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“fail to do” or “failure in doing”, which is better in this case?

I went to live in the small village to seek a simple life after my failure in finding a decent job in the metropolis. I went to live in the small village to seek a simple life after I fail ...
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What is the correct grammar to use for this common style of speaking?

Oftentimes when people want to emphasize something, an idea is repeated three times, but without closing it as a full sentence. I am not sure how to write this in a formal essay. Here is my example: ...
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is it 0 degree or 0 degrees outside? [duplicate]

This is in relation to the question "It's “1 degrees” or is it “1 degree” outside?". I have heard many people say that it is zero degrees outside. Is this correct, or is it 0 degree? The latter simply ...
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tense agreement about truth [duplicate]

For example, "I found that LA is not an island." (Truth always) or "I ensured them that car insurance is necessary." (Truth in past and now still) Do I have to use "was" instead of "is" for tense ...
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It's “1 degrees” or is it “1 degree” outside?

Is it grammatically correct to say it's 1 degrees outside or is it 1 degree outside? (Talking about the weather in Buffalo, New York.)
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“so they are” or “so are they”

Which way is correct: Just as questions with no answers are highly attractive to you, so they are to your competitors too. or: Just as questions with no answers are highly attractive to ...
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Usage of “of” in the following sentence

I would like some help in understing the usage of "of" in the sentence: Gender inequality refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender. perceptions of ...
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is past tense necessary here?

I saw the following dialogue: A: Do you think John can come over and help us? B: I called him. He says he can't. He says he is busy this evening. Is it correct to use present tense in B's ...
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Using knock and knocking

For a Halloween event, I dressed up as a student, knocked on my teacher's doors, and received extra homework. Can this sentence be rewritten using knocking? Is the following grammatically ...
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Is it correct to say “a context aware modeling of trust”?

Towards a context aware modeling of trust and access control based on the user behavior and capabilities I was reading some documentation and this phrase stopped me! Is it correct after all?
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Is this an example of a dangling modifier too?

"From an original focus on the oil industry, Platts gradually expanded its purview to include metals, shipping, and all energy-related markets - oil, coal, natural gas, electricity, nuclear power, ...
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Can e.g. be used in the end of a sentence in place of “for example”?

It is said that e.g. (informally also written as eg.) is a abbreviated Latin phrase used in place of "for example". Reference: here, here & here Example: Asia is a large continent containing ...
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Is there a name for the parts that are connected by a conjunction?

For example, the parts of a sentence that a preposition operates on are called "prepositional objects". I was wondering if there's a name for the parts that are connected by a conjunction? E.g. in ...
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What are the correct plural forms of “penis”? [duplicate]

I was reading this Reddit post's comments: 'I am the guy with two penises. AMA' (NSFW), and came upon this discussion (of sorts), where the plural of "penis" has been suggested to be either: ...
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How do you modify an adverb with another adverb?

This is the case I have in mind. I wish to express that impact acted in a way that was severely adverse. It impacted her severely adversely. The proposed text above doesn't feel right at all, ...
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by/until which one and why? [duplicate]

I think I'll be wait by/until thursday before making a decision . which one and WHY? "I think I'll wait until Thursday before I make a decision." is correct. Explanation is the same. "I am not ...
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“we do not want to overstate our welcome”

"we do not want to overstate our welcome" meaning "we DO VERY MUCH welcome you!" OR “we'd better keep our message of welcome at a moderate level”? as in this context each season, more ...
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by 5.30 or until 5.30/ why future tense?

The shops are open only until 5.30. they will be closed by now. The shops are open only by 5.30. they will be closed by now. Greetings Would you kindly tell me the differences that are in the ...
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What does ‘regimen’ mean in English grammar?

I happened to find that definition of the word, ‘regimen’ has the meaning of ‘governing word’ such as prepositions (sic from Reader’s English Japanese Dictionary) besides a popular notion of ‘a set of ...
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Is this usage of “lest” possible?

The only danger is, lest it should be Too strong a remedy ...Source Can this "lest" be used in this way? Like this... My apprehension is lest my advice should kill her motivation.
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What is the exact usage of “the” [closed]

I've seen this word many times but I never understand what that exactly means. AFAIK it is used to refer to a known object but sometimes I see different usages. Can any one explain exact usage and ...
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How to correctly name a uni assignment? [closed]

Finishing my first in class assignment in an English uni, I struggle with the name (especially with "the" and "of" words). I developed a website X and the document should describe the whole process. ...
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“Not realizing” vs “not having realized”?

"In a humorous gaffe, President George W. Bush once said that Ian Fleming was the discover of penicillin, not realizing that Ian Fleming was in fact the creator of James Bond." "In a humorous gaffe, ...
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Positive and negative clause comparison in the same sentence

What is the right way to perform a positive and a negative adverb comparison in the beginning of the sentence? As an example, which of the following ways is correct: Similarly to yesterday, and ...
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“Life is where my heart is” - Has “where” been used at the right place here? [closed]

Here is the sentence - "Life is where my heart is." Has "where" been used at the right place?
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Isn't this a dangling something?

As one of the busiest times of year, people will share moments, plan for the festivities and search for the perfect gift, every single day — on Facebook. And this year, it will truly be a mobile ...
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Verbless sentence [duplicate]

I thought I heard my teacher said: 'Don't construct a sentence without a verb.' Is there such rule in english grammar? She looks like 70 years old. Perhaps older. How about the question above? Is ...
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Provide to somebody to do/doing or Provide for somebody to do/doing?

I'm writing a letter to my teacher to thank her for letting me put on a party, but I'm confused by these: I would like to thank somebody for your support, guidance and encouragement, and for the ...
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participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject

I am reading this The Elements of Style book by Strunk and White, I am confused about rule number 11. A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence must refer to the grammatical subject There ...
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Which is the preferred usage?

Both side part right/part wrong to me; which one is preferred: A) Note, though, that Don Quixote's “olde” Spanish/English has been preserved in order to retain its intended comic effect B) Note, ...
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“With/under the guidance of the world-class faculty” [closed]

I am writing my statement of purpose. Which is better: under the guidance of the world-class faculty or with the guidance of the world-class faculty?
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What is correct form of writing: “users names” or “user names”? [duplicate]

Let me ask you a question which I've derived from my programming practice: Let's assume, I have a number of users represented by their names: John, Pete, Stanislaw, Marc, ... What words should I use ...
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“after abusing it for three years” vs “after having abused it for three years”

I was writing a blog post about my phone this morning, and this is how I started it: Last week, after abusing it for over three years, I retired my trusty old HTC Desire and replaced it with an ...
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Is it proper to say “nor scarce” in this sentence?

Oh, were you never a schoolboy, And did you never train, And feel that swelling of the heart You never can feel again? Did you never meet, far down the street, With plumes and ...
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Can I use “what are you talking about.” with the words in that order? [closed]

We've got a dispute on the point whether the phrase should be "What you are talking about." or "What are you talking about." in the affirmative sentence. I was arguing that it should be the former, ...
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Meaning of “It flaming spread” in a Tolkien poem

Tolkien wrote a poem called “Over the misty mountains cold”, which is featured as a song in the first Hobbit movie. In this poem there are those verses that made me scratch my head: The pines were ...
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Does “away” serve as an adverb or an adjective in the following sentence?

The shop is five minutes away. According to the dictionary, away is an adverb. An adverb modifies a verb. In the above example, what word does away modify? Why is away not an adjective? ...
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Is “Old lady what” grammatical or idiomatic?

I was telling a joke to one of my friends. —Knock knock —Who's there? —Old lady —Old lady who? —You don't need to yodel! Problem is, instead of asking "Old ...
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File kept on/at the server? [duplicate]

I want to write that I have saved the file on the server. What should I write, on the server or at the server?
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Should you use a comma before the “Inc.” in a company name?

Should you use a comma before the "Inc." in a company name? Xona Games, Inc. vs. Xona Games Inc. (in this example, this is the official registration format) ?
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Tenses in zero conditional [closed]

I'm wondering about contradictions in zero-conditional explanation in different sources. Some of them state that only Present simple + present simple is correct. Some of them state that present and ...
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Prepositions for use with engagement [closed]

If an engagement is with an object, is a disengagement also with the object, or is it from an object?
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Correspond to vs. Correspond with

Is there any significant difference between Correspond to and Correspond with? I only mean in the sense of "matching", here, rather than "communication". I've looked at a few sources, but I can't ...
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First conditional only for future tense?

Is the first conditional used only for the future, or can it also be used for present tense? Could you please give some examples?
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“Get an idea on/of something”

In general, is it better to say get an idea on or get an idea of something? Here are some examples: In order to get an idea on how to build this house... In order to get an idea of how to ...
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“Although, the causes of…” or “Although the causes”?

I'm correcting something which my friend wrote. He wrote about incidents that had occurred while working in a mine, and stated that although the cause of each incident may have been different, they ...
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Is construction: “I'd rather not want you to meet him again” correct?

As in title. Is construction: "I'd rather not want you to meet him again" correct? The meaning is supposed to be the same as in "I don't want you to meet him again".
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can we say “look forward and downward”?

Suppose I'm instructing people to learn Chinese kungfu and I ask them to look at the direction, downward and forward(it's the movement of their eyes). If I want to say "look forward and look ...
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Can a dash be used in this instance?

I would like to confirm the use of a dash in this sentence: My name is Mat, I am a Bristol based designer in the UK - I forge digital art, illustrations & websites Is this the proper use ...
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Use of “would” (conditional)

Can one use "would" as the conditional in this sentence? Example: If you go to the jungles in Africa, you would see a lot of animals.