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Proper usage of passive voice in the literature survey of scientific article

I want to write following sentence in the literature survey of scientific research paper in the Mathematics field. Author A and B proposed a convergent iterative method for computing matrix ...
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when my son sleeps VERSUS while my son sleeps [duplicate]

Do you agree that 1) I often read when my son sleeps. 2) I often read while my son sleeps. mean different things? Do you find 1) wrong?
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When describing my personal opinions, should I use “one thing I was sure”, “was that” or “is that”? [closed]

When describing my personal thoughts back in a few years ago. Should I use: One thing I was sure though, is that ... or One thing I was sure though, was that ... To me, it sounds more correct ...
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How should I use “as” and what is its semantic nuance?

I wrote a sentence that didn't sound right to my ears. As a leader, he did not act accordingly. What I intended to say was: even though he was the leader, he did not act accordingly, as he ...
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“The government 'is' always changing 'their' mind” in AmEng

Why would using the construct "is/their" instead of "is/its" in the following examples likely be frowned upon by some native speakers and marked as incorrect on tests? The class is working on its ...
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Should I punctuate the transition in a sentence between an independent clause and a descriptive quotation?

When I clicked the button, I got the error "ReferenceError: function is not defined". In this sentence, I am telling somebody that when I click a button in a software application, I get an error. ...
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Why don't you double the 'l' in the ing-form of ' to feel'?

One of the rules for forming the -ing form of verbs is that when the verb ends with an -l, you have to double the 'l'. But why don't you double the 'l' in 'feeling' then?
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The class is/are all working on a project together [duplicate]

The class is/are all working on a project together. I am curious to know whether I can use both is and are in this sentence - with a small difference in meaning.
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Usage of the preposition 'in' two times in a row?

The sentence: "This means that if you are in any way different, you could possibly find yourself in a column in a newspaper" I am not sure whether it is correct to have 'in' two times in a row, maybe ...
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Confused by the different type of verbs

I am trying to brush up on my grammar but I am confused on when to use the correct tense of the verb. How/when should I use the correct tense? a) I write the letter. b) I am writing the letter. c) I ...
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Should the Past Perfect Tense be used in subordinate clauses beginning with the preposition “before”?

This is from The Old Testament, or, more exactly, from one of its popular renderings: "Before he had left, he made it very clear that there was to be no idolatry". But shouldn't it be the ...
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Confused about using the

I can't understand when to put 'the' before words. Which one is correct and why? I clicked yes to Google Calendar invitations. I clicked yes to the Google Calendar invitations.
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“As one who have” or “As one who has”?

Is it: As one who has a lot of related experiences, I think I can offer some help. or: As one who have a lot of related experiences, I think I can offer some help.
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What punctuation do I use between the words “words” and “he”? [closed]

Thousands of people gathered just to hear his motivating words he was truly an inspiration to others.
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and readable?

I came across a sentence puzzling me, can you tell me whether the use of "that of" parts is correct? why or why not. "You have been working here for 10 years, do you really need me to tell you ...
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Who is [company name] or Who are [company name] [duplicate]

I work at a company and we are redesigning our website. One of the titles of a page is about the company and who we are. There is a huge debate going on regarding how the initial question should be ...
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“The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, HAS/HAVE …” - plural or singular subject?

Is a subject singular or plural with a modifying prepositional phrase that has plural objects? Would it be "has" or "have" in this case: The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, has/...
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Present participle phrase with negative auxiliary [closed]

So I was writing as any other usual days. And I encountered a problem. He does not lose his temper, being driven by his emotions. Well, after I wrote this, I could see that it was not what I ...
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is it right to say ' provide huge job opportunities to society' [duplicate]

I'm writing an essay, when I meet the grammar issue. the 'to society' is right? or should use 'to the society'? thanks.
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during + present perfect tense

Students (12-14) were asked to make an interrogative sentence from the following words using the present perfect tense: your parents/ go abroad / during summer So obviously they wrote: Have ...
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What should we call a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase?

I would like to refer to a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase, e.g., "I will recognize" in "I will recognize you". Should I call it an expression, a part of a sentence or ...
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Which phrase is more preferable and correct: “value out of range” or “value is out of range”?

The question is: "Which phrase is more preferable and correct: 'value out of range' or 'value is out of range' " in context of technical documentation, specifications and technical description. I've ...
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Is the statement “To try and manipulate” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Something seems off about the wording "try and..."
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If I didn´t live = Were I not to live?

This is a wonderful site to enhance our grammar!! I have one question: Which is the correct option?? a) - If I didn´t live in Japan, I wouldn´t eat sushi daily. b) - Were I not live in Japan, I ...
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When it is appropriate to use “-ing” in a dependent clause?

I tend to use sentences like these ones in my writings: "Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee." "Congress passed the brand new tariff act, increasing the prices of imported goods." ...
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The name of this grammar structure

It is a serious, and sometimes fatal, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions. I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological term, not just ...
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The total “is” or “are” worth a certain amount

Which is correct? Fourteen pennies are worth fourteen cents. Fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents. The former, to me, sounds like "Each of the fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents." The "...
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Which word usage is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Presents a rare and a valuable opportunity Or Presents a rare and valuable opportunity The job of a physician or a nurse Or The job of a physician or nurse Which word usage is correct? Thanks
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Indirect objects that answer the question “by whom”

Here is a sentence from Chapter Seventeen of Huckleberry Finn. The sentence appears in a grammar worksheet: When I got to the three log doorsteps I heard them unlocking and unbarring and ...
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Better terms for “Investigative Abilities” and “General Abilities”

I'm writing a roleplaying game based on the Gumshoe system (I swear this is a language question rather than one for rpg.stackexhange.com!). Characters in this games have a set of Investigative ...
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What's correct here? [duplicate]

1) "Today the number of referrals passed are 24" 2) "Today the number of referrals passed is 24" Please help. Using 'IS' or 'ARE' which is correct?
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Can you say “He is fluent in his native French and Mandarin”?

I know that this sentence is correct: "He is fluent in Swahili, besides being fluent in his native French". Is it possible to say this with two languages though? "He is fluent in Swahili, besides ...
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Well-posed vs. well posed [duplicate]

I have a question that comes up when writing mathematical problems. Which of the following is correct: The problem is well-posed or The problem is well posed. I am sure the second is ...
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He is the first player who has won this trophy

I am curious to know whether I can use present perfect in my example even though it has been e.g. one year since that happened and there are two, three more players who has already done/achieved the ...
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To Infinitive or Not Infinitive

I am wondering if the lack of infinitive "to+have" in the section highlighted below raises any flags for anyone. People have been taught have faith and to trust — or not have faith and not to ...
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Born in “year” ? [closed]

I am not sure if: Born in 1996 < for example is a right form? or there is something else instead of "in" ?
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Usage of 'that much more' in a scientific article

Would it be acceptable to use the phrase "that much more" in the context of a scientific article? Basically, I want to convey this: "The results were obtained doing A. We expect that doing B, taking ...
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what is the difference between of and from [closed]

Can any one help me to configure what is the difference between "with 10 days of" and "within 10 days from" Thanking you in anticipation
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Flipping Sentences and Verb Agreement

Is the following sentence grammatically correct in regards subject-verb agreement? One of the main facets of the soul is the feelings humans treasure above all: love and compassion. The ...
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Without context, what is the shortest question (by character count) in the English language?

The shortest I can come up with are the following four: "Who am I?" has 8 characters (counting spaces). "Why me?" and "Who is?" both have 7 characters (counting spaces). "Is it?" has 6 characters (...
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Something specific or a specific something ,which one to use? [duplicate]

As in the title , I want to know which one of these sentences is correct and why? I want to do something specific. or I want to do a specific something.
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“Anyone Remember?” Or “Does Anyone Remember?”, Which is Correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? 1) Anyone remember global dimming? 2) Does anyone remember global dimming? if both are correct were does each of them is used?
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Help with what MS Word insists is a comma splice

I usually either accept or work around Word's grammar suggestions (I hate having red/blue lines in my documents) but this particular suggestion has me stumped. The sentence is "Striding forward with ...
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To do and (to) do [duplicate]

Are the following two sentences different in meaning? The briard has been bred to herd and to protect sheep. The briard has been bred to herd and protect sheep.
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Sentence Structure Violations

I am proofreading an essay by someone whose first language is not English. The following sentence I know, just by reading, is not right: All of the Algerians are still one of the individuals who ...
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Is “I'm confused how it works” grammatically correct?

Is "I'm confused how it works" grammatically correct? Or should it be something like "I'm confused about how it works?" I hear and see Americans say the first, but as a native Mandarin speaker it is ...
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Have vs. Had Special Situation

This is part of my essay that I'm writing, and I'm unsure of whether to use "has" or "have." "that experience, and others like it, have/has taught me" That experience has taught me, but others like ...
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Can words of frequency like “always” and “sometimes” be used with the gnomic aspect?

In sentences such as "birds fly" and "people die," the sentences don't talk about habituality but have the gnomic aspect instead. Can words of frequency like "always" and "sometimes" that are usually ...
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Is “will/would” and “am/was going to” equivalent? [closed]

Please consider the following conditional statement: If I would eat my lunch, I would remain healthy. Some people say that the "would" after "If I" should be omitted for the following reasons: 1.) "...
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Having 10 percent of the population left-handed was an advantage for human beings

Having 10 percent of the population left-handed was an advantage for human beings. Is the sentence above natural to you, especially, the part "Having 10 percent of the population left-handed". Does ...