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Can “obviously” be used in a sentence which is related to past event?

Let's say there would be a sentence like this: I obviously still don't speak Danish and therefore I am having a hard time living here. Is it correct if you consider that, in the past, I had a ...
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Using “a” with a superlative adjective

The Wikipedia article for Drum Machine contains the phrase an earliest fully transistorized rhythm machine Is this grammatically correct? Is it any different from the phrase an early, fully ...
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Order of adverbs

Is there any specific rationale behind ordering similar adverbs? Clearly, I point out time adverbs, never and ever. I've found examples in which these two used in different orders. My mom will ...
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The verb as a noun

I have a question regarding the use of verbs. As a simple example, let's say I want to be nice to someone who is dancing and I want to praise the way that person dances. Instead of saying: I ...
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what is the meaning of 'there are worse ways doing this than that'

what is the meaning of There are worse ways doing this than that. For example: There are worse ways spending this evening than coming to the meeting. Does this mean coming to the ...
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Is 'theris' a 3rd person plural possessive pronoun?

I saw a grammar chart earlier today stating 'theris' is a third person plural possessive pronoun. I've never seen this word used.
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Is it necessary to use “The” on product name “The Last Words”? [on hold]

EDIT: The company that I work is developing a game and we are deciding the best name of the game. The final one was "Last Words" but we were not sure if we have to use the "The Last Words" or just ...
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“The largest being” [on hold]

I have gained insight into the challenges this city will face in the future, the largest being growing our business sectors and improving our infrastructure without sacrificing our community's ...
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“If you want, I can do this ”vs “I can do this, if you want” which one is correct? [on hold]

I am not sure which one of the two forms is correct: "If you want, I can do this" vs "I can do this, if you want" Do the above sentences have different meaning? even slightly? Other example: "I am ...
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Dissecting Bad Grammar

I have a fairly good sense of what is and isn't correct in terms of grammar, but that's mostly through feeling, rather than hard knowledge of the rules. My formal knowledge of the English Language ...
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What is the object of this sentence? [on hold]

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While both understand what they are and how they work we got stuck on a random sentance that I blurted out. Now, if I say "Mary baked ...
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Can one ever: is it correct?

Is it correct to use ever to emphasize like this: "How do I rent a flat for $1 a week?" "Can one ever?" in the sense that it is impossible at all? And also I am not sure about comma in ...
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Does a word being a noun change on context?

In Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen, there are double-noun pairs which I believe are syntactically wrong: Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we ...
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Usage of “while”

"She was telling me about her exploits while travelling around Africa." The sentence usually means "She did something during her trip to Africa, and she was telling me about it." Can it also be ...
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Use of “found” and “found to be”

I got a question about the use of "found" and "found to be" May I ask if there is any grammar mistake in the following statement? During the test, the vulnerability was found fixed Someone told ...
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Is the use of investigating in the sentence grammatically correct? [on hold]

An investigating has been launched into the major lapse on part of a laboratory of the Department of Defense. is the use of investigating correct here, if so why?
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“Wrong” or “wrongly”? [duplicate]

Which is the most grammatical? Is one preferred in BrE and another in AmE? The word was spelt wrong. The word was spelt wrongly. I would opt for the second since it takes the form of an ...
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“so many …that”

"There were so many webs, that the town looked like something from a horror movie. " I understand the meaning of this sentence but not the grammar. What is the grammatical function of the clause ...
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Using “of” in describing something

I am trying to help my girlfriend study english. She was wondering why use "of" in the following sentence: The Chinese self-image is still in so many ways, of a weak country. Is it simply a ...
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Question form of a sentence [on hold]

What will be the question form of the following sentence? "They're scared of spider."
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Usage of 'we' by companies

Often companies refer to themselves as 'we', e.g. We offer the following services Even though a company is singular, is this correct usage of 'we'? If not, what should be the correct usage?
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What is the word used to describe the redundancy of using two synonyms to define one thing?

Incorrect: a baby lamb Correct?: 'a baby sheep', or just 'a lamb' Is there even one word used to describe this duplication? Or would you just identify the mistake as "a redundant word"?
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Which sentence is correct? [migrated]

I didn't go to party. I didn't went to party.
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“X as well as Y” ; will this be followed by singular verb or plural verb?

"X as well as Y" singular or plural When two nouns are connected using "as well as", does that become singular or plural? For eg. Sam as well as his brother Dean has / have to come. Which one is ...
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“My class ended earlier than expected” vs. “my class ended quicker than expected”

I'm studying English at the moment and I don't know which one of these is correct: My class ended earlier than expected. My class ended quicker than expected. Could I also say my class ...
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“Now it only requests once” vs. “Now it only request once” [on hold]

Let's suppose someone is requesting a thing just once for another person. Describing this scenario, what's the right way to say? Now it only requests once. or Now it only request once. ...
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“Shortcut to” or “shortcut for”

Which of these sentences would be correct, or are they both correct? "A shortcut to finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..." "A shortcut for finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..."
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Correcting verb in parenthesis

What should be the correct verb placed in parenthesis??? The problem he had solved was actually (write) on the board?
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He wiped his hand across his nose and the gesture filled Edward with a terrible feeling of love and loss [on hold]

He wiped his hand across his nose and the gesture filled Edward with a terrible feeling of love and loss. in this sentence, what does " wiped his hand across his nose " mean?
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How many instances of the present tense can you find in this poem? [on hold]

I can only count 4 instances but supposedly there are more.
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The meaning of a noun phase which is modified by an adjective clause

(1)Vin is the smartest guy that can play a piano. (2)Vin is the smartest guy in the class that can play a piano. (3)Vin is the smartest guy in the class that can understand every kind of ...
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Which should be used - “me” or “myself”? [duplicate]

Which is proper grammar? This includes me, my friend and my brother. This includes myself, my friend and my brother.
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Please help me to understand if this sentence is correct [on hold]

Please make sure that you selected all file (For when the upload box is empty.)
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How is the style and grammar of this prose? [on hold]

There is no best form of government. No system of government or form of constitution can prevent corruption and nepotism. There will always be loopholes and grey areas from which corruption ...
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Phrasal verb: 'to read for'

Does the below sentence sound right? "Read the operating instructions for directions on replacing the housing"
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Is it correct to use the suffix -ian when referring to names?

Oftentimes when reading academic texts I will come across the suffix "-ian" as a way to denote ownership. While I find it fitting syntactically (it "feels" right), I don't remember ever learning it ...
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Is “but rather” grammatically correct?

Is the use of "but rather" correct here? The United States' decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not a diplomatic measure to intimidate the Soviet Union, but rather a ...
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“Touched with your fingers” or “touched by your fingers”? [on hold]

"I need to be touched with your fingers ?" I just wanna see that it is corret or not .. Or "I need to be touched by your fingers ?"
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Can't remember the word for indicating different options [on hold]

The word I am trying to find sounds like "weather" and I think it is used on some sentences like "I have to decide {weather} I use this or this other thing", I can't remember how it is written. ...
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Neither, or nor, or both [on hold]

I don't have cash, neither do I have means to raise Or I don't have cash, nor do I have means to raise I don't want to use the traditional: Neither have I cash, nor do I have the means to ...
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Is this a proximal deictic?

"In all my dreams, I saw him drowning" I think it is, thoughts?
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Why is “earnt” not a word? [duplicate]

Being an Australian I am accustomed to -t past tenses like learnt and spelt, so naturally I would write and say "earnt". However, when I wrote "earnt" in an email, Outlook underlined it as a misspelt ...
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Capital letters colons, full stops, comas in presentation [on hold]

What is grammatically correct, where I need to start from capital letter, where I must use comas and whatever in following web page or power point presentation. We offer - Fresh air - Special air ...
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Outdoors vs in the outdoors [on hold]

If somebody likes sleeping in the open, which of the following sentences is correct? And if both are correct, what is the difference (if any) between them? He likes sleeping outdoors. He ...
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Infinitive in complex sentence: 'we will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.'

Is 'We will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' a grammatically correct sentence? I am not sure if I used the infinitive correctly, is it better to place simply 'is' ...
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Is that correct to say? [on hold]

Speaking about bedtime reading... Please, help me with my grammar "As a rule, I don't take handsome dead conductors to bed, but if it is Bernstein, my husband doesn't mind".
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Higher volumes of export OR volume of exports?

The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import. OR The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of ...
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Is it always necessary to be “finished with”?

Is it grammatically incorrect to say "done school" or "finished school"? For example, I am done school, or I am finished school. Must I always use the word with to be grammatically ...