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is it “likely become” or “likely to become”?

I have recently encountered both while reading articles, can anyone clarify which one is correct?
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Why do we say “a” before any number besides 11, where we would say “an”? [duplicate]

I believe I was taught that in English we use "an" before the word eleven. Why would we say "He rolled a 10, then an 11, then a 12"?
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Can we say “hate the most?” [closed]

Is it correct to say: I hated History the most when I was in school. Or we can not add a superlative with hate and love.
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Is it “most” or “the most” or “most of time”?

What would be the correct usage? What activity do you spend most time with? What activity do you spend most of the time with? What activity do you spend the most time with?
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Keep the good work up / Keep up the good work - Are they both grammatical?

I have always heard “Keep up the good work”, but “Keep the good work up” also sounds fine to me. Is it acceptable?
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Is “an s-t-r-e-e-t” correct? [duplicate]

For example, is the following sentence grammatically correct in terms of the usage of the article? There was an s-t-r-e-e-t in London.
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Is the following a noun clause? [closed]

Breakfast made me feel sick. In the sentence, I understand that the subject is breakfast, and the verb is made, but is "made me feel sick" a noun clause or do these all start with wh** words?
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what is the correct form to use “issue”? [migrated]

is noun "issue" used in singular form or is it fine to use it in plural form? example- 1. no issues. not an issue. I had been facing some issues in the past which now are resolved. I had been ...
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“In here”, “from here”, and“at here”

I just read the discussed topic "look here vs. look at here". Which one is correct? "Look here" or "Look at here"? I was wondering what the reason is for not using the preposition ...
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Why does this sentence format only work some of the time?

The sentence, "he took my toy away" can be rewritten as, "he took away my toy." However, "he took me away" cannot be rewitten as "he took away me." The second sentence sounds awkward at the very ...
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Is it grammatically acceptable to write, “by March of 2015”? [duplicate]

The entire sentence would be something like: The Center will be established by March of 2015. I feel confident writing "in March of 2015", but this sentence must convey the fact that at any time ...
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Is this comma use unnecessary or wrong?

I'm an active user of another Stack Exchange site and regularly visit the close vote queue. When a particular filter has been cleared I see the following text: There are no items for you to ...
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A term describing the replacement of a specific word in a saying with one that ryhmes

I understand this is quite a complicated title, however I have failed to discover a word (or a few words) to adequately describe the creative language used when changing a saying (or well-known ...
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Which verb tense should I use in the sentence below?

I'm writing a report about actions that I have taken. Which form is the correct one? were, have been or have? I have used the first tense were in the sentence: "The minutes of the ...
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Why is “be” here? People be like [duplicate]

In so-called memes and vines, I've seen sentences such as "People be like", "Boys be like", and so on. Every time, I wondered how be was in those particular sentences. Grammatically, how can be be in ...
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The difference between a sentence starting with 'to' + verb and starting with a gerund [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following two sentences? To study English is hard. Studying English is hard.
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What does “even” mean in this statement? [closed]

I haven't understood what even means here: How do you even know that? and what's the difference with the following? How do you know that?
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a few days every month usage

"A few days every month, he goes cycling." Is the noun phrase "a few days every month" acting as an adverb to "goes" in the above sentence? There is no preposition before the noun phrase "a few ...
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The habitual past “would” versus “simple past” tense

One can use the habitual past 'would' to describe past events. For example one could say, Jim would spend weekends at the farm. He would cut weed and water the plants. One can also use the ...
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We're finished vs We're done [duplicate]

My husband always corrects me when I say "I'm done... (with whatever it is I'm doing.)" He says that proper grammar requires you to say "I have finished." As Saying "I'm done" refers only to the ...
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is there a syntactic error in this sentence?

The receptionist’s firm voice was backed by the guild’s evaluation system and by extension the combined effort of many adventurers. I somewhat believe this sentence is right grammatically if ...
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“I might as well have imagined” vs “I might as well have been remembering”

Which one is the correct form, or at least the most commonly used? Example: 1207 B.C. Wow, I found it impossible to imagine a time as far in the past as that. I might as well have imagined ...
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Usage of 'could' and 'would' [duplicate]

I'm not a native English speaker, and the use of could and would always confuses me. Could someone please explain it to me?
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Is the following sentence correct? [closed]

Is the following sentence right? "There's a table stands in the corner."
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What does “a lot of cargo for noodle soup" mean?

An article in the issue of The New York Times dated March 4, 2014 introduces the phenomenon of New York City's proliferating ramen shops under the headline “Ramen’s big splash”. It contains the ...
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Grammar question: firm or firms?

I came across this while checking on some sports news: The team will be officially on the market next week, according to a league source. The Hawks have retained investment banking firm Goldman Sachs ...
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Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged? [closed]

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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Just Governments and Bare Plural

In high school debate, we have resolutions or topics. This year, our topic is, "Just governments ought to require employers to provide a living wage." In order to form arguments, debaters have to ...
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Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”

Having been bamboozled by various questions and answers on this site, I'd like to know what are the parts of speech (POS) and grammatical functions of the words and phrases in the following sentence: ...
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Is “captured my attention the most” a correct phrase to use?

"The first part of this book consists of a brief history of ... and the explanation of ..., which captured my attention the most." Is there a way to emphasize how important that information was ...
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Is “It would thus be” grammatically correct?

Since my native language is Dutch it's not always evident to "sense" whether a given expression is grammatically sound or not. A common expression in Dutch is: "Het zou dus...". If one translates ...
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Past and Present Perfect tenses in a sentence. Sequence of events

I have a question concerning Past and Present Perfect tenses/the sequence of events. "As my school project, I have written a 44-pages-long research paper in which I had analysed the risk behaviours ...
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“Why don't you” . . . with. . . “be” . . .?

I confuse about how to use "Why don't you" with "be". I know that we can use "Why don't you" with "Verb" such as Why don't you go with me? However I confuse that if we can use these two sentences. ...
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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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Use of two should in a simple sentence

Is Headline correct? Can we use two should in a simple sentence
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Are contractions “open”?

My apologies if this has been asked and answered before. I know that word classes can either be open or closed; for example, nouns are an open word class and allow for new nouns to be created to ...
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why “thus was”? is it correct gramatically? [closed]

in a sentence, I saw "thus was" and I wonder if its grammar is corretct or not? Thus was the basis created for a strong presidential system
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Man in blue shirt [closed]

Is it possible to omit the "shirt" and still have the same meaning? What if it wasn't "shirt" and it was some other type of clothing, would it still be possible? Edit: I meant as if there is no other ...
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Comma immediately before “and” [duplicate]

When can we use a comma before and (i.e. ", and") and when not?
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Is it possible to use the relative pronoun “which” to refer to people?

All of the grammar books I have consulted indicate that who(m)/that are the only relative pronouns to be used with people. I thought that you could use "which" when you point out a specific person ...
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What is the difference between a part of speech and a function?

What is the difference between a part-of-speech and a function? In other words: What is a part of speech. (e.g. noun) What is a grammatical function. (e.g. head, subject) What is the difference? If ...
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In which or at which?

Whether the integration of the refugees into the local community can be feasible depends on the manner in which and the rate at which this happens. Or Whether the integration of the refugees into ...
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What is the proper usage of “The… of…” and “A … of …”? [duplicate]

I wrote an article, and will submit it soon. I am troubled in its title: "The Speedy Application of Augmented Dickey-Fuller Test for Stationarity Analysis with causfinder Package in R" I have learnt ...
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Using a present tense verb in an “if” clause, followed by the main clause

Is it possible to have a present tense verb in a sentence like this: If you resign now, you'd feel sorry later. Or must you always follow the second conditional format, arriving at a sentence ...
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Grammatical Erratum? [closed]

So I'm writing an essay , and have inserted the following phrase in it :- " .... to correct any spelling mistakes or grammatical erratum". Is it alright to use the word 'erratum' in this context? If ...
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“Our team” or “My team”?

I have to send a mail to a group which has my team members along with other co-workers. I want to write "Our team is drafting a report" since my team members are also present in the group. I think the ...
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'wanted' or 'had wanted'

Should I use wanted or had wanted here? Ukrainians wanted to join the EU even before Russia occupied the Crimea and the Eastern Ukraine. Ukrainians had wanted to join the EU even before ...
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We like to wish you .. VS We would like to wish you…

I'm having some difficulty with this sentence. Can one say: ''We like''...(to wish, to ask, to join etc) In my opinion one can never say ''we like to'' but must always say ''We WOULD like to'' or ...
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Noun phrase / verb agreement in number [closed]

Which form of be is correct: Very small amounts of salt that [is/are] present in commercial fish foods also help aquatic species remain in balance.