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Explain the meaning of the two sentences

I'm a bit confused by these two sentences: The general government consumption expenditures are used as another measure of government size, although they do not account for the full government ...
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Double or triple dots in “..and, oh yeah! IT'S FREE!”? [closed]

The title says it all. The context/layout on my site: [introduction of a program] [big download button] " ..and, oh yeah! IT'S FREE!" Do I need to put three or two dot's infront of "and". Or is ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “I wanted to please connect with you”

I was having a debate with someone about how this phrase sounds, as it seems incorrect to me but it's been proofread many times in e-mail (yes at an american company), without anyone saying anything ...
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Why use “what is … to/by me” rather than “my … thing”?

I noticed that in English we say, "My favorite thing", and it's okay, but we don't say, "My well-liked thing". Why is this? Why use, "What is well-liked by me ..."?
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which was given me VS which was given to me

I have come across occurrences of which was given me on many occasions; mostly in 19th century novels, where the mark of the dative case, to, was usually omitted. Which was given to me, on the other ...
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racism VS the racism

There are other reasons for the racism: the legacy of fascism and the continuing adulation of Benito Mussolini; the tangible insecurity, even sense of inferiority, of many Italians; widespread ...
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Future tense in both main clause and subordinate clause

I have encountered in some grammar books that you can never have the future tense in the sub-ordinate clause when the main clause is also in the future tense. It seems to hold in conditional clauses ...
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“None” and “Any” [closed]

Can anyone tell me more about the relationship between the words none and any I'm specifically interested in their grammatical overlap, when they share a similar grammatical function in a sentence, ...
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Which one is right? “Check out for… online” OR “Check out online for…”?

Which one would be right? Check out for offers online. OR... Check out online for offers.
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a year later VS a year on

When one wishes to say that something will happen in the future, one would say, for example, either ten years later or ten years on. What I would like to know is if there are any semantic or stylistic ...
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“Where did you buy it?” or “where did you buy it from?”

When someone purchase something from somewhere and I ask him the location of purchasing, which one is the correct question: Where did you buy it? OR Where did you buy it from? Is ...
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Why is it “get” and not “gets”, in “watch her get hit”?

He likes to watch her get hit. vs. He likes to watch her gets hit. No matter how much I research, I still can't explain simply why get is correct and gets isn't. Here's what I think, ...
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Would it be acceptable to ask “How you are?” [closed]

The question doesn't sound correct but I'm not sure if it could be used.
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meaning of “whereof” [closed]

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. (Romans 15: 17) I would like to know what whereof means in this context. I would also like to know what ...
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Should I use “arrived” or “reached”

Sometimes when I come back from my brother's house he asks me to let him know when I am at home. Now, in that situation which one of the following is correct : I've reached home now. OR I've ...
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Is “discuss about” grammatically incorrect?

Someone told me that I shouldn't use the phrase discuss about, but should say, instead, discuss (the topic). He said discuss means talk about and using discuss about is like saying talk about about, ...
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What is the correct way to write the statement “Employed from September till date”?

I want to add the following statement in an email: This is being written to confirm that Mr. XYZ has been employed in our organization from September 2013 till date. The "till date" part sounds ...
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What is the name of the clause stating that the expected result did not follow the cause stated in the main clause?

What is the name of the clause stating that the expected result did not follow the cause stated in the main clause? "He did not succeed although he worked hard." concessive clause (1st clause = ...
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Is the position of “rather” interchangeable?

He is not satisfied with her praise. He is rather satisfied with my praise. I am sure this "rather" modifies "with my praise." But the position of it doesn't have to be in front of "with?" Like ...
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“Do the media…” or “Does the media”?

I saw a headline: Do the media exploit personal tragedy? This sounds wrong to me, I would've have written "Does the media exploit personal tragedy?". Which is correct?
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“Neither of the box of chocolates is suitable as a gift” [closed]

Is the use of box in this sentence correct? Neither of the box of chocolates is suitable as a gift.
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Possessive noun form of “country” [duplicate]

In a recent test, we were asked to identify the grammatically incorrect sentence from this: They gave us the money back less the service charges of three hundred dollars. This country's ...
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Is 'subject' in 'is subject to considerable debate' a verb or a noun?

Every once in a while I stumble upon this phrase: ... is subject to considerable debate Examples are easily found on the web, for instance: In the context of suspected cognitive disorders, the ...
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The whys and the hows

Are apostrophes needed in this phrase? The whys and the hows I searched for duplicate questions, but the closest I found was in regard to words inside quotes.
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preposition 'to' after verb 'talk' [closed]

I'm confused whether it is correct to use 'to' after 'talk' or not? Some examples would really be appreciated.
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What to capitalize in a title? [duplicate]

I understand that you should not capitalize prepositions in titles but the following looks a bit funny: "Accept Changes into a New Space" To me, capitalizing 'into' looks more right, "Accept Changes ...
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determiner “the” followed by adjective - parts of speech

In English, adjectives usually cannot function as noun or pronouns, at least not to the degree it is possible in German where you can do it without thinking. The old car sucked. The new is better. ...
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Usage of Personal pronoun “I” [duplicate]

Books like word power suggest "Ramu and I are going to theatre today" may be wrong. Does "Ramu and me are going to ..." a right structure.
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Singular plural clarification with none objects [duplicate]

Should I use "no entries are found" or "no entry is found" or "no entries is found"? Which is more correct and which is wrong in usage?
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such term or such a term?

I saw on the FDA website the following definition of cosmetics. What puzzles me is 'such term'. I have been taught that 'such' is used with singular nouns (e.g. such a book), plurals (e.g. such ...
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Can I say “take effort”?

It seems to me “take efforts”, “take a great effort” “take the effort to do something”, all three are ok. But I wonder whether you say “take effort” as a set phrase to mean something abstractly, for ...
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try + ing vs. try to + infinitive [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct: Why don't you try to give up candy if you want to lose some weight? Why don't you try giving up candy if you want to lose some weight?
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Making questions in English [duplicate]

I have follwing questions regarding English What are the interrogative forms of the following statements Twenty third CHOGM was held in Sri lanka.(Interrogator needs to know the number)(Please ...
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“Don't cry” or “Don't you cry”

"Don't cry." is universally accepted sentence form. But I also notice some books also provide "Don't you cry." Both means "not to cry". Are they all correct?
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Is it grammatically correct to capitalize pronouns referring to God [duplicate]

In the bible, "he" and "his" are capitalized when they are used to refer to God. Is this grammatically correct? If so, what rule do we have that allows these words to be capitalized?
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Is this phrase gramatically correct? [sb] found [sb]to not only have a [] but able to [] due to [] and []

For example: [Amy] found [Bob] to not only have a [good sense of humour] but able to [do other impressive things] due to [Bob's personality] and [wealth] The above is just a random example where I ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “Many more happy returns of the day ”?

Many people greet me "Many more happy returns of the day" on my birthday. I thought it is grammatically wrong. Can we use "many" and "more" at a time in a sentence. I thought that it is correct to ...
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Can I mix “would” and “kind of”? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? The test would be kind of homework activity like last time.
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Past subjunctive Vs. Present Subjunctive

The verb be is the only one that has a past subjunctive form. In some cases, be, as a subjunctive, retains its present form even if the sentence is in the past tense. Example: Present: It ...
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Can a participle contain a comparison to other object?

Can a participle contain a comparison to another object in the same sentence? For example, is the following sentence grammatically correct? "I can't see any vehicle moving at higher speed that ...
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Got started or started

I am a learner of the English language. I have written two sentences, please give your two minutes and let me know, which one is correct? In the following sentences an action was started by my dog, ...
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Punctuation in my sentences [duplicate]

I am a learner of the English language and especially I am learning the punctuation marks in the English language. I have written two sentences. Please give your two minutes and let me know, which ...
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To dine somebody?

Here is a line from Sir Walter Scott's journal: We expect a raid of folks to visit us this morning, whom we must have dined before our misfortunes. Save time, wine, and money, these ...
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Is it improper English to read the number 1100 as “eleven hundred”?

For numbers between 1000 and 9999 is it proper English for the word "hundred" to be used? For example is it necessarily wrong to say "eleven hundred" when referring to 1100?
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Can an independent clause have an implied (or null) subject?

I'm trying to determine whether a clause with an implied subject can be considered independent - specifically in the case of compound sentences. For example: "I was tired, but went to the party ...
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“Staying at my aunt's place” or “staying with my aunt”?

Are both of these sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning between them? "I'm staying with my aunt." or "I'm staying at my aunt's." What I mean is "remain at her place temporarily." ...
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Should I use “one” or “it”?

Which is correct: I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get it from? I can’t find it anywhere in this maze. I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get one from? I ...
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Can this sentence be worded in this way?

Instead of saying: I was eating a steak, and John was eating the lunch he brought from home. Could I word it as such: I was eating a steak, and John the lunch he brought from home.
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when does the noun “time” become a countable noun?

I am writing an email to my friend and want to use this sentence: "I am having a great time." I would like to know whether the above sentence is correct. Also, I know that time can be an ...
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What is the difference between the phrases below? [duplicate]

He dies. ( On the TV screen I saw. "Mandela dies at 94 " ) He died. ( On another canal simultaneously it was written " Mandela died at 94. ") She / he has died vs he died vs he dies When they ...