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“Service Service”?

If I offer a service called, "Email Answering Service" and need to have a service agreement signed with my customer, what should the title of the document be: Email Answering Service Agreement? ...
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What does the following sentence mean?

Specifically,what does the line "which all the rooms opened off" mean.Does the hallway have these doors which were open?
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Adverbial phrase

What is an adverbial phrase ? I recently learnt 'to boot' , meaning in addition, as well. And someone was saying it is an adverbial phrase. I think I know what is an adverb, but never learnt of ...
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Were or was, and why?

I've written the following sentence It were those vespertine saunters that made him survive the work week My grammar checking tool would like me to replace 'were' with 'was'. Is this correct ...
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The 's' or 'es' word [migrated]

Where do exactly put the 's' or 'es' word on the sentences? And why using that word on sentence? And when the right time to add the 's' or 'es' word?
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Discrete units of continuous quantity

Is it proper to speak of units of a continuous quantity as if they are discrete or continuous? For example, I never know whether I should say that some food has "less calories" than another food ...
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Correct order of addressing

While writing an email on behalf of 2 other people. Should I write.. Savin, Steve and Myself Or Myself, Savin and Steve.. ? I remember reading somewhere it is always, first person, second and ...
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Correct use of ampersand

In writing a dedication as for a plaque, certificate or book, is using the ampersand acceptable? As in William & Rose Smith. Or should it be written as William and Rose Smith ?
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Why is it possible to delete “or” in this sentence?

He plays it well,(or) at least better than you. I am told by aparente001 that it is possible to omit "or" in this sentence. But I am not quite sure how it is possible. Can any of you guys ...
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Deleting “or” in this sentence

He plays it good, (or) at least better than you. Can I omit word "or" in this sentence like this? He plays it good, at least better than you. The reason I am asking it is because of this ...
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Is “screw you” an example of a performative utterance?

Performative utterances often take the form of declarative sentences with which the speaker performs the action denoted by some performative verb (e.g. promise, declare etc.). In so doing, the ...
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Grammatical rule for using no article with nouns

I can use "Listing Activation Codes" in an article whose description is the following: Use the following API route to list activation codes and their values. ​In this description, I mean that ...
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“What days are the library open” vs. “What days is the library open”?

I feel instinctively that the former is correct. However, the phrase "... are the library open" seems strange to me. What is the grammatical rule makes one of these correct over the other?
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“Waving in dismissal” means that she waved goodbye or that she gestured to be dismissed?

"I waved her in dismissal and left the room only to perceive the fact that she’s never left my mind." I don't really get it.
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What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? [closed]

He isn't meant to be disrespectful. He didn't mean to be disrespectful.
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“There are no injuries” opposed to “There are not any injuries”

There has been an argument over whether one or both of these is correct and as well, which one is correct and technical, proper English. "There are no injuries" and "There are not any injuries".
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that clause and omitting relative pronoun

can we omit "that" in the sentence" what happened to the money that was on the table?" I mean can this sentence be written "what happened to the money on the table? please help!
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how comes this horrible world to exist?

In the quote below, what does the first line mean? "How comes this horrible world to exist?" Catice did not answer. "Who is Surtur?" source: A Voyage to Arcturus What I understand is: How ...
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Problems when describing a subject

A person should not think that happiness is the total pleasure enjoyed. In this sentence, "enjoyed" comes after the subject it describes, even though it is not a phrase or clause. I thought only ...
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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How to use Let grammar? [closed]

I have two sentences but I don't know which one is correct - Let the problem be resolved Let the problem to be resolved Could you plz explain this?
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Is it “the present he” or “the present him”?

For example: The present he/him had no choice but to run away. If reworded, I would put something like: He presently had no choice but to run away. But then, it could also be reworded to: ...
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About fantasy species/ race names

I'm not a native English speaker, but I like the language and want to learn all about it. I'm also an active world builder and I made a few species/ races, but I'm having trouble to see what is the ...
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Preposition in vs. of

Which is correct; "in" poverty or "of" poverty? The children have survived 10 years of poverty. or The children have survived 10 years in poverty. Thank you!
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ratio expressions which are correct

If a:b=1:2, which of the following would be correct? a) The ratio of a and b is 1:2 b) The ratio of a to b is 1:2 c) The a to b ratio is 1:2. d) The ratio of the two variables is 1:2 e) The ratio ...
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“even if original gets changes” or “even if original changes”

Which would be the grammatically correct form of this sentence? This object will not change his state anymore, even if original gets changes. or This object will not change his state ...
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“It is good for me.” or “It is good to me.” [closed]

I am confused between these two statements. It is good for me. It is good to me. Which one is correct? or both are correct? When which statement should we use?
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How should I phrase question sentences? [migrated]

What are you doing? What you are doing? Are both sentences correct? If so, then what is the difference between them?
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Having some trouble with figuring out what tense is appropriate

My heart was set on the blah blah blah program offered at blank university; it had (has) a lot of positive feedback from previous students and it also offered (offers) an interesting variety of ...
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Does “Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely” sound right?

Anyone who does this, he will be punished severely. This is a sentence structure that is very frequently used. But there are two clauses that are connected only by a comma that does not serve as ...
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Verbal phrase as object complement

I have you returning the car on August 9 here at the airport. Dose "returning the car" act as an participle phrase as an object complement ? OR Does the phrase "returning the car" act as an object ...
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Why can't you use the word me before a proper noun

As per the title, i dont understand why it is grammatically incorrect to say "me and John went to the park" as opposed to "John and I went to the park" looking for any help on this available
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% increase, fold increase, which and which are correct?

If the amount of A was 10 but has changed to 20, which of the following would be correct? a) It increased 100%. b) It increased by 100%. c) It showed an increase by 100%. d) It showed an increase ...
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Using “will have” with the past participle [duplicate]

I came across the following example from the textbook Advanced Grammar in Use by Martin Hewings. To say that we think a past situation actually happened, we use will have + past participle: ...
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Past Perfect with only one verb (action) in sentence

I was taught that: The past perfect is used to emphasize that an action was completed before another took place e.g.: I was very tired as I hadn't slept well for several days But there are ...
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Participle phrase v.s Gerund phrase

Question : "I saw a man wearing a pink shirt as he came into the house." As a object complement, which phrase complete the object in the sentence above? Participle or gerund phrase?
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The use of “ of ”

He was one of the original developers of the Unix version of the Netscape browser. He was one of the original developers of the Netscape browser of the Unix version. What is the difference? And ...
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What grammar rule is used here?

A couple of ministers had to resign too, among them Interior Minister Fouchet. I don't know what type of rule is used to delete needed "was" in this sentence. My opinion is that "was" should ...
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Verb and adjective usage

Since adjectives are used to describe nouns, can verbs be used to describe nouns as well? For example: Two men standing with clenched fists are US athletes. Here fist is a noun and to describe ...
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A special grammatical function of “me”

In a book I read about all kinds of behavioural oddities people displayed when travelling alone. Then the author continued to mention his own idiosyncrasies by writing "Me, I get a sort of ...
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Verb and noun usage

Since all nouns can be used as verbs so can all the verbs be used as nouns ? Another query : Is there any sentence possible without a verb ?
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Singular or plural verb: “In some instances, Luke's Gospel alone ['recount' or 'recounts']”?

In some instances, Luke's Gospel alone [recount or recounts] ... Should the verb be with an s or without?
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Explain the grammar of “have had” in the sentence [migrated]

In a book A Clash of Kings from the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, I found this sentence and can't understand the meaning of have had in it. I should have had him killed ...
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% higher two times higherg

A is 50 cm high. How high is B, if: a) B is 200% taller than A b) B is taller than A by 200 % c) B has 200% the height of A d) B is 200% as high as A e) B is two times higher than A
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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Past continuous reporting verb in indirect speech

In indirect speech if the reporting verb is in past tense, then the verb in subordinate clause will also be in past tense. Ex- He said that he was going to see movie. What tense will be used in ...
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What is the grammar of these two sentence from 'The Economist'?

To arrive at an answer, Mr Harris combs through what remains of our pre-internet lives, separating the things we will carry forward into the connected world from the worthy things we may leave ...
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The present continuous tense vs. the future continuous tense

I am working tomorrow. I will be working tomorrow. I know these two sentences mean the same thing for planned future action, but which one is better to use?
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A tool for unveiling the underlying disease [closed]

"A tool for unveiling the underlying disease" Does this correct?
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why does it use simple present tense in the following sentence<describing league of legends> [migrated]

"bilgewater devours itself as a shadowed figure RETURNS admist the fire." shouldn't it be like(bilgewater devours itself as a shadowed figure returning admist the fire) ?