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“We is who the Earth is for?”

In the film of The Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hushpuppy the main character of the film says, “We is who the Earth is for.” What grammar is she using here?
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Using the word “best” as a verb

Similar phrases to the following examples – using "best" as a verb to designate superiority – seems to be quite frequent on the Internet today: Nothing can best the sheer capacity of […] or ...
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What is the noun in the second sentence?

This is a continuation of the question at A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city which raised further questions in my attempted answer. There were purchases. A significant ...
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What is the difference between “He is polite” and “He is being polite”?

Can any one please explain the usage and meaning of "He is polite" and "He is being polite".
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“when” and “would” in a sentence

I would like to use when and would in the following sentence: When I would study on the morning of an exam I would say something like that. So, am I right?
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Let me confirm your name. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

While you are on a customer service call, how would you clarify the name? Is it grammatically correct to say, " let me confirm your name".
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how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?

How should this long sentence with multiple "and"s Property taxes and other local taxes and state taxation and spending may not be ... . be understood? Notice, there is no punctuation near the ...
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how should “…; or …” be understood?

I'm trying to make sense of a phrase like the following The foregoing limitations shall not apply to ... [A] ...; or, subject to the provisions of ... [B] ... , to ... [C] ... . (The actual text ...
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Two examples of English sentences. What is their most correct form?

Is this sentence well formed and understandable: Figuring his chances of winning are 50%, Picard agrees to play. Next, is there a lack of articles in this sentence, in the place of *: ...
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Translating a Palestinian old man saying [on hold]

Maybe it's difficult to translate slang from language to another but I'm giving it a try so please correct me if I have mistakes. They asked a Palestinian old man about love He said Love .. Oh may ...
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Best ways to learn english grammar [on hold]

I have the Matura Exam in this school year and I'd like to improve my grammar skills. What are the best ways to do so in your opinion?
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grammar issue in the sentence [on hold]

That made poor coaching but great training. It is expressing the idea that "that" didn't provide good coaching but regardless it led to good training. An expanded form of this sentence would be ...
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Can I use “had” without dependent clause?

From the common English grammar lesson, the past perfect tense with had is usually followed by dependent clause. For example: He had studied English before he moved to New York. Now, if I want ...
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They set a prisoner free / They let a prisoner free

Could you please explain for me why I cannot use "let" in this sentence ? My friends said "They let a prisoner free" is wrong but I cannot understand why let is unacceptable in this sentence.
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Affirmative statements with negative meaning [on hold]

I was trying to understand indefinite pronouns from this English Grammar Guide site. Everything was going smoothly until I bumped into this paragraph. AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS In affirmative ...
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Can I use “On the other hand” in a new paragraph? [on hold]

I'm in a situation where the argument for "On the one hand" is long. The argument for "on the other hand" is about the same length. If I put them in the same paragraph, the paragraph becomes much ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? [on hold]

I need to get started fast, though, because his mom, Mim, will be home in about an hour.
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1 % of (the) GDP - with or without the article?

What is the correct form? I have consistently encountered both forms. Definite article: required, optional or wrong?
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How to resolve impossible ambiguity with commas? The Oxford comma doesn't help

Have there been any solutions proposed for the ambiguity in sentences such as the following? The highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod‹,› ...
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Grammar check of story [on hold]

Can someone proofread the following? The story: Computer Land By me He was talking to himself about stuff like "shaped portal" and "nether" when he disappeared. He didn't exactly "disappear", it ...
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Is “When I was calling clients, he had got three orders” a correct sentence? [on hold]

Is "When I was calling clients, he had got three orders" a correct sentence? or "While I was calling clients, he had got three orders" is better? Thank you in advance?
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Question about the order of events in a sentence

Is the sentence: "We felt we had let our coach down because we hadn't won the match" correct? I read a sentence "We felt we had let our coach down because we didn't win the match" in an ...
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Split infinitives—did Old English have them?

I've read a few articles as well as questions on this site about splitting infinitives. In the Wikipedia article, it claims: In Old English, infinitives were single words ending in -n or -an ...
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What is it called when someone says “like” or “alright”

I was talking with my friend and neither of us could think of the word for when someone says something similar to "And, like, we were totally, like, going to do this one thing." To add to it, as ...
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has been usage in sentence [on hold]

Could you please correct the below sentence if it is wrong?. I want to convey that it is a duplicate one. "An incident(#1234) has already been raised on the same issue hence could you please ...
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The usage about “Never ever” [migrated]

It can always heard in movies. "I'll never ever see you again." If I want to say that "I will not choose this forever", can I use never ever? For example: I will never ever choose this. ...
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Time reference and express attractivness of a fitting job role in cover letter?

I found a job ad of a job which is perfect for me. I have the following sentences: After my studies and acquiring the IBM certificates I am now searching for a position as an programmer. The ...
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that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still

The idea that nothing is true except what we comprehend is silly, and that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still. To me, the second sentence is ...
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Is it correct to ask : what is the chance to combine a master degree with the speciality program? [on hold]

Is it correct to ask the dean this Question : what is the chance to combine a master degree with the speciality program?
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Example where article reverses meaning

Adding "the" reverses the meaning in these two sentences: Alice is in charge of Bob. Alice is in the charge of Bob. What is the formal grammatical explanation of this difference?
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Spellcheck of an abstract [on hold]

I am currently working on a very important project in high school. This project contains and abstract, which I've never written before. I would really appreciate if someone could read this abstract ...
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Correctness of the sentence [on hold]

This is one question I would really like to know the answer to.
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“Like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it” - by?

I do get the point but I would like to know why the "by" is used here? Wouldnt "and" work? "Is it like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it." To me it implies that you might ...
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Check the grammar and format in this story [closed]

Can somebody here help me. I wrote a story for the first time in my life (I write poems, but this is first time I wrote a story) as we have a competition in our institute with story writing with theme ...
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Possessive pronoun [on hold]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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There's and enumeration [duplicate]

There is one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer or There are one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer Which one should i use? There's sounds more natural, but I feel like ...
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Should I say “metal” or “metals” when I'm talking about multiple units of the same type of metal?

My question involves a term that occurs in a game called Refined Metal. It's used to describe an item, such as when exchanging game coins. I am semi-arguing with my wife about whether I need to use ...
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Introductory books for language theory

I have computer science background and I am looking for some NLP algorithms for stemming, POS tagging etc. The language under consideration is "agglutinative and inflectional". Since from CS ...
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can “plan work” be used in a slogan?

I would like to use the slogan "Plan work. Track time." for a product I'm working on. However, I'm a bit alarmed by the fact I get virtually no search results on Google for "plan work", which gives me ...
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hadn't we or didn't we in a tag question [duplicate]

which is correct option to the following & why ? We had two hours for lunch yesterday, hadn't we? We had two hours for lunch yesterday, didn't we?
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can this be said in a better way? [closed]

I need to write the following in a paragraph but I am wondering if this is correct English. ` My colleague is testing my religious knowledge by asking for an explanation as to why Muslims cannot have ...
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Is “I am not about this week” correct

We had an English test today and the correct answer to one question was "I am not about this week. I work in Romania" Is this correct and if yes what does it mean?
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Allow us time to [do something] by [deadline] [on hold]

Recently I came across this sentence: "Please let us know if you are prepared to allow us time to file his [document] by 1 Jan 2015" It feels wrong to me but I would like to know if this may ...
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An exceptional sentence [closed]

The earth moves in a way such as to orbit round the sun. Is this sentence correct? If it is then say something about the exceptional part-"such as to orbit round the sun".
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Contradictory rules about “who” and “whom” in relation to this sentence

I have a grammar which says that "whom" is used when it follow a preposition. i.g.: to whom am I speaking. to whom it may concern. The grammar also says that "whom" is the object form of "who". ...
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Should “differentiate” be plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

What we know how to do and what we have done differentiate us from others. or What we know how to do and what we have done differentiates us from others. Can anyone explain to me which is correct ...
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A song came on tv

I'm not a native English speaker, so I wanted to ask something. How would you say that 'As i was zapping through the channels, and this song came on'. Is this a correct sentence? Basically what I ...
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It seems to be correct for / to me

While I answered a question, I wrote the following sentence to say that I agreed with the solution given by the OP. It seems to be correct for me. Then, I wondered whether the following sentence ...
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Grammatical correction request : Is this a correct Q&A [closed]

Question: Got your internet banking login credentials ? Answers - two options Yes, I have No, I dont If not, please help correcting the same
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Is this sentence grammatically incorrect? [closed]

My participation in those organizations allowed me chances to organize school-level variety show, make preparations for academic ceremony, promote public welfare projects to serve the west, and ...