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Past tense progression

"My mother was raised in a family that had placed extreme importance on filial piety." Is the had superfluous, wrong, or correct? I can see arguments in both directions: (1) perfect past (raised) ...
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Grammatical meaning of the profanity “MF”

I understand what the word means and I'm very clear on the usage pattern as well as the gravity anoted to it. However, we got into talking about the MF word's grammatical aspect and we couldn't agree. ...
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What is a gerund? His smoking upset me

Hello friends in a Stack Exchange. Crazy times! I study Hudlestone and a Pulum English grammar book 4 months now for learning everything English and becoming master of the English tongues. I am very ...
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Origin of the expression “skin of a rhinoceros”?

The Apple CEO Tim Cook has recently published an open letter: http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-10-30/tim-cook-im-proud-to-be-gay where he said "It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros". ...
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Shut down the computer, or shut the computer down? [duplicate]

I'm not sure what they're called, but I notice that 2-word verbs can be arranged around and yet both sound okay. Have you tried out baseball yet? Have you tried baseball out yet? or Do ...
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what does it mean “I'm in up to my wrist”

In seinfeld "The pick" episode, GEORGE: So the minute I started up the steps to her apartment I knew I made a terrible mistake. Going back with her. So we're in her apartment she goes into the ...
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Website tabs guideline about parallel tabs

The tabs are roughly parallel in nature , at least for U.S. users (for international users, it would be better to have a tab for "North America" or "Americas" to better parallel "Europe" and "Asia"). ...
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Asking for a refund if project goes wrong

Kindly help me rephrase the sentence in a more professional way. I want to write an agreement with a company who is developing software for me. I want to make sure that if the company fails to develop ...
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what is a GROUND TEACHER or TEACHER ON THE GROUND [on hold]

Actually, I'm don't speak english very well. but i'm working extra hard on it, and sometimes i heard this kind of things("ground teacher") that i just don't understand.
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Who, whom in questions [duplicate]

Consider the sentence: Alex likes Katie. Will then those sentences be gramaticlly good? Will it be: whom does ales like? - I want to ask about the person alex likes, here, its Katie, or whom alex ...
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Graphotactics of possessive: the true reason for the apostrophe

I have some hypotheses for English graphotactics: 〈w〉 and 〈y〉 are optional positional variants (i.e. allographs) of 〈u〉 and 〈i〉, respectively, in digraphs that correspond with diphthongs or vowels: ...
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Difference between “What do you came for” and “What did you come for”?

I know what "What did you come for" is the Past Simple, but what is "What do you came for"? Verb "came" is a reference to the Past, but i've never seen construction like this. Is "What do you came ...
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He's been long time coming

I just heard a dialogue as follows. Woman: I'll knock. The Welfare Office said that they had written to him to tell him we were coming. Man: The curtains are all drawn. It doesn't look as if ...
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Outdoor or Outdoors

Is one an "outdoor professional" or an "outdoors professional"? Let us say that one is a medic, guide, photographer, etc. That is a to say a combination of skills or job titles, rather than one.
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Which tense is this? [on hold]

Can i use was or were in simple past? I was ill. OR They were engineers. Above sentences come under which tense,Are they simple past or past progressive? I mean we know was or were is used in ...
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Why is it always women and not men in: “Soccer mom,” “Tiger mom,” “Helicopter mom,” “Wal-Mart mom,” and “Security mom”?

In connection with my question about the meaning and currency of “Security mom,” I was drawn to the fact that all the following labels; “Soccer mom,” “Wal-Mart mom,” “Security mom” are combined with ...
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Can a sentence begin with an object or reflexive noun?

I'm writing a function (for a game) which converts a sentence with Spivak pronouns into one with pronouns as specified by a user-selected template. For example, the following input sentence: "E ...
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Is this a correct usage of a gerund?

I have already used structures such as "I don't like him singing the song" or "I don't like his singing the song". It dates back to years age when I learned it. So I wonder if I can use the following ...
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“What if the cost of machines that think is people who don't?” — George Dyson

What does the statement "What if the cost of machines that think is people who don't?" -- George Dyson mean. Came across the quote over here https://twitter.com/JohnDCook/status/527627283256078336.
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Use of May/Might/Could for Future Reference

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: I may/might/could have completed this project by the end of this month.
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Is there a difference between “cured” and “recovered”?

In reference to this question I asked there, a user said that the phrase 'recovered' and 'cured' generally mean the same thing. Is this true? I was under the impression 'cured' meant a final ...
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'too' (something) 'to' - idiom [on hold]

How to understand the 'too' (something) 'to' in the following sentence? I would have thought that Jack was too wise a man to do such a thing. Are there many possible ways to use this?
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Are these the most useful grammar ever? anything else? [on hold]

am / are / is do / does did was / were can / could will / will be / will have / will have been have / has / had Vp.p. have / has / had been V+ing shall / should is there anything else? Thanks :-D
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Synonym for “under-developed location” used by someone who is well off?

In a fiction I am writing when one of the characters returns home to his wife he finds here sister's there as well. when asked why they've been there for the past month one explains how they are ...
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The real grammer nazi

A self proclaimed grammer nazi writes the following on social media. This is me. Right Robert? I think that rewriting it like this, would make it better. Robert, this is me, right? Yay or ...
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Is this written in the active voice even though it's written in the past tense? How to tell? [duplicate]

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford was vandalised on Sunday after unknown marauders poured diesel liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable. The same pitch was ...
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Is it common to write only one “as” in a comparison?

This is a bit hard to explain, so here's an example: Hanging above the door was a huge smiley face put there to greet visitors. I hoped the people inside were just as friendly. Is this a ...
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Is there a word to describe this linguistic error?

Francis Galton originally used the term "regression to mediocrity" to refer to the phenomenon that children of very tall parents were on average less tall. More generally, the heights of children over ...
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Common/less formal word for “distinctiveness”

The building looks plain. Its only distinctiveness is the cat logo. I'm pretty sure distinctiveness is not an everyday word. What's a better alternative?
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what is a word for when someone compliments another insincerely?

Like in an attempt to win you over for some reason or another, in that sense?.. What I mean here is not that one is wheedling, coaxing or sweet-talking, but rather complimenting hypocritically. I know ...
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Synonym for rare occurrence but with negative connotation

What are some synonyms for 'rare' or 'unusual' that have a negative connotation. For instance: Enron's collapse was unusual, as the massive financial trickery ultimately bankrupted millions of ...
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Is it considered plaigerism to use a well known quote [on hold]

Would it be considered plagiarism to use quotes such as "You are what you eat" by Jean Savarin or "Elementary my dear Watson." in Sherlock Holmes without the corresponding names?
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What is one word or phrase to say “I will set an object or I will remove the object's placeholder”

I'm trying to name a method in a programming language and can't figure out what it should be called. I'm looking for a single word or phrase that means "If you give me an object I will place it on ...
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Is the band name “She and Him” grammatical?

I just saw them on TV and it got me thinking.
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How to label a status from Quiet to Normal to Busy? [on hold]

I need to put labels on a cafe website that represent how busy / how many customers are currently in the store. I can't figure how to describe the three different levels of busy. Currently I have ...
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What does three dots mean in quotes

Not entirely sure, please help. Need to know if putting three or so dots before you're quoting means there is more of the sentence, but you have taken it out as it isn't needed? I apologize if this ...
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Grammar question of using on

Which of these two phrase has the correct or wrong grammar? while waiting him while waiting on him
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“Demophobia” & “demophilia”: the right word choice?

I'm writing my research on rather obscure research topics (or rather, research questions). Would you agree with the word choice for the following concepts? If not, what words would you choose instead? ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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Is it ever correct to use the verb cost to express time?

I sometimes hear my non-native English speaking friend say things like "It cost me an hour to go to the bank.". Before I tell him that the verbs "to take" and "to spend" are usually used to express ...
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“Lighter” vs. “brighter”

I'm trying to find information about the grammatical correctness of interchanging lighter and brighter in the sense of: I turned on the lamp and the room became lighter. I turned on the lamp ...
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Is the sentence given below an example of syntactic ambiguity?

The shelf can support a heavier load compared to the others. Would this sentence be considered ambiguous? To me, the pronoun others could refer to either other shelves or other loads, but I wanted to ...
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Do you write “here is some stuff” or “here are some stuff”?

I am new here so sorry if this question has been asked before. Which one is correct "here is some stuff" or "here are some stuff" ?
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Who are “Security moms”?

I came across the word, “Security mom” and “Wal-Mart mom” in the following statement in my newspaper clippings, originally in Time: Can Obama Win Back Wal-Mart Moms? "The women that are different ...
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it's “means” a singular of plural

I was confused about this question: Eating garlic has long been regarded as a means of warding off malaise, and scientific research has shown that it does have some therapeutic values. why means ...
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Does the following need a comma? “You must post 'precautions for usage, etc.' where applicable.'”

This is for a poster regarding the treatment of dangerous chemicals in a lab. I have the generally feeling that after the "etc." there should be a comma, and I'm not sure if 1) it is necessary and 2) ...
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What is the opposite of signee?

Signee is the person who signs the contract, but what is the word for the person who gave the signee the contract in order to have it signed. For instance, if someone asks you to sign a ...
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The choice between “A” or “The” [duplicate]

This month is the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "The Speech". The title of his speech is however "A Time For Choosing". Why is it not "The Time For Choosing"?
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Gender-neutral alternative to “craftsmanship”?

It's straightforward to refer to a "craftsperson" instead of a "craftsman" if one doesn't want to imply a gender. But "craftspersonship", "sportspersonship", and the like seem pretty cumbersome. Is ...
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“Came undone” in this context?

I was listening to a song of Frank Sinatra's called It Was a Very Good Year. A certain part got my attention because I did not quite understand what it meant: When I was twenty-one, it was a very ...

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