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"Would rather" in narrative past

Let's say that we have a sentence like: He would rather the door didn't open. Which means that he has a preference that the door wouldn't open. How can we express it in the past? - That he preferred ...
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Plural or singular object that belongs to them

A recent discussion within the family asked whether it was correct to use the singular or plural form of an object that belonged to "them" when them was used to mean a group of people. The ...
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Clarification of ambigious meaning of "stay away from...as much as possible" in a sentence [closed]

In the following sentence: Well, he couldn‘t be much of a papa: he to stay away from his daughter as much as possible. From my knowledge the English language, I think it might imply distance: "...
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It isn’t going to/won’t rain today

We are told to use “be going to” whenever we guess something based on some present evidence that we have. It’s also noticeable that “will” has more certainty when compared to “be going to”. I was ...
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When to put comma only or comma with conjunctions to separate items inside brackets (,) (, and )

I was wondering about when to put comma only or comma with connectors to separate items inside brackets (,) (, and ). This is an example: Health status (physical, mental, biological, psychological) ...
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Can the word "famous" have a negative connotation? [closed]

I know that there is a word "infamous" to express "famous" with a negative connotation. My question is if the word "famous" itself can have negative connotation. If the ...
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On this night vs In this night

In this night of wonder or On this night of wonder, which is correct? The full context is God from heav’nly splendour Comes to earth below; In/On this night of wonder, The world is all aglow.
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What does "Government is a corporation in the limit" mean?

In one of the videos Elon Musk defines Government as a "corporation in the limit". What does "in the limit" mean in this context ? As retweeted, a more complete quotation is: "...
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What is the meaning of "take-haver"?

There's an interesting article in Mother Jones on how to pronounce "omicron". (Apparently, both short and long Oh versions are correct.) This sentence appeared near the end And while we ...
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"Year followed year" phrase, and missing 'a' article

Maybe some of you will know, why isn't there any article 'a' before the nouns 'year' in the phrase "year followed year"? This phenomenon is also present in phrases like "year after year&...
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Do you think these four sentences are acceptable? [closed]

I'm writing my graduation essay and need some research about it. The title of my paper is 'A contrastive study on English verb and Japanese verb from the aspect of cognitive typology.' I'm especially ...
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What is a word for "services not provided" or "Goods paid for not delivered"?

What is a word for "services not provided" or "Goods paid for not delivered"? For example: The "scam" is a word for a dishonest scheme. The word "fraud" is a ...
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How to use "THEME" (when talking about literature) correctly in a sentence?

"This has been a recurring theme in many of the recent dystopian novels." Is this sentence correct? Thanks and regards.
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Word for someone with great command of English

What's the word that can be used to describe someone who has mastery over English? They have command over the way that they use English, and they are perceptive in how they read English. Doesn't have ...
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How can I rewrite 'with whom' in this sentence [closed]

Here's a sentence in my essay: These institutions will allow me to work with peers with whom we have similar academic interests. I think to make it grammatically correct, I may want to use 'with ...
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Meaning of "Mindtrap" by Blank Banshee

Musixmatch lyrics page Song on YouTube Song on Spotify Hello, I'm not the best at interpreting writing and I was wondering if there was an underlying theme/meaning behind the lyrics to Blank Banshee's ...
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Is there a (more-or-less) established spelling for “the us[ual]”?

Unusual orthography When you visit your local diner, or favorite bar, and the server wants to know if you’d like your standard order, the thing you always get, they’ll often inquire, in shorthand: ...
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How is "Dogs dogs fight fight" grammatical?

I got this from https://youtu.be/yj-qmd4Cb78?t=1555 at 25:55 Can you help me make sense of this sentence? The presenter’s explanation "Dogs that other dogs fight, themselves fight." didn’t ...
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Is there a verb meaning "to submit an intent"? [closed]

When a user clicks on a software button, they are submitting their intent for some action within the system to occur. I am needing to provide a name for this submission of intent using a past ...
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Which one is grammatically correct?and why? [closed]

In this regard, the theories that will be referred to are all founded personally by me. Or In this regard, the theories that will be referred to are all founded by me personally.
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hyphens with numbers and counting

I am trying to describe a ongoing situation that has gone over for over three months. Would it be correct to say a three-months-and-counting situation or three-months and counting situation?
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Future perfect continuous tense of be verb [closed]

The future perfect continuous tense of 'be' verb is a possibility? 1 I will have been being in the cinema industry for 3 months by this Christmas. Is this type of sentence construction used in the ...
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Is this a common pattern that we use intransitive form of verb, when the object that verb needs is on the previous sentence? [closed]

For example, I made up this phrase, in the second sentence I used the intransitive meaning of the verb. Is this a common pattern? Communities can never have their own currency. Instead, they always ...
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Is the term “donor” appropriate to refer to a machine used for parts? [closed]

For example, I am intending to purchase an iCloud locked phone to use for parts. Would calling the phone a “donor” be appropriate in such a context?
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How can “Harold” and “Herald” ever sound the same?

I was reading a book¹ recently where the main protagonist is fixated on homonyms and has rules that proper nouns are not homonyms and gives Harold and herald as an example of words that sound the same ...
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Has the word individual 'outcompeted' that of person historically?

Would it be correct to say that the word individual have 'outcompeted' that of person since 17th century in everyday English, as well as in social sciences later on? According to etymonline.com's ...
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A term for the property of being able to be accessed by many people?

How do I say that a given object has the property that it can be accessed by many people? I am trying to use that property in a sentence as follows: Y is unreliable since it inherits the *property ...
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Omitting "Which was" [closed]

In the following sentence, I am not sure whether I can omit "which was". Omitting is suggested to me by a famous grammar software. Wouldn't "developed" then (after omitting) refer ...
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Gauss vs Gauss' vs Gauss's? [duplicate]

Which of the three should be used? Gauss law vs Gauss' law vs Gauss's law? The middle one seems most correct but does that make the others incorrect? Or is it a matter of preference. Also, how do the ...
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"Choose burger" or "Choose the burger" or "Choose a burger". Picking the right article [closed]

Which one is correct? Specifically, the context is a restaurant menu with multiple choices available when the main item/dish is picked. Should articles be used generally when listing choices? Could ...
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'A pair of shoes is/are odd.' Is there a name for this double meaning regarding singularity/plurality?

If I say : I have a pair of shoes that is odd, the meaning would be that there was something odd about the pair. Perhaps the shoes are bright green with pink spots. But if I say : I have a pair of ...
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Is there a word like 'mischievousness' that doesn't imply childishness? [closed]

I want to describe an adult person who goes against what they're told, but mischievousness implies that the subject is a child. I came up with 'contrarian' but it didn't quite suit what I was looking ...
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Ladies’ Captain or Ladies Captain? [closed]

I write a newsletter for our Golf Club. Should I sign it off as Sue. Ladies’ Captain. Or Sue. Ladies Captain. ??
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"Transgress the literary/genre fiction divide"

"The novel transgresses the literary/genre fiction divide." Is it proper to say that something transgresses a divide? Is a binary also transgressed? and can we use use the slash punctuation ...
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What is an idiom for making a situation worse in your efforts to make a different one better? [duplicate]

Maybe it doesn't exist, but I feel like there's an idiom for a situation where, in an effort to solve one issue, you exacerbate or create a second related issue, probably directly. Out of the frying ...
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"In this regard" vs "in regards to this"

I am not a native English speaker but have had English as the medium of instruction throughout my education. While writing an email application, I wrote this line as a concluding statement. "Let ...
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Literature Authorities On Past Participle Following A Noun [closed]

Can anyone cite something from an old time well-known writer (preferably Shakespeare) in which that writer put a noun before a past participle and used the combination as a noun phrase or part of noun ...
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Is it alright to say "give him my love" to a friend for his/her child?

I have understood the meaning of the phrase "give him my love" from doing a google search. I am not sure if the phrase can be used in the context described in the question. Is that sound ...
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How would you diagram "He delights in his toys"

Settling a friendly argument: The sentence "He delights in his toys" seems to me to diagram with "in his toys" as an adverbial from the verb "delights". How would you ...
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Why does "I'm sure" used in a sentence sometimes reduce apparent certainty?

Take these two sentences as example: This road is closed during football games. I'm sure this road is closed during football games. Why does the first sentence convey more certainty, when the second ...
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'This is not what you think' Is there any way to frame this sentence without using 'not' or any other words meaning the same

You would need to come up with sentences meaning the same as this without actually using not or similar words/synonyms and actually the sentence shouldn't be showing any negative vibes or emotion
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English equivalent of Russian "понаберут по объявлению" [duplicate]

In Russian, there's an idiom "понаберут по объявлению". Directly it can be translated as "[they] recruit by ads". The intention behind this idiom is to derogate the one who was &...
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THis is a question regarding the use of "I ,me or mine or myself" [closed]

What is the correct way to write the following sentence: It is a favorite past time of my son and I, especially when attending ball games. Is it "my son and me" or "my son and I" ...
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Remove duplicate use of "and" with different strengths?

I wrote the following sentence in English: Part of a development group responsible for releasing security solutions for Google’s Security product and investigating devices while understanding their ...
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Is "feed someone" a derogatory expression?

I'm not a native English speaker. I'm not sure if the following expressions are offensive: I want to feed you. Please feed me. I found an excellent creator here. Let's feed them! Because I'm fond of ...
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Is this poem grammatically correct and does it suit English poetry structure? [closed]

Anida You haven't heard my reply, coming out from it, a single lie. Hence, deserves it do not I, who you are accusing in sinful tie. Shall my soul be cleaned when I die? Or gods have turned a blind ...
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About the definition of the word “study”

I and some friends were debating about whether the following question is correctly formed or not. Are the multiple choices are accurate and suitable for the question? We all agree that answer number “...
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‘Two people have a baby’ interpretation

Why do some people say ‘Two people have a baby’ can mean ‘two people have a baby each’ but others say it can’t mean ‘two people have a baby each’ if there’s no ‘each’? Two people have a baby. A: It ...
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Was unprecedented or is unprecedented? [duplicate]

I am writing about the GME short squeeze that happened in January 2021. At some point, I want to say that short squeezes are nothing new in finance, but the way it was triggered was not seen before. ...
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Is there a term for "inner circumference"?

A box will have an outer circumference and a smaller "inner circumference". Is there a common word or technical term for an "inner circumference"? This presumes that a "...

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