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How to use the term “Inline link”?

I am writing a Terms of Service for a website and I am wondering if both of these examples are correct: "Inline link to an image" "In-line link of an image" Inline linking (also known as ...
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To or For? What's the rule?

As an ESL learner I always mess up using prepositions. It's been especially difficult to understand when to use 'to' or 'for'. Are there any rules about this usage? Please share! Thanks!
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Whom or who in this case? Google thinks who

I was asking someone "whom were you horrible to?" And thought, is it who or whom? I believe it's whom but when I typed the phrase into Google search It felt differently.
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“I became proficient” - is this correct grammar?

I would like to find out if this is correct: "I became proficient at locating information in customer relationship management software and recording customer issues in a help desk system."
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the difference in meaning between present simple passive and present perfect passive

Michael Swan in his "Practical English Usage" says that present passive forms can have similar meanings to present perfect passives. The vegetables are all cut up - what shall I do? = The ...
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The use of negative with indefinite pronouns

Is it correct to say: Everything doesn't go easy in life. Or should one say : Not everything goes easy in life.
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I found a sentence which is told grammatically wrong, but I can't find it. Help me please [on hold]

This sentence : As a native speaker, writing grammatically correct sentences is difficult for me. Thank you for your answers.
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Pls help me guys in english grammar [duplicate]

Do we say "You don't know nothing or You don't know anything" ? I am really confused..
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It will be done at that point in the future vs It will have been done at that point

I am struggling with understanding the difference here: It will be done at that point in the future. It will have been done at point in the future. I know in theory what future perfect tense means ...
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What is this type of question called?

"I can have a cookie, can't I?" (Please ignore the double quotes while reading) What is this type of question called? Also, is it grammatically correct under American English?
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How do bare clauses beginning with “in which” work?

The latest Stack Exchange blog post contains the following section header: In which we stop being dumb I have never really understood what is going on in these "in which..." constructions at a ...
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“The process was done correctly” Confirm the correct steps have been taken

My question is if the sentence "the process was done correctly" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. I seems straight forward to me but I'm not ...
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this is/was the best meal I have ever had/had had

We are currently discussingq with my colleagues what the correct grammar would be in this context: you have just finished a meal and want to say it was/has been the best meal you ever had. What tenses ...
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When to use “compatible”, when “incompatible”

I am pulling my hair out on this one! I say... "My explosive is compatible with power supply X" to mean that it works, as required. "My explosive is compatible with salt water" to mean that it does ...
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using and/or for two equal things

Which sentence is preferred? The value of A or B is 50% each The value of A and B are 50% each The values of A and B are 50% each
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What's it called when one is so familiar with a language that phrases just “sound” right or wrong?

Native speakers, especially those who have read a lot of writing or literature for a given language, acquire the ability to "know" whether something is grammatically correct (or not) just from their ...
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can “per your request” be used if not requested yet

Can "per your request" be used if information has not been requested yet? Per your request, I am Available to assist with the application process at any time to ensure the process run smoothly and in ...
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It will be the first time I have flown to America - why not just present simple?

I have been reading a long discussion about another grammar thing and stumbled upon the following: It will be the first time I have flown to America. I wonder why there is present perfect tense ...
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“Seize the night” vs. “Enjoy the night”

I was listening to "We Own the Night", by "The Wanted" and I realized the phrase "we are only young if we seize the night". Seize, in this case, sounds like enjoy, right? But, what's the contextual ...
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How to write quotes and singing in dialogue

Ben stared into the distance, then rose from his seat and with his arms held wide, “By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” And as Jane followed his gaze, “My tongue ...
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Is it correct to say “Check for <something> as <something>”?

I'm currently writing a program and I've stumbled upon some problems with my English. I want the program to display "Check for something as something" and the program to say whether or not the check ...
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why is the following phrase grammatically incorrect? [on hold]

In this thesis, it was presented a novel approach to improve accuracy indoors.
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grammar enquiry [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? The police and soldiers had been discourteous to other people in Burma. A lot of people were killed by Burmese police and soldiers and a lot of people were ...
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not to be taken vs. not to take

I know the following sentence is grammatically correct: The use of humor with aggressive actions is a way to communicate that the action was not to be taken seriously. However, I was wondering if I ...
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Future Simple and Future Perfect

I've read the question about Future Simple and Future Perfect, but I still can't understand the exact usage of these two tenses. Is there any diffrence between the following? I will do my homework ...
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Use of “you and I” in TS Eliot's Prufrock

I've long been a fan of T.S. Eliot's poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. However, it seems to me that his use of "you and I" in the opening lines is incorrect. Let us go then, you and I, when ...
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One has to cook himself or themself? [on hold]

Wanted to know which form is better and why One has to cook himself? OR One has to cook themself?
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which one of these statement's grammar correct [on hold]

It will be 3 by the time I reach office It will be 3 by the time I'll reach office.
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please suggest that if it is a correct sentence [on hold]

Happy with the strong performance in the test, it was decided that Ram give himself a five day rest. here above is my Question ,please correct it.
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“Sonata of…” or “The sonata of…”?

For example, what's more grammatically correct (or at least common practice) "Sonata of Awakening" or "The Sonata of Awakening"?
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Condition interpretation - Mathematics

Condition is read as below:- Where juniors who have completed their qualifying or eligibility service are being considered for promotion, their seniors would also be considered provided they are not ...
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A “scuffle” versus a “fight to the death”? [on hold]

I want to describe an event where an intense fight broke out: "It was not so much a scuffle, as a fight to the death." Did I word this sentence correctly?
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The honest human heart or The honest human's heart?

Which form is correct? "This is how the honest human heart look" or "This is how the honest human's heart look", and why?
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Was vs had been

I guess this question has been asked before, but please take a look the following sentence and tell me if there is a difference between them. When the transaction had been completed, A was still a ...
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“Would it be correct to call a person who goes to Gymnastics school a student or pupil?”

I am trying to find a exact answer of this question.
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Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [closed]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
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Are “this” and “next” demonstrative determiners?

In the following, is this a demonstrative determiner: I will go to the store this week. If so, then what class is next in the following: I will go to the store next week. It seems that ...
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Personal pronoun - Using 'it' when introducing a person

On the NPR radio program Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/) Peter Sagal introduces the week's panelists using 'it's,' as in "She'll be performing Friday at ...
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How to correctly say that I will get graduated? [on hold]

I'm going to "get graduated" at second quarter of 2014, and I need to write an e-mail saying this, but I don't know the "correct" way to write that "I will get graduated" this sounds pretty weird to ...
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What is the technical name for an expression of the form “all good men and true”?

...by which I mean an expression wherein one of the adjectives modifying a noun precedes that noun and another follows it. I know that an adjective that appears after the noun it modifies is a ...
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What calls are you making? [on hold]

Sorry, if this is a trivial question. But I feel really confused when I ask people, their answers are different to my answer. So I want to ascertain what exactly is answered to this question. For ...
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Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles - an vs. the

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-disbands-army-unit-fiasco-push-east-144943083.html Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as ...
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Which is correct? 'Education college' or 'educational college'?

I don't know which is correct, and it confuses me the more I learn the English language. We all know that educational is an adjective, so if I had to choose one, I would definitely choose educational ...
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written ...
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be on board a flight [closed]

SITUATION: I almost cannot catch my flight for some delay in the traffic on the road, when I get to the gate to board on the plane, I saw people are sitting around the gate and waiting, but not ...
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“focus on” or “concentrate on”

I am wondering if "focus" and "concentrate" can be used interchangeably? Such as: [..] designed solution will focus on using modern hardware [..] [..] designed solution will concentrate on using ...
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'which is' or 'one is' [closed]

I have sentence. Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms, which is used for solving [name of problem] problems. Can I say: "Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms. ...
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Is the phrase “Only to later realize” correct in usage?

I have the below sentence: Attended ABC college where I topped the English subject in 10th grade (only to later realize that my love for the language couldn’t end there). Now after 15 years I ...
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'work' or 'working'

What is the difference between: ... algorithm which will be programmed in the later stage work with use of high-level programming language, such as: C#, etc. ... algorithm which will be ...
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Usage of “n times” (two times,…)

Is it possible/common to say: I'd like an apple two times.