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What does this strange sentence mean? [closed]

They do but flatter themselves. What is this sentence structure?
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Why Does $ Come Before the Number But % Comes After it? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: Color blindness affects 8% of men. That sandwich costs $8. So why, when using the percent symbol do we put it after the word, but with money we place it ...
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Is the punctuation in this sentence correct

My mom is concerned about my grades because she feels that I have not been studying enough lately.
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Proper sentence structure

When using if I were and if I was--is there a rule of thumb one can rely on? I seem to remember it has something to do with fact and fantasy.
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Relative Clause Extraction from Subordinate Clause - Compare and Contrast These Sentences

Please emend the title; I'm tentative whether it summarises this question precisely. I went into the store, which if I had seen from the road, I should have known to be a company. I went ...
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Grammar query - is vs. are

The sentence in concern is : We agreed that Coco and Rocky are not the same dog. Shouldn't it be: We agreed that Coco and Rocky is not the same dog. ? According to my Word grammar editor, is is the ...
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Relative clause with “whose”

I just read the following sentence in a short-biography: "Peter was born in England in 1982, whose parents were from Japan and India." I think that the use of the relative pronoun "whose" is wrong ...
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“I've got more to do than wait” or “I've got more to do than **to** wait”? [duplicate]

I did some reading in other places online about using the bare infinitive after the word "than," and while in a lot of cases it seems correct, I'm having a hard time telling whether it's correct in ...
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Do I say: “Hook me up to this nice party!” or “Hook me up on this nice party!”

Do I say: Hook me up to this nice party! OR Hook me up on this nice party! I am trying to give a connotation that the party sounds good and I want my friend to give me an invitation to go ...
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Graduate student in or of?

In my cover letter I want to write that I am a graduate student in statistics. But I am not sure about the "in". So what is correct? I am a graduate student in statistics. I am a graduate ...
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be down to -infinitive without to

I've consulted different dictionaries but I've not found the usage of this structure like in the following example: ''I'm down to sell records but not my soul'' is it slang? What does it exactly means?...
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Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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“If it ain't in writing it don't exist” - why the broken grammar?

In the idiom "If it ain't ... it don't exist.", why is "don't" used instead of "doesn't"? I'm thinking the intentional error might serve to draw the attention of the listener to the word "don't"/"...
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Isn't a comma necessary?

I was jumping about up to my thighs in the waters. Is a comma necessary after "about", or in another place in the sentence?
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Would you elaborate between have been v-ing and have p.p.?

I have flown to Toronto a great deal this month. I have been flying to Toronto a great deal this month. Would you possibly explain the different between them?
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Confused about When to Use “these” and “those” [duplicate]

Example #1 This site contains links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. NOTE: The links are on this site, but not on this page. The links are external links. Should I use ...
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Which is the auxiliary verb and modal?

It is being used. Considering the sentence above, I wonder which part is helping verb.
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convert this sentence to “not only but also” [closed]

The sheepdog did not allow the tigers to lay their paw on sheep and tied them in a daisy chain.
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is it correct to say “though” in this context

I want to ask my manager something. i tried this I have some questions, though I do know that I have asked you a lot and I am so sorry for losing your time. is though correct in this context?
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“And” vs. “or” when specifying a collection

If I am looking for one or more of A/B/C, but nothing else, and I want to tell that to somebody, do I say "I am only looking for A, B, and C" or "I am only looking for A, B, or C"? An example with ...
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"Why are you still in my office? VS Why do you still in my office? [closed]

What is the difference between those questions and which one is the correct form?
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Can a prepositional phrase be the direct object?

We're covering grammar in English I, and we just got to gerunds. In one of the exercises, I had the sentence "Pilgrims learned about planting crops from the Wampanoags." I'm supposed to find the ...
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Quickly responding or Responding quickly?

Here is the sentence in question. I helped customers by quickly responding to their requests. I helped customers by responding quickly to their requests.
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omitting relative pronoun

"The man who lives in the house likes watching TV all day." when omitting "who", should it be "The man in the house likes watching TV all day" or "The man being in the house likes watching TV all day? ...
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Should I Use a Comma before the Second “and”

Please enter your email and password, and click on the “Log In” button. Should I use a comma before the second “and”?
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Should I Use “These” Books or “Those” Books [duplicate]

On this site there are links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. Below on this page there are links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. Should I use these or ...
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Difference between “at date” and “to date” [closed]

Two Examples: It is the social networking giant's biggest acquisition to date. The deal to buy it includes $4bn in cash... plus an additional $3 billion in stock to WhatsApp's founders and ...
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“I'm to arrange the meeting”

The principal told me to arrange a meeting. Which of the following (if either) is correct, and why? The principal says I'm to arrange the meeting. The principal says to me to arrange the ...
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Which is right: “In one of the computers” or “On one of the computers”?

Do you say IN one of the computers or ON one of the computers? Which is right?
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China's victory over Japan was a poisoned chalice

I saw this on a newspaper: " For the victory brought in its wake the communist plague.". Is the middle part of the second sentence, "brought in its wake the", correct? I guess it should be "brought ...
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Which one is correct “Rode” or Has ridden"? [duplicate]

He rode a bicycle to work every day last month. OR He has ridden a bicycle to work every day last month.
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Usage of Some: Does “some” require a plural or singular verb? [closed]

Usage of Some: Does "some" require a plural or singular verb?
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Self Service. To hyphenate or not?

Self-Service or Self Service. For example, Self-Service restaurants, Self-Service Websites, etc.. Another example, multi-platform, multi-factor, etc.. Is the hyphen a must?
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would rather VS. would rather that [closed]

I would rather go home. I would rather that I went home. Could you tell me the difference between these?
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What is the correct capitalization of the words earth and moon?

I believe that Earth means planet and earth means soil. But I've seen earth used in published works to mean the planet earth. But no one writes jupiter. Similarly, Moon should mean the name of Earth'...
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Difference between Let, Let's and Lets? [closed]

Many people use "let, let's and lets" in conversation What's the difference between them?
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Between you and (“me” or “I”)? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "between you and me" or "between you and I"? I am not a native English speaker, so please bear with me.
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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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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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Is it correct using “even” and “still” together?

Is it correct using even & still in one statement? eg: "even after a warning, he is still doing the same" I think either is redundant, isn't it?
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Is it correct to use the phrase “pay attention” with “that”?

Is it correct to say "Pay attention that..."? or must I use "Pay attention to..." For example: "An attention should be paid that this is a one-way street".
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Is this expression correct: “It is A and B who [verb]”?

I have no problem with the following sentence: In this book, [it] is the father who tries to murder her However, what if I want to substitute a plural noun (or two names) for father? Are the ...
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Guide to living well vs guide to live well

For Example: Your guide 'to living' well with diseases. 'To living' your dream life. Why use living instead of live? I would like to know how to use and why to use a gerund instead of an ...
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Why is the Elizabethan English incorrect in this quote?

I saw a Geico commercial with Elizabethan verb forms that bothered me because they were being misused: Trick Number 1. Lookest over there! Servant looks Haha! Madest thou look! So endest the ...
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Data of similar characteristics vs. Data with similar characteristics

I have the following sentence that I don't know which preposition is the correct one. Diversification implies a trade-off between selecting data of relevance to user intent and diversifying data ...
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Is it ever acceptable to use “but” after a period/full stop [duplicate]

View the following text as a generic example, disregarding issues of context, etc. Stir constantly as the mixture begins to boil, watching the temperature regularly as the contents begins to ...
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Passive voice in this sentence

I am a bit confused about these sentences below. The word "encumbered" baffles me. "Encumbered" is usually used in passive sentences. I am not able to understand the agent in these following ...
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Something or other vs something or another?

Which of these two sentences would be correct? I recall that he was out looking for something or another. I recall that he was out looking for something or other. Basically, should I use "...
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How to use “theme”?

When you want to ask for the theme to someone who is dressing up as something, which is the correct English? "what's the theme?","what's the theme of?" or anything else more natural expressions??
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“have to” a phrasal verb

Why is "have to" not listed as a phrasal verb in the dictionary? "have" means to be in possession of something while "have to" means "obliged to". So "have to" seem to be non-compositional in terms of ...