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Choice of tense to describe continuing status of an object

Hi I am so confused by the English tenses when I try to describe, for example a status change, something happened in the past, just at a point in time, but is still true until now. Please list those ...
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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“I'm sure this would not have happen” vs. “I'm not sure this didn't happen”

I was asked what's wrong with this sentence: I'm not sure this didn't happen. I didn't think it was incorrect, but my friend said I was. So, is the sentence correct either way, or is one correct and ...
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Is this grammatical “one of them say~”? [duplicate]

I was listening to BBC while reading the script and the announcer said... "Then I heard one of them say his parents were dinosaurs" Is that correct? I don't think so.
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How to express relation that something belong to something, using noun phrase?

I want to express the belong relation between things, but not use of or 's such as "path of file" or "file's path". In coding, there is sometimes a need to express "belong" relation in an identifier ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...
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“Him” or “his” used with “resulted” [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: Jack’s predilection toward competitive sports resulted in him becoming a great tennis player. or Jack's predilection toward competitive sports ...
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To-infinitive usage: which sentence is correct? [duplicate]

which one of the following sentences is correct and why? Her face was intentionally blurred in the photo to not to reveal her identity? Her face was intentionally blurred in the photo not to reveal ...
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Far more … than meaning

Theft of an idea is far more difficult for proving in court than word-for-word plagiarism. Can far more be used in that sentence? What does it mean?
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Very great or great? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say 'a very great refrigerator'. Isn't just 'a great refrigerator' enough? Should we use 'very' before 'great' as in a very great man, or is it 'a great man'. Why? Thanks. sundaresh
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What is wrong with these sentences? [duplicate]

I am new in this site : I faced problem to understand what is wrong with these sentences : (i) One must do what he thinks best. (ii) Can I leave the room now, Sir? I don't understand why first one ...
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How to parallel “A be B” and “A do C”

From Barron's 6 ACT Practice Tests: The books are either explicit, describe graphic violence, or use questionable language. Is this grammatically correct? If not, is there any way to parallel "A ...
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Is “apropos” commonly used in everyday life? [closed]

Would I be understood, if I used apropos in my speech for typical New Yorker?
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How to remember the terms for noun declensions?

I'm aware of the etymological fallacy, but would knowing the etymology of the following words help me understand them? I'm always confused as to which is which, and I need to consult a dictionary ...
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Usage of I and Myself [duplicate]

Mail : "Who will be doing the validation?" Reply : "Myself and Sarah will be doing validation" I believe the usage of myself is incorrect here. It should be "Sarah and I will be doing validation". ...
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Difference between agenda and schedule

I am not a native speaker. A business friend will be in town soon, and I am trying to draft a file to schedule his trip. He will have a lot of meetings in town and then he need to travel in several ...
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does a semicolon or comma belong before “is this correct?”

You went to the store and bought chips, is that correct? You went to the store and bought chips; is that correct? You bought a bag of chips, correct? You bought a bag of chips; correct? Thanks for ...
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“statistical hypothesis testing”

Can I put "do" in front of "statistical hypothesis testing"? Thanks. To address the management of any high risk aspects of the proposed work, we will do statistical hypothesis testing to decide on a ...
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“become a President” or “become President”

If he had not been a film star, he would not have become President. In my opinion, "a President" is correct. Examples: "My dream is to be a teacher" "My dream is to be a President" ...
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Does “I wouldn't do this, if it wasn't compulsory” sound natural? [closed]

Would the above sentence sound natural? If not, what would be the modification?
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Why can we omit a phrase that ends up changing the meaning of the preceding statement

I'm certain my terminology is wrong. Sorry in advance. I'm working with a student trying to understand a tutorial on 3D modeling written in English. The student is Japanese. The translation is not ...
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“Despite not being” vs “despite of not being” [closed]

What's the different between despite not being and despite of not being? Example: She wore a turtleneck sweater and a floral skirt that reached just above her knee. Despite (of) not being ...
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Use of “one of” with “and” and “or.”

Is either of the following is proper? Are you related to one of George or Mike? Are you related to one of George and Mike? I'd like to ask a yes-or-no question to determine whether you are related ...
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Is “I always found their sight relaxing” grammatical?

I ask because the sentence returns 0 results in Google. I'm a little confused. Is the sentence grammatical? If not, what's the correct alternative? Here's an example of the sentence in a context: ...
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Rose “to a crescendo” or “in a crescendo”?

What is the correct way of saying that the song grew louder gradually? His song rose in a crescendo His song rose to a crescendo.
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the verb 'declare' without a person who declares

Someone declares that the changes are aimed at combating untimeliness and incompleteness in [name of tax] tax assessment and withholding by tax agents. How would you express the said idea without ...
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Comma-use and possibly other errors in text [closed]

Are their any error the text below? Other requirements: Fluent English speaker Excellent, near perfect grammar Is the comma-use correct?
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Is there a generic word for “all of x type of thing”?

I am looking for a generic collective noun that can be acceptably used to refer to all existing things of some particular kind. It would apply to "all existing trees", "all existing vehicles", "all ...
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Can I Get Any Critiques For this? [closed]

I'm fifteen, and I'm writing a novel. On many websites, almost everyone says that you can't write up to perfection as a teen, and I know it's true. Because whenever I compare my writing to the works ...
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order of adjectives - deleted recent questions vs recent deleted questions

From what is introduced here, "recent" is a kind of age and "deleted" seems to be a kind of specific opinion, so this structure seems to be correct: "deleted recent questions". Actually I was ...
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Can I delete the relative adverb “where” anytime?

Can I say, "You can stand in the house Romeo and Juliet fell in love." In this case, relative adverb 'where' was deleted. But I think there should be "in" at the end of the sentence. Am I right? Can ...
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What is the word “funny” modifying in this sentence?

I don’t understand why Daniella is acting so funny. Is funny modifiying Daniella (which would make it an adjective) or is it modifying acting (making it an adverb)? Is there any way to tell ...
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Where to put the fast in and use fast or quick?

In my cover letter I have the following sentence: Furthermore I have excellent research skills and I can famililarize myself fast with new topics. I am not sure where to put the fast in. Is ...
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your or you're? [closed]

Which one is correct? Why? (a) The best gift God has given you was you're precious smile. (b) The best gift God has given you was your precious mile.
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Dangling modifiers

To succeed in any endeavor, commitment is necessary. Anything wrong with this phrase? A dangling modifier?
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Noun with the definite article as a subject of a sentence

Please, help me to clarify this question. Assuming that there are many books I owe to a person and some of them are here on my table, is it correct to say: "The books I owe you are on my table"? ...
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“to” + infinitive vs. just infinitive vs. gerund after the phrase “verb for”

The Spanish verb contar translates to "to count". Which of the following would be a better way to express this in formal writing: Contar is the Spanish verb for count. Contar is the Spanish ...
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Should there be a colon before a title?

Which of the following sentences has been punctuated correctly: This recommendation is based on a European guideline: Managing Neuropathic Pain. This recommendation is based on a European ...
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Use of “Despite” [duplicate]

Which of the following two sentences is correct and why? Many middle - class South Asians find that they can not obtain good medical attention, despite the fact they need it badly or Many middle ...
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What does “don't be stupid” imply?

I was in an argument and the other party stated in his last sentence "don't be stupid". Does this statement actually mean that I am stupid and should quit being stupid or what ? Is this statement ...
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How to best include an introductory phrase before getting to the point? [closed]

This question may seem too large in scope from the title, but here's the preface to the answer I seek. I need to inform my hiring manager (HM) that I have served my last day with my current ...
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Please read Martha's story and forgive me if I interrupt your schedule. Should it be INTERRUPTED? Thank you.

English is my second language. I have a problem. Is this statement correct: Please read Martha's story and forgive me if I interrupt your schedule. Should it be INTERRUPTED? Thank you.
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How do I use this idiom ? “ pins and needles ” naturally?

I'm just curious. how can I use this " pins and needles " idiom naturally in everyday life ? like "Ouooch I had pins and needles right now ! " or "Ouooch I have pins and needles right now ! ...
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A one-off action or a series of actions in the past?

I have two sentences here whose meanings are confusing to me as they are interpreted by native speakers. 1) "When Jack did all the shopping, he went to the cafe." Means: On the days that Jack ...
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Is the use of “feel” followed by “would” incorrect in this sentence?

I am talking about a feeling that could possibly arise in a hypothetical future situation, and if the feeling did arise, the person would express it. I phrased the sentence like this: "If you feel ...
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Is the use of “would” valid when describing a hypothetical, future situation?

I am uncertain about the use of "would" in a sentence describing a hypothetical, future situation. The sentence in question is: "If you feel that way, you'd say it." In my opinion, the use of ...
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Using the word “Disposition” as a Verb

I know disposition means a persons inherent qualities of mind and character and it is a noun. i know you would say "he has a very quiet brooding disposition" but my roommate was cleaning the house and ...
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Point of difficulty in how punctuation should be handled in and around quotations relating to software logging statements

I sent an e-mail to somebody in the office this morning that had to do with some logging statements in our software, and I wasn't quite sure how to handle commas and such around the quotation marks. ...
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Past tense progression [duplicate]

My mother was raised in a family that had placed extreme importance on filial piety. Is had superfluous, wrong, or correct? I can see arguments in both directions: Perfect past (raised) ...
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What is a gerund? A noun or a verb? 'His smoking upset me’

I've been studying the Huddleston and Pullum book for four months now. So far only one thing confuses me: the identity of gerund. Is it a noun or a verb? His constant smoking upset me. smoking ...