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a quote from Robert Frost's interview

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?

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

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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Synonyms to ‘semi thick’?

What is the synonym to ‘semi thick’ body? When someone describes their body shape as semi thick, what does he mean? Thank you.
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Does the author refers to the LSD culture of 60's?

This is from an article on the progress of agriculture. Do you think the author refers to the LSD culture in the sixties? As in Timothy Leary's "turn on, tune in, drop out"? The time frame is the 60s. ...
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time to make new friends, which word can I use to qualify it [on hold]

Please what is the word I can use to say "time to make new friends". Please help out
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What does “strident note” mean? [on hold]

so I'm translating an RPG book from English to Brazilian Portuguese and stumbled upon (for the first time) with the expression "strident note". I'm not familiar with it, and although I can sort of ...
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Hi! Is this correct grammar:

“How would you like to earn more money?” It’s like someone giving a business proposition. Thanks for your help.
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Pronunciation of the /s/ letter in English language

I have a question about pronunciation Of /s/ sound after ‘th’ sound like these situations With /S/eventy-five Or With /S/ilver to make things simple since I’m not a native speaker Provide a word ...
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What is the difference between shame and shamefulness? [on hold]

Is there a difference between shame and shamefulness?
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Reported questions

In reported questions, there is a simple rule of changing the order of the sentence into a non question order. like "what's the dinner" changes to "she asked me what the dinner was". However, ...
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How would you say “es muy psicólogo”? [on hold]

Good afternoon! In Spanish, some people tend to say: "fulanito es muy psicólogo". How would you say in English that a person is "muy psicólogo o psicóloga"? Thank you very much in advance.
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In blur's no distance left to run

"When you coming down think of me here" What's the meaning of "coming down"? It's like plunge/fall??
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Can multiple adjectives in between and/or can refer to noun at the end

On this format: the <adjective> and/or <adjective> <noun> => Does the stands for both adjectives? or should I use the right before both adjectives? => Does both adjectives ...
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What does it mean by the phrase “not my story to tell”

I recently heard the phrase in the season 3 of Blindspot series. One of the characters used this phrase: Well, if i knew it, i'd swear that i'd tell you, but it's not my story to tell, so, sorry. ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct? [on hold]

Which one of these sentences is correct? A Mazda driving past me down the road, splashed my jeans with water from the puddle. A Mazda drove past me down the road, splashing my jeans with ...
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“I'm looking forward to digging into the books!” Can this phrase be used with stuff that isn't food? [on hold]

Does this seem like a correct sentence to you? Can you actually "dig into" something that isn't related to food? Thanks in advance!
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Past participle of stand

I'm new to this community, I hope the question fits this somewhat. Say we have a sentence: The tree which stands in the garden is beautiful. Now using participle construction this becomes: The ...
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Synonym of Dream Interpreter

Is there any single word synonym from "Dream Interpreter" or the person who tells the meaning of the dream?
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all english, informal words [on hold]

What are the meanings of the words- wanna,gonna,gotta and kinda? Try to give meanings to some other informal words also.
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Based upon / judging by / according to usage

Which one from these are mostly usable? For example the sentence: Judging by his reaction, he didn't want to talk about that incident. When should I use "Based upon" or "according to" - are they ...
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Is it natural to end a sentence with “I think/believe”?

It is normal to say: I believe/think that X is more important than Y. But is it normal and more importantly correct to phrase the sentence like this: X is more important than Y I believe/think....
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Does this mean that it was the lowest price in the last eleven years?

Does this mean that it was the lowest price in eleven years or is it an idiom? But then the oil price dropped, and by early 2016 it had slumped to an eleven-year low.
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Use of would be/was/is in hypothetical contexts

When making hypothetical statements such as: If you wanted a loan for your startup, all you'd need to do was/would be/is get in touch with a local bank. Here which word choice is most suitable among ...
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Can you help me understand the second sentence?

I didn't exactly understand the meaning of the second sentence. Nigeria pays for the vast majority of its imports – from food to textiles – in dollars. It’s not alone in this: almost every ...
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word to describe someone who is criticising people for how they act when they act the same way

I need help to find a word to describe someone who is criticising other people for how they act when they act the same way. E.G. Canadian-Australian: “I hate Canadian-Australians, How they come to ...
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Can anybody help me about tense question below?

As the victim .... motionless on the ground, the killer .... his weapon? A) has been lying / reloaded B) would lie / had reloaded C) is lying / has reloaded D) lay / was reloading
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Interpretation -“The highest as the lowest form”

There is a similar posting and answers here: An explanation of the preface in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" Still, I am confused about the expression "The highest as the lowest form". Is it ...
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What is a British synonym for “klutz”? [on hold]

What's a British synonym for "klutz"?
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Is 'year sum' ungrammatical?

Paul Davies. JC Smith's The Law of Contract (2018 2 ed). p. 162. I willfully uploaded a picture, rather than transcribing text, to prove that I didn't mistype anything. Kindly see the red ...
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“We oath to creation:…? ”

An associate is writing this as the Mission of our creative studio. Spanish is my main language but we need a version in English. This just sounds wrong to me, but he doesn't accept me criticizing ...
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What's the etymology of sound' in 'sound in damages, tort, contract'?

OED: 6. to sound in damages: in legal use, to be concerned only with damages. Also to sound in tort, to sound in contract, etc. 1780 M. Madan Thelyphthora II. 153 There is not one [...
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What does the phrase “Someone/something came charging across the lawn” mean? [on hold]

I don't understand the phrase "Someone came charging across the lawn". For example: Petey came charging across the lawn. What does it mean? Thanks you for helping.
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While Versus Till [on hold]

Which is correct- enjoy your kids while you can or enjoy your kids till you can? Is there any difference in the meaning in this particular context.
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What is meant by DUE TO EXPIRE [on hold]

My Driving licence is due to expire on May 30, 2019
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The usage of plural form of “percentage/proportion/number…”

I wonder when I should use words such as proportion, percentage, number, amount, level ... in the plural form. For example: The percentages/percentage of boys in 6-11 and 12-16 age groups ...
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Inversion of subject and verb [migrated]

Question one: Are the following sentences correct? And why? Statement A: After storms is not necessarily a bright sky. (I think it will be correct only by inserting there between storms and is) It ...
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Can warship be used as a verb? [on hold]

As in warship my wreck... any way to reason this out? as in a really messed up "wreck" of a person referring to events and most likely certain persons responsible for their current state … sort of ...
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Altering beliefs [on hold]

I hear a word in class that I idiotically didn’t write down. The meaning of the word was to alter a set of beliefs to accommodate affluence. I starts with an A I know that at the very least. A ...
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no more … than usage and explanation

The spirited defense of 2 Live Crew was no more about defending the entire black community than the prosecution was about defending black women The first part of the sentence is clear that "X is no ...
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What one word (OK, maybe two short ones) can mean “stay or get relevant”?

I'm looking for a single word - or maybe a phrase that does not have a lot of characters to express: stay or get relevant. What I also would like is a single word that combines "get or stay" even ...

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