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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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Jargon meaning: Cover

I am not too sure about the meaning of the third step in this list: web 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a ...
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A “scuffle” versus a “fight to the death”?

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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Still Be Covered [on hold]

I am confused about the meaning of the third step in this: link 1 "Whenever you sign in to Google you'll enter your username and password as usual. " 2 "Then, you'll be asked for a code that ...
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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.. '? [on hold]

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?

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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Cover Definitions

I don't know which definitions of "cover" would fit this usage: source "The Crafoord Prize covers the disciplines of astronomy, mathematics, geosciences and biosciences as a complement to the ...
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be on board a flight [on hold]

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' [on hold]

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.
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use of “everything” or “anything” in positive and negative sentences?

As a non-native speaker, when I read the books about grammar, I learn that usually the word "everything" is used in a positive sentence and that the word "anything"is used in a negative or ...
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According to protesters - correct; according to THE protesters - possible?

Source: http://rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened ...
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'uplink' or 'interfaces'

I wonder, which sentence fragment is better? ... effectiveness of the interface failure detection ... effectiveness of the uplink failure detection
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Problem with sentences structures?

I have problem with sentences structures. I have a sentence: When reviewing [Name of Bank] reports, the conclusion can be reached that over the next few years demand for new solutions will be ...
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It's time we 'informed' the Senate

In the movie Star Wars, one of Mace Windu(S.Jackson)'s line reads such that: I think it is time we informed the Senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished. Is saying 'inform the ...
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Using hyphens with number ranges

Which one of these is correct? Students will give a four-to-seven minute lecture about their topic. Students will give a four to seven minute lecture about their topic. Students will give a 4-7 ...
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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Using 'good' and 'well' in comparisons

Scenario: I 'look good' and I 'feel well,' how do I compare the two as being equal? consider the following two sentences: "I look as good as I feel" -and- "I look as well as I feel" I would choose ...
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Grammar - has or have

Which of the two following texts below are grammatically correct. "The Board finds that both the identity of the member and the facts surrounding the alleged conduct has been proven on a balance of ...
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Two terms showing perceptible difference in comparison owing to triangle in the sentence

Do the following two sentences have the same or different meaning? I love you more than Tom. I love you more than Tom loves you. (Or, I love you more than Tom does you.) My concern is ...
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Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird

Whilst reading To Kill A Mocking-Bird I came upon this sentence (Full extract below): It is better to say, built in spite of them. To me, this sentence seems poorly structured, possibly even ...
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Usage of not with verbs [migrated]

I'm a little bit confused about using the word 'not' with verbs in some situations. I'd been trying to find any specific information, but I've failed. I would like to receive any help with the ...
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The use of “as” [on hold]

My question: In the following sentence, what part of speech is the word as? He visited the United Nations, or the UN, as it is more commonly called. Is it merely a conjunction? If it is not, ...
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Polite way to suggest talking about something

Is there a polite way to tell somebody that you want to tell him something, but only if he allows you to? For example, I'm talking to my friend and I want to tell him something about cats, but I'm not ...
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Who have or who has in a question [migrated]

I want to to ask a question, but I do not know the right one in the following two questions: - Who have agreed on that with you? - Who has agreed on that with you?
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what is the expression according as use for exactly? [closed]

What is wrong with these two sentences? Rearrange these boxes according as you are told. Rearrange these boxes accordingly as you are told. Are they both grammatically correct and if not what is wrong ...
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At and To can be used together?

I have read these lines on a blog and I have doubt : Look at to the sky.. I guess we can not use at and to together. What is right?
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Sentences ending with something that already contains a period/full-stop

What's the rule about sentences that end in something that already has a period in it? Like a sentence that ends in: Washington D.C. -or- etc. Personally, and I realise this is wrong, I would love ...
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Only a waning candle sheds its light around

I found above mentioned sentence in a article is it some proverb? What does this mean? Below I am copying paragraph where I found this. May be this would be helpful to answer. Only a waning candle ...
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Is there a difference between “of” and “to” in these cases?

Example: is there a difference - even a subtle one - between: the hinges of a door the hinges to a door I suspect there is a slight difference, yet I cannot quite pin down what that difference is. ...
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Using a singular to mean a plural

Suppose I have a sentence of the form: Ahead I see a red door and a blue door - the path to each is similar. Is this grammatically correct? It sounds odd if I pluralise "path", but this version ...
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What does it mean “reject it who will”?

The following passage is from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo translated by Charles E. Wilbour. This materialism is an excellent thing, and truly marvellous; reject it who will. Ah! when one has ...
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What grammar is used in “are there” for not a question & “is a compromise view” without a subject?

I have found 2 sentences in a law book, but I cannot figure out what grammar rules are used in them. Please advise. 1.) In no state, however, are there [what rule, why such order of the words?] ...
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Does The Following Sentence Contain Grammar Mistake? [closed]

I feel as though the following sentence lacks commas and such, but I wouldn't know. I'm in the middle of working on an article. Thanks for asking, imaginary person I just created to get my point ...
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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [closed]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...
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How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title?

How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title? Ex. "Make-up" or "Make-Up" (noun) "Strap-on" or "Strap-On" (noun) "Stripped-down" or "Stripped-Down" (adj.) "Up-to-Date ...