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about when to put articles before nouns [duplicate]

It is a translation question and the right answer is The women gives cookies to the kid. I put an extra "the" before cookies and it is marked as a wrong answer. Would anyone care to give a ...
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Are or is? May be a simple question but I am confused

Which of the following sentences are grammatical? Being egocentric and selfish are dangerous in a world where karma is always with you. Being egocentric and selfish is dangerous in a world ...
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Grammar point around the word 'apropos' [duplicate]

I found a couple examples with that word: The song feels apropos to a midnight jaunt Clothes that are apropos to the occasion I'm interested in can we use that following the verb of action. ...
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When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter S? [duplicate]

I know that in front of a vowel, but in front of the letter S I don´t remamber.
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Singular or plural verbs with idioms that start with singular articles [duplicate]

I wonder which verb form, singular or plural, is grammatically correct in the following sentence: "Education and welfare is/are a matter of concern to us."
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What is the difference between “until before recently” and “until recently” and how to use these phrases correctly? [closed]

I have seen usages of "until before recently" with different tenses like simple past, present perfect and past perfect. Can you give a number of correct usage examples for this phrase? And what is the ...
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He/she “can’t” or “couldn’t” be with us today?

I have often heard the phrase “He couldn’t be with us today”. However, this seems contradictory because “today” is in the present, but “couldn’t” is past tense (or subjunctive, but the sentence is ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Grammar improvement in a sentence

My teacher gave me a worksheet today. I found a sentence saying: The main character and the novelist, who serves as the narrator, share a vital experience. This I found confusing, because the ...
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“List up to three”, so I can put in only two? [closed]

It says: Please list up to three projects (in order of preference) you are interested in. So I am not sure: Do I have to put in exactly three projects or can I also just put in two?
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Can “he don't” be right in any case? [duplicate]

I know the grammatical correct way is he doesn't but I have seen many people saying don't with singular subjects, is there any case where it's correct. I am just learning, please ignore my mistakes ...
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Need help to understand job ad eligibility criteria

I want to apply for a researcher position. This is the homepage I am refering to. Now I have serious trouble to understand this part of the eligibility criteria: Early-Stage Researchers will, at ...
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Are idioms impervious to grammatical rules?

I heard someone on the radio this morning who was talking about some interest rate say, "[such and such an interest rate] will remain at one point two percent, in other words: low." Since "low" is ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet
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what's the difference between “important to” and “important for”?

When do we use important for and important to? What's the rule? For example: It's important to me. Or It's important for me. What's the difference between the two sentences?
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Phrases and clauses, what are they both? [closed]

What do you call the category of sentence component that contains both clauses and phrases?
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Would you say “is” or “are” in this sentence? [closed]

Would you say "is" or "are" in this sentence? "His talent, combined with his personality, is/are attractive."
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Relative and demonstrative pronouns “that” and “those”

I think the sentence the difference between the behaviour of young people today and that of those in the past is correct, as that (relative pronoun) replaces behaviour and those (demonstrative ...
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Can you begin a sentence with 'It's because…'

Someone I work with in an ESL setting is using "It's because..." to begin his sentences and I believe it doesn't sound natural. I am aware that he should be using 'because' to join the sentences but ...
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Simple explanation of the many functional uses of 'should'?

[User John Lawler]: So how many named special cases of each modal verb are there, in toto? There's 1. subjunctive should, and 2. mandative should, and 3. putative should, at least; and I ...
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Is it correct to say “Best Regards”? [closed]

This is my gmail email signature Best Regards, Rory Recently it's started to bother me. I feel it might be improper english. Is it? Is it an acceptable sign off?
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Is it correct to say “We […] will be present at <destiny> at <time> […]”?

I am writting an email in English for a website. As you can see, my English isn't quite perfect. And one of the emails must be saying something similar to: We confirm that we will be present at ...
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Is “to one of the most genuine people I know” correct? [duplicate]

I am confused if I should use persons or people. Persons sounds weird to me.
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that vs which vs what [duplicate]

Which sentence would you use more, which is just simple wrong and why? This is the speech, that my father wrote. This is the speech, which my father wrote. This is the speech, what my father wrote. ...
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Does it sound natural to you? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? As I understand, the new implementation is scheduled to go live in 7 days which seems a little unrealistic.
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optimum answer to do you often [closed]

Can you please clarify for me which is the correct answer to the following question: Do you often have visitors? a. Yes, pretty much every day b. Yes, quite often c. Not very often.
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the names of (plural) or the name of (plural) [closed]

I'm wondering which option is correct: 1) we will have the name of the people who play on this team. 2) we will have the names of the people who play on this team. Should 'name' be plural or ...
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“Lying supine” vs. “supine”

Is it natural to say "lying supine"? The word supine, by definition, already suggests lying [See: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/supine]. However, I was just confused because one of the ...
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'whereabouts' is / are

If the sense is plural, I believe we'd use 'whereabouts are', as in 'Their whereabouts are unknown.' If the sense is singular, we'd use 'whereabouts is', as in 'His whereabouts is unknown.' Can this ...
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Is the 'unmarked'/standard/basic form called the oblique/objective case?

[Source:] This happens because what linguists would call the “unmarked” or standard, basic form for pronouns turns out to be the objective form—me, him, her, them, and the like. This is the form ...
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alternatives to “bucket list of kate”

I want to say: "kate's bucket list" but we need to have "kate" at the end of the sentence (that is the requirement). So I thought of "bucket list of kate" but it sounded a bit.... I don't know... bad ...
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“Let's you and I/me be fair with each other.”

'Let's you and [I/me] be fair with each other.' 'Let's you and [I/me] indulge in a little bit of reverie.' Should "I" or "me" be used in these two sentences, and why?
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“allow insertion” or “allow inserting” or “allow to insert” [duplicate]

I have some doubts about using ing-verb in the following case: Such data structures don't allow insretion/inserting/to insert any kind of objects. Is it considered grammatically correct to say ...
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Weird “genitive of relative pronoun” construction

In this youtube-video a non native speaker of English said the following sentence ... another verb, of which I've already talked about the present tense At first, I thought it was simply a ...
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the Virginia public school district

Do I have to put "the" in front of "Virginia"? Thanks. Do disciplinary school removal rates differ between high and low poverty schools in Virginia public school district?
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Shall. I use a preposition here? [closed]

which one is correct? We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and friends were invited. Or We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and ...
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Why is the British tv show “the Undatables” not called “the Undatable” without 's'?

There is a tv series on Channel 4 called "The Undatables" which I have just started watching. The title keeps me wondering why it's not just called "the undatable" like the poor or the rich? Last ...
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Is the phrase “has got” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Does "Mary's Got Talent" mean "Mary Has Got Talent"? Is "has got" grammatically correct in this instance?
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In documentation simple prensent passive or simple future passive?

I saw in many documentations that the simple future passive is more used than the normal simple present passive. for example: These gained data will be sent to a server for filtering then saved in ...
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Does the tense in that clause need to agree with the main clause? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title of this question is accurate or not. My vacabulary of grammar is very limited. May you could understand me by the following example: She told me that the earth is ...
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“be better off” vs “would rather” [closed]

Be better off could be used to express that something is better than another. For instance, I would be better off driving insead instead of taking a bus. Can we say I would rather drive ...
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“Rely” vs. “Relies” usage

The subjective nature of these tests rely on human expertise to assess the patient correctly The subjective nature of these tests relies on human expertise to assess the patient correctly ...
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wasn't v.s. was not [closed]

I'd like to know whehther there are any differences/nuances in meaning between "wasn't" and "was not". Examples are: I wasn't there I was not there And: She insisted she wasn't soft on Russia She ...
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Compound preposition

I have come across a definition of compound prepositions on http://playit.pk/watch?v=GLoTwohOxBc "Compound prepositions are those prepositions which are formed by prefixing the preposition to a ...
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Me either OR Me neither? MW Collegiate Dictionary says Me Either is correct in this example [duplicate]

Me either OR Me neither? MW Collegiate Dictionary says Me Either is correct. Shouldn't it be "Me neither" in this example? "I didn't like the movie." "Me either." Perhaps "either" is truly ...
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What does “of or”mean in this sentence? [closed]

Of or pertaining to important records or archives.
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How can I express will be + “past perfect” in other way? [closed]

How can I say will be + "past perfect" passive in other way? I do not want to use will be + "past perfect" all the time ? For example: These gained data will be sent to a server for filtering then ...
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Why is “any ancient civilization” supposedly wrong in this sentence? [duplicate]

All Middle East people believed in life after death, but the Egyptians of ages past carried this idea further than any ancient civilization. One of the four highlighted phrases is supposed to be ...
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Two verbs of present perfect

I just read an article on Newyork times and I found a sentence having 2 present perfect verbs : After more than a year of speculation, Mr. Draghi, the never-predictable head of the European ...
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Ergative with Because [closed]

Are these punctuated correctly and is the parenthetical reasoning for each valid and sound? She's not running for class president, because she is scared. (= comma before "because" means she is not ...