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Is it correct to say someone “does not so much do something as do something else” [duplicate]

I am wondering whether we are grammatically allowed to say that somebody/something does not so much do something as (they) do something - for example: "Tom does not so much study as he plays games", ...
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Which one is correct “Where I was or Where was I”? [duplicate]

I am little bit confuse to use Where I was or Where was I. For Example I use - My brother wanted to know where was I? Please help
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Usage of “acknowledge” [closed]

Is it acceptable to write "We acknowledge Dr. AAA for his useful advice" to express gratitude or appreciation?
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When to use ''[verb] that''

I would like to know when to say think(s) that, say(s) that and mean(s) that and when to omit that.
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What's the accusative absolute?

I'm no grammarian and so I am seeking an informal and comprehensible answer. I read the following definition for accusative-absolute, but I don't fully understand it, possibly due to the many ...
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What is the difference between “as though” and “as if”? [duplicate]

I'm genuinely in confusion when it comes to using those two: can I draw a distintive line in using them? Thank you.
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Does it make sense to use “They're welcome” as a response to “X says thanks”?

I've seen someone respond with "They're welcome" to "X says thanks" where X is another person and/or group of persons. The reply seemed okay to me, but its correctness has been immediately contested ...
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“They were seduced” vs. “They were swayed”

I ran across the verb "sway" a little while ago and I was wondering about its usage. See: They were seduced by the low cost of the house. And They were swayed by the low cost of the house. ...
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gerund vs possesive vs … in this sentence? [closed]

Which one sounds better or is correct? I managed a number of challenging projects, such as / which included (...) designing new electronic devices (...) the design of new electronic devices ...
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When did beast become a verb?

In recent times, people have started using the word beast as a verb (i.e., beast it, you've got to beast harder). Is there any information about when this trend started and how it came about?
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“Apply” and the passive voice

I have a sentence like this. I applied this method to the problem. I want "the problem" to be the subject of the sentence. If "this method" were the subject, this might be very easy. This ...
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“would they … or they would …?” or “would they … or would they …?”

I don't know how to ask a conditional question using "or" between two questions: "If they deliver the load to recovery facilities as a mixed load, would they be charged according to the mixed load ...
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What’s wrong with saying “Your book inside”?

Let’s say you have a box, and you have a book inside it. You can attach a paper on it saying “Book” or “Book inside”. Now, if you’re sending it to someone and you write a note on it, you would say, ...
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Grammar rules for parellelism in comparisons and variations according to verb placement

I'm an academic editor in the field of medicine and I often come across complex comparisons. My question is specifically regarding how the placement of the verb affects the the parallelism of the ...
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Didn't you USED TO or Didn't you USE TO? [duplicate]

I was somehow confused encountering this sentence: Didn't you USED TO work with Annie at Macy's?. Should we use USE TO here since we are using Did which needs the base form of the verb.
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Correct usage of “help” and parallelism

I want to combine "A helps B to Verb1." and "A helps C to Verb2." into one sentence. However, "A helps B Verb1." and "A helps C Verb2." are also correct sentences. ("to" can be omitted.) So, my ...
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Question concerning -ing ending in a sentence.

I am trying to understand why there is an -ing ending in amazing when used in a sentence like, "different countries have proven equally amazing". Is it because amaze is a present participle verb or ...
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Is this sentence a dependent clause?

Not to mention the amazing embellishments that are sure to spark the interest of our well-healed clients: flowers, butterflies, crystals, and feathers.
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Is the second part of dialogue capitalized or not?

i.e. "It is important," his mother replied, "(a/A)nd we will all have a great time."
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Do I have to add LLC every time write my companies name in the same document?

I'm working on a quality manual for my company "Joe Blow, LLC"...do I have to use the LLC every time the company name appears in the manual?
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use of superlatives

What would be correct: Youngest and oldest soldier cut the cake or youngest and oldest soldiers cut the cake, knowing that we are referring to only one youngest and one oldest?
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Is there any rule of order for time, date, place, building, and etc?

I sent an email to confirm my meeting with a person which specified time, date, place, and building on the email like below: I would like to meet you at 5pm this Sunday in KFC on the first floor ...
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One of us is wrong, aren't we?

I have just learned from what I consider a reliable source, that the following sentence is correct: One of us is wrong, aren't we? I would never in my life have written this, but I am assured ...
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“Could have” vs “might have” (in lucky escape situation)

That was a lucky escape! You might have been killed. That was a lucky escape! You could have been killed. Which one is more suitable in this situation? Is there any difference between ...
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The possessive s [closed]

My problem is about the possessive s (the ownership s) not that ending-s. For example, we say, America's Flag, here the America has gotten one ownership s that is America is the owner of that Flag. ...
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Choice of pronoun to refer to 'one of us' when 'us' is male + female: they, he, she?

Imagine yourself – a man – sitting next to someone you want to talk to – a woman – on a bus, train, plane, etc. After a while you say: 'One of us has to start talking / break the ice, don't they? / ...
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I'm just here to help is all

I came across the following sentence in an American novel: "Hey, sugar," he says. "I'm just here to help you is all." I take it that the sentence means, "I'm just here to help you and that's ...
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Why is the verb to be in the infinitive in 'Praise be to God.'? [duplicate]

Why is the verb to be in the infinitive in 'Praise be to God.'? Other sentences that look similar are: 'May you be always in our presence.' 'May you be forgiven.' But May + sub + infinitive of be ...
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A dream come true - is it correct

I was confused by a company slogan I saw, and that made me wonder: Is it correct to write "a dream come true"? If I was the one writing it I would use "a dream comes true" but is the initial form ...
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“Did used to” vs. “did use to” [duplicate]

The use of "used to" is much more frequent than "use to", but what about "did used to" vs. "did use to"?
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“How it feels like” vs. “What it feels like”

I am not a native English speaker, and I'm always confused by people saying or writing "How it feels like" It doesn't sound right to me, and I am always trying to correct it to "What it ...
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Question about tenses used in Seinfeld show: “what you were doing tomorrow night”

In the sentences "Did she even ask you what you were doing tomorrow night? If you were busy?" occurring at about 0:42 - 0:43 in this clip, why was past tense used in "What you were doing ...
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“She laughed as though there (was/were) a chance he might have said anything else.” [duplicate]

Would I use 'was' or 'were' here? She laughed as though there was/were a chance he might have said anything else. (I read about the difference between was and were, but I can't apply it to this ...
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“as if she had been” or “as if she were”?

I saw the following sentence in Vanity Fair, and have been wondering whether 'as if she were' is a better choice than 'as if she had been'. The Lady Blanche avoided her as if she had been an ...
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How to understand this “I not only” structure

I read this sentence from a book. "I not only lost all my money - I also lost my passport". Why it's not "I am not only.." or "I don't only..". I don't know how to describe this kind of grammar, ...
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“Have been through” or “have gone through”?

I don't know whether been or gone would be better in this sentence: I have some long-lasting memories in my mind, such as memorable overseas trips that I have been through. I have some ...
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Usage of “however”

In the below sentence, the word however is used at the end. New genome editing techniques—in particular the CRISPR system Church and his team are using—offer new hope, however. In 1987 Japanese ...
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are the tense of the verbs true in each sentence? [duplicate]

are the tense of the verbs true in each sentence? 1-I think Jimmy did his duty as other police officers do.(simple past+simple present is true?) 2-I think he did the right thing because he is a ...
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Is it correct “Will ask more questions if needed required”? [closed]

I wrote in a mail Hi ABC, Thanks for providing helpful information. Will ask more questions if needed required. Is this statement correct? Please help
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What does “Nothing doing as he took it right to him” mean?

I regularly read chess articles on chessbase.com and quite often I find myself struggling with the English they are using. Sometimes it just doesn't feel correct. OK, I am not a native English speaker ...
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Use of “then'” in the sentence

I came across the below sentence in this article. "The emasculated society of Europe serves, then, as a warning to conservatives, and reinforces their belief that America must reverse the trend of ...
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Elven or Elfin? [duplicate]

I am writing a fantasy book and am having trouble with when and how to use words such as "Elfin", "Elven", "Elfish", and "Elvish". I don't understand the difference between using a V or an F. Help?
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A different use of BOTH [closed]

I'm really confused with this since my students have asked me if this sentence is correct or not. Is it correct to say: Please sign BOTH first and second PAGE. (Or is it PAGES?) Under what ...
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Does using “Their watch is ended” over “Their watch has ended” change the meaning of the sentence?

I've been watching this little HBO show by the name of Game of Thones. Perhaps you have heard of it. In the most recent episode the following line is used (and also happens to be the title of the ...
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Reply to a question with “Yes, it is” or “No, it is” [duplicate]

What is the correct response to the following question: Ten divided by five is not two? 1) Yes, it is. 2) No, it is. Intuitively I would say "Yes, it is", but then I thought about it in the ...
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Question related to cover letter [closed]

I have a few queries regarding how to write a cover letter: "make a real contribution as member of your team." or "make a real contribution as A member of your team." "If I may be a further ...
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“On/over the phone” [closed]

Which version is correct? As discussed with you over the phone. As discussed with you on the phone.
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Is the clause after 'and' in the sentence “His voice was serious and his manner solemn.” valid?

Is the sentence "His voice was serious and his manner solemn." grammatically correct? I've seen 'be' dropped in some sentences like this one.
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What is the difference between saying “I wasn't knowing” and “I didn't know”? [closed]

I was wondering what is the difference between I wasn't knowing and I didn't know? If I say, I wasn't knowing, I am talking about something unknown in past, the act of not knowing is finished, it ...
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has scientists excited or has excited scientists?

I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct? What's the difference if both are correct? The recent ...