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Grammatical process in which an actor is derived from a verb

The question is pretty simple: What is the noun form of a verb's doer called? That is, what is the process that these verbs undergo, and what are the resultant nouns called? Run -> Runner Eat -> ...
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Four questions about prepositional phrases

Q1 : Is it possible for a prepositional phrase to modify adjectives when being used adverbially? Q2 : Is the prepositional phrase used adverbially in this sentence? "I'm so angry (with my brother)." ...
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role of with in this sentence [migrated]

in a film a person said: "I'm this close to getting a big promotion with my own office" why he used with?
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Another way to say “will particpate in?”

I'm trying to say that someone will be participating in a golf event. Steve Jones **will be participating in the PGA..... **
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Can a participle phrase modify a clause?

It is generally taught that participial/participle phrases function as adjectives modifying a noun (or pronoun). In a sentence such as: A major accident occurred on our bus's route to school, ...
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What is the future simple tense of there is/are? [on hold]

What is the future simple tense of there is/are? Is there will correct?
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Is it correct to say “work twice as hard than”?

The full sentence is: I worked at the very least twice as hard to close sales than back then [two months before]. If it's incorrect how do you say it then — "twice as hard as [at some specific ...
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Contracting I'd've for I would have [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to contract the phrase in the subject the way above (at least in a spoken English) without raising eyebrows?
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Is it possible to say “we were better” meaning “we better” in the past tense?

I know that textbooks maintain that this phrase (even not exactly this, since it's the "incorrect" version of "we had better") should be used only in the present and future tenses but I wonder if it's ...
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I felt the (a?) sting of wounded pride

I'm uncertain about what article should I use in this sentence. On the one hand, I think it's a specific type of sting (that is, of wounded pride) but on the other hand, it's "one of possible" stings ...
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The choice of tenses (Present Perfect and ???)

What tense would you recommend using after "Has anything special ever happened to you when"? 1) Has anything special ever happened to you when you have worked? 2) Has anything special ever happened ...
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If I was or If I were [duplicate]

I am perplexed at this sentence: If I was asked who I wanted to become, I could not give a specific answer Is it correct, or should I instead say If I were asked who I wanted to become, I ...
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“all are both right and wrong” Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is there anything grammatically wrong with the following quote? "all are both right and wrong"
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At, by, in the end of this week

I have the following three sentences: I am reading it by the end of this week. I am reading it at the end of this week. I am reading it in the end of this week. Which one is more grammatically ...
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(Grammar) 3 Sentences from my game cutscene [on hold]

Could you please help me with 3 sentences which I use in my game video. I need to know are these sentences correct or not. I use these sentences in the beginning of my cutscene. Three sentences: ...
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Should I use comma or not before “wearing”?

recently i saw a sentence like this "Did a guy just go by here wearing a hat?" in my opinion,it should be something like"Did a guy wearing a hat just go by here?" . i was thinking it should be ...
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What is the term called for writing in present tense even though the text is in past tense?

I read this in a grammar book recently but I can't recall what the specific term (if any) is called for something like: He was 18 years old. I don't remember if it is the same example, but the ...
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What is the differece between “to receiving” and “to receive”?

I am wondering the differece between "to receiving" and "to receive"? I found in many sentences a simple verb or a "ing" after "to". Though I have explore the following, still I am not clear. If the ...
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“offered by him” or “he offers”?

Which of the following sentences is more correct? I dreamed I got punished by my English teacher cos I could not recite the article he offers. or I dreamed I got punished by my English ...
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Question mark or period to end rhetorical sentence

Maybe you could be a security guard there and enforce whatever the WalMart policy is at that location
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My vs Mine confusion [duplicate]

Is it "They are friends of my son and I" or is it "They are friends of my son and me" or is it this which I think correct "They are friends of mine and my son"?
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Usage of can vs may [duplicate]

It is said that can and may both are used as a sense of possibility. If that’s the case, then what is the difference between: It can be very dangerous to cycle at night. It may be very dangerous ...
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get backup or get backed up?

Which one is correct? Data gets backup to your computer. Data gets backed up to your computer.
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Request for a scholarly reference for the correct usage of the English indefinite article (a/an). [duplicate]

This is NOT a request for a recommendation of a "best" book. I'm looking for a definitive authoritative source to address a specific question... I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who ...
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“In the case of” or “In case of”

I am wondering whether "in the case of" is a correct expression. I know "in case of" can be used, for example "In case of an emergency" but when would be appropriate to use "in the case of" as long as ...
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Should I use “will” or omit it in following sentence?

Now I'm pondering on the details of me fulfilling an elaborate plan,thinking that it works well. (In this sentence,would it make sense ...
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Future indefinite tense

Is it possible to use "will" twice in a sentence? If not then when it is possible? It will rain tomorrow and we will enjoy. Is it correct? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced
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expression following EACH

I have difficulties in using each. Which would be correct in the following sentences? They are each connected to a) a hydrogen atom/ b) hydrogen atoms. They each are connected to a) a hydrogen atom/ ...
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Is this the right way of framing the sentence

I am preparing my resume and I would like to have your opinion on the grammatical correctness of the following sentences. Taught Laboratory sessions, graded home works, exams for PH 101 (Course ...
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Contract interpretation

To be eligible for holiday pay the employee must meet the following requirement: the employee must have worked the last scheduled day before, and the first scheduled day after a holiday except when ...
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What is the second clause modifying?

I went to swimming pool three times a week through out my childhood, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday morning practices that were exhausting but fruiful. I simply cannot find the clause "a ...
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Placing comma in a sentence

I knew he was going to be there, and sure enough, he was there. In this sentence, can I place comma before "sure enough" like this: I knew he was going to be there, and, sure enough, he was ...
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I need to know why a hyphen was used in this sentence

I just found this sentence from the book I am reading now. "The revelation reminded of Stacey J., a would-be assassin I know well." I think I got a nuance, but I need some logical explanation of the ...
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Do I need to repeat the 'have' before the second verb?

I wonder whether it is optional/necessary that I repeat the 'have' in the sentence below (from an academic writing) While both aforementioned approaches have enjoyed many success stories and have ...
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English versus french grammar

Recently, on the internet, I have heard people say that one should conjugate cartain adjectives that are closely related to french. For example, blond for males and blonde for females in the singular ...
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Why do we say 'year 1993' as “nineteen ninety three” instead of “one thousand nine hundred ninety three”?

Why do we read some calendar years by their two-digit place value and not according on their numerical place value like: 1500s as fifteen hundreds and not one thousand five hundreds 1895 as ...
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Which is a grammatically correct sentence? [duplicate]

A. Service with year-on-year efficiency drivers B. Service with year-on-year efficiencies drivers
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Can one use of “…at at least…”?

I have to use a particular sentence which is: They differ at at least one position. Is this the correct use of at least? Is my sentence correct?
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correct use of the article “the”

Is this sentence correct? "She is trained in the teaching of the English Language." Is it correct to use " the" before " English Language"?
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Reported speech with changing time expression

I do not fully understand the difference in meaning between the time expressions 'next week' and 'the following week'. How can we change next week to the following week? If an original situation is ...
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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...
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Chat to vs. Chat with

I work in an office and lots of my co-workers use the phrase "chat to", as in could I chat to him about the project? I would say the same thing like this: could I chat with him about this project? ...
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How much like us they are or how much they are like us?

I was watching movie and one of the character said: We have never realized how much like us they are. For some reason, it sounded a bit strange to me because I've seen and heard many people ...
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Old Style Grammar

If a thing take place whereof the cause be not apparent, even though it be in accordance with nature, it appears wonderful. ... Is it formal and valid English, or is it old style English, or is ...
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I'm asking only because or i'm only asking because- what would be the proper or better sounding version

I seem to be excessively over analyzing the superior manner in which the sentence ought to begin. The proceeding phrases are what I need advice with, so as to decide the proper wording, to initiate ...
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How can I say “Do something in exchange” in a different way?

I'd like to know alternative ways to say: "Do something in exchange" when someone helps me. If possible can you guys give me three or more examples? For example, "Thanks for helping, what can I ...
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Uses of word OR

Whether it’s the evergreen comedy FRIENDS or HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or medical drama like GREY’S ANATOMY or the mysterious and sociopath detective streak SHERLOCK or a family show like FULL HOUSE every ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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Is there any other way of the expression on this phrase? His breathing was becoming less labored

Or, "Eventually, the old guinea pig was unable to move and her breathing was labored." I am looking for other way of saying in an exactly same meaning.
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Missing words after commas in these sentences? [on hold]

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...