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English language, what is the diffence between “;” and “:” [closed]

I'm writing a paper and I'm confused which one to use and what the difference is between : and ; can someone please answer my question and help?
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what is it important/ what is important

I found that when I turn the sentence (it is important for us to do exercise everyday) into a Interrogative Sentence by following the grammatical rule, it should be like this: =What is "it" important ...
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When to respond to “you” with “I” or “Me” from sentence context

I'm writing a program that responds to sentences, but I'm running into an issue: You write: I like that you like me. Program responds: What do you think makes you like that me like you? ...
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( Did with verb ) or ( had with verb+ed )

I'm confused with rules . My question : what is the different between this examples : Did you finish your homework before you went to the cinema ? Had you finished your homework before you went to ...
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“Wherever or Whenever”

Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"
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Bartleby's famous line [on hold]

As a class we were looking at the expression in Bartleby that is really famous: 'I would prefer not to' There's a lot of research on this, particularly by Deluze, about how this is a very unique ...
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Should the word 'District' be capitalized in this sentence? [on hold]

Based on a review of documents obtained from the District, as well as interviews conducted with teachers and administrators, each attendance center at the District that has identified a full-time and ...
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Can we use a verb before “familiar to someone”? [on hold]

For example: "to wrestle with his conscience is familiar to him." If it's not correct, what word can I use instead?
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Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this ...
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Can a sentence start with 'because'? [duplicate]

Whether students should be taught writing answer starting 'because' or not?
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“Since she had given up smoking, …” or “Since she gave up smoking, …”?

Since she had given up smoking, she has been looking good. or Since she gave up smoking, she has been looking good. Shouldn't it be "had given up"?
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Can someone explain the following sentence for me?

Hypothermia simply defined as low body temperature, begins in its mildest stage at about 96 degrees Fahrenheit. I am wondering if the sentence is correct. If it is correct, I want to know how ...
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The possessive 's in time expressions

Which is the correct answer? I'll be there in a _____ time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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The United States. Possesive is its or their?

The United States made no secret of its/their hope to absorb the provinces... http://grammarist.com/usage/united-states/ "Although United States is usually treated as a singular noun, it’s treated ...
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She or her in a relative clause where she is both subject and possessor

If I have a relative clause where 'she' is the subject of the relative clause, but a possessor in the main clause, should I use 'of she' or 'of her'? Let me give an example, would I have: The ...
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Helping doing or helping in doing?

Are these sentences equivalent and/or correct ? Thank you for helping us building a wall. Thank you for helping us to build a wall. Thank you for helping us in building a wall. I'd go ...
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Question regarding using the term “weekend / weekends”

Usually people say "How was your weekend?" But weekends are two days right? Then why don't we say "How were your weekends?" (If we are asking how his/her weekend was then which one of the two are we ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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Can you use “get” in a past tense sentence

I had a voice over where I was asked to record the following line in a script: "Our small initiative turned into a sizeable movement with the support of influencers, who helped spread the word and ...
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Why exactly is this sentence the way it is?

I couldn't explain it in the title, my apologies. Now the sentence, in indirect-speech: Anne asked me who my favourite actor was I know this sentence is correct, but WHY isn't it the following? ...
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which tense should be used in the following statement?

Please call me when you are going to lunch. or Please call me when u go to lunch.
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Does this saying make sense?

I found a saying that says, "Adverbs are one of the immensely complicated issues to translate because they profoundly affect the meaning of the idea," I need to make sure if it's grammatically and ...
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BEFORE I LET GO OF YOU [closed]

Is the following phrase grammatically correct? BEFORE I LET GO OF YOU... I have used before I let you go and I think I heard somebody saying before I let go of you. So, I am now confused if the ...
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If the color black reflects no color how do we see? [migrated]

If color as we perceive is the wave lengths that are reflected by an object, with white reflecting all hues, and black absorbing all -- how do we detect black? Is the terminology incorrect? And yes, I ...
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Is this a prepositional phrase?

I'm trying to remember the grammatical term used to describe this part of speech. The term "prepositional phrase" comes to mind, but I think it might be something different. It's the part of a ...
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Is “very much” an adverb or an adjective? [migrated]

I would like to know what "very much" is in terms of grammatical classification. Adjective, adverb, etc. Thank you very much
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Is it safe enough to use itself in a way? [closed]

A lamp flame burns itself to fade darkness.
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Formal way to write 'i would like for you to consider' [migrated]

is there a 'more' formal way of writing: I would like for you to consider...
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between vs across [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences: Comparison across the groups Comparison between the groups In other words when I must use "across" and when I should use ...
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Can be potentially provided [duplicate]

I'm confused about using phrases like "can be easily accessed". When I'm deciding which of the following I should use: it can be potentially provided it can potentially be provided by searching ...
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Who consider(s) to become

I've got a question with regard to an English sentence. Can anyone tell me whether the following sentence is correct? What are the main prospects and challenges for non-euro area countries ...
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Use of an with an acronym [duplicate]

Is it correct to write 'an'in the sentence "proud of being 'an' LSRite", where LSR is an acronym?
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How to use “But” properly [closed]

Which of these two sentence form is more accurate and why: Ramiro is anything but professional. Ramiro is anything but not professional. These both sentences conveys the same message about Ramiro ...
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Fairly deep phrase meaning

I'm having difficulty with understanding the below phrase: sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my ...
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The Use of Past Perfect in the exercise [closed]

In one of my English books there is an exercise to practise the past perfect simple and continuous. And I don't really get the reson why it is said 'I HAD HAD breakfast', but not 'By the time I HAD ...
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Can we mix tenses in the same paragraph? [duplicate]

From an Indian thriller TV show called Ssshhhh...Koi Hai Ajinkya manages to find his mother but is shocked to know she had never transformed. He managed to kill Vikrant but that wouldn’t be the ...
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When, while, once etc. usage in time clauses.

I know that this question has been asked before and grammar books are quite clear about clauses with time words like when, after, until etc. where the rule is to use the present tense forms to talk ...
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“Would that of this journey I had heard…”?

This is a translation of a Heian period poem: Would that of this journey I had heard. So had my heart been with you when you sought the cuckoo's song. What does 'Would that of this journey I had ...
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morphosyntax meaning

I know that "Morphosyntax is the study of the interaction of morphology and syntax" but by this defination am not getting the meaning so please can anyone tell me what is morphosyntax with examples?
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While and When phrases in future tense [migrated]

When I am using future tenses, why do "while" and "when" clauses have to be in present tense? For instance, "While I am eating you will be speaking on the phone" and "I will be waiting when your ...
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When does `isn't …` expand to “is … not” and “is not …” [duplicate]

Recently I have been writing a chatbot, and in part of the process it expands contractions. While doing this, I have found odd behavior for the contraction "isn't". There are two different way to ...
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“Broken down by <singular vs. plural>”

The sentence in question is, "Hardening timescales are plotted against separation in Fig.2, broken down by hardening mechanism." It was suggested that I change this to "hardening mechanisms". ...
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which one is correct? “i'm a person loves” or “i'm a person who loves” [migrated]

I want to talk about my self , as a note about my self in my profile, and I want to say something like I'm an accountant loves programming, how to say it right? note that I don't want to say that I'm ...
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How to determine ergative verbs

As a non-English speaker, it's sometimes hard to determine what style of a verb is meant in sentences written/said by native speakers of English. For example, there are ergative verbs in English. ...
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If what…used in a sentence.

We couldn't tell if what he was doing was singing or making some other kind of noise. From the above sentence why can't we remove the "what". "If What..." sounds very strange to me. Can you explain ...
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“try Xing and then try Ying” or “try Xing and then Ying”

The concrete example I bump into was "Try running [...] and then try building again" vs "Try running [...] and then building again". Is one form better than the other?
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Is “the pundits tell firms” correct? How to analyse “pundits” “tell” “firms”? [migrated]

Interbrand, a consultant on branding, describes authenticity as “an internal truth and capability”, a “defined heritage” and a “well-grounded value set”. This slippery quality, the pundits tell ...
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Which modifies which in the following sentence?

Please tell me which modifies which in the second sentence. It is evident that there are two modifiers in the first sentence, "not" and "in the least". The words or phrases in round brackets are ...
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regarding the Let's versus lets [duplicate]

I follow the answers and the logic on the Let's versus lets page. However, my scenario seems trickier. I think it is because I have a plural group word at the end. What do you think about these two ...