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A question about the usage of any other than

First, I will give three sentences. Your information will not be used for any other purpose than those specified here. Your information will not be used for any purpose other than those ...
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The use of the word 'girl' in a movie/book title [closed]

There is a recent movie entitled Gone Girl. You may have seen it. I wonder why they used the noun girl instead of woman in the title, as the age of the girl, who is the subject of the movie, is about ...
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Using the word “stick”

I just came across this sentence and there's something that I feel is wrong in it but I'm not sure why. Could you help? "Don't stick with your phone all the time..because I want you to enjoy the ...
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“To this end” or “To that end”

Is there a usage note for choosing between these two phrases? Nothing in Garner. And I've seen it both ways. Example: To that end, we propose the following compromise. or To this end, we ...
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Punctuation inside of quotation marks with technical phrases [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken, one should insert a period, question mark, etc. inside of the quotation mark in quoted speech. For example, The man continued, "The sky is purple today." My question ...
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Non in front of hyphenated adjective

If one wishes to add "non" in front of a hyphenated adjective, should one add a hyphen after "non?"
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“Alex and I” vs. “me and Alex” [duplicate]

Is it improper to say "me and Person X"? I always hear it said as "Person X and I", but have personally learned to say "me and Person X". Is there a difference between the two versions and is one of ...
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Do we need to add 'a' for : I went to a tuition class on Monday? [closed]

Do we need to add 'a' for : I went to a tuition class on Monday? I went to organ class on Monday.
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Which is correct: “confirm or confirmed”

When some one ask me for a confirm on something, which is correct to use? I Confirm that time or i confirmed or just "Confirm" or "Confirmed" thanks in advance for your time and your answers
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Couple, few and several [duplicate]

During typical conversation, how would one define couple, few and several? I have read the actual definitions; however, they appear to be a bit vague. My thoughts are: A couple is two. A few is ...
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difference between “teacher's monitoring” and “teacher monitoring”?

What is the difference between "teacher's monitoring in classroom learning activities" and "teacher monitoring in classroom learning activities?
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'Neither was" usage [duplicate]

I really need an explanation regarding the differences between neither was and neither were. For all these while we had been using either or and neither nor.
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Does the difference between an adjective and an adverb ever disambiguate? [closed]

Imagine that adverbs were banned from the English language, and we had to replace them all with their cognate adjectives. Language would begin to sound bad to our ears that are attuned to the ...
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You are or Are you? [closed]

I'm confused with these sentences : "When are you drunk" or "When you are drunk" which one is correct?
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Starting a sentence with “as also”? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to start a sentence with "As also"? I guess that the following example is not grammatically correct: As also the product includes a clippy-like helper. while this ...
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Is it ok to write “very huge” in this context? [duplicate]

I think it is ok to write "very huge" in a context like this (although "very" is a bit redundant here): This is a very huge map. However, the following sounds strange to me: This map is very ...
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Interested “in” or “by” something? [closed]

I just wanted to know if the grammatically correct form is "I am interested in something" or "I am interested by something". Thanks
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Interferences coming from/out of the grid/network (electricity)

I am trying to tell my colleagues that they need to run a device on batteries (not on charger) to rule out intereferences that could be caused by insufficient interference-shielding in their building, ...
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arrange VS arrange for

Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available ...
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Got to think we're due. - meaning?

I know "due" can mean expected, owed, deserved..but I do not get it in this context (subtitles for the Walking Dead): <i>We've made it 500 miles.</i> <i>Maybe this can be the easy ...
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Substituting 'many a …' with a pronoun

Consider the sentence: Many a rose bloomed in the garden. If you had to substitute "many a rose" with a pronoun, what would it be? "Many a ..." takes a singular verb. Does that mean it can be ...
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“Equal situation”, which sentence is correct? [closed]

He and she have equal situation. They are in equal situations. They are in equal situation.
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An appropriate question tag for “He's too weak to walk.”

A couple of days ago, I sat for an English exam. There was a question there that asked for the appropriate question tag for the sentence "He's too weak to walk." I answered "isn't he?" but my teacher ...
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Is “They are the best kind of people.” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

What rules apply when you use words like "type", "kind" or "kinds"?
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“I wish I knew you before”

The above sentence is a song by Amy MacDonald. Is it grammatically correct or souldn't it rather be something like: "I wish I had known you before"? Thanks!
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By which? - Problem with relative clause

for hours I've been scouring the internet for some sentences/grammar rules which bother me. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the answer, and that's why I decided to ask here. Are sentences 1) and 2) ...
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how to properly use “that that” so as a listener/reader/speaker can comprehend the entire sentence without complication?

Be it either whilst writing or reading, I've not come by an easy way to comprehend the use of the 'that that' lexical ambiguity, taking into account that improper use of punctuation is not the issue. ...
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use of 'and' when listing months [closed]

Can anyone explain to me why word 2010 highlights 'June, July, August' to be corrected to 'June, July, and August' but 'December, January, February' is fine without the additions of 'and'. It there a ...
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Who vs whom grammar

I found a grammar rule about when to choose "who" and "whom". Rule. Use this he/him method to decide whether who or whom is correct: he = who him = whom So I have a question about ...
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Is “bared fruit” grammatical? [closed]

Am I the only one whos athletic career bared fruit? Is this sentence correct grammatically?
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What is antecedent needed? Does logic count?

I am a high school student. Of my knowledge, on SAT, logics will not work. But here is a sentence: The kids have discovered that they can used me for a jungle gym-it is painful, but good ...
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Sentence meaning changes with word order. What?

This is some I have never heard of. To illustrate the concept, I use the sentence: Maelle and Gerard are competent, loving parents, both are engineers. I know the sentence sounds weird. In the ...
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How to use “the same as” clause corectly?

Here is a sentence written in a book: the automobile, popularized by Henry Ford, was invented around the same time as the Wright brothers developed the airplane. I found the use of grammar in ...
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Is it possible to “increase brevity”?

The title largely explains my concern. Does the formulation - "increase brevity" make sense? Is brevity a measurement that can be increased or decreased? The Oxford English dictionary mentions that ...
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“A group leader” or “the group leader”?

When I have an expression comprising two nouns does the article (a/an/the) refer to the first or to the second one? E.g. when talking about some group (we introduced it, there's only one), we would ...
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Correct usage of SIC to express verbatim statements expressed vocally?

Taken literally, sic erat scriptum would imply that "[SIC]" is to be used only when expressing a written statement. Can it also be safely applied to express that which has been expressed vocally? i.e, ...
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What's the deal with As Per Se?

I've always used As Per Se in a sentence and assumed it was right. I googled it out on a whim and couldn't find it anywhere. I did find Per Se and it's variants. Would someone shine some light on ...
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“Question”/“issue” followed by “of”

"This raises the question [of] when the event happened." "This raises the issue [of] whether the Government would approve." Is the inclusion of "of" in these and similar sentences (a) necessary, (b) ...
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Broaden and Expand: When do use these words? [closed]

I came across these two words today and I don't know what to do. For me, they are all the same. But as I research, I found that they are different. But I can't grasp the real difference. I can't find ...
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Does “on behalf of myself” make sense?

I often hear the following, particularly during announcements when travelling by rail or air: On behalf of myself and the rest of the team, I would like to wish you a pleasant journey. I've ...
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Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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Can I have an easy comprehension?

I want to know if it is possible to say this: "He has an easy comprehension of theory and methodologies, and a complete understanding of technologies, learning very quick the use of different Business ...
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how to refer to a single author in a first-person plural narrative

In an essay written by two nameless authors speaking in plural first-person narrative, how would one refer to a single one of the two authors? For example, suppose Alice and Bob are the authors of the ...
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Head of something [closed]

For instance, which one will be correct: "Head of the Finance", "Head of the Finance Dept", "Head of Finance" or "Head of Finance Dept" ? And why?
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What is the grammatical function of “in my opinion”?

In phrases such as "X is better than Y in my opinion" what is the grammatical function of the phrase "in my opinion"? I know that prepositional phrases can function as adverbs or adjective depending ...
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“of the” vs noun adjunct

Please note: This may be a complex question, references would be great, search engines do not help with "of the". Looks like we can remove the use of "of the" with a noun adjunct switching the order ...
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Does “provides the pinnacle of education” make sense?

The phrase seems hardly used so I'm not sure if I can use the "pinnacle" like that. I can't seem to find another way to say what I want. Any clarification is appreciated! :)
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Q: some of the profits my business earns from the community **BE** returned to the community. (grammar) [duplicate]

I feel it is important that some of the profits my business earns from the community be returned to the community. Why does the author say "be"? I don't understand usage of grammar in this ...
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Is the sentence “I hail my praise in your daily sandbox activities” grammatcally correct? [closed]

Is the sentence, "I hail my praise for all of your daily sandbox activities" grammatically correct?
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Is the usage like “sugar free” correct in grammar?

I ask a question in Unix&Linux forum recently, I say: "I want to make sure that it's not malware contained", moments later, a senior community fellow rewrite that sentence to " I want to make sure ...