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“a house” or “the house”?

"Do we send her home to a house that hasn't been disinfected - because disinfecting teams aren't functioning." In the sentence above, does "a house" mean any house or her house? I find it ...
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the function of “as” in the following sentence

"But so far, we haven't seen a groundswell of private donations as we often see in major disasters." In the sentence above, is "as" a conjunction or a relative pronoun? I ask this question ...
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Purpose of Subjunctive Past [duplicate]

What is exactly a subjunctive past? When do we use it? Could anyone please give some examples of the occasions we use the Subjunctive Past?
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Is “neither I” grammatically correct?

I'm just trying to figure out if "neither I" is grammatically correct as a standalone statment (in spoken English).
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“The leaders were seated [in/on] the apse” - which one is better?

In the context of a cathedral/church. "The leaders were seated in the apse" or "The leaders were seated on the apse". Which one of these is right?
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As to: Compound preposition [closed]

First, thank you Edwin Ashworth and RegDwigнt♦ for your comments. I was able to learn and recognize my mistake, obscuring the point of question. Here is as to I've wanted to discuss about: He was ...
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Recordkeeping, record keeping, or record-keeping

In the following sentence, a reviewer claimed that record keeping is a spelling error that should be corrected to recordkeeping. Service providers shall manage information using agreed upon ...
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Is there such a thing as a “past subjunctive”?

Is there really such a thing as a “past subjunctive” in English? I actually learned the term “past subjunctive” from my Spanish class. From what I already know, the subjunctive is used with ...
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Is it okay for me to keep using “one” instead of “the” in front of participant? [closed]

Is it okay for me to keep using "one" instead of "the" in front of participant? Thank you. One participant disagreed with most participants. The responses by one participant regarding view of the ...
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“…in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.” Is this structure normal?

Florence Nightingale noted, It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm. At the beginning of the 20th century, Dr ...
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What is the correct spelling for “These are known as the three “V’s”: veracity, voraciousness and vivacity.”

What is the correct spelling and grammar for the following sentence? These are known as the three "V's": veracity, voraciousness and vivacity. In particular, should the "V" be capitalized, ...
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“make somebody feel an idiot” or “make somebody feel like an idiot”?

I used lingoes software to search for the definition of snub, and there is a sentence in Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's English Dictionary that reads He snubbed her in public and made her feel ...
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to be a bit more together

Is this sentence grammatical? You'll have to be a bit more together when you have kids. .................................. Together : Being a 'together' person can mean having well-organised ideas, ...
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Can start a sentence using the conjunction or?

I'm doing this essay that's due in a week and I'm a little stuck. It's a compare and contrast essay and I'm starting a sentence using the conjunction or. Can you do that or do you a have to use ...
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Antecedent of “whose common theme is death of fathers” in Hamlet

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1. Scene 2 Claudius: Fie! 'tis a fault to heaven, A fault against the dead, a fault to nature, To reason most absurd; whose common theme Is death of ...
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Use of the word “entire”

Why should I use the words "entire group of boys" instead of "entire boys". I know the first one is correct but can't explain why other than it sounds right. I need to explain why as part of a paper.
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How does one call a person who is next in line within a business process?

A business process consists of several consecutive steps, such that if a process flows from one step to another then the pair of steps is considered single-way connected. How does one call a person or ...
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Why are these words ungrammatical [duplicate]

Can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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Why are these words ungrammatical

I can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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Should the noun be singular or plural in the expression “…one of, if not the, [superlative] [noun]…”?

A common English expression takes the form of "It was one of, if not the, best experience[s] of my life." In this expression, what is the correct number for "experience[s]"?
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present simple plus past simple in the if-clause

Please help me understand whether I can use the past simple tense with the present simple tense in one if-clause. My example is the question that I want to ask when speaking with English native ...
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In the phrase “man enough”, is man an adjective?

I do realize that the phrase "to be man enough" is an idiom. But I wonder what is the grammatical/syntactic role that man plays in it. Is it an uncountable noun? An adjective? An adverb? Or perhaps ...
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Can 'holidays' take a singular verb form?

In the thread accompanying the question The holidays are a good time to be with family, Colin Fine writes The holidays is a good time..., which I don't think is idiomatic even in the US I'd ...
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When using “unless”, does noun or pronoun come first?

Usually in a sentence, we define the noun before using pronoun when it is clear that the pronoun is referring to a specific noun. For example, "John said that he...." rather than "He said that ...
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The grammatical parts of speech in 'As ____ as when ___'

What parts of speech are the each of the individual words in as penniless as when. For example when used in the following sentence: They were as penniless as when the little man found them.
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“getting eaten” vs “being eaten”

There was a passage which had a blank, which I had to fill in. The sentence was ...can save a worm from _______ up by a bird. I wrote getting eaten, but was informed that the correct answer ...
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I hope I will have you enjoying this lecture

Recently I posed this question: I want to express at the beginning of the lesson that I hope that all my listeners will enjoy my speech. Can I use the causative structure? I hope I will have you ...
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''I hope so.'' vs ''I hope not.''

If I want to agree on a negative sentence, which sentence can I use? How about the following case? A: Believe me.I'm not telling a lie. B:
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Can a person be “responsible” to another person?

I came across this statement in a policy/guideline text: "He/she is responsible to the MD for maintaining the accuracy of this Guidelines. The Guidelines shall be adopted annually by the MD even if no ...
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“Of course, it cost the companies some money, but also helps increase their profit.” Is this sentence correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct "Of course, it cost the companies some money, but also helps increase their profit."? As I know, sometimes, we can use infinite verb with singular subject to ...
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if + should or if + present simple or … Too many ways to say the same thing

What is the difference between the following sentences: We have no jobs at present, but if the situation should change, we will contact you. We have no jobs at present, but if the situation ...
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What is a Prepositional complement?

Could someone tell me what Prepositional complement is? The text that brought this issue up says: ... a possessive is used as Prepositional complement. They give an example: what business is ...
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Can a be verb and an ordinary verb share the same subject?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? An apple is red and has a spherical shape. In comparison, I'm pretty sure that the following sentences are correct: An apple is red and green. ...
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Can “what” be a plural interrogative pronoun? [closed]

I searched Google Books for "what make you". https://www.google.co.jp/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22what+make+you%22&tbm=bks&start=70 Here are some examples: God answered and said "Jesus held ...
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What's wrong with “her first devotion was to dancing”?

In Susan Sontag's review of The Last of the Nuba, Fascinating Fascism, by Leni Riefenstahl, one can read among other things: Could the publishers have let LR write the jacket copy herself? One ...
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Correct or proper usage of “I” v. “we” [duplicate]

Would it be proper to say "Here is a picture of my cousins and I". Is it improper to say me instead of I?
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Is “'the most tawdry’ race-baiting” ungrammatical?

When I was transcribing the following sentence of Time magazine’s (September 1st issue) article ’”The Tragedy of Ferguson”; “We elected a black man with a Muslim name to be President. What other ...
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Is the use of “review”, “has identified”, “has contributed” and “indicate” right?

Is the use of "review", "has identified", "has contributed" and "indicate" right? Thank you. The above studies apply to the research problem because they review lack of nursing programs faculty ...
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Did I show you my graduation photo or have I shown you my graduation photo?

So I was on my way home from school, and I overheard two people talking about something. The one asked the other: ''Did I show you my graduation photo?'', I asked my self whether it shouldn't be ...
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Comma before “than” [What better way to celebrate.., than…]

I'd really appreciate some help on this one. Do I use comma in the following sentence? What better way to celebrate 30 years of [name of my local football club], than with a win against [name of ...
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Update or updating of <something>…?

Can anyone give me a clarification on this sentence please: Some administrations request additional documents for the update of your civil status. Some administrations request additional ...
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“A person skillful at what he does” vs. “A skillful person at what he does”

I was helping a friend with an ESL test, and the question was looking for the answer "Practice can make a person skillful at what he does". One of the students answered with "Practice can make a ...
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''A and B are the same'' vs ''A and B is the same'' [closed]

I found these sentences below in my dictionary. ''His car and mine are the same'' ''Is postman and mailman the same?'' Would you please teach me the difference between ''A and B are the same'' and ...
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Active or passive? [closed]

I have a question mainly regarding whether my sentence is active or passive. But also I would like to ask if it has a bad structure? A piece of paper with a couple of paragraphs almost entirely ...
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Need someone to explain the structure of the sentence for me

For the following sentences: It is invalid, however, to apply both attributes to the same settings property. Such an attempt will cause an exception to be thrown. First, are the above ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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Adverb clause: his delight evident

I recently have come across a clause, his delight evident, reading a novel. Which I have found tricky to understand. I have been able to get to the meaning yet not to the structure it possesses. Here ...
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Is there a pre-defined way to describe this grammatical mistake?

I'm wondering if there's a dictionary defined expression for expressions like: "There are many facets to the world in which we live in". One of those "in"s is redundant. But I'm curious if there's a ...
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Would “Human Resources are excited or is excited” correct? [duplicate]

Would "Human Resources are excited or is excited" be correct?
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whether or not usage [closed]

Waiting for the answer whether or not configuration changes helped? I am struggling with the second part of the question. Does this sentence correct or i need to change it?