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Difference between “doesn't seem to rain” & “doesn't seem to be raining”

What's the difference between 'It doesn't seem to rain.' and 'It doesn't seem to be raining.' ? Is it that the first means "the rain didn't occur often", and the second means "it doesn't rain in the ...
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Are some grammar rules different for Latin origin nouns with the ‑ion suffix?

Two questions on ELL.SE, one involving the word division and the other about the word implementation, made me realize that I treat these words differently without really understanding the grammatical ...
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Why is the “were” placed ahead?

Loosely speaking, the mode is the highest bump, the median is where half the area is to the right and half is to the left, and the mean is where the histogram would balance, were it a solid object cut ...
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A question about “patience”

I want to know if I want to say I have low patience in a better sentence. Can I use I no longer have patience?
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How do you use adjective or adverb to modify the gerund?

I want to figure out the situation of the gerund that should I use adjective or adverb to modify it? I know about the gerund that can function as both noun and action. It acts like a noun. My ...
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Is the saying “It's not that big of a deal” incorrect?

Is the saying "It's not that big of a deal" incorrect? I would really like an answer to this as my children think it is correct.
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Is it “I've heard the story told many times” or “I've heard the story being told many times”?

I've learned that we use a bare infinitive or present participle after see, hear, watch. What happens when the object after these verbs are in a passive situation? For example, is it "I've heard the ...
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”?

Which of the two is the correct sentence: You are a sorry excuse of a magician OR You are a sorry excuse for a magician If both applies, then what is the difference between the two and when should ...
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How can I fix this paragraph's grammar and punctuation? [on hold]

I am writing an essay so I am trying to fix my mistakes. However one of the the definition of adventure in noun format is ”an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or ...
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Improve sentence grammar and writing skills, vocabulary [on hold]

My problem might be a bit twisted to explain. I can read and write English without any major challenges. However, I do not have clarity when I write my sentences. For example, is the sentence x, ...
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She was LAST across the finish line.

Please help. What part of speech is "last" in the sentence: She was last across the finish line. Thank you!
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She dresses different/differently from?

The maid of honor dresses different from the bride. The maid of honor dresses differently from the bride. Which one is correct? Or both of them are? It's a fill-in-the-blank questions appeared in ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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grammar question : article [on hold]

I would like to start a blog and I translated something from german to english. But I'm not sure, If the grammar is correct :) thanks I look forward to Hearing from you soon. The article: I love my ...
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Use of enough, example from Murphy grammar course

What is the correct sentence: I know English enough to read a newspaper OR I know enough English to read a newspaper.
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Grammar and phrasing

I’m working on two different essays that must have a subjective tone. These two paragraphs are at the beginning of the essays. I wonder if they both read well. 1.) The so-called "joint economic ...
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Mutual posession with “each other”

If there are two parties and each person is in possession of something belonging to the other, how do you express this in a sentence? For example, if we give them names, we can say: Alice is ...
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Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense

I would be thankful if any native could tell me whether the following sentence is correct - I am learning the language -. I haven't spoken to my sister for / in a few days. Are for and in both ...
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Is the grammar proper for this statement going on the back of a tee shirt for a labor day celebration [on hold]

I’m a union member We live here and pay taxes here! We work hard to support our families We’re not the problem and we’re not the enemy! The rich created this problem, and they’re pitting middle ...
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“…demands of us that we not lose sight…”

What are those weighty moral and intellectual demands? For one thing, I think the Holocaust demands of us that we not lose sight of the fact that it was not just another tragedy in war-torn Europe ...
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Use of “play” followed by an adjective

English is my second language so there are a lot of new things to me. I just came across several sentences containing the phrases "play dead", "play sick" and "play cute" so I wonder if the verb ...
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Location - sentence constructions

Having studied English from an early age, I've been always taught that English has a fixed sentence structure and words within it appear in a fixed order. For example, one is supposed to say: A pen ...
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How to refer to United States of America? [duplicate]

My sentence is: ATC experienced rapid growth between 1880 to 1911. In 1890, their five main competitors joined their consortium and by 1910, the American Tobacco Company had absorbed 250 ...
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is this correct to say “John is calling you within next 2 minutes” [on hold]

: John is calling you within next 2 minutes.///// John will be calling you within next 2 minutes
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Question concerning use of A or An [duplicate]

I saw the following sentence in a book and the use of "an" strikes me as odd. Can you tell me if the usage is correct in this sentence? "We can't find an MP with her profile." (MP is short for ...
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Help with Plural Objects and Subjects

I know to use 'is' for singular and 'are' for plurals. I was recently listening to a song and it reminded me of a 'rule' a teacher once told me about. The chorus repeats: Line 1: BIG GIRLS CRY WHEN ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Doubt about “there is/isn't no *, is/isn't there” kind of phrases

A friend asked me if I thought this phrase was correct: "It seems there isn't a free cam, is there?" I replied I think it should be: "It looks like there isn't a free cam, isn't there?" He ...
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This is going to be hard because of him/his needing to be there very early [duplicate]

I recently read the following: This is going to be hard because of him needing to be there very early. I would have written: This is going to be hard because of his needing to be there ...
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tell me where I am or where am I? In this situation [duplicate]

So couple of my classmates are chatting in a group & ... A: Turn off your GPS, now everyone knows where you are! B: Ok then tell me where I am/where am I? Which one is correct in this ...
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Grammar: was vs. were [duplicate]

I've been looking into the difference between was and were...I think I understand it, except in this particular context. For those of you aware of the TV show "My Family", there is a scene containing ...
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How to parse this sentence (…because …)

I have confusion on parsing of following sentence... "There is no reason to be depressed or give up simply because you will make a few wrong choices." The sentence was captured from an article and ...
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Are the cats and dogs of the idiom “it's raining cats and dogs” plural in usage?

I recently heard someone say the following: It's cats and dogs out there! As in "it's raining cats and dogs out there." I then thought that person should have said Those are cats and dogs ...
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What's the subject in “You, go to the store”?

In the following sentence, what is the function of "You"? You, go to the store. I know the sentence is in the imperative mood, and that generally means there is an implicit second-person ...
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Punctuating sentences with multiple adverb forms

What is generally considered the correct way to punctuate multiple adverb forms in a sentence? E.g., She stood discreetly, close to a bus stop, across the street from the entrance of a modern office ...
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The verb tenses used in this report [on hold]

I am preparing for the BEC HIGHER Level, I have been practising in the last few months but I am not confident about the tenses I use in the writing tasks. Could please someone have a look at the ...
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you are? vs are you? (with a question mark) [duplicate]

Are both sentences correct? "What school you are in?" or "What school are you in?" What is the difference? Is one of them absolutely wrong?
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“Who” or “Whom” in this sentence [duplicate]

I know very well that my question is in the duplicate department, but I need to be sure on the usage of "Who/Whom" in this particular example. She met my brother, who/whom she later married. ...
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Grammar Semantics : “May I know the issue that you are facing with your computer ? ” [on hold]

I am in tech support and I need to ask the following question to a customer often : "May I know the issue that you are facing with your computer ?" "May I know what issue you are facing with ...
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Please help to improve my sentence in this paragraph - my daily writing [on hold]

I am studying English by practicing everyday as much as possible. Below you can see my daily writing, it's completely simple because my level is in basic. Please help me to improve these sentence and ...
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Difference between in and from [on hold]

I have seen in different places and different people say different sentences like: Sun rises in the east or sun rises from the east. What is the basic difference? Aren't they giving same meaning?
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Grammatical name/function of “what” in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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Is this use of nicely grammatically correct? [on hold]

Still in hospital but recovering nicely.
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean 1) A is either as likely or less likely than B 2) A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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Is Grammar An Exact Science? [on hold]

"Science" might not be the appropriate word but I think it conveys the gist of my question. Is grammar always an agreed upon exact among professionals when identifying usage and parts of speech ...
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'use of' or 'use' [on hold]

Should I use 'use of integrated' or 'use integrated'? Ability to use integrated development environment to accelerate and support the design and creation of applications process: Microsoft ...
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Is it not allowed to use “there, where S V”?

I want to express some unearthly, mysterious atmosphere of the place. The original sentence is : The task can only be accomplished in a certain place, where...(defines the requirement of the ...
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'result' or 'their result' in this context

Here are my constructions: As part of his academic activities, he conducted research focused on design, implementation and operation of novel algorithms using artificial intelligence. Within the ...
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relative large windows vs relatively large windows [on hold]

It seems many people use "relative large windows" but shouldn't it be "relatively large windows"? Adverb should modify the adjective, not another adjective.