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Do you write “here is some stuff” or “here are some stuff”?

I am new here so sorry if this question has been asked before. Which one is correct "here is some stuff" or "here are some stuff" ?
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it's “means” a singular of plural

I was confused about this question: Eating garlic has long been regarded as a means of warding off malaise, and scientific research has shown that it does have some therapeutic values. why means ...
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Grammar rules for comparisons with similar structures

The original quote I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than suffer the pain of regret Variations: I would rather suffer the pain of discipline than the pain of regret I would ...
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Can “those” be used in “those good at writing” or “those who …”?

Can "those" be used in "those good at writing" or "those who ..." to refer to a group of people shared the same attribute described by the phrase after "those"? If it is possible (since I have found ...
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Use of possessive in “seven years' experience” [closed]

I am attempting to write a personal statement at the beginning of a resume and am having a quandry as to how to write the following: I am a super hero with seven years' experience in blowing out ...
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Is the use of “ were” correct in presence of “along”?

Is the following sentence, from a USA Today news article online, correct? Vinson, along with Nina Pham, were the two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who contracted the virus while ...
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sentence combine with past tense and present continuous tense

Is the following sentence correct? I have confirmed their result, also showing that their theory is acceptable. I suppose that it involves very basic grammar, but I am just not sure. Can anybody help ...
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Use of Comma with Clauses

Consider the following sentence: Anna delayed, but did not prevent the rise of the Borg. vs. Anna delayed, but did not prevent, the rise of the Borg. Which is more correct and why? Both ...
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Is the use of would with a stative verb to express past states ok in this sentence?

Is the use of would correct in this sentence? We didn't use to have modern equipment but we were very skilled and I would be really happy when my patients got well again.
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“He had eaten a steak for dinner” or “He ate a steak for dinner”? [duplicate]

Here are two sentences: 1) This morning, my friend told me that he ate a steak for dinner last night. 2) This morning, my friend told me that he had eaten a steak for dinner last night. What is the ...
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“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone” [closed]

The Art Institute of Chicago commemorated Pablo Picasso's birthday with this quotation. But when I read it, I thought it was improperly worded. Shouldn't it be, "Only put off until tomorrow what you ...
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How to find all forms of a word ? [duplicate]

How to find all forms of a word ? Given that you have a noun , a verb, an adjective or an adverb ? The forms i am referring to are : Noun Verb Adjective Adverb Thanks !
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How would you hyphenate a 4 word phrase?

The context is "...how self-uncertainty affects attitudes toward non-group-identity-affiliated topics, such as..." For some more context, "group identity" is a phrase in psychology. So my two thoughts ...
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I keep on finding exceptions of the rule that changes from present tense to past [closed]

I keep on finding exceptions that doesn't fit into the rule that a grammar book suggests. One of them is about changing regular verbs to past simple. It says, if the verb ends in a vowel + a ...
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“With freedom comes choices” — is this incorrect?

Despite having written in English for 35 years, I was surprised today to be told that the correct phrase is "With freedom come choices" because if you reverse the sentence, "with freedom choices ...
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can I use “used to” for something is “used for” some objective?

I am curious about using "used to" which is used for expressing some habitual actions in the past. But how to use it for passive voices? Example 1: I used to eat chocolate too much when I was a baby ...
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Are they correct and colloquial? [closed]

I'm really curious about it. Which one is correct ? Also, are they colloquial English ? 1.My grandmother already passed away, but she lived to comb gray hair. 2.My grandmother already passed away, ...
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Is the phrase “for one of both of us” grammatically correct?

In portal, Glados at one point says this: "and I thought of a solution that would be the best for one of both of us." I am debating about whether or not the construction of "for one of both of us" is ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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How do you refer to an item that you already mentioned in a previous example?

This is a bit hard to explain so here's an example: Colors are interesting. They stimulate organisms in inexplicable ways. Like, why does red infuriate bulls? Or why does blue tranquilize ...
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who that someone is

"So next time a well-meaning friend offers to ‘speak to someone’, find out who that someone is." - This is from the next to the last paragraph on this site (which is written by New Zealanders, ...
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“One half” vs “a half”

I'm working on a copy editing project and in the copy they use ...only nine and one-half kilometres long... I have decided the hyphen is wrong. However one half sounds awkward to me. Is that ...
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Tricky Past Perfect sentences

I'm having trouble establishing a sequence of events in the following sentences (italicized) and understanding why the past perfect is needed. "Once upon a time, when I was a child reading fairy ...
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The Company is/are conundrum [duplicate]

With the imminent release of Elite: Dangerous, I'm an avid reader of various threads on the official forums, and reddit. This thread popped up on my radar (I am Fiennes), and I believe that I ...
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Do I Capitalize someone's role?

Do I use capitals when referring to someone's position within an institution or company? And is it the same for all levels of employee? i.e in the following sentence, should the words in bold be ...
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Do you use commas or full stops in a name [closed]

I am writing a name on a form and I was wondering whether it would be John.Tom.Smith or John,Tom,Smith
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Use of decline for condition has got worse

I am trying to say that health difficulties have got worse - or the difficulties have increased: I have long term health difficulties that have declined and are significantly impacting on... Does ...
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“Start to Inf.” vs. “start V-ing” [duplicate]

I want to know about usage of "start + action" and "stop + action". Which one of followin are correct or preferred? For ex. When shall I start working? When shall I stop working? Or ...
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Can I omit “had” if it is repeated too many times in a paragraph?

Example: I’d heard about this mystery before. However, I'd only thought it as a ghost story; something you'd tell around a campfire. Maybe I'm mistaken but the paragraph sounds better without ...
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Cannot vs. Can Not [duplicate]

What's the difference between "cannot" and "can not?" Don't they mean the same? It's kind of crazy if they don't. We learned all about it in 6th grade, but you know how that goes: in one ear and ...
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Why is “a couple of…” correct grammar, while “a few of…” often isn't?

Earlier today I started to type a message and I entered: I can take a couple of hours... After entering the text, I realized that I intended to express roughly three hours so I highlighted and ...
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Not until [sentence] do [sentence]

Example: “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau Can someone explain the structure of the aforementioned sentence?
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“we and someone” vs “someone and we”

Both: I and my neighbour went to the races and: My neighbour and I went to the races are commonly used. However in the plural I've only ever seen the form: We and the neighbours went ...
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Is “worser” correct grammatically?

Is worser correct grammatically? I know it seems incorrect, but I stumbled upon the word when reading Hamlet: Oh, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. ...
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Beginning a sentence with a gerund?

My teacher recently marked on my paper not to use a gerund to start a sentence. I have been told by teachers in the past to use that format to vary sentence structure. It seems to make the paper flow ...
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“During” a Period of Time

I'm working on a sentence (example below). It doesn't quite feel right: I tried to count the number of cars driven during 1980-1990. Specifically, the issue here is about usage of the ...
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“I can not attend to something” meaning “I'm free not to attend to something”?

When I say "I cannot attend to it" it sounds like I'm saying "I'm not able to attend to it", while what I want to express is that I'm capable of doing it, but I just don't need to. In Slavic ...
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Is this a native English way to speak:I have the drive to do something

Is this the proper way to use the term I have the drive to do something? I have the drive to work in an elite company.
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Is there any difference between “how it is doable” and “how it can be done”? [closed]

I have a phrase which can be written in two ways: This page contains information about orders, like how they are traceable after production. Or This page contains information about orders, ...
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Thanks/ thank you for your suggestion [closed]

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate? Thank you for your suggestion. Or, Thanks for your suggestion.
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Can we say “admitted to the mistakes”?

Can we say "admitted to the mistakes"? I think it should be admitted the mistakes and admitted to the hospital. The sentence that I am working on is it has not admitted to the mistakes in the ...
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Do I need an apostrophe in this title? [closed]

Educations Influence on Christianity This is the title of my essay. Does 'educations' need an apostrophe?
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Answering a question using “I wish”

I was asked which team I would want to win a given game, so I answer something like: I wish TEAM_A wins (the game). However, it does not sound quite right to me, should I have rephrased ...
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Can a sentence be both a tautology and an oxymoron?

Sometimes I encounter sentences that are very difficult to unpack into coherent thought. Sentences with tautological double or triple negatives; and sentences where one part contradicts another in ...
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Diff between Top 5 and 5 Top

What is the difference between Top 5 something and 5 Top something. Is there really any difference or are both the same.
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Correct usage for “all you need is/are…” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb tense for the phrase "all you need is", when what follows is a plural? All you need is paintbrushes and paint. All you need are paintbrushes and paint. Or is neither ...
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Be but sworn - grammar

I have found several questions asking for the meaning, but the thing that troubles me here is the grammar actually and i haven't found anything on that. In Shakespeare's sentence "Deny thy father ...
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When saying “this one” when referring to yourself, is it first or third person? [closed]

I have been playing a RP forum game and I believe that one of the other players may be locked into first/third person every post he makes. Which one it is doesn't change it from a gameplay view but it ...
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What is difference between “from within” and “from inside”?

I'm sure there must be some difference but, for me, those two are interchangeable in most of the cases.
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Can “own” stand on its own?

My gut feeling tells me that sentences such as Own mistakes have to be dealt with first. Own experience matters the most. We present own results. are not correct, and I would ...