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Be aware that the term escrow has several uses. At its most basic level it refers to funds or other goods held by a trusted third party to insure compliance by the two main parties to a transaction. Investopedia explains. But in real estate the usage varies by state in the US, all based somewhat on the simple definition above. When you see a TV show or ...
"To throw in" means to "add something to the mix" usually rather carelessly, without giving it much thought or planning. The cookie batter looks tasty, but could you throw in some raisins? I was telling him all about our cross-country trip, and threw in how you got a speeding ticket in Kansas.
The two quoted sentences mean two different things. The first one— Only he could see through the trick. —means that "he" is the only person who wasn't deceived by the trick. The second one— Only he could see the trick through. —means that "he" is the only person who could persevere in ensuring that the trick eventually succeeded. So: two sentence ...
The 1st option is correct which means he could understand the trick. The word for is not mandatory and removing it sounds better, ie. go hitchhiking sounds tighter.
I think I've isolated the problem here. Carefully (or some other adverb) sounds "natural" when it follows intransitive verbs, and "unnatural" when the verbs are transitive. According to this wikipedia article: Some verbs allow for objects but do not always require one. In other words, a verb may be used as intransitive in one sentence, and as ...
It's helpful if we look at this definition of careful from Merriam: a : marked by attentive concern and solicitude It might be stressing on the world "listen", so that the addressee will give his/her full attention to the addressor. As for "switch carefully on the light", the more appropriate usage would probably be "switch carefully on the next ...
Ben Kovitz has provided plenty of good examples, to which I might add the clear difference between: "You are very kind" vs. "That's very kind of you" The former is simply a statement of your general temperament, whereas the latter means you have chosen (from--of--many different possible ways to treat someone) to be kind to me instead of ignoring my plight ...
When an infinitive follows a preposition the correct form is the gerund, therefore: I look forward to meeting you
This treads close to ESL issues, I sense. The reason is because the verb and auxiliary construction "look forward to" is followed by a noun. "I look forward to vacation." "I look forward to bed." In this regard, you use the "noun" form of the verb "meet" which is the gerund "meeting". The confusion is generally related to the fact that "to" is also ...
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