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A few contexts with the Present Simple which make me puzzled

These extracts are taken from an old English text book written by A.S. Hornby. 1) A: You were out very late last night. I know! B: Quite right! I was out until three o'clock. And I had too many ...
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I don't understand a part of the dictionary definition of the word“ bastion” [on hold]

I looked up the word "bastion" on the internet, and the definition was: a projecting part of a fortification built in an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several ...
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How to use “To be perceived as to being something” [migrated]

For example. To be perceived as to being useful, the information tool must provide useful information to user and the user must find the information provided by the information tool is useful is ...
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What does “to be of service” means?

I recently saw the following sentence: One is glad to be of service Could anyone please describe what does that means?
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Meaning of “niche” in “he knows the niches of this or that genre”

He knows the niches of this or that genre. Which meaning is intended here? He is a master at every genre and knows everything about them. He has a shallow knowledge about every genre.
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I don't understand a part of the dictionary definition of the word “bastion” [on hold]

I looked up the word "bastion", and the definition was :" a projecting part of a fortification built at an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several directions" What does ...
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Alternative to idiom “Barking up the wrong tree”? [on hold]

I want to use the idiom: Barking up the wrong tree. But in the situation it seems a little rude. What are the idioms/phrases similar in meaning to this idiom?
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Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?

Suppose there is a long sentence like: This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family. And ...
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Any single word synonym for “fawn over”?

I have been looking for single word that can be used in place of "fawn over"
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Redundancy: If they should

Today’s horoscope on New York Daily News says (the link may be broken after tomorrow): If they should find out something before you had a chance to tell them, it could cause real friction. How ...
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Hype-driven Definition

What does "hype-driven" means in this paragraph? There have been a few examples of Internet criticism making an impact on American film culture. It’s aided the rise of South Korean cinema and ...
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Is the phrase “awaiting customer” bad English?

In customer support software, issue tracking systems and the like, I frequently see a state titled awaiting customer to signify no action is required until the person (customer) who raised the issue ...
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What is the name of the sign indicating positive or negative numbers

I want to describe patterns where there are numbers in pairs like these: -1 and +1, -944 and +944. Now I want to write a sentence that someone should "look for equal numbers just with opposite X". ...
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What's a “political landscape”? [on hold]

What were some of the distinguishing features of the Congresses and political landscapes in the 1965, 1981, 1993, and 2009 time periods? In what context is the phrase "Political landscapes" used ...
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What does “in the middle of the/a pack” mean? [on hold]

Does this expression mean something like "in the middle of some score list", or "average level"?
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You can spend all your love making time?

"You can spend all your time making money; You can spend all your love making time." from the song Take it to the limit by The Eagles, the phrase "love making time" makes me wonder. Does it mean ...
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“Many of my friends” vs “many friends”

I was writing a complaint to an Indian website and got confused between: I recommended your website to many of my friends versus I recommended your website to my many friends I am not a ...
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From the viewpoint of us/we, the people?

From the viewpoint of us, the people / From the viewpoint of we, the people Hi guys, I'm not sure which one is correct. I'm trying to say that I am also part of the people, and I'm not sure if I ...
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Saxon Genitiv or of-genitive? - e.g. 'the family's' vs 'of the family'

If you look up the rules for the use of the Saxon genitive, grammar textbooks will tell you that it is used with nouns that refer to persons or animals. However, a search on google yields the ...
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One word for the person who spreads positive vibes and is very spiritual in nature

Can someone help me to describe in just one word a person who is spiritual and kind-hearted and who spreads positive vibes. Any help is appreciated.
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Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dogs ball is always in my yard" or ...
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“Informed that X is as follows” vs “Informed of X is as follows”

I am making a report to management. Which is the more appropriate expression? Please be informed that the above results are as follows. Please be informed of the above results are as follows.
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A gender-neutral, informal alternative to singular 'guy'

When referring to an online comment, I want to say I agree with this guy. However, it's not gender neutral (See this ELU post.) What other informal alternate word is there? 'User' seems ...
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What is a decent word for “spitting”?

I want my friend to step aside from wash basin so that I can spit after brushing. What is a decent word for spitting? Is there a better statement to ask him to step aside?
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what does “a course of action” mean? [on hold]

And what is the difference between "a course of action" and "action"? I look up it on different dictionaries, but I failed to distinguish it with the other.
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“About which” in legal English

How can I say "about which" in legal English (using some word akin to "herein" and "therewith")? For example, I would like to say "John Smith was born on April 1, about which there was made a record," ...
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What's the subordinate clause type for these two that-clause sentences below?

I am always confused about what type of subordinate clause "that" can connect. So there are two sentence below: So far the torpedo has proved a damp squib, with observers arguing that Europe has not ...
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What does it mean to drag something in “by the stamp?” [on hold]

In a 1944 radio skit, Fibber McGee says another character dragged something in "by the stamp." Is the stamp a reference to rationing stamps used during WWII?
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Replacements for “though”

Examples: Mary thought the man was nice-looking. It wasn't enough to lower her defenses, though. Tom crossed his arms on the table. He did it so hard, though, he hurt his elbows. ...
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“Refurbish” vs. “Furbish”

Question is as title says. Is there any difference between refurbish and furbish or for all intents and purposes are they synonyms? These are the 2 levels I would like to discuss: Differences on ...
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How to identify a determiner in a sentence that uses 2 determiners

In the sentence, "This is a flower." How can we both say that the "a" refers to a general noun (flower), yet also account for the presence of the specific determiner, "this?"
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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Is 'she' the 'cat's aunt'? [on hold]

When someone, often a child says 'she', when it might have sounded more polite to use the person's name, someone else - often a parent- will retort 'Who's she, the cat's aunt'? A person I knew used ...
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alphabetising the indefinite article [on hold]

why do people alphabetise the indefinite article 'a' instead of saying 'a' as in 'apple' as one does for 'an' as in 'ant' when emphasised? thanks A
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Should it be capitalized? “The state of Michigan has many lakes.” [duplicate]

I was wondering if "state" should be capitalized in the following sentence. "The state of Michigan has many lakes." Will you tell me if I should capitalize "state"?
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“I'm sorry for” vs. “I'm sorry about”

Can I use about and for interchangeably? If not, when should I use either? Which is more common? I'm sorry for/about yesterday. I'm sorry for/about my bad English. I'm sorry for/about that. ...
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between 8:00 am to 8:30 am [duplicate]

Pick up the paperwork between 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Is the word "to" incorrect? I was informed by a coworker that it should read "between 8:0 am and 8:30 am." If a correction is needed, can you tell ...
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Word for beginning a statement with a disclaimer / caveat / hedge when you are worried you might say something incorrect

For some reason I am convinced that such a word exists, that I've heard it used in classroom settings, and that I'll recognize it when I see it. But I have no idea what it is. I tried googling this ...
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Is it right to call a job which has begun to bore you a “plain” job?

What is the best english adjective to identify a job in which you always do the same things over and over and so eventually get bored from it? I read somewhere the sentence "I have a plain job", "I ...
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Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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Should Units of Measure be capitalized inside a title?

There is a similar question regarding capitalizing units of measure, but mine is for titles, specifically. For general applications (ie; not inside titles), the consensus seemed to be no for most ...
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A coffee to go…( for syntax experts)

Could the infinitive phrase "to go" be a complement of the noun phrase "a coffee"?
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Expiry date in English [on hold]

I have a discount coupon with the expiry date shown as: This document expires: 30AUG14 I want to ask, can I use it on 30AUG14?
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Correctness and meaning of a sentence [on hold]

Is the following sentence correct? summer was everything good to eat What is the meaning of the above sentence?
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“unconservative” or “inconservative”? [on hold]

Which one is correct: "unconservative" or "inconservative"?! If both are incorrect, what word should we use instead?
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Is it ok to use fraught in a sentence without saying what the thing is fraught with?

Ex. is it ok to say such and such is fraught. Full stop? In a case where the context makes it clear what its fraught with?
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Lack intellectually or Lacking intellectually

I came across a phrase on the internet that seemed wrong (surprise): "[...] especially for those who lack intellectually." In my opinion, this should say "especially for those [who are] lacking ...
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1answer
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“in” versus “of”

I hope that both forms shown below are correct. What is the difference between them and which one seems more natural? the initial and final element in the expression/clause the initial and ...
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Use of Past Simple vs Past perfect in sentences with since

Ann admitted that she hadn't seen her parents since she left London. Is the above sentence OK or do I have to write Ann admitted that she hadn't seen her parents since she had left London. ...
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What is the origin of “Pipped at the post”?

Why pipped? I guess that the post is to do with horse racing - as in the post was the finish line? I could be totally wrong there.

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