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“They are Australian” vs “They are Australians”

On the very first page of "Essential Grammar in Use" book of R.Murphy. He wrote Those people aren't English. They're Australian. My question are Is this sentence grammatically correct? What is ...
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Can I say “had better do this THAN do sth else”?

I d like to form this sentence but I am not fully sure if I can use "than" for "had better" phrases to express that this advice is better than doing another action just as we can use for preferences ...
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The “wrought /wreaked havoc” misunderstanding

According to the American Heritage Dictionary:. the past tense and past participle of the verb to wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work. ...
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Should I use in 'has' or 'have' in sentence

If I have a sentence that reads: ''Consequently, industrial use and academic research have employed the product on this basis.'' Should I be using ''research has employed'' or ''research have ...
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Is a second 'is' in a compound sentence redundant?

Is it correct is say: This file is part of X and is distributed... or this: This file is part of X and distributed... What's the rule here?
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To do something is something - what use of the infinitive is this?

I teach English and a student of mine recently came out with the following sentence: She thinks that to become a marketing manager is the opportunity she seeks for. I thought this was a curious ...
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Using 'or' twice in a sentence

Can I use 'or' twice in this sentence? I don’t know whether it was a last-minute programme or they didn’t get information about the programme or the school did not get to inform the parents on ...
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How to use the word “proposition”?

Does it make sense to write "Therefore, the proposition statement of this essay is flawed"
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Reflexive pronoun of someone [on hold]

It is really hard to someone who has not any respect to it's own values to be respected by others. What is the reflexive pronoun of someone?
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“The price of an apple is greater than an onion”– Why is this incorrect?

I think C is correct option. D option is clearly wrong since more and costlier can't come together. I don't understand why other options are wrong? Please suggest.
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What is Actual Difference on Began and Begun [on hold]

When searched for this I found a site is referring this "began is the past ‘simple’verb of begin and begun is only used for past ‘participles.’", Cant get what they are trying to mention on this
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“what did you just say?” or “what did you just said?”

when there is 'did' the verb has to remain in its natural form but,when there is 'just' which refers to an immediate past,the verb has to be added 'ed' at the end. But what if there is 'did' and ...
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Correct way to use capitalization for undergraduate degree

In writing about a persons college degree achievements I'm confused over capitalization. Any thoughts or inputs would be greatly appreciated. Here goes, should I write... He/She earned a Bachelor of ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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What is the plural of the name Jess?

I understand it's grammatically correct to use apostrophe s for the plural of letters. Dot your i's and cross your t's. But not for proper nouns that end with s. Here come the Jones's ...
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The meaning of 'the' in this sentence

"Winston Smith lives in a world where everyone is watched every second of the day" Is highlighted "the" the synonym of "every"? Why do we use "the" here instead of "a".
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Does this quote use proper grammar? [on hold]

The quote "How did you know you're alive, unless you'd once been dead?" by Alan Watts seems like it uses the incorrect grammar. I would think instead of "you'd" it should be "you've", but perhaps I'm ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...
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“an (among other things) schizophrenic” or “a (among other things) schizophrenic”?

I'm lost on whether I should use "a" or "an" in the part of the sentence: "an (among other things) schizophrenic". How does the part in the brackets affect the rest here?
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When to use ''of''?

For example, I've stumbled upon these verses by Beckett: ''nothingness in words enclose?'' And while I'm not sure I fully understood their meaning (I've taken ''enclose'' for a noun, as ...
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What kind of sentence structure it is? I mean Gandhian it [migrated]

It is not surprising that terrorists struck Bacha Khan University on the death anniversary of the Gandhian it is named after...... Gandhian is - related to mahatma ghandi
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How to ask for a reply from a senior manager [on hold]

I am in the process of setting up an informational interview with a director of a company. I messaged them on LinkedIn 10 days ago. Last part of the message is: I would greatly appreciate if you ...
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Are “a” and “the” adjectives? [duplicate]

I'm trying to break down the english language in a computer program. Having a hard time figuring out those two. I think that they should be adjectives though because they are descriptive as in a ...
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Get enough sleep vs. have enough sleep

Is it wrong to say "have enough sleep" instead of "get enough sleep"?
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Should I use “this” or “the” [migrated]

I have received an email about one project and I want to ask for more details. Which sentence is correct and why? Could you provide me more information about this project ? Could you provide me more ...
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Uncertain grammar areas

Any language has areas were the usage is uncertain. English, it seems to me, has a lot of uncertain areas. Just to give two examples: none, singular or plural? - dice, noun, singular and plural form? ...
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a or the before “better” [on hold]

I am bit confused on what to put - 'a' or 'the' before "better" for example better life better job better work
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be + to + verb and be + verb

What's the difference between the following sentences? All I wanted was + to + break your walls All you ever did was + wreck me One of them with to but the other one without to. And Could ...
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Should one hyphenate 'shoulder width' in this context?

I believe that in this context: Place your feet shoulder-width apart. it makes sense to hyphenate to avoid confusion. I see that apart is listed as an adverb in the dictionary and width as a ...
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In sentences with “too” and “enough” what word does the to-infinitive modify?

When a to-infinitive is used with words like "too" and "enough" what word does it modify? For example The animal moves too quickly to be captured. The bag is too heavy to lift. He is ...
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grasping the meaning of the phrase

In your opinion, is the following sentence (the first part of it) grammatically correct? "It boggled him Truman manned the Oval Office while they spent the last of their meager savings on two ...
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“You who is” OR “you who are”

In the following sentence should it be "you who is" or "you who are"? I can make a case for either in my mind. For example, if you turn the sentence around a little bit, you could say, "Tonight, you ...
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Is this text grammatically correct?

Can anyone tell me if the following text is grammatically correct? "This Agreement is the complete and final agreement of the parties and supersedes any prior agreements or representations with ...
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If I 'will' have the chance to go to the US [on hold]

Is it wrong to say "If I will have the chance to go to the US..."? This is in the context of expressing one's dream/plan in the future. Is it better to say "If I have the chance (in the future, say 10 ...
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directory path or directory’s path

I know that I should use an apostrophe if I want to show possession. My questions: Which form should I use? Are the forms interchangeable?
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(be + to + verb) Grammar [duplicate]

This question destroys my mind so finally I want to know the answer. All I have to do is + to + verb or All I have to do is + verb Which one is correct, and can't the wrong one be correct ...
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“used to go”or “went” [on hold]

Fill in the blank. At one time I ( )swimming every summer. a.went b.has gone c.had gone d.used to go My textbook says the answer is "d.used to go". I wonder why "went" is incorrect. Please ...
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Semantics: Just confused between association and society when used for an organization [on hold]

I am just really confused, which of the following is correct? Association of Information Management or Society of Information Management? Even though it is a proper noun the title should make sense ...
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Article 'a' before the word starting from a vowel

I've always been thinking that in English we use 'an' before the words starting from a vowel, for example "an apple", "an attitude" and so on (except the rule about 'u' sound 'a university" and so ...
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Grammar: Is it correct to say 'irresistible to click'?

I want to convey that the marketing strategy of a particular website was highly successful because they always seem to email links which were irresistible to click on.. Is it a correct way of ...
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Omitting “to be” in Present Continuous [on hold]

It's often found in chats. The place looking good? We bringing him to help you. Lists not populating. Is this a correct form? If so, how this term is called in english? Probably it ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word “climbing” in the phrase “climbing wall” or the word “running” in the phrase “running” shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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The definite article with geographical terms

I know in English you can use the definite article with geographical expressiones such as the sea, the country, the land, the city, the beach, the seaside, but what about other geographical terms? Can ...
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How to determine if a noun is a place or a thing

I'm having difficulty determining if certain nouns are considered places or things. For example, I'm unsure if 'a park' is a place or a thing. More generally, with the standard definition of a noun as ...
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Can the addition of an article change a noun from a thing to a place? [duplicate]

I'm an amateur trying to brush up on my grammar, and I've come across a confusing question. Can the addition of an article change the type of a noun? For example, if I used the term 'park', would this ...
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I bought these shoes in California vs. I bought these shoes at California

I bought it at California vs. I bought it in California I'm in a car vs. I'm on a car I'm at a store vs. I'm in a store I'm at New York City vs. I'm in New York City It's floating to the sky vs. ...
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'Go to sleep' vs 'Go and sleep'?

I just had a linguistics test (it's called UKLO) that measures you're ability to problem solve and translate languages you know nothing about. For one of my translation answers I wrote 'Don't go and ...
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What's wrong with asking “can I have a ketchup?” [closed]

My friend corrected me that asking "can I have a ketchup?" Instead of " can have some ketchup?" Sounds wrong and not native. I understand that because ketchup is not countable but since it was a ...
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Usage of “the” with acronyms [duplicate]

Is there any grammatical reason why "the" is used in front of acronyms? Such as the UK the US the USSR ?
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Can you help me choose the correct answer for the following sentence? [on hold]

I find that yoga really........me Choices are 1-relax 2-relaxes 2-relaxing 4-is relaxing I Want to know any of these choices can fill correctly the space in the above written sentence and why?