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What to capitalize in a title? [duplicate]

I understand that you should not capitalize prepositions in titles but the following looks a bit funny: "Accept Changes into a New Space" To me, capitalizing 'into' looks more right, "Accept Changes ...
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determiner “the” followed by adjective - parts of speech

In English, adjectives usually cannot function as noun or pronouns, at least not to the degree it is possible in German where you can do it without thinking. The old car sucked. The new is better. ...
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Usage of Personal pronoun “I” [duplicate]

Books like word power suggest "Ramu and I are going to theatre today" may be wrong. Does "Ramu and me are going to ..." a right structure.
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Singular plural clarification with none objects [duplicate]

Should I use "no entries are found" or "no entry is found" or "no entries is found"? Which is more correct and which is wrong in usage?
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such term or such a term?

I saw on the FDA website the following definition of cosmetics. What puzzles me is 'such term'. I have been taught that 'such' is used with singular nouns (e.g. such a book), plurals (e.g. such ...
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Can I say “take effort”?

It seems to me “take efforts”, “take a great effort” “take the effort to do something”, all three are ok. But I wonder whether you say “take effort” as a set phrase to mean something abstractly, for ...
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try + ing vs. try to + infinitive [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct: Why don't you try to give up candy if you want to lose some weight? Why don't you try giving up candy if you want to lose some weight?
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Making questions in English [duplicate]

I have follwing questions regarding English What are the interrogative forms of the following statements Twenty third CHOGM was held in Sri lanka.(Interrogator needs to know the number)(Please ...
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“Don't cry” or “Don't you cry”

"Don't cry." is universally accepted sentence form. But I also notice some books also provide "Don't you cry." Both means "not to cry". Are they all correct?
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Is it grammatically correct to capitalize pronouns referring to God [duplicate]

In the bible, "he" and "his" are capitalized when they are used to refer to God. Is this grammatically correct? If so, what rule do we have that allows these words to be capitalized?
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Is this phrase gramatically correct? [sb] found [sb]to not only have a [] but able to [] due to [] and []

For example: [Amy] found [Bob] to not only have a [good sense of humour] but able to [do other impressive things] due to [Bob's personality] and [wealth] The above is just a random example where I ...
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Is it grammatically correct to say “Many more happy returns of the day ”?

Many people greet me "Many more happy returns of the day" on my birthday. I thought it is grammatically wrong. Can we use "many" and "more" at a time in a sentence. I thought that it is correct to ...
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Can I mix “would” and “kind of”? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? The test would be kind of homework activity like last time.
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Past subjunctive Vs. Present Subjunctive

The verb be is the only one that has a past subjunctive form. In some cases, be, as a subjunctive, retains its present form even if the sentence is in the past tense. Example: Present: It ...
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Can a participle contain a comparison to other object?

Can a participle contain a comparison to another object in the same sentence? For example, is the following sentence grammatically correct? "I can't see any vehicle moving at higher speed that ...
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Got started or started

I am a learner of the English language. I have written two sentences, please give your two minutes and let me know, which one is correct? In the following sentences an action was started by my dog, ...
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Punctuation in my sentences [duplicate]

I am a learner of the English language and especially I am learning the punctuation marks in the English language. I have written two sentences. Please give your two minutes and let me know, which ...
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To dine somebody?

Here is a line from Sir Walter Scott's journal: We expect a raid of folks to visit us this morning, whom we must have dined before our misfortunes. Save time, wine, and money, these ...
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Is it improper English to read the number 1100 as “eleven hundred”?

For numbers between 1000 and 9999 is it proper English for the word "hundred" to be used? For example is it necessarily wrong to say "eleven hundred" when referring to 1100?
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Can an independent clause have an implied (or null) subject?

I'm trying to determine whether a clause with an implied subject can be considered independent - specifically in the case of compound sentences. For example: "I was tired, but went to the party ...
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“Staying at my aunt's place” or “staying with my aunt”?

Are both of these sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning between them? "I'm staying with my aunt." or "I'm staying at my aunt's." What I mean is "remain at her place temporarily." ...
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Should I use “one” or “it”?

Which is correct: I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get it from? I can’t find it anywhere in this maze. I think I need a better kind of gun. But where can I get one from? I ...
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Can this sentence be worded in this way?

Instead of saying: I was eating a steak, and John was eating the lunch he brought from home. Could I word it as such: I was eating a steak, and John the lunch he brought from home.
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when does the noun “time” become a countable noun?

I am writing an email to my friend and want to use this sentence: "I am having a great time." I would like to know whether the above sentence is correct. Also, I know that time can be an ...
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What is the difference between the phrases below? [duplicate]

He dies. ( On the TV screen I saw. "Mandela dies at 94 " ) He died. ( On another canal simultaneously it was written " Mandela died at 94. ") She / he has died vs he died vs he dies When they ...
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Can “it” refer to or represent any element showing in the foregoing sentence?

In human soul sensory capacities are as fundamental as intellectual ones. It attain perfect goodness through many different powers including both intellectual ones and sensory ones. I use ...
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Which question tag below is correct? Apparently the second is correct but I want to put emphasis on first part of the sentence “ I take it …”

"I take it that your question has to do with what my perception is of being a good teacher, isn't it?" "I take it that your question has to do with my perception is of being a good teacher, hasn't ...
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Are hyphens needed in a noun-phrase that precedes 'manner'? [duplicate]

I sometimes use "manner" to use noun-phrases as adverbs, like "in the manner of a vigilant watchdog". If I reverse the order, does the noun phrase then have to be hypenated? Like so: "in a ...
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Including “to” in a phrase/statement [closed]

I have a question. Should I say; The place where I went or The place where I went to?
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“Which one is you?” vs “Which one are you?”

Imagine I'm looking at a photo containing a number of people's faces and I can't tell which one belongs to a certain friend of mine. I could ask him one of two things: "Which one is you?" or ...
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Is it correct to use “how's” as short for “how does”?

I've often seen "how's" used as short for how is - such as "How's your wife feeling?" or "How's the weather where you are?" I'm pretty sure the above is grammatically correct. However, it's also ...
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“My one” vs Mine

I've heard someone say "Here's my one" instead of "Here's mine". Is the former grammatical? It seems like it's a shortcut for "Here's one that is mine".
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Studied, having studied or has studied?

This is a translation of my high school graduation certificate: This is to certify that XXX, male, ethnic group of Han, born in March 1988, native of A County, B City, C Province, studied in our ...
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Tensed verb form or the plain form when used after “that” (in a mandative construction)

I know that each is a singular subject, but in certain cases it seems that is not the case. For example, in this sentence below, why would the correct verb be "keep" instead of "keeps?" The tour ...
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Does a nonessential phrase affect the pronoun?

I was proofreading some text for a friend and I stumbled across this sentence: Glen, along with his close group of friends, took their first trip to Hawaii in 1986. My question is this: Is this ...
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“Get in” or “Get into the car”

Get in or get into the car: Which is correct or what is the difference between them?
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Is “Neither I you” Correct?

A friend of mine said "...I never saw you during school." For some reason I wanted to respond "Neither I you." I am certain I have heard this reply before, but, looking at it now, it does not seem ...
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for one price or one flat price? [closed]

I'm kind of confused about grammar here, and I wonder which one of the following sentences I should use for my website! build unlimited websites for one price! build unlimited websites for one ...
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When to add “the”, “a” or when not to add “the” or “a”? [duplicate]

What's the difference (or correct way of saying it) between the followings: "Review plan" vs "Review a plan" vs "Review the plan"? "Agree on plan" vs "Agree on a plan" vs "Agree on the plan" ...
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Is it right to say that “they have their utopia starting when they see a plate of food and water” [closed]

I have to do a presentation about a third world country next week and I started writing down what I am going to say and I am stuck in the introduction! I am speaking Greek and this phrase make sense ...
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Shake hands or shake hand?

Which one of the following phrases is correct? I will shake hands with him OR I will shake hand with him.
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The last time I saw you was ages/has been ages ago

Do I say, The last time I saw you was ages ago, or, The last time I saw you has been ages ago?
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'for Verb-ing' followed by a preposition

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary gives the definition of sink as follows: a large open container [...] that you use for washing dishes in My question is whether the preposition 'in' is ...
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He had not understood vs He did not understand [closed]

I'm a native Portuguese speaker and some time ago I heard someone say that it is grammatically wrong, in despite of everyday speaking, to construct sentences like "He had not understood" or "She does ...
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How can a run-on sentence be valid as, say, a rhetorical device?

On run-on sentences, Wikipedia says: This is generally considered a stylistic error, though it is occasionally used in literature and may be used as a rhetorical device. At the end of the ...
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“Was it a girl?” or “Was that a girl?”

Here's a conversation. "I saw a salesperson there" "Was it a girl?" Is it OK to use "it" when you refer to the salesperson? Or should you use "that" instead of "it"?
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When is “is being:” used ? [duplicate]

This is being sent back to you - kindly explain the usage of "is being" in this sentence
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Infinitive Clause For “Curious”

I need some help about the infinitive clause that comes after "curious". Let's say that I am "curious" about a locked room. Then, could I write this: I am curious to open the door. I ...
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“While” followed by simple past/past continuous

I'm currently reading "Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue" by Hugh Howey. Here's a short passage with my problem zone and the subsequent question: ...Well, I'm going to go do more Officser ...
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Relative pronouns and Like doing or Like to do? [closed]

Hi everyone :) Please help me figure out these two questions below. I'm quite confused about them. 1. Choose the best answer: The princess was happy during the years _ she lived with the ...