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“In accordance to the rule” and “in accordance with the rule”

Is it correct to use preposition "to" in "in accordance to the rules" or it has to be "with" as in "in accordance with the rule"? I have found usage of "with" more frequent but have seen few instances ...
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Which is correct? (both .. and)

Rewrite the following sentence by using "both .. and". Peter is a naughty boy. He is an active boy. Peter is both naughty and active. Peter is both a naughty boy and an active one. Peter is both a ...
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One after another vs one after the other [duplicate]

The students came into  the classroom one after another. The students came into the classroom one after the other. I can't understand the difference between them.
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Sentence correction query

Is this sentence structure correct ? A society so vibrant and diverse as America’s is bound to dominate. My basic confusion is that whether to put ’s at the end of the subject or not. Another ...
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All-lowercase in titles and text: a language aberration or just some healthy anarchy? [closed]

Right now I am in an interesting conversation about usage of all-lowercase words in a presentation arguing it makes sense for design reasons. The question is: would it be valid to do such a thing?, ...
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wouldn’t have left or hadn't left

If my cousin wouldn’t have left/hadn't left in a hurry, she wouldn’t have forgotten her keys. I'm learning for my exams and I'm a little confused, which the correct one ? I'd say that hadn't ...
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Is this sentence considered correct?

His eyes, still on me, were speaking of cruelty. I think whiz-deletion is applied to it, but I am not entirely sure. Can someone tell me?
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Is “I felt being dragged by a beast” incorrect?

I felt being dragged by a beast. Since I stated I and the same subject is being dragged, I thought there doesn't have to be word myself to restate who was being dragged. Does there really have to ...
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When is SOME optional?

I am stuck in a debate with an American over the use of the word SOME in "I want to change some money." In the UK, we would use the word 'some'. I'm told it's often omitted in the States. I'm fine ...
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can you tell me the usage of shall in daily speaking [duplicate]

I'm writting to ask for some help Can you tell me the usages of shall in daily speaking Thank you.
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Ambiguity of using “in order to”

I am learning English and when reading the definition of "temporize" from the New Oxford American Dictionary, I find hard to understand the meaning. It says: verb 1 [ no obj. ] avoid making a ...
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Can we say “you can [not go] to school” or does it automatically become a negative sentence? [duplicate]

"You can [not go] to school." Can this sentence mean that you can stay here and not go, or does it automatically become a negative sentence if I say it like this?
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Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed” [closed]

"A new comfortable bed"" or "A comfortable new bed" Which one is correct?
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What do you think when reading singular or non-singular verbs? [closed]

Example: This is a correct sentence. We keep food in a refrigerator. The sentence has wrong grammar. He keep food in a refrigerator. Q1: What do you think when reading the wrong grammar ...
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Difference between the two sentences and their usage

Why don't you join a monastery? Why do you not join a monastery? What's the difference between the two sentences and when do I use each of them?
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Correct way of expressing this phrase [closed]

Ruddy duck (Anas saltensis) with a water drop on its beak swims at sunset under a golden light I'm trying to put a title for an image where there's a duck swimming with a little water drop on its ...
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If he has come today or if he came today? [closed]

Which of these phrases below is more correct? And if both are correct, which one sounds more natural? If he has come today? If he came today? Thank you in advance!
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Which is proper English when using I and me

If placing words under a picture, which is correct? Alice and me or Alice and I?
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This is right. Or that is right?

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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“Both are right” or “either are right” [closed]

Can we use "either are right" to mean "both are right?"
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“To ask” or “for asking” [duplicate]

It is a great place for asking questions. OR It is a great place to ask questions.
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Should “the” be used here? [on hold]

Improved social and economic conditions enhance health status and ameliorate (THE) problems of addiction.
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Should “is” be used here? [closed]

The point is that money does not change hands as randomly as (IS) suggested by the aforementioned kind of statements.
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Whishes if only and will [closed]

Which one is correct: a. I wish that man stopped making so much noise or b. I wish that man will stop making so much noise?
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Which alternative is best English?

Are there any specific rules in English about how to refer to something that was introduced in the previous sentence? For example, compare these three sentences: Let X and Y be random variables ...
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Is it correct to say “I'll share it for the millionth time”

If I want to share something on social media with others, something that I've extremely enjoyed listening to or watching. would it be correct grammatically if I said: I'll share it for the millionth ...
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in a system vs. on a system

If I want to describe something within the realm/environment/domain of something), do I say in or on? Example: Free software is common in GNU/Linux. Comment: I would like to express that free ...
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standardized in vs. standardized by

When do you say something was standardized by and when do you say something was standardized in? It is my understanding that in is used to refer to a document describing the standard, while by is ...
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Can you say I don't and can't do anything

eg. They don't have to do chores and can't do chores. Can I merge these and say they don't and can't do chores?
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Where does the when go?

In rewriting the following sentence with an infinitive or a gerund, what happens to the when? Mary hates it when she is enclosed in small spaces. Mary hates being (to be) enclosed in small spaces.
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Is there any difference between “I am having interest” and “I am interesting”?

If I say I am having interest to play cricket OR I am interesting to play cricket , Is there any difference in meaning of both?
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“Thank you Andy and Sandy”, do I thank Sandy more or Andy more?

I want to thank two people in my thank you email. In particular, I want to thank Sandy more because she has helped me a lot. So, if I say "Thank you Andy and Sandy", does the placement of the two ...
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Can I write “The modernizing São Paulo”

If I want to say that São Paulo is going through a modernization process, can I say my story happens "in the context of the modernizing São Paulo"? I was trying to avoid using "in the context of the ...
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“Someone of Company” or “Someone from Company” [on hold]

Which one is correct to say? "Hi, it's Jack of HP Inc" "Hi, it's Jack from HP Inc"
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If it's “I am” and not “I are”, why is it “I aren't” instead of “I amn't”? [duplicate]

I've been taught to say "I am" and "I aren't", but that doesn't make any sense to me. I think it should have been "I amn't" as am+not=amn't, but why isn't it?
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Using of and for responsibly [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? The medium of instruction for the entire course is English I am confused if the sentence above is grammatically correct or not. Thanks.
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How to make this sentence shorter?

It appears that this site does not support LaTeX, so sorry for the ugly formatting. I would like to explain the sentence Let X ~ N(mu_x, sigma_x^2) and Y ~ N(mu_y, sigma_y^2). with plain ...
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Which punctuation is correct in this case (colon, semicolon, or period)?

Inside the alley I found myself cornered by unpleasant sights: walls covered with cracks and peeling paint, storm drains clogged with moss, dumpsters overflowing with bags, cans, and rotten ...
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Using “One day before”

I want to express the following thing; Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline. Suppose the 2nd person knows about this submission deadline thing (or may be clear from ...
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Connecting sentences with “that is”

Suppose a sentence such as Let X := a and Y := b, that is X is foo and Y is bar .. Is this correct english? I try to first a give a formal mathematical definition of X and Y, and then repeat the ...
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Which is right to use? [duplicate]

He asked me to do this. or He has asked me to do this. Which one of the above sentence is correct. Give suitable reason.
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It happened the same to me as John [migrated]

Let us suppose something happened first to John and then to me. Is it grammatically correct to say: It happened the same to me as John. And if it is not, how would express this meaning, then?
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using to be “are” after to be “is” [migrated]

can you use To Be verb "are" after another To Be verb "is" like this text, " technology is are the forefront of the companies ethos"
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Rough on you vs rough with you

Which one correct? and if both are correct please explain me the meanings. I heard the phrase which says: I was rough on you. And it made me think because I've always said "rough with you" instead. ...
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If the lava comes down as far as this, we will evacuate these houses

Someone wrote to me as follows. (a) If the lava comes down as far as this, we will evacuate these houses. (b) If the lava will come down as far as this, we will evacuate these houses. ...
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English grammar, verb-tense exercise, “Next month we […] married for ten years.”

Next month we......married for ten years. a. shall have been b. have been c. shall be being d. shall be My instinct is telling me that a. is the correct answer because will is ...
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Usage of “shall” [duplicate]

Because I shall have done all my exams by then, I'll have much more time next week. Is this correct? Can we use "conjunction + shall" If so, when and how do we have to use it?
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Is this sentence correctly written? [closed]

Please, does this makes sense to you guys? "Support possibilities of toddler's motor development in crèche environment" Is there a better way to construct this sentence?
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Is this kind of conditional sentence grammatically correct?

Is this kind of conditional sentence grammatically correct? If x weren't y, I couldn't -insert verb- z but I can -insert verb- z, therefore x is y. As requested, here is an example for complete ...
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Could I combine “eaves-” (doing something stealthily) with other action?

As far as I know, I only know two words have "eaves-" that means "to doing something stealthily" — "eavesdrop" and "eavesread". eavesdrop (Wiktionary) "... purposefully trying to hear the ...