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Is “unpeeling an orange” grammatically correct?

I found this unsourced reference. Which made me wonder if it is correct or not? Could this be considered an "auto-antonym" like ravel and unravel?
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Why can we use “die” in the present progressive tense? [closed]

"Ask her to wait a moment - I am almost done. " Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), while working, when informed that his wife is dying. Why can we use "die" in the present progressive tense?
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Is there a grammatical error in the following sentence?

There is either one or no errors in the following statement. Every spring in rural Vermont the sound of sap dripping into galvanized metal buckets signal the beginning of the traditional season ...
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is there any reason to write Computer Science, Department of

On some universities’ web pages, like Oxford university, they write: Computer Science, Department of For me it is more intuitive to say: Department of Computer Science Can somebody explain ...
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Can I say, “Choose your true, new flavour”? [closed]

What the phrase is expressing is, "Choose what's truly your favourite flavour". Can I say, "Choose your true, new flavour"?
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Is “the girls are want to gossip” correct?

Is this the correct use and placement of want? The girls in the office are want to gossip. Does anyone have a reference citing this use?
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“Layman” and gender equality

Is it correct to write: He wants to explain X concept to the layman, not before warning him ... Or should I write: He wants to explain X concept to the layman, not before warning him or her ...
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What is perfect in present perfect continous tense? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is 'present perfect' present if it happened in the past? And why is it 'perfect'? This is a mystery for me. Why do we say perfect in tenses, for ...
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Which are the main and subordinate clauses in this sentence?

Which are the main and subordinate clauses in the following sentence? Individual components do not directly depend on other components, which means that they can be more easily developed in ...
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Can all question words be followed by “the hell”?

What the hell did I marry? Why the hell did I marry? When the hell did I marry? Where the hell did I marry? ... Can all question words be followed by "the hell"?
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Confused by the past tense and the present tense

Suppose I'm talking about some design scheme. I say something like "foo was once designed and implemented in a way called bar that ...". Then I want to introduce the original scheme "bar", for ...
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Do I need one or more commas in this sentence?

May I suggest that you keep on searching Asda or better yet go back to Primark. It looks as if at least one comma is needed here. I was thinking: May I suggest that you keep on searching Asda ...
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Does this sentence contain an introductory clause? [closed]

I could do this myself, but I suggest you follow the manual. In the above sentence, does "I could do this myself" count as an introductory clause? Or does the conjunction modify it? Also, is it ...
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Should I use That or Which? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to use 'that' as opposed to 'which'? I can't figure out whether to use that or which: "and initiate collaborative projects that ...
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Is there a difference between saying “Members are” and “All members are”?

Which is grammatically correct and why? Members are requested to pay their subscriptions in time. All the Members are requested to pay their subscriptions in time.
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Proper usage of plural/singular verb [closed]

I wanted to ask, which of these two is correct. I would be grateful for your answer. People’s lives is involved. Or People’s lives are involved. 2nd is grammatically correct, I think.
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Already vs. before in the present perfect

What's the difference? Example: I've already seen Terminator. vs. I've seen Terminator before.
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Usage of “been to” in perfect tenses and in other tenses

"been to" (be to) is used in perfect tenses - in sentences like the ones below: I have never been to the opera. I have never been to a baseball game I have never been to a Pentecostal ...
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Is “let know him” grammatical?

We usually say: Let me know. I will let him know. Could the following be considered grammatical? I will let know him. Let know the guy.
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Can I replace “that is/are (supposed) to” with just “to”?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? [This method] binds a handler to one or more events to be executed once for each matched element. source Is it just a contraction of the following ...
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Why is it “make sure that” (no 'it') but “make it so” (with 'it')?

Once again, y'all can blame my boss. Well, him or Captain Picard. He (my boss, not Picard) has the annoying habit of saying "Make it sure that", instead of "Make sure that". No matter how many times I ...
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of areas involved with patients’ care - or patients care? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s/Users’/Users Group What would be the correct way with UK English spelling: patients' care or patients care? I have terrible search skills, I could not find an ...
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Whether to use a verbal or a deverbal noun as a modifier?

Which is more grammatically correct: an XXX-inhibiting drug, or an XXX inhibitor drug? It would seem to me that the use of the verbal noun ("inhibiting") as a modifier is more grammatically ...
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Just vs. lately in the present perfect

Can we use lately instead of just in the following sentence: I’ve just gotten back from London. It was a business trip. Does it have any meaning?
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Is there a term for ambiguity coming from a modifier modifying multiple parts of a sentence?

Given the sentence Before starting the machine, mount the machine with the battery installed on the harness. This could be taken to mean that 1) the battery is installed on the harness and the ...
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What is “If you're tired” called in this sentence?

"If you're tired, you should sleep." What is the name for the phrase "If you're tired" in this sentence? Obviously "you should sleep" could stand alone as a sentence.
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Five percent VS The five percent [closed]

Five percent VS The five percent. Which one is correct and why? Because i.e. this page exists http://www.thetwopercent.com/ or the famous slogan ;) "we are the 99%.". However, on the official apple ...
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On the structure of “search for weapons and bands of pro-Hussein fighters still holding out”

I came across the following expression: The primary task of many American troops in Baghdad has been to search for weapons and bands of pro-Hussein fighters still holding out. This is from a ...
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Is the second “are” required in “Here are the ideas I thought are worth spreading”?

Here are the ideas I thought are worth spreading. Here are the ideas I thought worth spreading. Which one is correct?
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What part of speech is “worth”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the lexical class of the word 'worth' when used in a sentence like “Is this apple worth $3?” In a sentence like the following: The ...
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Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He picked up a quarrel.
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concept/name extraction [closed]

I need your help to set all rules for extracting names/concepts from a phrase. for example, in the phrase "in toshka, it's always sunny" the name/concept here is toshka, which is a place in Egypt. i ...
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“You have nothing to do” - “Yes I do” / “Yes I don't” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? If someone says "You have ...
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When can the -ing form of a verb be placed before a noun?

My native-speaker's grammatical intuition tells me that: There is a sleeping man under the tree. is fine but There is a fishing man by the river bank. is wrong. Why? I've thought about ...
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What time do/should/would I call you?

Here's the question I saw on a test: A: What time ………… I call you? B: You could call me after lunch. a) am b) do c) should d) would I think (b), (c), and (d) are possible options. Please ...
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How does “out” function in “next time out”?

On the recent CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the anchor, Bob Schieffer asked former President, Bill Clinton about whether his wife will run in next election: “Mr. President, I have to ask you about your ...
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Grammar corrections for song for Early Modern English play [closed]

I wrote a song for a play I'm writing where I utilize a degree of early modern english, it's not entirely in archaic prose as for many audiences that would be a turn off, as its a comedy and a ...
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what is the difference between “ get in the bus” and “ get on the bus” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Origin/reason for the expression “on the bus” instead of “in the bus” I want to know when to use " get in the bus." and " get on the bus." I will ...
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What are reading comprehesion tools that can generate or suggest plainer language? [closed]

I'm looking for ways to simplify a document for better comprehension after I have already gone through an editing process myself. It could include suggestions easier synonyms, grammar optimization ...
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Small Question Regarding Article the or a [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none) I always don't understand which one to use, a or the or nothing. I got a ...
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Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …”

I was told that it is a typical mistake for Russian speakers to say I feel myself badly instead of I feel ill. I wonder to what extent such constructs sound wrong to native speakers? I feel ...
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How is 'get' being used in these sentences?

What grammar structure is this? Bob got/had me drunk. She's got me spending. Get moving! Get going! That music gets/has me dancing! He had/got me stumped. She had/got me stoned. Is it possible to ...
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“I see someone every two days” [closed]

"I see someone every day" - meaning you see someone every day. "I see someone every other day" - meaning you see someone one day, not the next, then the day after, but not the next and so on. What is ...
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give a lift to or without “to”?

Reading a text I have seen the following: A man and two girls he gave a lift to. But doesn't this mean that I can say "give a lift to"? What about this: I gave my friend a lift. I gave a ...
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When is it appropriate to use 'the' instead of a possessive determiner?

I was with someone today and we were talking about a woman, and she said: "Wow, the husband must be so proud." I was confused as to which was correct or more appropriate as opposed to: "Wow, ...
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Question about “either and neither”

Which of these answers is correct? Which way did you go the first one or the second one? A) I went neither way B) I didn't go either way
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Word for the “strength” of an adjective

Is there a word which describes the strength of an adjective within an ordered set? For example, these words describe “quality” in ascending order of their “power”: good great fantastic Is there ...
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What is the appropriate construct for stating that “A and B oppose each other's positions.”?

For example, in a sentence that states "Person A and Person B reacted with terror at each others' views," is there a more formal way to phrase this? The current phrasing seems like an awkward way to ...
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Can I use quotation marks to suggest that somebody should say something?

Simple question, can I use double quotes (") to suggest that somebody should say something? For example, can I say: You should say "Hello" to your neighbours Is this grammatically correct?
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Too X, X enough, enough X

Can someone explain why the choices not marked as 'correct' in these fill-in-the-blank questions are wrong? It was ___ so we didn't get it. expensive enough too expensive -correct enough expensive ...