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to be a bit more together

Is this sentence grammatical? You'll have to be a bit more together when you have kids. .................................. Together : Being a 'together' person can mean having well-organised ideas, ...
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Which sentence is correct?

I ate pizzas on Sundays. I ate pizza on Sundays. Pizza is both uncountable and countable. In these sentences, can I see any different meaning? Or one of them is wrong?
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Can start a sentence using the conjunction or?

I'm doing this essay that's due in a week and I'm a little stuck. It's a compare and contrast essay and I'm starting a sentence using the conjunction or. Can you do that or do you a have to use ...
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Can't tell if a sentence is grammatically correct [duplicate]

I was just cashing a check at a bank, and on the wall I saw that they had a hanging message; it read: "I wish there were a bank that believed in me." I feel odd about there were, in that sentence. In ...
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Antecedent of “whose common theme is death of fathers” in Hamlet

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1. Scene 2 Claudius: Fie! 'tis a fault to heaven, A fault against the dead, a fault to nature, To reason most absurd; whose common theme Is death of ...
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Use of the word “entire”

Why should I use the words "entire group of boys" instead of "entire boys". I know the first one is correct but can't explain why other than it sounds right. I need to explain why as part of a paper.
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How does one call a person who is next in line within a business process?

A business process consists of several consecutive steps, such that if a process flows from one step to another then the pair of steps is considered single-way connected. How does one call a person or ...
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Why are these words ungrammatical [duplicate]

Can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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Why are these words ungrammatical

I can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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Should the noun be singular or plural in the expression “…one of, if not the, [superlative] [noun]…”?

A common English expression takes the form of "It was one of, if not the, best experience[s] of my life." In this expression, what is the correct number for "experience[s]"?
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present simple plus past simple in the if-clause

Please help me understand whether I can use the past simple tense with the present simple tense in one if-clause. My example is the question that I want to ask when speaking with English native ...
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In the phrase “man enough”, is man an adjective?

I do realize that the phrase "to be man enough" is an idiom. But I wonder what is the grammatical/syntactic role that man plays in it. Is it an uncountable noun? An adjective? An adverb? Or perhaps ...
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Can 'holidays' take a singular verb form?

In the thread accompanying the question The holidays are a good time to be with family, Colin Fine writes The holidays is a good time..., which I don't think is idiomatic even in the US I'd ...
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When using “unless”, does noun or pronoun come first?

Usually in a sentence, we define the noun before using pronoun when it is clear that the pronoun is referring to a specific noun. For example, "John said that he...." rather than "He said that ...
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The grammatical parts of speech in 'As ____ as when ___'

What parts of speech are the each of the individual words in as penniless as when. For example when used in the following sentence: They were as penniless as when the little man found them.
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“getting eaten” vs “being eaten”

There was a passage which had a blank, which I had to fill in. The sentence was ...can save a worm from _______ up by a bird. I wrote getting eaten, but was informed that the correct answer ...
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I hope I will have you enjoying this lecture

Recently I posed this question: I want to express at the beginning of the lesson that I hope that all my listeners will enjoy my speech. Can I use the causative structure? I hope I will have you ...
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''I hope so.'' vs ''I hope not.''

If I want to agree on a negative sentence, which sentence can I use? How about the following case? A: Believe me.I'm not telling a lie. B:
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words used for pseudo-subject [duplicate]

Based on what I have understood from the answers given, the word 'there' is what is called 'pseudo-subject' if it introduces a sentence. I want to know whether there are other words that can act as ...
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Can a person be “responsible” to another person?

I came across this statement in a policy/guideline text: "He/she is responsible to the MD for maintaining the accuracy of this Guidelines. The Guidelines shall be adopted annually by the MD even if no ...
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“Of course, it cost the companies some money, but also helps increase their profit.” Is this sentence correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct "Of course, it cost the companies some money, but also helps increase their profit."? As I know, sometimes, we can use infinite verb with singular subject to ...
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if + should or if + present simple or … Too many ways to say the same thing

What is the difference between the following sentences: We have no jobs at present, but if the situation should change, we will contact you. We have no jobs at present, but if the situation ...
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What is a Prepositional complement?

Could someone tell me what Prepositional complement is? The text that brought this issue up says: ... a possessive is used as Prepositional complement. They give an example: what business is ...
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Can a be verb and an ordinary verb share the same subject?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? An apple is red and has a spherical shape. In comparison, I'm pretty sure that the following sentences are correct: An apple is red and green. ...
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Can “what” be a plural interrogative pronoun? [closed]

I searched Google Books for "what make you". https://www.google.co.jp/?gws_rd=ssl#q=%22what+make+you%22&tbm=bks&start=70 Here are some examples: God answered and said "Jesus held ...
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What's wrong with “her first devotion was to dancing”?

In Susan Sontag's review of The Last of the Nuba, Fascinating Fascism, by Leni Riefenstahl, one can read among other things: Could the publishers have let LR write the jacket copy herself? One ...
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Correct or proper usage of “I” v. “we” [duplicate]

Would it be proper to say "Here is a picture of my cousins and I". Is it improper to say me instead of I?
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Is “'the most tawdry’ race-baiting” ungrammatical?

When I was transcribing the following sentence of Time magazine’s (September 1st issue) article ’”The Tragedy of Ferguson”; “We elected a black man with a Muslim name to be President. What other ...
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Is the use of “review”, “has identified”, “has contributed” and “indicate” right?

Is the use of "review", "has identified", "has contributed" and "indicate" right? Thank you. *The above studies apply to the research problem because they review lack of nursing programs faculty and ...
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Did I show you my graduation photo or have I shown you my graduation photo?

So I was on my way home from school, and I overheard two people talking about something. The one asked the other: ''Did I show you my graduation photo?'', I asked my self whether it shouldn't be ...
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Comma before “than” [What better way to celebrate.., than…]

I'd really appreciate some help on this one. Do I use comma in the following sentence? What better way to celebrate 30 years of [name of my local football club], than with a win against [name of ...
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Update or updating of <something>…?

Can anyone give me a clarification on this sentence please: Some administrations request additional documents for the update of your civil status. Some administrations request additional documents ...
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“A person skillful at what he does” vs. “A skillful person at what he does”

I was helping a friend with an ESL test, and the question was looking for the answer "Practice can make a person skillful at what he does". One of the students answered with "Practice can make a ...
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''A and B are the same'' vs ''A and B is the same'' [closed]

I found these sentences below in my dictionary. ''His car and mine are the same'' ''Is postman and mailman the same?'' Would you please teach me the difference between ''A and B are the same'' and ...
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Active or passive? [closed]

I have a question mainly regarding whether my sentence is active or passive. But also I would like to ask if it has a bad structure? A piece of paper with a couple of paragraphs almost entirely ...
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Need someone to explain the structure of the sentence for me

For the following sentences: It is invalid, however, to apply both attributes to the same settings property. Such an attempt will cause an exception to be thrown. First, are the above ...
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Trendy fashion phrases in press releases

How appropriate is it to use trendy fashion words in a press release? A fresh season truly requires a new wardrobe for the fashion-forward style setter. The surest bets? Stripes, lace, leather, ...
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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Adverb clause: his delight evident

I recently have come across a clause, his delight evident, reading a novel. Which I have found tricky to understand. I have been able to get to the meaning yet not to the structure it possesses. Here ...
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Pseudo-subject verb agreement [duplicate]

Please, I want to know the meaning of pseudo-subject and its agreement with verbs. Please, show me the rules even without examples.
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Is there a pre-defined way to describe this grammatical mistake?

I'm wondering if there's a dictionary defined expression for expressions like: "There are many facets to the world in which we live in". One of those "in"s is redundant. But I'm curious if there's a ...
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Would “Human Resources are excited or is excited” correct? [duplicate]

Would "Human Resources are excited or is excited" be correct?
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whether or not usage [closed]

Waiting for the answer whether or not configuration changes helped? I am struggling with the second part of the question. Does this sentence correct or i need to change it?
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Willingness to learn a language / “reactivate” school knowledge [closed]

In a job ad it says that one should be able to speak German and Polish and that one should be willing to learn French. I had French in school and now I want to express my willingness to learn French ...
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Is it correct to use multiple adjectives that mean the same thing as one adjective?

I came across this quote from some popular guy who likes to use big words and I was wondering if it's correct. Their vacuous posturing, pharissaical sanctimonies and sadducceical homilies now ...
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Does this grammatically make sense? [closed]

I make new videos on every other Fridays OR I make new videos every other Friday? And also is it right to say "No one would notice if i'd forgot to put blush on one side of my face?"
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How to pied-pipe “only in respect to which … by … rule”?

I'm trying to pied-pipe the last dependent clause for simplicity, following Prof Lawler's comment: ...but not to legislative facts that will produce adverse consequences to them [//] only in ...
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Can a past participle phrase be passive voice?

The man, although shown to be innocent, was persecuted. Would the participle "shown" in the sentence above constitute as passive voice? I thought that since the participle was in a participle ...
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Can “what” be plural? [duplicate]

I searched The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) for "what make you". 10 results were returned. Here are some of the results. GROSS: So what happens, in a way, is that this young star ...
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Morphemes Need help really bad [closed]

I need help with some mutliple choice If the word glub means 'a silly remark' a possible verb meaning 'to say something silly' could be: a) glubber b)glubby c)glub d)glubberish e)glubbly