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Past perfect and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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'Team of economists': singular or plural? [duplicate]

I am writing an ad and would like to write: "Our team of economists are at your service and available by phone or email. They will be happy to respond...". I know that grammatically speaking, 'team' ...
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What difference doe it make if I use be instead of become [on hold]

Referring to this page http://www.springer.com/computer/computer+contacts?SGWID=0-40005-0-0-0 on the right panel it says: Be(come) an author. So what is the difference between be and become in this ...
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Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
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Is “a request and a reminder” singular or plural? [on hold]

Is the following sentence correct? Below are a request and a reminder for your guidance. Should I use are or is?
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sink and sing…not rhyming but what is it called for rhyming the end of two words

What is the definition of reverse rhyming of words where the last few letters of two words are different rather than the beginning letters of two rhyming words. For example: cow, cop, coy, cot, con. ...
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Possessive + gerund + object pronoun

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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Is this motto right grammatically?

Is this motto right grammatically? I feel that the second line might be a bit odd. In life, consistency. In work, perfection. Does in work actually mean what it's supposed to mean here, i.e. in ...
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Confusing plural/singular nouns

I come across this paragraph from a webpage: It seems ill-conceived to relegate decision and choices about arts funding to a handful of bureaucrats, who are likely to decide based ...
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“As does” grammar question [on hold]

He does not like reading, as does me. Is this sentence grammatically correct, and if it is, does it mean that I like or do not like reading?
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Statement grammar problem [on hold]

" I found this when I sweep my room. " Any grammatical mistakes in this statement?
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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced ...
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“Year olds” or “year-olds”

I am writing about some leadership stuff, and I am trying to say that I am leading the 14-15 year old boys. How do I correctly use year-olds as in, "I was the adviser to the 14-15 year-olds." Thanks ...
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along with / together with / put together [on hold]

The new Christmas card [along with / together with] the letter has to be sent out. When I was writing a short message to my little sister, I came up with a few questions: If I use "has", does ...
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Difference between “come up with” and “come across” a question [on hold]

I was writing an email to the principal of my former school, and I [came up with / had come across] a question: "Shall I write "Merry Christmas" or "Happy New Year" at the end of the letter?" ...
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confused about using “as much” at the beginning of sentence [on hold]

I want to know if this sentence is correct or not: As much interesting it was to do it, it was twice destructive to .... or should I write as much as interesting it was to ...., it was twice ...
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How is this sentence grammatically correct?

"When for the first time the United States imported more oil than it exported, Americans should have realized that an energy crisis might be imminent." In the first part of the sentence it ...
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what is the formal way to write this

During a self-introduction in class, Jan said, "Hi my name's Jan Wayne. My friends call me Jan." I want to write these sentences down formally, but I don't know how to.
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Drink Different / Drink Differently? [duplicate]

There's this online beer company in Germany that is offering Belgian and other foreign beers and they are on Sky here all the time with their commercials. Now, they are called Beer Deluxe and their ...
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Using “for” when talking about continuous actions

Another question rose in my mind, which I haven't been able to find an answer for. And it all revolves around this particular word: "for". For whatever reason I woke up today and suddenly was very ...
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The position of time (e.g. year) in a sentence

When I was writing a diary, I suddenly came up with this question. 1. I met a schoolmate on Google. She was a graduate of ABC College in 2000. 2. I met a schoolmate on Google. She was a 2000 graduate ...
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Which one is correct to show that “the fan” in not the only one? [on hold]

Which one is correct? a big fan of yours in millions or a big fan in millions of yours Tanx
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Usage of “as because”

I would like to know if "as because" is a correct usage. It feels so wrong, yet I see people using it. e.g. She couldn't come, as because she was ill. I suppose only because should serve the purpose ...
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Why are numerals not considered to be quantifiers?

While numbers undoubtedly represent a quantity, can we categorize them as quantifiers? What I have found so far indicates that it is uncommon to do so.
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Which personal pronouns take dependent clause and which personal pronouns don't take

Note from The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language - (Page no. 507) i. It is I [who am at fault]. ii. It is me [who is at fault]. Example [i] follows the general rules for ...
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Mutually exclusive and not mutually exclusive

I have found on website that when an event is mutually exclusive it means occurrence of one preclude of the other. So is it grammatically correct to write not mutually exclusive when it is already ...
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Is the usage 'the message didn't send' grammatically correct?

I have often encountered this sentence on Facebook; even a web-search of this string indicates that it is used quite commonly. However, is it correct to say so? The dictionary definitions of the word ...
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“Whenever I was” vs “Whenever I got”?

Is there any notable difference between the two? Example: Whenever I was depressed, sounds would amplify themselves ten or twenty times, to the point they became indistinguishable from physical ...
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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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my [young / younger / youngest] sisters

A friend of mine has a big family. She is a Chinese girl, and has five sisters, who are all younger than she. She wants to know how to introduce her five sisters. To make it easy to understand, I use ...
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Verb tenses trouble [migrated]

I have scored incredibly low at English testing in Russian university, so low that I was shocked myself. It could be an standartized testing fault but I doubt. The principle of that test was to fill ...
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Is it grammatically correct to omit “is” in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech?

Is it grammatically correct to omit "is" in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech? The Soviet Union is the largest land power, China the greatest land-sea compound country and ...
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Would the slang version, yessir, of yes, sir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?

I use yessir as a slang form of yes, sir all the time. Is it even a word? Would the slang version, yessir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?
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“Elements are zero” vs “elements are zeros”

This is a sentence from Wikipedia: A sparse matrix is a matrix in which most of the elements are zero. Should this be more correct: A sparse matrix is a matrix in which most of the elements ...
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contract/contractor/contracting [on hold]

I'm soliciting a position as a contractor (avoiding the status of a permanent employee). Which is correct (or better than any of these)? I am looking employment in a contract capacity I am looking ...
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Is “Tomorrow, I will buy it” correct? [closed]

My brother and I are having a discussion, whether it is grammatically correct (or any native speaker would ever say a sentence): Tomorrow, I will buy it. I think it is not correct, it strikes me ...
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What is the difference between took and taken? [closed]

What is the difference between took and taken? As an example assume a monkey is in a well, and someone is trying to say they would have taken the money out. Are both of these sentences grammatically ...
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which of these sentence is ok to use? [closed]

Somewhere in the middle of the argument, she kiss me with her eyes and I kiss her with my words.... or Somewhere in the middle of the argument, she kisses me with her eyes and I kisses her with my ...
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Question within a sentence [closed]

I know what I'm trying to get at with this sentence, but the punctuation feels a little off to me somehow. Is it correct? Or can it be improved? I was a little skeptical at first - what could be ...
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the use of “the” [duplicate]

I was confused about the use of "the," when I came across the following paragraph published in an economic magazine: "... ... the analysis begins with a look at patterns of U.S. income inequality ...
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what today's programs can do to correct the grammar? [closed]

what today's programs can do? because I don't know if a software would be able to apply the culture and emotion and other things, that can not be programmed, to correct the grammar.please help me out. ...
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“daily work” vs. “daily labour”

Is the description for a video grammatically correct: Deep insights into our daily labour as chemists: Have fun! I didn't find the expression daily labour in the Corpus of Contemporary American ...
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a/an exception for the word “username”? [duplicate]

In American English, the usage of either a or an depends on whether the word that comes next is a vowel or consonant. However, this seems fairly simple until you reach this: It is required that ...
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“with which” or “which with” [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? The accent with which I speak The accent which I speak with Are they not the same? While we are on the topic, I would greatly appreciate if you would tell ...
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What does “even the keel in favour of ” in the sentence mean?

Even the legal framework that is supposed to provide a modicum of protection to workers is fraying. For instance, the state’s unwillingness to use the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act or the ...
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“I'll revenge” vs “I'll take revenge”

Throughout my life I have thought that the correct expression is to take revenge; however, I have also heard people saying I'll revenge. Which is correct?
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Hyphenation in “incomplete-information games” (technical jargon) [closed]

A game of complete information is a mathematical object defined within Game Theory. I want to use a compound adjective to specify that a game is a game of complete information. Should I use a hyphen ...
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What do you call when you clasp your hands to propel someone up a wall? [duplicate]

I'm sure it had a name. It's when you clasp your hands (palms up) so the other person can stand on them and go up a wall (or a tree). Any suggestions?
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subordinate clause_tense_sentence structure [closed]

From the book "No Grammar Tears 2". "By the time she saw the boy, he had already escaped the scene because nobody was there to attack him when he decided to pass through the narrow way, where he ...
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“We is who the Earth is for?” [closed]

In the film of The Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hushpuppy the main character of the film says, But me and my daddy, we stay right here. “We is who the Earth is for.” What grammatical structure ...