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What principle guides word combinations with “almost”?

I am trying to explain to non-native speakers how to use "almost." I can't formulate (a) rule(s) to follow with regard to nouns/pronouns. So far, my only ideas are that almost can be collocated only ...
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Is this proper use

I was watching the movie Man of Steel and in it is this passage: "There's only one way this ends Cal; either you die, or I do." Now this sounds wrong to me. There's two outcomes. "There's only on ...
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Disproportionate vs. disproportional

Which is correct in which contexts? "My head is disproportional to my body." "My head is disproportionate to my body." "My head is disproportional." "My head is disproportionate." I have the same ...
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Why do people put 'had' in front of past tense verbs? [on hold]

As can be seen in any English language newspaper or novel, people do at times put had in front of past tense verbs, both regular and irregular past tense verbs. Why is this done? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...
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Comma placement between two clauses

Based on my research, #2 is most correct, with two independent clauses separated by the "and". For some reason, a pause after "and" SOUNDS better to me. Is one of these correct and the others ...
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“The more…, the less…” sentence with the same verb

I'm kinda ok with basic "The more..., the less..." type of sentences, like The more you think about it, the less likely you are to take action, but what if I want to say next: The more ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use 'in the profession of' in this context?

I have some questions. Is it grammatically correct to use 'in the profession of' in this context? Is this sentence grammatically correct? I completed my education in the profession of manual ...
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“…easy enough, except…” Is this correct?

I heard this line in the movie "The social network". The full line is "The truth is she has a nice face. I need to do something to take my mind off her. Easy enough, except I need an idea." What I ...
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Can a person happen? Is “Zodanga happened” correct?

I was watching movie John Carter where there was some dialogue like this: — What happened here? — Zodanga happened. Here Zodanga was a bad guy in the movie. I don't understand how a guy ...
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''We average 8 hours’ work a day.'' Is this a correct sentence? [on hold]

"We average 8 hours’ work a day." Is this sentence correct? Can I say: "On average, we work 8 hours per day."? Please give me some examples to explain the usage. Thanks, everyone!
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“Between” Two Locations

I am typing up formal invitations, and I want to say that transportation will be provided from Point A to Point B (but also from Point B back to Point A). In order to clear up the to-from/from-to ...
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“Neither he had” vs “he neither had”

Example: Despite the fact he was nearing his thirties and got stressed a lot at work, he still had a full head of hair. No thinning at all. [Neither/he] had wrinkles, and his face was still long ...
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Comma followed by one word and a period [on hold]

Is it grammatically correct to use a comma followed by only one word and a period. The intention is to add emphasis. For example. Lost in a jungle, forever.
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usage of “constitute” and “thankful”

A senior researcher has single-handed[ly] constituted one of the most comprehensive collections of field recordings. I have three questions, two pertaining to usage and one to grammar:  1. ...
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difference between past simple and present perfect in certain examples

I know there is difference between these tenses in sentences like: -I have broken my leg so now I cannot walk - present perfect (I did something in past and second part of sentence show consequences) ...
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Why add extra space between a word and punctuation (e.g. a period, question mark, etc.)? [duplicate]

I was just wondering this because of noticing a lot of people I've worked with typed this way. Examples: Okay, that's great . Thanks, Stephanie . Was there anything else ? I was wondering if ...
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I grew up IN the east coast vs ON the east coast

I cannot understand why there is "in" in the sentence "I grew up in the east coast..." - why it is not "on"? Google search provides results for both with quite high number of hits.
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Colloquial vs Literary speech [on hold]

A fellow faculty member is looking for a source for words, specifically adjectives, that, although easily recognizable and understandable, more often (if not invariably) appear in literature (the ...
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'Shipping with' or 'shipped with'? [on hold]

Which one is correct It is not yet a default module shipping with the current version of the software. or It is not yet a default module shipped with the current version of the software. ...
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Word repetition when a word is part of more words [on hold]

The output consists of the category bar and the navigation bar. How do I prevent the word repetition of bar in the English language? Is it the following? The output consists of the category ...
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Hello everyone,which one is correct? [duplicate]

please suggest me which one is correct and any other suggestion to make it a better sentence. 1. We have noted your below email and we are not holding below booking any longer. 2. We have noted your ...
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Show we care or show that we care [duplicate]

The title says it all really... This is one of those value statement things. 'Show we care' is the proposal. It just sounds like lazy English to my ear, I want to say 'Show that we care' Ignoring the ...
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Is “Sent to say” proper?

Is it incorrect grammar to say that someone "sent to say" something? As in "Joe sent to say that he would love to join you all for the pic nic". I know that I don't have the greatest grammar skills in ...
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Should I use “is needed” or “is in need”? [on hold]

I am writing my master's thesis now, and I got a small question on the two terms in the title. You probably noticed, my English sucks... I have a sentence like: "this model is needed", but I want to ...
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From the 4th to the 8th of June - [date ranges]

In a business letter, what's the correct or more frequent way to write date ranges? from the 4th to the 8th of June 2014, we have been working on the project or from 4 to 8 June 2014, we ...
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Help me fix this! [on hold]

I always have a confusion which form to use and which is right to use. Like, We have noted your below email and we are not holding below booking any longer. We have noted your below email and are ...
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What's wrong with this?please help me! [on hold]

Could you please suggest me whether the below sentence is correct or not?I couldn't figure it out. Note – Kindly mark your future emails to the addresses that have been marked by me as well. Thanks!
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Why isn’t “him that is” instead “him who is” in this passage from the 1500s? [on hold]

From page 123 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: As long ago as the sixteenth century, Lord Selden observed that . . . Equity is according to the conscience of him that ...
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Is “very much of” a valid construct? [on hold]

From page 96 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer: What the challenge does deny, however, is that there is very much of deep importance in differentiating analogical reasoning from ...
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What is the correct usage of “the question of …”

I am currently writing my thesis, which addresses the question of how to do X. However, I am not sure whether the usage of "the question of ..." is correct. I found the following expressions while ...
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The function of “young”in these sentence

He left home young He died young Does the word "young" act as either a predicative complement or a incidental adverbial in those sentences?And how to distinguish them?
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Complacency vs complacence, stagnancy vs stagnance, etc

I could only find this blog that suggests that complacence is "is a calm satisfaction with oneself" whereas "complacency means a self-satisfaction but coupled with a lack of awareness of what is ...
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EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
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Correct use of 'at all' after a verb [migrated]

I don't know how to use the expression 'at all' correctly. Please, which of the following two sentences is correct? There are people who do not believe in gender equality at all. There are people ...
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What function does this prepositional phrase have in this biblical sentence?

From Mark 7:13: Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Although this sentence may be incomplete, I am wondering ...
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How do I distinguish between Much and Many [closed]

I'm in year nine, and I'm still having problems with the use of much and many. Yes, I know it sounds stupid and a question that could be searched on Google, but I don't want the NSA telling my teacher ...
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What's the difference betwen perhaps and maybe?

I would like to know how to use them are theres alike? or just two differents words that can be used in the same way?
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“I like cat” type of sentences [duplicate]

The sentences seems a bit wrong but when you replace cat with something else it sounds right: I like A (Do you like A or B?). I like apples (Do you like apples or oranges?). but... I like cat. (Do ...
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“So” as a conjunction

I'm a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, and I would like to get some information on SO as a conjunction. As far as I know, it's a coordinating conjunction, and it's part of the FANBOYS group. ...
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To be or not to be? That's a question [closed]

"There is potential personal liability for the directors if they continue to trade in a situation where they knew or ought to have known that there was no reasonable prospect of avoiding an insolvent ...
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Do two sentences below have the same meaning?

the voltage is higher than the amplifier required the voltage is higher than it was required by amplifier
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complete and utter [closed]

can I say you are a complete and utter genius Like saying I think you are really smart, a complete and utter genius
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awareness of or awareness for something? [closed]

This program was initiated to increase the awareness for breast cancer. does this seem correct? or the preposition 'for' be replaced with 'of'?
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Does using “did” to form the past tense make a difference? [duplicate]

The two sentences here both indicate that, at some point in the past, I performed some work: I did work I worked What is the difference between these two sentences? Does constructing one with did ...
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has been/have been, had been and will be/shall be [closed]

We we use has been/ have been, had been and will be/shall be I have one sentence He was with me for 2 days. He had been with me for 2 day which one is correct?
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Which is the proper way to write the following sentence: [duplicate]

Which one of these is correct/best used: I believe this has given me good knowledge of... OR I believe this has given me a good knowledge of... [the difference is the 'a' in front of good] thanks for ...
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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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Which sentence structure is better? [closed]

Which sentence structure is better? Completed his education at the Basic Vocational School for working people at the "ELWRO" Wroclaw Electronic Company in Warsaw in the profession of turner. ...
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The use of “except” [closed]

Here is a sentence I saw using the word except: valid claims were granted patent to land free and clear, except for a small registration fee. What does it mean? How does the word except here ...
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How many “as”es are required in “as X as Y”? [migrated]

I used the following expression: As far I can see, I’m godlike. A colleague of mine opposed that statement, not on semantic grounds (he does know I'm godlike, although he'd never admit that), ...