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Old Style Grammar

If a thing take place whereof the cause be not apparent, even though it be in accordance with nature, it appears wonderful. ... Is it formal and valid English, or is it old style English, or is ...
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I'm asking only because or i'm only asking because- what would be the proper or better sounding version [duplicate]

I seem to be excessively over analyzing the superior manner in which the sentence ought to begin. The proceeding phrases are what I need advice with, so as to decide the proper wording, to initiate ...
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How can I say “Do something in exchange” in a different way?

I'd like to know alternative ways to say: "Do something in exchange" when someone helps me. If possible can you guys give me three or more examples? For example, "Thanks for helping, what can I ...
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Uses of word OR [closed]

Whether it’s the evergreen comedy FRIENDS or HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or medical drama like GREY’S ANATOMY or the mysterious and sociopath detective streak SHERLOCK or a family show like FULL HOUSE every ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences? [closed]

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...
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“It claims to be” vs “it claims is”

A. The company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camera. B. The company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest camera. Could someone please explain why ...
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Will have past participle VS should have past participle

I found this from Cambridge grammar book. We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened , will happen. e.g) The builders should have ...
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Problem in 'talking to a lot of people' [closed]

I told my friend that "I am talking to a lot of people" and he said this sentence is not correct. Can anyone help me find out what's wrong with the following sentence: "Talking to a lot of people"
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Why is there an indefinite article before “London”? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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What are these phrases called?

I recently learned about parenthetical expressions, and I just want to know if these following phrases are the ones. I took notes, the elements of the story. And in this one. Victims of ...
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present simple and adding s after the Sentence

why do i have to add s after the word causes in the follow Sentence i know that it is because causes is present simple but when i look at the grammar it say i/we/you/they take drive/work/do etc. ...
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Which one is correct ? people are/is

I have been confused for so long about the plural and singular forms of "people". I want to put an end to this confusion. what is the difference between these following expressions and is it correct ...
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What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Infinitive or gerund [duplicate]

So, I've got this phrase: ''Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end.'' Can someone explain me why it is written ''to see it end'' rather than ''to see ...
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Combining Phrases and Independent Clauses

Is it grammatically correct to combine an independent clause with a phrase. For example, "I live in California, specifically in San Francisco." It sounds correct to my ear but I am unsure if I am ...
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Is it natural to say “My promises are absolute”? [closed]

I just want to make a powerful statement about the powerful commitment towards my promises.
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How to address “Passive” correctly? [closed]

Are passive voice, passive construction, and passive sentence referring to the same thing? Because I find there are many ways of calling it
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decreased by 1/3? [closed]

9 has been decreased to 6. Which is/are correct? a. It was decreased one third. b. It was decreased by one third. c. It was decreased two thirds. d. It was decreased to two thirds. e. or any other ...
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Should it be “has” or “have” in this sentence? [closed]

Your examples of faith, love, partnership and trust has given us... or Your examples of faith, love, partnership and trust have given us...
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Can a “program” “engage in research”?

This is regarding a sentence describing a graduate program at a university. I am pretty sure this is incorrect, but I would like to know why: This program engages in research and educates on ...
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everything was up to my expectation [closed]

I received the phone and that I liked it and everything was up to my expectation.
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transitive or intransitive verb

i have problem to determine if the word bake is transitive or intransitive verb from the Phrase "Samantha can bake at any time of the day." i am reading from a book called English grammar ...
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What's grammatically wrong with this sentence? [closed]

There are many polyatomic anions that can take the place of monatomic anions.
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In place names, do the words qualifying the place act as an adjective?

If you have a place name such as “The Sierra Nevada Mountains”, does Sierra Nevada act as an adjective? My guess is yes, since they qualify the noun mountains, e.g.: “Which mountains? The Sierra ...
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Obvious Subject in a Sentence

Some twitter account tweeted like this "when they release the iPhone 7 and you haven't even gotten the 6 yet "(with funny pic) enter link description here If I tell the content of the sentence, I ...
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“count noun” or “non-count noun” — how to know the difference? [duplicate]

The book English Grammar: Understanding The Basics makes the following declaration: If you can use many with a noun (when it is pluralized), it’s a count noun. If you can use much with a noun, ...
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How to correct/improve this sentence? [closed]

I am writing a blog post, which includes code snippets with repeating "import" statements. These statements look "noisy" so I decided to omit them in the rest of the post. So I am writing: ...
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Is it correct to say: It's not ripened yet

I'd like to ask you all that is it correct grammatically to say: It's not ripened yet, and I'm not done yet ? Are they equivalent to saying It hasn't ripened yet and I haven't done yet ? Thanks very ...
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When can verbal passives be used in secondary predicates?

In a paper I read, on page 5, resultative secondary predicates could only be stative adjectival passives. For example, "John hammered the metal flat" is valid but "John hammered the metal flattened" ...
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Would this statement mean 'all' or 'some'?

The sentence is "Steps taken towards equality are, in fact, segregating us further." Very simple question. Does this sentence mean All steps previously taken towards equality are resulting in more ...
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Why you are here? [closed]

Is this grammatically correct sentence or not? I have often heard people using that sentence. I know 'Why are you here?' is perfect but I think the one which I have mentioned above is correct only in ...
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Can someone tell me if this sentence uses parenthetical expression?

When he returned as the day was ending, a little earlier than the previous day, I was expecting him. Is "a little earlier than the previous day" parenthetical expression? Thanks.
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Comma usage (ex. His sister, Anne, was not feeling well.) [duplicate]

I would just like to clarify if in this kind of sentence, where you state the name of a person, are commas always needed to offset Anne? His sister, Anne, was not feeling well. Or is it ...
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I am writing a résumé: Which is correct and why? [closed]

Grew sales 30% introducing new products to market Or Grew sales by 30% introducing new products to market
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Grammatical explanation of “I thought” [closed]

There are many sentences like this: This man, I thought, was a man with great manner! What is this "I thought" part called in grammar?
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How can “ A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air ” be correct?

A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air. I thought this sentence should be "A smell so horrid leapt out that it seemed to colour the air." Which one is right?
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Are the phrases “in times like these” and “in times like this” both correct?

They both seem to be widely used. There is the variant "at a time like this", which is clearly correct, but I'm curious about the mismatched "times like this".
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“As a [noun]” followed by mismatching subject

There is one particularly commonly used language construct that I find logically incorrect. However, as a non-native English speaker, I can't decide authoritatively on whether the usage is actually ...
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are there any questions that can be asked without a helping verb [closed]

I'm writing to ask can we ask about this sentence( he was rich) with out using any helping verbs?? And which one of these sentences is correct (how does he love you OR how he loves you)
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Saxon genitive. Can I use it for objects? [duplicate]

I am translating from italian, and a question suddenly struck me: Can I say: The items’ content in the Navigation Drawer. or This is a class handling the cards’ layout.
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Is the term “walking across a tarmac” grammatically correct?

The term in context: Mr Obama and his daughter Sasha, 14, walk across a tarmac in New York on Friday. Shouldn't it be walk across tarmac or walk across the tarmac or walk ...
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my problem is in omitting the auxiliaries i want to know when do we omit an auxiliary verb [duplicate]

I saw a movie in the movie there was a question : how was he like and the answer was he's so nice and there was another question: how she like the the answer was:pretty. well i want to know if i ...
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Data that is vs Data stored vs Stored data

Which of the following is correct? Data that is stored on your computer will be encrypted if .... Data stored on your computer will be encrypted if ... Stored data on your computer will be ...
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What is the difference between “ to smoke” and “ for smoking”?

I met a sentence like "I stopped to smoke" more often than " I stopped for smoking". Is there any reason why we use " I stopped to smoke " more often? And What is the difference between the two ...
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“In accordance to the rule” and “in accordance with the rule”

Is it correct to use preposition "to" in "in accordance to the rules" or it has to be "with" as in "in accordance with the rule"? I have found usage of "with" more frequent but have seen few instances ...
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Which is correct? (both .. and)

Rewrite the following sentence by using "both .. and". Peter is a naughty boy. He is an active boy. Peter is both naughty and active. Peter is both a naughty boy and an active one. Peter is both a ...
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One after another vs one after the other [duplicate]

The students came into  the classroom one after another. The students came into the classroom one after the other. I can't understand the difference between them.