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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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Can you use “get” in a past tense sentence

I had a voice over where I was asked to record the following line in a script: "Our small initiative turned into a sizeable movement with the support of influencers, who helped spread the word and ...
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Why exactly is this sentence the way it is?

I couldn't explain it in the title, my apologies. Now the sentence, in indirect-speech: Anne asked me who my favourite actor was I know this sentence is correct, but WHY isn't it the following? ...
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which tense should be used in the following statement?

Please call me when you are going to lunch. or Please call me when u go to lunch.
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Is this a prepositional phrase?

I'm trying to remember the grammatical term used to describe this part of speech. The term "prepositional phrase" comes to mind, but I think it might be something different. It's the part of a ...
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between vs across [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences: Comparison across the groups Comparison between the groups In other words when I must use "across" and when I should use "...
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Can be potentially provided [duplicate]

I'm confused about using phrases like "can be easily accessed". When I'm deciding which of the following I should use: it can be potentially provided it can potentially be provided by searching ...
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Use of an with an acronym [duplicate]

Is it correct to write 'an'in the sentence "proud of being 'an' LSRite", where LSR is an acronym?
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How to use “But” properly [closed]

Which of these two sentence form is more accurate and why: Ramiro is anything but professional. Ramiro is anything but not professional. These both sentences conveys the same message about Ramiro ...
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Fairly deep phrase meaning

I'm having difficulty with understanding the below phrase: sorry, I've been in a fairly deep recently Is this statement cut off as not making greater sense to me? That was a response to my ...
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The Use of Past Perfect in the exercise [closed]

In one of my English books there is an exercise to practise the past perfect simple and continuous. And I don't really get the reson why it is said 'I HAD HAD breakfast', but not 'By the time I HAD ...
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Can we mix tenses in the same paragraph? [duplicate]

From an Indian thriller TV show called Ssshhhh...Koi Hai Ajinkya manages to find his mother but is shocked to know she had never transformed. He managed to kill Vikrant but that wouldn’t be the ...
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When, while, once etc. usage in time clauses.

I know that this question has been asked before and grammar books are quite clear about clauses with time words like when, after, until etc. where the rule is to use the present tense forms to talk ...
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“Would that of this journey I had heard…”?

This is a translation of a Heian period poem: Would that of this journey I had heard. So had my heart been with you when you sought the cuckoo's song. What does 'Would that of this journey I had ...
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morphosyntax meaning

I know that "Morphosyntax is the study of the interaction of morphology and syntax" but by this defination am not getting the meaning so please can anyone tell me what is morphosyntax with examples?
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When does `isn't …` expand to “is … not” and “is not …” [duplicate]

Recently I have been writing a chatbot, and in part of the process it expands contractions. While doing this, I have found odd behavior for the contraction "isn't". There are two different way to ...
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“Broken down by <singular vs. plural>”

The sentence in question is, "Hardening timescales are plotted against separation in Fig.2, broken down by hardening mechanism." It was suggested that I change this to "hardening mechanisms". ...
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How to determine ergative verbs

As a non-English speaker, it's sometimes hard to determine what style of a verb is meant in sentences written/said by native speakers of English. For example, there are ergative verbs in English. ...
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If what…used in a sentence.

We couldn't tell if what he was doing was singing or making some other kind of noise. From the above sentence why can't we remove the "what". "If What..." sounds very strange to me. Can you explain ...
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Which modifies which in the following sentence?

Please tell me which modifies which in the second sentence. It is evident that there are two modifiers in the first sentence, "not" and "in the least". The words or phrases in round brackets are ...
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regarding the Let's versus lets [duplicate]

I follow the answers and the logic on the Let's versus lets page. However, my scenario seems trickier. I think it is because I have a plural group word at the end. What do you think about these two ...
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Correctness of “enough as” constructions

I'm not a native speaker. Sometimes, I feel like using expressions like There are lots of candidates. You should be qualified enough as to excel in the preliminary exam if you want to get in the ...
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Can you be ill from an injury (I don't mean an infection) [duplicate]

This is something that crops up on the BBC a lot and irks me. For example, from a story today: One woman is critically ill and three others have been injured after they were stabbed near a ...
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Do tenses in conditional sentences conflict with the verb tenses in a sentence?

OK, we all know that “The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past.” Source Example 1. Mary had studied English before she moved to New York. — ...
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'swimming dog' and 'dog swimming'?

I saw a swimming dog. I saw a dog swimming. What is the difference between the two sentences in meaning. And is there any reason why we should change the order of the word( dog, swimming)?
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Preposition at the end of a question

Are the prepositions at the end of these sentences necessary? And why/why not? Where are you at? Where did it originate from? Where did you come from?
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'a same matrix' or 'the same matrix'?

Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and fusion center can let the pseudo-random number generators generate the same matrix A. Or Synchronizing only a seed between the local sites and ...
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Is it correct to say -1th or -1st?

I like to say -1 as negative one. So, should I say "negative oneth index" or "negative first index"? Which one is grammatical? Is there a way to avoid this problem altogether.
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Can you tell me the different meaning and usage for the following sentences? [duplicate]

Correct text Can you tell me the different meaning and usage for the following sentences? I sent you an email. I have sent you an email. I had sent you an email.
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What do we call the construct “would have done” when it is *not* conditional perfect.

I noticed that "would have been" is used sometimes not as a conditional perfect as in If you'd told me earlier, it would have been less disappointing. but more as a past subjective ...
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Simple past tense vs. perfect past tense [duplicate]

What are the difference between the following sentence? I ate apples. I have eaten apples. When should we use simple past tense? When should we use perfect past tense?
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Can “broken foots” be used instead of “broken feet”? (U.S.)

I recently read a sports article that stated: The bad news is that Watkins might be the team's most dynamic playmaker and broken foots can be complicated. My immediate reaction is it should be "...
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Proper use of a pronoun [closed]

is i proper to say: we look forward to seeing you, X and Y? or or looking forward to seeing X, Y and you.
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Sentence parallelism

Is the following sentence parallel? Globalization causes international goods to be available in different countries, better cultural change, and international trade to be more efficient.
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What transitive verbs can act intransitively

How can we judge a transitive verb to be used correctly when it's in intransitive form in a sentence? For example, are these uses of transitive verbs correct? I drink. He answered. They will give.
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Adverb at the end of a sentence

Is the "in them" in this sentence necessary? Globalization is an aggregation of international processes that benefit the countries that participate in them.
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Help on Systemic Functional Grammar

The question is on the types of reference. G is for generic, I indefinite and D definite. My friends and I have been arguing over #1 and #4. Could someone help? Many thanks. "Identify the types of ...
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We the saw the arguments and attacks waged against her grow ever more offensive

I have just spotted this text on Huffington Post [1] and it sounded a little bit strange for me, a Brazilian ESL student. Can somebody clarify to me why the journalist selected the words We the saw (....
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Use participle or “which” to start a nonessential clause?

Is there anything wrong with this sentence: The city pays landlords more than someone with a rental voucher can pay, which only exacerbates NY's already severe housing shortage. Is this sentence ...
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Is it correct to avoid starting sentences with subordinating conjunctions in technical writing? [closed]

I work on a team where everyone has decided that it is incorrect to start a sentence with a subordinating conjunction period. For example they will change the sentence: Based on the system-wide risk ...
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Impersonal / personal passive

Just need some clarification on this sentence.. We know that customs officials confiscated ten foreign passports last week. Ten foreign passports are known to have been confiscated last week (...
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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Infinitive verses present participle

I often come across this type of thing and wondered if anyone could tell me the correct usage. I have a sentence that reads "As you go through various settings, you will have the option to allow ...
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Product description (text) in English, need some help [closed]

I have a product to launch, I've written a short description of about 600 words, I need some help to improve content quality, you know guys I am not very English :p I would like to make it more ...
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stative verbs as gerunds [duplicate]

If "ing" suffix is not used in stative verbs then why we are using "ing" suffix stative verbs in gerunds. For example: loving,believing,knowing,hating, etc etc., in these verbs why we using "ing"?
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some nothing kind of thing

"So, this friend of yours, what's he doing now?" "I have no idea. Something happened, some nothing kind of thing." How are we to understand the grammar for the phrase "some nothing kind of thing"? Is ...
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'as good asymptotically as' or 'asymptotically as good as'?

In terms of grammar, should I say 'The error bound of AA is as good asymptotically as that of BB' OR 'The error bound of AA is asymptotically as good as that of BB' ? Or both are correct?
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Which is correct? She said it was more beautiful, didn't she or wasn't it?

She said it was more beautiful, didn't she? She said it was more beautiful, wasn't it? This sentence confused me. Usually we use the tag with the main verb, so "didn't she" is correct, but there are ...
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What our students have to say. Grammar question

I often hear the phrase "what our students have to say" in testimonials, and I am confused with the grammar here. It can be taken in two ways as follows. 1) Our students have something (what) to say ...