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Grammar: French conditionnel in English?

Could anybody help me here, please? I’d like to know the grammatical form of the verb “can" in the following examples: 18y old Tim is asked by a relative what he’s going to do with his life. ...
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'Shipping with' or 'shipped with'?

Which one is correct It is not yet a default module shipping with the current version of the software. or It is not yet a default module shipped with the current version of the software. ...
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Word repetition when a word is part of more words

The output consists of the category bar and the navigation bar. How do I prevent the word repetition of bar in the English language? Is it the following? The output consists of the category ...
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What exactly does “up to 3 months before” mean?

When it says: You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. Source: gov.uk Does it mean the latest I can apply for a visa is 3 months before the travel ...
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Can someone help me with possessive questions?

They washed their face. Should it be faces?? Also.. If 2 people each have a playground with a seesaw and a slide, would it be correct to say: Everyone has a slide and a seesaw in their playground. ...
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What does “balls” mean as a reply word or interjection?

Here’s a question again in the Jeffery Archer’s “The Prodigal Daughter.” The heroin of the novel, Florentina Kane’s husband, Richard finds in the Wall Street in a morning that Jake Thomas, Chairman of ...
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What do you call the love of ancient ruins?

I am trying to find one word that describes the love of old building ruins.
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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Which is the correct phonetic transcription of the word play, [ple] or [plei]?

In some books, the long "a" found in words like say, play, etc. are transcribed as /sei/, /plei/ respectively but in some others the same words are transcribed /se/ and /ple/. Which one is correct? ...
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How to pronounce 100ish?

How do you pronounce 100ish and similar words? a hundred-ish ?
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Applicable to [object] for [purpose]

My question is about the word applicable. Is the following construction correct? This method is applicable to [object] for [purpose]. For example: Our method may be applicable to ...
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What is the correct word / words for the information about someone's body, like hip circumference? [on hold]

I would like to find a suitable word, that summarises data like different body parts' circumferences. What I could think of is 'Body Information', but it sounds bad at least for my non-native ears, ...
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Hello everyone,which one is correct? [duplicate]

please suggest me which one is correct and any other suggestion to make it a better sentence. 1. We have noted your below email and we are not holding below booking any longer. 2. We have noted your ...
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How can I subtly indicate that my CV contains hyper-links? [on hold]

Todays job applications are often submitted in electronic form like a CV and cover letter in a PDF file. Although it is common knowledge that PDFs can contain links, it is only obvious when the link ...
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Do we hang up a telephone call, or just “hang up”?

I have to announce a message on a call that is like this Alert!! There is an alarm from the system,to disarm the system, press 5, to ignore this call , hang up!! Is this OK? should I use hang ...
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Origin of “Arachnoleptic fit”

In various websites on the Internet, including http://www.joke-archives.com/dictionaries/dictionarywords.html, I've come across the phrase Arachnoleptic fit. Apparently all the words in that set ...
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More emphatic term for “Expert”?

I've hit a wording problem in the controls for a game that I'm writing. I need two nouns with increasing emphasis for someone highly skilled in a given area. "Expert" is an obvious choice, so I need ...
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Clinton becoming the first woman president would be … or Clinton's becoming the first woman president would be [duplicate]

The following ia a quote from CNN News: A Gallup poll Friday showed that 18% of Americans surveyed said Clinton becoming the first woman president would be "the best or most positive" thing about ...
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What do you call the act of taking science and making it available to the broader public?

In French we have a word, vulgarisation, which is the act of synthesizing complex knowledge into a form that a broad audience can understand. I know that the final product is called popular science in ...
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Show we care or show that we care

The title says it all really... This is one of those value statement things. 'Show we care' is the proposal. It just sounds like lazy English to my ear, I want to say 'Show that we care' Ignoring the ...
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Correct pronunciation of historic

Here in the UK I have observed an odd change in perhaps the last five years and I’m curious to learn whether we have drifted away from or arrived at the correct pronunciation. It seems that the “H” ...
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Word / compact phrase for written fictional works?

While literature is colloquially often used in this context, that word is clearly defined in most dictionaries as: Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic ...
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Is there reference material for dictionary abbreviations used in the first half of the 20th century?

I have a lot of abbreviations that I can't work out the meaning of from an old etymological dictionary and I'm looking for a reference that will explain them all. I have a copy of an etymological ...
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Double apostrophe-s?

I want to say parking of McDonald's, i.e. using an apostrophe S. Would I say McDonald's's parking?
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What is the primary meaning of 'knocked up'

There seem to be several meanings; Awoken in the morning; Made pregnant; Put together/prepared quickly or on the fly; Made tired/worn out. I have never heard of this last meaning which (used earlier ...
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What’s the difference between “if I were” and “if I would be”?

Can someone tell me the difference between these two phrases: if I were rich if I would be rich I am not a native English speaker, so it’s hard for me to see any difference in meaning between ...
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What part-of-speech would a vehicle's year/make/model be?

Suppose I were to say this sentence: "I own a 2003 Ford F-150." Would 2003 Ford F-150 be a compound proper noun? Would Ford F-150 be a compound proper noun and 2003 be an adjective? Would F-150 be ...
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Word for “putting an end to one's solitude” or “be with someone”?

In Arabic there is a one-word verb that approximately means "being with someone and not letting them be alone". It could be used in phrases like: "يؤنس وحدتي " "أنت تؤنسني" "يؤنس وحشتي" It is used ...
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Should verbs be conjugated in code documentation?

// Removes something. void removeSomething(){} or // Remove something. void removeSomething(){} I tend to use the first form because I think it implies "it removes something". But ...
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Should I use Narrations or Narratives?

At work I keep seeing the term 'narrations' as opposed to 'narratives' and I'm trying understand if this is is common across the English speaking world or if this is just a term in the US.
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Should I use the subjunctive mood in these sentence?

Which of these sentences are correct: (1) "Do you mind if I send you messages while you are away?" (2) "Do you mind if I were to send you messages while you are away?" (3) "Would you mind if I ...
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Can [gi] sound be at the end of an English word?

I am an Arabic person, and my family name is "Basrugi", but, what I know is that if the letter 'g' be followed by 'e', 'i', or 'y' it will be pronounced as /dʒiː/. So, when an English person reads ...
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singular entity as a collection of subjects

"If you are looking for a XYZ Residential Real Estate Attorney, the Law Offices of John Smith is here to help. " The firm itself is called "the Law Offices of John Smith", so is it correct that it ...
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Does this sentence make sense at all [on hold]

"Murder him with only a curious to where is why," I was wondering if this is correct or not? I'm trying to write in an older fashion and i'm not sure if this makes sense. Any help would be great. ...
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'How comes it' or 'How come is it'?

I was reading this paper and I came across this sentence, which I found quite odd. In the words of Bertrand Russell, the problem is this: “How comes it that human beings, whose contacts with the ...
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Dangling Participle? Confusing parenthetical commas? Incomplete sentence?

The painting, Woman In Red Hat, was inspired by her son's art selections while on a trip to Vancouver together. Which particular artwork it was an interpretation of, however, is lost to memory. ...
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Is it possible to be more redundant or less specific? [on hold]

I noticed this on the wrapper for "belVita: Nutritious Sustained Energy" (breakfast biscuits), specifically on the package of a particular flavor of the product (I assume there is more than one flavor ...
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Email of replay to some one ask about me [on hold]

absolutely I'm remember you. I'm doing great, thank you for asking! Now I'm lecturing at Ahlia University
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50 views

What is a wrong? [on hold]

Is the sentence What is a wrong? Grammatically correct or should the a be left out of the sentence?
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Are all Congressmen idiots? [on hold]

Really couldn't resist the question title :-) This question asks about the famous quote by Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ...
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The use of “not” in idiomatic English

The Daily Mirror recently used the phrase "Pentagon experts on Friday said it was impossible to imagine that the missile could not have been fired without Russian help". This exact phrase has appeared ...
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Transcription of pronunctiation [on hold]

this is my first question here, please don't be cruel :). I am creating dictionary application and I have source dictionary (LMF) which contains data including pronunciation. For example I have ...
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Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [on hold]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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How to refer back to the final sentence of the last paragraph?

I'm wondering about the "distance" over which one may refer back to a point recently made. For instance, there are obviously no problems with the following construction: "...therefore, Method A may ...
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Naming of paragraph subsections [duplicate]

Regarding the questions: What do you call those divisions of a book bigger than a paragraph but smaller than a chapter? Is not such a division best known as a PARICOPE from the Greek PARIKOPE or "a ...
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Is “Sent to say” proper?

Is it incorrect grammar to say that someone "sent to say" something? As in "Joe sent to say that he would love to join you all for the pic nic". I know that I don't have the greatest grammar skills in ...
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What is a clustermug?

What is a clustermug? I could not find the word in a dictionary. Duke stopped laughing, but he was still smiling. Unabashed. "It's a clustermug," he said. The quote is from the novel Under the ...
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An expression meaning the feeling you get seeing something so beautiful it hurts [on hold]

I'm trying to find an expression (a single word, not a phrase) that means simply that! I'm sure I can't be the only person to feel this. I'm sure I heard it mentioned in a radio programme once but ...
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The true meaning of “did not immediately respond to requests for comment” [on hold]

This expression is included in almost any negative news story - stock price decline, corporate scandal, criminality, you name it - but to me, it's frustratingly vague. I see these as "weasel words" - ...

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