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I want to write some mathematical sentences in the English language [closed]

I want to write these mathematical sentences in the pure English language: In this paper, for every vertex a v in G, we find a shortest path joining v and w in G. My proposed sentences are: In ...
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Is this correct? “One of the things that makes him great is…”

One of the things that makes him great is he brings it every night. I'm pretty sure it should be that make him in the plural, because one of the things is referring to a lot of things and a lot ...
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Whatever it takes / took? [closed]

"As far as he was concerned it was the discovery of the millennium, and he was prepared to do whatever it took/takes to find investment." Any knowledgeable takes on the matter?
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Use noun form of a word as a verb [closed]

I was wondering if I could use the noun form of a word as a verb. For example, "I have to summary my results before I go out today." The idea here is that one would identify the usage from context. ...
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“to be + gonna” usage [closed]

Can gonna be used without a to be verb like I gonna drink this. ? If yes, whats the difference to I am gonna drink this. What about asking questions? Do you gonna drink this? Are you gonna drink ...
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synonym for “worth finding”

Can the sentence "It's worth finding a part-time job during the holidays" be replaced by "It's good to find a part-time job during the holidays." Do they mean the same ?
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Using the definite article “the” in a particular sentence

Is it absolutely necessary to use "the" or "his"before the word "illness" in the following sentence to make it correct? Last winter Victor got such a serious infection that it took him two ...
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Present tense in Flashback story for something that is still true now?

I'm wondering whether I should use the present tense for a descriptive statement but in a past context. For example: (1) I went to the zoo and saw a giraffe last week. (2) Giraffe is a mammal with ...
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Does “The loved are happy.” make sense? [duplicate]

Could I replace "The loved ones are happy." with " The loved are happy." Is it possible to replace? I learned that 'the' plus 'adjective' means 'prural normal noun'. I think that Past participal ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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“I didn't do anything” or “I haven't done anything”

I looked at a girl and gave her a smile. My friend next to me has put a serious look on his face and is staring at me. I turned to my friend and I'd say "I didn't do anything" or "I haven't done ...
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How to use “when” in reported speech?

My friend told me: "I am going to sell my bicycle when I buy a car tomorrow". He bought a car last Monday and sold his bicycle on the same day. Now, how can I convert this to an indirect speech ...
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Fish food or Fish feed? [duplicate]

Do you need to spell it as food or as feed? Or is that different between UK english and USA english?
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. possessive continuous? Is it even valid? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if this type of construction has a name, and for that matter, if it's even grammatically correct. I can remember seeing it in certain formal texts, but not as much recently: The ...
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Polite or unrectified placement of the word please

I would please prefer to take both parts of the test on Monday. Is the placement of the word please in this sentence grammatically correct?
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Correct usage of “to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb.”

I am looking into the usage of the phrase to find oneself at daggers drawn with sb. It seems to require a person at the end of the phrase, but I would like to use it in the following way: ...
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Grammar - Passive [duplicate]

The famous artist will have been painting the mural for over six months by the time it is finished Is it correct to convert the above sentence to "passive" form as follows? The mural will ...
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explain the idiom [duplicate]

I am the novice English learner. Please explain me the idiom "What are you up to" I've already google it. But i still want you people to explain this with examples. Thanks
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He stayed while she talked / was talking to her?

He stayed while she talked to her. He waited while she was talking to her. Are both correct? What is the difference?
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Pronoun + “would rather” + (pro)noun + verb: what is a grammatical structure of such phrases? [duplicate]

In George R. R. Martin's A Game Of Thrones, there is a moment when one character says the following words: “So the slaver has become a spy. I would rather he become a corpse.” Now, I understand ...
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What is the difference between to notify something to someone and to notify someone of something

Many speakers find the construction 'to notify something to someone' incorrect (as opposed to to notify someone of something) - see for example ...
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Is “the fact there” grammatically correct?

My language exchange partner pointed out to me today that Americans like to drop "that" from the phrase "The fact that there is/are." I didn't think it was grammatically correct at first, but then ...
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“For if not, I would be crying.” [closed]

Saying "for if not" is quite common in mathematics, but I'm not sure if it is even grammatically correct in other usages. Example: -- Did you win? -- Yes, for if not I would be crying. Is "for if ...
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'that' + (pro)noun + infinitive: what grammar is behind such construct? [duplicate]

While reading a technical book, I stumbled upon the following sentence: It is important [that all Java programmers be fully versed in, and comfortable with, the traditional approach]. For me, ...
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Does this use of whether make sense? [closed]

Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence? For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.
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Will / Going to [duplicate]

I'm having some troubles with the usage of will and going to in the future tense. I have searched this problem all over Google, but I can't seem to find the universal explanation (for example, one ...
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“Too much pills and liquor” or “Too many pills and liquor”?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? My apologies if the answer to this is readily available, I haven't been able to find anything
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Adverb position in app notification

In our application, when one deletes a room, a notification message pops up. It says "Your room has been deleted successfully". I have been taught that adverbs are often supposed to precede the verb, ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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Not until ( sentence ) + do (sentence)

Can someone explain the structure of the following sentence? It was not until hours later did I find him. Does it have anything to do with emphasis ?
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“had better find” or “had better found” [closed]

I recently wrote "we had better find a way to do X" but a proofreader has corrected this to "we had better found a way to do X". Which is correct and why?
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What is the scope of the word 'Augment'?

The dictionary meaning of the word Augment is to make (something) greater by adding to it. Is the scope of the word restricted to just quantity or does it extend to quality as well? For example: 'Her ...
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Is it “is” or “are” in “There is/are two of us here”? [duplicate]

I have a question, which one of these sentences would be grammatically correct, or can they both be? There is two of us here. Or, There are two of us here.
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“helpful for you” or “helpful to you”

Which is more correct? "is helpful for you" or "is helpful to you" Context: Closing line of an email. eg. "I hope this information is helpful for you."
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Plurality of phrases describing categories of objects

When talking about a specific category of objects, does it make more sense to attach plurality to the label of the category, as in: Dogs are in the kingdom of animals, which also include cats. ...
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Please identify the independent clause/s in this sentence

I am trying to understand where the independent clause/s are in the following sentence: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this ...
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Do I use “has” or “have” when talking about a sports team? [duplicate]

For example, if I want to talk about a team's chances of winning a competition, which of these would be correct? What do I say? United have the best chance of winning. United has the best ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [closed]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Can I put a comma before as well?

Can a comma be placed before as well? People aren’t just struggling with the snow near their homes, it’s affecting their daily travels as well.
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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What is the difference between three sentences?

There are three sentences. He watched TV reading the book. (with no comma between TV and reading) He watched TV, reading the book. (with a comma between TV and reading) He watched TV to ...
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Do,does, is and are with multiple subjects [duplicate]

i m really confused about these two things: First this : is emma stone and sharon stone related or are emma stone and sharon stone related? 2nd question: do your girlfriend and her friends want to ...
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“What about you?” vs “How about you?” meaning [closed]

When a person is asked a question, and wants to repeat the same to the asker, what is the difference, or which is more common, between these two statements, How about you? or What about you? For ...
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items, pieces, sets [closed]

Are there any rules which govern the choice between items, pieces, sets? Which one is correct? 1) I have two pieces of advice/news. - I have two items of advice/news. 2) I have two sets of scales. ...
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How to find out an Irony in a sentence [duplicate]

How can I find out what Irony has been used in a sentence?
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Using 'rather' before or after a verb

Out of the two sentences : I should've written rather a diary. I should've rather written a diary. Which one's correct if I want to convey the meaning that I wrote something else earlier and ...
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Is this phrase correct? “SNP erases dads from family life” [closed]

I recently saw the following headline on the front page of a national newspaper: "SNP erases dads from family life" While I have little confidence in my knowledge of grammar, and doubt a national ...
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Possessive when both refer to a plural: “Hume's and Kant's moral systems” or “Hume and Kant's moral systems”?

Title says it all. What's the correct possessive to use when they both refer to the same noun? "Hume's and Kant's moral systems" or "Hume and Kant's moral systems"? Hume and Kant both have one moral ...
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Is it possible to make passive voice of following sentences [closed]

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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I only or I myself? or something else? [migrated]

What should I say when I want to convey that the job was done by me when asked by someone. (In the context of no one but me) I only did this or I myself did this?