this is a grammatical mistake, but I think the correct version would look like this: Don't be ashamed. It was cute, ...
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What is the difference between revise and reformulate?

What is the difference in meaning between revise and reformulate? For example in the sentence, "the scientist revised/reformulated his hypothesis"? Revise: reconsider and alter (something) in the ...
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Is this sentence correct in the aspect of grammar?

"The volume of exports of goods and services from the U.S. are higher than all time." In this sentence, Can we put "at it's highest of all time" instead of higher than all time?
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Is this sentence correct in aspect of grammar? [on hold]

The volume of exports of goods and services from the U.S. are higher than all time. In this sentence why "are" has been while the subject is plural as I think? And also, can we put "at its ...
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Why “has” is put in this sentence while the subject is plural? [duplicate]

The number of people below the poverty line has drastically grown.
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Preposition ON or IN to proceed 'Monday's workshop'

I'm a bit confused by the following phrase "To all students who participated in/on Monday's workshop..." and I can't quite get my head around it... Which preposition should I use, "in" or "on"? I ...
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“I'll be upset with someone”: Is this sentence (a) acceptable (b) idiomatic?

I saw someone post on Facebook "I'll be upset with someone". Is there a better way to say this?
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which one should take place in this sentence- by or with

In the sentence " Her speech was punctuated with bursts of applause." why can't I use "by" instead of "with"?
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Age description and hyphenating

How would I say a toddler is 2 years and 7 months old correctly? Is this right: It is a two-year-seven-month-old toddler. Or do I need an “and” between? I personally think hyphenating here ...
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“I, (any name), am here to… ” is this correct?

I'm using this to introduce myself in a speech. The sentence goes like, "On behalf of xyz, I, Kartik Choubisa, am here to..." Or should i say, "... Is here to...?"
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Vice and Vice President

The word "vice" is usually used in a negative sense in the meaning of "immoral or wicked behavior". On the other hand we have a commonly used term "vice president" as the second person in a presidency ...
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Past Perfect And Present Perfect In One Sentence

==> Until more recently, Product XYZ had not been ready but Provider XYZ has made changes to the product a while ago that address the issue and markets are now embracing the product. Is this ...
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Do we need a comma to separate these two sentences?

Which one of these sentences is correct? 1 By using this method, they found that sugar is important in diet. 2 By using this method they found that sugar is important in diet. Do we need a ...
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What does 'yield the pedestrian!' mean? [on hold]

What does 'yield the pedestrian!' mean? Is it about drivers letting pedestrians cross the road? The answers available in the test I'm doing are Pedestrian, let the car pass! Attention, ...
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What's the word for 'new yet old'? [on hold]

I am trying to think of the word that describes something that is new yet old, contemporary yet classic, progressive yet traditional or any other similar meanings. Any help would be greatly ...
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'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?

Is there a word to describe this? For example, if I ask a guy What's your ____? It should mean I'm asking whether he's left or right-handed. Another example could be Our designs are not ...
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Truth is subjectivity [migrated]

What does Kierkegaard mean when he says " Truth is subjectivity " in his book - Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments. Since "Subjectivity refers to how someone's judgment is ...
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Negative Comparatives & Superlatives

An Adjective can, in general, be converted to Comparative (-er) & Superlative (-est) ; for example : good better best happy happier happiest Now Superlative means "Highest in quality", ...
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Term for tactics Politicians use to win support of populace

As it's Election's time in UK and some other countries as well, we're used to listening politicians' oratory. During the speeches we often observe how politicians try to win public support by ...
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What does the author mean to say in this quote?

The following excerpt is from My Three Passions by Bertrand Russell. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway over the flux. What does the author mean to ...
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One word adjective which means “that can't be given up”

For Example: People have (immense) faith in God. In place of immense, what would be the proper word to convey that 'the faith is not immense, but it is that which can't be given up, due to the fear ...
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What's the meaning of “that's saying a lot.”?

I heard somebody say a couple of things and they concluded by saying "and that's saying a lot". What does it mean? Does it mean it's a bit of a big deal? or an achievement of sorts? Some example ...
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What would be an “earnest description” on the difference between language and grammar?

I came to this website searching 'difference between language and grammar' and found this question “What is the difference between grammar and usage?” I thought on what was said there and came to ...
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Is “I shut up” proper english grammar

So I saw that "shutted" isn't an English word, but "I shut up" doesn't sound proper. If you were to tell someone "I shut up", talking in past tense, would that be proper?
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How did the Old French 'rejoindre' mean a retort (only in English)?

I know of the 2 different homonyms behind 'rejoin'; I ask only about the one that means 'retort'. rejoin (2) = {reporting verb} Say something in reply, typically in a quick or critical manner ...
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How did 'countenance' evolve to mean 'support or approval'?

[OED:] The extension of sense from ‘mien, aspect’ to ‘face’ appears to be English: compare French use of mine. [ Etymonline for 'countenance (v.)' ] late 15c., "to behave or act," from ...
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Cognates or coincidences?

Recently, I read an article about so-called toxic behavior on reddit, posted on a website named "idibon". I thought idi- was a reference to idiotic, e.g. the website Wikipediocracy, which is ...
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How did 'bump' humorously evolve into 'bumptious'?

[OED:] Etymology: A humorous formation, suggested perhaps by bump n.1 or bump v.1, and words in -tious, like fractious. (Not in Craig 1847, nor in any earlier Dict.) bumptious {adjective} = ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is talking down to you and thinks your decisions/actions are wrong?

So if someone is giving you an attitude when you are telling them about certain life decisions you made. And that person really doesn't understand the situation, not to mention they are ignorant... ...
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Meaning of 'proverbial worm'

"An appropriate and dramatic end to a singular and yet typical case," said Thorndyke, as he put down the newspaper. "I hope it has enlarged your knowledge, Jervis, and enabled you to form one or ...
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'plight' (as 'predicament'): How did 'to fold' evolve to mean a predicament?

Of the two dichotomous noun homonyms 'pledge', below I ask only about that derived from Latin. For the homonym derived from Proto-Germanic , please see this. [Etymonline for 'plight (n.1)' ] ...
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What's the proper pronounciation of submariner? [on hold]

What's the proper pronunciation of submariner? Is it like the Marvel comic book character, sub-mair-ə-ner or is it like the vessel with -er ending, sub-ma-ree-ner?
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What's the proper plural of fish?

What's the proper plural of fish? Is it fish, fishes or are both acceptable?
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Correct usage of “anymore”

The word "anymore" is used as such: I can't take it anymore. He isn't here anymore; he left. But I have also seen it used like so: People are so dumb anymore. Are these both correct?
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Word that sounds like immense but means engage? [on hold]

I may just be making this up but I swear there is a word that sounds like "immense" but means to start or engage something. Like "immensing countdown.." does anyone have any idea what word I am ...
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Does 'lure' have a negative connotation

I'm looking for a name for my website which has the purpose of attracting people. I stumble across the word 'lure'. But I was wondering if the verb 'lure' has a negative connotation. Can any native ...
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Tenses sequence - Can Present Perfect, main action, function with Past Simple, secondary action?

I've found a sentence in which its tense sequence doesn't seem correct to me at all. Is it possible to use Present Perfect, as a first action, and Past Simple as a second action? For example, "Have ...
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Some idioms for “psychotherapist” and the meaning of “therapist” in the US

Some Russian-English dictionaries like Multitran suggest that the word "therapist" has a meaning of "psychotherapist" in the US slang. Is it generally true? Can you please suggest me some compact ...
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Why is “all of your employees” apparently more commonly used than “all your employees”?

I have done a quick Google search and it seems like "all of your employees" is 20 times more common than "all your employees". What is the grammar reason behind it? "all your employees" -> 365,000 ...
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Meaining of “quae masculus”? [on hold]

In the context of it's use in the story "Quae Masculus". https://www.literotica.com/s/quae-masculus?page=2 Examples: "I needed a name for my race, and two Latin words flashed through my mind: Quae ...
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A more vernacular way of saying “adopt an alternative approach”?

I'm trying find a more vernacular way to express "adopt an alternative approach". The context is "Looks like a bit of a challenge there. Perhaps I should adopt an alternative approach?" and the ...
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What is the name of a fallacy for thinking something is easy for others because it is easy for you?

I don't remember where I was reading this, but whoever posted on the page said something along the lines of there being a fallacy that means: believing a task to be easy for others because it is ...
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a better alternative for “computerize”?

Is there a better alternative for "computerize"? Although the word is used in many writings, it doesn't sound good to me. I don't like it. For the context: consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ ...

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