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the U.S. president or U.S. president

I was confused about the use of "the," when I came across the following paragraph published in an economic magazine: "... ... debate in the United States. ... ... the analysis begins with a look at ...
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what today's programs can do to correct the grammar? [on hold]

what today's programs can do? because I don't know if a software would be able to apply the culture and emotion and other things, that can not be programmed, to correct the grammar.please help me out. ...
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“daily work” vs. “daily labour”

Is the description for a video grammatically correct: Deep insights into our daily labour as chemists: Have fun! I didn't find the expression daily labour in the Corpus of Contemporary American ...
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a/an exception for the word “username”? [duplicate]

In American English, the usage of either a or an depends on whether the word that comes next is a vowel or consonant. However, this seems fairly simple until you reach this: It is required that ...
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“with which” or “which with” [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? The accent with which I speak The accent which I speak with Are they not the same? While we are on the topic, I would greatly appreciate if you would tell ...
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What does “even the keel in favour of ” in the sentence mean?

Even the legal framework that is supposed to provide a modicum of protection to workers is fraying. For instance, the state’s unwillingness to use the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act or the ...
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“I'll revenge” vs “I'll take revenge”

Throughout my life I have thought that the correct expression is to take revenge; however, I have also heard people saying I'll revenge. Which is correct?
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Hyphenation in “incomplete-information games” (technical jargon)

A game of complete information is a mathematical object defined within Game Theory. I want to use a compound adjective to specify that a game is a game of complete information. Should I use a hyphen ...
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What do you call when you clasp your hands to propel someone up a wall? [duplicate]

I'm sure it had a name. It's when you clasp your hands (palms up) so the other person can stand on them and go up a wall (or a tree). Any suggestions?
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subordinate clause_tense_sentence structure [on hold]

From the book "No Grammar Tears 2". "By the time she saw the boy, he had already escaped the scene because nobody was there to attack him when he decided to pass through the narrow way, where he ...
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“We is who the Earth is for?”

In the film of The Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hushpuppy the main character of the film says, But me and my daddy, we stay right here. “We is who the Earth is for.” What grammatical structure ...
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Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar? [on hold]

I've often stumbled across phrases like these (perhaps not the last one) and felt that they sounded a bit awkward: Nothing can best the sheer capacity of […] X would best Y any day. I ...
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What is the noun in the second sentence?

This is a continuation of the question at A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city which raised further questions in my attempted answer. There were purchases. A significant ...
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What is the difference between “He is polite” and “He is being polite”?

Can any one please explain the usage and meaning of "He is polite" and "He is being polite".
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“when” and “would” in a sentence

I would like to use when and would in the following sentence: When I would study on the morning of an exam I would say something like that. So, am I right?
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Let me confirm your name. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

While you are on a customer service call, how would you clarify the name? Is it grammatically correct to say, " let me confirm your name".
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how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?

How should this long sentence with multiple "and"s Property taxes and other local taxes and state taxation and spending may not be ... . be understood? Notice, there is no punctuation near the ...
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how should “…; or …” be understood?

I'm trying to make sense of a phrase like the following The foregoing limitations shall not apply to ... [A] ...; or, subject to the provisions of ... [B] ... , to ... [C] ... . (The actual text ...
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Two examples of English sentences. What is their most correct form? [on hold]

Is this sentence well formed and understandable: Figuring his chances of winning are 50%, Picard agrees to play. Next, is there a lack of articles in this sentence, in the place of *: ...
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Translating a Palestinian old man saying [on hold]

Maybe it's difficult to translate slang from language to another but I'm giving it a try so please correct me if I have mistakes. They asked a Palestinian old man about love He said Love .. Oh may ...
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Best ways to learn english grammar [on hold]

I have the Matura Exam in this school year and I'd like to improve my grammar skills. What are the best ways to do so in your opinion?
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grammar issue in the sentence [on hold]

That made poor coaching but great training. It is expressing the idea that "that" didn't provide good coaching but regardless it led to good training. An expanded form of this sentence would be ...
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Can I use “had” without dependent clause? [on hold]

From the common English grammar lesson, the past perfect tense with had is usually followed by dependent clause. For example: He had studied English before he moved to New York. Now, if I want ...
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They set a prisoner free / They let a prisoner free

Could you please explain for me why I cannot use "let" in this sentence ? My friends said "They let a prisoner free" is wrong but I cannot understand why let is unacceptable in this sentence.
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Affirmative statements with negative meaning

I was trying to understand indefinite pronouns from this English Grammar Guide site. Everything was going smoothly until I bumped into this paragraph. AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS In affirmative ...
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Can I use “On the other hand” in a new paragraph? [on hold]

I'm in a situation where the argument for "On the one hand" is long. The argument for "on the other hand" is about the same length. If I put them in the same paragraph, the paragraph becomes much ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? [on hold]

I need to get started fast, though, because his mom, Mim, will be home in about an hour.
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How to resolve impossible ambiguity with commas? The Oxford comma doesn't help

Have there been any solutions proposed for the ambiguity in sentences such as the following? The highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod‹,› ...
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Grammar check of story [closed]

Can someone proofread the following? The story: Computer Land By me He was talking to himself about stuff like "shaped portal" and "nether" when he disappeared. He didn't exactly "disappear", it ...
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Is “When I was calling clients, he had got three orders” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is "When I was calling clients, he had got three orders" a correct sentence? or "While I was calling clients, he had got three orders" is better? Thank you in advance?
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Question about the order of events in a sentence

Is the sentence: "We felt we had let our coach down because we hadn't won the match" correct? I read a sentence "We felt we had let our coach down because we didn't win the match" in an ...
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Split infinitives—did Old English have them?

I've read a few articles as well as questions on this site about splitting infinitives. In the Wikipedia article, it claims: In Old English, infinitives were single words ending in -n or -an ...
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What is it called when someone says “like” or “alright”

I was talking with my friend and neither of us could think of the word for when someone says something similar to "And, like, we were totally, like, going to do this one thing." To add to it, as ...
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has been usage in sentence [closed]

Could you please correct the below sentence if it is wrong?. I want to convey that it is a duplicate one. "An incident(#1234) has already been raised on the same issue hence could you please ...
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The usage about “Never ever” [migrated]

It can always heard in movies. "I'll never ever see you again." If I want to say that "I will not choose this forever", can I use never ever? For example: I will never ever choose this. ...
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Time reference and express attractivness of a fitting job role in cover letter?

I found a job ad of a job which is perfect for me. I have the following sentences: After my studies and acquiring the IBM certificates I am now searching for a position as an programmer. The ...
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that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still

The idea that nothing is true except what we comprehend is silly, and that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still. To me, the second sentence is ...
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Is it correct to ask : what is the chance to combine a master degree with the speciality program? [closed]

Is it correct to ask the dean this Question : what is the chance to combine a master degree with the speciality program?
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Example where article reverses meaning

Adding "the" reverses the meaning in these two sentences: Alice is in charge of Bob. Alice is in the charge of Bob. What is the formal grammatical explanation of this difference?
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Spellcheck of an abstract [closed]

I am currently working on a very important project in high school. This project contains and abstract, which I've never written before. I would really appreciate if someone could read this abstract ...
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Correctness of the sentence [closed]

This is one question I would really like to know the answer to.
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“Like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it” - by?

I do get the point but I would like to know why the "by" is used here? Wouldnt "and" work? "Is it like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it." To me it implies that you might ...
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Check the grammar and format in this story [closed]

Can somebody here help me. I wrote a story for the first time in my life (I write poems, but this is first time I wrote a story) as we have a competition in our institute with story writing with theme ...
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Possessive pronoun [closed]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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There's and enumeration [duplicate]

There is one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer or There are one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer Which one should i use? There's sounds more natural, but I feel like ...
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Should I say “metal” or “metals” when I'm talking about multiple units of the same type of metal?

My question involves a term that occurs in a game called Refined Metal. It's used to describe an item, such as when exchanging game coins. I am semi-arguing with my wife about whether I need to use ...
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Introductory books for language theory

I have computer science background and I am looking for some NLP algorithms for stemming, POS tagging etc. The language under consideration is "agglutinative and inflectional". Since from CS ...
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can “plan work” be used in a slogan?

I would like to use the slogan "Plan work. Track time." for a product I'm working on. However, I'm a bit alarmed by the fact I get virtually no search results on Google for "plan work", which gives me ...
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hadn't we or didn't we in a tag question [duplicate]

which is correct option to the following & why ? We had two hours for lunch yesterday, hadn't we? We had two hours for lunch yesterday, didn't we?
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can this be said in a better way? [closed]

I need to write the following in a paragraph but I am wondering if this is correct English. ` My colleague is testing my religious knowledge by asking for an explanation as to why Muslims cannot have ...