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The whole process takes an hour to complete [closed]

The whole process takes an hour to complete. Could you please tell me whether the subject "whole process" is performing or receiving the act of completion?
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The meaning of ‘Pony boy’ in the context of Disney film ‘Finding Nemo’ [closed]

Could anyone please explain to me what does ‘Pony boy’ when used by Marlin to Martin in Disney film Finding Nemo
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Is it wrong when people say "from this year" instead of "starting this year"? [closed]

For example, I will work from this year. To me, it sounds a bit incorrect. Maybe it's best to say "from this year on" or "from this year onwards"? Maybe it's just better to say, &...
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It'd be nice if you stay [closed]

It'd be nice if you stayed. or It'd be nice if you stay. I wanted to eat that cake before I went to school. or I wanted to eat that cake before I go to school. (I'm at home but denied to eat the ...
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"both per" or "each per"? [migrated]

If one object costs both of another object, it makes sense to say both X per Y. If an object costs each of two other objects, then does each X per Y mean that it costs one of the other two or does it ...
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Is there a proper/better way to write a serial comma separated list of dates? It feels like I shouldn't be mixing date commas with the serial commas

For example, consider the following sentence: The company mentioned the project in press releases dated September 13, 2020, May 21, 2022, and June 8, 2022. Is that the correct way to write it? It ...
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What's a word or phrase for something I excel in that when I do for others, it comes good but when I do for myself, it doesn't come through? [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the situation when something I am evidently good at only comes through when I do it for others and not when I do it for myself.
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Welcome travelers and locals to your premises

"Welcome travelers and locals to your premises." I believe that sentence would be understood by Australian/NZ people. I'm just checking, is that something an American would understand and ...
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What are searchers called?

Today my teacher taught me about using the prefix "re" to mean that you are doing something again. So for the word "Research" it means that you are doing some "search" ...
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Using "If" and "and" in a statement [migrated]

Which of these statements is/are correct? This is what I am trying to convey. I will come to your place only if there is no rain. I will come to your place only if I have an umbrella as well. How do ...
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Meaning of "engineer" as a hotel employee

During a short stay at a hotel in Manhattan, I had a problem with the sink drain getting clogged. I rang the reception and described the problem. They replied: "I will send an engineer up right ...
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Could you please check my text and pls let me know the mistakes? I am not a native English speaker. Thank you [closed]

Today, all world countries of agriculture are facing a very huge challenge in terms of increasing demand for food. Wheat is one of the major cereal crops for the population lives, but few studies ...
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"While + Past Simple" or "While + Past Continuous" [migrated]

Question : Last night, while they (sleep), a burglar broke into their house. Answer A : Last night, while they slept, a burglar broke into their house. Or Answer B : Last night, while they was ...
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What are ways to describe when someone gives a curious look or if their interest is piqued

I usually use something along the lines of blatantly saying "He gave a curious look/shot a curious glance." However, does anyone know ways to describe someone gesturing with their face a ...
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Can I use the definite article 'the' in this sentence? [migrated]

I've just read a scientific article. And I am wondering about the use of articles. The given sentence is, Now, three teams of researchers have demonstrated the ability to perform secure quantum ...
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How would you punctuate a question with an explanatory sentence?

I'm trying to write an article, but I am confused about how to punctuate this question: How about a birthday gift? A little something to show you care. Should it rather be punctuated with an em-dash ...
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What is the difference between “have met” vs “had met” [migrated]

Example: I met this person once at a meeting a year ago, today I am meeting with him again. Should I say: We have met a year ago. Or We had met a year ago.
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Why do we say there is "something at hand" or "there is something a foot"?

I'm curious about the interpretation of the phrases when used to describe something mysterious or ominous implied in the context, as a figure of speech, not literally, particularly in literature? More ...
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Where to use would? [migrated]

I have a lot of problems with the use of "would", I don't know where it should be used, but I know that it has so many indications. Can someone explain me why this sentence is structured ...
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I need explanation for a meaning of "was on borrowed time"

I'm studying English and I know a lot of words and wanted to read a book for my first time in English but there is sentence in the beginning of it that I can't really understand the meaning: And now, ...
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"load the entire partition" or "load the whole partition"?

I'm translating some technical docs about distributed databases into English and I cannot decide which of the following sentences is correct or more natural in English? To modify a single record, the ...
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Is it "come to" vs "come down" to a place?

When asking if they visit the city I live in, What should I say? Do you come down to xyz often? or Do you come to xyz often? Assume xyz is a name of a city. When instructing someone to come to a ...
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How can I call rising or falling roads?

In my language we have a word to describe that kind of roads. How can I do this in English? is there a specific word for that or I can say just 'a road that goes up'?Also in my language we can use ...
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What do I need to use adjective 'active selected' or adverb 'actively selected'?

In my commit message, I wrote something like: -disabled search button if there is no active selected filter and I got the following warning from my Integrated Development Environment (IDE) A. Make ...
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Origin and usage of “sail off into the sunset.”

The AmE idiomatic expression “sail into the sunset” meaning to resolve or conclude things in a neat, happy, and satisfactory fashion. (The Free Dictionary) appears to be used mainly in a sarcastic, ...
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Legal transcript

How would you write the following sentences in legal transcripts: Mr. Doe, I understand your statement, but the question is, did you drink tea for breakfast? Do you add a comma after "the ...
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How to announce an upcoming music album release?

I used the phrase "coming on July 29" below the track title in a promo post on socials, but wonder if it's proper American English? Pretty certain that I have seen this "format" ...
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How to interpret the following sentence?

I have fridge with broken/not-working compressor which needs replacement. I called a technician and he gave me a quote. Now the tricky part, I have a warranty/insurance and they asked me to fill out ...
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Variants of the /æ/ sound?

This YouTube channel asserts that the /æ/ sound has four variants depending on the consonant that follows it; /æ/ in apple and /æ/ in mango should sound a bit different, for instance. https://www....
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Using upon/despite in a sentence [closed]

Recently I came upon this question in an English test: All the people hated Sally. However, ____ learning that Terry was the defense lawyer in this court case, they were on Sally's side. The given ...
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"..., not less so." [closed]

Here is a sentence I found in the official guide to the TOEFL iBT test. Well, I personally think that the Great Depression of the 1930s actually makes this more understandable, not less so. I found ...
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Is there more difference between European and American English than between European and American Spanish?

As a Spanish (Spain) speaking person I can notice the differences between European and American Spanish. Is there also such a big difference between European and American English? Vocabulary and ...
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Does spot have a negative connotation to it?

We are searching for a word that would mean place/site. The word spot sounds nice to us, as in Let's go to that spot. However looking at the definition, it is also used to mean a stain. So we wonder ...
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What is the proper number formatting for a legal document from the Supreme court? [closed]

Do federally-issued legal documents in the USA require numbers spelt out, or in number form? I took a look at this site concerning Citation, Grammar and Style Guides from Loyola School of Law, but it ...
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Can "due" meaning "owed" be used without "to" in AmE? e.g. "the recognition which was due her"

Encountered the following in a text I'm proofreading. ...tries to salvage the dignity due the situation My instinct is to correct this to ...tries to salvage the dignity due to the situation but ...
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"Lecture notes in" or "Lecture notes on"

I have seen both options used interchangeably, is there a reason why? Example with on: https://www.springer.com/series/15362 Lecture Notes on Data Engineering and Communications Technologies ...
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What is the meaning of “Donald Trump says Ivanka ‘checked out’…”

What is the meaning of "checked out" in Donald Trump says Ivanka ‘checked out’? "Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked ...
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Why is weekend so called in the U.S., when it is not the end of the week by the reckoning that is standard there?

It is well known that in some parts of the world Monday is generally regarded as the first day of the week, while in others that status is bestowed on Sunday. Given that, in a continuously repeating ...
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Do American pronounce "she looked at me" as /ʃiː lʊkt æt mi/ or /ʃiː lʊkd æt mi/?

Although some people say that flap-t [ɾ] is used if phonemic /t/ is between two vowels as in matter [ˈmædəɹ], I think that definition is incomplete because if phonemic /t/ occurs before a stressed ...
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Per vs every when followed by something non singular

In a list of prices, I see: $1.99 per 3 days $49.99 per 3 months $1.99 per day $199.99 per year $9.99 per week The first 2 seem awkward to me the last 3 seem fine. If I replace per with every, they ...
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Is there a name for how some people pronounce their s slightly differently?

I've noticed how some people pronounce the s sound in words using their upper teeth teeth and lower lip (instead of the conventional mostly internal way). This makes it sound almost lispy. I don't ...
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Can "is" in "is a" be omitted?

Can the "is" in the following sentence be omitted? "Those who think a cure for Alzheimer's Disease is a possibility must act now."
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Is the phrase “nitty-gritty” racist?

A BBC article, dated 15 May 2002, asserts the expression nitty-gritty is banned from British politics (and also by police services) due to its supposedly disagreeable origin. The emphasis in bold is ...
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Are English Wikipedia articles written in British English (BrE) or American English (AmE)? [closed]

Wikipedia allows multiple languages for its articles. But how about dialects? English has multiple varieties. How does that work at Wikipedia? It's one thing to know the policy that Wikipedia has ...
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Position of relative clauses after verb

I myself consider the sentence offset below to be correct; however, some of my associates regard it as being wrong. I would like your advice on it. The sentence is Jane Austen published 4 novels, who ...
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displaced vs replaced

I generally know the difference between the 2 words. For example: The housing project was replaced by a new high-rise vs. Residents of the housing project were displaced when developers decided to ...
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Apostrophes in sentences with implied words [closed]

From a card game where the question is: How many apostrophes are in the following sentence? "Thats a bigger car than any of my brothers friends." Does "friends" need an ...
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Reverse Tensing of the /æ/ Phoneme in American English?

I am a native speaker of a General American sociolect that realizes the /æ/ phoneme as [ɛə] before nasal consonants (e.g. 'fan,' 'stand,' 'ram'), and I've recently noticed that I've begun un-raising (...
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What does "Chop chop man bun" mean?

I was watching Haikyuu dub episodes and in one episode, the coach tells Asahi (one of the players): "Chop chop man bun". What does this sentence mean? I understand the "man bun" ...
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Is it grammatically correct [nowadays] not to invert the NP and copula in an indirect question? [duplicate]

I don't know if this is a recent phenomenon, but for the last decade, I've noticed when English speakers make statements denoting there are/were unknowns, they usually phrase them with a question ...
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