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I'm not 100% sure how I should construct the punctuation for a sentence.

I'm having one of those mornings where nothing seems quite right so would appreciate some input (... blah)" is highly inadvisable, but, these things happen."
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What does 'pack into' mean? [closed]

"Yes, I suppose we'll have to get down to work soon, though I dont know how we'll able to, packed into that little space." In the sentence above, I don't get it why it has a comma after 'able to' and ...
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Past tense means politeness? [closed]

Questions asked using past tense, some examples like: "Would you mind...?", "Could you please...?", "Should I do...?", "Did you want...?" It seems people are using past tense in these sort of ...
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“It wasn't me …” or “It wasn't I …”? [duplicate]

Which of the following usage is correct, grammatically? a) It wasn't I who did this project. b) It wasn't me who did this project.
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Adding a definition of a word in a sentence is confusing the reader [closed]

Problem description In the following paragraph. I am talking about the update of an Entity Linking system by using a Supervised Model. I also added a definition of what Entity Linking is in order to ...
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Is it may or might?

I know that the past tense of may is might so, basically, if the truth of the situation is known, you use "might have." For example: If I were to go to the store but didn't, I would say: I might ...
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Can I start a sentence with “To do so,..”

Ex: I will cook a rabbit. To do so, I will have to hunt one in the forest. Is this construction correct? Can it be used in a formal sentence? Thanks a lot!
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Is using *Our mind remembers* wrong English?

I said to my teacher-"Our mind remembers...".He said this is wrong and the correct is-"our minds remember...".I told him that if we keep the verb as 'remembers' my statement seems correct.But he said ...
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This phrase “Including but not limited to” put me in confusion [closed]

Who has to bear the costs? Individual or Firm? Which are the costs does Firm will bear and which are the costs an individual/self has to bear? All other costs, including but not limited to cost of ...
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Why isn't the objective case of the pronoun used in the given sentence? [duplicate]

"It is not we who are stupid," answered the camel-men, "but you." I would say that sentence should be "It is not us who are stupid", because it is usual practice to use objective case after verbs ...
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Performance or performances? [duplicate]

Is the correct term, "well done to the English on their performance or performances."? I believe "performance" to be the correct choice.
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“Making it easier to recognize A”, “making A easier to recognize”, and more [closed]

Are the following three sentences grammatically correct? If yes, what is the difference in the correct ones? This will make it easier to recognize the object. This will make the object easier to ...
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Where vs when - a matter of place or one of… time [duplicate]

Educated by weaklings, idolators of stigmata, especially fragmentary ones, we belong to a clinical age when only cases count. This is a quote from E.M. Cioran's book ''All Gall Is Divided'' (...
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Via and its usage

We had a discussion over over the correct usage and meaning of the following sentences. Sign up via (web.link) or calling (phone number) by DD MMM ‘YY. vs. Sign up via (web.link) or call (...
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What is the correct term for “2” vs “two”? [closed]

When written this way, "2", what is the correct term? When written this way, "two", what is the correct term?
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Does “towed out the hangar” violate any grammar rules? [closed]

"The plane was towed out of the hangar." "The plane was towed out the hangar." I found myself writing that second sentence because it's shorter and seems to flow better. Does it violate any grammar ...
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Multiple nouns and genitive - how to tell whether it applies to all or just the last one?

Having the following definition, as a non-native speaker I find it difficult to tell its correct meaning. A planned and systematic means for assuring management that the defined standards, ...
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Is there a difference between a picture of me and a picture of mine?

Is there a difference between a picture of me and a picture of mine? As far as I know, a picture of mine is correct. I wonder if we can use 'a picture of me' in a particular context.
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Names with “The” in them [duplicate]

What's the term given to names with "The" in the middle of them, for example; "Robert The Red" or "James The Great"?
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Infinitive/ Gerund/ By+gerund

I've been searching Google but the corpus does not really help this time. Are all the examples below correct and idiomatic? I will appreciate it if you support your answers with rules and not just ...
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Is there a name for phrases that group together opposites? [closed]

Is there a name for this type of phrase that groups together opposite words or concepts? Examples: "In and out", "upside down", "inside out", "stop and go."
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Tense for something that occurs after something else in the past [closed]

I was wondering what the proper tense would be to describe a later action in a sentence that is written in a past tense. For instance: He listened as his parents told him what would be expected of ...
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'Almost people' or 'Almost all people'? [closed]

My japanese students always insist on using 'almost people'. It doesn't sound correct to me but I can't seem to explain clearly. Please tell me if this phrase is really wrong or not. Thanks a lot!
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confusion in helping verb of sentences

Why can't we use helping verbs in positive sentences of present simple tense and past simple tense? Such as: She makes tea. They went to park. If we convert them into negative or ...
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Rreduced to “less than a maximum of 10%” vs “less than 10%” - difference [closed]

In a book, it reads the following: Dollars spent on these activities will be reduced to less than a maximum of 10% per project. I wonder what is difference if there simply was "to less than ...
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What type of pronoun shoould I use before a gerund? [duplicate]

While reviewing grammar, I came upon this sentence: "I was able to inspect the apartment without his noticing the movement of my eyes." However, this phrasing seems awkward, especially the "his". I ...
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Meaning of “if not” in a sentence

I don't understand the meaning of "if not" and grammar of the sentence in bold: As early as the 14th century, the organ supplied polyphony, in which case the odd-numbered verses of text were ...
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Should we use “esp not” or simply “esp” following a negation?

This occurred to me when I was having a conversation about sleep disorder with my friend. When I asked of tips to have a good sleep, he advised me to do a lot of workout and make myself as tired as ...
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“Double xp boost currently active” vs “… is currently active”

Boost is followed by active, which is an adjective. I know that reduction of relative clauses, which can look like this, is possible but this sentence is not a relative clause, is it? If I wrote this ...
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Time and tide waits or wait? [duplicate]

In my grammar book, in a chapter on subject-verb agreement, the author said that when two nouns, joined by and, are suggesting the same idea or person, we consider the nouns as one unit and use a ...
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“Act in a certain way” or “act a certain way”

When I should put "in" after the verb "act"? I occasionally see some don't put "in" between "act" and "a certain way". Example: "But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what ...
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Are there any other meanings for “belie??” [closed]

Sorry for my asking again in this short term, but somehow I ended up finding another one on SAO volume 6, followed by the volume 5 I brought up in the latest question. So I want you to help me get ...
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Me, myself or I in non-I clause

MS Word is underlining the word myself and I am now wondering if I should be using me instead, seeing as the subject is not I. Which one is correct? Are both possible? At this point, putting as ...
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it seems to be that? [closed]

I was curious about the original structure of the sentences. It seems correct. Original version: It seems to be correct. Well, it is a very well known fact. But what about the ones ...
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What is the difference between “responsibility for” and “responsibility to”?

I thought "responsibility for" is about the responsibility for an action or an object, and "responsibility to" is about the responsibility with a person, like if I say "I must have the responsibility ...
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Where to put a period when you quote a title at the end of the sentence?

Which one is correct?: I have never heard of "Oranges". or I have never heard of "Oranges."
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400mL's IS too much? Or 400mL's ARE too much?

I'm having an internal debate between using the plural or singular form ('is' or 'are') in the following sentence. "400 milliliters of water is too much". Saying "400 milliliters of water are too ...
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What is the grammar for the following sentence: “It is used to avoid legal action should future problems arise”? [duplicate]

I was wondering what the associated grammar with this sentence is: "Disclaimers are a simple device used by sellers to avoid legal action should future problems arise". Actually, I don't know ...
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“How to NOT create own company. Case study.” Is it a correct title for presentation? [closed]

I want to create a presentation, in which I will tell people about my mistakes which I made, when I started my own company. I have a difficulty with defining a title in English :( I have a gut ...
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Subject-verb agreement question after WHAT [duplicate]

I have a question about how the verb LOOK below should be conjugated: 1.There are neatly-dug beds filled with what look like carrots, chard and kale... There are neatly-dug beds filled with what ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with “Here describes”? [closed]

In one of the manuals written by an american company I have found several sentences started with "Here describes". Example: "Here describes common processing method and notices for Task program". I'm ...
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What do you mean that it's wrong?

What do you mean that it's wrong? In the above sentence, is the that-clause an adverbial clause? Or a complement? What is the syntactic function of the string "(that) it's wrong"? In other words, ...
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What's the word for the use of the wrong prefix or suffix?

For example if someone said unliterate instead of illiterate or discluded instead of excluded? Is there a word for this kind of grammatical error?
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How to interpret “if it be” grammatically?

It looks to me a subjunctive form but not contemporary, so I would like to ask how this is properly interpreted gramatically. In the second conditional “if it were” it is clearly subjunctive, but ...
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have wanted to do/ have been wanting to do

Could anyone tell me the difference between "have wanted to do" and "have been wanting to do"? I often say "I've been wanting to go there!" when someone invite me to the restaurant that I got to know ...
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what is the purpose of “as” here?

Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the missing side, being careful to mark the value as positive or negative as makes sense in that quadrant. I simply cannot understand how, grammatically, "as"...
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What part(s) of speech are “or else” and “otherwise” and why is “otherwise” more flexible if it's the same part of speech?

In American English, what part(s) of speech are "or else" and "otherwise" and why is "otherwise" more flexible if it's the same part of speech? Take the following examples: 1a. Clean your room, ...
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“My name is” or “My name's” [closed]

Can you contract the verb to be in this case? "My name's", "his name's", "her name's".... sound a little bit off to me, or at least sounds very, very informal. Most important question is "is it ...
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Can a noun function as an adverbial?

As we know, some noun phrases can function as adverbials (especially temporal noun phrases). Here is an example taken from Wikipedia: James answered this morning. Can a single noun function as an ...
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Double possession dilemma: should I say “your” or “yours”?

What is the best way to say this? Because of yours and the John Wichel Foundation’s grant we are able to continue our mission to serve all Texans with diabetes. Should it be Because of your ...