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Do these sentences sound stilted and unnatural?

1.) I don’t think I can use this vacuum cleaner for 30 minutes without worrying about my electric bill. 2.) I don’t want to ruin your hope of getting a sound advice on dating boys, but I haven’t ...
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can we use “admitted to the mistakes”?

Can we use "admitted to the mistakes"? I think it must be "admitted the mistakes" and "admitted to the hospital". The sentence that i am working on is "it has not admitted to the mistakes in the ...
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Do I need an apostrophe in this title?

Educations Influence on Christianity This is the title of my essay. Does 'educations' need an apostrophe?
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Answering a question using “I wish”

I was asked which team I would want to win a given game, so I answer something like: I wish TEAM_A wins (the game). However, it does not sound quite right to me, should I have rephrased ...
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Can a sentence be both a tautology and an oxymoron?

Sometimes I encounter sentences that are very difficult to unpack into coherent thought. Sentences with tautological double or triple negatives; and sentences where one part contradicts another in ...
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Diff between Top 5 and 5 Top

What is the difference between Top 5 something and 5 Top something. Is there really any difference or are both the same.
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Correct usage for “all you need is/are…”

What is the correct verb tense for the phrase "all you need is", when what follows is a plural? All you need is paintbrushes and paint. All you need are paintbrushes and paint. Or is neither ...
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Be but sworn - grammar

I have found several questions asking for the meaning, but the thing that troubles me here is the grammar actually and i haven't found anything on that. In Shakespeare's sentence "Deny thy father ...
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When saying “this one” when referring to yourself, is it first or third person?

I have been playing a RP forum game and I believe that one of the other players may be locked into first/third person every post he makes. Which one it is doesn't change it from a gameplay view but it ...
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What is difference between “from within” and “from inside”?

I'm sure there must be some difference but, for me, those two are interchangeable in most of the cases.
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Simple present in “I heard the clock strike ten” [migrated]

Why is strike in the simple present in this sentence? What are the conditions for using a simple present verb after a past tense verb to talk about the past?
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Can “own” stand on its own?

My gut feeling tells me that sentences such as Own mistakes have to be dealt with first. Own experience matters the most. We present own results. are not correct, and I would ...
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Curious words that make me suspicious

I'm curious about that curious object. I'm suspicious of that suspicious stranger. I'm dubious about that dubious plan. I can't think of any other words that allow this: using the same ...
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Is this line has error? [on hold]

Hi can someone correct this if it has error, "will you let me the one". Thank you.
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Is it this grammar correct? [migrated]

Can I say: The client sent me a letter asking if we could change the information for them. or should it be: The client sent me a letter and asked if we could change the information for him. ...
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Usage of “yet” and comma

Which of the following sentences is correct? In other words, do I need the comma before the word "team"? By using this plan, we are keeping a limited, yet strong and great team. By using this plan, ...
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Function of “or” [on hold]

A hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime (Merriam Webser-wassail) Is a ...
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The Largest is White Bears [on hold]

My question is twofold. I came across this text: "The Largest is White Bears" in a presentation. Intuitively this seems incorrect. Is there any grammatical justification for the singular form of the ...
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [on hold]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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My mom's (Theresa's) house [on hold]

Without recasting, I say that number one below is correct; number two is not. Agreed? (1) My mom's (Theresa's) house was burglarized. (2) My mom (Theresa's) house was burglarized. And could it be ...
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Either, as well or too?

Is the sentence "Won't you come, either?" right? Why? Is the sentence "Won't you come, as well/too?" right? Which one is correct? Why? Can you tell me if all the sentences are right? If there is just ...
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Can a sentence have an indirect object without a direct object?

Everywhere I look online, people seem to say the same thing: "A sentence with an indirect object must have a direct object." Every case of confusion I've seen about this rule has only involved ...
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“It is about time I had a family” - Is this sentence grammatically correct?

Recently, I stumbled over a sentence that read: "I am 30. It is about time I had a family of my own". Is it grammatically correct? Shouldn't the correct sentence be "I am 30. It is about time I ...
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What adjective do you use to describe a curve that's very curved?"

Example: There weren’t many curves, but those that appeared were so [...] I thought I would fly out of them any time. I thought of sharp and closed but they sound weird to me for some reason. ...
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How to categorize this phrase. Relative clause, Interrogative clause, Adverbial clause?

What is "Where to go" in the sentence "Where to go is the question." Is it a adverbial phrase or a relative clause? And what is "Why go" in the sentence "Why go when you can stay?" - is it a clause?
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Is sunsetted a valid word?

As the title says is "sunsetted" a valid word? In my office, I heard one of the guy saying that this application is sunsetted. Is that valid?
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Hyphen before Numeral with Prefix

I would like to know the reason why hyphen is required before numeral with prefix. mid-1990 pre-1950 ... Thanks in advance.
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What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times? [on hold]

Since over one month I'm reading in over eight different Bible translations in order to find out whose English language is most adapted for today's English language, including grammar, idioms and ...
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Having an IV or being on a drip

I had an IV last night because my blood pressure dropped too low. I was given an IV (Fluids) last night... I was put on a drip last night... I got a drip last night... I was on a drip last night ... ...
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Should add a comma before 'though' in the following case?

The dog was lying on his side. He wasn’t resting though, of that I was sure. He was dead. Should I add a comma in the bolded sentence? The dog was lying on his side. He wasn’t resting, ...
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Using a common be verb for adjective and noun

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? A: He is nice and a grocer. B: He is nice and is a grocer.
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Duty and responsibility is important? or Duty and responsibility are important?

I want to know which of the below sentence is correct :- Duty and responsibility is important? Duty and responsibility are important? Thankyou
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OF as a part of speech

What part of speech is the word "of" in the phrase "made of"? Trying to review the word "of" I the command :"Go and make disciples of all nations". Please help
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Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. within a month; Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married: I'm wondering about "Had ...
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“As of ” + future?

Is the following sentence correct? As of next year, I will be studying [insert a field of study]. I know that "From next year on, ..." and "Starting next year, ..." are better options, but just ...
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Is it necessary sometimes to use past tense in formal writing to mean present

"This could be made a ‘standing item’ on the agenda so that it had to be considered before each time that assessments were considered." Source My question is would it be wrong to write the ...
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Is this sentence correct? please help me out [on hold]

"Two weeks out of the town couldn't have come at more perfect times." Is it correct to say so? if not what should i say instead?
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In the recent years [duplicate]

Despite many things we improved, in the recent years many projects failed. Where to place "in the recent years" correctly?
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Difference between “where is he from” and “where he is from” [on hold]

what will be the question of he is from the USA? Is it "where he is from?"/"where is he from?". And why is it so?
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“We are software tester” - is it grammatically correct [on hold]

In the sentence "We are software tester, and we are proud of it", should it be tester or testers? I Googled and found usage of both the form. I got examples like "we are incredible", even ...
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what is wrong in this? could any one help [on hold]

India along with a few other south Asian countries has been cushioned from the worst effects of the recession.
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? from non-native [on hold]

The writer is concerned about the idea likely to impair the essence of thankfulness as they come to take a tangible reward after doing a good deed for granted. thanks in advance... from Korea
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Choice of preference in English [closed]

There are quite a a lot of situations like this. But here I'll use just two examples. The first one is with the word since. We can say: There have been a lot of flies since the street sweeper was put ...
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two sentences, which is better? [closed]

There are two sentences. I do not know which is better in grammar. Is there any difference? Vegetables are good for health, which can be found in many areas in this country. Vegetables are good for ...
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What is the correct affirmative response to “This had better be good!”? [closed]

For example, the correct response to “This movie is great!” is “Yes, it is”. For “I totally messed that up.”, the response is “Yes, you did”. For “This had better be good!”, what is the correct ...
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She may have reasoned that it 'would have been' against her own economic self interest

She may have reasoned that it would have been against her own economic self interest to disclose the worst case scenario Source My question is: In this sentence why are we using "would have ...
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Question about allegory

Source: Doctrine of graduated escalation - (The Hindu) What is meant by the bold part here "Every time a Pakistani leader wishes to build better ties with New Delhi, his effort is undermined by the ...
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Meaning of “seeing as”, “the business”, “in quiet sophistication”?

They had cooks and drivers, and guards who occupied a gatehouse, armed with machetes. Seeing as I had regularly petitioned my parents for an electric fence, the business with the guards strikes me ...
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Is it permissible to omit “of them” in the following case?

I spotted a rottweiler while walking on the trail. What was one (of them) doing in a forest like this? Is the of them necessary? Can it be omitted?
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“A beast that wants discourse of reason would have mourn'd longer” in Hamlet

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. and yet, within a month,— Let me not think on't,—Frailty, thy name is woman!— A little month; or ere those shoes were old With which she followed my ...