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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"
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Is the sentence “A lot of resources is available” correct?

I recently came across this sentence : A lot of resources is available: quoted from the webpage http://cheat.errtheblog.com/s/rvm. Since this is a very reputed website, I don't think that can be ...
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Help with this sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? Today I have to attend a meeting with DGM sales at 12:30 PM, so I will move from office at 10:30 AM.
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Is “ambiguate” a word, or is there a word with a similar meaning?

I want to say something along the lines of "obscure", such as "He obscured the details" but I want it to capture the idea that the obscurity lies in the ambiguous nature of his description.
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Is the “for” in “for too long” necessary?

Is it correct to say: The night she passed away, I sat in front of the TV too long. Or must I say The night she passed away, I sat in front of the TV for too long.
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put forward in explanation or put forward to explain

A hypothesis is a supposition put forward in explanation of observed facts. Is this sentence wrong??and if it is then why? In a grammar book the right form of this sentence is given by this way - "A ...
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What is the correct way to write “To all who handles” or “To all whom handles”?

What is the correct way to write "To all who handles" or "To all whom handles" or "To all who is handling" ?
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all three loop types - no the?

Loops allow stored programs to execute statements repetitively. The MySQL stored program language offers three types of loops: Simple loops using the LOOP and END LOOP clauses Loops ...
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Are the sentences below grammatically correct? [closed]

1)To strike a pass mark, it is imperative that each candidate is prepared to try his best. 2)Until now, they have responded to many a question successfully, so they can enter into this discussion. ...
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Error Correction possessive noun [closed]

Wrong Sentence-All the candidates felt that this year's question paper was too easy. Right Sentence-All the candidates felt that this year the question paper was too easy. Why is "this year's ...
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Should I use “me” or “myself” here?

I know that many questions on topics similar to this one have been asked before, but I have read many of them and still not able to solve my problem. You could attribute it to my poor command of ...
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It the phrase “They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power” grammatical?

Is this phrase grammatical? They identify themselves as Pacifist, but the EU as an arrogant power. Is a verb necessary in the second part of the sentence?
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“Keep me motivated” or “keep myself motivated”?

Which statement is more correct? I am doing this to keep me motivated. OR I am doing this to keep myself motivated.
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Comprehension - gave them the run of the base grounds still in Ukrainian hands

During the ordeal, the colonel gave reporters and TV crews the run of the base grounds still in Ukrainian hands, and held impromptu news conferences in front of brigade headquarters. First of ...
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Should one use an indefinite article after 'kind of'?

If the noun after kind of is singular, do we use an indefinite article or not? For example, That kind of an answer is teasing. That kind of answer is teasing. Which is correct?
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Can I say “Coming!” for “I am coming!”, and why? [duplicate]

In some languages we can remove the subject (and sometimes a verb too) from a sentence. In Toy Story 3, the kid says "Coming!" instead of "I am coming!" to her mother. My questions are: 1) ...
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Can I say “Coming!” for “I am coming!”, and why?

In some languages we can remove the subject (and sometimes a verb too) from a sentence. In Toy Story 3, the kid says "Coming!" instead of "I am coming!" to her mother. My questions are: 1.) Can I ...
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What's the difference between “have” and “have got” to express possession? [duplicate]

What's the difference between "have" and "have got" to express possession? examples: I have a pen. I have got a pen.
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Difference between “focus” and “focus on” in “My main focus is Spanish.”

This question is originally posted on WordReference forum. My friend suggested me to post here to get more opinions on this question. I don't know if I am allowed to link to other site, so I am going ...
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Friends “that or who” I consider my best friends

Can I ever use that for people, or must it be who? Which one is correct? I have friends from all walks of life that I consider my best friends. I have friends from all walks of life who I ...
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Use of “nay” as an adverb

I researched help and examples on the uses of the word nay but found these inadequate/insubstantial. The Free Dictionary has described: an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word ...
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Mixed person subjects and verb agreement

Please consider this sentence. "Not for as long as I or Patricia Smith live will you be allowed to forget that." In this sentence, I've chosen to write live as I believe it is more correct as it ...
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Another Achievement Verbs with the Progressive Aspect

I am a reading a book called, The Teacher's Grammar of English. Achievement verbs have previously been mentioned here. Many of you might be familiar with the matter. The sentences below are ...
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Is reusal an English word? [closed]

Is the word "reusal" part of the English language? For example, given this sentence: ROS tries to facilitate the operation, development and code reuse of robot systems by organizing the parts of ...
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What adverb, typical of AmEng, coincides most with the BrEng meaning of “quite” [=to a noticeable or partial extent]?

As long as -- seemingly -- the adverb "quite" in AmEng idiomatically carries an emphatic sense to it -- pretty much similar to saying "completely" or "absolutely" as in, "That girl looks quite ...
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Singular or plural in these sentences . . [duplicate]

I've often written sentences like these: The structure and linearity here is [are?]what is [are?] stifling creativity. Compare: The pencil and pen are in the room. [Where is seems wrong] The project ...