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Is there a theoretical maximum numbers of consecutive verbs in english?

Can anyone think of any sentences with more than 8 consecutive verbs? "To have been being eaten alive must have been really harsh" I'm sure is correct, but does this make sense too? "To have had ...
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Include “against” or leave out?

Is it correct to use against with mitigate as in this generic example? Since this risk type is rapidly evolving, our department is working to clarify the definition of (product) to mitigate ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” in this sentence about a company?

When talking about a company, should I use "is" or "are"? Take X as the company name in this instance; which sentence is correct? X Ltd is a provider X Ltd are a provider
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Is the tense correct in these sentences?

Is this sentence correct grammatically? He must have seen my jet ski and became suspicious. or should it be: He must have seen my jet ski and become suspicious. Please note that the ...
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What pronoun do we use when we want to emphasize?

I've just written some sentences and it seems to me that the usage of "it" is kinda strange or even wrong in them. Are they wrong? How can I say it in a correct way? I assumed it were the humans ...
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Is there any difference or nuance between “At the start, …” and “In the beginning, …”?

"At the start, ...", this is from the book, I am reading now. It sounded very rare to me so I was wondering what an occasion I can use this expression comparing "In the beginning, ...". Thanks.
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Meaning of 'even if' in a sentence

Hi could you please describe the meaning of 'even if' in this sentence? If we had been able to speak Iranian... can only be used to describe a situation that occurred at some time in the past that ...
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Does this sentence use nominative absolute phrase?

A scientist, he always thinks about what is best for the people. Is this "a scientist" part a nominative absolute phrase? It seems like nominative absolute phrase has to have a verb or adjective ...
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Which is correct in this sentence, I or Me [duplicate]

"...illustrates another philosophical divide between you and [I/me]." I'm currently in an argument with a friend about this little bit here. Which is the correct pronoun for this sentance, "me" or ...
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Usage of face, confront and encounter

I'm confused with the usage of 3 words : face, confront and encounter. I found that face is used in general condition. However, I can't distinguish rest of the two words. In what circumstances these ...
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Can we use past participle form of every verb after the verb “ to get”?

"Emails that get sent to me get CC'd to my boss" is this sentence correct? or is this sentence better "Emails sent to me CC'd to my boss" ? Thanks
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I am showing or I am seeing?

When something is displayed on computer screen ( e.g a list or names of servers etc) people use "I am showing the below list" is this correct ? I use "I am seeing the below list". I observed people ...
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Correct usage of wh-pronoun

I am facing problem regarding the usage of who and whom. So I want to know how to use those pronouns? For example: who or whom do you think I met?
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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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“dedicated to helping people ” or “dedicated to help people”

I have this sentence: I'm a volunteer in an organization that is dedicated to helping people find answers about life in the Bible. or it should be I'm a volunteer in an organization that is ...
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About or around when referring to approximate age?

I am not sure which one is the correct word for beginning this sentence. Is it just a stylistic choice? I was around 10 years old when... or I was about 10 years old when...
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Do these sentences gain any difference in meaning by reversing the order?

Is there any difference between those sentences? I was there to get a hair cut yesterday. I was there yesterday to get a hair cut. Option one is to invest the money so that it will ...
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Can I use commas here to avoid confusion?

When you turn on the radio while the house is quiet , or you use the radio in your car, you have several choices of music to listen to. (The bold-faced comma, first one) Ok from the content, it ...
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Proper use of “would” and “had”

Which of the following sentences would be grammatically correct? Both of the sentences sound correct to me, for which reason I am confused. The volume of sand would be measured after all excess ...
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When are liable and likely interchangeable?

For liable, a sentence in which it is used correctly; Such a figure is liable to be attacked as a blasphemer. For likely: What he told me is likely to be true. (Not liable. It sounds weird) ...
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Me and Susie are going to dinner. [duplicate]

Is it ever correct to say "Me and Jon are going to the movies"?
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Which of given forms are gramaticaly correct? [on hold]

I will be very greatful for your help and a bit of explenation. “EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT IN A VIRTUAL TEAM” “EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT IN VIRTUAL TEAMS” “EFFECTIVE ...
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Manage+simple present from of verb [on hold]

"We will try to manage your visa extend till July,2017." I have seen this sentence somewhere.It seems to be incorrect to me.I just want to know how can I use ''try'' and ''manage'' both in this ...
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I need help with selecting correct title for technical article [duplicate]

I am a technical writer, tasked with producing a tutorial on PHP programming. In the latest work on the series, I've titled my article: "An Overview of PHP Data Types and Variable Concepts" The ...
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“I will call you once I get free” is it correct to use?

I will call you once "I get free from office" are these proper ways of using "get" in a sentence? How to use Get properly in a sentence especially with free time?
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difference between these two sentences

I was wondering how are these two sentences different. Also, if one is wrong please suggest the correction. 1) I have revised the designs to incorporate the changes you have suggested. 2) I have ...
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as well as provided/providing

I think it is a frequently asked question, but I could not get the right answer, so I am posting it here. Also, the author created dark tone as well as provided/providing many instances of ...
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Is it okay to omit an article after the word “or” because it is redundant?

Example 1: I will bring a pen, eraser, or pencil. Example 2: I will bring a pen, an eraser, or a pencil. Are the above two examples both correct grammatically? If so, which is better to use in ...
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Help In Creating A Word (The grammar of the alphabets) [on hold]

I create a username generator app which takes account of how certain letters can only come after certain letters. So basically I need a column of the alphabet followed by a list of the letters that ...
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sentence correction question from SAT

I'm so confused about this... please help me. This is a sentence correction question from the SAT: Giraffes born with very long necks were able to stay alive when food was scarce, ...
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Grammatical usage for neither and nor [duplicate]

Is the sentence, 'Oh why should I be cast to jail, without recourse to judge nor bail?" correct?
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Phrase usage: As a result

As far as what I've learned, this is how you use the phrase "as a result". e.g. He was late, as a result, he didn't catch the bus. = He was late***,*** he didn't catch the bus as a result. I would ...
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Can articles be omitted in front of the second and third nouns?

According to one article reference book, it says we can omit articles (a, an, the) in front of the second, third,… nouns. Is it really acceptable from native English speakers' point of view? Is it ...
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Make something “have” or make something “to have”?

I am looking at a sentence in my thesis, and I am not sure about the usage of "make". Should I say In addition, as a result of the xxx principal, the xxx product operation in (1) makes the ...
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I have drunken the water / I have drunk the water [on hold]

Assume that it is impossible to rephrase. I am inclined to believe drunk is correct, but I need another opinion.
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“It wouldn't surprise me if it” + subjunctive

'It wouldn't surprise me if it [was/were] true.' Recently I have become interested in the use of the subjunctive mood in English; however, I am not entirely familiar with it yet. Should the ...
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correct usage - using was/am with “said”

Which one is correct: My manager told me that I was not doing great at work. or My manager told me that I am not doing great at work.
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I need help on using until/till in a sentence

I don't know what to choose, that's why I am here to ask this question. I have been paying this amount since November 2013 until/till now.
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What would this sentence be considered?

"I wonder why X's don't have (insert subject) and you do" Is it a question? Statement? A question imbedded in a statement? Or would it depend on the tone that was used? Thank you in advance.
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Parse: It's his job **to stand there.**

"It is his job to stand there" What's the function of the infinitive phrase in this sentence? I'm leaning towards it being an appositive of the complement "his job" or of the subject "it", but I'm ...
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “wouldn't be spending” and “wouldn't spend”?

The sentence in the text goes: You wouldn't be spending it for fun. The "it" refers to some money the husband wants to spend on expanding his business and his wife is saying she agrees with that ...
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Is it natural to say “Ok, I will”?

To me it seems perfectly fine, but I heard from a native speaker that it does not sound natural. For example: — Will you please send the assets by tomorrow? — Ok I will. Does this sound ...
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How do we respond to tag question after urgings starting with 'Let's'?

There is a question bothering me. It is about an acceptable response to a tag question following Let's ... The following example is from English Club: A: "Let's go, shall we?" B: "________." ...
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“Your” home or home [on hold]

Which is correct: You should be reaching your home any minute. or You should be reaching home any minute.
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correct formation of thesis title

Is the grammar of the thesis' title below correct? FYI, SMA NEGERI 3 MAKASSAR is an institution. It's a high school name. THE DIFFERENCE OF STUDENTS’ LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT ON HYDROSPHERE MATERIAL ...
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“The Germans were attacking, and the French”. Why is it wrong?

I worked on my paper, and my brother on a project. The width was 3 meters, and the length 4 meters. These are omitted version of those sentences below, grammatically correct, and make ...
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Sentences with coordinating conjunctions between two nouns omitted

There are sentences like this in many literature books: He held a gun, a sword, a bible. It is not a sentence, just a phrase. They do not have word "and" and "but". I think those should be ...
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copulation with uneven noun-phrases

One can use the copula to connect noun phrases of different number. Example: The conversational topic that kept us pleasantly chatting was the different Southern dialects in the US. Here it ...
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Is it “in the episode” or “on the episode”? [on hold]

Which one is correct "in the episode" or "on the episode"? If I talk about a specific episode do I have to use "on" like "on episode 40"? Is that correct?