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The Meaning and usage of How else

I'm Reading a book called "The 4 hour workweek" How else can my 30-year-old friends all look like a cross between Donald Trump and Joan Rivers? I don't understand the Meaning of "How else" in this ...
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Help me with this English exercise, please! [on hold]

We .... there when my father died A. Still lived B. Were still living Which one do you think is more natural ? Thank you in advanced and have a nice day
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it seems + [past tense]

my question is about "it seems ..." construction and whether it is possible to have past tense after "it seems". For instance: it seems he had done a good work or it seems he did a good work ...
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Main purpose of school [on hold]

Many people argue that the main role of school is to prepare children to be a productive members of society. However, I believe that the purpose of education should be to help children to grow as ...
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Who would use the word “manky”?

Both Google ngram and Cambridge Dictionary tell me that "manky" nowadays used to describe something dirty, as in it's "so old and/or used that it became dirty." What I am curious about who you're ...
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What is the Implied Meaning Behind when someone answers a Question with “Because.”

I was watching Season 3 of "The West Wing"(# the Greatest show on TV). Episode 9: Bartlet for America. The premise is that Leo McGarry, the White House Chief-Of-Staff is And he discusses his ...
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Correct use of the noun “compromise”

Is the noun "compromise," as part of the usage "compromise with," correct in the following sentence? It seems it is stating the opposite of what it intends. Anyone seeking compromise with the ...
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When did Londoners stop using yus for yes? Or did they?

I grew up in London in the 50s and the kids on my street used yus for yes.
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'I took a vacation last year.' or 'I had a vacation last year.'

So far, I've always used 'take' when I'm talking about the vacations I've taken. But minutes ago, I happened to see 'I had a vacation last year.' on the internet. I've never heard of that before. I've ...
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Semicolon between independent and dependent clause?

I saw the following sentence in the NY Times: “The Jarheads lost more people that day than Mr. Ribeiro’s combat unit lost in the first gulf war; so many that it had been impossible to attend all of ...
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which of the following usages is correct

My belief is that the word of in the first example is awkward and even wrong. "the tiny amount of industrial hemp grown is due not to any conspiracy but simply to the fact that isn't all that useful ...
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Does “you are looking good” use “are looking” as a copulative verb?

I enjoyed the post titled: Different meaning of “looks good” vs. “looks well.” Does the answer change when using a participle ("are looking," as opposed to "looks")? I think that "you are looking good"...
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The usage of 'to'

My problem is that I don't know whether I should use 'to' or not when I say the sentences I wrote below. Can anyone tell me which one is right and why, 'have you gotten New York safely?' or 'have you ...
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Is it rude to refer to janitors as 'floor people'?

I came into the office today and the first thing my manager asked me was is if I saw the 'floor people' while I was walking through the building. The reason he asked me this was because he had put in ...
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Present perfect vs possesive verb

There is a sentence: He has restricted access to his profile How can we know whether the verb 'has' is auxiliary or possessive? I.e. does it serve to form the Present perfect tense or to indicate ...
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Avenge someone on someone?

I know this one is correct. I will avenge you. However, what if I want to specify the person who will be the object of the revenge. Could it be: I will avenge you on John. Here are two examples ...
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“I accept my fault.” vs “I accept it was my fault.”

English is not my first language, but the first sentence (I accept my fault) doesn't sound very natural to me. I have looked up the word accept in several dictionaries and haven't found any similar ...
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“Is” vs “was” in TV shows and Movies

When talking about an actors work in a movie/tv show, do you say "Actor was really good in the show/movie," or "Actor is really good in the show/movie" Some arguments I've gotten are that if the show ...
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“from where it was stopped” vs “from where it has stopped”

This question is about the usage of was and has. Which sentence is correct? The match will resume from where it was stopped. The match will resume from where it has stopped. What is the difference ...
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Why are they 'nude photos'? [duplicate]

Recent news events in the US have resulted in many headlines about "nude photos of young women" and variations. Obviously it's the women who are nude, not the photos, so why does this phrasing ...
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Can a cemetery be referred to as “historical”?

Assume a cemetery that is commonly known as the Anglican Cemetery. It is currently in use, but a number of graves date back 200 years. A book about some of the early graves is entitled “A guide to the ...
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Is there any difference in “Ambitious for” ,“ Ambitious to” and “Ambitious of”or the last two are incorrect?

For example: 1.'He is ambitious to/for become rich and famous'. And 2.'The actor is ambitious of/for fame'. what I found is that 'ambitious' means desire and we use for with desire so the correct ...
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What does “just like everything else in life” mean? [closed]

Just like everything else in life, that June was over too. I read this sentence but I couldn't get what "just like everything else in life" signifies.. Could you explain what it means?
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Task List or Tasks List?

I wonder, which is correct to use as a title for list (on a website, f.e.) Task List Tasks List List of Tasks and why? PS. Please, edit tags if I added them not correctly.
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Can “learnings” always be replaced by “knowledge” or “lessons”?

I've come across the word "learnings" twice recently - Stripe - "Running an online business is a difficult endeavor. Stripe Elements let you take advantage of Stripe’s collective learnings in ...
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Hear it used this way? - Complement or Modifier

While writing the following sentence I was curious whether the sentence was correct. But after checking COCA, I came to now that similar expressions are in use. The sentence I wrote is: Have you ...
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Which ~ effect on vs influenced by ~ [migrated]

Can I use which ~ effect on, instead of using influenced by ~? For example: People's lifestyles are based on individual choices, influenced by personal interests and social interactions. People's ...
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Is it OK to say “The situation is pregnant with a crisis”?

I am translating a sentence to English that literally means: The world seems to be pregnant with an environmental crisis. By looking up pregnant in dictionaries like Cambridge and Merriam ...
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Being usage in sentence

"The mom in me says NO - all that matters is they being there healthy and happy,growing up to be fine human beings". How 'being' is used here please reply.i can not understand.
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“Giving you with style or in style” meaning and usage idiom

I am doing fashion online shopping. I am selling branded products to my customers. In my shopping page, I want to show logo short word. What I want to show is I want to give my customer with style. So ...
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What does “put stress on” mean in this sentence?

I looked up and figured out that "put stress on something" signifies that it emphasizes something. but I couldn't find what does "put stress on someone" means The next day, I threw it in her face ...
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What need is there for the English language to include both “affect” and “effect” [closed]

I do not know the history of the words affect and effect. I know their use in English, with the words being verbs and nouns respectively, but as a point of curiosity and enthusiasm, I wonder if there ...
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Need help with this specific use of “Should” [duplicate]

"We will retain his rights should he wish to be moved elsewhere at a later date" What are the rules with using "should" like that? should he wish to and so on. Because it looks weird. but I know it'...
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Is there another meaning of “should have p.p”?

I learned how to use "should have pp" If I say "You should have done something" it means "You didn't do it, but it would have been the right thing to do" But I realized it might not work in business ...
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What's the correct grammar, “Who” or “That”? [duplicate]

She would believe anyone "who" tells her that she is... She would believe anyone "that" tells her that she is...
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Why do people seem to get so triggered at the word “plebeians”? [closed]

While having online conversations people seem to get triggered when the word plebeian is used to describe the commoners or common people. They seem to think its bad or something. What's wrong in ...
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Is “What have I to write?” correct?

Like it's said in the title, is the "What have I to write?" phrase correct? Or is it necessary to use the form with "do" as the auxiliary verb?
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the use of “of” [closed]

In the movie Act Of Valor, the narrator says this word "War is a country of will, there’s no room for sympathy." But I'm wondering it has the same meaning of "War is a will of a country", I've seen ...
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How come? and How is it that? [closed]

I use the set of words,not very often-"How come?" and "How is it that?" Can both the set of words be used to express same meaning? Phrase and idiom meaning of the two sentences are nearly same. ...
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“As a mean(s?) for”

What's more correct, the plural or singular use of "mean" in the following phrases: As a means for As a mean for My intuition is the singular, the second one, since we have a singular "a" there. But ...
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Does “the weed” refer to tobacco or marijuana?

In The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey, the writer is using "weed" to rephrase "tobacco": By 1612 he had perfected methods of raising and curing the pungent weed, eliminating much of the ...
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“Value as” vs “Evaluate as”

I am writing an essay about time and its characteristics. In the introduction, I have a sentence: "It [time] became one of those rare things people evaluate as priceless". As far as I am concerned, ...
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Regent and Viceroy: When should I use one over the other?

These words appear to be synonymous, so I checked to see the difference on Wikidiff which gives the following definitions: One who governs a country, province, or colony as the representative of a ...
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so much [verb] as [verb]

This is from a book that I'm reading. The whole quote is: The bubble doesn't so much burst as evaporate, leaving us back in the real world. I looked "so much as" up in the dictionary, it only ...
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Is “fanning over” merely a corruption of “fawning over”?

I just heard someone today say that some person was "fanning over" some celebrity. I've always heard it as "fawning over." I see plenty of examples around the web of people using "fanning over," but ...
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Where to place 'are' in not only… but also

I'd like to ask which of the following sentences is correct? These methods not only are efficient, but also raise the performance of our system. These methods are not only efficient, but also raise ...
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Can anyone give me examples of the relative-determinative 'which'?

I recently posted a question on a Spanish language forum asking what the equivalent in Spanish would be for the use of which in a phrase such as he refused, which decision proved disastrous (which ...
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Is it “x- and y-directions” or “x- and y-direction”?

Consider the following sentence: We perform the filtering process in the x- and y-directions sequentially. Is 'directions' correct in this case? I believe it is, but 'direction' is very commonly ...
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Using ‘used to’ in subordinate clauses

Is it correct to use the modal verb ‘used to’ in subordinate clauses? For example, could I say, ‘When we used to go to New Delhi, my father and I would shop for music CDs’? Or must I reserve it only ...
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aid/aid in (Transitive or Intransitive)

When do I use "aid" as a transitive verb and when do I use "aid in" (aid as an intransitive verb)? According to Macmillan English Dictionary [INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE] to help something to happen ...