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A case of optional “that”: “check the” vs. “check that the”

Consider the following use case: Please check the username and password are correct. Please check that the username and password are correct. In this case, I would say that that is required ...
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What is the word for adjectives like 'correct' which may not provide complete meaning without previous sentence?

While working on my project, I came across this sentence: Obi is correct My question is can we say that 'correct' in the above sentence defines the state of a man, since is is a form of 'be' - ...
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Why present simple not continuous

I have a few sentences here: A) The instructor explains the diagram to students who ask questions during the lecture. Why are "explain" and "ask" used here in present simple, and not in the ...
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It's always felt grafted on

I come across this sentence : "I'm a long-time Dropbox user, but it's never been a perfect solution for me. Despite its developers' best efforts, Dropbox has never really gained complete integration ...
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The difference between “We’ll ever be back to normal,” and “We’ll never be back to normal.”

Time magazine (Aug.2) reported that Toledo Mayor instructed city residents not to drink tap water polluted with toxin caused by algae bloom under the headline: Toledo, Ohio without drinking water for ...
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“Would have” instead of “will have”

In the sentence "I went to the bank to ensure that I would have enough money for my trip," why is "would have" used instead of "will have"? "Would have" seems to be conveying the subjunctive mood, ...
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“Connect to” vs. “Connect with”: Which is better?

Which is better for this situation? Connect to your target audience. Connect with your target audience.
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All of + possessives

may I ask a question about the correct use of "all of"? As far as understood from a previous post, "of" must be used when followed by a pronoun. What happens with possessives? My example: "beauty in ...
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Is “to collaborating” correct?

I am interested in this sentence: "I am used to collaborating with other people". I am not sure if this form is correct, maybe "I am used to collaborate with other people" is more correct?
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Verb to be before pronoun in declarative sentences [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a newspaper cartoon: Not only are you dysfunctional — you appear to be completely spineless as well. Is the verb are in the right position?
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How do you state that something is a “reference” to something else? [closed]

There's a field in computer science called L-System, created by a man called Lindenmayer. I want to write that the L in L-System is in "---" to Lindenmayer. What word should I use here? Is it in ...
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Should I use “or” or “nor” in the following case?

I wasn't forcing myself to say anything, or/nor trying to be funny. "Or" sounds more grammatically correct to me. But "nor" has more Google results. So I'm confused.
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Delayed subject with short subject length

I read a few pages (here for example) dealing with "anticipatory/dummy it" and "delayed subject" to try and satisfy my curiosity about an observation I'd made about a friend's speech. Often, when my ...
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the single of plurals are?

I'm sure his has a general form and welcome a link to a duplicate, but as I don't quite know what to search for, here goes. Whilst answering a question on the Mathematics Stack Exchange, I found ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Which is correct? “In as greater detail as possible” or “In as great a detail as possible” [closed]

The question title really says it all. I have Googled the subject but not found the answer!
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what should I use after “improvement”?

In 2014, the organization of the “media-capital” prize in the business journalism field is the main project focused on improvement the financial literacy of the population. Or can you help me ...
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The word order and prepositions in an example

Background to the sentence: a system activates itself after temperature has been deviated for [X] seconds. Now I want to describe what X does and I just cannot figure it out. My best attempts are: ...
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What does it mean: “… was three days dying”?

Not being a native English speaker, I still like to read in English from time to time. In my current book was written that someone "... was three days dying." Does this mean that the person died three ...
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The Function of “breathing" in This Sentence

For sometime, all that could be heard in the dim subway with its melancholy ambiance, was the sound of Joe and I breathing. How to analyse the word "breathing" used in the sentence above? Are ...
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“Our subconscious” or “our subconsciousness”

Example: There are many hidden things in the unreachable depth of our subconscious/subconsciousness. What's the most common choice? Is the first option ungrammatical?
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Using pronoun “it” instead of (personal) pronouns “her” or “him”

Can pronoun "it" be used instead of (personal) pronouns "her" or "him" in a disparaging/derogative manner especially in the personal pronouns? I've watched a movie wherein a dead body was found and, ...
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When to use had rather [duplicate]

I had rather go home than stay out too late. I had rather listen my parents or get in trouble. Is had rather refers to past? Can anyone explain 2nd sentence in other words?
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'I thought', 'I would think', 'I would have thought'

I'm going to show you three examples. 1. A - Have you got any change?     B - Do I have change? What for?     A - For the vending machine! ...
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Is “Do it faster than with any other product” correct?

I'd like to describe a procedure that take less time with a product A than any other product B or C.... Note that I don't want to say that product A is faster but just that doing something is faster ...
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Is “our and other” correct?

I am helping to edit a scientific manuscript. The author in one sentence wants to talk about what his study and other studies have found. Here is part of his sentence: "Although our and other ...
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“What does the comments say”

Is this sentence correct? I'm a web developer so I think of "comments" on a webpage as a singular component. So referring to a story on a website that was posted, I asked, "What does the comments ...
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When should I use: I did, had done or have done? [duplicate]

Please explain when I should use: I did vs. I had done or I had done vs. I have done? Sometimes I tend to get confused about which one to use. Thanks.
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Order of words in sentence

I am asked the following the question: Question: Why are your results important? Answer: For segmenting and classifying a stream of documents dynamically without a fixed training ...
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“If you or somebody you know” vs “If somebody you know or you”

The following sentence makes sense: If you or somebody you know is an experienced such-and-such, please contact us. However, reversing the subjects (and choosing "are" based on the proximity rule) ...
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Should I add “anyway” in the following sentence?

She looked at herself in the mirror and wondered if she should wear makeup. She decided not to. What was the point if she'd remove it in a couple of hours, (anyway)? I'm a little confused. It ...
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If you or somebody you know … are/is …? [duplicate]

What is the correct grammar for a sentence such as the following: "If you or somebody you know is an experienced such-and-such, please contact us." Vs.: "If you or somebody you know are an ...
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Difference between 'we both have' and 'we have both' [duplicate]

What would be the difference in meaning between the phrase "We have both noticed a change in your demeanor." and the phrase "We both have noticed a change in your demeanor."?
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The usage of “with whom” [closed]

I would like to write a sentence to thank a number of colleagues. I would like to express the idea that it was a pleasure to spend time with them. Which of the two sentences below is better? I ...
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“An hilarious” vs. “a hilarious” [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? This is in the context of buying a surprise gift for someone and you think your gift is hilarious. I bought myself a hilarious one! or I bought myself an hilarious ...
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Those Two are Triplets

Is the sentence "Those two are triplets" proper? It seems like it would not be correct, because triplets come in 3 and this only references two people. A similar case would be "He is a twin." I ...
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When using “Used To” in a sentence with two clauses, do you change the verb tense in the second clause?

I was helping a friend proofread one of her essays on the short story The Lottery. She had written this sentence: I think the lottery used to have a specific reason and represent something in the ...
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What's the difference between “although” and “even-if”

What is the difference between the following sentences: You may be prevented from crossing the border, although you are in possession of a valid visa. You may be prevented from crossing the border, ...
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Leaving the “been” out of the present perfect

I work (in the UK) with someone who habitually leaves the "been" out of the present perfect (or so it seems to me), using phrases like "Has an appointment created?" or "If an appointment has ...
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Is there any other word for “thumbs up thumbs down”?

I am working on my college project, which is a kind of product review/feedback website. In this many users can give their comments and opinion, and like or dislike the product. I'm very confused what ...
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For X going to be developed, this is enough. Correct grammar? [closed]

I am wondering whether this is a correct usage: For the system going to be developed, the diagram is shown below. I said that without thought and now I wonder as Google yields no hits on similar ...
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Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion? [duplicate]

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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Is it correct to say “It is pathetic to see some people only see the lust side of a girl”? [closed]

I want to put as a comment on a photo of a girl on a social media site that some people has made some bad vulgar comments on her photo.
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Choice of plural and singular, definite and indefinite articles for multiple nouns [closed]

Which of the following is correct? There are apple and orange. There is an apple and an orange. There are an apple and an orange. There are apple and orange.
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“it seems” vs. “it seems that” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between using "it seems" and "it seems that" For example: "It seems that automatic restart is not happening now" "It seems automatic restart is not happening now" ...
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“The height of the building” or “Height of the building”? [duplicate]

I'd like to know when I should use 'the' and when I shouldn't. For example: "The use of 'the' is confusing" or "Use of 'the' is confusing" ? "There's a building over there, the height of the ...
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May I use “evidence where”? [duplicate]

Modern science has given clear evidence that smoking can lead to many diseases. in this sentence,“that smoking can lead to many diseases” is an Appositive clause,but I wonder if I can say ...
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Sentence in which “its” and “it's” can be interchanged without changing the meaning? [closed]

A friend posed the following word puzzle to me: Can you think of a sentence that keeps the same meaning whether you use "it's" or "its"? He asserted that this puzzle does in fact have a ...
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Can an -ing or -ed clause be seen as a relative clause?

I'm confused with reducing clauses. I need help to understand reducing clauses in English. For example: The amount of goods transported by train totaled about 70 tonnes. I think the full ...
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Is 'Loneliness is profound on weekends' correct? [closed]

Profound being an adjective, is its usage in the sentence below correct? Loneliness is profound on weekends.