Unanswered Questions

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Use of 'not' in questions

When is it okay to use 'not' when posing a question? I believe that the person asking would include the 'not 'when he believes the implied to be true. For example: "Are you going to the store? "Are ...
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British usage: add verb forms of “do” after a conditional

Is it standard British usage to add forms of the verb "Do" after a conditional like "Would"? e.g., If I could, I would do"?
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adjective-born or noun-born?

Which is correct? Claudette Colbert was a French-born American actress or Claudette Colbert was a France-born American actress? and The Texas-born LBJ was a political reformer or The ...
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Comma before β€œor” when it introduces synonym or explanation

This Grammar Tip of the Day: The rule: Place a comma before "or" when what follows it means the same as what precedes it. confirms what I understand about using a comma before the word or β€” ...
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Tenses with “until then” - Is past perfect needed or is it optional?

If I understood correctly, "until now" can be "until then" in the past sentences. Would this be correct? 1) It was a new approach that was never successfully performed until then. or should I ...
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The expression “not that bad of a”

A friend used the expression "It wasn't that bad of an idea" in an essay. I think that it would be preferable to write, "It wasn't that bad an idea," but I can't explain why. Thoughts?
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What is a word for the 7 deadly sins AND the 7 heavenly virtues all together?

Obviously, just for the 7 deadly sins you would use 'sin' and for the 7 heavenly virtues you would use 'virtue' or 'heavenly' but what word would you use to describe all 14 of them together?
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“Definite ninety-nine” - UK English meaning

I've been browsing through older lyrics of Judas Priest songs, namely Rocka Rolla, which has the following lines in a verse: Barroom fighter Ten pint a nighter Definite ninety-nine ...
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What does “in the middle of the/a pack” mean?

Does this expression mean something like "in the middle of some score list", or "average level"?
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“Many of my friends” vs “many friends”

I was writing a complaint to an Indian website and got confused between: I recommended your website to many of my friends versus I recommended your website to my many friends I am not a ...
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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Word for beginning a statement with a disclaimer / caveat / hedge when you are worried you might say something incorrect

For some reason I am convinced that such a word exists, that I've heard it used in classroom settings, and that I'll recognize it when I see it. But I have no idea what it is. I tried googling this ...
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Omission of 'for' with various quantified time intervals: influence of verb

I came across these two examples, given to illustrate 'a case' where the inclusion of the preposition for is considered optional in the paper "Acquisition of Preposition Deletion by Non-native ...
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Meaning of Science Block (British English)

In the British radio comedy show, Cabin Pressure, the following exchange of dialogue occurs: Martin: Your doctor? What doctor do you know? Simon: Good old Doc Smiley, of course. Martin: ...
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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...

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