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49 views

Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [on hold]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
2
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4answers
83 views

Polite way to suggest talking about something

Is there a polite way to tell somebody that you want to tell him something, but only if he allows you to? For example, I'm talking to my friend and I want to tell him something about cats, but I'm not ...
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19 views

Why word “very” is used in combination with words like “first”, “last”, ect [duplicate]

Wow, my first question here :) Recently i watched a tennis match and the commentator said "This is his very first title". I've also heard the opposite expression "This is his very last chance". So why ...
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3answers
80 views

Sufficient or sufficiently?

When we compare this with his [Milton's] later prose writings, when he moved closer to the victorious Cromwellian ascendancy, we find that pragmatism usurped idealism, not completely but ...
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2answers
80 views

Use of “nay” as an adverb

I researched help and examples on the uses of the word nay but found these inadequate/insubstantial. The Free Dictionary has described: an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word ...
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1answer
52 views

Is reusal an English word? [closed]

Is the word "reusal" part of the English language? For example, given this sentence: ROS tries to facilitate the operation, development and code reuse of robot systems by organizing the parts of ...
2
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3answers
172 views

Can I say “Where can I find 'a' post office”?

It's a question in a grammar app. "Where can I find _ post office please?". I chose "a", but it says "the" is the correct answer. Same problem with this question: "Let's go to _ cinema tonight." I ...
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1answer
49 views

Simple Past or Past Participle

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people living in the UK had increased from 10 million to 50 million, whereas that in Africa had decreased by 50%. or Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people ...
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3answers
32 views

Key to innovation or key of innovation?

Today, I was working on a write-up and had a sentence that said: We believe innovation is the key to success only to find that my partner had rewritten this as: We believe innovation is the key of ...
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2answers
69 views

Usage of “go to” vs “go”

I'm trying to explain the difference between "go to" and "go" and I'm not sure what the actual rule is. I've tried searching about it, but I couldn't find anything. When should I use "go to" and when ...
0
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3answers
58 views

“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm ...
2
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4answers
102 views

Where do you place 'please' in a sentence to sound the most polite?

An interesting thing just came up at my work place which I did not really know. We got this text that says something like "Insert a flash drive, please." in the English version. Here I was wondering, ...
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4answers
101 views

Can you spot if this is written by a native English speaker or not? [closed]

"An effective project plan can boost the success of the project being undertaken. It measures the project’s feasibility and assesses the risk associated. The plan helps weigh the decisions that are ...
0
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2answers
85 views

Is this a strong thesis statement? [closed]

I am writing a short research paper arguing that solar energy will be the dominant alternative energy source to generate electricity for American cities. My thesis is as follows: Advancements in ...
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3answers
104 views

Need help rewording sentence for cover letter

I'm looking for a word to replace "pouring" because it doesn't sound professional. Any suggestions? Phones were constantly ringing, e-mails were pouring in, and since we were located above a ...
0
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1answer
56 views

Is it correct to use the word “wrongdoing” in this sentence?

Is 'wrongdoing' used appropriately in this sentence? The wrongdoing of spying on students is not only in the boundaries of law, but it is also morally inappropriate.
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2answers
79 views

Bunch of girls/Buncha girls

as English isn't my first language, I don't really 'feel' whether bunch of girls/buncha girls is offensive, friendly, etc.? Could you tell me what's the proper meaning of the phrase? I hear it in ...
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2answers
196 views

“In” or “At” sole discretion

We're drafting some legal stuff, and our lawyer used this phrasing... ...whether any particular enhancement is to be categorized as such shall be made in the sole reasonable discretion of ...
1
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0answers
67 views

Can't , can not and cannot [closed]

Can't, can not and cannot is a bit confusing. I know that can't and can not are both grammatically correct. Is cannot a real word? Is it grammatically correct? Should it be written as one word or ...
0
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1answer
88 views

What is the difference between providing that and provided that? [closed]

Please tell me about this question and give me an example for each one. Is it conjunction or not? Thanks
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2answers
132 views

“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
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1answer
54 views

What are the main language devices used in this video? [closed]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oye9AmOdsZc I am doing this for a project and would like to know what the main language devices used in this video are. Thanks
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1answer
76 views

“What f**k do I give?” as a rhetorical question. a viable construction?

We all know and love the "I don't/couldn't give a f**k/shit/rat's ass" phrase. It helps a lot and relieves much tension. But would the rhetorical question form "What f**k do I give" be technically ...
0
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3answers
76 views

“As explained in Section 2” vs “As will be explained in Section 2” [duplicate]

As the title. When writing to a report, should I refer to a section of the report located later by writing "As explained in Section 2" or "As will be explained in Section 2"?
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2answers
129 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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1answer
77 views

Why is it “get” and not “gets”, in “watch her get hit”?

He likes to watch her get hit. vs. He likes to watch her gets hit. No matter how much I research, I still can't explain simply why get is correct and gets isn't. Here's what I think, ...
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1answer
763 views

Can I say “take effort”?

It seems to me “take efforts”, “take a great effort” “take the effort to do something”, all three are ok. But I wonder whether you say “take effort” as a set phrase to mean something abstractly, for ...
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3answers
140 views

Is “Neither I you” Correct?

A friend of mine said "...I never saw you during school." For some reason I wanted to respond "Neither I you." I am certain I have heard this reply before, but, looking at it now, it does not seem ...
2
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1answer
116 views

Is there a single word for the conjunction “and/or”? [duplicate]

For example: "Would you like to eat a pizza and/or a hamburger"
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2answers
249 views

is it 0 degree or 0 degrees outside? [duplicate]

This is in relation to the question "It's “1 degrees” or is it “1 degree” outside?". I have heard many people say that it is zero degrees outside. Is this correct, or is it 0 degree? The latter simply ...
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3answers
84 views

“Life is where my heart is” - Has “where” been used at the right place here? [closed]

Here is the sentence - "Life is where my heart is." Has "where" been used at the right place?
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4answers
518 views

“Get an idea on/of something”

In general, is it better to say get an idea on or get an idea of something? Here are some examples: In order to get an idea on how to build this house... In order to get an idea of how to ...
0
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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 ...
0
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3answers
234 views

Do we have to use any article before job title?

If I have to introduce myself within the organization where I am working what is the correct sentence: I am Senior IT Engineer Or I am a Senior IT Engineer? Also what is the general rule to ...
0
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3answers
236 views

cool vs cold (which can be used to express the temperature)

which word can we use to say that temperature ? example 1 - its too cool over here, example 2 - its too cold over here, i have heard that cold means too much cool but would like to know whether is ...
0
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1answer
81 views

Aloof proper usage

So is it a good use of the word aloof to say "She is not aloof to their harsh judgements"? The intent is to say that a person is aware of the perception others have of them. Thanks.
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4answers
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“But” in the beginning of a sentence

Is "But" allowed in the beginning of a sentence as synonym to "Though" or "However"? You can afford it. But think twice before buying it. Won't using "But" instead of "However" mark me as non-native ...
3
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1answer
1k views

Analogy: “as if” vs. “as though”

This is something that confuses me from time to time. When making an analogy in literature, is it better to use the phrase "as if" or "as though", or is it completely a style thing? E.g. She ...
0
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1answer
56 views

I would if you will

Is this the correct form ? I would love to do this as soon as you will do that. Or is it I would love to do this as soon as you have done that Or is there a better way to form this ...
2
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3answers
63 views

Point “made by” intersections?

There are lines and when they intersect, there is a point. I am not sure if "make" is the correct here: With 4 points made by interesections of both vertical and horizontal lines.
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2answers
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There are two phases in sequence - correct?

I know that "in sequence" means "one by one" or "one after another". I want to express that there are two phases (A and B) and that they are exactly in this order and do not overlap. Would this be ...
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1answer
124 views

Is “in the first place better used to emphasize one fact than combined with “in the second place” to introduce a series of facts?

I used to think that "in the first place" is to emphasizs something. When we see it in the middle of a paragraph, we won't expect "in the second place". But I then saw several cases of "in the first ...
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1answer
393 views

replacement for expression “there are.” [duplicate]

So my writing teacher hates the expression "there are" in essays. Does anybody know some good substitutes for this overused expression? Thanx ya'll, much appreciated!
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2answers
107 views

Others or the others in this example

The goal of ABC is to enable the doctors all around the world to share and benefit from the knowledge of (the) others. (meaning of other doctors all around the world) I know that THE OTHERS ...
1
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2answers
93 views

'Ask' and its objects

I'd like to know if the objects of the verb 'ask' must follow an order. If so what is that order? Should the first object be the person (someone) or the thing (something)? For example: Will you ask ...
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4answers
194 views

Why does my sentence seem to require an adjective?

In the midst of a paragraph, one of my students write, 'They taught us a way of cleaning.' I felt it sounded exponentially better to say, 'They taught us a new method of cleaning,' or 'new way'. Why ...
1
vote
1answer
98 views

Are there simple rules for use of “in”, “on”, “at”, “from” and “for”? [closed]

I often get confused how to use in, on, at, from and for. Examples: I have a phone in/on/at my bag. Meet me at/in/on this hotel. They sound kind of right but I'm not sure which is ...
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2answers
665 views

When to use “have” vs. ”get”

For example - I got $300 I have $300 Which is more correct? Please advice proper use of these terms. Thank you.
2
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1answer
263 views

Is the use of 'has' appropriate with first person singular?

We have been learning since childhood that Has can only be used with third person singular but I have seen and heard people using has otherwise. For example, the other day I was reading that ...
3
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1answer
1k views

“Would it be” vs “Will it be”

I was writing an email to my colleague and as part of it I wrote Would it be possible for you to help me with this? I felt a bit awkward after sending the mail. Should it be would or will? I ...