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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”

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 [on hold]

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 )? [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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'? [on hold]

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 ...
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Term for “there” support? [duplicate]

I am currently learning German on Duolingo and one of the phrases for translation is "There is oil on the shirts" which in German comes out as "Oil is on the shirts" which works just as well in ...
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Usage of a particular phrase

Just a quick question while writing an essay: how does one use the "until eventually" phrase properly in a sentence? More specifically, location of punctuation and if it is even grammatically correct. ...
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word usage or grammatically correct

...structure will stand for generations to come, just as it did for generations now past... Is the word now grammatically correct in this usage or even necessary?
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Resume Summary - Correct Grammar [on hold]

I am currently in the process of creating a resume. Here is my working summary: My skills include strong interpersonal and problem solving skills. I have one plus years of cashier experience ...
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Would have blossomed…get [on hold]

It would have blossomed by the time we get there. Does this make sense to you? Is the "would" used correctly? Thank you
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“Can you tell me where is the bank?” or “where the bank is.” [duplicate]

Can you tell me which of the following sentences is grammatical? "Could you tell me where the bank is, please?" "Could you tell me where is the bank, please?" And please, explain why. Thank you in ...
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Can “i.e.” refer to the whole sentence?

I've seen sentences like this one in which "i.e." refers to a word or a phrase: I like citrus fruits, i.e. the juicy, edible fruits with leathery, aromatic rinds of any of numerous tropical, ...
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Superlatives; perfect faster or perfect fast [on hold]

It is correct to use perfect faster or perfect fast? Is it possible to have two superlatives together?
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Difference between “ADJ enough to VERB” and “so ADJ as to VERB”

What's the difference between the two structures: ADJ enough to VERB "he is fool enough to pretend like that" "But was their crime great enough to merit a death sentence?" "Apple offers products ...
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Repeating 'both' and 'either' [on hold]

Other than being awkward and difficult to interpret, is the usage of many consecutive instances of 'both' and 'either' in a sentence technically correct? If so, does each group of two need to be ...