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Is this sentence correct with the usage of 'and'? [closed]

I really need to get these documents copied and in the mail but i have a meeting in an hour. In this sentence, is it correct to connect 'copied' and 'in the mail' with 'and'?
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Meaning of “while” in a specific context

As a non-native reader I am having a hard time to figure out if the "while" sentence in Wordsworth's poem "The Excursion" in the following section (5th line, "while that poor bird") is merely ...
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These/it much/many Macaroni [duplicate]

You've got macaroni spilt all over your house. Which one would be a correct version? These are too much macaroni. These are too many macaroni. It's too much macaroni.
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Name for the repetition evident in “How much larger should it be to be secure?”

I'm editing a post that has the sentence: How much larger should it be to be secure? I've come across other situations where there are repetitions in a sentence (such as that that) and am hoping ...
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“We” or “I”, which pronoun to use [closed]

Three people (including myself) are going to eat kebab. Which of the below is the correct one? We are going to eat kebab with James and Bill. I am going to eat kebab with James and Bill.
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“Neither A nor B is” vs. “A and B are not” [duplicate]

Consider the following sentences: John and Mary are not tall. Neither John nor Mary is tall Is the first one acceptable (especially in formal writing), or should I always use the second? Update: ...
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Should I use “to” or “of”, which one is gramtically correct?

I am writing a blog post and the titles are Ultimate Guide of Best Mens Hairstyles or Ultimate Guide to Best Mens Hairstyles I am unsure as which one is grammatically correct, and any ...
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“It is not enough that I should succeed - others should fail”: comma?

Is the sentence "It is not enough that I should succeed – others should fail" correct? I mainly wonder about the dash. Should it be a comma instead? Does anything else need to be changed?
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“Ask help/permission/forgiveness” or “Ask FOR help/permission/forgiveness”?

I found some illustrative sentences as below in online-dictionaries (Cambridge and Learner's Dictionary). If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. She asked their forgiveness. Why they ...
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Should it be waitress or waittressing?

My Sentence: "Jobs such as waitress, janitor, fast food workers and much more low-level jobs are consider unchallenging for the uneducated. "
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What is 'only' is these sentences?

Are you hungry? Only I know a great pizzeria. Or should I make it one complete sentence and use only as a (coordinating conjunction?)? Are you hungry, only I know a great pizzeria? Only can be used ...
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Is “going to” an auxiliary verb?

Oxford defines an auxiliary verb as "a verb used in forming the tenses, moods, and voices of other verbs." However, "going to" is never listed as one. It would seem fair to consider it as such since ...
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“Is he” versus “Isn't he” as Question Tags [duplicate]

This question ends with is he: He is seldom absent, is he? Shouldn't it be isn't he? Please explain.
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Why don't interrogative sentences _start_ with a question mark? [closed]

Not all questions start with Wh- words, so why don't we start a question with a question mark to make it more obvious that it is actually a question? For instance, when I'm reading a book which has a ...
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Grammatically correct answer to incorrect question [closed]

I'm just curious what is correct to say in this situation. Let's have a person A which can speak English but not very well (like me). Person A is going to ask me whether I work in company X. But he ...
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Is 'walked' the correct tense in this paragraph? [closed]

The next folder she opened contained something that neither of them had expected: five photos of Emily’s brother. They had been taken while James walked through a glass door.
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A question on the use of 'since'.

'Since' means throughout the period from a specified point in past time to the present. Can I use it to mean 'throughout the period from a specified point in past time to a specific point also in the ...
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Correcte usage of immature

I want to say that a technique is still in its early stages. Is it then correct to say that the technique is immature ? Or is it bad practice to use "immature" related to non-living objects/things ?
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One’s love confession vs. One’s confession of love

The following is an extract taken from an Italian student's piece of English homework before I corrected it. Also Mr Amos’s girlfriend, Sabina, arrives to the restaurant, and she assisted to ...
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How to use thereby in the following sentence

Here is the sentence I want to write. Every message will carry some weight thereby inducing some load on the servers. Is this correct?
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Is “Should I be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me” grammatically correct? [closed]

I was wondering if "Should I be of further assistance, please feel free to contact me" was grammatically correct. What I basically want to say is that if I can be of any further assistance, please ...
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Is it redundant to say “the plot of the story”?

I'm writing a paper about title cards and title sequences in movies and at one point I say These title cards were also used throughout silent films as they were essential to carrying the plot of ...
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“Among his team” or “among his team members”

Would it be correct to say "to disсuss among his team"? Can we use "among" with collective noun (team, group, committee, etc) if they are in singular form? Or "among" always must be followed by plural ...
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Is it grammatically correct to combine 2 phrases into 1 sentence?

Is this sentence acceptable or correct "You're welcome, have a nice day ahead." ?
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using both Past Simple and Past Perfect in the same paragraph

Is there a rule about consistency within a paragraph, of using past tense and past participle in alternate sentences? In my writing class, I notice some writers mix the two freely. Since I see this ...
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Why can't I use the word 'to' after the verb 'helped'?

I know it is incorrect to say, "They helped to her" and that it should be, "They helped her", but why is the word "to" not needed? And yet the word to is in this sentence: "They helped to get her ...
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Which one to use “by” or “with”?

My question is that in the sentence: The thief opened the door with the duplicate key. Why can't I use by in place of with?
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English grammar question: Friend or Friends? [closed]

We are putting software update on our site and we hope our users can share this good news with their friends, But which one is correct? 1 or 2? Please invite your friend to download this new ...
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Is “upon their only two encounters” grammatically correct?

I'm not sure if I could use "only" in this sentence: "Upon their only two encounters, he managed to leave a good impression on her." I'm trying to emphasize the point that they met only twice. Also, I ...
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Don't it confuse the user? [closed]

Don't it confuse the user? For me, the above sentence looks like grammatically incorrect. Please correct the above sentence,
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should be (have been) called [closed]

Which of these is better: this function should be called or this function should have been called? The event function is called has occurred. We are now in the past.
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Negation of a chain of verbs conjoined with “and”

Let's consider the following sentence: Ducks are things that walk like ducks and quack like ducks. Now, I wanna negate it to describe something that is not a duck. The most verbose way to do it ...
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harmless coloured water vs harmlessly coloured water [closed]

In the passage... The remarkable thing about many of the medicines dismissed then as 'snake oil' is not so much that they failed to live up the outrageous claims made for them - those that weren't ...
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which one is better: “discussed” or “will be discussed”? [closed]

"Ratios are discussed in the next section" "Ratios will be discussed in the next section" (1) Are both versions acceptable? If so, (2) Is one preferable? and (3) Is there any significant difference ...
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using came and just now together [duplicate]

How should I use came and just now together to say: I have already come but only a few minutes back? I came just now. or I just now came.
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Is the question “where is Elmo's legs?” correct usage? [closed]

Is Where is Elmo's legs? correct usage? And how about: Where's Elmo's legs? Is that more or less acceptable, and why?
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“Knowledge of” vs. “Knowledgeable in”

How would I phrase this in a job description? Would I use "knowledge of" or "knowledgeable in"? Knowledge of navigating through large databases.
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Question on use of subjunctive [duplicate]

In the classic American children's show Spongebob Squarepants, one line in the theme song goes like this: If nautical nonsense be something you wish and it is then followed by the chorus. My ...
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Analysing this sentence: “I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate.”

I would like to confirm my breakdown of this sentence: "I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate." It is a complex sentence Dependent clause = "I have ...
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Strangle, or Strangulate?

A short piece I'm trying my hand at. "Don't you attempt to strangle me!" he screamed as her hands closed around his throat "I'll sue you for grievous bodily harm". The scream had its effect — the ...
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“what it is you lack” versus “what you lack”

I was watching an anime and came across to a sentence that I don't fully understand: "You must gain what it is you lack." In this sentence, what's "what it is you lack" supposed to mean? ...
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“Literally at a loss for words” [duplicate]

Is there something wrong with that sentence? It feels... redundant? "Clunky", for want of a better word? I want to say something along the lines of "I am at a loss for words, in every definition of ...
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My thesis statement sounds awkward, should I add more commas? [closed]

Thesis statement: " Between both republics, the second republic is more advantageous for interest groups than the first republic because of the continuous increase size of government."
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Position of auxiliary verb [duplicate]

Can you tell me please, which variant is better: What do you think is the most serious problem in the world? or, What do you think the most serious problem in the world is?
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Is there a rule regarding the placement of “please” in a sentence? [duplicate]

Both written or spoken? For example: Please have a seat. Have a seat please. And how would the use of commas change the meaning or tone of the request? Are there other options that I've ...
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“It was always a question for me…”

Is it correct to use the phrase "It was always a question for me..." ? For example, "It was always a question for me that no one liked the cake." or "It was always a question for me why no one liked ...
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grammar: could versus would be able to

I'd like to be a dog walker because I think I'd be able to or I could control several dogs at once. The person's speaking about her abilities in the conditional. is could possible in this ...
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could versus would be able to [duplicate]

I'd like to be a dog walker because I think I'd be able to / I could control several dogs at once. In this sentence can you use could as well as would be able to ? The person 's speaking about ...
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make you remember or make you remembered

Please, someone help me to learn which one is correct... He will make you remember or He will make you remembered.