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Might have, may have, could have, must have, would have

Yesterday there was a driving test of my friend. But I have not contacted him since yesterday. Now I am predicting about the result of his driving test. Please help me to correct my following ...
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Could help but curse(d)?

I have a sentence here: Tom couldn't help but cursed when he saw Sam dressed like that. I feel like there's something off about the sentence, but I don't know how to change it to make it sound ...
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18th century English [on hold]

My attempts at finding that which is deemed by me as being the purity of the English language, namely, 18th century text, is that which I cannot find myself. After having searched for this very text, ...
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Three hours ( or three thousand pounds ) is or are?

When can three hours or three thousand pounds be considered singular and plural ? e.g. Three hours ( is - are ) a long period to wait for you. e.g. Three thousand pounds ( was - were ) collected for ...
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Using “Before” for audience [on hold]

I am not sure if using "before" is correct here: The Stars Music Group did a fantastic job at the University of Kansas before a large group of Iranian and American audience. Is that correct? ...
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What are the uses of the modal verb “would”?

Besides the future-in-past sense in conditional sentences, what other alternative uses can the word would have in conversation?
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Grammar Question: Much, Many, More, Less, Some and A Few [on hold]

Can you give me some examples of using much, more, many, less, some, and a few in a sentence? and what is called of this? Please someone explain? I need to know.
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“differently” vs. “different” in a certain sentence [on hold]

I found the following text in an article at http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/few-hours-left-nomination-74341 : In Chittagong, the AL and the BNP were not worried as only one person from each ...
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What is the correct way to introduce and write a list?

In technical papers I often see text like this. Finally, the goal is to determine x. The three ways of achieving this are the following: The blue method involves tying your shoelaces. The pink ...
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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I'll let you know what I ended up with or what I end up with [on hold]

Should one say: "I'll let you know what I ended up with" or "I'll let you know what I end up with" Which is the correct form to use?
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Singular noun + “or” + plural noun as a single unit

In a technical book, I have stumbled upon the following sentence: Here, resource-specification is a statement or statements that declares and initializes a resource. I'm a bit confused about how ...
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Is this clear? vs. Is that clear? vs. Is it clear?

I cannot get the difference between Is this clear?, Is that clear? and Is it clear?. Could anyone please help me?
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Is it plugin options or plugin’s options?

You can pass the plugin’s options in here. The plugin’s options have been saved. or You can pass the plugin options in here. The plugin options have been saved. I never know which ...
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Is it correct to shorten “you have” to “you've”? [on hold]

If "you are" can be shortened to "you're", can "you have" be shortened to "you've"? Is it acceptable? If yes, what are the situations where it can be used?
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Is there anything wrong or stilted in the grammar of this short announcement? [on hold]

In accordance with the guidelines of the Parish of Sta. Patrick, the anticipated mass for Easter should start at 9 o'clock in the evening, Saturday. However, considering the difficulty and ...
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I've learned or I learned correct usage [migrated]

Please explain wich is correct: I've learned to ride a bicycle when i was five I learned to ride a bicycle when i was five For me both of them are correct.
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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Possible positions for the word currently

I was this discussing the question of correct word placement in english with a coworker but since we both aren't native speakers we did not come to a conclusion. Here is an example: Given the ...
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Where to use “by” and where to use “through” [migrated]

I'm not a native English speaker and I am confused with the usage of by and through. can someone please explain me their usage based on below example I have a referral code which want to share with my ...
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [on hold]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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could be or could have been

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/are-you-flushing-gold-down-your-toilet/article7033250.ece I was studying today's newspaper and this appeared. I am asking it as it ...
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Is it correct usage of present perfect? [migrated]

I have been there a few times in the past. Would it be equal to: I have been there a few times before.
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World needs good - correct or not? [on hold]

I read this in one blog : World doesn't need God. World needs Good. Is this sentence correct?
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What is the difference between 2nd and mixed conditional?

Could someone explain the difference in meaning between these two forms of conditional? 1.If I had time, I would be there. 2.I would have been there if I had time.
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Why do we say “be to blame”, not “be to be blamed”?

I wonder why "be to blame" is used rather than "be to be blamed"? I've googled it, and what I found is that it is considered as an idiomatic expression.
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”? [duplicate]

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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“Product detail page” or “product details page”? [duplicate]

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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An alternative way to say “shifting perspectives”?

What would be a good alternative way to say "shifting perspectives", as in the meaning of looking at things in a new way?
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People who tell me vs. people telling me

I'm wondering if there's any difference, be it semantically, grammatically and so on, between phrases like: I hate people telling me what to do. / I hate people who tell me what to do. ...
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What's the usage of the verb in “When you go have dinner, you sometimes …”? [on hold]

What's the usage of the verbs "go have" in "When you go have dinner, you sometimes ...."? Why two verbs are consecutive like that? Is it grammatical?
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Is “The State it was In when it was…” too wordy?

I saw this message: Reset all save data and return the game to the state it was in when it was newly purchased Is the the state it was in too wordy or redundant? Can it be just the state when it ...
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we were planning this party from Feb? [on hold]

I wanted to know whether this is correct or not.. "We were planning this PARTY from FEB..." is this correct? Grammatically and is it making any "sense" ? I am having trouble now a days while writing ...
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Is it just 2nd conditional?

"I would work on another script later this month, if I thought I could find the time." As far as I know, both parts of the 2nd conditional are supposed to express present situation. Is it present ...
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Modal verb in the beginning of a sentence

I am reading The Lord of the Ring where I found this sentence: May you have joy of the sight, my good dwarf! Is it a correct usage of modal verb? I have not found any grammar rule for this case. ...
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Is this expression right? [on hold]

Even if at the peak of his power he had developed into a local king, his status would not have been equal to that of the Hellenistic kings< Thanks
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Correct use of when/as … was/has been

I'm not sure if this sentence is correct. (Terms written as SpreadFilter are technical terms so don't bother with them.) I fixed an error that caused the SpreadFilter to throw a ...
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Is there any difference between [on hold]

I would like to understand the differences in meaning between these pairs of sentences: When/what day are we having the next lesson? When/what day do we have the next lesson? He's had to ...
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I know or I do know

I have seen people using I do know that. instead of I know that. Is this usage correct?
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What words should never be capitalised in a title or heading? [duplicate]

Are there any exceptions to the rule? Sometimes song names will have "the" with a capital "T".
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complete the following sentences by adding a prefix or suffix to th word in brackets [closed]

Political leaders (percept) of keeping their promises for the electorate very important
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past perfect intentional [closed]

Hello everybody I'd like to know the structure and also the usage of 'past perfect intentional '.when is it used and what's the structure of that. I owe a debt of gratitude to anyone answer my ...
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When to use present continuous for describing near future instead of using will or going to

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states "USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the ...
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I have “a limited space” vs. I have “limited space”

The Corpus of Contemporary American English (http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/) shows both. I have a small room so I have _____________________. (1) a limited space. (2) limited space. Which is correct? ...
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Determiner “every” + to be (were/was) [on hold]

Is it gramatically correct to use "were" after determiner "every" + noun in the sentence? All students were required to attend the ball and Every student were required to attend the ball. ...
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What is the concept of “using an adjective instead of adjective+noun” called?

In "Medical team", Medical is an adjective. In "Legal team", legal is similar. But in some situations, some people use only "Medical" or "Legal" , eg "Get approval from Legal team" becomes "Get ...
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Expression of “relationship”

hi,if i want to describe“ the relationship between A and B as well as the relationship between A and C”.(A, B, C are things) can i say “the relationship of A to B and C”? Or “the relationship of A to ...
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Is this sentence dangled or not?

When traveling by sea, knowing your exact location can mean the difference between life and death. This is one of the sentences written in Korean high school English textbook. I spent some years ...
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“suffered problems” or “suffered by problems”? [closed]

The minister suffered problems The minister was suffered by problems What is the correct one?