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How can “while” be used in a sentence? [closed]

I read a sentence in which "while" was used in different stile. Selective herbicides kill specific targets, while leaving the desired crop relatively unharmed. Why don't we have a complete ...
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using tell me to mean 'what is it?' [duplicate]

It seems to be a common practice in India to respond to someone's call by saying tell me. It's used even in calls; the conversation goes something like this: Me: Hello Caller : Hello Me: Who's ...
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“Make sure it work” or “make sure it works”? [closed]

Is it to "make it work", "make sure it work", or is it to "make it works", "make sure it works"? I was thinking the ones without s are correct, but Google results show an overwhelming favor for those ...
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The use of AND in a sentence [duplicate]

all. I have just stumbled onto this site, and so beg your pardon if this question has been posted before. I'm curious as to the continuous repetition of unique words in(to) a single sentence. As a ...
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The tiger VS. tigers [closed]

Using just 'species' (for the sake of simplicity and consistency), the author's judgments can be summarized as follows: • (39a) the species of the tiger = (marginally) OK • (39b) the species of ...
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What 's the grammatical point in this sentence? [closed]

Humans spend much of their conscious lives interacting with the world through electronics, the only barrier between brain and machine …(1)… the senses — sight, sound and touch — through …(2)… ...
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Do I need a determining pronoun if it can be implied?

It’s the hour at which they usually go out for their daily walk or It’s the hour they usually go out for their daily walk
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“Records” vs “recordings” in a record label company's name

The typical names of a record label companies are usually composed of one or two words accompanied with another one word which is "records" or "recordings". There are Decca Records, Columbia-CBS ...
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I'd better vs I better [closed]

English is not my native language, so I'm wondering, should I say: I'd better go away now. or: I better go away now. or even (I think I've heard this one): I better go now. Thanks in ...
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User was or user were to store data? [duplicate]

If the user was to store data.... (or) If the user were to store data.... we normally use If I were, If they were but this usage confuses me. I've tried searching in search engines but haven't ...
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How do you say “can't choose” in a good way?

I need to provide a quote for a large project with price breakups, but I don't want the client to choose only a few things from it, either they go ahead with the project or don't. I can't find a ...
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Is it correct to say “We will let you know when this option will be available” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? We will let you know when this option will be available. Since this option is not available yet. It will be available soon. So, is it correct to say: We will let ...
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The use of “Their” [duplicate]

I saw on facebook recently where its states and individuals birthday for all to see and comment the use of "their", which seemed inappropriate to me. Upon further investigation on my singular male ...
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What is the meaning of the expression “that's all you had to say”?

In the movie Pulp Fiction, there is a scene where Jules talks on the phone with Marcellus Wallace because he needs help with getting rid of the body of Marvin. Toward the end of the phone call, they ...
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Regenerate as an adjective

Used as an adjective, when should the words regenerate vs. regenerative be employed?
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Can I start a sentence with Then? [closed]

Are these sentences correct in terms of punctuation and grammar? She asked, "Could I have a drink of your water?" Then she walked away when I said, "No, you can't." Thanks so much for the first ...
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Can I say “listen for it” and “smell for it”?

I often hear the term to look for it: "I have studied symbolism in fine arts for years, and now I see symbolism in everything. I just can't stop myself after I learned how to look for it." Feel ...
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Adding 's' after Number of a Year [migrated]

Look at to these three sentences: My mother was born in the 1950s. My mother was born in the 1950. My mother was born in 1950. My questions: What is the role of 's' in the end of ...
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“Making Do” or “Make Do”? [closed]

Consider the following sentence At present, I'm making do with what I have Though it tells you what I'm trying to convey, something feels funny about the phrase "making do". Is it grammatically ...
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what's meaning of “have you brought over to my place in the morning.”

There's a sentence of dialogue from Walking Dead that confused me: have you brought over to my place in the morning. This is not a interrogative sentence. Why does it put the "have" in the first ...
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What do you call the grammatical element that describes the state of being of the subject?

Suppose we have these sentences: 1. Smiling, she offered me a hot cup of chocolate. 2. Busy finishing my homework, I have no time to even think about video games. 3. Knowing there's little change of ...
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Using Life or Lives

I searched on Google for "Personal and Professional Life" versus "Personal and Professional Lives" and the result for each is around 500,000 results. I want to know if the following sentence is ...
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Might have, may have, could have, must have, would have [closed]

Yesterday there was a driving test of my friend. But I have not contacted him since yesterday. Now I am predicting about the result of his driving test. Please help me to correct my following ...
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Could help but curse(d)?

I have a sentence here: Tom couldn't help but cursed when he saw Sam dressed like that. I feel like there's something off about the sentence, but I don't know how to change it to make it sound ...
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Three hours ( or three thousand pounds ) is or are? [duplicate]

When can three hours or three thousand pounds be considered singular and plural ? e.g. Three hours ( is - are ) a long period to wait for you. e.g. Three thousand pounds ( was - were ) collected for ...
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Using “Before” for audience [closed]

I am not sure if using "before" is correct here: The Stars Music Group did a fantastic job at the University of Kansas before a large group of Iranian and American audience. Is that correct? ...
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What are the uses of the modal verb “would”? [closed]

Besides the future-in-past sense in conditional sentences, what other alternative uses can the word would have in conversation?
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“differently” vs. “different” in a certain sentence [closed]

I found the following text in an article at http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/few-hours-left-nomination-74341 : In Chittagong, the AL and the BNP were not worried as only one person from each ...
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What is the correct way to introduce and write a list?

In technical papers I often see text like this. Finally, the goal is to determine x. The three ways of achieving this are the following: The blue method involves tying your shoelaces. The pink ...
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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What Do You Call It when a Noun is Used as a Verb?

Like "Petition": I signed a 'petition,' and carried it onward to 'petition' for support of lower wages & more suffering etc.
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I'll let you know what I ended up with or what I end up with [closed]

Should one say: "I'll let you know what I ended up with" or "I'll let you know what I end up with" Which is the correct form to use?
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Singular noun + “or” + plural noun as a single unit

In a technical book, I have stumbled upon the following sentence: Here, resource-specification is a statement or statements that declares and initializes a resource. I'm a bit confused about how ...
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Is this clear? vs. Is that clear? vs. Is it clear?

I cannot get the difference between Is this clear?, Is that clear? and Is it clear?. Could anyone please help me?
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Is it plugin options or plugin’s options?

You can pass the plugin’s options in here. The plugin’s options have been saved. or You can pass the plugin options in here. The plugin options have been saved. I never know which ...
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Is it correct to shorten “you have” to “you've”? [closed]

If "you are" can be shortened to "you're", can "you have" be shortened to "you've"? Is it acceptable? If yes, what are the situations where it can be used?
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I've learned or I learned correct usage [migrated]

Please explain wich is correct: I've learned to ride a bicycle when i was five I learned to ride a bicycle when i was five For me both of them are correct.
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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Possible positions for the word currently

I was this discussing the question of correct word placement in english with a coworker but since we both aren't native speakers we did not come to a conclusion. Here is an example: Given the ...
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Where to use “by” and where to use “through” [migrated]

I'm not a native English speaker and I am confused with the usage of by and through. can someone please explain me their usage based on below example I have a referral code which want to share with my ...
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [closed]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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could be or could have been [on hold]

Source: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/are-you-flushing-gold-down-your-toilet/article7033250.ece I was studying today's newspaper and this appeared. I am asking it as it ...
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Is it correct usage of present perfect? [migrated]

I have been there a few times in the past. Would it be equal to: I have been there a few times before.
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What is the difference between 2nd and mixed conditional?

Could someone explain the difference in meaning between these two forms of conditional? 1.If I had time, I would be there. 2.I would have been there if I had time.
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Why do we say “be to blame”, not “be to be blamed”?

I wonder why "be to blame" is used rather than "be to be blamed"? I've googled it, and what I found is that it is considered as an idiomatic expression.
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Should a semi-colon be used before “however”? [duplicate]

"However" should always have a comma after it (please let me know if this is wrong), so when writing complex sentences, should a semi-colon be inserted before the "however"? e.g. I love dogs; ...
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“Product detail page” or “product details page”? [duplicate]

As a name for a (web) page that shows detailed information about a product, which of the following is better fitting/correct: product details page or product detail page Or is there an ...
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An alternative way to say “shifting perspectives”?

What would be a good alternative way to say "shifting perspectives", as in the meaning of looking at things in a new way?
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People who tell me vs. people telling me

I'm wondering if there's any difference, be it semantically, grammatically and so on, between phrases like: I hate people telling me what to do. / I hate people who tell me what to do. ...
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Is “The State it was In when it was…” too wordy?

I saw this message: Reset all save data and return the game to the state it was in when it was newly purchased Is the the state it was in too wordy or redundant? Can it be just the state when it ...