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“High and Fine” is it an American slang?

I heard someone describing another as "a high and fine person". I couldn't find this phrase online. It is certainly not high and dry as it doesn't fit the context of their conversation. I wonder if ...
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Is there any grammatical or semantic error in the following sentences?

I come across the following sentences in an exercise question. It seems to me that directly using "poor risks", "average risks", and "good risks" to represent companies in the poor-risk category, ...
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Word to describe something characterized by facades?

Is there a word like facadal or facadeous? The context it is being used in is - "in an increasingly ___ society".
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A word for things that can affect the ground

I'm looking for a term that can describe any form of effect on a ground. Say it's rained, well, the ground would have water on it. It doesn't matter if it's asphalt, dirt, grass, or sand, if it's ...
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British use of a/an before words that begin with a consonant

I've noticed that during conversations on this website of whether to use "a" or "an" before words like "history" and "hypothesis" (words that begin with a consonant), those who are British tend to ...
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Will - Would usage

“When PrimeMinister NarendraModi visits the city as the guest of honour at Eastern Economic Forum in september, he Would be announcing India’s plans to invest in Russia’s Far east, thus, paying back ...
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Here There Be Dragons

The following is an excerpt from the August 12 New York Times. What does the headline “Here There Be Dragons” mean? Here There Be Dragons. But Can They Survive an Invasion of Tourists? KOMODO ...
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When as a conjunction

Mrs Tan left the school to fetch her son. It was one o'clock.(use when to combine) It was one o'clock when Mrs Tan left the school to fetch her son. Mrs Tan left the school to fetch her son when it ...
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Punish everyone for the action of one

Many of us have experienced this as early in life as primary school. One person in a group does something stupid, and everyone has to pay the price. Minimal, Complete, Verifiable Example Imagine ...
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Is it actually incorrect to follow certain verbs with a that-clause?

I found a webpage saying certain verbs are followed by infinitives rather than that-clauses. However, is it actually incorrect to use a that-clause with certain verbs, for example, with the verb "...
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Difference between retiring and withdrawing a sports team from a season

What is the correct verb to say when a sports team decides to not take part in the running season: withdraw or retire? Is there a difference between withdrawal and retirement of teams in the sports ...
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pleasure derived from time in nature

What is a word that means pleasure derived from nature? I'm working on an assignment where I need to identify my personal values. So I started by thinking about the non-material things that mean the ...
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Why perfect aspect was used in this sentence

While reading a book, I came across the sentence: What I would give to have met him. My question is why did the author use have met?
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Meaning of “as well asleep as awake”

What does "as well asleep as awake" mean in this sentence? I think it overall means it's so evident that you can sleep no matter what, but I would like to know what "awake" supposed to mean here. Can ...
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Is “falls on” the right term in this sentence?

Is "falls on" the right term in this sentence? Should it be "falls to"? I think it sounds incorrect to me — success doesn’t "fall on" some action, right? — but I can't put my finger on what should be ...
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Grammaticality of 'Closed on eve of and public holidays'

I saw a sign that read Closed on eve of and public holidays (1) which obviously meant Closed on eve of public holidays and public holidays (2) This made me wonder if (1) is grammatical. If not,...
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How would I add dialogue to the middle of this sentence?

...greeting him with an awkward "Uh... so, how did it go?" For this sentence, how should I punctuate this? Should I add a comma to 'awkward' like this?: ...greeting him with an awkward, "Uh... so, ...
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Is it “if it was okay” or “if it would be okay”

Which sentence is correct (and why)? If it was okay, I could bring her If it would be okay, I could bring her
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English Philology vs English studies difference in meaning and connotations for Natives?

In Poland, English University major is called "English Philology" (pol. Filologia Angielska), and this is how it is usually translated and communicated. By the Poles. When you google English ...
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A narration question [on hold]

In my exercise there is a question and I have to change its voice. The sentence is as follows "Ah me!" exclaimed the man, "What a rash and bloody deed you have done" The three options are as ...
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A beautiful payoff at the end [on hold]

what is the meaning of the sentence below. I don't undertand what this part means: all the way to what you know is a beautiful payoff at the end. "Maybe the goal is to carry a long story to a group ...
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Does it make sense to say: “Was the discussion with him promising and optimistic ?”

Does it make sense to say: "Was the discussion with him promising and optimistic ?" Is it grammatically correct as well ? P.S. I would like to know how was the discussion between person 1 and ...
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How do you punctuate “ So basically” when it appears at the beginning of the sentence?

How should I write it: So, basically, we had to pay the fine. So basically we had to pay the fine. So, basically we had to pay the fine. OR So basically, we had to pay the ...
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Where does 'talking through your hat' come from?

I've looked it up on phrases.org.uk, which gives the following quote as the first usage: This began life in the USA, in the late 19th century, with a slightly different meaning from the present one....
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Why is 'be' often used instead of 'are' in slang phrases?

Often in slang phrases, the infinitive be is used instead of the standard constructions such as are, and are in the form: plural noun/pronoun be adjective Some examples, found on Urban Dictionary: ...
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Tenth grade dance

"During the middle of a toast to the bride, you don't have to interrupt yourself to tell them you accidentally skipped the part about drinking wineat her house before a tenth grade dance." What is a ...
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Is “temerity” a positive or negative word? [on hold]

I am confused about usage of word like "temerity". Is it a positive or negative quality to have?
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How do I properly and accurately refer to my having bilateral careers?

How do I properly refer to my having bilateral, simultaneous careers? One is full time but the second is an equally specific and committed career path carried out as fully and with an equal level of ...
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Is there a word for anti - or complete lack of political beliefs?

edit Basically, I'm trying to come up with a name for a new motorcycle club. I've been in others before and they seem to get ruined by politics and unnecessary alliances. I am hoping that there's a ...
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Teach + Uncommon Object

After I asked a question on Psychology and Neuroscience SE, some confusion arose over my use of the phrase 'to teach a disorder' I was told that 'to teach a disorder' is a poor choice of words when ...
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Why isn't there a “past past simple” to parallel the past perfect?

“I have eaten (present perfect)” or “I ate (past simple)” both describe actions happened in the past roughly speaking. I know when to use them. The problem is, when I’m narrating a past scenario, and ...
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Is there a difference between “I am male” and “I am a male”?

Both versions seem grammatically correct to me, since the word "male" can be either a noun or an adjective, so it can be used with and without an article. But I wonder, is there any difference in ...
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Can “to ease the consideration of” be used in technical context?

Someone told me that the following sentences are bad English. He specifically critized the bold words. Furthermore, he mentioned that the second sentence cannot be correctly understood. The ...
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Using would have to with if condition

"If we want to put all their ages into the bar chart, we would have to graph separately." I was wondering whether I could use zero conditional with "would have to" or not? Thanks in Advance.
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What's the meaning of “original act of inspired creation”?

In a book that I'm translating from English to Persian I encounter an complicated phrase that I need help with. it's the whole sentence: That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they’d never ...
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Sita was married by Rama

1.Rama married Sita 2.Sita was married by Rama " The Teacher's Travelogue " prepared by the Regional Institute of India, Banglore discussed the use of active and passive voice. It goes on to say ...
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would rather hadn't stayed / not have stayed [migrated]

I think there is difference between these two sentences, but can't quite feel it. Could anyone tell me if there is indeed some distinction. 1) He would rather hadn't stayed for dinner 2) He would ...
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Which one's correct? “Sir was absent” or “Sir were absent” [on hold]

Which of these is correct? 1) "We heard that Sir was absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class." 2) "We heard that Sir were absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class."
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“Shaded with green” vs “shaded by green” as adjective?

I'm really not sure what's the difference, both seem right. The meaning is that the object has a shade of green upon it.
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“many modifies more” or “more modifies many”

Sentence 1 Many more people in poor areas have eye problems. Sentence 2 I have many more books than she does. I have a feeling that Sentence 1 “many more” focuses on “many”, meaning a lot ...
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If the flow “were” working or “was”

I'm trying to understand why the plural is used in this case instead of the singular. The sentence uses the plural version of the past tense of "be" when referring to "the flow". Why is the sentence ...
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Expression like “one piece man” “a man made from one piece”

I've been looking for an expression that I'm sure I've heard often but cannot recall it exactly. It is used to refer about somebody who is "made from one piece" in the sense that implies an honest ...
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Looks or lack of style, nerd [on hold]

I would be so grateful if you paraphrase the following paragraph with simple words. Note that this paragraph refers to a way of self-deprecating yourself in your speech. "Looks or lack of style: We ...
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which one is more idiomatic

The male detects when the female is ready to mate. The male detects that the female is ready to mate. I've looked up the dictionary, found that “detect" is a transitive verb,so shouldn't it must be ...
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Search history or searching history?

Could you please check this sentence? In this update, we've added search history. Now you can easily find any plant you've searched for. Does this sentence sound natural in English?
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Does 'contact number' in BrE refer to the act of contacting or to an electrical telephone contact?

It is common in BrE to use 'contact number' where AmE would use 'telephone number'. Does the 'contact' in 'contact number' refer to the act of making contact, or is there a more technical origin, as ...
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What preposition should I use in this phrase?

I wnat to say 'this ilness invoves women who are in their fertility age'. Which preposition is appropriate? Should I use related to or relating to which is an inflammatory disease RELATING TO/ ...
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Thank God it's Friday, tomorrow is THE weekend. Why the definite article?

Today is Friday. Tomorrow is the weekend. In terms of grammar, how is the definite article justified there? We say: It's noon. It's 12 o'clock. It's August. It's 2019. But we also ...
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To provide or to provide with

Im wondering if the following sentence is correct: The software provides everyone, from the production manager to the CEO, with an integrated solution, allowing them to display KPI's and reports. ...
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enough + (so as) to-infinitive

A paper on 'Modality' has this sentence (page 10, line 221): However, this multiplicity of modal meanings is common enough cross-linguistically, and in languages from different families, so as to ...

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