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Given “recoup lost …”; Is “lost” implied/redundant, self-cancelling, or optional?

Rains have helped recoup lost water. or I would like to recoup lost time. It seems to me that recoup is to regain something, thus lost would either be implied, or inclusive. So would saying "...
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Is it correct to say “This requirement is because”

The following passage uses the phrase "This requirement is because". Is that correct usage? Modularization is a key requirement to manage the size and complexity of large ontologies that can be ...
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Why not “at set of the sun”?

When the stars, at set of sun, Watch you from on high. Why not "at set of the sun"?
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Is it bad English to have two to's in a row?

For example how would one correct the sentence "what website should I go to to upload the photo?" or is it correct already?
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How to best explain the use of best?

I've been asked to explain the use of best in the phrase "humans have found how best to live together" other than saying its an adverb I'm stumped, could someone wiser help me out.
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Do you feel that should is the past of shall? [closed]

This is a very deep question and I ask you to ponder at it for a while. We know from the grammar that some modal verbs are the past form of another: PRESENT PAST will would ...
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Contractions With “Has” [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to make a contraction with an arbitrary noun and the word "has" to create a more conversational style in writing? For example, can I write... "Tomorrow, when the storm's blown away,"...
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Are these sentences by Thomas Kuhn grammatically correct?

I'm almost certain that Kuhn would not publish an essay with grammatical mistakes, but those two sentences seem plain wrong to me. (I am not a native speaker.) Though my argument does demand that ...
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Predicate inner components in sentence (object without determiner)

I'm working on a computer program that might output the following sentence: Analyst Mark Mahaney upgraded rating on Apple to Buy Is that sentence valid in English? (That is, nothing betwen the ...
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Confusing structures with modal verbs

I have skimmed through the part on modals of a classic grammar book (Murphy's "Grammar in Use") and picked up all the structures that look strange to me. Could you, please, explain how often they are ...
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In correspondence, what is the correct way to refer to two people with the same first name but different last names? [closed]

I have received an email containing the following statement, "tell John Ford and Smith that their proposal is due". As both individuals share the same first name, what should the correct directive ...
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“Would” vs. “Will”

Which of the following sentences is correct and why? Please note that I "will" be working on another script this month. Please note that I "would" be working on another script this month. I should ...
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Unorthodox article placement

In my English class yesterday we looked at the following example: Monica is such a beautiful woman. We learned that the above sentence could also be written as: Monica is so beautiful a ...
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Is this sentence in the Future Continuous?

Would be obliged if someone could clarify whether the following is in the Future Continuous tense. The Earth will be three degrees hotter by the year 2050. It seems so but I need to be ...
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Better wording for “Among other [stuff]”

I have the following problem. I need to say Among other information, [the message] will contain information about the following... I don't like the repetition of "information" here. I thought ...
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“Either A or B”: what exactly is the subject? [closed]

My brother had this pair of questions on a Year 7 English exam. Consider this sentence: "Either Michael or Susan will have to do night shift tonight." Which is the subject? ...
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Program is written in C++ or Program is written on C++ [closed]

Which is right: This program is written in C++. or This program is written on C++.
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Is this correct grammar with the semi-colon

This sentence is from my essay. Is the semi-colon correct? His most famous residence is the Kaufmann Residence; esteemed for its use of organic architecture with Japanese architectural components ...
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“Back then” or “back there”

When referring to someone from a different geographical area and a different time, what is the proper phrase to refer to them? "Back then" or "back there"? Does it depend on if your intended meaning ...
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Subject and Object in Commands?

I'm having difficulty figuring out the subject and object in the following sentence: Give me that pencil. The confusion is since someone is requesting the pencil, should they be the subject? In ...
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Should it be continual or continuous?

Here is the sentence in question: • Dedicated to continuous learning in the workplace. • Dedicated to continual learning in the workplace. I also feel that the sentence needs to be simpler.
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Usage of “booked on” “booked in” and “booked for”?

Which usage is correct in terms of booking a room/course/session? "booked on a room/course/session" "booked in a room/course/session" "booked for a room/course/session" Googling it, I ...
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“How can you say it” or “How you can say it” [closed]

Just a simple question, which one is right? How can you say it or How you can say it. It's not a question. Thank you, guys!
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Use of “to be having”

I am confused with the usage of "to be having". He is assumed to be having the diamonds. or He is assumed to have the diamonds. Which one is correct?
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Is “is when” acceptable while linking two objects or ideas?

In a grammar class I'm enrolled in, one of the diagnostic tests contained the following question: "Blocking" is when a television network schedules a less popular program between two popular ones ...
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Sought solace Vs sought for solace

I see the above two phrases used interchangeably. Google n-gram viewer prefers "sought solace". Are they both correct?
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Our being vs. the fact that

While editing a writing sample of mine, my boyfriend made the following correction: When we are more active online, our being solely distributed in the Greater Detroit area will be inconsequential....
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Two questions with “or”

Which of these is correct? Shall we paint the room red, or do you want to consider more colors? or Shall we paint the room red? Or do you want to consider more colors? I tend to think ...
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This page intentionally left blank

If you look at published books and journals that have blank pages, you'll find some with printed statements: This page intentionally left blank. Why is there no flected verb ("is"): This ...
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“off of the counter” vs “off the counter” [duplicate]

Is the word of necessary? For example: Take the towel off of the counter. vs. Take the towel off the counter.
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God Bless(es??) America [duplicate]

I think grammatically the phrase "God bless America" is wrong; it should be "God blesses America", don't you think so?
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How do we write years before AD 1000?

For years with 4 digits, usually we write it this way: George was born in the year 1732. or George was born in 1732. What about years with three, two, or even one digit? Are these ...
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The object of “I don't like people telling me what to do”?

In the sentences I don't like people telling me what to do. I'm fed up with you telling me what to do. What are the objects of like and with? Is it "people" or "people telling me what to do" ...
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When to add “the” before a noun followed with a clause

E.g. "Although they work in most cases, they cannot handle cases when a comment or script is broken by the cutting" Should I put "the" between "handle" and "cases"?
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“anybody can dance” or “Everybody can dance”? [duplicate]

"Anybody can dance" or "Everybody can dance", which is correct? Or do they have same meaning?
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Conjunction Puzzle: Is this clause dependent or independent?

Third grade teacher here. I plan to teach students to distinguish between simple, compound and complex sentences — but only if I can demonstrate a clear and meaningful difference between the latter ...
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“Is it true?” or “Does it true?” [closed]

I always get confused about: Is it true? Does it true? Where and when should I use one or the other? In other words, when should I pose a question using is and when should I pose it using does?
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Grammatical Names and Grammatical Functions

What is the grammatical name and grammatical function of the part of the sentence that is in bold? What the teacher taught was not in the students' text. The principal ate what was left in ...
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If I was an airline pilot vs. If I had been an airline pilot 10 years ago

In a comment signed by Martha, she wrote that: "If I was an airline pilot" and "If I were an airline pilot" have different meanings. The latter is the subjunctive case (and presumably what ...
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Dear Family & Friends or Dear Friends & Family? [closed]

I would like to begin the speach adressing family & friends... Should I say " Dear Family & Friends " or " Dear Friends & Family "?
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“…three years in.” What does it mean when placing 'in' at the end of a sentence?

I read on Gabriel Weinberg's recent blog: "Startups are a long-term game. My best advice is to treat entrepreneurship as a career path, but it is easier said than done absent some amount of ...
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What's the difference between “She came home angry” and “She came home angrily” [closed]

Are these two sentences grammatically correct? What's the difference between them? She came home angry She came home angrily
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Is this sentence right correct “What I want to do is read this book.”?

"What I want to do is read this book." Is it correct? Or, can I say: "What I want to do is to read this book." "What I want to do is reading this book." Are all of the three sentences correct?
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What is the function of “that” in this sentence?

What is the funcition of "that" in this sentence? The paper notes that conditions in the last warm period in the Atlantic are broadly similar to those observed now. — BBC News, October 7, ...
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“as and when” Usage

Why would one say " you can do that as and when needed" instead of " you can do that when needed" Is there any difference between them?
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Can you end a sentence with a clitic like “they're”? [duplicate]

I saw someone write the sentence "Of course they're". As a native English speaker, this instantly seemed wrong but I couldn't come up with a good reason as to why. I did a bit of research and there ...
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How do I reply? 'It's time you started [to trust me]' or 'It's time you started to [trust me]?

Given the following sentence: 'I don't trust you' - what's the proper way to end the following reply:'It's time you started' or 'It's time you started to'? Is there a rule governing the inclusion/...
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Past perfect usage?

In the following sentence, That task was not added to the TODO document because at that time it had not yet been added to the main document. What I mean here is that back then, during the TODO ...
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What are “How to … ?” questions (errors) called?

I see questions formed like "How to do this?" every day. They are so frequent that I wonder if there is a name for grammatical errors of this kind.
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What day is it? or What day is it on?

Are "what day is it?" and "what day is it on?" both correct? Or is one more correct than the other? Or is one correct/formal and the other informal? What would you use in these examples and why: ...