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are the tense of the verbs true in each sentence? [duplicate]

are the tense of the verbs true in each sentence? 1-I think Jimmy did his duty as other police officers do.(simple past+simple present is true?) 2-I think he did the right thing because he is a ...
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Is it correct “Will ask more questions if needed required”? [closed]

I wrote in a mail Hi ABC, Thanks for providing helpful information. Will ask more questions if needed required. Is this statement correct? Please help
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What does “Nothing doing as he took it right to him” mean?

I regularly read chess articles on chessbase.com and quite often I find myself struggling with the English they are using. Sometimes it just doesn't feel correct. OK, I am not a native English speaker ...
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Use of “then'” in the sentence

I came across the following sentence in this article. "The emasculated society of Europe serves, then, as a warning to conservatives, and reinforces their belief that America must reverse the trend ...
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Elven or Elfin? [duplicate]

I am writing a fantasy book and am having trouble with when and how to use words such as "Elfin", "Elven", "Elfish", and "Elvish". I don't understand the difference between using a V or an F. Help?
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A different use of BOTH [closed]

I'm really confused with this since my students have asked me if this sentence is correct or not. Is it correct to say: Please sign BOTH first and second PAGE. (Or is it PAGES?) Under what ...
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Does using “Their watch is ended” over “Their watch has ended” change the meaning of the sentence?

I've been watching this little HBO show by the name of Game of Thones. Perhaps you have heard of it. In the most recent episode the following line is used (and also happens to be the title of the ...
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Reply to a question with “Yes, it is” or “No, it is” [duplicate]

What is the correct response to the following question: Ten divided by five is not two? 1) Yes, it is. 2) No, it is. Intuitively I would say "Yes, it is", but then I thought about it in the ...
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Question related to cover letter [closed]

I have a few queries regarding how to write a cover letter: "make a real contribution as member of your team." or "make a real contribution as A member of your team." "If I may be a further ...
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“On/over the phone” [closed]

Which version is correct? As discussed with you over the phone. As discussed with you on the phone.
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Is the clause after 'and' in the sentence “His voice was serious and his manner solemn.” valid?

Is the sentence "His voice was serious and his manner solemn." grammatically correct? I've seen 'be' dropped in some sentences like this one.
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What is the difference between saying “I wasn't knowing” and “I didn't know”? [closed]

I was wondering what is the difference between I wasn't knowing and I didn't know? If I say, I wasn't knowing, I am talking about something unknown in past, the act of not knowing is finished, it ...
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has scientists excited or has excited scientists?

I saw the following on the Facebook page of Time. Is "has scientists excited" or the perfect version "has excited scientists" correct? What's the difference if both are correct? The recent ...
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Past Simple or Past Perfect Continuous? [closed]

If an action started in the past and lasted for some time, which tense should be used Past Simple or Past Perfect Continuous? For example, I worked out for two hours yesterday or I had been working ...
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I still wished I could have done more [duplicate]

In this sentence, "I still wished I could have done more", why isn't it saying, "I still wished I could do more"? Beauty and the Beast season 2 episode 16: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/...
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Recognizing right relative pronouns for clauses

I have read some grammar points about adjective clauses, but I still have problems recognizing the right choice in questions requiring them. A Jekyll and Hyde is a person who has two personalities,...
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“There is people coming” - Game of Thrones last trailer [duplicate]

I was wondering why you would say "There is people coming" as you can hear in the last trailer of Game of Thrones. English is not my native language but I'd think that you have to use plural in this ...
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Is it correct to use 'He had been married before'?

Example to say : When Julia met Scott she hadn't realized he had been married before.
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Extending a sentence with a semicolon

Which version is better, grammatically? How can I improve this? Is the grammar legal? I want to extend the end of a sentence, like so- "Life means I have a choice at every turn; every moment." "Life ...
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Meaning of ' as long as you fed him, he would be cooperative' [closed]

About the meaning of the sentence 'as long as you fed him, he would be cooperative': (1) The clause 'as long as you fed him' is about past or present one? (2) Depending on the above, the 'would' at ...
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is “keeps wanting to X” correct? [closed]

My wife, who teaches English to Spanish language students, but is not a native speaker insists that this sentence is wrong: My phone keeps wanting to switch to Spanish. She states the verb form of ...
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Which person do I have to use when I use parenthesis

You (or someone else responsible) have/has to be there tomorrow. Which person should I use? 2nd or 3rd? My opinion is that both should be correct, but I'd like this to be clarified. How about if ...
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Any difference between “I have a lot of work to do” and “I have a lot of work to be done”?

What is the difference between “I have a lot of work to do” and “I have a lot of work to be done”? Does sentence one mean that “I” do the work? Does sentence two mean that “someone else” does the ...
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Can I treat “of course” and “of course not” like “yes” and “no”?

Which of these two expressions is correct? 1) Of course not, I am here. 2) Of course not, I am not here. For example: Yes, he is a boy The word "yes" emphatically introduces a ...
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I promise not to do it, I swear not to do it. Is there a double meaning here?

"I promise [pause] not to do it" seems to me equivalent to "I promise I won't do it". However, "I promise not [pause] to do it" seems to me equivalent to "I do not promise I will do ...
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“Of which many” vs “many of which” as parenthetical modifiers

The houses on Canal street, of which many had been damaged in the storm, looked abandoned. Is the modifier "of which many... storm" correct? I know that "on canal street" is a prepositional phrase ...
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“I and Jane” or “me and Jane”?

So I know that it's correct to say: Jane and I are going shopping I shouldn't use me here because (as stated on Oxford Dictionaries Online) I is what I would use in the singular form of the ...
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Necessity of “that” as a conjunction

A simple Google search reveals that the word that can be used in many ways: as a pronoun, determiner, adverb and conjunction. I'm wondering about its usage specifically as a conjunction. Take the ...
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The use of the word “void” in Romans 3:31? [closed]

This seems to be a question that only lawyers could answer but why would footnotes pertaining to the words "make void" in this passage of Romans be understood as nullify? Romans 3:31, King James ...
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Using “of” before “whether” and general usage of “whether”

I was reading a mathematics text, and I came across a phrase which I thought was written incorrectly. There was a part of a sentence: ... it begs the question whether or not A=B. and I feel this ...
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“Contribute for” or “Contribute to” or “Contribute on” or “Contribute in”

We said : I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute for server hosting . or I do want to thank Mr. Foulen and Mr. Felten who contribute to server hosting . or I ...
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“Could have avoided” vs “could avoid”

This is a line from a fiction in which a killer says to the good guy For what it's worth I had hoped we could have avoided this day". I mean why not say "For what it's worth I had hoped we ...
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Using 'sat' and 'stood' as adjectives

I just spent an hour reading about sentences like this: I am sat here. She was stood there. In this question people tackle whether it's correct usage or not, which is not the point of my ...
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What's the grammar of “with such transitions governed”?

It's not uncommon to use with to introduce a clause like this: A particle's energy state jumps about randomly, with such transitions governed by the temperature of the system. What's the grammar ...
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Is “to be understood” or “to understand” correct?

There are two sentences: This math puzzle is very easy to be understood This math puzzle is very easy to understand Which is more natural? Are both correct?
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“A reality” vs “reality”

Which one is correct? help [something] become a reality or help [something] become reality What would be the reason to use / not to use the article?
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The other end of an “offer” [closed]

In replying to this email, sender: I believe you were interested in applying for a Moffat Scholarship Award (etc. etc.) my response: Thanks for your email and I appreciate the offer. But I'm ...
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Compound adverb — “kick-start a party soccer style”

I have asked this question in ELL site, but there were not much reply, and so I decided to ask the same question here. Though I will change the question a little bit to exactly what I need more and to ...
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which could have or which could have had?

I saw the following sentence from Time, and have been wondering whether 'which could have had an impact' is the correct choice rather than 'which could have an impact'. The first study did not ...
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doesn't has to /have to [duplicate]

Why do we use have instead of has with doesn't like in the following sentence: He doesn't have(not has) to go there. Please explain the grammatical reason behind it. Thanks
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The difference between these two sentences? [duplicate]

Would you mind arranging to travel with us Would you mind to arrange travelling with us
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“What could X do besides Y?” or “What could X do, besides Y?”

Example: But what can a tree do(,) besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen? Should I place a comma there? Why or why not?
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judging the intended meaning of the two sentences below

james is max's supposedly Irish ancestor. james is max's supposed Irish ancestor. what can we interpret from these? which is the correct one? I understand that "supposedly" modifies the adjective "...
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English Article [duplicate]

I have come across a sentence where 'Niagara Falls' is used without an article. I seem to remember that there is a basic rule of the English language that there should be an article before any ...
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Which is correct and why [closed]

You work (too hard/ too much hard). I have (quite a lot of free time/ quite free time).
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Another 'me' versus 'myself' usage question

I am quitting a job. I wrote a letter of resignation and have come upon the following sentence: "Moreover, I believe [name of restaurant] will be better suited to have an employee that is different ...
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What is the proper use of the word “state of the art”? [closed]

I am a bit confused with using the phrase state of the art. Is the following usage correct? My motivation relies on the fact, discussed above, that there is little global state of the art ...
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Why do we say “your letters” and not “the letters”?

So I was reading "A Game of Thrones" by George Martin and at one point one of the characters asked another: "Do you know your letters?" meaning "Can you read/write?". So I was wondering why does she ...
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How to determine which part attributes which in a complex context?

I'm not sure what the grammatical terms are called so please accept my apology if I explain it a bit unsophisticatedly (is that a word?). First, let's take a simple example. living room work ...
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How can I use a different sentence structure every so often

Instead of saying "you told me to call him when you are back" (note that here both 'you' is the same person ) can I say "you said that call him when I am back". In both can you also tell me that using ...