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What is synonym of Abide? [closed]

What is synonym of Abide? a) Pays b) Diverts c) Hang Real sentence is "Curse abides on a tyrant for ever!"
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0answers
805 views

What does “within 30 days of assuming command” mean? [duplicate]

An Army regulation requires somthing to be done "within 30 days of assuming command". Does that mean it must be done within the time window of the day of assuming command plus 30? Or, does it mean ...
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4answers
167 views

“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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3answers
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Would have done

Please read the following passage. I will post my question at the end of it. Here is the passage: At home I locked myself in. Jason, my lawyer and lyn sent texts simultaneously at the point the ...
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3answers
530 views

Present simple and present perfect in this context

I have been told that the following are the same: It has been twenty years since I last saw her. It is twenty years since I have seen her. But I somehow do not understand why; usually the ...
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2answers
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“Haven't” vs. “hadn't” [closed]

Are there any differences in meaning between the two sentences? We hadn't left the place yet; we will be there in 10 minutes. We haven't left the place yet; we will be there in 10 minutes. ...
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1answer
680 views

Is it correct to mix past, present and future tense in a sentence?

Is it correct to mix past, present and future tense in a sentence? Is the following sentence correct: Ask yourself continually, “If I was not doing this already, knowing what I now know, would I ...
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3answers
79 views

“U.S. stocks were modestly higher at the opening bell Wednesday” vs. “… are higher …”

Here's a news heading from CNN: U.S. stocks were modestly higher at the opening bell Wednesday as political wrangling over the fiscal cliff continues to dominate the market. The author used ...
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2answers
311 views

“It is” vs. “it was” [closed]

The recurrent cholangitis happened in the past. But when I am discussing the event now, which of the following should I use? It is the incomplete stone removal that caused the recurrent ...
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3answers
419 views

How do you distinguish “have got” from “got” as the past tense of “get” in “I got my car back”?

When someone says "I got my car back" in an informal setting, does it mean (1) or (2)? I have got my car back. (Where "have" can be dropped in spoken English.) I got my car back. (As the past tense ...
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3answers
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Simple Past vs. Present Perfect: “was” vs. “has been” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Did it close” vs “Has it closed”? Which is correct: “has died” or “died”? How do the tenses in English correspond temporally to one another? ...
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3answers
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When we entered, he had been there

So I heard this sentence and also few contradictions about that. Does it mean that when they entered, he was already gone because he had there been before them? Or he just was there before them and ...
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1answer
113 views

Meaning of “a can not” [closed]

What is the meaning of a can not? This guy is a can't-miss prospect. I heard this sentence in an English movie.
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2answers
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As yet + past simple/present perfect

I was unable to find out the rules here and what is the difference: As yet, he has not received the package. As yet little was known of the causes of the disease.
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3answers
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“never did” vs “never does”

Is the following sentence grammatical? : Jack splits a blade of grass. He won't speak up. Never does. Tom will. Always does. For some reason it sounds weird. I was wondering shouldn't it have ...
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2answers
2k views

Difference between ''He wishes it didn't…'' and ''He wishes it wouldn't…''

I was teaching first and second conditionals to an intermediate English class the other day, and then we started with 'wish' statements. We talked about famous people and their wishes. For example: ...
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2answers
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I had waited until the rain stopped / I waited until the rain had stopped — any difference? [closed]

I don't understand the tense that is used with until. Here are some examples: I had waited until the rain stopped. I waited until the rain had stopped. Villagers had stayed indoors until ...
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2answers
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Is there any difference between “has gone” and “went” in this context?

Is there any difference between these two sentences? Mirek went to Europe on business. Mirek has gone to Europe on business.
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1answer
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For what verbs is there no difference between 'has …' and 'has been …ing'? [closed]

For some verbs like 'live', where if you say "have lived" it means you lived somewhere for a period of time but that is not true anymore, and if you say "have been living" it means you still live in ...
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4answers
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What is the subjunctive mood?

I had always understood the subjunctive mood to mean a hypothetical present tense. However, I think it might also imply that the hypothetical event is outside the realm of possibility. Is that ...
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1answer
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“What it did was” versus “what it did is” versus “what it does is”

I feel a bit uncertain about the use of tense in the above sentence structure. Which one is grammatically correct and sounds most natural between "what it did was," "what it did is," and "what it ...
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4answers
14k views

“will be able to” vs. “can”

Consider the following: He will be able to do it. He can do it. They mean the same thing, right? Can "can" replace "will be able to" in any sentence? What is the difference, if anything? ...
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7answers
4k views

“will have seen yesterday”

This is a part of a sentence: As many of you will have seen yesterday, . . . What does it mean? The words will and yesterday seem to be in contradiction. Is that a correct sentence?
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4answers
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“Can have” vs. “could have”

One often hears primarily people from the UK using the phrase can have in certain past tenses. What exactly is the difference between using could have and can have? I used to believe that can turns ...
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5answers
413 views

'Am I interpreting' vs 'Do I interpret'?

Am I interpreting the results correctly? Do I interpret the results correctly? Do they have the same meaning? Are both or just one correct?