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Using “e.g.” instead of “for example”

I am reviewing a software manual, and I frequently come across sentences like (made-up example): The value is 1, but you can set it to e.g. 100 It seems to me that the use of "e.g." is wrong in ...
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Grammar-The future tense [duplicate]

I am learning future tense now. However, I don't what is the difference between "will-"and "be going to-".
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Is “Where do you sit?” correct for asking someone where their workspace is?

At work, if I had to ask someone where exactly they worked, as in where their workspace/cubicle is, what should I say? Is "where do you sit?" the usual thing to say? I'm from India and hear this ...
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Is it correct to say “I think sth important”?

I know that I can say: I consider this idea important. I deem this film stupid. I regard my health as important. but can I say: I think [money/ health/ love/ etc.] important? or I think [money/ ...
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Could anyone please correct this sentence? [on hold]

Blind by 1654, Fortune did not favour Milton.
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Won't & Don't Usage

What is the difference between the phrase "They won't let me go." and "They don't let me go." Is the latter correct?
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If both subjects are the same, can I still use a singular verb?

Is this sentence correct? My mother and best friend loves cooking as much as I do. Considering that I'm referring to the same person here, would it be better if I put it this way: My ...
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Why “inspector general”, and not “general inspector”, like German “Generalinspektor”?

I would expect the term "inspector general" to be "general inspector" instead. In part, that may be because I know the German variant as "Generalinspekteur" of "Generalinspektor". But I'm pretty ...
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american english phrase request grammar

Is it proper to say: Please join me, my family and crew in celebrating my Bat Mitzvah? Or should there be a'my' before crew? Thank you!
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“one of the planets” vs. “one of the planet's”

The sentence is The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planets most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. and Microsoft Word cannot seem to agree ...
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proposals for not-so-correct sentences

I have a question / request, that might seem a little odd. I will be leading in a few days interviews for a job, whose one of its required skills is a prefect knowledge in English. Hence I would like ...
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Problem with projected clauses

This is the subject that's been bugging me for quite some time now, even though I believe I've managed to grasp the entire reported speech pretty well. If I want to repeat to someone what I ...
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For 30 Years? Grammar Temporal rule [migrated]

Good morning everyone. First of all, I apologize if my English isn't perfect. A company celebrates her 30 years. If i write: For 30 years, at your service. or For 30 years, the best ...
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Which one is better?

" They want nobody's sympathy." Or " They don't want anyone's sympathy." I know they're grammatically correct, but I guess they suit at separate occasions. I mean, one means slightly diffetent. Am i ...
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Use of 'for which' in this sentence

This is something a senior official wrote on a thank-you letter to someone. I'm just wondering whether the use of 'for which' is appropriate in this sentence. As presented during the seminar the ...
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I'd been sent to kill him / I was sent to kill him. etc..?

When do I use had and when can I leave out had? or use was instead of had This is the context it was used in: With the Reds and the Germans knocking seven shades of shit each other back at Museum ...
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I can't figure out why a sentence diagrammer says that a question that sounds correct cannot be diagrammed

I am helping a student study for the TOEFL exam and I used the website 1aiway.com to diagram sentences for me to check that they are correct. The website won't recognize sentences with adjective ...
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Difference between “doesn't seem to rain” & “doesn't seem to be raining” [on hold]

What's the difference between 'It doesn't seem to rain.' and 'It doesn't seem to be raining.' ? Is it that the first means "the rain didn't occur often", and the second means "it doesn't rain in the ...
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Are some grammar rules different for Latin origin nouns with the ‑ion suffix?

Two questions on ELL.SE, one involving the word division and the other about the word implementation, made me realize that I treat these words differently without really understanding the grammatical ...
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A question about “patience”

I want to know if I want to say I have low patience in a better sentence. Can I use I no longer have patience?
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How do you use adjective or adverb to modify the gerund?

I want to figure out the situation of the gerund that should I use adjective or adverb to modify it? I know about the gerund that can function as both noun and action. It acts like a noun. My ...
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Is the saying “It's not that big of a deal” incorrect?

Is the saying "It's not that big of a deal" incorrect? I would really like an answer to this as my children think it is correct.
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Is it “I've heard the story told many times” or “I've heard the story being told many times”?

I've learned that we use a bare infinitive or present participle after see, hear, watch. What happens when the object after these verbs are in a passive situation? For example, is it "I've heard the ...
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”? [on hold]

Which of the two is the correct sentence: You are a sorry excuse of a magician OR You are a sorry excuse for a magician If both applies, then what is the difference between the two and when should ...
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [on hold]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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Improve sentence grammar and writing skills, vocabulary [on hold]

My problem might be a bit twisted to explain. I can read and write English without any major challenges. However, I do not have clarity when I write my sentences. For example, is the sentence x, ...
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She was LAST across the finish line. [on hold]

Please help. What part of speech is "last" in the sentence: She was last across the finish line. Thank you!
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She dresses different/differently from?

The maid of honor dresses different from the bride. The maid of honor dresses differently from the bride. Which one is correct? Or both of them are? It's a fill-in-the-blank questions appeared in ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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grammar question : article [on hold]

I would like to start a blog and I translated something from german to english. But I'm not sure, If the grammar is correct :) thanks I look forward to Hearing from you soon. The article: I love my ...
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Use of enough, example from Murphy grammar course

What is the correct sentence: I know English enough to read a newspaper OR I know enough English to read a newspaper.
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Grammar and phrasing [on hold]

I’m working on two different essays that must have a subjective tone. These two paragraphs are at the beginning of the essays. I wonder if they both read well. 1.) The so-called "joint economic ...
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Mutual posession with “each other”

If there are two parties and each person is in possession of something belonging to the other, how do you express this in a sentence? For example, if we give them names, we can say: Alice is ...
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Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense

I would be thankful if any native could tell me whether the following sentence is correct - I am learning the language -. I haven't spoken to my sister for / in a few days. Are for and in both ...
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Is the grammar proper for this statement going on the back of a tee shirt for a labor day celebration [on hold]

I’m a union member We live here and pay taxes here! We work hard to support our families We’re not the problem and we’re not the enemy! The rich created this problem, and they’re pitting middle ...
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Expression in good business cv languageIs this expression in correct business language? “Graphic manage of trade licensings​ & collections” [on hold]

Is this expression in correct business language? "Graphic manage of trade licensings​ & collections"
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“…demands of us that we not lose sight…”

What are those weighty moral and intellectual demands? For one thing, I think the Holocaust demands of us that we not lose sight of the fact that it was not just another tragedy in war-torn Europe ...
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Use of “play” followed by an adjective

English is my second language so there are a lot of new things to me. I just came across several sentences containing the phrases "play dead", "play sick" and "play cute" so I wonder if the verb ...
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Location - sentence constructions

Having studied English from an early age, I've been always taught that English has a fixed sentence structure and words within it appear in a fixed order. For example, one is supposed to say: A pen ...
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How to refer to United States of America? [duplicate]

My sentence is: ATC experienced rapid growth between 1880 to 1911. In 1890, their five main competitors joined their consortium and by 1910, the American Tobacco Company had absorbed 250 ...
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is this correct to say “John is calling you within next 2 minutes” [on hold]

: John is calling you within next 2 minutes.///// John will be calling you within next 2 minutes
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Question concerning use of A or An [duplicate]

I saw the following sentence in a book and the use of "an" strikes me as odd. Can you tell me if the usage is correct in this sentence? "We can't find an MP with her profile." (MP is short for ...
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Help with Plural Objects and Subjects

I know to use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plurals. I was recently listening to a song and it reminded me of a 'rule' a teacher once told me about. The chorus repeats: Line 1: BIG GIRLS CRY WHEN ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Doubt about “there is/isn't no *, is/isn't there” kind of phrases

A friend asked me if I thought this phrase was correct: "It seems there isn't a free cam, is there?" I replied I think it should be: "It looks like there isn't a free cam, isn't there?" He ...
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This is going to be hard because of him/his needing to be there very early [duplicate]

I recently read the following: This is going to be hard because of him needing to be there very early. I would have written: This is going to be hard because of his needing to be there ...
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tell me where I am or where am I? In this situation [duplicate]

So couple of my classmates are chatting in a group & ... A: Turn off your GPS, now everyone knows where you are! B: Ok then tell me where I am/where am I? Which one is correct in this ...
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Grammar: was vs. were [duplicate]

I've been looking into the difference between was and were...I think I understand it, except in this particular context. For those of you aware of the TV show "My Family", there is a scene containing ...
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How to parse this sentence (…because …)

I have confusion on parsing of following sentence... "There is no reason to be depressed or give up simply because you will make a few wrong choices." The sentence was captured from an article and ...
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Are the cats and dogs of the idiom “it's raining cats and dogs” plural in usage?

I recently heard someone say the following: It's cats and dogs out there! As in "it's raining cats and dogs out there." I then thought that person should have said Those are cats and dogs ...