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Usage of myself vs me [duplicate]

"Please summit your registration forms to John, Jay, or myself before the end of the day." My homework says "myself" is incorrect and "me" should be used in the context of this sentence. I don't ...
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Is it possible to learn English by just listening and speaking (without knowing formal grammar rules) [closed]

My native language is Chinese. Most people in my country grow up without having been taught formal grammar. I am surprised to find foreigners being taught Chinese and learning grammar rules that even ...
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Interpretation of a message

Please help resolve a disputed text message and its meaning. The question is whether the sender of the message stated that he had left the garage door open when leaving the house. I ve left the ...
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“XYZ caterers is..” or “XYZ caterers are..”? [duplicate]

In the following statement, which one is grammatically correct? XYZ caterers is on to something big OR XYZ caterers are on to something big I thought that it should be 'are' as caterers is ...
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Are the phrases “both in water and land” and “for the loss and damage to” grammatical?

I have asked this question in linguistics forum, but as I was not getting answers I decided to ask it here. A. Consider the phrase that is boldfaced in sentence (1): (1) "It can live both in water ...
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Using 'a' or 'an' before a word that started with 'H' [duplicate]

What should we use before a word that started with 'H'? 'A' or 'An'? and why? Sometime using 'a' seems right, sometimes using 'an' seems right, I am confused
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What is the difference between 'Frequentative' and 'Aorist'?

I've looked on Wikipedia, done some searching, and still I am unable to figure out what the difference is between the two.
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“onto” versus “on to”

Should the single word onto or the two words on to be used here? She held onto the cushion instead of holding onto the metal frame. She was grabbing onto the seat cushion. There's nothing ...
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Comma splice proceeded by conjunctive adverb

I'm wondering what the rule is as to where any commas or semicolons would go. (a) and (b) are showing the two sentences that are to be combined, and (a)+(b)[1,2] show the sentences in question. (a): ...
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Which of these is correct? — question involving helping verbs (I think)

I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without having my explanation seem contrived I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without my explanation seeming ...
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“It is” or “it was” in this scenario?

Is the following sentence correct? I still remembered that the school manager in the seminar talked really sweetly about how bright future it is if a student could finish their courses. Clearly, ...
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Shall I put the adjective behind the noun in this case?

"Function" means the performance of something, so it is on a level different from "project".(self-made) Here what I mean is that the two words are on different levels, the first may refer to ...
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Is Football/Soccer/news lingo special? [duplicate]

While reading up on todays match, there was this line: Thomas Muller wants a penalty before Algeria counter and have a chance but Germany survive. Breathless!1 I would have written this as ...
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I do not OR I not [duplicate]

In the below sentences, do is not present. My doctor insists that I (do) not eat donuts with chocolate sauce and hamburger patties for breakfast. It's imperative you (do) not sing when your ...
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using present progressive with present simple in subordinate clause

There are two corrects answers in this sentence according to the answer keys, but I don't know why and when (like in a certain situation) which one should be used. Before the train departs, all the ...
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“will + past participle” is it correct? [closed]

I have seen these structures being used several times in York, UK (by native speakers). a. "He will lived at address Y." b. "He be staying at address Y." I am wondering if it is: grammatically ...
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Must I use “their” or “them” in the following instance [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? In the case of "their" being granted a bond the deal will go through. or: In the case of "them" being granted a bond the deal will go through.
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What is the right way to spell the title “Diana and Tom's Grill” or “Diana's and Tom's Grill”? [duplicate]

I am looking for the most common way how people in US/Canada spell something like this, preferably in accordance with Chicago Manual of Style. What is the right way to spell the title "Diana and Tom's ...
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Changing active to passive? [closed]

Given the sentence: They took some pictures of me in the park. What is the passive form of this sentence? I have tried: I was taken pictures of in the park. Is this correct expressions in ...
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How to enumerate activities I did

I'm writing a CV and in one section I'd like to enumerate the activities I did. Should I write I proved ... I participated ... I mentored ... ... or Proved ... Participated ... Mentored ... ... ...
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He admitted that it took… Or, He admitted having it

Consider the following example: A man wrote a book in 2 days. He admits it. Should I say: "He admitted that it took him 2 days to write the book" "He admitted that it had taken him 2 days to write ...
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Is “I turned on and off the computer” grammatically correct?

Sounds wrong to me, and I would say, "I turned the computer off, and then on again", but I was wondering if both forms are acceptable.
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Direct and indirect object with the verb “kick” [closed]

Are both theses sentences correct and commonly used: "Kick the ball to me." "Kick me the ball."?
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It's advertised = It was advertised?

Can I say/write "It's advertised" instead of "It was advertised"
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Why is my English “worlds better” than yours but never “the best by worlds”?

In speech when making comparisons we can say: It is far better than It's way better than It's miles better than It's worlds better than For instance, British restaurant food is far/...
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single nouns follow “their” [closed]

I've seen sentences like: "A lot of people use their computer to ..." is it just a typo of "their computers", or it's correct usage? Thanks
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Using “and” with names that have “and” in them

I taught him Microprocessor and Interfacing and Professional Ethics. Here Microprocessor and Interfacing is the first subject, and Professional Ethics is the second. The same professor taught me ...
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is “How is conditions being unfair not an issue?” grammatically correct?

I wrote "How is conditions being unfair not an issue?" instead of "How are conditions being unfair not an issue?" as I believe the subject of the sentence is 'conditions being unfair' rather than '...
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Use “of” or “for” with Institute, Department, Office…?

When should which be used and what's the difference? Department of XYZ or Department for XYZ Institute of ABC or Institute for ABC Federal Office of... or Federal Office for... Is there any sort ...
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Is it proper grammar to write a number with “th” after the month or only if it is used before the month? [closed]

Is it proper grammar to write July 17th or would it be the 17th of July?
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Turn “in to” or “into” a lonely lane?

I have a sentence I'm writing where I describe making a turn, as I run, into an empty alleyway. Here is how I would like to say it: I turn into a lonely lane... The problem I find is that it ...
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Question with adjective

I hope someone could help me with my dilemma. The word 'some' refers to an unspecified number or amount of an object. Are 'some difficulty' and 'some difficulties' both grammatical? Please help. ...
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“Perry and he” vs “He and Perry” [duplicate]

Although I understand that both "Perry and he" and "He and Perry" mean the same thing, which is more grammatically correct and why?
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'Off of' versus 'from' [duplicate]

Is 'off of' ever a valid substitution for 'from'? For example, 'It's that guy off of Friends.' Would it ever be acceptable to use this construction in formal written English? I live in the ...
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“If anybody answer this question” or “If anybody answerS this question” [closed]

What is correct - "If anybody answer this question please let me know" or "If anybody answers this question please let me know" Thank you.
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Punctuate a clause-example-clause-example in a sentence

I'm proofreading a colleagues work, and ran across a sentence which contains two examples with clarifications. I do not believe this should be broken out into two sentences. The original (nouns ...
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The use of “So X as to Y”

First of all, note that this is not a duplicate question of another one asking about the usage of so as to, since this one is asking about the structure of so . . . as to. . . . I understand this ...
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Can “presently” and “currently” be used interchangeably?

Can "presently" and "currently" be used interchangeably? For example which is better: I am presently teaching Grade 12 or I am currently teaching Grade 12 ?
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To One's Betrayal

I couldn't quite make out this segment in a long sentence: Dad at some celebration where the Comrade President pinned on him a medal for services to the Communists’ betrayal ; Dad in the book is an ...
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Are these questions grammatically correct?

I have seen questions like "He went through all that just to go to Columbia?" or "That's the Ferrari?" and I would like to know if they are grammatically correct. Can you use questions like ...
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Marine Corps Possessive [duplicate]

I am editing my brother’s paper, and I realized I am unsure about the possessive form of Marine Corps, such as The best kept secret of the Marine Corps Is it the Marine Corps’ best kept ...
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What's the grammatical object of “at” in “at 2-0 down”?

At 2-0 down with ten minutes left, you have to go for broke. This is a structure at odds with what most learners know. Prepositions take nominals as objects, but here, what's the supposed object of ...
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What are the effects of the passive voice other than changing emphasis?

As this excellent answer points out, the passive voice can change the emphasis of a sentence from the subject to an object. That seems to be its primary function: this other answer provides an example ...
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Is this Adverbial a complement or an adjunct?

According to Wiki, Adverbials are typically divided into four classes: adverbial complements (i.e. obligatory adverbial) are adverbials that render a sentence ungrammatical and meaningless if removed....
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give some example using s+verb(be)+adj+to+infinitive? [closed]

s+verb(be)+adj+to+infinitive? i just wanted to know how to use and give some example using this.
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Difference between two question formats?

I have seen people using following two formats to form a question: 1) Why do people lie? 2) Why people lie? The difference is, in the first one, there is an explicit use of do whereas the ...
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Plural of input [duplicate]

What is the plural of input ? It proves unclear which is correct, input or inputs --- or both up to context of usage.
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Which one is correct “Where I was or Where was I”? [duplicate]

I am little bit confuse to use Where I was or Where was I. For Example I use - My brother wanted to know where was I? Please help
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Usage of “acknowledge” [closed]

Is it acceptable to write "We acknowledge Dr. AAA for his useful advice" to express gratitude or appreciation?
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When to use ''[verb] that''

I would like to know when to say think(s) that, say(s) that and mean(s) that and when to omit that.