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Is there a difference between saying “Members are” and “All members are”?

Which is grammatically correct and why? Members are requested to pay their subscriptions in time. All the Members are requested to pay their subscriptions in time.
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Proper usage of plural/singular verb [closed]

I wanted to ask, which of these two is correct. I would be grateful for your answer. People’s lives is involved. Or People’s lives are involved. 2nd is grammatically correct, I think.
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Already vs. before in the present perfect

What's the difference? Example: I've already seen Terminator. vs. I've seen Terminator before.
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Usage of “been to” in perfect tenses and in other tenses

"been to" (be to) is used in perfect tenses - in sentences like the ones below: I have never been to the opera. I have never been to a baseball game I have never been to a Pentecostal ...
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Is “let know him” grammatical?

We usually say: Let me know. I will let him know. Could the following be considered grammatical? I will let know him. Let know the guy.
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Can I replace “that is/are (supposed) to” with just “to”?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? [This method] binds a handler to one or more events to be executed once for each matched element. source Is it just a contraction of the following ...
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Why is it “make sure that” (no 'it') but “make it so” (with 'it')?

Once again, y'all can blame my boss. Well, him or Captain Picard. He (my boss, not Picard) has the annoying habit of saying "Make it sure that", instead of "Make sure that". No matter how many times I ...
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of areas involved with patients’ care - or patients care? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s/Users’/Users Group What would be the correct way with UK English spelling: patients' care or patients care? I have terrible search skills, I could not find an ...
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Whether to use a verbal or a deverbal noun as a modifier?

Which is more grammatically correct: an XXX-inhibiting drug, or an XXX inhibitor drug? It would seem to me that the use of the verbal noun ("inhibiting") as a modifier is more grammatically ...
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Just vs. lately in the present perfect

Can we use lately instead of just in the following sentence: I’ve just gotten back from London. It was a business trip. Does it have any meaning?
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Is there a term for ambiguity coming from a modifier modifying multiple parts of a sentence?

Given the sentence Before starting the machine, mount the machine with the battery installed on the harness. This could be taken to mean that 1) the battery is installed on the harness and the ...
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What is “If you're tired” called in this sentence?

"If you're tired, you should sleep." What is the name for the phrase "If you're tired" in this sentence? Obviously "you should sleep" could stand alone as a sentence.
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Five percent VS The five percent [closed]

Five percent VS The five percent. Which one is correct and why? Because i.e. this page exists http://www.thetwopercent.com/ or the famous slogan ;) "we are the 99%.". However, on the official apple ...
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On the structure of “search for weapons and bands of pro-Hussein fighters still holding out”

I came across the following expression: The primary task of many American troops in Baghdad has been to search for weapons and bands of pro-Hussein fighters still holding out. This is from a ...
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Is the second “are” required in “Here are the ideas I thought are worth spreading”?

Here are the ideas I thought are worth spreading. Here are the ideas I thought worth spreading. Which one is correct?
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What part of speech is “worth”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the lexical class of the word 'worth' when used in a sentence like “Is this apple worth $3?” In a sentence like the following: The ...
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Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He picked up a quarrel.
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concept/name extraction [closed]

I need your help to set all rules for extracting names/concepts from a phrase. for example, in the phrase "in toshka, it's always sunny" the name/concept here is toshka, which is a place in Egypt. i ...
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“You have nothing to do” - “Yes I do” / “Yes I don't” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? If someone says "You have ...
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When can the -ing form of a verb be placed before a noun?

My native-speaker's grammatical intuition tells me that: There is a sleeping man under the tree. is fine but There is a fishing man by the river bank. is wrong. Why? I've thought about ...
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What time do/should/would I call you?

Here's the question I saw on a test: A: What time ………… I call you? B: You could call me after lunch. a) am b) do c) should d) would I think (b), (c), and (d) are possible options. Please ...
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How does “out” function in “next time out”?

On the recent CBS’s Face the Nation, the anchor, Bob Schieffer asked former President Bill Clinton about whether his wife will run in next election: “Mr. President, I have to ask you about your ...
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what is the difference between “ get in the bus” and “ get on the bus” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Origin/reason for the expression “on the bus” instead of “in the bus” I want to know when to use " get in the bus." and " get on the bus." I will ...
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What are reading comprehesion tools that can generate or suggest plainer language? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to simplify a document for better comprehension after I have already gone through an editing process myself. It could include suggestions easier synonyms, grammar optimization ...
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Small Question Regarding Article the or a [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) I always don't understand which one to use, a or the or nothing. I got a ...
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Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …”

I was told that it is a typical mistake for Russian speakers to say I feel myself badly instead of I feel ill. I wonder to what extent such constructs sound wrong to native speakers? I feel ...
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How is 'get' being used in these sentences?

What grammar structure is this? Bob got/had me drunk. She's got me spending. Get moving! Get going! That music gets/has me dancing! He had/got me stumped. She had/got me stoned. Is it possible to ...
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“I see someone every two days” [closed]

"I see someone every day" - meaning you see someone every day. "I see someone every other day" - meaning you see someone one day, not the next, then the day after, but not the next and so on. What is ...
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give a lift to or without “to”?

Reading a text I have seen the following: A man and two girls he gave a lift to. But doesn't this mean that I can say "give a lift to"? What about this: I gave my friend a lift. I gave a ...
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When is it appropriate to use 'the' instead of a possessive determiner?

I was with someone today and we were talking about a woman, and she said: "Wow, the husband must be so proud." I was confused as to which was correct or more appropriate as opposed to: "Wow, ...
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Question about “either and neither”

Which of these answers is correct? Which way did you go the first one or the second one? A) I went neither way B) I didn't go either way
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Word for the “strength” of an adjective

Is there a word which describes the strength of an adjective within an ordered set? For example, these words describe “quality” in ascending order of their “power”: good great fantastic Is there ...
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What is the appropriate construct for stating that “A and B oppose each other's positions.”?

For example, in a sentence that states "Person A and Person B reacted with terror at each others' views," is there a more formal way to phrase this? The current phrasing seems like an awkward way to ...
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Can I use quotation marks to suggest that somebody should say something?

Simple question, can I use double quotes (") to suggest that somebody should say something? For example, can I say: You should say "Hello" to your neighbours Is this grammatically correct?
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Too X, X enough, enough X

Can someone explain why the choices not marked as 'correct' in these fill-in-the-blank questions are wrong? It was ___ so we didn't get it. expensive enough too expensive -correct enough expensive ...
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“What's” in indirect questions

Lets consider the following: The book doesn't explain, "What's the wisdom behind education?" Changing this to an indirect question becomes the following: The book doesn't explain what the ...
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How to use “should have been” to express conditions? [closed]

Lets say that someone is driving a car but doesn't possess a drivers license and I am telling him You should have been obtained a drivers license before drive a car. is this usage of "should ...
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Help identifying an error type “tried to help me learning”

I have a friend from Russia who is trying to learn English and recently used the sentence "He tried to help me learning..." (implied: the English language) It is obviously wrong and I corrected it ...
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Have I used too many commas for this sentence?

Here is what we are trying to say: Before you hit any of the URLs below, please, make sure you have logged into the application first using your default browser. Are the commas correctly placed? ...
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What does the “they” stand for here?

I meet this sentence: In the early days, very few people interacted directly with database systems, although without realizing it they interacted with databases indirectly — through printed ...
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Proper format for listing criteria for a project

My team are going back and forth between the proper usage of a specific sentence in our project proposal. This project proposal is being presented to a school, so we want to make sure we are correct ...
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Is a single-word sentence like “No” an independent clause? And semicolons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comma or semicolon after “No” when responding to a question It started because of this: "No; I found the behavior off-putting." I believe "no", as an ...
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Conditional sentences [closed]

What type of conditional sentences should be used in a context like this? (This person graduated from school many years ago.) You know, my mother went to school and said that until she(the teacher) ...
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Me too or I as well [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “me too” and “I too”? Which one is correct to use Me too or I as well? For example - Suppose my friend says I want to go ...
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When speaking of age 13 and over, is it 12+ or 13+?

When you take into account all ages above a certain age, what is the correct way to write it? I was supposed to write all ages above 12, and not including 12, so I wrote '13+', which in my mind ...
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Is this usage of “inside” correct?

This text is taken from a children's reader. It's about some children who find a doll house that is an exact reproduction of their home. Biff opened the little house. Everyone looked inside. "It ...
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Uncountable nouns

When is it possible to use an indefinite article before uncountable nouns? Only when they are defined in some way? music, art, love, happiness advice, information, news (It was a good ...
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“Four plus two equals six” (or “is equal to six” or “is six”)

You write 4 + 2 = 6 and say "four plus two equals (or is equal to or is) six." In the question “Is equal to” or “equals”, I read the following comment: Equals is equal being a verb, in the ...
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Use of “good” and “well” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “I'm well” vs. “I'm good” vs. “I'm doing well”, etc What is the difference between “good” and “well” ...
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Which one is correct: “wish I was here” or “wish I were here”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “If I was” or “If I were”. Which is more common, and which is correct? Which one is the correct form: "Wish I was here" or "wish I were here"? ...