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subject-verb-agreement-is-are-in-certain-specific-cases [migrated]

Which form of the verb "to be" is correct in each of the following sentences or phrases? My best guess is listed for each case: •"Neither one of them is/are..." <-I think it's IS because neither ...
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'Almost people' or 'Almost all people'? [closed]

My japanese students always insist on using 'almost people'. It doesn't sound correct to me but I can't seem to explain clearly. Please tell me if this phrase is really wrong or not. Thanks a lot!
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confusion in helping verb of sentences

Why can't we use helping verbs in positive sentences of present simple tense and past simple tense? Such as: She makes tea. They went to park. If we convert them into negative or ...
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Rreduced to “less than a maximum of 10%” vs “less than 10%” - difference [closed]

In a book, it reads the following: Dollars spent on these activities will be reduced to less than a maximum of 10% per project. I wonder what is difference if there simply was "to less than ...
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What type of pronoun shoould I use before a gerund? [duplicate]

While reviewing grammar, I came upon this sentence: "I was able to inspect the apartment without his noticing the movement of my eyes." However, this phrasing seems awkward, especially the "his". I ...
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Meaning of “if not” in a sentence

I don't understand the meaning of "if not" and grammar of the sentence in bold: As early as the 14th century, the organ supplied polyphony, in which case the odd-numbered verses of text were ...
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'on the globe' or 'across the globe'? [migrated]

I am having trouble understanding the mistake in the following sentence. Our country is blessed with more educated people than any other country, and we have arguably most number of graduates on the ...
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Should we use “esp not” or simply “esp” following a negation?

This occurred to me when I was having a conversation about sleep disorder with my friend. When I asked of tips to have a good sleep, he advised me to do a lot of workout and make myself as tired as ...
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“Double xp boost currently active” vs “… is currently active”

Boost is followed by active, which is an adjective. I know that reduction of relative clauses, which can look like this, is possible but this sentence is not a relative clause, is it? If I wrote this ...
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She IS a two-time Academy Award nominee vs he WAS the champion of 2015 competition [migrated]

I was strolling on the wikipedia page and saw phrases like "She IS a two-time Academy Award nominee" and "He WAS the champion of 2015 competition" I would like to ask which one is correct? and why? ...
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a before a vowel is possible? [duplicate]

I have come across a couple examples before and I thought they were typo errors. But I've just read this by the Washington Post. "The ex-wife of the 29-year-old man suspected of killing 50 people ...
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Time and tide waits or wait? [duplicate]

In my grammar book, in a chapter on subject-verb agreement, the author said that when two nouns, joined by and, are suggesting the same idea or person, we consider the nouns as one unit and use a ...
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became or has become [migrated]

The name of the team became a symbol of a fast and furious play The name of the team has become a symbol of a fast and furious play Is any of these 2 sentences wrong? On a test I answered ''became'' ...
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“Act in a certain way” or “act a certain way”

When I should put "in" after the verb "act"? I occasionally see some don't put "in" between "act" and "a certain way". Example: "But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what ...
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Is this a correct sentence - “driven” or “drive”? [migrated]

Today I driven a car or Today I drive a car. Is the above sentence correct? I mean I used past participle as an adjective. I know past participles are used as an adjective but sometimes I get ...
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Are there any other meanings for “belie??” [closed]

Sorry for my asking again in this short term, but somehow I ended up finding another one on SAO volume 6, followed by the volume 5 I brought up in the latest question. So I want you to help me get ...
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“More than half” or “More than half of” [migrated]

I have a problem with using "more than half". Here are two ways of using "more than half" in two phrases: More than half the group More than half of jobs In my view, we can use "of" ...
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Me, myself or I in non-I clause

MS Word is underlining the word myself and I am now wondering if I should be using me instead, seeing as the subject is not I. Which one is correct? Are both possible? At this point, putting as ...
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it seems to be that? [closed]

I was curious about the original structure of the sentences. It seems correct. Original version: It seems to be correct. Well, it is a very well known fact. But what about the ones ...
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What is the difference between “responsibility for” and “responsibility to”?

I thought "responsibility for" is about the responsibility for an action or an object, and "responsibility to" is about the responsibility with a person, like if I say "I must have the responsibility ...
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Where to put a period when you quote a title at the end of the sentence?

Which one is correct?: I have never heard of "Oranges". or I have never heard of "Oranges."
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400mL's IS too much? Or 400mL's ARE too much?

I'm having an internal debate between using the plural or singular form ('is' or 'are') in the following sentence. "400 milliliters of water is too much". Saying "400 milliliters of water are too ...
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What is the grammar for the following sentence: “It is used to avoid legal action should future problems arise”? [duplicate]

I was wondering what the associated grammar with this sentence is: "Disclaimers are a simple device used by sellers to avoid legal action should future problems arise". Actually, I don't know ...
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“How to NOT create own company. Case study.” Is it a correct title for presentation? [closed]

I want to create a presentation, in which I will tell people about my mistakes which I made, when I started my own company. I have a difficulty with defining a title in English :( I have a gut ...
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Subject-verb agreement question after WHAT [duplicate]

I have a question about how the verb LOOK below should be conjugated: 1.There are neatly-dug beds filled with what look like carrots, chard and kale... There are neatly-dug beds filled with what ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with “Here describes”? [closed]

In one of the manuals written by an american company I have found several sentences started with "Here describes". Example: "Here describes common processing method and notices for Task program". I'm ...
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What do you mean that it's wrong?

What do you mean that it's wrong? In the above sentence, is the that-clause an adverbial clause? Or a complement? What is the syntactic function of the string "(that) it's wrong"? In other words, ...
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What's the word for the use of the wrong prefix or suffix?

For example if someone said unliterate instead of illiterate or discluded instead of excluded? Is there a word for this kind of grammatical error?
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How to interpret “if it be” grammatically?

It looks to me a subjunctive form but not contemporary, so I would like to ask how this is properly interpreted gramatically. In the second conditional “if it were” it is clearly subjunctive, but ...
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have wanted to do/ have been wanting to do

Could anyone tell me the difference between "have wanted to do" and "have been wanting to do"? I often say "I've been wanting to go there!" when someone invite me to the restaurant that I got to know ...
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what is the purpose of “as” here?

Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side, being careful to mark the value as positive or negative as makes sense in that quadrant. I simply cannot understand how, grammatically, "as"...
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What part(s) of speech are “or else” and “otherwise” and why is “otherwise” more flexible if it's the same part of speech?

In American English, what part(s) of speech are "or else" and "otherwise" and why is "otherwise" more flexible if it's the same part of speech? Take the following examples: 1a. Clean your room, ...
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“My name is” or “My name's” [closed]

Can you contract the verb to be in this case? "My name's", "his name's", "her name's".... sound a little bit off to me, or at least sounds very, very informal. Most important question is "is it ...
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Can a noun function as an adverbial?

As we know, some noun phrases can function as adverbials (especially temporal noun phrases). Here is an example taken from Wikipedia: James answered this morning. Can a single noun function as an ...
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should it be ice cream or ice creams? [migrated]

Should the term ice cream, in the sentence below, be countable or uncountable? The bowl consists of mini scoops of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. The bowl consists of mini ...
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Double possession dilemma: should I say “your” or “yours”?

What is the best way to say this? Because of yours and the John Wichel Foundation’s grant we are able to continue our mission to serve all Texans with diabetes. Should it be Because of your ...
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Is the phrase 'the holding of the meeting' grammatically correct? [closed]

Run into this variant in an English translation, and doubt whether it is possible...
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American English or English English? [migrated]

I wish to sign up for this website but is the English based on English English or American English? I need American English
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Better able to or able to better

Is it grammatically correct to say "better able to" or "able to better"? This applies to any usage I can think of, but the sentence that prompted this question is: Users are [phrase] understand ...
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given explanation vs explanation given

1)I don't understand the explanation given. 2)I don't understand the given explanation. Is there any difference? Both are correct?
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What is difference between be like and like?

Well, let's say there is a picture of a strawberry that looks like a heart. Do you say "heart be like" or "Like a heart"? This is silly, I know but my friend and I took up on it.
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Use of the phrase: “currently has been”

When I want to say a program at this moment has been continuously used for year. Is it okay to say: The program currently has been used for over a year.' And if not, what is the best, concise ...
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“appears to be” vs. “appears to have been”? [closed]

I encountered the following question in a test: He may be poor now but he appears [to be rich]. (A) seem rich (B) rich to be (C) to have been rich (D) No improvement I am supposed to choose ...
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make it after 3 o'clock

I heard someone say "make it (the meeting) after 3 o'clock." To me, it sounded pretty idiomatic, but I was unsure as to the grammar of it. "After three o'clock" is a prepositional phrase, then how ...
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“Have X, will travel” - what kind of grammar is this

The meaning of the expression "Have X, will travel" is explained quite well here. However, I was wondering how to analyse this expression grammatically. It's certainly an abbreviated form, and a few ...
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What is the correct structure to use in this comparison?

In this sentence: … Richard wrote his book very enthusiastically and elaborately, and thus it was more popular. What should replace the ellipsis? Unlike those of his colleagues Unlike ...
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Mac OS X “Revert Changes” usage/syntax in dialog?

The use of "Revert Changes" always throws me off and I was wondering if this usage/syntax is actually correct. It seems to me that technically speaking, when you select that you're not actually ...
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touched by pity or touched with pity?

Can someone please explain me the difference between touched by pity and touched with pity along-with reference sentences. This search shows that both forms are used, but I couldn't make out the ...
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Verb + But + verb vs verb + but + noun sentence structures

Can someone please tell me the meaning of the word "but" in the following sentences: "The figure is but the faintest, most spectral of them all" Is it functioning as "only" or "almost" I know from ...