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Is it correct to use hardest here? If yes can you please explain it [migrated]

I need to study hardest for the exam that I write next Wednesday I had found this on http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/english-as-a-second-language/articles page. But i didn't used hardest till ...
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“To show for” correct usage

Came across this sentence in a newspaper article. "But as the months passed by quickly with little other than grand announcements and declarations to show for, the case for more hands at the wheel ...
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What are the things after prepositions called formally?

I eat rice from a bowl with a spoon. I is the subject. Rice is the object. What are things like bowl and spoon called?
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Is the subjunctive mood something that can exist without manifesting a change in the verb?

Is the subjunctive mood a condition which might not be expressed through any change in the verb, or is it a description that only applies when the verb changes? For example: "Mary ought be here ...
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Which phrase is correct?

In following sentence: "...involves the natural conflict between citizens’ expectations and government policy for data protection and preserving privacy vis-à-vis the need to share information across ...
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Can you miss exam questions?

Does this sound natural to you? I have never missed even one problem (or question?) on my exams before.
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“I wish that” - does it make any sense?

Do you find this construction acceptable? 1) I wish that you find a magic sword for me. (A queen's desire) 2) I wish that he bring me a new book. (from regular life) I think that they mean: I want ...
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I love pictures on my phone - what does zero article imply?

Please, look at the sentence: "I love pictures on my phone" What can it mean? 1) I love all the pictures that are now on my phone with no exceptions? 2) I love most of the pictures that are now ...
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What's the difference between these two phrases?

What's the difference between these two phrases? their systems’ security posture their systems security posture Is there any difference in the meaning? If not, when we use either of ...
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Asking whether one has been in this company for a very long time?

Is it right to say: 1) Have you been working with this company for a very long time? 2) Have you been with this company for a very long time? Or are there better ways of asking? Extra: How about ...
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Is this sentence praising Mark Twain grammatically correct?

The praise that Mark Twain received is alone among the praise given to any writer in the history of American literature. — On Mark Twain's Literary Genius, by Sandra.M.Lee First of all, is this ...
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“been often” vs “often been” [closed]

Which of these is the correct form: techniques have been often used for post-processing or techniques have often been used for post-processing
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“when is he expected back” Vs “ what time is he expected back”

Are these questions correct and how can we answer these questions correctly.Could anyone help me out,please?I always get confusion while asking and answering these questions.Please need your valuable ...
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Use of a hyphen with the word “based”

I'm checking a technical paper submission and came across the phrase We propose spherical Gaussian based approximations to calculate this analytically. and wondering if this needs a ...
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How to reply when someone says “How dare you do it” [closed]

I have no idea how to answer this: How dare you do it or How dare you do something that is unusual Is this a correct way of replying I dare it because I needed it Are there any ...
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Complex usage of “nor” and explanation

I'm positive this is an acceptable usage of "nor," but I can't find a rule that explains the usage. Please help! He was too tired to walk to the next open crossing. Nor to start an argument.
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Grammatical Reasoning?

This is clearly an ungrammatical sentence: "Freddy would like to see the home-opener, but tickets are unable to be purchased by him." An obvious correction would be: "Freddy would like to see the ...
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is “click to image to enlarge” correct ? [closed]

I saw this sentence in a English website. Is “click to image” correct?I think it should be “click image to enlarge”
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“is no longer working” vs “does not work anymore”

Mr.John does not work in plaza hotel, anymore vs Mr.John is no longer working at plaza hotel Which one is correct to say? If he's not working, currently.
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Induction on vs with respect to [closed]

Is there any reason why mathematicians say "I will prove by induction on n that" rather than "I will prove by induction with respect to n that"?
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“The + noun + of” construction meaning specific instances

Help me, please, with the next question. There is a book "The rules of management". Does the construction in the title says to us that in the book are all the rules of management (that I can't ...
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Use of subjunctive in English (and other languages alike) [closed]

I first learned about the subjunctive mood in my Spanish class. The main purpose of subjunctive is to express doubt and uncertainty, what I learned in class. I have posted about subjunctive in ...
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Uses of Reflexive pronoun [duplicate]

We use reflexive pronoun after some verbs like *avail ourself, acquitted himself, absented themselves * etc and some time we have to avoid from reflexive pronoun after some verbs like break, burst, ...
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Does the phrase “espoused narrative” make sense?

Recently I've been told my usage of this term is incorrect, but I've seen it being used often enough. Context I've pulled from google "This may well also allow the EU to illegitimate these ...
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Confusion about “very” and “very much”

I have few confusions regarding the usage of very and very much. 1. From OALD I found this usage guide - It states that very can be used with past participles used as adjectives, but not with ...
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use of I and me at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is correct: I and my father are going to the market. Me and my father are going to the market.
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Why is it called zero conditional?

What's the meaning of the zero conditional or the first or the second .. Does it mean the form of the verb and what does that exactly mean does it mean infinitive although the present simple is used! ...
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Odd British pluperfect subjunctive construction?

I read this sentence in the Guardian today, and I couldn't figure out if it was an error or a regionalism. (I did, however, figure out that I don't know my grammar too well!) [the mid-18th ...
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Future Seen from the Past

What is difference between these two sentences: They left at 6 a.m. and would reach London after four hours. They left at 6 a.m. and reached London after four hours. The book, Oxford ...
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Is A Expression like “How long does this letter take to arrive at London” unnatural? [migrated]

(Excuse for my broken English) I am Japanese student studying in English. Other day, my classmate was asked to translate above sentense into English by the teacher. この手紙がロンドンに着くまで、どのくらい時間がかかりますか? ...
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Choice of tense to describe continuing status of an object

Hi I am so confused by the English tenses when I try to describe, for example a status change, something happened in the past, just at a point in time, but is still true until now. Please list those ...
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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“I'm sure this would not have happen” vs. “I'm not sure this didn't happen”

I was asked what's wrong with this sentence: I'm not sure this didn't happen. I didn't think it was incorrect, but my friend said I was. So, is the sentence correct either way, or is one correct and ...
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Is this grammatical “one of them say~”? [duplicate]

I was listening to BBC while reading the script and the announcer said... "Then I heard one of them say his parents were dinosaurs" Is that correct? I don't think so.
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How to express relation that something belong to something, using noun phrase?

I want to express the belong relation between things, but not use of or 's such as "path of file" or "file's path". In coding, there is sometimes a need to express "belong" relation in an identifier ...
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Which proforms have “Tom” as antecedent in “When Tom won, his friends cheered for him” [migrated]

When Tom won the talent contest, his friends cheered for him. In this sentence, what is the pronoun that matches the antecedent Tom? I suspect it is "him", but can it also be "his" in this case? ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a value ...
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“Him” or “his” used with “resulted” [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: Jack’s predilection toward competitive sports resulted in him becoming a great tennis player. or Jack's predilection toward competitive sports ...
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Part of Speech, adverb or adjective?

"There ain't no tellin'," sobbed Nancy. "She lay back that white an' still she might easy be dead; but Miss Polly said she wa'n't dead--an' Miss Polly had oughter know, if any one would--she kept up ...
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To-infinitive usage: which sentence is correct? [duplicate]

which one of the following sentences is correct and why? Her face was intentionally blurred in the photo to not to reveal her identity? Her face was intentionally blurred in the photo not to reveal ...
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Far more … than meaning

Theft of an idea is far more difficult for proving in court than word-for-word plagiarism. Can far more be used in that sentence? What does it mean?
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Very great or great? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say 'a very great refrigerator'. Isn't just 'a great refrigerator' enough? Should we use 'very' before 'great' as in a very great man, or is it 'a great man'. Why? Thanks. sundaresh
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What is wrong with these sentences? [duplicate]

I am new in this site : I faced problem to understand what is wrong with these sentences : (i) One must do what he thinks best. (ii) Can I leave the room now, Sir? I don't understand why first one ...
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How to parallel “A be B” and “A do C”

From Barron's 6 ACT Practice Tests: The books are either explicit, describe graphic violence, or use questionable language. Is this grammatically correct? If not, is there any way to parallel "A ...
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Is “apropos” commonly used in everyday life? [closed]

Would I be understood, if I used apropos in my speech for typical New Yorker?
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How to remember the terms for noun declensions?

I'm aware of the etymological fallacy, but would knowing the etymology of the following words help me understand them? I'm always confused as to which is which, and I need to consult a dictionary ...
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Usage of I and Myself [duplicate]

Mail : "Who will be doing the validation?" Reply : "Myself and Sarah will be doing validation" I believe the usage of myself is incorrect here. It should be "Sarah and I will be doing validation". ...
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Difference between agenda and schedule

I am not a native speaker. A business friend will be in town soon, and I am trying to draft a file to schedule his trip. He will have a lot of meetings in town and then he need to travel in several ...
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does a semicolon or comma belong before “is this correct?”

You went to the store and bought chips, is that correct? You went to the store and bought chips; is that correct? You bought a bag of chips, correct? You bought a bag of chips; correct? Thanks for ...
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“statistical hypothesis testing”

Can I put "do" in front of "statistical hypothesis testing"? Thanks. To address the management of any high risk aspects of the proposed work, we will do statistical hypothesis testing to decide on a ...