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Past Perfect usage question

„Boxer Joe Foster had fought over 100 opponents when he retired in 1994.” Why someone used Past Perfect in this senence?
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Is the phrase “you are kinda fine” a compliment?

Is the phrase “you are kinda fine” a compliment? Can I reply with “thanks”?
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Single English word [on hold]

What is single word or phrase to describe people who live in the past glory and ignores the present ?
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some movie, book and game title have a title. And sequels often have the title a number and some more words what are the extra words called? [duplicate]

The best example would probably be most of the star wars movie titles phantom menace, attack of the clones, revenge of the sith, return of the jedi, rogue one, empire strikes back, and the last jedi ...
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Resourses for reviewing writings [migrated]

I am looking for sites or communities where I can post my writings for reviews free of charge. Is there any?
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Use of the definite article “the”

I came across this phrase and I'm wondering whether a definite article should be placed there, or not: ...for long periods of [the?] Italian economic history... Although my instinct tells me it is ...
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Omitting whose in relative clauses [on hold]

I know object defining relative pronouns can be omitted. But I cannot figure out whether whose is object or subject of the sentences.
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What are the best synonyms for “Pros and Cons” of using a methodology?

I'm writing my diploma thesis and I'm comparing two approaches to solving a problem. I want to write pros and cons of each approach. What are the benefits of using the specific methodology and at ...
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What do you call a person that goes for functionality, yet not for the beauty of set things?

What do you call a person that goes for functionality, yet not for the beauty of set things? For example in a game, this person builds things that are well made and functioning, but lack on the ...
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What is the double passive form of this sentence? [on hold]

Ali wrote a letter to me. First passive: A letter was written to me by Ali. Second?
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On or in the sea? [on hold]

Where should I use 'in' and where 'on' with the sea? For example, 'Pirates are just robbers in the sea' vs 'Pirates are just robbera on the sea' which is correct? And why?
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Past perfect usage in the sentence

'When he told me it was finished it felt like all hope from my life had gone – it was overwhelming,' she says. Please help me understand this usage of PP. If we look at the timeline of this sentence ...
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Passive voice of “Get rid of” [migrated]

What's the passive voice of "get rid of"? I want to change below sentences into passive voice but seems I can't make it properly..... Or any other alternative words can be used, Thanks! 1) Mary got ...
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All measurables as a noun? [on hold]

Any ideas of how to express all measurables (Width, Weight, Volume, Temperature etc.) as a noun? Quantity could be a candidate. Maybe there is a more accurate term. the context is: software ...
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What is one's lover/mistress categorized as?

What is one's lover/mistress categorized as? A relative, an acquaintance, etc.?
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Expression with “starring” [on hold]

I'd like to compose a phrase with a movie title, a lead actor and 'starring'. For example the title is "Top Gun", a lead actor Tom Cruise. In this case, which is/are correct and the most popular? ...
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Past simple and past continuous in picture descriptions

I found the following exercise in a workbook: Choose the past simple or the past continuous: ... In the exercise there .... a picture of three doctors who .... . Answer key: was/sang My question: ...
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Why are two-digit numbers in Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver's Travels” (1726) written in “German style”?

I have been reading "Gulliver's Travels" (Otherwise known more verbosely as "Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of ...
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Why do some Americans pronounce K and B after vowels sounds like G and P

For example, ‘speaker’ sounds like ‘speager’ and ‘Stop it’ sounds like ‘stob it’.
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If the past participle of “say” is “said”, and “lay” is “laid”, why the one of “stay” is not “staid”?

I know about the word "staid". Does the past participle of "stay" is "stayed" to avoid confusion with this word? Or the "staid" past participle existed at some time, but it was supplanted by "stayed",...
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What is “first modify” in the following piece from a license text?

"You may redistribute the source code of this program subject to the condition that you do not first modify it in any way"
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Substring of keys of length L [on hold]

Is the length L referring to the keys or the substring?
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A Question about “full marks”

Is that correct to say that I have completed several courses with full marks? I want to say that I have finished some courses that I obtained full marks in exams. Does it make sense to use the ...
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I was having a bath with my glasses wore/wearing? [migrated]

I want say a sentence like: I was having a bath with my glasses wore/wearing I've definitely come cross similar structure like this, with my stuff + past simple(or perhaps past participle). Hopefully ...
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Does this sentence “it doesn't meet the blind's need who want to read.” make sense?

Does the following sentence make sense grammatically or practically? Can I use it as it is without any correlation? "it doesn't meet the blind's need who want to read."
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Is this a flapping?

https://youglish.com/getcid/19629243/Wouldn't/us I realized that I make a flapping sound [ɾ] when I pronounce "wouldn't". But I also realized that not every native speaker does that. Then I found ...
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What is the usage of “of” in this sentence?

What is the usage of the 2nd "of" in this sentence? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be of picosecond duration Why is it not be this? the duration of the x-ray pulse can be picosecond Is ...
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What is the meaning of the “will already have…” structure?

I am wondering about the meaning of a sentence which includes the "will already have...." structure? The exact sentence is a part of IELTS practice test which says: " ....in today’s tutorial we’re ...
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why we used plural verb with singular subject in the following sentence? [migrated]

1.He does not want to tell a lie. he is a singular subject but we used want instead of wants why ? 2.Does he write a letter? Here he is also singular and we used write instead of writes please explain
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What is the proper term for etching or digging of wall to hide conduit of cables

I am creating a scope of work and I can't seem to find the right term to say... (including context) Contractor should provide in wall conduit. If no in wall conduit is available, contractor should ...
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Gerund and participle comparison

Is asking a participle or gerund in the sentence "Asking questions is easier than answering them. "
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Where do I make many mistakes my [on hold]

I'm not being a native English speakers. please help and fix my text into grammatical Hello everyone! I'm Assylzhan and i'm a web developer, currently i have been working in the Evrika
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What does 'shrink' mean in this sentence: “I don't talk about me like a TV show character would to his shrink”

"I don't talk about me like a TV show character would to his shrink" I've heard this alternate usage very rarely, so I couldn't understand what the person means when he/she says it. I guess this is ...
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Word for “english-like syntax”

I'm trying to write a sentence like do: The syntax of high-level programming languages are more english-like than lower-level programming languages like Assembly. I'm looking for a word that ...
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Adjectives and prepositions

Wether nearby is an adjective or preposition in the sentence "Their house is nearby. "
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How can I convey 'have pp' and 'have been ving' form into a 'if subjunctive clause'?

Can anybody help me understand some grammar point a bit better? I was studying about 'if subjunctives' and came upon a question. She did not practice swimming enough, so she is not a good swimmer now....
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“I [must/have to] say” in exclamatory sentences

The phrases "I must say" and "I have to say" are used to express something that came out to be different from your expectations, or when you feel you must say something that is better not been said. ...
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Grammar clarification on a sentence [on hold]

I am using this statement in my job application's cover letter. " Kindly requesting to consider my career interest and immediate availability." Mentioned sentence is showing it as grammar error. ...
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a quote from Robert Frost's interview [on hold]

I would like to understand better the following quote from Robert Frost : A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair. Could "take notes" mean "write a poem" ? No, definitely. ...
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Discrepancy in using adjective or adverb with “taste”

One asks “how does x taste,” implying that they’d like an adverb describing the way it tastes. But one answers with an adjective, “it tastes good” instead of “it tastes well,” which would imply that x ...
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory? [migrated]

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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Final /s/ vs /z/ sound at the end of verbs/nouns issue [duplicate]

So, I've seen this rule at several English books about how if a word has a voiced final sound (e.g. r, voiced th, l, m, n..) then added 's' is pronounced more like /z/. If the final sound is voiceless ...
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I'm looking for a less misognystic but equally insulting word as 'b****' [on hold]

I'm looking for a less misognystic and gender neutral, but equally insulting, word as 'b****'. What words are there in English?
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I'm stuck changing active sentences into passive ones [migrated]

I was given these two sentences: Photographers photographed Brad Pitt as he left the restaurant. Our teacher has given us lots of homework this week. Those are both written using the ...
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usage with preposition and subordinate clauses

The performer died after falling ill on stage. This was thought by the audience to be a part of the act, until emergency services were called in, the audience was evacuated, and he was declared dead ...
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Is “but on what grounds did not appear” ungrammatical?

You can see the quote beneath on Google Books, but I've double-checked it on Westlaw. The highlighted dependent clause looks wrong to me, as I can't pinpoint the subject of "what did not appear"? "...
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Now surround or Now Surrounded? [on hold]

"I then walk to a mirror to observe my dark brown eyes that have grown brighter with age and the fine lines that now surrounded my smile." Should it be "now surrounded" or "now surround"?
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What is a one word opposite of “suggests”? [on hold]

When using "suggests" to mean "provides evidence for", is there a single word opposite? As in "the clothing style suggests a teenager" vs. "the clothing style Xs an adult". Refutes is too strong in my ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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Words for feeling settled but disappointed that things can't get better

What English or loan words are there for the feeling that things are OK with frustration that things can't get better? There's words like 'ennui', but it has its root in the opposite (hatred). ...

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