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Should a colon be used in this case?

X was interested in one of the most important challenges: the lack of reliability in bananas' drawings. I think I read somewhere that, although possible, a colon should be avoided in these ...
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“Wake up Joe” or “Wake Joe up”?

Are they synonymous, or not? Looking at wake up as a phrasal verb it seems that the more correct way is "I will wake up Joe" rather than "I will wake Joe up", but the second rolls better off my ...
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Is this usage of “reign” correct?

Lately I've noticed increasing usage of the phrase "free reign". Is this a legitimate usage of the word "reign", or is this a corruption of the phrase "free rein"? I've been dismissing usages of ...
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Is “to [verb] will [verb]” a complete statement?

Let's have, for example, the following phrase. To create fancy product will require more effort. Is it a grammatically complete and correct sentence?
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Capitalising Words in Parentheses?

Should the words inside a set of parentheses be capitalised? For example: ... usually read for personal enjoyment (Recreation) or ... or ... usually read for personal enjoyment ...
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“Pay rise” vs “pay raise”

Which sentence below is correct? Ben received a pay rise. Ben received a pay raise.
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Is the phrase “PM who have approved” correct?

PM who have approved Is the phrase correct? I think it should be "PM who has approved" (PM: Project Manager). Am I wrong?
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What did Charlie Sheen mean when he said ‘Tired of pretending like not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars’?

In the latest interview of Charlie Sheen in the NBC’s ‘The Good Morning America,’ Sheen said that he was tired of pretending he’s not a total bitchin rock star from Mars. Although I guess he is ...
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Intimate and Intimate

I was thinking about the "intimate" word used here: How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? How can I differentiate both words? Edit: in response to comments, I don't quite ...
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Which one has red color in this phrase “the red bottle's lid”? the bottle or the lid?

Which one has red color in the following phrase? the red bottle's lid the bottle or the lid? Edit Now I understand the actual sentence with which I am faced. A more insidious attack ...
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How does “have to” function in this sentence?

Usually, I think "have to" indicates obligation, which is pretty similar to "must". But today I found this sentence and its usage of "have to" confused me: (it is from NYTimes.com) Long-term ...
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“Has started” versus “will have started”

Which one of the following sentences is grammatically better? I hope she has started doing that by then. I hope she will have started doing that by then. Now, if I make it indirect, it will ...
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“They're not” vs. “they aren't”

How dissimilar are "they're not" and "they aren't"? Is it dependent on context or are these exactly the same? They are supposed to be going, but they are not. They are not going.
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How should I shorten this sentence?

In an email, I would like to write the following sentence: The weight of services given by Company B is not less than the weight of services given by Company A. I want to shorten the ...
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“who doesn't” vs. “who don't”

What is the difference between "There will be users who doesn't buy something" and "There will be users who don't buy something"? Are they both grammatically correct?
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“Luck”, “coincidence”, “chance” — most appropriate in this situation?

I found my present flat completely by __. luck coincidence chance What will be the most appropriate word in this sentence?
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Does this sentence seem weird?

A line from William Golding's The Lord of the Flies: All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. Is it just me or does the sentence seem grammatically off?
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Should this abbreviated question use “lose” or “lost?”

The main site Meta is currently displaying a banner that reads Lose some reputation points? A system-wide recalc of scores happened. This raised the question Fix the grammar please? ...
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The word for “Those who are notified”

In general usage (and hopefully correct usage) a "notifier" is someone who notifies. What is the word for the person who is notified? For example: "Instruct each [X] to respond to the notification ...
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“practitioners' community” or “practitioners community”

I would say the first is the correct one (with apostrophe), but I see the other one much more. Don't know if it is relevant, but I'm a British English user.
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Is “Don't you know? ” the same as “Do not you know?”?

Well, we know don't is the same as do not, right? Therefore, can I say "Do not you know?", instead of "Don't you know?"? Well, I know that chances are I can't do that, but technically that should be ...
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Word for “Ray of Hope”

Which word or phrase to use instead of "Ray of Hope" ? EDIT : In a general context. Suppose there is one line - There is a Ray Of Hope in darkness always.
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Progressive form required for “as”, “while”, etc.?

Are both forms grammatically correct? As I was entering the shop, I saw her. As I entered the shop, I saw her.
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Is it correct to say that English has the dative case?

Is it correct to say that, nowadays, English has the dative case, or was it only present in Old English?
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Best link to forward to juniors re: correct use of apostrophes, possessives and contractions

I'm tired of my junior employees abusing, misusing and otherwise being cavalier about possessives and the use of apostrophes. I could wag my finger at them, point them to some Guide of Style or to any ...
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Usage of 'much more'

Is saying much more grammatically correct? For instance, some purists argue that this is wrong: I'm much more comfortable with A than B and that it should be: I'm more comfortable with A ...
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What is the rule for composing two words, when one of them is hyphenized or has spaces?

Let's imagine we have an organization named EFSMA-EE and another called EFSMA Telecom (EFSMA is an acronym). If I want to compose these with another word (e.g. "time" - as in "full-time"), what ...
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“I have come to” vs. “I have came to”

I am not a native English speaker, and I learn from people. I often hear people say “I have come to a place where there is no end…”. I am wondering, isn't the right way to say it: “I have came” (I ...
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Space After Semicolons?

Should there be spaces after a semicolon in a sentence? For example: "...minimum/standard requirements for a base diploma;there has been..." or "...minimum/standard requirements for a base ...
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How do I correctly use the possessive apostrophe with a parenthetical citation?

Is the apostrophe in the right place in the following sentence? Pendleton, et al. (2002)’s research implies that extension of treatment allows for greater weight loss.
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“Wasn't” vs “weren't” [duplicate]

Which one would be correct? I wish it weren't raining today. I wish it wasn't raining today. I wish it were raining today. I wish it was raining today.
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“Protein-coding” or “Protein-encoding”?

The reason I am asking this is the following. Some time ago I performed proofreading of a book, and there was a phrase containing "Protein-encoding genes". I wrote a post on my blog, detailing why ...
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Is to + ing (to becoming) correct?

I have read in a newspaper, the writer is using 'to becoming'. eg: "We're on track to becoming developed nation." Is this sentence really correct?
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What's wrong with the phrase “eating at me”?

I like to say this in jest when cats & dogs munch loudly on their dinner: "Your cat Molly is eating at me again!" I'm not sure what's "off" about it. Is it in fact incorrect, or is it merely ...
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Bracket placement

My idea of using of various brackets is unclear; can anybody clarify as to where exactly I use () and []? Furtermore, are {} used in regular grammar?
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Usage of “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Use of “that” in a sentence English-newbie-here! =D Well, let me present you with a situation where I ended up using both choices actually: She said ...
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How to modify “one-third” by an adverb?

Would it be correct to merge with hyphens one-third-contiguously in the following phrase? I propose to elect by 3 quotas, each per one-thirds-contiguously of time-zones.
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About possessive apostrophe usage! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? Hello! New to English, but doing fairly fine so far... well, here's a situation I had a couple times, and... well, ...
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Subject versus object in a sentence: how are they determined?

For example, if I tell “I'm write-only” am I perceived as subject (who is writing) or as an object (who is written)? Related question: How do I determine subject and subject complement ...
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Should I use 'no' or 'know'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it “that's the same story, know?” or “that's the same story, no?” Which word should I use in this sentence, no or know? you also ...
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Why is “listen” always followed by “to” in the command voice?

When I say, read it or drink it or take me, there is no to in-between. Why is it that when I use the verb listen, I have to say listen to me or listen to it?
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Is “there're” (similar to “there's”) a correct contraction?

Q: "Do you have any juice?" A: "Yes, there's some in the fridge." Sounds perfectly fine to me, but: Q: "Do you have any towels?" A: "Yes, there's some in the closet." Does not. I asked ...
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“Local crumbed scallops”, or “crumbed local scallops”?

Recently I was in a fish and chip shop in Mandurah, WA, selling local crumbed scallops. Is local crumbed scallops the correct form? Is crumbed local scallops more appropriate? What if "nonlocal" ...
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“get” or “is” regarding the future

Which of the following would be correct? Is it a question of dialect? "If this question gets answered, ..." "If this question is answered, ..." (Inspired by this answer.)
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“My another account” vs. “my other account”

A little debate going on here so I just want to know which one it is; I'm saying it's my other account since my another would be my one other account. The other person insists they both can be used; ...
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Similar words that change from “-ter” to “tre”

I just found out that luster in British English was actually lustre. This was something that I did not know before. Are there any other words that behave like this? Why? (According to what?)
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Capitalization of “Assembly Language”

This Wikipedia article does not capitalize "assembly language," for understandable reasons. It uses it as an indefinite article, i.e. "an assembly language." But how should it be written when using ...
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Appropriateness of two spaces inbetween words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many spaces should come after a period/full stop? I understand the justification for reverting to a single-space system (computers aren't typewriters), but is it ...
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“Criteria” versus “criterion”

I came across several forums and articles saying that criteria is plural and criterion is singular. Some gave me the impression that criterion is used to denote a set of rules. What is the correct ...
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What quantity am I saying here?

What quantity am I saying here? "3 million athletes, trainers and businesses use my product..." Am I saying 3 million in total, or am I saying 9 million in total use my product (3M athletics + 3M ...