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“Ask” vs “ask for”

I've just been told that when you want information from a person, you should not use "ask for" just "ask". They're quoting from Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English. This doesn't appear to be ...
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“The woman's card” vs “the woman card”

In this recently uploaded video by CNN channel, it shows that it is not clear as to whether we should use the possessive apostrophe or not, though Sue Mendelsohn, Director of the Columbia Unv. Writing ...
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If we say A is weaker than B by a factor of x, then should x be smaller or bigger than 1?

In math, we always need to derive different algorithms to get a tighter error bound. It may be correct almost surely that: the error bound of B is better than that of A by a factor x (x is bigger than ...
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Question mark or period at the end of “What is your favorite song, and explain why”

Which would be correct? What is your favorite song, and explain why? (I'm thinking this is right.) What is your favorite song, and explain why. This could be written as, "What is your ...
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Which of these is most correct, and why? [closed]

He called me over FaceTime He called me by Facetime. He called me through FaceTime. He called me via FaceTime. He called me with FaceTime. FaceTime = A calling service from Apple.
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Can the word 'impossible' be used postpositively with other than 'mission' nouns?

For example, can I say The teacher gave us the task impossible?
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What does the sentence, “You could do worse than review some of Lenny Bruce's material.” mean

I understand that it's an indirect form of compliment, also known as litotes. Here's a question already on that, "You could do worse than [x]" I couldn't get my head around, if it's a ...
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Question someone [migrated]

Please look at the following Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/nirmala-questions-rich-nations/article8545194.ece Nirmala questions rich nations. This is a headline of ...
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Is it right to say “Jack's father's mother's books”? [duplicate]

To mention possessions, how many possessive nouns and possessives are we allowed to have in a sentence. Is it right to say?: Jack's father's mother's brother's house
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Please help me with these if conditionals [closed]

If I studied, I wouldn't fail the exam If I had studied, I wouldn't have failed the exam What is the difference between the two? Please explain.
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As though/as if [duplicate]

I sometimes hear native speakers saying things like, "He pretended as though as if he didn't hear anything." Is it grammatically correct? If so, how do you use "as though as if"? Is that a common ...
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presents somebody/something as adj.?

I saw the usage of this phrase in a piece of news "Clinton often presents the top two candidates as symptomatic of the wider party." (The news is in this Buzzfeed article.) Often times I see nouns ...
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Do I need a comma or semi-colon before particularly in this example

I thoroughly enjoy getting lost in the writing of Donna Tartt, particularly The Secret History.
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ...
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has been, have been , had been [duplicate]

Please anyone tell me when we have to use "has been, have been , had been" and something started in past and still continuing is it possible to use has been ?
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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Is resolved vs has been resolved?

If someone reports an defect to me and is asking for an update, how should I reply? I will inform you once the issue is resolved or I will inform you once the issue has been resolved?
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actress's or actress' [duplicate]

Please tell me which one is correct Cops reach actress' house to record her statement. Cops reach actress's house to record her statement. Thank you.
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Sentence Correction: Team - was or were? [duplicate]

In the sentence: The team could not win the match because it was split into two groups. The correction given is: The team could not win the match because they were split into two groups. According ...
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Must have arrived by now

Please tell me if the following sentences are the same or not? It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived now. It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived by now. Are they same? If not, then please ...
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Figures of Speech: Inversion, doubt

This is a doubt from the poem Television by Roald Dahl and it is there in our 10 STD school textbook. I and my teacher had a bit of conflict with the figures of speech here: ...In almost every house ...
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“does there exist” or “does there exists” [closed]

I have seen many uses, even in books, of the three words "does there exist" and of the three words "does there exists". Examples: Does there exist a political business cycle? [1] Does there ...
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Which question sentence is correct? [duplicate]

I'm not sure which of the following sentences is correct: "Don't they have to send the table?" "Do they not have to send the table?" It would be great if you could help me. Thanks in advance!
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Is this line correct? [closed]

Is it corrct if I use this line- "I have not that sort of brain." I have a little bit confusion about that.
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“If a son strike his father” - shouldn't it be “strikes”?

I am reading The Code of Hammurabi translated by Robert Francis Harper. Many times there are sentences in the format "if one do this, some action shall be done". Here's an example: If a son strike ...
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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Laid vs. Lain in This Sentence [closed]

Which past participle would fit best in the following sentence? I've always struggled with this one. The idea that had presented itself during the meeting had plagued him all night, and he'd ____ ...
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How should I use “so” and“ too” for implying “That's also true for me” in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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“hugest” grammatically correct? [closed]

I saw an article on yahoo yesterday and thought I'd ask, is "hugest" a real word? I assume whoever wrote the article understands what they are trying to say, but it just seems wrong and foreign to my ...
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plural or singular of verb following staff [duplicate]

Is it: A number of staff who was not able to attend. or: A number of staff who were not able to attend.
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Simultaneous usage past & present Part. in the same sentence

I have a doubt to be clarified. Kindly refer following sentences and suggest, which one correct and why? Is there any specific rule on that aspect? he who never failed, has never tried.< he ...
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Is this free indirect speech ? “ …and would I please … ” And why is “please” necessary?

I would like to ask a question about the expression, “...and would I please .... . ” Which appeared in a mystery novel. I’ve been wondering what the expression means. And why is the word “please” in ...
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Cry and cried - drop the y and add ied [closed]

I understand the usage of the two, but I'm looking for how to describe these types and rules for when you drop y and add ied. If that makes sense Thanks
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Is 'verb + so + adjective' correct?

I've by chance learned the following sentence: Why does the idea of progress loom so large in the modern world? It confuses me a great deal,as I think that it should've been 'loom so largely'. Could ...
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Should we always use a prepositional object after an intransitive verb?

I arrived at home. vs. I arrived home. "Arrive" is an intransitive verb and it needs a prepositional object, but 'home' is an adverb of place and I don't think any preposition can be used ...
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Is the sentence “I wonder where he's?” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

The sentence "I wonder where he is?" has no contraction and, in my opinion, feels like it naturally flows compared to using the contraction. Are there any rules that are violated with the contracted ...
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The phrase “Warp and woof”

If warps and woofs are threads of fabric, why does the phrase use them in singular?
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“A for B and C showcases D like E”

Consider this sentence: “His work for Blair and Claire showcases traditional arts like weaving.” Does this imply that both his work for Blair showcases traditional arts and his work for Claire ...
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“Scaffolding” or “A scaffolding”?

Is it more correct to say: "There is a scaffolding around my house" than: "There is scaffolding around my house" ?
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Using “as” in an introductory clause [closed]

Is this considered an introductory clause? "as the lightning struck the tree, the people ran."
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'and what are the (…)'

I come across this sentence structure quite a lot, and every time again I wonder if it is actually grammatically correct. Example: In general, we know why groups mobilize in the EU, what ...
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Correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders

I'm trying to establish the correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders I put into my Google Calendar. I was wondering how should the following be capitalised: John's birthday ...
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Which one is correct to use? [migrated]

I'm confused with a sentence that would ask for concerns in business writing. Which of the below sentences is correct to use: Let us know if any concerns. or Let us know concerns if any.
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Modality of would in English [duplicate]

What is the meaning of 'would ' in the following sentences? I have tryed to give my understanding of these sentences in brackets. Please explain these each sentences with meanings in details.Thanks a ...
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Is “and” used correctly in this sentence? How does it change the meaning if I remove it?

It's hard for me to figure out why the writer uses "and" in the end of the following sentence. Like "and of which we and those who come after us have a right to be proud." "It is no good talking ...
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Why did the writer use “would” instead of “loved” [migrated]

I can't understand why the phrase beneath is written that way. "She needed someone that would love her for more than just one night" I've seen the same construction in other cases. Hope someone can ...
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“All the data have changed” [duplicate]

I am aware that plurals that are the same as the singular still affect the following verb. i.e. "This sheep has been sheared." - Correct "All the sheep have been sheared." - Correct ...
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“Attitude should be professional looks need not to be” is it grammatically correct? [closed]

Is this sentence is wrong? Attitude should be professional looks need not to be If yes, then what's the correct way or approach to write it in a correct grammatical way? May I know why it ...
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Spelling of numbers and particle “and”

I know that in order to spell a number you have to insert an "and" between the hundred and units. For instance 301 will be "three hundred and one". But what about larger numbers? 1,301 is "one ...
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“I have to go to places” - The word “to” is repeating here. What is right way to say it? [closed]

"I have to go to places" - The word to is repeating here. How do I say it right? The original sentence is I have to travel to native for couple of occasions