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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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Is there a term for the use of adjectives as nouns?

I wonder when this horrible trend started—to me it seems to have proliferated very recently, over the last year or two: Give the gift of happy this Christmas ..or how about this, from the ...
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have seen vs had seen in this context

Today, I said the following while giving a presentation: "So, this is something which you have already seen in the previous slide." Should I've said "So, this is something which you had already seen ...
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How to make a sentense short, clear, and gramatical?

I have an English sentence like this "In the case of Indian languages, we used phonological features and orthographic features such as presence of characters representing glides, which are present ...
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“LIfe” as the doer in the sentence — does it have to be that way?

There is a sentence which can be translated into English like this: My life has its ups and downs. My life has ups and downs. My suggested translation was "There are ups and downs in my life". I ...
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It were cucumbers or It was cucumbers [on hold]

everyone! Please, help me with these simple but unexpectedly complicated sentences! Here they are: My grandmother planted something in her garden. It was cucumbers / It were cucumbers. (Which ...
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British grammar structure

He can make rules specifying the manner in which the order and other instruments made and executed in his name shall be authenticated. PPlease explain the structure of statement above
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Which of the two is grammatically correct?

'Remind me to tell you about my favorite movies' 'Remind me to tell you my favorite movies' Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? and why?
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I'll come sometime end of March

Is this sentence correct: I'll come sometime end of March. The expected meaning should be, I'll come end of march but exact date is not known yet.
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“feel the urge” vs “have the urge”

Which of the following options is correct/would you chose? "I have the urge to say something" or"I feel the urge to say something"?
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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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Which one is correct ? is update are updates

I need to sen update for some issues. Which one of following is correct Below is the update of issues or Below are the updates of issues Thanks
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Could we please meet in my office tomorrow [on hold]

Is my answer correct to this question ? Could we please meet in my office tomorrow ? Yes, sure I will be at your office tomorrow afternoon.
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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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When can i use on, in , at? [on hold]

everyone. what are their name? when can i use on,in,at in English? please help me. thanks a lot.
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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [on hold]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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What's the correct pronoun for “people like us”?

In the sentence "people like us never wash […] hands", should the pronoun be "our" or "their"?
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This thesis statement. Whats wrong? [on hold]

I want to diagram this and know about any errors. I'm not too experienced with semicolons XD. For the continued prosperity and equality among people of every race, educational level, gender, location ...
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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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What is the correct usage I have (I've) or I multiple times in one sentance?

This probably won't change your life, however I'd love to know which is correct and why? "I compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I've compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I compiled a list ...
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“Have a shower” vs “Take a shower”

According to take-a-shower-bath-or-have-a-shower-bath, there are already many answers there, but it's still not clear for me. I still wonder that Have a shower and Take a shower, are they the same ...
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Can I say “had better do this THAN do sth else”? [migrated]

I'd like to form this sentence: For the sake of learning more, one had better seem to not know much than to know everything However, I am not fully sure if I can use "than" with "had better" ...
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The “wrought /wreaked havoc” misunderstanding

According to the American Heritage Dictionary: the past tense and past participle of the verb to wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work. ...
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Should I use in 'has' or 'have' in sentence

If I have a sentence that reads: ''Consequently, industrial use and academic research have employed the product on this basis.'' Should I be using ''research has employed'' or ''research have ...
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Is a second 'is' in a compound sentence redundant?

Is it correct is say: This file is part of X and is distributed... or this: This file is part of X and distributed... What's the rule here?
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To do something is something - what use of the infinitive is this?

I teach English and a student of mine recently came out with the following sentence: She thinks that to become a marketing manager is the opportunity she seeks for. I thought this was a curious ...
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Using 'or' twice in a sentence

Can I use 'or' twice in this sentence? I don’t know whether it was a last-minute programme or they didn’t get information about the programme or the school did not get to inform the parents on ...
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How to use the word “proposition”?

Does it make sense to write "Therefore, the proposition statement of this essay is flawed"
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Reflexive pronoun of someone [on hold]

It is really hard to someone who has not any respect to it's own values to be respected by others. What is the reflexive pronoun of someone?
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“The price of an apple is greater than an onion”– Why is this incorrect?

I think C is correct option. D option is clearly wrong since more and costlier can't come together. I don't understand why other options are wrong? Please suggest.
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What is Actual Difference on Began and Begun [on hold]

When searched for this I found a site is referring this "began is the past ‘simple’verb of begin and begun is only used for past ‘participles.’", Cant get what they are trying to mention on this
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“what did you just say?” or “what did you just said?”

when there is 'did' the verb has to remain in its natural form but,when there is 'just' which refers to an immediate past,the verb has to be added 'ed' at the end. But what if there is 'did' and ...
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Correct way to use capitalization for undergraduate degree [duplicate]

In writing about a persons college degree achievements I'm confused over capitalization. Any thoughts or inputs would be greatly appreciated. Here goes, should I write... He/She earned a Bachelor of ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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What is the plural of the name Jess?

I understand it's grammatically correct to use apostrophe s for the plural of letters. Dot your i's and cross your t's. But not for proper nouns that end with s. Here come the Jones's ...
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The meaning of 'the' in this sentence [migrated]

"Winston Smith lives in a world where everyone is watched every second of the day" Is highlighted "the" the synonym of "every"? Why do we use "the" here instead of "a".
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Does this quote use proper grammar? [on hold]

The quote "How did you know you're alive, unless you'd once been dead?" by Alan Watts seems like it uses the incorrect grammar. I would think instead of "you'd" it should be "you've", but perhaps I'm ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...
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“an (among other things) schizophrenic” or “a (among other things) schizophrenic”? [duplicate]

I'm lost on whether I should use "a" or "an" in the part of the sentence: "an (among other things) schizophrenic". How does the part in the brackets affect the rest here?
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When to use ''of''?

For example, I've stumbled upon these verses by Beckett: ''nothingness in words enclose?'' And while I'm not sure I fully understood their meaning (I've taken ''enclose'' for a noun, as ...
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What kind of sentence structure it is? I mean Gandhian it [migrated]

It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the Gandhian it is named after...... Gandhian is - related to mahatma ghandi
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How to ask for a reply from a senior manager [closed]

I am in the process of setting up an informational interview with a director of a company. I messaged them on LinkedIn 10 days ago. Last part of the message is: I would greatly appreciate if you ...
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Are “a” and “the” adjectives? [duplicate]

I'm trying to break down the english language in a computer program. Having a hard time figuring out those two. I think that they should be adjectives though because they are descriptive as in a ...
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Get enough sleep vs. have enough sleep

Is it wrong to say "have enough sleep" instead of "get enough sleep"?
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Should I use “this” or “the” [migrated]

I have received an email about one project and I want to ask for more details. Which sentence is correct and why? Could you provide me more information about this project ? Could you provide me more ...
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Uncertain grammar areas

Any language has areas were the usage is uncertain. English, it seems to me, has a lot of uncertain areas. Just to give two examples: none, singular or plural? - dice, noun, singular and plural form? ...
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a or the before “better” [closed]

I am bit confused on what to put - 'a' or 'the' before "better" for example better life better job better work
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be + to + verb and be + verb

What's the difference between the following sentences? All I wanted was + to + break your walls All you ever did was + wreck me One of them with to but the other one without to. And Could ...
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Should one hyphenate 'shoulder width' in this context?

I believe that in this context: Place your feet shoulder-width apart. it makes sense to hyphenate to avoid confusion. I see that apart is listed as an adverb in the dictionary and width as a ...
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In sentences with “too” and “enough” what word does the to-infinitive modify?

When a to-infinitive is used with words like "too" and "enough" what word does it modify? For example The animal moves too quickly to be captured. The bag is too heavy to lift. He is ...