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What should I choose in this situation? [closed]

Why are your hands so dirty ? Well,I________ in the garden 1-Worked 2- Have worked 3- Have been working
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Replying to greetings after time has elapsed [closed]

So in a chat I text my good friend early in the morning Good morning but because he is busy he is ably to get online and reply to my text in the evening. Should he reply morning too or simply reply ...
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Are there words, phrases, or clauses governed by a nominalization or a predicative adjective? [closed]

The relevant entry from Lexico: complement [noun] 3 Grammar One or more words, phrases, or clauses governed by a verb (or by a nominalization or a predicative adjective) that complete the meaning of ...
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IELTS Academic writing task 2 [closed]

What are the best materials to teach me how to get band 9 in IELTS? -This is not how the question was originally posted, I edited it due to KillingTime answer.
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What is the collective term for policy, standard and guideline?

I know they are distinct, but if wanted to refer to them as a single entity in the distance how would I do that?
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Message from seller

I recently did DM a seller for a product in the English language, I asked: "Hello, I'm interested in one of your products. Can you tell me the price of this item?" the seller is Chinese and ...
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what does “ “her seams should begin to pucker and twist” mean? [closed]

I am reading a short story by David Almond about a SEAMSTRESS. I couldn't understand what “her seams should begin to pucker and twist” mean in the paragraph below: “It was inevitable that as I grew ...
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What is the correct term for using a verb as an adjective?

My local newspaper has a confusing headline today: “Littlehampton rescue after person thrown from town inflatable“. I am having difficulty working out whether this is (a) grammatically correct (should ...
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How to state employment of contract worker

Is it grammatically okay to write " a is employed with the company from a to b" while the date "b" is in the future. I would like to ask how to address a current contract worker's ...
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Can there be two cases of pronoun in a sentence?

"She is doing her best to do the job" The pronoun "her" is confusing me, it could be either in objective case 'cause it acts as object complement or in possessive case 'cause it ...
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Why “more severe are” is put in front of “its drawbacks”?

I am learning English. I saw this sentence in a youtube video: Vampire has 4 stages. The higher your Vampire stage is, the stronger you become, but also more severe are its drawbacks. My question is ...
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“as long as” vs “for as long as”

I'm trying to see what part of speech "as long as" is in two different structures. EXAMPLES: 1, As long as old people are happy, they should work for a s long as they want. "As long as&...
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Who is a “beltway pansy”?

https://youtu.be/EBlLsLFhS3Q?t=47 Seems it must have some political meaning behind it, considering the character who voices this line is a State Senator, but I'm not sure what Beltway refers to, nor ...
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Correct word for pressing a button down without pressing up?

I'm making a game and I am doing the tutorial part of the game now. One of the buttons needs to be pressed down but should not be pressed up so that there is higher rewards. What is the correct word ...
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What's a girl's name meaning mixed emotions?

Does anyone know a girl's name meaning mixed emotions? I want to use it for a character I'm writing about. I also want it to sound cutesy and wholesome (something that rolls off the tongue easily). ...
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Poetic technique for taking a usually comforting thing in a scary context?

Poetic technique for taking a usually comforting thing in a scary context? Context: I was wondering what the name of the poetic technique was, where one takes something which is usually light, ...
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What is the word for someone calling something bad, but then that person does the same thing? [duplicate]

I really want to know because it occurs a lot with the people I hang out with. I would do something "bad" and get in trouble, or get called out for it, but then the people who had a negative ...
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Is the Usage “I are” proper English?

So I'm reading a 19th-century novel called The Count of Monte Cristo, and I came across this particular usage, which is: [H]e continued," let us make all possible speed. I are most anxious to ...
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English for 'cross the mark'

In my first language when we talk about some index rising or, for example, somebody climbing a mountain we often use the phrase that can be directly translated into English like 'crossed the mark (of ...
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Expression/term for space between door and floor/wall

Let's say smoke is escaping through a close door. It would be escaping through the space between the door and the floor or the wall, or perhaps between door and the jamb. Is there a term for that? Or ...
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Should I use past perfect or past simple?

My problem is not the hardest one. Yet, I've got confused about how to solve it. Question is, which tense is better to be used there, past simple (didn't arrive) or past perfect (hadn't arrived)? And, ...
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I already had breakfast vs I've already had breakfast [closed]

I am new here, it looks like a wonderful community. I have a question, are both of these sentences correct and do they mean the same thing? I already had breakfast / I've already had breakfast Thank ...
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If clauses - if + past + would have?

Is the following sentence correct? "If you understood, you would not have said that." The way I've learned, it should have been either "If you understood, you would not say that" ...
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Should I asterisk out “Blacks” when quoting a racially-prejudiced writer? [closed]

I am writing an article headline and am quoting a person who posted a Tweet referring to "blacks", meaning Black people, negatively. This is for a UK news website and the OP is also English/...
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Have something to give someone or give TO someone

Very commonly, I have seen people use: I have nothing to give you. But, why is the most common usage I have no advice to give to our viewers. And is “I have no advice to give our viewers” wrong? ...
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What is a word or phrase that can be used to refer to media entities like TV programs, newspaper articles, etc

I'm looking for a word or a short phrase that can be used as a collective term for different "units" of media: term that encompasses most if not all of the following: TV programs, talk ...
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What is the contextual meaning of “Elaborate on” [closed]

I could not understand the word "elaborate on" in the context of this sentence from an academic research paper. I have seen mainly, elaborate means in detail but I could not find any usage ...
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Name of the low wall at the edge of a loft

A loft overlooking the main floor. The loft is not a complete floor so there is an edge that has a low wall maybe one third or one half the height of the room... I think of 'parapet', 'bulwark' but ...
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How to use “or” and the adverb “as”?

The preface of the book, Physics and Music (Dover Publications), states: Almost everyone enjoys music, whether as a performer or as a listener. I was wondering if such a repetition of as is ...
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Is there a difference between “after 3 days from the date” and “3 days after the date”?

I received a message from bank regarding a transaction I made. The line was: please raise dispute after 3 working days from the date of transaction If I were to send this, I would have written: ...
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How to use the past perfect construction correctly? [migrated]

Do the following sentences make sense in terms of tenses? (Or how do I make the tenses right?) When the man was hit by a truck, it took two hours before he was successfully resuscitated. When the ...
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I would like to know the correct usage of sanctimony [closed]

Sanctimony or sanctimoniousness-which is right
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Is cooped up like a pig correct? [closed]

The phrase ''cooped up'' comes from ''cooped up like a chicken'' in a chicken coop. What about other animals ? Is there a specific phrase for say a pig ? My French friend sent me a text saying that ...
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Is this a correct sentence: “It can be more expedient to supplement the diet rather than improve it.”?

Question While there may be other issues I'm specifically interested in the use of the word "expedient". To me this sentence sounds off, can something be "more expedient" or is ...
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Rhetorical strategy by collecting many agreeing individual perspectives to prove something right/wrong

I believe there is a specific rhetorical strategy by using large number of agreeing perspectives to prove the author's point (e.g. Person A said...Person B also stated...Company C explained) The ...
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Older or younger than 3 months old?

The below is an excerpt of a document requirement for a UK visa: a bank statement dated no more than three months earlier than the date of application showing transactions relating to [...] We're ...
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What is the meaning and derivation of 'cowp'?

I just received an email from Scotland with the word 'cowp' in it. I had a vague recollection from my own Scottish background of such a word but could not remember what it meant. The OED has only this ...
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Word for a person who loves to read [duplicate]

What do you call a person who loves to read?
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What is the meaning of the “narrow” road/path metaphor?

All my life, I've regularly heard phrases such as: Walk on the narrow road, never steering off into Hell! Don't listen to the Devil trying to lure you into his dark path! This, to me, metaphorically ...
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single quote and double quote

I have a question around the use of single and double quote. To the best of my knowledge, single quote is used to invite attention to a specific word in a sentence or to enclose double quotes within a ...
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Why is it 'Next of Kin' instead of just 'Kin'?

Newspaper reports are abound with the phrase Next of Kin especially in the context of accidents. Kin is defined as One's family and relations. Next of Kin is defined as A person's closest living ...
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What is the longest 1-word sentence?

I recently discovered the wonderful grammatically correct "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" sentence and I was curious if it is possible to construct a longer,...
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What is the role of “that” leading the sentence?

This is a sentence in the Queen's speech regarding the fight against Covid-19. It starts with a "that" which I think is not necessary. As "the attributes" already serve as the ...
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Is 'Cloud High' correct as a title? [closed]

I want to express 'high as clouds', but as a title, such as title of a movie. Is it correct?
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Are the words “how” and “howl” pronounced the same?

I can see some differences when I listen to someone saying “Howl“ with the purpose of showing how it is pronounced. But I want to know if in a native would be able to tell which word someone is saying ...
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Word or phrase for knowingly engaging in bad behavior

I want to specifically talk about behavior that doesn’t affect other people like a bad diet or gambling. Also it doesn’t necessarily have to influence a person’s life so badly, it could be something ...
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What is the meaning of “N” in this sentence?

The meaning of "jackrabbit" in Oxford dictionary is: a large N American hare(=an animal like a large rabbit) with very long ears. My question is what is the meaning of "N" in this ...
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Can on be used with next day in this case?

My teacher texted this You would need to submit on the next date of your exam I know on can't be used with next day and therefore the line should be you would need to submit next day of your exam ...
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What is a noun describing the sense of an adjacent train moving off?

Picture this. You are sitting on the station on a train nestling your coffee, sandwich and newspaper. That train moves off, briefly making one think one's train is moving backwards when it is not. Or -...
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How again was it

Could anyone please explain the part in bold to me. I didn't get it. ▪"𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 that you convinced me to do this?" the boy said to his friend before they jumped out of ...

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