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Can the word 'proficient' only be applied to humans?

Is the term 'a proficient system' correct English? Or can the adjective proficient only be used to describe humans? At least one dictionary (NOAD) defines the word in a way that makes it seem more ...
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Is the structure “need for somebody to do something” grammatically correct?

When you compare the following two sentences: John does his own work and does not need for others to do his work in his stead, nor does he involve himself in the works of others. and John ...
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Is the structure “This is because… and so…” grammatically correct?

For example, in the sentence: This is because he was smart, and he worked hard, and so he was very rich. Is this structure correct? If not, how can the sentence be corrected?
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Why “a UAE offical” and not “an UAE official”? [duplicate]

Per http://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/58121/want-to-verify-uae-visa/58124#comment119149_58124 I should've used "a UAE official" but I thought U is a vowel and before vowels "an" is used. Where ...
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Does the sentence “Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that…” sound okay? [closed]

This is the first sentence of the conclusion of my essay: Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that... I don't want to use "also" just to avoid repetition in the subsequent sentence. Does ...
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What does “that” refer to?

This is my context: Sculptures must, for example, be stable, which requires an understanding of the properties of mass, weight distribution, and stress. Paintings must have rigid stretchers so ...
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What does “…you would rather we have the meeting…” mean? [duplicate]

I recently received an email which had a sentence: "Let us know if you would rather we have the meeting next week with just Alisa and Bob." This grammar ("you would rather we have") looks ...
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A since-clause in present tense marking off a period of time

Question: In English, can you use a present tense since-clause to mark off a period that starts at some time in the past and continues to and includes the present? Background: Unfortunately, my ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'out' in this sentence? [closed]

The jury is still out on whether the strategy will work.
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Is the semicolon used properly? [closed]

Is this the correct way to use a semicolon? I sent my samples to UC Berkley; I was not given the opportunity to actually collect data.
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Capitalizing Work Titles — Beyond General Rules

The rule I'm getting is: Capitalize if it comes before the name: Janitor Richard McGill was a fastidious man. Director Campbell slept in the office as McGill the janitor proofread his annual ...
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Comma or No Comma? Workplace and Title [closed]

Anthony Martin, assistant accountant, PwC, and associate editor, Washington Post. The commas above look a little too much. Are they technically all correct? Which would you recommend removed? I ...
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When to use have and had intuitively [closed]

Ok so I'm not a native English speaker. So whenever I need to speak in English, I'm confused with the usage of have and had intuitively. I mean I know what they are and when to use which. But when it ...
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What's the name of the group of words which link sentences together? [closed]

For example, "within which," "of which," etc.
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Present participle and perfect participle in subordinate clause [closed]

In what case can the present participle / perfect participle replace a subordinate clause? If the subject of the main clause differs from the subject in the subordinate clause, how is the subordinate ...
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User tutorial: to be written in first or second person? [closed]

I'm writing a user tutorial but I'm unsure as to what perspective it should be written from e.g., first, second? The tutorial is a friendly guide showing how the user should do x. Example: ...
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Are "Among …, include(s) ….” constructs illogical?

This website implies that "Among …, include(s) ….” constructs are untenable. It says that the sentence: “Among the skills tested on the standardized tests given to military pilots includes ...
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How to say “I had cleaned at home”? [closed]

I can't find a similar sentence in Google. I'm trying to say that I already have done cleaning in my apartments and in the process of it I ... etc. Is "A couple months ago, we had cleaned at the home."...
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“…the depth of x, y, and z that currently overwhelm(s?) me.”

Without having gone through what I have this year, I could not possible grasp the depth of love, gratitude, and individuality that currently overwhelm/overwhelms me. I initially had overwhelm, but ...
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Which one is correct and in which situation? [closed]

If I had seen you, of course I would have talked to you If I saw you, I would talk to you. Also, why do we use past perfect to describe an incident that didn't happen. Sorry, if these sound ...
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Which one is more correct to use: “Will you turn on the lights in the kitchen?” OR “Will you turn the lights on in the kitchen?” [duplicate]

I'm basically asking if it's "turn on the lights" vs "turn the lights on."
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Do we have to repeat a sentence structure when using “more” and “than”?

Please consider the examples: 1.) Schools should be more lenient when interviewing female applicants than when they are interviewing male applicants. 2.) We think more about ourselves than we do ...
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All of …not/ Not all of / None of

Some grammar rules say "All of ... are not" and "Not all of ... are" have the same meaning, yet they are different from "None of ... are". For example: 1) Not all of the books I have are science ...
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Grammar (complex sentence) [closed]

Is this correct grammar? I changed the actual content so that my teacher doesn't get angry. In the United States, turtles can be yellow, as the chemicals in the water dye their shells. That isn'...
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What's the right prosody/pronunciation in “possessive + gerund” constructions?

From a previous post, I’ve seen that both (a) and (b) are acceptable, the difference lying in the register (formal vs colloquial) each sentence conveys. (a) She resented him being invited to open ...
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Less than/Fewer than 20 percent of the doctors replied [duplicate]

Is it: Less than/Fewer than 20 percent of the doctors replied. Thank you.
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How to refer to dead and alive persons together?

Usually we refer to a dead person using the past tense. For example: Albert Einstein was wrong about... But when we are talking about both dead and alive persons in the same sentence, should we ...
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“Took off” or “taken off”? [closed]

My boss was talking to me. How could I have just taken off? My boss was talking to me. How could I have just took off?" Which one is correct. (or are they both wrong?)
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Each ball is contained in one of the green rooms “A, B, and C” or “A, B, or C”?

Are the two different versions of the sentence equivalent? It seems to me that Each ball is contained in one of the green rooms A, B, and C. forms the group of green rooms which comprises rooms ...
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Is this parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client.'

Are the following sentences grammatically parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client." (No comma.) "Not only is he the Hair Club president, but also he is a client." (Comma.) ...
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Common rules for punctuating dialogue in American English [closed]

What are some common rules for punctuating dialogue in American English?
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Can “as” be used instead of “as to”? [closed]

"Hurley and Chen are being careful and testing the waters 'as to' which ads will work, and where."
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Can I use “any” with an object expressed in plural?

Which one is correct? "Any letter" "Any letters" Let me provide the context: "Are there any letters in the post box?"
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“We are proud of our Police” or “We proud of our Police”? [closed]

Which one is appropriate to say? which one should I use? We are proud of our Police. We proud of our Police.
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''due to'' or ''because of'' [duplicate]

So I stumbled upon this sentence: ''Aside from a flexible vagina which is due to the pelvic muscles' elasticity [...]'' And I wonder, shouldn't there be ''because of''? Because it modifies the ...
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When to use “as such” vs. “as follows”?

I recently answered a question on a Skeptics Stack Exchange where I said this: Scientists from Harvard University and other countries such as Cyprus and Germany measured the most detailed ...
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Is this sentence wrong: “This method engages students participations…” [closed]

Is this sentence wrong: "This method engages students participations in class and create a friendly atmosphere in class, through which improve the relationship between the students and I. "
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Can anybody help me to correct the sentences [closed]

I'm learning English. Could anybody help me to correct the following sentences which I wrote to a European? I have never been in an European country nor having an European friend. I would be very ...
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coming to + infinitive

We’re afraid of coming to grapple with words... Is this sentence grammatical? I can somehow infer that it's related to a progressive action, like being afraid to become to grapple with words, in ...
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Referent to which “that” refers

Please consider the following sentence: "Will I be satisfied with the depth of relationship that I have with each member of the team?" Does the word "that" refer to "the depth of relationship" ...
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Making something “something else”

Please take a look at this: The sunlight reflected on every wave crest, making the ocean a sea of sparkling stars. I'm trying to understand both of the bold parts, the followings are my ...
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“Such that” versus “for which”

I was told that such that and for which are not interchangeable, but I cannot determine which one to use. For example, (a) The collection of numbers x for which x is even. Or (b) The ...
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Structural Ambiguity in Past Perfect Tense Usage

As we all know, the past perfect tense is used to indicate an action that takes place before another one. I ran across this article on The New York Times website today, which begins with these ...
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Is it correct to say this? [closed]

I write because that's the only thing left to do. It sounds funny when you read the ending of the sentence out loud. I feel like it's more appropriate to say: I write because that's the only ...
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Before he became a writer , Conan Doyle studied medicine…past simple/past perfect issue

I found this sentence: Before he became a writer , Conan Doyle studied medicine, and much of the character is taken from...... However, according to the article (please, see below) - I would say ...
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Should the “e” in “'ello 'ello 'ello” be capital at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

If the the sentence is started with "'ello 'ello 'ello" should the "e" at the beginning be capital or should I count the omitted "H" still and have it lower case? Because I don't want to be ...
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Use of commas in street names in text

Is a comma required after a direction (NE, NW, SE, SW) when a street name is used in text? (e.g - One path would continue down the eastern side of the hill, terminating at the Maine Avenue and 9th ...
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Usage of me and I [duplicate]

I'm always unsure about using me and I. Could someone please explain to me where exactly me and I are used?
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Order of the word “chapter” and the chapter name

I see a lot of authors write something like below when refer to chapter or section in research publications: Refer to Methodology chapter,... We discuss the problem in the [Methodology ...
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In the adjective+preposition collocation, can any other word occur in between them?

I am hungry for breakfast is an example of such collocation while I have lived by the bay area isn't because it has a slightly different grammatical pattern. My question is whether there are ...