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What is the second clause modifying?

I went to swimming pool three times a week through out my childhood, a Monday, Tuesday, and Friday morning practices that were exhausting but fruiful. I simply cannot find the clause "a ...
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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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She didn't even had me/has me/have me

I'm trying to translate a sentence out of a book, and the author is talking about the past and I'm not sure which one is correct, the sentence goes like this: She was so alone, I was the only one she ...
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They are going to be letting me out next week

I am reading a book "Second hand" by Michael Zadoorian in which a boy visits his ex girlfriend in the hospital as she attempted suicide. There is a sentence which creates some difficulty to me: "They ...
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“until late afternoon”: when is that?

Here is a phrase about supermarkets in Belgium: The idea for brewing with bread came when 31-year-old Frenchman Sebastien Morvan talked to a friend about food waste, specifically the bread ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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Word for a given situation

In the spirit of The Big Bang TV show titles I am looking for a word to use in a particular situation. First, there's a joke that sets up the scenario. 2 guys camping. They are barefoot by the fire. ...
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How many phonemes are in the word “queen”?

I am in the process of digging into phonemes as a way to help teach our son to read. I don't remember ever having formal instruction on the role of phonemes in speech, and I am actually having a lot ...
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What is the correct word for moving part of the ground to another place?

I would like to know the correct english word for this activity:
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Use the comma, or not?

In a flyer, should the following comma stay — or be omitted? Call, or e-mail for more information.
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Theirs will be a great torment

I have run into such a verse in Quaran: Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment How should I parse the ...
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English equivalent to the Arabic idiom 'soak it and drink its water'?

There is a common Arabic idiom, which literally translated says: Soak it and drink its water It can said about pretty much anything, to express a kind of contemptuous indifference. For ...
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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What word beginning with “D” means “for you” or “for many people”? [on hold]

What is a word that starts with the letter "D" and means for you or for many people?
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Making passive sentences into interrogative sentences [migrated]

How to make an interrogative voice sentences from a passive voice sentences? for example, we have the following sentences? They will be offered in the fall semester. How to make this ...
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How to use “glad” in a return email [on hold]

I would like to reply to an email using the word glad. I was trying the following. I am glad to receive your email. Kindly note that this is my first reply to an email I have received from that ...
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Do I need to repeat the 'have' before the second verb?

I wonder whether it is optional/necessary that I repeat the 'have' in the sentence below (from an academic writing) While both aforementioned approaches have enjoyed many success stories and have ...
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English versus french grammar

Recently, on the internet, I have heard people say that one should conjugate cartain adjectives that are closely related to french. For example, blond for males and blonde for females in the singular ...
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Official Meeting invite

When sending a meeting invite, what are the ways to say that, "I am setting up this meeting" to discuss on a topic, say "I am blocking this time to....", "Parking sometime to ...."
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What is the word for someone actively engaging with an idea?

For example, not just admitting that the idea of race exists but actively pushing boundaries of what we commonly accept it as or searching for the implications in relation to the lives of themselves ...
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37 views

“Thingy” or “thingie”?

I heard "thingy/thingie" very often to refer to "a something". However, I observe it written either way and I don't know what is the correct form. Dictionary.com redirects "thingie" to "thingy", ...
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aberration vs aberrance vs aberrancy

All three nouns are derived from aberrant, the latter two are not used often I suppose considering that spell check considered them misspelt. What are the difference between the three? Are they ...
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What should I call the part of car that influences the orientation of the wheels by moving left/right?

I want to know the English word for stuurhuis as shown in the following picture:
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Using 2 as to in a domain name [on hold]

What is the stylistic value of using number 2 as to in a domain name? Like business2business.com. In some sense it makes it more readable as it delimits words but it can be seen as something for ...
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18 views

Infinitive or gerund in the beginning of a sentence

Is the following sentence correct? Living in US for 10 months helped me to grow culturally, academically, professionally and personally.
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Why do we say 'year 1993' as “nineteen ninety three” instead of “one thousand nine hundred ninety three”?

Why do we read some calendar years by their two-digit place value and not according on their numerical place value like: 1500s as fifteen hundreds and not one thousand five hundreds 1895 as ...
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What does the phrase “He’s holding a cat” mean or does it only have a direct meaning? [on hold]

What does the phrase He’s holding a cat mean, or does it only have a direct meaning? This phrase hasn’t any context. Perhaps is it an idiom?
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What do you call someone who desperately needs (or better said craves) everyone to like them?

I have this friend who is in constant search for approval - and not only from his peers, but every single person he meets. He also needs to be the center of attention.
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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How to politely ask someone to hurry up because of lack of time? [migrated]

There is a professor who is willing to allot an open position in the lab but he's just delaying about it. He just won't tell me what project is he going to assign to me. He told me he wants to talk to ...
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article - the or a? [duplicate]

The US is usually associated with the bald eagle and the bison. or The US is usually associated with a bald eagle and a bison. I suppose the first sentence is much better(?) But can the second be ...
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Usage of adjectives as noun [on hold]

Is there any adjective which can fit in this sentence - He is ......... P.S. - I know this blank can be filled by nouns but can we put an adjective in the blank ? Thanks in advance.
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Period usage when abbreviating at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

Regarding the following expression, we can realize that the period character is of dual functionality in its nature: partly denoting the abbreviation, partly being used to end the sentence. I like ...
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Is “Mandation” a valid word?

Is mandation a valid word? If it is, then what are its proper uses? I have heard people using this as a synonym to mandate; however, I am not exactly sure that it is a valid word.
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Are “on par” and “in parity” equivalent expressions?

In an unrelated reply to one of my questions, someone used the following expression type. x and y are on par while x and z are not I use a similar expression (see below). However, I'm curious if ...
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Where does “pizza pie” originate?

The Italianissimo pizza—pronounced /ˈpiʦ:a/—is not always spelled or called pizza around the world: In Bosnia, Belarusian, Macedonia, Serbia it's spelled pica but pronounced /pîtsa/ In ...
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Word for a room with washing machines in it?

I'm looking for the word for a room, part of an apartment house, that would be used to do laundry. In Germany there are sometimes these "tenants' laundromats" – and also in Scandinavia I have seen ...
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What does “due to any reason other than” mean?

I tried to translate this phrase (due to any reason other than) using Google Translate but it does not seem accurate. Could someone please help me to understand it? Does it mean "just only a reason"? ...
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Which is a grammatically correct sentence? [duplicate]

A. Service with year-on-year efficiency drivers B. Service with year-on-year efficiencies drivers
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What does “Come on, let's wrangle up the cattle” mean?

Andy said this to Woody in Toy Story 1. Is this idiom?
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What does “Bo Peep” mean in this context?

Quiet, Bo Beep, or your sheep get run over! Source: Quora
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verb of 'remediation' (no such thing as 'remediated')

As in the sentence: The pill, in combination with a lot of water, remediated the [effects of the] alcohol. I know there's no such word, only remediation, but I wish it was a word, because it ...
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Can one use of “…at at least…”?

I have to use a particular sentence which is: They differ at at least one position. Is this the correct use of at least? Is my sentence correct?
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the use of “ in more recent years…”

Is this sentence correct? In more recent years, she’s been teaching English for academic purposes to undergraduates at the university of Iowa.
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the idiomatic use of “no more than” and “no less than”

I have questions about the use of no more than and no less than . The following is the item 14. phrase of the word more from COBUILD online dictionary. You use no more than or not more than when ...
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Modifying a word in its structure (spelling) to convey a different meaning?

Somewhere on the Internet I read the following lines: Daughter is not equal to tensions. Daughter is equal to ten-sons. In this sentence the word "tension" is modified to be written as ...
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Meaning of 'noted lights'

;prominent individuals of both political parties, Society hostesses, well-known dramatic authors and novelists, and distinguished aeroplanists were dimly recognizable in that doomed throng; noted ...
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Help with sentence syntax and style

A. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of what the profile looks like on their official website. Please follow the instructions below for a sample of the profile as ...
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correct use of the article “the”

Is this sentence correct? "She is trained in the teaching of the English Language." Is it correct to use " the" before " English Language"?
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What's the difference between legal (illegal) and lawful (unlawful)?

For example, why signage in national parks says "it's unlawful to feed wildlife" instead of illegal?

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