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Is it possible to say 'suspicion and anticipation (…) has reached'?

In the article about Dismaland there is a paragraph saying: Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, mysterious construction over the last month—including a ...
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Transitive / intransitive verbs

I’d appreciate a second opinion on an exercise I’m doing, that is, to determine whether the main verbs of sentences are transitive or intransitive. The sentence is as follows: The teacher decided ...
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To feel adjusted (phrase usage)

Is it correct to say (and write), "I feel/don't feel adjusted to a house/country"? For example: I feel adjusted to Las Vegas because it's my hometown. Can someone really be adjusted or feel ...
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Should 'in' be used in this sentence or 'on'? What is the grammar behind it?

We will imprint your design, logo or message in any color on any shape, to make your unique air freshener. In this sentence is "on any shape" correct or will it be "in any shape"? And what is ...
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He do what he do (does or do)

According to a DMagazine.com headline, it reads: Ron Washington: He do what he do. Is there any case we have to use he do or does it mean something different?
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Past Progressive with Since

Is there any rule against using "since" in the past progressive tense? For example: The snow was falling since this morning. or The actress was working since she was a student. The snow has been ...
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All I have is/are (subject-verb agreement)

This question seems to be ongoing with much debate. Can anyone clearly explain which of the following sentences is correct? All I have is/are my friends. All I have is/ are memories. What ...
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A Term for a Location Where a Person has Stopped or Idled for an allocated length of time

I am developing a Geographic Information System where GPS coordinates are gathered and analyzed in a server. I have a module where I collect coordinates/points in a map where a person has stopped for ...
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Is this headline concise and clear enough? [closed]

I want to say it like im 5. Essentially, where a 5 year old could be able to comprehend the message. I tried to simplify this line, but I feel it's still a bit complicated. Making deliveries ...
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what is the type of fragment in this?

"Marina dove into the ocean depths, her tail slapping the surface dismissively" I want to know if this is comma splice or a sort of correct usage of a clause. I don't think its adjective clause, but ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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How to analyse the sentence: “Crap” is just a way for old people to say “rap”

“Crap” is just a way for old people to say “rap” By means of clause elements, I am thinking: Crap: subject is: copula just: adverbial And then I don't really know... is 'a way for old people ...
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'd hate to be vs. 'd hate being [closed]

Which of the following two structures is grammatically correct? Why? I'd hate to be questioned by the FBI. I'd hate being questioned by the FBI.
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Inanimate Possession

I have been doing a lot of reading on possession and there still seems to be a lot of confusion amongst people. For example, two weeks' notice requires the apostrophe because it is two weeks of ...
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'I'm sure your friends will likely call you on your birthday.' Is “that” required? [duplicate]

Could someone please help me. I was wondering if I have to use "that" in the following sentence: I'm sure your friends will likely call you on your birthday. Should there be a "that" between ...
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The difference between for and of after the word teacher? [duplicate]

what is the correct sentence A teacher of the primary stage or A teacher for the primary stage ?
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Present Simple with today [migrated]

I have a few sentences in the Present Simple with TODAY. I would like to have comments on them of natives. I am going to give my understanding of them. 1) For example, Bob is a guitar teacher. He has ...
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Difference between HOPE and BELIEVE? [migrated]

I was told I can say: 1) I HOPE to play a good match this evening. On the other hand I cannot say: 2) I BELIEVE to play a good match this evening I was told I can say the following: I ...
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He has been watching TV [duplicate]

1.He has been watching TV. What does this sentence mean? Does it mean that the person started watching TV sometime before and still watching it or the person started watching TV sometime before and ...
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“Where am I and my sister?” or “Where are I and my sister?” [migrated]

Which questions is correct: "Where am I and my sister?" or "Where are I and my sister?"
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Proper usage of passive voice in the literature survey of scientific article

I want to write following sentence in the literature survey of scientific research paper in the Mathematics field. Author A and B proposed a convergent iterative method for computing matrix ...
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when my son sleeps VERSUS while my son sleeps [duplicate]

Do you agree that 1) I often read when my son sleeps. 2) I often read while my son sleeps. mean different things? Do you find 1) wrong?
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When describing my personal opinions, should I use “one thing I was sure”, “was that” or “is that”? [closed]

When describing my personal thoughts back in a few years ago. Should I use: One thing I was sure though, is that ... or One thing I was sure though, was that ... To me, it sounds more correct ...
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How should I use “as” and what is its semantic nuance?

I wrote a sentence that didn't sound right to my ears. As a leader, he did not act accordingly. What I intended to say was: even though he was the leader, he did not act accordingly, as he ...
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The definite article “the” and known information [migrated]

As one of the rules of article usage, "the" is put before a noun or a noun phrase to indicate information known to the writer and the reader, so is "the" necessary to indicate old information or is it ...
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“The government 'is' always changing 'their' mind” in AmEng

Why would using the construct "is/their" instead of "is/its" in the following examples likely be frowned upon by some native speakers and marked as incorrect on tests? The class is working on its ...
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Should I punctuate the transition in a sentence between an independent clause and a descriptive quotation?

When I clicked the button, I got the error "ReferenceError: function is not defined". In this sentence, I am telling somebody that when I click a button in a software application, I get an ...
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Why don't you double the 'l' in the ing-form of ' to feel'?

One of the rules for forming the -ing form of verbs is that when the verb ends with an -l, you have to double the 'l'. But why don't you double the 'l' in 'feeling' then?
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The class is/are all working on a project together [duplicate]

The class is/are all working on a project together. I am curious to know whether I can use both is and are in this sentence - with a small difference in meaning.
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what “is” or “was”" your saddest moment in 2015? [migrated]

Is it correct to say"What was your happiest moment in 2015?" OR Is it correct to say"What is your happiest moment in 2015?
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Usage of the preposition 'in' two times in a row?

The sentence: "This means that if you are in any way different, you could possibly find yourself in a column in a newspaper" I am not sure whether it is correct to have 'in' two times in a row, maybe ...
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Confused by the different type of verbs

I am trying to brush up on my grammar but I am confused on when to use the correct tense of the verb. How/when should I use the correct tense? a) I write the letter. b) I am writing the letter. c) I ...
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Should the Past Perfect Tense be used in subordinate clauses beginning with the preposition “before”?

This is from The Old Testament, or, more exactly, from one of its popular renderings: "Before he had left, he made it very clear that there was to be no idolatry". But shouldn't it be the ...
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Confused about using the

I can't understand when to put 'the' before words. Which one is correct and why? I clicked yes to Google Calendar invitations. I clicked yes to the Google Calendar invitations.
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“As one who have” or “As one who has”?

Is it: As one who has a lot of related experiences, I think I can offer some help. or: As one who have a lot of related experiences, I think I can offer some help.
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What punctuation do I use between the words “words” and “he”? [closed]

Thousands of people gathered just to hear his motivating words he was truly an inspiration to others.
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Is this sentence grammatically correct and readable?

I came across a sentence puzzling me, can you tell me whether the use of "that of" parts is correct? why or why not. "You have been working here for 10 years, do you really need me to tell you ...
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Who is [company name] or Who are [company name] [duplicate]

I work at a company and we are redesigning our website. One of the titles of a page is about the company and who we are. There is a huge debate going on regarding how the initial question should be ...
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“The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, HAS/HAVE …” - plural or singular subject?

Is a subject singular or plural with a modifying prepositional phrase that has plural objects? Would it be "has" or "have" in this case: The earthquake, along with its subsequent aftershocks, ...
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Present participle phrase with negative auxiliary [closed]

So I was writing as any other usual days. And I encountered a problem. He does not lose his temper, being driven by his emotions. Well, after I wrote this, I could see that it was not what I ...
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is it right to say ' provide huge job opportunities to society' [duplicate]

I'm writing an essay, when I meet the grammar issue. the 'to society' is right? or should use 'to the society'? thanks.
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during + present perfect tense

Students (12-14) were asked to make an interrogative sentence from the following words using the present perfect tense: your parents/ go abroad / during summer So obviously they wrote: Have ...
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What should we call a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase?

I would like to refer to a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase, e.g., "I will recognize" in "I will recognize you". Should I call it an expression, a part of a sentence or ...
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Which phrase is more preferable and correct: “value out of range” or “value is out of range”?

The question is: "Which phrase is more preferable and correct: 'value out of range' or 'value is out of range' " in context of technical documentation, specifications and technical description. I've ...
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Is the statement “To try and manipulate” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Something seems off about the wording "try and..."
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If I didn´t live = Were I not to live?

This is a wonderful site to enhance our grammar!! I have one question: Which is the correct option?? a) - If I didn´t live in Japan, I wouldn´t eat sushi daily. b) - Were I not live in Japan, I ...
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When it is appropriate to use “-ing” in a dependent clause?

I tend to use sentences like these ones in my writings: "Bob kicked the boy, injuring his left knee." "Congress passed the brand new tariff act, increasing the prices of imported goods." ...
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The name of this grammar structure

It is a serious, and sometimes fatal, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions. I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological term, not ...
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The total “is” or “are” worth a certain amount

Which is correct? Fourteen pennies are worth fourteen cents. Fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents. The former, to me, sounds like "Each of the fourteen pennies is worth fourteen cents." The ...
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Which word usage is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Presents a rare and a valuable opportunity Or Presents a rare and valuable opportunity The job of a physician or a nurse Or The job of a physician or nurse Which word usage is correct? Thanks