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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Doubt about “there is/isn't no *, is/isn't there” kind of phrases

A friend asked me if I thought this phrase was correct: "It seems there isn't a free cam, is there?" I replied I think it should be: "It looks like there isn't a free cam, isn't there?" He ...
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This is going to be hard because of him/his needing to be there very early [duplicate]

I recently read the following: This is going to be hard because of him needing to be there very early. I would have written: This is going to be hard because of his needing to be there ...
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tell me where I am or where am I? In this situation [duplicate]

So couple of my classmates are chatting in a group & ... A: Turn off your GPS, now everyone knows where you are! B: Ok then tell me where I am/where am I? Which one is correct in this ...
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Grammar: was vs. were [duplicate]

I've been looking into the difference between was and were...I think I understand it, except in this particular context. For those of you aware of the TV show "My Family", there is a scene containing ...
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How to parse this sentence (…because …)

I have confusion on parsing of following sentence... "There is no reason to be depressed or give up simply because you will make a few wrong choices." The sentence was captured from an article and ...
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Are the cats and dogs of the idiom “it's raining cats and dogs” plural in usage?

I recently heard someone say the following: It's cats and dogs out there! As in "it's raining cats and dogs out there." I then thought that person should have said Those are cats and dogs ...
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What's the subject in “You, go to the store”?

In the following sentence, what is the function of "You"? You, go to the store. I know the sentence is in the imperative mood, and that generally means there is an implicit second-person ...
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Punctuating sentences with multiple adverb forms

What is generally considered the correct way to punctuate multiple adverb forms in a sentence? E.g., She stood discreetly, close to a bus stop, across the street from the entrance of a modern office ...
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you are? vs are you? (with a question mark) [duplicate]

Are both sentences correct? "What school you are in?" or "What school are you in?" What is the difference? Is one of them absolutely wrong?
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“Who” or “Whom” in this sentence [duplicate]

I know very well that my question is in the duplicate department, but I need to be sure on the usage of "Who/Whom" in this particular example. She met my brother, who/whom she later married. ...
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Grammar Semantics : “May I know the issue that you are facing with your computer ? ” [closed]

I am in tech support and I need to ask the following question to a customer often : "May I know the issue that you are facing with your computer ?" "May I know what issue you are facing with ...
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Difference between in and from [closed]

I have seen in different places and different people say different sentences like: Sun rises in the east or sun rises from the east. What is the basic difference? Aren't they giving same meaning?
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Grammatical name/function of “what” in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean 1) A is either as likely or less likely than B 2) A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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Is Grammar An Exact Science? [closed]

"Science" might not be the appropriate word but I think it conveys the gist of my question: Is grammar always an agreed-upon, exact process among professionals when identifying usage and parts ...
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Is it not allowed to use “there, where S V”?

I want to express some unearthly, mysterious atmosphere of the place. The original sentence is : The task can only be accomplished in a certain place, where...(defines the requirement of the ...
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'result' or 'their result' in this context

Here are my constructions: As part of his academic activities, he conducted research focused on design, implementation and operation of novel algorithms using artificial intelligence. Within the ...
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“That” vs “Those” which to use after both a plural and a singular noun?

"The rise of computer technologies and networking is due to collective action similar to that of other social movements, such as the environmental movement, the anti-tobacco movement or the women's ...
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Commas, prepositions and subordinating conjunctions

I have two questions. Consider the following sentences. "In November I purchased my first car." or "In November, I purchased my first car." And, another example, "During the 1940s there was a ...
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Is this “imperative” corrrect? What is dropping the subject called, if anything?

I was reading through this Git Commit Message Conventions document for a project and discovered what I think to be an improper recommendation to use imperative mood. First, if you're not familiar ...
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Questions about present perfect continuous and 'let' [closed]

I am working in this company from the beginning. vs. I have been working in this company since the beginning. Which one is correct? He let her daughter listen the music. Is ...
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“Same as” or “same with” in this context?

Here is a quick question. Same with A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Same as A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Which one is a better way for academic writing? ...
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“from” “to” usage for time ranges

Back in school I was taught that "from" is always used with "to" for time ranges. Now, almost always I see a dash is used instead of "to". Is it correct?
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“…as interesting as you think” vs “…as interesting as you'd think”?

Speaker A: "You lived in Hawaii? Cool! How was it? Tell me, tell me. Speaker B: "Haha, it wasn't as interesting as you/you'd think. What's the correct option in this case? Or should I have ...
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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Verb form of “drive” after “see” in a sentence [duplicate]

I saw him .... off. A.drive B.to drive C.driving D.driven I chose C but the key is A. I don't know why. Can you help me explain the reason?
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Usage of word “those” in an essay

I am writing critical analysis essay on philosophical paper. It is an undergraduate 1000 word task. I have a sentence: (contents of philosophical paper) contradicts with what idea 1, idea 2, and ...
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“do .. while doing” or “do while do” [closed]

Here is a quick question. In the following two sentences, which one is correct? XXX changes the syntax of software while keeping the semantic equivalence. XXX changes the syntax of software while ...
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Usage of in and into [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct? I went in to work at the agency early today. I went into work at the agency early today.
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“Software diversification effect” or “software diversification effectiveness”? [closed]

here is my quick question, when I want to say "software diversity" (this is considered as a technical term), which one is the most suitable way? given the context below: XXXXX, with an amplified ...
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“Realizing that, despite…” vs “realizing despite…that.”

What's the correct form? Example: I smiled, realizing that, despite her craziness, I missed her. I smiled, realizing, despite her craziness, that I missed her. Is there any ...
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“When did you go there?” vs “When you went there?” [closed]

Could someone help me to understand the difference between these two sentences. When did you go there? When you went there? What is the correct way of using these forms?
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Is this construction of the sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Today I see ways how several aspects of filmmaking industry can be improved so that myriads of struggling filmmakers won’t be left overboard and can find their niche in this very complex business.
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Correct arrangement of this sentence [closed]

I currently have this sentence: James Albert Bonsack took on the challenge and created a machine in 1880; despite losing his first prototype to a fire. But I am not sure about how it is best to ...
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Contraction of “There are” to “There're” [duplicate]

I'm a soon published author going through my final edit of the book and I got stuck thinking about this one. I understand that when writing this you should type in "There are". When people are saying ...
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Use of the word “for”

Way back in high school, an English teacher asked me if I understood how I was using the word "for" in one of my sentences. I didn't, and I took it as a criticism. Since that day, I have shied away ...
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Homer's “Odyssey”? Homer's “The Odyssey”?

Right now I am writing an essay, also I am currently stuck doing so because I don't know how to properly use a piece of grammar. This essay is focusing on the book written by Homer. The problem is I ...
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Why does “not a one” sound incorrect, but “not a single one” sounds okay?

To me, not a one sounds incorrect, but not a single one sounds okay. Is there any grammar to support why my ears weep at the sound of the former phrase, but not the latter?
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“Even to” or “To even”?

I am not sure which one is grammatically correct. It could be both or none. Could you select which sentence would be grammatically correct? The only difference between the sentences is even to vs. to ...
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Should I use 'among others' or 'such as' in this context?

Here are my constructions: Ability to monitor and configure devices among others the company's Cisco Systems, workstations and servers using open-source and Microsoft software. Ability to ...
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What is the right punctuation for a series of questions within a single sentence?

What is the right punctuation to use with a list of examples that are questions? For example: This is a list of statements from the texts that I find vague: "From what are the interiors of a ...
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The correct grammar of “verb” + “conjunction” + “verb”

I have seen the usage of both versions: I am doing this to get more attention and to seek for opportunities. I am doing this to get more attention and seek for opportunities. Which one is ...
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Which english grammar book do you recommend? [closed]

I'm decided to learn english grammar in adept. I have two books 1. TOEFL's grammar and 2. Grammar in Use R. Murphy. TOEFL's grammar seems easy-to-follow and with formulas (very effective I think). ...
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Could the “pseudo” adverbial phrases modify the real adverbial phrases?

1)A woman fell 50 feet down a cliff. 2)The project was finished 10 days ahead of the schedule. 3)Emma is 10 years older than Sophie. 4)I finished the project 10 days ago. 1)50 feet/10 days/10 ...
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What is the grammatical designation of “that” in “…that she may have…”?

The following sentence is the Modern English translation of a line from the Old English poem Judith: He (God) advanced a gracious favour to her, that she may have a steadfast faith. My question ...
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What does the perfect infinitive mean?

I came across a sentence recently: Before I turn 40, I want to have written a book. Could someone explain to me what does it actually mean? I'd rather say: Before I turn 40, I want to write a book. ...
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using are to name but a few

In a very formal writing style, Is it fine to use to name but a few in a separate sentence? There are a lot of algorithms to do hashing. MD5, SHA1 and CRC are to name but a few.
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using amidst in mathematic [closed]

I use a very formal writing style. If I want to say that I calculate a function between 5 times between each two points, can I use amid these ways? The function f(t) is calculated 5 times amidst ...
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Is this statement combination correct?

I have two statements to make: Note that records are keyed on their name, not an integer Note that records are uniquely identified by their name, not an integer I considered combining these with ...