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No Longer Exists

Are both versions gramatically correct?: "The opposition between good and evil no longer exists." "The opposition between good and evil does no longer exist."
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I wish and continous tenses

Can we use I wish/If only with past continous and past perfect continous? For example: I wish i hadn't been doing something. I wish i was doing something. If not, how can I phrase these sentences in ...
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Further explanation of “among others”

I know that "among others" is used when we mention one or more than one person. But still, I am a little confused. For example: "Among others, Adam and Smith supported me at the meeting." (I am ...
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Should I use “have” or “had” in this sentence?

The person I'm talking to says something like "Did you just insult my sense of humor?" Then I reply "I didn't say you __ one" Should I use "have" or "had"? I'm trying to convey that he doesn't have ...
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When to use *throughout the years* and *over the years*? [closed]

When should I use throughout the years and over the years? This is my sentence: "Use of migraine drugs remained constant throughout the years" What I want to say is that the use of migraine drugs is ...
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Is the following answer grammatically correct? [closed]

Here's the sentence: "The most interesting trip had to be our year nine graduation trip". It was an answer to the question "What was the most interesting trip?" If it is correct, how can I prove that ...
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How do I get singular objects to agree with 2 possessive nouns?

Which sentence below is grammatically correct and indicates that a driver damaged the engine in my car and the engine in my brother's car? (Different websites offer conflicting answers.) A) My ...
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Which is correct use of the apostophe in minutes?

Minutes walk to the building. or Minutes' walk to the building. or Minute's walk to the building. As in it is several minutes walk to the building...
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What is the grammatically correct way to frame this sentence? [duplicate]

I saw this sentence online and it has been bothering me: "Tomorrow is me and my girlfriend's anniversary." I immediately had an aversion to this sentence after reading it but then I quickly had an ...
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Correct way of using the word 'prefer' in a sentence [closed]

Would you 'prefer for me' to come in today or tomorrow? OR Would you 'prefer me' to come in today or tomorrow?
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Indefinite article after as?

I read that when you classify or define people and things you use a/an: Don't use your plate as an ashtray. But then I found a news article which included the following sentence: Indian ...
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Most important “one” or “noun” in a formal sentence

If I use "one" in a sentence, is it considered as formal or informal? For example, what I want to say is the following: There are many points that must be taken into consideration. ...
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Who would address the issue this fall?

The White House framed the announcement from the world’s two largest polluters as a move to position the countries as leaders in the fight against climate change ahead of a landmark U.N. conference ...
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'Elusive' or 'Illusive' Fame

I would like to describe a person who appears to be famous for his ability to earn big bucks, but in actual fact, they may not have the ability and remains ambiguous. Therefore, the question is should ...
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What is the difference between bug fix,bug fixes, bug fixing and fix bug? [closed]

I need to report about the tasks I've done related to this. So how to express the task that I fixed a software bug?
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Is it “backyard” or “back yard”? [closed]

Is there a difference between them? I saw yesterday "back yard" when I thought you could only write "backyard".
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APA: Paper in past tense but is/was verb confusion for alive author

I want to state, "One advocate for the issues based teaching style is/was Brian Schultz." He is alive, but my paper is in past tense. What do I do?
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“other’s lives” vs. “others’ lives”

I'm not sure which of the following is correct: having an impact on other’s lives having an impact on others’ lives I just can’t figure out how the apostrophe should be used.
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“Do you also?” as a question?

I was able to find numerous examples of "Do you also..." type questions in The Bible, like: And Yeshua said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to leave?” But I am wondering whether simply "Do you ...
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Can “as” be followed by a present/ past continuous tense like “while”? Why? Please comment on the example

1.) I was singing as my mother was preparing dinner. If the first sentence is grammatical, how exactly does it differ from this: 2.) I was singing as my mother prepared dinner.
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What is the correct capitalization if “3D Printing”? [duplicate]

How should "3D Printing be capitalized? Why? A) 3D Printing B) 3D printing C) 3d Printing D) 3d printing
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On accident- part of speech

Is 'on' still a preposition in the phrase 'on accident', or 'on purpose'? I have noticed Americans say 'on accident', where I would say 'by accident'.
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How can I write this sentences correctly?

"You are the approachable" teacher at the University? Is that correct? or how can I say someone you are approachable? There is one teacher at the university. I would like to underscore that "You are ...
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Commas in introducing book title

Is a comma needed here: I am seeking representation for my recent novel, A Better Song.
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Proper Use Years / Years' [duplicate]

What is the proper way to present the following information related to one's experience? 1) 15 years' experience. 2) 15 years experience.
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Plural genetive form of Heschl's gyrus

I would like to write that a certain group of participants have larger Heschl's gyrus on average when compared to another group. Is it correct to write that Type A participants have been reported ...
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How to express a “simple past” idea that could happen in the future?

Ok, Let's see this conversation. Tom & Mary are working in a shop right now. It is 4 pm NOW. Normally the working hour will finish at 5 pm. Tom: There is not too much work today. Can I leave at ...
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The difference between “given that” and “provided that” (CAE book reference)

I don't understand the difference between "given that" and "provided that". The tour wasn't as pleasant as we thought it would be, given that the coach broke down on the way. [Source: CAE ...
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Use of the word “when.”

In the following sentence, "People eat garlic when it is raw or cooked." is "when it is raw or cooked." an adverbial clause or an adjective clause? The way I see it, this clause can either talk about ...
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Present Continuous or Present Simple?

Could you tell me if the sentence below is grammatically correct? We usually grow vegetables in our garden, but this year we are not growing any. I'm not completely sure that in the second part of ...
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Who or Whom question [duplicate]

In the sentence: Bob does not know who/whom the thief is. Should it be who or whom? and why? I don't really understand it in cases like this. I was told to think about them being analogous to him/he ...
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Use of tense in the adverbial clause [closed]

Before wheels have been invented, rollers were used to move heavy things. In this sentence, is there anything wrong with the wording?
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New way of understanding the present perfect tense

I've always struggled with the present perfect tense, as probably many non-native speakers do. The way I learnt the perfect tense in school always involved these so-called signal words that one had to ...
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Technical-Scientific Writing

I have just turned in a paper on engines, but I keep thinking about a sentence I wrote: Plug-in hybrids offer a variant since they work with the electric engine for longer periods, being still more ...
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Not sure if this is grammatically correct: Target in-demand candidates for your apprenticeship

I am a little confused about this slogan that I wrote: Target in-demand candidates for your apprenticeship. I feel this sentence is not complete and could be rephrased to be shorter and ...
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grammar of “try as I might”

I understand the phrase "try as I might..." to mean "I'm trying very hard and still..." and I'm comfortable using it in the present tense. However, I don't understand the grammar of the phrase and ...
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How to specify that search should be between two dates in technical specification

I'm writing an integration manual that specifies how to use our WCF service for mobile messages and responses. The part in question needs to specify that the search results will be filtered between ...
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Passive conversion

In researching a question, I came across this site http://www.grammarbank.com/passives-with-modals.html and this example of active voice being converted into passive: Active : Do you have to pay the ...
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Using gerund while listing actions in the past

I'm writing a piece of fiction as training to improve my English skills, and I've written this small piece: The boys had been bulling her again, hiding her things and dumping her backback in a ...
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Strong vs strongly

''We started strong...'' ''We started strongly...'' Which one is correct? I thought that ''started'' required an adverb, but I've recently heard someone say ''strong'' and now I have this conundrum. ...
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“Due to” as a preposition?

In this answer (http://english.stackexchange.com/a/117979/129806) Trevor D states that in this sentence, "A special train service was cancelled due to operating difficulties." "due to" is a ...
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Which is correct title for my blog: “Professor Message” or “Professor's Message”? [closed]

I have asked a question related to this. But now, I need final clarification to remove the confusion to name my site's title.
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plural noun - followed by respectively [duplicate]

If one student received A, another B, and the other C, Can I use the following expression? The students received A, B and C, respectively.
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each as pronoun or adverb, their usage

Some of the mice were injected with A, some with B, and some with C. Can I use the following expressions? Which expression(s) would be most precise? a) 5cc of each of A, B, and C was obtained and ...
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is stranding prepositions incorrect? [duplicate]

I recently came across this issue. I searched online and found that a stranded preposition might be no longer treated as incorrect, but it's just a guess. Are you still taught not to end a sentence ...
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Is 'I want a manager who is open, and willing, to challenge' objectionable?

I think it's probably clear what the sentence means, but it jars a little with me because it feels like the word 'to' needs to be interpreted in two senses. Is it just me?
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By taking one step at a time or by taking “it” one step at a time?

The sentence was written in a conclusion and the topic is about simple ways to keep healthy. "By taking it one step at a time, you'll be on your way to a more fulfilling life in no time." Does it ...
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Capital letter for the word following Inc

In the context of a catalogue, if a product comes with a charging cable for example, should it be typed: Inc. Charging cable. or Inc. charging cable.
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Who’s fighting “whom” in Syria? Who's fighting “who” in Syria? [duplicate]

In the headline of BBC News: "Who’s fighting whom in Syria?" Is it correct to use whom instead of who? This is a specific example of the who/whom question that has been asked in a more general ...
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Is the sentence structure “because… and so” grammatically correct?

According to the grammar I know, I only use either "because" or "so", but I do not use them in one sentence at the same time. I found that a translator always renders in this way. Sometimes the ...