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Is this sentence a run on? How to properly use 'such as' for this example?

Many new forms of entertainment were unveiled, such as jazz music, salsa dancing, and silent films. Should such as be accompanied with a colon? Should there be a comma after unveiled?
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“As Applicable” Concluding a Sentence

I am a technical writer, and often I find concluding a list of requirements with "as applicable" is useful, because not all items in a list of requirements are relevant in all cases. Consider a ...
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Difference between would and will

Thank you for your time reading this. I am from China and have learned British English for years from my middle school to undergraduate time. I normally take 'would' as the past form of 'will', ...
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more X than X for nominal clauses [closed]

In a translation I'm doing, I am struggling with a certain sentence. This is how I've worded it at the moment. It doesn't sound to natural to me. Any other way of phrasing it? I think that one ...
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'See' and 'Hear' in the progressive?

I'd like you to go into details about the difference between 'see', 'hear' and 'seeing', 'hearing'. I'm not a native speaker, so it's a bit hard to understand this explanation that 'see' and 'hear' ...
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Here is the report and login or Here are the report and login or Here is the report and the login? [closed]

Here is the report and login or Here are the report and login or Here is the report and the login? Which one is correct and sounds better?
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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Is it “get” or “gets” in “Nobody move and nobody get(s) hurt”? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? 1.) "Nobody move and nobody gets hurt." or should it be, 2.) "Nobody move and nobody get hurt." Here's some related info in wikipedia.
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Economic Fact or Fact of Economics?

Demand will rise when prices fall is a basic economic fact/basic fact of economics? Which of these two is most appropriate and why?
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The way in which or by which?

I am trying to say something very weird, but I'm not sure if any of these sentences makes sense: 'Recursion is the way in which a function is specified in terms of itself' or 'Recursion is a way by ...
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“To be headed for” and “To be headed over to”

Can these expressions be used just about interchangeably for all but the most formal prose, or is there a subtle difference to them? E.g. He is headed over to the garage. He is headed for the ...
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Grammar question about modifiers

I'm not sure if this statement is grammatically correct. It sounds fine, but I'm not sure if the 'with the...' part is right. With the end of the Great War came a great revolution in the ...
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Actually work vs Actually does work?

Is there any differences between following two sentences. I have seen both in various places and I can't really find a difference between them. It actually works. It actually does work. ...
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Future conditional

What is the grammatically correct way to say that a person who has died would be a certain age next month? He "would have been 89 next month?" Or "were he alive, he would be 89 next month ?"
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Plural subject - singular object

This is the same grammatical issue raised in another thread, except the examples there were not ideal, so the syntactic problem was side-stepped in favor of the semantic one. Consider this example ...
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Is “consistently helped” grammatically correct?

Which is better (and why)? I think you will agree that I am a conscientious professional that has consistently helped you. I think you will agree that I am a conscientious professional that has ...
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Is it OK to use the phrase to stay for a week? [closed]

Is it possible to say: " I stayed there a week" or must one use the preposition for: "I stayed there for a week"?
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Why “in” and “of” are deleted in this paragraph?

A number of armorials of other countries have sections devoted to Spanish arms, especially those French armorials arranged by marches; Aragonese arms are prominent, not surprisingly in view of ...
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Pronoun Dilemma - "The winners of the contest were Morgan and me / Morgan and I [duplicate]

In the sentence 'The winners of the contest were Morgan and I', is 'I' or 'me' correct? I think it should be 'I', because 'Morgan and I were the winners of the contest.'
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“He's liable/likely to win” and “He's likely/liable to lose”

"Liable" is often loosely used in colloquial, nonstandard AE for likely:"My favorite horse is liable to win" -- but discriminating use generally applies "liable" only to what is undesirable: "An ...
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which of the following sentences are correct [duplicate]

Glow and glowing are different forms of a verb, but does the tense make any difference? Which one of these (in each pair) is correct and why? "I saw you dancing" or "I saw you dance". "I will watch ...
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Would you possibly elaborate your explanations? [closed]

Mary doesn’t play the piano well and nor does Alex. Mary doesn’t play the piano well. Nor does Alex. Are they the same? and which one do you use? ......................................... Now, ...
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Is “bitten” the correct word choice in the following sentences? [closed]

I believe that "bitten" – not "bit" – is the correct word in each sentence below. Am I right? I was bitten by the love bug. Joe said, "I got bitten by a mosquito." The dog had bitten me. I had ...
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“Return” and “come back” as intransitive verbs

Does "return" imply a longer absence than "be back" -- in analogy with "Batman returns (after a ten-year absence) -- in such a way that it would sound sort of awkward or weird to say of someone that ...
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Use of otherwise to indicate contrast [closed]

I am writing an essay about sports and their benefits. I wrote this sentence but I am not sure how correct it is ? Many games and pastimes have helped people to engaged in physical activities ...
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You will have to Vs Have to

I have across this, in a recent conversation with an educationalist. During our conversation regarding higher education; He said, "you will have to do that". Is it the right phrase? What is the ...
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Parallel structure “both from A and B” grammatically correct?

Can I write this? His results, derived both from research and observation, are critical for the project. Or will I have to write either of these? His results, derived both from research and ...
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Which one should I use, 'are chosen' or 'have been chosen' in academic writing?

I was writing a report of my economic presentation. I had to mention that I chose three states for my studies in the introduction of the report. Since I can't use the active voice to mention this, ...
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Need help rewording sentence for cover letter

I'm looking for a word to replace "pouring" because it doesn't sound professional. Any suggestions? Phones were constantly ringing, e-mails were pouring in, and since we were located above a ...
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ending a sentence with a preposition 'of'

I know many questions have been asked for ending a sentence with a preposition in this community. However none of that seems to be providing the answer which I am looking for in this scenario. Please ...
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How to avoid a preposition at the end of a relative clause

In this example: I am adverting to (noun, eg letter), the reception of which I am asking/tentative about. How can I recast this sentence, and preserve this syntax, without the "empty ...
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What is the difference between these two almost identical sentences? [closed]

There are even numbers of good and bad things. There are an even number of good and bad things. What is the difference?
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Comma or period after the words: I remain at the end of a letter?

Do you ever place a period after remain? For example: With best wishes for a happy holiday, I remain. Sincerely yours,
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Is the phrase “in that” interchangeable with “since”?

My boss likes to use "in that" when he really means "since." Is this acceptable? If not, what is the rule that I can tell him?
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Using 'the' with abbreviations of nouns [duplicate]

Consider United States of America or United Kindgom. While using these, it is customary to add the before it. Eg. I'm travelling to the United Kingdom However, when I use the abbreviation, it ...
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Can a clause have more than one (in)direct object?

I am fairly convinced that any English clause (and it probably also counts for other languages, but I can't be sure about that) can only contain 1 subject, 1 direct object, and 1 indirect object. This ...
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“An historian” or “a historian” [duplicate]

Which one should I use for this statement An historian can change the past or A historian can change the past ?
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“to successfully complete” or “to complete successfully”? [duplicate]

A Google search yields 41,200,000 results for the former but only 3,150,000 for the latter. Are split infinitives really to boldly be avoided in English grammar, or are millions of people just ...
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“Mass communications shapes the world we live in”

I am editing a web page and came across this declaration: Mass communications shapes the world we live in It looks wrong to me, but I am wondering if it should be Mass communication shapes the ...
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When to choose “with doing this” or “by doing this”?

Governments should enact laws to restrict drivers' behaviors in some areas........... With doing this, we can create a safer community. By doing this, we can create a safer community. Which one is ...
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Does “hopelessly lost” sound awkward?

The expression hopelessly lost just sounds awkward in my ears. But it seems to be grammatically correct and googling it finds quite a few links, so it seems to be a valid expression nevertheless. So, ...
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“He doesn't” vs “He don't” [duplicate]

Grammatically, for he/she/it we use "does" or "doesn't" like in, He doesn't eat meat. but these days I'm observing the usage of the above sentence(especially in American movies) like this, ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement – Has or Have?

Has or have below? I say 'have'. Compound subject requires a plural verb, right? "I love the people, the culture, and (most importantly) the food that New York and Greenwich Village, in particular, ...
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Difference between “considered to be” and “considered as”?

Is there any difference between considered to be and considered as? For example: Adam is considered as a good teacher. Adam is considered to be a good teacher.
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Why “a” before “elements of a first step”?

I have learned that "the first" is a determiner. So this example arises a question for me. Elements of a first step Could someone explain it? For context
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What would be the right way (grammar) for a law firm to wish a client a happy birthday

Would you say… Johnson & Johnson wish you a happy birthday or Johnson & Johnson wishes you a happy birthday I don't believe these are complete sentences and have read that a company really ...
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“Savings Account” vs “Checkings Account”

The correct form is "savings account". Why don't we say "checkings account"? Why is "checkings account" incorrect and why is "savings account" correct? We certainly wouldn't say "saving account". ...
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“Opposite of (someone/something)” for “across from/opposite” in nonstandard colloquial prose

Consider the following quotes (emphasis mine). For a split second, I meet eyes with an older man standing in a still gaze just opposite of me amidst the sudden chaos. source Taking a seat ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to follow the abbreviations *ie* and *eg* with *etc*? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically incorrect to follow the abbreviations ie and eg with etc? My daughter's English teacher told her that this in an absolute no-no and is never permitted under any circumstances. He ...
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Is the following word order acceptable? [closed]

I need your opinion about the word order in the following sentence: “In her garden grows a cherry-tree.“? Is it grammatically acceptable?