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First conditional only for future tense?

Is the first conditional used only for the future, or can it also be used for present tense? Could you please give some examples?
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“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 ...
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“Although, the causes of…” or “Although the causes”?

I'm correcting something which my friend wrote. He wrote about incidents that had occurred while working in a mine, and stated that although the cause of each incident may have been different, they ...
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Is construction: “I'd rather not want you to meet him again” correct?

As in title. Is construction: "I'd rather not want you to meet him again" correct? The meaning is supposed to be the same as in "I don't want you to meet him again".
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can we say “look forward and downward”?

Suppose I'm instructing people to learn Chinese kungfu and I ask them to look at the direction, downward and forward(it's the movement of their eyes). If I want to say "look forward and look ...
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Can a dash be used in this instance?

I would like to confirm the use of a dash in this sentence: My name is Mat, I am a Bristol based designer in the UK - I forge digital art, illustrations & websites Is this the proper use ...
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Use of “would” (conditional) in 'If you go to the jungles in Africa, you would see a lot of animals.'

Can one use "would" as the conditional in this sentence? Example: If you go to the jungles in Africa, you would see a lot of animals.
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Why do we say “he asked after you” not “he asked about you”?

What are the origins of "ask after" and is it dying out as the way we currently speak?
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What case follows 'of' in this phrase - nominative or accusative? (i.e. 'of he' or 'of him'?)

. . . the way of being of HE who is without end This feels wrong - surely it should be . . . of HIM who is without end . . . ?
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Past continuous vs Past Perfect continuous

When I was taking a Biology class in 2005, we were assigned to do an animal experiment. So what is wrong with that sentence? I am using a free grammar checker website and it says the tense is wrong.
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“The childrens' blankets” or “The children's blankets” [closed]

I know that when we're talking about something that is possessed collectively by all children it is "children's". What about a scenario where one of the possessed nouns belongs to each individual ...
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“Because of” usage. [closed]

What is “Because of” used for? 1) It is cold in Arizona due to the westward storm coming from Arizona. Rule 3: The expression ‘because of’ is used to modify entire clauses. Thus, you can use this ...
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Tenses in sentences

I have been taught to use only one tense in one sentence/paragraph, but I've always been confused... For example, in the following sentence: "In one study, there were only deficits observed in ...
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What does this double negative mean?

Nothing in the court papers suggests Grayson was anything but a victim of the scheme. Does this mean papers suggest he was a victim?
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Grammatically correct use of criteria [closed]

The established criteria on which to make these determinations was recommended by the Committee. These criteria are as follows: ... or should I write, ....Those criteria are as follows:... Jenn
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What part of speech is the word “found” in the sentence below

A whale found dead on the southern Spanish coast was found to have swallowed 17 kg of plastic waste, including plastic bags. I assumed it was a verb, as in a reduced passive form (a whale that was ...
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Can “in case” and “if” be used together? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? In case if you see him, please tell him I am looking for him.
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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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Can I use Partty (with double “t”) instead of Party? [closed]

I am looking for a domain name that ends with Party. However, those names I am looking are already taken. So if I use, lets say , www.WePartty.com (with double 't') instead of www.WeParty.com , would ...
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The use of “had to”

Does the following phrase mean it must be true? This fact had to be true. Or it must have been true? I would like a native speaker's opinion on this. I often hear it used in the second ...
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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 ...
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Issues with predicate nominative

As far as my understanding goes, English does have a predicate nominative for the copula to be as well as semantically related words (to become, to seem) if the entity in question plays the role of ...
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Is this a dangling modifier?

Was just reading The $100 Startup and came across this sentence: Happily, the launch was successful. Is this a dangling modifier (not sure if that's what it's called)? Or some other error? It ...
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definite vs. none article before abstract concept; again

I reviewed both: Definite article before scientific terms Use (or non-use) of articles before abstract nouns and I still cannot decide. According to the previous post my sentence should be: If ...
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What do you think of the tenses here?

“If I had to explain to a foreigner why Yamamoto’s action was a problem,” Miyadai said, “I don’t think I could do it.”Source the "was" of "why Yamatomo's action was a problem." Is it fair to say ...
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When is it correct to use upper case letters for nouns that may only be unique in a given context?

First off, the title is misleading; feel free to improve upon it. I've noticed words surrounding titles often start with upper case letters, but I'm uncertain if this is correct. After reading this ...
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Are pronouns for non-universal divines capitalized?

When following the formal English rule of Reverential Capitals, any reference to God Almighty is capitalized, as are equivalent non-Christian entities such as "Allah" or the neo-pagan "Goddess" (and ...
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The word “I” is singular, but it does not follow the subject-verb agreement for a singular subject

When you have a singular noun as subject, a singular verb follows. However, the pronouns "I" and "you" are singular but singular verbs do not follow after them. Does anyone know something about this ...
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Is 'thought it to be' grammatically correct?

Does If man continues to scathe all of Earth and its seas, then this isn’t the world I thought it to be make sense? Or should I just replace the 'to' with 'would'?
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Is this a dependent or an independent clause?

This is the second half of a sentence that uses a semi-colon, and it appeared incorrect to me because I thought this part was a dependent clause. But I am not sure. They launched into a war that ...
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“Neither them nor us” vs “Neither they nor we”

Which is correct? "Neither them nor us went to the show." or "Neither they nor we went to the show." I think the second because Neither is the subject and so it should be in the nominative.
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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 ...
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When should the word “master's” or “ bachelor's” be capitalized with apostrophe s? [duplicate]

When I'm specifically not mentioning if its MS or MEngg degree. What is the correct way to say - pursuing master's/masters/Masters/Master's in Electrical Engineering and during my bachelor's/...
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Avoiding his/her in technical writing [duplicate]

I need to refer to a user of a certain service and would like to avoid a perticular gender such as his/her and not use one either. Could I say "The user attempts to maximize own capacity.", instead of ...
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Help understanding this sentence structure: “many a congressman was” [duplicate]

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India. Below is a quote from his autobiography. Many a Congressman was a communalist under his national cloak I am sure this sentence is ...
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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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What's the difference between “speak” and “talk”, grammatically speaking?

There are a number of questions e.g. What is the difference between “speaking” and “talking”? and “Speak to” vs. “Speak with” that deal with the slightly different connotations of the words "speak" ...
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Incredulous proper use

Is it valid to say 'I'm incredulous." all by itself as a standalone sentence? The intent is to convey that I am in disbelief. Thanks.
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“in case of” + “respectively”

I would like to write something like: In cases of the A and B models, the run-time analysis of the algorithm is shown in Figures X and Y, respectively. I mean: A model -> Fig X B model -&...
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“Points movement” or “Movement of points” or “Movement of the points”

I am working on a scientific paper and there is a graph in it showing how some points are moved.... The reviewer suggest me to change "Points movement" to "Movement of points". But I still could not ...
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Is it appropriate to say directly “x belongs to y (a category)”?

You belong to the cleverest human being. (self-made) Is this clear enough, or should I say: You belong to the category of the cleverest human being.
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“I need something to practice on”, what type of word is 'on'?

In the sentence "I need something to practice on", what type of word is on? It seems like an adverb, because it appears to be modiying the verb practice, but that just doesn't seem right to me for ...
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“Each of them is” “Each of them are” [duplicate]

I am having difficulty understanding which is correct as each seems to be singular and them seems to be plural.
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Why is there such confusion over a and an? [closed]

Recently while reading technical blog posts on the net I have started to see more frequently the incorrect use of 'an'. My understanding from learning English as a child and English grammar in school ...
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Usage of 'into' after 'penetrate'

Somehow I have difficulties telling which one is more correct They penetrate into the building OR They penetrate the building I've heard it being used both ways and I'd like to hear some thoughts on ...
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Is it common to use an adjective as a noun without ‘the’ or the following word in the press headlines?

Washington Post November 29 issue reports Pope Francis has been encouraging Vatican’s charity activity under the headline: Pope ramps up charity office to be near poor, sick. It begins with the ...
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Error Grammatical - Use of preposition A

What's wrong in this phrase? Yesterday I was talking with a russian ... My teacher putted like wrong "a russian".
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Using multiple semicolons? [closed]

First of all, apologies if this has already been asked. I've done some searching however have not been able to find a like topic. My question is pretty straight forward. How, if possible can I use ...
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What is the noun to describe whether a word is subject or object?

Just as "number" describes whether a noun is singular or plural, is there a noun that describes whether a pronoun is subject or object? For example: The number of the first-person pronoun "I" is ...
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The holidays are a good time to be with family

is the phrase grammatically correct? or should I say "The holidays are good times..." ? can we use "a" after "are" ?