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Redundancy: If they should

Today’s horoscope on New York Daily News says (the link may be broken after tomorrow): If they should find out something before you had a chance to tell them, it could cause real friction. How ...
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“Many of my friends” vs “many friends”

I was writing a complaint to an Indian website and got confused between: I recommended your website to many of my friends versus I recommended your website to my many friends I am not a ...
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Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dog's ball is always in my yard"?
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What's the subordinate clause type for these two that-clause sentences below?

I am always confused about what type of subordinate clause "that" can connect. So there are two sentence below: So far the torpedo has proved a damp squib, with observers arguing that Europe has not ...
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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Is it third person singular or plural? [duplicate]

Do I need to add a suffix -s to the verbs in the following cases? Her academic background combined with her working experience...provideS... Her academic and professional experience.. provideS... I ...
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in minds or in mind [on hold]

Is it correct to say "What do you (more than 1 person) have in minds?" or we should say "What do you have in mind?". If both of the sentences are correct, which one is more idiomatic?
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To “strum strings” and “hit keys” [on hold]

Is it correct to use a verb right next to its corresponding noun in this specific context? I strum strings and hit keys for a living. Thanks for your help.
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Is the following use of “nonetheless” correct?

I was so down and unmotivated, nonetheless, that even thinking about getting up the chair seemed like a tedious and burdensome task. I'm having my doubts because at first I used however, and ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continuous for past unfinished actions relevant to the present

John has stood there for 5 hours. vs John has been standing there for 5 hours. Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences? Both actions are unfinished. Both are relevant to the ...
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Does rote memorization offer any benefits in learning English concepts? [on hold]

I'm not looking for conjecture, but an answer that references actual research. Rote memorization has not been used much in the United States as an educational tool. I am interested in whether there ...
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Is it correct to ask “Where are we holding in regards to that” when asking about the status of an application or the like

I was asking a banking rep about a recently submitted application for financing - Where are we holding? Is that grammatically correct? For example - I would ask the question - At what stage is the ...
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Please check the sentence [on hold]

I can be found interacting with different people on the floor, discussing about their life, ideas, projects and something new they recently learned.
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Who vs whom in a sentence [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences is correct? Everybody who we need or Everybody whom we need Please explain the grammatical reason behind it. Thanks
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In past tense use break or broke [on hold]

I think I should use broke because it is in past tense. Am I correct? If incorrect, can you explain to me briefly which case is correct? I was thinking about punching him and breaking his teeth. I ...
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others,the others,the other and another? [migrated]

I have difficulty telling the diffirence among them.I wonder if there is the best way to know exactly when you use "others","the other","the others" or "another".
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Omission of 'for' with various quantified time intervals: influence of verb

I came across these two examples, given to illustrate 'a case' where the inclusion of the preposition for is considered optional in the paper "Acquisition of Preposition Deletion by Non-native ...
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The process creates the prize? [on hold]

I would like to know which one of the sentences is correct and why? The process create the prize. or The process creates the prize.
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when i intimating my superior about project commencement..the senetence is correct or not? [on hold]

Development started with below three requirements as highly prioritized, will be completed by 30th August.
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Can I use the word “promise” with gerund?

Is it possible to use gerund after the verb "promise"? For example, in the sentence "He promised cleaning the window. I'd prefer to say: He promised to clean the window. But today I was told that this ...
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“cry” is a intransitive verb? or transitive? as in “Cry me a river”

When I look up the word, it should a intransitive verb. (no. Obj) yet, I'm still curious about the title, "Cry me a river". Can I say "I cried a bucket" ???
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what is the meaning of “subtle” and how we use it? [on hold]

I know it is sometimes used to imply something as calm. and i also read its different meaning which was "difficult to detect " but i still find difficult to use it in any sentence, because meaning is ...
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Is it okay to write i.e. at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it aceptable to write "i.e." at the begining of a sencnce? For example: Does the above formula equal 2? i.e. does (insert simple formula here) equal 10? or should it be Does the above ...
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How to improve grammar ? i want to be a writer- recommendation needed [on hold]

I want to improve my English grammar, including every little information like where to use exclamation, where to or not to use semi-colon etc. Can someone recommend any elementary or high school ...
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Such is the way of American policymaking in health care [on hold]

why did we use "Such" here ? is there any alternate to this sentence?
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Grammar: Had been + vb or has been + vb

Should I use '' I had been listening to this concert since it started snowing, at seven.'' or ''I have been listening to this concert since it started snowing, at seven.'' I never know when to use ...
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What is the answer to most of (blank) are or is? [on hold]

So, how to answer most of (blank) is it (is or are)
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“New York is a great place to live.” (no preposition?)

New York is a great place to live. New York is a great place to live in. I've seen the former usage a lot and I've started wondering what the grammar aspects of it are. The main question ...
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Alternate word for impersonate in terms of Items or things

Well actually I'm searching for the right word for a particular scenario or maybe behavior. Suppose I go to a shop and ask for an item but they don't have it. Now the sales person's priority is to ...
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Difference between “Class ” and “Classes” [on hold]

Is this statement true? "Parents send their children to English class" Or should I use "classes"?
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“Result” vs. “Results” in verb form

In an article I read, there was this line: And most simply, using and consuming fewer products result in less waste. I know sentences aren't supposed to start with the word "and," but I'd like ...
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Using “of” twice in a sentence

Is it correct to use of twice in the following sentence? The problem of absence of remote facilities is addressed in the article... What is the best way of writing this sentence?
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“I am a legend” vs. “I am legend”

Which sentence makes sense, the first or the second? I am      legend. I am  a  legend.
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How are multiple, alternative direct objects governed by multiple, alternative verbs?

Title 18 USC Sec. 1519 begins: Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object . . . Question: ...
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Has the word productivity (as used in linguistics) different senses that can be confusingly conflated? [on hold]

In a recent discussion about the legitimacy of coining new words, a comment was made along the lines of any noun may have -ize/-ise added as a suffix, to convert it into a verb; Wikipedia says that ...
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Use of 'not' in questions

When is it okay to use 'not' when posing a question? I believe that the person asking would include the 'not 'when he believes the implied to be true. For example: "Are you going to the store? "Are ...
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Carry we who die in battle

A song by the heavy metal band Manowar includes these lines: Carry we who die in battle Over land and sea The "we" sounds wrong for me. I'd use "us" in this sentence. A quick google search ...
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Native English speaker looking to enhance writing skills [duplicate]

I'm a native English speaker. I already have relatively good writing skills but I want to refine my skills. When I say skills I'm referring to grammar, business writing and anything else which is ...
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A question on direct and indirect speech [closed]

Please let me know if this sentence is correct. "John said he was going to cinema tomorrow"
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“I never went to poker yesterday” - Is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

A colleague of mine often pulls me up on my awful grammar, earlier today I said "I never went to poker yesterday" and she told me that it was grammatically incorrect. I understand that I ...
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Grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Which is correct? The coaching staff at Smith Sports ARE the best? Or The coaching staff at Smith Sports IS the best?
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This site wont help beginners i think [migrated]

This website seems hard to me.always getting down votes.Its highly degrading me.I am frustrated to use this website.I wont post comments or discussion or questions in this website.If i ask questions ...
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Eat lunch or have lunch

Yesterday, one of my friend updated his status Eating lunch at a hotel. I thought that Having lunch at a hotel is correct. So, I did a quick search on Google and got mixed responses. Google fetched ...
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Clarification about the usage of “the” [migrated]

I know that this may be a basic question but I'm severely confused. How do you decide when or not to use "the". For what I've read, if you are referring to objects within a large class (without any ...
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Using “our” in this situation

I asked my gf if her family was okay due to a natural disaster in her hometown. She replied to me, "our family are okay." To me, I can't help smiling. I feel like she counts me in. In fact, I know ...
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I need help with the correct usage of You and Me/I [closed]

when is it right to say "you and me" and "you and I"?
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What is the Specific Type of Word that Includes Stellar, Sylvan, etc

I have recently become fixated on the idea of words which are defined as "of, or relating to, [noun]"- stellar means "of stars", sylvan means "of trees". These are the only two samples that I have ...
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Is it correct to say “When others talk - we do”? [closed]

My friends are creating a slogan for their organization, and they have suggested the one in the title, but I feel it kinda sounds not "proper" to use in the English language; it sounds just not ...
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The Appendix in Orwell's 1984 [closed]

After answering a question in SciFi if the Big Brother existed as a real person, I got responses that the last chapter, the Appendix (which can be found here), definitely proves that Oceania ceased to ...
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What part of speech is “Returning” in this title “Returning to Earth.”

How does "Returning" function in this title "Returning to Earth" thanks!