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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [closed]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...
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How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title?

How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title? Ex. "Make-up" or "Make-Up" (noun) "Strap-on" or "Strap-On" (noun) "Stripped-down" or "Stripped-Down" (adj.) "Up-to-Date ...
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Is this sentence grammatically sound?

None of those fancy words are correct in the context you used them. Should it be None of those fancy words are correct in the context in which you used them. Or : None of those fancy ...
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Americans can eat Chinese, but Chinese can't eat Americans?

No offence!! Please take it just for knowledge. I heard one of my friends saying Americans can eat Chinese but Chinese can't eat Americans. He said so for fun, and everybody was just laughing. But I ...
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Is this sentence acceptable in terms of grammar and style? [closed]

This is a part of the script that was given to me for review. I just want to know if X's dialogue is grammatical and if it sounds natural. Y: If you think this is the best law school, why are you ...
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Business rules application to design encompasses… - help me make sense of that phrase

This chapter is the final of four chapters covering the case study design of the relational database model for the online auction house company. Business rules application to design encompasses ...
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Why does Hamlet not say, “ere he rots?”

How long will a man lie i' the earth ere he rot? The quoted line is Hamlet's. I wonder why the "rot" is not "rots".
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Is this a good structure? 'the knowledge on how to combine'

I'm writing a motivational letter for a study I want to do next year. Is this a good contruction for a sentence? 'I think International Business will provide me with the knowledge on how to combine ...
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“Asked my height” or “asked of my height”?

"Asked my height" sounds strange, while "asked of my height" sounds like an overkill. "Asked what my height was" sounds terrible.
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Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?

Is insisting on a genitive pronoun after "In the event of ..." pedantry or correct? For example: "In the event of ..." his/him winning the election my/me dying our/us leaving For those who ...
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Title starting by “questioning”

I'm writing an article which I entitled "Questioning theory X as the basis of theory Y". I no native speaker and I would like to know if such phrasing is correct in English.
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Meaning of “just as much” and “just as”?

Could someone please tell me their meanings? I know these two have different meanings. And I have been trying to Google them, but they are no help. Can we replace much in the first phrase with any ...
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Is this right: “the whole France”?

I am not sure if this phrase is right: “for the whole France”. Here's the context: Sam applied these methods successfully at some sites in France and then was extended for the whole France by ...
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bent upon exerting the fascination he knew was his only by the results

I read this in the novel 'Of Human Bondage' by Somerset Maugham. It follows as below. 'Philip was even more than usually shy and abrupt; and whether on account of this, unconsciously bent upon ...
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With something is ~ - grammatical construction

The process of relational database model design is the method used to create a relational database model. This process is mathematical in nature, but very simple, and is called normalization. With ...
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Does the article “a/an” apply to the parenthetical or the word that follows? [duplicate]

I just asked a question a moment ago, the subject of which was "Is there a word for taking an (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?" And I immediately had the follow up question of "was that ...
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How is tense handled in a parenthetical clause before a verb?

She will (or already has) leave for Jamaica soon. She will leave (or already has left) for Jamaica soon. I'm uncertain which of these (if either) is more correct. Should I simply not use ...
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is this grammar right? [closed]

We are looking to use this text, as a headline on our sustainability page, on our website. As coworker asked if "sustainably" was grammatically correct. I am unsure. TCS believes that thinking ...
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I would do / I would have done - What are the grammar terms of this tense/mood?

Since my student days I use abbreviations for the tenses. "I would do" is for me Conditional 1(C1) and "I would have done" C2. And for me it is not important whether these verb forms are called ...
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Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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Deadly protests ousted vs. deadly protests WHICH ousted [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/putin-warns-ukraine-gas-supplies-urges-talks-155039695.html Ukraine has been in crisis since months of deadly protests ousted an unpopular pro-Kremlin president in ...
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Usage of Present Perfect and Past Simple in answer

I'm reading "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy and I have a question about Present Perfect and Past Simple. Here's the example from the book: They've gone away. They'll be back on Friday. ...
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Why word “very” is used in combination with words like “first”, “last”, ect [duplicate]

Wow, my first question here :) Recently i watched a tennis match and the commentator said "This is his very first title". I've also heard the opposite expression "This is his very last chance". So why ...
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [closed]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...
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Past perfect of “have”? [closed]

What is the past perfect of "have"? Is it "have", "had", or "had had"? And if it is "had had", doesn't it sound weird and awkward? when and how do I use it? Thanks.
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Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
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in or on for plural nouns? [closed]

Which is proper in the example sentences below? We have trust IN his aunts, uncles, grandparents. We have trust On his aunts, uncles, grandparents.
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grammar - No + singular/plural noun + singular/plural verb [closed]

Which of the following phrases is grammatically correct? no animal is no animal are no animals is no animals are Thanks.
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Grammar of “It is rarely that + (clause)”

The following question is motivated by this answer at ELL. Here, I'm not interested in the correctness (that's already been answered at ELL) but in the possibility of interpreting this construction as ...
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When writing about a true court case. When should defense be capitalized?

Example: Christine returned to the defence council with my refusal of the offer to settle.
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independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past

I've found this sentence in a grammar site : "you'll surely pass the exam if you studied hard" (independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past) Wouldn't be more natural : "...if ...
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Difference between cultural sociology and sociology and which one is correct

Hello : what is the difference between cultural sociology and sociology of culture and which one is correct. Thank you very much for your help SM
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Can I use the present perfect tense with a specific time expression?

Is it grammatical to combine the present perfect tense with time? E.g. I've seen that movie two days ago. I've completed the 12-step program last summer. The deadline was two days ago, ...
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“Having to” usage

I am confused in the usage of "having to" in a sentence, mentioned below. Which one is correct/appropriate? The trouble is having to backup … or The trouble is in having to backup ...
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How is everyone going with their/his/her assignment? [duplicate]

I wanted to email a group of students to check how they are going with their assignment and it occurred to me that "how is everyone going with their assignment" does not seem grammatically correct. ...
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Although my research area in PhD includes many fields

"Although my research area in PhD includes many fields in the network security and management...." In the previous sentence, I don't know how to express the idea that during his phd studying, he did ...
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Why do I have to say “want you to do” instead of “want you do”

example: "I want you to eat fish" instead of "I want you eat fish" or "I want that you eat fish". Can you explain to me what is te grammatical reason for this?
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Bear witness that I to the oneness of Allah do I testify - two I's

An excerpt from the lyrics for a song called "Mountains of Makkah" sung by Zain Bhikha Oh Mountains of Makkah, Bear witness that I To the oneness of Allah do I testify For all that He’s given ...
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Usage of the article 'the' in the phrase Internet of Things

I am writing a paper on the topic, Internet of Things as a part of my curriculum. I couldn't help but wonder as to why every article, conference paper and journal publication refers to it as "The ...
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probable word over-use in an introductory clause

"So, first things first. Let's check out the . . .." In the above example, is the first clause redundant?
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when can one break the rule of using does instead of do? [duplicate]

"Listen, Walter because you shot Jesse James don't make you Jesse James" -Breaking bad why is it don't and not doesn't?
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The difference between “parts of speech”, “word classes”, “word categories”?

As a foreign language speaker, I find it hard to distinguish these terms. I've searched on the net; on wikipedia, on grammar.about.com, and some other pages, yet still having difficulties. One just ...
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Meaning of “15-strong armed gang”

On Saturday, Ukraine's security service said it had detained a 15-strong armed gang planning to seize power in Luhansk province. Does that number 15 mean that there were 15 men strong physically ...
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What does this strange complicated sentence mean? [closed]

Blue rolled the sky... What does this sentence mean?
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What is this sentence pattern?

Although it is not necessary, this detail may come in handy later on. Does this "it" mean "this detail"? Like: Although he is the first black president, Obama has not yet made much out of ...
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Using either “that contain” or “which contain” in a sentence [duplicate]

Here are the original sentences: "I completed forms that contained the person's information and a description of the problem." "I completed forms which contained the person's information and a ...
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Want something applied - grammar

While it may be obvious to you that you want the aggregate functions applied to each set of products found in the account table, this query fails because you have not explicitly specified how the ...
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Should “Big Data” be capitalised?

In paragraphs should the term "Big Data" be capitalised? I seam to be finding contradicting information as it is a name for something but also a common term. Which is correct? When the volume and ...
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Minutes' work or minutes of work

If, for example, a teacher was asking their students to continue working for 30 minutes, would it be grammatically correct for them to say "do thirty minutes' work" or would they have to say "do ...
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Usage of “as well”

Are these usages of "as well" grammatically correct? Going back on the deal, he said, could result in Taiwan being “regarded as an unreliable trade partner” by China as well other countries with ...