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Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'?

In present perfect tense, Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? Let't take this sentence for example. "Malcolm X has just been assassinated." Does the sentence mean hot news ...
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In the tense of present perfect, Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same?

In the tense of present perfect, I learned that "I have finished the work" means 'recent past' and "The man has died"means'hot news' Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same in meaning?
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Meaning of “keep up someone's lick”

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? "she don't keep up her lick here...". From The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain. "Why, this watch. I bought her out in Illinois--gave ...
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What are all possible and grammatically correct variations of the following sentence?

It pushed them with a great force. I can think of the following: They were pushed by it with a great force. [passive voice] With a great force it pushed them. [is it correct? sounds unnatural] ...
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Positive connotation of “fluke”?

Many sources (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, for a start) suggest the word "fluke" has mostly positive connotations when used in the sense of "accident." That is, "a fluke" properly describes a lucky accident, not ...
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Is this correct usage of the word irony?

Comment on Reddit I understand that irony means an incongruity between what actually happens and what is expected. However, this user got downvoted for what I believe is an appropriate usage of the ...
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What's the proper expression for “An approach to a problem”?

I want to express the following: Method X provides a way to tackle problem Y. Is there a neater way of expressing this?
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An excellent novel in its own right

What does the following sentence mean? An excellent novel in its own right. Somebody can be rich in his/her rights but how can a book be excellent in its own right. At the end books are ...
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Do I need a comma after this question mark?

I want to write the folowing sentence in some work: You went there on Thursday? for instance, is not an interrogative clause but a declarative one, even if the utterance may be a question. In the ...
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Where did the phrase “a whole new world” come from?

"A whole new world" as in, "a new perspective." Yes, there's the song from the film Aladdin in the 1990s but the saying has been around far longer, hasn't it?
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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When alphabetizing, which comes first:

When alphabetizing, which comes first: DeWald or Dewald?
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What is the single word for someone who gives nicknames to the others without any bad thoughts?

I don't mean the namedropper thing. What am I, if I put a cool nickname to my friend without insulting them?
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Is nationalism specifically secular?

Does the word nationalism specifically imply a feeling of kindred superiority in a secular sense? For instance, if country X opposes themselves to country Y based on religious practice or reasons, ...
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Churchill Quotation?

Did Winston Churchill really say something like "The best way to create a virtue in someone is to attribute that virtue to him?" Does anyone know the source of such a statement?
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A word for doing what's best for you?

I feel like there is a word for this, but I cannot think of what it might be? For example: let's say you know someone who is constantly in trouble with the law. They're very naive, foolish, and ...
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Is there a word or collocation for an unwanted person?

I'm looking for a word or collocation we use in British English when we want to refer to someone who's interested in you, attracted to you, but whose advances at you are not welcome. Thank you! :)
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Can anybody help me to correct sentence

I give you . using 'I give You ' Is it correct grammer
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what is the meaning of this phrase?

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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What is a more articulate method of expressing that one posses technical aptitude?

I'm often confounded when trying to articulate in a concise manner that a person is literate or savvy in matters technical (i.e. computers, software, IT). For example, I am composing an email with ...
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [on hold]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Plaque Formatting

For this plaque: Is it appropriate to capitalize With Appreciation To The or make them all smaller case? Is it appropriate to have "Cochise College Governing Board" two font points bigger (14) than ...
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Alternative usage of 'Status Quo'

What is another word, or sentence for using the phrase '...following status quo'. I am looking for an alternative and cleaner usage of this word or phrase
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“without their having to learn” or “without them having to learn”?

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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polite synonym for obnoxious behavior

Looking for a polite/coherent way to convey someone's behavior who "copies" another person, or is "up their ass" a lot
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Why would “to center around” be illogical?

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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I am about to close the door.

I am about to close the door. Hi, can we make the "Passive voice" of this sentence?
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Can I use “for” twice in a sentence?

I was looking for icebreakers for a class I'm teaching. In this sentence, there are two "fors"
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English grammar

Can anyone explain the use of "to be" in the sentence below? Is it right or not and how? Modifies the search to be case-insensitive.
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“Well-rounded” usage in USA

What's the first recorded use of the term "well-rounded" as it refers to being competent or trained in several fields, e.g., from astronomy to literature to social dancing to cookery?
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grammatical name and grammatical function

the genes of many of those infective agents.what is the grammatical name and grammatical function of the expression?my own answer:noun clause and function adjective noun infective agents.
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Origin of “a lot”

I am working on a novel set in the early 19th century and am wondering if the phrase "a lot" is too contemporary. That happened a lot with debutantes, he mused.
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Grammar problem [on hold]

Is it necessary to add 's' after ' any' if the noun is countable noun? For example , the paramount king announced that any girl in the town could join the party with the prince. Do I need to add 's' ...
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N or AND in pronunciation

Can I say «n» instead «and»? Example: I like apples n pears.
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Sentence structure explanation

How would I describe the difference between these two sentences? The man gave the child money. The man gave money to the child.
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Word or phrase which indicates some shared knowledge

I'm looking for a noun which is kind of word or phrase that is used to indicate the existence of some unspoken knowledge that the speaker has. For example: Her use of the the word "pincushion" ...
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Person who invites: “Inviter” or “Invitor”

There is a clean word that defines person that is invited: an invitee. However, I can't seem to find a straight definition of either terms that would define a person who invites the invitee. Is it ...
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How long would it take an average person to read 4 million words of a complex text?

This is not simply about reading speed. It's also about comprehension, understanding and contemplation. The text contains subjects ranging from quantum mechanics through love, war, relationships and ...
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“We must away ere break of day”: What is this grammar? Is it alive?

This phrase appears in a song Tolkien wrote, and what was the main theme of The Hobbit movie: Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day ...
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Question about a grammar problem

I just came across a problem (not homework), from somebody I know. I wish I knew the answer to this grammar problem but I actually have no clue about this one, so I couldn't answer it. The question ...
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Why is example needed in proving anything?

We have been told all the way in schools that example is a must for a logical proof. But I don't understand why. Why can't we prove like Maths, such as: All three sides of this triangle are the ...
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Return or Enter preferred American English term for the [enter/return] key in the keyboard

Problem A colleage is designing an application and wanted to decide what to write in the return/enter key. Research In the Macbook keyboard both terms are present (return and enter). Question ...
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The use of in and to

Is it right to say ' the hotel I stayed in ' ? Can you explain to me why to is used in this phrase ' if you want to ' ?
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why does the expression “we show that” has no comma

Comming from a german language background, I am always uncertain about rules for the usage of commas in english. So could someone explain to me why there is no comma before "that" in a sentence like ...
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modern English kennings

What are some examples kennings in Modern Standard English? Here are two examples that I offer for starters: rug rat rice-rocket This is a form of single-word request. I'm not looking for words ...
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A neutral term for sex meetup websites?

I am writing some software containing categories of websites that offer content that might be unwanted by the user (e.g. gambling, porn, violence, etc.). One of the categories is websites that are ...
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How to write “IDs of persons” without using “of”?

I never know how to write this correctly. I can think of several ways to write it but which is the right one? person IDs persons IDs persons' IDs
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Can 'residential context' be used interchangeably with 'domestic context'?

I know that when I am referring to a home, I can refer to it using the words - in a residential/domestic context... Is it the same for different places of stay like hostels, old age homes, refugee ...
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What is the first word/phrase you think of when you hear about ARROGANCE? [on hold]

I'm doing my PhD research in cognitive linguistics. The subject of investigation is the concept of Arrogance in British worldview. So I’d really appreciate if British citizens could share their ...

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