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Second conditional

Should it be past tense all throughout when writing hypothetical sentences? If I were you, I wouldn’t listen to people who were saying bad things about me. If I could interview Angelina, I ...
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what you call a person living in a safe house

What would you call the person that lives in a safe house, to save them from a much worse situation, say a person seeking freedom, escaping violence. The text I am translating refers to the African ...
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What is “The Evil Organization”?

Recently I clicked on a "hot" topic from Information Security.SE titled... Buying a “Used” Router A number of times the term "Evil Organization" came up in the comments. As in... The Evil ...
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which one is correct quick or quickly beside “very”?

Is it correct to use adverb or verb in each other's places? e.g. changes his players' minds very quickly or changes his players' minds very quick?
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sentence correction - has/have

The recent technological advances have generated different effects for clerical workers (high school graduates) and workers with advanced degrees. Should one use have or has before generated?
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Dealing with text quotation and pronouns reference question

As far as text quotation question is concerned, sometimes I'm asked to "quote the sentence which indicates that..." from a certain paragraph. Now I know that I should quote a sentence, so I have to ...
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placing commas and using “and” in a sentence

I would like to say to someone that I need to set up "transcriptome and metabolome sequencing experiments using blood and plasma samples". How can I write this sentence correctly? Blood and plasma, ...
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What's the history behind the phrase “I hear Violins”..?

At work I often listen to Pandora with headphones on. Today it played a beautiful chillout track I hadn't heard in years: Conjure One - Center Of The Sun. The song lyrics use the phrase "I hear volins"...
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Word that means “fully capable” [on hold]

Is there one word that means “fully capable”?
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X being Y versus X is Y

I was recently chastised by my supervisor for describing something as being something else. The problem: "Species A has genes X1, X2 and X3, Species B has genes Y1 and Y2. Protein X3 being the ...
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I am sure vs I feel sure

Is I am sure and I feel sure having absolutely the same meaning? Thanks!
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Comma usage with “or”

I believe I have the proper usage of commas with "or" for this case, but I cannot find anything on the WWW (and this site) to confirm it. If I knew what it was called, I'm sure my search would be more ...
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Trouble thinking of a term or colloquialism for “much much more”

There is a saying that is on the tip of my tongue that basically means "immeasurably more than". I think it's related to "factor" but I just cannot place it. I also feel like it's commonly used in a ...
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Placing of Apostrophes [on hold]

Which of these would be correctly written - Writing my friend’s names or writing my friends’ names? Where the intended meaning is that I have more than one friend and I’m writing their names in a ...
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is this answer rude? [on hold]

recently some on in LinkedIn send a message to me: Thank you for connecting with me! I am recruiting for an Android Developer role (multiple levels) for a company whose product mostly likely impacts ...
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Can I do anything else with aspersions other than cast them? [on hold]

My wife is always accusing me of casting aspersions and I'd like to do something else with them. Please advise.
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Looking for alternatives for this sentence!

I am looking to replace a line in a video script. Current line is: "Have you ever been in a situation where..." I am looking for a different way to convey that same concept to differentiate our 2nd ...
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Does this sentence sound natural and correct? [on hold]

If you are wondering about what to do, I've got some ideas. Is it correct? Does it sound natural to you?
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What does the “limited” mean in this sentence?

The cytoplasm of all cells contains structures, limited to ribosomes on rough endoplasmic reticulum and vesicles. The independent clause at the beginning makes sense, but it lost from "limited"... (...
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To combine two simple sentences, is using a semicolon ';' a correct way to do it?

I found this example online of a "synthesis of sentences" question for joining two simple sentences into one compound sentence. Larry watches the news. Bill makes news. The site has two solutions ...
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Staff “are” or staff “is”

Which is correct in the following example? "The following staff are/is (?) absent today: John Doe Jane Doe Bob Doe"
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Word choices in these 2 sentences?

Peak weeks such as the school holidays are already proving popular so early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. This is especially/particularly important for large bookings, such as ...
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Can you use word 'these' as a subject of a sentence that directly followed by a verb?

Today we came across a sentence that goes like this: Many physical objects constitute the IoT. These send data, share information and/or remotely control and manage a device or process. My ...
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Proper form of “user request”

The context is an Internet platform to which http requests are sent. In a sentence like this: The system behaves differently when users' requests increase. what is the correct usage of user request ...
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The meaning of a phrase someone told me

I'd like someone to explain the last sentence to me, if I was to return only platonic feelings, I guess it's supposed to be simple but somehow the way it's turned makes it very unclear to me.
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What is the meaning of “relate better to”?

Is it same as "having a better relationship with" ? e.g. I do not think the arena's architecture should relate better to the context. This frees their imaginative capacities, and lets them relate ...
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What is difference between present perfect and present perfect continuous?

I've been studying English by the book "English Grammar in Use" for a month. There is a Unit about present perfect and - continuous, also Exercises. Please check the below exercises... A. You meet a ...
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An English term for slowly understanding something complex [on hold]

Is there a word for grappling with, or seeking understanding of, something complex (like a cultural understanding) over a long time?
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word for attribute that is simultaneously positive and negative

I'm looking for a word that describes an attribute Y, where you could say The good thing about X is Y, the problem with X is Y note that it's not a neutral attribute, it's simultaneously good and ...
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“NOR” or “AND”? [duplicate]

Which one sounds better? Are both 1 and 2 correct? I don't eat bread, pancakes, and toast. I don't eat bread, pancakes, nor toast.
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which one should be the correct option and why? [on hold]

Accustomed to getting up early he______ in adjusting to the new schedule. a) found it was not difficult b) found it was not difficult for him c) had no difficulty d) did not find difficulty
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Phrase meaning in english lesson [on hold]

Meaning of the phrase without due regard for decency and decorum
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Is using the phrase “ higher crime rate ” right or wrong?

Is using the phrase "higher crime rate" right or wrong as used in the linked article?
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verb + gerund (formed from stative verbs ing)

I wonder how often stative verbs are used as gerunds if they function as Object (verb + doing ; verb + preposition + doing) in sentences. Are there any style and register preferences?
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Is it correct to say [on hold]

Is it correct to write: "Thank you much better" or "Thank you, much better"
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Commas before and/or after "because

Which is proper grammar: He argues that there is no binding contract, because, at any given time... He argues that there is no binding contract, because at any given time... Thanks so much!
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“Is” or “Are” in this sentence?

Which is correct - "Is" or "Are" in this sentence? "Additionally, early booking discounts on full-day childcare is/are offered." Thanks
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Is it right to say that a product has been “proofed” by its company?

I saw a company (in germany) advertise its product by saying that it is "Proofed by [company name]". Is that right? I was a little confused, i can imagine that it is "right", but it is common to say ...
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An alternative for genetive case with of in scientific writing

I am writing a scientific paper and have a following dillema between two sentences: Therefore, it is reasonable to analyze the effect of the mutual coupling in the proposed application. vs. ...
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Please explain this sentence

The second class ordinary train journeys constituted 78.6% of Indian Railways total passenger traffic in 2016-17, yielding just 17.6% of total passenger earnings.
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Still and despite/inspite

Can we use still with inspite of/despite? For example, would one say: "Despite being old, he works hard." or "Despite being old, he still works hard." Thank you!
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One sentence in Another day in paradise lyrics

She calls out to the man on the street 'Sir, can you help me? This is a hugely popular song worldwide by Phil Collins. When I look at the lyrics, I wonder if this is also grammatically correct if I ...
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Articles with conparatives

Which is correct: Is a house better than an apartment or Is the house better than the apartment? or maybe Are houses better than apartments?
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Is thriple,a couple with 3 persons, a recognized word or a rarely used slang word?

I cannot find "Thriple" in Cambridge or Oxford dictionary. I do not know if it is really used or not.
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What do you call a person that holds sensitive information?

All I have so far, is a pseudo-antonym of what I actually want: Obscurantist. The word I need should be a person who was unwillingly plagued with sensitive information. It is more of a - I don't how ...
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Though it rained the whole night, the town was not flooded.(Use the word 'notwithstanding' without changing the meaning of the sentence) [on hold]

In the above question, we are supposed to reframe the sentence using the word 'notwithstanding' without changing the sentence's meaning. I think it should be something along the lines of-...
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Tenses with regards to leave / holiday / vacation absence

I have a question based upon the information below: 1) today's date: 21 Feb 2) Jane (someone in some office) takes leave from 1 Feb to 31 Mar (2 months) My question: If someone is looking for Jane ...
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Use of Perfect Tenses, depending on the position of the phrase 'the first time'?

Today, I AM WEARING ice skates for the first time (ever). Yesterday, I WORE ice skates for the first time (ever). Tomorrow, I WILL WEAR ice skates for the first time (ever). with the phrase ...
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“X and yourself” vs. “you and X”

What is the correct way of referring both to the listener/reader and a third individual? "X and yourself" (like the apparently correct "X and I") or "you and X" (like the apparently incorrect "me and ...
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“Getting somewhere with one's life” meaning

In More than Cool Reason book by George Lakoff, I came up with the phrase "Getting somewhere with one's life" which I don't know the meaning. Here is the whole sentence: First, without such a ...

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