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the usage of the apostrophe [closed]

Which is more correct to say: in todays' classes or in today's classes? Can we consider that today represents the days that we live in general, so it might be considered as plural, and add the ...
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“Time” versus “Time”: When is time plural?

I have difficulty in using time and times correctly. I understand that times may be used for some idiomatic purposes such as "at all times" or "of all times" or "some times", although sometimes it ...
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is there a special term for using “very” in combination with adverby which can only be either/or [closed]

Sometimes people use the word "very" in combination with adverbs which can only be either/or. for instance: "the floor is very wet". This may not be the best example, but the floor can either be wet ...
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First floor vs ground floor, usage origin

Ground floor – First floor: In British English, the floor of a building which is level with the ground is called the ground floor. The floor above it is called the first floor, the floor above ...
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Are "out of the box“ and “(right) off the bat” interchangeable”?

I came across with two idioms associated with immediacy in different context recently: (1) Anyone who was hoping that the Watch would flop out of the box and fall short of the high standard that ...
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usage of amid instead of between [closed]

Can I replace between with amid here? The engineers need to design the relationship between these function blocks. Turning into The engineers need to design the relationship amid these ...
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“most” vs “the most”, specifically as an adverb at the end of sentence

Which one of the following sentences is the most canonical? I know most vs. the most has been explained a lot, but my doubts pertain specifically which one to use at the end of a sentence. Do you ...
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Which is correct regarding worry about [closed]

You need not to worry about me stressing you out. Or You need not to worry about me who stresses you out.
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Usage of “On” vs “About” [closed]

In a recent history essay, I wrote the following sentence: "As banks began to fail, the regional banks were divided on whether to assist all banks or only member banks." My teacher corrected the "on", ...
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How to refer to something “demanding” which doesn't happen all of a sudden?

Looking for a verb to express something that requires some time and effort to evolve, like collecting. I want to express that collecting requires some time and the collection doesn't just come out ...
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When should I say “a clear voice” over “clear voice”? [closed]

I have a question about the usage of the word, voice. When should I say "a clear voice" over "clear voice"? I would like to say that A clear voice is one of the qualities for the job. Is it ...
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What's the difference between “end up” and “be ended up” [closed]

Is it possible to write as following sentence? I was ended up to have a serious injury on my left foot? I would like to know the proper usage of "end up". Please share the correct sentence and ...
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When to use Proverbial? [duplicate]

I was just curious when I could use the word Proverbial in a sentence. Would it be correct to use when referring to often cliched expressions (i.e. putting the "proverbial" pedal to the metal, giving ...
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The usage of “got out” and the indefinite article “a” in the sentence “if it got out that they were related to a pair of”

I'm a English learner and I found the following sentence which seemed strange to me when I was reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Chapter one, the American Edition): "if it got out that ...
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Watch and see usage

When should be used see and when watch? For example: if you look at a mirror you see you or you watch you? The same as if a camera is recording you an it appears in a tv in real-time, are you seeing ...
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Is “Heaven and hell both reside in the details” a well-received English saying?

There is the following passage in the contribution written by Ehud Barak, the former Prime Minister of Israel under the title, “Iran Has Escaped a Noose.” in Time magazine April 2nd issue: “The ...
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Is it correct to say “Can I enter if don't have a ticket”? [closed]

Is it correct to say "Can I come in if don't have a ticket"? or, Which is more common in ordinary life: A. Can I enter if don't have a ticket? B. Can I enter if I don't have a ticket?
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Using “redouble” with an object other than “effort”?

While there is nothing in the definition to say otherwise, I can't think of any examples where I've seen the transitive verb "redouble" have an object other than "effort". Would a phrase like "...
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“greater”, or “greater than”, in a dropdown?

This is more a matter of usage and common sense than anything, but I'm faced with the following problem. I have a dropdown with things like greater, equal, between, and then a field where numbers can ...
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“come on as” versus “come across as”

Would you say that both sentences sound correct? On the whole, I think you came ON as sincere and credible, and your soft-spoken demeanor, laced with a dash of wry humor, was quite charming. On the ...
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Can “capable of being hurt…” mean a kind of ability?

"I think that’s what it means to be “real” as a parent or a teacher – to be vulnerable, to be capable of being hurt. The only way to avoid the pain of vulnerability is by shutting out all emotion and ...
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I found an unusual usage of adj, please tell me how it works [closed]

Following the terror attacks in London on July 7, 2005, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair insisted those responsible were motivated by an "evil ideology," ... From CNN. It uses those responsible; I ...
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crash as a transitive verb [closed]

Is it correct to use crash as a transitive verb ? And is there a less awkward sounding way to say for example; the pilot crashed the airplane ?
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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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The order of “twice” and “the” [closed]

I have read this sentence. And I happen to wonder if the order of "twice the" is right or not. "It was a space in London, in Kensington and it went on sale for 400,000 pound, which is over twice the ...
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Is there a single word that refers to a vagina secreting lubricant in response to sexual arousal?

I'm seeking a single word. An analogue is "salivate" which is what someone sometimes does when they experience hunger and refers to the mouth secreting liquid. "Elsa was hungry and began salivating" ...
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“I know“ or “I do know”

I have seen people using I do know that instead of I know that Is this usage correct?
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Are there any clear explanations for these trends?

I was curious earlier about the use of various pronouns / possessives in English (primarily first person), so I chose a selection of them and was surprised to discover that, among other oddities, "I" ...
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What is the meaning of “Jane raised the lights.” [closed]

It seems the idea of the author of above sentence is to say that Jane raised the lighting of a stage where a performance was being done. Is that correct usage, especially when 'lights' is plural? I am ...
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Participants' vs Participantses [closed]

So I know an apostrophe is used to show possession. E.g The participant's book. However, what if I wanted to show possession with several participants? If I was referring to the scores of each ...
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Is “offloading a passenger” idiomatic?

Merriam-Webster and Oxford seem to suggest that we can offload things, not people, yet "offloading a passenger" is quite prevalent in Philippine English. Is it a phrase that somebody from the inner ...
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What does it mean by “has to say”? [closed]

I would like to add more about my question. Rob and Finn were the hosts at the learning English program. They wanted to listen to an expert about their topic. So, they said "Let's listen to what the ...
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What does “About its lot” mean?

In Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Chapter 2, when talking about how long the Electric Monk believed silly things, the book says: How long did the Monk believe these things?...
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Is “Thrashing Win” an oxymoron?

According to me, a "crushing defeat" and a "thrashing win" are opposites. I have always seen the usage of these two terms in sports. But I have seldom seen the usage of "thrashing defeat". Is "...
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Trustable or trustworthy?

For a long time I have been using trustworthy as the adjective for of trust. However, I recently heard someone say trustable, and it piqued my interest. Apparently it is a word on Merriam-Webster as ...
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Which preposition follows “in the week” when denoting a specific week of the year?

I'm pretty sure that the correct preposition is of: I'll probably start working on this issue in the week of June, 8th. However, there are thousands of hits on Google using the preposition from. ...
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The use of 'contract'

Is it right to say 'He is contracted with a virus which causes his immunity to be weak against diseases'? Can the word 'contract' be used with 'with'? Thanks.
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Do usage errors exist?

...for the descriptive linguist? I've noticed that some users on English Stack Exchange, and some reference works, tend to answer questions about word usage by referring to how words are used in ...
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In what situations would a native English speaker omit the last g in an -ing verb?

Examples: I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later. -Mitch Hedberg The jazz boom was goin' on then so there was a lot ...
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“Cousined to them” expression [closed]

What is the expression that sounds like "cousined to them" meaning accepted or gotten used to? For example, The city councilors passed the building code but the planning department was set in ...
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How is “erogenous” incorrectly formed?

When I check the etymology of erogenous in OED, it is mentioned that it is incorrectly formed (along with erogenic). Etymology of erogenous from OED: formed as erogenic adj. + -ous suffix. ...
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usage of adverb never [closed]

Is this sentence correct? "We had a fight and never spoke again". I think the verb "spoke" should be either in simple present or present perfect, shouldn't it?
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Does “is that ok for you?” means the same of “does that work for you?”

Do they mean exactly the same? Is one form more formal/casual than other? Can I say one of them in a email that is not very formal?
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How to explain an acronym inside a quote [duplicate]

I'm currently doing an essay and I haven't previously given context "private contractors with top secret clearance had access to GCHQ databases." how d I explain what GCHQ is? Is this correct? "...
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Can laboring and belaboring be used in the same way?

While reading the book, Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future (amazon link), I came upon the following sentence: I know I am laboring this point, but the reason for going through this example ...
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Is there a name for words which are pronounced differently depending on which definition is being used?

I was thinking about the word "fillet" recently. When I teach high school freshmen about the word (in a machining/engineering context), they refuse to believe that it is pronounced "FILL-it," rather ...
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Is it “is” or “are” in “There is/are two of us here”? [duplicate]

I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be? There is two of us here. Or, There are two of us here.
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Prediction / Foreshadowing - Adverb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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“Nice little place you've got here” - is it derogatory? [closed]

That is, does "little place" imply that the place is small, but pretty nevertheless? When told, would this offend a person owning a large mansion?
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Rules for verb usage

I'm fairly new to the world of linguistics and this is my first post in this forum. I've been helping a friend to learn English and one of her questions has me stumped, even as a native speaker. She ...