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Talking about a thing that ends too soon, even before it gets started [closed]

Something ends even before it gets start I'm talking about something ends too soon, not enough time to get a complete start, like a relationship. So, does this sentence is correct with grammar?
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Which tense should a time traveller use? [closed]

In the book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams attempts to lay out the basics of which tense to use when describing time travel: In it guests take (willan on-take) their ...
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Using appropriate word in a sentence!

A non native English speaker says "I was hunting a jacket for my son at mall" For, me "hunting" is not an appropriate word here. How can I explain this concept?
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What does it mean when the beginning of a sentence is 'To Think' (followed by a comma)?

For example, "My name rolled out of his tongue like it laced the abhorrence of a deplorable word. He might consider using to it summon the devil. To think, I hated my last name." I don't understand ...
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Usage of “do not ” vs “does not” [closed]

I am trying to understand the grammar behind using "do not" vs "does not". Consider the following sentences. 1a. The way items are added to the cart does not guarantee an order. vs 1b. The way ...
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“I'm not sure what that could be” or “I'm not sure what that can be”?

As the title asks, what is the correct phrase? I'm not sure what that could be, or I'm not sure what that can be? Does the context matter? Thanks!
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”? [on hold]

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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Member already exists ? select from list below

I am in a scenario of designing a web form, it will give user choice to select existing or add new, here is detail about my web form if you want to know more, ...
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Combining two sentences for title

I want to combine the following sentence: Relationship between son and mother, and relationship between daughter and mother Into one sentence for title of an article: Relationship between son, ...
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Function of Numbers in a Sentence

A question was recently posed about the sentence "This is what 51,000 people looks like." The question was, "Is this grammatical?" It seems opinions vary on how to handle this sentence. I feel ...
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Rather ugly guys or guys rather ugly

Do I have to say: Rather ugly guys came into the line or Guys rather ugly came into the line? First one sounds fine to me but the second one sounds off to my ear, but I am not really sure.
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Tone both dark and foul creates melancholy emotion or Both dark and foul tone? [closed]

Do I have to say: Tone both dark and foul creates melancholy emotion. or Both dark and foul tone creates melancholy emotion.
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ARE verses IS proper usage

The Lions are playing the Redskins and Buffalo is playing Cleveland tonight. For those who may not know, the Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are American ...
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Avoid or Avoiding

Which is grammatically correct for a blog title? Three steps to avoid service level agreements or Three steps to avoiding service level agreements
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Let me all know what you think

I'm wondering about a certain phrase which I use without thinking about. One of my developers whose first language isn't English pointed it out, and it left me thinking if I've been saying it wrong. ...
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Is the phrase “every X and every Y” singular or plural?

‘Every’ is considered singular, or so I have been told. Every boy is happy. However, what is correct when ‘every’ is used in both components of a compound subject? Every boy and every girl ...
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Should I use “him” or “her”?

Which is correct, and why?: If my daughter was born a boy, I would have named her Harry. Or If my daughter was born a boy, I would have named him Harry. I'm sure my reasoning for both is ...
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How can I use the phrase, “do right by”?

1) How can I use the phrase, "do right by"? 2) And what does it mean exactly when we say that? 3) Can I say, I hope they do right by me? Or I hope he/she does right by me?
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“a reduction in X” vs “a reduced X”

It seems that two different structures are used to indicate that one event causes a reduction/increase in something else. (1-a) This lifestyle might lead to a reduced blood pressure. (1-b) This ...
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British English [closed]

I would like to know whether the following sentence is grammatically correct or not. The earrings had been in pawn long before the boy noticed. Is the sentence grammatically correct? If not, ...
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deleting “and” before adverb like “furthermore”

Plastic surgery is vain and unwise, (and) thus it should be banned. We can delete word "and" with adverb like "thus" as shown above. But why is it impossible do the same thing with word like ...
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Is it ok to use “or” with “if” in this case

I not so sure if I can write this: It never said if it used several metals of same kind, or used just one big metal. I thought word if in this case can be used with or only if used with not ...
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Use of a clause without coordinating conjunction

As shown above, he misses someone mysterious, whoever that is, which confirms to us that the feeling is not happiness nor depression, it is emptiness. It is a sentence from an essay my ...
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Using “literary present” with past perfect

It's standard for scholars in the humanities to write about the contents of a book in the present tense, but write about the factual details of the book or author in the past tense. My question has to ...
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Which one is grammatically correct?

An energy-efficient approach to provide an optimal solution to this problem. An energy-efficient approach to providing an optimal solution to this problem.
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How I can use a word of “whereas”?

I looked up Oxford dictionary: In contrast or comparison with the fact that: "you treat the matter lightly, whereas I myself was never more serious" I am still confusing about this meaning. Please ...
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catch eye but not eyes

We say “something caught my eye" but not "eyes", why only one eye is caught and the other is free? I am not a native English speaker and this seems pretty strange to me as not being an one-eyed ...
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“ I kept hoping that…”

In this sentence, is "hoping" a gerund functioning as the object of kept or a participle modifying the subject?
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I want to know the grammar of the following sentence

"You'll never guess who they got to replace you at work." The sentence above is one of dialogue in the series "Big bang theory". I can guess the meaning is that you will never guess who will work ...
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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“don't do this is if that command failed (or fails)” [closed]

"don't do this is if that command failed " or should I say "don't do this is if that command fails" which way is grammatical correct?
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Combine the two sentence into a single sentence [closed]

I have some bills.I must pay them. how to combine this two sentence into one?
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Would “mould” and “mud” be considered substances made up of parts?

Ignoring the difference in spelling between "mould" and "mold" for the moment, I need to categorise the following terms into "masses of substances" or "masses of substances made up of parts too ...
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Is “reign” a countable or uncountable noun?

I'm editing an advanced grammar text book and the author and I cannot decide on whether "reign" is an uncountable noun or not. The sentence is: With Mr Smith gone, her reign could begin. ...
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“Do you have any plan…” [closed]

Do you have any plan... A. for going to law school? B. to go to law school? C. of going to law school?
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Present perfect VS infinitive verb

I was wondering why the first sentence below (where the verb "have scored" is present perfect form) is wrong while the second sentence (where the verb "to score" is infinitive) is correct. He ...
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Relating or related information

I do not fully understand the uses of "relating" and "related". I have read the explanation of the uses of "relating to" and "related to". Yet, when it comes to how to choose between them when it's ...
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Comma Placement When Using The Word “Though”

Should there be a comma before the word "though?" Example: I am currently working with a content writer though it would be good to find more options.
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What is it driven by? VS what is it motivated by?

Assuming those two are same meaning for me, but I would like to know how people pick a word among many thesaurus? Of course, it is depends on context but when you make a simple question like this. I ...
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Is it correct to say “He walked towards the direction of xx”?

According to dictionary.com, "direction" means: the point or region itself Thus, the sentence can be something like: He walked towards the northern region. But also according to dictionary.com, ...
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Gerund phrase or participle phrase [migrated]

Q1 : Nothing would prevent him speaking out against injustice. I guess that "speaking out against injustice" is a gerund phrase as an object complement. Am right? Q2: Last night I saw him riding his ...
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Is it correct to say “from conceptualization to realisation”?

I am writing a business email to a client and I want to tell him that we have developed many softwares from first step (from an idea) to last step (a real product). Is it correct to write it like ...
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Grammatical error in the following

I posted a comment to the Polite way of saying "Should" and it was spotted by @FumbleFingers saying that it had a grammatical error. I wonder if someone can elaborate as to where the ...
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Is it okay to ignore “I” in certain circumstances while writing a first-person essay?

So I was writing an first-person essay, and my Taiwanese English teacher told me that one of the sentence is missing the Subject "I", however my Canadian English teacher suggests that it is okay to ...
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The doctrine I believed “to be” or “is” or “was” right

It is the doctrine I believed to be right . It is the doctrine I believed was right. It is the doctrine I believe is right. What is the difference between "to be right," "was right," ...
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Disagreement between subject and verb [duplicate]

Is there any situation in which disagreement between subject and verb is acceptable? For example, I heard this song ... 'Cause it's late and your mama don't know ... I think it's used in ...
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We have just received great email from the Google, which has brightened up our day.

Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I mean, first of all, should I use present perfect in this part of the sentence? I guess so because in the later part of my message I am talking about ...
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Need a bit of help with drawing parse trees

I am experiencing a bit of trouble in drawing grammar trees or parse trees. I can draw simple enough trees such as "The girl with long hair is looking at you" and longer sentences with complements (At ...
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what is the place of these 2 words “known” and “preserved” in the following sentence? [migrated]

what is the place of these 2 words "known" and "preserved" in the following sentence? The Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc Cave in the Ardèche department of southern France is a cave that contains the earliest ...
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Asking number/order in question [duplicate]

Fact: "Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president of USA" I know that Abraham Lincoln was a president of USA but I don't know the number/order. How do I pose this as a Question in English?