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'Would …was' vs 'Would …is'

I am writing an email to someone to have a meeting over skype in the future. Which of the two sentences are correct? Would you mind if the conversation was conducted over skype, as the reception is ...
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Describe the grammatical error in the sentence [duplicate]

"I did went to the movie" Describe the grammatical error in the sentence. I know that it is wrong but I am not able to explain it to my younger brother.
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which wowel should i use for the word hardworking? [duplicate]

I am just confused about using of a or an before the word "hard working".
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What is the difference between the two sentences?

Students in Korea start dating around their 14th birthday. Students in Korea start dating at around their 14th birthday. What is the difference between the two sentences? Is there any problem in ...
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I have been aware or i'm aware [migrated]

I want to know about grammar. Here is my questions. I wrote this sentence "I have been aware, that my job is good" but my friend told me is not correct an answer. He said "I'm aware that my job is ...
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How should I structure sentences in a series

Lets say I have the following sentences... Cake is really bad for you. It contains a large amount of sugar. It contains common allergens. It looks silly. Additionally, lets say I wanted to ...
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“I love it that”, or “I love that” [duplicate]

I am wondering if it is correct to say, "I love it that the children enjoy school", or "I love that the children enjoy school", in colloquial speech?
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Correct word for something less believed in society

What is an appropriate word to describe something, a section of society wants or looks forward to it or believes in, but rest of the society/majority will not accept it at all or gives importance to ...
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Secure vs. Secured

Let's say I have an advertisement for a parking garage. This parking garage has heat, and it has security. The options are: Heated and Secured Parking Heated and Secure Parking Which is more ...
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is it correct to use simply and possible together? [closed]

Is it correct to use "simply" and "possible" together? for example: "is it simply possible to find this book here?" just to clarify that it is easy to find this book here! or another example "it is ...
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using should / had / would in place of “if” to connect sentense

I have seen this kind of construction many times. I sorta know what it means, but not really sure of what kind of grammar is it. For example: And at the very least Gove has given a set of ...
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Sound or sounds

There is a sound puzzle board for babies which has many different sounds and plays accordingly. I wonder if I can say "let's play with sound" refering playing with the board; or should it be "play ...
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Correct grammar: “House of…” or “House for…”

I was recently reviewing a piece for a friend and they had written, "We want to be known as the House for New Art". I believed the grammar should be "House of New Art". Which is correct?
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I wish there was? [duplicate]

Abigail Adams wrote to John Adams when he was at Philadelphia for Second Continental Congress in 1776. "I wish most sincerely there was not a slave in the province. It always seemed a most iniquitous ...
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Around or along

Train goes around tracks. Do you think "around" would fit for the sentence, or should it always be "along"? Thank you
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We did it at exactly the right time vs We did it at the exactly right time.

I know the first example is correct and I'm pretty sure the second is incorrect, but I wonder why. So, we can say "I saw an extremely angry dog", but not "I saw extremely an angry dog." When do we ...
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her/him or she/he? [duplicate]

Reading the news last week one sentence jumped out at me and has been bothering me since: When Tommy Thompson and his longtime companion did leave the hotel room, usually alone and her more than ...
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What is the meaning of “ I saw him at home.”?

There is a sentence like "I saw him at home." What is the meaning of the sentence? 1. I saw that he is at home. 2. At the house, I saw him. 3. I saw that he felt good. What is the collect meaning of ...
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Is it VL (Linking Verbs) or VT (Transitive Verbs)?

Federal Reserve remains patient about next U.S. rate hike. Is this sentence "linking verb" or "transitive verb"? I think it is VL but not quite sure about it.
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about when to put articles before nouns [duplicate]

It is a translation question and the right answer is The women gives cookies to the kid. I put an extra "the" before cookies and it is marked as a wrong answer. Would anyone care to give a ...
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Are or is? May be a simple question but I am confused

Which of the following sentences are grammatical? Being egocentric and selfish are dangerous in a world where karma is always with you. Being egocentric and selfish is dangerous in a world ...
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Grammar point around the word 'apropos' [duplicate]

I found a couple examples with that word: The song feels apropos to a midnight jaunt Clothes that are apropos to the occasion I'm interested in can we use that following the verb of action. ...
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When should I use “a” versus “an” in front of a word beginning with the letter S? [duplicate]

I know that in front of a vowel, but in front of the letter S I don´t remamber.
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Singular or plural verbs with idioms that start with singular articles [duplicate]

I wonder which verb form, singular or plural, is grammatically correct in the following sentence: "Education and welfare is/are a matter of concern to us."
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What is the difference between “until before recently” and “until recently” and how to use these phrases correctly? [closed]

I have seen usages of "until before recently" with different tenses like simple past, present perfect and past perfect. Can you give a number of correct usage examples for this phrase? And what is the ...
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He/she “can’t” or “couldn’t” be with us today?

I have often heard the phrase “He couldn’t be with us today”. However, this seems contradictory because “today” is in the present, but “couldn’t” is past tense (or subjunctive, but the sentence is ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Grammar improvement in a sentence

My teacher gave me a worksheet today. I found a sentence saying: The main character and the novelist, who serves as the narrator, share a vital experience. This I found confusing, because the ...
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“List up to three”, so I can put in only two? [closed]

It says: Please list up to three projects (in order of preference) you are interested in. So I am not sure: Do I have to put in exactly three projects or can I also just put in two?
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Can “he don't” be right in any case? [duplicate]

I know the grammatical correct way is he doesn't but I have seen many people saying don't with singular subjects, is there any case where it's correct. I am just learning, please ignore my mistakes ...
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Need help to understand job ad eligibility criteria

I want to apply for a researcher position. This is the homepage I am refering to. Now I have serious trouble to understand this part of the eligibility criteria: Early-Stage Researchers will, at ...
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Are idioms impervious to grammatical rules?

I heard someone on the radio this morning who was talking about some interest rate say, "[such and such an interest rate] will remain at one point two percent, in other words: low." Since "low" is ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet
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Add “the” before “of” [migrated]

I am confused with the usage of "the" before an of". City of Pain A City of Sadness Why the first example does not add "a" or "the" before the word "city"? Actually, the first one is a ...
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what's the difference between “important to” and “important for”?

When do we use important for and important to? What's the rule? For example: It's important to me. Or It's important for me. What's the difference between the two sentences?
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Phrases and clauses, what are they both? [closed]

What do you call the category of sentence component that contains both clauses and phrases?
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Would you say “is” or “are” in this sentence? [closed]

Would you say "is" or "are" in this sentence? "His talent, combined with his personality, is/are attractive."
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Relative and demonstrative pronouns “that” and “those”

I think the sentence the difference between the behaviour of young people today and that of those in the past is correct, as that (relative pronoun) replaces behaviour and those (demonstrative ...
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Can you begin a sentence with 'It's because…'

Someone I work with in an ESL setting is using "It's because..." to begin his sentences and I believe it doesn't sound natural. I am aware that he should be using 'because' to join the sentences but ...
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Simple explanation of the many functional uses of 'should'?

[User John Lawler]: So how many named special cases of each modal verb are there, in toto? There's 1. subjunctive should, and 2. mandative should, and 3. putative should, at least; and I ...
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Is it correct to say “Best Regards”? [closed]

This is my gmail email signature Best Regards, Rory Recently it's started to bother me. I feel it might be improper english. Is it? Is it an acceptable sign off?
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Is it correct to say “We […] will be present at <destiny> at <time> […]”?

I am writting an email in English for a website. As you can see, my English isn't quite perfect. And one of the emails must be saying something similar to: We confirm that we will be present at ...
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Is “to one of the most genuine people I know” correct? [duplicate]

I am confused if I should use persons or people. Persons sounds weird to me.
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that vs which vs what [duplicate]

Which sentence would you use more, which is just simple wrong and why? This is the speech, that my father wrote. This is the speech, which my father wrote. This is the speech, what my father wrote. ...
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Does it sound natural to you? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? As I understand, the new implementation is scheduled to go live in 7 days which seems a little unrealistic.
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optimum answer to do you often [closed]

Can you please clarify for me which is the correct answer to the following question: Do you often have visitors? a. Yes, pretty much every day b. Yes, quite often c. Not very often.
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the names of (plural) or the name of (plural) [closed]

I'm wondering which option is correct: 1) we will have the name of the people who play on this team. 2) we will have the names of the people who play on this team. Should 'name' be plural or ...
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“Lying supine” vs. “supine”

Is it natural to say "lying supine"? The word supine, by definition, already suggests lying [See: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/supine]. However, I was just confused because one of the ...
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'whereabouts' is / are

If the sense is plural, I believe we'd use 'whereabouts are', as in 'Their whereabouts are unknown.' If the sense is singular, we'd use 'whereabouts is', as in 'His whereabouts is unknown.' Can this ...
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Is the 'unmarked'/standard/basic form called the oblique/objective case?

[Source:] This happens because what linguists would call the “unmarked” or standard, basic form for pronouns turns out to be the objective form—me, him, her, them, and the like. This is the form ...