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Word for symbolic prodecure with little purpose?

For example, I am taking an online Calculus test because of Covid-19 that would normally be taken in person. The in-person test requires photo IDs to be checked of all test takers to make sure they ...

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“Now I want to rewatch this movie”

I've seen a lot of people use "Now I want to watch the movie again", but and I wonder if 'I want to rewatch the movie' is just as correct

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forbid her anything and it became her desire

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin “And Arya, well . . . Ned’s visitors would oft mistake her for a stableboy if they rode into the yard unannounced. Arya was a trial, it must be said. Half a boy ...

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Type 2 conditional “If we liked to…” or “If we would like to…”

Normally, type 2 conditional follows syntax: If [simple past clause], [present conditional clause]. For example: If we had high accuracy, we would need a lot of processing power. But is it possible ...

1 answers | 1 hour ago by Malakias on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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“Where did I see this” or “Where did I saw this”?

My friend and I have been arguing about it. I may be wrong, but is the former of the given choices the correct one?

1 answers | 1 hour ago by Kleds on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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Is using “than with” to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause is grammatically correct?

"Human processor model of interaction, in cognitive psychology, views the user as another computer in the system. In this model, the user is like a computer processor that takes input from the system ...

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“focus lies” vs “focus lays”

Are both "focus lies" and "focus lays" dramatically correct? Do they mean the same? Examples Our focus lays on the electronic and mechanic sectors. Our focus lies in renewable ...

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The grammatic name and function for “what he did” is bad

The full sentence is: What he did is bad. So I need the grammatical name and function for "what he did".

1 answers | 3 hours ago by Brownie on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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present simple in future

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin "A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid." I ...

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Meaning and use of “while so be as” in this context

I guess it roughly means "as long as". But I don't understand the grammar. I don’t know how long I may live, or how soon I may die; but I know that if I was capsized, any night, in a gale ...

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Can we use “in” + “today”?

I was writing a text to a friend and my sentence was "sorry to disturb you for the second time in today". Is this sentence right, or should I go with "sorry to disturb you for the ...

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Can we use “the more” in comparative sentence?

When I was solving English tests, I came across this question. Of the two athletes, Ronald has been ..... in winning cups than Kane a) more successful b) successful c) the more successful d) the ...

1 answers | 7 hours ago by iMb on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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I care for or about my life?

I'd like to know if it's I care for my life or about my life. Does anybody know which is the right answer? Or if both are correct?

1 answers | 7 hours ago by Glenky on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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Sentence order of “The World forgetting …”

From the Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope is the line "The world forgetting, by the world forgot" I know the intended meaning of the line, so I didn't post on Literature StackExchange. I ...

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“I wasn't expecting” vs.“I didn't expect”

Suppose someone drops by and you say "Hey, I didn't expect to see you today" or "Hey, I wasn't expecting to see you today". What is the difference between those two sentences? To ...

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Grammar and punctuation check

Have I made any grammar errors in the below sentences? We use best combination technologies, services and solutions to meet our customers’ business and IT requirements, and they trust us to augment ...

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Could we say “no more data” at the bottom of the web page?

When you try to scroll the page to the bottom, and it has a prompt for you, no more data Is it OK? Thank you for your answer!

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When someone's scared and closes his eyes with his palms, how do I describe this action?

A question of word usage: in a situation when something scares a kid and he cowers, closes his eyes tight and puts his hands over his eyes, how can I describe the last action? He shielded his eyes ...

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Finalize my quarantine?

I was wondering if it sounds natural to say "Your 14-day quarantine and medical observation has been finalized". I don't quite understand why the word "finalized" could be used in ...

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Sequence of tenses involving a parenthetical clause?

In the following sentence, is it necessary to use the past in the parentheses? Is it a sequence of tenses at all? You might create a table in a database using SDC as a model (if it met all of your ...

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Is there a name for syllables connected with hyphens which might be read as multiple words?

Is there a name for syllables connected with hyphens which can be read as multiple words? For example in one of my songs I have the lines: When you escape from, re-hab-its … more than your soul, cares ...

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Could for possibility

Do we say : - we could go to see the match on Sunday. Or - We could go and see the match on Sunday.

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“If you were to …” or “If you …” or “If you will …”

If you were to go home, you would feel better versus If you went home, you would feel better versus If you will go home, you will feel better Are all the above correct? Are there circumstances ...

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Is “I live in a country that speaks the language.” correct?

I'm learning English. Today I came across this sentence "I live in a country that speaks the language". My question is why the country speaks the language. I would write the sentence like ...

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Is it correct to write “Request to Help” as a subject line for an email?

I sent an email to the IT Dept. to ask for a technical help. I had googled some suggestions for a suitable subject line and found "Request to help...". I used it, but then I thought it was not be ...

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complete actions in the future for the future continuous

In the book, English grammar in use, there is a sentence, "We also use will be -ing to talk about complete actions in the future." What does 'complete actions' mean? To indicate the action ...

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A question about “spend on”

The following sentence is a sentence in my composition, and I think it is reasonable to write a sentence in this way. However, a grammar checker has said that the preposition word is unnecessary. Is ...

1 answers | 23 hours ago by zhenlingcn on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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Use of “but” by Jack London

The subordinate clause "From the way..." I understand the meaning of, however the main clause's meaning I do not. Would, if rephrased as, "I wouldn't wonder this time but what he [would ...

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Prioritisations of Grammar Rules

Had there been food, love-making and fighting would have gone on apace, and the pack-formation would have been broken up. Upon first reading this sentence from White Fang, my intuition was to ...

2 answers | yesterday by TomDot Com on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange english.stackexchange.com
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Maybe vs Probably? There is a lot of confusion

Maybe/Might = >0% something will occur Probably = It is likely something will occur Why does saying "probably" imply more confidence than "maybe/might" if both imply that ...

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