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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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Use of two should in a simple sentence

Is Headline correct? Can we use two should in a simple sentence
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Are contractions “open”?

My apologies if this has been asked and answered before. I know that word classes can either be open or closed; for example, nouns are an open word class and allow for new nouns to be created to ...
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why “thus was”? is it correct gramatically? [closed]

in a sentence, I saw "thus was" and I wonder if its grammar is corretct or not? Thus was the basis created for a strong presidential system
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Man in blue shirt [closed]

Is it possible to omit the "shirt" and still have the same meaning? What if it wasn't "shirt" and it was some other type of clothing, would it still be possible? Edit: I meant as if there is no other ...
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Is it possible to use the relative pronoun “which” to refer to people?

All of the grammar books I have consulted indicate that who(m)/that are the only relative pronouns to be used with people. I thought that you could use "which" when you point out a specific person ...
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What is the difference between a part of speech and a syntactic function / grammatical relation?

What is the difference between a part-of-speech and a function? In other words: What is a part of speech. (e.g. noun) What is a grammatical function. (e.g. head, subject) [read "grammatical ...
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In which or at which? [duplicate]

Whether the integration of the refugees into the local community can be feasible depends on the manner in which and the rate at which this happens. Or Whether the integration of the refugees into ...
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What is the proper usage of “The… of…” and “A … of …”? [duplicate]

I wrote an article, and will submit it soon. I am troubled in its title: "The Speedy Application of Augmented Dickey-Fuller Test for Stationarity Analysis with causfinder Package in R" I have learnt ...
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Using a present tense verb in an “if” clause, followed by the main clause

Is it possible to have a present tense verb in a sentence like this: If you resign now, you'd feel sorry later. Or must you always follow the second conditional format, arriving at a sentence ...
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Grammatical Erratum? [closed]

So I'm writing an essay , and have inserted the following phrase in it :- " .... to correct any spelling mistakes or grammatical erratum". Is it alright to use the word 'erratum' in this context? If ...
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“Our team” or “My team”?

I have to send a mail to a group which has my team members along with other co-workers. I want to write "Our team is drafting a report" since my team members are also present in the group. I think the ...
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'wanted' or 'had wanted'

Should I use wanted or had wanted here? Ukrainians wanted to join the EU even before Russia occupied the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainians had wanted to join the EU even before ...
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We like to wish you .. VS We would like to wish you…

I'm having some difficulty with this sentence. Can one say: ''We like''...(to wish, to ask, to join etc) In my opinion one can never say ''we like to'' but must always say ''We WOULD like to'' or ...
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Noun phrase / verb agreement in number [closed]

Which form of be is correct: Very small amounts of salt that [is/are] present in commercial fish foods also help aquatic species remain in balance.
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Parallel construction [duplicate]

Teaching one student who is very good and another who is bad was a learning experience. Teaching a student who is very good and the other who is bad was a learning experience. One side ...
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Past perfect and using before/after

My friend and I are having a debate about the following sentence and what to slot into the gap: ______ we had finished the course, we received certificates. (Before/After) To me it sounds correct to ...
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'Team of economists': singular or plural? [duplicate]

I am writing an ad and would like to write: "Our team of economists are at your service and available by phone or email. They will be happy to respond...". I know that grammatically speaking, 'team' ...
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Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
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Possessive + gerund + object pronoun [duplicate]

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced ...
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“Year olds” or “year-olds”

I am writing about some leadership stuff, and I am trying to say that I am leading the 14-15 year old boys. How do I correctly use year-olds as in, "I was the adviser to the 14-15 year-olds." Thanks ...
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Difference between “come up with” and “come across” a question [closed]

I was writing an email to the principal of my former school, and I [came up with / had come across] a question: "Shall I write "Merry Christmas" or "Happy New Year" at the end of the letter?" ...
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what is the formal way to write this [closed]

During a self-introduction in class, Jan said, "Hi my name's Jan Wayne. My friends call me Jan." I want to write these sentences down formally, but I don't know how to.
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Drink Different / Drink Differently? [duplicate]

There's this online beer company in Germany that is offering Belgian and other foreign beers and they are on Sky here all the time with their commercials. Now, they are called Beer Deluxe and their ...
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The position of time (e.g. year) in a sentence

When I was writing a diary, I suddenly came up with this question. 1. I met a schoolmate on Google. She was a graduate of ABC College in 2000. 2. I met a schoolmate on Google. She was a 2000 graduate ...
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Which one is correct to show that “the fan” in not the only one? [closed]

Which one is correct? a big fan of yours in millions or a big fan in millions of yours Tanx
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Usage of “as because”

I would like to know if "as because" is a correct usage. It feels so wrong, yet I see people using it. e.g. She couldn't come, as because she was ill. I suppose only because should serve the purpose ...
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Which personal pronouns take dependent clause and which personal pronouns don't take

Note from The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language - (Page no. 507) i. It is I [who am at fault]. ii. It is me [who is at fault]. Example [i] follows the general rules for ...
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Mutually exclusive and not mutually exclusive [closed]

I have found on website that when an event is mutually exclusive it means occurrence of one preclude of the other. So is it grammatically correct to write not mutually exclusive when it is already ...
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Is the usage 'the message didn't send' grammatically correct?

I have often encountered this sentence on Facebook; even a web-search of this string indicates that it is used quite commonly. However, is it correct to say so? The dictionary definitions of the word ...
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“Whenever I was” vs “Whenever I got”?

Is there any notable difference between the two? Example: Whenever I was depressed, sounds would amplify themselves ten or twenty times, to the point they became indistinguishable from physical ...
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The hidden flaw in “singular they”—what to do about reflexive pronouns?

We have a highly regarded answer by nohat to a question about gender-neutral pronouns, in which he points to the "singular they" and its long history of use in English. (Note that he also advises ...
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my [young / younger / youngest] sisters

A friend of mine has a big family. She is a Chinese girl, and has five sisters, who are all younger than she. She wants to know how to introduce her five sisters. To make it easy to understand, I use ...
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Is it grammatically correct to omit “is” in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech?

Is it grammatically correct to omit "is" in the following sentence? Is it correct in formal speech? The Soviet Union is the largest land power, China the greatest land-sea compound country and ...
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Would the slang version, yessir, of yes, sir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?

I use yessir as a slang form of yes, sir all the time. Is it even a word? Would the slang version, yessir, be deemed as derogatory, offensive, or simply disrespectful to someone your senior?
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“Elements are zero” vs “elements are zeros”

This is a sentence from Wikipedia: A sparse matrix is a matrix in which most of the elements are zero. Should this be more correct: A sparse matrix is a matrix in which most of the elements ...
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contract/contractor/contracting [closed]

I'm soliciting a position as a contractor (avoiding the status of a permanent employee). Which is correct (or better than any of these)? I am looking employment in a contract capacity I am looking ...
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Is “Tomorrow, I will buy it” correct? [closed]

My brother and I are having a discussion, whether it is grammatically correct (or any native speaker would ever say a sentence): Tomorrow, I will buy it. I think it is not correct, it strikes me ...
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What is the difference between took and taken? [closed]

What is the difference between took and taken? As an example assume a monkey is in a well, and someone is trying to say they would have taken the money out. Are both of these sentences grammatically ...
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which of these sentence is ok to use? [closed]

Somewhere in the middle of the argument, she kiss me with her eyes and I kiss her with my words.... or Somewhere in the middle of the argument, she kisses me with her eyes and I kisses her with my ...
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Question within a sentence [closed]

I know what I'm trying to get at with this sentence, but the punctuation feels a little off to me somehow. Is it correct? Or can it be improved? I was a little skeptical at first - what could be ...
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the use of “the” [duplicate]

I was confused about the use of "the," when I came across the following paragraph published in an economic magazine: "... ... the analysis begins with a look at patterns of U.S. income inequality ...
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“daily work” vs. “daily labour”

Is the description for a video grammatically correct: Deep insights into our daily labour as chemists: Have fun! I didn't find the expression daily labour in the Corpus of Contemporary American ...
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“with which” or “which with” [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? The accent with which I speak The accent which I speak with Are they not the same? While we are on the topic, I would greatly appreciate if you would tell ...
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What does “even the keel in favour of ” in the sentence mean?

Even the legal framework that is supposed to provide a modicum of protection to workers is fraying. For instance, the state’s unwillingness to use the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act or the ...
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“I'll revenge” vs “I'll take revenge”

Throughout my life I have thought that the correct expression is to take revenge; however, I have also heard people saying I'll revenge. Which is correct?
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What do you call when you clasp your hands to propel someone up a wall? [duplicate]

I'm sure it had a name. It's when you clasp your hands (palms up) so the other person can stand on them and go up a wall (or a tree). Any suggestions?
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“We is who the Earth is for?” [closed]

In the film of The Beasts of the Southern Wild, Hushpuppy the main character of the film says, But me and my daddy, we stay right here. “We is who the Earth is for.” What grammatical structure ...
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Is it correct to use the superlative word “best” as a verb according to prescriptive grammar? [closed]

I've often stumbled across phrases like these (perhaps not the last one) and felt that they sounded a bit awkward: Nothing can best the sheer capacity of […] X would best Y any day. I ...