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Noun-adjective pattern name

This is a quick question mainly because I want to remember this word that I saw somewhere on Wikipedia. What is the name for the word structure noun-adjective? For example, director-general, ...
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Do I need to use a comma before “everyone” to set off the vocative? [duplicate]

While I was writing a status update today on social media I decided to do some grammar-learning. The status update was "Happy Labor Day everyone!" and I am now wondering if I should place a comma ...
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Basic or base?What's the correct one? [closed]

"I speak basic french" or "I speak base french"? "My french knowledge is at a basic level" or "My french knowledge is at a base level"? I know that basic is just an adjective, while base can be an ...
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Trouble with translating a sentence [closed]

I am not a native English speaker, so I am not sure I understand the bolded sentence correctly: The anti-hero is actually the main character in some contemporary works of literature. Guy Montag in ...
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My brother's son 4 years older [closed]

What do I call my brother's son, who is 4 years older than myself? I was on a visit to Canada and immigration officer asked me who am I visiting and I told him my Nephew but he is older than me, the ...
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Does my sentence require a question mark?

Consider the brief passage below: There are two questions to be asked. Firstly, whether John was willing and able to do his job. Secondly, what tasks did John have to complete to satisfy his ...
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Using in or into [duplicate]

"As I suddenly transitioned from being an overweight pimply-faced middle-schooler with confidence issues into a slim and active high schooler..." or "As I suddenly transitioned from being an ...
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How do I use “as of now” correctly?

Just to clarify, I am not a native English speaker. I occasionally hear from other non-native English speakers the use of the phrase: "As of now" with the meaning of Currently. Initially I did not ...
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What is better terminology for the phrase 'Accelerate success'?

What is the correct terminology for a person or group to 'accelerate the success' for an entire organization?
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Use of the plural of tang (as in taste or smell)

Discussing with friends, we decided tang (like a flavour or smell) is a noun. Smell, when pluralised is smells. Flavour - flavours. What's the plural of tang? We believe it would be simply 'tangs' ...
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“The way in which”: a grammar mistake or not?

I'm studying English pronouns and my book says that the sentence "the way in which" is incorrect and I have to use, instead, only "the way". Is it true? And if so, why? Here are some sentences: ...
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Using localising adjectives + adverbial construction with 'where'

I am wondering whether it is possible to use an adverbial phrase with 'where' to describe words like 'ashore' or 'aground'. Examples: I stepped ashore where the sun was filling with a red ...
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Verbs with prepositions in subordinate clauses? [duplicate]

When I use verbs with prepositions like "to know of" in a subordinate clause like Examples (the 1st is wrong [genitive construction], the 2nd doesn't make sense but it's about grammar): "I wonder ...
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The use of the Present Simple within a short period of time

Help me understand how idiomatic this usage of the Present Simple is. Usually, PS conveys repeated actions within relatively long (or almost unlimited) time frames. For instance, “The sun rises in the ...
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How do I use, “Be it” in a question, or can I? [closed]

I'm writing a poem and I want to use this specific wording, but I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. Here is the line: "Will you ever ask for the truth or be it ignorant you stay?"
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want” [duplicate]

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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Can we use “workaround to this” instead of “solution to this”?

While searching for the meaning I got this. Wordkaround - a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system. Which means almost the same as "solution". So, can we use ...
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Is there a named category for nouns that are not 'agent nouns'?

Please note that this question is not about the 'opposite' of an agent noun, or the 'passive noun' corresponding to an agent noun. My question is: if we could split the set of all nouns into two ...
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What is the Grammatical mistakes in “The pity is that no sooner he had left the place than the fire broke out”? [closed]

What is/are the Grammatical mistakes in "The pity is that no sooner he had left the place than the fire broke out" ?
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the word “slant” as a way of expressing personal views

In writing, I mainly use such words as outlook, perspective, standpoint, or viewpoint to express my personal opinion or an opinion of someone else. Examples presented below: The author's ...
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“-ing” verb + gerund

I am aware that some verbs require the use of a gerund in certain constructions like "to avoid doing something". However, does this rule extend to the case that avoid is also used in an -ing form? ...
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“The Tengwar are an artificial script…”

Reading up on Tolkien's Tengwar, I stumbled upon this sentence introducing its Wikipedia article: The Tengwar are an artificial script created by J. R. R. Tolkien For me, mixing plural Tengwar ...
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“And been” when “has” has been said in the sentence already?

I have the sentence "The role has gotten easier and easier to play, and been forced upon me more frequently than not." I was wondering if "and been" is correct to use in this case, or if "has" must be ...
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Why is this a correct sentence? Her uncle prefers that she speak with him personally [duplicate]

An native English speaker said the correct grammar should be ... 'she speak,' rather than ...'she speaks.' What is the grammar rule?
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is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english?

Is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english? Any suggested phrases to replace if this is not?
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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A few contexts with the Present Simple which make me puzzled

These extracts are taken from an old English text book written by A.S. Hornby. 1) A: You were out very late last night. I know! B: Quite right! I was out until three o'clock. And I had too many ...
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Redundancy: If they should

Today’s horoscope on New York Daily News says (the link may be broken after tomorrow): If they should find out something before you had a chance to tell them, it could cause real friction. How ...
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“Many of my friends” vs “many friends”

I was writing a complaint to an Indian website and got confused between: I recommended your website to many of my friends versus I recommended your website to my many friends I am not a ...
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Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession [closed]

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dogs ball is always in my yard" or ...
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What's the subordinate clause type for these two that-clause sentences below?

I am always confused about what type of subordinate clause "that" can connect. So there are two sentence below: So far the torpedo has proved a damp squib, with observers arguing that Europe has not ...
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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Is it third person singular or plural? [duplicate]

Do I need to add a suffix -s to the verbs in the following cases? Her academic background combined with her working experience...provideS... Her academic and professional experience.. provideS... I ...
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in minds or in mind [closed]

Is it correct to say "What do you (more than 1 person) have in minds?" or we should say "What do you have in mind?". If both of the sentences are correct, which one is more idiomatic?
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To “strum strings” and “hit keys” [closed]

Is it correct to use a verb right next to its corresponding noun in this specific context? I strum strings and hit keys for a living. Thanks for your help.
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Is the following use of “nonetheless” correct?

I was so down and unmotivated, nonetheless, that even thinking about getting up the chair seemed like a tedious and burdensome task. I'm having my doubts because at first I used however, and ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continuous for past unfinished actions relevant to the present

John has stood there for 5 hours. vs John has been standing there for 5 hours. Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences? Both actions are unfinished. Both are relevant to the ...
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Is it correct to ask “Where are we holding in regards to that” when asking about the status of an application or the like

I was asking a banking rep about a recently submitted application for financing - Where are we holding? Is that grammatically correct? For example - I would ask the question - At what stage is the ...
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Who vs whom in a sentence [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences is correct? Everybody who we need or Everybody whom we need Please explain the grammatical reason behind it. Thanks
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In past tense use break or broke [closed]

I think I should use broke because it is in past tense. Am I correct? If incorrect, can you explain to me briefly which case is correct? I was thinking about punching him and breaking his teeth. I ...
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Omission of 'for' with various quantified time intervals: influence of verb

I came across these two examples, given to illustrate 'a case' where the inclusion of the preposition for is considered optional in the paper "Acquisition of Preposition Deletion by Non-native ...
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The process creates the prize? [closed]

I would like to know which one of the sentences is correct and why? The process create the prize. or The process creates the prize.
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Can I use the word “promise” with gerund?

Is it possible to use gerund after the verb "promise"? For example, in the sentence "He promised cleaning the window. I'd prefer to say: He promised to clean the window. But today I was told that this ...
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Is “cry” an intransitive verb, or can it be transitive? - as in “Cry me a river”

When I look up the word, it should be an intransitive verb (no object). However, I'm still curious about the title "Cry me a river". Can I say that "I cried a bucket"?
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Is it okay to write i.e. at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it aceptable to write "i.e." at the begining of a sencnce? For example: Does the above formula equal 2? i.e. does (insert simple formula here) equal 10? or should it be Does the above ...
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How to improve grammar ? i want to be a writer- recommendation needed [closed]

I want to improve my English grammar, including every little information like where to use exclamation, where to or not to use semi-colon etc. Can someone recommend any elementary or high school ...
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Such is the way of American policymaking in health care [closed]

why did we use "Such" here ? is there any alternate to this sentence?
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Grammar: Had been + vb or has been + vb [duplicate]

Should I use '' I had been listening to this concert since it started snowing, at seven.'' or ''I have been listening to this concert since it started snowing, at seven.'' I never know when to use ...
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“New York is a great place to live.” (no preposition?)

New York is a great place to live. New York is a great place to live in. I've seen the former usage a lot and I've started wondering what the grammar aspects of it are. The main question ...
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Alternate word for impersonate in terms of Items or things

Well actually I'm searching for the right word for a particular scenario or maybe behavior. Suppose I go to a shop and ask for an item but they don't have it. Now the sales person's priority is to ...