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“All right” vs. “alright” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it “alright” or “allright”? Which is correct in English, "all right" or "alright"? These expressions don't cause any problem in verbal ...
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Asking question about position of a person in a list [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I phrase a question that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime)? How to ask a question to get a cardinal number answer In my ...
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“I run in the subway”

Is I run in the subway grammatical? Does it mean the action of running, done inside of a subway?
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With “amount” will you use singular or plural?

I am confused about this grammatical question: large amount of data and the fact that it will exponentially grow large amount of data and the fact that they will exponentially grow (the semantic ...
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Is it correct to combine multiple clauses into one sentence?

Is it correct to combine multiple clauses (sub sentences) into one? For example, let us consider this sentence: On managerial side, I am experienced in accounting software, have been working ...
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Auxiliary movement in AAVE

My question is inspired by the question of why "So do I". Usually I have no problem figuring out what to do for AAVE (African American Vernacular English), but in this case, I am confused, because ...
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Which mood is created with “everyone should visit”?

Which mood is created with the sentence, "Everyone should visit..." with the use of the auxiliary verb? I have decided already that it is not the imperative mood.
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“Did/would he eat something?” [closed]

Do both of the sentences have the same meaning? Did he eat something? Would he eat something? I've heard would can also be used to refer to things that happened in the past.
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“I who has” vs “I who have.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical? Am aware it is correct to say "I have written..." and "I am a doctor who has writen..." I have, however, ...
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Rules for sentences containing lists of things

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "Symptoms of lactic acid build up in muscles include cramps, spasms, fatigue and sensitivity." Does "sensitivity" need to be qualified, as in ...
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Meaning of “stop for something”

Q. Did the customers stop for narrow selection of food? A. The customers stopped for wider selection of food. Does it mean the customers just ignored or didn't shop for food?
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How to “spread some words about” or “spread some word about”?

Sorry for the dumb question. If I have couple of sentences that describe my idea, should I use the first or the second phrase or neither of them ;) Any insight and grammar references are very ...
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would have and would in non conditional statements

Can we use both would have and would in non conditional past statements? For example: Last year during the summer, I would go home on weekends. past habitual Last year during the summer, I ...
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Why would he do this to me?

Do the following two statements convey the same meaning? Why would he do this to me? Why did he do this to me? To me, both of them seem to imply something done to me in the past.
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“Might have” vs “could have”

What is the difference between might have and could have? He might have come. He might have studied. He could have come. He could have studied. How would you describe a possibility? For ...
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Didn't you know there+ was/is [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is past tense correct here? What is the difference between the following: Didn't you know there was an election today. Didn't you know there is an election ...
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Term for types of first person plural

I've noticed that there are two types of first person plural – one where the addressee is included, and one where she or he isn't. For example: With addressee included: Let us go. What's our plan? ...
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Use of “never” in questions

I was taught that ever should be used in questions (Have you ever...?) and never should be used in negations (I have never...). But reading "A wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin I spotted such a ...
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started+ verb vs. verb [closed]

Why most of the time some of the verbs(both infinitives and gerunds) are prefixed with the word started, is it a stylistic matter or does it give a better flow to the statement? Cant we use the base ...
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usage of 'never again'

Is it mandatory that 'never again' is not separated in a sentence? Do I have to write "I will never again do anything like that." or may I also put it "I will never do anything like that again."? If ...
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I'll take you home / I'll bring you home

Being both non-natives, I had some discussion today about the following situation: suppose you're at a party and you want to take/bring your drunk buddy home. I believe that: "I'll take you home" ...
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Is there any difference in meaning to start a two-clause sentence with “As” or “Because”?

Is there any difference in meaning to start a two-clause sentence with "As" or "Because" in first clause to explain the reason for the second clause As we need that function, we must import the ...
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Will be going to get engaged

Is it okay to say: He will be going to get engaged to his ex-girl friend. Is there a better of saying this?
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Plural of “advice”

The dictionary says that advice can only be used in the singular. But in a specific part of computer science (aspect-oriented programming) this word is used to reference some object that implements ...
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“Run over XXX” or “run XXX over”

I would need to clarify which one is correct. My dictionary says “run somebody over” (meaning hit by car) and an example: I ran over the dog. On the internet I found: I’m afraid we’ve just ...
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Conversion to reported speech with multiple events

Which of the following is the correct conversion to reported speech? Ms. A said: “She gave up on the justice system and on the government. That's why she committed suicide.” Ms. A said ...
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Difference between “far” and “far away”

The library is far. The library is far away. I was told that far and far away are both fine and express the same meaning in the above sentences. But, I was told that only far away can be ...
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How to say “some sort of reason”

Is it common to say There is some sort of reason to support my stance on this? How do we say some sort of reason in such sentences?
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“So much”, “too much”, “a lot” and “very much”

Are the following sentences correct? Do they all mean the same thing? She talks so much. She talks too much. She talks a lot. She talks very much.
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Singular verb with plural numbers

In answer to the question, "Do we need any more chairs?" why does it sound correct to say, "No, three's enough." Why does "three are enough" sound wrong?
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“To develop” vs. “On developing”

I am writing a school project report and I came across the following. What is the difference between the two? Which is more preferred if there is no difference in meaning? Our focus is on ...
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Moving the interrogative pro-adverb to the end of a question

I am not a native speaker of English. From what I learn, 'wh' questions in English should normally be like this: Why should we believe you? How did she participate in the massacre? However, ...
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What is the proper way of making a conditional statement with question marks?

Say I make a conditional statement, or an either/or statement, 1) Do I eat the bananas? Or do I eat the apples? 2) Do I eat the bananas, or do I eat the apples? Is it right to add the ...
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Could you lend me any/a little/../money?

I would like to know how to say that correctly and whether some/any could stand as a subject in the sentence: Could you lend me ... money? Sure, If I find some/any.
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“except for” vs “other than”

Is the phrase "Are there any vegetables except for asparagus?" equivalent to "Are there any vegetables other than asparagus?" The first feels wrong, and the second feels right, but I have ...
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“I will” or “I shall” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “shall” versus “will”? I have learnt in school we should use shall with I, you and we. But I often see people saying I will, ...
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Repeating “to” and “will” in enumerations of verbs

Should I use the second "will" in constructions like this one: "it will definitely help you and will make the text more readable" And should I write "to" before every infinitive in enumeration, or ...
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“Have been with for” vs. “Have been with in”

What is the difference between the following two structures? Have you been back home in the last ten years? Have you been back home for the last ten years? Could we also replace the present ...
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“last year” vs. “the last / whole of the last year” vs. “whole the last year”

I would have question related to other question I asked today. I know that: last year refers to something that happens in the last year (which could be yesterday if today is 1.1.) the last year — ...
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“Appointed as” or just “appointed”?

Is it more correct to say a) John was appointed as manager of ACME. or b) John was appointed manager of ACME. Or are they interchangeable?
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Can the word “luxury” be used as a concrete noun?

I was wondering if we can use the word "luxury" to refer to a "luxurious item", For example, are the sentences below considered grammatical? : I have a luxury. I have one luxury. I have three ...
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Is the expression “Liver's ability to detoxify alcohol was tested…” [closed]

Is the expression "Liver's ability to detoxify alcohol was tested..." grammatically correct? Can it also be used for genes, for example: "C-MYC's role in cancer is well known". This is, can gene ...
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“I give it to him who came first” vs. “to he who came first” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: “Let he who…” or “Let him who…” Should the pronoun be "him" because it's the object (gave it to ...
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Inversion in “only [adverb] have they”

I have seen this construction quite often: Online ads have been around since the dawn of the Web, but only in recent years have they become the rapturous life dream of Silicon Valley. What ...
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What's the difference between “that will be $200” and “that would be $200”?

When you are negotiating prices with your customer, you might say "that's $200," "that'll be $200," or "that would be $200." Are there any differences among them?
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Is there a name for how the Irish use so, so?

There is an Irish English structural usage of the word so, that is I think unique to Ireland. Are we going to the cinema, so? Where is the dog, so? The word so is unneeded and seems to mean ...
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Why is it “time we ate” and not “time we eat”?

Why do we use the simple past but not the present or future in the following expressions: Don't you think it's time we went a little further Don't you think it's time we ate Don't you ...
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Why do we put the verb to be at the end of these questions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Changing subject and verb positions in statements and questions Look at the following questions - can anyone give a simple grammatical explanation as to why we put the ...
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English phrases/expressions and their meanings [closed]

In English we have expressions/phrases that come from the combination of two or more words, conjunctions, etc. These expressions have their own metaphorical meanings, which could be used in specific ...
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Is it acceptable to use 'that' followed by a direct quote?

New York Times: Even before President Obama declared this month that “I have Israel’s back” in its escalating confrontation with Iran, pro-Israel figures like the evangelical Christian leader ...