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Is “please let me know if otherwise” grammatical?

Is this sentence grammatical? "please let me know if otherwise" The context for it is when I am sending an email to the boss saying: I am gonna do this and that, please let me know if ...
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Correct tense for “I wish I had worn socks today” [closed]

I had an argument in the office today, about structuring something I said about not wearing socks. I said the first of the four lines below, then everyone had their input. All the arguing gave three ...
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Using “and” twice in a list

About using and, I've learned it is usually used in lists, between the last two items. For example: I like movies, traveling and going out with friends. Please tell me if the use of and ...
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“We're not” vs. “we aren't”

I'm just curious if there are any "official" rules (or opinions either way) about what form to use when three words can be contracted on either side.
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“Experienced in” or “experienced of”

What is the correct use of experienced, with in or of? For example, I have experienced in system development. I have experienced of system development.
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“Has” or “Have” after “Who” in a sentence?

I'm confused about using "has" or "have" after "who". For example: I am a doctor who have confusion in using has or Have. I am a engineer who has 4 year experience, degree in engineering and is ...
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Is this Americanism grammatical? [closed]

I would like a generative BNF-style complete description for English grammar. Some of the more subtle stuff leads to awkward questions of grammaticality. The interior rules for forming STATEMENTS must ...
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Can “if”, “while”, “whenever”, “when” recurse deeply? How deeply? [closed]

I would like a generative BNF-style complete description for English grammar. Some of the more subtle stuff leads to awkward questions of grammaticality (a complete answer to this question, and all ...
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Can you decide grammaticality from the sentence alone?

I would like a generative BNF-style complete description for English grammar. Some of the more subtle stuff leads to awkward questions of grammaticality (a complete answer to this question, and all ...
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If conditional “didn't” vs “hadn't”

Grammar rules say that hadn't is used for unreal past conditions, but why can't we use simple past negation instead of past perfect? If I hadn't come to the meeting, it wouldn't have happened. ...
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So much is at stake

In this sentence: So much is at stake that courses in foreign languages are often inadequate training grounds, in and of themselves, for the successful learning of a second language. I have ...
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Suit up with a …?

For a party, the dress code is formal dress with an element in pink. On the flyers, I want to write "Suit up with a pink touch" but somebody told me it is not correct and advised "suit up with a ...
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The Guardian: “It does indeed […] misleading them […]”

Reading an article by The Guardian, I stumbled upon a sentence which I cannot make sense of: Yes, the worst things you may have heard about the National Defense Authorization Act, which has ...
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“I had been typing” vs “I was typing” vs “I typed”

I read this on a another forum but couldn't figure out the logic behind the answers. He had been typing for three hours before he realised that he had typed the wrong documents. He had been ...
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Is a dependent clause part of the superordinate clause's predicate?

Could you please help me determine what the complete predicate is in the following sentence? I get the willies when I see closed doors. — Joseph Heller, Something Happened. At first I thought ...
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“Where he is” vs “Where is he” [closed]

What is the difference between the following. "You know where he is" and "You know where is he"
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“We are all of us engaged in…” What does 'all of us' mean here?

I read the following sentence in Chicago Sun-Times's review of the movie In Time: We are all of us engaged in the trade of buying and selling time. The sentence sounds grammatically weird to me. ...
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Why some questions are written in this funny way?

There, I did it myself. Instead of asking "Why are some questions written in this funny way?", I produced what strikes me as bad English ever so often: Questions that are formed by starting out with ...
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Is “remains” in “Xenophobia remains in our society” a linking or intransitive verb?

Yet another grammar question. I know that 'remains' can be a linking verb in many contexts, but I'm undecided on whether it is linking in the sentence "Xenophobia remains in our society". I feel ...
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“Like us” or “like we do”

Do the following two sentences have the same meaning? They go to school like we do. They go to school like us. I know the first one is correct, but I am not sure if the second one is ...
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Are there specific rules to build expressions with or without articles?

In English, there are lots of expressions built using articles like: at the station to the cinema play the piano have breakfast (no article) take a bath take a shower Are there specific rules or ...
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Present perfect versus past perfect

I have marked those books yesterday. I had marked those books yesterday. Which sentence is correct? I know that: The present perfect is used when an action begins in the past and continues ...
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What do you call someone who is asking for information? [closed]

A petitioner? I'm not sure... Any suggestions?
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Is this slogan proper English? [closed]

We are a group of web developers, creating our online presence ... We chose this slogan, "Web passionate young powers at your service" Is this proper English? Does this hold any "contempt" ...
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Which usage is more common? (singular / plural) [closed]

Which one of these is more common or better to use? Delete selected Item(s). Or Delete selected Item/s. Note: It should be used in our Document (not a Program).
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“I had sent you”

I received the following email today, we discussed the report before the email where I told the person that I hadn't(also can I use hadn't here) received it. I was wondering if it's all grammatical. ...
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“Me” or “Myself”- which one is correct here? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it correct to use “yourself” and “myself” (versus “you” and “me”)? you and myself/me will enjoy the function ...
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“It took me all of ten minutes to find out” - what does “it took me” mean? [closed]

I have a little confusion on understanding the sentence: It took me all of ten minutes to find out . Why couldn't it be "I took all of ten minutes to find out"?
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Single or Plural: Asking for names of people

If I were to ask the name of two people, should I say "What is the name of PersonA and PersonB?" because each person has only one name or "What are the names of PersonA or PersonB?" because I am ...
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Take a walk vs walk

Can we say that I am going to take a walk instead of taking the bus? Or should we say I am going to walk instead of taking the bus?
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Can the word 'freed' be used as an adjective? [closed]

For example: "Freed memory can be reused by another computer programs"?
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Describing a place that is not very busy [closed]

How would you describe a place, a dorm to be more specific, that's not very crowded? At dorm X there is not a lot of people who live there ( this is my wild guess )
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'much better' spoken rather than written English?

Is it grammatically correct to use in a publication, that something is (a) 'much better' way of doing something?
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Do vs. does in a statement [closed]

In the statement "Editorial use of images do not require a model release." which form of do/does would be correct? Should the verb agree with images (as in "images do not require..."), or with ...
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Stop if you feel faint or pain! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ellipsis that results in one word serving as both subject and object I am “adjective” and I am “present continuous” in one sentence I was using some exercise equipment ...
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Wash Hands to Serve Safe Food?

The other day I saw a sign in a restroom saying: Wash your hands thoroughly to kill bacteria and serve safe food It struck me as wrong somehow, since it gave me the immediate humorous mental ...
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Why can't I put 'a' or 'the' before 'different clubs'? [closed]

Is there a specific rule saying that 'a/an' and 'the' should not followed by the word 'different'? "I go out to different clubs with my boyfriend". I know there are some fixed expression for using ...
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“From around the world” vs “Around the world” [closed]

What is the difference between "from around" and just "around" in the following context or in general? I participated in an event where I met some people from around the world. I participated ...
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“I am trying to learn” vs “I try to learn”

What is the difference between present simple and present progressive when it comes to actions like the following? At school, I am trying to learn a wide array of subjects. At school, I try ...
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Complex reported speech question

I had the following sentence today in my exam: "Would you like to come with us to a service in the Maori Church?" asked my hostess. "Indeed, I would," I replied. What would be the indirct ...
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Make it a compound sentence question

Make it a compound sentence: Enticingly served, it comes in four bowls. I had this today in my exam and I wrote It comes enticingly served in four bowls. Is this correct? If not, what is the ...
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Usage of 'if' and 'if not' to mean 'and perhaps even/also'

Consider the sentence: While this assumption, on its own, is relatively innocuous, if implausible, in practice, it is supplemented by assumptions... The 'if' here really means something more ...
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“So that it be” vs “so that it is”

Recently on IRC I said this: I do not believe in proving the correctness of already constructed programs. I believe in formally deriving programs so that they be correct. And I got almost ...
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Is the phrase 'according to me' correct?

Is the saying "According to me" correct? I believe it's incorrect, and that "In my opinion" is better. Can anyone clarify?
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Whether you need the word 'to' in the sentence - Which place do you want to go to?

Which sentence is correct and why? Which do you want to go to? Which do you want to go? I am a native English speaker and was asked this by a Japanese person. I think number 2 is not correct but I ...
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Should you use past tense for a fact that still remains in force?

For example what variant is correct? He was the man who did that first. He is the man who did that first. He himself appeared in a film about his life. He himself appears in a film about his life. ...
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“Had you been there for quite sometime?”

Can we say "Had you been there for quite some time?" without saying "before" this and that? Or should we rather say "Were you there for quite some time"?
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“You went there?” in English [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it OK to add a question mark to show inflection? Can we say in a conversation "You went there", and by stressing the statement, mean "Did you go?" I know one ...
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Is the proper phrase “Be Discovered” or “Get Discovered”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “to get” sometimes used where “to be” could be used? I am working on a website and I'm having a little difficulty selecting an appropriate ...
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while he works or while he working or while he is working [closed]

I want to tell my friend "please take photos while the painter does something" but I don't know which one is correct way to say it. "Please take photos while the painter paints" "Please take photos ...