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What is a central theme in Robert Frost's “After Apple-Picking,” and how is it revealed in the poem? [closed]

Poetry: After Apple-Picking Written by: Robert Frost write at least 220 words
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Is “standard” an archaic synonym for an athletic team or club?

This was passed along to me (native US speaker) by a non-native speaker. A school in the UK asks for the following details... Games Teams and Standards Extra-curricular Activities ...in their ...
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How do I understand the phrase “this quintessentially French arrangement ” in this sentence? [closed]

I learned the following sentence from The Economist. Out of the contradictions of this quintessentially French arrangement she has spun “The Margot Affair”, an unusual and accomplished first novel. ...
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Okay, so I have a question regarding quotations and commas

Basically I was writing a small prompt about relationships and was thinking about the general rules (I mean professionally writing not in the British way), you put a comma inside quotation of a quote ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “someone being a mood ”?

Is it grammatically correct to say "someone being a mood"? For example, "Michael being a mood for 5 minutes straight". And why?
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Can you please explain the significance of “problems” at the end of the sentence?

I wrote a mail asking for some job to be done at the earliest. I was replied with "I'll do it this afternoon, problems." I don't understand the meaning of that extra "problems" at ...
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of existing or an existing .Which is more correct?

Extending functionalities of existing applications or Extending functionalities of an existing applications .Which is more correct?
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In British English, is “bail” or “bale” more common? [closed]

In American English, let's say we have something like Dude, I want to leave this party. Let's bail. This holds up in various American dictionaries (with the exception of to bale out of an airplane, ...
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Which is correct? firmly or sensibly?

I want to get some advice. From Korean high school test, the response to the answer was divided "firmly or sensibly". I can't tell [firmly / sensibly] below summary box. Please tell me "...
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Present participle Vs past participle

Q.My sister was charmed with silk. She bought ten yards. Ans. Being charmed with silk, my sister bought ten yards. Deceived by his friends, he lost all hope. ^this is the example of past participle ...
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What is right? (English question)

I am a high school student studying English in Korea. I am asking this question because school changed the original text on the English test. So, I have some question and want to get your explanations....
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I can't tell whether it is right or wrong

This question is from the Korean high school English test. I wonder if the summary is a proper (ex English composition, collocation or grammar) in the box below. [Question] Many advertisements cite ...
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Health risk vs healthy risk

It’s a sentence from The New York Times, “I understand the health risk, but why are schools not a priority in being reopened?” I googled and there are far more “health risk” than “healthy risk“. ...
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How did “acker” come to mean friend in West Country English?

Wiktionary nickname from the Somerset slang for "friend" or "mate", e.g. Acker Bilk Other dictionaries don't seem to even mention it, let along talk about its etymology. How did “...
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Grammar: “Thought” [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a composition and I don’t know whether it is grammatically correct: He is so cute, I thought. Firstly, since the whole composition is in past tense, is it correct to use “is” ...
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What is a yard of (pudding, ale, etc.)?

I was just reading William and Ceil Baring-Gould's sadly under-Annotated Mother Goose, in which rhyme #274 is: Hyer iddle diddle dell, A yard of pudding's not an ell; Not forgotten, tweedle-dye, A ...
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What does the English idiom “What have you come as?” translate to in American English?

I've heard this phrase said in English films, and/or by English actors (notably, "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels"). I'm curious what this would translate to in American English. EDIT: ...
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On a certain pejorative in contemporary British English

According to the OED https://www.oed.com/viewdictionaryentry/Entry/67623) "faggot" and "fag", used to refer to gay men in a derogatory way are "originally and chiefly North ...
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Are /ɑːɹ/ and /æɹ/ allophones?

Are /ɑːɹ/ (as in "start") and /æɹ/ (as in "parody", "marry", or "clarity") allophones? It seems that the latter can only occur when the /æɹ/ precedes a vowel in ...
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Which meaning of “as” is used in “as to” and “so as to”

The common word "as" can be used as preposition, adverb, conjunction etc. But when we use phrases like:- "So as to", "as to", "as of now", "as of yet" ...
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punctuation check [closed]

I'd would like someone to check the punctuation and structure on the below sentence I've written. Also, to confirm, the part 'to such a degree...' acts as an infinitive adverb phrase modifying the ...
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difference - availability and available in a sentence

I am answering someone at work who asked me what availability do I have over the next few weeks, in order to see if I could be assigned a task. Which is the following two forms is correct and why? I ...
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Use of is … that … if

What is the meaning of below sentence Life is a problem that will be hard if not impossible to solve.
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Participle phrase? What is it modifying?

In the sentence below how does this part function? tending some garden within or without until I felt appreciated. I think it is a participle phrase that modifies 'Trappist': is that correct? Of ...
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what is its proverb in English [duplicate]

there is a famous proverb in Nepal, i.e. कागले कान समात्यो भन्दैमा म कागको पछि लग्नु. The meaning of this proverb to believe other blindly. For example: "The man said someone that the crow ...
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How to pronounce “stupid”, “YouTube” and words like this?

In dictionaries like Cambridge or Oxford it pronounced like "stjupid". But I hear how some people pronounce it like "stchupid". Is it different dialect or what's the reason?
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Why is “seraphim” the plural form of “seraph”? [closed]

This pluralization pattern is highly unlike those I found in English, such as those ending in -(e)s and ones that were technically borrowed from Latin and Greek, thus following different patterns that ...
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What is this condition called?

Over a decade ago, I read about a condition where you love to solve the intricacies of a challenging problem or issue but can't be bothered to actually do the work to implement or prove it. Is this an ...
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Spelling “-sed”, like in analysed, for some other words

I'm writing a paper in Brithish English so I write "analysed" instead of "analyzed" but there are some other words that I'm not certain what would be the appropriate spelling, ...
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What is the difference between “Can ever” and “Could ever”

Im just wondering what's differences between can and could. For example in this sentence. Do you think we can ever get there? Do you think we could ever get there? I know that "could" is ...
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“That Da Vinci kid needs watched your highness.”?

I read this today: That Da Vinci kid needs watched your highness. I assume they meant: That Da Vinci kid needs watched, your highness. The part I'm confused about is the "needs watched" ...
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Comparative question?

I have a comparative question... As I understand it, comparatives compare two things. I bought a new popcorn maker because my old one is not heating up. So my questions are as follows: Can I say my ...
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How long is “a few years ago now.”?

My wife and I recently had a conversion where I said "...but that was a few years ago now." My meaning was it was 10-15 years ago, but wife translated as about 3 years ago, which led to a ...
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Photosynthesizing (American English vs British English) [closed]

For British English, does the word photosynthesizing include a 'z'? Or is this the American English spelling?
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What's the correct British English plural form of TV? Is it TVs or TV's? Thank you!

e.g. I have two TVs VS I have two TV's. Which one is the correct form in British English?
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I found a phrase in the Oxford dictionary: “my birthday seems to come round quicker each year”. Why is the word quicker used instead of more quickly? [duplicate]

I think adverb is needed here to quality “come round”. So why here we use “quicker”? Thanks for your reply.
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How common is yod-coalescence in modern RP?

I am an non native English speaker in where the some pronunciations taught have been obsolete in British English . Recently, I've got some time to do my research and discovered something called yod-...
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Should it be Me or I in this sentence [duplicate]

'Healthy Body and Me' or 'Healthy Body and I' which one is correct ? It's actually a name of the blog so I appreciate for your advice and also if you could explain why. Thanks
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Adverbs in comparative clauses

I saw an anecdotal "rule" in a magazine stating that, if an adverb is used in a comparative clause, the '-ly' form of the adverb is preferable to a comparative form. Apparently however, if the adverb ...
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Using two adjectives in a sentence

Is it correct to start a sentence with "Please find the attached revised invoice", with two adjectives (attached and revised) one after another?
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Is vehicle “Auto Parts” & “Spare Parts” are same? [closed]

What the difference between auto parts and spare parts?
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What is the difference between 'would get me out' and 'got me out'?

Mother would get me out of bed early in the morning so I could see the dew sparkling in the sun. And Mother got me out of bed early in the morning so I could see the dew sparkling in the sun. I ...
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Are all these sentences correct?

1) I will notify you once we receive the parcel 2)I will notify you once we have received the parcel 3) I will notify you once the parcel has been received. 3) I will notify you once the parcel is ...
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Why is stigmata a plural of stigma? [closed]

When I first looked this word up on Dictionary.com, I found entries not for it, but instead stigma. I was baffled. Words in the English language usually follow the -(e)s and -us-to--i pluralization ...
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How to ask a person whether his old question is still needs to be answered by me?

A person msg me a week ago with a question. How should I ask him whether the question is still needs to be answered? Is your question still actual for you? Is this question still valid? Is your ...
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Elegant way to say - I'm just curious

On the website we have two account types. One is car expert account and another is just a basic account. Website purpose is to have professionals share their experience with non professionals. ...
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Hi, I am not sure if the sentence below makes sense. Could someone check it please?

"I have decided it is better to cancel the planned the Marc with Friends Playday previously planned to take place in Spain this year." "I have decided it is better to cancel the planned Marc with ...
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correct comma usage with names

When an identifier describes a unique person or thing and is preceded by “the” or a possessive, use a comma: But withhold the comma if not unique: Does it mean unique in the world or unique in the ...
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Is the definite article needed in “(the) reports of animal abuse”?

Reports of animal abuse are increasing. ( or) the reports of animal abuse increasing. Which one is correct with 'the' or without 'the'
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Why is the clause “They filled me in on all the latest news from Cambridge” correct?

Why is it not like the following: They filled the latest news from Cambridge in me.

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