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What does “nothing that” mean?

I read this article- Greeks take to the streets for dueling rallies that reflect a divided nation in Washington post. And I'm confused about what the "nothing that" means in this part : The ...
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Correctly say “I will let you know with further updates”

How to say this correctly "I will let you know with further updates"
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When is “and” appropriate but “as well as” is not?

Until some seconds ago when I was looking through one of the grammar section is test review book, I had long believed that they were (most of the time, but you know English always has those ...
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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“graduate from” vs. “graduating from”

Basically I want to say I am graduated today. Here is the sentences: it is a huge honour to graduate from a top university such as ...... . It is correct? or it must be "to be graduating". Thanks
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Whether use of who is proper

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...
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simple present instead of simple past

I heard this sentence in "The Vicar of Dibley"(S01E01): He come second in the marrow-growing contest in 1956. Why does he use simple present instead of simple past?
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Active to Passive Voice

The girl arranged the flowers in the vase beautifully. (1) The flowers in the vase were beautifully arranged by the girl. (2) The flowers were beautifully arranged in the vase by the girl. Which ...
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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words?

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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It was the best decision I have / had ever made

I'm a little bit confused about the grammar used in the following two sentences: 1.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best decision I have ever made 2.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best ...
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I be walking down the street with a friend and would answer a question

Can you help me to find out what kind of grammar is using here? "I be walking" is in which tense and what does it mean? as far as i know, we can say "I am walking" "I was walking" but "I be ...
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Instead of grammar using senteces

I want to know how use instead of in simple sentences. is this Example correct? For me, Computer uses instead of the mobile phone
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Is either “and” or “or” necessary when listing things?

Something I read today is a publish article raises my doubt about whether "and" or "or" is absolutely necessary when enumerating. It runs: A book makes the perfect gift, the perfect giveaway, the ...
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Combine both present perfect and simple past together

Is it correct to combine both present perfect and simple past together as in the sentence below? "This method has saved the lives of many patients as the true diagnosis was missed or unusual." ...
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When to use hereof in a sentence? [on hold]

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hereof is an adverb meaning of this. So does it mean that I can change the sentence, "I saw my boyfriend dating my best friend and because of this, I broke up ...
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Grammar when listing question [e.g. we test i) does X cause Y, ii) does a cause b?]

I am writing a scientific paper and at the end of the introduction I list the three questions we tackle in the paper. Currently it is written as: "Here we address the following three questions: i) ...
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How do I distinguish simple past and past perfect with “should”?

One type of construction that has always bugged me is the distinction between should (past tense of shall), and its past perfect form. Assume a character, let's call him John: He lost the poker ...
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Punctuation rules for user interface [on hold]

Should you put a period at the end of a disclaimer message which consists of two sentences? Diclaimer: "The trial period has expired! This service does no longer run on your computer"
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Checkboxes vs. Checkboces [on hold]

I know that you can say both e.g. indexes and indices, but does it apply to all the words with similar ending? I'm interested about checkboxes vs checkboces in particular.
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A device using a material

Would you say the following sentence is natural? (1) An electronic device using this kind of epoxy resin can withstand a wide range of mechanical and thermal environmental conditions. I am ...
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unreleased final consonant sounds [on hold]

in school I learned that unreleased final consonant sounds b,d,d,k,p,t my question is what does unreleased mean ? my 2 question He played well and ran fast . My teacher said the st in fast is ...
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How do i know if the word is stressed? [on hold]

Yesterday I had a lesson about stressed words. My question is how do i know if the word is stressed or not without listening to the pronunciation? Examples: He wants a job that lets them travel. ...
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How do i know if the word is step or glide in English [on hold]

today I have a lesson in school about steps and glides and i didn't understand it. My first question what are steps and glides? My second question is how do i know if the sentence ends with steps or ...
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why do we add s and put is in these sentences [on hold]

My question is why do we add s to these sentence Are you the one who plays the violin? Why do we add s to play and one in this sentence mean you You are the one who is funny in the class ...
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When do you use the plural of “medicine”?

Or in other words, I am asking: How do you "count" medicine? Is the word "medicine" like "gas" where a collection of gas is still called gas: The air was filled with nitrogen gas. Instead of: ...
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Donald Trump Grammar [on hold]

What's wrong with the following sentence? “there's nobody bigger or better at the military than I am
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What is the difference between “I have been looking for you” and “I have looked for you”? [on hold]

I am facing an unfortunate complication while studying the present perfect and present perfect continuous tenses. I can't understand the difference between some of their parts. What is the difference ...
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Be it… or grammar

Can anyone please describe the use of "be it or " grammar, I have checked internet but couldn't find anything that me help. with regards
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What does the phrase “in order to” function as?

I was wondering what function the phrase "in order to" has. I have thought for quite a while that it was used a a conjunction. However, I have recently seen sentences that use this phrase in other ...
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How to say this properly?

"The tree is what I am looking at." No not formal enough. "The tree is at what I am looking." Formal but sounds misleading. I know I can easily say it like " I am looking at the tree." But just want ...
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How to improve grammar ? [on hold]

I want to improve my English grammar, including every little information like where to use exclamation, where to or not to use semi-colon etc.
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It-cleft : “It was the Americas that Spaniards brought horses to.” is grammatically right? [on hold]

The original sentence is "The Spaniards brought horses to the Americas." I recently have made a final-term test question like this: Q: Where did the Spaniards brought horses? A: ...
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Which way is correct?

With Senator Baker the only one to gainsay it, the bill passed overwhelmingly. OR the bill was passed overwhelmingly. Thank you!
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Will this sentence make any sense to readers? Grammar question [on hold]

We sat on the ground in the alley i remember, talking about anything. OR? I remember we sat on the ground in the alley talking about anything. Is the first one grammatically correct?
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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they ...
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Cannot understand sentence in preface to “Old Indian Legends” by Zitkala-Ša

I'm reading the preface to Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Ša, originally published in 1901. My mother tongue is not English, and I am having some trouble understanding - in detail - what she actually ...
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Why are “and/or” constructions in English not considered grammatically correct?

Why are "and/or" constructions in English not considered grammatically correct? Consider, for example, the following sentences: "Multi-organ failure can be attributed to confusion, fatigue, and/or ...
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“That heresies should arise, we have the prophesie of Christ…”

That heresies should arise, we have the prophesie of Christ; but that old ones should be abolished, we hold no prediction. This is a quote from Religio Medici (1643) by Thomas Browne. It's quoted ...
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Grammatically, can you have a 'bit' of liquid? [duplicate]

Example: There is a bit of wine left in the glass.
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in years that vs. in years when

The policy provides a “floor” that can protect you from market-related losses in years that / when the indexes perform poorly. THAT or WHEN? I say it's not a specific period of time. It's an ...
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Should I use “the” before “…same… ” in this sentence?

Which one of these sentences is correct? Different instances of a class have different values for the instance variables of the class, but the values of the static variables are same for every ...
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“when it's snowing and when it isn't” vs “when it's snowing and when it isn't snowing” [on hold]

Are either of the following sentences grammatically incorrect? Assuming they are both correct, is one preferred over the other? If so, in what situations is each preferred? I eat puppies when it's ...
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Although >>> In spite of + Subject + present participle [on hold]

Which is correct, 1 or 2? Although I take the prescribed medicine, my health has never improved. In spite of I taking the prescribed medicine, my health has never improved. In spite of ...
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Using to + gerund and to + invinitive [duplicate]

"I go to school" Because 'to' is a preposition then is it correct to write "I go to watching the movie"? If not, please explain why. Thank you.
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is it grammatically correct to say “oh,If only I weren't tired ” [on hold]

I read this "If only I weren't tired " on an English Dictionary, is it grammatically correct, if yes what kind of grammar is that.And can we say instead of "If only I weren't tired " "if only I ...
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A frequent point of confusion is an or a correct? [closed]

Is this sentence correct grammar - He would add an unique voice to our group.
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How to find the base of a converted word? [closed]

Say I have the base 'sport' (noun) and convert it into 'to sport' (verb). Are there any linguistic rules or methods to be applied when determining the base of a word? Comment: by base I mean the ...
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Usage of thanks to other [duplicate]

Once I want to show my expression to thank, can we use only one word "Thank" instead of "Thanks"?
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Would have find or found [closed]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...