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“array with objects” or “array of objects”

I’m confused regarding the use of “with” and “of”. Should I use “array with objects” or “array of objects”? Why?
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Am I right to feel like there is something wrong with this sentence?

Cloning must be researched and funded, however, its human involvement must be limited to prevent a veritable onslaught of ethical and legal battles, and promote its potential health and societal ...
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It is correct to put 'But' before 'Despite of'?

I want to write: But despite of this....... Is putting two conjunctions together not necessary? Or would it be fine to have them both together right up close next to each other.
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What part of speech is “booed” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

I have a friend who says sentences like, "Santa Claus deserves booed". I would say, "Santa Claus deserves to be booed". Are we both correct? Leaving out the "to be" part of the sentence seems odd to ...
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Can a music band be referred to as an artist?

Is it correct to refer to a band as an artist such as 'My favourite artist is The Beatles'?
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Why does it matter what the subject is?

I see a lot of questions asking "what is the subject"? (This, for example.) Why does it matter, practically, what the subject is? How does knowing the subject give more information than just knowing ...
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“I was honored to have known him” grammar

Could someone explain to me the grammar of the second sentence below? Why is it to have known and not to know? He was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. I was honored to have ...
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How to study for a dlab exam?

My question is about the Dlab exam I will provide a bit of background first, my own research and then ask my question at the end. Background I am aiming to enlist in the US Navy and my college ...
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present perfect or past simple

Never since Nietzsche has anyone undertaken such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. Never since Nietzsche did anyone undertake such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. What's the correct form?
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What's the Subject in: 'And up here in the corner is me'

If two people are looking at a photo, and one of them pointing out the different people says: And up here in the corner is me. ... what is the Subject of the sentence? The phrase up here in ...
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Is it necessary to use the comma in the following sentence? [closed]

Do I have to use the comma before the WHEN CLAUSE in the following sentence? "We were swimming in the lake, when suddenly a crocodile attacked us."
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He did not swindle his colleague's business although they have been enemies for years now

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? He did not swindle his colleague's business although they have been enemies for years now Is the use of 'did' acceptable, even though the sentence is ...
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Where to put “professionally”?

Which is correct: This call is being professionally answered by Company A. This call is professionally being answered by Company A. This call is being answered professionally by Company A. Both ...
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Right way of intoducing yourself in a presentation [closed]

I know that if someone is on the phone, they should say This is [] speaking instead of I am [] as it is a rule in English language. However, my question is that in the case of a formal presentation, ...
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Does this sentence use the word “myriad” correctly? [closed]

"Linezolid is an antibiotic with myriad uses worldwide, including treatment of pneumonia and skin infections."
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using “so” instead of “if” with the same meaning [closed]

If and so, are they really interchangeable? For example, in this sentence: If he played well he would win the match. Can we rewrite the sentence like this: He played well so he won the ...
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Use of words with similar meanings [closed]

Would it be correct to use the words "pain and lamentation" in the same sentence? Thanks in advance.
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Which form is correct? both windows jamb or both window jambs [closed]

both windows jamb needs to be exchange or both window jambs need to be exchanged?
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Superlatives and word order

I stumbled upon the sentence below on the Internet and felt confused: The Alchemist, a novel by Paulo Coelho, which is listed as one of the most read books by successful people says... Are really ...
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Deploy into my mobile device or deploy to my mobile device?

I'm worried that "deploy into" may be wrong, but for some reason it sounds more idiomatic to me than "deploy to", specifically in this sentence: I'm going to deploy my apk into mobile device. ...
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“impact” vs “impact on” in this case

The handouts did not seem to have any impact cortisol levels or the prevalence of depression among non-recipients. This sentence is from an article in The Economist, Oct 31st 2015 edition. I think ...
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of ...
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'I don't have both' - is this sentence correct grammatically? [duplicate]

'I don't have both' - is this sentence correct grammatically? If it is not then what is the correct way to say it? EDIT: Let's say Alice says 'I have an apple and a banana.' Now, Bob does not ...
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Use of AND or OR with the maximum of a list of things

Which is correct: I will pay you the maximum of $10 OR 10% of sales or I will pay you the maximum of $10 AND 10% of sales Thanks!
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Can I use “consistent with” in this way? If not, what can I use instead?

I want to write a sentence like Consistent with my previous experience, I am interested in pursuing research ~ blah blah. Here, I know that this sentence is grammatically incorrect and I cannot ...
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My mom told me I **WAS/AM** a good cook [duplicate]

I don't fully comprehend the use of past tense. Well, it is used when you are explaining something that occurs in the past but let's say if I say 1)It took me ages to notice that the guy WAS/IS from ...
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Is the subject “there” flawed?

This is a follow-up question to this one and I understand the difference between "there" and "here". I understand "there" functions differently from the adverb "here", but it leads to another ...
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I want to know how it's correct [closed]

WHICH FORM IS CORRECT: I just want to inform you, or I want just to inform you
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Ellipsis in a title

When an ellipsis is used in a title such as 'How to love your dog... A kid's Guide to dog care, is it just used for suspense or is there a grammatical reason which I haven't found out yet? Trying to ...
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Why is “there” a subject while “here” isn't?

The question about "the role of infinitive in this sentence" prompted me to ask the following question. English uses a "dummy" such as it and there to start a sentence when there is nothing else to ...
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What is a syntactic construction?

Okay, I'm not quite sure if i'm allowed to post this here. I had a look at the linguistics SE, but it seems that questions there have to be research-level, and this is extremely elementary however I ...
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Would Rather Do than Doing? [closed]

Is it alright to write this? I would rather swim than going to the party.
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How would one specify that Noun 2 in “[Prepositional phrase] [Noun 1] and [Noun 2]” is not an object of the prepositional phrase?

I will give an example of this problem. In fact, this example is the reason why I am asking! I am blending a quote taken from a book into an assignment on which I am currently working. (Don't worry, I ...
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meaning of 'By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War' [closed]

Mossad used to have the motto "בתחבולות תעשה לך מלחמה". One former Mossad officer claims that this motto means: By Way Of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War What does this mean? I know it is about ...
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“would be expected to be happening” [closed]

Is this phrase sound? Performance of modern filesystems is getting close to physical limitations of underlying hard-drives. Processing of big files would be expected to be happening at high ...
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How many hours did you spend/spent studying for the test? [closed]

I'm pretty confused on which sentence is grammatically correct just because online and in person, everyone says it differently: How many hours did you spend studying for the test? or is it: ...
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This is the first movie without excitement I've ever watched/I watched (I am not sure which is the accurate one)

Given two completely different sentences which are This is the first movie without excitement I've ever watched/I watched (I am not sure which is the accurate one) and This is the first movie I've ...
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usage of after/later

I'm wondering the sentences below are grammatically correct or not. A : It is three days "after" that Sumi's midterm exam will be over B : It is three days "later" that Sumi's midterm exam will be ...
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Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence?

Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence? Take the following sentence, for example: Where is it at (not correct grammar) and Where's it at? (unknown) You ...
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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Is it right to use the structure “to take long” that way?

Would the following sentences sound grammatically correct and natural? Why are you taking so long to do that? It is just a simple task. -I don't wanna take too long in the library because I have an ...
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Is it right the sentence “I saw him saying…”?

Is the following sentence right in any way: I saw him saying that to the Chairman instead of the more acceptable I heard him saying that to the Chairman? I have a sense that the first ...
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“I gave it a lot of thought” vs. “I thought about it a lot”

I've heard the following expression often and I have a few questions. . I gave it a lot of thought. What is "it"? Is it dummy or something you are referring to? Does it sound differnt from "I ...
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Debate, Bare plurals and Injustice [duplicate]

In high school debate, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is, "In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice." ...
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“Recommend me” vs. “Recommend to me” [duplicate]

In conversation, I hear people say: "Please recommend me a book." Or: "Recommend me a book, please." They omit "to," as in: "Please recommend to me a book." Or variations thereof, ...
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“On a (…) scale” or “at a (…) scale”?

First of all, a core sample is a small piece of rock obtained from the subsurface. The reservoir in this question refers to an oil reservoir. So here's the question. Is the following statement ...
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Is “At which he was really shocked” grammatical?

Last month Qziz was told that he had been laid off. At which he was really shocked Is the second sentence grammatical? Is the preposition at used appropriately here, or should I use a different ...
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Is there a group called 'meaningless sentences'?

Some sentences, like I am dead, I am lying, I am sleeping etc. do not convey a meaning. Is there a grammatical class or any other grouping for such expressions?
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SAT Grammar Question - Comparisons [closed]

I have a question on comparisons. I said no error first, and that was wrong. I don't see an error with B or D or A. Is it C "being"? Should it be switched to be?
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“He stood naked” or “He stood nakedly”?

He stood naked. He stood nakedly. A native English speaker says 1. sounds more natural, but the dictionary says "naked" is an adjective. Why is 1. better? Please explain. Katrina