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Proper us of ('s) and (s') [on hold]

Is this a proper way to use 's and s': "My friend's dog" "My parents' house"
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Why should a copula link two noun phrases of the same case?

http://english.stackexchange.com/a/30392/50720 motivated this question: To quote from the clear explanation: The rule for what [Fowler] and others consider technically right is ... that ...
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Could you help me with this [on hold]

They will be pleased to know that you have spent your time learning about their culture. Is it correct?
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“Rely” vs. “Relies” usage

Is it correct to say "The subjective nature of these tests rely on human expertise to assess the patient correctly" or "The subjective nature of these tests relies on human expertise to assess the ...
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Do you have something better? [on hold]

I am making a creative poster with this sentence: I can also be complicated if you like me to be but I prefer simple because otherwise it really gets hard to understand the message I am ...
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wasn't v.s. was not

I'd like to know whehther there are any differences/nuances in meaning between "wasn't" and "was not". Examples are: I wasn't there I was not there And: She insisted she wasn't soft on Russia She ...
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Compound preposition

I have come across a definition of compound prepositions on http://playit.pk/watch?v=GLoTwohOxBc "Compound prepositions are those prepositions which are formed by prefixing the preposition to a ...
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Me either OR Me neither? MW Collegiate Dictionary says Me Either is correct in this example [duplicate]

Me either OR Me neither? MW Collegiate Dictionary says Me Either is correct. Shouldn't it be "Me neither" in this example? "I didn't like the movie." "Me either." Perhaps "either" is truly ...
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Bigdata : is really “the art of possible”? is this correct sentence? [on hold]

Does it really make sense? I want to put it as title of my blog
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be used to/ used to [migrated]

I am not sure whether to use be used to or used to in the following sentence. Oscar has lived in Brazil for ten years. He (eat)_________________Brazilian food. it is his favorite food. A. He was ...
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What does “of or”mean in this sentence? [on hold]

Of or pertaining to important records or archives.
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Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

John Appleseed, an old family friend. He has influenced my life in so many ways. One of them being where I would like to go in life. He has inspired me into becoming a teacher and pushing me to work ...
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How can I express will be + “past perfect” in other way? [on hold]

How can I say will be + "past perfect" passive in other way? I do not want to use will be + "past perfect" all the time ? For example: These gained data will be sent to a server for filtering then ...
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Why is “any ancient civilization” supposedly wrong in this sentence? [duplicate]

All Middle East people believed in life after death, but the Egyptians of ages past carried this idea further than any ancient civilization. One of the four highlighted phrases is supposed to be ...
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Is or are use in this sentence? [duplicate]

Recently I wrote this in an email: My main concern is these clauses: A girl at work thinks this is incorrect. I am the 'is' use does not need to be replaced with 'are'. Am I right, and if so ...
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Two verbs of present perfect

I just read an article on Newyork times and I found a sentence having 2 present perfect verbs : After more than a year of speculation, Mr. Draghi, the never-predictable head of the European ...
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Ergative with Because

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...
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Use the word “be” at the end of a sentence? [on hold]

Is it grammatically correct ever to use "be" at the end of a sentence?
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Need you to tell me the fact

I saw a sentence in a movie Big Fish. One sentence of it says: "I need you to tell me that I'm not crazy". Originally, I understood the sentence as: "I want you to tell the fact that I'm a sane ...
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When to write number and word combinations? [on hold]

I have two puzzles here. Whether to use 'and' or 'to' AND should it be 100,00 or 100 thousand. (a) There used to be 10 million but it is estimated that numbers have dropped to between 50 to 100 ...
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Subject or Object Pronoun [duplicate]

In the sentence below, is the pronoun "I" used correctly? "If you mean that letter, then it was I who tricked you."
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Why are we using 'are' for plural? [on hold]

For example: He is eating.They are eating. Why we won't say "They is eating". I think 'are' is not communicating anything additional.Why such a grammatical rule evolved?
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Is “everyone is selfish” correct or “everyone are selfish”? [duplicate]

Everyone is selfish seems to sound right for me although it seems to look wrong.I wanted to know what is the right usage.
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Was used to be vs used to be? [on hold]

'There was a time when he was our class representative.' Which one is a proper replacement of the above sentence? 1) There was a time when he used to be our class representative. 2) There was a ...
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What governed present subjunctive uses in archaic English?

Source, para 4 : p 2 of 2, 'Against YA', by Ruth Graham, slate.com Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this. I know, I know: Live and let ...
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What's the grammar behind “let read”? [on hold]

Source, para 4 : p 2 of 2, 'Against YA', by Ruth Graham, slate.com Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this. I know, I know: Live and let ...
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Is it ok to say 'the Japanese' referring to Japanese people? [on hold]

Also if the answer is yes, would the corresponding verb be singular or plural?
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What's wrong with 'In the beginning the characters are shortly introduced'? [on hold]

Another example sentence for my upcoming exam. There's a mistake somewhere in this sentence. First I thought the mistake was 'shortly', which can't be used with 'introduce'. But then someone pointed ...
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Is the sentence “what he did was climb a tree” grammatical? [duplicate]

In the textbook An Introduction to Language (10th Ed.) by Fromkin, Rodman and Hyams, the authors used the sentence What he did was climb a tree on page 7 to illustrate the difference between a ...
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What does “I have no shame when it comes to ignorance” mean? [on hold]

Does it mean one chooses to be ignorant regardless of shame, or submit to shame while admitting ignorance? Interviewer: Tell me about your first felony arrest? Candidate: I have no shame when it ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here [migrated]

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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“Not to allow” or “to not allow”? [duplicate]

We create these events not to allow the news to go unnoticed or We create these events to not allow the news to go unnoticed
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Use of prepositions with verbs [on hold]

Is there a resource, a dictionary perhaps, that gives the appropriate preposition to use with a verb - an alphabetized list of verbs with corresponding prepositions and example sentences?
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collocation with over, down, out [duplicate]

I'm completely confused when it comes to the combinations with over | down | out: Thank you for coming over | Thank you for coming down | Thank you for coming out. Come over here | Come ...
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Can “neither” be used with “nor”? [migrated]

I have the phrase You've entered neither a command nor a parameter. Now I want to know is it correct or not? Can I use such combination as neither–nor in my case?
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Can I use the Perfect tenses (Present Perfect Progressive and Future Perfect Simple) in the conditional sentences?

If this mystery hasn't been being tried to be kept secret since the Gods left the planet, it will have been revealed by now. Is the usage of the Present Perfect Progressive Passive and the Future ...
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Is it correct to use a comma in the following case?

The detectives couldn't help each other. Perhaps this "madness"—despite coming from the same source, investigating crime scenes—was different for each of them. I'm not sure whether the comma ...
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A host of competitive offers has / have been received

Singular or plural verb? A host of competitive offers have been received. (The sense is plural, so should we use 'have'? Or should it be 'has' to agree with the singular subject 'host'?) Thanks.
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Use “them” or “it”, when refering to the abstract concept, fears [on hold]

Use "them" or "it", when refering to the abstract concept, fears. "Let’s put our fears in a little bottle and use it as a garnish for meals, or sprinkle some on popcorn for scary movies." OR ...
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“completely” usage confusion

As I know, verbs are followed by adverbs. So, which is true? "She stands there completely expressionlessly" Or "she stands there completely expressionless" Though I think the second one is likely to ...
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Do you use the plural or singular when asking for a comparison?

On a web page form the following question is asked: "Are your business and home address the same?*" Is this correct? I am often wrong about stuff like this but shouldn't it be: "Are your business ...
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Is it correct to begin a sentence like this…“Do you like to have…” [migrated]

I was just wondering , is it OK to say "Do you like to have coffee tonight when you get home"?
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Grammar: A page of multiplication problems [sit|sits] in front of me

I'm trying to decide which of the following sentences is best grammatically: A page of multiplication problems sit in front of me. Or A page of multiplication problems sits in front of me. ...
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what's the mistake in the sentence? “We must always remind ourself of the good times we have had.” [closed]

What is the grammartical mistake in this sentence, and why? "We must always remind ourself of the good times we have had."
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Is this an example of a dangling modifier?

Dangling modifiers occur when it is unclear to which word a descriptive part of sentence applies. A classic example would be "She left the room fuming" -- is it "she" or the room that's fuming? But ...
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Is it gramatically incorrect to begin a sentence with 'But'? [duplicate]

I am wondering because I was told that it is, but from what I've seen it's pretty widely used. Thanks!
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What component was omitted between “as” and “promised”? [closed]

She would pay as promised. Should I say: "-as she has promised", or "-as it was promised"?
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Why is this “has” used?

Tennyson has looked to Shakespeare for inspiration. (Tennyson, his masters by Grant Smith) This was written way after Tennyson died, but has is used. Why? Is it grammatical? I would use looked to ...
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Errors made by speakers of Arabic [closed]

What are the most common and most difficult to overcome errors made by native speakers of Arabic in speaking English?
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Please let me know the ORDER of the object and infinitive verb in sentence [closed]

Can anyone please let me know the ORDER of the object and infinitive verb in a sentence? Which is the correct form in the two examples given below: "He wants to forgive you too", or; "He ...