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Is there any idiom or expression for someone who gets something without any kind of effort?

Is there any idiom or expression for someone who gets something without any effort? like a guy got a job without doing anything.. I want a idiom by which i can mock him
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“Valid through 2021” means until when?

If some validity period, say a promotion, specifies "valid through 2021", does that mean until Dec 31, 2021, or Jan 1, 2021? This is in the USA, if this differs around the world.
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How does the pitch change through the phrase “a gorgeous young model”?

When one pronounces the phrase a gorgeous young model in a very normal way (without any special stress to emphasize a specific meaning), which word will be said in the highest pitch, which word ...
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To dress vs to clothe

Is there any difference in meaning between "to dress" and "to clothe"? According to the Cambridge Dictionary “to clothe" is "to provide or cover someone with things to wear". Therefore, I infer that "...
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Colloquial reductions of TO in sentences

Lately I read again my old English book and find out something that I don't understand. It's about Colloquial reductions, the book says that there are two ways to pronounce "to" in the sentences: /tə/ ...
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Can possessives in the middle of a word exist?

According to one online dictionary, the apostrophe-s combination is an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, especially those not ...
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When to use past perfect

What is the difference between the following: 'I had eaten before I left the house.' 'I ate before I left the house.' Is one more 'correct' (at least to a pedant) than the other?
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Proverb or expression for a situation with two choices, one desirable and one undesirable [on hold]

For example, a choice between heaven or hell.
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What's the grammatical principle behind the use of 'for' with an adjective?

The following common expressions are in the form of for in conjunction with an adjective: (give/take) for granted (leave) for dead for better/worse for sure/certain There doesn't seem to be anything ...
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Repetition of the indefinite article with several nouns

Now there's another question for the repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives, but my question here is rather about nouns. Examples: She's a manager and a shareholder. or She's ...
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Please check my WRITING IELTS TASK 2. Thank you [on hold]

Write about the following topic. Buying things on the Internet, such as books, air tickets and groceries, is becoming more and more popular. Do the advantages of shopping in this way outweigh the ...
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Verb tense for describing an imaginary situation

I am writing an essay for TOEFL writing task in which I want support the argument that smaller classes work better in terms of learning quality. In the essay, I am describing a situation but I an not ...
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Testament of Youth meaning

In the famous autobiography 'Testament of Youth' by Vera Brittain, what the word 'Testament' means? Does it mean 'testimony', 'era', or 'pledge'/'promise'?
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Was 'help' pronounced starting with a vowel sound?

In The King James Bible, Genesis: 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. I have ...
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The use of “deduce”, “infer” and “ gauge”

I am having trouble with the differences among the words "deduce", "infer" and "gauge". I have referred to the dictionary Word Master which gives the following definitions for the three words. ...
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Why “it” is used for two words connected with or?

could you please tell me why we use "it" and "that" as singular pronouns in this sentence? Do we always do the same in Eglish or we can you use plural pronouns instead too? : Blockquote Skin too ...
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Specifying a proper noun after a general noun

Consider this example sentence: The proceeds go to the non-profit organizations Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Children's International. Is "the" needed before "non-profit organizations"? Is ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement In: There only exist

I am writing a scientific essay. In some context, containing books and scientific papers, the following sentences are used frequently: "there only exist": This is precisely what empirists (...
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what means “low ceilling means in ”The old man at the bridge"?

The line comes from The Old Man At The Bridge By Ernest Hemingway.Here is the line: It was Easter Sunday and the Fascists were advancing toward the Ebro.It was a gray overcast day with a low ceiling ...
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What does “A or B does not…” mean?

In a digital card game I'm playing I see this text: If this follower's attack or defense has not been increased by a spell or effect, destroy this follower. ("attack" and "defense" is a numeric value ...
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What does “no worse than” mean in this phrase?

“When we consider either the history of opinion or the ordinary conducf of human life, to what is it to be ascribed that the one and the other are no worse than they are?” I am confused by what this ...
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What does a restrictive phrase limit the meaning of?

Is there a surefire way to work out what a restrictive (essential) phrase "limits" (I've seen this word in this context) the meaning of? Here e.g. it limits the word that precedes it: My sister ...
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Need help selecting between the two [on hold]

Should it be an "English Professional Editor" or "Professional English Editor"?
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Meaning of “controversy surrounding”

The controversy surrounding [something] If there are 2 sides, 1 side supporting [something] and another side opposing [something], which side does it represent?
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Is/Are list with 2nd person and 3rd person [duplicate]

Should you use is or are here: I can't tell is you or Amanda is/are the best. I know with you it would be are. I know with Amanda it would be is. And I know with a list of Amanda and Dave it ...
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jersey vs sweater

I checked today the definition of "jersey" in Word Reference dictionary (https://www.wordreference.com/definition/jersey) and found: a close-fitting knitted sweater or shirt I think that the ...
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The use of a/an article

Today I came across something very interesting (perhaps, maybe easy, I don't know :) So, here is the thing. Why do we use some words ending with "ache" with an article (in case of headache) and some ...
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Is this a run on sentence? Do I need to put a comma before “who”, indicating an aside?

He gave each of them one manufactured flaw given that they were sort of prototypes who later are defined in 'BL 2049' as also having the ability to reproduce.
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use of Complementary in specific context

Whenever I used to read some academic books, I frequently read this sentence ""complementary value of each other meaning"". Like, if would put prefix to this sentence it will look like, Reliability ...
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Diagramming sentences

How would I diagram these two: "The brightness, reaching him now, was fragile ice crystal with a refracted and cold light in it." "Her face, turned to him now, was fragile milk crystal with a soft ...
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Is there a word for Negative Nostalgia

Nostalgia is generally positive memories (sometimes through rose colored glasses) of past events. Is there a word for the surfacing of negative/unhappy feelings/memories? So for example, one might ...
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Word for “this is an example of the type of incident being discussed”?

Here's an example context: Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about stores overpricing their bacon. The recent event in which the store priced bacon at $100/lb is a perfect ___ of this. ...
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Abroad or onboard [on hold]

In the following sentence I have to find the error The ship sank and everyone abroad drowned. I think instead of abroad onboard should be used, and it is the only error. But the answer given in my ...
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Is the presence of “heir” inside “their” coincidence or do they have a relationship [on hold]

As I try to remember the meaning of there and their it occurred to me that their contains heir and that relationship might be helpful to remember the meaning: their: belonging to or associated with ...
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Is the usage of trip correct?

The following is an example sentence in my book Some passengers flew to Paris on the last trip Is the use of trip idiomatic? Trip is a short journey made for pleasure. I think it is not correct ...
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But though we be the children of technology

Modern man is the child of technology, which is influencing and shaping the progress of all his affairs, But though we be the children of technology, we must be its masters and not its slaves. ...
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Questions about choices of tenses and plural/singular (scientific writting)

We assumed that the annual device scrape rate is/rate was/rates are/rates were 10% from 1960 to 1979, 30% from 1980 to 1999, and 60% from 2000 onwards. I know if mentioning hypotheses, we need to ...
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Is this punctuation correct? [on hold]

I'm not sure the punctuation in the sentence bellow is correct: ...Could be a big difference to some of our students' future's
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Alternative Phrasing for “High, Medium, and Low” when referring to price points [on hold]

Essentially, I have three options I am showing and they are in a range of high, medium, and low. However, "low" generally has a negative connotation. Does anyone have a better alternative? I do not ...
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Definite article before body parts [on hold]

She has cut her finger. Does this mean whether 'she had cut herself' or 'she cut some other girl's finger' She has cut her on the finger Or 3 .She has cut the finger of her. Could ...
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Is “financial low” correct?

I need to translate baja financiera (Spanish) or baixa financeira (Portuguese) into English. That idiom is a noun phrase used to describe a partial or total payment of a purchase or sale. I'll give ...
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Tense for Character scratch [on hold]

Which is the right tense to use while writing someone's character scratch
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Capitalization of Product Name

Do you capitalize common nouns once adding a company's name in front? For example, if the name of the company is Luigi's would "Luigi's extra virgin olive oil" become "Luigi's Extra Virgin Olive Oil". ...
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What is the plural form of regex? [on hold]

As the title says, what is the correct plural form of regex? To my knowledge, regex is an abbreviation for regular expression. I see that some sources suggest regexes and regexen are both correct. ...
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How long should a list item be?

Can a list item have have more than one paragraph? if so, how many is the maximum recommended? and when that type of lengthy list item is used? Is there a difference in length between bullet and ...
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Is there a name for using a word twice in a row to express different levels of a similar thing? [duplicate]

There are a few phrases myself and others around me will use to change the meaning. The first example is “out”: Shall we go out? — meaning “Shall we go to the pub?” vs Shall we go out out? — ...
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What tense should I use in the following sentence

I would like to know what is the appropriate tense in the following sentence. An emperor would/will always be an emperor, no matter how badly he botched/botches his job, but a president or a PM ...
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Singular they = general they

Well, here is the situation. I have four students. They did a test. Suppose that the regulation is a student getting a score below 40 gets the remark "study hard" which is written at the bottom of the ...
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IELTS TASK 2 writing [on hold]

Some people think that parents should teach children how to be good members of the society. Others, however, believe that school is the place to learn this.Disscus ? There is no doubt that education ...

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