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    [General] Can toddlers acquire English merely by watch English cartoons?

    In my country, it has become quite common for parents to expose their toddlers to English cartoons so that they can learn English. I have seen two cases. What was common between them was that they don't have even a decent English accent. I myself cannot understand most of the sentences they...
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    [Grammar] Sporadic reference

    I was reading my grammar book that I run into this page. I am TOTALLY confused and I can't understand this page. What does sporadic mean here? Is the word "institution" used in its literal meaning here as in there are many financial institutions in New York? What does "the theatre" mean when it...
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    [Grammar] To use or not to use "the" in this sentece

    I'd like to know that should we "use" the in the following sentence or not. Kindly please tell me why "the" should be used or avoided. I have previous experience in translation of different books. I have previous experience in the translation of different books.
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    [Grammar] Plural or singular verb with the word "amenities"

    Of the following sentences, which one is grammatical? The amenities of this room include one single bed. The amenity of this room includes one single bed. I am asking this question because we only have one object after the verb "include".
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    Verb agreement with "a set"

    As the title speaks for itself, would you please be kind enough to let me know which of the following sentences is correct? Is "a set of sth" an indefinite pronoun? If yes, the correct choice must be the first one, right? A set of rules govern our society. A set of rules governs our society.
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    [Grammar] To use or not to use "the"

    I was reading a passage that I came across this paragraph. I wonder that why there is no article "the" before the word "France's" in this paragraph. Can you tell me the reason that the writer has not used such an article in this paragraph? Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy...
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    Can a single countable noun accompany more than one determiner?

    As the title speaks for itself, can a single countable noun accompany more than one determiner? Can you cite a few examples for me?
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    Determining prepositions

    I have a rather simple question to ask. Is it the verb or object of prepositional phrase that determines the required preposition?
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    Article "the" and generalization

    I know that one can use "the" in order to make generalizations in some circumstances for e.g. "the computer changed our lives.", but I cannot really understand how "the" in the following image can mean generalizations .
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    [Grammar] Shall vs should

    One of the usages of shall is that it is used in the sense of do you want me/us to do something as in this sentence: Shall I close the door? Now, my grammar book says that should is used as the past form of the shall in sentences meaning do you want me/us to do something and it softens the...
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    [Grammar] Should have+ PP VS had to

    Hello! In this formula: Should/ought to+ have+ PP, the verb has not actually been fulfilled. For e.g. in this sentence, I should/ought to have called my nephew yesterday. It means that I did not call my nephew yesterday, but for me as a native speaker of Persian the following sentence has the...
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    [Grammar] Must/have to VS had

    Hello! How do these two sentences differ with one another? 1) John said I must/have to study hard. 2) John said I had to study hard.
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    Past tense + should

    Hi! Consider the following sentence: Joe said he should visit the doctor. What does the aforementioned sentence mean? Does it mean that it was better for Joe to visit the doctor yesterday, but he really didn't do so? Or in other words, is it another equivalent for this sentence: Joe should...
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    Should have + PP

    Consider this sentence: Joe should have visited the doctor yesterday. It means that Joe did not visit the doctor yesterday, although he was advised to do so. Now, consider this dialogue: A: Should Joe have visited the doctor yesterday? B: Yes. Joe should have visited the doctor yesterday...
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    [Vocabulary] So likely

    I'm really very sorry to post this question. I know it is better not to post questions about definitions here, but it is really important for me. Consider this sentence: You are not so likely to be accused of plagiarism. What does it mean? Does it mean that you are going to be accused of...
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    Can/could and requests

    As far as I'm concerned, requests fall into two broad categories. One is request for permission and the other is simple requests that do not involve permission. Now, I would like to know when the subject of request, both in requests for permission and simple requests, is "you", are "can" and...
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    [Grammar] Adjectives and their relation with corresponding nouns

    Hi! I have rather a strange question to ask. I have been thinking about it, then I decided to post it here. Let's start off with this description: There are a lot of adjectives in English, most of them, not all of them, do not have a specific entry in the dictionary. When you look up an...
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    [Grammar] Fixed Articles in Place Expressions

    Hi! I was reading a book a short while ago. In one of the units, the book introduces a few place expressions. Among these place expressions, some of them have an article in their structures and some of them do not. For e.g.: Some of them have the article "a": at a club, at a restaurant, Some...
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    Present Perfect vs Simple Present in conditional clause

    Hi! Here we have two pairs of sentences, I wonder how does the first sentence of each pair differs with the other sentence in that pair? If he makes a mistake, he will try to correct it. If he has made a mistake, he will try to correct it. If he finishes his work he will come to the party. If...
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    Present Perfect vs Past Tense

    HI! My grammar book mentions that " the present perfect tense may be used in both the since clause and the main clause". Now, I'd like to know how these two sentences differ with one another? She has not felt well since she had the flu last month. She has not felt well since she has had the flu...