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to omit “that” or not to omit “that”

We often omit "that" in direct object noun clauses. For example: I hope you have a good weekend. or I hope the meeting goes well. It may sound a bit stilted to include "that" in those ...
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A turned on or off car?

Will these expressions sound natural (to native English speakers)? Any better way to say: 1 - A turned on car 2 - A turned off car 3 - An idling car 4 - An idled car 5 - The car is turned off 6 ...
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There is an advantage in/of doing [something]

I know that they usually say "there is an advantage in/to doing [something]" - at least, it's stated in my grammar book. But I am wondering whether it's possible to use the preposition "of" in this ...
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Is it clear what “it” is referring to in the following sentence?

It'd been so long since I last saw his smile it came like a sun. I'm not sure whether it's clear what the bolded it is referring to. If so, can I write it like that? Is it grammatical?
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Can “I be” ever be considered correct?

I was just looking at the verb to be (here) and I saw the subjunctive form "I be". Other than pirates saying "I be looking for treasure" I couldn't think of a single usage of "I be". Not knowing what ...
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In what order should you say people's names?

I know that when you include someone, you say their name first. For example: "John and I went to the beach" How do you order the names when there are more than one additional people? For example: ...
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From now on - what tenses to use?

What are good tenses to use with from now on? 1 Present Simple - You are grounded from now on. I am your friend from now on. 2 Present Continuous - You are playing you guitar all the time from ...
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Question about addressing someone as president [duplicate]

Do you still call someone president even if they are retired? What about if they were impeached? What about in Richard Nixon's situation where he abdicated to avoid impeachment. Do you still call them ...
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“if and as” - Does it mean what I think it means and is it even grammatically sound?

Very infrequently, I'll use the fragment "if and as" in a sentence. For instance: Having it be double fudge chocolate cake in both cases comes off as needless frippery if and as the recipe is ...
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Grammar “Is” or “Are”

Which sentence construction is correct? "Hiking, and outdoor activity in general, is overrated." OR "Hiking, and outdoor activity in general, are overrated."
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How to say that the two dates in two different calendars coincide?

How to say that the two dates in two different calendars coincide? Like, The 24th of Shawwal coincides with 12th of October. Shawwal: The tenth month of the year in the Islamic calendar.
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The difference between 'gonna have to' and 'will have to'

Can anyone explain the difference between 'will have to' and 'gonna have to', please? I'm not native speaker and these statements seem exactly the same to me.
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If the rule states an infinitive follows the verb “want”, why is “I don't want you worrying” correct?

Why is the sentence "I don't want you worrying about the oral interview" correct? Is the syntax want+gerund correct? Shouldn't it be I don't want you to worry about the oral interview (?) ...
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I care not (for these things) vs. I don't care

Is the expression "I care not" grammatically correct? Do I care not and I don't care have the same meaning?
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Using a subjunctive form correctly

What are the differences between these sentences? 1) If I won the lottery, I would buy a house. 2) If I win a lottery, I will buy a house. 3) If I were to win a lottery, I would buy a ...
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Which sentence is right? [duplicate]

If I want to know who he is, how can I ask? 1.Do anybody know who he is? 2.Do anyone know who he is? Do these two sentences have mistakes? or how can I modify it to make it better? if not, which is ...
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Past Subjunctive vs Future Subjunctive form

What is the difference among the three sentences: 1)If i were to play, i would win the match.(Depicts future tense) 2)If i were to play, i would have won the match.(Depicts past tense) 3)If i were ...
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Is “Helper Verb” Old School?

My dilemma is that most of my grammar knowledge goes back a half century, and I want to give current and up to date advice to new English language learners. The opening sentence of this post shows an ...
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rise in prices such <as> occurred [relative pronoun?]

I have come across the following sentence : There is a general rise in prices such as occurred in the late 60's. I would like to know whether the word 'as' is functioned as a conjunction or pronoun. ...
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For the first time - the first time

I would like to know the difference between "For the first time - the first time". It seems to me that sometimes they are interchangeable but at other times they are not. For example: (not ...
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Why is it “Thank you! You’re subscribed,” not “You subscribed,” or “You’ve subscribed”?

I received e-mail from New York Times that reads; What We’re Reading: Get recommendations from New York Times reporters and editors, highlighting great stories from around the web. “What We’re ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses ...
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finish, is finished, have finished

Could you help me about this question? I am confused about how to use "finish" with "when". For example: When your class is finished, could you wait for me at the bank? When your class ...
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Is there such a thing as American English Vs British English when it comes to grammar [on hold]

Is there really a difference between American English and British English when it comes to grammar/syntax. I thought the difference only existed in pronunciation of words and preference of certain ...
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We may never know why we were born, and why certain people come into our life - lives

Is lives correct? I want to use life. We may never know why we were born, and why certain people come into our life - lives.
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Please advice grammer we should use during writting an essay [duplicate]

Shall we use present tense or past tense if we are writting essay on movie ? kindly advise
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What is the difference between “catching a cold ” and “catching cold”?

My aunt always used to tell me "You'll catch cold if you go outside without wearing a jacket". Why is this different if I were to say "You'll catch a cold if you go outside without wearing a ...
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Why does it use 'their'?

Every year the Netherlands sends 20,000 tulip bulbs to Canada to thank 'them' for 'their' aid in the Second World War. I understand that them and their is used to say about Canada, Why do they ...
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The use of congratulations [on hold]

Is this sentence problematic? Congratulations on receiving the return offer from X company. Congratulations on doing? or Congratulations on someone's doing?
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What are the mistakes I've made in this excerpt? [on hold]

As English is not my first language I would appreciate some help with this paperwork. We must translate the introduction to English. I've done it and you can see the outcome below. Could someone ...
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“Do you ever get hit” and “Have you ever gotten hit” [on hold]

Do they have the same meaning? If not when to use each of them.
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I have no excuse VS I have no excuses [closed]

Which one sounds more natural in this situation ? Putin: Obama you're late again ! tell me why Obama: I have no excuse ( excuses ? )
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Does “I might not be on Facebook for a while ” sound natural to you? [closed]

Does "I might not be on Facebook for ages, because of my exam" sound natural ?
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Does this sound natural to you ? - “I am really confident in English” [on hold]

Does this sound natural ? A: Are you good at English ? K: Sure ! I'm really really confident in English.
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The use “habit ” as an alternative to “used to” [on hold]

Are the following structures synonyms? I used to smoke. I was in the habit of smoking. I got into the habit of smoking. I fell into the habit of smoking.
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A question on anaphoric and cataphoric references

Is it 'this' or 'that' that conveys an anaphoric reference? I want to refer back to "that I wrote critical and analytical essays". It is true that I wrote critical and analytical essays on a ...
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Is it right say Invest on? [on hold]

Is it correct idiomatically to say "invest on?" For example, "Invest on Peter " [a person].
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indefinite article with proper names [duplicate]

Please help me decide which of the following two sentences in correct: Twenty-year-old Thomas Smith has been running his own business for already 2 years. A twenty-year-old Thomas Smith has been ...
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Should there be a comma in “You again?”?

The original sentence is: You again? In which, I am wondering if I should insert a comma after "You": You, again? Which one is more correct, and why?
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I found a/the rule about [duplicate]

Please, help to understand the meanings of two sentences. 1) I found the rule about the usage of this pattern. The only rule I found at all was about this pattern ? About this pattern I found only ...
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Usage of some with plural nouns

Please, help me understand the grammar behind "some" and "zero article". As I know, we use zero article with plurals in the same cases when we use indefinite articles with singular - making general ...
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have somebody do something vs. have somebody doing something

History, as recounted by the victors, had the capitalists winning. I think that the above sentence means that the history caused that capitalists won. Can I say? History, as recounted by the ...
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What part of sentence is “against which” in this sentence “The new test provides a yardstick against which to measure children's learning.”?

Why not just say "The new test provides a yardstick to measure children's learning" without the "against which"? What's the meaning or function of this combination? Is it an adjective clause?
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Aspirants “to” the job or “for” the job?

Which of the two sentences is correct ? 1. There are huge number of aspirants to the job. 2. There are huge number of aspirants for the job.
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I'm requested to send me [closed]

Is it correct to say "I'm requested to send me the new invoice"? What about this: "I'm requested you to be there on time"
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how to shorten this sentence [closed]

Researches indicate that triangular structural elements are suitable to filter out impulse noise interference whereas semicircular structural elements are suitable to filter out random noise ...
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“I would've been” or “I should've been”

When on a job interview and asked: Tell us more about yourself. How do I say something like: ...Well, I would've been a father but sadly my son died due to cord constriction... My son died ...
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Confusing sentence, work or works?

Please have a look at this sentence: "Multiple citations of my work during the short time since their publication indicate its quality." Here work is referring to many publications. I have a ...
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to have more work given her

Mrs. Carey was shy about bathing a boy, and of course the Vicar had his sermon. But the Vicar insisted that Philip should be clean and sweet for the lord's Day. Mary Ann said she would rather go than ...
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A subset of our services were/was? Grammar

I am unsure of whether it should be was or were. The was/were refers to the subset rather than services. (which is obviously plural) So I think the question becomes: is it subset were or subset ...