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Where does the word “valuable” fit best?

Which sentence sounds better or correct ? I have acquired many characteristics that will play a valuable role in my profession. I have acquired many characteristics that will be valuable in ...
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“As smart as you may be” means “However smart you may be”?

As smart as you may be, there are always difficult problems making you in trouble. In this sentence does "As smart as you may be" mean "No matter how smart you may be"? So, the first as is a ...
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Do adverbs only describe verbs?

Egypt and Tunisia have both taken steps to form a new government after the overthrow of Mubarak and Ben Ali respectively. In this context, does respectively describe the steps that have been ...
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Is “Are you getting late?” an incorrect question? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “If I am getting late” I guess that grammatically it's correct, but my friend didn't understand what it meant, so I had to rephrase it. He also said that the correct way ...
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Art cold? To what extent can pronouns be dropped in English?

Many European languages conjugate their verbs, thus: I am You are | Thou art She is We are You are They are The form of the verb changes, depending on the person. In some languages ...
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“In the figure below” or “in the below figure”?

I frequently encounter this in technical documents and I am wondering which one is correct. In the figure below or In the below figure
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What does this sentence really mean?

“It would be ungenerous to affect not to know that your self-denial is to be referred to your consideration for her father" Chapter 10, A Tale of Two Cities.
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Emails with Attachments

I'm wondering what is the best way to express that an email contains more than one attachment. Would saying "Please find the attached (name of document). Our (name of document) is also attached." be ...
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An or a in given sentence scenario [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “a” vs “an”? Sorry I couldn't think of a better title, but I don't know how to explain my problem using terminology. I have this sentence: "Aside ...
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very specific tense aspect configuration

I recently tried to translate a German sentence to English and I failed. I won't give you the German version but rather the background configuration of it. Two people talk about an event that has ...
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Is “et al.” used as a singular or plural subject?

When referring to multiple authors by using the name of the first author and "et al.", is it correct to grammatically treat this as one person or multiple persons? Gamma et al. are saying in their ...
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Should I begin with uppercase when placing a sentence inside a apostrophes? [closed]

Here's an example: Warren said, 'could you help me remember some English basics?' vs. Warren said, 'Could you help me remember some English basics?'
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A question on superlatives [closed]

If we say, 'Jim is the youngest of (his) six brothers" how many brothers does Jim have? Are they six as Jim is included, or just five?
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Are both “see you at the lesson” and “see you in the lesson” correct?

I have been studying English with many teachers. Some of them say "See you in the lesson" while others say "See you at the lesson." Yesterday, one of them told me that the correct way of saying it is ...
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What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?

When I learned this, it had a very distinctive name and allowed to make more interesting sentences. For instance, given the sentence Fred extended his feet, which stopped the car. It can be ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'brand' in the phrase 'brand new'

A previous question on the forum asks what the meaning of 'brand' is in the phrase 'brand new' and the overall view seems to be that it means fire. Ie fresh from the fire. But what is its ...
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Is it possible to say ' your choice *for* something' when you mean 'your choice *of* something'?

I'm correcting a document and several people that co-wrote it seem to agree that 'my choice for' seems to be synonymous to 'my choice of', in the signification of me having chosen something and ...
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Resources describing Somerset English [closed]

Can anyone suggest any good resources describing the grammar of traditional Somerset English (not accented standard English)? The Wikipedia article for the West Country dialects provides a good ...
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“And so is everyone else.” What is this kind of sentence called in English? [closed]

"And so is everyone else." What is this kind of sentence called in English? For example: Man 1: “You are human.” Man 2: “and so is everyone else.” Is there any specific name for the kind of ...
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Why do we need an indefinite article in the sentence “The price is **an incredible 50,000 dollars**”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ‘A[n] * [number] [plural]’ Construction Why do we need an indefinite article in the sentence "The price is an incredible 50,000 dollars"? "An" is singular, "dollars" is ...
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“I thought it was important that he say it in his own voice.” – That he say it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? I have often come across constructions such as the one highlighted below and wondered how to explain the grouping of a third ...
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You don't want to answer this word-placement question, now do you?

Prompted by this question I got to thinking about the placement of the word now. If it's placed before the comma, it refers to an immediate condition: You don't want to answer this word-placement ...
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Which is correct, I or me? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do I use “I” instead of “me?” Which is correct? The photo shows my kids and me at the party. The photo shows my kids and I at the party Another one: ...
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Which is correct, “Questions such as these” or “Questions such as this” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is wrong with “I don’t like these kind of things”? "Questions such as these need to be raised" or: "Questions such as this need to be raised" MSFT Word thinks ...
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Significance of the word 'a' in Neil Armstrong's speech [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I read on the news today the world heard Neil Armstrong said "That's one small step for man, one giant leap ...
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Antecedents of indefinite pronouns

Consider the sentence, "Most of the apples are fresh." Is it incorrect to say that apples is the antecedent of the indefinite pronoun most?
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Can the verb “wonder” simply take an object?

In this question, the questioner states I wonder the origin of the word. Can wonder take a simple object like that? Or should it be wonder about or wonder at or something similar (or something ...
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Is it acceptable to use “become” without “to” before it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct way to use infinitive after the verb “help”: with or without “to”? I will use a condensed version of the actual sentence I'm working on: We ...
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Omitting “nothing” in “nothing but” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The construction of “Known but to God” Difference between “but” and “nothing but” Is it acceptable to omit the word nothing in the following sentence? Knowledge ...
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Using the word “Phalanx” as a title [closed]

Is there a verb for phalanx? I searched online dictionaries, but I didn't find it. Can I use Phalanx as a title of my story? I am just wondering whether I should use a verb, or a noun for titles.
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Which of “couldn't”, “can't”, and “doesn't” for 13/13/13?

I recently came across an English learner saying that 12/12/12 is the last time such a repetition of day/month/year (or month/day/year, or year/month/day) will occur in the Gregorian calendar for a ...
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What do you call the person who performs an action?

What do you call the person who does the verb? For instance, in the sentence John killed Frank what is the grammatical term for John? I don't know if "agent" is the right word?
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Need explanation about demonstrative determiner

Does the demonstratives refer to the next word or previously mentioned statement? The medieval center is Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. An evening view of these illuminated landmarks is ...
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In the sentence “My house is down the street”, which word does the adverb “down” modify?

My house is down the street. Does the adverb down modify is, or street?
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What is the question tag for “I used to swim in the Tilak tank”?

What is the question tag that can be added to the following sentence? I used to swim in the Tilak tank. This is question from an MCQ test whose options were did I? would I?
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Use of a pronoun in a neither/nor construction [closed]

Neither Ms. Perez nor Ms. Yanaka believes that watching as much television as her son Sam does will lead to anything productive. Is her correct? or should it be their?
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Is it correct to use “but” as a positive connecting word?

I'm wondering if it is correct to use but as a positive connecting word. Below is a small example: ... is the perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge but also gain new experience with ... Is ...
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What tense is “If I were a bird, I could fly”

The sentence is not referring to any time past, present of future. It's just referring to an imaginary condition which has never existed and seemingly will never exist. Still, the sentence and other ...
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Why are some words put in […] rather than without them? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper use of [square brackets] in quotes? I have come across articles, interviews, quotes etc., where a singular word in put in the box bracket. Here is a ...
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Use of “afraid not”

Is this sentence correct? I am afraid not of preparing for the exam but of the result. Or is there some other way to write that sentence?
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Can “process” be used as an intransitive verb?

I am currently spending some time creating a (partial) Liferay translation for the Greek language, and I came upon this original English message text: Your request processed successfully. Can ...
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Right usage of “is due to get”

Could anybody tell me is this sentence OK to use in a scientific paper? Do you have any other recommendation? ...and we came to the conclusion that trying to keep a balance between method-1 and ...
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“Would you mind not to do something?”

I have had this question for a long time and I couldn't find any answers for it. I have often heard this sentence from an American interlocutor and also in some movies: "Would you mind not to do ...
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Generalised rule for verb usage in simple present tense using participle

I'm doing a school exercise where I have to give an explanation of the underlined (or in this case bold) verb usage in given sentences, following this format: I was waiting. past continuous ...
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Spelling or grammar error? [closed]

If a person uses the wrong form of your or you're, would that be considered a spelling or grammatical error? I can really see it swinging both ways... A sentence with the incorrect use of the word is ...
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“What's past is past” is a good grammar structure?

I'm not sure about whether “What's past is past” is well-structured or not. Please help me to find out the structure of it. (I wonder if it has double passive clauses; in other words, is past here a ...
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Standardization authority [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Regulatory bodies and authoritative dictionaries for English Where do accents and dialects come from? I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? If the English language is ...
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Is this sentence using tenses correctly? [closed]

If such stage was completed based on un-signed English financial statements (USEFS), the doer is to initial all pages of the USEFS. Is the above sentence grammatically correct with two different ...
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Using “neither of which” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “none of …” and “neither of”? Would it be correct to say neither of which? For example, The essay contains many well-known facts and ...
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Combining future perfect tenses in a sentence

Which is correct to say? On Valentines Day 2013 the iPhone will have been for sale exactly half as long as the iPod has been for sale. or On Valentines Day 2013 the iPhone will have been for ...