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could be or could have been

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/...cle7033250.ece .I was studying today's newspaper ans this appeared.I am asking it as it is related to what we are discussing How did the metals get ...
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Is it correct usage of present perfect? [migrated]

I have been there a few times in the past. Would it be equal to: I have been there a few times before.
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World needs good - correct or not? [on hold]

I read this in one blog : World doesn't need God. World needs Good. Is this sentence correct?
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What is the difference between 2nd and mixed conditional?

Could someone explain the difference in meaning between these two forms of conditional? 1.If I had time, I would be there. 2.I would have been there if I had time.
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Why do we say “be to blame”, not “be to be blamed”?

I wonder why "be to blame" is used rather than "be to be blamed"? I've googled it, and what I found is that it is considered as an idiomatic expression.
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”?

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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“Product detail page” or “product details page”?

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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An alternative way to say “shifting perspectives”?

What would be a good alternative way to say "shifting perspectives", as in the meaning of looking at things in a new way?
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People who tell me vs. people telling me

I'm wondering if there's any difference, be it semantically, grammatically and so on, between phrases like: I hate people telling me what to do. / I hate people who tell me what to do. ...
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What's the usage of the verb in “When you go have dinner, you sometimes …”?

What's the usage of the verbs "go have" in "When you go have dinner, you sometimes ...."? Why two verbs are consecutive like that? Is it grammatical?
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Is “The State it was In when it was…” too wordy?

I saw this message: Reset all save data and return the game to the state it was in when it was newly purchased Is the the state it was in too wordy or redundant? Can it be just the state when it ...
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we were planning this party from Feb? [on hold]

I wanted to know whether this is correct or not.. "We were planning this PARTY from FEB..." is this correct? Grammatically and is it making any "sense" ? I am having trouble now a days while writing ...
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Is it just 2nd conditional?

"I would work on another script later this month, if I thought I could find the time." As far as I know, both parts of the 2nd conditional are supposed to express present situation. Is it present ...
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Modal verb in the beginning of a sentence

I am reading The Lord of the Ring where I found this sentence: May you have joy of the sight, my good dwarf! Is it a correct usage of modal verb? I have not found any grammar rule for this case. ...
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Is this expression right? [on hold]

Even if at the peak of his power he had developed into a local king, his status would not have been equal to that of the Hellenistic kings< Thanks
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Correct use of when/as … was/has been

I'm not sure if this sentence is correct. (Terms written as SpreadFilter are technical terms so don't bother with them.) I fixed an error that caused the SpreadFilter to throw a ...
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Is there any difference between [on hold]

I would like to understand the differences in meaning between these pairs of sentences: When/what day are we having the next lesson? When/what day do we have the next lesson? He's had to ...
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I know or I do know

I have seen people using I do know that. instead of I know that. Is this usage correct?
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What words should never be capitalised in a title or heading? [duplicate]

Are there any exceptions to the rule? Sometimes song names will have "the" with a capital "T".
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complete the following sentences by adding a prefix or suffix to th word in brackets [on hold]

Political leaders (percept) of keeping their promises for the electorate very important
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past perfect intentional [on hold]

Hello everybody I'd like to know the structure and also the usage of 'past perfect intentional '.when is it used and what's the structure of that. I owe a debt of gratitude to anyone answer my ...
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When to use present continuous for describing near future instead of using will or going to

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states "USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the ...
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I have “a limited space” vs. I have “limited space”

The Corpus of Contemporary American English (http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/) shows both. I have a small room so I have _____________________. (1) a limited space. (2) limited space. Which is correct? ...
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Determiner “every” + to be (were/was) [on hold]

Is it gramatically correct to use "were" after determiner "every" + noun in the sentence? All students were required to attend the ball and Every student were required to attend the ball. ...
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What is the concept of “using an adjective instead of adjective+noun” called?

In "Medical team", Medical is an adjective. In "Legal team", legal is similar. But in some situations, some people use only "Medical" or "Legal" , eg "Get approval from Legal team" becomes "Get ...
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Expression of “relationship”

hi,if i want to describe“ the relationship between A and B as well as the relationship between A and C”.(A, B, C are things) can i say “the relationship of A to B and C”? Or “the relationship of A to ...
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Is this sentence dangled or not?

When traveling by sea, knowing your exact location can mean the difference between life and death. This is one of the sentences written in Korean high school English textbook. I spent some years ...
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“suffered problems” or “suffered by problems”? [on hold]

The minister suffered problems The minister was suffered by problems What is the correct one?
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When to use –ing form and ed -form? [migrated]

I have read a manual. One of its sentences is "These are the basic symbols used generally". I don't really understand the difference between "These are the basic symbols used generally." and "These ...
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Question about ellipsis

"Are you sure that your men will find much to release? I have men, too, in the forest to-night, close behind me, and THEY will be here first and do the releasing." (a quote from 'Interloper', by ...
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Was/were plural [duplicate]

Trying to write a report for my work, I know that if I reconstructed this sentence it would be "were", but with the way it is written now, which way would be right? There was a total of 652 ...
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What is the appropriate proposition to describe work? [on hold]

Please help me with the following sentence. Am I using correct business English? Current analyst at _____ conducting analysis on domestic and international public fund asset allocation strategies.
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Can you use “same” without “the”?

I've been racking my brain trying to think of a grammatically correct sentence that uses same without the earlier in the same (see!) phrase. It is the same It is the very same I have 10 ...
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Looking for the name of this type of grammatical term [on hold]

We can break some words in two or three parts. Example: Impossible = Im + possible Misconception = Mis + conception What does these type of grammatical term called? PS:I'm looking for ...
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is there a difference between the two? [on hold]

What's the difference between 'AM I' and 'I am'? What's the exact meaning? Could it be a demand? Is only one.of them meant as a question? What ways could it be phrased?
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Whom or Who in this sentence: These men, all of WHOM or WHO were well-known, well-respected statesmen, were viewed by their peers [duplicate]

Here's the full sentence: "These men, all of who were well-known, well-respected statesmen, were viewed by their peers and common people alike as great thinkers in their day. I just can't really see ...
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Separating two different types with “and”

Recently, I read through this sentence in my book. Limestone is found in association with rocks composed of calcium carbonates or calcium and magnesium carbonates. I want to focus on this last ...
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You are hired and Have been hired [duplicate]

Could anyone help me to understand the difference between the two sentences. "You are hired and You have been hired" in the instance of telling a candidate about the interview status. Which sentence ...
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The correct phrase [on hold]

Which one is the correct one ? I am not arriving yet, I don't arrive yet, I'm not arrived yet, I haven't arrived yet
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Although vs Though? [duplicate]

Are these acceptable usages: Though it was raining, we had a good time. Although he didn't know the man, it didn't really matter. It could be anyone next although the alternative wasn't ...
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Past day vs. Passed day [on hold]

I am writing an account of something, and I'm not sure whether I should say "passed day", as in "Day that has passed" or "past day", as in "Day in the past". In the evenings we would get together ...
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About relative clause

I'm learning English in recent days and I read something made me really confused. The sentence is: π[q] is the length of the longest prefix of P that is a proper suffix of Pq. I see that "that ...
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Is this the correct preposition? “He has updated the reporting relationship of this position number in the database.”

"He has updated the reporting relationship of this position number in the database." Q: Is "of" the correct preposition to use? Or, should "for" be used instead?
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How to write this quote in a motivating way, for a poster? [closed]

"Success doesn't come to you, you go to it!" Does this sound right? I feel that something is wrong with it, but I, as an ESL can't really figure what is wrong. How to properly phrase this sentence? ...
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Which one is the correct dialogue punctuation format? [closed]

I am writing my first novel and this the very first confusion I would like to clarify. As I am not a native English speaker, I find it very hard to understand the punctuation scheme in direct ...
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Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time?

Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time? For example A person who lived during 1790 could truthfully claim that Washington ...
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Which one is correct: “an x86 kernel” or “a x86 kernel”? [duplicate]

A very short question that can be put in the title, so not much to say here... I'd like to know if "Creating an x86 kernel" or "Creating a x86 kernel" is the correct usage here!
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Splitting of a word to create a past tense or verb

So, I was looking at the word "backup" recently. This is the only word I know of that splits the word to indicate an action("I'm backing it up now.") or for past tense("When was it last backed up?"). ...
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How to properly use (s) and syntax for one or many nouns in a sentence [duplicate]

Where can I find informative material detailing how to properly use (s) and syntax for accounting for one or many nouns in a sentence? Example: If there was freezing weather, the heated enclosure(s) ...
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Does the spelling of “brainy” change when suffix is added? [closed]

Which is the correct form, "brainyency" or "brainiency" - when the suffix "ency", which describes the condition of being "brainy" is added? Thanks!