How and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

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Why “like doing something” or “like to do something” but only “dislike doing something”?

At a further education course for teachers, in Switzerland, (given by two native speakers of English), someone came up with the question of whether you could say "dislike doing something" and "dislike ...
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Can “it's” be used as a question? [duplicate]

In my experience, people say "it's" in place of "it is," but never in the form of a question. I think the question "It's?" sounds awkward, but I'd like to know if it's grammatically correct. Is it? ...
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“Sensor outputs” or “sensors' outputs”?

I acquire measurements from several sensors, and I need to filter these signals. Is there a difference between the two sentences below? The sensors' outputs are filtered. The sensor outputs are ...
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Ellipsis followed by another statement - Is it still correct English/use of punctuation?

In transcripts (mainly screenplays/dialogue scripts and some web pages), I see the following: "You could try to do this... or that." CHARACTER gestures at the alternate choice; a big red ...
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Word with -ee as a suffix

Is it correct English to be able to add the suffix -ee on to any verb to show the object of that verb? Ex: Abandonee is "one to whom something is abandoned" Observee is "one who is observed" ...
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Proper usage of “assessed” for delinquent bills

Delinquent bills will be assessed a USD 100 (United States Dollar One Hundred Only) charge if payment is not received within 7 days of the due date. Is this the correct usage? Or should the word ...
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If I were to have or If I should have [duplicate]

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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'Relates to' vs. 'Is Related to'

Does the choice between passive/active voice make any difference in the examples below? My question relates to your earlier work. My question is related to you earlier work. Nerve cells relate to ...
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Usage of Quicker and more quickly [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences are correct? Calves require less medication and gain weight quicker than that those raised in consignment. Calves require less medication and gain weight more ...
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Help with usage: Having had? [closed]

Is this proper usage? "I feel good despite not having had any coffee today."
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Genitive case in a sentence where two proper nouns are used [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences is correct: Ion's and Zoe's daughter is at home. or Ion and Zoe's daughter is at home
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How do we use the word “landfall” in a sentence?

May I ask for a specific sentence using the word "landfall"? which has a definition of: a reaching of land as by a traveler, craft, or storm according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. ...
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“First, second, last” vs “first because, second because, last because.”

When to use the former or the latter? Example: I picked NTU Library. First, (because) it was my university's library, so I wouldn't have to walk very far. Second, (because) I liked the ...
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Where does the term “sleeve fish” come from?

I was in a snack shop and reading the labels and came across "Thailand Sleeve Fish Slice" on what appeared to be a package of dried squid. I found limited results indicating that it does seem to refer ...
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Can “did you…” be conditional?

Let me know, should you come. Like the one above, I've seen many sentences that had inverted conditionals which started with should, were, and had--but not with could, did, or have. So I wonder if ...
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Is a second 'they' needed here?

Dogs can walk, but can't fly. Dogs can walk, but they can't fly. Which sentence is correct? Is the "they" required?
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What is the best word for this sentence? [closed]

I want to use the following sentence in my paper. However, I'm not sure if the usage is correct or not: The results indicated that the infiltration of xanthan into sandy soils increased ...
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Does “turning down the air conditioning” make it warmer or colder?

As the title says, I've heard two possible meanings for turning down the air conditioning: It could mean set the target temperature lower (i.e. colder) or make it work less (i.e. warmer). Turning ...
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Take ill and feeling sick

What is the difference between the sentences - He was taken ill and he is feeling sick.
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How do you properly define and use the phrase, “buy into”?

I found this line while I was reading: That commercial said that this product would help me lose weight in one week. I’m not buying into that idea. While I somehow understood the meaning of the ...
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An adjustable shelf of long lengths is used to take various sizes of packs [duplicate]

An adjustable shelf of long lengths is used to take various sizes of packs. Is this sentence correct? Refence:grage 11 English textbook(Burma)
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How, when and where did the phrase 'state of the art' originate? [duplicate]

Volume 4 of Charles Burney, A General History of Music, From the Earliest Ages to the Present Period (1776) contains this sentence: And while it [Rousseau's Lettre sur la Musique Françoise] was ...
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An adjuastable shelf of long lengths is used to take various sizes of packs [duplicate]

An adjuastable shelf of long lengths is used to take various of packs. Is the above sentence correct? Thanks a million.
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“I am a college student” vs“I go to college”: Which one is generally used?

Recently, One of my friend told me that a sentence "I am a college student" is not generally used to introduce oneself in USA. Instead, a sentence "I go to college" is more general expression. I ...
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Does it make sense to say “plummets upward”?

According to Google, the word "plummet" means "fall or drop straight down at high speed." So, if I want to say that something quickly shoots upward, would "plummet upward" make sense, or sound normal ...
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My father had no much money / My father did not have much money [closed]

Can both sentences be acceptable? (1) My father did not have much money. (2) My father had no much money. If one of them is incorrect, what is the grammatical reason why?
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When to use “most” or “the most”

I came across with this sentence and it cast me doubt the usage of "most" and "the most" The sentence states: "But what I remembered most is moving a lot" Would it change the meaning of the ...
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Usage of some vs. some of [closed]

I would like to ask if any specific rules apply to the usage of some and some of phrases and especially in which cases either of them is not suitable for a sentence. I understand that e.g. a phrase ...
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Difference of the usage of past simple and present perfect tense [duplicate]

What is the exact difference between-'i had breakfast' and ' i have had breakfast'? What are the precise meanings these convey and how do they differ?
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Usage of Disproven [duplicate]

How would you use disproven in a sentence please? Is disproven interchangeable with disproved?
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Is the following usage of “multitude” correct?

In the following sentence, is the usage of multitude correct? A major challenge is the vast multitude of possible adversaries. The sentence sounds a little "off" (for lack of a better word), but ...
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Can I say “if you have questions”?

I know I can say "if you have any questions, ...". I wonder if "any" can be omitted here.
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Is “a-blink” an adjective form of “blink” in old days?

Under his breath, with a furtive exultation, he began once again the paean of victory and devastation. And presently his eyes were rewarded: out through that doorway came a long, low, ...
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The use of “was” and “were” [duplicate]

...none of them was going to Malory Towers. This is taken from a story book, Enid Blyton - Malory Towers I think, and a pupil at school queried this with me. I can see her point, "were" sounds better ...
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When to pronounce # for pound, sharp, hash or hashtag? [duplicate]

How to pronounce # in a proper way? Currently, I know it's used to pronounce "pound" in US English, "hash" in British English, "sharp" for C#--a programming language, and number sign to list items. ...
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“Trace” as a synonym for “trail” in AE

As far as AE is concerned, does "trace" mean just about the same as "trail" in "break/blaze a trace", and -- if indeed it does -- can "trace" be used pretty much interchangeably in every which literal ...
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Is using 'thrive faster' incorrect?

In the sentence "For Modern Businesses to thrive faster, they must have a strong online presence.". Should I use thrive faster or just thrive?
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Can something positive be lurking?

"To lurk" is roughly defined as "to be hidden in wait, especially for an evil purpose." Generally speaking, this verb is used in connection to something negative, but can something positive be ...
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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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Can ideas “make a mark” on someone, or is this expression reserved for people? [closed]

I am writing about an idea that "stuck" with me, made an impression. The expression that came to mind is "it made a mark on me" but I see it used primarily referring to people making a mark on ...
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What counts as a polearm?

Based on the definition, I would think both lances and spears are a type of polearm. However, in some cases, I have seen the word polearm used separately to lances or spears. For example, in the game ...
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What is the appropriate usage of 'extant'?

I saw this on a map today: THE MOST APPROVED MAPS EXTANT; The Collins dictionary says extant means: still in existence; surviving I hadn't heard the word used, by intuition it seemed to ...
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Wr discuss with our teachers for one case.We negotiate with our teachers for one case [closed]

We discuss with our teachers for one case. Wr negotiate with our teachers for one case. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference between them? I think 2nd one is correct. The 1st one needs an ...
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I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise [closed]

I must know all the facts. I cannot help you otherwise. Combine this sentence into complex sentence. I have no idea how to combine?
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Useage of 'This' and 'That' at the beginning of the sentence

Dealing with informing people, sometimes in a public way, how a system or concept works can be a challenge. In an effort to educate myself on why people report confusion, feedback said the words ...
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Can you use “crime scene” for a suicide? [closed]

Example: The detectives assigned to Kevin's suicide left the house. I took the opportunity to investigate the crime scene. I'm not sure if this is correct. Since suicide isn't a crime. Or ...
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Correct usage of expression “or did I” [closed]

In the opening sentence of an article I am writing, I state something that would seem obvious to the reader, but that I will challenge (since I will be closing with a slightly different conclusion). ...
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General usage term for “Project”

I am currently designing a project management tool and I want to know if there is a more generic term for projects. For example, event companies undertake events, software companies undertake ...
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It is childish to complain against rules [closed]

It is childish to complain against rules. Correct it where necessary? Find the error.
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“Why has this watch stopped?” Thought Ahmed,

"Why has this watch stopped? " Thought Ahmed, How to change this sentence into Narration? I tried to make its Indirect speech, but I could not change it.