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What does “don't be stupid” imply?

I was in an argument and the other party stated in his last sentence "don't be stupid". Does this statement actually mean that I am stupid and should quit being stupid or what ? Is this statement ...
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why did they use “likes” in this context

I am reading this report I found this sentence Manuel Pellegrini's men claimed their second title in three years last season and boast a squad including the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, ...
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How to best include an introductory phrase before getting to the point?

This question may seem too large in scope from the title, but here's the preface to the answer I seek. I need to inform my hiring manager (HM) that I have served my last day with my current ...
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What exactly is reported speech, does it really exist, and how do you recognise it?

I have seen 'reported speech' used to mean many things. I would like to know whether the following are examples of reported speech and what makes them so: She said it was a disaster. She thought it ...
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doing things is vs are

I was writing an essay an I'm not sure which is right... the context is ... had surprisingly discovered that learning verbs is actually language-specific And I'm not sure whether to use "is" or ...
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Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected

Is the phrase: Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected... proper grammar? I want to say: No one is perfect, but if they or I make a mistake, I can take it if they tell me I am wrong. ...
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Please read Martha's story and forgive me if I interrupt your schedule. Should it be INTERRUPTED? Thank you.

English is my second language. I have a problem. Is this statement correct: Please read Martha's story and forgive me if I interrupt your schedule. Should it be INTERRUPTED? Thank you.
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How do I use this idiom ? “ pins and needles ” naturally?

I'm just curious. how can I use this " pins and needles " idiom naturally in everyday life ? like "Ouooch I had pins and needles right now ! " or "Ouooch I have pins and needles right now ! ...
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A one-off action or a series of actions in the past?

I have two sentences here whose meanings are confusing to me as they are interpreted by native speakers. 1) "When Jack did all the shopping, he went to the cafe." Means: On the days that Jack ...
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Check whether the following sentence is grammatically correct [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "I like fishing in a quiet, lazy, sunny afternoon by a lonely lake. I like to see the sunset in a wide horizon on a breezy dusk. I like to see the full moon in ...
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Is the use of “feel” followed by “would” incorrect in this sentence?

I am talking about a feeling that could possibly arise in a hypothetical future situation, and if the feeling did arise, the person would express it. I phrased the sentence like this: "If you feel ...
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Is the use of “would” valid when describing a hypothetical, future situation?

I am uncertain about the use of "would" in a sentence describing a hypothetical, future situation. The sentence in question is: "If you feel that way, you'd say it." In my opinion, the use of ...
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Using the word “Disposition” as a Verb

I know disposition means a persons inherent qualities of mind and character and it is a noun. i know you would say "he has a very quiet brooding disposition" but my roommate was cleaning the house and ...
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“Will have been seen” is it gramatically correct? [migrated]

I want to write a sentence which says that in the future current events at some point in time might start to be seen differently. It would be fun to know which events from the present will be seen ...
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Point of difficulty in how punctuation should be handled in and around quotations relating to software logging statements

I sent an e-mail to somebody in the office this morning that had to do with some logging statements in our software, and I wasn't quite sure how to handle commas and such around the quotation marks. ...
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Past tense progression [duplicate]

My mother was raised in a family that had placed extreme importance on filial piety. Is had superfluous, wrong, or correct? I can see arguments in both directions: Perfect past (raised) ...
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Which tense is this? [on hold]

Can i use was or were in simple past? I was ill. OR They were engineers. Above sentences come under which tense,Are they simple past or past progressive? I mean we know was or were is used in ...
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Are these the most useful grammar ever? anything else? [on hold]

am / are / is do / does did was / were can / could will / will be / will have / will have been have / has / had Vp.p. have / has / had been V+ing shall / should is there anything else? Thanks :-D
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Is it common to write only one “as” in a comparison?

This is a bit hard to explain, so here's an example: Hanging above the door was a huge smiley face put there to greet visitors. I hoped the people inside were just as friendly. Is this a ...
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Is the band name “She and Him” grammatical? [on hold]

I just saw them on TV and it got me thinking.
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Grammar question of using on [on hold]

Which of these two phrase has the correct or wrong grammar? while waiting him while waiting on him
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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Do you write “here is some stuff” or “here are some stuff”?

I am new here so sorry if this question has been asked before. Which one is correct "here is some stuff" or "here are some stuff" ?
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it's “means” a singular of plural

I was confused about this question: Eating garlic has long been regarded as a means of warding off malaise, and scientific research has shown that it does have some therapeutic values. why means ...
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Grammar rules for comparisons with similar structures

The original quote I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than suffer the pain of regret Variations: I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than the pain of regret I would ...
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Is the following an example of grammatical rule or stylistic rule? [duplicate]

The following question is asked quite often, or at least it seems to be: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? However, is this a question of grammar or style? It seems to be style rather ...
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Difference between “Could I please have…” and “Could I have .., please?”

What is the difference between "Could I please have..." and "Could I have .., please?"                                         
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Are they natural expressions? [on hold]

I have a few questions ! Would you please check them whether they are natural or not. If not, please tell me better expressions. A: Can I borrow your laptop ? B: Sorry,but I can't. I'm afraid you ...
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are they spoken English? [on hold]

I have 4 questions. Would you please check them whether they are correct or not , Also natural ? If not, please tell me more natural expressions. 1. Many people do not know where its next meal is ...
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Can “those” be used in “those good at writing” or “those who …”?

Can "those" be used in "those good at writing" or "those who ..." to refer to a group of people shared the same attribute described by the phrase after "those"? If it is possible (since I have found ...
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Use of possessive in “seven years' experience” [on hold]

I am attempting to write a personal statement at the beginning of a resume and am having a quandry as to how to write the following: I am a super hero with seven years' experience in blowing out ...
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Is the use of “ were” correct in presence of “along”?

Is the following sentence, from a USA Today news article online, correct? Vinson, along with Nina Pham, were the two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who contracted the virus while ...
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sentence combine with past tense and present continuous tense

Is the following sentence correct? I have confirmed their result, also showing that their theory is acceptable. I suppose that it involves very basic grammar, but I am just not sure. Can anybody help ...
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Use of Comma with Clauses

Consider the following sentence: Anna delayed, but did not prevent the rise of the Borg. vs. Anna delayed, but did not prevent, the rise of the Borg. Which is more correct and why? Both ...
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The most fitting way to start a phone conversation with a potential employer [migrated]

I'm currently looking for a job and making a mental plan of what to say, potential questions and answers to them etc. and I was wondering what would be the best and most fitting way to start a phone ...
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Is the use of would with a stative verb to express past states ok in this sentence?

Is the use of would correct in this sentence? We didn't use to have modern equipment but we were very skilled and I would be really happy when my patients got well again.
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“He had eaten a steak for dinner” or “He ate a steak for dinner”? [duplicate]

Here are two sentences: 1) This morning, my friend told me that he ate a steak for dinner last night. 2) This morning, my friend told me that he had eaten a steak for dinner last night. What is the ...
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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” [on hold]

The Art Institute of Chicago commemorated Pablo Picasso's birthday with this quotation. But when I read it, I thought it was improperly worded. Shouldn't it be, "Only put off until tomorrow what you ...
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How to find all forms of a word ? [duplicate]

How to find all forms of a word ? Given that you have a noun , a verb, an adjective or an adverb ? The forms i am referring to are : Noun Verb Adjective Adverb Thanks !
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and suitable for formal writing? If so, what are the rules for omitting verbs?

"The side effects can and have occurred." The omitted verb is present tense(occur) but the written verb is past perfect(have occurred). If this sentence is grammatically correct, I have one more ...
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How would you hyphenate a 4 word phrase?

The context is "...how self-uncertainty affects attitudes toward non-group-identity-affiliated topics, such as..." For some more context, "group identity" is a phrase in psychology. So my two thoughts ...
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I keep on finding exceptions of the rule that changes from present tense to past [closed]

I keep on finding exceptions that doesn't fit into the rule that a grammar book suggests. One of them is about changing regular verbs to past simple. It says, if the verb ends in a vowel + a ...
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“With freedom comes choices” — is this incorrect?

Despite having written in English for 35 years, I was surprised today to be told that the correct phrase is "With freedom come choices" because if you reverse the sentence, "with freedom choices ...
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can I use “used to” for something is “used for” some objective?

I am curious about using "used to" which is used for expressing some habitual actions in the past. But how to use it for passive voices? Example 1: I used to eat chocolate too much when I was a baby ...
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Are they correct and colloquial? [closed]

I'm really curious about it. Which one is correct ? Also, are they colloquial English ? 1.My grandmother already passed away, but she lived to comb gray hair. 2.My grandmother already passed away, ...
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Is the phrase “for one of both of us” grammatically correct?

In portal, Glados at one point says this: "and I thought of a solution that would be the best for one of both of us." I am debating about whether or not the construction of "for one of both of us" is ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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How do you refer to an item that you already mentioned in a previous example?

This is a bit hard to explain so here's an example: Colors are interesting. They stimulate organisms in inexplicable ways. Like, why does red infuriate bulls? Or why does blue tranquilize ...
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who that someone is

"So next time a well-meaning friend offers to ‘speak to someone’, find out who that someone is." - This is from the next to the last paragraph on this site (which is written by New Zealanders, ...
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“One half” vs “a half”

I'm working on a copy editing project and in the copy they use ...only nine and one-half kilometres long... I have decided the hyphen is wrong. However one half sounds awkward to me. Is that ...