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“The” is not in sentence [closed]

Can I write sentence "what is difference" instead of "what is the difference"? I have to know because I have purchased domain whatisdifference.com
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Grammar “should it hold up”

I read a news about terrorist attack: Berger said Kobani, aside from being sole example cited, was a military-style operation, not a terrorist attack, so the formula, should it hold up, might ...
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Meaning of all day today [migrated]

Please tell what's the difference between the following sentences It was raining all day today.(I think the rain has stopped and it is no longer raining. But what is confusing me is this, that if it ...
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“Does anyone have used this before?” or “has anyone used this before?” [migrated]

"Does anyone have used this before?" or "has anyone used this before?" which sentence is correct? or both of them are incorrect ? and what is the correct sentence?
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list all possible meanings of this sentence [closed]

I would like to know all of the syntactically valid meanings of the following sentence: I am going to eat a bagel with egg on it like my wife. I can think of the following meanings (and included ...
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nouns to introduce the subjunctive mode (?)

Is it possible to introduce/form the subjunctive mode with a noun? Are all the sentences below formed correctly? eg Mike recommended that Suzy not be at the meeting - ok recommendation that Suzy ...
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“I see nobody”/“I see no one” [duplicate]

Is "I see nobody" or "I see no one" grammatically correct, albeit a bit awkward? I think "I don't see anybody" would sound nicer but I am not sure if the former two sentences work as well.
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Can I insert an attribute? [migrated]

Consider the following imperative sentence: "Take a look at that group of people." If I have to clarify how exactly I want a person (or persons) to look at that group of people--let's say ...
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What is the best reply to accept an appointment of meeting to help

I was invited by email to a meeting to help the new excutive with my past experience What should i say to accept this invitation? Is "I am glad to be of help " is correct?
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Difference between find objective adjective vs. find that clause [migrated]

I was wondering the difference of meaning the following sentences: I found him interesting. I found that he is interesting.
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Particular rules on which adjectives accept -ness suffix? [duplicate]

I came across the following question a few days ago: does any adjective accepts suffix -ness? While I believe the answer is not all of them accept, I couldn't find any particular rule on the usage of -...
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Does “not very adj. at all” or “not many at all” make sense?

Occasionally I hear people using these expressions. However, to me they sound contradictory and confusing. "Not good at all" is absolute, while "not very good" is a relative term. What is then the ...
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Which is correct? Class starting soon or class is starting soon

" The class starting soon" or "the class is starting soon" Hello, may I know which sentences as shown above is correct? Thanks.
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What's this type of elision called?

There's a usage where the word introducing a restrictive clause is dropped. Some examples: Nothing but champagne, now that I'm the boss. becomes: Nothing but champagne, now I'm the boss. and: ...
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Putting comma before “or” if the second phrase of the conjunction is conditional

I'm having a hard time phrasing this properly to look it up, but I believe I'm correct about my usage. Example sentence: Infants should stay at home, or go to daycare if their parents both work. A ...
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what kind of TO BE VERBs can we use with nouns such as; police, army, fish, sheep? [duplicate]

If we consider them as plural nouns and sometimes as singular nouns.
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Interpreting perfect participle

Look at the sentences below Having travelled to Texas, I can say a few things about it. Having lived with him for 5 years, I know him better. (D I still live with him?) Does 'having travelled to ...
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Word to describe when a person is interrupted by a trivial correction, distracting from the point? [closed]

Is there a word for a "technically accurate correction, but one that nobody needed. Something that causes a digression, which may or may not have been an attempt to diminish the original point by ...
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“Replace John with Andrew” which of this name is to be trashed [duplicate]

Greeting to all in this room, Please help with this statement. "Replace John with Andrew" which one becomes trashed among John and Andrew?
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Publication title with “the” or without [duplicate]

I'm currently struggling which of the following two versions (I anononymized them) is the correct grammatical form for the title of a publication: Evaluating Safety, Cleverness and Fastness of ...
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“As .. as I am” in the beginning of sentence

Is this sentence gramatically correct? How does it sound? I suppose that nobody would probably say it this way in a casual conversation, but does it sound awkward or rather poetic to native speakers? ...
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does this sentence sound right? [closed]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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Regarding usage of “both”

Could you tell me how the following sentences are different? Alice and Bob are not both in the room. Alice and Bob are both not in the room. Updated: Could you divide the sentences into a set of ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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“Adding motion” usage in sentence/slogan [closed]

english is not my tongue language and I am working on a new viral content website, where I am trying to come up with slogan. Would be correct to say: "Adding motion to your daily boredom"
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When describing a detail of an ex, is it correct to use past or present tense?

To start, would it be correct to say "My ex-girlfriend used to eat at Red Lobster." or "My ex-girlfriend eats at Red Lobster." Another example: "My ex-girlfriend used to be into ...
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Usage of “Don't remember”

In my language I can say "I don't remember I've ever watched that film" or "Never in my life have I remembered watching that film" to suggest that as far as I can remember I've never done something, ...
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question? [closed]

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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Which is the right usage: It vs That [closed]

"OH! You are an Encyclopedia. I forgot it/that." (Said In the context after sharing something to a person who already knows it). It or that? Which is right or better usage?
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A question on What Clause [migrated]

You see Martian paintings and you wonder what the painter was like. could someone make me understand why writer not use how in place of what?
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Then the [noun] will vs. the [noun] will then [closed]

I was just writing something and came across these two alternations of saying this, and was curious what the difference between them is, and if one of them is technically incorrect. After a quick ...
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The correct way to say Measure units or Units of measure [closed]

which one is correct and why, or are they both correct: measure units units of measure? when i start to google it, I saw only 1st variant.
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A question about the singular or plural? [closed]

Two cups of tea _______ (is or are) enough for me.
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When did it become okay to drop “years old” when speaking about a living thing?

It's perfectly normal and common to say that a person "is 20," or "is 47," or any other age, and it's implicitly understood that we're talking about age. This works with animals, too. But you can't ...
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Can this sentence “stand before you” means stand on front of you? [duplicate]

I was Reading a book called "David and Goliath" and I came a cross sentence says that "but standing before another human being and speaking lies to him only for the sake of self-preservation was ...
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somthing continues or something is continued [closed]

While writing report? If I want to describe, for example, "the construction works continued", should I use:- 1. The construction works continued yesterday. 2. The construction works was continued ...
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Is 'For, surely', correct?

Proof reading an essay of mine, and have come across a sentence that, now I read it, doesn't seem to sound right to me, yet my friend disagrees and thinks it is correct. 'For surely, it must be...' ...
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Use of “s” in two consecutive words

I was doing my online banking and reading through their material, when I noticed a blurb " we offer you a wide range of savings account and fixed deposit products and services.....". Should this not ...
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“Complete the following sentence..”… anyone could help me?

I just trying to solve this, but my English is not so good. Anyone could help me? why does the letter a) is correct? thanks a lot in advance Complete the following sentence: "Two ........have just ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word?

Actual sentence- As a result, while patients are not being cured, the malaria parasite continues to spread further. My Explanation- This sentence seems to me wrong, because while is contrasting word,...
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Can a Linking Verb be a Phrasal Verb?

I'm aware of what phrasal verbs and the fact they are typically accompanied by a word like up, down, or in in order to add meaning to the verb. But, in the sentence: The subject is whom or what the ...
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The tractor's crashing

Is the use of genetive in the following structure common among native speakers? Brad tried to stop the "tractor's crashing" into the barn.
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Use of word which

I read a sentence given below, I think it would more appropriate to use word "which" like "The benefits which marriage used to confer , can now be attained........ am I right or the sentence is ...
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Explanation of the English in this University of Cambridge graduation certificate

I recently came upon this certificate of award of a BA degree at the University of Cambridge, which was written in a strange form of English which I didn't find very grammatical or logical according ...
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How to analysis the statement's structure?(Dynamic SQL can be downright painful to deal with.) [closed]

The statement, as put on the answer title, was cited from the mybatis office website.It puzzles me very much. As understood as me, it express that "Dynamic SQL can be to deal with painful downright",...
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Today with present perfect [migrated]

Is it possible or even acceptable to use the present perfect with today (in those cases when today refers to the present age)? Even native speakers seem to disagree!! For instance; today, companies ...
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“Triumphant” as an adverb

I know that by definition, 'triumphant' is an adjective and 'triumphantly' is the adverb form, but I've seen usages like the following sentence: Napoleon returned triumphant to France after the war ...
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Using make and appear to /be both at the same time?

Do these sentences sound correct or even at all grammatical? "These shoes make me appear taller than I am." "These shoes make me appear to be taller than I am." and how about this one? "Your lies ...
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Part of speech in a sentence

In the sentence: " I let him take the pen ... are the mentioned functions correct? I = subject let = main verb him = indirect Object take = the second verb (bare infinitive) the pen = Direct ...