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Sequence of Verb Tense when it comes to if condition

Normally, a noun clause has the same tense as the main clause, right. So, I am wondering how about the case in IF condition sentence? If she were here, I would tell her that I liked/like her. ...
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'Relates to' vs. 'Is Related to'

Does the choice between passive/active voice make any difference in the examples below? My question relates to your earlier work. My question is related to you earlier work. Nerve cells relate to ...
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Is the list of words with a contracted “not” closed?

In this question closed means can't be added to, such as the list of pronouns, I, you, etc. can't be added to, but nouns can; a hundred years ago there was no internet or a word for fractals. So, is ...
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How can i say I have got twice higher results from an experiment? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? How can I correct it? By implementing this new method, the result as twice as before achieved. cheers
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How to punctuate a sentence ending in a code block on Stack Exchange

A lot of time when I'm writing a Programming Puzzles & Code Golf challenge, I need to incorporate multiline blocks of code like this into my sentences. Many times, it's simplest to have them ...
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“an alarm” vs “the alarm” [closed]

Which ones correct ? All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard an alarm. (or) All the guests on the boat got frightened when they heard the alarm. I expect the second sentence to ...
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Where is “in honoring” or “to honor” more appropriate as an idiom? [duplicate]

The practice of renaming a street Martin Luther King Boulevard has been adopted by many cities in honoring/to honor the civil rights leader. Please give explanation.
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Does this sound confusing?

a linen weaver has been driven by a false charge of theft away from his home and taking refuge in the village of Raveloe. Do I have to say have to repeat "has been" again to tell the reader that ...
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Help with usage: Having had? [closed]

Is this proper usage? "I feel good despite not having had any coffee today."
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“Speed of light” vs “Speed of the light” [closed]

We use "the" when there's only one of something but why do we use "Speed of light" instead of "Speed of the light"?
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Are the conditionals correct

Are both 'If he calls you, you should go.' and 'If he called you, you should go.' correct? Is there a difference in meaning between them? Thank you!
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After plus tenses

I sort of remember being taught in school that after 'after' I should use present perfect. Is that a rule or is past simple also ok? For example should I say: 'After I have told them they looked at ...
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Reported Speech

When I turn a sentence into reported speech, for example 'I work here' it becomes 'She said she worked here'. But what if I start the reported sentence with 'She says/ she's saying' would I still ...
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Use of the phrase “having to”

Could you please explain the rules for using the phrase "having to"? For example, in this sentence: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Why is "having to" appropriate here? Why is it ...
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Why does this qualify as a exception to the rule that tense must agree in a sentence? [closed]

The surveyed showed that most shoppers who drive prefer the mall to downtown stores simply because finding parking is less difficult at the mall. My English teacher gave me this sentence today ...
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I best versus I had better

So today I was playing a video game where a child said "I best get going" (I'm sure she said I instead of I'd because it was a typed dialogue). Now, I know that this had the same meaning as "I had ...
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Is this improper English? [closed]

I was just looking to write articles about freelancing and found one forum where I told about my interest to write articles for their site, I wrote to the author : I have been working as ...
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I would love it versus I would love

What is correct? "I would love if you could do that" versus "I would love it if you could do that" Is there a general rule I can follow in cases like this?
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Correct usage of past tenses [closed]

When are these sentences most correct and why? It was a pretty village and all the houses were restored. It was a pretty village and all the houses had been restored. It was a pretty ...
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Direct object before indirect object

In this article on the changes in English grammar the author says: How untrammelled the English passive is, may be seen in the fact that, not content with a construction like “A book was given ...
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Where to ask “Is this right?” question of a brief 10 lines text? [migrated]

It's a text for the dedication and aknowledgements sections of my thesis. Thanks
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Can “grow” be used in this sentence

Surely, if one grows here, these years will without doubt be the best in their lives Is this sentence correct?
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English Production Rules [duplicate]

Does an official set of production rules (formal grammar) for English exist? Something along the lines of: Sentence -> Clause EndPunctuation Clause -> Subject Predicate Subject -> NounPhrase ...
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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What does “while” refer to in this sentence?

The scientific organization -----the newspaper for prominently covering the predictions of a psychic while -----to report on a major research conference. Without getting any hint as to which ...
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Is this correct? [duplicate]

I don't buy no drinks. I saw this phrase in a song, and I'm not quite sure if it's correct I hope you'll help me find the answer. Thank you in advance.
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Is there a way to noun a prepositional verb phrase?

I'm not precisely sure how to ask this. I can turn certain verb phrases into nouns, and they sound good. The major reason to do this would be facetiousness but the grammatical aspect intrigues me. ...
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meaning of as - as in following sentence [duplicate]

"The Plaza hotel is as near as it gets to the best shopping along New York's famous Fifth Avenue." Whats the meaning of this sentence?and what does as-as means here?
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Word constellation when using 'neither… nor'

I would like to express that I am not something, as well that I never was it or ever will be. This is what I wrote: Neither I am, nor was I ever, nor will I ever be [...] This appears to be ...
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In this sentence is it “you and me” or “you and I”? [duplicate]

I tried reading online articles about this but I'm still not understanding when it is correct. The sentence: "Logic is not for people like you and me." Is this accurate and in which ...
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Is sentence patterns used everywhere?

I am studying English in Korea. All my friends and I are studying about 'sentence patterns' Sentence patterns, said in here, are S+V, S+V+C, S+V+O, S+V+I.O+D.O, S+V+O+O.C. But my teacher said ...
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What is the difference between “travel” and “trip”? [duplicate]

I will go to travel. I will take a trip. Are the two words - "travel" and "trip" - the same?
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Use of past or present tense in references?

Helping a friend with a poorly translated English paper and wondered about this: the source has the writer make reference to documents prepared the 1990s (agreements prepared but never signed by ...
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Using “use” with “to” and “for” when expressing purpose

I recently wondered about the use of "to use" and other verbs when expressing the purpose of an action. I noticed that purpose is often expressed by having a verb followed by "for" and a progressive ...
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Using 'am I' for non question sentence [closed]

Is there any exception where 'am I' is used but not for question? Thank you
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Who can clarify the the usage of “anyone and everyone”? [migrated]

I read the following "anyone and everyone" sentences but I don't understand why anyone and everyone are used together. Hope anyone can clarify for me. Thanks. Everyone knows they love to talk on the ...
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Can “as well as” be a conjunction?

Can as well as be a conjunction that connects two independent sentences? The reference to the relevant rules and similar threads would be much appreciated. The training program will be introduced ...
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Is it “if you need further instruction” or “if you need further instructions”?

Having a debate with a friend about whether it is "instruction" or "instructions"
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should have instead of could have [closed]

I've heard this on a crime documentary. Two intruders break into a house, a confrontation ensues with the residents (wife and husband). The couple manages to disarm one man and fight off the other. ...
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Choose the correct answer from a.b.c or d (duplicate) [closed]

.......the radio you can get news in different languages. a)By b)With c)On
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Rephrasing with modal verb

How should I rephrase the sentence: English cooking isn’t necessarily bad. using a modal verb? Is any of the following correct? a) English cooking might not be bad. b) English cooking ...
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Out of the words user's list or users list, which is correct

I have a list of users who are using the application then which word is correct? user's list or users list
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I do not know where did it fall [closed]

I do not know where did it fall Or I don't know where it fell. Or I don't know where has it fallen Or I don't know where it has fallen. Which one is right or appropriate?
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In what context is the plural of genius, “genii” acceptable to use in a sentence?

How exactly can one acceptably use genii in a sentence. Can it be used in everyday language, or does it have a very specific ruleset in how and where it may be used?
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“Whom would you offer the ride?”

I was wondering if this question is accepted grammatically: "Whom would you offer the ride?" Some people say that the preposition 'to' should be added in this sentence: "To whom would ...
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“what are the intentions of this girl” or “what the intentions of this girl are”

I am writing an essay. Can you help me with the order of words. "Even though it is not clear what are the intentions of this girl with respect to this boy, he is totally deluded and wants to buy ...
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Does “from” mean “born and raised in”?

To me, the two are often interchangeable, probably because people around me have talked to me in ways that have make it so.
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Capitalisation of W in 'How to send money: Watch the video'.

Should "W" of watch be capatilized as it is starting after a colon?
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How to change questions to indirect speech if we are asking about personal information?

I want to to know how to change questions to indirect speech if we are asking about personal information? E.g "What's your name?" said John to the man. "How old are you? What's your job?
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either in a question

Is it possible to create a question with "either"" I don't like him. Don't you like him either? She doesn't work. Don't they work either? It seems to me weird.