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The person whom to be accompanied? Or the person to accompany to? [on hold]

Accompanying guests must enter the name and ID number of the person whom to be accompanied. Accompanying guests must enter the name and ID number of the person to accompany to. The name and ...
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Which is more common for everyday use? [migrated]

An old man is sitting on the bench. Or There is an old man sitting on the bench.
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They don't like I spend time alone vs they don't like me spending time alone

"They don't like I spend time alone" I'm not a native speaker but I found this sentence written by non-native speaker kind of awkward and I'm wondering if this sentence is natural or grammatically ...
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Set X to v? or Set X as v?

I'm writing an academic paper, and would like to say that the value of X is v using imperative form. (Specifically in the algorithm section. That's why I need to use imperative.) Which among the ...
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Is it true that after the title (Mr), we have to add a name?

I want to know whether it's obligatory to add a name after Mr. Can we call someone with "Hey, Mr!"? Or should we should say "Mr John"? And if we don't want to mention the name, do we just say "Sir"? ...
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As long as… which version is better? [closed]

I want to express the following: As long as A exists, B exists. As long as B exists, C exists. It does not sound smooth to me. I was considering this version too: As long as A exists, so ...
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Allow introducing myself vs. allow me introducing myself

In the beginning of a formal letter, which one of the followings is the correct form? Allow introducing myself. Or Allow me to introduce myself. I have a feeling that the latter is better, ...
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Is “Inversely Proportional” the right term here?

The effort required to design something is inversely proportional to the simplicity of the result. -Roy T. Fielding, http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/2008/rest-apis-must-be-hypertext-driven ...
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Can you make the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go' explicit?

I think most native speakers have an implicit understanding of the difference between 'Here you go' and 'There you go', although the difference in use between these expressions is small. I'm not a ...
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What is a simpler/more natural way to say “One defines himself with his doings!” [migrated]

This is the German text I would like to translate: "Der Mensch definiert sich durch seine Taten." I know all the words above in English, but if I use online translators to verify my translations ...
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Field of study and thesis

Is there any proper way to say what field of study of an engineering thesis is? In Polish I can say: Praca Dyplomowa Inżynierska na kierunku Informatyka. And it's often put on the front page as ...
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If I say I am 'interested' in a position, does that imply certainty in my decision [closed]

I am considering accepting a position at a company, however I do not want to talk with certainty just yet. If I say that I am 'interested' in that position, would that be appropriate for my situation? ...
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What's the meaning of “You better take this”?

My mother tongue is Hindi. I was watching an English movie when I came across the below sentence. Although it is a dual language movie and that helps me to understand English and improve my ...
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To further upgrade your performance or upgrade your performance further? [duplicate]

a. to further upgrade your performance b. to upgrade your performance further Why do I feel that (a) is grammatically incorrect although it is used often. If anyone could explain the grammatical ...
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“kindly request that something IS cancelled”, or “WILL BE cancelled?” [duplicate]

Which is the correct usage? We kindly request that the phone line is cancelled. We kindly request that the phone line will be cancelled.
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“Back to where” vs “back where”

Is it grammatically okay to omit the "to" in the following sentence? 1) Put something back to where it belongs 2) Put something back where it belongs What's the difference between them? which one ...
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assertion versus statement

This may seem like a stupid question from an English teacher (2nd year), but I am confounded. What is the difference between writing an assertion to start a body paragraph versus writing a statement ...
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Double use of future tense after “I hope that”

I was wondering whether it was correct to use "will" twice in the following sentence: I hope that 2016 will be the year I will get to travel. Using the present tense in the second half of the ...
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Happy Merry Christmas vs Merry Christmas [closed]

I was wondering whether it is incorrect to say, "Happy merry Christmas.". Please give some reasons.
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“On launch” vs “at launch”

I've had a disagreement with a friend over the use of 'on' concerning the the launch of a certain product. He insists it should be 'at launch' while I believe either 'on launch' or 'at launch' is ...
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Size-advantageousness of policy?

Suppose some government policy tends to help large communities rather than small ones. I want to describe this as a noun. Will "size-advantageousness of policy" be a good choice to describe that? ...
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What's the proper response when someone says something modest and underrated about himself [closed]

Recently when I told a British colleague of mine that he sent me the right assets earlier he told me this: Wow, me being efficient? Doesn't sound right I understand that this is supposed to be ...
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Is it correct to say “We end poverty”?

I know it's more common to say something like, "We are going to end poverty," or, "We fight poverty," but I want to know if, "We end poverty," is also correct. It sounds kind of strange to me, but my ...
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“even more”, “even much more”, “many more”

My sentence is this: Parents teach us how to speak and interact in social situations and even more. I would like to know how to say "and a lot of other things" at the end of my sentence. I have ...
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Which is more correct: “embodied by” or “embodied within”?

Which of the following seems more grammatically correct to you? This subjectivity is embodied by the concept of qualia This subjectivity is embodied within the concept of qualia "Embodied ...
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Other than - except for

Yesterday I used the sentence: "I know people except (for) you." and I have been told that the correct version is: "I know people other than you." Although I have been looking at related ...
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Better alternative for “bring something to something”?

Is it correct to say bring some experience to some activity, as in Our product brings new experience to everyday shopping (artificial example) or there is an expression, that fits ...
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Already before/Even before becoming + was/had been recognized

Already/Even before becoming an engineer, he was/had been recognized as a talented chef. Which of the options sounds better/is more correct? Since he became an engineer in the past, and he had ...
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How to mention this in CV

I am a software programmer and I'm preparing my CV and I want to mention projects that I conducted entirely by myself. but I'm not sure about the wording, see italicized text in these example: ...
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What is the word or phrase that describes the feeling of well-being or satisfaction from an act (for example spring cleaning)

I am undergoing a rigorous "spring cleaning" exercise, where I am either donating to charity, selling on eBay or simply throwing away old possessions. Having cleared out an entire room that was ...
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Please help me improve this sentence: I have involved many activities. This includes attending conference A, conference B

Please help me improve this sentence: I have involved many activities. This includes attending conference A, conference B.... Not sure if I should use "These include" or "This includes".
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Usage of “Proud words from a weak stomach”

In the Hindi language there is an equivalent phrase which is widely used when a common man who is trying to suggest an idea to a person in power or some higher authority respectfully without ...
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Expressions that mean it's OK to fail or failing is part of success? [closed]

Is there a list of expressions (about 3 words, longer or shorter) that mean "it's OK to fail"? I'm asking for a list of expressions because I am looking for a domain name and most good domain names ...
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Is using the expression “pain in the ass” considered rude [closed]

Is using the expression "pain in the ass" considered rude ? I'd like to use this expression in a public talk about diffucult outdoor activities, like for instance: "crossing this river was a major ...
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What is the importance of just in comparative sentence?

Do these two statements mean the same thing? Pizza tastes as good as pasta. Pizza tastes just as good as pasta. To me, 1 sounds like pizza tastes at least like pasta or better while 2 ...
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I think I believe I feel statements should be introduced properly

In English, a subjective statement or a likewise question is often introduced by either of these phrases: I reckon [that] … – Do you reckon [that] …? (dialectal) I think [that] … – Do you ...
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How to use “ the look of confusion” in a sentence?

Can you say "I saw the look of confusion on Max." or do you have to say "I saw the look of confusion on Max's face." ?
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Is “strong medicine” idiomatic?

Is the expression “strong medicine” idiomatic? I am referring to drugs that contain a high concentration of chemicals and are used for soothing severe pains or treating severe diseases. A drug whose ...
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“Going down the rathole” vs. “Going down the rabbit hole.”

I hear/read the phrase "going down a/the rathole" used as a synonym for the phrase "going down a/the rabbit hole," the later taken from chapter 1 - "Down the Rabbit Hole" of Alice's Adventures in ...
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“And that's what I did” vs “and so I did”

Example sentence: The course selection period had ended. But I could still go to the class and sit in, and that's what I did. The course selection period had ended. But I could still go to ...
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Can “eyes squint” in this context?

I was going through a similar sentence and noticed that I wrote "my eyes squinted..." to describe my reaction to seeing a bright light in darkness. Is this correct? I know eyes can't "squint" but the ...
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When there is no item to display in your activity Section, What should I say?

"You have not performed any activity" OR "You have not performed any action" OR "There is no item in your activity tab" Any other suggestions are also welcome.
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Expression to introduce an immodest statement

Portuguese has the expression "modéstia à parte" (literally: "modesty aside"), which is used to (still rather bluntly) introduce statements where the speaker praises himself. Is there something ...
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Asking for confirmation when someone wants to change an upvote [closed]

I am building a user facing software. I want to ask for the user's confirmation if they really want to change their vote. For example: A user once upvoted a post and then he wants to downvote it. ...
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“As the” vs “being the”

What is the difference between the two? Example: As the oldest member of the club, he should be the most responsible one. Being the oldest member of the club, he should be the most ...
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“It was nothing” vs “it wasn't anything”

How do native English speakers decide when to use the former or the later? Example: No, it was nothing official. She just stopped coming to work. No, it wasn't anything official. She just ...
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what do we call “easy readable books”?

I just wonder if there exists a special expression in English to call "easy readable books", like simple short stories or pocket books?
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Phrase or word for concept of incorporation of individual preferences into single final product

What phrase or word suggestions come to mind for the concept of selecting a group of individual preferences to be incorporated into the production of a single finished product? For instance, when ...
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“This is …” vs. “I am …” on a Voice Recording

I know that it's better to use "This is Neeku." instead of "I am Neeku." on a phone conversation. However I need to record a voice sample about my skills and experience, etc. for an interview and ...
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Can you clarify the structure “impress somebody with/by something”?

I found this structure in ldoceonline.com but I am a bit confused about it. Ok, to impress somebody with/by something: to make someone feel admiration and respect about something (Source) ...