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Using subjunctive form in Comparative-Correlatives

Is it possible to use subjunctive form in a comparative correlative (The+the) clause? For example, is the below sentence correct? The closer the objects be to each-other, the more beautiful the ...
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Simple past or Present perfect with this week

Please look at the following a) I finished my work this week.----------- This mean I am either speaking at the end of the week or that I am speaking on any day of the week expecting no more work for ...
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What does it mean to use the subjunctive after verbs of command?

I'm looking at this quote: Thy dukedom I resign, and do entreat Thou pardon me my wrongs I came around this site: ...
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Correct grammar when listing objects with an attribute [closed]

I have three cars, all of them are white. I wish to form a sentence where I list the cars separately as: first, second and third, and then say they are all white. I'm unsure what is the correct form: ...
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Gamut - single or plural

So which is right: there is an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it OR there are an entire gamut of hidden costs associated with it
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Is this sentence correct? “If I were you I would be looking for a new job” [closed]

Was asked to translate this question from italian to english, teacher marked it as wrong but I sometimes see people using this formula (I would be looking for...) so is it correct or not?
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It is + (time) + to + (verb)?

Actually, I'm asking for an another way to say "it takes + (time) + to + (verb)". For example, is "It is 1 hour to go to the hospital" correct or the "it takes + (time) + to + (verb)" construction is ...
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How convey quotation marks as irony expressions

We have all used our index and middle fingers to convey irony when talking in real life: How could this be conveyed in writing without the use of “ ”? Some examples: Juliet's ...
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British English

to whom do you think a speaker might use the following requests to have the door shut?.1.Shut the door will you please. 2.May we have the door shut please?
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'devil a mortal'

Billy, in his youthful days, was the best hand at doing nothing in all Europe; devil a mortal could come next or near him at idleness; and, in consequence of his great practice that way, you may be ...
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the likes of which has/have

1)The corporeal, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual sides of human life have all been stirred by the hurricane the likes of which has never been seen in the history of the Earth. From The ...
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Confused by the grammar(tense usage) in New Concept English 3 Lesson 17

Recently I was confused by the tense usage of a text from New Concept English, the text says: Verrazano, an Italian about whom little is known, sailed into New York Harbour in 1524 and named it ...
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Offensive behavior is better avoided / be avoided / to be avoided here

Suppose that there's a rule about how to behave in a society (a school, a chatroom, whatever) that goes: Offensive behavior is better (1)avoided / (2)be avoided / (3)to be avoided here. I ...
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Need to understand the difference

1) Jo will have been waiting for an hour by the time i meet him 2) Jo will have waited for an hour by the time i meet him
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Should I Use While or Whilst? [duplicate]

How do I tell whether to use while or whilst? I want to write "(while/whilst) this was happening, America was doing as much as possible to distance itself..." Which should I use, and why?
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Confusion about usage of tenses with 'during'

Please look at the following a) During the last year, two shops have been built in the city centre of town. Can anyone please tell me why has present perfect been used and why not simple past? b) ...
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Using adjectives with 'All the more' [duplicate]

I'm trying to complete this dialogue but I've encountered a bit of trouble with the usage of 'all the more'. The dialogue is below. Our bond is based on trust. We have no contract. Trust? Then ...
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How common are the following structures? [migrated]

I have encountered the following three structures, but I'm not sure how common are they for native speakers? Tomorrow is my birthday. Tomorrow will be my birthday. It is my birthday tomorrow.
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Is “an” still used in front of acronyms? [duplicate]

For example, The school has just started an SLA program. (SLA is second language acquisition.) Should I use "a" instead of "an" here? Technically, following the rules of "an", I should use "an" ...
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Have ever done before and ever did before

What is the difference between a) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done more in the last few days than I've ever done before. b) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done ...
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“and which” grammatically correct?

"The lyrics are taken from a song called Lock the Doors, which was released in 1993 as a B-side and which I had been listening to when I stumbled upon this thread." Is the construction of this ...
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What structure does “We're having relatives to stay” follow?

I thought the structure was "have someone do something". So why is it "having relatives to stay" in this case?
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If I kept or if I keep

I want to know the difference between the two sentences and which one is right. If I kept saying I love you for the rest of my life it wouldn't be enough. If I keep saying I love you for the rest of ...
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She is so persuasive a girl

I guess the sentence is in correct English grammar and style. But sounds strange to a Brazilian. Can someone tell why the sentence is "more correct" than the following? She is a so persuasive ...
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Differences between two [closed]

What is the difference between these two - 'because of' and 'due to'? Please explain with an example. Can we use them interchangeably?
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Denied having seen / denied seeing – exam question

In case anyone's wondering, this is one of the tasks from the 'Matura' exam (item 9.3 on page 11 here), taken each year by Polish students after completing secondary school. Transform the ...
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Difference between Present perfect and past simple logically

I know difference between present perfect and past simple clearly. But,in the below sentences, which of these tense is more correct logically? Today was a ridiculous, outrageous,absurd day.Now ...
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Use of 'an' vs 'a' [closed]

I am a little confused around the usage of an vs a I know the basic vowel rule but the following are the usages that confuse me.Can someone please tell which of the following are correct and the ...
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Grammatical form of “except in”

The sentence is this, "English is not spoken anywhere except in the highest echelons of local government." Does "except" function as the preposition and head of the prepositional phrase, with "in ...
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How do I use the verb confined correctly? [closed]

Example: "Intelligence is usually confined to the ability to process information fast." Is that a correct use of the verb confined?
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From a specific date, on and after specific date

How to say in short "Files added on and after a specific date"? It refers to future, so I can not use "since" and I should omit "verb" added. 1. If I say , Files from a specific date, does it refer ...
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rule for past to present converting

My question is How to know if a word must ends with "e" after you remove the "ed" to change it from past to present for an example "killed" after changing it to present it becomes "kill" while "loved" ...
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In EModE should 'may' become 'mayest' when expressing a wish

I'm translating a text from Sanskrit, which has a singular/plural (and, actually, dual) distinction in the second person. It has long been the custom in English translation to render the 2nd singular ...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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It saves you endless agony - Correct?

My sentence reads: It may not save you bucks, but, it surely saves you endless agony. Is this correct? Or, do you suggest any alterations?
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Box is expected to be delivered by/in/on Q1 of 2016 [migrated]

Box is expected to be delivered by Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered in Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered on Q1 of 2016
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verb agreement: what he is looking for are/is books

Which of the following is correct? What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Is it are to agree with the object books ...
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When should I use the term 'paperworks'?

I keep seeing words like these. Another example is: Stuffs Is this valid? People use it like this... There are so many things I have to sell. I have books, bags, clothes and other stuffs. ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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Be mindful of using vs be mindful of

I am really confused with these sentences. I don't know the technical explanation for these. I am studying English and I do not understand what's wrong with the sentences. You just have to be ...
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“Seems like you have given ” - Is it right?

Which of the below is right use of english? “Seems like you have given the IP range for new virtual network” Or “Seems like you had given the IP range for new virtual network”
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Usage of Interrogative adjective

I have these sentences (both of them are in a book series, and are written by Indian): 1)Which football team wins the game? 2)What materials are used to make it? I wonder if they are ...
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taken as vs taken for

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? I do not want to be taken as a liar. I do not want to be taken for a liar.
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Lying awoke in bed pleasant. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I'm working with a book for English composition. The book suggests "Lying awoke in bed pleasant"as an answer for a question written in my language. But I think the sentence is grammatically ...
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Start of sentence comma after: “Lately” [duplicate]

Lately, I've been struggling to decide whether or not it's best to put a comma after the word lately when using it to begin a sentence. A similar case would be starting a sentence with the word ...
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Is sequential + order redundant?

According to the Google dictionary, sequential means forming or following in a logical order or sequence. So would it be redundant to say "The plot is the events of the story arranged in sequential ...
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The use of the word 'only' under complicated situations [migrated]

I read that question: different usage of the word "only" Then I'm wondering how to represent following situations in the short sentence using the word 'only'. 'He' can speak English, ...
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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,we have to use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below ...
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What's the adjective from 'emit'? [closed]

I'd like to know what's the right adjective from the word 'to emit'. Is is emitting or emitted radiation? Or are they both used interchangeably?
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...