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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 correct?...
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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 is ...
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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 or ...
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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 removing ...
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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 illness,...
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When an adjective modifies a noun, can either “look” or “look like” be used?

As far as I know, we use "look" with adjectives and "look like" with nouns, but I came across this sentence in Oxford Dictionaries: That looks an interesting book. Well, I was told that when we ...
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Grammatical differences between “curio” and “curiosity” when used as an object noun

I've recently heard the term curio when talking about a strange or foreign object, whereas previously I would have used the term curiosity in that context. Is the use of the use of curio a more ...
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Punctuation for the phrase “including but not limited to”

This is my first question on this stack exchange. I'm hoping this kind of question is welcome here, and excuse my ignorance, but my confusion evident below is exactly why I am a Software Engineer ...
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using plural when referring to cent and cents [closed]

What is the correct grammar when saying cent or cents? Do you use plural when you are referring to more than 1. For example do you say I have Five Hundred Dollars and 36 cents in the bank or Five ...
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Meaning of verb in infinitive phrases

I took my car to the garage to have them check the air-conditioner. To watch Uncle Billy tell this story is an eye-opening experience. What is the meaning of the verbs check and tell in these ...
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Using “its” after “both”

Sorry for the vague title. I came across this sentence while reading the book A Dash of Style: The gracious semicolon wouldn't exist if it weren't for the failure of both the comma and period to ...
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Does the position of “while” in a sentence affect its meaning?

"While I hate to watch TV, my wife loves it very much." (self-made) When denoting a contrast, "while" is to be in the beginning of the first clause. I complained about the unfair competition in ...
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Is the tense shift here problematic?

See a raccoon and pungent isn't what you think. But if you put the animal close to your nose, you'll find . . . Just a reworded example. Is there a tense shift here? One that shouldn't exist? Does ...
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Troubled by a sentence in a Reuters article

I am troubled by the following sentence According to Khanh, Vietnam has 0.7 passenger aircraft for every 1 million people in its population, compared with 7 in Malaysia and 15 in Australia. ...
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'Ask' and its objects

I'd like to know if the objects of the verb 'ask' must follow an order. If so what is that order? Should the first object be the person (someone) or the thing (something)? For example: Will you ask ...
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A pack of wolves run through the woods [duplicate]

Is the correct to say A pack of wolves run through the woods or is the correct English A pack of wolves runs through the woods The former sounds right. However, I think the subject is a ...
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“He shot it” versus “he shot at it” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between these two, or is only one correct? I shoot him. I shoot at him. She will shoot you. She will shoot at you. How about these two? The plane shot missiles at the ...