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Can an adverb be a noun?

I have seen this post for the answer to my question, but this is not much help in case of the question I am going to ask. Here is an example sentence - The new design of Twitter profile is more ...
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conversion of “in order to” to a “because” subclause

Clauses with "in order to" can be converted to clauses with "because" by adding a verb that indicates necessity or desire. Does this statement always hold? (if not please provide a counter example, ...
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Any rule about superheroes and hyphens in their names? [closed]

You really know this fact that Spider-man is hyphenated. But why? Any grammatical rule? Is he unique hero written with a hyphen, unlike Batman, Superman etc.?
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Have I correctly use the word RATHER?

what is the difference between the following? I'd rather you went home now. I'd rather you go home .
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I have been a long time not going there [closed]

I have been a long time not going there. I have around 5 years no going there, can we say "I have been a long time not going there."
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Which (if any) pedantically, grammatically, correct uses of the apostrophe will lead to a valid “NOUNs’s” construction?

The “<NOUN>s’s” construction comes up quite often in signs, at least in my neighbourhood. I haven’t seen a legal use of the arrangement, though — and I wonder, is it at all possible? If it ...
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Do animals “live, reside or inhabit” in a place?

I am working on a standardized test, where one of the questions asks whether a certain type of animals live/reside/inhabit in Alaska. To me they all sound okay. But the answer key marks "live" as the ...
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Which one is acceptable in an academic paper? Fig 4. show or Fig 4. shows? [closed]

Is it right to say: Fig. 4, Show the wireless transmission of data. Shouldn't it be: Fig. 4, Shows the wireless transmission of data. By the way, another question would be, is it right to ...
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We had the game controlled

I have come across these two sentences: We had the game controlled. We didn't have the mental energy to finish these games. Is in the first sentence used the construction have something done? ...
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coming to the shops or going to the shops? [closed]

Which of the following sentences are correct? Do you mind COMING to the shops with me? Do you mind GOING to the shops with me?
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My joint make cracking sounds while I am turning my arm [closed]

My joint make cracking sounds while I am turning my arm. When turning my arm during exercise, my joint making crack sounds. Does the sentence above have any grammar mistake?
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present continuous, be going to, or both? [duplicate]

In Grammar and Vocabulary for First Certificate (Prodromou, 2005), Chapter 2 covers "the future", "be going to", "present continuous", and "present simple". I put three of the End-Of-Chapter questions ...
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Open/switch on the air-conditioner when we are home [closed]

Open/switch on the air-conditioner when we are home. Which is correct? Open or Switch on?
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If I didn't know any better (grammar)

For example: "If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were having a good time" This is apparent by the context that the person is having a great time, but why say If I didn't know any better?
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Why not use/to use - difference

Why not to use Magic Quotes. Why not use Magic Quotes. What is the difference in meaning between these two ways of phrasing that sentence? To me the first sentence sounds like it tells the ...
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one 'serving' of sugar - a person serving sugar? [closed]

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_packet A sugar packet is a delivery method for one 'serving' of sugar. Does one there mean a person?
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OO language - no article?

However, we haven't gone through the details of OO language in PHP. A friend of mine, who is a native English speaker, says that this sentence sounds okay to him - you don't need an article. ...
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What is the best verb form to this question?

Write the best verb-form for the blank. A: Who have you worked with? B: I ________ with people from all over the world. The intended answer is 'have worked'. One of my students answered, 'have been ...
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List of names when there is ownership associated [duplicate]

Ok, so I am supposed to order business cards for people, then the company sends me the proof which I check over for correctness. When I do three on the people's names are right, one is wrong. So I ...
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What's another way of saying “I failed to mention” [closed]

I failed to mention I faced a similar situation with... I don't like the message I'm presenting
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Can I end this sentence with “also” or “too”? Which one is right?

Please see the sentences: I scheduled to stay after school with you today, but yesterday I was assigned a detention for today too. I scheduled to stay after school with you today, but ...
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who/whom after I [duplicate]

What is the correct usage of who/whom after first person pronoun "I" I _ am most concerned, was not consulted. I think it should be who?
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Why is “How are you” but not “How is You” correct? [closed]

My English is not very good. I just want to ask this simple question: "These are","this is", "those are", "that is" means "are" is used for plural, but when asking to someone how is he, why people ...
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Where to learn about commas (academic/mathematical writing in particular)

I have recently tried to learn how to place commas properly when writing in English, but I experienced a great difficulty in finding some good material on the subject. My goal is to be good (or at ...
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There were injured on both sides - grammar

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-says-30-pro-russian-insurgents-killed-071845546.html Avakov said Monday that pro-Russia forces in Slovyansk, a city of 125,000, were deploying large-caliber ...
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Unusual word order in “Fear not this night”?

Yesterday, I've listened to a song called "Fear not this night". I find the syntax unusual (as a foreigner, I have never encountered it). Is it the same meaning as "Don't fear this night" ? What's the ...
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present continuous or be going to?

In his book, Grammar and Vocabulary for First Certificate, Luck Prodromou has ruled out the possibility of using 'be going to' to complete the following sentence : 'What .......... you .......... ...
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By taking the public relations offensive - meaning

By taking the public relations offensive, the Russians have time and again been two steps ahead. U.S. and Western officials, not to mention the Kiev government, are left scrambling to debunk the ...
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“Will arrive” vs. “does arrive”—which of these two sentences is correct or more usually used?

I usually ask people like this: what time will your bus arrive? But I recently found a language book shows the question should be asked like this: what time does your bus arrive? was I ...
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Pit as a past tense verb

The violence pit pro-Russian separatists against Ukrainian forces and those who support the government in Kiev. A friend of mine says pit is used as a past tense verb in this sentence. What is the ...
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How to reduce an adverbial clause

I have a sentence: Ms.Cho relayed her concerns about the company's financial situation while she was having a meeting with the manager. My friend reduced it: Ms.Cho relayed her concerns ...
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How to say if the word may be countable or uncountable in English?

For example: Maybe the item of travel city include more than one city, But what's the correct writing of Travel City. Should I use Travel City/Cities? Travel Date: 0503, 2014; 0504, 2014 Travel City: ...
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Problem interpreting a question

I saw a picture of a student's test where one of the questions was "Write down Einstein's equation.", and the student answered "Einstein's equation". I know it is a joke, but is this a wrong ...
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Can “erudite” be used to describe things other than humans?

I have heard the adjective erudite in relation to humans, but I was inditing an essay and pondering whether I could implement it to describe a school. An erudite school. Is that permissible?
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To cheers of “well played” - meaning [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/pro-russian-militants-attack-police-hq-ukraines-odessa-141824310.html In a bid to calm the crowd, police freed one of the detained pro-Russians, who emerged to cheers ...
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why is it always “on foot” not “on feet”?

While we normally use both our feet to walk, why is it grammatically acceptable to say "on foot" not "on feet"?
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What type of word describes someone who performs an action?

In English most verbs have a form that describes the person that performs the action. Some examples would be Runner, Climber, or Jumper. What are these kinds of words called? Are the called the ...
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Which is more appropriate: Watch out/Be careful you are going to fall OR you will fall?

The thing is that the answer key to Round Up 3 says: Watch out! You are going to fall! BUT Be careful or you will burn your hand. I wonder whether it is possible to interchange 'to be going to do ...
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What part of speech is “run”?

A JobInstance refers to the concept of a logical job run. In the above sentence, is the final word "run" a noun? and which word does the adjective "logical" modify? job or job run? Is the word "job ...
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Correct usage of words? [duplicate]

"I took you for a girl with brains" Is this sentence right? Technically and scientificically. Cause humans have only 1brain I presume.
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Changing the meaning of sentence by grammar

I would like to ask for meaning of the two following sentence, and whether or not is the grammar correct. Please check my suggestions both "sentences" and meanings. "I wish I never met you." - I met ...
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Is a phrase 'your happy being' correct?

My friend asked me to the beach with this sentence: The beach is waiting for your happy being. Is the sentence he used correct?
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Is it correct to use two present verbs sequentially?

We are currently in the process of finishing planning for the outage. It the preceding sentence grammatically correct? Is the preceding sentence ideally structured? If not, what would be a ...
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Question on Reported Speech [duplicate]

We have learned the rules concerning sequence of tenses in Reported Speech. I have one question. Is the one and only possibility according English Grammar to say or to write: She told me that he loved ...
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Is “Hers was a good point” grammatical?

Would it be grammatical to say: Hers was also a good point to include a header specifying the contact person. as opposed to: It was also a good point she made to include a header specifying ...
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Listening multiple possessives and the use of apostrophes [duplicate]

I want to say that 2 or more people all have something like this: John's and Mary's hats. Is this correct or would it have to be: John and Mary's hats.
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Etymology of progressive forms [duplicate]

In spite of English the German language does not have Present/Past Progressive, although both languages have the same root. When and why did the progressive tenses develop and became part of the ...
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How to express the willingness to learn things necessary on the job?

I am applying for a job in finance where I think I am just a beginner. So there are a lot of things I will learn on the job. I want to express that I am ready for it and to make clear that I am an ...
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Opening sentence in cover letter? [duplicate]

I am currently writing my cover letter for an application. In the opening sentence I want to put emphasis on the most important fact about my profile: That I am a statistician and that this is my ...
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order of modifiers

A result of two tables JOIN'ed is a cartesian product of the tables to which a filter is applied which selects only those rows with joining columns matching. In the above sentence, which word does ...