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Is it proper to say “Turn right right here”?

I was accused of being grammatically incorrect for saying "Turn right right here" and I was wondering if it is truly ungrammatical or if it is merely awkwardly worded.
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What do doubled-verb-doubled-noun and doubled-noun-doubled-noun constructions imply?

In the sentence "The company is able to store and conserve fruits and vegetables.", which relations between verbs and nouns exactly do we imply? Let's consider the following general case "A and B C ...
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Word for accepting rule breaking

If a manager sees someone breaking a rule but doesn't say something to that individual, the manager is basically saying that doing that is ok. I thought the words sounded like plausible deniability ...
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Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb?

Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb? For instance: the expectations provided for for the grade
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Un cancel? A word or phrase to say I'd like to cancel my cancellation

Say I have cancelled an appointment, but I then decide that I would like to go after all, so I cancel the cancellation... Do I uncancel the appointment? Seems a bit clumsy even if it's a valid ...
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“The the” next to each other

In the sentence "The lowest in-game rank of authority is that of the Baron – variations are Timariot, Shaman, Mayor, Bishop, Patrician – of which only Patrician is a playable rank if the player owns ...
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Especially or specially [closed]

Please explain the difference between especially and specially ? Especially: ADVERB 1 Used to single out one person or thing over all others: 2 To a great extent; very much: ...
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What does the phrase “point-blank” mean in “she refused point-blank to join in”? [closed]

So she refused point-blank to join in. What does the expression point-blank mean in this context? Could you give me some more examples of situations where this phrase could be used?
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Where in the world does “a lift” mean “a ride in the car”?

In the United States and Canada, when someone asks you for "a lift" or you offer "a lift", you are speaking about riding in a car with them. However, in England and other places, a "lift" is an ...
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Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it correct to use a double “that” in a sentence? For example, I saw the following sentence in a book, and wondered whether it is correct: If I do nothing else in Wallace, I want to teach my ...
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How to avoid that “that that” that is so very awkward

In all seriousness, are there any common patterns or strategies people use to avoid having to write a sentence in which "that that" appears? For example: Evidential decision theory recommends ...
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“I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules.” — Can this sentence work?

This is the sentence: I know that that that school that is famous because of its rules. I think the first that is a relative pronoun, the second also and the third is a demonstrative pronoun, ...
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Better use of “that that” — or not [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem I sometimes seem to write myself into using 2 thats in succession, as in: "Now that ...
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“He thought that that might be awkward.”

"He thought that that might be awkward." I know this sentence is a bit awkward, but is it grammatically incorrect?
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How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem

Have you ever had a case where you felt compelled to include strange things like a double that in a sentence? If so, then what did you do to resolve this? For me, I never knew whether it was ...