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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 ...
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“Has not been updated” vs “Doesn't seem to be updated”

I was talking to the computer guy at our school about my grades, and I came across the following two options: I hadn't received my grades for one of my courses until last week. But it doesn't seem ...
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Use of determiners as adjectives

In a grammar book that I'm reading, an adjective is defined as: A word that modifies a noun or a pronoun. (To modify is to limit or point out or describe: that book; another chance; the blue ...
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Why “go to the movies” and not “go to a movie”

Why do we use Do you ever go to the movies? and not Do you ever go to a movie? Is the latter also correct?
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Choosing Past Simple or Past Perfect: Do I need “had” here?

Do I need "had" here? If yes, do I need to change "did" to "done"? A: Lucy accidentally broke her mum’s favorite cup yesterday. B: Oh! I think her mom was really angry at her, right? A: ...
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What conditional statement is the following?

I was reading an AP report and I came up at the following passage: If the NATO troops do pull back, it would leave vast areas of the country unprotected including border areas with Pakistan. It ...
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“could have” vs “could”

We say that could is sometimes the past of can. If that's true then why can't we use it in the following context. They didn't let us. We could walk. Instead we say: They didn't let us. We ...
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Using “would” when narrating a story in simple present [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the use of 'would' in the following When we tell a joke or narrate a story in simple present can we use 'would' in some cases? For example: He goes up to ...
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“Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and Winnie.”

I read the following: After graduating from Junior High, Kevin and Winnie both go to McKinley High and Paul attends a prep school. Paul would later transfer to McKinley High and join Kevin and ...
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Is it acceptable to use “them” with two objects?

Is this allowable? It is fairly clear what is meant, and yet one cannot know for sure which object is being referred to each time "them" is used. e.g. Sweets are bad for your teeth. If you eat ...
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Asking questions, Past vs Present

What is the difference between the following: What is applied mathematics? If you were to summarize it in a few words? What is applied mathematics? If you are to summarize it in a few words? ...
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“Popular with” vs “Popular among”

Prof. Sat is not popular with/among his students. Which usage is correct here and why?
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Unions' Assassins' Guild or Union's Assassins' Guild?

Is it Unions' Assassins' Guild or Union's Assassins' Guild? If my English serves me, I think both are right but have slightly different meanings. Can someone shed some light?
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Storytelling, used to and would

When we tell a story that happened in the past should we use 'used to' and 'would' for actions that happened regularly in that story. For example in the following what differences do the five forms ...
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Can I use future tense here?

I know future tense cannot be used in time clauses. I would like to know, is the following incorrect? You have to launch the game and quit the game before the file will show up. I think it is as ...
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Tense for second sentence in conditional statements

I run into the following sitatution: If he had bothered Mike, he would have bothered him back so much that he would have forgotten about bothering anyone in his life again. Is 'would have' the ...
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“First thing I did” vs “First thing I have done”

What is the difference between the simple past and present perfect in the following? When I first got here, I bought a car. [Assuming I still own the car]. This is the first thing I have done. ...
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word choice - relative clause for person

I know how to say the following in other words but I would like to know how to make relative clause for it: A boy, the search for whom took a month. or A boy, for whom the search took ...
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“wouldn't see” vs “don't see”

I recently had a conversation with a friend where I told her the following: People go out on Friday nights that's why you wouldn't see anyone in the hall. Does the 'would' part make sense in ...
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“Super-duper ultra mega”

Can I use the adjectives super-duper, ultra, and mega in one adjective? For example, A super-duper ultra mega huge dome.
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When can I omit “for” before a time duration?

Do not watch television [for] more than one hour a day. Is omitting the “for” okay or is that grammatically incorrect?
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The time before place mantra [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the rule for adjective order? As a Dutch schoolboy, during English grammar lessons (long ago...) I got one rule hammered into my head like a mantra: time before ...
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Is “please let me know if otherwise” grammatical?

Is this sentence grammatical? "please let me know if otherwise" The context for it is when I am sending an email to the boss saying: I am gonna do this and that, please let me know if ...
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Correct tense for “I wish I had worn socks today” [closed]

I had an argument in the office today, about structuring something I said about not wearing socks. I said the first of the four lines below, then everyone had their input. All the arguing gave three ...
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Using “and” twice in a list

About using and, I've learned it is usually used in lists, between the last two items. For example: I like movies, traveling and going out with friends. Please tell me if the use of and ...
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“We're not” vs. “we aren't”

I'm just curious if there are any "official" rules (or opinions either way) about what form to use when three words can be contracted on either side.
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“Experienced in” or “experienced of”

What is the correct use of experienced, with in or of? For example, I have experienced in system development. I have experienced of system development.