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Is “decide to give” a compound verb?

I know that two verbs joined by a conjunction and referring to the same subject make a compound verb: The dog ran and jumped in the park. I read a book and listened to music while I waited. The boys ...
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Anywhere where or anywhere?

Which one of these sentences is correct? If both are correct, which one sounds better? You can browse the web anywhere you have an internet connection. You can browse the web anywhere where you have ...
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Necessary relative followed by to-infinitive … conflict of level

Recently I wanted to bitch at my staff and I wrote the following sentence: Do you want someone who has taken off their shoes to prepare your drink without washing their hands? And then it ...
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Should comma be specified after “I” in case of a sentence like I myname?

This question is about a confusion that I always had in my mind. My question: Suppose I am writing a sentence(for a speech or something like that) that actually begins like I myname and the sentence ...
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which is the correct? pounced or pouncing? [on hold]

In this picture, I can not understand the word 'pounced'. I think that 'pouncing' is a right word here. Is there any grammar I don't know in this sentence? Because I think that 'pounce' in this ...
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Exact meaning of good for you [duplicate]

I told my friend, today I went for shopping. He replied me “Good for You”. Is it rude or normal?
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I want to proffesionally express to my managers that i am curious and always strive to better myself [on hold]

I'm working on my personal development to submit to management, and i'm trying to express that i am curios, hungry for know;edge and always striving to better myself...anything along those lines, in a ...
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Is the expression, “I was the admissions mistake” grammatically right?

I was drawn to the phrase “I was the admission mistake” in the following passage in the article of Washington Post (May 2) titled, “As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade”. ...
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Usage of word “yet”

I remember that the word "yet" was invariably used with a "not" in my living memory in sentences like, "Haven't you reached there yet?" and, "Has he not finished yet?". But now I have noticed that ...
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“It was used a something ..” - correct?

I came across a sentence that began with "It was used a .." and was wondering whether it is grammatically correct. Specifically, the sentence was: In this case study it was used a part of the ...
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is English matter! correct or should be alwyes writen English matters [on hold]

is to say " English matter! correct or always should be written "English matters"?
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How to express my feelings with heart touching emotions when I resume talking to a girl after ignoring her for few days? [on hold]

I'm a 31 year old guy. She is my great dear friend, she is a 30 year-old girl. I was not talking to her much from the last fifteen days due to some misunderstanding between us. But now after fifteen ...
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What am I doing wrong here?

She says there is singularity problem in the first two parts and missing article in the third one. However I couldn't find them. What am I doing wrong here? "Firstly, more than 10,000 Somalian ...
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The most obfuscate writing ever written [on hold]

After having become acquainted with what some would deem as being obfuscate writing, a feeling of sadness did have my expectations dashed. A fellow literature buff had suggested that my thirst for the ...
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How to distinguish the object of adverbial phrase?

The example is : SETI scientists are trying to find a life form that resembles humans (in many ways). What is the subject of the adverbial phrase in bracket? Is find or resembles?
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Which is correct “I wished I was a painter” or “I wished I were a painter”? [duplicate]

Which is correct "I wished I was a painter" or "I wished I were a painter"? I've seen in several places that "I wish I were a painter" and "I wish I was a painter" are both correct (e.g. Which one is ...
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When are 'tion', 'sion', and 'cion' used [on hold]

I am confused when the spellings tion, sion, and cion are used in words that contain the shun sound. Are there any rules to help me understand when to use the correct spelling in a word?
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Some problems with definite articles

Is there anything good on telly tonight? Why don't we place an article before "telly"? I think it should be "on the telly". He enjoys the beauties of nature in Siberia. Why do we use ...
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation?

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [on hold]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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Serial comma in a list of verbs [on hold]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech?

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with the infinitive of a verb without the “to”? [on hold]

The context is: "Yes, your card made me close my birth month with a flourish! Receive it on the last day of April was perfect and very meaningful to me." Is it correct to start the sentence ...
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What part of speech is “know” in “let us know”? [on hold]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical ...
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Is this a dangling participle? “To use the computer, it need to be powered.” [on hold]

Is this sentence correct? To use the computer, it need to be powered.
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Capitalization in merged company name [on hold]

I own a company called Find My Bus Ltd that brands itself as Find My Bus. Yesterday we sat down and had a discussion regarding the name and all came to the agreement that it didn't represent the ...
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Am I syntactically wrong in these sentences? [on hold]

I have recently written a few sentences for discussion of rhetorical ways in writing. The outcome turned out to be so unexpected that I was blamed for how wrong I syntactically was. So I cordially ...
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What makes these two sentences pseudo-archaic? [on hold]

I am by no means a writer (LOL!). I just enjoy archaic language and learning to write in a way that only people like you can understand. It appeases me greatly to think that, while I am writing ...
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Is the use of “Them” right here? [duplicate]

On StackOverFlow, the users who do not put anything in the profile have this displayed. "Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them.". Should it not be him/her? Clarifying ...
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What is the correct method to make a commonly repeated project name stand out?

I have a project titled "Around the World." I refer to this project often in text. I have been instructed not to use quotes, but I am unsure of the best way to identify this phrase as the project ...
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Can I end a sentence with the word “to”? [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Who are you attached to?
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Question regarding was/were usage [on hold]

Second, Plaintiff claims that she, and others who opted out of the traditional public school system, was systematically provided separate and unequal services in violation of equal Protection of the ...
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When do you use “do/does/did” and when do you use “present tense/past/progressive” [on hold]

A friend of mine asked this based on her homework, and while I know when to use/not to use DID, I'm unable to explain it to her. I'm hoping that someone can help me on this The original sentence is ...
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Present perfect with 'since' or 'for' [on hold]

what does Present perfect with time phrase 'since' or 'for' imply? The action is still continuous or the action is finished.
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“I had shook his hand” or “I have shaken his hand”? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? I had shook his hand vs I have shaken his hand There's a £10 bet on this. I believe both are correct.
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Using of double possessive [on hold]

Is it right to use double possessives like a good idea of Tom's Are they correct? And when do we use them?
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Is “something to filter out” grammatically appropriate in context? [on hold]

Is the usage of the phrase "something to filter out" grammatically correct in the sentences below? Why or why not? Two tasks cannot possibly be in the attentional focus at the same time. One will ...
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Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?

Someone dominates a conversation by not letting others get a word in. I'm thinking its a combination of snow job and fillibuster (though not political in nature). EDIT: to clarify, Not quite a long ...
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Is it correct to use “me” or “I” here? [duplicate]

Thank you for initiating the opportunity for Bob and me to talk.
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Writing IT articles in english language - basic rules [on hold]

I plan write an IT blog in english language, but this is not my native language. I would like to know some basic rules when writing articles. Each advice will be valuable. Is it good to use two (or ...
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On nouns as modifiers

I know that nouns behaving as modifiers should take the singular form. However, I sometimes have problems telling if certain exceptions are possible. In the example below: "I feel trapped in a cycle ...
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Verb forms in “Feelin' Myself” (will.i.am song) [duplicate]

I have been somewhat fascinated by this song recently, for various reasons, including the peculiar lyrics. I am especially wondering about the usage of infinitive-like verb forms in several lines, ...
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Correct form of the question in past tense [duplicate]

I have two sentences: Do other requests returned no results? Did other requests return no results? The first question is: Is both of the mentioned sentences are grammatically correct? I mean, ...
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So far I've used sth / I've been using sth? [duplicate]

Which version is proper: So far I've been using only laptops. or So far I've used only laptops. ?
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Which sentence is correct? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? Only in one out of four results, the difference between A and other models is statistically insignificant. Only in one out of four results, the differences between A and ...
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“to be same” vs “to be the same” [closed]

In which cases should the the be retained and in which cases, if any should it be dropped For example: Apple shall be same as orange. The two apples must be same. OR Apple shall be the ...
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Why is omitting “who” correct? [duplicate]

In the following sentence why is omitting "who was" correct? Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, an architect, a painter, and a poet had a great influence on the world of art. to ...
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The film was tried to be masked as a fictional movie [duplicate]

I wrote the following sentence in my exam The film was tried to be masked as a fictional movie. My teacher had underlined this part of the text and told me that it was incorrect. The idea was to say ...
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What does 'since' imply in this sentence? [on hold]

Sentence: "I have never seen such a fine display of fast bowling SINCE Glen Mcgrath played for the Australian Cricket team" Does this sentence mean Glen Mcgrath is no longer playing for Australian ...