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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [closed]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...
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Using either “that contain” or “which contain” in a sentence [duplicate]

Here are the original sentences: "I completed forms that contained the person's information and a description of the problem." "I completed forms which contained the person's information and a ...
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1answer
44 views

Is it correct to use “City Name-area” in a sentence?

Is it possible to use this: "Phoenix-area businesses" instead of "businesses in Phoenix" or "Phoenix businesses?"
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1answer
51 views

What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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1answer
41 views

“Even though” contradiction

Clause Run! This single-word command is also a clause, even though it does seem to have a subject. With a direct command, it is not necessary to include the subject, since it is obviously the ...
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113 views

When is it acceptable to start a sentence with an “-ing” word?

Here's my example. It is a sentence that begins in the middle of a paragraph and I'm using it as a transition. "Living in Costa Rica also gave me the opportunity to interact with the local ...
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1answer
41 views

“Mass communications shapes the world we live in”

I am editing a web page and came across this declaration: Mass communications shapes the world we live in It looks wrong to me, but I am wondering if it should be Mass communication shapes the ...
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What's wrong with “We hope you will find our Qualifications to be well-organized, concise, and most of all, to exceed your expectations.”

Why is the following sentence grammatically incorrect? We hope you will find our Qualifications to be well-organized, concise, and most of all, to exceed your expectations. I've asked three ...
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2answers
59 views

Is the sentence “We are invested” correct?

Is the sentence "We are invested" correct? I found it in a blog and was wondering whether it is correct. I do not want to discuss the usage, but just if the combination of "are" + "invested" is ...
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1answer
43 views

Who are the witnesses in a court hearing?

Among the witnesses called by petitioner were Mr. Allen; Ms. Farrow; Dr. Susan Coates, a clinical psychologist who treated Satchel; Dr. Nancy Schultz, a clinical psychologist who treated Dylan; and ...
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1answer
424 views

Is it bad to start a sentence with “as”?

My boss doesn't like it when I start sentences with "as", and I'm not sure if it's actually a problem. A case where I would start with "as" would be: As your new account manager, it is my ...
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2answers
127 views

How many sentence types are there in English? [closed]

As the header says - how many distinct sentence types are there in the English language?
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1answer
88 views

Time agreement. Using past simple/continuous and present perfect together

Should it be present perfect (has felt) / present simple (cannot understand) in the sentence below or the tense of the first sentence implies that these verbs fall into past aspect so past perfect / ...
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2answers
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“Is left untouched” or “was left untouched” [closed]

Which is correct? My book was left untouched for so many years. or My book is left untouched for so many years. Well, until now, that book is really untouched. So does that mean that just ...
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2answers
42 views

speaking about time known now but not when the readers read the message

I am writing to a university. Plus, XXX University is doing a great in the researching areas. For example, just a week ago, researchers from this university joined the ESA's Rosetta mission, that ...
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2answers
110 views

Not sure if I should use 'the' or 'a'

So I just commented (tried to, the answer turned out to have been deleted) on an answer and wrote this: "I also feel that the disclaimer was just a tincy wincy bit unnecessary". I then though to ...
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2answers
128 views

Explain the meaning of the two sentences

I'm a bit confused by these two sentences: The general government consumption expenditures are used as another measure of government size, although they do not account for the full government ...
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3answers
689 views

“While” followed by simple past/past continuous

I'm currently reading "Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue" by Hugh Howey. Here's a short passage with my problem zone and the subsequent question: ...Well, I'm going to go do more Officser ...
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3answers
299 views

Usage of “of” in the following sentence

I would like some help in understing the usage of "of" in the sentence: Gender inequality refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender. perceptions of ...
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2answers
298 views

Grammatical error in following sentence

I am an IT Professional with over 12 years experience in Website Development, IT Management, IT Support and project management. I have the following strap line on my resume A dynamic, creatively ...
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2answers
90 views

Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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4answers
990 views

How to make Sentences using Being? [closed]

Sentence - He is being in tension. Above sentence is Present Continuos. How can we use Being in other sentences.
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4answers
257 views

Thesis help! This sentence is really bothering me. Please explain why I feel bothered [closed]

This sentence is really bothering me. Does this look right to anyone? If not, can someone write why? Thanks. Only to the extent that John and Jane are willing to let go of the pretense and show ...
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1answer
72 views

Is “IN” in this sentence correct grammatically

I wrote this sentence: My professor in many subjects during my studies at Damascus University and my fourth-year-project sponsor. I don't know if in is correct. Or would it be better to use for? ...
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2answers
205 views

Does the sentence sound naturally because it is grammatical or is it grammatical because it sounds naturally?

I have been thinking of this for the past couple of days. Does the sentence sound naturally because it is grammatical or is it grammatical because it sounds naturally?
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1answer
83 views

should i put the in this sentence

I have this sentence:- Your environment advances the well being of humanity and the society. Should I put the before society, or should I remove it and put it before humanity?
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1answer
70 views

how many types we can use the word dog [closed]

There are various set expressions, idioms or merely collocations, which include the lexeme 'dog' – such as 'a dog's life' and 'every dog has its day'. What other expressions including this lexeme are ...
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1answer
104 views

“for fear of degradation”

Is this a valid sentence? Degradation: 1. the condition or process of degrading or being degraded. As used in this context: "...doing so would bring shame to the family. For fear of degradation, ...
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4answers
658 views

How can I rephrase sentence to make it more concise? [closed]

What I am trying to say: A farmer should provide essential food for his livestock. The failure of farmer to provide this essential food for the cattle will materially impact cattle's health. Farmer's ...
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3answers
106 views

Any of four combinations are true? “Both X and Y are A or B” could be wrong?

I want to write a sentence to mean that any of the following 4 situations are true. X = A and Y = A, X = B and Y = B, X = A and Y = B, X = B and Y = A. The following sentence, Both are A or B. ...
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1answer
107 views

I know not if I ~ [closed]

I know not if I will ~ What does it mean? What is I know not if I ~?
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1answer
361 views

Job requirements. Why do they write words with capital letters within sentences?

I noticed the capitalization within sentences. For example, Great experience in Java, Android SDK with core knowledge of Object Oriented Programming principles and Design Patterns. Is there a ...
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1answer
356 views

“I hope that my search ends now” or “I hope my search ends now”? [duplicate]

I was doing a question for Yahoo Answers and suddenly I can't choice. Maybe because I never study English(after elementary and high school), I don't know which is the right sentence? Of course I know ...
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0answers
18 views

How to teach a bot to break down a sentence? [duplicate]

I'm writing a computer program which reads a sentence, breaks it down and then executes an action. Kind of like a bot. For example, this is the kind of dialog you may have with the bot: You: Draw a ...
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1answer
73 views

How should this be read? [closed]

We all know that you do not belong here, have no idea what you are talking about, and can't actually script. Should this be interpreted as We all know that you do not belong here You ...
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2answers
319 views

The “ask”. Is this a buzzword or just bad grammar?

The ask, or my ask is used in places such as: My ask of you is that you fill out the true and false questions first. Similarly, I have see the ask... Why are people using this? I believe it is ...
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1answer
2k views

“I'm very interested in.” vs “in which I'm very interested.” [duplicate]

You should sell me that book I'm very interested in or is it better to write it as You should sell me that book in which I'm very interested I know that the former is more informal than the ...
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3answers
151 views

How to phrase “two companies being the most successful one in their respective countries” as a noun-phrase?

How to express this in one sentence: there are two companies, one is the most successful in America, and the other the most successful in Canada. Can we say it like this? they are the most ...
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1answer
122 views

Why 007 said “You weren't using it”? [closed]

I've watched 007 skyfall. Had one scene, that Agent was driving and 007 sat beside her. She drove very fast and then car side mirror was removed because crashed with something beside the road. after ...
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3answers
766 views

Usage of 'duplicate copy' [closed]

Given a sentence Please sign on the duplicate copy of this letter. Am I correct in thinking that either duplicate or copy should be used, not both of them?
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3answers
2k views

Please, do also… or Please also

How should this sentence be phrased? Please, do also visit this house. Please also visit this house. It seems like that the answer might be dependening on the actual context, however, in that case, ...
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3answers
447 views

General rules for identifying conditional sentences?

I am trying to identify the subject and object in the following sentence: Come to me, and I'll give you a fight you'll never forget At first, it appeared as if whenever a conjunction appears ...
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4answers
758 views

How to ask “Where are you going?” when event already passed? [closed]

If my friend went to somewhere on weekend but i didn't know where did he go? And if i want to ask him like "Where are you going?" on Monday which sentences should i ask him? Where did you go? Where ...
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4answers
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Usage of “in contrast”

I want to explain something in the first sentence and then say some opposite thing in the second sentence. I thought, I could use the phrase in contrast to make the flow of a paragraph. For example: ...
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2answers
306 views

As or due to give same meaning? [closed]

Does as or due to give same meaning? I have written some example case As the reference data is available with a leading company and difficulty of making own reference data, the overall ...
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2answers
231 views

Is this a run-on sentence? Is there a better way to rewrite it?

Since Osan was Jihei's wife and Koharu was his adulteress, they represented his obligation and passion respectively. I see three potential problems: Run-on sentence: There are two ...
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2answers
547 views

Combining 3 sentences [closed]

I am struggling to combine following 3 sentences for a one sentence. I am doubted how to do it. Any suggestions please. a) Most of the above methods often rely on the crown height model (CHM) ...
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2answers
351 views

Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He picked up a quarrel.
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6answers
4k views

Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …”

I was told that it is a typical mistake for Russian speakers to say I feel myself badly instead of I feel ill. I wonder to what extent such constructs sound wrong to native speakers? I feel ...