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Using Was + Ing

May I know when is the right time to use the word like I was looking, I was sleeping instead of I looked and I slept. Both of it is the past tense right? Thanks
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Is the question “How're you going?” as a greeting correct usage?

I was just wondering if the question/greeting "How're you going?" is correct usage? I know it's more prevalent in Australia because I live here and have heard it very often. I guess the American ...
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''A and B are the same'' vs ''A and B is the same''

I found these sentences below in my dictionary. ''His car and mine are the same'' ''Is postman and mailman the same?'' Would you please teach me the difference between ''A and B are the same'' and ...
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Is the title of a US President permanent?

Ultimately I'm wondering whether the descriptive in "former President [Name]" is superfluous or necessary in everyday usage, such as when talking to an audience who knows who the current president is. ...
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How to use the word ''mean''

Is there any correct sentence below? 1 ''If i can't reply to your messages, it means i'm already asleep.'' 2 ''If i can't reply to your messages, it will mean i will be already asleep.'' 3 ''If i ...
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Synonym for “stop at nothing”

What is a synonym for "stop at nothing"? Example usage: I stop at nothing to deliver ideal and timely design solutions.
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A QUESTION ABOUT UNIVERSE

Hi John Your answer towards difference between Universe & Cosmos was perfect/thanks! Can you PLEASE tell me if you have any idea/assumption how did Cosmos come up-SOMETHING COMING OUT OFF ...
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Are these interchangeable?

He's not here. Can I take a message? He's not here. Can I get a message? Are these two sentences 'Can I take a message?/Can I get a message?' interchangeable?
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What is a word that means “to make sane”?

Hypothetical: there is something that is pretty convoluted or difficult to understand. It is described as insane. What is the verb that would be used to describe what someone would to make the ...
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Need editing for grammar

Please check grammar and reword if needed. Thanks
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idiom for unintended consequences

I am looking for a phrase/idiom that expresses the risk of unforeseen consequences of an action. Fake context: someone develops a treatment for cancer that is later found to cause Alzheimer's. So far, ...
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Which word in given statement is closest in meaning to “strikingly”?

The technology of the North American colonies did not differ strikingly from that of Europe. The word "strikingly" in this statement is closest in meaning to : a. Realistically b. Dramatically c. ...
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request/requested/requesting date

I am developing a website, in which a user can send a request to another user. What's the correct way to describe the date that the request was made on, in the format of [request/requested/requesting] ...
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Using only a direct object with the verb “give”

Is it possible to use the verb give with only a direct object? For example, Could you give the definition? Or need I to add an indirect object, so the sentence becomes Could you give me the ...
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Antonym of mandate

To mandate an action is to order it, or to officially require it, usually by means of authority. What word could be used to describe ordering that an action not be taken? For instance, if it is not ...
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“An X or a Y” vs. “An X or Y”

You can create a web site or an application with your bare hands. or You can create a web site or application with your bare hands. ? Also, same for the definite article?
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Going to the beach makes/make me very happy

Make or makes? Please explain me why. "Makes" shouldn't be used only for 3rd person singular?
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Tongue Twisters

Why are tongue twisters difficult (slower) to read aloud than non-twisters? Why would reading twisters silently continue to be difficult?
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Capitalization: 'rivers'

In the following sentence, is rivers capitalized or not? The Delaware and Potomac rivers are beautiful.
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When is a subject considered plural? [duplicate]

I'm unsure when a subject is considered plural, and when not. Especially here: Williams aim to win at the next race. Here, Williams is a team, and I have always through this is considered plural, ...
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How many shortened versions of a proper name can you use in a single document?

When your official company name is long, what shortened versions are appropriate to use and can they be interchanged? For example: suppose it is Brown Construction Company. I know the full name ...
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Active or passive?

I have a question mainly regarding whether my sentence is active or passive. But also I would like to ask if it has a bad structure? A piece of paper with a couple of paragraphs almost entirely ...
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Did I “say” that online, or did I “write” it? [on hold]

When we refer to something someone else has previously spoken or written, we usually differentiate between the spoken and written word with the verb introducing the quote or paraphrase: In his ...
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Difference between “acting for” and “standing for”

What is the difference between “acting for” and “standing for”? See this text for example (H. Pitkin, The Concept of Representation):
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Should the noun 'dressing' be plural after a list of adjectives?

When offering multiple salad dressing choices, should it be "ranch and Italian dressing" or "ranch and Italian dressings"?
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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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“like a duck takes to water” vs “like a fish takes to water”

I am aware of the idiom like a fish out of water. What intrigued me is an article using like a fish takes to water. Teo Zhen Ren, the swimming sensation from Singapore, took to swimming like a ...
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Valid from and valid to or until?

Would valid to make sense when refering to an expiration date? I've got this text right now: Valid from: 01/10/2014 Valid to: 10/10/2014 It doesn't sound correct. Should it be until? In which ...
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Need someone to explain the structure of the sentence for me

For the following sentences: It is invalid, however, to apply both attributes to the same settings property. Such an attempt will cause an exception to be thrown. First, are the above ...
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Is there a word analogous to 'shooting yourself in the foot'?

Specifically I'm wondering if there's a word that describes the phenomenon where some party takes some action to remedy a situation and the result of that action makes the original situation worse. ...
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What kind of rhetorical strategy is it when someone points out a potential sticking point in his proposition before anyone can criticize it?

e.g. "I know some of you might consider this question general reference, but think of all those people who will be reading it all over the world and how it will enrich our data bank." "Of course we ...
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Are nouns like 'Create' appropriate in a compound?

I'm solving a problem where I must choose between 'CreateMethod' and 'CreationMethod'. The first one fits me better because I want to indicate an action, not the process invoked by that action. I'm ...
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Trendy fashion phrases in press releases

How appropriate is it to use trendy fashion words in a press release? A fresh season truly requires a new wardrobe for the fashion-forward style setter. The surest bets? Stripes, lace, leather, ...
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Is “happened Tuesday” (without “on”) a valid pattern? [duplicate]

The album was released Tuesday and has been well-received by […] Shouldn't it be "released on Tuesday"? Where did the "on" go? I think dropping the preposition is confusing, but I see it ...
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Word for who professes discrimination based on culture

A person that professes discrimination based on race is a racist. What is the word for defining a person that discriminates based on culture (pretty sure it is not culturist) or social habits? E.g., ...
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Is 'againsting' a [new] word?

The wikipedia article on linguistic competence says: Againsting the syntax-centered view of generative grammar(syntactocentrism), he specifically treats phonology, syntax and semantics as ...
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Ambiguity of “bag down for a better ride”

Today I saw a sign on the train that said Bag down for a better ride. There was an accompanying picture of someone carrying a large bag on his back, possibly causing inconvenience to others: ...
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What does this mean? Especially the word “ahead” [migrated]

I had dates ahead that I disliked to cancel. If there were no “ahead”, I would assume it means there were dates the speaker wouldn’t like to cancel. With “ahead”, however, I can't clearly ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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Can you have a strong milky coffee?

At work today a debate got rather heated between myself and a colleague, so I've turned to stack overflow. He says that if you have a lot coffee and a lot of milk its a strong milky coffee. My ...
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Adverb clause: his delight evident

I recently have come across a clause, his delight evident, reading a novel. Which I have found tricky to understand. I have been able to get to the meaning yet not to the structure it possesses. Here ...
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What is the difference in meaning between the sentences?

"She works in the paper business." "She works in paper business."
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Length or duration?

I'm writing a web application in which you can make bookings. When configuring a booking I need to know for how long the session will be. I'm wondering if the best word is length or duration? Length: ...
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Objecting 'to'?

Is the 'to' in He objects to being treated like a child. absolutely necessary, or is He objects being treated like a child. equally valid?
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Accommodate a problem to solution?

The topic is the following: I present a problem and a potential solution to it. After explaining the solution is it correct to say : "In order to adopt this approach in our evaluation .." Or ...
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What does “The city (Ferguson) learned too late that the well was dry” mean?

I scratched my head in understanding the meaning of the following passage in the article titled, “The tragedy of Ferguson” of Time magazine (September 1 issue). [Some excerpts appear at ...
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Plural with many modifiers

I am wondering if in the following situations we have to use plural noun or not: "Peter's and David's book" or "Peter's and David's books" I do appreciate in advance if you help me with this, I ...
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How might I correctly place the commas in these sentences? [on hold]

Prior to the night that changed my life, I had neither faith nor hope. I never knew what to believe in terms of how life came to be. I constantly felt consumed by my doubts and paralyzed by ...
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What 's meaning of “ Business fit, not best in class ”?

I have seen in a HR magazine that "HR should focus on 'business fit, not best in class', says Panasonic HRD ". and i dont understand what is " business fit" and what's "best in class ". Please help me ...
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An abrupt change of tense in a dialogue

Here is the script of a dialogue between the presenter Lucy Worsley and Alexandra Loske, from the University of Sussex, talking about Princess Charlotte's laboring Lucy: He's talking here about a ...

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