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“War of” or “war in”?

Say, I am trying to come up with the name of a fictional novel. The setting is in the galaxy with different human and alien races battling each other for planet dominion. "War in galaxy" sounds like ...
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Is “ in two to five days” a correct experession?

I am wondering if "in two to five days" is correct or not. If it is correct, what are the differences among the following expressions? How do you differentiate them? I am Japanese, and the Japanese ...
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Pronoun question

I have a pronoun question, though I am not sure what exact category this question falls into. I'm wondering about what is the best pronoun to use in the following situation: If the "me" in question ...
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How to drop a pronoun? (pronoun-dropping/removing 'I'/omitting the subject)

I wrote resume and got stuck in this place. There are recommendations to write your achievements in the short form (without "I"): "Worked with ... " "Created something ... " "Collaborated with ... ...
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Whats the rule for using when retiring from or when retired from a position [on hold]

Which is correct? Should I say when retiring from a position or when retired from a position?
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Which is correct “efforts have been devoted to achieving strength ” or " efforts have been devoted to achieve strength

I have been told to replace "have been devoted to achieving" with "have been devoted to achieve". Can you explain why?
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Which verb form to use after "had better do that it [migrated]

what is the right verb form for "had better" sentences? for example: she had better remember that she has to leave the city soon OR she had better remember that she have to leave the city soon ...
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5% are left or 5% is left; which is better or correct? [duplicate]

So here is the sentence written both ways. Which one is correct and maybe a description why so I can understand why. Thanks! /R Leatherbacks need your help. They’re endangered and only 5% of the ...
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double subjunctive in conditional clause

I came up with a question while reading a poem by Duhamel: "If I were the kind who made promises, I'd probably begin by saying..." So, why made and not "makes"? Is it strictly necessary to use the ...
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Participial as adverbial?

''Solve the questions using what I have taught you.'' ''He showed up wearing a suit.'' ''It is doing a nice job covering up the broken chair.'' ''I broke the law getting you out of jail.'' ''You were ...
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May I know when to use had instead of using has/have? [on hold]

I found it extremely confusing to understand! If can, please explain fully to me! Thanks :)
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Right use of 'Prefer' and 'Despite the fact' [on hold]

Is the following phrase grammatically right? especially the way I use the 'Prefer' and 'Despite the fact that'? Despite the fact that I prefer studying drinking french coffee instead of drinking ...
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Past perfect and use of “and”

1 - When she had entered the room, she found him laid on the floor with the box in his right hand. 2-she had entered the room and found him laid on the floor with the box in his right hand. ...
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'Including' Grammar

Applicants for this position must have successfully completed Grade 12 or the equivalent including Grade 12 Mathematics, Grade 12 English and 1 senior Science. Does this mean the applicant will ...
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Have been caught alive had [duplicate]

the chief of the National Se-curity Guard (NSG), which fought the intruders, told me that he was certain there were six terrorists in-side. He said two terrorists hiding in the airmen’s ...
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“To halt” the strike

The workers are not going to halt the strike without proper delineation and acceptance of their demand. What are the other words so we can use in place of "to halt" - - Suppose they are not in ...
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postpone to/till

I have a question about the "postpone" verb. If I want to say that it's impossible to hold a meeting today, and we need to wait till Friday (for example), what is an appropriate preposition in this ...
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Tense when speaking of someone in your past.

Is it acceptable to use the past tense when talking about someone that is still alive but you no longer have any interaction with? "His name was Alex" I always correct myself and use present tense but ...
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Present continuous tense with the time element “everyday”

Is it grammatical to use the present continuous when "everyday" is the time element involved, as in "I'm studying English everyday."?
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Most of them due to /most of them to

India has lost over 2,000 soldiers in the last three decades, most of them to extreme and unpre-dictable weather events. Large laundries face rapid changes most of them due to rising utility costs. ...
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What do you call the phrase that identifies a noun?

For example: Ms. Smith, the local bartender, always wore a long scarf. The poem, "The Raven," was written by Edgar Allan Poe. My dad, a tough and burly man, went to work today. I ...
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Is this phrasing correct - “As the bus raced all this by” [on hold]

I'm writing a scene in which a bus drives past the sight of a near-accident, and here's how I phrased the start of this particular paragraph: As the bus raced all this by, Igy turned in his seat, ...
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Heavy noun shifting [on hold]

Last Wednesday, a major avalanche hit a post on the northern glacier at a height of 19600 feet being manned by soldiers of the madras regiment Last Wednesday, a major avalanche hit on the northern ...
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Is this use of comma correct?

Are the following two sentences correct? Does the comma need to be there? Walking down the stairs, she sighed. When he told her she had missed a form, she sighed.
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Use of after as preposition or conjunction

"Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday ruled out any troop withdrawal from the Siachen glacier after last week's avalanche claimed the lives of 10 soldiers." Is the word "after" used as a ...
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Proper usage of “does” in “Where does it come from?”

When inquiring after the immediate origin of a thing (i.e., where I purchased this gallon of milk), my wife will frequently say, "Where does it come from?". This always sounds odd to me—I'd say "Where ...
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Present perfect or past simple with today [duplicate]

Today I have seen the movie or Today I saw the movie. Which one is correct? According to the rule if the period of time is not finished yet, we should use present perfect. But we often see the second ...
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Another sentence from Rise of the Guardians

Now is the time you take the Oath. Is "take" present subjunctive here?
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I and my wife or my wife and I [duplicate]

It sounds awkward to me to write " I and my wife were doing such and such." Shouldn't it be "My wife and I were doing such and such." Please answer
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Is “Tomorrow good?” a complete sentence?

Is this a complete sentence: Tomorrow good? As I understand it, first you change the interrogatory to declarative so the question becomes whether Tomorrow (is) good is a sentence.
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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Is there a term for the use of adjectives as nouns?

I wonder when this horrible trend started—to me it seems to have proliferated very recently, over the last year or two: Give the gift of happy this Christmas ..or how about this, from the ...
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have seen vs had seen in this context [on hold]

Today, I said the following while giving a presentation: "So, this is something which you have already seen in the previous slide." Should I've said "So, this is something which you had already seen ...
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“LIfe” as the doer in the sentence — does it have to be that way?

There is a sentence which can be translated into English like this: My life has its ups and downs. My life has ups and downs. My suggested translation was "There are ups and downs in my life". I ...
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It were cucumbers or It was cucumbers [on hold]

everyone! Please, help me with these simple but unexpectedly complicated sentences! Here they are: My grandmother planted something in her garden. It was cucumbers / It were cucumbers. (Which ...
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British grammar structure [on hold]

He can make rules specifying the manner in which the order and other instruments made and executed in his name shall be authenticated. PPlease explain the structure of statement above
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Which of the two is grammatically correct? [on hold]

'Remind me to tell you about my favorite movies' 'Remind me to tell you my favorite movies' Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? and why?
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I'll come sometime end of March

Is this sentence correct: I'll come sometime end of March. The expected meaning should be, I'll come end of march but exact date is not known yet.
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“feel the urge” vs “have the urge”

Which of the following options is correct/would you chose? "I have the urge to say something" or"I feel the urge to say something"?
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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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Which one is correct ? is update are updates

I need to sen update for some issues. Which one of following is correct Below is the update of issues or Below are the updates of issues Thanks
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Could we please meet in my office tomorrow [closed]

Is my answer correct to this question ? Could we please meet in my office tomorrow ? Yes, sure I will be at your office tomorrow afternoon.
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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [on hold]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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When can i use on, in , at? [closed]

everyone. what are their name? when can i use on,in,at in English? please help me. thanks a lot.
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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [closed]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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What's the correct pronoun for “people like us”? [duplicate]

In the sentence "people like us never wash […] hands", should the pronoun be "our" or "their"?
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This thesis statement. Whats wrong? [closed]

I want to diagram this and know about any errors. I'm not too experienced with semicolons XD. For the continued prosperity and equality among people of every race, educational level, gender, location ...
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They don't like I spend time alone vs they don't like me spending time alone [duplicate]

"They don't like I spend time alone" I'm not a native speaker but I found this sentence written by non-native speaker kind of awkward and I'm wondering if this sentence is natural or grammatically ...
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What is the correct usage I have (I've) or I multiple times in one sentance?

This probably won't change your life, however I'd love to know which is correct and why? "I compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I've compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I compiled a list ...
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“Have a shower” vs “Take a shower” [on hold]

According to take-a-shower-bath-or-have-a-shower-bath, there are already many answers there, but it's still not clear for me. I still wonder that Have a shower and Take a shower, are they the same ...