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Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles - an vs. the

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-disbands-army-unit-fiasco-push-east-144943083.html Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as ...
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written ...
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“focus on” or “concentrate on”

I am wondering if "focus" and "concentrate" can be used interchangeably? Such as: [..] designed solution will focus on using modern hardware [..] [..] designed solution will concentrate on using ...
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'which is' or 'one is' [closed]

I have sentence. Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms, which is used for solving [name of problem] problems. Can I say: "Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms. ...
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Is the phrase “Only to later realize” correct in usage?

I have the below sentence: Attended ABC college where I topped the English subject in 10th grade (only to later realize that my love for the language couldn’t end there). Now after 15 years I ...
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'work' or 'working'

What is the difference between: ... algorithm which will be programmed in the later stage work with use of high-level programming language, such as: C#, etc. ... algorithm which will be ...
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Usage of “n times” (two times,…)

Is it possible/common to say: I'd like an apple two times.
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use of “everything” or “anything” in positive and negative sentences? [closed]

As a non-native speaker, when I read the books about grammar, I learn that usually the word "everything" is used in a positive sentence and that the word "anything"is used in a negative or ...
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According to protesters - correct; according to THE protesters - possible?

Source: http://rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened ...
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'uplink' or 'interfaces'

I wonder, which sentence fragment is better? ... effectiveness of the interface failure detection ... effectiveness of the uplink failure detection
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Problem with sentences structures?

I have problem with sentences structures. I have a sentence: When reviewing [Name of Bank] reports, the conclusion can be reached that over the next few years demand for new solutions will be ...
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It's time we 'informed' the Senate

In the movie Star Wars, one of Mace Windu(S.Jackson)'s line reads such that: I think it is time we informed the Senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished. Is saying 'inform the ...
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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Using 'good' and 'well' in comparisons [duplicate]

Scenario: I 'look good' and I 'feel well,' how do I compare the two as being equal? consider the following two sentences: "I look as good as I feel" -and- "I look as well as I feel" I would choose ...
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Grammar - has or have

Which of the two following texts below are grammatically correct. "The Board finds that both the identity of the member and the facts surrounding the alleged conduct has been proven on a balance of ...
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Two terms showing perceptible difference in comparison owing to triangle in the sentence

Do the following two sentences have the same or different meaning? I love you more than Tom. I love you more than Tom loves you. (Or, I love you more than Tom does you.) My concern is ...
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Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird

Whilst reading To Kill A Mocking-Bird I came upon this sentence (Full extract below): It is better to say, built in spite of them. To me, this sentence seems poorly structured, possibly even ...
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The use of “as” [closed]

My question: In the following sentence, what part of speech is the word as? He visited the United Nations, or the UN, as it is more commonly called. Is it merely a conjunction? If it is not, ...
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Polite way to suggest talking about something

Is there a polite way to tell somebody that you want to tell him something, but only if he allows you to? For example, I'm talking to my friend and I want to tell him something about cats, but I'm not ...
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At and To can be used together?

I have read these lines on a blog and I have doubt : Look at to the sky.. I guess we can not use at and to together. What is right?
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Sentences ending with something that already contains a period/full-stop

What's the rule about sentences that end in something that already has a period in it? Like a sentence that ends in: Washington D.C. -or- etc. Personally, and I realise this is wrong, I would love ...
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Only a waning candle sheds its light around

I found above mentioned sentence in a article is it some proverb? What does this mean? Below I am copying paragraph where I found this. May be this would be helpful to answer. Only a waning candle ...
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Is there a difference between “of” and “to” in these cases?

Example: is there a difference - even a subtle one - between: the hinges of a door the hinges to a door I suspect there is a slight difference, yet I cannot quite pin down what that difference is. ...
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Using a singular to mean a plural

Suppose I have a sentence of the form: Ahead I see a red door and a blue door - the path to each is similar. Is this grammatically correct? It sounds odd if I pluralise "path", but this version ...
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What does it mean “reject it who will”?

The following passage is from Les Misérables by Victor Hugo translated by Charles E. Wilbour. This materialism is an excellent thing, and truly marvellous; reject it who will. Ah! when one has ...
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What grammar is used in “are there” for not a question & “is a compromise view” without a subject?

I have found 2 sentences in a law book, but I cannot figure out what grammar rules are used in them. Please advise. 1.) In no state, however, are there [what rule, why such order of the words?] ...
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Does The Following Sentence Contain Grammar Mistake? [closed]

I feel as though the following sentence lacks commas and such, but I wouldn't know. I'm in the middle of working on an article. Thanks for asking, imaginary person I just created to get my point ...
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When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? [closed]

When writing names for .mp3 and .pdf files (songs, books etc.) in Windows, do you use hyphen, en or em dash to separate an author and his/her work? Ex. "Linkin Park - In the End" or "Linkin Park – ...
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How to capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title [duplicate]

How should I capitalize a word with an adverb separated by a hyphen in a title? e.g. "Make-up" or "Make-Up" (noun) "Strap-on" or "Strap-On" (noun) "Stripped-down" or "Stripped-Down" (adj.) ...
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Is this sentence grammatically sound?

None of those fancy words are correct in the context you used them. Should it be None of those fancy words are correct in the context in which you used them. Or : None of those fancy ...
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Americans can eat Chinese, but Chinese can't eat Americans?

No offence!! Please take it just for knowledge. I heard one of my friends saying Americans can eat Chinese but Chinese can't eat Americans. He said so for fun, and everybody was just laughing. But I ...
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Business rules application to design encompasses… - help me make sense of that phrase

This chapter is the final of four chapters covering the case study design of the relational database model for the online auction house company. Business rules application to design encompasses ...
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Why does Hamlet not say, “ere he rots?” [closed]

How long will a man lie i' the earth ere he rot? The quoted line is Hamlet's. I wonder why the "rot" is not "rots".
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“Asked my height” or “asked of my height”?

"Asked my height" sounds strange, while "asked of my height" sounds like an overkill. "Asked what my height was" sounds terrible.
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Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?

Is insisting on a genitive pronoun after "In the event of ..." pedantry or correct? For example: "In the event of ..." his/him winning the election my/me dying our/us leaving For those who ...
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Title starting by “questioning”

I'm writing an article which I entitled "Questioning theory X as the basis of theory Y". I no native speaker and I would like to know if such phrasing is correct in English.
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Meaning of “just as much” and “just as”?

Could someone please tell me their meanings? I know these two have different meanings. And I have been trying to Google them, but they are no help. Can we replace much in the first phrase with any ...
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Is this right: “the whole France”?

I am not sure if this phrase is right: “for the whole France”. Here's the context: Sam applied these methods successfully at some sites in France and then was extended for the whole France by ...
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bent upon exerting the fascination he knew was his only by the results

I read this in the novel 'Of Human Bondage' by Somerset Maugham. It follows as below. 'Philip was even more than usually shy and abrupt; and whether on account of this, unconsciously bent upon ...
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With something is ~ - grammatical construction

The process of relational database model design is the method used to create a relational database model. This process is mathematical in nature, but very simple, and is called normalization. With ...
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Does the article “a/an” apply to the parenthetical or the word that follows? [duplicate]

I just asked a question a moment ago, the subject of which was "Is there a word for taking an (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?" And I immediately had the follow up question of "was that ...
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How is tense handled in a parenthetical clause before a verb?

She will (or already has) leave for Jamaica soon. She will leave (or already has left) for Jamaica soon. I'm uncertain which of these (if either) is more correct. Should I simply not use ...
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is this grammar right? [closed]

We are looking to use this text, as a headline on our sustainability page, on our website. As coworker asked if "sustainably" was grammatically correct. I am unsure. TCS believes that thinking ...
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I would do / I would have done - What are the grammar terms of this tense/mood?

Since my student days I’ve used abbreviations for the tenses. “I would do” is for me Conditional 1 (C1) and “I would have done” C2. And for me it is not important whether these verb forms are called ...
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Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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Deadly protests ousted vs. deadly protests WHICH ousted [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/putin-warns-ukraine-gas-supplies-urges-talks-155039695.html Ukraine has been in crisis since months of deadly protests ousted an unpopular pro-Kremlin president in ...
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Usage of Present Perfect and Past Simple in answer

I'm reading "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy and I have a question about Present Perfect and Past Simple. Here's the example from the book: They've gone away. They'll be back on Friday. ...
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Why word “very” is used in combination with words like “first”, “last”, ect [duplicate]

Wow, my first question here :) Recently i watched a tennis match and the commentator said "This is his very first title". I've also heard the opposite expression "This is his very last chance". So why ...
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [closed]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...