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Is this “imperative” corrrect? What is dropping the subject called, if anything?

I was reading through this Git Commit Message Conventions document for a project and discovered what I think to be an improper recommendation to use imperative mood. First, if you're not familiar ...
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Questions about present perfect continuous and 'let'

I am working in this company from the beginning. vs. I have been working in this company since the beginning. Which one is correct? He let her daughter listen the music. Is ...
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“Same as” or “same with” in this context?

Here is a quick question. Same with A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Same as A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Which one is a better way for academic writing? ...
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'In addition to', 'As part of' or 'During'

I have problem with sentences structures. I have a sentence: Research: In addition to his academic activities, he conducted research focused on design, implementation and operation of novel ...
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“from” “to” usage for time ranges

Back in school I was taught that "from" is always used with "to" for time ranges. Now, almost always I see a dash is used instead of "to". Is it correct?
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“…as interesting as you think” vs “…as interesting as you'd think”?

Speaker A: "You lived in Hawaii? Cool! How was it? Tell me, tell me. Speaker B: "Haha, it wasn't as interesting as you/you'd think. What's the correct option in this case? Or should I have ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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Verb form of “drive” after “see” in a sentence [duplicate]

I saw him .... off. A.drive B.to drive C.driving D.driven I chose C but the key is A. I don't know why. Can you help me explain the reason?
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Usage of word “those” in an essay

I am writing critical analysis essay on philosophical paper. It is an undergraduate 1000 words task. I have a sentence: (contents of philosophical paper) contradicts with what idea 1, idea 2, and ...
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“do .. while doing” or “do while do” [on hold]

Here is a quick question. In the following two sentences, which one is correct? XXX changes the syntax of software while keeping the semantic equivalence. XXX changes the syntax of software while ...
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Usage of in and into [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct? I went in to work at the agency early today. I went into work at the agency early today.
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“Software diversification effect” or “software diversification effectiveness”? [on hold]

here is my quick question, when I want to say "software diversity" (this is considered as a technical term), which one is the most suitable way? given the context below: XXXXX, with an amplified ...
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“Realizing that, despite…” vs “realizing despite…that.”

What's the correct form? Example: I smiled, realizing that, despite her craziness, I missed her. I smiled, realizing, despite her craziness, that I missed her. Is there any ...
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“When did you go there?” vs “When you went there?” [on hold]

Could someone help me to understand the difference between these two sentences. When did you go there? When you went there? What is the correct way of using these forms?
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Is this construction of the sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Today I see ways how several aspects of filmmaking industry can be improved so that myriads of struggling filmmakers won’t be left overboard and can find their niche in this very complex business.
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“In the sense that…” [on hold]

I am wondering if in the sense that sounds correct in the following sentence: Besides, the company's lab should serve as a knowledge resource in the sense that engineers can enquire about ...
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“ don't do barbecue in backyard” or “don't barbecue in backyard ” [closed]

Do you say " don't do barbecue in backyard" or "don't barbecue in backyard "? i thought second was right. here is my second question one : which one more appropriate: in or on ? I thought it should ...
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Correct arrangement of this sentence [on hold]

I currently have this sentence: James Albert Bonsack took on the challenge and created a machine in 1880; despite losing his first prototype to a fire. But I am not sure about how it is best to ...
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Contraction of “There are” to “There're” [duplicate]

I'm a soon published author going through my final edit of the book and I got stuck thinking about this one. I understand that when writing this you should type in "There are". When people are saying ...
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Use of the word “for”

Way back in high school, an English teacher asked me if I understood how I was using the word "for" in one of my sentences. I didn't, and I took it as a criticism. Since that day, I have shied away ...
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Homer's “Odyssey”? Homer's “The Odyssey”?

Right now I am writing an essay, also I am currently stuck doing so because I don't know how to properly use a piece of grammar. This essay is focusing on the book written by Homer. The problem is I ...
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Why does “not a one” sound incorrect, but “not a single one” sounds okay?

To me, not a one sounds incorrect, but not a single one sounds okay. Is there any grammar to support why my ears weep at the sound of the former phrase, but not the latter?
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“Even to” or “To even”?

I am not sure which one is grammatically correct. It could be both or none. Could you select which sentence would be grammatically correct? The only difference between the sentences is even to vs. to ...
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Should I use 'among others' or 'such as' in this context?

Here are my constructions: Ability to monitor and configure devices among others the company's Cisco Systems, workstations and servers using open-source and Microsoft software. Ability to ...
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What is the right punctuation for a series of questions within a single sentence?

What is the right punctuation to use with a list of examples that are questions? For example: This is a list of statements from the texts that I find vague: "From what are the interiors of a ...
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The correct grammar of “verb” + “conjunction” + “verb”

I have seen the usage of both versions: I am doing this to get more attention and to seek for opportunities. I am doing this to get more attention and seek for opportunities. Which one is ...
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Which english grammar book do you recommend? [closed]

I'm decided to learn english grammar in adept. I have two books 1. TOEFL's grammar and 2. Grammar in Use R. Murphy. TOEFL's grammar seems easy-to-follow and with formulas (very effective I think). ...
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How to use has had or have had properly? [duplicate]

Considering every conditions how to use has had or have had properly? Mention some examples please? And also how to use shall?
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Could the “pseudo” adverbial phrases modify the real adverbial phrases?

1)A woman fell 50 feet down a cliff. 2)The project was finished 10 days ahead of the schedule. 3)Emma is 10 years older than Sophie. 4)I finished the project 10 days ago. 1)50 feet/10 days/10 ...
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What is the grammatical designation of “that” in “…that she may have…”?

The following sentence is the Modern English translation of a line from the Old English poem Judith: He (God) advanced a gracious favour to her, that she may have a steadfast faith. My question ...
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Grammar Help: Explaining THAT [on hold]

How can the two instances of "that" be explained in the following sentence: Who cares, if that's all that'd come on? (The narrator is upset with a newly installed TV that doesn't work.) Is ...
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What does the perfect infinitive mean?

I came across a sentence recently: Before I turn 40, I want to have written a book. Could someone explain to me what does it actually mean? I'd rather say: Before I turn 40, I want to write a book. ...
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Why “Begin” and not “begins” in the phrase “Let the adventure begin”? [migrated]

Sorry in advance if this question is too basic for this site, but I couldn't find other place to ask. Normally, the phrase "The adventure begins" uses the third person version of the verb. Why it ...
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Is this an ambiguous pronoun?

In time, Steven got over his despair and he wanted to do something with his life. He went to the town mayor and asked for financial support for an education. It was never done at the time, but ...
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using are to name but a few

In a very formal writing style, Is it fine to use to name but a few in a separate sentence? There are a lot of algorithms to do hashing. MD5, SHA1 and CRC are to name but a few.
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using amidst in mathematic [closed]

I use a very formal writing style. If I want to say that I calculate a function between 5 times between each two points, can I use amid these ways? The function f(t) is calculated 5 times amidst ...
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Is this statement combination correct?

I have two statements to make: Note that records are keyed on their name, not an integer Note that records are uniquely identified by their name, not an integer I considered combining these with ...
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in order followed by a sentence

Is this sentence correct? The matrix naming must be arranged in the order that they are supposed to be calculated. I mean from the aspect of in the order that. I feel when someone reads this ...
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Where to put the possessive “'s” when there is a presence of a modifier?

I'm studying history and as I came across a structural conundrum that I have no idea how to answer. His successor's, Taft, Standard Oil decision suggested John D. Rockefeller's massive oil ...
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usage of amid instead of between [closed]

Can I replace between with amid here? The engineers need to design the relationship between these function blocks. Turning into The engineers need to design the relationship amid these ...
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understand and comprehend usage

This post is make of a few related questions. Q1. Which structure is more preferred? This method is hard to understand for students. This method is hard to be understood by students. Q2. Which ...
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How to use benefit

I want to make a sentence with benefit. Which form is correct? A gives benefit to B by C A benefit B from C A benefit B with C here: A is what giving benefit B is who receives the benefit C is the ...
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Alternative to “sounded”? [closed]

In the following sentence: Suddenly, the ring of the phone sounded. I believe that it is grammatically correct. But, "sounded" doesn't sound too good. Suddenly, the ring of the phone rang. ...
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Why I have heard people say There's two cars? [duplicate]

Why I have heard people say either There's two cars which I thought it should be There are two cars. Or 's has some special meaning to it?
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“most” vs “the most”, specifically as an adverb at the end of sentence

Which one of the following sentences is the most canonical? I know most vs the most have been explained a lot but my doubts pertain specifically which one to use at the end of a sentence. Do you ...
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Multiple things belonging to a group of people? [closed]

This phrase is coming up over and over in the paper I'm editing... basically the author is talking about the many different things all belonging to a group of people. For example (these are not the ...
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Usage of 'an' with punctuation [duplicate]

I understand that you should use an if the following word begins with an h, however if there is some punctuation (such as a fullstop) in the next word, should it still be an? Do you have an ...
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Participial phrase or not

Struggling with a simple sentence: He had spent the morning investigating a burglary at the City Deli, a small shop … Is investigating a burglary a participial phrase here? Seems so. ...
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Are there exceptions to the “place yourself last” rule for listing people? [closed]

Forgive me if this has already been asked. I understand that some aspects of this lovely language have dependencies on where and when things are used so I'm not quite sure if this question can be ...
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Starting a Sentence with a Conjunction [duplicate]

My high school English teacher taught us to never start a sentence with conjunctions, but throughout the years I have seen a lot of such usage in academic writings and novels. I have also read various ...