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“An historian” or “a historian” [duplicate]

Which one should I use for this statement An historian can change the past or A historian can change the past ?
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“to successfully complete” or “to complete successfully”? [duplicate]

A Google search yields 41,200,000 results for the former but only 3,150,000 for the latter. Are split infinitives really to boldly be avoided in English grammar, or are millions of people just ...
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“Mass communications shapes the world we live in”

I am editing a web page and came across this declaration: Mass communications shapes the world we live in It looks wrong to me, but I am wondering if it should be Mass communication shapes the ...
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When to choose “with doing this” or “by doing this”?

Governments should enact laws to restrict drivers' behaviors in some areas........... With doing this, we can create a safer community. By doing this, we can create a safer community. Which one is ...
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Does “hopelessly lost” sound awkward?

The expression hopelessly lost just sounds awkward in my ears. But it seems to be grammatically correct and googling it finds quite a few links, so it seems to be a valid expression nevertheless. So, ...
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“He doesn't” vs “He don't” [duplicate]

Grammatically, for he/she/it we use "does" or "doesn't" like in, He doesn't eat meat. but these days I'm observing the usage of the above sentence(especially in American movies) like this, ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement – Has or Have?

Has or have below? I say 'have'. Compound subject requires a plural verb, right? "I love the people, the culture, and (most importantly) the food that New York and Greenwich Village, in particular, ...
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Difference between “considered to be” and “considered as”?

Is there any difference between considered to be and considered as? For example: Adam is considered as a good teacher. Adam is considered to be a good teacher.
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Why “a” before “elements of a first step”?

I have learned that "the first" is a determiner. So this example arises a question for me. Elements of a first step Could someone explain it? For context
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What would be the right way (grammar) for a law firm to wish a client a happy birthday

Would you say… Johnson & Johnson wish you a happy birthday or Johnson & Johnson wishes you a happy birthday I don't believe these are complete sentences and have read that a company really ...
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“Savings Account” vs “Checkings Account”

The correct form is "savings account". Why don't we say "checkings account"? Why is "checkings account" incorrect and why is "savings account" correct? We certainly wouldn't say "saving account". ...
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“Opposite of (someone/something)” for “across from/opposite” in nonstandard colloquial prose

Consider the following quotes (emphasis mine). For a split second, I meet eyes with an older man standing in a still gaze just opposite of me amidst the sudden chaos. source Taking a seat ...
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Is it grammatically incorrect to follow the abbreviations *ie* and *eg* with *etc*? [duplicate]

Is it grammatically incorrect to follow the abbreviations ie and eg with etc? My daughter's English teacher told her that this in an absolute no-no and is never permitted under any circumstances. He ...
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Is the following word order acceptable? [closed]

I need your opinion about the word order in the following sentence: “In her garden grows a cherry-tree.“? Is it grammatically acceptable?
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Is 'As per our discussion' and 'As per your instructions' wrong? [duplicate]

Is As per our discussion, ... and As per your instructions, ... wrong, and are they poor grammatical constructions? As per our conversation, I will tender my resignation on Friday. Per our ...
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Found vs Find Correct sentence [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? 1. What would you do if we found life on Mars? OR What would you do if we find life on Mars? 2. He hasn't still find out the secret OR He ...
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Difference between “not as…as” and “not …er than”

In what kind of situation can we use "not as...as" not "not ...er than"? This question is not as easy as that one. This question is not easier than that one. This question is more difficult ...
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What is the grammatical function of “a Catholic” in “She was raised a Catholic”?

I was drawn to the following line in New York Times (Feb.25) article: “De Blasio, who has said his mother was raised a Catholic but did not bring him up in the church.” ...
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The meaning of the sentence about relative clause and the word usage

A manuscript that lay unnoticed by scientists for decades has revealed that Albert Einstein once dabbled with an alternative to the Big Bang theory, proposing instead that the Universe expanded ...
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“Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!” What verb tense is this?

In the following sentence, "Hurry, give me anything that will hold water!" What verb tense is "will hold" ? Not future simple, I presume.
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Looking for a better word in the sentence

"We encourage our employees to keep flexible hours and don't require them to track their time." I think that the word 'require' is misplaced here. It can probably be replaced by 'ask'. Can I add ...
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‘Due to’ vs ‘Because of’ — Which is correct in this sentence? [duplicate]

“Because of the graphic nature of this footage, viewer discretion is advised”, to me, is correct grammar with “because of”. But you'll often see it written and used on TV as: “Due to the graphic ...
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problem about “that” / a conjunction? or r.pronoun?

I've a problem in the following text, please help me. A shroud is a piece of cloth that a dead person's body is wrapped in before it is buried. my problem is- is shroud a proper noun? And what ...
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maybe you don't already know that/maybe you don't know it yet

are there any differences between these two construction? I've heard a native speaker say 'maybe you don't already know that'. The context implied that if I didn't know that thing, then he would ...
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“of the three” vs “of all three”

If we make a sentence comparing the age of three people, we can say "A is the oldest of the three." At that time, would it be possible to say, "A is the oldest of all three." Is the sentence ...
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Grammatical relation of “time”

Throughout the history of Europe, from the beginnings of heraldry up to our time, national frontiers have shifted time and again, often as the result of war, but also for example through ...
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How would you describe the semantic phenomenon that allows this joke?

Groucho Marx had a joke that's long been a favorite of mine: I've had a wonderful time; this wasn't it. I assume he's using the present perfect to say I've had a wonderful time. But, when he ...
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Is “(gerund) among the (superlative) (noun)” missing a reference?

Can I say this? Working at Stevens & Son means designing among the most glamorous tablecloths in Eastern Europe. I'm not entirely sure if among the most glamorous is not missing a reference. ...
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Visit us at (the) booth 24, (the) room 56 etc. It's wrong, but why?

I know that "the" is wrong here, but I can't explain why it's wrong to my friend here, and I have trouble formulating a google search to find some descriptive "rule" or something. Help please?
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Why there is no “TO” in “having had nobody stand up for me”

I do not understand the following: Having had nobody stand up for me Why it is not Having had nobody to stand up for me Because: There is somebody to stand up for me.
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What does this strange sentence mean? [closed]

They do but flatter themselves. What is this sentence structure?
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Why Does $ Come Before the Number But % Comes After it? [duplicate]

Let's look at these two sentences: Color blindness affects 8% of men. That sandwich costs $8. So why, when using the percent symbol do we put it after the word, but with money we place it ...
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Is the punctuation in this sentence correct

My mom is concerned about my grades because she feels that I have not been studying enough lately.
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Proper sentence structure

When using if I were and if I was--is there a rule of thumb one can rely on? I seem to remember it has something to do with fact and fantasy.
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Relative Clause Extraction from Subordinate Clause - Compare and Contrast These Sentences

Please emend the title; I'm tentative whether it summarises this question precisely. I went into the store, which if I had seen from the road, I should have known to be a company. I went ...
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Grammar query - is vs. are

The sentence in concern is : We agreed that Coco and Rocky are not the same dog. Shouldn't it be: We agreed that Coco and Rocky is not the same dog. ? According to my Word grammar editor, is is the ...
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Relative clause with “whose”

I just read the following sentence in a short-biography: "Peter was born in England in 1982, whose parents were from Japan and India." I think that the use of the relative pronoun "whose" is wrong ...
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“I've got more to do than wait” or “I've got more to do than **to** wait”? [duplicate]

I did some reading in other places online about using the bare infinitive after the word "than," and while in a lot of cases it seems correct, I'm having a hard time telling whether it's correct in ...
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Do I say: “Hook me up to this nice party!” or “Hook me up on this nice party!”

Do I say: Hook me up to this nice party! OR Hook me up on this nice party! I am trying to give a connotation that the party sounds good and I want my friend to give me an invitation to go ...
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Graduate student in or of?

In my cover letter I want to write that I am a graduate student in statistics. But I am not sure about the "in". So what is correct? I am a graduate student in statistics. I am a graduate ...
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be down to -infinitive without to

I've consulted different dictionaries but I've not found the usage of this structure like in the following example: ''I'm down to sell records but not my soul'' is it slang? What does it exactly ...
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Having had nobody stood up for me -correct?

I'm not sure about the following: Having advised to many of your colleagues (and yet having had nobody stood up for me when the shit hits the fan), I have decided not to discuss your issues ...
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“If it ain't in writing it don't exist” - why the broken grammar?

In the idiom "If it ain't ... it don't exist.", why is "don't" used instead of "doesn't"? I'm thinking the intentional error might serve to draw the attention of the listener to the word ...
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Isn't a comma necessary?

I was jumping about up to my thighs in the waters. Is a comma necessary after "about", or in another place in the sentence?
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Would you elaborate between have been v-ing and have p.p.?

I have flown to Toronto a great deal this month. I have been flying to Toronto a great deal this month. Would you possibly explain the different between them?
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Confused about When to Use “these” and “those” [duplicate]

Example #1 This site contains links to books that I read. I recommend these/those books. NOTE: The links are on this site, but not on this page. The links are external links. Should I use ...
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Which is the auxiliary verb and modal?

It is being used. Considering the sentence above, I wonder which part is helping verb.
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convert this sentence to “not only but also” [closed]

The sheepdog did not allow the tigers to lay their paw on sheep and tied them in a daisy chain.
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is it correct to say “though” in this context

I want to ask my manager something. i tried this I have some questions, though I do know that I have asked you a lot and I am so sorry for losing your time. is though correct in this context?
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“And” vs. “or” when specifying a collection

If I am looking for one or more of A/B/C, but nothing else, and I want to tell that to somebody, do I say "I am only looking for A, B, and C" or "I am only looking for A, B, or C"? An example with ...