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Not much has/have changed [duplicate]

Which of the above is correct? I am in a dilemma which one is correct. I have an inkling that has is right.
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“was-was” or “was-is” [closed]

Which one is correct? I was wondering if it {was|is} not too late to ask if you could give me ...
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Which, which book/one

Can you use which as a pronoun in this sentence? Which are you reading, the old book or the new one? I mean is it necessary to use a noun or pronoun after which and say "which book/one are you ...
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Should 'AA Battery' be written with 'an' or 'a'?

As we say "I need a double A battery" and write the battery as 'AA Battery', should we use 'a AA battery' or 'an AA battery' when writing about this object? Thought it was interesting and would like ...
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Can distinct be used as a verb? [closed]

I have been using distinct in a verb form for many years, and I'm not sure how I picked it up. I use it in the form like this, "I distincted myself". To my ears, it sounds right - distinct-ing, so to ...
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Usage of “on” in the phrase “on our team”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Alice on our team has been excellent in managing tasks." I'd rather substitute "from" or "in" instead of the "on" in this sentence. Can someone ...
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Why is the usage of split infinitives so controversial? [closed]

I know that some consider the usage of this as wrong grammar. I also realise that depending on the sentence context, the usage/non-usage of split infinitives can lead to changes in sentence structure ...
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The usage of 'half out' [closed]

I'm reading a book and I've got a problem with the following sentence: Her door crushed open, the woman half out into the street. How to interpret the second part of the sentence? Does it means ...
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Which elements can be omitted from the “not only … but also” construction?

Since, by this answer, both of these sentences are correct: Not only should you be able to speak, but also should you be able to write. Not only should you be able to speak, but also to ...
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Get onto/ into the train [duplicate]

I know "to get onto the train", but is it correct to say "to get into the train"? If so, when do we have to use it?
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is the phrase “something is tops” grammatically correct?

I came across the following tech. presentation, and the first sentence annoys me: "0.5 to 0.55 is tops for similar problems". Wouldn't it be better to write "is best" because "is tops" doesn't sound ...
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What's the proper and formal way of asking “Didn't we used to do …”? [duplicate]

I saw it used in an article online, and it doesn't seem proper to me because of the two past tenses used together. But since "use to" can't be used here, I don't know what would be the proper way. ...
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Is it OK to use imperative after a conditional?

Is it allowable to use imperative after an "if" clause in past tense, e.g If you told your secret to anyone, don't ask him/her to be quiet.
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Can I use both “a/an” and “the” to point out same thing? [closed]

How can I use the indefinite article "a/an" to point out something and, to accomplish the same thing, use the definite article "the"?
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Which of the following sentences is correct and why? [closed]

We have been asked to correct the error in the sentence : Either he or I is right. The only possible change that I can think of goes like this : Either I or he is right. Am I right? It will be ...
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Correct use of or and nor

Which is the correct use of nor and or in the following sentence? We pursued careers that we sought after and achieved, and entered others that we never expected or thought possible. Is it “or” ...
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Using “aren't they”? [closed]

Is the sentence "The apples are red, aren't they?" grammatically correct? If i remove the contraction it becomes, "The apples are red, are not they?" which does not sound right to me.
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past progressive with always

Hi^^ I'm a student learning English. I learned in a class that either present or past progressive can be used to express a negative reaction to a situation. The explanations on the lecture note ...
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On Interrogative Sentence [duplicate]

Is it correct to make a sentence interrogative only with question mark (and tone) and without following essential grammatical rules? For example, people usually say You are going to the stadium? ...
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Is “similar” necessary here?

I hope someone someday falls for me the way Wenger has fallen for Diaby. Or, I hope someone someday falls for me similarly to the way Wenger has fallen for Diaby. Please elaborate.
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Might be delayed Vs Might get delayed

Could someone help me clarify the difference between these two sentences? Here is the scenario. Due to technical glitch publishing a sales report may take longer than i expected. Sentence 1: Report ...
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Avoiding ambiguity when listing Items

I'm trying to avoid ambiguity when writing a list of items. My confusion comes from describing one item using multiple adjectives versus a list of similar items. My examples are: 1) I ate green ...
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Omitting “that” in a sentence

If I were to say, "I hope that this will work", would it also be correct to say, "I hope this will work"? Would both be grammatically correct?
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I have a doubt about this phrase [closed]

Is 'Is something been up with you' correct? Or is it only correct if I mention 'has been'? Please reply.
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“With naked eyes” vs. “With the naked eyes” [closed]

Are the following sentences grammatically correct and have the same meaning? "You can see it with naked eyes" "You can see it with the naked eyes" Let's say you are watching stars with your ...
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A quick grammar question [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct ? "It looks like even if it was a 600-700 pages long book then it could have also been successfully funded, right ?" Thanks!
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What is the difference between in email and by email? [closed]

I have learnt it {in|by} email which was sent by my boss.
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Basic Grammar for a beginner [closed]

Can I ask "Does she speak foreign languages?" instead of asking "Does she speak a foreign language?" And what is the difference between the two?
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“on” or “at” par [closed]

Which is correct: "on par" or "at par"? I'm not sure if "on" or "at" is appropriate, or if both are appropriate depending on the usage. Can someone please give some guidance? His cooking skills are ...
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The solution of so/but/since and because? [closed]

What do you think about the options of this case, i hav chosen the A", it's a little tricky?
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Point, points, or points' distribution in space? [duplicate]

Let's say there are 10 points on a plane, and I'd like to describe their distribution as homogeneous. Which of the following is correct? The point distribution is homogeneous. The points ...
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A sentence after a comma without any explicit coordination conjunction, is it allowed?

Consider this sentence from Bill Gate's book (Business @ the Speed of Thought: Using a Digital Nervous System) We had to build an internet system that was so convenient, customers got more value ...
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Most appropriate pronoun to refer to something that claims to be human

... prevent claimed users (which/who are in fact bots)... In the above sentence, what's the most appropriate choice to refer to the users that are in fact bots? I think, which is correct one, ...
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Is there a name for the abbreviated syntax used in signs?

For instance, a train sign might say South bound trains this platform rather than Use this platform to take a Southbound train. There is an interesting lack of articles and sometimes verbs, is there ...
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What does “sift through the jargon” mean? [closed]

What does Mr. Richard Quest mean by "... so we'll sift through the jargon." in this video script? The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled in the last five years. There's more ...
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“The oxen's poop is all over the place”?

Apostrophes are used to show ownership. If the thing that owns something is plural, then we are supposed to put the apostrophe after the "s". For example: "Three cats' toys are all over the floor" ...
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Semi-colon or colon?: “Text me your information; I want to stay in touch with you”

I am studying for the ACT. In my study book it says: use a colon after a complete sentence before a clarification. It also says: use a semicolon to join two complete, related sentences in the place of ...
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How to use 'No More' in your sentence?

Which sentence is correct when I try to express the mean of "I don't go there any more"?, "I don't go there no more" or "I go there no more" ?
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Connotations of “Is there any” vs “Are there any”

For countable nouns, both "Is there any x?" and "Are there any x?" are grammatical and correct. But what nuance / connotation differences are there between them? For example, if we're searching for ...
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What is the purposes of the past perfect tense in the paragraph?

A third coatless man wiped his bald head with a striped kerchief while he growled at them.     "Easy with it. Easy, I said! You motherless weasels knock a lens out of ...
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Is there any difference in meaning among the definite, the indefinite and zero article when we make generic nouns?

I learned in class that: a. A tiger is a dangerous animal. b. Tigers are dangerous animals. c. The tiger is a dangerous animal. These three sentences are used generically. But I just ...
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The bank/ a bank [duplicate]

Which one is the right one? I am not surprised that Mike is in prison. He robbed {a|the} bank two years ago.
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Replacing “and” with comma

EB size and structure is known to influence differentiation potential, and the microwell system provides a robust, efficient method of producing EBs of any size or shape. I've seen many sentences ...
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Except (for) me

Despite several posts around preposition for except, such as this and this one, I'm still not sure if I understand how to use it correctly. In fact, following sentence (part of a song) has confused ...
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Posititon of an adverb of manner with participles

I have seen many rules about position of an adverbs with finite forms of verbs but I can't find the rule about where to place an adverb with nonfinitive verbs. For example which of the sentence sounds ...
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If condition question [closed]

If he hadn't had the news , what would he ( has - have ) done ? Well, I doubt it's ( have ) but not sure. And I can't find keywords to search for in either google or stackexchange.
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Use of “Would” instead of “Will”

Could someone explain me why we should use "Would" in this sentence instead of "will"? "April 1, 2014, the day which I would never forget in my life as Microsoft has awarded me with the Most ...
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What does this English question want?

The process of belonging to a group may be welcoming AND daunting. How does the introduction used in the play support this? Do you have to find an introducion that supports the idea that ...
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is it thoughts by or thoughts from

I'm creating a question and would like to know if the phrase I plan to use is grammatically correct: I would like to determine your thoughts on the matter by asking you to answer two questions. ...
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Should the subjunctive form have been used in this sentence?

I read this in a Facebook post today: "If his participation in the Kardashian circus wasn't already a sign that he were mentally ill, then this is the slam dunk." I would be grateful if ...