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They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!

‘They won hundreds of dollars; five hundreds to be precise!’ "The Name of the Number", by Michael A. B. Deakin , page 48. Is the plural hundreds here O.K? In mathematics we talk about the ...
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Help with possessive plural of others when it ends a sentence

I could not find any examples of the problem I am having. I am wondering if an apostrophe is needed at the end of these examples. And if not, why? The possessions of others'. The opinions of others'. ...
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Which sentence has the better grammar?

I am kind of stuck between these two questions. Can you help me determine which is the right choice? I answered b and a respectively, however, I don't feel confident on my answers. 1. a. I hurriedly ...
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Uses of the phrasal-verb “settle down”

Can I use the phrasal-verb "settle down" in the following contexts: "I have to settle down what I learned" - to study more deeply, to review subjects that were previous learned &...
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Does this usage of “so too (without comma in-between)” sound natural?

I am reading a book about longevity and have run into a sentence using "so too (without comma in-between)" which makes me curious whether it sounds natural to native speakers. It goes, Just ...
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for the 20 minutes cooking time

Leave the vegetables to steam over the rice for the 20 minutes cooking time https://www.collinsdictionary.com/es/diccionario/ingles-espanol/cooking-time Shouldn't the phrase be "for the 20 ...
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Ellipsis or Emphasis?

There is an example of "after" in the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: I can't believe she'd do that, not after all I've done for her. In this context, "after" means "...
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“I was no longer working for X” vs. “I no longer worked for X”

I'm a student learning English and recently helped a friend of mine write an important email in English. The text I gave him contained the following part: I am sorry for not replying to your email, ...
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Trust me I'm a doctor - Origin of the phrase

Searching for the origin of the phrase, "Trust me I'm a doctor", which I take as a humorous way of simply saying, "Trust me!", it seems mostly to be attributed to the title of a ...
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What is a bear to a cave?

Writing a paper, getting multiple translations, but can't find one that suits the best. Cave is a home for a bear. Bear is a ... to a cave. My options: inhabitant habitant resident tenant occupant ...
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Usage of the word 'Each'

I saw the following sentence in a journal paper. The base stations, users, and relays are each equipped with one antenna. I'm sure it means that each of them is equipped with one antenna. However, I ...
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Is there a way to easily distinguish conditional and unconditional love in English? [closed]

A quick study of the word 'love' shows three general uses: when someone or something generates pleasure - e.g. "I love hot dogs" means that person takes great pleasure in eating hot dogs. ...
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I am French, student in high-school and i want speak well English [migrated]

It is about the futur in english : What is the difference between the future continuous and the futur perfect continuous ? Example: • He will be tired because he will be exercising so hard. • He will ...
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Why “faced” not “face”?

Could you please help me understand why the verb "face" is used in the past, in the following sentence, not in the present although the first part of the sentence is describing a future ...
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Does the affix “-centric” always require a hyphen when attached to another word (e.g. customer-centric, woman-centric etc.)?

I understand that compound adjectives usually require a hyphen when placed before a noun, but what about when a word like "customer-centric" is placed after the noun? Specifically, I'm ...
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Fickle vs Whimsical

This is the definition of Fickle by Merriam Webster: marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability : given to erratic changeableness This is the definition of Whimsical by Merriam Webster:...
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A question on grammar and hyphenation

But he insisted on going, him being a tenacious problem solver. I can Intuit that "him" sounds more natural here than "he". I want to know why this is so. Secondly, do I have to ...
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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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Progressive infinitive

Could anyone please explain why I can't use "progressive infinitive" in the sentence below: ▪It was my fault not to be making you laugh.
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When is it correct to use “The” in front of a family member?

When is it correct to use "The" in front of a family member? For example, when can you say "The mother".
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What does 'laminoe' as used by Gene Wolfe in Peace mean?

Does anyone know what a 'laminoe' is, as used by Gene Wolfe in Peace? "And as if by magic - and it may have been magic, for I believe America is the land of magic, and that we, we now past ...
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what does the phrase “I love you” mean [closed]

I am studying emotions on a biochemical, neurological, psychological, sociological and philosophical basis right now and discovering the most common use of the word 'love' is more biological than ...
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What is an adjective that means constant with a negative connotation?

The context is that the character is lamenting the fact that his employers are watching him in a suffocating way and restricting his freedom
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Word for wandering in a scared, aimless manner?

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who wanders, but not in the pleasant meandering type of way. Instead in an aimless, broken, scared kind of way, like a child wandering ruins. What are my ...
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How would you use “that,” “that for,” “those,” “those for,” etc. in comparisons?

I came across this question in SAT prep. "For both commercial and, arguably, creative reasons, then, no transition was more successful than those from the Golden Age to Silver Age." A) NO ...
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What's an idiom/saying about how small humans are?

I'm looking for idioms or sayings like "a drop in the ocean" or "a speck of dust" that can demonstrate how small each person is in comparison to the universe.
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The choice between singular and plural in sentences such as “They have different book(s)/age(s)…”

I am confused about the use of number(s) in some sentences. I have come up with several types and made some sentences: In the sentence above, should I use “the use of number” or “the use of numbers”? ...
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Change of vowel sounds preceding 'L'

I've noticed an odd pronunciation habit among some (but not all) fellow Americans, and I'm wondering if there is a name for the phenomenon. When pronouncing certain long vowel sounds (specifically /eɪ/...
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“If I were born in 1920s, my name would have been Margaret”

Yesterday I heard someone saying "If I were born in 1920s, my name would have been Margaret" and I was confused why she didn't say 'If i had been born in 1920s', what's the difference here?
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What is the most common equivalent name for “handal”, a very bitter fruit?

What is the most common name of a very bitter fruit, a word that is the equivalent of handal (also spelled “handhal”)? On Wikipedia, I found several names for this melon-like fruit: bitter apple, ...
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Routine operation vs. Routine surgery

Can I use 'routine operation' to mean 'routine surgery'? If someone said "He died of a heart attack during a routine operation," does the word 'operation' mean 'surgery'? or 'management'? ...
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A word for raising your voice (not shouting/yelling)

I'm currently writing a book in English, which is not my first language, and I just can't find the right word for talking with your voice raised, except for shouting and yelling.. "Alejandro, ...
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Term for when manufacturer uses less material

Is there a word for when a manufacturer removes a bit of material from the thing they are making to reduce cost? The image a have here is a drawbar lock. The circle and small square are not functional,...
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If someone had to die

Is the sentence below in second conditional and indicate future? ▪ "If someone had to die, I thought it should be me," he later told his parents.
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“Since” vs “that”

"Tomorrow will be 3 weeks that I have been working on this project" (means a continuous process that hasn't ended yet) Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since I have started working on this project (...
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What's the best word that captures “a simplified representation of a complex process”?

I've seen and heard the word 'heuristic' used in this sense, but each time I look up the definition, it doesn't quite stretch to fit. A synonym might be 'a stand-in'. Something between a metaphor and ...
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Better alternative to “physical product designer”

Ten years ago, a product designer was widely understood as someone with the competency to design, prototype, build, and manufacture products. Today, the meaning of the role has expanded to include ...
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Is this structure correct?

I wondered if the structure of these two sentences was correct : 1. And what self-narrative would this person engage in? 2. In what narration? The last sentence refers to the previous one.
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What did “simples” mean in the 1800s?

This is from Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad": They flocked to our poor human doctor this morning when the fame of what he had done to the sick child went abroad in the land, and they ...
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“This is John” and “He is John” - What's the difference? [closed]

What's the difference between the demonstrative pronoun 'this' and the subject pronouns 'he or she' in such sentences as: A. Who's this? Who's he? Let me give you some context. Say I'm looking at some ...
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Meaning of “One day you'll lay an egg too many and it'll crack under you.”

I'm reading a play and I cannot understand the meaning of this expression. Somebody pulls a trick and laughs to himself. The other says, "One day you'll lay an egg too many and it'll crack under ...
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The word 'fragile'

Can I use the word 'fragile' in this sentence? He died of a heart attack during a fragile operation. Thank you for answering in advance.
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Sentence with date and time

Given below are two set of questions. Could you please let me know which among the two is right? Set #1: The books shall be delivered tomorrow noon. The books shall be delivered noon tomorrow. Set #2: ...
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Is this sentence with repeated use of “what” correct?

I'm a french speaker and I have a question about the use of "what" at the beginning of a sentence. Could you please tell me if the following sentences are correct? What experiences, what ...
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What's a word for someone who “jumps on the bandwagon”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a word (the word, as I know it exists, but I cannot remember it) that characterizes a person who blindly follows the crowd. It is a noun, and I believe it starts with an L – ...
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Pronoun Case: When I was a child, Grandpa was unhappy with (me/my) excavating his rose garden in the hopes of finding dinosaur bones

I was answering an exercise on the internet when i come across this question: When I was a child, Grandpa was unhappy with (me/my) excavating his rose garden in the hopes of finding dinosaur bones. ...
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“which” or “who” after “the work of somebody,”?

In the sentence "We refer to the work of Alice and Bob, [] proposed a novel idea of ......". Which word should I use in [], "which" or "who"? Thanks.
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Why does a prepositional phrase restrict superlative?

If A is on X, B is on Y, and C is on Z, and A is the most beautiful, isn't B the most beautiful on Y? However, in general, why do speakers say B is the most beautiful on Y? For example, there're a boy ...
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What part of speech is “there”?

"Please, put the books over there" "Do circuits run back there?" "Let's get away from there" "Sam sold his computer to my friend from there" I am confuse on ...

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