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General rules for identifying conditional sentences?

I am trying to identify the subject and object in the following sentence: Come to me, and I'll give you a fight you'll never forget At first, it appeared as if whenever a conjunction appears ...
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“When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead”

In "How I met your mother" TV series, there is a character Barney Stinson, who is the author of this semi-popular quote: When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. [sic!] Obviously, ...
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could versus be able

Let me start by saying what is written in grammar books on this issue and after that I will put my question. (Take heed that this usage of "could" ONLY refers to the past and ONLY to affirmative ...
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Incentive Structure Biased [closed]

Can nonhuman things have bias? Politicians are subject to an incentive structure biased toward the adoption of projects and programs with highly visible immediate benefits and well-hidden costs. ...
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The Present Perfect vs The Past Tense in English [closed]

Would you agree that the present perfect is used more than the past tense by native speakers to emphasize the situation at hand? Some languages, like Arabic and Japanese, use the simple past much ...
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“when” + conditional sentence + tense

1: She said she would do it when she came home. 2: She said she would do it when she comes home. Which is correct, and why?
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Is the use of the word “irony” correct in this paragraph?

I recently came across a Facebook post, about a city in India known as Patiala. I was arguing with the admin, about the correct usage of the word irony. Is the word correctly used in the following ...
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“Hold Out Promise” vs “Make a Promise”

Is "hold out a promise" the same meaning as "make a promise"? Or did I misunderstand them? I found definitions for "make a promise", but couldn't find definitions for "hold out a promise".
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Is it correct to use “either” and “too” interchangeably?

The other day, I heard someone say: I want it either. It comes strange to me. I'm usually used to hear/say: I want it too. Is it grammatically correct to use either of them?
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X should have Y to Z (in the past)

I was doing some literature homework today, when I became confused as to whether or not the following sentence is grammatical: X and Y should have killed Z to have prevented Z from killing them. ...
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“Overlaid” or “overlain” as an adjective [closed]

I have a set of three images, which I have put on top of each other in an image editing program and made transparent. I would like the filename to describe what I have done with the component images. ...
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a hard close look [closed]

Are "close" and "hard" the same below? He took a close look at the cat. He took a hard look at the cat. Or are they subtly different? For this particular usage, web dictionaries appear ...
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Purpose For, Of [closed]

1 He has no intention for marriage. 2 He has no intention of marriage. These two sentences are good English and have the same meaning. In this PDF I read: A review of the grading permit ...
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'Has found' versus 'found' [duplicate]

When would one say "she has found her keys" as opposed to "she found her keys"? Are they equivalent, or at least partially equivalent? I'm not a native speaker and have been unable to find a pattern ...
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“X is famous” vs. “X was famous” [duplicate]

When saying a sentence like: Nikola Tesla __ famous because he was a genius. Should the blank be replaced by is or was? Or is it dependent on when the person is/was famous? If so, what exactly ...
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How to ask “Where are you going?” when event already passed? [closed]

If my friend went to somewhere on weekend but i didn't know where did he go? And if i want to ask him like "Where are you going?" on Monday which sentences should i ask him? Where did you go? Where ...
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How to use the question mark in multiple choice questions?

Which one of the following three forms is correct for a multiple choice question? Do you prefer the blue dress? or the red shirt? Do you prefer the blue dress or the red shirt? Do you ...
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“Suspect” versus “Suspicious” as Adjectives

A recent question on this site ("to suspect" vs "to be suspicious of") asks about the difference between "to suspect" and "to be suspicious of." An even more complicated situation ...
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“on par with” vs “on a par with”

Which of "on par with" and "on a par with" is the more correct way of saying that two things are of equal value, and why? Examples from a couple of google searches: "His verbal intelligence was not ...
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“to suspect” vs “to be suspicious of”

What's the difference between "to suspect someone" vs "to be suspicious of someone"? For example, what's the difference between these two sentences: I'm sorry for suspecting you. I'm sorry for ...
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'Keeping up-to-date on' or 'Keeping up-to-date with'?

I recently replied to someone who was informing me about my application for something. I replied "Thank you for keeping me up-to-date on my application". Afterwards I wondered if I should have written ...
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Can “with” be replaced by “to” after verbs? [closed]

Does this replacement change the meaning to something wrong? Examples: I came with her or I came to her I talk with you or I talk to you
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When is “to” a preposition and when the infinitive marker?

I want to see you. I look forward to seeing you. How can one say "to" in the first sentence is an infinitive marker and in the second sentence a preposition when we are given just the ...
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Why does “want” take a preposition but “insist” does not?

Why can't you say: "I insist you to do that!" After all, you can say: "I want you to do that!" What's the difference between these two verbs, that they need to be used in sentences ...
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None have showed up? Huh? [duplicate]

Has the language really changed this much in twenty years? "None of your students have showed up" - a sentence supplied by this very website as a proper one - seems wrong on two counts to me. Twenty ...
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Is “curious of” acceptable or even better than “curious about”?

Many speakers and internet writers seem to use "curious of" in place of "curious about". For example: I am curious of what he thinks. This is in spite of what seems to be, by the rules of ...
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“Need to” as an English Modal

In my studies of both theoretical and applied English linguistics, we studied English modals more than once. So a question came up on this site earlier today. I explained that "need to" is a modal. ...
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To Be Used Of/For

Does "to be used OF" mean "to be used FOR": wikipedia The English term "empiric" derives from the Greek word ἐμπειρία, which is cognate with and translates to the Latin experientia, from which ...
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How to express “From the point of view of Information Theory”?

I would like start a sentence with "From the point of view of information theory, ...", but this sounds a bit uneloquent to me. Can I say, "From an information theoretical point of view, ...", or ...
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Post Question To

If Craig wrote a question on an online forum and the question was intended for Larry: Craig posted a question to Larry. Should the part "to Larry" modify "a question", or "posted"? In ...
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… 'can be found in' 'can be found on' ? (Prepositions)

Which is the correct way of saying, the document can be found in www.example.com/ark or the document can be found on www.example.com/ark or the document is located at www.example.com/ark
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On His Post, At His Post

I have this: link On 21-22 April 1914, while leading three picket launches admist heavy enemy fire, McCloy was wounded but remained on his post, enabling cruisers to save American lives. For ...
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Correct preposition for “porch”

I would like to know whether 'I park my car 'on the porch' or 'in the porch' is correct?
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He _____ his ego [closed]

When talking about not letting one's 'ego' prevent oneself from helping his enemies: He __ his ego and helped his enemies. Would "swallow", "hide", "put down", "lay down" work there?
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With + adverb structure

The strange example makes me confused - with + adverb : "Red items need dealing with immediately after the process..." How correct and common of this structure?
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get as far as doing something [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the meaning of “get as far as doing something”? According to my dictionary, we can use this expression to talk about how much progress someone makes, or how much ...
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“as far as” vs. “so far as” vs. “in so far as”

Are these sentences the same? As far as I know, he's going to Chicago. So far as I know, he's going to Chicago. In so far as I know, he's going to Chicago. I think that they are the ...
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“as far as” vs. “to”

Is "as far as" the same as "to" in these sentences? I read as far as the third chapter. I read to the third chapter. and I'm going by train as far as London. I'm going by train to ...
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Can you help me to formally define the phrase “to edit <something>”?

I am in a situation on Meta Stack Overflow in which I dispute the validity of the system notification text "Code in your answer has been edited", because there was no code in the answer before the ...
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Which one is correct? “has been taken already” or “has already been taken”

I'm creating a registration form. I want to display a message if a particular username already exists. So which sentence is correct? This username has already been taken by another user. Please ...
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“Somehow” or “In somehow”?

So far I had never found "somehow" used with "in". Is still this the normal adverb? Could I use "somehow" alone? Ex: I'll fit you in somehow.
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Grammar of “Love is the pearl of great worth”

According to the book I read, "Love is the pearl of great worth" is grammatically wrong. Why is it? (It says "the" is [sic].)
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Why is “I refuse running” wrong?

I got into a discussion with another user in the comments section of this question. We disagreed over the following phrases: I refuse running. I decline running. To me, they are both ...
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What is the difference between “He seemed to be angry.” and “He seemed angry.”?

I want to know the difference between the following sentences: He seemed to be angry. He seemed angry. I heard that when I use "to be" in the text like in above sentence, "to be" means ...
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should i say the attached has 6 files or the attached have 6 files? [closed]

I have two question for the following sentence: "the attached document has 6 files ,if none of them suited what you are looking for let me know. " Q1: should i say the attached has 6 files or the ...
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Which one is right: “allows to acquire” or “allows acquiring”? [duplicate]

Which version of the following sentence is correct/better? "In particular, it allows to acquire a signal using a sample rate significantly lower than the one dictated by the Nyquist criterion" ...
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Shouldn't have got or gotten [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between “I have got” and “I have gotten” In this example, my teacher thinks it should be got, but I feel like gotten is better: I shouldn't have got / ...
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Which is grammatically correct: “woke up by the…” or “woke up to the…”?

Which is grammatically correct? Sophia woke up by the rattling sound of her washing machine. or Sophia woke up to the rattling sound of her washing machine.
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Does this stylistic guideline have a name?

The principle would be something like: Avoid a long modifying clause that creates distance between your subject and verb For example, according to this guideline, the sentence One of his uncles ...