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Use of enough, example from Murphy grammar course

What is the correct sentence: I know English enough to read a newspaper OR I know enough English to read a newspaper.
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Grammar and phrasing

I’m working on two different essays that must have a subjective tone. These two paragraphs are at the beginning of the essays. I wonder if they both read well. 1.) The so-called "joint economic ...
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Mutual posession with “each other”

If there are two parties and each person is in possession of something belonging to the other, how do you express this in a sentence? For example, if we give them names, we can say: Alice is ...
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Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense

I would be thankful if any native could tell me whether the following sentence is correct - I am learning the language -. I haven't spoken to my sister for / in a few days. Are for and in both ...
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Is the grammar proper for this statement going on the back of a tee shirt for a labor day celebration [on hold]

I’m a union member We live here and pay taxes here! We work hard to support our families We’re not the problem and we’re not the enemy! The rich created this problem, and they’re pitting middle ...
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Expression in good business cv languageIs this expression in correct business language? “Graphic manage of trade licensings​ & collections” [on hold]

Is this expression in correct business language? "Graphic manage of trade licensings​ & collections"
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“…demands of us that we not lose sight…”

What are those weighty moral and intellectual demands? For one thing, I think the Holocaust demands of us that we not lose sight of the fact that it was not just another tragedy in war-torn Europe ...
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Use of “play” followed by an adjective

English is my second language so there are a lot of new things to me. I just came across several sentences containing the phrases "play dead", "play sick" and "play cute" so I wonder if the verb ...
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Location - sentence constructions

Having studied English from an early age, I've been always taught that English has a fixed sentence structure and words within it appear in a fixed order. For example, one is supposed to say: A pen ...
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How to refer to United States of America? [duplicate]

My sentence is: ATC experienced rapid growth between 1880 to 1911. In 1890, their five main competitors joined their consortium and by 1910, the American Tobacco Company had absorbed 250 ...
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is this correct to say “John is calling you within next 2 minutes” [on hold]

: John is calling you within next 2 minutes.///// John will be calling you within next 2 minutes
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Question concerning use of A or An [duplicate]

I saw the following sentence in a book and the use of "an" strikes me as odd. Can you tell me if the usage is correct in this sentence? "We can't find an MP with her profile." (MP is short for ...
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Help with Plural Objects and Subjects

I know to use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plurals. I was recently listening to a song and it reminded me of a 'rule' a teacher once told me about. The chorus repeats: Line 1: BIG GIRLS CRY WHEN ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Doubt about “there is/isn't no *, is/isn't there” kind of phrases

A friend asked me if I thought this phrase was correct: "It seems there isn't a free cam, is there?" I replied I think it should be: "It looks like there isn't a free cam, isn't there?" He ...
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This is going to be hard because of him/his needing to be there very early [duplicate]

I recently read the following: This is going to be hard because of him needing to be there very early. I would have written: This is going to be hard because of his needing to be there ...
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tell me where I am or where am I? In this situation [duplicate]

So couple of my classmates are chatting in a group & ... A: Turn off your GPS, now everyone knows where you are! B: Ok then tell me where I am/where am I? Which one is correct in this ...
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Grammar: was vs. were [duplicate]

I've been looking into the difference between was and were...I think I understand it, except in this particular context. For those of you aware of the TV show "My Family", there is a scene containing ...
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How to parse this sentence (…because …)

I have confusion on parsing of following sentence... "There is no reason to be depressed or give up simply because you will make a few wrong choices." The sentence was captured from an article and ...
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Are the cats and dogs of the idiom “it's raining cats and dogs” plural in usage?

I recently heard someone say the following: It's cats and dogs out there! As in "it's raining cats and dogs out there." I then thought that person should have said Those are cats and dogs ...
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What's the subject in “You, go to the store”?

In the following sentence, what is the function of "You"? You, go to the store. I know the sentence is in the imperative mood, and that generally means there is an implicit second-person ...
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Punctuating sentences with multiple adverb forms

What is generally considered the correct way to punctuate multiple adverb forms in a sentence? E.g., She stood discreetly, close to a bus stop, across the street from the entrance of a modern office ...
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The verb tenses used in this report [on hold]

I am preparing for the BEC HIGHER Level, I have been practising in the last few months but I am not confident about the tenses I use in the writing tasks. Could please someone have a look at the ...
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you are? vs are you? (with a question mark) [duplicate]

Are both sentences correct? "What school you are in?" or "What school are you in?" What is the difference? Is one of them absolutely wrong?
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“Who” or “Whom” in this sentence [duplicate]

I know very well that my question is in the duplicate department, but I need to be sure on the usage of "Who/Whom" in this particular example. She met my brother, who/whom she later married. ...
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Grammar Semantics : “May I know the issue that you are facing with your computer ? ”

I am in tech support and I need to ask the following question to a customer often : "May I know the issue that you are facing with your computer ?" "May I know what issue you are facing with ...
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Please help to improve my sentence in this paragraph - my daily writing [on hold]

I am studying English by practicing everyday as much as possible. Below you can see my daily writing, it's completely simple because my level is in basic. Please help me to improve these sentence and ...
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Difference between in and from [on hold]

I have seen in different places and different people say different sentences like: Sun rises in the east or sun rises from the east. What is the basic difference? Aren't they giving same meaning?
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Grammatical name/function of “what” in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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Is this use of nicely grammatically correct? [on hold]

Still in hospital but recovering nicely.
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean 1) A is either as likely or less likely than B 2) A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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Is Grammar An Exact Science? [on hold]

"Science" might not be the appropriate word but I think it conveys the gist of my question. Is grammar always an agreed upon exact among professionals when identifying usage and parts of speech ...
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'use of' or 'use' [on hold]

Should I use 'use of integrated' or 'use integrated'? Ability to use integrated development environment to accelerate and support the design and creation of applications process: Microsoft ...
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Is it not allowed to use “there, where S V”?

I want to express some unearthly, mysterious atmosphere of the place. The original sentence is : The task can only be accomplished in a certain place, where...(defines the requirement of the ...
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'result' or 'their result' in this context

Here are my constructions: As part of his academic activities, he conducted research focused on design, implementation and operation of novel algorithms using artificial intelligence. Within the ...
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relative large windows vs relatively large windows [on hold]

It seems many people use "relative large windows" but shouldn't it be "relatively large windows"? Adverb should modify the adjective, not another adjective.
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“That” vs “Those” which to use after both a plural and a singular noun?

"The rise of computer technologies and networking is due to collective action similar to that of other social movements, such as the environmental movement, the anti-tobacco movement or the women's ...
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Commas, prepositions and subordinating conjunctions

I have two questions. Consider the following sentences. "In November I purchased my first car." or "In November, I purchased my first car." And, another example, "During the 1940s there was a ...
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Is this “imperative” corrrect? What is dropping the subject called, if anything?

I was reading through this Git Commit Message Conventions document for a project and discovered what I think to be an improper recommendation to use imperative mood. First, if you're not familiar ...
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Questions about present perfect continuous and 'let'

I am working in this company from the beginning. vs. I have been working in this company since the beginning. Which one is correct? He let her daughter listen the music. Is ...
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“Same as” or “same with” in this context?

Here is a quick question. Same with A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Same as A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Which one is a better way for academic writing? ...
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'In addition to', 'As part of' or 'During'

I have problem with sentences structures. I have a sentence: Research: In addition to his academic activities, he conducted research focused on design, implementation and operation of novel ...
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“from” “to” usage for time ranges

Back in school I was taught that "from" is always used with "to" for time ranges. Now, almost always I see a dash is used instead of "to". Is it correct?
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“…as interesting as you think” vs “…as interesting as you'd think”?

Speaker A: "You lived in Hawaii? Cool! How was it? Tell me, tell me. Speaker B: "Haha, it wasn't as interesting as you/you'd think. What's the correct option in this case? Or should I have ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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Verb form of “drive” after “see” in a sentence [duplicate]

I saw him .... off. A.drive B.to drive C.driving D.driven I chose C but the key is A. I don't know why. Can you help me explain the reason?
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Usage of word “those” in an essay

I am writing critical analysis essay on philosophical paper. It is an undergraduate 1000 words task. I have a sentence: (contents of philosophical paper) contradicts with what idea 1, idea 2, and ...
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“do .. while doing” or “do while do” [on hold]

Here is a quick question. In the following two sentences, which one is correct? XXX changes the syntax of software while keeping the semantic equivalence. XXX changes the syntax of software while ...
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Usage of in and into [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct? I went in to work at the agency early today. I went into work at the agency early today.
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“Software diversification effect” or “software diversification effectiveness”? [on hold]

here is my quick question, when I want to say "software diversity" (this is considered as a technical term), which one is the most suitable way? given the context below: XXXXX, with an amplified ...