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Concessive “as much as” and “much as”. Which came first?

Related: "Much though" vs "much as", Use of 'Much as' [closed], Using “as much as” at start of sentence Consider the following two variations: As much as I hate to admit it, I cannot swim. ...
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program links VS programs links [duplicate]

If I wanted to say: this folder contains the links to all the programs, should I use: this folder contains the program links or this folder contains the programs links ?
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is there anything wrong with “we have succeeded due to the fact that we work hard”? [duplicate]

the Manhattan GMAT book of sentence correction says that it is wrong but it doesn't mention any reason whatsoever. I cannot figure. please help.
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omission of 'of/for'

I have seen people say 'I am your age' instead of saying 'I am of your age'. Similarly, a sentence like 'you have done this your whole life' instead of 'you have done this for your whole life'. My ...
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“All previous work is” or “All previous work are” [closed]

Which of the following two sentences is the correct one? (1) All previous work is in the file. (2) All previous work are in the file. Google search turned up documents using both forms, but the ...
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Active vs passive voice with inanimate object as the subject

I have asked the same question in ELL Stackexchange forum. There all the answers and comments I received was really helpful, but still I was looking for something more. So I have decided to ask this ...
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Can you use the word “where” in a sentence this way?

Is it proper grammar to use the word "where" after a comma, or can I replace this word with something more appropriate? "I was employed as a ______ at ABC Company, where I was responsible for ...
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“I will make me a …” or “I will make myself a …” [duplicate]

Is the first form valid as well, or only the second? E.g. "I will make me a sandwich"
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Question building in English vs. in French [duplicate]

Question about language grammar etymology. In French the question «Do you love?» can be written as «Aimez-vous?» in German — «Mögen Sie?», but in English — «Do you love?». Why should we use the verb ...
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two uncountable nouns with and

If we had two uncountable nouns with and , would we use a singular or plural form? How much flour and butter is/are needed to make a pizza ?
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using a preposition after verbs such as “enter” and “control”

consider the two sentence below: "Elizabeth Taylor entered the room" and "she entered into the room". here is another pair: "the rebels control the city" and "they control over the city". my ...
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On the verb form in the first clause of constructions using “and” to connect action and consequence

Consider the following: You do this one more time and I'll slap you. What form is "do"? I'd like to say it is the bare infinitive (see below), but I'm led to believe that it is the present ...
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would+have+have…Is it correct?

So i watched this scene in the show called 'the vampire diaries' and heard one of the main characters say this line: 'And I would've gladly have given it to you...' Is that correct? Do people actually ...
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Can Past Progressive Tense be used for habitual past? [duplicate]

I ran across the following sentence in an ESL textbook (by Jack C. Richards): "I was going to auditions" which was used to say what the subject would do for some time after college. However, almost ...
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What’s wrong with “After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it from”?

A question from my GMAT class, which I was told is wrong and it was left for me to figure it out. After roasting the deer, the hunter extinguished the fire and then searched for a tree to hang it ...
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Having had someone DO or Having had someone TO DO?

I have read an older thread, presenting the following sentences: Having advised many of your colleagues (yet having had no one stand up for me when the shit hit the fan)... and Having ...
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what's the meaning when “be” is followed by an infinitive

"If two Weeping Angels were to look at each other at the same time, they would be trapped in stone form until an outside force moves them apart." My questions are about the phrase "were to look": ...
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what percentile? 99th percentile! [closed]

I have used it many times and without a problem until one day, a tyke asked me, "why is it 99th percentile and not just 99"? I don't know how to explain it to him. Then I thought, jeez, I don't know ...
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Comprehensive list of grammar rules?

Does anyone know of a near-comprehensive list of grammar rules? (Specifically those which a poor writer of English might violate.) The most amusing candidate I've found was ...
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Is a determiner considered an adjective or a separate part?

I came across some blogs which states that determiners are types of adjectives (according to traditional grammar), whereas wiki (which I do not entirely trust) indicates some key differences. after ...
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Neither am I / me neither in a specific context

A friend of mine and I were talking about a party that we've had today and he told me the following: I won't have dinner at home, lol. And I replied: Neither am I. Based on these topics, ...
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determining the right grammatical form

below is a question from Manhattan gmat. Why are these considered wrong: "the winner was determined through a coin toss" and "the winner was determined from a coin toss". I cannot make out what ...
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Is “The reason is so…” redundant?

I know one should never use The reason is because, but does the same apply to The reason is so? It would make sense, because when someone asks you "Why (insert question here)?" , it's common to ...
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Use of “if” and “can”?

Is this a correct sentence? And if not, why? We cannot expect reasonable results if the condition is not satisfied.
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'As' for contiguous time

"I could have told you that would happen before you even started," said Jane as she sucked on the straw of her cola. In this sentence, Jane is obviously not performing a ventriloquist type act. ...
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The noun that describes the object that is targeting

I'm looking for a word that I can't seem to find, and I'm struggling with how to find it. I'll use a blank in the place of the word and compare it other grammar to demonstrate what I actually mean: ...
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Is it necessary to discern between 'owing to' and 'due to'? [duplicate]

I recently wrote a paper, and the examiner picked me up on using 'due to' when apparently I should have been using 'owing to'. I understand that there is some difference between them, as was discussed ...
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Can I say “people that I'm not familiar with” ? [duplicate]

Hello everyone I would like to know if my sentence is or is not correct. "I don't share my hobbies when I speak to someone is not aware of them like a relevant, a wife, and anyone that I'm not ...
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We can see the shrine “become/becomes” big

I'm correcting some writing and the student wrote, We can see the shrine become big, little by little, from the ferry. As far as I'm concerned, it's grammatically okay, but I'm having trouble ...
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What's wrong with “stupider”?

On online boards I've seen some people claim that "stupider" is ungrammatical. I can't see any reason why it would be, and it seems like it's commonly used. Google Ngram Viewer And it's also in ...
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reduced relative clause

Could anyone please look at the following sentences and tell me if the reduced version is acceptable, and if any any difference exists between the full and reduced versions? Thank you a) ...
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Should “yes” always be in quotation marks when written? [duplicate]

There is a sentence in a diary: When I asked if my passport would arrive next week, he said "yes". So should yes always be in quotation marks when written like that?
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How to use the term “Inline link”?

I am writing a Terms of Service for a website and I am wondering if both of these examples are correct: "Inline link to an image" "In-line link of an image" Inline linking (also known as ...
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To or For? What's the rule? [closed]

As an ESL learner I always mess up using prepositions. It’s been especially difficult to understand when to use to or for. Are there any rules about this usage?
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Whom or who in this case? Google thinks who [duplicate]

I was asking someone "whom were you horrible to?" And thought, is it who or whom? I believe it's whom but when I typed the phrase into Google search It felt differently.
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“I became proficient” - is this correct grammar? [closed]

I would like to find out if this is correct: "I became proficient at locating information in customer relationship management software and recording customer issues in a help desk system."
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the difference in meaning between present simple passive and present perfect passive

Michael Swan in his "Practical English Usage" says that present passive forms can have similar meanings to present perfect passives. The vegetables are all cut up - what shall I do? = The ...
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The use of negative with indefinite pronouns [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: Everything doesn't go easy in life. Or should one say : Not everything goes easy in life.
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What is “wrong” with this sentence? [closed]

I was told that there is an error in the following sentence, but I cannot find it: As a native speaker, writing grammatically correct sentences is difficult for me.
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It will be done at that point in the future vs It will have been done at that point

I am struggling with understanding the difference here: It will be done at that point in the future. It will have been done at point in the future. I know in theory what future perfect tense means ...
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What is this type of question called?

"I can have a cookie, can't I?" (Please ignore the double quotes while reading) What is this type of question called? Also, is it grammatically correct under American English?
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How do bare clauses beginning with “in which” work?

The latest Stack Exchange blog post contains the following section header: In which we stop being dumb I have never really understood what is going on in these "in which..." constructions at a ...
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“The process was done correctly” Confirm the correct steps have been taken

My question is if the sentence "the process was done correctly" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. I seems straight forward to me but I'm not ...
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this is/was the best meal I have ever had/had had

We are currently discussingq with my colleagues what the correct grammar would be in this context: you have just finished a meal and want to say it was/has been the best meal you ever had. What tenses ...
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When to use “compatible”, when “incompatible” [closed]

Reworded as requested. I am confused about when one uses the term “incompatible” and when “compatible”. Is it sometimes believed that compatibility is about “working” and incompatibility about “not ...
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using and/or for two equal things [closed]

Which sentence is preferred? The value of A or B is 50% each The value of A and B are 50% each The values of A and B are 50% each
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What's it called when one is so familiar with a language that phrases just “sound” right or wrong?

Native speakers, especially those who have read a lot of writing or literature for a given language, acquire the ability to "know" whether something is grammatically correct (or not) just from their ...
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It will be the first time I have flown to America - why not just present simple?

I have been reading a long discussion about another grammar thing and stumbled upon the following: It will be the first time I have flown to America. I wonder why there is present perfect tense ...
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“Seize the night” vs. “Enjoy the night”

I was listening to "We Own the Night", by "The Wanted" and I realized the phrase "we are only young if we seize the night". Seize, in this case, sounds like enjoy, right? But, what's the contextual ...
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How to write quotes and singing in dialogue

Ben stared into the distance, then rose from his seat and with his arms held wide, “By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” And as Jane followed his gaze, “My tongue ...