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What does “Watch the plain clothes” account for in terms of “Cheap liquor nationalism”?

International Herald Tribune (September 30) introduced a commentary of Japanese novelist, Haruki Murakami who is regarded as a favorite for this year’s Nobel Prize in literature on Japan’s dispute ...
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OK to use two “there”s in a sentence?

A teacher once told me that it is improper to use two there words in a sentence, such as There is a woman there. or Is there a man there? and instead state A woman is there. or ...
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Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He picked up a quarrel.
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Using “basically” in an interview

Can I use word basically in an interview? For example I basically belong to X but I am working at Y from last 10 years. Or can I use I belong to X and I am working at Y from last 10 years. ...
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What tense is “You were unable to do it.”?

"You were unable to do it." Can you describe the tense of this sentence? Is it Past Progressive?
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How to avoiding starting with “it is”? [closed]

I have a sentence fragment I must make into a sentence: Late August at the Los Angeles Zoo. I use this sentence to begin a story. I really do not want to use “it is” though, because “it is” ...
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Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …”

I was told that it is a typical mistake for Russian speakers to say I feel myself badly instead of I feel ill. I wonder to what extent such constructs sound wrong to native speakers? I feel ...
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Can't understand the meaning of “facile” in these example [closed]

I found the meaning of facile is easy, getting something without effort. http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/facile I have read those sentences. But can't understand it clearly. I'm trying to ...
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Can't understand the meaning of “flogged” in this sentence

There are products to be flogged and, Ms. Barberich added, “stars to be made.” What does it mean by flogged here? I got these synonym: struck, propelled, electrical, beaten, flogged, chastised ...
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How does “panegyric” work in “Tom is very panegyric while talking to his co-workers”?

Tom is very panegyric while talking to his co-workers. From What is a sentence for panegyric? What's the meaning of this sentence? I have search the meaning of panegyric, but can't understand ...
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Meaning of the word 'orthodox' in sentence? [closed]

"If I can not succeed in an orthodox way, at least I can succeed in a criminal world." What does the word orthodox mean in this case ?
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Breaking or break the habit

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct? Imagining the ill effects of smoking led him to ultimately break the habit. Imagining the ill effects of smoking led him to ultimately breaking the ...
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Is this sentence correct in grammar and does it even make sense [closed]

This sentence: You have the right to ask for someone in the United States of America. Does it have any grammatical errors? Does it even make sense? I think it is usually ...to ask for ...
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what does “the powers that be have to really mean it for the work to matter” mean? [closed]

The following is from Jeff Atwood's blog: When given the freedom to "work on whatever you want", the powers that be have to really mean it for the work to matter. Mostly that means providing ...
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Is this a valid sentence using accretion?

I am having difficulty understanding and using the word "accretion". From what I understand , it means to gradually save a definite amount from a source. So is the following sentence valid? James ...
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Is this a valid sentence using “approbation” [closed]

I believe the word means to approve or praise. So can I use it as Are you looking for an approbation from your boss ? or Why are you still standing here ? Do you want me to approbate you ? ...
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Is this correct: “leaning against my back” [closed]

I'm writing in present tense, first person. I want to say that someone is sitting back to back with the main character (narrator). I utilized the following phrase: The voice comes from someone ...
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Proper use of 'forestall'. Is this allowed?

Your attitude always forestalls us from enjoying. Does the above sentence make sense?
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What is the subject of the following sentence?

Food allergies are adverse reactions to an otherwise harmless food or food component that involves an abnormal response of the body's immune system to specific protein(s) in foods. This is a ...
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Need clarify the use of word “locates” in the sentence

My English teacher asked a quiz question: The dancing club ___ north of this district a. lays b. lies c. locates d. lain The answer was given as c. locates. I feel something ...
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What does “force oneself ” mean in the sentence,“Dickens has been forcing himself. Bleak House was forced; Little Dorrit was labored”?

I saw the phrase, “force himself” in the following sentence of Time (Jan 30) article titled “Charles in Charge.”: Critics found these novels dreary and diffuse. Henry James, reviewing Our Mutual ...
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What does “Has it come to this?” in “Republican leaders quickly voiced horror at these tactics. ‘Has it come to this?’ said John Boehner” mean?

There was the following sentence in July 19 New York Time’s editorial titled “Democrats Gain the Upper Hand”: “Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Democratic leadership, said Monday that her party ...
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What does “find someone well” mean?

I got some email from a stranger that contains: I hope this email finds you well. So what does "find you well" means here? Does it mean "Are you well" or "The email find the right guy"? I'm a ...
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How to make a statement and then iterate through a list thereafter

I would like to state a fact, and then, if possible, in the same sentence, iterate over a list of properties related to that fact. Here are a few examples: The construction site had two ...
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Dot and parenthesis at the end of line/sentence, how to deal? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where does the period go when using parentheses? If I had a parenthesis at the end of the sentence, do I put the dot before or after it? For example, do I write: I ...
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Past perfect in the specific sentence

I am not sure about using the past tenses here: Yesterday I saw my friend who had just finished the university and wanted to go out. Is that correct? I am not sure about the past perfect but ...
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Does the sentence “His confident visage hid insecurity” make sense?

I was wondering if this sentence makes sense, and if it does, is the meaning of visage in this sentence metaphoric? His confident visage hid insecurity.
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Does “What did you get up to?” make sense?

Someone texted me the following What did you get up to? And when I asked what that meant, told me it meant What are you doing tonight?. Now to me that doesn't make any sense, but I'm not a ...
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Butchering a simple “How do I” question [closed]

Of course, I understand that the nature of the Internet means that a given person is not necessarily fluent in the English Language. But what I don't understand is how people can mangle a simple ...
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What does it mean that Republicans in Congress “need to get off their hands and stop rooting for failure”?

In June 3rd AP radio news, I heard Stephanie Cutter, Deputy Manager of the Obama re-election campaign, say: Republicans in Congress have refused to approve measures that will improve job creation ...
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What is the meaning of “one of those shilling in the slot affairs”?

In A Taste Of Honey by Shelagh Delaney I found this: (She wanders around the room searching for fire.) "Where!" she says. She can never see anything till she falls over it. Now where's it got to? ...
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Meaning of “stop for something”

Q. Did the customers stop for narrow selection of food? A. The customers stopped for wider selection of food. Does it mean the customers just ignored or didn't shop for food?
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Can or can’t the Three Mile Island meltdown be described as a farce in “tragedy / farce” rhetoric?

There was the following sentence in the Time Magazine article (Mar. 25, 2011) titled “The Real Cost of U.S. Nuclear Power.”: “When Karl Marx wrote that history unfolds first as tragedy, then as ...
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Meaning of 'jumps across' in sentence [closed]

The sentence is, The English teacher jumps across the room with a large stick. Does it mean the English teacher really jumped from one position to another position?
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What is the “, gerund” sentence called, and how can I improve it?

I'm proofreading a friend's paper, and she often creates sentences of the form: Sentence, gerund-phrase Examples: Consumers may question the legitimacy of producer actions, determining their ...
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Clarification of list grouping

I'm editing some engineering documentation in Australia, and I'd like to say: The tests shall: 1) verify connectivity, 2) test (performance and endurance) by ... The tests shall verify ...
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“So much”, “too much”, “a lot” and “very much”

Are the following sentences correct? Do they all mean the same thing? She talks so much. She talks too much. She talks a lot. She talks very much.
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Beginning sentences with a needless “So”. How did this scourge become so popular? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When did the word “so” begin to be used to start a sentence? Garbage/stuff words So many folks begin some narrative with "So". I see it everywhere ...
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Proper usage of the semicolon [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Any examples of where a full-stop can't replace a semi-colon? "I stepped outside to check the rain; it calmed down." or "I stepped outside to check the rain. It ...
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Is just “no.” a valid sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shortest complete sentence in English I seem to remember (back in the day) being taught sentences must have an object and an action and that the shortest possible was ...
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“Already” at the beginning of a sentence

Is it considered good form to use the word already at the beginning of a sentence? For instance: Already in 1930, certain people were watching television in their homes. I have seen it used in ...
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Is “as long as” grammatically correct?

I would like to know whether following sentence is correct: The battery does not last for as long as it says on the label
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It will take a while until/before the change takes an effect

Which is correct or sounds better to you? It will take a while until the change takes an effect. It will take a while before the change takes an effect. Thank you
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“I give nothing to no-one” or “I do not give anything to anyone”

I have a bit of an issue with negations. Are the following correct? I do not give anything to anyone //I guess this is correct I give nothing to no-one //can I say that? Generally, is it the same ...
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Attributive and predicative position of an adjective

I have some difficulty understanding the position of adjectives. In English I have to put the adjective before the referred name (e.g., I'm an Italian man). In some languages (as Italian or Ancient ...
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Is it allowed to mix tenses in one sentence? [closed]

I have always wondered whether it is allowed to mix tenses in one sentence in english(- and in my native language, danish), which can be quite embarrassing, when the need arises!? Examples: ...
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What is the proper placement of parentheses? [closed]

Does it make a difference if the item in the parentheses is a single word or a full sentence? In the middle of a sentence, or at the end? Does the sentence in the parentheses get its own punctuation ...
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What is a clear and precise way to describe a plan to build a system based on a particular COTS product?

I am writing an experience report about a recent technology consulting engagement. The intended audience is not necessarily familiar with consulting, the bidding process, or even particularly ...
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What does the following sentence mean [ From The Invisible Man , Ch 1 ]

I'm a little confused by the following sentence. I know all the nouns here, but I don't understand the phrase "a turn them bandages" What a turn them bandages did give me, to be sure!
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What does “The man that once did sell the lion’s skin While the beast liv’d was killed with hunting him” mean?

I came across the following sentence in the context of four professional men discussing a plot to retrieve their lost $1 million, swindled from them by a nouveau riche American banker in Jeffery ...