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Can the Oxford Comma be used with a list of adjectives of the same type?

I was wondering if a list of classifying adjectives of the same type could use the Oxford Comma. For example: social, political, and economic problems is it a correct expression? I was checking a ...
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Can I omit “had” if it is repeated too many times in a paragraph?

Example: I’d heard about this mystery before. However, I'd only thought it as a ghost story; something you'd tell around a campfire. Maybe I'm mistaken but the paragraph sounds better without ...
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Is “Did you not tell me…” proper English? [migrated]

Is "Did you not tell me..." proper English, as opposed to "Didn't you tell me?"
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What are synonyms for “and more”? [on hold]

I would like to know synonyms for "and more". Example: apples, bananas, grapes, strawberries, and more.
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Cannot vs. Can Not [duplicate]

What's the difference between "cannot" and "can not?" Don't they mean the same? It's kind of crazy if they don't. We learned all about it in 6th grade, but you know how that goes: in one ear and ...
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Why is “a couple of…” correct grammar, while “a few of…” often isn't?

Earlier today I started to type a message and I entered: I can take a couple of hours... After entering the text, I realized that I intended to express roughly three hours so I highlighted and ...
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Not until [sentence] do [sentence]

Example: “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau Can someone explain the structure of the aforementioned sentence?
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“we and someone” vs “someone and we”

Both: I and my neighbour went to the races and: My neighbour and I went to the races are commonly used. However in the plural I've only ever seen the form: We and the neighbours went ...
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Is “worser” correct grammatically?

Is worser correct grammatically? I know it seems incorrect, but I stumbled upon the word when reading Hamlet: Oh, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. ...
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Beginning a sentence with a gerund?

My teacher recently marked on my paper not to use a gerund to start a sentence. I have been told by teachers in the past to use that format to vary sentence structure. It seems to make the paper flow ...
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“During” a Period of Time

I'm working on a sentence (example below). It doesn't quite feel right: I tried to count the number of cars driven during 1980-1990. Specifically, the issue here is about usage of the ...
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“I can not attend to something” meaning “I'm free not to attend to something”?

When I say "I cannot attend to it" it sounds like I'm saying "I'm not able to attend to it", while what I want to express is that I'm capable of doing it, but I just don't need to. In Slavic ...
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Is this a native English way to speak:I have the drive to do something

Is this the proper way to use the term I have the drive to do something? I have the drive to work in an elite company.
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Can the Phrase “ Coaxing the Hoax ” used? [on hold]

I mean the meanings of coax and hoax are perfectly justified in the phrase . Atleast I think so , they are . If not correct me . I thought it looks cool for a whatsapp status . And when I went ...
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Is there any difference between “how it is doable” and “how it can be done”? [on hold]

I have a phrase which can be written in two ways: This page contains information about orders, like how they are traceable after production. Or This page contains information about orders, ...
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Thanks/ thank you for your suggestion [on hold]

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate? Thank you for your suggestion. Or, Thanks for your suggestion.
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Do these sentences sound stilted and unnatural? [on hold]

1.) I don’t think I can use this vacuum cleaner for 30 minutes without worrying about my electric bill. 2.) I don’t want to ruin your hope of getting a sound advice on dating boys, but I haven’t ...
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can we use “admitted to the mistakes”?

Can we use "admitted to the mistakes"? I think it must be "admitted the mistakes" and "admitted to the hospital". The sentence that i am working on is "it has not admitted to the mistakes in the ...
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Do I need an apostrophe in this title? [on hold]

Educations Influence on Christianity This is the title of my essay. Does 'educations' need an apostrophe?
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Answering a question using “I wish”

I was asked which team I would want to win a given game, so I answer something like: I wish TEAM_A wins (the game). However, it does not sound quite right to me, should I have rephrased ...
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Can a sentence be both a tautology and an oxymoron?

Sometimes I encounter sentences that are very difficult to unpack into coherent thought. Sentences with tautological double or triple negatives; and sentences where one part contradicts another in ...
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Diff between Top 5 and 5 Top

What is the difference between Top 5 something and 5 Top something. Is there really any difference or are both the same.
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Correct usage for “all you need is/are…” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb tense for the phrase "all you need is", when what follows is a plural? All you need is paintbrushes and paint. All you need are paintbrushes and paint. Or is neither ...
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Be but sworn - grammar

I have found several questions asking for the meaning, but the thing that troubles me here is the grammar actually and i haven't found anything on that. In Shakespeare's sentence "Deny thy father ...
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When saying “this one” when referring to yourself, is it first or third person? [on hold]

I have been playing a RP forum game and I believe that one of the other players may be locked into first/third person every post he makes. Which one it is doesn't change it from a gameplay view but it ...
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What is difference between “from within” and “from inside”?

I'm sure there must be some difference but, for me, those two are interchangeable in most of the cases.
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Simple present in “I heard the clock strike ten” [migrated]

Why is strike in the simple present in this sentence? What are the conditions for using a simple present verb after a past tense verb to talk about the past?
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Can “own” stand on its own?

My gut feeling tells me that sentences such as Own mistakes have to be dealt with first. Own experience matters the most. We present own results. are not correct, and I would ...
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Curious words that make me suspicious

I'm curious about that curious object. I'm suspicious of that suspicious stranger. I'm dubious about that dubious plan. I can't think of any other words that allow this: using the same ...
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Is this line has error? [on hold]

Hi can someone correct this if it has error, "will you let me the one". Thank you.
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Is it this grammar correct? [migrated]

Can I say: The client sent me a letter asking if we could change the information for them. or should it be: The client sent me a letter and asked if we could change the information for him. ...
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Usage of “yet” and comma

Which of the following sentences is correct? In other words, do I need the comma before the word "team"? By using this plan, we are keeping a limited, yet strong and great team. By using this plan, ...
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Function of “or” [on hold]

A hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime (Merriam Webser-wassail) Is a ...
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The Largest is White Bears [on hold]

My question is twofold. I came across this text: "The Largest is White Bears" in a presentation. Intuitively this seems incorrect. Is there any grammatical justification for the singular form of the ...
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [closed]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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My mom's (Theresa's) house [on hold]

Without recasting, I say that number one below is correct; number two is not. Agreed? (1) My mom's (Theresa's) house was burglarized. (2) My mom (Theresa's) house was burglarized. And could it be ...
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Either, as well or too?

Is the sentence "Won't you come, either?" right? Why? Is the sentence "Won't you come, as well/too?" right? Which one is correct? Why? Can you tell me if all the sentences are right? If there is just ...
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Can a sentence have an indirect object without a direct object?

Everywhere I look online, people seem to say the same thing: "A sentence with an indirect object must have a direct object." Every case of confusion I've seen about this rule has only involved ...
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“It is about time I had a family” - Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Recently, I stumbled over a sentence that read: "I am 30. It is about time I had a family of my own". Is it grammatically correct? Shouldn't the correct sentence be "I am 30. It is about time I ...
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What adjective do you use to describe a curve that's very curved?"

Example: There weren’t many curves, but those that appeared were so [...] I thought I would fly out of them any time. I thought of sharp and closed but they sound weird to me for some reason. ...
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How to categorize this phrase. Relative clause, Interrogative clause, Adverbial clause?

What is "Where to go" in the sentence "Where to go is the question." Is it a adverbial phrase or a relative clause? And what is "Why go" in the sentence "Why go when you can stay?" - is it a clause?
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Is sunsetted a valid word?

As the title says is "sunsetted" a valid word? In my office, I heard one of the guy saying that this application is sunsetted. Is that valid?
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Hyphen before Numeral with Prefix

I would like to know the reason why hyphen is required before numeral with prefix. mid-1990 pre-1950 ... Thanks in advance.
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What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times? [closed]

Since over one month I'm reading in over eight different Bible translations in order to find out whose English language is most adapted for today's English language, including grammar, idioms and ...
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Having an IV or being on a drip

I had an IV last night because my blood pressure dropped too low. I was given an IV (Fluids) last night... I was put on a drip last night... I got a drip last night... I was on a drip last night ... ...
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Should add a comma before 'though' in the following case?

The dog was lying on his side. He wasn’t resting though, of that I was sure. He was dead. Should I add a comma in the bolded sentence? The dog was lying on his side. He wasn’t resting, ...
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Using a common be verb for adjective and noun

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? A: He is nice and a grocer. B: He is nice and is a grocer.
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Duty and responsibility is important? or Duty and responsibility are important?

I want to know which of the below sentence is correct :- Duty and responsibility is important? Duty and responsibility are important? Thankyou
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OF as a part of speech

What part of speech is the word "of" in the phrase "made of"? Trying to review the word "of" I the command :"Go and make disciples of all nations". Please help
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Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. within a month; Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married: I'm wondering about "Had ...