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Is “should” an imperative verb? [closed]

I'm trying to write something using the "imperative mood". Would it be okay if I used the word "should"?
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What is difference between GOT TO and HAVE TO [closed]

I was searching today on this topic. i found some posts on web according to them 1) I got to go now. 2) I have to go now. these two sentences are same but i wanna confirm that are they ...
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Present Perfect Tenses [migrated]

I have been in Europe for 2 years -Does this sentence mean I was in Europe for 2 years? -What's the difference between these two sentences? I have been in Europe -Can this mean I am still in in ...
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Hey I need some help on my essay [closed]

Hey i'm a french student and i'm writing an essay that i will send to Santa Monica College, i'm wondering if my English is ok so please help me with this: I am Yohan Le Rouzes, a 17 years old student ...
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Subject Omission in Compound Sentences

Are the following sentences gramatically correct?: Nokia is not your favourite brand but is the best in my opinion where "it" has been dropped, and They regulate neuronal response, but are ...
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“How big a sin…” or “How big of a sin…” [duplicate]

So, my question is, do I write "How big a" Or "How big of a" For example, is it "No matter how big a sin" or, "No matter how big of a sin"
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As to grammar and idiom, is the following extract correct: “… if you know the man or are him, call …”?

Obviously, my questions refers to the pronoun him. Am I wrong to suppose that the use of the subject case pronoun he instead of him would not improve the previous statement? What about this one: “… if ...
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Shifting Tenses

I'm working on definition essays. As I read a couple of sentences, I came up with a question. I'll appreciate your help: "Two years ago, I read a story which revolved around the life of a spoiled ...
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Use of the noun “breakthrough” in a sentence

When someone writes "Curiosity and imagination are the breakthrough to having any form of discovery" Is the use of 'breakthrough' in the sentence valid because it itself, is a noun.
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When can I use “where” to introduce an attributive clause?

I wonder in which case I can use the word "where" to introduce an attributive clause. For example, when a sentence contains the word "situation": It's really a difficult situation in which you can ...
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What is a comparison that compares more than 3 things?

If I compare two things: Joe is like a hot summer's day. I am comparing two things, Joe and the summer's day. What if I compare three things: Joe is like a hot summer's day and a sweet fruit. Does ...
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Can somebody help me correcting my essay? edit it too if it sounds weird [closed]

The flooding situation in Thailand made me realize that our environment is important and is the center of all living things on earth and every action of us does affect it. Bangkok and the central ...
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What does “was had tonight” mean? [migrated]

A friend of mine from USA posted this: "So much fun was had tonight with this fantastic group!" I am not a native speaker so, I do not understand "was had tonight". I have never heard this expression ...
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The meaning of word “do” in specific

Suppose first person asks second person. "Do you watch TV?" The second person answers, "Yes, i watch TV." the second person can also answer as follows "Yes, i do watch TV." What is the difference ...
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Embedded clause or not?

He told me that when he was in London he met nice people. What is the grammatical function of "when he was in London"? Is it embedded subordinate clause ? Thanks in advance
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“We are back next week” vs “We will be back next week”

"We are back next week" vs "We will be back next week" What is the difference between these two sentences? Which one is preferred over another?
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Difference between “be promoted soon” and “soon be promoted”?

You have done well and you will be promoted soon. You have done well and you will soon be promoted. What's the difference? Is one of them grammatically wrong? EDIT: I asked one of my ...
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Doing this also does or causes that type of sentence

I am writing the instructions of a piece of software I am working on and I would like to remind the user that running the specified computer command will also have a secondary effect of installing ...
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Which article is correct? [duplicate]

What is correct:If you see him,give him the message.OR If you see him,give him a message.
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Which pronoun is correct?

What is correct: If you or your attorneys have questions, they should call or email me. OR If you or your attorneys have questions, you should call or email me.
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“…words had been too many…”

Example: His words had been too many to fit into a notecard. (I'm using had been instead of were because it's a past-tense narrative. And the person is already dead.) What puzzles me is that ...
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Subject/Verb Repetition [closed]

Would you rather say 1) or 2)? 1) It is rare in childhood and is usually mistaken as other developmental problem 2) It is rare in childhood and it is usaully mistaken as other developmental problem ...
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Sample Curriculum for levels of English users [closed]

Just curious, where can I find a sample TEFL curriculum for different levels of English users for the ff: Basic, Elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate and advance? I'm really ...
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Is appeal correctly said in this sentence? [closed]

Is appeal correctly said in this sentence "I have appeal equipment experience"? What is a better word I can use? PS: I really went with "broad experience" Thanks duskn
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Correct Wording: Esteem of/from your colleagues

In regards to being shown admiration from others, how should the following be worded? .. .esteem from your colleagues or ... esteem of your colleagues
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Question about grammar “It's been a while since I've ~” and “It's been a while since I ~”

I am Japanese and I would like to ask native English speakers about what you think about the grammar in the following sentences. It's been a while since I've sat at a dinner table together with a ...
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Join it / Join them

Can you explain me please when we should use "it" or "them" with the word company in the example below. As I understand company is "it", so we use join it? Or should we use join them? Our main ...
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Why isn't the nominative case generally used with “to be”? [duplicate]

In German, constructions with sein, which is uninflected infinitive meaning "to me", seem to generally use the nominative case. For instance, this is a dog translates to das ist ein Hund, and ein here ...
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Is the phrase “English Spoken Classes” correct?

I saw an advert for "English Spoken Classes". While reading it, I thought that it was incorrect and should instead read "English Speaking Classes". A quick search on Google returned results for ...
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Can you use “such as” to enumerate examples at the beginning of a sentence? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to use "such as" the following way? Many universities, such as UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Irvine, are now offering degrees in environmental engineering.
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What is the scope of “co-” in English?

Is it right to refer to someone as a “co-chairwoman” if the other person doing the chairing is a man? Someone might say it is not, because the prefix “co-“ implies that two (or more) people share the ...
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“Has” or “Have” with “Each”?

This is from a multiple choice question with 4 options, but I narrowed it down to 2: Select the best version of the following sentence: (there is really no sentence after this, just the answer ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” before a foreign word that starts with a “u”?

I have a foreign word that begins with the letter "u", and don't know whether to use "a" or "an". The word is "unitario". It's a word used mainly in Argentina to describe a T.V. show comprising ...
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Is it grammatically correct to use “who” for inanimate objects?

Is it grammatically correct to use "who" for non-persons such as organizations, animals? Consider a question Q1: "Who should I feed?" and the answer A1: "Feed the hungry, your friends and your ...
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“I've graduated” or “I graduated”? [duplicate]

Which is more appropriate to use? I graduated at Harvard university Or I've graduated at Harvard university
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I have stomach ache vs I have 'a' stomach ache [closed]

I'm confused about this particular sentence, and other ones using ache,I know that 'I have a headache' is correct and works, but it sounds a little weird to me if someone says 'I have a stomachache/a ...
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Does the ending to this sentence need an extra verb?

My sentence is as follows: I lodged a complaint with Acme Corporation, a private entity. Does it need to be changed into: I lodged a complaint with Acme Corporation, which was a private ...
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personal and impersonal structures+passive with believe [closed]

is it correct to say: He is believed to be doing homework every day.
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When using the word “too” as a negative quantifier of a plural noun, is it incorrect to use the construction: too + adj +of +plural noun?

Examples: There were too windy of conditions to go boating. Those parents have too strict of rules. I usually reword the sentence to avoid this situation: The conditions were too windy The rules ...
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Which is correct ? to / in the same date

Joyce Carol Oates writes the best book of her career and Sue Grafton moves the release of her new mystery [to the same date]. Joyce Carol Oates writes the best book of her career and Sue Grafton ...
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Is this statement incorrect? “I'm a former English major” [closed]

Is this statement incorrect? "I'm a former English major" Is "I'm an English major" a better way to say it? Isn't the fact that a person majored in English make the usage of the word "former" is ...
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Should “stranger” be capitalized when addressing someone in an email? [closed]

I am emailing someone who I don't know the name of, so I am addressing the email with "Hello Stranger". Should I capitalize "stranger"? Thanks
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Is asking a question in the form 'What that impression might be?' acceptable?

Someone wrote to me - Because you have an impression of me that's not true maybe. I responded What that impression might be? Is that acceptable or not?
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“number of students rises up slightly” – is this correct? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? "From 1995 to 2002 the number of students rises up slightly but hold steady from 2002 to 2005"
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Which did X and which was Y

"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants" I didn't put the second which in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone enlighten?
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Does “Pursue Impossible” Make Grammatical Sense?

My university recently pushed a campaign for their new rebrand, and their tagline is "Pursue Impossible". I have seen a few adjectives used as nouns before but all had a definite article in front. ...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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Can we use “After” as “Then”? [closed]

I heard that it is okay to use the word "After" in the meaning of the word "Then". Is it true? For example: "After I will play tennis".
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“This type of element” or “This type of elements”

I hope this question is not too basic. I recently edited a question and was accused of correcting a phrase that was grammatically correct to a phrase that is now wrong. The context is: I have ...
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Is the “of” in the following sentence mandatory, old-fashioned or ungrammatical?

Is the "of" in the following sentence mandatory, old-fashioned or ungrammatical? I am quite "of" a beginner. In my research, I saw that in many cases the "of" tends to be dropped. For example: ...