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Analyze the role of “had the Chinese not come” in this sentence [closed]

What is the role of had the Chinese not come in this sentence? What is the relationship of the second half of this sentence to the first? The significance of decorations on Chinese pottery may ...
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shall not be more than vs. shall be not more than?

It shall be not more than 1m. It shall not be more than 1m. Which is the correct way to say "it shall be less than or equal to 1m"? Two expressions are mixed in Google, so I want to know ...
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A stiffening chill— is “stiffening” an adjective?

In the phrase "a stiffening chill", is "stiffening" an adjective? The dictionary says that Stiffening is a present participle of the verb stiffen, or a noun. Thanks.
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Legal document witness affiant declarations - how are declarations grammatically correct?

I was looking at a proof of loss form, and below my signature there is a section for another affiant's signature which reads: Declared severally before me at ______________________ From ...
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Usage of ‘had’ in past tense (Past perfect vs. Simple past) [duplicate]

Which of following is correct? If both are correct, then in which context can the second one be used? I met with an accident. I had met with an accident. Further, I learnt that in past ...
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“Hover a link” vs “hover over a link” [closed]

Which is correct: "hover a link" or "hover over a link"? (context: hovering a mouse over a computer hyperlink) I'd especially appreciate a reference (like a dictionary citation) so that I learn how ...
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Speak to or talk to? [duplicate]

Consider this: I call my friend at his home and his mother picks up. What is the right thing to say? Hello, may I speak to Daryl? Or Hello, may I talk to Daryl? Similarly, Hello, may I speak ...
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Converting impersonal reporting verbs from active to passive

I have a question regarding impersonal reporting structures. The task is to complete the second sentence beginning with Bob as a subject so that it has the same meaning as the first sentence: ...
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Is it correct to say “What bird's singing brought tears to the king's eyes?” [closed]

Is it correct to say: What bird's singing brought tears to the king's eyes?
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What is the difference between “failing” and “failure”?

The teacher asks a student, "How are you feeling about tomorrow?" The teacher has been preparing the student for tomorrow's exam for the whole year. The student replies, "I'm scared of failing." The ...
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What's difference between “I am usually doing something” and “I usually do something”?

I've read about difference between I always do something / I'm always doing something and I got it I'm always doing something means more often than usual, but what about the bottom ...
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How do I use 'blast' in this context? [closed]

Please tell me the proper use of blast as a verb and what the difference is between The cylinder has blasted. and The cylinder has been blasted.
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Correct grammar for talking about multiple, single nouns [duplicate]

I'd like to know the definitions of both mathematical terms "consistency" and "completeness". Would I ask "What are consistency and completeness?" (i.e., the two nouns are singular, but together ...
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“are being made to speak, in the course of which”

Thinking has come to life again; the cultural treasures of the past, believed to be dead, are being made to speak, in the course of which it turns out that they purpose things altogether different ...
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“limitative factor” vs “limiting factor”

From the Exam book, Cambridge English FIRST 1 (2014), Test 2, paper 1: Reading and Use of English. The aim is to modify the word in caps so that it fits in the gap on the same line. Running Speed ...
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Is it right to say “Draw it big.”?

If I have already talked about drawing a circle and want to say that draw a big circle, is it right to say "Draw it big."?In the sentence bellow would I need an adverb in the blank or an adjective? ...
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Can anyone make me understand the cases of a relative clause?

As I have learned and studied cases of a relative clause, I am now confused with a few cases. We have three cases i.e. a subjective, objective and possessive case, but the below examples don't seem ...
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Why are some nouns countable and others uncountable?

I'm having trouble articulating what it is I'm looking for, so I'll start with an example. Candy is delicious. Candies are delicious. Vegetables are delicious. Fruit is delicious. ...
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Has or have confusion when we don't use does

I got a list of votes from many people on Google. The topic is: Anyone have any ideas? OR Anyone has any ideas? I believe that it is 'Anyone have any any ideas' for we don't use does. But ...
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Possessive adj vs. Possessive pronoun

---- idea is not worthy Fill in the blank with a possessive pronoun a."His idea is not worthy" b."Your idea is not worthy" The answer was b. But why is "His idea" wrong?
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Diminutive forms in English.

In many languages, formation of diminutives by adding suffixes is a productive part of the language. Many languages apply a grammatical diminutive to nouns, a few—including Dutch, Italian and Russian ...
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What is the correct way to say this sentence. “When Alek and or Stefan gets it” or“When Alek and or Stefan get it” [duplicate]

What is the correct way to say this sentence. "When Alek and or Stefan gets it" or "When Alek and or Stefan get it"
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Difference between “at the time” and “at that time”

For example, This early 1980s incident made headlines at that time. versus This early 1980s incident made headlines at the time. Which is correct and why?
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“there is no need to/for concern” [closed]

There is no need for concern There is no need to concern Are both correct? I think that in the first one concern is a noun, and in the second one concern is a verb? If one of these ...
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“Short overhead” or “small overhead”?

Regarding the header (overhead) part of a network packet (made of several bytes), should one say said packet has a small overhead or a short overhead if it uses very few bytes.
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Two year's experience or two years' experience or two years experience? [duplicate]

The title says it all; which is correct? Two year's experience or Two years' experience or Two years experience? Likewise, One year's experience or One years experience? I was surprised I ...
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How to test for verbal telicity [closed]

How would one test for verbal telicity in verbs, and why would it be usefull?
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Need some help in writing an essay about education as the main goal in life [closed]

Good afternoon everyone! Can you kindly help me with these sentences (I really don't know if natives do write this way about the priority in life (which for me is education). For some people money is ...
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Is that grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically right if I use two predicates without using a conjunction to link them? There are many sentences using this structure when I read a composition. Examples: He became a ...
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“Neither… nor…” and “either… or…” [duplicate]

I have some issues with this sentence: I don't know Alex and Marla. Is it correct to write it like this: I don't know either Alex or(or it's "nor"?) Marla. Or like this: I don't know ...
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believe that S+V/ believe O+O.C

I am not an English native speaker, and I have a question about the following sentences: I believe that Mary will arrive tomorrow. (grammatical) *I believe Mary to arrive tomorrow. ...
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Are anastrophes proper grammar? [duplicate]

Anastrophes like: "Good bread, this is." or "Marvelous is this day."
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Is “Good bread, this is.” correct?

I heard somewhere that the sentence is grammatically correct, there was some fancy term being thrown around for it but I forgot. Examples would include: Good bread, this is. Good wine, this is.
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“so many” vs “too many” in a particular case

I had too many things to do that I couldn’t finish them all I had so many things to do that I couldn’t finish them all What is correct? My teacher said that it is the second one but in my ...
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What does “Not appointed to them” mean?

"Kate, this isn't something that I dreamed up myself. I don't have the authority to hire advisors or authorize joint agency missions, or fly agents from Air Force bases. Are you understanding me? ...
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usage of Beyond in the sentences and its grammar

Check the following sentence and say whether beyond is adverb or main verb in the sentence This is beyond the scope of this level. This is a correct sentence and I just need to eradicate the ...
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Is “research” singular or plural? [closed]

For example, used in a sentence of the form: His research on molecular biology and computational genetics is path-breaking... My own guess is that it refers to one body of work, hence singular. ...
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Definite article and ranking adjectives

I'm trying to systematize the use of 'the' with ranking adjectives like 'next', 'following', 'third', etc. What I know is usually ranking adjective is used with the: I will pay the next time we ...
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Using commas to offset appositives

I know that commas are necessary in this situation: "John Kerry, a Republican candidate, made a speech today." However, they don't seem necessary here: "The kid, who owns toy cars, is nice." Am I ...
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What if there were a song that (is/were) about cars?

I've been wondering about this sentence: What if there were a song that is about cars? I know that the first verb there should be in the subjunctive (were) because it follows the word "if", but ...
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'Is too many', 'are too many' or something else? [duplicate]

"I decided to go on holiday for a week. I think 10 days is too many for me." Am I correct using 'is' instead of 'are'? Or the only way is to change the phrase to '10-days period is too long for ...
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Can the word 'proficient' only be applied to humans?

Is the term 'a proficient system' correct English? Or can the adjective proficient only be used to describe humans? At least one dictionary (NOAD) defines the word in a way that makes it seem more ...
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Is the structure “need for somebody to do something” grammatically correct?

When you compare the following two sentences: John does his own work and does not need for others to do his work in his stead, nor does he involve himself in the works of others. and John ...
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Is the structure “This is because… and so…” grammatically correct?

For example, in the sentence: This is because he was smart, and he worked hard, and so he was very rich. Is this structure correct? If not, how can the sentence be corrected?
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Why “a UAE offical” and not “an UAE official”? [duplicate]

Per http://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/58121/want-to-verify-uae-visa/58124#comment119149_58124 I should've used "a UAE official" but I thought U is a vowel and before vowels "an" is used. Where ...
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Does the sentence “Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that…” sound okay? [closed]

This is the first sentence of the conclusion of my essay: Just as many would agree, I, too, believe that... I don't want to use "also" just to avoid repetition in the subsequent sentence. Does ...
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What does “that” refer to?

This is my context: Sculptures must, for example, be stable, which requires an understanding of the properties of mass, weight distribution, and stress. Paintings must have rigid stretchers so ...
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What does “…you would rather we have the meeting…” mean? [duplicate]

I recently received an email which had a sentence: "Let us know if you would rather we have the meeting next week with just Alisa and Bob." This grammar ("you would rather we have") looks ...
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A since-clause in present tense marking off a period of time

Question: In English, can you use a present tense since-clause to mark off a period that starts at some time in the past and continues to and includes the present? Background: Unfortunately, my ...
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What is the meaning of the word 'out' in this sentence? [closed]

The jury is still out on whether the strategy will work.