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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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Past Perfect - Which one is right?

Which variation of this sentence is correct? The meeting had gone on for hours and finished ten minutes ago when the partners left. The meeting had gone on for hours and had finished ten minutes ...
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Is there a way of knowing whether you can make a compound word?

For example, can I make 'year round' year-round? Or resort style 'resort-style'? Is there a general rule to let me know that it will be correct, grammatically speaking? Thanks!
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Can a service “incur” cost someone pays?

Is it ok to say: The heater will incur a monthly electricity fee. (Which means that the owner of the heater would have to pay for the heater’s electricity use) I suspect it is not ok, but I can’...
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On a side note vs. on a different note?

Is it grammatically correct if I write: On a side note, should I expect an e-mail/telephone call from you confirming my NHO date? I am not sure if you are able to obtain/verify all the required ...
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What “kinds of things are your father” interested in?

Which is correct: - "What kinds of things are your father interested in?" or "What kinds of things is your father interested in?" And what is the subject for this question...is it "kinds of things" ...
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Verb-Subject Order

Is it optional to front the verb in sentences like the one below when an adverbial precedes? In the film, appear two more girls who think that Dallas is quite rude. I have already checked the ...
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Use of Infinitive vs. Gerund [closed]

I framed two sentences, one using infinitive and another using gerund. Which of the two sounds more correct? Although the app will continue to occupy the storage space, it will, at least, not ...
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How can I say a job which completes 70-80%? [closed]

In English, if a job completed 100%, then I will say it is Completely done If it is done about 50 %, we will say partially complete How about case if it done about 60% to 70% or 70 to 80%?...
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Is there anything wrong with the usage of “the more exciting” this sentence?

Nearly all of the editors of the magazine agree that of the two articles to be published, Fujimura's is the more exciting. Shouldn't it be "the more exciting one"?
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Is there a dangling modifier in this sentence?

"The expression constantly changes while watching it". We are talking about a picture here and this sentence is supposed to mean "while smb. is watching it", "it" refers to the expression. Is it a ...
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How to input during an amount of time?

How do I correctly write someone has been doing this for this certain amount of time? For example: Next 30 years he wrote multiple books. or should I write it: He wrote multiple books in 30 ...
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In this sentence, is it her or herself?

I realize that this second sentence is a fragment. (It is in a piece of fiction.) Still, I would appreciate it if someone can verify for me that I am using "herself" correctly here. Thank you, kindly! ...
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He is the only/first player who has won GS twice

He is the only player who has won GS twice. He is the first player who has won GS twice. Are both sentences grammatically valid? If the tennis player is still active, can I use the present ...
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in plaintext vs. as plaintext

When referring to a password that is to be stored somewhere, what is the correct way: Store the password in plaintext OR Store the password as plaintext? Google searching different variations of this ...
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what does the that-clause refer to?

I read this sentence from Wikipedia: She was noted not only for her spiritual writings, but also for founding a religious community which refused to accept becoming an enclosed religious order ...
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How to relearn English grammar? [closed]

English (uk) is my first language, however a few colleagues have picked up that my grammar could do with improvement. How should I go about this? I think I need to go right back to the basics as I ...
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Are these two sentences gramatically correct? [closed]

(1) We sat on the corner of the restaurant talking how blessed we were for having a new house. (2) We sat on the corner of the restaurant and talking how blessed we were for having a new house. I ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “I invited him to join others and I for basketball practice.”

Or would the correct sentence be: I invited him to join I and others for basketball practice. or I invited him to join myself and others for basketball practice.
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Is “Give the gift of safe travel” correct? [closed]

Give the Gift of SAFE TRAVEL I am putting together a Christmas card and there is some debate as to whether this is grammatically correct. My thoughts are, you don't say give the gift of travels so ...
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Correct use of gaining popularity [closed]

I am trying to write the following sentence but have some doubt on the use of gaining popularity In contrast with other technologies, we decided to get rid of this technology in favor of gaining ...
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How to identify a complex verbal group?

In this instance, does 'as' function as a conjunction or as an adverb? (1) 'Their circumstances are not nearly the same as those of the people feeling their homelands.' Would you classify 'fulfill ...
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Irregular Verbs [duplicate]

As we see there are a lot of verbs but why 285 of them are irregular why we can not spell them like regular. E.g write wrote written why w can't say writed
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Incorrect grammar vs dialect (when/whenever)

My good friend is from Pittsburgh and frequently uses the word whenever to mean the word when. I am aware this is a regional dialect and really wish to respect that, but it is causing numerous ...
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“Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about” — why the progressive tense?

Consider the two sentences: Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about. Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I talk about. I think the first one should be ...
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What part of speech is “talking” in the following sentence?

I'm confused as to the part of speech the word "talking" belongs to in the following sentence. "Paula felt much calmer after talking to her grandmother." Is it a verb or a gerund or something else?
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I like the dog most vs I like the dog the most [duplicate]

Is there any difference between those two sentences? I like the dog most - "most" is adverb. I like the dog the most - "the most" can be adverb? Which one is right ? Or two sentences are right?
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I haven't seen her “for”/“in” two days

What's the difference between using either for or in in the following examples? Bill hasn't taken a vacation for/in two years. Jack hasn't been to school for/in four days. I hadn't seen ...
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in five years vs after five years [duplicate]

In five years he will come back. After five years he will come back. As a non-native speaker, these two sentences are grammatically right for me. But semantically speaking, I think there is ...
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“open to N” vs “open to V” or “open to V-ing”?

I have seen both examples but am not sure if both are correct. (if both are correct, what are the individual applicable grammar rules?) There are more examples like these (a) I am open to any ...
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I'm not sure how to mark the clause boundaries

I'm trying to mark clause boundaries (main, subordinate & embedded clause); I can't play my own devil's advocate anymore, would be so grateful if anyone could weigh in on this: Sentence: With ...
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“In” vs. “among”

I have read the following sentence in a medical textbook: "Nosebleeds are also common, but sometimes serious, in people over age 50." Would it not be better if we used "among" in place of "in" ?
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Does it make sense? “Fix wrong globally installed applications privileges” [closed]

Does this sentence: Fix wrong globally installed applications privileges is grammatically (and semantically) correct?
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Have had or Have been

I've been learning English in my company. We have just started Present Perfect and encountered 1 issue I don't quite understand. There were 2 different, not related to each other exercises. In one we ...
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Why “planet of the apes” but “planet of the blind”

Why is it planet of the apes but planet of the blind? Is that "s" necessary after the ape? I know that the can change singular nouns and adjectives into plural nouns. But is there any rule?
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“for”as a preposition sometimes can be interchangeable with “because of”?

He deserves better academic environment for his dedication. First of all, is it correct to use "for" here in place of "because of" to indicate the reason? Also, are there any cases that "because of"...
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Present perfect or past simple another situation

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of the author's books; Gregor gave me the first book of the series. I know it ...
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When constructing a hypothetical sentence, do I have to keep all the tenses in the past?

If I bought that book, it would be so I had something to give to you on your birthday. Now, as far as i know, in hypothetical sentences, you have to backshift all tenses one step to the past. So: ...
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Explanation of Grammatical structure is needed

The crowd saw him clap his hand to his mouth. This is a sentence from Harry Potter I. I don't understand how "clap" is used right after "saw". Shouldn't there be a "to" in between? i.e. "saw ...
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Separating present perfect verbs by a comma?

I know this might seem trivial, but I am not sure what to do with sentences like this. If I have a sequence of verbs that I want to be in the present perfect tense how should I write the sentence. ...
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Not.. neither… either

the "not.. neither.." issue is pretty common, but I cannot seem to wrap my mind around the following particular case. I have the sentence: Then, in lines 6–9 of the algorithm, we add edges to E (if ...
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How to properly format a list of quotes

I have an article that contains a list of negative responses to a change in design for a milk jug. I want to use their feedback as a way to enforce my point that people don't like change. I am not a ...
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is it “mice infested” or “mouse infested”?

You would say "rat infested" but would you say "mouse infested" or "mice infested"? Sidenote: I think we would say "mouse infestation" so I'm assuming we would also say "louse infestation" as ...
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Enquiry, grammar correction [closed]

Would you please tell me which of these four sentences is correct one? I am so confused with them :( Action movies are three times as popular as comedies for men. Action movies are three times more ...
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In the sentence “We do have free will.”, what part of speech is “free”? [closed]

In this sentence "We do have free will," is "free-will" a compound noun? And if so, is "free" an adjective? I'm talking about the theological concept of "free will". Which, in some cases, you read "...
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Coordinate as a point in space?

Should I use coordinate or coordinates for a single point in space consisting of multiple numbers that describe a location? Often I hear "Give me the coordinates" when someone requests a single point ...
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Usage/meaning of would in this very specific context (book)

Can anyone explain me the meaning of would (underlined) in this specific context? How would you rephrase this sentence? It's an excerpt from the book In the Teeth of The Evidence: And Other Mysteries ...
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Is “In movie and TV” correct?

In German you may say something like In Film und Fernsehen spielen Schauspieler. which translates verbatim to English as In movie and TV actors act. While the German version sounds ...
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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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How to express must be in past tense in an inference

How do I express something like below in correct grammar: If he is 21 this year, he must be 20 last year. The problem is that I want to express that his being 20 is in the past tense. It doesn't ...