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meaning of - that's all you had to say

in the movie Pulp Fiction , there is a scene where Jules talks in the phone with Marcellus Wallace because he needed help with getting rid of the body of Marvin. in the end Jules says : S***t N***gro ...
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The Usage of Have Been in a Sentence [on hold]

Is it corrct to write "It was to have been submitted as a project."?
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Regenerate as an adjective

Used as an adjective, when should the words regenerate vs. regenerative be employed?
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Can I start a sentence with Then?

Are these sentences correct in terms of punctuation and grammar? She asked, "Could I have a drink of your water?" Then she walked away when I said, "No, you can't." Thanks so much for the first ...
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Can I say “listen for it” and “smell for it”?

I often hear the term to look for it: "I have studied symbolism in fine arts for years, and now I see symbolism in everything. I just can't stop myself after I learned how to look for it." Feel ...
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Adding 's' after Number of a Year [migrated]

Look at to these three sentences: My mother was born in the 1950s. My mother was born in the 1950. My mother was born in 1950. My questions: What is the role of 's' in the end of ...
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“Making Do” or “Make Do”?

Consider the following sentence At present, I'm making do with what I have Though it tells you what I'm trying to convey, something feels funny about the phrase "making do". Is it grammatically ...
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Use of Past Simple and Present Perfect in the description of graphs

I would like to know how can I use correctly both past simple and present perfect in the description of a graph which is set in the past. For example comparing two years in the past such as 2013 and ...
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what's meaning of “have you brought over to my place in the morning.”

There's a sentence of dialogue from Walking Dead that confused me: have you brought over to my place in the morning. This is not a interrogative sentence. Why does it put the "have" in the first ...
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What do you call the grammatical element that describes the state of being of the subject?

Suppose we have these sentences: 1. Smiling, she offered me a hot cup of chocolate. 2. Busy finishing my homework, I have no time to even think about video games. 3. Knowing there's little change of ...
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Why put S in Novotel Hotels?

In my city, i found a nameboard of a hotel sounded like this : Novotel Hotels Novotel is the name of the hotel. But what makes me confused is the use of S at the end of Hotel word. Why put S in ...
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need help ! past tense, it is ok. past simple [on hold]

i need help :C I hope it didn't inconvenience you in any way. it is okay ? i need past tense, past simple ?
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Using Life or Lives

I searched on Google for "Personal and Professional Life" versus "Personal and Professional Lives" and the result for each is around 500,000 results. I want to know if the following sentence is ...
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Might have, may have, could have, must have, would have

Yesterday there was a driving test of my friend. But I have not contacted him since yesterday. Now I am predicting about the result of his driving test. Please help me to correct my following ...
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Could help but curse(d)?

I have a sentence here: Tom couldn't help but cursed when he saw Sam dressed like that. I feel like there's something off about the sentence, but I don't know how to change it to make it sound ...
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18th century English [on hold]

My attempts at finding that which is deemed by me as being the purity of the English language, namely, 18th century text, is that which I cannot find myself. After having searched for this very text, ...
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Three hours ( or three thousand pounds ) is or are?

When can three hours or three thousand pounds be considered singular and plural ? e.g. Three hours ( is - are ) a long period to wait for you. e.g. Three thousand pounds ( was - were ) collected for ...
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Using “Before” for audience [on hold]

I am not sure if using "before" is correct here: The Stars Music Group did a fantastic job at the University of Kansas before a large group of Iranian and American audience. Is that correct? ...
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What are the uses of the modal verb “would”? [on hold]

Besides the future-in-past sense in conditional sentences, what other alternative uses can the word would have in conversation?
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Grammar Question: Much, Many, More, Less, Some and A Few [on hold]

Can you give me some examples of using much, more, many, less, some, and a few in a sentence? and what is called of this? Please someone explain? I need to know.
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“differently” vs. “different” in a certain sentence [on hold]

I found the following text in an article at http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/few-hours-left-nomination-74341 : In Chittagong, the AL and the BNP were not worried as only one person from each ...
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What is the correct way to introduce and write a list?

In technical papers I often see text like this. Finally, the goal is to determine x. The three ways of achieving this are the following: The blue method involves tying your shoelaces. The pink ...
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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I'll let you know what I ended up with or what I end up with [on hold]

Should one say: "I'll let you know what I ended up with" or "I'll let you know what I end up with" Which is the correct form to use?
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Singular noun + “or” + plural noun as a single unit

In a technical book, I have stumbled upon the following sentence: Here, resource-specification is a statement or statements that declares and initializes a resource. I'm a bit confused about how ...
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Is this clear? vs. Is that clear? vs. Is it clear?

I cannot get the difference between Is this clear?, Is that clear? and Is it clear?. Could anyone please help me?
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Is it plugin options or plugin’s options?

You can pass the plugin’s options in here. The plugin’s options have been saved. or You can pass the plugin options in here. The plugin options have been saved. I never know which ...
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Is it correct to shorten “you have” to “you've”? [on hold]

If "you are" can be shortened to "you're", can "you have" be shortened to "you've"? Is it acceptable? If yes, what are the situations where it can be used?
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Is there anything wrong or stilted in the grammar of this short announcement? [on hold]

In accordance with the guidelines of the Parish of Sta. Patrick, the anticipated mass for Easter should start at 9 o'clock in the evening, Saturday. However, considering the difficulty and ...
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I've learned or I learned correct usage [migrated]

Please explain wich is correct: I've learned to ride a bicycle when i was five I learned to ride a bicycle when i was five For me both of them are correct.
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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Possible positions for the word currently

I was this discussing the question of correct word placement in english with a coworker but since we both aren't native speakers we did not come to a conclusion. Here is an example: Given the ...
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Where to use “by” and where to use “through” [migrated]

I'm not a native English speaker and I am confused with the usage of by and through. can someone please explain me their usage based on below example I have a referral code which want to share with my ...
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [on hold]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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could be or could have been

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/are-you-flushing-gold-down-your-toilet/article7033250.ece I was studying today's newspaper and this appeared. I am asking it as it ...
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Is it correct usage of present perfect? [migrated]

I have been there a few times in the past. Would it be equal to: I have been there a few times before.
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World needs good - correct or not? [closed]

I read this in one blog : World doesn't need God. World needs Good. Is this sentence correct?
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What is the difference between 2nd and mixed conditional?

Could someone explain the difference in meaning between these two forms of conditional? 1.If I had time, I would be there. 2.I would have been there if I had time.
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Why do we say “be to blame”, not “be to be blamed”?

I wonder why "be to blame" is used rather than "be to be blamed"? I've googled it, and what I found is that it is considered as an idiomatic expression.
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”? [duplicate]

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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“Product detail page” or “product details page”? [duplicate]

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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An alternative way to say “shifting perspectives”?

What would be a good alternative way to say "shifting perspectives", as in the meaning of looking at things in a new way?
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People who tell me vs. people telling me

I'm wondering if there's any difference, be it semantically, grammatically and so on, between phrases like: I hate people telling me what to do. / I hate people who tell me what to do. ...
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What's the usage of the verb in “When you go have dinner, you sometimes …”? [on hold]

What's the usage of the verbs "go have" in "When you go have dinner, you sometimes ...."? Why two verbs are consecutive like that? Is it grammatical?
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Is “The State it was In when it was…” too wordy?

I saw this message: Reset all save data and return the game to the state it was in when it was newly purchased Is the the state it was in too wordy or redundant? Can it be just the state when it ...
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we were planning this party from Feb? [closed]

I wanted to know whether this is correct or not.. "We were planning this PARTY from FEB..." is this correct? Grammatically and is it making any "sense" ? I am having trouble now a days while writing ...
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Is it just 2nd conditional?

"I would work on another script later this month, if I thought I could find the time." As far as I know, both parts of the 2nd conditional are supposed to express present situation. Is it present ...
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Modal verb in the beginning of a sentence

I am reading The Lord of the Ring where I found this sentence: May you have joy of the sight, my good dwarf! Is it a correct usage of modal verb? I have not found any grammar rule for this case. ...
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Is this expression right? [closed]

Even if at the peak of his power he had developed into a local king, his status would not have been equal to that of the Hellenistic kings< Thanks