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Why is it incorrect to answer “because I have to finish my report by the end of this week” to the question “Why do you work so hard?”

I am working on an English book to improve my English skills and the book only gives the answer without explanation. The instruction is "Choose the best reply between A and B." Question is: Why do ...
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verbs with two direct objects

In German the verb fragen takes 2 direct objects. Is it the same in English? I ask you something. Or is the person being asked considered an indirect object? If so, can I reformulate it using ...
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“Help” as a Non-Modal verb

Please read the following sentence: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is planning his retirement in the next nine months from the software giant he helped build. Would you consider "helped" a ...
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The herd of cattle had grown to 30 head. Why didn't the writer write 30 heads?

Why is "30 head" singular instead of plural in this sentence? Can you explain more about it?
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Definite article usage: “I'm going to mosque” Or “I'm going to the mosque”?

AS Hornby says in one of his books that we should always use the before mosque, and temple unlike church. When we go to a church for prayer, we say I am going to church while we say I am ...
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Why is the preposition “in” used twice in this sentence: In 1934, in February…?

This sentence is in the book pattern complete sentence is: In 1934, in February, when the dust was still so thick in the Minnesota air that my parents couldn't always see from the house to the ...
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What does “from when” mean?

Source Novel Oh, I knew. She was all alone with Vanja during the day, from when I went to my office until I returned, she felt lonely, and she had been looking forward so much to these two weeks. ...
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Looking for a word similar to “proverbial”, but referring to fables or folk stories

I would like to reference something a character said in a famous childhood story, e.g. The Boy Who Cried Wolf, or, Goldilocks and the Three Bears etc. amidst normal writing. For instance, I'll use ...
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Modal vs Non-Modal vs Auxiliary modal vs Conjugated Verb

Please help me. I am very confused. How are these kinds of verb related to each other? Specially Non-Modals and Conjugated Verb. Is the "Auxiliary modal" just another name for "Auxiliary verb"?
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What kind of phrase? …while walking down the stairs

Is walking a gerund in this sentence? I think while is acting as a conjunction. . . Gloria tripped and fell while walking down the street.
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What's the grammatical structure for “there is nothing a guy can do that even comes close”?

I got a sentence when watching a dialogue: There is nothing a guy can do that even comes close. In my opinion, "nothing" has an attributive clause: "a guy can do"; and in this atributive clause, ...
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Why “Daddy” in this sentence was written with a capital D?

Why is Daddy in this sentence written with a capital D? Her love letters to and from Daddy were in an old box, tied with ribbons and stiff, rigid-with-age leather thongs. This sentence is from ...
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What is the function of this past tense?

What is the function of the past tense was which I have put in bold in this quote? After all, Sheen wouldn't want anyone to get confused and think the Currant story was real! He's got a reputation ...
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English compound

Is there a grammatical rule to compound a set of words such as a single one? e.g. word1 word2 --> word1word2 or word1-word2? Bye.
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Redundancy of words

I always have doubts about sentences such as: The subway is not so far from the restaurant and from the hotel where I decided to stay for a couple of days. Is it feasible to write instead: ...
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The person who is being rewarded is called what

How do you refer to a person who is being rewarded and the person who gives the reward? For example, if you help me with something and I want to arrange a lunch to say thanks to you as a reward, ...
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“Not so much as…but…” or “not so much as…but as…?”

What's more grammatically correct? I knew she would be standing here, waiting for me. No, not so much as waiting but *expecting me to be here. or I knew she would be standing here, waiting ...
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is the phrase “please clarify” a command? [closed]

I wrote an e-mail: Attached is the Report, received a short while ago, submitted by Peter Pringle: What did his colleague tell you should be entered under section titled: Total Project ...
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What is the function of “doing” in “when doing something”?

Can anyone please explain if "doing" in "When doing something" is a base+ing verbal, or a present participle used as a verb in an elliptical sentence, or something else entirely. Here's an example of ...
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How to make Sentences using Being? [closed]

Sentence - He is being in tension. Above sentence is Present Continuos. How can we use Being in other sentences.
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Use of possible/it is possible

I am editing an article by a non-native speaker who is using the expressions: 1. what is to be learned meaning the things that the students are expected to learn or that which is to be learned ...
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Is this sentence right? [closed]

I poped the movies on the player,then we were crying,laughing and chilling about the movies almost one night.
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could have vs could have been

can somebody tell us when to use either of these(could have / could have been ). i.e. under what circumstances. Please explain with an example. Is it something to do with active (could have) and ...
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the main usage of the “to” as a prepositional condition

when I was young I wasn't from the English area but I am used to learning English grammar already. Well , I am still thinking about one thing maybe because I had not even got to learn this grammar ...
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How to properly use “not…without” in English? [closed]

Please help me out by criticizing on the grammar and syntax of the following sentence used in my cover letter. I would like to make sure the sentence is not confusing in any way before sending it out. ...
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“from where I hail” vs “where I hail from”

When to use the two? Is the sentence "England is from where I hail" grammatically correct? (It sounds ok to me but it looks funny.) Or do I have to write "England is where I hail from"?
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Only a something away from completing something

Is this statement grammatically correct: Only an Xbox One away from completing my Microsoft family. I have a Microsoft Phone (Lumia 920), PC (Dell) and tablet (Surface Pro) and I just need a ...
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“poses” or “pose” in this sentence?

The activation and deactivation of features at runtime poses challenges for ... Is the above sentence correct? Or does activation & deactivation require the plural, i.e., "pose"?
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Answering a singular question with a plural answer

If somebody asks a question in the singular, how do we give a plural answer? Here's an example, with three different possible ways to answer. (The part of the answer that has the plural sense is ...
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Would you mind me / my opening the window? [duplicate]

Would you mind me opening the window? Would you mind my opening the window? Who uses which form, and why? Is this a difference in dialect? A difference between formal and informal grammar?
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Thesis help! This sentence is really bothering me. Please explain why I feel bothered [closed]

This sentence is really bothering me. Does this look right to anyone? If not, can someone write why? Thanks. Only to the extent that John and Jane are willing to let go of the pretense and show ...
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use of “to” after “helping one” [duplicate]

What is correct: helping one to accomplish the dreams? OR helping one accomplish the dreams? The question I have is about the use of to in the first sentence?
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“Sometimes…others” or “sometimes…in others”?

What's grammatically correct? Sometimes she used metaphors, others symbols and riddles. or Sometimes she used metaphors, in others symbols and riddles. What I'm trying here is to omit the ...
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Copyright legal note [closed]

Since my native language is not english i have to worry about the correct spelling of a copyright legal note. Any copyright infringement will have the consequence of legal actions against you. ...
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The reasons are two. Correct?

I stumbled upon this phrase in this video's description. A few words about this masterpiece: Brahms began composing this piece in 1854 and finished it in 1876. The reasons for delaying ...
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“Adverbial phrase” vs “Adverbial clause”

Please tell me what the difference is between an adverbial phrase and an adverbial clause.
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The email which was sent or that has been sent? [duplicate]

Which is correct? When do you use has been and was?
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How to find words which are related morphologically?

I'm looking for a book, or any other source, which lists words that are morphologically related, like this: imagine verb imagination noun imaginative adjective Or this: medic ...
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Is it grammatically correct to change tense in a sentence? [duplicate]

When writing a sentence, can I change from past-tense to present-tense in the middle of it? For example, Joey realized that the ball is green. or Joey realized that the ball was green. I ...
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AAC submits report to VC [closed]

"Academic Audit Committee submits report to the Vice Chancellor" - What does it convey? Does it mean the committee has submitted its report or will submit its report?
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''Honey'' Usage Question

my friend (he's from Europe, white in his 20s) was in the U.S. a while ago and went to a diner a few times. A woman there (in her late 40s, most likely), kept calling him ''honey'' and ''sweetie'' ...
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I need point of view of native speakers on the perfect tense

My question could seem to be very simple, but the reasons why I ask it connect with the understanding of fundamental principles of the construction of the English language. That’s why my question is ...
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Is “IN” in this sentence correct grammatically

I wrote this sentence: My professor in many subjects during my studies at Damascus University and my fourth-year-project sponsor. I don't know if in is correct. Or would it be better to use for? ...
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When is it important to use the plural of “system?”

When would system need to be pluralized? Say you offer two products that serve the same function. Do you offer two systems or one system? To try and give an example... I have an integrated facial ...
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Using 'When' + past participle 2

Is this sentence (a caption for a question/article) grammatically valid? 'Getting 403 http code when routed to the site's root' When is it suitable to use WHEN + PARTICIPLE Ⅱ? Should I use ...
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Emphasis is put on relation of A and B, instead of/on

Having the following sentence, I'm not sure how to use prepositions after 'instead': The emphasis is put on the relation between A and B, instead of on A and B themselves. Is "instead of on" ...
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Analogy: “as if” vs. “as though”

This is something that confuses me from time to time. When making an analogy in literature, is it better to use the phrase "as if" or "as though", or is it completely a style thing? E.g. She ...
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Usage of reflexive pronouns

I have read answers to questions like When is it correct to use "yourself" and "myself" (versus "you" and "me")? but I couldn't find a general rule for using ...
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what part of speech is “fun” in the sentence below

"Hiking is fun" Hiking = Gerund is = Verb fun = ? Is it an adverb or noun?
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Singular Verb Following “One of . . .”

He is one of the men who do the work. Could someone explain why it is "do" and not "does" up there? I'm sure this question has been asked before and I've memorized what to do with such sentences. ...