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What is the correct usage of “the question of …”

I am currently writing my thesis, which addresses the question of how to do X. However, I am not sure whether the usage of "the question of ..." is correct. I found the following expressions while ...
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The function of “young”in these sentence

He left home young He died young Does the word "young" act as either a predicative complement or a incidental adverbial in those sentences?And how to distinguish them?
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Complacency vs complacence, stagnancy vs stagnance, etc

I could only find this blog that suggests that complacence is "is a calm satisfaction with oneself" whereas "complacency means a self-satisfaction but coupled with a lack of awareness of what is ...
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What function does this prepositional phrase have in this biblical sentence?

From Mark 7:13: Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Although this sentence may be incomplete, I am wondering ...
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What's the difference betwen perhaps and maybe?

I would like to know how to use them are theres alike? or just two differents words that can be used in the same way?
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“I like cat” type of sentences [duplicate]

The sentences seems a bit wrong but when you replace cat with something else it sounds right: I like A (Do you like A or B?). I like apples (Do you like apples or oranges?). but... I like cat. (Do ...
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“So” as a conjunction

I'm a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, and I would like to get some information on SO as a conjunction. As far as I know, it's a coordinating conjunction, and it's part of the FANBOYS group. ...
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Do two sentences below have the same meaning?

the voltage is higher than the amplifier required the voltage is higher than it was required by amplifier
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awareness of or awareness for something? [closed]

This program was initiated to increase the awareness for breast cancer. does this seem correct? or the preposition 'for' be replaced with 'of'?
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Does using “did” to form the past tense make a difference? [duplicate]

The two sentences here both indicate that, at some point in the past, I performed some work: I did work I worked What is the difference between these two sentences? Does constructing one with did ...
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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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Which sentence structure is better? [closed]

Which sentence structure is better? Completed his education at the Basic Vocational School for working people at the "ELWRO" Wroclaw Electronic Company in Warsaw in the profession of turner. ...
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The use of “except” [closed]

Here is a sentence I saw using the word except: valid claims were granted patent to land free and clear, except for a small registration fee. What does it mean? How does the word except here ...
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Dependent clause after pronoun

This question arose from why sentence #1 is correct and why sentence #2 is incorrect - I pity those who lost their money in gambling. I pity them who lost their money in gambling. I have ...
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Difference between 'awarding marks' and 'rewarding marks'

There is already a similar question but doesn't answer me. My teacher distributed answer sheets today and I felt aggrieved because I was not evaluated properly and deserved more marks. I gave the ...
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Creating nouns from verbs

Is there a general rule for creating a noun based on an action? In the example below, there are two actions. "Press button when you've resolved or gave up." I'd like to express it using nouns like ...
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What tense do we use with “since”? [closed]

Consider these two sentences: The money has been delivered since 1st January 2000. The money was delivered since 1st January 2000. Are both of them grammatical? What may be the difference ...
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Is prius plural for prius? [duplicate]

Similar to sheep. Look at that sheep. Look at those sheep. Look at that prius. Look at those prius. Sounds right.
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Prepositions used with “different”? [duplicate]

I apologize if this question has been asked before; I couldn't find it in a site search. I have this sentence about teaching children safety rules: The rules are different when you are together with ...
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Trouble understanding the meaning of sentences with “unless” [closed]

I am having trouble understanding the meaning of sentences using unless. Here is an example: Unless I hear from you by 6pm Friday I will send the letters to main office. What does the above ...
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Is “Thanks so much” wrong?

I have seen many many people say "Thanks so much". I believe what they really mean is "Thank you so much". Searching "Thanks so much" in this website gives 177 results. But the questions deal with "...
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Why is the word “so” in the line, “To a ill-informed person I would have so answer yes,” shown in Italic to stress the word?

I am interested in the word, “so” in the following sentence in Jeffery Archer’s novel, “The Prodigal Daughter.” Florentina Kane who is the chairman of an international hotel empire she succeeded ...
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To use “not” or “don't” in a noun clause?

As in this sentence: "We ask that you not take anything you read here as final.", why "not" is used instead of "don't"?
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Which answer is correct? [closed]

(Which/What/That/Things) we saw surprised us. Which is the correct answer?
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Best way to combine two sentences

David studied for his math exam for several hours David received the highest grade in his class. I would rephrase like this: Receiving the highest grade in his math class, David had studied for his ...
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The questions of sentences using linking verbs

I understand that the word "look" in "He looks happy." is a linking verb. As "look" here can be replaced by "is" My question is what is the correct question form of this sentence? Does he look happy? ...
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Usage of the word Found [closed]

Can anyone please explain me the difference in usage of the word 'found' and phrase 'found out'?
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Laid—Had Laid … Which is correct? [duplicate]

"She lay the gift bas­ket on the cof­fee table" is correct. Would "She laid the gift bas­ket on the cof­fee table" be correct? Or do we need to have the word "had" before "laid," as in "She HAD laid ...
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His memory is as immortal as his arts have made me. (grammar)

All the world has heard of Cornelius Agrippa. His memory is as immortal as his arts have made me. All the world has also heard of his scholar, who, unawares, raised the foul fiend during his master's ...
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Myself / Me--Which is correct here? [duplicate]

I gave everyone at the company, including myself, a huge Christmas bonus. Is "including myself"—not "including me"—correct here? Thank you.
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“over the period of” or “over the period”?

Which one is correct? I visited four countries over the period of 2010 to 2014. or I visited four countries over the period 2010 to 2014.
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Should “the” and “a” agree in the same sentence?

Example: She lowered her pen to the blank page and wrote the first verse—followed by a second one. In this case, I used the first and then a at the end. Is this grammatically correct?
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I panicked or I was panicked?

I want to refer to a situation that happened months ago. So what should I use? I panicked or I was panicked?
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Confused about the comma at the end of a sentence

Examples: We haven't spent much time together(,) recently. I think you're good at dealing with problems. And not only yours—but other’s(,) too.” I always get confused by this. Should ...
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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Why doesn't the word 'confirm' have “3rd person -s” in this text? [duplicate]

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/11/liverpool-luis-suarez-barcelona-transfer-medical The issue is in the headline 'Liverpool confirm Luis Suárez’s £75m move to Barcelona pending medical'. ...
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What is a foolproof way to remember and apply the correct use of me or I? [duplicate]

What is the correct grammatical application of me or I? For example - My brother and I, or my brother and me?
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The usage of “think” followed by an object and an objective complement

If you can say "I think him a great man.", can you also say "I think him great."?
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“Would you like me to show?”, or “would you like to have me show?”

I have two sentences similar in nature and form. 'Would you like to have me show you how it's done?' And 'Would you like me to show you how it's done?' The first seems a little less used and... ...
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When do you underline a title?

What types of titles do you underline and what types of titles do you put quotations marks on?
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Sentence diagramming trouble with figuring out subordinators and relative pronouns

http://imgur.com/a/dyALV for the pictures. In the diagrams my main concern was figuring out if the use of "that" was under the context of it being a relative pronoun or a subordinator. I have trouble ...
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“I was used to do” vs. “I was used doing” [closed]

Good day everyone, Looked around and didn't find the desired answer to my question. Would you please be kind to give me a hand with the following: "I was used to do..." or "I was used to swim here" ...
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best way to express urgency status [closed]

If I want to express that I'm in urgent state what is the best way to say it? like I'm in haste! let me enter first please. Update: I want a word used for general purposes: like a child is late for ...
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Trying to figure out proper form of “that” in sentence

I currently have the sentence "Seahorses are the only fish that practice steadfast monogamy." to tree diagram for class, and cannot freakin' figure out what the word "that" would be used as in this ...
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last summer or the last summer?

I've read Essential Grammar in Use Raymond Murphy's book. some page of the book was told me: Do not use "the" with: television breakfast/lunch/dinner next/last + week/month/year/...
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Grammatical correctness of the sentence [closed]

Here is a sentence which doesn't really sound grammatically correct. I would appreciate if any one can have a look and let me know if the sentence could be improved. After all, when someone spends ...
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Can none and nor be used together?

Are the following sentences gramatically correct: "None of Tom, Dick nor Harry participated in the contest." "None of Tom, nor Dick, nor Harry participated in the contest." If it were a two-person ...
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Use of the word “panic-stricken” for self

which would be the correct use of the word "panic-stricken" in the two sentences below: I was panic-stricken at the thought of missing my trip to usa OR I got panic-stricken at the thought ...
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how much vegetables or how many vegetables?

I know that vegetable is a count noun, but Which one of the quantifiers do we use with vegetables. How much vegetables do our bodies need? How many vegetables do our bodies need?
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Is there a term for the phenomenon of adding more words to a sentence makes it less clear?

This article ends with "Judicial races in Washtenaw County are nonpartisan ...". This is technically accurate, but is also misleading (or is it?) as it implies races elsewhere (such as Wayne County) ...