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What's the difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous? [duplicate]

I need to know if this two sentences have different meaning a) The client has been telling us that the site is likely to be around the Krakow area. B) The client has told us that the site is likely to ...
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Best phrases/expressions memorize app

Could you recommend a mobile app that helps in memorizing english expressions? Most of available ones offer word-memorization only.
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The truth or truth?

"We always like boys who speak the truth" This sentence is written in my grammar book. I don't understand how is it correct. As far as I was told, articles are omitted before abstract noun unless it ...
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Question related to pronoun and articles

Which relative pronoun is used for anyone and someone, Who or that? In my grammar book it is written to use "that" after the words like all, same, any, none, nothing. One more question. The ...
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Usage of the relative pronoun 'what'

In my grammar books it's written the relative pronoun 'What' is used only in singular. Does this mean It's used just with a singular nouns. For ex, "What goal you want to accomplish" is a correct ...
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Question related to the word Either

In the following sentences does the word 'either' means 'both' or 'any one' Either of these roads leads to the railway station. Either of you can go.
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Question regarding pronoun in “Let you and I/me …”

In my grammar book the answer for the following sentence is 'me' Let you and ___ try what we can do ( I,me) Why can't I use "I"? Both subjects seems to be in nominative case.
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Independent/Independently of: Adverb or Secondary Predicate?

I apologize for what might be a frivolous question, but if I were to say, “I wrote it independently/independent of him,” would either necessarily be wrong? The former, of course, says something ...
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Can I use the past perfect with present perfect in English

Is it correct to to use past perfect with present perfect as below He has informed me that you had approved his request for a loan. Please clarify. Thank you.
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The difference between two phrases [duplicate]

I need to know the difference between two phrases "learn by heart" and "learn by rote". I would be grateful if you could explain it to me. I'm not a native English speaker.
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Thinking in English

I have been learning English for 10 years at the school, now I am at the last grade, I have passed an exam for B2 Level, but I still have problems with thinking in English. Sometimes my speech is ...
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Readability index for videos

Is there an index for assessing video's difficulty for EFL (or for native speakers), similar to readability indices for text?
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I want to know a sentence meaning (between “”) [closed]

Well, no. Not something dangerous, like an electric shock. I mean experiencing a sudden and unpleasant change from "what you have been used to"
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What “I couldn't place it“ about an accent means?

Stephen Clarke wrote in A Year In the Merde, 2004 : "Not really, I'm 27. If I was a rock star I'd be dead." The bloke made apologetic gestures. "No, no. Ah'm not criti-sashing. Ah'm just... ...
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How do you split “cities” into morphemes?

Would it be "cit/ies" or "citie/s"? I'm just starting morphology and I got confused about it.
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Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced usage of simple words?

Is there a dictionary/tool where I can find advanced versions of simple words? (thesaurus is not enough) For example, Untapped vs unexploited Lucrative vs profitable Prospect vs aspect ...
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Should I use what or how? [closed]

Lately, I have asked a question in this way: I would like to know how my pronunciation sounds like. Can you tell me if this way of speaking may be considered right? In fact, I felt understood, but I'...
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In/on the/ line/page

Which of the following 4 possibilities is used when? in line in the line on line on the line E.g. how do I correctly say There is a typo in line 6 of this paragraph. And I have the same question ...
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He hasn't send me any pictures or he didn't send me any pictures [closed]

He hasn't send me any pictures or He didn't send me any pictures Which is correct?
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What is the meaning of “ardent learner”?

Actually I was searching title for website ( which is indirectly for me ;) ), so I've come up with word "ardent" (of course by googling) but i'm bit confused about this word "ardent". Is it positive/...
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Could you please explain “Kinesthetic Metaphor”?

My major is pure mathematics and I am reading an article on "Metaphors in preschool child thinking about the mind" for some reasons! I can't understand the meaning of "Kinesthetic Metaphor"; Google ...
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Elegant synonym for subject matter of a discipline [closed]

I am writing an essay on critical thinking. I am trying to find a word that allows me to separate the subject matter of a scientific discipline (i.e. chemistry, geology, etc.) from the underlying ...
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What's the difference between scatter/spread/ or disperse?

If you want to say people of the same race, the Romany people for instance, have moved to different parts of the world throughout history, how can we say that in fluent English? I have looked up the ...
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“a” verus “an” for abbreviations starting with 'U'

My friend is implementing an app for Amazon Alexa which currently speaks the indefinite article "an" in noun phrase acronyms which start with the letter 'U', for example: (1.) *I found out he was an ...
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Relearn VS learn again

One of my favorite quotes is by Alvin Toffler which says: The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. The ...
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What makes us not to go for a spelling reform for the English Language? [duplicate]

English alphabet is inadequate for its sounds. This makes us to make spelling mistakes and miscommunication. Why the world is not favoring spelling reform that will help us to use the English language ...
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Why do non-native speakers consider “bitch” to mean “prostitute”? [closed]

Why do so many non-native speakers from very different linguistic backgrounds seem to understand the term bitch as being a synonym for prostitute?-- I have never heard a native speaker use the former ...
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Social Paradigm

It is come from the 7 habits of highly effective people book (2004) by Stephen Covey. He have mentioned Character Ethic & Personality Ethic are the examples of social paradigms. (Page 23) I ...
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Grammar problem [closed]

When that became a hassle , she found a doctor who would prescribe her harder stuff , such as Roxicodone. It was not difficult, she recalls from her office at the North Wilkesboro addiction-treatment ...
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Participle question

'I hope you will feel reassured when you learn that your daughter is safe.' Can I say ' I hope you will feel reassured when learning your daughter is safe'? Thank you
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“Whatever it costs, it doesn't matter” - Conditionals with “whatever”

What is the usage of whatever? Can I both use 'noun' and 'SVO' after 'whatever'? Whatever the motivation , haphazard clinical practice led to death. Whatever it costs, it doesn't matter. ...
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How to read mathematical formulas in English? [closed]

I am trying to learn a coding language while learning the same I realized the codes are simple English sentence converted into complex codes using special character similar to that of short-hand. ...
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What are the levels of proficiency in English and the vocabulary subsets at each level? [closed]

What are the levels of proficiency in English and the vocabulary subsets at each level. As in how many words should a person know at each level of english proficiency and is there a reference list of ...
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In/at/about your company I like

I'd like to apply for a job at a company I haven't worked yet. Which is the correct preposition? At your company ____ I appreciate(/like) your high standard of quality, your effort to provide ...
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How to correct/improve 's-' pronunciation at the beginning of a sentence?

As a native Spanish speaker, I tend to mispronounce some letters or words in English. One of them is the 's' sound at the beginning of a word, for example, I pronounce: 'slang' as /eslaŋ/ instead of /...
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Hello everyone! I'm looking for a PC program to help me learn particular words [closed]

So, I see such a program this way: in the first field I input some words in English, in the second one I input their translations. Then the program RANDOMLY shows me words in English I inputed earlier,...
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Categorize English words based on difficulty to learn by foreigner [closed]

I have a list of 8000 English words used in my application to training vocabularies for new learners. I need to categorize these words into three categories (easy,medium,hard). Are there any known ...
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“This is a book” what is the role of “book”? [closed]

What is book in this sentence ? This is a book. Is that an Object? What are the nouns that come in the sentences with to be's? Like my friend in He is my friend?
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How do we respond to tag question after urgings starting with 'Let's'?

There is a question bothering me. It is about an acceptable response to a tag question following Let's ... The following example is from English Club: A: "Let's go, shall we?" B: "________." ...
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does this statement refer to futur tense?

commemoration to be held for victims. I mean: do these have same meaning "commemoration will be held for victims"
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How to use “undertaken” as an adjective [duplicate]

The analysis of undertaken research. Is this statement correct? I mean is "undertaken" the correct adjective?
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Best practice to learn English [closed]

How should I start to improve my English? I know this may closed as off-topic, but I just need some clear steps. Thanks in advance
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“learnings” to talk about things that were learned but that were not taught

I understand that the use of learnings is very controversial. Some say you can't use it, while others say, "there is nothing wrong with teachings, so why with learnings?". I want to use learnings not ...
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English books reading complexity ratings

Is there some rating for book regarding how hard they are to read for foreigners? Or the way to figure out how more difficult is book A than book B? I have begun reading "All The King's Men" and ...
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Is English considered easier to learn than most of the other languages in the world? [closed]

In comparison to the other languages, I think English is much more simpler. For example, compared to French, English nouns have no gender, adjectives have only one form and verbs have extremely simple ...
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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. ...
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in the early January or in early January [closed]

I am confused with the use of "early." For example, I heard people say that I will be back early January. But on the internet, I saw people use it with proposition "in" and some even put "the" in ...
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Grammar: What does it really take to be “very good” at it? [closed]

I will try to formulate this question so that it makes sense for a wider audience and suits the style of the QA here. Feel free to suggest changes. I am a non-native English speaker living in the US ...
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Which word can honestly portray a non-native's language abilities [closed]

I have often been intrigued by the following questions in various documents across the Indian sub-continent: Ability to read, speak, and write - Yes. Fluency level- Beginner, Intermediate, ...
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Advanced English Pronunciation [closed]

first thing first I hope this is not off-topic. So here's my problem: my spoken English is quite good, to the point that I'm sometimes mistaken for a native (American) speaker. However, there are ...