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Possible Grammar Error

I asked a friend of mine to read something (on skype), and he declined the offer. Then he asked me to play a game, to which I replied, "I have better things to do." Then he wrote back, "Exactly! Why ...
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Which is more correct: “further established in” or “further established by”

Are both these usages correct, and if so is one preferred? ... and was further established in follow-up studies (e.g., Doe et al., 2013). or ... and was further established by follow-up ...
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Is 'win' or 'winning' more suitable?

In this sentence, which word is more suitable: I'll think of you as we watch the Blue Socks win/winning the game. Any help about the grammar here would also be appreciated.
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Is this usage correct? “versions N and prior”

Or is this correct "version N and prior"? Mainly, I'm asking about this because in version N and prior I think that "versions" are implied by prior, hence one would read it as version N ...
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Is this usage correct? “Please get your parents to come tonight”

Are all of these correct? Please get your parents to come tonight. Please have your parents to come tonight. Please ask your parents to come tonight. And which is most suitable to sound more ...
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Confused about tense usage

"A little heat might get things cookin'." I heard this in a movie. Is it correct? Shouldn't it be, "A little heat might get things cooked?" What's the difference? Thank you.
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'Some kind' vs 'Some kind or other'

I was writing something up when this issue came up. Everybody is wedded to a clique of some kind Everybody is wedded to a clique of some kind or other Can somebody tell me what the ...
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is vs was vs has been [duplicate]

One of my friend got job and I want to tell this news to my other friends. How should I say it? He is selected for a job. He was selected for a job. He has been selected for a job.
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“On one of such days” Vs “On one such day”?

Which of the two is correct? Or are they both. In which cases would one be preferred over the other? Edit 1: Context I made other adjustments. Adjustments which included leaving my car at home ...
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Course catch-ups

How to name an event, where someone has to go for the classes once again because he/she was unavailable at the time? Alice missed her swimming pool class tonight. She has to [catch-up/repeat/work ...
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“I reminded myself that…”

I'm wondering if "I reminded myself that..." is correct expression in English and if English speakers use such expression at all or if this is replaced by something else. Let's take this dialogue as ...
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“cheaper price” or “lower price” / “cheaper rate” or “lower rate”

English is not my first language, but I strive to speak it at its best. Somehow it really grates me when people say that something is at a "cheaper/more expensive price" or "cheaper/more expensive ...
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have worked vs had worked [duplicate]

I have worked here for five years. I had worked here for five years. I worked here for five years. Which one is gramatically correct. Does the first sentence mean that he worked here and is ...
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Is it okay to say “that which”?

I know that there are certain times to use "that" (for restricting the noun) and certain times to use "which" (for adding information). How about "that which"?: Truth is that which conforms to ...
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Is a comma necessary before “above”/“below” when these words are used as sentence terminating adverbs?

Is a comma necessary before “above”/“below” when these words are used as sentence-terminating adverbs? Examples with the comma: Place the item as indicated, above. A correct example will be ...
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A number off or a number of?

I am reading some technical documents and there is a list of items that make up the product. Throughout the document where there are multiple items, they are listed as 2 off, 3 off and so on. For ...
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Three times the second integer less 4

I am learning word problems for Quantitative reasoning GRE exams. English is not my first language and I wonder if the following expression is ambiguous in English: "Three times the second integer ...
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Female adjective re job title

Why is it common to hear "women writers" or "woman doctor" but not "man author"? Isn't an adjective required in both cases, thus "female guitarist" and "male accountant"? I am asking about why the ...
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Regionalism or just bad English?

I've encountered a particular type of writing occasionally and it being, derp, in writing, it's hard to tell whether there's an accent behind it. The English used seems to me to be simply incorrect, ...
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Confusion in using “due to”

I usually meet "due to" usage in a document or conversation, but in different ways. I did some research and found out that "due to" is adjectival. Thus, the correct sentence should be: The ...
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Use of the definite article [duplicate]

I have seen the following in The Telegraph. A waxwork figure of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was placed in a job centre queue in Sydney. Is there any reason why the author has not ...
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What is the term for lowercase i as word in sentence

If i have this sentence. i also have this sentence. Then correct it to: If I have this sentence. I also have this sentence. If we know the error is not a typo. What would such a correction be ...
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Which phrase is more grammatically correct?

I've been going back and forth between a coworker over which of the following is correct and I thought that maybe this SE could help. I have an application with the following message: The X ...
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Happiness only real when shared… isn't it? [closed]

Yesterday I was rewatching the movie "Into the Wild", and noticed that protagonist writes next phrase: HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED and, I'm not native english speaker, but is he missed the ...
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what form of grammar is the word “why” used as a pause? [duplicate]

In this sentence: If you're going to take that pie I just baked, why, you've got a lot of nerve. what role does the word "why" take? I know I've heard it in conversational speech enough to know ...
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Using “tell me” word on callI [closed]

I usually use the "tell me" on calls. For example when I pick up call I like to answer in this way: "Yes John, tell me" Is it a good practice to talk on call in this way?
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Using the word “Default”

I am a computer programmer and I come across the word "default" a lot, usually a statement would say: Default A to B, and I understand it as follows: A has the value B by default is this a correct ...
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Lots of questions for a lot of clauses!

I am confused over the use of lots of vs lot of. I am phrasing a sentence having the following clause : [Article] [lot-of/lots-of] [noun singular/plural] [verb] ... As an example : A lot of ...
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Given “recoup lost …”; Is “lost” implied/redundant, self-cancelling, or optional?

Rains have helped recoup lost water. or I would like to recoup lost time. It seems to me that recoup is to regain something, thus lost would either be implied, or inclusive. So would ...
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Is it correct to say “This requirement is because”

The following passage uses the phrase "This requirement is because". Is that correct usage? Modularization is a key requirement to manage the size and complexity of large ontologies that can be ...
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Why not “at set of the sun”?

When the stars, at set of sun, Watch you from on high. Why not "at set of the sun"?
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Is it bad English to have two to's in a row?

For example how would one correct the sentence "what website should I go to to upload the photo?" or is it correct already?
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Second or Seconds? [duplicate]

When talking about two tenths of a second, it's a fraction of a single second. However, when talking of zero point two (0.2), not as a fraction but as a number, is it second or seconds?
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How to best explain the use of best?

I've been asked to explain the use of best in the phrase "humans have found how best to live together" other than saying its an adverb I'm stumped, could someone wiser help me out.
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Do you feel that should is the past of shall? [closed]

This is a very deep question and I ask you to ponder at it for a while. We know from the grammar that some modal verbs are the past form of another: PRESENT PAST will would ...
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Contractions With “Has” [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to make a contraction with an arbitrary noun and the word "has" to create a more conversational style in writing? For example, can I write... "Tomorrow, when the storm's blown ...
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Are these sentences by Thomas Kuhn grammatically correct?

I'm almost certain that Kuhn would not publish an essay with grammatical mistakes, but those two sentences seem plain wrong to me. (I am not a native speaker.) Though my argument does demand that ...
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Predicate inner components in sentence (object without determiner)

I'm working on a computer program that might output the following sentence: Analyst Mark Mahaney upgraded rating on Apple to Buy Is that sentence valid in English? (That is, nothing betwen the ...
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Confusing structures with modal verbs

I have skimmed through the part on modals of a classic grammar book (Murphy's "Grammar in Use") and picked up all the structures that look strange to me. Could you, please, explain how often they are ...
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In correspondence, what is the correct way to refer to two people with the same first name but different last names? [closed]

I have received an email containing the following statement, "tell John Ford and Smith that their proposal is due". As both individuals share the same first name, what should the correct directive ...
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“Would” vs. “Will”

Which of the following sentences is correct and why? Please note that I "will" be working on another script this month. Please note that I "would" be working on another script this month. I should ...
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Unorthodox article placement

In my English class yesterday we looked at the following example: Monica is such a beautiful woman. We learned that the above sentence could also be written as: Monica is so beautiful a ...
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Is this sentence in the Future Continuous?

Would be obliged if someone could clarify whether the following is in the Future Continuous tense. The Earth will be three degrees hotter by the year 2050. It seems so but I need to be ...
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Better wording for “Among other [stuff]”

I have the following problem. I need to say Among other information, [the message] will contain information about the following... I don't like the repetition of "information" here. I thought ...
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“Either A or B”: what exactly is the subject? [closed]

My brother had this pair of questions on a Year 7 English exam. Consider this sentence: "Either Michael or Susan will have to do night shift tonight." Which is the subject? ...
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Program is written in C++ or Program is written on C++ [closed]

Which is right: This program is written in C++. or This program is written on C++.
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Is this correct grammar with the semi-colon

This sentence is from my essay. Is the semi-colon correct? His most famous residence is the Kaufmann Residence; esteemed for its use of organic architecture with Japanese architectural components ...
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“Back then” or “back there”

When referring to someone from a different geographical area and a different time, what is the proper phrase to refer to them? "Back then" or "back there"? Does it depend on if your intended meaning ...
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Subject and Object in Commands?

I'm having difficulty figuring out the subject and object in the following sentence: Give me that pencil. The confusion is since someone is requesting the pencil, should they be the subject? In ...
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Should it be continual or continuous?

Here is the sentence in question: • Dedicated to continuous learning in the workplace. • Dedicated to continual learning in the workplace. I also feel that the sentence needs to be simpler.