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“become a President” or “become President”

If he had not been a film star, he would not have become President. In my opinion, "a President" is correct. Examples: "My dream is to be a teacher" "My dream is to be a President" ...
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Does “I wouldn't do this, if it wasn't compulsory” sound natural? [closed]

Would the above sentence sound natural? If not, what would be the modification?
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Why can we omit a phrase that ends up changing the meaning of the preceding statement

I'm certain my terminology is wrong. Sorry in advance. I'm working with a student trying to understand a tutorial on 3D modeling written in English. The student is Japanese. The translation is not ...
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“Despite not being” vs “despite of not being” [closed]

What's the different between despite not being and despite of not being? Example: She wore a turtleneck sweater and a floral skirt that reached just above her knee. Despite (of) not being ...
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Use of “one of” with “and” and “or.”

Is either of the following is proper? Are you related to one of George or Mike? Are you related to one of George and Mike? I'd like to ask a yes-or-no question to determine whether you are related ...
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Is “I always found their sight relaxing” grammatical?

I ask because the sentence returns 0 results in Google. I'm a little confused. Is the sentence grammatical? If not, what's the correct alternative? Here's an example of the sentence in a context: ...
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Past simple and Simple past

We can say both. Why ? "Simple past" seems to be the grammatically correct one (adjective first) but "Past simple" is the one we do use... Is there a reason ?
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Rose “to a crescendo” or “in a crescendo”?

What is the correct way of saying that the song grew louder gradually? His song rose in a crescendo His song rose to a crescendo.
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Past tense vs present tense [migrated]

I have a question about tenses in writing. I’m writing a short story. I am using the past tense, but I have sections where I describe people and places that are supposed to still be in existence. ...
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the verb 'declare' without a person who declares

Someone declares that the changes are aimed at combating untimeliness and incompleteness in [name of tax] tax assessment and withholding by tax agents. How would you express the said idea without ...
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Comma-use and possibly other errors in text [closed]

Are their any error the text below? Other requirements: Fluent English speaker Excellent, near perfect grammar Is the comma-use correct?
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usage of “name” as transitive verb [migrated]

I was having a look on usage of name as verb here. I could understand the meaning of following correct usages. He named his dog Shandy. He could not name his attacker. Name a pet animal. I want to ...
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Is there a generic word for “all of x type of thing”?

I am looking for a generic collective noun that can be acceptably used to refer to all existing things of some particular kind. It would apply to "all existing trees", "all existing vehicles", "all ...
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Can I Get Any Critiques For this? [closed]

I'm fifteen, and I'm writing a novel. On many websites, almost everyone says that you can't write up to perfection as a teen, and I know it's true. Because whenever I compare my writing to the works ...
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order of adjectives - deleted recent questions vs recent deleted questions

From what is introduced here, "recent" is a kind of age and "deleted" seems to be a kind of specific opinion, so this structure seems to be correct: "deleted recent questions". Actually I was ...
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Can I delete the relative adverb “where” anytime?

Can I say, "You can stand in the house Romeo and Juliet fell in love." In this case, relative adverb 'where' was deleted. But I think there should be "in" at the end of the sentence. Am I right? Can ...
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What is the word “funny” modifying in this sentence?

I don’t understand why Daniella is acting so funny. Is funny modifiying Daniella (which would make it an adjective) or is it modifying acting (making it an adverb)? Is there any way to tell ...
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Where to put the fast in and use fast or quick?

In my cover letter I have the following sentence: Furthermore I have excellent research skills and I can famililarize myself fast with new topics. I am not sure where to put the fast in. Is ...
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Which is correct: “take care” or “takes care” [duplicate]

It is imperative that he take care.... It is imperative that he takes care.... Which is correct? Are both acceptable? Thank you.
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your or you're? [closed]

Which one is correct? Why? (a) The best gift God has given you was you're precious smile. (b) The best gift God has given you was your precious mile.
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Dangling modifiers

To succeed in any endeavor, commitment is necessary. Anything wrong with this phrase? A dangling modifier?
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Noun with the definite article as a subject of a sentence

Please, help me to clarify this question. Assuming that there are many books I owe to a person and some of them are here on my table, is it correct to say: "The books I owe you are on my table"? ...
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“to” + infinitive vs. just infinitive vs. gerund after the phrase “verb for”

The Spanish verb contar translates to "to count". Which of the following would be a better way to express this in formal writing: Contar is the Spanish verb for count. Contar is the Spanish ...
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Should there be a colon before a title?

Which of the following sentences has been punctuated correctly: This recommendation is based on a European guideline: Managing Neuropathic Pain. This recommendation is based on a European ...
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Use of “Despite” [duplicate]

Which of the following two sentences is correct and why? Many middle - class South Asians find that they can not obtain good medical attention, despite the fact they need it badly or Many middle ...
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What does “don't be stupid” imply?

I was in an argument and the other party stated in his last sentence "don't be stupid". Does this statement actually mean that I am stupid and should quit being stupid or what ? Is this statement ...
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How to best include an introductory phrase before getting to the point? [closed]

This question may seem too large in scope from the title, but here's the preface to the answer I seek. I need to inform my hiring manager (HM) that I have served my last day with my current ...
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Please read Martha's story and forgive me if I interrupt your schedule. Should it be INTERRUPTED? Thank you.

English is my second language. I have a problem. Is this statement correct: Please read Martha's story and forgive me if I interrupt your schedule. Should it be INTERRUPTED? Thank you.
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How do I use this idiom ? “ pins and needles ” naturally?

I'm just curious. how can I use this " pins and needles " idiom naturally in everyday life ? like "Ouooch I had pins and needles right now ! " or "Ouooch I have pins and needles right now ! ...
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A one-off action or a series of actions in the past?

I have two sentences here whose meanings are confusing to me as they are interpreted by native speakers. 1) "When Jack did all the shopping, he went to the cafe." Means: On the days that Jack ...
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Is the use of “feel” followed by “would” incorrect in this sentence?

I am talking about a feeling that could possibly arise in a hypothetical future situation, and if the feeling did arise, the person would express it. I phrased the sentence like this: "If you feel ...
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Is the use of “would” valid when describing a hypothetical, future situation?

I am uncertain about the use of "would" in a sentence describing a hypothetical, future situation. The sentence in question is: "If you feel that way, you'd say it." In my opinion, the use of ...
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Using the word “Disposition” as a Verb

I know disposition means a persons inherent qualities of mind and character and it is a noun. i know you would say "he has a very quiet brooding disposition" but my roommate was cleaning the house and ...
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“Will have been seen” is it gramatically correct? [migrated]

I want to write a sentence which says that in the future current events at some point in time might start to be seen differently. It would be fun to know which events from the present will be seen ...
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Point of difficulty in how punctuation should be handled in and around quotations relating to software logging statements

I sent an e-mail to somebody in the office this morning that had to do with some logging statements in our software, and I wasn't quite sure how to handle commas and such around the quotation marks. ...
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Past tense progression [duplicate]

My mother was raised in a family that had placed extreme importance on filial piety. Is had superfluous, wrong, or correct? I can see arguments in both directions: Perfect past (raised) ...
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Is it common to write only one “as” in a comparison?

This is a bit hard to explain, so here's an example: Hanging above the door was a huge smiley face put there to greet visitors. I hoped the people inside were just as friendly. Is this a ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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Do you write “here is some stuff” or “here are some stuff”?

I am new here so sorry if this question has been asked before. Which one is correct "here is some stuff" or "here are some stuff" ?
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it's “means” a singular of plural

I was confused about this question: Eating garlic has long been regarded as a means of warding off malaise, and scientific research has shown that it does have some therapeutic values. why means ...
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Grammar rules for comparisons with similar structures

The original quote I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than suffer the pain of regret Variations: I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than the pain of regret I would ...
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Is the following an example of grammatical rule or stylistic rule? [duplicate]

The following question is asked quite often, or at least it seems to be: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? However, is this a question of grammar or style? It seems to be style rather ...
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Difference between “Could I please have…” and “Could I have .., please?”

What is the difference between "Could I please have..." and "Could I have .., please?"                                         
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Can “those” be used in “those good at writing” or “those who …”?

Can "those" be used in "those good at writing" or "those who ..." to refer to a group of people shared the same attribute described by the phrase after "those"? If it is possible (since I have found ...
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Use of possessive in “seven years' experience” [closed]

I am attempting to write a personal statement at the beginning of a resume and am having a quandry as to how to write the following: I am a super hero with seven years' experience in blowing out ...
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Is the use of “ were” correct in presence of “along”?

Is the following sentence, from a USA Today news article online, correct? Vinson, along with Nina Pham, were the two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who contracted the virus while ...
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sentence combine with past tense and present continuous tense

Is the following sentence correct? I have confirmed their result, also showing that their theory is acceptable. I suppose that it involves very basic grammar, but I am just not sure. Can anybody help ...
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Use of Comma with Clauses

Consider the following sentence: Anna delayed, but did not prevent the rise of the Borg. vs. Anna delayed, but did not prevent, the rise of the Borg. Which is more correct and why? Both ...
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The most fitting way to start a phone conversation with a potential employer [migrated]

I'm currently looking for a job and making a mental plan of what to say, potential questions and answers to them etc. and I was wondering what would be the best and most fitting way to start a phone ...
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Is the use of would with a stative verb to express past states ok in this sentence?

Is the use of would correct in this sentence? We didn't use to have modern equipment but we were very skilled and I would be really happy when my patients got well again.