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Is the use of 'has' appropriate with first person singular?

We have been learning since childhood that Has can only be used with third person singular but I have seen and heard people using has otherwise. For example, the other day I was reading that ...
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The Drop - meaning of “get to” [closed]

What does "get to" mean in the following excerpt taken from the book "The Drop" by Michael Connelly? The "Get to" is at the end of the excerpt. I have written it in bold. Thank you very much for the ...
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Have you been vs you have been [closed]

For how long ............ employed here? a. you are. b. are you. c. you have been. d. have you been. What will be the answer here I thought it shall be d have you been but someone is saying you ...
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Has or Have +had in one sentence? [duplicate]

I know this question might be duplicate. I am not able to getting the usage of have had from another answers which is exist in Stackexchange. So I asked this question again. I have examples. Ann ...
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Is it a “Texas Accent” or a “Texan Accent”?

Is it proper to say "Texan accent" or "Texas accent" - or does it make any difference?
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What does “In any sort of time” mean here?

I saw this sentence in the New Yorker story "Paranoia" by Shirley Jackson: Much as Mr Beresford disliked the subway, he might still have to take the subway to get home in any sort of time. What ...
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Should it be “100% donations policy” or “100% donation policy”?

Some charities have a "100% donations policy" or "100% donation policy" - e.g. "We abide by a 100% donations policy" - by which they mean that 100% of each donation donated to the charity will go to ...
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Which is correct: “your -ing” or “you -ing”? [duplicate]

Which of the following is (more) correct or are they both acceptable? I apologise for your receiving emails. or I apologise for you receiving emails. I think I read somewhere (but can't ...
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“Would it be” vs “Will it be”

I was writing an email to my colleague and as part of it I wrote Would it be possible for you to help me with this? I felt a bit awkward after sending the mail. Should it be would or will? I ...
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Use of “especially”

Is there anything wrong with the use of "especially" in this sentence? Since then, his popularity has increased in other countries, especially Russia, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and ...
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“in order to” vs. “for the sake of”

These two phrases seem to be interchangeable in most cases. But I found one case where it seems that "in order to" works, and "for the sake of" sounds like it's not as good a choice of words. ...
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What word describes the action of changing the grammatical person of a sentence?

For example, if I were to change the following the example sentence from: I'm sure you could use your experience to help me out. to: You're sure I could use my experience to help you out. ...
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Noun pronoun agreement [duplicate]

Is it now considered appropriate to use plural pronouns to replace singular nouns in order to avoid gender issues?
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Difference between ‘English school’ and ‘school of English’

I'm a Spanish speaker and I need to know the difference between School of English and English School. Sometimes I see these phrases, and I don't know which one is the correct one.
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Comma usage: “In July of 2012 …” or “In July of 2012, …”

Consider the following sentence: In July of 2012 Jesse informed us that she was engaged to be married and asked if she could add her fiancée to the lease, beginning the 15th of August 2012. ...
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The correct usage of 'Not only' in the beginning of a negative sentence

Am I using Not only . . . but also correctly? Not only have these conditions been not prepared in developed countries, but developing countries also have not accepted them. Not only have not these ...
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Opposite of change?

What is the opposite of change (change as in "change for currency")? If I say, "Give me change for $10" what is the opposite of 'change' in that sentence?
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How to put “saved my time” in sentence? [closed]

If I want to say that I have to scan my computer for virus filtering but some information tell me that there is no virus issue in my system and saved my time because I don't need to do virus filtering ...
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How to say something like “A is x times as much likely …”? [duplicate]

How to accurately, unambiguously and concisely say something in the following cases: case 1. "The predictor is significant, with 1.5615 times as much likely to get higher scores when it is true." ...
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Can “But!” be a sentence?

From Dune by Frank Herbert: "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and ...
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'of all the reasons' vs. 'of all reasons'

Given: Of all ____ reasons for my decision to become a university professor, my father's advice was ____ most important one Which of the following choice is correct? A: the; a B: /; a C: ...
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This positively affects patient lives and

I am not sure whether patient needs to be plural or singular in the title sentence. If it's plural is it then "patients' lives"?
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“was able to” vs “could”

According to my grammar book, here are some usages of was able to and could could can be used to refer in general that someone has a skill. e.g. At that time I could still read without spectacles. ...
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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 ...