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Using a comma to seperate these clauses? [closed]

English is my second language. A co-worker who edits my work wrote the following two phrases: This way, workers can install the guardrail for the next level from a lower platform eliminating the ...
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In, On, Of what's the most correct form?

Hi everyone I have a very concrete case. Could you tell me in the following text what are the gramatically most correct forms of usege of "in", "on" and "of": <Something> comes with major ...
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Proper way to ask someone what they think about the reason of something [migrated]

Let's say Person A is crying. I want to ask Person B that why Person A is crying. Why do you think he is crying? Why do you think is he crying? Which one is the correct way of asking this ...
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Sentence Structure without verbs [migrated]

Can a sentence have no verbs in it? If I say "I went for a run yesterday" then I am using a verb (to run) but if I say "This is a door" then am I using any verbs in that sentence? You can argue that ...
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“It is so began my story of success”

I had a private student who brought in a short story for me to mark. The narrator in the story is a girl violinist who performs in a concert and is spotted by a talent scout. He's so impressed by ...
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What is the difference between the use of 'you have to say/do that' and you would have to say/ do that [migrated]

how to use would in different expression in this way? for example: 1.you would have to do/say that. 2.you have to do/say that. why would is used here?
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Is it right that “One approach is A, B or C” [closed]

Sometimes, I am very confused about and, or. I wonder that I can use the following sentence: One approach is A, B or C. I think the following is incorrect. (right?) One approach is A, B and ...
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Is this correct usage of a colon?

I'm fairly terrible at English, is this correct usage of a colon? Bigotry unfortunately doesn’t just relate to opinions: it refers to intolerance towards ethnicities and beliefs Thanks.
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“you will likely find” vs “you will be likely to find” - which is correct? [duplicate]

i have never heard people saying "you will likely..." + something. i only heard "you ARE LIKELY to do something" etc.. so which one is grammatically correct to use in the future simple tense? "you ...
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Identifiying subjects in a sentence

I would like to know if the following sentence has two subjects or just one and if it has two why aren't they separated by a conjunction? "Do you know who he is?" Ok I'm asking this question ...
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A weird use of Your self found in a offer letter sample online

I was looking for a format of offer letters. I found a letter which had the following line in the end. I look forward to an enduring relationship with your self. I have never seen anyone use ...
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What do you call people who live 6 months in city(urban area ), then travel to the village(rural area) and live 6 months. And they do this constantly

I have found the words 'commuter' and 'Itinerant' but they don't really describe what I mean. I made up the word 'biland','bilanded' means people who have two land to live on. What do you say? Is it ...
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Punctuation at end of sentence containing a title in quotations

If the title of a song ends a sentence, whether a statement or interrogative, where does the period or question mark go? For example, is it: The Beatles sang "She Loves You." or The Beatles ...
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Can benefit be used with the preposition with? [migrated]

Can benefit be used the preposition WITH? For example, My participation in this program will benefit me with a head start on my medical education. Is it consider grammatically correct? If not, why? ...
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What is the meaning of “would”, and How to use it?

In which meaning and tense 'would' is used in the following sentences: For example, That would be Ram calling. I'll answer it.( the meaning of would and in which tense its used here ?) "The guy on ...
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Grammar question : “I think it is right that women be involved in the policies” [migrated]

I'm watching Emma Watson's speech on gender equality. She says I think it is right that women be involved in the policies I understand the meaning all right but can anyone explain grammar ...
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Definite Article in front of the word 'better' [closed]

Is it wrong to have 'the' in front of the word 'better'? Can someone help me sort this confusion out? Case in point: "Ella is the better of the two sisters" vs "Ella is the best of the two sisters". ...
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Use of “To” in a sentence?

This might be a very basic question. I saw following sentence in a dictionary. Emphasis mine. "defense portfolio could be the carrot to dangle before him" I could not justify the use of "To" ...
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Should I speak passively in order to keep the main subject first?

For example, I have this sentence: Galen discovered that when the roosters were bitten by snakes, those that were fed theriac survived, while those that did not died. Microsoft Word is telling me ...
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The intransitive “to fail” becomes the adjective “failed”

My native language is English. My second-best language used to be German (though you need not know German to answer, for my questions are about English), so I am now noticing what seems to be a weird ...
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Adjective(ADJ) vs Addjective Phrase(ADJP) in phrase structure trees

In phrase structure trees, single adjectives are sometimes written as ADJ, and sometimes as ADJ and ADJP. What is the difference? I've notice the same also applies to adverbs. When is an adjective ...
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Why can't I use “have” in given example? [closed]

How come in following sentence "have" is an incorrect word to use and "has" is correct one? "Working for many years in academic and administration fields have not only contributed to my professional ...
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Past participle of “let <object> <verb>” [migrated]

The situation is where the phrase "let " is being used after "have", such that it is being used as a past participle. Such as: I should have let her know I should have let her known or ...
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Using too many 'to's in a sentence?

This may be more of a stylistic question than anything else, but I'm hoping for some general rules about using the word 'to' in a sentence and when it might be used too many times. For example, I'm ...
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What is the correct answer - “Opening” or “Open”? [migrated]

In the proofreading part of my test paper, I wrote "Opening at the same time as the school, the library is an important place." But the answer was "Open at the same time as the school, the ...
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Dropping the 'ing'

I always remember many verbs ending in .....ing Swimming club/cap and shaving foam for example. I now see increased use of swim club and shave foam. Why has this happened, is it correct use of English ...
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Confuse in grammar

consider this link "Good mood" here, the word "good" clearly describes the word "mood". As far as I am concern, I could change the word "good" in any other words that would be able to describe ...
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Why do we use singular form, “a mood” , not “mood”

I'm just curious to know.. Why do we say "I am in a good mood" not "I am in good mood"? Is there any grammatical rule for that?
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is ye a subject or object or either, and can it be before or after or either?

Is Ye a subject, or an object, or either? And would it go before a verb, or after a verb, or either? For example Seek Ye A) is 'Seek Ye' valid. B) if so, is Ye the subject, as in, ...
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informal contractions [duplicate]

Is it possible to use general "is" contractions with regular nouns? Like "The car's white", or "everyone I know's cool". It seems like this could be a logical extensions of the normal rules of ...
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Relative clauses

I have these two sentences: "All of them knew the criminals by sight. The local police arrested them." If you were asked to join them using a relative clause, how would you do it? all of them is ...
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“the best two” vs “the two best” [duplicate]

I can't seem to find which one of these two wordings is correct: In 2014, the best two submitted runs were from unsupervised systems. In 2014, the two best submitted runs were from ...
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“opposite” used as a noncount noun?

We can find sentences like the one below from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "Wet" is the opposite of "dry." But I've heard others say "Wet is opposite of dry." Is the latter correct? Why can't ...
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Can I say “yesterday's mathematics' teacher” [migrated]

...or should I say "yesterday mathematics teacher"? EDIT Usage in a full sentence: 'I'm waiting for yesterday's Mathematics' teacher to come online'
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Is it right to say “Why not [verb]”?

I was at one of Stack Exchange's many forums, and I came across a question that made wonder on whether I was building a sentence correctly when using the word "Why", and if that new way was right. ...
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Can you switch between past tense and historical present? [migrated]

Both past tense and historical present are talking about things that happened in the past. Yet I've been told before it's incorrect to use them together. Is it incorrect to use them either in the ...
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How to say, without it sounding awkward, “[something] of choice” where the [something] itself is in a form of “[thing_1] of [thing_2]”?

I found myself in an email conversation where a friend jokingly said I should become a Buddhist monk in a monastery in India. I wanted to get back to him saying that Japan would probably be a more ...
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this *was* a mistake vs this *is* a mistake [closed]

I have the sentence: "He immediately thinks of XYZ". Is it proper to say "This is a mistake", or "this was a mistake"? The character is trying to think of a happy image to sedate negative thoughts. ...
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Proper punctuation when using “as is” to make a comparison

I'm wondering what the proper punctuation is when using "as is" to make a comparison. Example: "Venus and Mars are planets, as is Earth when referring to the whole world." I've noticed in this ...
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Smb helped smb reached smth [closed]

In the following phrase, is it a correct usage of the word "reached"? "People just like you helped Companyname reached countries around the world". I would use the verb "to reach" in the infinitive ...
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How do I combine two short statements (both two words long) into one so that it is grammatically correct?

For example... 1) "Lift heavy." 2) "Sleep well." I need to make one, four-word statement by combining these two. I would be looking to combine them to produce something like this... "Lift ...
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how to construct complete formula for making wishes “I wish I had a car” He wishes He had a car

I am teaching and I am trying to figure out the form for the construction of wishes for my language analysis. I wish I had a car S1 + wish + S2 + (past simple) however I got a bit confused in how to ...
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The Present Perfect Progressive with the modal verb “must.”

I do not know how would it be correctly to use the Modal Verb Must in the meaning of supposition in the Present Perfect Progressive? For example: 1) He must be sitting there already two hours. 2) He ...
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reason for verbs ending with s when different pronouns are used wish vs wishes

I want to know what is the reason for I/You/we/they/ agreeing with wish/drive/walk/eat but he/she/it/John must be paired with wishes/drives/walks/eats. I thought it was because it was third person ...
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the usage of until now

1- I am studying my lesson until now. 2-I have studied my lesson until now. 3-I have been studying my lesson until now. What are the differences between these three sentences ?
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become or becomes

Is this correct? My first instinct says it should be becomes/became or had become but I am not sure, thanks. "... for what is and what is not art become blurred with the postmodern and modernist ...
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Expresssing the number of objects

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? G is generated by 2k+t number of 7-cycles. Edit: I found the following expressions then the product set A X B has the arithmetic n X m number ...
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Grammar related questions

I am a little confused about these sentences. Would love to have your help. Thank you... If possible then please tell then why the other option(s) isn't correct, Q1 - If you ____ you would ...
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When to use “first” and “last” when they coincide?

To be more specific, I'm referring to a sentence of the following type: The next event will be even bigger than the last. In the case that the "next" event is the second event and the "last" ...
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Is 'seeing' after 'open to' a correct sentence?

In a book that I'm reading, there is a sentence: We seem to be quite open to seeing others as people rather than coworkers or competitors. I just wonder I should be see not seeing in the above ...