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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”?

"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

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

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 I have 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

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”

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

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?

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 ...
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Is it correct? mom will let me go, will give me permission or other? [on hold]

Which is the best: Will you come here again? Yes, If mom would let me... We are sure that mum will let you go Will you come here again? Yes, If mom will give me permission... We are sure that mum ...
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What is the meaning of “so not much…, but rather…”?

I do not understand what the bolded words in this sentence, taken together, are supposed to mean: His major contribution to the field is so not much the actual discovery of the material to which ...
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Pride in or pride for [on hold]

Does one say: I have a great pride for my country or I have a great pride in my country
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Pregnant … somebody

I,m wondering what preposition I should use, when I want to say that somebody made somebody pregnant. For example Anna is pregnant with Bill (they gave him the name in advance :) ) and Jack is Bill's ...
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what does “know this time round to ” mean?

I know this time round to take more video and feel glad to live in a time when I can soak up moments of film to drink in later when the memories fade. I don't know the grammar as in know this ...
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Is this sentence correct? “You know what did i send to you, right?” [on hold]

Is it correct to say the following? You know what did i send to you, right?
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Is it acceptable to use to 'becoming' in this sentence?

Here is the sentence: Please encourage everyone you know to take the next step to becoming a member of XYZ.
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“Jamie and me” or “Jamie and I” [duplicate]

Please let me know which sentence is proper? Summer has always been an imaginative time for Jamie and me. Summer has always been an imaginative time for Jamie and I.
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Grammar - which tense should I use [on hold]

I work with xyz pvt ltd, and I joined that company in 2011 and am still working there. I simply want to tell this to the HR Executive during the interview. What is the grammatically correct way to ...
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Active Voice in Research Without Personal Pronoun

I am trying to write a document in an active voice. I am allowed to use personal pronouns. That being said, I feel like I am using "we" too much. I am trying to vary sentence structure so that each ...
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What is the correct grammar here? [on hold]

Is the following statement grammatically correct? It is about want/wants I prefer being under a good leader who can tell me what he want, how he want it and when he want it. Or should it be like ...
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“Determination of the effects is…” or “The determination of the effects is…” or “Determining the effects is…” [on hold]

Which of the following sentences is correct? Determination of the long-term effects of aerosols on the upper atmosphere is currently one of the most challenging problems in climate research. The ...
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Does one say “Where?” or “Where at?” [on hold]

Like when someone says, "Hey, look at that girl!"... are you supposed to say "Where?" or "Where at?" What's the difference?
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What is a list of words that can be used to describe tone and not mood and vice versa? [on hold]

Their definitions I have read a thousand times. But when someone ask me identify a adjective as tone or mood, I could never make a clear cut decision. Can someone provide a list of words. And offer ...
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When to use “the” and when not? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: People are always looking for a bargain. The people have made their choice. Here come my questions: How can I be sure if I should use "the" or not? Are there ...
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Would I say “I can sometimes…” or “I sometimes can…”

I'm just curious. I like to think that I am decent with grammar, but this has me puzzled. Which is the correct way to arrange my sentence? "I can sometimes..." or "I sometimes can..." Thank you
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when using the titles of Dr. should it be followed by their first name or last name [on hold]

when in the presence of a doctor, is it proper to call him Dr. "first name" or Dr. "last name" is there any rules that normally apply. I know in the military that you don't use Sargent "first name" ...
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Using “that” before pronouns

I seem to have a problem with using the word "that" before pronouns and have been told that it is wrong. Examples: They were playing a piece of music that they had only heard once before. I ...
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possible ambiguity of 'he' when two nouns are in use [duplicate]

I want to express that Brahma explained to Indra the mistake Indra had committed. Is it proper to say it like this? Brahma explained to Indra the mistake he had committed. Is there any ...
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Can someone please explain the syntactic rules at work here?

I'll use an example statement that's currently being used in a radio commercial for American Family Insurance (paraphrased.) They all told me that I couldn't build my dream home by myself; but, I ...
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To “have” or not to have

Which is correct (and why): Am I allowed to some wine? Am I allowed to have some wine? I hear people saying phrases like this without the have. Are both correct? Or is one more correct than the ...
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“All I've done” or “All what I've done”? [on hold]

Is the "what" required to come after "all"? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? What is the grammar point here? I understood that there should be a subject and a main verb. In this ...
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Should I use “been correctly recorded” or “correctly been recorded”? [on hold]

Which is the correct sentence? Changes have been correctly recorded in system. Changes have correctly been recorded in system.
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What is the function of the infinitive “to speak” in : “He wanted me to speak”

Is it an adjective modifying me, the object of wanted, or an adverb modifying wanted?
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Present and present-prefect of “to be” [migrated]

What is the difference between... We are married for 5 years. We have been married for 5 years.
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please check my exercise on using grammars [closed]

I have wrote this for practicing my present perfect grammar, but endup with this short story. Please have your time to check it out , and I'm open for any corrections . thanks. "My bicycle ...
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So happy I am today . is it legal? [migrated]

Is it legal to say: "so happy I am today", instead of "I am so happy today".
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Had /Had Been / Was

Mirroring the ideology of the WWF, had been that of The Conservation Foundation, which had such scientists as Charles Sutherland Elton as providing much support for Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring ...
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Does this make sense in my essay? [closed]

Mirroring the ideology of the WWF, had been that of The Conservation Foundation, which had such scientists as Charles Sutherland Elton as providing much support for Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring ...
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Is “[verbing] you a [noun] as [adjective] as you are” grammatically sound?

Is "[verbing] you a [noun] as [adjective] as you" grammatically sound? ie, "Wishing you a day as lovely as you." I think it is, but the first part of the sentence "Wishing you a day" feels off. ...
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Please call me when you're finished

Please call me when you're finished. Please call me when you've finished. Which one is correct?
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What ( you do) since I last saw you? [closed]

Which tense I should choice for this sentence ? And why? What ( you do ) since I last saw you?
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Correct according to British English language rules [closed]

I have a sentence which looks as if it may have some grammar rules problems. Can someone correct it according to British English rules? I am going to hospital to see a friend who has undergone ...
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“more than usual” vs. “more than usually”

Which sentence is correct? "I had more customers than usual." "I had more customers than usually." "More than usual" sounds pretty common, but "more than usually" seems more correct when I think ...
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Help out a Swedish learner of English [closed]

I am Swedish. Does what I have written here make sense? A simple yes or no will suffice. Thanks! We had been speaking to the most noblest of our coterie here in our village, and I decided to have my ...