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'Belong to' or 'have belonged to' - simple present or present perfect? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? I have belonged to the tennis club for three years. OR I belong to the tennis club for three years. I would appreciate it if someone would kindly answer my ...
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How did 'legacy' evolve from 'contract, law'?

I was researching legacy {noun} which rechannels to legate {noun}: legacy (n.)   late 14c., "body of persons sent on a mission," from Old French legatie "legate's office," from Medieval ...
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Escorting a guest before saying goodbye as a sign of respect or caring

In the two cases below, what is the host doing to the guest? First example: When you go to someone's home for dinner, after the party, the host walks you out and says goodbye in the street rather ...
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Etymology: 'to commit'

I was researching the etymology of 'commission {noun}' which just diverts you to: commit (v.) late 14c., "to give in charge, entrust," from Latin committere "to unite, connect, combine; to ...
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How did 'to hint to, remind privately' mean 'to summon'?

[Etymonline:] summon (v.) c. 1200, "call, send for, ask the presence of," especially "call, cite, or notify by authority to be at a certain place at a certain time" (late 13c.), ... from Vulgar ...
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Is the comma misplaced in this sentence?

The following excerpt has been taken from Birth by A.J. Cronin. I think there is a mistake in the second sentence -- or, if it is correct, I do not understand its grammatical pattern. Is the comma ...
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Can you explain to my daughter's second grade teacher why this is a complete sentence?

"Pound on that door to open it." Can you explain why this is a complete sentence?
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It was nice being here vs It was nice to be here

What is more appropriate to say: It was nice being here or It was nice to be here? I hear both constructions pretty often, and am aware of the slight difference, but it seems that people use them ...
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What is the difference in usage between “sports meet” and “sports meeting”?

In the past I had only heard the term "sports meet" and I assume it is American English. Recently, though, I have heard some English language learners call it "sports meeting." Is that British English?...
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If both subjects are the same, can I still use a singular verb?

Is this sentence correct? My mother and best friend loves cooking as much as I do. Considering that I'm referring to the same person here, would it be better if I put it this way: My ...
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Meaining of “holler”?

In the context of it's use in the song "Copperhead Road". http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/steveearle/copperheadroad.html Examples: "He headed up the holler with everything he had" "I plant it up ...
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Connection between “right” as in a liberty and “right” as in the direction [duplicate]

I've noticed that it is not only in English that the word "right" can be used both as a noun (when talking about liberty) and an adjective (when talking about direction) It's slso like that in Spanish ...
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Why “inspector general”, and not “general inspector”, like German “Generalinspektor”? [duplicate]

I would expect the term "inspector general" to be "general inspector" instead. In part, that may be because I know the German variant as "Generalinspekteur" of "Generalinspektor". But I'm pretty ...
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Second Person Singular conjugation of words ending in Y

I know that most regular verbs would be conjugated in Second Person Singular by adding "est" (Thou makest), and Third Person Singular by adding "eth" (She maketh), but what if the verb ends with a Y? ...
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Word referring to the structure and shape of leaves

I'm looking for a word which refers to the structure and shape of leaves or the study thereof, probably with a prefix like phyllo-. 'Phyllomorphy', which was my first guess, isn't it, and I think '...
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Moralizer or moralist?

Can anyone please explain the difference between words: moraliser and moralist? Which one has got more positive meaning? Which one would be more appropriate, for example, in such a sentence: Charles ...
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272 views

Possessive followed by negative gerund

Is it correct to say this? Her not paying attention to the class annoys me.
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What is wrong with “to lie at the basis of”

Is there anything particular unstylish about the phrase "X lies at the basis of Y"? In this thread, some users qualify this phrase as "clumsy", without saying why. What would be the reason? (I do not ...
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Commas before that [closed]

Is it appropriate to put a comma before that in this sentence? But surely he had known, or thought he'd known, that Santa wasn't real.
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“Please join me, my family and [my] crew.” Can the second “my” be left out? [duplicate]

Is it proper to say: Please join me, my family and crew in celebrating my Bat Mitzvah? Or should there be a 'my' before crew?
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Looking for a word that means “a lack of listening skills”

This is my first time here, and I am hoping this community can help me out. The context is as follows: I witnessed a slow transition from awareness and excitement to Wallace's "natural state" - ...
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Experience/Experienced: “With” or “In”?

Very simple question this time around, folks! (Have) experience or (be) experienced both generally create a connotation of living through something and/or learning about it. The big question is which ...
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Idiom/expression for changing the subject in a conversation

Is there an idiom/expression in English for changing the subject in a conversation (and if possible, in a sarcastic way)? For example, there is an expression in Turkish: gelelim fasulyenin ...
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What is the term for a group of liches?

What is the term for a group of liches? In fantasy fiction, a lich (/ˈlɪtʃ/; cognate to Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Norse lík and Swedish lik all meaning "corpse") is a type of undead creature. [...
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Word for speaking over others

Is there a word that can be used to describe the act of speaking over another person? Looking particularly to describe the act in the context of a debate where a speaker is unable to respond due to ...
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“here to 6” or “here until 6”?

I'm here to 6. I am currently debating this sentence with a colleague. I say this should read "until 6", not "to 6". He insists he is correct. Which way is right?
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What is it called when you change the nouns in an idiom

What is it called when you change the nouns in an idiom. As an example if I were an artic explorer I might say "Tent Sweet Tent," after comming in from a long day in the cold. The idiom is "Home Sweet ...
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“one of the planets” vs. “one of the planet's” [closed]

The sentence is The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planets most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. and Microsoft Word cannot seem to agree ...
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What is the word for someone that uses other people?

What is the word that describes a person who uses other people, generally for personal gain, without anything given in return? Maybe through blatancy or through manipulation. I was using extortionist, ...
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4answers
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How can the “exclusion” reaction of a machine/software be expressed?

I'm trying to express that some models of a machine (controlled by a computer) don't take specific parameters into consideration. The verbs "take into consideration", "take notice", "take into account"...
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Ordered it Offline vs Ordered it Online

I'm new to this site so i don't know the proper formatting for questions here. My friends and I were having a debate whether or not saying "I ordered it offline" was a correct way to say "I ordered ...
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Problem with backshift in reporting clauses

This is the subject that's been bugging me for quite some time now, even though I believe I've managed to grasp the entire reported speech pretty well. If I want to repeat to someone what I ...
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117 views

Can *narrow minded* be positive?

As narrow is being not wide and not flexible, can it also be upright?
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Make something great out of a bad situation

I'm looking for an expression similar to "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." This phrase means to make the best out of a bad situation. I am looking for a phrase for when someone did do ...
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What's the difference between “… you have completed the task” and “… you completed the task”? [closed]

Is there any difference in the meaning of the following sentences? Or do they mean the exact same thing? By doing both, you have completed the task. By doing both, you completed the task.
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GRE : Choose any two words which when substituted in blank produce sentences with similar meaning [closed]

Sentence : Perhaps the policy prohibiting background checks was to blame for the fact that the police force, usually staffed by men of high moral values, had been infiltrated by so many__________ . ...
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“5 min after” vs. “at 5 min after”

I read the following sentence in Nature: The second test of cocaine seeking was a cue-induced reinstatement test conducted 5 min after the last of the extinction sessions. Would it be correct ...
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446 views

I looked at the mirror and saw: “me” or “myself”? [closed]

Which one is right to use in the following sentence? I looked at the mirror and saw Me / Myself.
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189 views

Word Stress Within the Phrase I'm expecting someone

I tried pronouncing the phrase: "I'm expecting someone". Phonetically it looks like: [aɪm ɪkspɛkt ɪŋ sʌmwʌn] I perceive some stress on the second syllable of expecting and the first syllable of ...
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Notwithstanding the craziness

I find it really amusing when other people misuse words but my sense of humor fails when it's me. I have always used "notwithstanding" to mean "assuming that A doesn't impact B". For example The ...
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Any better terms or words for an overseas office?

Is there any better term or word for an overseas office? It's like a company opening a new workplace in other countries.
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Which one is better?

" They want nobody's sympathy." Or " They don't want anyone's sympathy." I know they're grammatically correct, but I guess they suit at separate occasions. I mean, one means slightly diffetent. Am i ...
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1answer
336 views

Use/non-use of articles before Adjective + Abstract noun

I have confusion regarding use/non-use of articles before adjective + abstract noun. Eg. competent handling, prolonged tread life, enhanced durability Providing COMPETENT HANDLING and PROLONGED TREAD ...
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Another word for 'audience'

How else can you refer to an audience, beside as audience, when you mean people who are reading a book? I have thought of: audience readership readers/reader etc To clarify: I want ...
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142 views

Use of until/till

I usually get confused while using those words....... For example: "The producers already confirmed that Bran Stark and his associated storyline will not reappear until Season 6." Here,will Bran ...
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178 views

How to express a certain 60-minute period

If the time was 15:34, how could I refer to the 60-minute period between 14:00 and 15:00? If I were to say the last hour it would likely mean the period from 14:34 to 15:34. So how do I express time ...
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1answer
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“Take/Consider … as an example” vs “Take/Consider … for example”

For more than a decade, I have always seen/used the phrase "Take/Consider ... as an example" followed by a comma. Then, my recent visit on this page got me confused and raised more questions in me. ...
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568 views

From/Since time immemorial

Which is correct? 'From' or 'Since' when applied to 'time immemorial'? I have seen both around, and have a feeling it might be 'from', but would like to check.
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5answers
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Word or phrase to describe a couple that is perfect?

What is a good word or phrase for a couple that is perfect? Would that be referred to as a good match, or is there a better choice? Also, is there a word or phrase to describe that when the ...
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1answer
108 views

What do you call a provider who works on a offshore outsourced project?

I just started working online and I want to know the proper term (noun) for that kind of worker. I work for a foreign company from home. They pay me monthly as a full time employee and we have a long ...

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