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How to distinguish the object of adverbial phrase?

The example is : SETI scientists are trying to find a life form that resembles humans (in many ways). What is the subject of the adverbial phrase in bracket? Is find or resembles?
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Which is correct “I wished I was a painter” or “I wished I were a painter”? [duplicate]

Which is correct "I wished I was a painter" or "I wished I were a painter"? I've seen in several places that "I wish I were a painter" and "I wish I was a painter" are both correct (e.g. Which one is ...
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When are 'tion', 'sion', and 'cion' used [closed]

I am confused when the spellings tion, sion, and cion are used in words that contain the shun sound. Are there any rules to help me understand when to use the correct spelling in a word?
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Some problems with definite articles

Is there anything good on telly tonight? Why don't we place an article before "telly"? I think it should be "on the telly". He enjoys the beauties of nature in Siberia. Why do we use ...
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [closed]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [closed]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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Serial comma in a list of verbs [closed]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech? [closed]

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with the infinitive of a verb without the “to”? [closed]

The context is: "Yes, your card made me close my birth month with a flourish! Receive it on the last day of April was perfect and very meaningful to me." Is it correct to start the sentence ...
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What part of speech is “know” in “let us know”? [closed]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical ...
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Is this a dangling participle? “To use the computer, it need to be powered.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? To use the computer, it need to be powered.
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Capitalization in merged company name [closed]

I own a company called Find My Bus Ltd that brands itself as Find My Bus. Yesterday we sat down and had a discussion regarding the name and all came to the agreement that it didn't represent the ...
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Am I syntactically wrong in these sentences? [closed]

I have recently written a few sentences for discussion of rhetorical ways in writing. The outcome turned out to be so unexpected that I was blamed for how wrong I syntactically was. So I cordially ...
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Is the use of “Them” right here? [duplicate]

On StackOverFlow, the users who do not put anything in the profile have this displayed. "Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them.". Should it not be him/her? Clarifying ...
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What is the correct method to make a commonly repeated project name stand out?

I have a project titled "Around the World." I refer to this project often in text. I have been instructed not to use quotes, but I am unsure of the best way to identify this phrase as the project ...
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Can I end a sentence with the word “to”? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Who are you attached to?
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When do you use “do/does/did” and when do you use “present tense/past/progressive” [closed]

A friend of mine asked this based on her homework, and while I know when to use/not to use DID, I'm unable to explain it to her. I'm hoping that someone can help me on this The original sentence is ...
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Using of double possessive [closed]

Is it right to use double possessives like a good idea of Tom's Are they correct? And when do we use them?
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Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?

Someone dominates a conversation by not letting others get a word in. I'm thinking its a combination of snow job and fillibuster (though not political in nature). EDIT: to clarify, Not quite a long ...
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Is it correct to use “me” or “I” here? [duplicate]

Thank you for initiating the opportunity for Bob and me to talk.
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On nouns as modifiers

I know that nouns behaving as modifiers should take the singular form. However, I sometimes have problems telling if certain exceptions are possible. In the example below: "I feel trapped in a cycle ...
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Verb forms in “Feelin' Myself” (will.i.am song)

I have been somewhat fascinated by this song recently, for various reasons, including the peculiar lyrics. I am especially wondering about the usage of infinitive-like verb forms in several lines, ...
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Correct form of the question in past tense [duplicate]

I have two sentences: Do other requests returned no results? Did other requests return no results? The first question is: Is both of the mentioned sentences are grammatically correct? I mean, ...
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So far I've used sth / I've been using sth? [duplicate]

Which version is proper: So far I've been using only laptops. or So far I've used only laptops. ?
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Why is omitting “who” correct? [duplicate]

In the following sentence why is omitting "who was" correct? Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, an architect, a painter, and a poet had a great influence on the world of art. to ...
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The film was tried to be masked as a fictional movie [duplicate]

I wrote the following sentence in my exam The film was tried to be masked as a fictional movie. My teacher had underlined this part of the text and told me that it was incorrect. The idea was to say ...
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the English Language Teacher [duplicate]

I was taught that with the word language, the definite article is used. The English language versus English The English language Teacher versus English teacher What are article usage ...
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The mayor as well as his brothers is/are going to prison [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? The mayor as well as his brothers is going to prison. The mayor as well as his brothers are going to prison.
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Can we contract plural nouns with present perfect?

In either in writing or speech, can we contract plural noun with the present perfect? For example, can we say or write: The children've eaten.
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What is the correct way to say? “Do you see my screen” or “can you see my screen”? [closed]

What is the correct way to say? "Do you see my screen" or "can you see my screen"?
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SAT grammar question, why “using” is incorrect?

SAT grammar question: (It appears) that natural rubber was first processed (by) the ancient Mayan people, (using) it to make sandals, figurines, and even some rundimentary sports equipment. (No ...
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Can I use a reflexive pronoun in the same sentence with the person represented by the pronoun?

This is the sentence: The image on the screen stares back at Susan with eerie intensity – it is a picture of herself Microsoft Word would like me to say "her", not "herself".
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“Almost-finished” versus “almost finished”

I am attaching an almost-finished version of the report. I am attaching an almost finished version of the report. Which is the preferred form, (1) or (2)? Why?
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What's the difference between “I'm” and “I am”? [closed]

I really wonder. Like, sometimes we use "I'm", and sometimes we use "I am".
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Capitalizing armory

I believe if referring to a specific armory in a specific city, that would be capitalized but what if it just says National Guard Armory? Would that also be capitalized or would it be National Guard ...
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City after name of city capitalized

I am aware that when referring to "the City of," you should capitalize the word "city." I am just wondering, do you still capitalize the word "city" if it comes after the name of the city rather than ...
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Why “has” is put in this sentence while the subject is plural? [duplicate]

The number of people below the poverty line has drastically grown.
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which one should be used in this sentence — by or with?

In the sentence " Her speech was punctuated with bursts of applause." why can't I use "by" instead of "with"?
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Age description and hyphenating

How would I say a toddler is 2 years and 7 months old correctly? Is this right: It is a two-year-seven-month-old toddler. Or do I need an “and” between? I personally think hyphenating here ...
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Do we need a comma to separate these two sentences?

Which one of these sentences is correct? 1 By using this method, they found that sugar is important in diet. 2 By using this method they found that sugar is important in diet. Do we need a ...
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What is the difference between “depth of the trench” and “trench depth”? [closed]

As a non-English native speaker, I don't know what is the difference between these following expressions and whether or not the first expression is correct? The first expression: Then you ...
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Is it correct to ask about the profession of a group of persons with “What are they?”

Is it correct to ask about the profession of a group of persons in the following conversation with "What are they?" A: The Wilkins are very rich. B: What are they? A: They are farmers.
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How to describe a confusion matrix correctly

In computer science, we a use a thing called confusion matrix for reporting results from supervised machine learning algorithms. It looks like this The image was taken from here. I would like to ...
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Any kind of + plural word [duplicate]

I have a question about any kind of. Results can be applied to any kinds of drawing or texturing applications In the sentence above, should I use any kind of applications or any kinds of ...
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Punctuating a parenthetical expression inside a quote (that uses ellipses)

Does this punctuation make sense, with the first half of the quote trailing off in an ellipsis and the second half starting with one? “Funny thing…”, he paused to puff the pipe alight, then ...
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Groups coordinator, group's coordinator, or groups' coordinator?

I haven't been able to find the answer to this anywhere, which of them is right? I need to finish my CV and can't without knowing for sure. Thanks
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What is the correct use of “never” when using present perfect

I'm writing a short story and a friend corrected my use of the present perfect. I wrote: "The painting summoned emotions she HAS never felt before". He suggested: "The painting summoned emotions she ...
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Let me know when a good time for you to do X [closed]

As an IT person, I quite frequently have to schedule availability based support calls with remote users. I'm looking for the grammatically correct way of asking this question: Let me know when a ...
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Use of the adverb first in conjunction with then

Are the use and the positions of the adverbs first and then correct in the following two sentences? We prove, first, two preliminary properties, and, then, the whole theorem. We first show ...