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When is “and” appropriate but “as well as” is not?

Until some seconds ago when I was looking through one of the grammar section is test review book, I had long believed that they were (most of the time, but you know English always has those ...
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...
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What is the difference of lavatory from toilet?

I was so far in understanding that lavatory and toilet are synonyms. But they are different in the following passage of Jeffery Archer’s “Be careful what you wish for.” A mastermind of IRA related ...
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Nested Flashback - Past perfect tense w/in present tense or Past tense w/in past tense or Past perfect tense w/in past tense

So, someone from ELL suggested that I ask my question on this forum. I do not want to know if nested flashbacks are okay. I am simply asking about tense. Thanks for the help! Question is below: ...
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About the suffix (tive)

Is any word ending with (tive ) is an adjctive ? What is the verb of the word declartive?
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What is a witty synonym for the phrase “waste of time?”

Another way to express waste of time?
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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Phrases you can say to people who are ashamed to eat at your house?

Any phrases or idioms that one can use to tell someone who is perhaps ashamed to eat at your house as a guest. Something other than 'take those shackles off, help yourself, make yourself at home'. ...
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Can “fainted” and “lost consciousness” be interchanged?

Fainted (dictionary.com): A temporary loss of consciousness resulting from a decreased flow of blood to the brain It says that "fainted" is a loss of consciousness from a decreased flow of ...
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“graduate from” vs. “graduating from”

Basically I want to say I am graduated today. Here is the sentences: it is a huge honour to graduate from a top university such as ...... . It is correct? or it must be "to be graduating". Thanks
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What is the difference between 'ceremonial' and 'ceremonious'?

Even having looked in the OED I am still slightly unclear as to which contexts require the adjective ceremonious and which ceremonial. The OED treatment of ceremonious is as below with some of the ...
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Options for disambiguating a sentence?

The phrase 'deliberation related to emotions and values about what’s good and bad' has a potential ambiguity about whether 'emotions' is to be understood generally or as also being about 'what's good ...
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Is there a word similar to Verbatim that means “Too many meaningless words used”?

Is there a word similar to Verbatim that means "Too many meaningless words used" ? I am looking for a word which describes the statement is meaningless with too many words.
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Difference of the usage of past simple and present perfect tense

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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it could seem not simple, but it is!

I would like to know which is the right way of compose this sentence: "...it could seem not simple, but it is!" I do not know if that sentence is grammatically correct.
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Which preposition should I use here?

Consider the following sentence: "I am disappointed that you are leaving". Now I would like to let another person know the fact: "I would like to let you know that Mark is leaving which I am ...
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Whether use of who is proper

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...
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Is there a word that describes people capable of picking up an accent by hearing?

A friend of mind told me about his accent teacher who picked up his accent (for a specific sentence) just after few times she heard him saying it, so I wonder if there is a word that describes this ...
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Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy?

There are several different verbs that deal with handwriting. Write, Handwrite, sketch, draw... then there is Type, key-in... etc. Is there a verb that means to write in calligraphy? I have thought ...
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Pronouncing 'Going' in UK English

How to pronounce 'going' in UK english? As per phonetics 'go' is pronounced as 'go-v' So when we add 'ing' whether we have to pronounce it 'go-v-ing'or just 'going'?
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To make something become rare

Is there a (formal register) verb meaning "to make something become rare"? In context, I would like to say "The new software will make instances/situations where you have to manually update database ...
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Past perfect and simple perfect difference

This is an excerpt from a newspaper. In September 2014 the Delhi high court had restrained the institute from using words like...... Why are we using "had" here.. Can we use past indefinite?
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simple present instead of simple past

I heard this sentence in "The Vicar of Dibley"(S01E01): He come second in the marrow-growing contest in 1956. Why does he use simple present instead of simple past?
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Another term for oxymorons

What is the term for an incongruous phrase like domestic violence, where the word "domestic" softens or alters the meaning of "violence", or Big Brother, which is not literally an oxymoron but is so ...
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Active to Passive Voice

The girl arranged the flowers in the vase beautifully. (1) The flowers in the vase were beautifully arranged by the girl. (2) The flowers were beautifully arranged in the vase by the girl. Which ...
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What word describes a self -created word/expression with an intuitive meaning?

Otherwise, the Court says, there would be no qualified individuals on federal Exchanges, contradicting (for example) the provision requiring every Exchange to take the "'interests of qualified ...
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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words?

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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Binding of adjectives to two consequtive nouns

Lets say I have a phrase a valid geometry pointer (which might be a little technical but the focus is on adjectives and nouns). How does the word valid bind to geometry pointer? Does it mean a (valid ...
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Pure Applesauce: What does it mean and when/how was it created?

I could find out what jiggery–pokery means (dishonest or suspicious activity), but what does "pure applesauce" mean? And when, where, by whom, and how was this expression created? Context: ...
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What is 'understanding' involving learning?

It appears the word "understanding" is nebulous when used in an educational setting. What's the most rigorous definition you've found for "understanding" when used for learning? Background: Every ...
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Saxon genitive of a plural noun

I've recently encountered this message: "Invalid arguments' number". My brain has immediately corrected it to "Invalid number of arguments", but this got me thinking about the nuances of using the ...
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“treating the interference as noise” or “treating interference as noise”?

Which one is the proper term to use when talking about interference in wireless networks "treating the interference as noise" or "treating interference as noise"? We I check google scholars the ...
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Difference of “I am just an ABC” vs “I am but a XYZ”

As far as I (non-native speaker) can tell, these two sentences have the same meaning: I'm just a humble merchant I'm but a humble merchant However I wonder if there is some subtle ...
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“He” or “him” in these kind of sentences

While pointing at someone That's him swimming. or That' he swimming.
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Is there a word to encompass the two states of a day: AM and PM, morning and afternoon? [duplicate]

A single word which sums up the option of AM/PM or morning/afternoon.
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meaning of a paragraph!

Can any one help me with the meaning of this paragraph: "We have insights into reality, we continually reshape them, putting oppositions together, arguing, reconciling on different systems of ...
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Tolkien and archaic English

I once read that JRR Tolkien, a linguist by profession and of The Lord of the Rings fame, wrote his masterpiece using elements of archaic English to emulate the Bible. Following a question on ...
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Does the phrase “Do you want a hand in this” make sense?

From someone, somewhere, I remember hearing the phrase do you want a hand in this? I was told that it meant do you want to be a part of this? However, when I googled this phrase, nothing turned up. ...
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The transport of cargo / cargoes?

I say "the transport of beer", in which "beer" seems to be correctly referring to either a single beer or, more likely, the liquid in general. Saying "the transport of box" is obviously incorrect, ...
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“Glad to hear” synonyms [on hold]

Just out of curiosity are there any nice alternatives for the phrase, "Glad to hear". Its so commonly used in business letters that I'm looking for alternatives. The only ones close ones are "Happy to ...
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User login or user-login?

I don't have enough reputation to make comments on this site (what a weird system), so I have to make this a question on its own. I am referencing an answer made to another question about the ...
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The “to~” infinitive always implies the future, except for preference Like and Love

A fellow teacher said to me that the to~ infinitive always implies the future..."to eat", "to swim" etc. I disagreed and said that I thought it was abstract and had no tense in of itself. He pointed ...
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Where does this usage “and you” as in titles come from?

So I'm noticing there are some occurrences of a fixed usage of “and you,” mainly in titles of articles introducing something new or important to reader. It goes like “object inheritance, ...
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US English use of 'motivate'

In US English, is it acceptable to use the word 'motivate' in the following context? We motivated the decisions regarding... I believe that it is OK in South Africa but not in the UK.
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It was the best decision I have / had ever made

I'm a little bit confused about the grammar used in the following two sentences: 1.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best decision I have ever made 2.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best ...
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What does 'get something about me' in this context?

I am reading 'The Invisible Man' by H.G.Wells and there is this scene. Griffin(the invisible man) broke in Dr.Kemp's house and they met. After Griffin finally made Kemp understood that he is actually ...
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Searching for a word to describe the entirety of something

Here is the sentence that I want to write: There is more than that to the ________ of revolution The missing word is what I search for, oversimplifying the sentence would give: There is more ...
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Is there a single word or phrase for something that looks/sounds wrong, but is right?

Is there a single word or phrase for something that is so commonly spelt or said incorrectly, that when said properly looks or sounds odd? E.g. "Company staff is expert in management..." Saying the ...
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What do you call someone who wants to be by themselves, but whants someone to show they care [on hold]

Like I want to be a lone a lot, but I want a text from someone asking me if I want to hang out. Or someone to text me first. Make it seem like they actually randomly think of me and care. I'm always ...
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“This page intentionally blank” … but it isn't!

We are all familiar with user manuals or documents with pages printed with "intentionally blank" ... but with those words on them, they are no longer blank! I'm pretty sure I saw a user manual once ...

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