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What is the noun in the second sentence?

This is a continuation of the question at A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city which raised further questions in my attempted answer. There were purchases. A significant ...
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What is the difference between “He is polite” and “He is being polite”?

Can any one please explain the usage and meaning of "He is polite" and "He is being polite".
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“when” and “would” in a sentence

I would like to use when and would in the following sentence: When I would study on the morning of an exam I would say something like that. So, am I right?
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Let me confirm your name. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

While you are on a customer service call, how would you clarify the name? Is it grammatically correct to say, " let me confirm your name".
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how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?

How should this long sentence with multiple "and"s Property taxes and other local taxes and state taxation and spending may not be ... . be understood? Notice, there is no punctuation near the ...
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how should “…; or …” be understood?

I'm trying to make sense of a phrase like the following The foregoing limitations shall not apply to ... [A] ...; or, subject to the provisions of ... [B] ... , to ... [C] ... . (The actual text ...
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Can I use “had” without dependent clause? [closed]

From the common English grammar lesson, the past perfect tense with had is usually followed by dependent clause. For example: He had studied English before he moved to New York. Now, if I want ...
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They set a prisoner free / They let a prisoner free

Could you please explain for me why I cannot use "let" in this sentence ? My friends said "They let a prisoner free" is wrong but I cannot understand why let is unacceptable in this sentence.
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Is “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet” a common or respectable English expression?

Today’s edition of the New York Times (December 16, 2014) carries an article written by Mark Bittman under the headline “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” It begins with the following passage: “What’s ...
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Affirmative statements with negative meaning

I was trying to understand indefinite pronouns from this English Grammar Guide site. Everything was going smoothly until I bumped into this paragraph. AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS In affirmative ...
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Can I use “On the other hand” in a new paragraph? [closed]

I'm in a situation where the argument for "On the one hand" is long. The argument for "on the other hand" is about the same length. If I put them in the same paragraph, the paragraph becomes much ...
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How to resolve impossible ambiguity with commas? The Oxford comma doesn't help

Have there been any solutions proposed for the ambiguity in sentences such as the following? The highlights of his global tour include encounters with Nelson Mandela, an 800-year-old demigod‹,› ...
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Question about the order of events in a sentence

Is the sentence: "We felt we had let our coach down because we hadn't won the match" correct? I read a sentence "We felt we had let our coach down because we didn't win the match" in an ...
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Split infinitives—did Old English have them?

I've read a few articles as well as questions on this site about splitting infinitives. In the Wikipedia article, it claims: In Old English, infinitives were single words ending in -n or -an ...
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What is it called when someone says “like” or “alright”

I was talking with my friend and neither of us could think of the word for when someone says something similar to "And, like, we were totally, like, going to do this one thing." To add to it, as ...
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The usage about “Never ever” [migrated]

It can always heard in movies. "I'll never ever see you again." If I want to say that "I will not choose this forever", can I use never ever? For example: I will never ever choose this. ...
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Time reference and express attractivness of a fitting job role in cover letter?

I found a job ad of a job which is perfect for me. I have the following sentences: After my studies and acquiring the IBM certificates I am now searching for a position as an programmer. The ...
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that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still

The idea that nothing is true except what we comprehend is silly, and that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still. To me, the second sentence is ...
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Example where article reverses meaning

Adding "the" reverses the meaning in these two sentences: Alice is in charge of Bob. Alice is in the charge of Bob. What is the formal grammatical explanation of this difference?
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“Like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it” - by?

I do get the point but I would like to know why the "by" is used here? Wouldnt "and" work? "Is it like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it." To me it implies that you might ...
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Possessive pronoun [closed]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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There's and enumeration [duplicate]

There is one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer or There are one cup, one plate, and one spoon in the drawer Which one should i use? There's sounds more natural, but I feel like ...
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Should I say “metal” or “metals” when I'm talking about multiple units of the same type of metal?

My question involves a term that occurs in a game called Refined Metal. It's used to describe an item, such as when exchanging game coins. I am semi-arguing with my wife about whether I need to use ...
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Introductory books for language theory

I have computer science background and I am looking for some NLP algorithms for stemming, POS tagging etc. The language under consideration is "agglutinative and inflectional". Since from CS ...
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can “plan work” be used in a slogan?

I would like to use the slogan "Plan work. Track time." for a product I'm working on. However, I'm a bit alarmed by the fact I get virtually no search results on Google for "plan work", which gives me ...
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hadn't we or didn't we in a tag question [duplicate]

which is correct option to the following & why ? We had two hours for lunch yesterday, hadn't we? We had two hours for lunch yesterday, didn't we?
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Is “I am not about this week” correct

We had an English test today and the correct answer to one question was "I am not about this week. I work in Romania" Is this correct and if yes what does it mean?
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Allow us time to [do something] by [deadline] [closed]

Recently I came across this sentence: "Please let us know if you are prepared to allow us time to file his [document] by 1 Jan 2015" It feels wrong to me but I would like to know if this may ...
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An exceptional sentence [closed]

The earth moves in a way such as to orbit round the sun. Is this sentence correct? If it is then say something about the exceptional part-"such as to orbit round the sun".
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Contradictory rules about “who” and “whom” in relation to this sentence

I have a grammar which says that "whom" is used when it follow a preposition. i.g.: to whom am I speaking. to whom it may concern. The grammar also says that "whom" is the object form of "who". ...
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Should “differentiate” be plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

What we know how to do and what we have done differentiate us from others. or What we know how to do and what we have done differentiates us from others. Can anyone explain to me which is correct ...
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A song came on tv

I'm not a native English speaker, so I wanted to ask something. How would you say that 'As i was zapping through the channels, and this song came on'. Is this a correct sentence? Basically what I ...
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It seems to be correct for / to me

While I answered a question, I wrote the following sentence to say that I agreed with the solution given by the OP. It seems to be correct for me. Then, I wondered whether the following sentence ...
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Grammatical correction request : Is this a correct Q&A [closed]

Question: Got your internet banking login credentials ? Answers - two options Yes, I have No, I dont If not, please help correcting the same
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Alternative to ending an sentence with “contribute to”

I have a bad habit of leaving ending sentences with prepositions. I'm inclined to write: Two communities I'm working to contribute to Is there a phrasing, and possibly a grammatical rule, that ...
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Care about and Care for

Whats the difference between "care for something" and "care about something". English is not my first language so just looking for clarity. Can i use them interchangeably?
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Proper grammar for injecting another person with a drug?

I'm looking for the grammatical way to say one person gave another person an injection of some illegal drug, as opposed to a medical-office situation. Self-injection is described when a person says ...
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A quote by Disraeli, can you interpret and explain its meaning?

"Talk to women, talk to women as much as you can. This is the best school. This is the way to gain fluency, because you need not care what you say, and had better not be sensible. They, too, will ...
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Referring to family members

I've noticed that sometimes family members are referred to in a weird way(to me) in speech. For example, instead of "I will talk to my mum" or "Give this to your dad", I often hear "I'll talk to mum" ...
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Is “originally first” a grammar error?

I understand that the phrase "originally first" is repetitive, but is it a grammatical error? For more context, the phrase appeared in the following sentence which was marked wrong for repetition. ...
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I have nearly been finishing vs. I've nearly finished

Before the following question: "Have you finished the project?" The answer: "I have nearly finished but there is still some work to do." Can be replaced by: "I have nearly been finishing but ...
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Should it be for example “product prices” or “products prices” [duplicate]

I don't know what are the correct terms for this question. Which form is correct for cases of multiple plural nouns, both should be plural or only the second one, for example: product prices or ...
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Make it happen? [migrated]

The usage make it happen is usually used. But why dont we use happens since it appears ?
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Indefinite article with a superlative in case of ties

Imagine there are several paths through a maze. Some path are shorter than others, and there can be several different paths with the minimal length. If I talk about a path with the minimal length (I ...
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Is it grammatically correct? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say: It must be very frustrating to be surrounded by idiots and being unable to explain them. If not, how should i convey the point about being frustrated about ...
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Why do not we ask negative questions without a contraction on the not after the verb?

I have found multiple questions touching on this but not a single one that has a comprehensive answer. The information is all there but in little bits. "Do you not" vs. "Don't ...
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English UK. Grammar check - choice to vs choice of [duplicate]

Should I use You are granted the choice to either be my friend or my enemy. or You are granted the choice of either being my friend or my enemy. ? It's for my poem and I want to ...
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Leak vs Leakage?

English is not my first language and I'm having trouble using the words "leak" and "leakage". Do they both mean the same thing? or what is the correct grammatical usage of each word? Thank you very ...
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Before he “agree” or he would “agreed” [duplicate]

Please before the interviews make sure that Dr. Mikel agrees with your list ..???? OR Please before the interviews make sure that Dr. Mikel agree with your list ??
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How to choose between “spatial” or “spatially”?

I'm writing my thesis and I need help with the title, here it is: Improved seam merging for temporally and spatially video resizing with structure and motion preservation I am not sure about the ...