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Grammar used in have been and had been in sentence [duplicate]

When we are going to use have been and had been ? Especially in Past tense and Past participle ?
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Are there other grammatical ways to say, “I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's”? [duplicate]

I would like to ask why the following sentence is only possible according to grammatical rules: I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's What's wrong with "I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck" or "I'm ...
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Is it common to use the word “tiptoeing” even if the person is just standing?

Definition by Google: tip·toe walk quietly and carefully with one's heels raised and one's weight on the balls of the feet. But can I use it in a situation where the pension isn't walking?: ...
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“Has proven” or “Has proven to be”? [duplicate]

Is there a difference between "The medicine has proven effective" and " The medicine has proven to be effective"? Both seem to make sense, but I usually see "has proven to be" followed by a noun ...
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Reported speech of future time clauses

How should we report sentences including "future time clause?" We will have dinner when your father gets home. Do we have to change the tense of 'future time clause' or leave it in the original ...
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When a person replies with a sentence starting with “then”/“than”, should it be then or than? [closed]

I've heard people sarcastically respond with sentences of the form "then [effect of persons actions]" even though the person was not soliciting for advice. For example Joe: "I wrote my paper on why ...
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You And I Grammar Rule Question [duplicate]

My Friend recently said in a picture caption, "Officer Smith & I"...but wouldn't it be "Officer Smith & Me", because if Officer Smith would be out of the picture wouldn't you point yourself ...
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'how we make a car' or 'how do we make a car'? [duplicate]

I don't know the difference between how we make a car and how do we make a car. I searched on the internet; there are examples for both but I do not understand in which cases they would each be ...
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Is it acceptable to miss out joining words (e.g. who, which)?

My kids were singing a song this morning: "There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name, oh." And it occurred to me the word "who" had been omitted to make it scan. In normal speech, you ...
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Customer Technical Support or Technical Customer Support?

I am part of a customer support team. When answering a new email request from a customer I start my reply with an introduction: Hi, John Doe here from the [What-goes-here?] team at ...
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Why is “herself” required in this particular sentence?

Why is a reflexive pronoun, i.e. herself, grammatically required in the following sentence? I gave Susie a picture of herself. Compare with: I gave Susie a picture of her. This ...
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How to indicate “now” in storytelling?

The following sentences - I was humiliated by him, and now he was standing next to me. and And now, I was looking at him, preparing for his entrance. Are these grammatically correct? I ...
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In 2-3 days vs Within 2-3 days

I have always thought that within means "till some point" while in means "at some point". In 2 weeks - i.e. in 14 days from now. Within 2 weeks - i.e. during today or the next 14 days, not later. ...
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“Do so” vs “do it”

Example: I don’t know why I didn’t go back to my hometown. I didn’t have any reason not to—maybe I didn’t have a reason to do [so/it], either. Should I use do so or do it in the example above? ...
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“planning the” vs. “planning of”; “producing the” vs. “producing of”

I cannot find an explanation for the use of gerund + of, such as: planning of our future vacation; producing of sound; etc., —versus the same without of. I prefer without of. Which is ...
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to finish vs. to have finished

One of the rules of using the perfect infinitive says that it can refer to something that will be completed at a point in the future. We hope to have finished the building works by the end of March. ...
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About 'wh' questions with prepositions

Here is an example making sort of curious things for me "who are customers with questions advised to speak with" In the above sentence, what does "with" function at the end of it? Simply, next to ...
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Which one is correct “I think he like it” or “I think he likes it?” [closed]

I am confused if I need to use 3-person verb from with a sentence like "I think he like/likes it." What is it called in English?
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Singular vs plural: the effect of conjunctions [duplicate]

Consider: Please check that the username and password is correct. Please check that the username and password are correct. If I had to break the statement into its parts: Please check that the ...
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A case of optional “that”: “check the” vs. “check that the”

Consider the following use case: Please check the username and password are correct. Please check that the username and password are correct. In this case, I would say that that is required ...
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What is the word for adjectives like 'correct' which may not provide complete meaning without previous sentence?

While working on my project, I came across this sentence: Obi is correct My question is can we say that 'correct' in the above sentence defines the state of a man, since is is a form of 'be' - ...
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Why present simple not continuous

I have a few sentences here: A) The instructor explains the diagram to students who ask questions during the lecture. Why are "explain" and "ask" used here in present simple, and not in the ...
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It's always felt grafted on

I come across this sentence : "I'm a long-time Dropbox user, but it's never been a perfect solution for me. Despite its developers' best efforts, Dropbox has never really gained complete integration ...
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The difference between “We’ll ever be back to normal,” and “We’ll never be back to normal.”

Time magazine (Aug.2) reported that Toledo Mayor instructed city residents not to drink tap water polluted with toxin caused by algae bloom under the headline: Toledo, Ohio without drinking water for ...
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“Would have” instead of “will have”

In the sentence "I went to the bank to ensure that I would have enough money for my trip," why is "would have" used instead of "will have"? "Would have" seems to be conveying the subjunctive mood, ...
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“Connect to” vs. “Connect with”: Which is better?

Which is better for this situation? Connect to your target audience. Connect with your target audience.
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All of + possessives

may I ask a question about the correct use of "all of"? As far as understood from a previous post, "of" must be used when followed by a pronoun. What happens with possessives? My example: "beauty in ...
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Is “to collaborating” correct?

I am interested in this sentence: "I am used to collaborating with other people". I am not sure if this form is correct, maybe "I am used to collaborate with other people" is more correct?
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Verb to be before pronoun in declarative sentences [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a newspaper cartoon: Not only are you dysfunctional — you appear to be completely spineless as well. Is the verb are in the right position?
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How do you state that something is a “reference” to something else? [closed]

There's a field in computer science called L-System, created by a man called Lindenmayer. I want to write that the L in L-System is in "---" to Lindenmayer. What word should I use here? Is it in ...
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Should I use “or” or “nor” in the following case?

I wasn't forcing myself to say anything, or/nor trying to be funny. "Or" sounds more grammatically correct to me. But "nor" has more Google results. So I'm confused.
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Delayed subject with short subject length

I read a few pages (here for example) dealing with "anticipatory/dummy it" and "delayed subject" to try and satisfy my curiosity about an observation I'd made about a friend's speech. Often, when my ...
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the single of plurals are?

I'm sure his has a general form and welcome a link to a duplicate, but as I don't quite know what to search for, here goes. Whilst answering a question on the Mathematics Stack Exchange, I found ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Which is correct? “In as greater detail as possible” or “In as great a detail as possible” [closed]

The question title really says it all. I have Googled the subject but not found the answer!
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what should I use after “improvement”?

In 2014, the organization of the “media-capital” prize in the business journalism field is the main project focused on improvement the financial literacy of the population. Or can you help me ...
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The word order and prepositions in an example

Background to the sentence: a system activates itself after temperature has been deviated for [X] seconds. Now I want to describe what X does and I just cannot figure it out. My best attempts are: ...
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What does it mean: “… was three days dying”?

Not being a native English speaker, I still like to read in English from time to time. In my current book was written that someone "... was three days dying." Does this mean that the person died three ...
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The Function of “breathing" in This Sentence

For sometime, all that could be heard in the dim subway with its melancholy ambiance, was the sound of Joe and I breathing. How to analyse the word "breathing" used in the sentence above? Are ...
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“Our subconscious” or “our subconsciousness”

Example: There are many hidden things in the unreachable depth of our subconscious/subconsciousness. What's the most common choice? Is the first option ungrammatical?
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Using pronoun “it” instead of (personal) pronouns “her” or “him”

Can pronoun "it" be used instead of (personal) pronouns "her" or "him" in a disparaging/derogative manner especially in the personal pronouns? I've watched a movie wherein a dead body was found and, ...
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When to use had rather [duplicate]

I had rather go home than stay out too late. I had rather listen my parents or get in trouble. Is had rather refers to past? Can anyone explain 2nd sentence in other words?
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'I thought', 'I would think', 'I would have thought'

I'm going to show you three examples. 1. A - Have you got any change?     B - Do I have change? What for?     A - For the vending machine! ...
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Is “Do it faster than with any other product” correct?

I'd like to describe a procedure that take less time with a product A than any other product B or C.... Note that I don't want to say that product A is faster but just that doing something is faster ...
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Is “our and other” correct?

I am helping to edit a scientific manuscript. The author in one sentence wants to talk about what his study and other studies have found. Here is part of his sentence: "Although our and other ...
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“What does the comments say”

Is this sentence correct? I'm a web developer so I think of "comments" on a webpage as a singular component. So referring to a story on a website that was posted, I asked, "What does the comments ...
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When should I use: I did, had done or have done? [duplicate]

Please explain when I should use: I did vs. I had done or I had done vs. I have done? Sometimes I tend to get confused about which one to use. Thanks.
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Order of words in sentence

I am asked the following the question: Question: Why are your results important? Answer: For segmenting and classifying a stream of documents dynamically without a fixed training ...
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“If you or somebody you know” vs “If somebody you know or you”

The following sentence makes sense: If you or somebody you know is an experienced such-and-such, please contact us. However, reversing the subjects (and choosing "are" based on the proximity rule) ...
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Should I add “anyway” in the following sentence?

She looked at herself in the mirror and wondered if she should wear makeup. She decided not to. What was the point if she'd remove it in a couple of hours, (anyway)? I'm a little confused. It ...