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Punctuating illustrating questions

I am writing an academic report and I am trying to figure out how to punctuate the following: The previous results cannot provide an answer to questions like, what is the probability of X given Y ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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What is second person? [duplicate]

I understand that first person is written from my perspective, so I would be using the words "I, me, my, mine" a lot. I also understand that third person is written from no particular perspective, ...
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Can “a person” be used as plural? [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to write: A person can develop their talent. or a person can develop their uniqueness? In this case the person is used as a general term, not a specific person.
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Parallelism between past perfect and present continuous

In the following sentence: Anyone who has stumbled glumly through a British airport recently, trapped in endless queues, will already know the stench of bogus security hanging heavy in the ...
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Is it ok to write “Good to see you” in an email or facebook message?

An old friend of mine wrote some greetings to me on facebook. Now if I want to answer his greetings, is it ok to write: "Hi, Jhon, good to see you again"? Because I don't "see" him by e-mail or when ...
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'use A as B' equals 'use as B A' ?

I am reading "The Elements of Style"; the sentence below confuse me much: A common fault is to use as the subject of a passive construction a noun which expresses the entire action, leaving to ...
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What is the rule for using a period on a game card?

For example: This appears on a card in a game: "Equipment worn by players on one hand to field baseballs." The answer appears immediately below it..."Mitt" Another example: "Black disk made of hard ...
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Confused on how to use “instead” in the middle of a sentence

I am dumbfounded on why the man does not spring for Walton’s help, instead, he makes sure the vessel is headed North. I'm confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of my sentence. Is that ...
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How does punctuation affect this clause in a sentence?

In this sentence: Parents and children, under the age of 18, that live in the same residence When punctuated this way, does the age restriction apply to both parents and children? I mean, ...
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so mainstream or too mainstream [closed]

Should I say "something is so mainstream" or "too mainstream". They are both grammatically correct but which one is more common to use?
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Can something be *slightly* critical? [duplicate]

I overheard someone at work describing a task as "quite critical", and then describe another task as (direct quote) "über critical". Forgetting for a minute the colloquial nature of the conversation, ...
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The correct positioning of a sentence adverb in a sentence [duplicate]

Three days? I think that it is not simply enough time. Three days? I think that it is simply not enough time What rule of grammar informs acceptable word order in this case?
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How to say *develop a long term career*?

I have finished my studies and I want to start my career at a company. I want to express that I am searching for a position where I can work the next years of my life, so no limited 2 years contract. ...
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Can 'purview' and 'ambit' be used interchangeably?

Are there any specific rules for using those 2 words? Like, in some situations, purview could be better, and in some others, ambit may seem good.
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Simple sentence that I'm not sure is right [closed]

I just want to know if this sentence is right: "It contributed to the decision of start respecting people" If it's not. How can I fix it? I've no idea if I should use contributed for or start to ...
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meaning of bare infinitivals

[i] I saw her clean the room. [ii] He helped me do the work. [iii] She made me clean the room.         What makes you think so?         ...
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Is this about future or past? [duplicate]

there is this table titled(Project Results Framework). In one of its columns it says " Indicators" and in the row below it says this: "By the middle of 2011, analysis is finalized and up to date ...
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Meaning of “Updated As Reported” [migrated]

I have a question about this example: link (move mouse over the blue question mark) Choose the ID that matches the office you want to visit. This information is reported by the doctor ...
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Which grammatical features does English lack, which it is expressively poorer for? [closed]

Which grammatical features does English lack, which it is expressively poorer for? These could be features found in other languages – living, extinct or invented – or even be completely new ...
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Use of “as” when describing circumstances

In a sentence with four parts, As sharing crime statistics for the year 2011, the Commissioner admitted that there had been an undue delay in the setting up of an anti-narcotics cell. I am told ...
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Is it correct to use “better+verb”? [closed]

When is it correct to use "better+verb", for example which one of following sentences are correct? It better helps [me to prepare than something else]. It better makes sense [than something ...
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Differences of “supposed to be” and “supposed to be having”

What does this sentence mean: "I am supposed to be having my physics class in the science building." Also, what is the difference between this sentence and "I am supposed to have my physics ...
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Starting a sentence with “In which”

I sometimes see sentences that begin with "In which", but I can't seem to understand the meaning, e.g.: In which James demonstrates the presentation he's been working on. Is this grammatically ...
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Comma separating subordinating clauses

I'm a software developer and occasionally write user documentation and project proposals for my boss. I've been running into a punctuation problem recently that I've been unable to solve. I have a ...
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Should I use “me and her” or “her and me” in the following sentence?

I was surprised Paola agreed to come on the trip, just her and me. I was surprised Paola agreed to come on the trip, just me and her. Both versions sound OK to me. Or is it there a more appropriate ...
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Grammatical structure of 'Halls Induction' [closed]

I have come across 'Halls Induction' word on my university's website, and I could not comprehend why there is a 's' behind the word 'Hall', if such word acts as a modifying noun for 'Induction'. So ...
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Proper use of the word equipment in the following sentance [migrated]

Which sentance is correct: The equipment used for both boats is simular? The equipment used for both boats are simular?
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Is it correct to say products line or product line? [duplicate]

If a company has several products, is that a products line or a product line?
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“Just as clear as mud as ever” — proper grammar/usage

A co-worker asked,"How's it going?" to which I replied, Oh, it's just as clear as mud as ever! The context for this is regarding client requirements convolution. The requirements are still ...
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'Work hard at it' or 'work hard for it'. Which is grammatically correct?

"Some people dream of success, while others wake up & work hard at it." Me and my friend got into a little argument over which is correct. He says 'work hard at it' is correct. I disagreed and ...
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Classification - There is/are

What is the official 'name' for the 'there is' / 'there are' construction? Is it a verb phrase or a lexical verb? I'd say possibly a verb but it must be the most difficult term to Google.
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Comma(s) when starting a sentence with both an introductory element and participial clause [duplicate]

If a sentence is starting with both an introductory element and a participial clause, where do I need to set the comma(s) appropriately? Consider the following versions of an example sentence: ...
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What is the difference between “in my opinion” and “to my taste”?

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/to+my+taste http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-definition/for%20my%20taste I don't see in those links any mention of opinion, it's not even a synonym. Are ...
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Be vs being in “Being in a great team” when answering “the best things in our company”.

I am asked to list "the best things in our company". I want to say that the team I am in is great. But I think it should be a noun to be filled in the blank to answer the question. So I think "being ...
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Describing a number that is supposed change something relative to a certain value

I need to describe a parameter in a program and i am struggling with grammar. The parameter is called "delta" and is supposed to be an amount that changes a certain value. So my trys are: The delta ...
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Where to put the adverb in passive sentences?

While writing another question on this site, I was uncertain about placement of adverbs in passive sentences. It shouldn't frequently be used in the context of immaterial things. It shouldn't ...
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what does “are organized” mean in this sentence?

"by 2013 the theoretical and practical courses are organized" Is it already organized or is about to get organized? I mean is it past or future?
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Contrator, contractee… and disease?

On my security card at work is written "Contractor" in big, bold, capital letters. A thought just crossed my mind (as I work for a medical company): If I am the contractor, am I the one passing the ...
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Verb choice 'do' in idiomatic expression [closed]

In common vernacular, an electrician or plumber might say something like "I'll do the plumbing for free". I know it's not exactly proper English but what exactly is going on (In a technical sense) ...
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I don't know if this is an awkward usage of “for which” and an adjective

The figure of casualties is presumed to be significantly higher, but there are no specific data for which published. The latter part of the sentence sounds a little awkward to me. I just want to ...
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Why are names considered proper nouns?

Names are supposed to be proper nouns because they refer to a unique entity, right? But what about when the condition of specificity is not applicable? Take the word "Albert". It's supposed to be a ...
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present perfect for along time ago [closed]

Which one is correct? They have been working together recently. They have been working together for a long time. And which one is correct here? They have been good friends ...
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Whats the past of present unreal conditonal?

What is the past of present unreal conditional ? I wish I were king ( how to make it past, is it - I wished I had been king ) What's the difference between the following two - "I wish it stopped ...
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“A book to be read” vs “a book to read”

Which is grammatically correct: "a book to be read" or "a book to read"? And what is the difference?
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Is it possible to say so very and very so?

I know that it is correct to use: Thank you so very much. As much as I know an adverb can be theoretically used to modify another adverb, so my question is: Is it possible to say very so ...
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Usage or abusage? [duplicate]

English is not my first language. I live, and work, among people who do not have English as their first language. I notice many instances where grammar has been abused. Sometimes, I am not sure ...
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“As shown in from Table 1 to Table 5”, is this correct? Or should I remove “from”?

I'm writing a research paper, and trying to show something in 5 tables. "As shown in from Table 1 to Table 5", is this correct? Or should I remove "from" or "in"? It seems for referring to tables ...
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“We are finished” vs. “We have finished”

Is "we are finished" grammatically correct? I thought it would be more correct to say "We have finished".
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Watch someone doing or watch someone do? [duplicate]

Which is correct, and why? I watch [someone] do [something]. I watch [someone] doing [something]. For example, these feel more natural than their version with the "-ing" form: I watch the ...