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With something is ~ - grammatical construction

The process of relational database model design is the method used to create a relational database model. This process is mathematical in nature, but very simple, and is called normalization. With ...
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Does the article “a/an” apply to the parenthetical or the word that follows? [duplicate]

I just asked a question a moment ago, the subject of which was "Is there a word for taking an (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?" And I immediately had the follow up question of "was that ...
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How is tense handled in a parenthetical clause before a verb?

She will (or already has) leave for Jamaica soon. She will leave (or already has left) for Jamaica soon. I'm uncertain which of these (if either) is more correct. Should I simply not use ...
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is this grammar right? [closed]

We are looking to use this text, as a headline on our sustainability page, on our website. As coworker asked if "sustainably" was grammatically correct. I am unsure. TCS believes that thinking ...
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I would do / I would have done - What are the grammar terms of this tense/mood?

Since my student days I’ve used abbreviations for the tenses. “I would do” is for me Conditional 1 (C1) and “I would have done” C2. And for me it is not important whether these verb forms are called ...
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Is “Here's some tips” correct? [duplicate]

If I say "here's some tips", is that correct? Doesn't sound right to me. I would have thought it should be "here are some tips".
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Deadly protests ousted vs. deadly protests WHICH ousted [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/putin-warns-ukraine-gas-supplies-urges-talks-155039695.html Ukraine has been in crisis since months of deadly protests ousted an unpopular pro-Kremlin president in ...
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If I don't know an action is completed, which past tense do I use?

I'm reading "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy, and I have a question about the Present Perfect and Past Simple. Here's the example from the book: They've gone away. They'll be back ...
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Why word “very” is used in combination with words like “first”, “last”, ect [duplicate]

Wow, my first question here :) Recently i watched a tennis match and the commentator said "This is his very first title". I've also heard the opposite expression "This is his very last chance". So why ...
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [closed]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...
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Past perfect of “have”? [closed]

What is the past perfect of "have"? Is it "have", "had", or "had had"? And if it is "had had", doesn't it sound weird and awkward? when and how do I use it? Thanks.
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Is “if I were going to simplify” a correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct: If I were going to simply
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in or on for plural nouns? [closed]

Which is proper in the example sentences below? We have trust IN his aunts, uncles, grandparents. We have trust On his aunts, uncles, grandparents.
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grammar - No + singular/plural noun + singular/plural verb [closed]

Which of the following phrases is grammatically correct? no animal is no animal are no animals is no animals are Thanks.
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Grammar of “It is rarely that + (clause)”

The following question is motivated by this answer at ELL. Here, I'm not interested in the correctness (that's already been answered at ELL) but in the possibility of interpreting this construction as ...
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When writing about a true court case. When should defense be capitalized?

Example: Christine returned to the defence council with my refusal of the offer to settle.
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independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past

I've found this sentence in a grammar site : "you'll surely pass the exam if you studied hard" (independent clause in the future and dependent clause in the past) Wouldn't be more natural : "...if ...
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Can I use the present perfect tense with a specific time expression?

Is it grammatical to combine the present perfect tense with time? E.g. I've seen that movie two days ago. I've completed the 12-step program last summer. The deadline was two days ago, ...
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“Having to” usage

I am confused in the usage of "having to" in a sentence, mentioned below. Which one is correct/appropriate? The trouble is having to backup … or The trouble is in having to backup ...
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How is everyone going with their/his/her assignment? [duplicate]

I wanted to email a group of students to check how they are going with their assignment and it occurred to me that "how is everyone going with their assignment" does not seem grammatically correct. ...
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Although my research area in PhD includes many fields

"Although my research area in PhD includes many fields in the network security and management...." In the previous sentence, I don't know how to express the idea that during his phd studying, he did ...
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Why do I have to say “want you to do” instead of “want you do”

example: "I want you to eat fish" instead of "I want you eat fish" or "I want that you eat fish". Can you explain to me what is te grammatical reason for this?
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Bear witness that I to the oneness of Allah do I testify - two I's

An excerpt from the lyrics for a song called "Mountains of Makkah" sung by Zain Bhikha Oh Mountains of Makkah, Bear witness that I To the oneness of Allah do I testify For all that He’s given ...
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Usage of the article 'the' in the phrase Internet of Things

I am writing a paper on the topic, Internet of Things as a part of my curriculum. I couldn't help but wonder as to why every article, conference paper and journal publication refers to it as "The ...
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The difference between “parts of speech”, “word classes”, “word categories”?

As a foreign language speaker, I find it hard to distinguish these terms. I've searched on the net; on wikipedia, on grammar.about.com, and some other pages, yet still having difficulties. One just ...
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What does this strange complicated sentence mean? [closed]

Blue rolled the sky... What does this sentence mean?
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What is this sentence pattern?

Although it is not necessary, this detail may come in handy later on. Does this "it" mean "this detail"? Like: Although he is the first black president, Obama has not yet made much out of ...
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Want something applied - grammar

While it may be obvious to you that you want the aggregate functions applied to each set of products found in the account table, this query fails because you have not explicitly specified how the ...
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Should “Big Data” be capitalised?

In paragraphs should the term "Big Data" be capitalised? I seam to be finding contradicting information as it is a name for something but also a common term. Which is correct? When the volume and ...
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Minutes' work or minutes of work

If, for example, a teacher was asking their students to continue working for 30 minutes, would it be grammatically correct for them to say "do thirty minutes' work" or would they have to say "do ...
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Usage of “as well”

Are these usages of "as well" grammatically correct? Going back on the deal, he said, could result in Taiwan being “regarded as an unreliable trade partner” by China as well other countries with ...
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When using 'of' when is it really necessary to pluralize something or singularize it? [closed]

What would be right. Would you say a thousand points of battle damage are inflicted to you or would you say a thousand points of damage is inflicted to you?
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Should the verb of the independent clause come before or after the dependent clause?

Which of the following is correct? The Boeing 777 crashed, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12 members, into international waters. The Boeing 777, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of ...
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Sufficient or sufficiently?

When we compare this with his [Milton's] later prose writings, when he moved closer to the victorious Cromwellian ascendancy, we find that pragmatism usurped idealism, not completely but ...
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Must be paid before the 8th May? [closed]

Does that mean I can pay on the 8th May, or before 23:59 7th May?
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Khreshchatyk and Kostyolna streets, no definite article [duplicate]

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26868119 The interior minister also showed a number of slides and photos illustrating where he said police snipers were firing from. He named two ...
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Incorrect gerund to simple past conversion?

I'm a non-native speaker of English, so this might or might not be something very basic. Nonetheless, it's baffling me and I'd love some help. A friend of mine wrote this sentence in a story for ...
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generic stealthy attacks

In the following I think I should use "generically". But I am not quite sure. Please confirm In this light, we present a formal framework to systematically investigate the feasibility of generic ...
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Should I use “grid connectivity” or “grid connectivities”?

I am confused whether I should use connectivity or connectivities in the following sentence: This processor analyzes the statuses of various switches and circuit-breakers in the system and ...
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“The meaning of this word” vs. “The meaning to this word” [closed]

Occasionally I observed that some native speakers will use preferably the construction "the meaning to (a word, phrase, etc.)" whereas others will go for the more common grammatical turn "the meaning ...
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Using “and” to end a list with an “and” phrase

I'm proofreading a document in which the author ends a lot of lists with phrases like this: We analyzed the responses of students studying: health, sciences and technology, law and economics, and ...
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Use of singular they for specific person [duplicate]

The following quotes are from the Wikipedia article. It seems to me that they all use "they" for a generic person. For example, in the Chesterfield's example: "If a person is born of a . . . gloomy ...
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Past Perfect - Right or Wrong?

I am in an English course, in Cambridge School, in Lisbon, Portugal, and I am learning Past Perfect. I am also in a Pastry course, and today we had our first English lesson. The teacher wrote some ...
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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“Me neither” - why oblique case? [duplicate]

I don't like white wine. Me neither. We're talking about subjects here, so naturally the pronoun should be "I". The use of "me" would only make sense to me if "neither" was a postposition. ...
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Grammar knowledge - cause for low knowledge [closed]

I have to formulate this question very carefully. So I would say I have the impression that the knowledge in grammar matters of English mother-tongue speakers is as an average lower when compared to ...
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Is this usage of 'nor' correct?

Without the accompanying neither, it can be difficult to know whether or not to use nor. Is this correct, or should or be used here instead? We do not have the equipment needed to measure ...
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that had -> having?

I want to make this sentence shorter: Also, items that had poor parameter estimates were removed from the analysis. Is it correct to turn that had into having? Also, items having poor ...
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The list of functionality has/have to be implemented [closed]

I'm trying to make sure my writing is correct for the following sentence: The list of functionality has/have to be implemented But I'm confused about has or have there.
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is pollution singular or plural? [closed]

is the word pollution singular or plural ? The confusion delivered when making these statement "pollution makes money, disease makes opportunity"