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Correct usage of “to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb.”

I am looking into the usage of the phrase to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb. It seems to require a person at the end of the phrase, but I would like to use it in the following way: ...
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Grammar - Passive

The famous artist will have been painting the mural for over six months by the time it is finished Is it correct to convert the above sentence to "passive" form as follows? The mural will ...
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What exactly are “adverbial inflections of verb-based adjectives”, and what are some commonly used examples?

Came across this long ago but can't seem to find anything relevant anymore, and that makes me even more curious!
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explain the idiom [duplicate]

I am the novice English learner. Please explain me the idiom "What are you up to" I've already google it. But i still want you people to explain this with examples. Thanks
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He stayed while she talked / was talking to her?

He stayed while she talked to her. He waited while she was talking to her. Are both correct? What is the difference?
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Pronoun + “would rather” + (pro)noun + verb: what is a grammatical structure of such phrases?

In George R. R. Martin's A Game Of Thrones, there is a moment when one character says the following words: “So the slaver has become a spy. I would rather he become a corpse.” Now, I understand ...
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What is the difference between to notify something to someone and to notify someone of something

Many speakers find the construction 'to notify something to someone' incorrect (as opposed to to notify someone of something) - see for example ...
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Is “the fact there” grammatically correct?

My language exchange partner pointed out to me today that Americans like to drop "that" from the phrase "The fact that there is/are." I didn't think it was grammatically correct at first, but then ...
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“For if not, I would be crying.”

Saying "for if not" is quite common in mathematics, but I'm not sure if it is even grammatically correct in other usages. Example: -- Did you win? -- Yes, for if not I would be crying. Is "for if ...
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Confusion about the usage of past tense

I have a doubt regarding whether can we use verb in past tense while describing past events.For example,Did u found it or did u found it??And then if we are using past tense for the first sentence ...
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usage of “for a long time” & “very long”

how do you use, "for a long time" and "very long". Is there a difference between them??? Is there a difference when using then in affirmative, negative and questions???? Is it correct to say..."I ...
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'that' + (pro)noun + infinitive: what grammar is behind such construct?

While reading a technical book, I stumbled upon the following sentence: It is important [that all Java programmers be fully versed in, and comfortable with, the traditional approach]. For me, ...
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Does this use of whether make sense?

Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence? For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.
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Will / Going to [duplicate]

I'm having some troubles with the usage of will and going to in the future tense. I have searched this problem all over Google, but I can't seem to find the universal explanation (for example, one ...
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“Too much pills and liquor” or “Too many pills and liquor”?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? My apologies if the answer to this is readily available, I haven't been able to find anything
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Please offer suggestions [on hold]

"It is our effort to reach at every student around the globe, and help them to learn and understand in the easiest and simplified way."
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Is it OK to edit a review for a website? [on hold]

I'm making a small website, and there is a review which has to be included in the website. Normally, I'd just copy-paste the review as-is and be done with it. But I'm not comfortable using this ...
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Adverb position in app notification

In our application, when one deletes a room, a notification message pops up. It says "Your room has been deleted successfully". I have been taught that adverbs are often supposed to precede the verb, ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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Not until ( sentence ) + do (sentence)

Can someone explain the structure of the following sentence? It was not until hours later did I find him. Does it have anything to do with emphasis ?
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“had better find” or “had better found”

I recently wrote "we had better find a way to do X" but a proofreader has corrected this to "we had better found a way to do X". Which is correct and why?
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What does the word “Being” mean? [on hold]

I know Being is the present participle form of the verb to be. It is used with the auxiliaries is, are, was, and were to form continuous tenses, But I am confused about why 'being' is used here, ...
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What is the scope of the word 'Augment'?

The dictionary meaning of the word Augment is to make (something) greater by adding to it. Is the scope of the word restricted to just quantity or does it extend to quality as well? For example: 'Her ...
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Is it “is” or “are” in “There is/are two of us here”? [duplicate]

I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be? There is two of us here. Or, There are two of us here.
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“helpful for you” or “helpful to you”

Which is more correct? "is helpful for you" or "is helpful to you" Context: Closing line of an email. eg. "I hope this information is helpful for you."
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I am sure or I am sure that? [on hold]

I am wondering what is the correct sentence. I am think that both are correct. I'm sure you will enjoy the movie vs I'm sure that you will enjoy the movie.
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Plurality of phrases describing categories of objects

When talking about a specific category of objects, does it make more sense to attach plurality to the label of the category, as in: Dogs are in the kingdom of animals, which also include cats. ...
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what is or who is [on hold]

In facebook one of my friend posted this question with 3 choice --> what is your favorite player ? 1:-Messi 2:-Neymar 3:-Ronaldo 4:- others is it What is correct here or it would be who is ...
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Please identify the independent clause/s in this sentence

I am trying to understand where the independent clause/s are in the following sentence: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this ...
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Learn faster English grammar [on hold]

For English is a second language in my country, but I'm really hard to write as official letter or email to someone or home as a higher level. That would be very nice if get the advise on how to ...
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Do I use “has” or “have” when talking about a sports team? [duplicate]

For example, if I want to talk about a team's chances of winning a competition, which of these would be correct? What do I say? United have the best chance of winning. United has the best ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [on hold]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Can I put a comma before as well?

Can a comma be placed before as well? People aren’t just struggling with the snow near their homes, it’s affecting their daily travels as well.
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“he always texted me” translation [on hold]

I came across a sentence translate "he always texted me" I under stand he always texts me or he used to text me. But I have never heard this. Is this grammatically correct? Where I came accross: ...
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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What is the difference between three sentences?

There are three sentences. He watched TV reading the book. (with no comma between TV and reading) He watched TV, reading the book. (with a comma between TV and reading) He watched TV to ...
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Do,does, is and are with multiple subjects [duplicate]

i m really confused about these two things: First this : is emma stone and sharon stone related or are emma stone and sharon stone related? 2nd question: do your girlfriend and her friends want to ...
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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 [on hold]

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 “while” [on hold]

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? ” [on hold]

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” [on hold]

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?” [closed]

"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” [closed]

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.