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Difference between “There is to be” “there has to be” [closed]

"There is to be an urgent ministerial review of language learning." Does this mean that the review is going to take place, or does this mean that there should be a review? I am a little clueless.
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“Are you kidding me?”- Is it grammatically correct? [closed]

I often hear people saying "Are you kidding me?". To me this is grammatically wrong- it should be "Are you kidding?", full stop. "Are you kidding me?" sounds wrong, but is it actually wrong?
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Is “keep updated” proper usage of those words?

I'm far from being an English major, but I have a simple question. If someone were to say keep updated in a sentence, is that correct? I know the usage, tense, and other things matter, but is it ...
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Does the word Effortless imply a negative or a positive comment?

I watched a TV show where a group of dancers were performing a number. After that, the host interviewed one of the audience and he was told that the Group A's performance was effortless and gave a low ...
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On a page or In a page

Which is the correct usage: Something on a page OR Something in a page By page, I mean a web page, not a physical book page.
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“Internship at” or “Internship in”?

Which one is correct in what case? I have found someone suggesting that you use "at" for organizations and "in" for fields or disciplines, e.g., I've got an internship at NATO, and he's got an ...
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Is it correct to say “ have been not” in English? [closed]

For example , is it correct to say that " The service has been not available since 3 days ago ". And, Is the meaning of it different from "The service has't been available since 3 days ago" Edit: ...
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“gone flow by”-Is this phrase correct? [closed]

"gone flow by". What are the problems in it?
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Is the saxon genitive missing in the song title “Hells Bells”?

I am confused by title of song by AC/DC: Hells Bells. Shouldn't it be Hell's Bells (meaning "bells from hell") or Hells' Bells (meaning "bells from hells")? Or is it just a slack language common for ...
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is “I does” grammatically correct? [closed]

I heard the following in a song: "It's my world, I does what I wish to" I wondered if this is correct and if it means same as "I do what I wish to"
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“compared with” vs “in comparison with” vs “assessed in comparison with” [closed]

what would you consider more appropriate? -"She is writing her thesis under my guidance on a topic related to the Australian tax system compared with the European one", -"She is writing her thesis ...
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Can you use 'correlation' in the following form? [closed]

Is this a correct usage of 'correlation"? Studies indicates a correlation between A with B? Ex: Studies indicates a correlation between early exposure to music and song with future success in math ...
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“the” before “condition” [closed]

Should we write "the" before the word "condition"? that is,if two conditions A and B are known which of the following is correct? Conditions A and B. or The Condition A and B.
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How correct is the Southern colloquialism “y'all” in correct English grammar?

Have I capitalized and punctuated correctly above? (Note the space between last letter and question mark in title? (We'll, it was there!))
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Is this grammatically correct: “It has happened for a while now.”

If not, why? I think it sounds awkward but I cannot be sure it's incorrect.
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Geometric or Geometrical?

I have read the excellent answers to Why is it "geometric" but "theoretical" - my question is specifically about usage. Is there a best practice for deciding between the variants "geometric" and ...
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“May not have” or “may have not”

Which of the following is correct: may not have or may have not? For example, which sentence should one write? They may not have apples. They may have not apples.
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(plural noun) “are” never “a” good idea. [closed]

I'd like to know how to explain the grammar in this kind of sentences. It seems to me that the plural noun here works like a collective noun... Or does it purely depend on the context rather than some ...
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Is 'have having had' correct English? [closed]

How does one deal with have having had a messy relationship breakup? or How does one deal with have having had a near-death experience? This intuitively seems be correct English, but it's ...
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What is the correct grammar? [closed]

Which phrase is correct grammar? At a recent funeral of a married couple whu died 2 days apart, the funeral home printed the following phrase on the bulletin. "2 life's well lived" Or "2 lives well ...
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Is back-shifting necessary in speech and writing [duplicate]

Can I say "I told you he is going to the book club" when he has already gone there by now; or is it necessary to back-shift it to past i.e. "I told you he was going to the book club". So will I be ...
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use of “also” vs. “and also”

In the following, which is better to write between two sentences: ". Also" or ", and also" : Another drawback in the convenient setting is that operational vector fields do not have integral ...
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Using “will” in a sentence vs not using “will”

I'm an ESL teacher. A student asked me a question regarding this sentence. "Don't phone Ann now. She'll be busy." The student asked me why we have to use "will" in the sentence. Why shouldn't the ...
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When writing a title, do you capitalize “the” in names like “Boris The Animal”? [duplicate]

When writing a title, do you capitalize "the" in names like "Boris The Animal", "Mike the Bike Guy" or "Tom The Dancing Bug"?
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down the hall to the left

Why do people say like "down the hall, road, alley, etc" when it is not down in any way. Why can't we say like "it's straight this corridor, road, etc"?. Why do say "it's straight down this corridor, ...
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Regarding the tense of that clause after “make sure”

As for the tense of that clause after "make sure", what is the difference between present tense or future tense. Thank you so much!
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Saying something is “for real” vs just saying something is “real”

I have a silly question that's been stuck in my head for a little bit. There was a movie that came out a little while ago called, "Heaven is for real" ... and something about the word "for" in that ...
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Using the past tense and present tense in one sentence [duplicate]

Why is this acceptable English? I did see him The two verbs did and see use different tenses. did is past tense and see is present. However if there is a conjunction then we keep the past tense. I ...
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could have done vs could do [duplicate]

I always suspected that the idiot in the tux could not have done it on his own. In this sentence, if we said could not do instead of could not have done what would be the difference in meanings ...
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Why do we say “talk about the telephone” but “talk about televison”?

Teachers and native speakers :) I was doing exercises about passive, came across these two sentences: "When was the telephone invented?" and "When was television invented?" (without "the") And we say ...
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Is it possible to write an infinite sentence that is grammatically correct? [closed]

I was wondering if this was technically possible in English. I did not know if there are specific grammar rules that would make an infinite sentence impossible.
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Fragmented questions

How should the following sentence be punctuated: If it's not raining, where should we go? The lake? The beach? I ask because the last two questions are fragments.
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Adjectives in places of adverbs

I was reading this thread, and I thought asking this question again in Usage forum would make my understanding more clear. I am briefly explaining the question here. She plays it cool. He ...
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What is this emphasis “did”?

And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. Is this archaic? I see many instances of this usage where simple verbs would be enough in ...
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Is my interpretaion of Hobbes correct?

Forasmuch as whosoever speaketh to another, intendeth thereby to make him understand what he saith; if he speak unto him, either in a language which he that heareth understandeth not, or use any ...
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Which is the proper response to “I love you”? [closed]

When my wife says I love you, my natural response is you too, meaning “[I love] you too.” I realise that I’m in the minority here. I more frequently hear me too, but I don’t feel comfortable with ...
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Namesake used when refering to surname only

Can you use namesake when refering to just someone's surname? Eg If the persons name is David Chaplin, can you say: "unlike his namesake, Chaplin's efforts are nothing to laugh at." ?
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What are differences between “let”, “allow” and “permit”?

Dad doesn't let me watch that program. Can we use "allow" or "permit" instead of "let"? What are the differences in grammar? Which one is common use?
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What are differences between “advice” and “advise”? [duplicate]

When we can use advice instead of advise? Can somebody help me?
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Is “lays important groundwork” appropriate usage

As in: "My project lays important groundwork for a future project." Is my usage of 'lays' correct? I'm not sure why I'm hung up on this, it just doesn't sound correct to me.
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How to find the best words for my sentences?

Are there any techniques or web-tools to find the best words to fit your sentence? For example, I want to find the best verb/phrase to say reply with a positive feedback the result would be: ...
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What's the best way to use “either” on more than two options? [duplicate]

I've searched for whether "either" can be used in a context on which the possible options are made of more than two, and found the answer here over English Language Usage. It says that it is informal ...
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Present perfect in subjunctive past tense (I wish I had done)?

It's an exercise, imagine you're in the situation, and write a sentence with "I wish". the situation is: "You've painted the gate red. Now you think that it doesn't look very nice." Because ...
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Inconvenient though this might sound, … phrase structure [closed]

The value of $_inputType is set internally by the class at the time of instantiating the object. If you attempt to change it directly, PHP generates a fatal error, bringing everything to a ...
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I need a verb to replace “to know” in this sentence [closed]

This paper seeks to know if those who perpetuate rape are the only ones responsible.
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Is this grammatically ok? I found this in this poem [closed]

Is it ok to say "twice ten" to mean 20? I Keat's poem, it says "twice ten thousand caverns"
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How should we put a website address into a sentence? [closed]

Is the following a right way to put a website address in a sentence? You can visit the website http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/ask for English grammar problems.
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How to form a noun of a verb in the English language

My teacher teaches me that if one puts an - ing to the end of a verb you will get the gerund of the verb which has the function as a noun. Example: mix-mixing, understand-understanding. But ...
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Which sentence is correct to say? [closed]

In a conversation, which of the two sentences below is grammatically correct? There was a party celebrating for my sister's marriage. There was a party which was being celebrated for my ...
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How best to use the phrase “on the whole”?

Is the phrase on the whole used correctly in the following sentence? The information, on the whole, was inaccurate. If not, what other ways are there to express it?