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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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Correct punctuation and structure of sentence [on hold]

I am Jon’s Mother, Jackie. Thank you so much for sending; 1st, the plaid/tartan scarf Jon and Melissa picked up in Ireland for me. 2nd, The Photos of Jon and Melissa taken in Ireland and Georgia, ...
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to take somebody vs to take somebody out

Is there a difference between the following two sentences? I'll take you to a good restaurant in Paris I'll take you out to a good restaurant in Paris Does "to take out" implicitly mean that I am ...
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What did “sector” mean in the 1590s?

Anybody have an OED subscription? I can't figure out what "sector" is supposed to mean in this context: Belatedly he noticed Matthew, who was glaring at him. "Oh. Good morning, Matthew. Would you ...
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Have never met. VS never met

The whole question is this. My grandfather died before I was born. I (have never met / never met) him. The answer is never met. I don't get why I can't use have never met. Cheers
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Is there an English word describes a women or girl loves being around? [on hold]

Is there an English word of a women or girl loves being around men, or many men around her and she tries to hold them all?
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Usage of otherwise

I tried to translate this sentence ‘think of your report as part of your investigation, not as a duty to be undertaken when your work is otherwise complete’ into my language but it's quite hard tho. ...
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I would be surprised if she got the job. VS I will be surprised if she gets the job

This is the whole question. Sue has applied for the job, but she isn't very well-qualified for it. I ( ) surprised if she ( ) it. In this case, I think it should be 'I (would be) ...
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Why did the use of “if you shall” and “if you should” dramatically decline?

Google Books statistics indicate that the use of the expression "if you should" and especially of the expression "if you shall" per unit of text length dramatically and steadily declined since the ...
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CV grammar question [on hold]

I'm writing my cv summary and I want to make sure everything is perfect, here is one part I'm not sure about; "With over 3 years of experience working for clients from the US, Switzerland, France and ...
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Can you link the [ʃ] sound and [s] sound?

How do you pronounce "English Speakers"? Do you treat sh and s as similar consonants?
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Do stretching or do stretches [on hold]

Do stretching or do stretches,which ones are correct and more commen? If both are right, where and when should I use them?
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What is the meaning of this phrase in this song interpreted by Tony Bennett? [on hold]

The phrase is: "When someone tugs a heartstring for me?" in this [You Tube video].1
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How should I punctuate/capitalize the following question?

Is the following question punctuated/capitalized correctly? “What’s that, a dishrag?” Or should it be two questions? “What’s that? A dishrag?” Or would a third option be best? Thanks!
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Using the Ellipsis at the End of a Page

I am writing an Introductory page for my book. Being that it is the last sentence on the page, would it be OK to say, "Let's get on with the story... " or would I write "Let's get on with the story."? ...
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Names of rooms for a Revolutionary war/Early America era? [duplicate]

I'm working on a story set in the Revolution/Early America era, and the family in the story is an upperclass family, with a mansion in the south. I've heard Drawing room, Parlor, Sitting room, and ...
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Adjective for “of mine” or “of us”

I'm looking for an adjective that means "of mine/us" or "by me/us". I want to say "...regardless of any _____ determination later to the contrary." The meaning here is "regardless of any determination ...
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List of initial-stress-derived nouns

The Wikipedia page for Initial-stress-derived noun says: Initial-stress derivation is a phonological process in English that moves stress to the first syllable of verbs when they are used as nouns ...
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I closed my eyes shut? I shut my eyes closed?

I want to ask if I can say: “I closed my eyes shut.” or “I shut my eyes closed.” Is one of these sentences correct? If yes, which one? Thank you.
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Double meanings of English proverbs

I recently read a long list of English proverbs and strongly felt that a considerable number of them have a double meaning, despite that the explanations of the proverbs provide only one meaning for ...
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What does “to form the basis of something” mean totally? [on hold]

i'd like to give an example. "this document will form the basis of the discussion." Can you please state what it means detailly ?
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Difference between change (n) and coins (n)

I am interested in any differences between the two nouns change and coins in actual usage. These nouns have different but similar meanings. I am only interested in the difference of the meaning of: ...
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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present? [migrated]

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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Usage of “although” in this sentence

"Many students complain about the pile of homeworks they have to do. Although, they fail to realize the importance homeworks in retention of information.." is the usage of although acceptable / ...
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Avoiding Soft skills and hard skills terms

I am looking for terms of single words which avoid "soft", "hard", "academic", and "practical" or "hands-on/off". The following are [something] skills in that they are all in the head. I'm not going ...
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Positive synonym for “skepticism”?

Hello to anyone who sees this! I'm looking for a word similar to "skepticism", but more positive. (Here, I define skepticism as the belief that we can never have certain knowledge.) Sorry if this ...
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What does “..<something> can go (only) one way from here(there)..” mean?

I am struggling to fully grasp the meaning of this idiom: ...(something) can go (only) one way from here (there). Here some examples of usage: Given that public finances are almost certain to ...
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confusing the property with the posession, it is like confusing the wife with the mistress [on hold]

I saw this quote in spanish, just curious where the author is coming from? thank you
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“Nuance” usage: can meanings have different nuances? [on hold]

Is “The definitions of these words have different nuances” correct usage of the word nuance?
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'clue' , 'reason' or 'opportunity'?

I'm wondering which word should be better in the sentence of 'How the disease was detected? The 'clue' was the symptom, medical check-up, screening exam for other disease by chacne...' I think the ...
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What's the correct sentence “where we will meet each other at (or in) location” [duplicate]

What's the correct sentence "where we will meet each other at (or in) location" or "we will meet each other at (or in) location"
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'Direction' Pronunciation [duplicate]

There are two ways to pronounce the word 'direction'. dɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n and dʌɪˈrɛkʃ(ə)n Is one American and one British? If yes, please confirm which is which. If not, what's the difference in usage?
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practice question in are;using with evidence [on hold]

in your own words (1-2 paragraphs), describe the court case involving the National Endowment for the Art and Mapplethorpe's artwork in question. What was the case all about and what was the result?
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Origin of 'cuz' as shortening for cousin?

Detailed answer please and thank you. I see this used a lot among youth. I'm interested to know whether it originated in the Southern US or not?
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What is the meaning of this sentence? I ain't worried 'bout nothin' [duplicate]

I ain't worried 'bout nothin' I want to know the meaning of this line. I found it in a song named fifth harmony.
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Shouldn't there be “in” instead of “with” in this sentence? [on hold]

I read a sentence in my book which was: Thus with the early 1970s the Congress's political success depended on attracting people on the basis of sharp social and ideological divisions and the ...
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Using `a lazy who adheres to itself/himself/herself` to describe a person stubborn is semantically appropriate? [on hold]

I want to use this sentence, a lazy who adheres to itself/himself/herself, to describe a person stubborn in my writing, but I am not sure it is semantically appropriate. Cause this way in my memory is ...
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Can I use a slightly informal approach using words such as 'we' and 'you' in an English essay? [migrated]

From the first WE see of Macbeth, he is a battle-hardened warrior that does anything for the greater good. Or Act II Scene II is where WE first begin to notice the skin under this seemingly ...
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Can I use the present perfect after the past perfect?

I had found a link to the video, but "I lost it" or "I've lost it"? Very happy to meet You for the first time In these examples, can I use the present perfect after the past perfect?
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An alternative for My Dashboard in a website [on hold]

Is it OK to use My Desk in a website instead of My Dashboard? Any other alternative?
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Do I have to repeat the subject of this sentence?

The sentence that's troubling me is: Is he signed to any label or is he self-employed? I don't know if it is necessary to put "is he" a second time, or if I can safely omit it. My tacit instinct ...
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what is the meaning of “it was to be”?

If you are writing in the past tense, does "it was to be" have a different meaning than "it was"? e.g. "It was to be the first of many sleepless nights." vs "It was the first of many sleepless nights....
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The use of Obligation, Obliged, Obligated, Obligatory in the following sentences: [on hold]

Randomly made up these sentences so please disregard their sensibility. Often confused the right tense to use. Are the following sentence structure appropriate? Does customer service officer has ...
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Name of the transparent sticky substance

What is the name of the transparent sticky substance, which you can discover when you skive a young green stick from a bark?
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Another Term for “Long-Thought”

So I was doing a bit of writing and ended up using the phrase "long-thought" (as in, "a technique long-thought forgotten" or "people long-thought incapable of using magic"). I ended up using it quite ...
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About the usage of whether to…or not

I would like to know whether the following three sentences are grammatically correct or acceptable. Whether to kill him or to keep him is up to you. I have to decide whether to kill him or to keep ...
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Why do people use the words “emphasis mine”? Doesn't it sound pretentious? Why not just “my emphasis”? [duplicate]

When quoting somebody else and wishing to make clear that the emphasis added to the quote is of my own doing, I would personally prefer to say my emphasis -- because, well, that's how I normally talk. ...
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Not enough ado about this and that

OK, so demonstrative pronouns and their inconsistent use across dialects. I'm South African and have noticed a quirk in some Brit and Yank usages of this and that which really cause me to break out ...
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Omitting the auxiliary 'have' before the past participle

In examples (1) and (2), the verb escaped is the past participle form, and the auxiliary 'have' seems to have been omitted before 'escaped'. Specifically, I think 'having' and 'he has' are omitted in (...
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Confused by when to use -ent and -ence (e.g innocent, innocence, eloquent, eloquence, patient, patience …etc)

Is there a rule or guideline that can help to know the right tense to use at any given situation? I'm currently learning by memorising phrases like Be Patient, Have patience but it is limiting.

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