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clarity on em dash and comma usage; in particular, having a comma proceed an em dash [on hold]

I wanted to post a reply I gave to one of my peers. I thought about the usage of the comma after "those," which preceded an em dash. I wanted to know if commas ever precede "that" or "those" in ...
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Articles before possession clause (smb's) [migrated]

To express meanings “The car of Tom” and “One of the cars of Tom”, which articles do I put before “Tom’s car”? And in general, which word an article before smb’s smth belongs to? Is it smb or smth?
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the exercises suggested/the suggested exercises [duplicate]

I´d like to know whether I could say these two sentences: 1) However, I have calculated that in order to complete the exercises suggested, it would take closer to.... 2) However, I have calculated ...
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An exercise of in, on and at (time), Oxford Practice Grammar 2nd unit 120

The exercise is as follows. We're leaving ___ half past, and you haven't even changed. My answer is in. However, the reference answer is at. The sentence seems that we are about to leave in 30 ...
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Is it possible to construct a sentence with “There is any”

As a rule "any" is not used in affirmative sentences with a countable noun. But is it always true? Maybe I am missing something. Could you explain to me why 1 is correct while 2 is wrong 1) You can ...
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Plural or singular- is either correct?

We are losing our abilty/abilities to write. Abilities is 100% a word. True, it can be viewed as a shared thing in that we all have the one ability. But I think you could also say that it can be ...
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What's in native speakers' mind when they use different verb forms? [closed]

My mother language doesn't have any verb forms. So if I'm going say "This morning I ate my breakfast, then I took the bus and went to school." In Cantonese, I would simply say "This morning I ...
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Consist or Consist of [on hold]

I came across a sentence which is: "The editorial panel should not consist of more than 3 members." But I'm confused that should it be 'consist' or 'consist of'.
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What is the difference between shall and can? [closed]

Can anyone tell the subtle difference between shall and can? Illustrate with examples of usage and justify why particular word used in that sentence instead of the other one. Thanks in advance.
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What is the difference between 'avoided with the use of' or 'by the use of'?

I am reading a text that refers to a ship accident that caused serious damage to the environment and was partly due to lack of knowledge of maritime English. The related sentence included this ...
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Why is “that” preceded by a comma in this relative clause? What does it mean?

As you know, there are two types of relative clause: Type 1 The woman who lives next door is a doctor. In this example,the relative clause tells us which person or thing (or what kind of ...
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Need help identifying epistrophe

I have a small presentation on epistrophe coming up and I want to make sure I don't say anything incorrect. Would the sentence "Ever since I left the city you, you, you" (it's from the song "Hotline ...
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Should I use singular or plural? [closed]

My dad is an engineer who (Make/makes) aeroplanes. Connor (miss/misses) his best friend, Jake.
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Is this proper english? Song analysis help me please [closed]

This is my song analysis of Jealous by Nick Jonas This song was probably written based on nick jonas experience. His girlfriend was olivia culpo who was then miss universe 2012. From this song we ...
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the time tense (had now been detected)

Thank so much for your help. I found the following sentence in a newspaper this morning: "The virus had now been detected in 23 countries in the Americas," she added. Is the sentence's verb ...
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“It is better to X than to Y” - the structure of a difficult comparative sentence

Take the following sentence: It is better to underestimate your abilities and overestimate your risks than to go in a direction that actually involves more uncertainty than you can justify. For ...
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I have following sentences and would like someone give me some suggestions on the sentence structure [closed]

I have following sentence: I explored a numbers of option to improve my English skill including reading one article and writing one article a day. In above sentence, it is obvious there is ...
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In/after hours. What preposition to use? [duplicate]

In/after 3 hours I will go to work. I will have to go to work after 3 hours from now.
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with you or to you [closed]

Do the prepositions have different meanings? I don't exactly know their meanings. Let me know the meanings if you have the time. Please help me.
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Use of “as” with verbs? [closed]

Would you say: I don't know anybody who has as much energy as John. or I don't know anybody who has as much energy as John does.
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Is this sentence “I barraged him with an interview” grammatically correct?

"I barraged him with an interview." The above sentence sounds wrong to me. I feel like you should barrage someone with either a plural (such as "I barraged him with questions.") or one of those ...
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which pronoun do I use here, “he” or “him”?

I had a question about possession. I wrote the sentence: He may need to stay for a while, therefore I’ll listen to any concerns you or him may have.” Is it him or he? Because it sounds natural ...
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please explain this sentence to me [closed]

“Arjun Kapoor is to be presented before the bar council.” please explain this sentence to me by marking subject, verb, complement, and modifier. and please tell me what type of tense it is.
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She's found vs She found [closed]

Which is correct to use "She's found" or "She found" and what's the difference between them?
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Difference in meaning of ' Old habits die hard.' Vs 'Old habits hardly die.' [closed]

What is the difference in the meaning of these two sentences Old habits die hard. Old habits hardly die. Are they both grammatically correct? According to me, the first statement says that it is ...
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Double possessive: a friend of Steven's

I am wondering about the "double possessive" I have been reading about. I have a couple of sentences as an example: He’s a new client of Jane and Kevin’s and a close childhood friend of Steven ...
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Is that correct ? I am writing a report and i need to see if it is correct or not [closed]

are all causes and consequences have been taken into consideration? thanks
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Whomever or Whoever?

In the following sentence, should I use WHOMEVER or WHOEVER? I don’t want whomever it is to see that I’m a woman alone. Or should it be: I don’t want whoever it is to see that I’m a woman alone. ...
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are these sentences grammatically correct? [closed]

i will appreciate if any one can help me are these sentences grammatically correct? Thus, important questions can be derived about handling uncertainty in risk analysis and presented as follows: • ...
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Is this sentence correct? [closed]

The company's core values are the things make employees who have different personality bound together in harmony. Thanks advance
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punctuating Did you wonder [migrated]

Would this have a question mark? (This is a lead sentence) Did you ever wonder how thunderstorms are formed or what happens during a thunderstorm.
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What do we mean by the phrase 'conventions of standard written English' [closed]

A question came and it had one of its options: correct according to conventions of standard English. I don't remember the question but the question was from a grammar section. I do not have an idea ...
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When to use 'For' and 'Of' [migrated]

Are there certain situations where 'for' and 'of' may be used interchangeably and yet still 'sound' grammatically correct? Take this for example: With regard to the tribe of (or for) the men that ...
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If he did or if he had

Consider the following excerpt: He couldn't follow. Just couldn't. Because if he had, he would have been [...] As a non-native speaker, I am unsure about whether to use either did or had to ...
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Does “They don't have a life” sound correct?

As he and I walked past a group of individuals, my rude friend said, "They don't have a life." I hadn't heard the expression before that. Does it make sense? They were individuals (plural) but he ...
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Can an adverb be a predicate?

Consider the following quote, I have checked that "once" is an adverb. How can it become a predicate?
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Should I say “who want” or “who wants”? [closed]

I'm french and I need your help for one little thing. I'm about to write a status on Facebook for some users of my app (most of them talk english) and I am wondering if I should say : Who want to ...
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Is the comma between “question” and “so” needed? If so, why?

I have come across this problem numerous times. I am unsure of why a comma is needed in phrases such as the one below — between the words "question" and "so." Our goal is to have the best answers to ...
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Is “I will sleep you to bed” grammatically correct? [closed]

Like we use "I will walk the dog to the park", is using "I will sleep you to bed" grammatically correct?
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Simple Present vs Simple Future

This is my first grammar-related post in this forum. It's my honour to be associated with professional native English teachers. My question is based on the nuanced difference between Simple Present ...
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Grammar - finished or had finished? [duplicate]

Are these two sentences same? With the exception of Rob and me, everyone in the class finished the assignment before the teacher came. With the exception of Rob and me, everyone in the ...
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Usage of “suppose”?

What is correct/wrong? So far we supposed that it is on you to check whether to send dunning letters by E-Mail or by mail. or: So far we've supposed that it is on you to check whether to send ...
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The Second Conditional [migrated]

If I saw him yesterday,I'd talk to him. How should I understand the meaning of this sentence? As I understand this meaning should refer to unreal situation.
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Ambiguity with appearance as plural or singular [duplicate]

It is more common to write: "People care too much about their appearance." This is because it is being used as a "non count" noun and the plural could confuse people into thinking the writer means the ...
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I was asked if I …? [duplicate]

It seems to be a matter of opinion whether If I was a sailor, (seven oceans I'd sail to her) is correct or "were" must be used, but if you consider it to be wrong, would I was asked if I ...
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have difficulty in understanding usage of being [migrated]

I have recently encountered some sentences relating to being while reading some books. However, the sentences don't make a sense for me because I can't understand them. Could you explain me the ...
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Connect three sentences and make a shorter sentence [migrated]

Suppose three sentences: 1- I have eaten lunch. 2- I have slept. 3- I have come here. Is it right to say: 'I have eaten lunch, slept and come here.'? What about 'I have eaten lunch, have slept ...
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Using the idiom “peace of mind”

Which usage is more appropriate, or are they equal? It afforded me the luxury of travelling and the peace of mind in knowing that I could work anywhere. It afforded me the luxury of travelling and ...
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Nowhere near and nowhere close to

I am so confused about which is modifying which. In the sentence below: It was nowhere close to being done. Nowhere: An adverb modifying close It's the farthest I could get. I don't know if ...
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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...