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“The meaning of this word” vs. “The meaning to this word” [closed]

Occasionally I observed that some native speakers will use preferably the construction "the meaning to (a word, phrase, etc.)" whereas others will go for the more common grammatical turn "the meaning ...
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Using “and” to end a list with an “and” phrase

I'm proofreading a document in which the author ends a lot of lists with phrases like this: We analyzed the responses of students studying: health, sciences and technology, law and economics, and ...
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Use of singular they for specific person [duplicate]

The following quotes are from the Wikipedia article. It seems to me that they all use "they" for generic person. For example, in the Chesterfield's example: "If a person is born of a . . . gloomy ...
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Past Perfect - Right or Wrong?

I am in an English course, in Cambridge School, in Lisbon, Portugal, and I am learning Past Perfect. I am also in a Pastry course, and today we had our first English lesson. The teacher wrote some ...
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Need help with interrogative sentences [migrated]

Which one of the following sentence is correct: "How Internet helps you?" "How does Internet help you?" Is it always a mandate to have "do" in how form of questions? Please clarify.
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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“Me neither” - why oblique case?

I don't like white wine. Me neither. We're talking about subjects here, so naturally the pronoun should be "I". The use of "me" would only make sense to me if "neither" was a postposition. ...
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Grammar knowledge - cause for low knowledge [closed]

I have to formulate this question very carefully. So I would say I have the impression that the knowledge in grammar matters of English mother-tongue speakers is as an average lower when compared to ...
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Is this usage of 'nor' correct?

Without the accompanying neither, it can be difficult to know whether or not to use nor. Is this correct, or should or be used here instead? We do not have the equipment needed to measure ...
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that had -> having?

I want to make this sentence shorter: Also, items that had poor parameter estimates were removed from the analysis. Is it correct to turn that had into having? Also, items having poor ...
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The list of functionality has/have to be implemented [closed]

I'm trying to make sure my writing is correct for the following sentence: The list of functionality has/have to be implemented But I'm confused about has or have there.
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is pollution singular or plural? [closed]

is the word pollution singular or plural ? The confusion delivered when making these statement "pollution makes money, disease makes opportunity"
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Is the sentence “A lot of resources is available” correct?

I recently came across this sentence : A lot of resources is available: quoted from the webpage http://cheat.errtheblog.com/s/rvm. Since this is a very reputed website, I don't think that can be ...
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Help with this sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? Today I have to attend a meeting with DGM sales at 12:30 PM, so I will move from office at 10:30 AM.
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Is “ambiguate” a word, or is there a word with a similar meaning?

I want to say something along the lines of "obscure", such as "He obscured the details" but I want it to capture the idea that the obscurity lies in the ambiguous nature of his description.
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Use of the subjunctive mood, “be”

Along with the commercial database servers, there has been quite a bit of activity in the open source community in the past five years with the goal of creating a viable alternative to the ...
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Is the “for” in “for too long” necessary?

Is it correct to say: The night she passed away, I sat in front of the TV too long. Or must I say The night she passed away, I sat in front of the TV for too long.
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put forward in explanation or put forward to explain

A hypothesis is a supposition put forward in explanation of observed facts. Is this sentence wrong??and if it is then why? In a grammar book the right form of this sentence is given by this way - "A ...
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What is the correct way to write “To all who handles” or “To all whom handles”?

What is the correct way to write "To all who handles" or "To all whom handles" or "To all who is handling" ?
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all three loop types - no the?

Loops allow stored programs to execute statements repetitively. The MySQL stored program language offers three types of loops: Simple loops using the LOOP and END LOOP clauses Loops ...
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Allow(s) "to do/doing*? [duplicate]

I need to make something clear in my sentence but am unsure of the usage of allow(s). When can I use allows + to (do) vs allow + (do)ing? Here is my sentence: Opening the GPUs to general ...
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Are the sentences below grammatically correct? [closed]

1)To strike a pass mark, it is imperative that each candidate is prepared to try his best. 2)Until now, they have responded to many a question successfully, so they can enter into this discussion. ...
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Error Correction possessive noun [closed]

Wrong Sentence-All the candidates felt that this year's question paper was too easy. Right Sentence-All the candidates felt that this year the question paper was too easy. Why is "this year's ...
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Should I use “me” or “myself” here?

I know that many questions on topics similar to this one have been asked before, but I have read many of them and still not able to solve my problem. You could attribute it to my poor command of ...
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It the phrase “They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power” grammatical?

Is this phrase grammatical? They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power. Is a verb necessary in the second part of the sentence?
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“Keep me motivated” or “keep myself motivated”?

Which statement is more correct? I am doing this to keep me motivated. OR I am doing this to keep myself motivated.
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Comprehension - gave them the run of the base grounds still in Ukrainian hands

During the ordeal, the colonel gave reporters and TV crews the run of the base grounds still in Ukrainian hands, and held impromptu news conferences in front of brigade headquarters. First of ...
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Should one use an indefinite article after 'kind of'?

If the noun after kind of is singular, do we use an indefinite article or not? For example, That kind of an answer is teasing. That kind of answer is teasing. Which is correct?
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Can I say “Coming!” for “I am coming!”, and why? [duplicate]

In some languages we can remove the subject (and sometimes a verb too) from a sentence. In Toy Story 3, the kid says "Coming!" instead of "I am coming!" to her mother. My questions are: 1) ...
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Can I say “Coming!” for “I am coming!”, and why?

In some languages we can remove the subject (and sometimes a verb too) from a sentence. In Toy Story 3, the kid says "Coming!" instead of "I am coming!" to her mother. My questions are: 1.) Can I ...
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Responsibility, the Gerund, and the Perfect Aspect

In the process of answering this question on ELL, I hit upon something I can't explain. The sentence in question is: Who is responsible for leaving the window open? I think anyone hearing that ...
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What's the difference between “have” and “have got” to express possession? [duplicate]

What's the difference between "have" and "have got" to express possession? examples: I have a pen. I have got a pen.
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Difference between “focus” and “focus on” in “My main focus is Spanish.”

This question is originally posted on WordReference forum. My friend suggested me to post here to get more opinions on this question. I don't know if I am allowed to link to other site, so I am going ...
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Friends “that or who” I consider my best friends

Can I ever use that for people, or must it be who? Which one is correct? I have friends from all walks of life that I consider my best friends. I have friends from all walks of life who I ...
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Use of “nay” as an adverb

I researched help and examples on the uses of the word nay but found these inadequate/insubstantial. The Free Dictionary has described: an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word ...
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Mixed person subjects and verb agreement

Please consider this sentence. "Not for as long as I or Patricia Smith live will you be allowed to forget that." In this sentence, I've chosen to write live as I believe it is more correct as it ...
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Another Achievement Verbs with the Progressive Aspect

I am a reading a book called, The Teacher's Grammar of English. Achievement verbs have previously been mentioned here. Many of you might be familiar with the matter. The sentences below are ...
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Is reusal an English word? [closed]

Is the word "reusal" part of the English language? For example, given this sentence: ROS tries to facilitate the operation, development and code reuse of robot systems by organizing the parts of ...
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What adverb, typical of AmE, coincides the most with the BrE sense to “quite” [=to a noticeable or partial extent]?

As long as -- seemingly -- the adverb "quite" in AmE idiomatically carries an emphatic sense to it -- pretty much similar to saying "completely" or "absolutely" as in "That girl looks quite pretty!" ...
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Singular or plural in these sentences . . [duplicate]

I've often written sentences like these: The structure and linearity here is [are?]what is [are?] stifling creativity. Compare: The pencil and pen are in the room. [Where is seems wrong] The project ...
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Let it be done - grammatical analysis

How should the phrase "Let it be done" be interpreted grammatically? What confounds me are the following assumptions, some or all of which may be wrong: "Let" implies imperative "it be done" ...
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Is “will just need to [verb]” grammatical?

Consider this sentence on an official form: To change the arrangement, you will just need to fill up a new application form. For some reason, the phrase "you will just need to" sounds awkward. ...
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Can I say “Where can I find 'a' post office”?

It's a question in a grammar app. "Where can I find _ post office please?". I chose "a", but it says "the" is the correct answer. Same problem with this question: "Let's go to _ cinema tonight." I ...
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“No, I hadn't.” vs “No, I didn't.”

Which is correct option to the following & Why: Did you have lunch at home yesterday? (1) No, I haven't. (2) No, I hadn't. (3) No, I didn't. (4) No, I don't.
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What does 'both of you' mean?

How does one reflect the difference in meaning between 'I gave one to both of you' meaning you gave one to each of them, and 'I gave one to both of you' meaning you gave one item for the two to share? ...
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Synonyms for 'the use of'?

I need synonyms for the word 'the use of' in my sentence. Also, the use of commonly available solutions contributed to cost reduction. Thank you in advance for your help.
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Simple Past or Past Participle

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people living in the UK had increased from 10 million to 50 million, whereas that in Africa had decreased by 50%. or Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people ...
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Why ride? Over ride or pilot?

Why do you ride a horse and a bike, rather than drive it? Why you you pilot a plane, rather than drive it? Why do you drive a car, rather than pilot it? You can go for a ride in a car, but only if ...
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Hope this helps [closed]

I was reply to a email that my office colleague sent just want to know a good reply to phrase "Hope this helps"
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What is this construction? [closed]

I can't tell, but conclude that it was a good idea. What is this construction?