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Is “an” still used in front of acronyms? [duplicate]

For example, The school has just started an SLA program. (SLA is second language acquisition.) Should I use "a" instead of "an" here? Technically, following the rules of "an", I should use "an" ...
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Have ever done before and ever did before

What is the difference between a) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done more in the last few days than I've ever done before. b) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done ...
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“and which” grammatically correct?

"The lyrics are taken from a song called Lock the Doors, which was released in 1993 as a B-side and which I had been listening to when I stumbled upon this thread." Is the construction of this ...
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What structure does “We're having relatives to stay” follow?

I thought the structure was "have someone do something". So why is it "having relatives to stay" in this case?
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If I kept or if I keep

I want to know the difference between the two sentences and which one is right. If I kept saying I love you for the rest of my life it wouldn't be enough. If I keep saying I love you for the rest of ...
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She is so persuasive a girl

I guess the sentence is in correct English grammar and style. But sounds strange to a Brazilian. Can someone tell why the sentence is "more correct" than the following? She is a so persuasive ...
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Differences between two [closed]

What is the difference between these two - 'because of' and 'due to'? Please explain with an example. Can we use them interchangeably?
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Denied having seen / denied seeing – exam question

In case anyone's wondering, this is one of the tasks from the 'Matura' exam (item 9.3 on page 11 here), taken each year by Polish students after completing secondary school. Transform the ...
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Difference between Present perfect and past simple logically

I know difference between present perfect and past simple clearly. But,in the below sentences, which of these tense is more correct logically? Today was a ridiculous, outrageous,absurd day.Now ...
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Use of 'an' vs 'a' [closed]

I am a little confused around the usage of an vs a I know the basic vowel rule but the following are the usages that confuse me.Can someone please tell which of the following are correct and the ...
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Grammatical form of “except in”

The sentence is this, "English is not spoken anywhere except in the highest echelons of local government." Does "except" function as the preposition and head of the prepositional phrase, with "in ...
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How do I use the verb confined correctly? [closed]

Example: "Intelligence is usually confined to the ability to process information fast." Is that a correct use of the verb confined?
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From a specific date, on and after specific date

How to say in short "Files added on and after a specific date"? It refers to future, so I can not use "since" and I should omit "verb" added. 1. If I say , Files from a specific date, does it refer ...
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rule for past to present converting

My question is How to know if a word must ends with "e" after you remove the "ed" to change it from past to present for an example "killed" after changing it to present it becomes "kill" while "loved" ...
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In EModE should 'may' become 'mayest' when expressing a wish

I'm translating a text from Sanskrit, which has a singular/plural (and, actually, dual) distinction in the second person. It has long been the custom in English translation to render the 2nd singular ...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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It saves you endless agony - Correct?

My sentence reads: It may not save you bucks, but, it surely saves you endless agony. Is this correct? Or, do you suggest any alterations?
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Box is expected to be delivered by/in/on Q1 of 2016 [migrated]

Box is expected to be delivered by Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered in Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered on Q1 of 2016
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verb agreement: what he is looking for are/is books

Which of the following is correct? What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Is it are to agree with the object books ...
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When should I use the term 'paperworks'?

I keep seeing words like these. Another example is: Stuffs Is this valid? People use it like this... There are so many things I have to sell. I have books, bags, clothes and other stuffs. ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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Be mindful of using vs be mindful of

I am really confused with these sentences. I don't know the technical explanation for these. I am studying English and I do not understand what's wrong with the sentences. You just have to be ...
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“Seems like you have given ” - Is it right?

Which of the below is right use of english? “Seems like you have given the IP range for new virtual network” Or “Seems like you had given the IP range for new virtual network”
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Usage of Interrogative adjective

I have these sentences (both of them are in a book series, and are written by Indian): 1)Which football team wins the game? 2)What materials are used to make it? I wonder if they are ...
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taken as vs taken for

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? I do not want to be taken as a liar. I do not want to be taken for a liar.
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Lying awoke in bed pleasant. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I'm working with a book for English composition. The book suggests "Lying awoke in bed pleasant"as an answer for a question written in my language. But I think the sentence is grammatically ...
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Start of sentence comma after: “Lately” [duplicate]

Lately, I've been struggling to decide whether or not it's best to put a comma after the word lately when using it to begin a sentence. A similar case would be starting a sentence with the word ...
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Is sequential + order redundant?

According to the Google dictionary, sequential means forming or following in a logical order or sequence. So would it be redundant to say "The plot is the events of the story arranged in sequential ...
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The use of the word 'only' under complicated situations [migrated]

I read that question: different usage of the word "only" Then I'm wondering how to represent following situations in the short sentence using the word 'only'. 'He' can speak English, ...
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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,we have to use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below ...
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What's the adjective from 'emit'? [closed]

I'd like to know what's the right adjective from the word 'to emit'. Is is emitting or emitted radiation? Or are they both used interchangeably?
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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Can I use “but” when the second part of a sentence isn't in contrast to the first?

My understanding of the conjunction "but" is that it should be used when the second part of a sentence rebuts the first. However, I often find myself using it when the second part isn't rebutting ...
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Could not achieve vs could not have achieved

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/tinderbox-in-in-the-himalayas/article8548784.ece Please look at the following The decision to deploy a few Air Force helicopters could not ...
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If I swallow part of an animal, am I not entitled to say “I swallowed an animal”?

As the question implies, if you swallow part of an animal do you think it mean it can be can be considered "swallowing an animal"? My argument was that part of an animal doesn't mean the whole animal. ...
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to become, becoming [migrated]

My dream was to become a scientist. My dream was becoming a scientist. Which one is correct? or Do you have any idea to make it sound natural?
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What takes predominance when writing MLA citations: literal source title or obvious grammar rules?

I am writing MLA citations for a paper and I encountered an issue. The title of one of my sources has no uppercase letters, although in normal grammar situations it should, regardless of the fact that ...
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Plural after then [migrated]

Which of the following is correct? washed his right then left hand washed his right then left hands
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The use of prepositions plus “which” [migrated]

How to use "in which", "by which", "of which", "on which", and "for which"? What are the differences among those? Are there any other combinations of preposition and the word "which"? I have ...
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small question about the or a

I and my wife are debating which way is correct when using the or a in our example. We are talking about a gender of our first baby. I prefer using: a gender of the baby is a boy. However, she ...
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Does I'll replace I will? [duplicate]

I can say "I will go", or "I'll go", and the both mean the same thing. However, if you ask me "Can you go?", can I respond with "I'll" instead of "I will"?
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Had done / had been doing [migrated]

I had been eating before I visited you. I had eaten before I visited you. How do you know when to use either of them?
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How should I understand this sentence grammatically? [migrated]

The sentence is, "She is as tall as I am." I'm having trouble with the "as ... as ..." structure. I understand that the second "as" is a preposition followed by a noun clause. My guess is that the ...
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What is the grammatical structure in the sentence?'Sunshine can make even a sandwich twice the meal it is indoors.'

I am looking for the explanation of the structure 'make something twice, three times etc it is'. Could it be a special comparison structure? Thank you.
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Use of that and to the point that

Am I using the that clause in this sentence properly? "Watching just the first episode of the anime will surely get you hooked that you would want to marathon the whole series in a day." Or ...
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Can I write “…argue it sufficiently…”?

in a scientific paper written in American English, I am using the following sentence: "...we would argue that it is sufficiently established that..." Can the sentence be shortened to "...we would ...
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“New York is raining” vs “It is raining in New York” [migrated]

New York is raining. It is raining in New York. Which one is correct? As far as I learned, it is correct to use it to describe weather. However, is it possible to say New York is raining ...
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“Ask” vs “ask for”

I've just been told that when you want information from a person, you should not use "ask for" just "ask". They're quoting from Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English. This doesn't appear to be ...
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“The woman's card” vs “the woman card”

In this recently uploaded video by CNN channel, it shows that it is not clear as to whether we should use the possessive apostrophe or not, though Sue Mendelsohn, Director of the Columbia Unv. Writing ...
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If we say A is weaker than B by a factor of x, then should x be smaller or bigger than 1?

In math, we always need to derive different algorithms to get a tighter error bound. It may be correct almost surely that: the error bound of B is better than that of A by a factor x (x is bigger than ...