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UK English. Would like to know the sentence I wrote is correct or not [closed]

I didn't read (past tense) any of these messages
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'office' or 'the office' in this context? [closed]

Here are my constructions: Administration of office network infrastructure and implementation of new services Administration of the office network infrastructure and implementation of new ...
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I was wondering how to search if certain words are adjectives and/or adverbs [closed]

I have a project... due very soon and I'm having trouble finding words that are both adjectives and adverbs.
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Is it grammatically correct to use 'Certification training' in this context? [closed]

This paragraph is for CV and I have a question. Is it grammatically correct to use 'Certification training'? Certification Fluke Networks Certification training on the operation of ...
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If apostrophe-S is possessive, should “it's” be used when referring to an object's possessions or not? [duplicate]

For example, which is correct: The robot can then compute it's coordinates. or The robot can then compute its coordinates. What's the rule here? It seems a little inconsistent.
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Is the usage of the word “BUT” in this sentence correct? [duplicate]

Please consider the following sentence: I am not just doing my job, but I am making a difference is the sentence grammatically correct? Should I add the word also in the second clause? I am ...
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Two years and a half, two years and half,…? [migrated]

When I looked up the word "half", I've found "two and a half year" is a correct phrase. But I've seen some Americans use "two years and (a) half" quite often and it confuses me. Is it correct to use ...
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a path to v+ing / a path to + verb

which one is grammatically correct an auspicious path to fighting against rape. an auspicious path to fight rape. or maybe an auspicious path towards the fight against rape
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Conditional cause

I know that there are some formular of conditional sentence If + simple past, would + simple present [e.g: if I were you, I would not go.] If + past perfect, would + present perfect [e.g: if I had ...
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What is the function of “do” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

Only by being forced to defend an idea against the doubts and contrasting views of others does one really discover the value of that idea. What is the function of "does" in that sentence?
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'he prepared the design' or 'he designed'?

Here are my constructions: While carrying out his engineering project, he prepared the design of wired and wireless network infrastructure and developed the new architectural plans of the ...
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When to use “this” or “that”?

It is 10 cm on the map. That is 100 km in real terms. I am proofreading and it seems odd that the writer always uses that in these cases. I would have said this. Who is right and who is ...
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“Why can I not” vs. “Why can not I” [closed]

Consider the following two sentences: Why can I not open the door? and Why can not I open the door? Which is more common? What's the subtle difference between them?
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Proper grammar for plural possession including myself? [duplicate]

I know that when referring to myself and a friend, it is proper to say "John and I", as opposed to "me and John". But when referring to ownership, I can't figure out whether this still applies. For ...
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What is the word for a past-tense verb used like a gerund?

In a comment on this answer to a similar question, the user Kris identifies the concept of "a member of a class to which gerunds belong but itself [is] not a gerund." Is there a word for such a thing? ...
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'develop' or 'developing' [closed]

Here are my constructions: He has the ability to develop policies, procedures and solutions that improve network disaster recovery and business continuity. He has the ability to developing ...
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First strike vs. first-strike

I'm a bit confused about when to hyphenate in certain circumstances. Specifically, which of the following would I hyphenate? Launch a first strike Launch a second strike Damage first ...
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Problem with sentences structures [closed]

I have problem with sentences structures. I have sentences: He possesses wide span of skills and specialized knowledge in design, implementation, management, and maintenance a fully ...
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Preposition before noun phrases

I have asked the same question in ELL stackexchange, but unfortunately haven't received enough answer/comment. The one answer I got is not satisfactory. So that's the reason I am asking it here again. ...
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What is this wordplay called?

"For these people" "For those people" When you say "these", it sounds much more 'personal', especially when done in poetry. Is there a specific literary device to refer to this, or can you just say ...
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can use neither and not together? [closed]

The price estimates include both state and national taxes, neither not delivery charges. Is this corrected? I know 'neither' and 'not' can't use together.
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sewer or sewers

I was playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES when I stopped to ponder; when in a place full of sewage, am I in the sewer or am I in the sewers? Mayhaps both? Also on further use of the root ...
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Are my friend vs. are my friends? [closed]

Which one of the following is correct and why? You both are my friend. or You both are my friends.
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“There will/seems to be” or “There will/seems to have”? [closed]

Should I write: There will be a meeting in the afternoon. There seems to be a problem with the computer. or There will have a meeting in the afternoon. There seems to have a ...
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Although + Past Simple + Present Perfect [closed]

Is the variant "Although the test was easy, I've failed" possible if it's just happened?
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I wish I would and sequence of tenses

Let us suppose we want to say that we want to resume practicing a language before we forget it absolutely. So we will say: I wish I would resume ... before ... And what after before? Can we use the ...
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using the verb “request”

This verb has me a bit confused. I cannot submit my report personally and therefore have to resort to sending it by post. Now I need a polite way to ask to do this. 1) I request that I send my report ...
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Which of the following sentences is correct? [closed]

Together with my three fellow students, we are most interested in hiring the villa. Togehter with my three fellow students we are most interested in hiring the villa. Together with my three fellow ...
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To go fade out?

Those sweet memories never seem to go fade out. In trying to find a short synonym for "to become to fade out," I've come up with "to go fade out." Is this idiomatic and grammatically correct? The ...
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present perfect tense usage [closed]

I have a question about present perfect tense. It would be great if you could help me figure that out. Today I was listening to "Everything has changed" and I noticed that when I talk about something ...
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what is the difference between “XYZ-based company” and “XYZ company”

Question(s) In the following paragraph, if i change Abbott Park, Illinois-based company to Abbott Park, Illinois company will the meaning change? Is there a technical term for -based ? When do we ...
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use of suffix and agglutination

Sir, I am an assistant teacher of English in a higher secondary school in a remote village of Basirhat - ii block. In my school the first summative evaluation is going on where in the English ...
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Using “will” or “would” when we do not know the reality

If I do not know about something and I just guess about it what verb should be used "will" or "would"? For example in the following sentences I do not know the reality I just guess, so what verb ...
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Once again debate on “a” or “an” [duplicate]

There is a heated debate on a dental hygienist website. When using RDH or Registered Dental Hygienist when do you use "an" and "a"? I was taught to write "an RDH" since the letter R in this ...
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Where do you place words such as certainly, surely in a sentence?

I struggle constantly or is it I constantly struggle with the usage of such words. I don't even what they are called in English grammar. My question: how do I know whether I'm grammatically correct ...
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Mantis's or Mantis'? [duplicate]

In terms of possessive, is mantis's [claws] correct or mantis' [claws] correct? The first one doesn't "look" right, but the second one doesn't seem grammatically correct.
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Can you end a list with “e.g.”? [duplicate]

Can you use "e.g." after you have listed something? I've been busy trying to figure out training, WHMIS e.g.
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Is ''How many stops is Tokyo from here?'' grammatically correct?

When do you want to ask which stop you want to get off at, can I say how many stops is Tokyo from here?? In this situation, I expect an answer like '5 stops.'
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I need help with english grammar/conversation? [closed]

I'm a pretty good user of the English language, I can read, write, and converse rather well in english. But I'm not very good with grammar, consequently I began searching for resources on the subject. ...
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Find the right technical word for a composition of names [closed]

I have the following text from which I extracted the pair of words Abbott Laboratories A unit of pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay 600 million dollars to settle criminal and ...
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Remember myself doing something

Is it correct to say: I remember myself reading this book. in that sense that I remember how I read the book? Does it work the same way as "I remember him doing something"? And if it is the case, ...
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How can “while” be used in a sentence? [closed]

I read a sentence in which "while" was used in different stile. Selective herbicides kill specific targets, while leaving the desired crop relatively unharmed. Why don't we have a complete ...
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using tell me to mean 'what is it?' [duplicate]

It seems to be a common practice in India to respond to someone's call by saying tell me. It's used even in calls; the conversation goes something like this: Me: Hello Caller : Hello Me: Who's ...
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“Make sure it work” or “make sure it works”? [closed]

Is it to "make it work", "make sure it work", or is it to "make it works", "make sure it works"? I was thinking the ones without s are correct, but Google results show an overwhelming favor for those ...
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The use of AND in a sentence [duplicate]

all. I have just stumbled onto this site, and so beg your pardon if this question has been posted before. I'm curious as to the continuous repetition of unique words in(to) a single sentence. As a ...
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The tiger VS. tigers [closed]

Using just 'species' (for the sake of simplicity and consistency), the author's judgments can be summarized as follows: • (39a) the species of the tiger = (marginally) OK • (39b) the species of ...
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What 's the grammatical point in this sentence? [closed]

Humans spend much of their conscious lives interacting with the world through electronics, the only barrier between brain and machine …(1)… the senses — sight, sound and touch — through …(2)… ...
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Do I need a determining pronoun if it can be implied?

It’s the hour at which they usually go out for their daily walk or It’s the hour they usually go out for their daily walk
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“Records” vs “recordings” in a record label company's name

The typical names of a record label companies are usually composed of one or two words accompanied with another one word which is "records" or "recordings". There are Decca Records, Columbia-CBS ...
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I'd better vs I better [closed]

English is not my native language, so I'm wondering, should I say: I'd better go away now. or: I better go away now. or even (I think I've heard this one): I better go now. Thanks in ...