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Which can be true? The importance of + Ving or the importance of + ADJ + Noun

I am confused about the sentence below. Which structure is used: importance of + Ving or the importance of + ADJ + Noun ? In recently years, there has been growing awareness of the importance of ...
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Is it “good English” or “correct English” or something else?

Is it appropriate to say “I speak good English” or “I speak correct English”? I believe there can be varied replies depending on context, so let me narrow it a little; let’s say I want to convey how ...
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“feel tired” vs. “am tired”

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate in a given situation? I am tired. I am feeling tired. I know this might be a very childish question, but English is not my first language ...
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Can “Apple” be an adjective? [duplicate]

What role is the word "apple" playing in the sentence "I ate the apple pie." Is apple an adjective? Or are apple and pie treated together as one noun. Is this true of all words used like this? Can ...
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Is “Happy Birthday!” a complete sentence?

Is "Happy Birthday!" a complete sentence? And if it is, what role are the words happy and birthday playing? Where is the verb? Can "happy" be a verb? I know in a sentence like "Go get the milk" there ...
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What word can I use to indicate the person could be a client or customer?

I'm looking for a term that can be inclusive of both clients and customers. We offer both products and services and while most buyers purchase services and have an ongoing relationship, there are ...
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Investors assets or Investor's assets? [closed]

I am wondering about which sentence is correct? It is therefore measuring the volatility of an investors asset. or It is therefore measuring the volatility of an investor's asset.
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Shows the reader? [closed]

I am writing a thesis and I have the following sentence: The section [...] shows the reader, that [...] I am not sure about the "shows the reader"? Should I use it or just "shows"?
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Meaning of 'do' in questions like 'do you want…' [duplicate]

If take question 'Do you want to eat?' as example, I don't understand meaning of 'do' because: to do something in my understanding is to take some actions, to want something is not an action, it is ...
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“the average person” vs “an average person”

There's a question in a forum I frequent, and I'm trying to decide whether "the average" or "an average" is appropriate in its title. Let's say the question is: "Why is the average Canadian ...
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using “was” twice in this sentence

In this sentence should it be public "was" given or does the first "was" cover it? A notice was published in the newspaper, and the public given 30 days to comment.
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“Thank you very much” vs “thank you so much” [duplicate]

Would you briefly explain the use of the following wish in different perspective with various examples please?
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Why is “I’m doing great” correct?

"I'm doing great" appears to be incorrect (to me) because 'great' can be used as an adjective. I would think that it should be: "I'm doing (adverb)." Why is it actually correct to say "I'm doing ...
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What is the difference between these conditionals?

It's often said that non-native speakers have a poor understanding of the English tenses. I'm not one to disagree, but on the whole I've always thought tenses weren't that hard, until I got to the ...
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Is the usage “To + transitive verb” following nothing else grammatically incorrect?

In the website HKNA, 5 transitive verbs are used: promote, conduct, disseminate, undertake, facilitate. Is such usage "To + transitive verb" grammatically incorrect?
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At Night or In the Night?

Why do we refer to morning, afternoon and evening as 'in the morning', 'in the afternoon', 'in the evening' but not 'in the night' instead we say 'at night.'
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Do I use a semicolon before 'and' in a complex list?

I am listing things in a sentence which includes commas between the internal parts. Do I finish with an 'and' at the end of it? For example: I arrange interviews through phone and film; ...
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“greater than I am” versus “greater than myself”

If I look in the corpus of contemporary American English, I mostly find the ... greater than I am/he is/etc. ... version. But there are a couple of instances, even in academic texts, of the sort ... ...
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Usage of the perfect gerund [closed]

Is there any grammatical error in this sentence: Having been up all night makes me tired Can I use having been/done... as subject?
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what is the most appropriate structure of this sentence?

I want to say that I banged my head against wall because some one said something stupid, how to put it in a sentence? Is I banged my head against wall 'on' this stupidity? or I banged my head ...
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“Mom and Dad” vs “Dad and Mom” [duplicate]

I'm curious if the order implies anything here. I'm pretty sure "Mom and Dad" is standard in English. The issue was hard for me to google, so I'm asking it here: Is using "Dad" before "Mom" ...
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Is this grammar structure “is at its level” correct? [closed]

Can anybody explain for me how this structure "is at its highest level" is correct. Example : Confidence in the British economy is at its highest level since the Coalition came to power amid signs the ...
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Correctness of omitting a definite article or a preposition

I am writing an essay about my university experiences and a suggested correction from an English Ph.D. sounds wrong to me. The suggestion is In our meeting to discuss the spring semester of my ...
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Is it ever correct to use “end” after the name of a month?

I’ve heard some people say things like September end or June end when I’m used to hearing the end of September or the end of June. Is the former usage (meaning, the “something end” collocation) ...
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What is the meaning of “say S1” [closed]

In http://research.google.com/archive/gfs-sosp2003.pdf Section 3.2: Suppose the client is pushing data to chunkservers S1 through S4. It sends the data to the closest chunkserver, say S1. S1 ...
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“At least one” - singular or plural subject? [closed]

In other words, which sentence is correct? At least one of them is not coming. At least one of them are not coming.
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Appositive or other things?

Bidentate (also called didentate) ligands bind with two atoms, an example being ethylenediamine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denticity Is "an example being ethylenediamine" a inappropriate ...
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Is English changing to make “Jack told Jill and *I* to walk faster” acceptable? [duplicate]

Consider: Jack told Jill and I to walk faster. instead of Jack told Jill and me to walk faster. This “mistake” seems to be becoming more and more common, even among TV newscasters or ...
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What does it mean Shan't & won't [closed]

What does it mean and what is different between Shan't & won't I need the answer with example thank you
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The first step “on becoming” or “to becoming” an employee [closed]

Do you say: The first step on becoming a permanent employee ... or The first step to becoming a permanent employee ...
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Always vs Every day

I have lunch at school every day vs I always have lunch at school. Why does the frequency adverb, always, go before the verb, have, whereas the expression, "every day" is placed at the end of ...
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which is correct? you no need to worry or you need not to worry [closed]

Can someone plz tell me which is the right one and naturally a better one? You no need to worry about it You need not to worry about it Thanks
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“I didn't realize it was him.”

Overheard on an elevator today, I didn't realize it was him. Corrected by the know-it-all, He. "I didn't realize it was he." The know-it-all then went on a rant about how everybody is a ...
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Comma or no comma before “only”?

Sample phrase: Use the item for those purposes, only. vs. Use the item for those purposes only.
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Using “at odds with” and “akin to” in the same sentence

I am trying to use "at odds" and "akin to" in the same sentence but I am not sure if the sentence below is grammatically correct: "I only heard in the past that this city was at odds with the ...
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Can I frame a sentence with “has been having”?

Can I make a sentence with "has been having"? Is the sentence below correct? "My company xx has been having account in your bank for past 3 years"?
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“There is a large number” Or “There are a large number”? [duplicate]

Situation: I am composing this phrase for a real forum discussion in person: There are a large number of proverbs/idioms in English (and doubtless additional ones in American). Some are entirely ...
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Word-choice question: “His camera accompanied him everywhere/wherever he went in the world.”

Which sentence sounds better? Why? His camera accompanied him everywhere he went in the world. His camera accompanied him wherever he went in the world.
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Is “Paul’s and my ideas” *really* the correct possessive? [duplicate]

Do you always have to put other people before yourself? When you are telling a story about yourself and another person, it is correct to reference the other person first. For example, Tim and I ...
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why use “are down” instead of “doesn't work” [closed]

I got an e-mail in my work where men wrote that something application are down but I`m not advanced in English and could you help me why is use this form? In my opinion I would have written: ...
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How can I explain what is wrong with the sentence “She is having difficulty to shop”? [duplicate]

It should be, I believe "She is having difficulty shopping." But I am not sure how I can explain to someone who is a non-native English speaker why the form "She is having difficulty to shop" is not ...
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Why is the sentence “The sheep 'stray' when the gate is left open” incorrect? [closed]

The sentence should be written as "The sheep strays when the gate is left open". Does the use of the definite article, the, always makes the grammar number singular?
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Why is the sentence “Statistics 'is' often misleading” incorrect?

Why is the sentence "Statistics is often misleading" incorrect? I know that statistics can be singular but also plural. Should I use singular in this case?
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“is” vs “are” when followed by a number

I read the following sentence on YouTube and initially thought it was grammatically incorrect: Here are 10 minutes of the movie Black Hawk Down! I thought "are" should have been "is" but then I ...
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When did the word “bad” become a noun?

When did the word "bad" become a noun? I assume it was when the cliche "my bad" was invented. When/where did this originate? Are there any other uses of "bad" as a noun? I'm specifically interested ...
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“The book I've read that feels closest to this book is…”

Let's say I'm talking about a book, and I need to refer to some other book I've read, which I consider to be, of all the books I know, the one that is closest to the book that's under consideration. I ...
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Is it “James and Paul come” or “James and Paul comes”? [duplicate]

Which is the correct way of writing: As an appointment, James and Paul comes tomorrow. Or As on appointment, James and Paul come tomorrow. I would also like to know why.
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What is the difference in meaning between “choice” and “option”? [closed]

When must we use option but not choice, and where do we use choice but not option? Or can we use them interchangeably always?
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Can you say “he too wanted to do it” or is it better to say “he wanted to do it too”?

English is not my mother tonge and I had this argument with a friend the other day. I think that putting the "too" after the subject instead of at the end of the sentence is not correct but he ...
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What's the difference between “you” and “one” in the indefinite?

English, especially in the colloquial, often uses you for generic statements about people. For example, When you are angry, you act less rationally is not necessarily a statement about the listener, ...