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What’s wrong with “After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it from”?

A question from my GMAT class, which I was told is wrong and it was left for me to figure it out. After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it ...
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and J....
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why is the first sentence wrong out of the two given below?

*Her company is outperforming those of her competitors. *Her company is outperforming the companies of her competitors. The question is from a Manhattan GMAT book. It says there is lack of number ...
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Equal, is equal to, equals, are equal to

Which is correct? Given 240 kph (240 kilometres per hour) = 149 mph (149 miles per hour) How does one say this? -240 kph equal 149 mph. -240 kph equals 149 mph. -240 kph is equal to 149 mph. ...
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Correct word for Unsubmitted?

Looking for a correct word instead of Unsubmitted referring to Orders that have not been submitted yet. Unsubmitted seems incorrect since it has not been submitted yet giving the misleading notion it ...
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Where does the [sic] go in this sentence?

I'm quoting a sentence that has an error in it. ...visitors need to need to apply for a temporary residence permit... I don't want to correct the error, I want to quote it as it's written. But I ...
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How do you say if something is as hard as something else?

Today I wanted to tell that buying a car for me is as hard as choosing a dish in a restaurant and I actually meant that I am picky on buying a car just like my eating habit. But I stuck in the middle ...
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“Wonder if won't”

I wonder if Diaz won't be scared of the KO power The quote is about Diaz fight with Daily. Daily has a big KO power, so the person is not sure if Diaz won't be scared of it and choose not to fight ...
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“Try and produce best output” versus “try and produce the best output”

I've heard people say both. Which is the right one?
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Avoid using 'at' twice while addressing subset programs/centers

I was wondering if there is a better way of saying the following sentence: I received the ABC scholarship at the PQR center at the University of Education. I have seen this in many places, but I ...
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Is this sentence correct both grammatically and meaningwise? - “He has started feeling the heat of the chill”

He has started feeling the heat of the chill. Is the above sentence correct grammatically and does it make some sense? We know that the word "heat" can be used in the following ways - "..... in the ...
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Me too or I as well [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “me too” and “I too”? Which one is correct to use Me too or I as well? For example - Suppose my friend says I want to go there ...
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“(it) is necessary”?

Which one is correct: To perform a task is necessary to do some things. or To perform a task it is necessary to do some things.
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Touch vs Tap (button)

Computer applications sometimes instruct the user to click a button to reach a desired action. What would be the correct replacement for click in the context of smartphones (smart phones?) and tablets?...
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judging the intended meaning of the two sentences below

james is max's supposedly Irish ancestor. james is max's supposed Irish ancestor. what can we interpret from these? which is the correct one? I understand that "supposedly" modifies the adjective "...
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Instruments (tools) used by a thief

What is a good term for instruments (tools) a thief uses? Thief tools Thief stuff Thief gear Something else?
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To indirectly and politely ask about something “I wanted to” vs “I would like to” [closed]

When asking someone for some information indirectly which one is preferable? "I wanted to" e.g. "I wanted to ask your advice on ..." "I would like to" e.g. "I would like to ask about your advice on.....
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Idiom help: If beauty is her Yin, then intelligence is her Yang

I've always assumed that the phrase If X is her Yin, then Y is her Yang meant two positive traits, X and Y, that were not extensions of each other, but rather opposites that complemented each other. ...
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use of “upon” or “on” in phrase

in a spiritual phrase the segment says "...have mercy ON me, a sinner." could you use "UPON" rather than "ON"? I feel that using "upon" personalizes the phrase better. or is my grammar failing?? ...
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How to use “what better way” to ask a rhetorical question?

I want to say that friendship can inspire a lot using a rhetorical question. Is the following question correct: What better way to get inspired than by accompanying a good friend?
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How to use “while” in the middle of the sentence?

I am confused. Is using while correct in the following sentence: Most students are able to expertly manage their time while they work along with their other responsibilities. Is it correct to ...
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Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He picked up a quarrel.
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Who/What decides if a word is “proper” English?

I was taught since kindergarten that "ain't" isn't a proper English word. I was wondering, who determines which words are acceptable and which words are not? Do words ever go from "improper" to ...
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Using apostrophe s before gerunds (nouns ending in `-ing`)

I understanding that the following sentence is reasonably good for expressing the given idea. (1.) This method is likely to be biased since this requires participants to bring their own laptops. ...
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If a game makes someone anxious, how do you explain that game.

For example; The feedback form on a game says, "Please rate your experience of the game" And uses the following words: Not fun at all - Very fun Not boring at all - Very boring Not challenging at ...
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Use of “their” in a letter addressed to an anonymous person

I wrote the following sentence in an answer to an anonymous reviewer: We would like to thank again the reviewer for the positive review and hope that the new version of the text meets their ...
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is it correct to say emotional attack? [closed]

When someone loses what is so important to him/her, can we say he/she has an "emotional attack"? For example, when we lose an important friend or a member of family, can we say: "it gave me an ...
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is there anything wrong with “we have succeeded due to the fact that we work hard”? [duplicate]

the Manhattan GMAT book of sentence correction says that it is wrong but it doesn't mention any reason whatsoever. I cannot figure. please help.
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Comma after the noun of the Oxford comma?

In a sentence like: Next to apple, pears, and bananas, a lot of other fruit exists. Is the comma after bananas needed, allowed, or forbidden? And why? Is the same true for descriptions with ...
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Word usage: “manyfold” or “manifold”? [closed]

Is there any US/UK English difference in the spellings "manyfold" and "manifold"?
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Is this sentence meaningful in the intended context? [closed]

Is it right to say the following? Children should be taught both practically and theoretically in schools. That is, is this sentence meaningful?
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“And been” when “has” has been said in the sentence already?

I have the sentence "The role has gotten easier and easier to play, and been forced upon me more frequently than not." I was wondering if "and been" is correct to use in this case, or if "has" must be ...
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why is the pronoun “it” wrong in the given sentence?

Although the term "supercomputer" may sound fanciful or exaggerated, it is simply an extremely fast mainframe that can execute trillions of calculations every second. What is the antecedent? Why is ...
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Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
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Is it correct to use “My minor endeavours”

Would it be correct to use "My minor endeavors" in this sentence: "My minor endeavors through my high school kept up my curiosity in computers". If not please suggest an alternative and it would be ...
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Is it possible to say “The road had a lot of heavy traffic.”? [duplicate]

Is it possible to say "The road had a lot of heavy traffic." ? I mean can "heavy traffic" be mixed with "a lot of" ? I know it is right to use heavy traffic or a lot of traffic. but is it possible ...
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How to use “May” to hope for something in a sentence?

Is it right to use "May" as follows to wish for better days to come? May one day comes a time at which we get rid of all such burdens
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Using the word “there's” [duplicate]

Also a reliable English boy, when people use plural things after the word "there's" for example: There's too many numbers it makes me a bit frustrated. I try to correct it by using "There are,"...
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Bookshop or Book Shop? [closed]

i am confused about the word. please tell me which one is correct Bookshop or book shop?
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Can I use a gerund in a non-restrictive clause? [closed]

This sentence feels correct to me, but I'm not sure as I'm not a native. There were even people who, not knowing what was going on, just came to see what all the noise was.
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What are standard ways for an editor to specify he is making a correction?

Suppose I am a reporter quoting someone, or an editor for someone's article. The original speaker/writer has made a mistake and I want to correct it in the edited version (while still being true to ...
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Does this sentence make sense [1]? [closed]

"This delay block gives an output right after the delay time has passed, so there is a blind zone in between where the delay output is just zero" If not, I would appreciate alternatives. I would like ...
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Is “So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires.” a fragment?

Fifth, In order to communicate each component I should use some kind of IDE (Integrated Device Electronics). So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires. This sentence is ...
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“As per …” vs. “Per” [duplicate]

"As per" is phrase finding a common use in English writers and speakers in India. "Per" is perhaps the correct word that could be used instead. I use "per" only. But, people in India tend to find a ...
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Should this “that” be omitted?

Example sentence for the scenario I have in mind: We will bring the necessities that most people take for granted such as... Is "that" better left omitted, or would omitting "that" create a ...
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Where had you been ready to go?

Does this sentence make sense in English? Where had you been ready to go? 2nd question: If that sentence doesn't make sense, what would the question of this sentence be using "ready"? -I was ready ...
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Which is correct placing of 'just' and 'by'

Which of the following sentences are right:- A) One doesn't become cool just by playing football. OR B) One doesn't become cool by just playing football. sense of the sentence:- the sentence ...
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Is this usage correct? “Please get your parents to come tonight”

Are all of these correct? Please get your parents to come tonight. Please have your parents to come tonight. Please ask your parents to come tonight. And which is most suitable to sound more ...
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Can anybody help me to correct the sentences [closed]

I'm learning English. Could anybody help me to correct the following sentences which I wrote to a European? I have never been in an European country nor having an European friend. I would be very ...
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What is the correct shortened form for “Goals of the Theses”

What is the correct shortening for "Goals of the Theses"? Theses Goals Theses' Goals I am confused, because Theses ends with an 's', but using the apostrophe makes it plural.