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Use of 'not' in questions

When is it okay to use 'not' when posing a question? I believe that the person asking would include the 'not 'when he believes the implied to be true. For example: "Are you going to the store? "Are ...
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Carry we who die in battle

A song by the heavy metal band Manowar includes these lines: Carry we who die in battle Over land and sea The "we" sounds wrong for me. I'd use "us" in this sentence. A quick google search ...
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Native English speaker looking to enhance writing skills [duplicate]

I'm a native English speaker. I already have relatively good writing skills but I want to refine my skills. When I say skills I'm referring to grammar, business writing and anything else which is ...
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A question on direct and indirect speech [on hold]

Please let me know if this sentence is correct. "John said he was going to cinema tomorrow"
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“I never went to poker yesterday” - Is this grammatically correct? [duplicate]

A colleague of mine often pulls me up on my awful grammar, earlier today I said "I never went to poker yesterday" and she told me that it was grammatically incorrect. I understand that I ...
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Grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Which is correct? The coaching staff at Smith Sports ARE the best? Or The coaching staff at Smith Sports IS the best?
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This site wont help beginners i think [migrated]

This website seems hard to me.always getting down votes.Its highly degrading me.I am frustrated to use this website.I wont post comments or discussion or questions in this website.If i ask questions ...
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Eat lunch or have lunch

Yesterday, one of my friend updated his status Eating lunch at a hotel. I thought that Having lunch at a hotel is correct. So, I did a quick search on Google and got mixed responses. Google fetched ...
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Clarification about the usage of “the” [migrated]

I know that this may be a basic question but I'm severely confused. How do you decide when or not to use "the". For what I've read, if you are referring to objects within a large class (without any ...
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Using “our” in this situation

I asked my gf if her family was okay due to a natural disaster in her hometown. She replied to me, "our family are okay." To me, I can't help smiling. I feel like she counts me in. In fact, I know ...
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I need help with the correct usage of You and Me/I [on hold]

when is it right to say "you and me" and "you and I"?
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What is the Specific Type of Word that Includes Stellar, Sylvan, etc

I have recently become fixated on the idea of words which are defined as "of, or relating to, [noun]"- stellar means "of stars", sylvan means "of trees". These are the only two samples that I have ...
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Is it correct to say “When others talk - we do”? [on hold]

My friends are creating a slogan for their organization, and they have suggested the one in the title, but I feel it kinda sounds not "proper" to use in the English language; it sounds just not ...
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The Appendix in Orwell's 1984 [on hold]

After answering a question in SciFi if the Big Brother existed as a real person, I got responses that the last chapter, the Appendix (which can be found here), definitely proves that Oceania ceased to ...
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What part of speech is “Returning” in this title “Returning to Earth.”

How does "Returning" function in this title "Returning to Earth" thanks!
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Correct Use of “A” or “Any”

I am not sure what the difference between 'a' or 'any' is in the following sentences. Which one of the following sentences is the most grammatically correct? Please select a number less than ...
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Is it correct to say 'Once we are done with work we will update you.'? [on hold]

Can I use as mentioned below? 'Once we are done with work we will update you.'
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Having vs To Have [on hold]

So I came across a grammar question that I really had no idea how to answer. The question was to pick the best answer for the blank. The question was A: Did you see Mandy's presentation this morning? ...
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Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”? [duplicate]

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
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What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression “full stop” into a written sentence?

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression "full stop" into a written sentence? For example: The USS Enterprise isn't just a great "Galaxy Class" starship, it's a great starship - ...
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Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?

Consider these two sentences: "His actions reveal him to be a husband who is not jealous but is zealous." "Those words demonstrate not his jealousness but his zealousness." Are the words ...
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Where to place “among other things”?

I'll be placing a short introduction on a web site and the introduction includes a sentence similar to this: I'm – among many other things – a hobbyist coder. I'm unsure about the ...
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How and when can we use “why else”? [on hold]

what kind of Grammer rules is using of " why else" ? when and how we ca use it? and for example, what is the meaning of " why else would you do it" ?
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Correct Usage of Quotation Marks

I was told the other day that when writing a report, the first occurrence of a word should be in quotes and all further occurrences should not. When I asked whether there was a rule to which words ...
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Existential sentence…in the passive voice?

Now, a friend over the internet wanted me to explain the passive voice to him. He began by providing his story's "readability statistics" of Microsoft Word, which said that 7% of his sentences were ...
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Omitting the “I” from “I am” the second clause in a sentence?

For example I've written: "I have an interest in rock climbing and am a member of the mountaineers Society." My friend thinks it has to be: "I have an interest in rock climbing and I am a ...
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Punctuating illustrating questions

I am writing an academic report and I am trying to figure out how to punctuate the following: The previous results cannot provide an answer to questions like, what is the probability of X given Y ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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What is second person? [duplicate]

I understand that first person is written from my perspective, so I would be using the words "I, me, my, mine" a lot. I also understand that third person is written from no particular perspective, ...
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Can “a person” be used as plural? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to write: A person can develop their talent. or a person can develop their uniqueness? In this case the person is used as a general term, not a specific person.
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Parallelism between past perfect and present continuous

In the following sentence: Anyone who has stumbled glumly through a British airport recently, trapped in endless queues, will already know the stench of bogus security hanging heavy in the ...
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Is it ok to write “Good to see you” in an email or facebook message?

An old friend of mine wrote some greetings to me on facebook. Now if I want to answer his greetings, is it ok to write: "Hi, Jhon, good to see you again"? Because I don't "see" him by e-mail or when ...
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'use A as B' equals 'use as B A' ?

I am reading "The Elements of Style"; the sentence below confuse me much: A common fault is to use as the subject of a passive construction a noun which expresses the entire action, leaving to ...
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What is the rule for using a period on a game card?

For example: This appears on a card in a game: "Equipment worn by players on one hand to field baseballs." The answer appears immediately below it..."Mitt" Another example: "Black disk made of hard ...
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Confused on how to use “instead” in the middle of a sentence

I am dumbfounded on why the man does not spring for Walton’s help, instead, he makes sure the vessel is headed North. I'm confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of my sentence. Is that ...
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How does punctuation affect this clause in a sentence?

In this sentence: Parents and children, under the age of 18, that live in the same residence When punctuated this way, does the age restriction apply to both parents and children? I mean, ...
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so mainstream or too mainstream [on hold]

Should I say "something is so mainstream" or "too mainstream". They are both grammatically correct but which one is more common to use?
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what does “Monitoring Framework and Budget” mean? [on hold]

I am translating a text and I wonder if monitoring refers to both budget and framework? or just framework? and I want to know the reason. thanks in advance
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Can something be *slightly* critical? [duplicate]

I overheard someone at work describing a task as "quite critical", and then describe another task as (direct quote) "über critical". Forgetting for a minute the colloquial nature of the conversation, ...
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The correct positioning of a sentence adverb in a sentence [duplicate]

Three days? I think that it is not simply enough time. Three days? I think that it is simply not enough time What rule of grammar informs acceptable word order in this case?
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How to say *develop a long term career*?

I have finished my studies and I want to start my career at a company. I want to express that I am searching for a position where I can work the next years of my life, so no limited 2 years contract. ...
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Can 'purview' and 'ambit' be used interchangeably?

Are there any specific rules for using those 2 words? Like, in some situations, purview could be better, and in some others, ambit may seem good.
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word namely in a sentence [on hold]

Please suggest how to write a below sentence correctly, it has been marked as incorrect for me. "The below attachment lists out the goals, aims, and responsibilities of the three sub teams namely a, ...
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Simple sentence that I'm not sure is right [on hold]

I just want to know if this sentence is right: "It contributed to the decision of start respecting people" If it's not. How can I fix it? I've no idea if I should use contributed for or start to ...
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meaning of bare infinitivals

[i] I saw her clean the room. [ii] He helped me do the work. [iii] She made me clean the room.         What makes you think so?         ...
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Is this about future or past? [duplicate]

there is this table titled(Project Results Framework). In one of its columns it says " Indicators" and in the row below it says this: "By the middle of 2011, analysis is finalized and up to date ...
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“Would” vs “would have” in conditional sentences, when it means unreal past [closed]

I always find it difficult to choose where to use would and where to use would have in conditional sentences, when the whole sentence gives an impression of unreal past - that could happen but didn't ...
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Meaning of “Updated As Reported” [migrated]

I have a question about this example: link (move mouse over the blue question mark) Choose the ID that matches the office you want to visit. This information is reported by the doctor ...
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Which grammatical features does English lack, which it is expressively poorer for? [closed]

Which grammatical features does English lack, which it is expressively poorer for? These could be features found in other languages – living, extinct or invented – or even be completely new ...
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Use of “as” when describing circumstances

In a sentence with four parts, As sharing crime statistics for the year 2011, the Commissioner admitted that there had been an undue delay in the setting up of an anti-narcotics cell. I am told ...