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I found a/the rule about [duplicate]

Please, help to understand the meanings of two sentences. 1) I found the rule about the usage of this pattern. The only rule I found at all was about this pattern ? About this pattern I found only ...
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Usage of some with plural nouns

Please, help me understand the grammar behind "some" and "zero article". As I know, we use zero article with plurals in the same cases when we use indefinite articles with singular - making general ...
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have somebody do something vs. have somebody doing something

History, as recounted by the victors, had the capitalists winning. I think that the above sentence means that the history caused that capitalists won. Can I say? History, as recounted by the ...
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What part of sentence is “against which” in this sentence “The new test provides a yardstick against which to measure children's learning.”?

Why not just say "The new test provides a yardstick to measure children's learning" without the "against which"? What's the meaning or function of this combination? Is it an adjective clause?
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Aspirants “to” the job or “for” the job?

Which of the two sentences is correct ? 1. There are huge number of aspirants to the job. 2. There are huge number of aspirants for the job.
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I'm requested to send me [closed]

Is it correct to say "I'm requested to send me the new invoice"? What about this: "I'm requested you to be there on time"
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how to shorten this sentence [closed]

Researches indicate that triangular structural elements are suitable to filter out impulse noise interference whereas semicircular structural elements are suitable to filter out random noise ...
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“I would've been” or “I should've been”

When on a job interview and asked: Tell us more about yourself. How do I say something like: ...Well, I would've been a father but sadly my son died due to cord constriction... My son died ...
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Confusing sentence, work or works?

Please have a look at this sentence: "Multiple citations of my work during the short time since their publication indicate its quality." Here work is referring to many publications. I have a ...
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to have more work given her

Mrs. Carey was shy about bathing a boy, and of course the Vicar had his sermon. But the Vicar insisted that Philip should be clean and sweet for the lord's Day. Mary Ann said she would rather go than ...
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A subset of our services were/was? Grammar

I am unsure of whether it should be was or were. The was/were refers to the subset rather than services. (which is obviously plural) So I think the question becomes: is it subset were or subset ...
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'do' or 'does': “do/does money and power control the world?” [duplicate]

Can you please help me with the correct form of this question?
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Signing yourself as Mr or Mrs

I was always taught never to sign a letter, note or article I'd written as Mr. John Smith. It was ingrained into me that my my name was plain John Smith and it was for others speaking or referring to ...
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How to make questions in future tense

I noted that some are asked 'When will the meeting be held?' but I'm confused why does some people use "When will be the meeting held?" What is the correct one? If only the first sentence is ...
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“Research” vs “research paper.”

Tommy was sitting on his desk, flipping through Mrs. Johnson's last research (paper). Can I omit paper in cases like this? Is it more common to say research paper than just research? (The ...
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Since when a double negative as an intensifier was considered as non-standard and why?

In present-day English, a double negative as an intensifier is regarded as non-standard. For example I don't think that "I can't get no satisfaction" is considered as standard English. ...
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What is the general term that describes subjects and objects? (direct, indirect and prepositional objects)

John gave Jack money with enthusiasm. John is the subject, Jack the indirect object, money the direct object, and enthusiasm a prepositional object. Is there a general term that describes the ...
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disturbance / passive or action

I just wrote this. "In addition,I have been learned concerning microbial toxins by Microbiology course. At the same time, Physiology and Biochemistry courses helped me to understand how toxins could ...
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When would you say “I seen it.”

I am not looking for explanations of why "I seen it" is wrong (though with sight there's an unfair grammatical burden that doesn't impact the other senses, whose past tense and past participle are the ...
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Incorrect noun form [closed]

I always use these kinds of sentences when I refer to use or have a "custom" object. I have a custom bicycle you have to implement a custom solution since a while ago I'm using grammarly ...
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Convey the idea of partial similarity in a list of things in a sentence/

I have the following sentence: Surveyed meta-heuristics techniques like Tabu Search, Simulated annealing and Constraint Satisfaction Problem(CSP). The problem is CSP is not a meta-heuristic. How ...
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Should I use comma, or dashes, or braces here?

Should I enclose 'red and blue' inside comma, or dashes, or braces? He spent several days wandering and collecting flowers (red and blue), and analyzed the results to prove his point. OR ...
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one (the?) participant discussed barriers with him

According to APA 6th edition, I should avoid using "he/she" in the first part of sentence. In this case, can I say "one participant" instead of "the participant" in the second and third sentence? ...
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“Confirm you are …” vs. “Confirm that you are …” [duplicate]

In the example from the title, is it mandatory to use "that" in the sentence? The original sentence I picked up was from a checkbox marked "Confirm you are not a spammer" - which I thought should be ...
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Why “hadn’t gone” and not “didn’t go”?

I came across this sentence: We thought that Joe didn’t go to the museum with the rest of the class. It says it’s an incorrect construction and it should be: We thought that Joe hadn’t gone ...
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Parallelism in sentence correction

According to the rule of parallelism is the following sentence correct the spirit of winning should be more than the fear of being defeated Thanks
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How is it that “to result” is intransitive?

Would somebody explain why the verb "to result" is intransitive? I don't understand it. For example, we say we are dealing with Problems resulting from errors made in the past. I feel that it is ...
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Is Noam Chomsky correct when he says the rules of a language are made up? [closed]

In this video, Chomsky says that the rules of a language are pretty much artificial. How correct is he in regard to English? If what he says is correct, doesn't that undermine nearly every 'correct' ...
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“I” vs. “me” question

I was born in United States but at a young age my parents decided to take me and my siblings to Turkey. It looks right to me, but my English teacher always (and I mean always) points out mistakes ...
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What does the title “12 Years a Slave” mean?

I have run across a movie called "12 Years a Slave" and am a bit confused with the title. The first suggestion to come to my mind is that it means 12 years of slavery, but I'm not sure. Could you ...
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Is “offer something someone” without “to” in between correct?

I interpret the latter part of the following sentence to mean "and are quite unprepared to offer the priority seats to those whom the seats are meant for." If this is correct, "to" seems to be missing ...
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I love pictures on my phone. The pictures are nice

There is a set of sentences: "I love pictures on my phone. The pictures are nice." In a thread I love pictures on my phone - what does zero article imply? I was told that the meaning of the first ...
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Does this question make sense if asked verbally?

Which one is more appropriate if I ask verbally? "How many suspensions has he had so far?" vs. "How many suspensions did he get so far?" Examine this question also. "Has he ever got caught ...
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the X event after next…Th

Is it grammatically correct to say "at the steering committee meeting after next"? The idea is that there are meetings every two weeks, but the intention is for something to be presented not at the ...
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can anyone explain when to use “a most” and “the most” [closed]

i went through a grammer book saying "sreedhar is a most intelligent student" But i am most familiar with "the most" always. Please explain me the difference between then and give an explanation ...
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Is it correct to use hardest here? If yes can you please explain it [migrated]

I need to study hardest for the exam that I write next Wednesday I had found this on http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/english-as-a-second-language/articles page. But i didn't used hardest till ...
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“To show for” correct usage

Came across this sentence in a newspaper article. "But as the months passed by quickly with little other than grand announcements and declarations to show for, the case for more hands at the wheel ...
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What are the things after prepositions called formally?

I eat rice from a bowl with a spoon. I is the subject. Rice is the object. What are things like bowl and spoon called?
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Is the subjunctive mood something that can exist without manifesting a change in the verb?

Is the subjunctive mood a condition which might not be expressed through any change in the verb, or is it a description that only applies when the verb changes? For example: "Mary ought be here ...
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Which phrase is correct?

In following sentence: "...involves the natural conflict between citizens’ expectations and government policy for data protection and preserving privacy vis-à-vis the need to share information across ...
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Can you miss exam questions?

Does this sound natural to you? I have never missed even one problem (or question?) on my exams before.
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“I wish that” - does it make any sense?

Do you find this construction acceptable? 1) I wish that you find a magic sword for me. (A queen's desire) 2) I wish that he bring me a new book. (from regular life) I think that they mean: I want ...
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I love pictures on my phone - what does zero article imply?

Please, look at the sentence: "I love pictures on my phone" What can it mean? 1) I love all the pictures that are now on my phone with no exceptions? 2) I love most of the pictures that are now ...
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What's the difference between these two phrases?

What's the difference between these two phrases? their systems’ security posture their systems security posture Is there any difference in the meaning? If not, when we use either of ...
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Asking whether one has been in this company for a very long time?

Is it right to say: 1) Have you been working with this company for a very long time? 2) Have you been with this company for a very long time? Or are there better ways of asking? Extra: How about ...
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Is this sentence praising Mark Twain grammatically correct?

The praise that Mark Twain received is alone among the praise given to any writer in the history of American literature. — On Mark Twain's Literary Genius, by Sandra.M.Lee First of all, is this ...
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“been often” vs “often been” [closed]

Which of these is the correct form: techniques have been often used for post-processing or techniques have often been used for post-processing
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“when is he expected back” Vs “ what time is he expected back”

Are these questions correct and how can we answer these questions correctly.Could anyone help me out,please?I always get confusion while asking and answering these questions.Please need your valuable ...
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Use of a hyphen with the word “based”

I'm checking a technical paper submission and came across the phrase We propose spherical Gaussian based approximations to calculate this analytically. and wondering if this needs a ...
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How to reply when someone says “How dare you do it” [closed]

I have no idea how to answer this: How dare you do it or How dare you do something that is unusual Is this a correct way of replying I dare it because I needed it Are there any ...