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Woke up is phrasal verb? [closed]

I'm learning English and I had a question about woke up, I looked on the internet and I can't find anything about woke up, I know that wake up is phrasal verb, but what about woke up?
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What is the word that captures a state in which one has “done all there is to do”?

I am looking for a word that captures a state in which someone has done everything possible. What word captures this? An example would be "He is a (word) who has been around for a long time and ...
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Can I say “I'm waiting for no one but you to call on my phone”?

It's intended to mean that I'm only waiting for you to call on my phone but is it grammatically correct and understandable if I say the following? I'm waiting for no one but you to call on my phone.
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They vs it when talking about “your dog” [duplicate]

I have the following example from this blog post: "Your dog gets some kind of reward when they bark. Otherwise, they wouldn't do it." Should it actually be: "Your dog gets some kind ...
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Is “should” + 3rd person present correct?

My colleague frequently uses "should" + 3rd person present, e.g. "It should goes ..". Notifying him about that he replied he had a British teacher and this form is correct. It was ...
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Is “prolongation of nasalization” ocurring in English?

I am wondering if the same phenomenon occurs in English, as described here in Spanish: https://spanish.stackexchange.com/q/37916/11155. Q: Why did the Latin coemeterium change into cementerio* in ...
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Is it appropriate to skip salutation and just get to the point when you are replying to a potential employer? [duplicate]

So, I've been sending emails back and forth to this company regarding some job opportunities but I always find it a bit awkward as to how I'm supposed to reply to them. Say they asked me for my ...
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Does the word copulation refer only to heterosexual intercourse? [closed]

I stumbled over the word "copulation" today and while looking it up, found only examples of male having intercourse with a female. For example here: (not sure about such words here hence ...
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Saying or expression for “behave or f… off”

I remember reading a saying or expression that was used to warn someone to behave. It was along the line of (teaser because it contains an offensive word): If I recall correctly, it was mostly used ...
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What is the meaning of this statement?

In this book 'The Prevention of Suicide in Prison' I would like to know meaning of this statement: If there was a good screw you were on a couple of mars bars and whatever everyone would be bloody ...
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“Die in vain” in a sentence - what could it mean? [closed]

With the interpretation of the following sentence: For what it may be worth, I assure you the memories we've experienced won't die in vain, they'll be often reminisced and forever treasured. I have ...
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How to describe “the remaining portion of a target” in a simple term or phrase?

Let's say I run a car dealership and I gave my sales a target of selling 50 cars this month. They have sold 25 already. Is there a word to describe the remaining 25 cars? For example, the goal of ...
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When was “rush” first used to describe a sudden intense feeling?

I see different definitions of the word date back to the 14th century, but none for the meaning of a sudden intense feeling. Merriam-Webster didn't have that information either. Is it a modern ...
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Single word for wrong choice of words explaining situation/something wrongly but unintentionally

Is there a word to imply that someone unintentionally chose the wrong words to describe/explain something/situation, which led to unpleasant consequences? Example: He (the requested word) when talking ...
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Change of direct speech [migrated]

What is the indirect speech of the following sentence: He said to me, " I had to do the work."
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“Hot food had to be served piping hot” means? [closed]

Does it refer to the food temperature or degree of spiciness?
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Is it better to write a story in past or present tense? Can you use both? [closed]

I do not want to confuse the reader. It is a fictional short story.
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What does it mean to say “Someone won't know I'm there”?

In one of the video clips of SNL(https://is.gd/WVr1OQ), the man said the thing that drives his mom crazy is "when he sometimes wake up earlier than his mom, he gets out of their bed so that his ...
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Is the name of a person an attribute or a property?

People have names. Well, they don't have to but giving names to people, or people giving names to themselves, makes it much easier to reference them in speech and writing. Are names attributes or are ...
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“Here I go” in the context of death

I am interested in the different usages of "here I go" when used in a more abstract sense. It apparently used some times before death, examples here – Famous Last Words or also in some ...
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Is there a term for a child born after the death of its sibling?

A couple loses their only child and some time later they have another child. Is there a term for that second child? I once heard a parent use a phrase to describe it, but can't remember anymore.
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usage of can + make [closed]

I've faced a question and decided to ask here. Which one is correct? They can't speak good English, but they can make themselves ______ . a) understand b) understood c) understanding d) a and b ...
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want + object + to-infinitive/gerund [closed]

I have faced a question about using gerunds or to-infinitives after verb "consider". I'm gonna ask my question in the following question: They don't want him ........ the room. a)cleaning ...
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I don't know how to describe this the “y” and no “y” [closed]

what's the difference between a "jazz rat" and a "jazzy rat"?
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Why is Google contradicting itself in its Books Ngram Viewer? [closed]

Why is Google contradicting itself in its Books Ngram Viewer? "three score years and ten,three score and ten years,three score and ten" causes Google to return whereas "three score ...
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Is “ick” related to “ichor”? [closed]

I believe that the word "ick," and by extension "icky," is related to the word "ichor," or to a mispronounciation of "ichor" (the pronunciation of "ichor&...
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Is there a comma after an adjective that is before a quote?

Which punctuation, if any, is correct: He replied with a dismissive "No, I'm not interested." He replied with a dismissive, "No, I'm not interested." If there is an unlisted ...
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Utilizing the words “may” or “can” in vocabulary [duplicate]

My grandmother is slowly teaching me aspects of proper grammar. Sadly, I sometimes question her judgment since we both live in the southern United States. However, I would like to clarify when is the ...
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English test question [closed]

What is the best answer? Undeterred by his family's ______ about his artistic ______, James decided to quit his job and enroll in art school. hesitations, opinions affinities, learnings conversations,...
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What should I do if I have to write two “ands” inside a list?

I have a list that involves two "ands". One is before the final list element, while the other is used to join two related things together. I've already read through this question hoping to ...
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A question on reported speech

So, AFAIK in reported speech we usually backshift, for example: Last night I called her, and she said she was not home. But what if we talk about something that was written at some time in the past ...
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Why is it 'three score years and ten' almost half the time and not always 'three score and ten years'?

Why is it 'three score years and ten' almost half the time and not always 'three score and ten years'? Note: I edited the question body and title in light of comments and answers pointing me to a ...
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What is the “facility of a question”?

The phrase is commonly used in mark schemes, like so: The facility of the question was 65%, Facility is defined as..."bathroom", "service", or "absence of difficulty" ...
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Personal pronouns interacting with word order [duplicate]

Many will be familiar already with the technical details of when to use 'I' and 'me' in a sentence. I hit him, he hit me, etc. What I'm confused about is cases such as "me and John went to the ...
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Why “him” not “himself” [closed]

He felt anger rising inside him. I saw this sentence in the OED; the definition indicates that "He" and "him" refer to the same person. Under the circumstances, "himself"...
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Unusual model of clause [duplicate]

How this sentence "The weather being very bad, we did not start the journey" is reduced? I cannot understand what structure is applied for the clause "the weather being very bad".
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What do we call the person who gives a beggar money? [closed]

A beggar is a person who beg for getting money or something from a person but what do we call that person who gives the beggar the money ? Like Hop-ons are people who jump onto the back of the stair ...
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Iambic Tetrameter - does it pertain to poems? Or to lines?

I'm reading a poem in which the odd lines use iambic tetrameter but the even lines have only seven syllables. Each verse has four lines of 8,7,8,7. Something like this: De dum, de dum, de dum, de dum, ...
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rolling into higher principal balance [closed]

The bottom even had a name: the pay option negatively-amortizing adjustable-rate mortgage. You, the home buyer, actually were given the option of paying nothing at all, and rolling whatever interest ...
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Writing “There” and “there is” in the same sentence

In a thriller/horror screenplay, I have written this sentence: "There, at the bottom of the list, there is an app branded as 'new'." They told me that repeating there in this way is wrong, ...
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The Grim Reaper, death itself/herself/himself? [closed]

I want to write a sentence about the Grim Reaper (symbolism for death). I have this sentence - The commander winced, almost if he thought Death herself came to collect him and Mary. Somewhere I ...
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Meaning of value measure [closed]

Yet average FiCO [consumer credit] scores for the pool, percent of no-doc["Liar"] loan to value measures and other indicators were pretty static.... The point is that these measures could ...
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How to improve my English? [closed]

I believe I am a learner with high intermediate level of English and now encounter obstacles in learning English. What I did to improve English when I started learning English, such as reading ...
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Change of speech [closed]

What is the indirect speech of the following sentence: He said to me, " I had to do the work."
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Would it be better to quote someone with their stage name or their real name? [closed]

I found a quote by an artist that I would like to use as an inspirational quote, however I don't know whether to reference them with their real name or their stage name. Can someone help me with this ...
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What 'everyone's got their own swamp' mean? [closed]

I listen that in a Joe's podcast, but I don't understand the meaning. https://youtu.be/wf0_nMaQ6tA?t=3162
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Try matching these [closed]

over-riding A) consequences woefully B) apparent far-reaching C) inadequate no-holds-barred D) importance increasingly E) interview
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Does “Parks Trust” need an apostrophe? [duplicate]

My home town has a charity which maintains our parks - called the “Parks Trust”. I recently got involved in a Facebook debate as I’ve always maintained that it should be “Parks’ Trust”. My main ...
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have been hating or have had hated or have hated or be hating [closed]

Which of the following is correct and why? I thought about you and how you must have been hating the conditions. I thought about you and how you must have had hated the conditions. I thought about ...
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What’s rude about “Nantucket”? [closed]

In this video, Tom Scott says “in increasing order of rudeness […] Leeds, or Madras, or Nantucket”. I don’t understand what’s rude about any of these, nor why “Madras” is more rude than “Leeds”. Why ...

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