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How to address a couple when husband's name is not known? [closed]

How to invite a couple when husband's name in unknown? Would Mrs. & Mr. (her first name) be appropriate?
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What is the name of this construction “something-o-something”?

In the phrase "franco-prussian", what is the name of this construction using the contraction "something-o-something"?
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Current Open Position vs Currently Open Position

I came across the context Currently Open Position , but i felt it was grammatically wrong. when I googled, I saw relatively equivalent context usage of both. Which is the right thing to use here?
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When to use “smaller” or “less” [on hold]

I have a phrase: "The amount of junk is getting...". Should I end it with "smaller" or "less". What is the general rule for using them?
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Somebody, Someone, Anybody [duplicate]

I am just confused with the use of 'somebody', 'someone', 'anybody', 'anyone'... When should I use each one? Am I correct if I use 'anybody' and 'anyone' only in questions? I keep making mistakes. ...
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Does “we” count as a subject in the subject and verb agreement? [migrated]

As in this sentence - We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC. ...
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George Washington is the first president [on hold]

Is it wrong to say "George Washington IS the first president"? Should I always say "George Washington WAS the first president"? In my mind, George Washington WAS the first president but he still IS ...
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What is the correct way to phrase this question? [closed]

What is the correct way to say "There are no new hires starting this coming Monday"?
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What does “A question of singular importance” mean? [closed]

I keep searching for this on Google but can't find its meaning. I was reading a question on Quora and I couldn't grasp the answerer's first line because I didn't know what this meant. Does it mean "a ...
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Can pride -self on use with Ving

I know that the phrase pride -self on will go with a noun, for example: She prides herself on her singing but I wonder if the phrase can use with Ving or not, like She prides herself on being good all ...
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Cohesion of verb and adjective

In an e-learning course, I've stumbled upon a sentence that makes me think. In order to understand the sentence, you may require the following information. To highlight a folder its status can be ...
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Is there any difference between like best and like the best?

Is there a difference between these two sentences? Are they the same? What color do you like the best? What color do you like best? Is there a difference in their meaning?
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Much more or a Lot more

So I was talking to someone and I said the next :" that would be a lot more appropriate" , the other person corrected me and said that I should say "much more appropriate" . So I was wondering if I'...
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Thank with ( nouns) [closed]

Which is the best answers? The worker helped Peter a lot. He thanked them with .... Could help me fill in the blank with suitable noun?
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Complete to build / building [closed]

Which is the best choice? After 2 weeks, they had completed to build / completed building new house.
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“Does not revealed”

I've found this sentence, and thought it has a bad grammar: Audiometry, abdominal ultrasonography, echocardiography does not revealed other abnormalities. But there are many usages of this ...
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Which is the correct verb form with Who?

Sentence : She is one of those gifted writers who (turns, turn) out one best seller after another. My answer is: turns. As we are talking about she, singular third person. But the correct answer ...
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Using more than one tense in one sentence

i want to ask how to use more than one tense in one sentence. And if so, which of these are correct? I have to take a picture of the cake before it is gone. I had to take a picture of the cake ...
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Is the phrase You still are beautiful correct? [closed]

Is the phrase "You still are beautiful" correct?
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a sentence in the Guardian.

I find this guy in the Guardian: Mourinho’s charm offensive started at his unveiling when he talked up aggressive football and dismissed the negative tactics that so bedevilled his predecessor’s ...
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Notable English grammar rules changes in modern grammar books

Modern English grammar books like English Grammar In Use, first published in 1985, for example, has four editions till now, I am wondering if there are any notable worthy examples of changes in modern ...
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Starting a new phrase: To vs That

I have to following sentences to start a new phrase, are they all correct? Any differences in the meaning? The novelty of this measure is to weigh the errors of the pixels by ... The novelty of this ...
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Is it correct to say “I was able to enjoy the experience vicariously thru skype,” rather than saying virtually

Is it correct to say "I was able to enjoy the experience vicariously thru skype," rather than saying "I enjoyed it virtually thru skype."
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Why this sentence grammatically incorrect? [migrated]

"Did anybody said something?" is an incorrect sentence grammatically, but I don't get why. This might be an excessively silly question, but I am new to the English Language.
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Should it be “Who drank all the soda?” or “Who's drunk all the soda?”

This was the fill in the blank question in my English book: Who _______ all the soda? Not me. I haven't had any soda at all since last week. So my question is: should it be "drank" or "has drunk"...
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Evermore or ever more? [closed]

Which form is correct in this: Files stored on computers become increasingly important as businesses and governments store evermore files of evermore importance on automated systems.evermore
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Mayoral Pronoun; it or he/she

Recently I have heard both of the following sentences: The previous mayor was a woman, wasn't she? The mayor is male, isn't it? These seem to me to bear a gender contradiction here; "the ...
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Correct title “Discovery, Localization, and Recovery from Faults”

I have a title for my Article. It is "Discovery, Localization, and Recovery from faults" I would like to know whether it is grammatically correct or not. The article discusses about some faults or ...
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A few miles into the town — verbless clause, or adverbial phrase?

A few miles into the town, I saw a beautiful building that was now abandoned. I don't know if "a few miles into the town" is a verbless clause like this (Being) a few miles into the town, I saw ...
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Comma needed to offset expansion clause?

Which of the following is most grammatically correct? In Boston, and other cities above a certain size, public transit is paid for with an RFID card. In Boston and other cities above a certain size, ...
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How to modify gerunds when they are objects? [migrated]

A question about gerunds really confuses me: Is it true when gerunds are objects, we can't make them work as nouns? For example, we can't say: "I really enjoy free swimming!" or "My ...
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Longer text correctness [closed]

I have a paragraph that needs a review: Human rights activist. She works for a local newspaper. Country in which they operate is ruled by an oppressive government. Her daily job activities revolve ...
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“I would like to know what your name is” instead of “I would like to know what is your name” [duplicate]

Could anyone name the grammar rule that governs how "I would like to know what is your name." should be "I would like to know what your name is." If there isn't really a rule for that, could anyone ...
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What is the correct way to use “Hands Down” in a sentence, grammar-wise? [closed]

What is the correct option\s in this case? Hands down, the best value for your money! Hands down, get best value for your money! It's hands down the best value for your money! The best value for ...
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Unfamiliar construction [closed]

I came across the following sentence: "He'd win this damn Contest, is what he'do!". Given the prior narrative was in past tense, the use of 'is' seemed odd, and I'd never encountered such pattern too; ...
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using of inversion in english [closed]

Only when is the green light on vehicles may cross the train track. Only when the green light is on vehicles may cross the train track. which of these is grammatically correct to use, as I have ...
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American English usage of “Making” food

I've noticed that quite often Americans will refer to "Making Eggs" or "Making a pizza" When infact they are cooking eggs (chickens make eggs) or cooking a pizza (assuming its pre-made in a factory) ...
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The Meaning and Grammar Aspect of This Sentence [closed]

I read it in the book called "The Devil In the White City". This was a part about the pamphlet made from the Ferris Company praising Ferris Wheel's inventor. It read as follows: Built in the face ...
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Attached is the technical detail document of test.cls file [closed]

Which one is better, I am sending one attached file to my manager. Please find attached technical detail document of the test.cls file. Attached is the technical detail document of test.cls ...
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how to parse this sentence and use of as

Some days the halls were fused with a caustic scent, as of cleanser applied too liberally. In the above sentence, I don't know how to parse this "as of". I know it is used like "like" in this ...
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What's the difference between“ the topics discussed” and “the discussed topics”?

As a non-native speaker, I think those two above mentioned has no difference. If any, would any of you tell me the subtle difference? As far as I am concerned, past participles should be put before ...
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Factoring a for in “of” expressions [closed]

I am wondering if I can factor a word in the following expression: According to the definition of A, definition of B, and definition of C, ... and write it briefly as According to the definition of ...
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Dashes usage for additional explanation after or before a comma?

So, here is the sentence I'm trying to write: They got to know our business through many different venues - through actually just people they knew, through consulting companies - but I think the most ...
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What is the word with the definition: “One that is modulated”?

If I employ someone, then they are my "employee". If my computer program modulates other computer programs, then they are my computer program's _____.? I can't find any reference to "modulatee" ...
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Grammatical Functions

What is the grammatical name of "that has come in contact" in the following sentence: The disease can be spread from an infected person to a healthy one through direct contact with the patient's ...
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difference between did and have? [closed]

Thanks to all in advance. I need the difference between following two sentences? when we should use did and have? Am not sure that the following sentences are right. Sentence 1: i did not ...
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use of “is” instead of “are” - i'm confused

"Is this the plans for the Death Star?" i would use the plural form: "Are these the plans for the Death Star?" is this just internet grammar or do i miss something? from a current reddit topic: ...
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Should “artifact” be plural in this sentence? [closed]

I asked someone to review this sentence and they said that the word artifact should be plural: We interact with any number and variety of artifact in our daily lives.... I can see where the word ...
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Which is right in this content: hear or hearing? [migrated]

Friend: what's up? Me: Hearing my friends screaming over a pillow. Should hear be used instead of hearing? If not, why then?
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“Come this May, I will…” Why am I using “come”? [duplicate]

"Come this fall, I will be at Harvard studying law." "Come May, I will have been studying Biology for seven years." While speaking with a colleague, I used the phrase "Come + time period". She wasn'...