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    Isn't 'however' the same as 'nonetheless'/'on the other hand''?

    Language learners are often taught to memorize rules such as HOWEVER = NEVERTHELESS = NONETHELESS. All of these adverbs mean something along the line of "despite something that you have just mentioned" or "contrast". I'd therefore like to know if 'nevertheless' works in the following sentence...
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    You are so vain!

    I've checked this word a few times. "Vain" means "(disapproving) too proud of your own appearance, abilities or achievements" (from Oxford advanced learner's dictionary). But, interestingly, the few times I've come across this phrase used by educated native speakers and authoritative bodies...
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    The verb for 'a student not wanting to pay attention in class and lie on the table'

    is there a verb for this? Not exactly 'sleeping' on the table because the student may not be asleep. It's very common in classrooms I'm sure. I know teachers would tell these students to 'sit up straight' but what are the possible phrases to describe this students' behaviour which shows they...
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    ‘platypus’ cases meaning

    Original Sentence: There may be some ‘platypus’ cases that don’t fit neatly into these categories. Please let me know if you have any such cases. Let’s handle them one by one. I know platypus is an animal and the writer use scare quotes to signify the special use of the word here but I am not...
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    My Car has broken or is broken

    I was wondering if both are correct: My car has broken. My car is broken. The latter sounds more correct to me. I know break is different from break down and both fits the context but I'm only allowed to use 'break'. Thanks a lot
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    Academic English: Are 'contend' and 'claim' only used for counter arguments

    Verbs like claim, maintain, and contend mean that one is stating something they think it is true but without proof. In the context of academic English, I've learnt that these are used in counter arguments and REBUTTALS should be followed (an example below). To what extent is this true? Are these...
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    At tertiary level or at the tertiary level

    I've tried googling both with double quotation marks and found that the results are similar. I tried at (the) tertiary level as well as at (the) secondary level. The ones with "the" seem to yield slightly more results. Which is correct may I ask? Thanks
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    Can you help me versus Can you do something for me

    I read in a grammar book that the first sentence below is wrong because by using 'help', you do it together. The second sentence is correct. 1) Can you help me post this letter, please? 2) Can you post this letter for me, please? I was thinking if this is really the case. Yes, both do sound...
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    The controversy of 'relating to' or 'related to' (I've a good example?)

    I've read related threads and googled this but still don't quite know when should relating be used. Normally, we opt for 'related to' and it seems that relating to is redundant. E.g. This is related (relating is wrong) to the government policy. E.g. Related (relating?) to that, I'd like to...
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    The vast majority - not academic English

    Sometimes, I receive comments from markers that my English isn't academic and I was dumbfounded when an example given by the marker was 'the vast majority'. I learnt this from a textbook on IELTS preparation (academic). Is this really not academic?
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    The lessons in the school arranged were very enjoyable

    Can I correct the sentence in the following ways (especially the 2nd one)? - The lessons the school arranged were very enjoyable. - The lessons that/which the school arranged were very enjoyable. - The lessons that/which were arranged by the school were very enjoyable. Thanks
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    What number is 30 less than when multiplied by 6 times itself?

    I came across an IQ question - the title. The answer is 6. Doesn't 'when multiplied by 6 times itself' means 'a x a x a x a x a x a'? multiply the number by '6 times itself' ? I don't quite understand what 'times' is doing here. It would be much clearer if it's 'when multiplied by 6...
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    It has been / It is (from The Economist)

    It is nearly 30 years since Cambodians first began killing each other in earnest. (The Economist) I was wondering if changing 'is' to 'has been' is grammatically sound/better. Thanks
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    Is this question correct?

    I am aware that after participle/modifying phrases, the subject must be those that are being described. E.g. Correct: hiding from the rain, the boy stood there for hours. Incorrect: Hiding from the rain, the bus never came! So, how about the following? Does the subject 'top academic...
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    What did Matt Edmondson say?

    Matt Edmondson on BBC is one of my favourite DJs and what I really like about him is his insanely quick speed of talking - an excellent listening practice for EFL students like me. I watched another clip on youtube and was wondering if I got what he said...
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    headings of a table - date or dates / session or sessions

    I am curious whether the plural or singular form should be used for headings of a table. I've certainly seen both. E.g. Date / Dates Topic / Topics 1/1/2015 Globalization 2/1/2015 Deforestation ...
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    between a range of items?

    Original Sentence: Constant sum questions: In this type of question respondents are asked to distribute a given number of marks (points) between a range of items I am aware that the rigid rule for ESL learners that between (for 2 objects/persons...) and among (for 3 or more) is not set in...
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    Do you teach / teach on a course

    I'd say 'teaching a course', 'teaching this course'... sound natural, but sometimes I do see people say/write 'teach on a/this/the... course'. Are both versions correct and natural in English? Thanks
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    During the nineties

    I know that 'in' goes well with the eighties, seventies... How about during? THANKS
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    Just Say It Once More Time

    The above phrase seems a bit unnatural? I was wondering if it should either be - just say it one more time OR - just say it once more Thanks