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    in vs at

    I am not a teacher, but I work in my native language of English. You can not generalize between "in" and "at." It is a matter of current practice, and I don't know how to impart the experience needed to decide. There are no rules that I know of. To be "in" school can mean either that you are...
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    'Don't let the door hit ...', what does this mean?

    It is an insult. It says "Get out of here FAST, go away - and don't let the door hit you on the way out." Do not ever say this to a friend.
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    Cock-a-doodle-doo

    Dogs go woof, woof (or growl, growl with their mouths closed.) Cats go meow, meow. A kitten goes mew, mew. Cows go moo, moo. Birds go tweet, tweet. Donkeys? I don't know. Frogs go croak, croak. Lions go grrr, or roar. Ducks go quack, quack. A stone in water goes splash. A car in an accident goes...
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    formal letter

    I don't know what format was introduced in this site. But ... you had better check your spelling before you mail it.
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    to broaden the range of music

    The first option is fine. In the second option, "musical" would be better, since it is an adjective. In the third one, I would say "... his students' knowledge of music."
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    Help

    The English word is "conjugation."
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    incorporate/put more activities into her class

    They mean about the same, but incorporate sounds better.
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    understand

    "understand" is correct. The verb "does" goes with the noun "everyone," which is considered to be a singular noun. The declarative sentence "Everyone understands the instructions..." is different in that the verb is different from the verb used in the question.
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    a few questions...

    2. The main verb is "is." "to introduce a new topic" is a noun clause, and is the object of "is." 3. It means "In modern western societies, all forms of clothing feel the impact of fashion." The two negatives, no and not, cancel one another.
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    sentence formation

    Although unlikely, the first version could be interepreted as "shooting dozens of dead protesters." Preferable would be "fatally shooting dozens of protesters, which emphasizes the adverbial position of "dead."
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    Conditionals

    Even native English speakers are a little ambiguous about this in everyday speech. Could send, would send, will send, or just send would fit nicely here. But "sent" is a little off the mark, implying that it has already been done. Also a little ambiguous is the "would be" - you could also say...
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    hold up x hold-up (holdup)

    Be careful about using holdup as one word. A holdup is the use of a gun to rob someone. To delay is always to hold up, two words.
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    "How many ears of corn should I get for dinner?"

    Corn is measured in ears. When we go to the market, we usually buy a dozen ears of corn. It is the same usage as loaf in "a loaf of bread" or slice in "a slice of bread." It is not always necessary to use "ear" when speaking of corn, when it is obvious that the whole ear is involved. For...
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    undertaken, fulfillment of corrective measures

    I would change it to read: "Noise levels are measured, but there is no control over corrective measures to be undertaken. In turn, this means that there is no guarantee that workplaces meet health standards and rules." "Sanitary" often implies the control of contamination, not usually noise.
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    part of speech

    "Very" can be an adjective ("This is the very thing you need") or an adverb ("It's very cold today"). "Most" can be an adverb ("This is the most expensive automobile"), an adjective ("He got the most votes"), or a noun ("When the money was divided, she got the most").
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