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Help me cook vs help me to cook? [duplicate]

This question has been rounding my head for a while, id say help me cook but then i think about omitting "to" which i think isn't correct. Can you give me more examples about this situation. Thanks ...
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Inquiry of the usage of “laid down”

Here is the sentence: I laid down on a crunchy bed of autumn leaves at the right corner of the fence and observed the mysterious residence for movement. I'm not sure whether "laid" is the correct ...
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How do you properly define and use the phrase, “buy into”?

I found this line while I was reading: That commercial said that this product would help me lose weight in one week. I’m not buying into that idea. While I somehow understood the meaning of the ...
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Function of participle [closed]

I know that the participle can be part of a verb to express continuous tense, perfect tense, passive voice. And it also can has a separate line as an adjective. The participle adjective have either ...
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The use of 'that' and the bare form of a verb [duplicate]

Can anyone help me with the use of 'that' and the bare form of a verb in the following sentence? This plan suggested that the supply target for new and renewable energy be increased to 20% by 2020. ...
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Future Conditional Subjunctive?

I assume that "future conditional subjunctive" is not really a term. But that's pretty much what I'm asking about. I often find myself addressing the scenario where (x) one thing "A" may happen in ...
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is there a replacement word for “previous of previous”?

I want to describe a situation that happened two levels earlier. I use the bash shell to navigate through directories. Say I started at the directory /home, and then I moved to the directory ...
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Definitive way to separate prefixes from roots

Prefixes and suffixes change the meaning of roots, therefore to properly analyze a word it is often helpful to know what is the prefix and what is the root. Prefixes are a syllable or syllables in ...
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Did I use Past tenses correctly in this sentence? [closed]

Is the sentence A: I used to play guitar, but now that I have bought a harmonica, I mostly play harmonica. more correct than sentence B: I have played guitar earlier, but now that I have ...
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Will (be) flourish(ed)

It seems that the sentence "A young mind will flourish with the proper guidance" could be rewritten as "A young mind will be flourished with the proper guidance" without major difference in meaning. ...
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Force someone to do what you want [to] [do]

1) Don't force your friends to do what you want to do. 2) Don't force your friends to do what you want to. 3) Don't force your friends to do what you want. I think 1) is 'Don't force your friends ...
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How is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I came across this sentence: He also believed that virtually all good popular music had its roots in black culture, and thought it an outrage that, as jazz became popular across America, its ...
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Why is “their” italicized? [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding this sentence by Noam Chomsky. Noam published many English-related scientific papers in his professional career and I have no doubt that this italicization is ...
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Make vs Makes in a Sentence [duplicate]

Your motivation and expertise already (make/makes) you a great asset to our team and we can’t wait to see you become a leader in this company.
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I am on the day 19th of [doing X] [closed]

can I say that I am on the day 19th of fasting from rudeness, backingbiting, cursing, food and drinking during the daylight. I will include you in my prayer
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Usage of “among”

I think the preposition "among" is misused in the following sentence, but I'm not totally certain: "Constant border crossing in both directions has been studied among recent migrants from Mexico, ...
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Is there a more appropriate way to say “moved A below B”? [closed]

Given a flat surface and two objects A and B After the guy moved A below B. Is there a better way to say it? Thanks in advance!
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Use of apostrophe in a mixed singular-plural context [duplicate]

This isn't my homework. This came up during a friendly debate last night with my mom. What would be the correct use of the apostrophe and/or plural in the sentence One of my friend(s) house(s) is on ...
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What is the difference between “ fell over” and “ fell on” in nuance?

There are two sentences below. I fell over the stone on my way over. I fell on the stone on my way over. What is the difference between 'fell over' and 'fell on' in the two sentences?
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My father had no much money / My father did not have much money [closed]

Can both sentences be acceptable? (1) My father did not have much money. (2) My father had no much money. If one of them is incorrect, what is the grammatical reason why?
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How to identify the modified noun in multiple attribute clauses?

I am always confused with multiple attribute clauses. For example: A complete virtual system composed of virtualized hardware components onto which an unmodified operating system can be ...
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and so's my wife

I'm tall, and so's my wife. I looking for some way of understanding this kind of and so construction. Is it equivalent to the following? I'm tall, and tall is my wife. You could say, ...
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In “Lucifer Rising” - grammatical explanation for use of -ing form instead of “Rises”?

How does that work grammatically? I guess it's primarily used for titles (movies, songs etc.) but why?
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can someone explain the rule for using which and that [duplicate]

What is the correct grammar for use of the words, which and that?
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What does this English sentence mean?

as clear and detailed as these memories feel, psychologists have discovered they are surprisingly inaccurate. Since the clause, "as clear and detailed as these memories feel", modifies ...
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To + verbs, sentences. Does this make sense?

I have a quesiton to ask. Is this make sense? "To turn off mobile data, multimedia messages will be unavailable." This means 'If you turn off the mobile data, multimedia messages will not be ...
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Usage of 'Could' and 'Would' in non-past tense sentense

Could someone explain me why we should use "Could"and "Would" in this sentence? can we use "Can" and "Will" instead? "Is this report something that your team could handle for me? Please review the ...
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Why is it impossible to put a preposition in front of the relative 'that'?

There are two sentences like below, I want to see the house in which you lived. (O)-correct I want to see the house in that you lived. (X)-incorrect We learned that we should not put a ...
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Use of the noun 'associate' [closed]

Am I a 'former associate at Company XYZ' or a 'former associate of Company XYZ'?
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When to use “most” or “the most”

I came across with this sentence and it cast me doubt the usage of "most" and "the most" The sentence states: "But what I remembered most is moving a lot" Would it change the meaning of the ...
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“I was away for the weekend”

I work as a customer service representative in a software company. Sometimes I receive customer support questions during weekends. I check them on Monday. What is the correct way of saying that I ...
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The time or a time

Which of these is correct?And why? I remember a time she was working as a waitress. Or I remember the time she was working as a waitress.
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ACT English Question 2006 63E

46. The answer is F, but I put H. I understand "achievement in which" doesn't sound right, but neither does ending the underlined phrase without a "for". Any help?
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What does thunderous silence mean? Shouldn't it 'deafening silence'? [closed]

I encountered this in an article..., English is my second language so I am very curious..
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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title [closed]

Why does the famous song 'The Age of the Cathedrals' from the Notre-Dame de Paris musical have the second article 'the'? Shouldn't it be titled 'The Age of Cathedrals'?
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Usage of some vs. some of [closed]

I would like to ask if any specific rules apply to the usage of some and some of phrases and especially in which cases either of them is not suitable for a sentence. I understand that e.g. a phrase ...
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Correct use of the word “unprecedented”

Is it valid to say "an unprecedented meeting occurred ... "? To me this sounds cumbersome.
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“It seem” vs “It seems”

Today I came across this NY Times' article, where it's written: Talking to people at newspapers makes it seem as if the future of comments is all social log-ins and filtering algorithms. But I ...
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Graduate or graduated ?

When I want to describe my self .. Should I say I'm a graduate or graduated student in .. What is more accurate ? Past or present ? P.s: I have a bachelor degree and I'm not planning currently to ...
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why is this sentence in interrogative form?

Can you think of a real world example or context that would it make sense for x and y to represent, and produce such a graph? If not, can you change the graph and make it simpler to fit with a ...
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Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence? [closed]

Which one is correct? 1.) It's better to have one of our allies close to us than having none at all. 2.) Having one of our allies close to us is better than having none.
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Simplicity is elegance? or elegant?

As the title asks, which is grammatically correct? Simplicity is elegance? Or simplicity is elegant? If both are correct,in which cases they are correct?
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What are some optional grammar rules? [closed]

The most popular example would be the Oxford comma: for everyone knows that "dating Clara, the model, and the scientist" vs "dating Clara, the model and the scientist" can make all the difference in ...
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What does “nothing that” mean? [closed]

I read this article- Greeks take to the streets for dueling rallies that reflect a divided nation in Washington post. And I'm confused about what the "nothing that" means in this part : The ...
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Correctly say “I will let you know with further updates” [closed]

How to say this correctly "I will let you know with further updates"
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When is “and” appropriate but “as well as” is not?

Until some seconds ago when I was looking through one of the grammar section is test review book, I had long believed that they were (most of the time, but you know English always has those ...
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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“graduate from” vs. “graduating from” [duplicate]

Basically I want to say I am graduated today. Here is the sentences: it is a huge honour to graduate from a top university such as ...... . It is correct? or it must be "to be graduating". Thanks
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Whether use of who is proper [duplicate]

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...