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Which is grammatically correct [on hold]

Say we have a conversation Person1 : Hi. How are you? Person2: I'm fine. How about you? Person2: I'm fine. What about you? Which of the above two is correct?
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items, pieces, sets

Are there any rules which govern the choice between items, pieces, sets? Which one is correct? 1) I have two pieces of advice/news. - I have two items of advice/news. 2) I have two sets of scales. ...
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the scope of adverb “ which ”?

In this sentence "This leads us to try to optimize, to try to improve, but also to feel bad, to seek comfort and distraction, to procrastinate while we seek the answers. " . The modifier "while we ...
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which noun that modifier modify ? “Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? ”

In this sentence "Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!) ", The modifier "that’s awesome" function which noun ? "something" or "ourselves " ? In any case, I think that's ...
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How to find out an Irony in a sentence [duplicate]

How can I find out what Irony has been used in a sentence?
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Using 'rather' before or after a verb

Out of the two sentences : I should've written rather a diary. I should've rather written a diary. Which one's correct if I want to convey the meaning that I wrote something else earlier and ...
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Is this phrase correct? “SNP erases dads from family life”

I recently saw the following headline on the front page of a national newspaper: "SNP erases dads from family life" While I have little confidence in my knowledge of grammar, and doubt a national ...
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Possessive when both refer to a plural: “Hume's and Kant's moral systems” or “Hume and Kant's moral systems”?

Title says it all. What's the correct possessive to use when they both refer to the same noun? "Hume's and Kant's moral systems" or "Hume and Kant's moral systems"? Hume and Kant both have one moral ...
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Is it possible to make passive voice of following sentences [on hold]

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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I only or I myself? or something else? [migrated]

What should I say when I want to convey that the job was done by me when asked by someone. (In the context of no one but me) I only did this or I myself did this?
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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“Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?” [on hold]

"Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?" Is it a valid statement(rather question) or does it need to be tweaked in any way ?
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Is this phrase correct? “I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer” [on hold]

English is not my native language and somehow this phrase doesn't feel right. What do you guys think? I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer.
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Is word always correct in suggesting either a comma before which or else using that?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine suggests before the use of which that a comma be placed or alternatively, to replace it with that and not use a comma. Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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Have met vs. Met [duplicate]

there They have met several times before. vs. They met several times before. Could you please tell the difference between the two sentences? Thanks in advance! Burning the midnight oil, Oodo
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Is this sentence correct- 'There's only one way I can jump over a car.'? [on hold]

Is the above sentence? Is there anything weird about it, or is it plainly incorrect? How can it be worded better? EDIT: Some context-Say there are X methods of jumping over a car. I only know/can use ...
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Is the usage of 'Due to urgent personal errands' valid? [duplicate]

I see in my company mails, there is a lot of usage of the statement Due to urgent personal errands (..I may not report to office today) which, by hunch, I guess is not a proper usage. What is the ...
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Any and a with “there is”

Could you give an explanation why ANY is not used like this: 1) Is there any car in the street? 2) Is there any book on the table? I know that it's OK to use A for such sentences. 3) Is there a car ...
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Explain use of “being” [on hold]

In An object that contains additional information about the cell being requested. why does it use "being"?
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Which one is correct? “Offer ends at/on 1 March” or “Offer ends 1 March”

Today, avast! program (an anti-virus program for computers) showed me a message that contains: Offer ends 1 March But I also saw some sentences in other forms like: Offer ends on 1 March ...
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Is this usage valid?

Can the verb have be used to talk of experiencing a state of feeling or an action prompted and or caused by an inanimate object? "The song had me singing along to it." "The song had me sing along to ...
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Determining if “than” is used as conjunction or preposition

"than" can be used as a conjunction and as a preposition. I want to be able to tell for any given sentence containing "than" which grammatical function it has in that sentence. My current ...
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Is this sentence in need of rewording?

I found this sentence online: " Don't like your rights taken away, then don't take away other people's." Shouldn't it be phrased differently? As I think it doesn't quite make sense
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“how much longer do you plan on [X]ing…” [on hold]

Is the above structure grammatically correct, or just sort of common, or not correct but common enough to use?
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Does it sound good? [on hold]

Does "Guilds of Magic" sound good or is it strange? (This is for a project name) Thank you !
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Is 'Single Sitting' a proper phrase?

Being an Indian, I don't like the way we Indians use the English. Of course I also make mistakes, but I will try to learn from time to time. I see and hear some phrases like, Please do the needful, ...
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Is this style of comparison grammatical?

I am inferring from the following paragraph that the number of people who volunteered in community service following 9/11 attacks was twice as many as those who did so before the event. However, I am ...
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Changing passive voice into active voice [on hold]

Change the passive into active Let us forget the past. We should forget the past. Is this the answer
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Does this sentence “I fixed her a chair.” make sense?

There is a sentence. *I fixed her a chair." I want to know whether this sentence makes sense or not? Please, give me your answer.
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I insist on them getting X I insist on getting sth for them

What is it that sometimes I can put a noun instead of an ING verb: I insist on getting a present for them. I insist on them getting a present. In the latter, is the meaning the same? I ...
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When to use 'Upon' instead of 'on'? [on hold]

When to use 'Upon' instead of 'on'? Is there any thumb rule for it?
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“Worked” or “have worked”? [duplicate]

I always heard people say things like we worked yesterday until seven at night. But working spans over a course of time, so I think this is much preferable: We had worked yesterday until ...
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Using commas after clause starting with 'not'

I have the following sentence: He wanted to go to the park, not the city, for lunch Is the second comma needed?
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What is a difference between USED TO and PAST SIMPLE

What is a difference between: I used to smoke. I smoked. I used to be a teacher. I was a teacher.
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Check sentences for errors [on hold]

I want to know what's the error in these sentences and what are the correct answers. I want to know them very soon because these questions are supposed to be asked in my exams. 1. One of my ...
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Which Grammar book to choose? [on hold]

I want an english grammar book for advanced level..if someone could help, I will appreciate. Note:maybe it is not the right forum to post in..but I found too many people here very professional..so, I ...
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“it's truly vital that he or she becomes/become familiar with the reasons”? [duplicate]

Please have a look at the sentence below: Before one votes on the propositions, it's truly vital that he or she becomes familiar with the reasons for voting both for the proposition and against ...
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Order of adjectives in “free weekly two-hour scientific meetings” [duplicate]

What is the correct order of these four adjectives in the phrase "free weekly two-hour scientific meetings"? I'm not exactly sure where to put 'two-hour'.
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Question about verbs [migrated]

Can there be more than one verb in a sentence, such as one linking verb and one action verb?
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Is it correct to use IN with the Present Perfect Continuous?

Maybe the question is simple but I can't form a definite opinion about the issue in question. Some people say IN shouldn't be used with PPC others say it's OK. 1) He has been reading this book in the ...
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“The the” next to each other

In the sentence "The lowest in-game rank of authority is that of the Baron – variations are Timariot, Shaman, Mayor, Bishop, Patrician – of which only Patrician is a playable rank if the player owns ...
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Is it right to use a singular form of the verb in this sentence?

I wanted to know if it is grammatically correct to say: Either the teacher or the students WAS enjoying the picnic. I'm talking about a grammatical principle and not a proximity or attraction one. ...
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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Any question bank of Rewriting sentences without changing the meaning [closed]

I am having Grammar exam in a week so I am looking for nay reference on a collection of large number of questions like rewriting sentences without changing the meaning, etc. Our textbook is not good ...
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The future tense (will / going to )? [closed]

Could anyone answer this then explain correctly? Choose : Be careful, you ..... your hand with that knife . will cut / are going to cut /are cutting
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How is “distinctively visual” being used in this sentence? [on hold]

I found this sentence: Discuss how the distinctively visual have created distinctive experiences Is "distinctively visual" being used as a noun or a verb here?
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Usage of Was and Has in an context [closed]

I am working in an organization for almost 8 years, when I give a speech about my journey at my organization... should I use Was or Has.. example It has been a good experience or It was a good ...
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Preposition following “boarded” [on hold]

Which one is the correct preposition - She boarded ____ his compartment. I am confused between in and at. And on second thought, will it be okay if I skip the preposition here? The situation is ...
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What is the difference between 'valuation' and 'evaluation'? [closed]

I heard that there are some differences between the words 'valuation' and 'evaluation.' What is the difference between 'valuation' and 'evaluation' in meaning?
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Can the preposition 'in' be omitted here? [migrated]

Here are two sentences. 1. What are you doing in here? 2. What are you doing here? What is the difference between the two sentences? (between No,1 and No,2 sentences) Is there any grammar to omit ...