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    emerges/differences

    So then, my aim in this chapter is to pursue the possibility that the usages in categories (a)–(i) have more in common than emerges from their presentation in traditional list form. Source: English Prepositions Explained Revised Edition by Seth Lindstromberg I think the word “emerges” here is...
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    I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home.

    1. I emptied my mind of all thoughts of home. 2. I emptied all thoughts of home from my mind. I made the two sentences to mean the same thing. Are they both correct?
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    We can say much the same of Jack.

    A: Tom works very hard. B: We can say much the same of Jack. (By me.) Does the second sentence make sense in this context?
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    The cat is climbing (up) the tree.

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    the one thing, the only thing

    Andrea takes classes in everything. She probably even takes a class in how to be annoying, because that’s the one thing she’s good at. Source: My Weird School 14, Miss Holly Is Too Jolly, Dan Gutman That’s the one thing she’s good at. Does this sentence here mean #1 or #2? 1. That’s one of the...
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    The car pulled over.

    Can we use the car as the subject of the phrase verb “pull over” like this? The car pulled over.
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    My mom can’t play football for beans.

    My mother tried to wrap her arms around me, but I know how to get away from tacklers. When Mom went to grab me, I threw her a head fake, spun away, and gave her a few of my best fancy footwork moves that I learned playing peewee football. She didn’t have a chance! I sidestepped her and ran on...
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    What’s a motto with you?

    Ms. Todd was wearing a TEAM T-shirt just like Mr. Klutz. “Why are you both wearing T-shirts that say TEAM?” asked Ryan. “TEAM is our new motto at Ella Mentry School,” said Mr. Klutz. “It stands for 'Together Everyone Achieves More.’” Mr. Klutz loves initials. “What’s a motto?” asked Michael...
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    They're gentlemen! And that's more than I can say for you or for me!

    They're gentlemen! And that's more than I can say for you or for me! Source: https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/267354534 This webpage says it’s the movie lines from movie Gone With the Wind. Literally, the second sentence above means “you” and “me” are not gentlemen, at least not gentlemen like...
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    power to the potato

    The car was covered with rows and rows of potatoes. Each potato had wires attached to it that went to the engine. It was the weirdest-looking car I ever saw. “You built a car powered by potatoes?” Ryan asked. “It can also run on pickles,” Mr. Docker replied. “But I thought a Picklemobile would...
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    That’s more than I can say for human beings.

    “My what-if question was, What if I played music to flowers?” Andrea said. “What kind would help them grow?” That had to be the dumbest experiment in the history of the world. Inside the box Andrea had four flower pots. She made all these charts and graphs to show what she did. Teachers love...
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    will or would

    The bus pulled up. Mrs. Kormel, the bus driver, pushed a button and made the little STOP sign pop out the side of the bus so the cars on the street will stop. We call it the magic STOP sign. That thing is cool. Source: Mrs. Kormel Is Not Normal, Dan Gutman To agree with the past tense of the...
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    Hold up, aight?

    Here we go! Guess who? JSmith and JB! (Uh-huh!) I gotcha little bro I can handle him Hold up, aight? I can handle him Source: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/justinbieber/neversaynever.html These lines are from Justin Bieber’s song: Never Say Never. What does the word “aight” mean?
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    His car was going/doing at the speed of 30 miles an hour.

    1. His car was going/doing at the speed of 30 miles an hour. 2. His car was going/doing at 30 miles an hour. 3. His car was going/doing at 30 miles. 4. His car was going/doing at 30. 5. His car was going/doing 30. (By me.) Are all these sentences correct?
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    It's the first time we've been to the cinema together as a family.

    It's the first time we've been to the cinema together as a family. Source: Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary This is a sample sentence from the dictionary above. I’d like to know in what situation the sentence can be used. 1.Before the starting of the film at the cinema...
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    Neil Armstrong is the first man who has stepped on the moon.

    1. Neil Armstrong is the first man who has stepped on the moon. 2. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man who had stepped on the moon. (By me.) Are the two sentences correct?
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    It was Tom that won first place in the competition.

    It was Tom that won first place in the competition. (By me.) It’s a cleft sentence. Can the conjunction “that” be omitted?
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    He is the bravest man that ever lived.

    He is the bravest man that ever lived. Source: A Modern English Grammar, Zhao Junying, Commercial Press This is a sample sentence from the book above. I have two questions. 1.The books says when the antecedent is modified by an superlative adjective, the relative pronoun can only be “that”...
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    It's not the first time that/when you've found yourself in this situation.

    It's not the first time that you've found yourself in this situation. Source: Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s English Dictionary Could we use “when” to replace the conjunction “that” in the sentence above?
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    Are you moving in?

    The summer holiday was coming but Zach was a little sad. He would have to move during the holiday. ... Zach told his mom, “I don’t want to move... “You will have a much bigger bedroom, and you will meet new friends at your new school,” promised his mom. Zach wasn’t so sure.  When Zach and his...
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