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postpone to/till

I have a question about the "postpone" verb. If I want to say that it's impossible to hold a meeting today, and we need to wait till Friday (for example), what is an appropriate preposition in this ...
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Tense when speaking of someone in your past.

Is it acceptable to use the past tense when talking about someone that is still alive but you no longer have any interaction with? "His name was Alex" I always correct myself and use present tense but ...
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Present continuous tense with the time element “everyday”

Is it grammatical to use the present continuous when "everyday" is the time element involved, as in "I'm studying English everyday."?
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Most of them due to /most of them to

India has lost over 2,000 soldiers in the last three decades, most of them to extreme and unpre-dictable weather events. Large laundries face rapid changes most of them due to rising utility costs. ...
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What do you call the phrase that identifies a noun?

For example: Ms. Smith, the local bartender, always wore a long scarf. The poem, "The Raven," was written by Edgar Allan Poe. My dad, a tough and burly man, went to work today. I ...
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Is this phrasing correct - “As the bus raced all this by”

I'm writing a scene in which a bus drives past the sight of a near-accident, and here's how I phrased the start of this particular paragraph: As the bus raced all this by, Igy turned in his seat, ...
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Heavy noun shifting [on hold]

Last Wednesday, a major avalanche hit a post on the northern glacier at a height of 19600 feet being manned by soldiers of the madras regiment Last Wednesday, a major avalanche hit on the northern ...
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Use of after as preposition or conjunction

"Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday ruled out any troop withdrawal from the Siachen glacier after last week's avalanche claimed the lives of 10 soldiers." Is the word "after" used as a ...
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Proper usage of “does” in “Where does it come from?”

When inquiring after the immediate origin of a thing (i.e., where I purchased this gallon of milk), my wife will frequently say, "Where does it come from?". This always sounds odd to me—I'd say "Where ...
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Present perfect or past simple with today

Today I have seen the movie or Today I saw the movie. Which one is correct? According to the rule if the period of time is not finished yet, we should use present perfect. But we often see the second ...
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Another sentence from Rise of the Guardians

Now is the time you take the Oath. Is "take" present subjunctive here?
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I and my wife or my wife and I [duplicate]

It sounds awkward to me to write " I and my wife were doing such and such." Shouldn't it be "My wife and I were doing such and such." Please answer
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Is “Tomorrow good?” a complete sentence?

Is this a complete sentence: Tomorrow good? As I understand it, first you change the interrogatory to declarative so the question becomes whether Tomorrow (is) good is a sentence.
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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 [on hold]

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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“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? [on hold]

'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 [on hold]

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? [migrated]

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?” [on hold]

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? [duplicate]

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? [closed]

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 ...