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    [Grammar] Shows/Is showing

    Hi, I have a question about using this verb in the context of time. Which tense is more appropriate in the sentence below? The clock hanging on the wall shows/is showing twenty eight minutes past five. I mean it is twenty eight minutes past five on the clock right now. The clock has not stopped...
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    [General] When/Once/Just as/As

    Hello. Please, could someone explain the differences between these time conjunctions to me? Here is an example: 1. When I came home, I prepared the supper. 2. Once I came home, I prepared the supper. 3. Just as I came home, I prepared the supper. 4. As I came home, I prepared the supper. How...
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    [Grammar] Take something for somebody to do something else.

    I'd like to know whether the construction from the title is correct. May I say "It takes an hour for me to get to job." instead of "It takes me an hour to get to job."?
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    [Grammar] 'When' clauses

    Hello, I've got a question about the sentence below. We made popcorn when he came. I have some variants of its interpretation. Here they are: 1. We had made popcorn when he came. 2. We made popcorn when he had come. (We waited for him to come, we didn't want to start making popcorn...
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    [Grammar] Continous/Indefinite tense in main clauses

    Hi. I would like to know if the second sentence of the following ones is correct. 1. While I was making dinner, my sister was watching TV. 2. While I was making dinner, my sister watched TV. If it is, what are the differences between them?
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    [Grammar] Perfect participle after "when"'

    Hello. I want to say: "When I came out of the cafe, I noticed it was raining." I know I could say "When comming out of the cafe, I noticed it was raining.", but would this sentence also mean "When I was coming out of the cafe, I noticed it was raining."? I guess that it would. If I want to...
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    [General] Get/Get to

    Hi. I would like to ask what part of speech the word "home" is in the sentence below. "After three hours walking, I finally got home." Is it a noun or an adverb? Is it correct to say "After three hours walking, I finally got to my home." and would it be still correct to say "After three hours...
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    [Grammar] Where do you come from?

    Hi! I'd like to ask whether the question from the name of the topic is natural. For instance, I had taken a vacation and came to a forein state to spend it and someone wants to know what country or city I am from should he/she ask 'Where did you come from?' or 'Where are you from?' rather than...
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    [Vocabulary] Wll/Wish

    Hello teachers. I would like to ask if it is alright to use "will" instead of "wish". will - definition of will by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. - Here is where it is written that "will" may have a meaning like "wish". Is it grammatical to say something like "I will...
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    Now when...

    Hello. I'd like to ask whether saying "Now when..." instead of "Now that..." is possible. Does "Now when..." sound natural?
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    No need to/for

    Hello, I'd like to ask which construction of the following ones sounds better. 1. No need for doing something. 2. No need to do something. Thanks.
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    [General] Overdue/Late/Make it in time

    Hello, teachers. Here are the sentences: 1. I set out four hours before the departure but still was overdue for the plane because of the traffic jams. 2. I set out four hours before the departure but still was late for the plane because of the traffic jams. 3. I set out four hours before the...
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    [Vocabulary] Sunrise/Sunup and Sunset/Sundown

    Hello. I'd like to ask if there are any differences between the words in each couple. Do they mean absolutely the same thing and which word is more common?
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    [Vocabulary] Job/Work

    "Thanks, you did a good job/work." When a person has done something useful and good, and I want to thank that one, which word should I use? And does saying like this generally sound natural?
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    [Vocabulary] To be not interested/Not to interest

    Someone tells me something that I don't want to listen to, because I don't find it interesting or useful for me. How to express this better, "I am not interested" or "It doesn't interest me"?
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    [Vocabulary] Look at/Take a look at

    I would like to ask if there is any difference between these two phrases. Are they absolutely interchangeable?
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    [Grammar] Using nouns after linking verbs

    I am wondering how to know which linking verb may take a noun after itself, and which may not. Are there any rules to distinguish one from the other. For instance, is it correct to use nouns after linking "get"? May I say "He got a doctor." meaning "He became a doctor."?
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    [Vocabulary] To dine/to have a dinner

    I would like to ask which one is more common in the English language.
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    [Vocabulary] Freak/Misfit

    Please, could anyone tell me if these nouns might be synonyms?
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    [Grammar] Yesterday, today, tomorrow

    I would like to ask if placing these adverbs right before main verb is correct. "We will tomorrow go to the theater." Is it alright to say like this?
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