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Is “because-noun” a new preposition?

There are a handful of articles suggesting that a new preposition has appeared in the form of "because-noun": The Atlantic Stan Carey Grammar Girl Isn't "Because (of)... whatever" a causitive? ...
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'Deflected Off of' vs 'Deflected off' [duplicate]

A question straight from the football commentary pages : X's shot deflected off of Y before finding its way into the net. What is the correct usage here ? Deflected off of or deflected off ?? ...
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A question on narration in the past

This is a bit of a complicated question. The context is that someone gave advice to someone else. The whole situation is narrated in the past. I fear that by using the past tense, the reader may ...
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Why is there a definite article before “Hague”? [duplicate]

Teaching definite and indefinite articles to Slavic students is very challenging because they don't have articles in their native languages. For instance, I have quite a few students who use "the" ...
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Future perfect progressive tense question

I don't understand the grammar in this sentence: "By this time next summer, you will have completed your studies and found a job." I understand that the first half is future perfect progressive but ...
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What is the grammatical name of the part of the sentence that is in bold?

SEWING the cassock,John pricked his finger. Mercy and Mary like smiling. The Municipal Assembly has a towing car. The boys are playing their roles well.
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Is “it is necessary be have” correct?

How do you use subjunctive in such situations? Have I correctly written the following? It is necessary to have a farm of your own Is this right? If not, why? It is necessary be have a farm ...
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Double negative: “Didn't I say that I didn't want any trouble?”

Does the above sentence make sense? It's meant to be rhetorical.
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“which usually is the case for …” or “which is usually the case for …”

Which of the variants is more correct in (American) English, "which usually is the case for ..." or "which is usually the case for ..."? For example Some people don't speak perfect English, which ...
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Using “so” and “very” for ungradable adjectives

We generally use modifiers such as "so" and "very" for gradable/normal adjectives (water can be quite/so/very HOT, but not quite/so/very BOILING (an ungradable/extreme adjective). Yet would you say ...
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Should I Use “these” or “those” When I Refer to Something in the First Sentence?

I’ve posted 5 photos on my timeline. Have you seen these/those photos? You’ll love these/those photos! These/Those photos were taken in France. Should I use “these” or “those” when I refer to ...
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Past tense or present tense to describe something that happened in the past but is still true?

For example: "Last week, I found out that NASA stands for 'National Aeronautics and Space Administration.'" or "Last week, I found out that NASA stood for 'National Aeronautics and Space ...
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Is it really wrong to say “I'm hearing”?

Many grammar books claim that ‘see’, ‘hear’, ‘taste’, ‘smell’, ‘feel’ are verbs that aren’t used in continuous forms, and yet, we do hear and see it quite often used by native speakers. For instance, ...
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Your Site Visitors or Your Site’s Visitors?

Your site/site’s visitors are very active. How is correct to write: your site visitors or your site’s visitors?
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Phrasing of “this=that” sentence?

What is the best way to phrase and punctuate this type of "this = that" sentence? No noise was detected, indicating that the room was empty. No noise was detected, which indicated that the room was ...
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Is there a specific name for these sentence parts?

Is there any specific name for the bold portions of the following sentences, or for their structure? It has been suggested that drinking water is good for your health. It is unknown how long ...
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What is “dress” in “helped knights dress”?

In below sentence: Pages also helped knights dress and carried messages. What is the grammatical relation of dress?
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Why someone use this? [duplicate]

I heard some sentences with this form from English speakers: "what I do know is that..." or " We do share the same..." The question is: what is the applicant of do in these sentences? Why they use it ...
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This / that week

In response to: Only one week till I leave again. I'll miss you guys so much. Is it: --Let's just enjoy that week and not think about the goodbye or --Let's just enjoy this week and ...
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Which one is correct? Using “were” multiple times

Which form is correct? His palms were sweaty and fingers trembling, but... or His palms were sweaty and fingers were trembling, but...
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Can someone please tell me which of the two sentences is correct?

Here are the two sentences. This was the fastest I heard someone responded. This was the fastest I heard someone respond. Can someone help me understand: A) Which one is correct, and what is ...
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Can some words serve as both adjective or adverb?

In the following sentences: I can move quicker than she can. She moves quickly, but I can move quicker still. Between us, I move quickest. Between us, I move quicker. I am even quicker than she. I ...
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“How do we call (something) in English?”

Is it really wrong to say "How do we call something in English?" instead of "What do we call something in English?"? The former's not unusual in Philippine English at all (probably it's because of the ...
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Am I right for the prepositions in this sentence?

I am writing to seek possibilities of having a continuance for my hearing on 02/13/2014.
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Grammar, concerning any exceptions of “wish” sentences

Which is correct "Do you ever wish (that) you had gone to..?" or "Do you ever wish (that) you went to..?"
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Sentence for an advertisement [closed]

I am designing an advertisement and I've this question now. Can we say, We are now here in New Zealand? or IBM is here in New Zealand? Which is grammatically correct?
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Are commas necessary between coordinate adjectives? [duplicate]

to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. As I see, in the noun phrase a mutually-agreed long-term ...
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Goal “for” or Goal “of”?

The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. while we have a noun phrase ...
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Present tense and past participle, How do they co-exist?

'Macbeth is written by Shakespeare', is a valid, grammatically correct sentence. But curiously it contains the verb 'to be' in the present tense, with a past participle. We can recognise that the ...
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Effort IN improving?

Could you please let me know if the following excerpt of a sentence is grammatically correct (specifically the preposition after "effort"): "Should there be anything that you feel we are missing, ...
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“x and y are what drive them” vs “x and y are what driveS them”

Which of the following is correct? It seems evident that self-confidence and a desire for power are what drive them to enter this competition. It seems evident that self-confidence and a ...
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Tense to use when describing a written work

I'm writing a book report and I'm mot sure which tense should I use to describe the story in it. The story in the book is set in the past time. So I wonder whether I might use the simple past tense or ...
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Captures or capture the imagination [closed]

Which of these two sentences is the correct one please? "[Store X is] the preferred place to shop for unique decor items that capture the imaginations of children" or "[Store X is] the preferred ...
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Usage of “I will be. . . if it were”

I found a statement in one of my old write-up and I can't not be sure if this is wrong. I am not a native English speaker. I will be surprised if it were to be discovered that consciousness is ...
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I am glad to have met you

If I met a person yesterday, could I say, now, "I am glad to have met you" ? Or is it better to say: It's been a pleasure to meet you?
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Trouble with the semi colon

I'm really confused about the semi colon. From what I read you can use it if you A) need something in-between a punctuation and a comma B) connect two different statements C) both clauses are ...
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Fixing sentences with commas

I am trying to fix this and name the appropriate rules. "Dr. William Brooke O’Shaughnessy supported hemp being used for medicinal purposes during the 1800s he was a rich Irish physician who became ...
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Is “Read other than mathematical books” grammatically the same as “Read books other than mathematical books”?

These days I have come across lines similar to "He reads other than mathematical books" or "Please discuss other than political matters", for which I feel the correct forms are "He reads books other ...
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Is this sentence correct? “I let you know…”

Is it correct to say the following? "I let you know that I have sent you a letter." Or is there a better way to say this sentence? For example: "I inform you that I have sent you a letter." Thanks!
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Should I use either or any in this sentence?

So, I want to ask the students to contact me if they are interested in topics A and B. Which one is better? Please contact me if you are interested in any of the following topics: ... or Please ...
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Climate change and the accompanying sustainability concerns is/are [duplicate]

I am not sure whether to use is or are in the following sentence: Climate change and the accompanying sustainability concerns is/are the defining theme(s) of the 21st century.
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If a word has two different meanings, is it two different words or one word with different meanings?

My brother and sister-in-law are arguing about whether "train" meaning locomotive and "train" meaning teach constitutes one word with two different meanings or if it's two different words. I said ...
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the same A as Verb + Subject [duplicate]

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes by, we come to forget almost ...
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This needs to be reprinted vs. this needs reprinted [duplicate]

What is the difference between using: this needs to be fixed; and this needs fixed Can they be used interchangeably? Is the second one grammatically correct?
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“which” refers to which one? [closed]

In the sentence: "Great helm was worn with a hauberk which also covered the neck and the head of warrior." The word "which" refers to great helm or hauberk?
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How many sentence types are there in English? [closed]

As the header says - how many distinct sentence types are there in the English language?
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What is a reasonable definition for “is”? What is the rule for inserting it in a sentence?

I am learning a foreign language with the help of an excellent tutor who speaks enough English for me to be able to understand them. The deal is, essentially, I correct their English if they ...
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would you please explain these?

Although we are not all in physical pain or mental anguish all the time, we do exist primarily in a state of being ill at ease in the world, of being alienated, “made other.” Hi. Would anyone ...
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A does the same B as does C

While reading a book, I found: Objective-C supports the same conventions for specifying strings as does C. I've thought "... as C does" is correct. For example, As time goes, we come to ...
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What is the difference between providing that and provided that? [closed]

Please tell me about this question and give me an example for each one. Is it conjunction or not? Thanks