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“There are no shortage of applications”

I've been having an argument with a colleague about this sentence, could you please let me know which one of us is correct: There are no shortage of applications for our product in this space. ...
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Grammar: the function of “so” after conjunction?

Recently I read this sentence, and I am wondering, what is the function of "so" here? XYZ is the top provider of high-speed Internet services in the country, or so it claims in its ...
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Is this grammatical? [closed]

Could you tell us what's your favorite Google Chrome extensions? , The ones that you are using regularly and the ones that are cool no matter how much you use it or how popular it is.
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you made me confused [closed]

Generally we say "You made me confused". I've heard from somewhere that we use "confuse" if an object would be present there. I don't know when it happens; could you give me an example for that (usage ...
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Why is the past tense of text, as used by some people, pronounced “text-ted” and not just “tested”?

Why is the past tense of text, as used by some people, pronounced text-Ted and not just tested? One wouldn't say risk-ked for risked, or ask-ked for asked?
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Grammatical structure of the given sentence

I was reading Harry Potter I. I stumbled over a sentence, written there, whose overall meaning was clear to me but grammatical structure was not clear at all. Here is the sentence: "Mr. Dursley ...
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Cast Away in Past Tense? [closed]

What's the past tense for cast away? Is it right to say 'I was cast away 3 months ago'? I am a bit confused about this after reading this: Can "casted" be the past tense of "cast"?...
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“Their body” vs “Their bodies” when referring to people of similar type

I know that for "a group of people", it seems to be treated as singular ([a] group). However, given the below: Gymnastic teachers, who serve as role models for others, should keep their [body/...
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Is 'fed up OF' acceptable, shouldn't it be 'fed up WITH'? [duplicate]

Question really says it all. "I am fed up of television ?" just does not sound correct yet I hear it used all the time.
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Example using “doing” as an auxiliary verb?

My textbook lists the forms of "do" including "doing" as auxiliary/helping verbs. I can't think of any example where it would be used as such. Can you?
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What is the difference between faulty coordination and faulty parallelism?

What is the difference between the two errors ? I've tried to understand the difference between them , but none of the sources helps .
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Is it acceptable to say “fed up OF” - surely it should be “fed up WITH” or “bored WITH something” rather than “bored OF something”?

I hear people using of when I have always thought it was with in the circumstances explained above. It seems to be getting more common.
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Use of active and passive voice

I want to know if there is any little difference between two given sentences. The focus of the writers has been moved towards the use of metaphors in their writings The focus of the writers ...
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Singular/plural article for genitive noun [duplicate]

When we have a sentence like I can identify with a company's products Does the plural form of the "a" depend on the "company's" or on the "products"? The latter would mean that it had to be a "...
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Should there be a comma before if in this sentence: is if a restrictive element?

"Smallpox may be transmitted by the air in enclosed settings such as buildings, buses, and trains if it carries the virus."
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Newspaper headlines + is it possible to use present perfect?

I've found these two sentences in newspaper headlines and there are two things I am not sure about: Haas beats Wawrinka Tommy Haas claimed the biggest win of the season against Wawrinka. He ...
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Using “will” and “won't” for habits

According to a grammar book (Advanced Grammar in Use,3rd Edition) we can use "will" in order to describe a particular habit in the present. e.g. Everyday he will wake up at 7 am and eat his breakfast. ...
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“Throw you with a stone” vs “Throw a stone at you”

In South African English a common mistake is to say: "I will throw you with a stone" where the correct phrase is: "I will throw a stone at you". Why is the first sentence wrong when one can say: "I ...
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Is the word “do” an adverb or helping verb

In the sentence "Small children certainly do need careful supervising." Is the word "do" an adverb modifying "need" or is it a helping verb to the main verb "need"? I'm grading papers and a student ...
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Is “not actual” in “potential, not actual harm” an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase?

I think this affects comma placement, right? If it's an adjective phrase modifying harm, then I think it would be: "potential, not actual harm" If it's an adverb phrase modifying potential (by ...
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Are these terms different? [closed]

Is there any difference between aspect and aspectuality? Do these words have the same meaning?
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Why is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

What grammar elements have been used to construct such a sentence? For music isn’t just something nice to listen to.
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The construct: [subject] “approximates” [something] to [something else]

Cambridge provides this example of "approximate" as a verb: to come near in ​quality, ​amount, ​value, or ​character: The ​painting only approximated the ​mountain ​landscape. Similarly, ...
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How to best use 'based around your skill set' in a sentence most effectively?

I am trying to figure out which way I can convey the following sentence more convincingly. Get paid for providing hiring recommendations to hiring managers, based around your skill set. or ...
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Why is there is no comma after “yet”? What does it mean compared to “however” and “but”?

Why is there no comma after the word yet in the following two sentences? There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She had bonny children, yet ...
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This makes possible to

I came across the sentence below in a book on Linguistics: This makes possible to consider language as a regulator not only of its perception, but also of its representation and action. I cannot ...
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Possessive form of “you guys” [duplicate]

The term "you guys" is so widely used, I'm surprised it doesn't have a possessive. I hear "Your guys'es" all the time but surely that's not correct. What should be used for the possessive of a group ...
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Heavy rain season or heavy raining season? [closed]

May I know which is correct? Heavy rain season or heavy raining season? What should I put in between an adjective and noun? Thanks
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“Twice in” ? can preposition be used after twice?

Which is the correct sentence: He goes to museum twice a week He goes to museum twice in a week
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Is “A Spanish Learning Grammar” grammatical?

My friend and I are talking about his renewed interest in Spanish and he is using a book called "A Spanish Learning Grammar"? I assume this is grammatical since its the title of a published book on ...
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Is 'had have + past participle' a correct grammatical form?

It has been suggested in some quarters that had have, followed by a past participle, is a regionalism that has no place in standard English grammar. If I had have known you were coming, I would have ...
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Is this sentence correct: “I am making my personality better”? [closed]

Is the following grammatical and appropriate? I am making my personality better If not, could you please suggest a sentence expressing the same sentiment.
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technical editor to Copy editor [closed]

I wish to jump my career from technical editor to copy editor. I am learning grammar from online sites. I have a trouble how to begin, what are the step by step process. What should I do to become ...
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Is it a complement clause?

"In response to the growing pressure from people living in developing countries to be allowed to migrate and work in developed countries many governments have now imposed harsh restrictions on ...
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Another way to saying “As part of”?

I am looking for a synonym for 'as part of', I want to say something like this: 'As part of his plan..... he did this...'. Also, just out of curiosity should/can I be starting a sentence with 'as part ...
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How can I say that .. Some toilets

There is / there are Some ,any + plural e.g there are some pictures in our room There aren't any pictures in our room what about toilets How can I say toilets with [positive][negative]
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Simple Present. They build a house next to mine. Why is it wrong?

Why is it wrong to say they build a house next to mine? The explanation i got was nobody is building a house every year or every month next to yours. The correct answer was they are building a house ...
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How can I rewrite the sentence in professional way?

I have a sentence. Could you help me to rewrite it more professional way? Thanks The advantage of these methods is that guarantee to achieve a good optimal solution, and thus these methods are ...
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Is this sentence “he hopes for taking his life, to which he has no right” correct?

My intention is: He hopes for taking his life, but he shouldn't have the right to do so. Is "which" used correctly?
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Ice Cream comes or come? [closed]

Which of the two is correct? Ice cream comes in many flavors. Ice cream come in many flavors. I am in doubt because we say Police have arrested the thieves. Thank you.
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What is the grammatically correct way to say “Have you ever been shot at?”

"Have you ever been shot?" is semantically different since it implied the person was actually hit. "Have you ever been under fire?" is better but is also ambiguous since "under fire" has the ...
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Why use “have signed up” in “You can't change it once you've signed up”?

You can't change it once you've signed up I do not understand why "have signed up" is used here. To me, "You can't change it once you sign up" is correct grammatically. What is different between "...
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Can the word “group” function as a determiner?

Here are some example sentences that show my thought process: Some cats are playing with each other. Okay, it seems obvious that "some" is a determiner. A number of cats are playing with ...
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don't have VS haven't

I don't have a west country accent. I haven't a west country accent. So, Which one is correct and why?
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Is this a run-on sentence, if so, why? [closed]

If this is a run on sentence, can I separate it properly? I would like to still maintain the ideas close correlation with each other. In this, Hesse tells the reader that we cannot equate the ...
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what is the difference between “imagine” and “envision”? [closed]

I kind like a word "envision" so, Can I use it exactly in same way as a word "imagine"?
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How can I describe the intersection between a circle and a curve?

I have a curve C and a point x in the curve. At the point x, I draw a circle B with radius r and centered at point x. That circle B will cut/intersection (with) the curve C as red sub-curve line. I ...
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A group of boys is or are [duplicate]

A group of boys is playing football. A group of boys are playing football. My teacher told me the first sentence is correct since of boys can be ignored to make: A group is playing football. It feels ...
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He is in the same school as John or John's?

This is probably easy, but I'm confused right now and I was too clumsy to find an answer through Google. Which sentence is correct? He is in the same school as John He is in the same school as ...
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Subject + having (grammar)

I have found the sentence which uses a structure following below: S + having + O The sentence is like this : A name having some properties In here, I am confuse, does the sentence refer to simple or ...