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Be it… or grammar

Can anyone please describe the use of "be it or " grammar, I have checked internet but couldn't find anything that me help. with regards
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What does the phrase “in order to” function as?

I was wondering what function the phrase "in order to" has. I have thought for quite a while that it was used a a conjunction. However, I have recently seen sentences that use this phrase in other ...
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How to say this properly?

"The tree is what I am looking at." No not formal enough. "The tree is at what I am looking." Formal but sounds misleading. I know I can easily say it like " I am looking at the tree." But just want ...
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It-cleft : “It was the Americas that Spaniards brought horses to.” is grammatically right? [closed]

The original sentence is "The Spaniards brought horses to the Americas." I recently have made a final-term test question like this: Q: Where did the Spaniards brought horses? A: ...
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Which way is correct?

With Senator Baker the only one to gainsay it, the bill passed overwhelmingly. OR the bill was passed overwhelmingly. Thank you!
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Will this sentence make any sense to readers? Grammar question [closed]

We sat on the ground in the alley i remember, talking about anything. OR? I remember we sat on the ground in the alley talking about anything. Is the first one grammatically correct?
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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they ...
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Cannot understand sentence in preface to “Old Indian Legends” by Zitkala-Ša

I'm reading the preface to Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Ša, originally published in 1901. My mother tongue is not English, and I am having some trouble understanding - in detail - what she actually ...
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Why are “and/or” constructions in English not considered grammatically correct?

Why are "and/or" constructions in English not considered grammatically correct? Consider, for example, the following sentences: "Multi-organ failure can be attributed to confusion, fatigue, and/or ...
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“That heresies should arise, we have the prophesie of Christ…”

That heresies should arise, we have the prophesie of Christ; but that old ones should be abolished, we hold no prediction. This is a quote from Religio Medici (1643) by Thomas Browne. It's quoted ...
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Grammatically, can you have a 'bit' of liquid? [duplicate]

Example: There is a bit of wine left in the glass.
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in years that vs. in years when

The policy provides a “floor” that can protect you from market-related losses in years that / when the indexes perform poorly. THAT or WHEN? I say it's not a specific period of time. It's an ...
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Should I use “the” before “…same… ” in this sentence?

Which one of these sentences is correct? Different instances of a class have different values for the instance variables of the class, but the values of the static variables are same for every ...
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Using to + gerund and to + invinitive [duplicate]

"I go to school" Because 'to' is a preposition then is it correct to write "I go to watching the movie"? If not, please explain why. Thank you.
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A frequent point of confusion is an or a correct? [closed]

Is this sentence correct grammar - He would add an unique voice to our group.
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Usage of thanks to other [duplicate]

Once I want to show my expression to thank, can we use only one word "Thank" instead of "Thanks"?
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Would have find or found [closed]

A friend is looking for an apartment in a certain time in the future and she doubt if the owner would agree to renew her contract. So what do I say? Do I say "by the end of the contract you would have ...
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Which one is more correct? [duplicate]

(1) "My teacher gave me an A today. One of many reasons WHICH make my heart grow fonder of school everyday" Or (2)"My teacher gave me an A today. One of many reasons THAT make my heart grow fonder of ...
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just none that live nearby

I have just come across this sentence, which sounds a little strange to me. I do have friends, just none that live nearby. I would have said "just none (of them) live nearby." Is it possible to add ...
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How to say a case of “multiple of multiples” correctly?

In programming I often step into cases where names of variables have to indicate a group of groups. How do I properly formulate them in terms of multiplicity word endings? Examples (concrete ...
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Is this gramatically correct? (with options) [closed]

Context: Class mate gave me a gift "A gift from my classmate. It is moments/things like these/this which make my heart grow fonder of XYZ school every day" I'm wondering if I should use moments ...
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“People who” or “people that” [closed]

I am doing homework and I got confused about this phrase when I was writing. I am not a native English speaker. (...) and the only way to do this was taking control of everything and being ...
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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Can we use “I can put you down..” when enlisting someone for an appointment?

For example, "I can put you down on a weekend tour." As far as i know, when you use the phrase "Put you down" it's more of embarrassing someone or it could also mean that you want to kill that ...
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Question without auxiliary verb [duplicate]

Consider the conversation below. Is the last question correct? A: What did you think about it? B: I thought it was terrible. A: You thought it was terrible? It sounds a bit strange without ...
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What part of speech is “another” in this sentence? [closed]

What part of speech is "another" in the following sentence? In the early part of the modern English period the vocabulary was enlarged by the widespread use of one part of speech for another and ...
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is this sentence correct? the company are going to send me there next week [duplicate]

i would like to reply to your letter, which arrived two days ago, before leaving for Rome i was told yesterday that the company are going to send me there
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What grammar is used in A:“I am happy for you. B:”Are you?" [closed]

I have found some sentences from an English book, for which I can't find any grammar. Example 1: A says: I am very happy for you. B says: Are you (or you are)? Example 2: A says: ...
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grammar query-when to use future tense?

Can anyone please explain why d is the right answer for the first question , c for second and c for the third?why its not c for first and d for second and b for third? I know twenty people ...
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“Feed on” or “feed with”?

Is it correct to say, for example: "She fed him on lamb" as well as "She fed him with lamb"? Omitting the preposition and simply leaving the sentence as "She fed him lamb" sounds more acceptable to ...
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Defining intransitive verbs

As intransitive verbs, I mean not phrasal verbs used transitively and transitive verbs with to infinitive For example : I attempt to climb the tree Is it correct to surmise that intransitive ...
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To do no wrong To do no harm [migrated]

Hi I've just heard very interesting sentence on popular TV channel. It said sth like that : "Hitler is not that kind of man. He does no wrong" I know what could that mean, He does not make mistakes ...
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'Nonprobabilistic Sampling' versus 'Nonprobability Sampling'

I'm writing a research paper, and I need to translate it to English. I hired a translator and I'm not sure that the following sentence has the right structure: Interventions: It was performed ...
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The past tense of 'input' [duplicate]

What is the past tense of the word 'input'? It doesn't sound right to me in this sentence but I am not really sure what should be used. They inputted the password in the database yesterday. What ...
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apostrophe or not? [duplicate]

I'm writing a cover letter and I need to know if I should say: I would like to be part of the Publix family vs Publix's family. Please help!!
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As will be discussed later in this comment

As will be discussed in more detail in the next section, all exchange rate regimes offer benefits as well as costs. As common as this structure is, I am having some trouble to figure out its syntax. ...
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It's suggested that he work hard. It's suggested that he works hard [duplicate]

It's suggested that he work hard.lt's suggested that he works hard. Which one is correct? I think, It is suggested that he works hard. This is correct one. But, how ? I am confused. Please clear ...
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What is the correct way to request one item each from more than one source?

I'd like a single screenshot each from two dashboards. Which of these is correct:   Please take a screenshot of the x and y dashboards or Please take screenshots of the x and y dashboards
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When can I use “Only do …” vs. when must I use “Only …” without the “do”?

I'm writing a scientific paper and my supervisor (who is non-native speaker, whereas I am a native speaker) asked me to change this construct: Only do males have a y chromosome. to Only ...
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Supine - what is supine in English grammar?

Prompted by the use of a poster who obviously uses supine as a variant for to-infinitive I was really a bit annoyed about such confusion of terms, as supine is a term in Latin grammar for a rare verb ...
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I'm curious as to if you're interested? [closed]

"I'm curious as to if you're still interested [..]" Is this valid grammar? I've also thought of 'curious in if you're still interested', neither now sound right and starting to question. ...
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Film Trailer or Film's Trailer? [closed]

What's the correct way to say a movie trailer? for example: "Inside out's trailer" or "Inside out Trailer"?
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Taiwanese Chicken vs Chicken in a Taiwanese Style

I have a friend translating a menu and she would like to know how best to translate dishes that are from a certain region vs dishes where the main ingredient comes from a particular place. Names like ...
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My question is about the definition and use of the words 'have' and 'been'

I have been trying to explain the words 'have' and 'been' to someone who has learnt English as a second language. In trying to explain them, I've realised I don't really understand the meaning or ...
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How to be a good English Writer? [closed]

I know that we should know basics of Grammar to be a good writer, but which part of English Grammar is most important .And how to memorize Adjectives and phrases. Kindly explain
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“Both a” vs “a both”

I'm unsure about the grammatically correct use of the word "both" in the following sentence. The text currently reads: This is a both natural and powerful thing Which sounds weird to me. I ...
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looking forward to /for interview timings [closed]

I am writing an confirmation mail to interview call over email I just want to know if its right to say, I look forward for Interview scheduled.
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“So must I” or “so do I” in place of “of course”

Which of these can we use instead of of course? A: You always obey your parents! B: (Of course / So must I / So do I), because they are my parents.
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Choose the option that best corrects the comparison error in the following part of the sentence - (accomplished and intelligent like Merlin)

Although Merlin was renowned for his superb wizardry and general sagacity, Mingo, his unheralded apprentice, was every bit accomplished and intelligent like Merlin. a. accomplished and intelligent as ...
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Do you use “there is” or “there are” before a list?

When I use "there are:" (with a colon) to introduce a list starting with a singular item, should I use "there is" or "there are"? According to grammar rules, I should use "there is" if the following ...