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Use of Inversion : Adverbial phrase

I'm from Korea, a non-English speaking country. I recently had my mid-term on English. In the test, there was a question asking us to put words in order and make them into a full sentence. The ...
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How do native English speakers decide whether to use “began” or “started”?

This is something that has been puzzling me for a while. For example: He started to run. He began to run. In common/informal speech, how do native English speakers decide when to use the ...
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206 views

How to describe an amount of data in the introduction

I'm writing a thesis, mostly about computer science (cloud computing, mostly). In the introduction I'd like to give the reader a vague idea about how much data we are talking about (4.5 TB if I ...
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1answer
2k views

reported speech in news articles [duplicate]

In reported speech we generally back shift the tense. But why in news articles I often see that this guideline is violated ? For example ...
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1answer
209 views

What's correct in my sentence: those or them? [closed]

I am writing my project and I am stuck on this sentence: The task is to find domain walls and draw THEM/THOSE using different colors depending on the angle between adjacent domains. I would ...
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1answer
316 views

Nuances for 'craving'

Consider the following sentences: 1a) I crave solitude. 1b) I crave for solitude. 2a) I miss home-cooked food. I crave it. 2b) I miss home-cooked food. I crave for it. Oxford ...
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1answer
287 views

what does ranger redhead mean for Australians?

I heard this reference on the Bravo TV show "Watch What Happens : Live" when Andy was speaking to the Housewives of Melbourne. They were giving phrases to the guests that were things Australians say, ...
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A word/phrase for “being extremely happy and jumping gladly”

Suppose if someone is extremely happy like a child and starts jumping gladly, what words/phrase best describe this situation, such that the following sentence can be completed. He/she was ...
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Punctuating a sentence with a “with” after a conjugation

I'm trying to correctly punctuate the following sentence: During this time, the rats were also being trained via Pavlovian conditioning to associate a tone and a darkening of the room with the ...
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3answers
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difference between “estate” and “property”

What is the difference between "estate" and "property" in the context of this sentence (from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility)? The family of Dashwood had long been settled in Sussex. Their ...
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1answer
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Meaning of 'the recovery might not last'

Without a large amount of spending, the recovery might not last. I don't understand the meaning of the above sentence. Could someone help me to figure it out?
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1answer
106 views

Different form of reported speech [duplicate]

In indirect speech we generally backshift the tense. For ex - Direct speech : "I am the most powerful person." Indirect speech : "He said that he was the most powerful person." What if someone ...
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2answers
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It was unclear that she has/had painted the door

The grammar rule says that if the verb in the main clause is in the past tense then the verbs in the subordinate clauses will also be in the corresponding past tense. According to the grammar rule ...
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2answers
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Understanding “Couldn't have got”

Here are two sentences: Sarah hasn't contacted me. She couldn't have got my message. What is the correct meaning of the above? Since Sarah hasn't contacted me, there's a possibility she ...
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2answers
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How to respond to “I'm sorry” appropriately

One thing that's been bugging me about English recently: Let's say I stole Joe's gym socks. Then a month later I went to Joe and said "I'm sorry I stole your socks." Joe's typical response would be "...
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Modal verb CAN + continious

Is it possible to say 'I've broken my leg, I can't be walking' regarding it's happening at the moment or I must always say 'I can't walk'?
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406 views

is there a name for the concept of repetitive writing to improve handwriting?

When I was younger, some of the homework I had consisted in writing sentences several times to improve handwriting. In Spanish, I know this concept or action as "hacer planas". To give an idea. "...
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4answers
559 views

Is there an expression for the feeling of wishing you had met someone earlier?

Is there a single word or perhaps short phrase to express the feeling one gets when they meet someone amazing, say the love of their life, and wishes that they had met sooner? A cognate would be ...
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1answer
231 views

Difference between “to” and “to the”

I want to apply for a job in US in one or two years and now I'm trying to learn English grammar. I remember that I read sometime in a book the following sentences: "I'm going home", "I'm going to ...
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1answer
275 views

Phonics, the letter “I” and its rules

Logo/Linguaphiles, I am in need of your guidance. What were you taught when it came to phonics of words that start with the letter "I"? When is a short/long "I" sound used and what are the rules ...
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6answers
853 views

What do you call something that's newly acquired but not new in general?

If my friend recently buys a classic car, how could I say "this is his new car" speaking only of it as a newly acquired car and not giving the impression that the car itself is new (i.e., has 0 miles ...
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0answers
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Single word for generic times of day [duplicate]

Is there a single word that refers to the type of word that the words dawn, morning, afternoon, evening, ect are? I'm looking for something more specific than 'time.'
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2answers
585 views

“It was possible for me to proceed to the… ”

"It was possible for me to proceed to the US for my graduate studies because I was offered a scholarship". Is this sentence grammatically correct? Should it be "It became possible..... " Or are they ...
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2answers
502 views

A word for a memoir written by someone else?

Biography is to autobiography as _____ is to memoir? Is there a single word for a memoir that has been ghostwritten by someone else?
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3answers
139 views

how is / are - collective noun

Which one of the following is correct? I think the first but many people use second as well. How are Mike and Chris? How is Mike and Chris?
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2answers
221 views

A one-word substitute for someone who is a “news freak”

Is there any word that describes a person who is very interested in reading newspapers, and very interested in political news? Moreover one who loves being "updated" on the current affairs of the ...
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5answers
378 views

How would you describe a sound “appearing”?

The idea behind something appearing is more visual in nature; it comes into sight. What would I say if something "appeared audibly"? The sound of the oncoming car appeared to my ears! Synonyms for ...
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0answers
36 views

how should I name the man I live with? [duplicate]

(From a foreign speaker : ) I'm lucky enough to live with the man I love, but we're not married, nor having any "official" marital life. How should I refer to him ? He's a divorced man and will never ...
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1answer
61 views

Sinister: Left slides to malicious, but how? [duplicate]

How did "sinister" migrate from the Latin for "left" to English for "evil"?
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3answers
124 views

Is 'my schedule has gone disarrayed' correct? [closed]

I want to write: I have not been able to follow my schedule but in a different way. Can I say: My schedule has gone disarrayed to convey the same meaning? If the above sentence is not ...
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3answers
154 views

Correct modal verb [closed]

Please share your thoughts about this item from an exam. UPDATED If it is possible for John to shift to architecture, he (should/could/must/might) shift to architecture. It is possible for John ...
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10answers
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Word for the “life/world” outside phone calls, text messages, and the Internet?

Example: She ignored my phone calls, text messages, and emails. As for [...], she also seemed to have taken measures: she quit our shared classes and stopped frequenting the places where we ...
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4answers
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What is the precise difference between “wince” / “flinch” / “grimace”?

Initially I started looking for the difference between winching and flinching and came to no real answer, as some sites defined the terms as synonymous with shirking away, then other searches resulted ...
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4answers
95 views

How to shorten “Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home” to 40 characters [closed]

I'm looking for a shorter way to state the phrase "Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home", it's 45 characters, which is too long for a Facebook tagline.
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2answers
280 views

Word for people who run, but not standard marathon distances

I regularly participate in mini-marathons (as they are sometime unofficially locally called) that happen around my area. I started with 5 KM and over a couple of years have improved my distance to 10 ...
2
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1answer
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Is it correct to refer to the last 2 items in a list as “the latter two”?

For example, the phrase: I should quit trying to go to the gym on Fridays, and maybe Wednesdays and Mondays, and go on Thursdays plus any of the latter two. What the speaker is trying to say is ...
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6answers
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What's the masculine form of boudoir?

What's the word for a man's bedroom or private room -- as opposed to boudoir, which is a woman's bedroom or private room? If one doesn't exist in common English usage, what would be a French loanword? ...
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6answers
821 views

Is there a word for the opposite of being hollow?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes an object that, rather than is just the outside, is instead just the inside. Searching for antonyms of hollow, I have only found the word solid, which ...
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1answer
50 views

What is the plural of “cottage tariff”?

When there are several cottages each with several tariffs (depending on the season), should the plural be "cottage tariffs" or "cottages tariffs"? For context, this is to be a section title on a ...
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1answer
150 views

Future prediction

It has been snowing since morning and I am afraid it won't have stopped by Friday. Is it correct and if not, why? Can we use future perfect tense for that kind of sentences?
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1answer
3k views

Whats a fancy word to describe someone who has “natural” beauty? [closed]

What's a fancy word to describe someone who has "natural beauty?
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Adjective/ Collocation with 'Caution:' — Why does 'huge' sound odd?

Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor, The Telegraph UK, 11:08PM BST 07 May 2015: Nicola Sturgeon: I'm treating exit poll with huge caution Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “I’d treat the exit poll ...
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2answers
99 views

<Subject> were <clarification> is this correct?

Is it correct to use 'were' to clarify usage in the following sentence: "Model A is a combination of model B and C were model B is used for (..)" to clarify "were" model B is used for in the ...
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2answers
191 views

“will” vs. “would” in conditional clauses [closed]

What's the difference between the following: If he is in the US now, he would be in New York. If he is in the US now, he will be in New York. Does #2 necessarily mean that he will be in ...
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1answer
115 views

What is the process of going to the reception at a hospital and telling them you've arrived called?

Like, how would you put it in this sentence? "I've gone to the doctor's office and ____"?
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5answers
570 views

A word or phrase to describe quick thinking in the moment

Let me describe the situation where I want to use this word or phrase: I was reading a particularly interesting book that I happened upon somewhere deep inside my university library. The book had a ...
0
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3answers
158 views

What preposition should I use when talking about computer and softwares [duplicate]

My question is about prepositions and what to use when talking about computer and software. I will Install a software (in,on,into) my computer a software was installed (in,on,into) my computer
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0answers
82 views

How would you indicate possible plurality of baby? [duplicate]

A letter home from daycare may be sensitive to the fact that some children have a single parent like this: Dear Parent(s), And if that same letter home wanted to be sensitive to the fact that I ...
0
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3answers
376 views

Should this be “not annoying me” or “not annoy me”? [closed]

Which one is correct sentence? Thank you very much. Can you make strong coffee, never wear perfume and not annoying me? Can you make strong coffee, never wear perfume and not annoy me? I'm ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

Commas or Semicolons [closed]

Consider this (partial) sentence: Literary devices such as the alliteration in “that they” and “with ‘Why’”, the simile in “the pipes like great serpents”, the assonance in “not known before”, and ...

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