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When should the word “master's” or “ bachelor's” be capitalized with apostrophe s? [duplicate]

When I'm specifically not mentioning if its MS or MEngg degree. What is the correct way to say - pursuing master's/masters/Masters/Master's in Electrical Engineering and during my ...
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Avoiding his/her in technical writing [duplicate]

I need to refer to a user of a certain service and would like to avoid a perticular gender such as his/her and not use one either. Could I say "The user attempts to maximize own capacity.", instead of ...
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Help understanding this sentence structure: “many a congressman was” [duplicate]

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India. Below is a quote from his autobiography. Many a Congressman was a communalist under his national cloak I am sure this sentence is ...
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Aloof proper usage

So is it a good use of the word aloof to say "She is not aloof to their harsh judgements"? The intent is to say that a person is aware of the perception others have of them. Thanks.
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What's the difference between “speak” and “talk”, grammatically speaking?

There are a number of questions e.g. What is the difference between “speaking” and “talking”? and “Speak to” vs. “Speak with” that deal with the slightly different connotations of the words "speak" ...
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Incredulous proper use

Is it valid to say 'I'm incredulous." all by itself as a standalone sentence? The intent is to convey that I am in disbelief. Thanks.
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“in case of” + “respectively”

I would like to write something like: In cases of the A and B models, the run-time analysis of the algorithm is shown in Figures X and Y, respectively. I mean: A model -> Fig X B model ...
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“Points movement” or “Movement of points” or “Movement of the points”

I am working on a scientific paper and there is a graph in it showing how some points are moved.... The reviewer suggest me to change "Points movement" to "Movement of points". But I still could not ...
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Is it appropriate to say directly “x belongs to y (a category)”?

You belong to the cleverest human being. (self-made) Is this clear enough, or should I say: You belong to the category of the cleverest human being.
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“I need something to practice on”, what type of word is 'on'?

In the sentence "I need something to practice on", what type of word is on? It seems like an adverb, because it appears to be modiying the verb practice, but that just doesn't seem right to me for ...
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“Each of them is” “Each of them are” [duplicate]

I am having difficulty understanding which is correct as each seems to be singular and them seems to be plural.
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Why is there such confusion over a and an? [closed]

Recently while reading technical blog posts on the net I have started to see more frequently the incorrect use of 'an'. My understanding from learning English as a child and English grammar in school ...
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Usage of 'into' after 'penetrate'

Somehow I have difficulties telling which one is more correct They penetrate into the building OR They penetrate the building I've heard it being used both ways and I'd like to hear some thoughts on ...
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Is it common to use an adjective as a noun without ‘the’ or the following word in the press headlines?

Washington Post November 29 issue reports Pope Francis has been encouraging Vatican’s charity activity under the headline: Pope ramps up charity office to be near poor, sick. It begins with the ...
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Error Grammatical - Use of preposition A

What's wrong in this phrase? Yesterday I was talking with a russian ... My teacher putted like wrong "a russian".
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Using multiple semicolons? [closed]

First of all, apologies if this has already been asked. I've done some searching however have not been able to find a like topic. My question is pretty straight forward. How, if possible can I use ...
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What is the noun to describe whether a word is subject or object?

Just as "number" describes whether a noun is singular or plural, is there a noun that describes whether a pronoun is subject or object? For example: The number of the first-person pronoun "I" is ...
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The holidays are a good time to be with family

is the phrase grammatically correct? or should I say "The holidays are good times..." ? can we use "a" after "are" ?
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It it wasn't FOR or BECAUSE OF

If it wasn't for the view, this would be a lovely room and If it wasn't because of the view,... Which one should I use? Are they different from each other
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Meaning of “Smiles Slip”

I don't quite understand something: source Brazil will, in one form or another, be ready for the World Cup. But when it comes to hosting the tournament, those famous Brazilian smiles may ...
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Are these two uses of “think of” in this sentence appropriate?

When you think of the Middle Ages, you think of first castles and knights in armor. (self-made) There are two “think of”, are they all comprehensible? The first is in the first stage of thinking, ...
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Is this “to be” a loose usage link verb?

Listening to your speech itself is enough to be a pleasure. Listening to your speech itself is enough to bring me a pleasure. (self-made) I wonder which one is better. The first “to be” might ...
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Can I say “sufficient enough” here?

Your money is not sufficient enough to buy my heart. (self-made) Is it redundant or simply incorrect to use sufficient and enough together? Or is it acceptable?
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Shall I say “need not” or “need none”? [closed]

I need sleep, whereas you seem to need not. (self-made) When I first say “need”, I use it not as a modal verb, but an ordinary verb. So in the second part of the sentence the “need” is still an ...
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Which one is better, “if not consider” or “not considering”? [closed]

You speak good English, if not considering your poor usage of propositions. You speak good English, if (we do) not consider your poor usage of propositions. (self-made) I know that ...
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Invoices status, Invoices statuses, Invoices' status or Invoices' statuses

According to this, statuses is the plural of status. However, I am not sure here which one to use, my logic is statuses is more proper as each invoice has different status. But seems awkward word or ...
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Is this a mistake?

SourceThe rules would also effect political activity by conservative and liberal grass-roots organizations, including Tea Party groups whose complaints of aggressive treatment and harassment by I.R.S. ...
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“All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life” is it correct

"All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life." Is this a grammatically correct sentence?
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Do these two sentences mean the same thing or is there a grammar rule I am unaware of that distinguishes a difference?

What's the difference in meaning between the following two sentences and is one more correct than the other? I was wondering if it's OK to once in a while come to Wednesday morning running ...
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Meaning of “about all…” and “hold on to the hand of…” in the sentence [closed]

What are the meanings of "about all..." and "hold on to the hand of" in the sentence "There are many times in life when about all we can do is to hold on to the hand of the Divine Guide until we have ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say 'Simple stuff shouldn't feel like an achievement'? [closed]

I'm not certain if stuff can be used as a singular in addition to its plural use so I can't establish whether this structure makes sense. The context is: picking your keys up off the floor shouldn't ...
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It is correct and formal to include “of” when writing dates?

A friend of mine, native EN speaker, told me that the following is correct written like this: We met on the 1st of June. Is that really true? I cannot see any reference that these are used in ...
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“which” as the subject - composing a complex sentence

How is the best way to compose a complex sentence with the word "which" as the subject of main and dependent clause? How about this sentence? Which road to take is very crucial, because that will ...
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What does this “direct” mean here? [closed]

Source We handle even our plain English with much greater effect if we direct it from the vantage point of a multilingual awareness. What does this "direct" mean here? It doesn't make much sense. ...
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Meaning of “Discretion”

I saw this dictionary entry, and it says "discretion" could mean approximately either 1) the right to choose what to do or 2) the quality of being careful what you do. The dictionary has these two ...
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Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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Is the following title correct? Document streams Segmentation and Classification

"Document streams Segmentation and Classification" What I mean by this title is that i have a stream or a flow of documents and i want to separate these documents and classify them into for example ...
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would like + infinitive (negative form)

Please tell me if this sentence is correct or incorrect. If incorrect, please say why. I wouldn't like to not have children. Thank you.
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what is the function of “have” in this sentence [closed]

I have a problem to recognize this sentence "I have it cuts every weeks". So, what's the function of "have", and also the name of grammar(if any) or any sentence pattern for similar sentence, and ...
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What is this “should?”

There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people. Is this the same as "It should be sunny ...
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“of their being” vs “of there being”

I am reading a BBC article on "Why pressing ‘upload’ means losing your rights". On page 2 of that article there is a paragraph that reads: Meanwhile, legal thinking on digital rights is slowly ...
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[clause in simple tense], rather than [verb in -ing form]

Consider the following sentence from wikipedia. Many people embrace their fetish rather than attempting treatment to rid themselves of it. When I read it, it flows naturally.But when I analyze ...
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“But” in the beginning of a sentence

Is "But" allowed in the beginning of a sentence as synonym to "Though" or "However"? You can afford it. But think twice before buying it. Won't using "But" instead of "However" mark me as non-native ...
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“Don't put your life on hold for anybody vs. nobody”

I am wondering, which form is correct in this phrase? Don't put your life on hold for anybody. OR - Don't put your life on hold for nobody. The meaning I want to get is that - "You" should live your ...
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Help for title! [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a title for my Bachelor Thesis. You see, i use a lot of "of". "From" and "on" don't work. Some ideas? Here's what I'm starting with: Morphology of the ivory horns of Elephants ...
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Use of “either/or” in a negative phrase

I'm not sure if a sentence I wrote is correct: "The last one didn't get neither my changes nor thiago's". I'm trying to say that the last activity I ran in a system didn't get the changes I sent ...
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Correct grammatical use of 'persona'?

Is the following the correct grammatical way to use 'persona'? I wonder what persona you have of me?
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Is 'times it by' or 'minus it by' correct?

I'm always hearing math instructors, and students, use ‘times it by’ to describe multiplicative operations: “…To find the ratio, you times it by one hundred…” To hear other students phrasing ...
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How to know what part of speech is “there” in some cases? [closed]

I've been doing some ELA homework and I noticed that 'there' is not always the same POS. It seems to be an adverb, a noun, a pronoun, and several other POS in various contexts. How would one ...
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Are these the same “ In five of the six disciplines” and “in five out of the six diciplines”

As in the title mentioned above Are these are the same? In five of the six disciplines and In five out of the six disciplines Are these of the same meaning? Otherwise, which phrase is ...