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Is there any idiom for repeating itself

someone say, an auther or movie writer, keep repeating the old story, or old style, in Chinese, there is a saying called "fried cold rice", meaning dish up the old food, is there any same idiom in ...
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Agreeing with someone

I know that in informal situations there are so many ways to agree with someone. However, with particular constructions, we are sometimes obliged to use certain responses to agree with someone. For ...
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What is called product made by mass production

I am wondering that how to say certain product made by mass production system. I work in development dpt and sometime we should compare brand new product with another product which is currently ...
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What do you call that first encounter which has made a tremendous impact in your life?

I'm trying to think of a word which can describe a first encounter that has made a tremendous impact in my life. Unfortunately, I can't think of one. Is there a word to describe such an event?
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What is the person who is concerned with lavishness called?

Is there any word for some people who are always concerned/obsessed with the lavishness of the environment. For example, they judge people on their wealth and what they own in life, in terms of money ...
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'There is the orange on the table' is this sentence correct?

What I know is this; if both speakers and listeners know what it is, we can use article 'the'. So, here's my question; 'There is the orange on the table'; is this sentence correct? if there is only ...
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A common expression that means agreeing with what everyone else said

So I wanna leave a rate my professor review and leave a comment that's pretty much consistent with what's already been said just for the sake of - in math terms - adding value for the sake of raising ...
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What does ''to'' mean in this context?

The Helpline was set up ten years ago by the Students Union and it aims to provide new students to the university with a service that they can use if they need information about practical areas of ...
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would often and used to

Does it mean the same when I say : "I would often do swimming before but not anymore now "and" I used to do swimming before but not anymore now " When should I use WOULD + OFTEN ?
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Only if you come, will I go out

Is a comma necessary in the above sentence? My teacher was not able to explain why there should be a comma in this sentence whereas she asked me not to put a comma in this sentence- Only if you are ...
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I have taken down notes for the book that I read or I took down notes for books that I have read [migrated]

which one is correct. I have been confused by past tense and present perfect.
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How to use question mark after a name with an exclamation mark at the end

For a company called AnimalsUnite! (made up name) how would you ask the question, What did you think of AnimalsUnite!? The exclamation point is not combined with the question mark so an interrobang ...
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Looking for a Word to Describe This Woman in English

In Québec, we have women who are labelled "Germaine". The word/name can be broken down into "Ger" meaning gérer or manage and "maine" meaning drive. I know we can find "Germaines" all over the world. ...
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Is “The two types of beaver are.” grammatically correct?

Sentence: The two types of beaver are. I was asked in class if this was a fragment. It clearly sounds like one, but it caused me to wonder if the word are can be used intransitively. I know it is ...
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Is it “have always overcame” or “overcame”? [migrated]

I was wondering when should I use "have always overcame" and "overcame." What is the difference between the two? Which one of the following two is correct: Hard work overcame the difficulties, ...
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What's another way of saying that something 'captures the essence' of something?

I'm having a hard time coming up with a similar phrase or word, and have already used 'captures the essence' nearby. In context: Unfortunately, this quantity is impossible to calculate in ...
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What is a word that is used for people who organizes tasks they have to do by how long it will take and by when it needs to be done by? [on hold]

What is a word that is used for people who organizes tasks they have to do by how long it will take and by when it needs to be done ?
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AAVE grammar: Difference between “continue to/keep on” vs “steady”

For those who are speakers of AAVE or those who are relatively learned in this area, could someone explain to me the context in which one would use "steady" as an aspectual marker, and its difference ...
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Is my sentence correct? [on hold]

During my studies, I have experienced in food and beverage's field when I participate in Home Economics Club. Through the club activities, I have learned some basic cooking skills and in handling ...
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Are two (or more) to-infinitives treated as singular?

A friend said to me that two (or more) to-infinitives are treated as singular (whereas gerunds can be treated as plural depending on the situation). Is it true? Or, in this example sentence, which ...
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English idiom for only being able to act in the way you were raised

I'm looking for an English (UK) idiom which I think might be similar to "I can only follow my roots" and means that I can only act in the way I was raised.
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How to properly format a list of verbs with an ambiguous object?

Is there ambiguity in the following sentence? "You will not support, display, or show favor for the drinking of water." I understand it as "You will not support the drinking of water, You will not ...
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Is it correct to use comparative adjectives when not comparing? [on hold]

The sentence is The waiter used to be (...) I know that the comparison is implicit, but should I use "more nice" or "nicer"?
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What's the difference between the structure “I want to know what is love” and “I want to know what love is”? [on hold]

I am an English learner. The form of first sentence I have seen many times, such as in "I want to know what is happening"; the second sentence "I want to know what love is" is the name of a song, I ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? [on hold]

"Humans do so much learning throughout their lives, from birth to death, that learning and development are infinitely linked." Microsoft Word is telling me that there is something wrong with the word ...
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Should the indefinite article be repeated in “a mentor and (a) friend”?

In the following example, is the indefinite article "a" required before each noun (mentor and friend), or can the second "a" be eliminated? EXAMPLE: Over the years, she has become a mentor and a ...
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What is a suitable phrase for the situation?

I had written it down last year, but couldn't find it or remember it. The character has a very unique problem. So she doesn't have any previous knowledge of hers or anyone else's that she can rely ...
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What is a short word for aerial combat? [on hold]

I'm looking for a short, single word that means "aerial combat". Ideally it should be a single syllable (so as to synchronize with other titles that I've already written). Something like "dogfighting",...
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Why is quixotic not Quixotic (a proper adjective)?

Adjectives derived from proper nouns are known as proper adjectives, and are capitalized: A piece of writing could be Shakespearean, not shakespearean. A person may be Canadian, not canadian. Even ...
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How we call someone who knows where he is going

I am trying to find a word which is used to describe someone, who really knows what he wants and how to achieve it, but more important - He has the idea in mind and its clearly visible that he is ...
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What is the right way to write “2 sisters and one brother”?

I would like to write a sentence like this : I dedicate this to all my sisters and my brother I have 2 sisters and one brother. Shoud I write : "my sisters and my brother" or "my sisters and ...
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“remember that smb did” or “remember smb doing ” if 'doing/did' is the stative verb "have' as 'possess'?

I want to explain to my students that we'd rather say "I remember that my friends had two TVsets" than "I remember my friends having two TVsets." Could you help me justify that?
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correct order: Bigger house than or house bigger than

Which one(s) of the following sentences is(are) correct: Example 1: I need a bigger house than my old house. I need a house that is bigger than my old house. I need a house bigger than my old house....
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What is the first date of documented usage and attribution of the term “white race” and/or “white races”?

From own independent research into the origin of the terms, "white" and "race", and specifically the terms "white race" or "white races" as-applied to natural persons, the earliest primary source that ...
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Which tense is correct? Or are they both correct?

The last few meetings HAVE BEEN good. The last few meetings WERE good.
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Before and tenses

I have learned a rule that normally states- two events occur in the past, the earlier event must be in the past perfect and the later event in the past simple. But some sentences confuse me... ...
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“Do we use” versus “are we using”

I am a native German speaker and we are currently translating a protocol for students to English. We are asking questions and wonder what would be correct, a or b? and why. a) Why are we using a ...
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ending to vs. ending of

Is there any differences between 'ending to' and 'ending of'? Are they interchangeable? Here are the examples I read. A lot of people didn't get the ending to our last video. The ending of ...
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“This chapter describes” or “This chapter WILL describe?”

My question is about the use of the present or future tense when describing what the current project being written does/will do: Should it be "This thesis will investigate whether...," or "This ...
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Using would and past tense in the sentense

Why in this yahoo article would is used with the past tense verb? "cut the time it took US missiles" I understand the author writes about future events and still "took the time" as if it happened in ...
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Doubt in comma placement

I need your help in understanding a concept: I have a doubt. Does two two sentence imply same thing or they differ in meaning ?? I will stay at home, if you finish your work on time. I will stay at ...
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Is something “candidate” or “candidated” to become a standard?

The context is technical in the IT field. Taking for example the https protocol would you say: The https protocol is candidate to become in the main standard or The https protocol is candidated to ...
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When I say 'She teaches high school English', do I use H and S as capital? (American English)

When I say 'She teaches high school English', do I use H and S as capital? (American English)
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Using of “due to” and “because of”

I'm actually unable to stand straight due to laughter. OR I'm actually unable to stand straight because of laughing.
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What do you call these in English?

I think the title says it all. Are they called boxes? Columns? I really don't know. It you could help me, that would be very useful :)
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phrase whereby the swapping of words has an entirely new meaning [duplicate]

the bottom has fallen from my world the world has fallen from my bottom These are examples of ?
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What is the name of this verb tense?

Is there a name for the verb tense in this sentence? "He would later become famous."
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What does the preposition “on” mean in these sentences

"You got me on that one" "He blindsided me on that one" "You can correct me on that one" "Trust me on that one" "Choke me on that one" In these sentences, what on earth does the "on" mean? I mean,...
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Staying at Ace vs staying at the Ace; Ace Hotel

Name of hotel is "Ace Hotel". Which is correct: "I am staying at Ace", "I am staying at the Ace" or neither?
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What is the meaning of ''as'' in this context?

The programme starts at 10 o'clock. Try not to be late as it's a very full day.

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