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I can't get it: It will vary amongst database systems who has what function

It will vary amongst database systems who has what function, or even whether they use the same function name. Asked a native English speaker "does this sentence make sense to you?". His answers ...
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Meaning of “additive form”

I'm writing a inferential visual analysis and I'm not sure if the phrase "Additive form" makes sense. The phrase is meant to represent a persons added form (for example clothing). I'm using it in the ...
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When someone says, “I do not feel that good”, what does that mean?

I have heard it many times in movies and shows. I think it means "I do not feel very good" or "I do not feel as good as you think", but why do we use "that" here, and is it correct?
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To see them play and to see them playing

Excuse my limited acquaintance on English usage; which sentence is grammatically correct, and if any, which meaning do they convey to ? I saw them play chess. I saw then playing chess. Many ...
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Every human being is of (value / of value / of valuable) regardless of his or her religion, nationality, or gender [closed]

Every human being is ( ) regardless of his or her religion, nationality, or gender. value of value valuables of valuable The correct answer was "2. of value" and my main question was ...
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Is this phrase grammatically correct in UK or US English? [closed]

Fatima We are actually working on the ad sizes you send to us, and this is some sizes we worked it.
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Going beyond something

Some years ago, I started to go beyond being a simple user. The meaning I want to give to the sentence is that after "some years ago" I'm not anymore a simple user but someone with a higher ...
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Grapes and vintners

Please, can you translate this? These dregs are distilled until a clear liquid results that retains, supposedly, the vapors left behind by the grapes gone to the vintner. I suspect that the ...
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What does “What use is X” mean?

I've come across this construct on Stack Overflow, in the title of the question "What use is lambda in PHP?" To me this was an error, so I edited the question changing the title to "What is lambda ...
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What does “Tell me if you love me” really mean? [closed]

What does "Tell me if you love me" really mean? I have two interpretations, please tell me which one is correct: 1) Tell me whether you are in love with me or not. 2) Tell me about XXX, to prove ...
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“Even though none of you have yet to believe it” — grammatical?

Is the following sentence from the TV series American Horror Story correct, formal grammar? We are powerful. Even though none of you have yet to believe it. In my understanding, it would be ...
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Is funner a word? [duplicate]

I am constantly told "funner" is not a word. Even Google auto corrects. Yet "funner" is used very often in spoken English with people I meet. Is funner a word? If not why? What causes it to not be ...
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The person who is being rewarded is called what

How do you refer to a person who is being rewarded and the person who gives the reward? For example, if you help me with something and I want to arrange a lunch to say thanks to you as a reward, ...
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“Recommendation of” vs. “recommendation for” – what is the difference?

Which of the following sentences is correct? We are glad to provide a recommendation of a good work you did. We are glad to provide a recommendation for a good work you did.
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“Has preserved” or “has been preserved”

Which is correct? Roman temples have not preserved in their original condition Roman temples have not been preserved in their original condition
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“There are still problems” vs. “there still are problems”

There are still problems. There still are problems. Is one word order more correct than the other and do they have identical meaning?
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Has been run vs has been running

If I want to question someone about for how many hours a computer is turned on and running - and by the time of the question it is still running - which of the constructions below is more appropriate? ...
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What does this mean? [closed]

What does the following sentence mean? Self-serving bias beckons us not to false modesty but to a humility that affirms our genuine talents and virtues and likewise of others. closely looking at the ...
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“a high enough” vs. “high enough a”

After editing a question recently, the OP undid those edits stating he did not like the bad changes I made with regards to the grammar of the post. The author originally wrote: Nobody in this ...
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According to me, it was acceptable, but according to him, it wasn't

I once had a piece of written work corrected by a very experienced English teacher who told me that writing "according to me" sounded weird and nobody who was English/British would ever say it. I ...
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Is it rude to say “Thanks for asking”?

My manager recently asked me "How I was doing? Everything Ok?". I felt happy that he asked me that question, and felt that he was really concerned about me. I was doing good. So I told him that and ...
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The role and the meaning of the “of”

Consider the two sentences below It is of crucial importance that we make more use of technology if we are to make progress. and It is crucially important that we make more use of ...
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Does “Who knows” need a question mark?

Although "who knows" is almost as an expression for giving sense however, expressions can be statements, orders, and questions, so does the expression: "who knows" need a question mark?
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Dropping the second “the” in sentences: the X and the Y vs. the X and Y

Is there any difference between these two examples? 1. (Both) the Senate and the House of Representatives are legislative bodies. 2. (Both) the Senate and House of Representatives are ...
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'too dangerous to let live' or 'too dangerous to be let live'?

I was writing something down that came to me in a passing while I was watching TV, and I found myself discombobulated with the way one should phrase the notion of letting someone do something in the ...
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If I was an airline pilot vs. If I had been an airline pilot 10 years ago

In a comment signed by Martha, she wrote that: "If I was an airline pilot" and "If I were an airline pilot" have different meanings. The latter is the subjunctive case (and presumably what ...
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What does “20 weeks pregnant” mean?

First, let us agree that a woman is either pregnant or she is not I suppose a third state of uncertainty is possible, but that is more of a mental as opposed to a physical state. Is the phrasing "20 ...
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usage of “Made for”

eg. I would've made for a bad lawyer. conveying the meaning that if I had been a lawyed, I would have been a bad one. is it correct usage?
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What's the meaning of “what am I to do” [closed]

Is "what am I to do" be commonly used in daily lives? Also what do following sentences imply? What should I do the next? What am I to do the next? Please.
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“A tool to do” vs. “a tool that does” vs. “a tool for doing”

I'm the curator of the Open Web Platform Daily Digest link. In the "Tools" section of each daily I write entries in this format: tool_name, tool_description For example: hapi, a server framework ...
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Is it wrong to use “The Albatross is now on the sky”? [closed]

Is it wrong to use "The Albatross is now on the sky"? Is it like we should always say "The Albatross is now in the sky"? I would like to get an explanation for this. Thanks.
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Correct use of “happen”

A friend of mine told me that the following sentence is incorrect (copied from an exercise) Do all sentences tell us what the speaker would like to happen? He claims that it should read: Do ...
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Is “my something of choice” the same as “something of my choice”?

Would like to know if it's wrong to use "my something of choice"? Does the phrase have the same meaning as "something of my choice"?
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“As good a car as it gets” — correct?

I need to understand if I could say "As good a [noun] as it gets". Would it mean "the best [noun]"? E.g. You can buy as good a car as it gets in that store.
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A water circle of few radius is around the park

Look at the below image. Do you see the water in few feet radius around a land? How do you describe this? Let's assume that the land is a park and there is no fountain. Can I express it as "A water ...
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The ironic correlation of the words “Ineffable” and “Circumlocution”

Both the word "Ineffable" and "Circumlocution" are contradictory by definition. For context; first The very existence of the words shows defies its definition; so should one say "indescribable" as ...
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“They are there.” and “They're there.” versus “There they are.” and “There they're.”

Are any of the phrases in the title incorrect in any way? Do the meanings differ in any way? Is one preferred over the other and if so then why? I find this particularly interesting for many reasons ...
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“Sometimes also” or “also sometimes”?

I have a sentence where I think I could use either of these two constructions. They seem very similar in meaning, so I'm not sure which I should prefer. There might be some subtle point of grammar ...
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Is “I need to deposit my checks” correct? [closed]

I haves a few checks and I want put them into my bank account. What's the approriate and natural sentence to describe my intention at a counter? Is "I need to deposit my checks" correct? What is ...
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Why does “for” sound more appropriate than “during” in “I couldn't do anything for the rest of the day”?

I couldn't do anything for/during the rest of the day. I know that for sounds correct, perhaps because "the rest of the day" is a finite chunk of time like "one hour" or "one week". However, I ...
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Can object complements make any difference to sentences?

I'm reading a grammar book, and I have some questions. A. We ate the fish raw. I want Sue drunk. I prefer the music soft. I like coffee black. We drank the beer cold. This type of ...
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“Choices” vs. “options”

Are the two words synonyms? Is it grammatically correct to say "you have two choices, this or that?" Isn't that one choice? Should it not be "you have one choice, this or that" or "you have two ...
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What is the difference in meaning between 'nonchalant' and 'insouciant'?

OED defines them as: nonchalant adjective (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm insouciant adjective showing ...
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Tense agreement after “if it means that”

I've read that in conditional sentences, tenses don't have to match. Is this true for sentences that contain "if it means"? In the examples below, I'm trying to say something like "I won't write to ...
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“Split in half” vs. “split in two” — which one is correct?

Does the "in" imply multiplication, in which case split in half is correct, or is it division? It sounds like the latter to me, but I've heard it used both ways.
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Usage of “provided” and “providing”

I'm not sure if I used the word "provided" in a right way in the following example: In general, this algorithm solves Fibonacci problem with higher scores rather than the original algorithm, ...
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“Move slower” vs. “move less”

What is the proper word to fill the blank? The more cars there are on a given road, the __ the traffic will move. The answer is slower. But I wonder whether less is incorrect.
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“Be accepted to” vs. “be accepted onto”

Do these variations mean anything different, or is one more correct? I have been accepted onto a course at the University of Stack Exchange I have been accepted to the Masters programme Are ...
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“Except for” vs. “except on”

I want to say that I have time to do the homework only on Sunday and on no other day. So can you help me choose which of the following sentences are considered idiomatic and common for native ...
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Question Regarding Possessives with ('s) and (of)

Question: Is the first one redundant and proper, or is it redundant and not necessarily correct? Thanks! (1) "He is a friend of Doug's." (2) "He is a friend of Doug."