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What's wrong with this sentence: “Who am I doing this task with?”? [closed]

Imagine that you are in a class full of students and the teacher is forming couples to perform some task. Let's say, for some reason, you didn't hear the name of the person you are going to do the ...
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“What a weather” vs. “What weather” [closed]

Which of the following is correct: What a Weather! or What weather! This grammar app I have (for SATs) says that the right answer is the first one, but I've never heard it used in regular ...
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Can “We would be happy if everyone is good, therefore we have no military force” and “Japan have military force” be congruent grammatically?

There was the two separate quotes from Shigeru Ishiba, secretary general of the LDP in the interview to TIME appearing in the article titled, “Return to the Samurai” (October 7): ...
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Will lead to obtain / Will lead to the obtaining of?

I am not a native english speaker and I wonder whether the two following expression are valid: It will lead to obtain [something]. It will lead to the obtaining of [something]. If both are valid, ...
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Is “in the old decades” grammatically correct?

An example sentence would be like: "In the old decades, banana was the main type of food". Is this sentence grammatically correct? If so, does the phrase "in the old decades" have similar meaning to ...
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'At' vs. 'On' when referring a temperature

Assume you have a chemical solution and you want it to be frozen and kept at a temperature of -4 degrees, or you want an action to be taken on the solution at -4 degrees, what would you use then? ...
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I end up studying english VS. I end up to study English

What is the difference in meaning between these: "I end up studying English" and "I end up to study English".
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I want to divorce vs I want divorce [closed]

Is there a difference between I want divorce and I want to divorce. And concerning the second one should I rather say I want to divorce my wife And is "to divorce" A verb here or ...
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“Take a quest” or “Take up a quest”?

If I take this quest, I shall be redeemed in her eyes. vs Take up the quest to receive a handsome reward! Which usage is semantically correct or (if both correct) better? Take or take up or ...
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Is “in the first place better used to emphasize one fact than combined with “in the second place” to introduce a series of facts?

I used to think that "in the first place" is to emphasizs something. When we see it in the middle of a paragraph, we won't expect "in the second place". But I then saw several cases of "in the first ...
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“Be to sleep” - What does that mean? [closed]

Normally, I find English people say something like: He is sleeping. He goes to sleep early. But occasionally, I found something like: "I have been to sleep 3 times during the lesson." (Michael ...
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“is like” , “are like” comparison between singular and plural

So I had a debate with a friend, where that friend is of the opinion that you can't compare singular entities with plural ones Eg : Women are like a magnet, always attractive! (Just an example) Women ...
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An article before the word “Equation”

In many scientific papers, the article before the word "Equation" is omitted. Is there any grammar statement behind this? For instance: "Equation (8) contains various approximations, and we have ...
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Starting a Question with “Why Not . . .” Inappropriate?

Microsoft Word has underlined a question I typed starting with "why not." Something along the lines of: Why not walk to the hall every morning before the sun has risen and while the streets are ...
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Work around an issue or workaround an issue? [duplicate]

I'm writing an essay for college admissions, and this snipped is highlighted by my auto-correct as incorrect: There are many obstacles I face while working on a project, most of which take a lot ...
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“I told him I am 20” vs. “I told him I was 20” [duplicate]

Suppose I am 20 years old. Which the following is correct? Someone asked me how old I am. I told him I am 20. Someone asked me how old I was. I told him I was 20.
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Embedded question [duplicate]

I need to explain why this sentence is correct. My explanation didn't seem to satisfy the student. The correct sentence is I've never eaten this before. Do you know what is in it? ...
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“for fear of degradation”

Is this a valid sentence? Degradation: 1. the condition or process of degrading or being degraded. As used in this context: "...doing so would bring shame to the family. For fear of degradation, ...
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'Those that couldn't let go' [closed]

"Those that couldn't let go" is the title of a quest in an online MMPORG. Is this correct or should it be "Those whom..." or "They that ..."?
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is this sentence using “but instead” correctly?

Someone who is beating around the bush is a person who avoids the main point of what they are saying, but instead talk around it. I am doubting this sentence because it just sounds weird to have ...
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Why no “the” or “a” here?

I had asked the man in wardrobe to take a photo of me. Why is it that there's no articles before the noun wardrobe?
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Phrase for (confirm it before you send email or letter) [closed]

I have a person who regularly makes mistakes in spelling or the data he writes are wrong, so I want to tell someone that (Please check and confirm the data or spellings before you send email or ...
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Word being modified by whose

I came across the following sentence: "Kiran is Kishore's uncle, whose paternal grandfather has only two children." I am not clear which person is 'whose' referring to - Kiran or Kishore and why?
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Placement of 'always'

Which of the following is the most appropriate usage "You have to be always logical in your analysis." "You always have to be logical in your analysis." "You have to be logical in your ...
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replacement for expression “there are.” [duplicate]

So my writing teacher hates the expression "there are" in essays. Does anybody know some good substitutes for this overused expression? Thanx ya'll, much appreciated!
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Is there some English Grammar Specification? [duplicate]

Every programming language has some sort of language specification. For example, here's Python 3.3's Full Grammar Specification. This kind of documentation is necessary for people to program a ...
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Should 'the' be used in this title?

BBC has a documentary titled Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire. History channel has a documentary titled similarly but without the 'the': Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire. Are both ...
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Grammar Mistake in Jennifer Lopez Song [duplicate]

What is wrong with the following Jennifer Lopez's pop song ? My Love Don't Cost a Thing
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When is “instead” optional? [closed]

This is time when you're not working but playing. Is instead required in the sentence above? When can instead be dropped?
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What / Which would you like more of?

If you present someone with four options to choose from (and they can only choose one), should you say: "What would you like more of?" or "Which would you like more of?" Would the answer change if ...
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How can I rephrase sentence to make it more concise? [closed]

What I am trying to say: A farmer should provide essential food for his livestock. The failure of farmer to provide this essential food for the cattle will materially impact cattle's health. Farmer's ...
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Can one say: “I wish magazines and newspapers would contain less ads.”? [closed]

I can say “I wish prices would go down”, but what about similar sentences that have an inanimate subject after 'wish'? For example, “I wish magazines and newspapers would contain fewer ads.” Can one ...
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Question on grammar [closed]

Please tell me which one of the following two sentences is correct. Do we have to conjugate the verb of the object, like in the first sentence? I found a car that works. I found a car that work. ...
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Guide to check thesis grammar? [duplicate]

I'm new to the site. I'm looking for some compherensive, easy-to-use guide with examples about the english grammar. I would like to improve the language of my master's thesis. Suggestions?
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“equally skilled as X” or “equally skilled to X”? [closed]

Which of the following (if either) is correct? I consider myself equally skilled as LeBron. I consider myself equally skilled to LeBron.
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Is “expect lie from you” grammatically correct? [closed]

I don't expect a lie from you Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, how could it be corrected?
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Is 'artwork' a mass noun? [closed]

I have seen artwork used as a mass noun, as in: Look at all of the artwork, it's beautiful! As well as: Look at all of the artworks, they're beautiful! Per my understanding, there's no ...
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Others or the others in this example

The goal of ABC is to enable the doctors all around the world to share and benefit from the knowledge of (the) others. (meaning of other doctors all around the world) I know that THE OTHERS ...
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Will (for certainty) and Going to (for evidence) [duplicate]

According to my grammar, when we talk about predictions, "will" can be used when we are certain something is going to happen and "going to" for evidences. I think that when we are talking about ...
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Infinitive or gerund complement clause

Which is more grammatically correct: "I like to speak Japanese." or "I like speaking Japanese." Also, do they mean the same thing? Why is one better than the other, if they differ?
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Punctuate this sentence

Punctuate the following sentence. The distance between St George and and and and and dragon is not equal. (That's right, there are five consecutive 'ands'. I promise it is possible. But you may need ...
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can we use 2 “ 's” in a sentence like this? [closed]

I wonder if this sentence is rightly or wrongly punctuated : 'It's "How I Met Your Mother" 's time'.
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Which sentence is most acceptable when describing the current time period?

I would like to know which of these two sentences have the most acceptable form when describing the current time period. Why do so many people **today** have no values Why do so many people have no ...
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I knew it already 20 yrs ago vs I knew it as early as 20 yrs ago

I know that "already" is mainly used with present perfect. I want to emphasise that something was known 20 years ago. Are the following the same? I knew it already 20 yrs ago I knew it as early ...
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What is the difference in nuance between these sentences?

It's probably / certainly going to rain in minutes. It'll probably / certainly rain in minutes. Is the 1st one based on something we can see now and the 2nd one based on our personal opinion ...
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Use of “the” in sentences--when is it redundant?

He played with the items in the house. He played with items in the house. Target the addictions that plague your life. Target addictions that plague your life. What exactly is the effect of ...
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In farms or on farms?

They live the quiet life on farms They live the quiet life in farms Which is correct?
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Is “offer sb with sth” ungrammatical? If it is, why do so many people use them?

I've looked in all the major dictionaries and there is no such way of using "offer." I offered him with a raise. <= incorrect (according to dictionaries) I offered him a raise. <= correct ...
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Is it grammatical to use “an even better ” rather than “even better”?

I know this question is quite basic but right now I'm having a problem with it: "Jimmy your english is bad. Try to speak in front of mirror or an even better option is to take english classes." Is ...
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Following a listing and ellipses … How should this sentence be punctuated?

I'm trying to puncuate this sentence, and am not sure if I should use ellipses or an em dash, or simply put a period after the fragment and start a new sentence with "No one." Job loss, major ...