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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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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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“which” after a dash [closed]

From this New Yorker article: But Holder’s decision suggests (though it does not guarantee) that marijuana arrests will be heading downward. To the extent that they do, that will be a step forward ...
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“When what you really should do is ***”

I was wondering whether the following sentence is grammatically correct: It's remarkable how many ideas for interesting programming projects pop up in your head when what you really should do is ...
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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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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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multiple adjectives next to each other [closed]

In low volume, a melody sad love song is playing in a mobile phone placed on the side table. Do you see the three adjectives (melody sad love) together? Is that correct?
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What is the difference between “compound” and “complex” sentences?

And what is the difference between coordinating and subordinating conjunctions? Is one kind of sentence (compound or complex) characterized by either a coordinating or subordinating conjunction, while ...
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How to use “not that”

I am confuse with the use of 'Not that'. When we say "Not that I like bread, but I don't like to eat more carbohydrate." It means to me that I like bread and I don't like to eat more carbohydrate. Is ...
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Please, do also… or Please also

How should this sentence be phrased? Please, do also visit this house. Please also visit this house. It seems like that the answer might be dependening on the actual context, however, in that case, ...
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Filler-gap dependencies and recoverability of meaning

Consider the following sentence: In my head, there is nothing more wonderful than [] understanding how someone else feels and [] choosing to [] take action to [] resolve it. It contains ...
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Do adverbs only describe verbs?

Egypt and Tunisia have both taken steps to form a new government after the overthrow of Mubarak and Ben Ali respectively. In this context, does respectively describe the steps that have been ...
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Do I need one or more commas in this sentence?

May I suggest that you keep on searching Asda or better yet go back to Primark. It looks as if at least one comma is needed here. I was thinking: May I suggest that you keep on searching Asda ...
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When can one use a contraction at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there some rule against ending a sentence with the contraction “it's”? Sometimes it's fine to use a contraction at the end of a sentence: "If you're ...
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Entertaining multiple goals (makes / make) a person’s life stressful?

As per the following grammar rule, the singular "make" should be used but it shows "makes" in the answer. This is a little bit confusing. Rule: When acting as subjects of a sentence, gerunds and ...
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Any/some in a specific sentence

I know that some/any are used with plural (with some exceptions), but what about this? I can give you a book...if there is any Is that correct? I want to say that if there is any book, I will ...
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Is Did + second form correct in this sentence? [closed]

If I say, "How did she knew about it?" Would it be correct? If you use search engine for "did knew", you get hundred thousand results. Are they incorrect? I'm confused about this grammar structure.
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Do vs. does in a statement [closed]

In the statement "Editorial use of images do not require a model release." which form of do/does would be correct? Should the verb agree with images (as in "images do not require..."), or with ...
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“I and others” or “me and others” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Which is correct, “you and I” or “you and me”? When do I use “I” instead of “me?” Could you please explain more in an ...
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“All Things Is/Are Ephemeral”

All Things Is/Are Ephemeral I know that are is meant to be the verb connecting the two fragments together, but why...? (Gut instinct)
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Need some help in writing an essay about education as the main goal in life [closed]

Good afternoon everyone! Can you kindly help me with these sentences (I really don't know if natives do write this way about the priority in life (which for me is education). For some people money is ...
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He is the only/first player who has won GS twice

He is the only player who has won GS twice. He is the first player who has won GS twice. Are both sentences grammatically valid? If the tennis player is still active, can I use the ...
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“would be expected to be happening” [closed]

Is this phrase sound? Performance of modern filesystems is getting close to physical limitations of underlying hard-drives. Processing of big files would be expected to be happening at high ...
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Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence?

Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence? Take the following sentence, for example: Where is it at (not correct grammar) and Where's it at? (unknown) You ...
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Is “bared fruit” grammatical? [closed]

Am I the only one whos athletic career bared fruit? Is this sentence correct grammatically?
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use of “also” vs. “and also”

In the following, which is better to write between two sentences: ". Also" or ", and also" : Another drawback in the convenient setting is that operational vector fields do not have integral ...
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present continuous, be going to, or both? [duplicate]

In Grammar and Vocabulary for First Certificate (Prodromou, 2005), Chapter 2 covers "the future", "be going to", "present continuous", and "present simple". I put three of the End-Of-Chapter questions ...
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is pollution singular or plural? [closed]

is the word pollution singular or plural ? The confusion delivered when making these statement "pollution makes money, disease makes opportunity"
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Comma or period after the words: I remain at the end of a letter?

Do you ever place a period after remain? For example: With best wishes for a happy holiday, I remain. Sincerely yours,
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What does “I do believe” mean? [duplicate]

Sentences like "I do believe" or "I do love you" are common. But I was wondering what do they mean? I've never seen structures like this in grammar. In fact I don't understand what is the diference ...
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Present continuous and simple future [duplicate]

What is the difference between: I am leaving at 6 o´clock and I will leave at 6 o´clock? Do these serve any different function?
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“There is a large number” Or “There are a large number”? [duplicate]

Situation: I am composing this phrase for a real forum discussion in person: There are a large number of proverbs/idioms in English (and doubtless additional ones in American). Some are entirely ...
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Possessive Ambiguity: sharing a house [closed]

Could this: Jason shared Michael's house. be an acceptable shortened version of this: Jason shared Michael's house with Michael. ?
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Two questions about question tag

I want to ask about two sentences, and what would be the correct way to form a question: It's very important that we eat healthy food, ...........? Which would be the correct question tag: ...
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What is the question tag for “I used to swim in the Tilak tank”?

What is the question tag that can be added to the following sentence? I used to swim in the Tilak tank. This is question from an MCQ test whose options were did I? would I?
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“Layman” and gender equality

Is it correct to write: He wants to explain X concept to the layman, not before warning him ... Or should I write: He wants to explain X concept to the layman, not before warning him or her ...
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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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How to choose between “which” and “that”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to use 'that' as opposed to 'which'? Sentence 1: The motorcycles with designs which involve an engine, a shaft and a gearbox, ...
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“Two films don't a revolution make”: is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English? Proper usage/origin of the generic phrase “[action phrase] does not a [noun] make” “Dazzling ...
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Born in “year” ? [closed]

I am not sure if: Born in 1996 < for example is a right form? or there is something else instead of "in" ?
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What is the difference between “ to smoke” and “ for smoking”?

I met a sentence like "I stopped to smoke" more often than " I stopped for smoking". Is there any reason why we use " I stopped to smoke " more often? And What is the difference between the two ...
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I am writing a résumé: Which is correct and why? [closed]

Grew sales 30% introducing new products to market Or Grew sales by 30% introducing new products to market
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Might have, may have, could have, must have, would have [closed]

Yesterday there was a driving test of my friend. But I have not contacted him since yesterday. Now I am predicting about the result of his driving test. Please help me to correct my following ...
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“Research” vs “research paper.”

Tommy was sitting on his desk, flipping through Mrs. Johnson's last research (paper). Can I omit paper in cases like this? Is it more common to say research paper than just research? (The ...
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X Shared Y's Something [closed]

I was looking up information about popes and then I found this: found here Pope Julius III (1550–1555) was alleged to have had a long affair with Innocenzo Ciocchi del Monte. The Venetian ...
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Number that should be used here

Ok, this question came from another question, in which my answer has a "problem". In this question, three conditions were given. In my answer to this question, I stated: You have listed a very ...