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When would “mom/dad” require capital letter in writing? [duplicate]

I understand the capitalization rule for nouns, proper nouns require a capital letter. Also, I should begin a new sentence with a capital letter. When & why "mom/dad" requires a capital letter ? ...
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What is the past participle of the word 'prove'? [closed]

Is it "I have proved..." Or "I have proven..."? Or are both versions correct?
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What is the difference between 'take a walk' and ' walk'

Why do I have to phrasal verb 'take a shower' or' 'take a walk' when we can use 'shower' and 'walk' What is the difference between 'verb' and phrasal 'verb' in meaning?
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Subconscious vs subconsciousness

Which one of the following sentences is correct ? That comes from my subconsciousness. That comes from my subconscious.
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What is 'move it along' [closed]

One of the colleague has mentioned the following, We should be able to do it, but to move it along (My name), please do it at xyz. What should I infer from this statement?
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Resulted in “him” or “his” losing the job? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, Shortly thereafter he had a car accident which resulted in him losing the job. My supervisor wanted to change him to his saying something about gerunds. I disagreed ...
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Is using 'more similar' incorrect?

In the following sentence, is using "more similar" correct? I learned JAVA in school; it's more similar to C++ than C. Is there any better way to say it?
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“Can you hear me okay?” [closed]

Is this construction correct? I hear it a lot in spoken conversations, but would this construction survive gramatical scrutiny? If yes, can then "okay" act as an adverb?
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Do please let me know [duplicate]

I've been using this sentence for a while now, but someone suggested to me that it doesn't sound like proper English. "Do please let me know [e.g. if you need more information]" (1) vs "Please let ...
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Should an article be used when enumerating items?

Which form is correct?: This technique improves a speed and a performance or: This technique improves speed and performance If there are two and more items, should each one be preceded by ...
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There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, … what will be left of you?

There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, but if you fix everything, what will be left of you? Are there any mistakes in that sentence? It doesn't seem that bad, but I don't know if ...
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Is this proper English: “I am student”? [closed]

So, I have a debate with my associate. We are debating whether one can say something like "I am student." It was argued that this was proper and that indeed you can use a verb followed by a noun ...
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Using Past-tense or Present-tense for verbs

I found a perfect example on the internet about what I am trying to ask. Take a look at this: "Mr. Dilger wants to see you." Mr. Bruce went on to say. "It's about the same thing. I thought I'd ...
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What is the right way of abbreviating expressions like “A of B”? [closed]

Would it be... AOB AoB AB or something else? e.g. "Centre of Gravity" --> [COG/CoG/CG]
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Why do we ask “Who is she?” in the subjective form? [closed]

If "her" is objective and "she" is subjective, why do we say: 'Who is she?' instead of: 'Who is her?' apart from the latter sounding a bit strange? For instance: 'That car belongs to ...
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Is “Handle / cannot handle somebody the person” a common set phrase?

There was the following passage in New York Time’s article dealing with the issue of alleged domestic violence cases of U.S. Soccer team goalie, Hope Solo, and its outcomes under the title, “Hope Solo ...
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Is this a good way to use “not only… but also”? [duplicate]

I'm preparing a farewell email to my colleagues and want to use this phrase: "Not only I am proud of the work we have accomplished together but also I have learned so much from you about statistics, ...
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Where a name related to a noun should be placed?

Say I have three kinds of items that I call A, B, and C. Now, I want to ask someone to create one. Which form is the correct one? Create an item A. or Create an A item. ?
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Should articles follow “the … of” phrase [closed]

Which one is the proper form: The chapter of a book. or: The chapter of book. What are the rules and exceptions for skipping an article after "of" ?
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Is this subjunctive?

The following is a part of a Lucy Kellaway's column in FT.com. Why do estate agents still exist? Travel agents are gone — or going. Estate agents, who were hated long before Tim Berners-Lee gave ...
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“After power is switched on router” - preposition or a part of the verb?

In the manual of my router, I have found this sentence. I am quite unsure as to what it means and if it is correct After power is switched on router XYZ starts internal wifi network.
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what article should go before specific games?

I came across an article in the below link about general and specific nouns General and specific Nouns My question is which article (grammar article) should go before these general, more specific, ...
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Past simple vs past perfect and gerund

In the following sentence, Before going out, I phoned Sarah. Is it correct and whether I must have written HAD PHONED instead of PHONED?
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About “talking X”

I have come across normal usage like "let us talk about science" or "he is talking funny". In the first case, what we are going to talk about is science. In the second case, he is not talking about ...
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What Punctuation mark should I use to answer a question [closed]

What’s the making or breaking factor? –an understanding teacher vs. one who likes to eat souls for fun. This is part of a speech that i am currently writing (I'm a gr. 11 student btw)
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Question about the usage of “WAS”

I have a question that really confuses me. Imagine I was chatting with my friends in a cafe, and friendA walked out the place for whatever reason. FriendB replied "she was beautiful," in this case ...
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efforts by organizations vs organizations' efforts

What is the difference between efforts by organizations and organizations' efforts ?
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Question about phone conversation

What should I say on the phone? Is it, Where are you calling from? or From where are you calling? If there is any alternative, please do share.Thanks
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Grammatical correctness and colloquialism of “must total 5” and “must total to 5” [closed]

I would like to know which of the following are grammatically correct: 1a. He has 10 apples total. 1b. He has 10 apples in total. 2a. The number of apples he has must total 10. 2b. The ...
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“What makes… ” and “Why is…” : How different are they?

In a book we are reading there is a sentence that goes "What makes his face so strange?" As non-native speakers we are wondering if there is any difference in meaning if you say "Why is his face so ...
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How to tell when a sentence is using a speech act or habitual action?

I swear, he did that on purpose. That was a good movie, I give you that. In sentences like these, how would you tell if they are talking about habitual action or a speech act? For ...
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“How does this possible?” Is this correct grammar? [closed]

Why not "How is this possible?"? Or both OK? Heard this sentence when something shouldn't happen was happened.
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appeal a sentence VS appeal the sentence VS appeal against

A. a defendant can appeal a sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or unreasonably excessive. B. a defendant can appeal the sentence if it's illegal, unconstitutional, or ...
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Why is ambiguity or ineffectiveness of “You” tolerable? [closed]

There used to be singular and plural forms of "you": Singular:Thou,Thee,Thy,Thine Plural: Ye,You,Your,Yours How come the ambiguity or ineffectiveness caused by the cancellation is ...
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Not much has/have changed [duplicate]

Which of the above is correct? I am in a dilemma which one is correct. I have an inkling that has is right.
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“was-was” or “was-is” [closed]

Which one is correct? I was wondering if it {was|is} not too late to ask if you could give me ...
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Which, which book/one

Can you use which as a pronoun in this sentence? Which are you reading, the old book or the new one? I mean is it necessary to use a noun or pronoun after which and say "which book/one are you ...
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Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?

As we say "I need a double A battery" and write the battery as 'AA Battery', should we use 'a AA battery' or 'an AA battery' when writing about this object? Thought it was interesting and would like ...
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Can distinct be used as a verb? [closed]

I have been using distinct in a verb form for many years, and I'm not sure how I picked it up. I use it in the form like this, "I distincted myself". To my ears, it sounds right - distinct-ing, so to ...
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Usage of “on” in the phrase “on our team”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Alice on our team has been excellent in managing tasks." I'd rather substitute "from" or "in" instead of the "on" in this sentence. Can someone ...
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Why is the usage of split infinitives so controversial? [closed]

I know that some consider the usage of this as wrong grammar. I also realise that depending on the sentence context, the usage/non-usage of split infinitives can lead to changes in sentence structure ...
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The usage of 'half out' [closed]

I'm reading a book and I've got a problem with the following sentence: Her door crushed open, the woman half out into the street. How to interpret the second part of the sentence? Does it means ...
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Which elements can be omitted from the “not only … but also” construction?

Since, by this answer, both of these sentences are correct: Not only should you be able to speak, but also should you be able to write. Not only should you be able to speak, but also to ...
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Get onto/ into the train [duplicate]

I know "to get onto the train", but is it correct to say "to get into the train"? If so, when do we have to use it?
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is the phrase “something is tops” grammatically correct?

I came across the following tech. presentation, and the first sentence annoys me: "0.5 to 0.55 is tops for similar problems". Wouldn't it be better to write "is best" because "is tops" doesn't sound ...
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What's the proper and formal way of asking “Didn't we used to do …”? [duplicate]

I saw it used in an article online, and it doesn't seem proper to me because of the two past tenses used together. But since "use to" can't be used here, I don't know what would be the proper way. ...
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Is it OK to use imperative after a conditional?

Is it allowable to use imperative after an "if" clause in past tense, e.g If you told your secret to anyone, don't ask him/her to be quiet.
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Can I use both “a/an” and “the” to point out same thing? [closed]

How can I use the indefinite article "a/an" to point out something and, to accomplish the same thing, use the definite article "the"?
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Which of the following sentences is correct and why? [closed]

We have been asked to correct the error in the sentence : Either he or I is right. The only possible change that I can think of goes like this : Either I or he is right. Am I right? It will be ...
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Correct use of or and nor

Which is the correct use of nor and or in the following sentence? We pursued careers that we sought after and achieved, and entered others that we never expected or thought possible. Is it “or” ...