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What adverb, typical of AmE, coincides the most with the BrE sense to “quite” [=to a noticeable or partial extent]?

As long as -- seemingly -- the adverb "quite" in AmE idiomatically carries an emphatic sense to it -- pretty much similar to saying "completely" or "absolutely" as in "That girl looks quite pretty!" ...
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Singular or plural in these sentences . . [duplicate]

I've often written sentences like these: The structure and linearity here is [are?]what is [are?] stifling creativity. Compare: The pencil and pen are in the room. [Where is seems wrong] The project ...
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Let it be done - grammatical analysis

How should the phrase "Let it be done" be interpreted grammatically? What confounds me are the following assumptions, some or all of which may be wrong: "Let" implies imperative "it be done" ...
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Is “will just need to [verb]” grammatical?

Consider this sentence on an official form: To change the arrangement, you will just need to fill up a new application form. For some reason, the phrase "you will just need to" sounds awkward. ...
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Can I say “Where can I find 'a' post office”?

It's a question in a grammar app. "Where can I find _ post office please?". I chose "a", but it says "the" is the correct answer. Same problem with this question: "Let's go to _ cinema tonight." I ...
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“No, I hadn't.” vs “No, I didn't.”

Which is correct option to the following & Why: Did you have lunch at home yesterday? (1) No, I haven't. (2) No, I hadn't. (3) No, I didn't. (4) No, I don't.
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What does 'both of you' mean?

How does one reflect the difference in meaning between 'I gave one to both of you' meaning you gave one to each of them, and 'I gave one to both of you' meaning you gave one item for the two to share? ...
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Synonyms for 'the use of'?

I need synonyms for the word 'the use of' in my sentence. Also, the use of commonly available solutions contributed to cost reduction. Thank you in advance for your help.
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Simple Past or Past Participle

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people living in the UK had increased from 10 million to 50 million, whereas that in Africa had decreased by 50%. or Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people ...
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Why ride? Over ride or pilot?

Why do you ride a horse and a bike, rather than drive it? Why you you pilot a plane, rather than drive it? Why do you drive a car, rather than pilot it? You can go for a ride in a car, but only if ...
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Hope this helps [closed]

I was reply to a email that my office colleague sent just want to know a good reply to phrase "Hope this helps"
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What is this construction? [closed]

I can't tell, but conclude that it was a good idea. What is this construction?
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What is the meaning of “as of” in this context?

The moon shone on his face as he spoke, and the girl was pleased to watch it, it seemed to breathe such an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition, yet with something high too, as of a ...
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What the hell is this construction?

It is not given to all to do this job with celerity. What is this "it is not given to do" construction? Where is it in the dictionary?
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Is it correct to use “City Name-area” in a sentence?

Is it possible to use this: "Phoenix-area businesses" instead of "businesses in Phoenix" or "Phoenix businesses?"
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What does this “Of” mean? [closed]

He can feel the hurt feelings of the common mass in the amphitheater of his disposition. What does this "of" mean? I think this is the same "of" as "the city of Rome"
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What does this construction mean? [closed]

With his sense of piercing irony, there went none of the typical friendliness of the Americans.
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“What are missing” vs “what is missing” [duplicate]

I was about to write that several things were missing, when I realized that I wasn't sure if I should say What is missing are connections or What are missing are connections I think it ...
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Is this proper English? [closed]

The content analysis study our group undertook clearly indicates that, television advertisements and possibly the media as a whole, present children as exhibiting gender stereotypical behaviour.
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“In back of'' vs. ”back of“ vs. the spatial sense of ”behind" in AmE

What's the difference to these expressions, as in "The little girl was hiding in back of the tree" vs. "The little girl was hiding back of the tree" vs. "The little girl was hiding behind the tree"? ...
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In/on for “into/onto” in colloquial and not so formal AmE

If the context is crystal clear and, as such, allows no risk of misunderstanding or ambiguity whatsoever, unlike "Paul jumps into the lake (= Paul jumps into the lake from a certain point)" vs. "Paul ...
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Adverb position problems

I am confused about adverbs that can be placed in front of the verb as in: He quickly reads a book. And can be used at the end of the sentence as in: He works hardly Can I mix them as: ...
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Keen in or keen [closed]

I am interested to know the usage of the word keen in a phrase. Do we use the word in or on after the word keen in a sentence? For example, keen on advertising.
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difference between “be free” and “get free”?

What is the difference between the two? And if I want to meet a friend what would I say "I'll be free soon " or "I'll get free soon "
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Which one is correct (This or That) [closed]

That feel when you feel something and are unable to find words to explain it. vs That feel when you feel something and is unable to find words to explain it. PS: My next Facebook status :P
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I don't understand this quote

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. I don't understand this part. What does it mean?
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Where to place the word shop, in the extract below. A question of grammar, or are both correct?

Which of the two examples works better, and why? Example 1: Hilary Hummingbird- Smyth’s, “Bonnets and Bows,” was without doubt, the prettiest shop on the Parade, and what the crooked, ...
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What does “through” mean here?

Through his sleek salesman talk I could discern duplicity.
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Showing a Reader and Strong Understanding of the Language

New to this branch of SE if I'm in the wrong corner, let me know. I've often found creative writing to be a nice way to relax; however, as hobbies go, if I'm going to invest time in something ...
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Comparative or superlative to describe a quality of a member of a set of two things?

For example, 'he's the bigger of the two guards' or 'he's the biggest of the two guards'? The comparative indicates that something is bigger/more difficult than another member. If there's only two ...
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we could have written the following and BE RETURNED the same result set (grammar)

When there is only one instance of the column name in the query, then qualifying column names becomes optional. Thus, we could have written the following and be returned the same result set... I ...
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Plural nouns used as adjectives

The query might return a list of selected items in a shopping cart, or posts in active forums threads, or whatever your web application needs to retrieve from your database. active forums is ...
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think it fair criticism (grammar question, can't understand)

In the past, SQL has been criticized for having an inappropriate name. Structured Query Language lacks a proper structure, does more than just queries, and only barely qualifies as a programming ...
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Key to innovation or key of innovation?

Today, I was working on a write-up and had a sentence that said: We believe innovation is the key to success only to find that my partner had rewritten this as: We believe innovation is the key of ...
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Which is correct - 'did with the egg' or 'with the egg did'? [closed]

I'm writing a story, which takes place in a past. Can you tell me which option is correct? When I was wondering what 1)did with the egg 2)with the egg did someone pushed me. I've chosen 1) but I'm ...
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What is this “the”? What does it mean?

The river is a wonderful sight always. The rivers are a wonderful sight always. Rivers are a wonderful sight always. "The" of "the river" shows the typical image of a river. But I ...
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Why do we use “or” instead of “and” when we mean both things?

The following sentence came up in a recent conversation with a Polish national: I don't have a wife and any children. I corrected his sentence to: I don't have a wife or any children. He ...
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Difference between “one…, another” and “one…, the other”

I have searched on the internet but the explanations are in Chinese, which I can't understand. What is the difference between these two (pairs of) sentences? I have 2 pens. One is red, another is ...
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Isn't “birthed” wrong? [closed]

As far as I know it is wrong to say "birthed", isn't it? I am asking since I read it in a post on a blog I follow. The post: www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/12/austin-kleon-show-your-work/ ...
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Why is the used here?

But when the several nations of Europe had acquired distinct though rude written languages of their own, sufficient for the purposes of their rising literatures, then first1 learning revived, and ...
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Can we 'do evil'?

On another post discussion has moved to what one can and cannot 'do'. We 'do our duty', we do our homework' and we 'do the washing-up'. But we cannot 'do dancing', 'do driving', or 'do charity'- or ...
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What is the subject in this sentence?

I would like to know whether to use the singular or plural verb in the following sentence: In cases where there is/are headroom, .... It seems to me that the subject ought to be "In cases ...
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How would you say someone was “disrespecting you” correctly? [closed]

Is there a grammatically correct synonym for the word "disrespect" in the form of a verb? As in: "Please stop disrespecting me, Bill."
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'How dared you?' versus 'How dare you?'

A book I'm reading has this sentence in it: "How dared you go and see her without me?" Is the usage of the past tense 'dared' here grammatically wrong or just odd given the established phrase "How ...
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“To predicate” + of or + as or + some other preposition

I'm interested in Definition 1.1 at Oxford Dictionaries which exemplifies "predicated of." Yet, would "predicate as" be equally correct? Google Ngram depicts a difference, but not Google Books ...
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“He denied having killed him” vs “He denied he had killed him”

I'm trying to understand the perfect aspect of the verbs and I am not sure whether both are correct: He denied having killed him He denied he had killed him. If not, what is the problem? ...
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singular event with singular verb [duplicate]

Was Luke Brian, in his "Drink A Beer" lyrics, wrong when he wrote It's funny how a greater plan Is too hard to understand Right now it don't make sense..
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How to convert verbs to nouns, and nouns to adjectives?

How to convert verbs to nouns, and nouns to adjectives? I was told that if I put -ing to the end of a verb, the verb could become an adjective or a noun. For example: read-reading ...
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“different” as a preposition

Is is acceptable to use "different" as a preposition, as you would use "unlike" or "in contrast to", like in the following example? Thus, different from previous work, we aim to answer those ...
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...