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Should I use a comma or semicolon to separate these ideas?

I can no longer remember her face, too much time has passed. I can no longer remember her face; too much time has passed.
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When to use “me” or “myself”?

Which one is correct: Someone like me... or Someone like myself... Is "like myself" ever correct?
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Are the tense and syntax in this sentence correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Future tense usage: “When you see it …” When he will arrive, he will call you. Please let me know if the tense and syntax in this sentence are ...
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What is a finite verb?

What's a finite verb? It's not just the opposite of an infinitive, is it? Can I get some examples?
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What do first, second, and third person perspective mean? Why are they so called?

I am aware of the terms first person, second person and third person from grammar, but I have also seen them used in other contexts, in particular first person perspective with regard to video games. ...
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Why is the singular of “year” used in phrases like “72-year-old” and “20-year jail sentence”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pluralization rule for “five-year-old children”, “20 pound note”, “10 mile run” 72-year-old Giselle Gilbert was taken to hospital. ...
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Is there a reason the British omit the article when they “go to hospital”?

Why do British speakers omit the article in constructions like "go to hospital" or "go on holiday"? Pretty much all American speakers would rephrase those as "go to the hospital" and "go on a ...
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The grammar of the parenthesis clause

Among the following sentences, which is right? John, when work alone, is very productive. John, when working alone, is very productive. And also, what is this kind of clause called?
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Which one is right “Thanks a lot” or “Thanks lots”

I'm really confusing between these two. How can we say many thanks to a person? Thanks a lot Thanks lots
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Is “Should be *ing” a valid English phrasing?

I'm Portuguese and my girlfriend German. Because she is a Germanic-language native-speaker, she is constantly correcting my English. Though, often it is annoying that she corrects me in grammar ...
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Can one say “I should like” rather than “I would like”? Is the former grammatical?

My focus here is on the should in the sentence fragment "I should very much like...". Why is it there in place of would? It seems strange that should is used in the subjunctive mood there -- is it ...
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“Wonder if won't”

I wonder if Diaz won't be scared of the KO power The quote is about Diaz fight with Daily. Daily has a big KO power, so the person is not sure if Diaz won't be scared of it and choose not to ...
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Can “latter” be used to refer to the last of a list of names that is more than 2? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Equivalent of “former” and “latter” for more than 2 items Can I use "the latter" to refer to the last name from a list of names that is more than ...
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Is it correct to write “is done fully automatically” or “is done fully automatic”?

Google gives me support from 19,200 on "is done fully automatically" and 35,200 on "is done fully automatic".
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What is the grammatical function of 'so' in this example?

"Mary is so funny." What is the grammatical function of 'so' in this example?
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Is it “consumer savings” or “consumers’ savings”?

In the previous year, consumers' savings had decreased. or In the previous year, consumer savings had decreased. Which one is valid and why?
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How to change this to active voice?

The matter was reported to the commissioner. My teacher told me that it should be The commissioner reported the matter. But I think that this is not correct since it implies the ...
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Is there a better way to say: “My question is, is…” (e.g. “The question is, is it the right time”)

It feels a little weird for me (or should I say to me?) to say: So my question is, is having two 'Is' correct? And also this seems to me incorrect grammatically: So my question is, is ...
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Verb form of “spontaneous human combustion”

In English there are plenty of examples of noun-verbs. What are the rules for making more complex compound noun structures into transitive verbs? In particular I would like explanations involving the ...
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What is the grammatical function of the word ‘ever’ in this example?

What is the grammatical function of the word ever in this example? Police found the country's biggest ever drugs plantation.
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About the pronoun “one”

and the choice of what to include and what not to include was necessarily a personal one Could it be said: "...was necessarily personal"? Which is the "one" to substitute, "choice"?
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“If I was really ugly” versus “if I were really ugly” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct? I tweeted a little earlier today: I mean, if I was really ugly they ...
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When can a noun be used attributively?

Nouns can modify nouns: cat food, coffee cup, gold ring, laser surgery, flood insurance. It seems to me there are even cases where a noun sounds better than the corresponding adjective: sociology ...
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Is this a correct sentence?

Either a dryer hook-up kit or power cord and separate vent kit are required. Basically means either a) dryer hook-up kit b) power cord and separate vent kit are required. The sentence ...
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Can this sentence be switched around like this?

I kept studying to the point that I became dizzy. Can that be switched around to become this and still be grammatically correct? To the point that I became dizzy I kept studying. Is ...
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“because” after “since”

Can "because" come after "since?" Here's an example sentence. I don't like when you do that, because since it makes you look weird, it also makes me look weird when I'm with you. Is there ...
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Is this grammatically correct? “Thinking of you and I”

http://vaadin.com/ makes a tool for User Interfaces (UI). Their tag line is “Thinking of U and I.” A play on words, I suppose, for UI, and “you and I.” It bothers me, though, because I think both ...
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“Little by little I began to have increasing doubts” [closed]

Is the sentence Little by little I began to have increasing doubts grammatically correct? One reason I think it might not be is that if I google little by little I began to have increasing I ...
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Is “East or west India is the best” grammatically correct?

In India there is a popular slogan: East or west India is the best. Is this slogan grammatically correct? I know directions have the before them. The east or the west India is the best. ...
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Help with verbs: “is” or “are”?

Making adult decisions are/is really not fun. What is the proper answer and why? My gut says "is" but I can't explain why.
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Is “I am still taking fun of it” correct usage?

Is I am still taking fun of it correct usage? I want to mean that it is still funny to me.
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The grammatical strangeness of “done me wrong” and “did me service”

Why are "done me wrong" and "did me service" established phrases instead of the more standard "He wronged me" and "He serviced [helped] me"? EDIT: I just realized whatever connection I saw with ...
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“understand” or “understood”?

When I explain something to my friend and I want to make sure they got what I said, what should I say? "Do you understand?" "Did you understand?" "Have you understood?" etc.
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Is “I lost my bus” correct usage?

Is it correct to say, "I lost my bus," when you miss a bus? I have seen it commonly used.
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What is an “infinitive”?

I've heard that a verb usually follows the 'infinitive' but how does one define an 'infinitive'?
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“I am working” or “I have worked almost two months at this project”?

Which one is correct? "I am working almost two months at this project" or "I have worked almost two months at this project" I want to give this meaning: I'm still working on it.
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Parenthetical double negation?

Is this a double negation? Is it still grammatically correct? If not, what is a better form? He cannot go outside (legally, not physically), because he is under house arrest. The meaning is that ...
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“has been” vs “have been”

I am answering an online English grammar test and encountered the following question Where was Jack yesterday? —I don't know. He ________ seeing the doctor. My answer is: might has been Correct ...
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Should one use 'a' or 'an' when the following word is in parentheses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “a/an” preceding a parenthetical statement This question is a little hard to summarize in the title. I sometimes like to use parentheses to add additional ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'that' in this sentence?

Scenario: 'Are you stressed by his threat?' Answer: 'I'm not that concerned.' What is the grammatical function of 'that' in this sentence?
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Why can't I say “I have a brown hair”?

Why can't I say, "I have a brown hair," to describe the colour of my hair?
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“It's too late for me to do that now.”

Is this sentence OK? Is the "now" at the end of the sentence redundant?
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“grew warmer” vs. “became warmer”

Can "grew warmer" be used as a replacement for "became warmer" anywhere? I've started to think of the phrase "grew warmer" and it seems kind of strange. Things can become warm, but it sounds strange ...
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Do serious grammarians endorse the “Can I”/“May I” distinction?

Just now, I wanted to ask a question that was something like, "Can I get a thorough list of all the parts of speech that a sentence can be broken down into?" But then a nagging voice appeared in my ...
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Do people in Miami really talk like they do in the television series “Dexter”?

as I'm far from being good English speaker, I use to watch series to improve my skills. I'm fan of various genres, from Star Trek to How I Met Your Mother and I can say until now, I felt "aligned" ...
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Is “is” an auxiliary verb?

John is working now. Is the verb 'is' in this example an auxiliary verb?
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Why do we say “Japan earthquake” and not “Japanese earthquake”?

Isn’t earthquake a noun and the preceding word an adjective? Isn’t “Japanese” the adjectival form of “Japan”?
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Should I say this forum is a free 'voting discussion' or 'voted discussion' site?

I'm building a forum where people can ask questions and get replies. Those questions and replies can get votes but no one can be targeted as best answer. What's the right way of saying that? This ...
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Valid or not: “Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you”?

Is this valid? Treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you. I'd normally phrase this as: Treat others with the same respect you'd want them to treat you with. Or, ...
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Should “that” and “the” be used in these situations?

I'm always uncertain whether or not I should use "the" and "that" in the following cases: There is no guarantee (that) measurement values are the cause of . . . and Which will lead to (the) ...