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In which dialects is "knowed" the past tense of know?

In some folk songs, such as Woody Guthrie's "Hard Traveling" and Townes Van Zandt's "Poncho and Lefty," the word "knowed" is used as the past tense of "know." ...
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What exactly are "beasts that perish"?

Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly ...
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When was the word co-ord first used?

The word co-ord means one of two or more pieces of clothing that are made in matching colours or styles so that they can be worn together When was this word first used in this sense?
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Can verb "to fire" replace "to burn" in general, or in a specific context?

The following is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article Mercury in fish: "Coal contains mercury as a natural contaminant. When it is fired for electricity generation, the mercury is released as ...
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Is "sawing legs off " an allusion to human legs or chair/table legs?

Until working with an amputee and being made sensitive to the phrase by a manager, I hadn't had a problem with the phrase "sawing legs off" in reference to the actions of engineers who do ...
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AS vs WHILE are they interchangeable?

I am wondering if AS and WHILE can be used interchangeably. Is as ok to use as in the following? Are these all correct? And if not which ones are right and wrong? I watched the sunset as the tide ...
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aim of thesis vs thesis aims [closed]

I came across the sentence using aim in the active voice with an inanimate subject: "this thesis aims". I would like to ask whether it is the appropriate usage or "the aim of the thesis ...
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The usage that I wish to clarify [duplicate]

In the quoted speech, Laurel said, "I would be much obliged if you are to send ..." Would it be okay if a person uses "you're to"? and, how do you differentiate the usage of the ...
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Is "This is my family" an acceptable response to "Who are they?"? [duplicate]

Context: suppose that I am looking at a family picture in an album in my friend’s house. Who are they? It’s my family. (correct) That’s my family. (correct) This is my family. (wrong) They are my ...
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"that" + -ed vs. -ing in past tense [closed]

(a) He grit his teeth, pushing with full force through the barrage of winds that slammed against him and the structure both. vs. (b) He grit his teeth, pushing with full force through the barrage of ...
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How can I say how many years without being specific in my CV [closed]

In my Cover letter I have something like this "With 5 years experience in IT, I am confident in my abilities " I do not want to be specific about how many years I have experience. I want to ...
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There seems (to be) a... vs. There seems (to be) little

There seems to be a problem. There seems a problem. In this type of construction, the version with to be, such as (1), is much more productive than the one without, such as (2). See this Ngram: ...
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Is it okay to say "Captains Carter and Marvel"?

An artist wrote "Captains Carter and Marvel" to refer to both Captain Carter and Captain Marvel together. Is it okay to use the title only once and make it plural when there are multiple ...
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Which answer is appropriate and why? [closed]

Katherine: Haven't seen you for ages, Linda! How are you getting on? Linda: Quite well. And you? Katherine: Pretty good. How's your husband? Linda: Oh, we've got divorced. Katherine: _____. A. Oh, I'm ...
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Is "Clothings" a real word? [closed]

I don't remember exactly, but i'm sure i heard it once or twice before It comes like this : Let's head over the SHOP and buy some clothings !
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What does the phrase "Shop the edit" mean?

I have seen this phrase used in several fashion ads and on clothing sites (mostly women's). I am assuming it is AME, but I do not know. Here are some sites that I see the phrase being used: Neiman ...
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Past simple vs. Past perfect continuous for "think" [closed]

I am confused about which one is acceptable: Sensing something amiss, I thought that the special relativity theory (SRT) was paradoxical until a friend of mine challenged me. Sensing something amiss, ...
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Should I use a comma or a semi-colon in this situation? Why?

The sentence I am considering is: "The parties hereby agree to promptly complete all filings required to be filed under applicable law[, / ;] such filings to be completed in substantially the ...
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What is the name of the rhetorical device that describes an author's interruption into a narrative for literary effect?

I would like to know what the name of the rhetorical device is that describes a sudden authorial interruption, to achieve some literary effect, into a continuing narrative which s/he is providing. The ...
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represent vs make up vs account for [closed]

So I have the following sentence : The US economy represents/makes up/accounts for almost a quarter of the world's economy. I’m not sure which word I should use and what’s the difference between ...
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Escape Clauses list [closed]

I'm looking for a general rule about defining the escape clauses in English or list of them. any help how can I find that list or english rules about escape clauses will be appreciated. e.g. escape ...
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Independent clause between commas?

In the following sentence, which is the independent clause? Exercising four times a week, doctors claim, can help prevent heart disease. Is it “Exercising four times a week can help prevent heart ...
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How to answer to the message “Thank you for giving the opportunity to add me in your net” [closed]

The person texted me this message in LinkedIn. Can you help me with the answer.
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What is the correct verb type here? [duplicate]

How much quantity of product A & product B have/has been sold through our platform since inception. Getting confused with quantity of. Will it be have or has ?
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What's the structure of this sentence? [duplicate]

I met this sentence while reading Robinson Crusoe. I had been now thirteen days on shore, and had been eleven times on board the ship; in which time I had brought away all that one pair of hands ...
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have a vision vs see a vision [closed]

Which sounds more natural? Is there a difference? Peter has a vision. Peter sees a vision. my attempt: 2) can mean that the vision is not his Thank you.
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Order of Precedence in Contractions by Elision? [duplicate]

Just curious: While using contractions like you're or isn't, if there are two possible ways a word can be contracted, what is the order of precedence? Say, for example, the sentence is "you are ...
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'Team's interaction' or 'team interaction'?

I'm not sure which one is correct here: It has influenced our (team/team's) interaction and coordination skills. Is it team's since the interaction is possessive? Or team?
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How to ask a person in charge in supermarket to do your shopping cart payment in a supermarket? [closed]

What's the name of people who help you buy the stuff in supermarkets? And how to ask them to help you buy them? Should we say, would you please check in these items for me?
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Good, bad, ugly? - "with professional efficiency" vs "with a professional efficiency"

Is either wrong? What's your take on the difference? I'm writing my first story and have an editor who has been great. I'm going through their edits and changing my draft as per their suggestions. One ...
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Should "time" be capitalized? [closed]

I would like to request some clarification on the capitalization of the word time. Is it possible in certain contexts to use it not as a common noun, but as a proper noun? For example, what if you are ...
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You know me best X You know me better [closed]

What's the difference between "best" and "better" in these sentences: "You know me BEST as Ash Ketchum on Pokemon" "If you want to know me BETTER professionally, ask ...
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What are attractions at fair called, where you buy food?

What are the houses called where you can buy food at fairs? Like the shops, are they called stalls? And what are other attractions in a fair called? Is fair even the right word or is adventure park ...
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about will tense [migrated]

Is the following sentence passive or not? You will be ready to go. If yes, why doesn't the ready word in the past participle form? If not, why doesn't the ready word come with -ing? Thanks in advance.
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didn't need to have + p.p? [closed]

I just wanted to ask if we have this structure in English or not? IF yes, can you please explain its roll or feature, I mean in what case we use that? To be honest, I wanted to have a reason to prove ...
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Which is correct "in their" or "in his"? [closed]

Which is correct to say: "All of us have a special world in his mind" or "All of us have a special world in their mind" or something else ? And please tell me why
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Should ‘not’ be bold? [closed]

I regularly read sentences similar to this: You do not need to hug the fish. This emboldening seems unnecessary, and perhaps even slightly patronising to me. Nevertheless, some pieces of text seem ...
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Omitting auxiliary verbs

Native speakers often tend to simplify their language, for example they shorten phrases ("I would like to" becomes "I'd like to", etc.). Taking this into account, do native English ...
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Could we employ this word in a formal context?

Is "consultable reference" OK for describing an original documentation that should be read whenever required to achieve a purpose? If no what would be more adequate?
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Difference between day off and vacations [closed]

We have a time attendance application (linked below). There is a Vacations category where a manager can apply for a Day Off (vacations, sick, maternity etc). Should we change the translation of the ...
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Idiom for gift or gesture that isn't good enough

I'm looking for a term used when a gift/gesture/allowance of some sort isn't anywhere near good enough, and was done largely for the sake of appearance. Often used in a political context. For example,...
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What's the meaning of 'couldn't make your car'? [duplicate]

It was a situation that the police were trying to stop a driver who ran two stop signs. The driver finally got out of the car and said "I couldn't make your car". From a publication article ...
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English word for data files that have duration

Do we have any English word for data files that have duration? More specifically I'm looking for a word to distinguish data files like sounds or videos (that have a duration) from data files like ...
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I meant in the [blank] sense

I used the term 'evolutionary psychology' in conversation with someone who was quick to mock the discipline and point out all its flaws. I had no interest in debating the merits of the discipline as ...
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Question; What is an alternative word for pray? ?" [closed]

What I mean is; "to me pray means to have faith 100%.(action word)" "And to Hope means to have faith less than 25%" What is a Non-Christian way to say "pray/prayer?"
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Can confronting be used as an adjective? [closed]

"The approach necessitates teams, divisions and agencies to work together to deliver the change needed, which can also be confronting: it often conflicts with hierarchies and individual KPIs"...
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A fundamental question on 'which'

A very simple but confusing question, really. I see a sentence in my past paper that goes, Ben intended to use the cars for his business in Egypt, where he had his place of business which was known ...
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What does "like contrast" mean? [closed]

The most remarkable contrast in the political map of modern Europe is that presented by the vast area of Russia occupying half the Continent and the group of smaller territories tenanted by the ...
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Using of to and for before verbs [migrated]

Let's see two sentences. I am thanking God to make me separate from you. I am thanking God for making me separate from you. I know that the first one is incorrect. But why can't I use "to make&...
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The records indicate that the first flight with boxing gloves was fought in 1818 in france [closed]

The word flight is noun or adjective or verb
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