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When is it acceptable to start a sentence with an “-ing” word?

Here's my example. It is a sentence that begins in the middle of a paragraph and I'm using it as a transition. "Living in Costa Rica also gave me the opportunity to interact with the local ...
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“As long as” for “since” in AE

Some of you might have noticed that I oftentimes use the conjunction "as long as" in my questions and my posts. I was just wondering -- does "as long as" in the sense "since" [=in view of the fact ...
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past simple vs past perfect

My question might seem to be stupid enough, it's basic grammar, I believe; however, I'm at my wits' end. Should we use Past perfect or Past Simple in the following sentence: He promised/ had ...
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Had you had asked

Let's say in this scenario: Someone asked me for help to do certain thing. I gave a negative response. That person then asked for the reason. I responded with: "Had you had asked me nicely ...." ...
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“Decide/Intend on [gerund]” vs. “decide/intend to [infinitive]”

In analogy with "plan on [gerund]", do the gerund constructions above have any currency in AE, or are these chiefly dialectal and might sound folksy to most ears? E.g. We decided on taking our ...
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What's the best way to write “Ugly Dog brand Dog Food”? [closed]

What's the best way to write this? I'm thinking "Ugly Dog-brand Dog Food" as the most likely candidate... what is grammatically-correct?
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What is the difference between transplant and transplantation when they are used as noun

transplant is used as verb in a normal sentence. In particulary, transplant is used as noun in some sentence. Is there any reason why we should use 'transplant' as noun form although we have already ...
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“A food is fed (to) someone or something” vs. “Someone or something is fed on (or with) a food” [closed]

Focusing on the passive voice, which of the following grammatical constructions is (or are) more typical of AE? More research is necessary before *soy formula is fed to babies^ source More ...
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“Can't see a difference” vs “Can't see the difference”?

My friend and I are in an argument regarding the usage of the phrases listed in the title. The situation is: Facebook starts screwing up message sending for a while. I express my concerns: "What's ...
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What's up with “is is” [duplicate]

I keep hearing people who do not ordinarily stutter or stammer say "is is" when they mean "is". Is this a known mental disorder?
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Vick would make Minnesota playoff team or Vick would make Minnesota a playoff team

Please refer to this Yahoo article: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/adrian-peterson-thinks-michael-vick-would-make-minnesota-playoff-team-162656529.html I think the headline should ...
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“I am going to school” = “I am gonna school”? [closed]

If "gonna" is a short form for "going to" Can 'I am going to school' be said as 'I am gonna school'? For clarification here, "school" is a noun.
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Use of an ~ing form with another verb

I'm not sure how to describe the use of the bolded words in the following cases: Pete is happy singing a song Anna talked screaming Mike entered the room screaming and laughing Is it ...
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Where do you place 'please' in a sentence to sound the most polite?

An interesting thing just came up at my work place which I did not really know. We got this text that says something like "Insert a flash drive, please." in the English version. Here I was wondering, ...
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Is this sentence structure conversationally forgivable?

We're given transcripts of interviews with women that we then turn into TV commercials. The lady says this: "My washing powder will help me achieve my dreams by looking neat and presentable every ...
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Can you spot if this is written by a native English speaker or not? [closed]

"An effective project plan can boost the success of the project being undertaken. It measures the project’s feasibility and assesses the risk associated. The plan helps weigh the decisions that are ...
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Should I use a hyphen after -ly when modifying a verb in the past participle verb?

Which of these are acceptable? Is one preferable over the other? "Chemically-deposited tourmaline is never periwinkle." "Chemically deposited tourmaline is never periwinkle." Also, is the title to ...
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I have questions about the paragraph I can't understand

Of groups of atoms collected together and able to think, to look out in wonder at the universe that made us, and build machines that can revisit our origins in the Big Bang. Question 1. What is ...
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Does the English language have an official Academy?

For some languages, there are academies that decide topics such as grammar and spelling of things, for example, for the Spanish language, there are 22 academies in 22 different countries, all making ...
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'Were' or 'Was' [closed]

I saw that there were already examples on this, but I didn't find any specific enough. My problem is this sentence: "If there were anything that he didn't want, it was to hurt me." I previously ...
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how the word “trait” is countable

I saw this sentence in a textbook: His physical traits have been given. We know that an abstract or non-physical thing is an uncountable noun. In this sentence the word "trait" means ...
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“Should I” vs. “Shall I” vs. “Do I” in AE

In colloquial prose, is there some difference to saying "Should I/we", Shall I/we", "Do I/we" to ask someone's advice? E.g. Should I call the police? Sounds like I'm asking someone (or myself) ...
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“Help in doing something” or “Help doing something”

Is the preposition in necessary or abundant? To be specific, which of these two sentences sounds better/is correct? This helps in achieving better fuel economy. or This helps achieving ...
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Why is “back” used here even though it is the first action?

I knew I must reach the body for the key, so I raised the lid, and laid it back against the wall. This is the first time he has laid the lid against the wall, but why is back used here?
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Two imperative clauses joined by coordinating conjunction taken as a conditional

I would be inclined to parse the sentence "Nobody move and nobody get hurt" as two commands: Nobody move. Nobody get hurt. In other words, this is equivalent to "Nobody move or get hurt" (for ...
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Question about the Possessive with Multiple Parties

Suppose I want to refer to the widget owned by me and Susan. Then do I say "you are welcome to use Susan's and my widget"? (Sounds awkward.) Or "you are welcome to use the widget owned by Susan and ...
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I've been betrayed by the Jedi Order, but I don't wish “for” them to all die [closed]

Does the presumably nonstandard construction "(verb) for someone/something to (verb)" instead of "(verb) (someone/something) to (verb)" have any currency in modern day colloquial AE speech and "not so ...
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“Assist someone do” vs. “assist someone to do (or ”in/with“ doing)”

I just recently came across "assist someone do" searching Google for examples to my previous question, and would like to check with you whether it is an acceptable option to "assist someone to do (or ...
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Why is the phrase 'Should we not' a Positive assertion?

This phrase is asking the listener to take action in the positive to help our neighbors. "Should we not stand by our neighbors who seek to better their conditions in Kansas and Nebraska?" ...
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Is it correct to say <Artist name> on vocals?

I'm designing an album cover, and I'm listing the contributing artists and their instruments. I was wondering if it's correct to say that someone's 'on vocals'? I mean, it's easy to imagine that ...
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Use of personal pronouns in technical writing and possible alternatives

I'm currently in the process of revising my graduate thesis in Computer Science. One section of the thesis specifically addresses design decisions I made and changes I made based on test results. In ...
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Is it I'm feeling good or I'm feeling well? [duplicate]

Isn't feeling here a verb of being so you would use the adjective good?
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What does this “suppose” mean here? [closed]

I suppose myself limited to this case here. I will suppose I want to go to the library now. What does this "suppose" mean in nuance?
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Long way to catch up?

My friend and I watch the same TV show, but she's on 5th season and i'm on 2nd. so she tells me what's going to happen next, what do i say here "God, i got a long way to catch up " or what, to say ...
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Is it correct to write a noun once while listing two related (verbs) activities?

For instance, in the sentence: Without adding new items and modifying existing items. Would it be correct to completely remove the first reference to the noun items? as in: Without adding ...
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What does this “but” mean here?

Oh but I were in poverty! What does this mean? I can't find this in my dictionary. I would appreciate it if you could quote some authoriatative source.
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What is the meaning of “is not so”here? (be so) [closed]

Despite report that the mayor was considering resigning, he has said that that "is not so."
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Usage of “wish” in a sentence [closed]

I want to make a sentence with "wish". If someone is leaving tomorrow and I want him not to leave. What sentence should be correct using "wish": I wish you were not leaving tomorrow OR I wish you ...
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Is this a strong thesis statement? [closed]

I am writing a short research paper arguing that solar energy will be the dominant alternative energy source to generate electricity for American cities. My thesis is as follows: Advancements in ...
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usage of while and when and their interchangeability [closed]

I'd like to know whether 'when' and 'while' are interchangeable: I was cooking when he came in. I was cooking while he came in. He came in while I was cooking. The phone always rings when I am ...
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Is this sentence a run on? How to properly use 'such as' for this example?

Many new forms of entertainment were unveiled, such as jazz music, salsa dancing, and silent films. Should such as be accompanied with a colon? Should there be a comma after unveiled?
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“As Applicable” Concluding a Sentence

I am a technical writer, and often I find concluding a list of requirements with "as applicable" is useful, because not all items in a list of requirements are relevant in all cases. Consider a ...
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Difference between would and will

Thank you for your time reading this. I am from China and have learned British English for years from my middle school to undergraduate time. I normally take 'would' as the past form of 'will', ...
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more X than X for nominal clauses [closed]

In a translation I'm doing, I am struggling with a certain sentence. This is how I've worded it at the moment. It doesn't sound to natural to me. Any other way of phrasing it? I think that one ...
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'See' and 'Hear' in the progressive?

I'd like you to go into details about the difference between 'see', 'hear' and 'seeing', 'hearing'. I'm not a native speaker, so it's a bit hard to understand this explanation that 'see' and 'hear' ...
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Here is the report and login or Here are the report and login or Here is the report and the login? [closed]

Here is the report and login or Here are the report and login or Here is the report and the login? Which one is correct and sounds better?
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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Is it “get” or “gets” in “Nobody move and nobody get(s) hurt”? [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? 1.) "Nobody move and nobody gets hurt." or should it be, 2.) "Nobody move and nobody get hurt." Here's some related info in wikipedia.
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Economic Fact or Fact of Economics?

Demand will rise when prices fall is a basic economic fact/basic fact of economics? Which of these two is most appropriate and why?
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The way in which or by which?

I am trying to say something very weird, but I'm not sure if any of these sentences makes sense: 'Recursion is the way in which a function is specified in terms of itself' or 'Recursion is a way by ...