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Is it correct to say “greedy little mind” or “little greedy mind” or both? [duplicate]

I was watching ERB, and Tesla replied to Thomas Edison - "You couldn't handle my gifts with your greedy little mind". What if I say: "little greedy mind", what does it change on the meaning. Is it ...
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Insight Vs Insights

I have an essay prompt that includes "insights" in the context "develop new insights into my community" This isn't actually correct for me to write in my essay is it? I mean insight can be used as a ...
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Make a Payment or Create a Payment [on hold]

1. Is it different between make a payment or create a payment? 2. Is it correct use "make a payment" or "create a payment"? Thanks!
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“There were lots to do” vs “There was lots to do…”: is the subjunctive mood still used?

I read in a book: There were lots to do on the farm: feeding the hens, collecting the eggs, going on a hay ride, visiting the ducks. To me it seemed odd, that it should have been "There was ...
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Greenback boogie lyrics from Suits TV series theme

I recently started watching "Suits". There is a theme song. It has a lyrics with a sentence "Everybody wanna know, how it feel". I turned the CC and yes, its exactly that way. I think it should ...
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How is this to be interpreted gramatically?

"Pick two movies and talk about them. How do these reveal the role of the camera" or "Pick two movies and talk about them. How do they reveal the role of the camera" When using 'these', ...
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Is a preposition always necessary in these kinds of sentences?

1.) You can always find a trash bin to throw in your cigarette butts. 2.) Find a table where you can put your books on. Are the preposition in these sentences necessary?
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Is this a garden path sentence? If not, is the message clear?

My desire to study law stemmed from my interest in promoting socio-legal research to contribute in the efforts of abolishing the culture of nepotism in our legislature.
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A necessary condition is .. or are? [on hold]

Which one of the following is the correct form? For some reason, I have trouble understanding whether the correct form depends on "a necessary condition" (is) or "changes" (are). A necessary ...
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what is correct way to write this sentence? Ragen's and Connor's graduation (both boys are graduating from different schools

Both my boys will be graduating from two different schools and in an invitation I'm inviting everyone to "Ragen's and Connor's graduation". So I show possessive for with both boys and would the word ...
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The correct Use or Usage [duplicate]

Could you please enlighten me to the correct use/usage of the word use/usage as in this sentence and that in the sentence below The correct use/usage of grammar is essential should one wish to have ...
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“X behaves identical to Y” or “X behaves identically to Y”

I thought an object X behaves identically to an object Y would be correct, because the adverb identically modifies the verb behaves. But an object X behaves identical to an object Y ...
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Does this read as archaic too? [on hold]

I am trying to have myself hone an archaic style of my own. How do your eyes have this read? In your thought do I now have myself known, so have your kindness give me gold, and a mount I shall ...
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Is “strong dependency of” grammatically wrong?

Is "strong dependency of" grammatically wrong? For example: "The strong dependency of the voltage on ...". Should it be "strong dependence of" instead. If so, why can't you simply write "strong ...
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Does this read as archaic? [on hold]

I am trying to have myself hone an archaic writing style. Does this read as archaic? How might I have it read as more archaic? I had myself without much gold, which then had me, with much ...
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Correct use of “showed”?

This sentence in a profile of rapper Bobby Shmurda appears in this week's New York magazine. "Two strangers had showed up and shot into the crowd." Shouldn't it be "had shown up" or, better, "Two ...
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Grammar assignment question [on hold]

I am doing a grammar assignment for an English class and I am supposed to explain what is grammatically incorrect with the following sentence, then offer the details on how to correct it. Thanks in ...
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Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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grammar assignment questions [on hold]

Saw you the movie? What is the problem with this sentence? I know it is supposed to be: Did you see the movie? I am doing a grammar assignment for an English class and I am supposed to explain ...
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Which one is correct? Or both? [on hold]

File and Print server is reachable. OR File and Print servers are reachable. Which one is right? Could the 1st sentence be correct in some way?
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English Grammar Checker [on hold]

I am searching for an online grammar checker that will show me that all three sentences below are grammatically incorrect. I have a collections of stamps. She has a collection of stamp. They have ...
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Is “decide to give” a compound verb?

I know that two verbs joined by a conjunction and referring to the same subject make a compound verb: The dog ran and jumped in the park. I read a book and listened to music while I waited. The boys ...
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Anywhere where or anywhere?

Which one of these sentences is correct? If both are correct, which one sounds better? You can browse the web anywhere you have an internet connection. You can browse the web anywhere where you have ...
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Necessary relative followed by to-infinitive … conflict of level

Recently I wanted to bitch at my staff and I wrote the following sentence: Do you want someone who has taken off their shoes to prepare your drink without washing their hands? And then it ...
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Should comma be specified after “I” in case of a sentence like I myname?

This question is about a confusion that I always had in my mind. My question: Suppose I am writing a sentence(for a speech or something like that) that actually begins like I myname and the sentence ...
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‘Pounced’ or ‘pouncing’? [on hold]

In this picture, I do not understand the word pounced. I think that pouncing is the right word here. Is there any grammar I don't know in this sentence? Because I think that ‘pounced’ in this ...
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Exact meaning of good for you [duplicate]

I told my friend, today I went for shopping. He replied me “Good for You”. Is it rude or normal?
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I want to proffesionally express to my managers that i am curious and always strive to better myself [on hold]

I'm working on my personal development to submit to management, and i'm trying to express that i am curios, hungry for know;edge and always striving to better myself...anything along those lines, in a ...
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Is the expression, “I was the admissions mistake” grammatically right?

I was drawn to the phrase “I was the admission mistake” in the following passage in the article of Washington Post (May 2) titled, “As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade”. ...
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Usage of word “yet” [on hold]

I remember that the word "yet" was invariably used with a "not" in my living memory in sentences like, "Haven't you reached there yet?" and, "Has he not finished yet?". But now I have noticed that ...
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“It was used a something ..” - correct?

I came across a sentence that began with "It was used a .." and was wondering whether it is grammatically correct. Specifically, the sentence was: In this case study it was used a part of the ...
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is English matter! correct or should be alwyes writen English matters [on hold]

is to say " English matter! correct or always should be written "English matters"?
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How to express my feelings with heart touching emotions when I resume talking to a girl after ignoring her for few days? [on hold]

I'm a 31 year old guy. She is my great dear friend, she is a 30 year-old girl. I was not talking to her much from the last fifteen days due to some misunderstanding between us. But now after fifteen ...
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What am I doing wrong here?

She says there is singularity problem in the first two parts and missing article in the third one. However I couldn't find them. What am I doing wrong here? "Firstly, more than 10,000 Somalian ...
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The most obfuscate writing ever written [on hold]

After having become acquainted with what some would deem as being obfuscate writing, a feeling of sadness did have my expectations dashed. A fellow literature buff had suggested that my thirst for the ...
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How to distinguish the object of adverbial phrase?

The example is : SETI scientists are trying to find a life form that resembles humans (in many ways). What is the subject of the adverbial phrase in bracket? Is find or resembles?
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Which is correct “I wished I was a painter” or “I wished I were a painter”? [duplicate]

Which is correct "I wished I was a painter" or "I wished I were a painter"? I've seen in several places that "I wish I were a painter" and "I wish I was a painter" are both correct (e.g. Which one is ...
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When are 'tion', 'sion', and 'cion' used [on hold]

I am confused when the spellings tion, sion, and cion are used in words that contain the shun sound. Are there any rules to help me understand when to use the correct spelling in a word?
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Some problems with definite articles

Is there anything good on telly tonight? Why don't we place an article before "telly"? I think it should be "on the telly". He enjoys the beauties of nature in Siberia. Why do we use ...
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [on hold]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [on hold]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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Serial comma in a list of verbs [on hold]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech?

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with the infinitive of a verb without the “to”? [on hold]

The context is: "Yes, your card made me close my birth month with a flourish! Receive it on the last day of April was perfect and very meaningful to me." Is it correct to start the sentence ...
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What part of speech is “know” in “let us know”? [on hold]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical ...
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Is this a dangling participle? “To use the computer, it need to be powered.” [on hold]

Is this sentence correct? To use the computer, it need to be powered.
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Capitalization in merged company name [on hold]

I own a company called Find My Bus Ltd that brands itself as Find My Bus. Yesterday we sat down and had a discussion regarding the name and all came to the agreement that it didn't represent the ...
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Am I syntactically wrong in these sentences? [on hold]

I have recently written a few sentences for discussion of rhetorical ways in writing. The outcome turned out to be so unexpected that I was blamed for how wrong I syntactically was. So I cordially ...
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What makes these two sentences pseudo-archaic? [closed]

I am by no means a writer (LOL!). I just enjoy archaic language and learning to write in a way that only people like you can understand. It appeases me greatly to think that, while I am writing ...