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Being a cricketer,I have to practice every day to be fit vs I have to practice everyday being a cricketer to be fit

1)Being a cricket player,I have to practice every day to be fit. (using participle rule ) 2)I have to practice every day being a cricket player to be fit. (what about this? ) Please tell me the ...
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Adverbs in noun phrase coordination

Consider the following example sentence: The ball often hit the tree and never the man. I am trying to represent this sentence as a constituency-based parse tree, but I am having a hard time ...
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how it is vs how is it / how that is vs how is that

I'm very confuse about how to use these. They sound pretty the same to me: How is it possible? How it is possible (should I put a question mark here?) How is that possible? How that is possible Is ...
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Can we say, “People should be made admire the winners”? [closed]

We can say: "I'll make the people admire the winners", but can we make it in passive voice? Is it possible to say:"People should be made admire the winners"? Thanks in advance
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Is “The lake is going to be busy all weekends” correct [closed]

Title sums it up, it sounds weird, but is it worded correctly? As well as grammatically correct?
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Change of voice within a sentence

I am currently proof-reading a technical manual and am coming across numerous instances of sentence structure which I believe to be incorrect. Here's an example: After filling in a custom field, ...
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The Role of “Show” in my sentence

I have a question about the subject of below sentence. This competition to build houses and show dominance led to the destruction of trees. I think the subject is "This competition to build houses ...
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Hope+would/could [closed]

I came across some sentences in a courseook for ESL students and cannot figure their grammar out. Please tell me what the differences in usage are, if any, or how frequent structures 2 and 3 are. 1- ...
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Being a movie lover I like watching lots of movies vs Being a movie lover,I like watching lots of movies

As I am a movie lover, I like watching lots of movies. By using participle rule,we can write -1) Being a movie lover, I like watching lots of movies. But I have seen many times this type of ...
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Periphrase for phrase “I did something” [migrated]

At work, I often encounter with a sentence like this "Added button to form". Meaning of this sentence is "I've added button to form" or "Button was added to form". Is it correct to use the sentence "...
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Use of “that of [something]”

I have a few related questions. In formal writing, can I use "that of [something]" in the following way? the percentage of spending on coffee is 50% of the total and that of milk was ...
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Question about use of “engage” [closed]

"Enterprises engaging in foreign trade" or "Enterprises engaged in foreign trade", which one is correct, thanks!
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How to understand without clause? [closed]

I am reading this tutorial, and run into the following statement: This is an SHA-1 checksum of the commit’s contents, which ensures that the commit will never be corrupted without Git knowing ...
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Is 'feeble' used correctly in this sentence?

Sentence:"This belt is too feeble." Google search shows it as an adjective, curious if it can be used in another way. Edit: I mean to say the belt is weak.
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“As I used to” vs “Like I used to” [duplicate]

In sentences such as: We could go down to the fishing village, just ______ we used to. Is there a right or wrong preposition to use, between "as" and "like"? What would be the difference?
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Using “had” vs “have” in conjunction with “previous”

This is a rather pedantic question and the only reason I ask is because something sounds wrong to me. Say someone is giving instructions to a person to write down a name they used to go by but no ...
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differences between sentences with 'sorry'

What are the differences between the following sentences with 'sorry': I'm sorry for disturbing you. I'm sorry to disturb you. I'm sorry to have disturbed you. I'm sorry that I disturbed you. I'm ...
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Differences between past perfect and past perfect continuous [migrated]

In the book, Advanced grammar in use says The past perfect continuous is mainly used in written texts and is less common in speech. what is the reason of that and how do people use the past ...
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When gravitational waves were proven, we soon solved the last remaining questions “on”/“of” teleportation?

Which one is correct? "On teleportation" or "of teleportation". Obviously I want to say that teleportation is (since gravitational waves were proven) possible. Or are both solutions wrong? :D Thanks ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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Present Perfect with “yesterday”?

Is it possible to say "I've told you that yesterday" if the meaning is "you should already know it", thus being directly related to the present? The moment in the past is not the important part, but ...
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use of possessive case with compound object

I need advice on the meaning of the phrase "in respect of the employer's employees or former employees" I would read that phrase as equivalent to the phrase "in respect of the employer's employees or ...
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Regardless of Ving

Please help to see if the two sentences are correct? *Regardless of being criticized by others, he thinks that I should keep on doing what I like to do. *Regardless of being bullied in class, his ...
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Punctuation of direct speech

My question is to with punctuation of direct speech. In particular, when it is correct to take a new paragraph? Eg :- "No,"he snapped. She answered brightly,"But, it is a good idea." I think this ...
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Usage of conditional in past

I am a non-native speaker, currently reading English fiction to improve my language skills. I stumbled over the following sentence: [...] every creeping sound of the night was magnified, and if ...
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-ing verbs after comma

I need to know if the usage of the gerund form in the following sentence is correct: The relations between the countries cold due to the piercing statements by the President in 2007, criticizing the ...
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The influence of non-native speakers on the English language

I can’t lay my hands on the reference, but David Crystal has reported an increase in the use of informations by native speakers, as a result of its use by non-native speakers. The OED has 59 citations ...
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What is the meaning of ' like mom what do you mean I can't go get tacos at 3 am? ' [closed]

going back home after being in college for 9 months is weird. like mom what do you mean I can't go get tacos at 3 am?? ur kidding, right? https://twitter.com/FemaleTexts/status/737901576690405376
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Is it correct if using “It's he”? [closed]

I'm reading a book, it says: If anyone has reason to think of himself as special, it's he. Is this correct? I think It should be It's him right? If this is still correct, what is the reason of ...
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is it correct to use “their” instead of “his/her”? [duplicate]

We know that we use singular pronoun with everyone or everyperson but i want to know that with everybody we also use a singular pronoun or plural?
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For an infinitive functioning as an object, is it necessary that its logical subject should be identical with the subject of the sentence?

Some grammarians claims: when an infinitive functions as an object, its logical subject must be identical with the subject of the sentence. (seen in a book on grammatical analysis) Is it obligatory? ...
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Should I use “continue to be” or “continue being”?

In this sentence, I cannot make up my mind... Which one is correct? Or which one is better, in case both are correct. This feature allows setting whether the Application Bar will continue to be ...
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“Stories are so much a part of our lives that many people seldom think about them.” : The use of 'so' and 'so much' as intensifiers

There are 176 hits in COCA for [be] so much a part of, including the title and: 1- It actually is so much a part of life. 2- Law is so much a part of me, I don't think I'll ever be able to let ...
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Relative clauses: “I did the best I could.”

I did the best I could. The sentence above can be rephrased: I did the best that I could. In these two examples (that) I could is a relative clause. However, I am not sure whether it is ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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Don't change vs Wouldn't change

I'm not a native speaker, and I'm having some issues with those two constructions: I wouldn't change X for Y. For me, this construction gives out the idea of "not having desire of changing X for ...
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'When' conditional from question

Could you tell, is it correct to say I'm planning to do (things), when I get the results, meaning I have a plan to do things, as soon as I get results ?
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worried to V/ worried about Ving

Which one of the following is correct? She is worried to walk on the street alone at night. She is worried about walking on the street alone at night
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Can a prepositional phrase act as an indirect object?

For example, in the sentence: I baked a cake for my mom. Direct object (DO): cake Indirect object (IO): for my mom Some webpages say IO can only come before DO While others explain that a ...
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Operations names [closed]

Why operation names start with word "operation", ex. Operation Killer? As far as I know, the correct phrase is Killer Operation. Thanks
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How to use “seem” + noun

What is the difference between these two: 1- It seems water. 2- It seems to be water.
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If a “cooking show” is grammatical, why not a “cooking book”?

I enjoy cooking, and I've been told I'm quite a good cook. I have several cookery books 1 at home, mostly on Italian and British cooking, but not one is written by a famous cookery writer 2. I've ...
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preposition used with mathematical operators [closed]

Is "minus with" or "minus by"correct? What preposition can be used for mathematical operator " multiply"?
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She being or him being [closed]

What are the correct sentences below and why She being tired, I didn't visit her. Her being tired, I didn't visit her. She being of unsound mind, I didn't marry her. Her being of unsound mind, I ...
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Would rather that … than (to) do

I know the right structure is "would rather do something than do something," but when would rather is followed by a clause, what is the correct grammar? Should there be a "to" before the verb in the ...
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What part of speech is the word “very” in this sentence?

Questlove is a very good drummer. This question came from the first question on this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKUhS81fBtI Isn't it an adjective? How is it an adverb?
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forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors [migrated]

Is there a forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors in my English written texts?
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How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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Is 'need' in subjunctive mood in the statement “He need not consider that.”

In the statement "Should he need his coat I will bring it." the word "need" is subjunctive mood triggered by the word "should." In "He need not consider that" there is no triggering word but ...