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Can you help me to formally define the phrase “to edit <something>”?

I am in a situation on Meta Stack Overflow in which I dispute the validity of the system notification text "Code in your answer has been edited", because there was no code in the answer before the ...
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Which one is correct? “has been taken already” or “has already been taken”

I'm creating a registration form. I want to display a message if a particular username already exists. So which sentence is correct? This username has already been taken by another user. Please ...
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“Somehow” or “In somehow”?

So far I had never found "somehow" used with "in". Is still this the normal adverb? Could I use "somehow" alone? Ex: I'll fit you in somehow.
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Grammar of “Love is the pearl of great worth”

According to the book I read, "Love is the pearl of great worth" is grammatically wrong. Why is it? (It says "the" is [sic].)
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Why is “I refuse running” wrong?

I got into a discussion with another user in the comments section of this question. We disagreed over the following phrases: I refuse running. I decline running. To me, they are both ...
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What is the difference between “He seemed to be angry.” and “He seemed angry.”?

I want to know the difference between the following sentences: He seemed to be angry. He seemed angry. I heard that when I use "to be" in the text like in above sentence, "to be" means ...
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should i say the attached has 6 files or the attached have 6 files? [closed]

I have two question for the following sentence: "the attached document has 6 files ,if none of them suited what you are looking for let me know. " Q1: should i say the attached has 6 files or the ...
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Which one is right: “allows to acquire” or “allows acquiring”? [duplicate]

Which version of the following sentence is correct/better? "In particular, it allows to acquire a signal using a sample rate significantly lower than the one dictated by the Nyquist criterion" ...
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Shouldn't have got or gotten [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “I have got” and “I have gotten” In this example, my teacher thinks it should be got, but I feel like gotten is better: I shouldn't have got / ...
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Which is grammatically correct: “woke up by the…” or “woke up to the…”?

Which is grammatically correct? Sophia woke up by the rattling sound of her washing machine. or Sophia woke up to the rattling sound of her washing machine.
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Does this stylistic guideline have a name?

The principle would be something like: Avoid a long modifying clause that creates distance between your subject and verb For example, according to this guideline, the sentence One of his uncles ...
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What's the difference between “can” and “be going to”? [closed]

What is the difference between the two verb forms: "can" and "be going to".
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Repetition of certain words in an or statement

I have the following sentence in my thesis: It appears that if A is a certain language, either the converse of Proposition 1 holds or the converse of Proposition 2 holds. I am wondering ...
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What is 'draw on'

This question was asked earlier (not by me), but closed and deleted by a mod. But I thought it was interesting, because I didn't know the answer. So I'm reposting it.... The verb phrasal 'draw on' ...
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Filler-gap dependencies and recoverability of meaning

Consider the following sentence: In my head, there is nothing more wonderful than [] understanding how someone else feels and [] choosing to [] take action to [] resolve it. It contains ...
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Where does the word “valuable” fit best? [closed]

Which sentence sounds better or correct ? I have acquired many characteristics that will play a valuable role in my profession. I have acquired many characteristics that will be valuable in ...
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“As smart as you may be” means “However smart you may be”?

As smart as you may be, there are always difficult problems making you in trouble. In this sentence does "As smart as you may be" mean "No matter how smart you may be"? So, the first as is a ...
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Do adverbs only describe verbs?

Egypt and Tunisia have both taken steps to form a new government after the overthrow of Mubarak and Ben Ali respectively. In this context, does respectively describe the steps that have been ...
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Is “Are you getting late?” an incorrect question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “If I am getting late” I guess that grammatically it's correct, but my friend didn't understand what it meant, so I had to rephrase it. He also said that the correct way ...
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Art cold? To what extent can pronouns be dropped in English?

Many European languages conjugate their verbs, thus: I am You are | Thou art She is We are You are They are The form of the verb changes, depending on the person. In some languages ...
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“In the figure below” or “in the below figure”?

I frequently encounter this in technical documents and I am wondering which one is correct. In the figure below or In the below figure
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Emails with Attachments

I'm wondering what is the best way to express that an email contains more than one attachment. Would saying "Please find the attached (name of document). Our (name of document) is also attached." be ...
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An or a in given sentence scenario [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” vs “an”? Sorry I couldn't think of a better title, but I don't know how to explain my problem using terminology. I have this sentence: "Aside ...
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very specific tense aspect configuration

I recently tried to translate a German sentence to English and I failed. I won't give you the German version but rather the background configuration of it. Two people talk about an event that has ...
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Is “et al.” used as a singular or plural subject?

When referring to multiple authors by using the name of the first author and "et al.", is it correct to grammatically treat this as one person or multiple persons? Gamma et al. are saying in their ...
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Should I begin with uppercase when placing a sentence inside a apostrophes? [closed]

Here's an example: Warren said, 'could you help me remember some English basics?' vs. Warren said, 'Could you help me remember some English basics?'
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A question on superlatives [closed]

If we say, 'Jim is the youngest of (his) six brothers" how many brothers does Jim have? Are they six as Jim is included, or just five?
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Are both “see you at the lesson” and “see you in the lesson” correct?

I have been studying English with many teachers. Some of them say "See you in the lesson" while others say "See you at the lesson." Yesterday, one of them told me that the correct way of saying it is ...
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What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?

When I learned this, it had a very distinctive name and allowed to make more interesting sentences. For instance, given the sentence Fred extended his feet, which stopped the car. It can be ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'brand' in the phrase 'brand new'

A previous question on the forum asks what the meaning of 'brand' is in the phrase 'brand new' and the overall view seems to be that it means fire. Ie fresh from the fire. But what is its ...
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Is it possible to say ' your choice *for* something' when you mean 'your choice *of* something'?

I'm correcting a document and several people that co-wrote it seem to agree that 'my choice for' seems to be synonymous to 'my choice of', in the signification of me having chosen something and ...
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Resources describing Somerset English [closed]

Can anyone suggest any good resources describing the grammar of traditional Somerset English (not accented standard English)? The Wikipedia article for the West Country dialects provides a good ...
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“And so is everyone else.” What is this kind of sentence called in English? [closed]

"And so is everyone else." What is this kind of sentence called in English? For example: Man 1: “You are human.” Man 2: “and so is everyone else.” Is there any specific name for the kind of ...
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Why do we need an indefinite article in the sentence “The price is **an incredible 50,000 dollars**”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ‘A[n] * [number] [plural]’ Construction Why do we need an indefinite article in the sentence "The price is an incredible 50,000 dollars"? "An" is singular, "dollars" is ...
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“I thought it was important that he say it in his own voice.” – That he say it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? I have often come across constructions such as the one highlighted below and wondered how to explain the grouping of a third ...
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You don't want to answer this word-placement question, now do you?

Prompted by this question I got to thinking about the placement of the word now. If it's placed before the comma, it refers to an immediate condition: You don't want to answer this word-placement ...
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Which is correct, I or me? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use “I” instead of “me?” Which is correct? The photo shows my kids and me at the party. The photo shows my kids and I at the party Another one: ...
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Which is correct, “Questions such as these” or “Questions such as this” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is wrong with “I don’t like these kind of things”? "Questions such as these need to be raised" or: "Questions such as this need to be raised" MSFT Word thinks ...
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Significance of the word 'a' in Neil Armstrong's speech [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I read on the news today the world heard Neil Armstrong said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap ...
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Antecedents of indefinite pronouns

Consider the sentence, "Most of the apples are fresh." Is it incorrect to say that apples is the antecedent of the indefinite pronoun most?
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Can the verb “wonder” simply take an object?

In this question, the questioner states I wonder the origin of the word. Can wonder take a simple object like that? Or should it be wonder about or wonder at or something similar (or something ...
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Is it acceptable to use “become” without “to” before it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to use infinitive after the verb “help”: with or without “to”? I will use a condensed version of the actual sentence I'm working on: We ...
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Omitting “nothing” in “nothing but” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The construction of “Known but to God” Difference between “but” and “nothing but” Is it acceptable to omit the word nothing in the following sentence? Knowledge ...
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Using the word “Phalanx” as a title [closed]

Is there a verb for phalanx? I searched online dictionaries, but I didn't find it. Can I use Phalanx as a title of my story? I am just wondering whether I should use a verb, or a noun for titles.
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Which of “couldn't”, “can't”, and “doesn't” for 13/13/13?

I recently came across an English learner saying that 12/12/12 is the last time such a repetition of day/month/year (or month/day/year, or year/month/day) will occur in the Gregorian calendar for a ...
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What do you call the person who performs an action?

What do you call the person who does the verb? For instance, in the sentence John killed Frank what is the grammatical term for John? I don't know if "agent" is the right word?
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Need explanation about demonstrative determiner

Does the demonstratives refer to the next word or previously mentioned statement? The medieval center is Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. An evening view of these illuminated landmarks is ...
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In the sentence “My house is down the street”, which word does the adverb “down” modify?

My house is down the street. Does the adverb down modify is, or street?
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What is the question tag for “I used to swim in the Tilak tank”?

What is the question tag that can be added to the following sentence? I used to swim in the Tilak tank. This is question from an MCQ test whose options were did I? would I?
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Use of a pronoun in a neither/nor construction [closed]

Neither Ms. Perez nor Ms. Yanaka believes that watching as much television as her son Sam does will lead to anything productive. Is her correct? or should it be their?