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I never knew I have a sister or I had a sister [closed]

I want to say that I learned something new which I did not know before.
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A word to describe a changed relationship

Suppose a boy & a girl were in a bosom relationship at one time, but now they are just good friends. With which word we can define this change in their relationship? Example: We are ______ now. ...
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What to say instead of very low? [closed]

I want to avoid saying very. But I can't find anything to say instead of 'very low'. What to say instead of 'very low'? Example: "If you’re working in Fiverr, you may get $5 ($4 actually) per ...
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Was to + perfect infinitive

1.They were to have met in London last year but John hadn't had the money to go. 2.They were to have met in London last year but John didn't have the money to go. Which of these sentences is correct?
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“Not going to give” or “Not giving”?

Which one of these is more correct? I’m not going to give you money for another doll. I'm not giving you money for another doll.
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Usage of the modal SHOULD in clauses of condition

In my grammar it says in clauses of condition should is used to express a supposition that may not be true. For example, 1.If it should rain, they will not come. 2.If he should see me here, he will be ...
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What is the meaning of “Jump for it”? [closed]

Would you help to understand me the sense of the phrase "jump for it". the context: A group of people placed on the top of a skyscraper. And when they made their work, then, one of they say &...
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What is the difference between these two question structure and which one is correct 1) How did you get my number? 2) How have you got my number?

What is the difference between these two question structure and which one is correct How did you get my number? How have you got my number?
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Is this sentence a double negative? [duplicate]

"It makes no sense to complain about the way things are but not vote for change."
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What is the meaning of “digging someone”? (And it does not mean liking someone in this context.) [closed]

The context in which it is used is something like "spotting someone". Can it be the meaning?
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What is the preposition referring to 'fill or take up (a space or time)'? [closed]

I wonder if there's a suitable word for the reference of the definition in the title.
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Can you read and give me some advice about my writing task 2 essay? Thank you [closed]

Some experts believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages? Nowadays ...
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“What is x?” as a non-question title

I am working on my PhD thesis. I would like to have section title like "What is x"? (Specifically, "What is Information Flow Security?") However, I wish to avoid rhetorical ...
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What is a word for a “soft” confused voice by a crowd? [duplicate]

Tumult means a "loud" confused voice by a crowd. What is a word for a "soft (as the antonym to loud)" confused voice by a crowd? Imagine that you have made a statement to a crowd, ...
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What caused the spike in usage of “error” around 1537?

I was looking up the usage of "erroneous" which then turned to searching for "error". There was a sudden intense spike in usage between 1537 - 1541, specifically in American ...
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Number vs. no. vs. # in scientific papers?

This is kinda an extension to: this question. I am writing a scientific paper and have a numbered list. Now, when I want to refer to that list I want to say something like: "This issue is closely ...
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Asking about the state of being tired

Is it more correct to say "You've been here all night long for me. Weren't you tired?" or "You've been here all night long for me. Aren't you tired?"
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Word similar to guarantee

I’m not looking for a synonym and I’m not sure what the word is for this. There are comparatives and superlatives for adjectives but I’m looking for a verb. A guarantee, assurance, or promise imply ...
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As well As vs And

For the following application, should I use "As well As" or "And"? Figure 1 presents the evolution process, as well as experimental results. Figure 1 presents the evolution ...
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Dance a song or dance to a song?

Which one is correct and why? A) Listen to this song! It's so good, I want to dance it. B) Listen to this song! It's so good, I want to dance to it. C)I love this song. Can we dance to it?
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Use of by and its difference with till

When it says Documents received in Our office by July 27, 2020, will be processed by August 7, 2020. Does this include date 27 july. Can we say that documents received on 27 july also processed. Or we ...
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About the words “anything but”

I am unsure about the possible meaning(s) of this phrase. Does a sentence like "She did anything but sleep" mean something like she is a very dilligent or very lazy person depending on ...
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What is a word that describes the environmental products of human activity?

My business is inventing and producing more sustainable solutions for the use of energy, water, food and materials, that are consumed in the course of living and working in domestic, commercial and ...
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Do you think this sentence is correct?

Would it make sense to say: ‘He’s cautious regarding matters of privacy’ I am trying to say this person takes privacy very seriously and is an especially private individual themselves.
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Is it franchiser, or franchisor?

From this morning, in an online conversation, of mine, about Econo Lodge franchises. My usual on-line go-to place to resolve such close differences in words is, https://wikidiff.com/franchiser/...
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What is the correct use of punctuation in this question?

Most bookstores stock the most common way people discover and start origami, being a kit A) NO CHANGE B) origami: C) origami; D) origami We can eliminate the options A and C. A is not a correct use of ...
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“beginning” is to “prefix” as “end” is to “suffix” as “middle” is to… what?

The word "prefix" describes something affixed to the beginning of a word and the word "suffix" describes something affixed to the end of a word. What is the analog of these for ...
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Which sentence is grammatically correct lay or laid in this situation?

She lay on the beach while her son splashed at the water's edge. or She laid on the beach while her son splashed at the water's edge. Grammarly is indicating that both are correct, but Word Power says ...
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Sequence of Moods (Subjunctive)

I asked a question a while ago ("If I asked, would she say it were/was time?" Past Vs. Subjunctive) about “sequence of moods” whose top answer read, Fowler says the past simple is used in ...
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Difference between “as part of” and “in the context of”?

At work, we often have to send email broadcasts that need to be in both English and French. My colleague usually prepares the French text and I prepare the English one (or translate hers). Later, we ...
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What is the meaning of “on this one”?

Would you be so kind to explain the meaning of the phrase "on this one" please. A little story: A man had a lot of tasks in a school, but he didn't do them properly. He made a mess of them. ...
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. a scorcher of a day; a geyser of a character, etc

I've seem a lot of such constructions, e.g. a spasm of a rant. What do grammarians call such constructions, and is there anything in particular that an EFL teacher needs to know about them, to teach ...
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Shortcut for does not exist

I am currently programming an application, and as it turns out the term "Does not exist" is commonly shortened to "Not exists". I was curious which would be the more proper term because to me "Not ...
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Difference between “if you worked” and “if you have worked”

In my language, if clauses start with "if you would....then..." Now, in English, the way I see it: "If you worked... Then..." - you don't work, we're discussing what would happen ...
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What's difference between “ I knew i loved you” and “ i knew i love you”?

I can't understand when i can use past and present tenses in one sentence together and when i can use only past one. I knew you loved me I knew you love me they're both referring to present moment ...
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Is there any differenc between “Miss those rides and ”Missing those rides"? [closed]

"Miss those rides" and "Missing those rides" are there any difference
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Can two past tense morphemes be used in the same clause? [migrated]

What is wrong in saying "I didn't knew KCET was cancelled"? My friend suggested that I say "I didn't know KCET was cancelled".
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Do + Present form of Verb / Did + Present form of Verb

What is the difference between these sentences? I do love her. I love her. I did love her. I loved her. I did go there. I went there. I have seen people using both patterns. Are all these sentences ...
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A question regarding present perfect continuous

I have been devouring information for the past three months. I have read that perfect tenses should not be used in sentenced with adverbs or adverb phrases of past time. Is the sentence mentioned ...
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Changed / is changed?

I have already searched some questions such as "has changed" or "had changed" or "was changed"? "Has been changed" or "has changed"? But I am still ...
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I have a data-driven personality or I am a data-driven personality? [closed]

Which one is correct? And why? I have a data-driven personality or I am a data-driven personality??
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comma between adjectives yes or no here [closed]

The cold, hard steel was hard to sit on. The cold hard steel was hard to sit on. I can't figure out which is right...
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Difference between “peak at” and “peak for”

I need to say that a variable Y reaches its maximum value when X=1. Is there any difference between saying "its value peaks at X=1" and saying "its value peaks for X=1"?
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Is 'with' a preposition or an adverb? [closed]

I am a bit confused if with is a preposition or an adverb.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwih2NX-...
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would + verb construction

I've been learning english for some time now, but have a hugh problems with all constructions with 'would'. For example today I found that out in one of the NYT articles: [...]He wouldn’t learn ...
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Inversion in English: “In no realm of life has…” [duplicate]

I'm a regular on your site and learning English. I read the newspaper on a regular basis. Today I have come across this underlined sentence in the newspaper, it sounds bit odd to me. "IN NO ...
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Is this an explanatory/appositive phrase, and do I need to separate it with a comma?

In the following sentence (forgive the obscure acronyms): To begin with, we search within three pixels of the predicted position to lock onto the target, using the WCS header in each FITS file to ...
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Is there a word for “all but the first one”?

Is there a word that refers to all items in a series except the first one? Example: The tests are successful only on the first run. On all subsequent runs, following the first one, the tests fail. I ...
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What is the correct verb form for a list of tasks/responsibilities in CV?

In my CV I have short lists of responsibilities/tasks that I was assigned in my past jobs. Should I use the -ing form of a verb in such lists or rather the infinitive? For example: Accountant at XYZ ...
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Why were Scottish & Irish names once rendered with apostrophes instead of “Mac” or “Mc”

I have noticed in some Victorian and Edwardian texts that Scottish and Irish names beginning with "Mac" or "Mc" are usually written as "M" plus an apostrophe. An example ...

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