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What's the difference between “on” and “of” after a verb?

For example: "Some variations on the activity" vs "Some variations of the activity". and "practise vocabulary on pets" vs "practise vocabulary of pets". What is the difference in terms of meaning ...
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[basic]Usage of “at least” in a sentence

Recently I got into a fight with a guy I met while gaming. He was saying very immature levels of language so I said to him "You must be at least 13 years old to chat like that" He said that you have ...
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…disregard school work as of no great concern.

Would you explain for me why we use "as of" in the sentence below: -Boredom in the class can be a serious problem. If a student is bored because he thinks the material is too simple, it can cause ...
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Use of 'that' and 'where' in the same sentence

Can I use 'that' and 'where' in the same sentence? Like below example: "We follow the model defined in ..., where ...." or "We follow the model that was defined in ..., where ...."
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Devastated - verb or adjective

He was devastated when he learnt that his best friend was migrating. I would like to find out if devastated in this use case is a verb or an adjective.
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which is correct? to, at or in for sending goods to a city

The product is supposed to be delivered to London. or delivered in London or delivered at London.
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Is this sentence correct “I'll do whatever depend on me”?

don't I need to use the ending "s" after word depend? Don't I? I don't have this question almost in any cases but now I am confused because I've already used Future Simple before the word "whatever". ...
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Can I use 'the' before the name of my college?

Should I say: "I am doing my graduation in the Dexter College" or "I am doing my graduation in Dexter College".
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which pronoun is used for “ everyone ”? [duplicate]

Everyone in the class raised one's hand. Everyone in the class raised their hands. Everyone in the class raised his hands. ( which is correct)
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poor sentence example to fix [on hold]

Initial contact person for students and visitors to the Campus both in person and over telephone, greets callers, provide as much accurate infprmation pertaining to their need and if necessary forward ...
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Making participle adjectives

I would like to ask can we use participles of all verbs as an adjective at will ? or we can use just some participles of verbs to this end ? Is there any rule determining this fact ?
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a special question to the predicate

I've got a sentence: "Му sister's got five lessons today". I'm asked to put a special question to the predicate. I wonder, how I can do that! Can anyone? Thanks in advance, Vic.
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Plural form for nouns used attributively

Can we say? We have checked the doors requirements. Or do we have to say. We have checked the door requirements.
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How to identify “deictic center” for distinguishing “come” & “go”?

Read this paragraph from this site My question is: How to identify "deictic center" for distinguishing "come" & "go"? Let say I am at home & I say "I am going to the zoo this evening", so ...
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Questions about 'dredge through' and 'primary's worth'

Trump dredged through a primary’s worth of animosity with Cruz, blasting him repeatedly while basking in the glow of his victory. Can i consider 'dredge through' as 'drag through'? 'primary' should be ...
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I don't know why it says 'preventing a complete tally of the injured'

The wounded were taken to different hospitals around the city, which police said was preventing a complete tally of the injured. Tally means count, right? In this sentence, the wounded were taken to ...
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Using prepositions as subjects [on hold]

Can we use prepositional phrases as subjects in formal academic English?
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Sentence structure wording [on hold]

Are the following sentences both correct? Would there be a better way of wording the sentence? You are now allowed to officially eat dinner. You are now officially allowed to eat dinner. ...
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What does 'his bowels had turned to water' and ' He was a veteran of a hundred rangings by now' mean? [on hold]

Will shared his unease. He had been four years on the Wall. The first time he had been sent beyond, all the old stories had come rushing back, and his bowels had turned to water. He had laughed about ...
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I dislike his/him being blunt [on hold]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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How to distinguish 'technique' and 'technology'? [on hold]

Also, how should I decide when to use classic and when to use classical? What is the difference between these terms with regard to how they are used? Should I use 'classic music' or 'classical music'? ...
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Why is this sentence allowed to use be?

The magistrate judge ordered that Sami be allowed to await tried trial at home Sorry, I don't even have my own thought about this use of English. What's the grammar behind it?
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“s” + Apostrophe

Our editorial office is more talented than The New York Times'. In this sentence why is it Times' and not Times's?
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Usage of the word then [on hold]

Based on what you have said, I would then prefer to use my own notes and syllabus. I would like to understand the usage of the word then in this sentence. Thanks.
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How to address a couple when husband's name is not known? [on hold]

How to invite a couple when husband's name in unknown? Would Mrs. & Mr. (her first name) be appropriate?
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What is the name of this construction “something-o-something”?

In the phrase "franco-prussian", what is the name of this construction using the contraction "something-o-something"?
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Current Open Position vs Currently Open Position

I came across the context Currently Open Position , but i felt it was grammatically wrong. when I googled, I saw relatively equivalent context usage of both. Which is the right thing to use here?
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When to use “smaller” or “less” [on hold]

I have a phrase: "The amount of junk is getting...". Should I end it with "smaller" or "less". What is the general rule for using them?
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Somebody, Someone, Anybody [duplicate]

I am just confused with the use of 'somebody', 'someone', 'anybody', 'anyone'... When should I use each one? Am I correct if I use 'anybody' and 'anyone' only in questions? I keep making mistakes. ...
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Does “we” count as a subject in the subject and verb agreement? [migrated]

As in this sentence - We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC. ...
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George Washington is the first president [on hold]

Is it wrong to say "George Washington IS the first president"? Should I always say "George Washington WAS the first president"? In my mind, George Washington WAS the first president but he still IS ...
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What is the correct way to phrase this question? [on hold]

What is the correct way to say "There are no new hires starting this coming Monday"?
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What does “A question of singular importance” mean? [on hold]

I keep searching for this on Google but can't find its meaning. I was reading a question on Quora and I couldn't grasp the answerer's first line because I didn't know what this meant. Does it mean "a ...
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Can pride -self on use with Ving

I know that the phrase pride -self on will go with a noun, for example: She prides herself on her singing but I wonder if the phrase can use with Ving or not, like She prides herself on being good all ...
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Cohesion of verb and adjective

In an e-learning course, I've stumbled upon a sentence that makes me think. In order to understand the sentence, you may require the following information. To highlight a folder its status can be ...
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Is there any difference between like best and like the best?

Is there a difference between these two sentences? Are they the same? What color do you like the best? What color do you like best? Is there a difference in their meaning?
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Much more or a Lot more

So I was talking to someone and I said the next :" that would be a lot more appropriate" , the other person corrected me and said that I should say "much more appropriate" . So I was wondering if I'...
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Thank with ( nouns) [on hold]

Which is the best answers? The worker helped Peter a lot. He thanked them with .... Could help me fill in the blank with suitable noun?
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Complete to build / building [on hold]

Which is the best choice? After 2 weeks, they had completed to build / completed building new house.
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“Does not revealed”

I've found this sentence, and thought it has a bad grammar: Audiometry, abdominal ultrasonography, echocardiography does not revealed other abnormalities. But there are many usages of this ...
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Which is the correct verb form with Who?

Sentence : She is one of those gifted writers who (turns, turn) out one best seller after another. My answer is: turns. As we are talking about she, singular third person. But the correct answer ...
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Using more than one tense in one sentence

i want to ask how to use more than one tense in one sentence. And if so, which of these are correct? I have to take a picture of the cake before it is gone. I had to take a picture of the cake ...
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Is the phrase You still are beautiful correct? [closed]

Is the phrase "You still are beautiful" correct?
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a sentence in the Guardian.

I find this guy in the Guardian: Mourinho’s charm offensive started at his unveiling when he talked up aggressive football and dismissed the negative tactics that so bedevilled his predecessor’s ...
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Notable English grammar rules changes in modern grammar books

Modern English grammar books like English Grammar In Use, first published in 1985, for example, has four editions till now, I am wondering if there are any notable worthy examples of changes in modern ...
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Starting a new phrase: To vs That

I have to following sentences to start a new phrase, are they all correct? Any differences in the meaning? The novelty of this measure is to weigh the errors of the pixels by ... The novelty of this ...
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Is it correct to say “I was able to enjoy the experience vicariously thru skype,” rather than saying virtually

Is it correct to say "I was able to enjoy the experience vicariously thru skype," rather than saying "I enjoyed it virtually thru skype."
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Why this sentence grammatically incorrect? [migrated]

"Did anybody said something?" is an incorrect sentence grammatically, but I don't get why. This might be an excessively silly question, but I am new to the English Language.
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Should it be “Who drank all the soda?” or “Who's drunk all the soda?”

This was the fill in the blank question in my English book: Who _______ all the soda? Not me. I haven't had any soda at all since last week. So my question is: should it be "drank" or "has drunk"...
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Evermore or ever more? [closed]

Which form is correct in this: Files stored on computers become increasingly important as businesses and governments store evermore files of evermore importance on automated systems.evermore