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Isn't “birthed” wrong? [closed]

As far as I know it is wrong to say "birthed", isn't it? I am asking since I read it in a post on a blog I follow. The post: www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/12/austin-kleon-show-your-work/ ...
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Can we 'do evil'?

On another post discussion has moved to what one can and cannot 'do'. We 'do our duty', we do our homework' and we 'do the washing-up'. But we cannot 'do dancing', 'do driving', or 'do charity'- or ...
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What is the subject in this sentence?

I would like to know whether to use the singular or plural verb in the following sentence: In cases where there is/are headroom, .... It seems to me that the subject ought to be "In cases where",...
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How would you say someone was “disrespecting you” correctly? [closed]

Is there a grammatically correct synonym for the word "disrespect" in the form of a verb? As in: "Please stop disrespecting me, Bill."
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'How dared you?' versus 'How dare you?'

A book I'm reading has this sentence in it: "How dared you go and see her without me?" Is the usage of the past tense 'dared' here grammatically wrong or just odd given the established phrase "How ...
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'to be predicated' can be followed by which prepositions?

I'm interested in "predicated of", but which the ODO below doesn't explicitly define: predicate = [with object] 1. {Grammar & Logic} state, affirm, or assert (something) about the subject of ...
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“He denied having killed him” vs “He denied he had killed him”

I'm trying to understand the perfect aspect of the verbs and I am not sure whether both are correct: He denied having killed him He denied he had killed him. If not, what is the problem? ...
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singular event with singular verb [duplicate]

Is the use of the contracted negative form of Do, the DON'T, in reference to a singular event or action acceptable in formal writings as is in song lyrics composition?
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“different” as a preposition

Is is acceptable to use "different" as a preposition, as you would use "unlike" or "in contrast to", like in the following example? Thus, different from previous work, we aim to answer those ...
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "...
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How to use a the possessive “s” after a dot?

How can I use an apostrophe to show possession after a dot? Example: Martin Luther King Jr.'s world-view. Is this correct?
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“See it important” or “See it as important”?

I have encountered both. Which is (more) correct? Examples of use: I see it important to stay fit. I see it as important to have education. I tried searching google for it, but the results ...
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Is “curious if” improper to use compared to alternatives such as “curious as to” or “curious whether”?

Consider the following line, which I've heard this particular construction frequently: "I’m curious if other people feel like I do." The construct specifically is that of using "I'm curious if" ...
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“I'll have the Mesclun Salad,” please [duplicate]

"I'll have the Mesclun Salad, please." Note the capitals. This question concerns the definition of a proper noun and how context can subtly change this. Please refer to former question. It is a ...
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How to write a question with a suggested answer at the end

How do you properly convey in writing a sentence where a question is asked and followed by a suggested answer? For example, the question "What are we having for dinner?" is asked, and the guess "...
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What does this complicated sentence mean?

Would to god I could strip you of life and breath and ship you down to the House of Death as surely as no one will ever heal your eye, not even your earthquake god himself!’
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Meaning and Correctness of “to have masses said for someone's soul”

What is the meaning of "to have masses said for someone's soul"? I failed to find it in my dictionary. And grammatically, is it correct to say, "to have masses (which are) said for someone's soul"?
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Which of the following two sentences is correct and/or better? [closed]

Which one? "Why, being only a child, have you come to a place so far away like Greece...?" Versus... "Why have you, being only a child, come to a place so far away like Greece...?" ...Or ...
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Where to put the “now” in?

I am not sure how to use the "now", where to put it in the sentence. I have: "I studied [...] in the joint masters program [...] and I want to continue my career [...]". I think for ...
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Difference between 'part' and 'a part'?

This question may seem to be very simple, but something I get confused whenever I want to speak. I read a book entitled "re-start your English", and saw a sentence. This is a leg. It is part of ...
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Thee or thou in these sentences: [duplicate]

Think thee that I would desert thee? Think thee that I don't care? or: Think thou that I would desert thee? Think thou that I don't care? Which one is right?
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Usage of “go to” vs “go”

I'm trying to explain the difference between "go to" and "go" and I'm not sure what the actual rule is. I've tried searching about it, but I couldn't find anything. When should I use "go to" and when ...
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“Even though” contradiction

Clause Run! This single-word command is also a clause, even though it does seem to have a subject. With a direct command, it is not necessary to include the subject, since it is obviously the ...
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What's the error in this sentence? [closed]

What's the error in the following sentence? "One must not boast of his own talents." Kindly provide me some answers, Thank you.
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Wondering if the use of “either …nor ” is correct

Taken from BBC Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov described the referendum as a "great farce" which "will never be recognised either by Ukraine or by the civilised world". My try is Interim ...
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How can this sentence be corrected to be more concise and grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically incorrect because the word "they" is plural when there is only one teacher? How can it be corrected? Thomas may be afraid to speak to the teacher as he ...
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Having at one's disposal

One has at one's disposal ... Is the following an acceptable synonymous phrase? One has (the) disposal of ... It made sense to me initially, if a little more active than the first. But I've ...
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Should I continue to extract valuable English grammar rules from an English grammar book published in 1820? [closed]

Forever, since I can recall, I've used a book for reference to English grammar, written by Peter Bullions, whenever I've felt ambiguous about whatever it be―from punctuation to syntax. And hitherto, I ...
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If and would construction

If I do all this, I would have such a story to tell. Is this sentence wrong? I've searched it up and it's wrong according to grammar guides -- but I've seen it so often. The would is supposed to ...
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Does this “to” mean “will”? [closed]

In this sentence: I want you to do it. Does "to" here mean "will"?
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for him to run VS that he runs [closed]

It is easy for him to run. It is easy that he runs. What is the difference between the two sentences?
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Complex sentences question

I have 2 sentences that I don't understand: 1.) The girl [[sleeping]] in the room is my sister. 2.) People usually can get a sufficient amount of the calcium their bodies [[ need ]] from the food ...
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Why should sentences not start with “there is” or “there are”? [closed]

I had written a paper with the sentence "There is also social proof in how the man with the pizza ends up with an attractive women". I had lost marks due to the fact it is poor English to start ...
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Show Disrespect/Poor Behavior

The first sentence is good English: "The students showed disrespect toward the teacher." "The students showed poor behavior toward the teacher." Is the second sentence also good?
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An (consonant) object [duplicate]

My original sentence was: ... an array of ... However I decided I wanted to elaborate on this, as "(traditionally two-dimensional) array". We usually use parentheses for extra detail not ...
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Correctness of using 'and also' [duplicate]

Is it correct or redundant to use 'and also' in a sentence? Would it make a difference to use 'and also' at the beginning of a sentence or after a comma?
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Is there a grammar rule that defines the properties of a legally accepted word [closed]

I would like to know if there is a grammar rule(s) that defines whether a word is gramatically legal or not. I understand a word is given meaning by a human and anyone can give meaning to anything. ...
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“If this, and if that.” With or without Comma?

I’ll appreciate it if you wash the car, and if you take out the trash. Should I use a comma before and, or not?
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Can you explain a grammar of this sentence please

Yeah, yeah. Microsoft would have been willing to buy it, too. . . . I don't know for $19 billion, but the company's extremely valuable. Full Article is here. From the context I can understand that ...
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“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm in ...
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How to change the narration of this sentence? [closed]

"Going to marry a banker's daughter ,are you,jimmy?" said Ben to himself. Source - "The Retrieved Reformation"
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Do we need the definite article before designation plus organization?

If I write Mr. ABC, President of the XYZ Corporation, . . . do I need to use the before President? I know it is must when we are mentioning organizations, but what about designation (more specifically,...
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Usage of the Past Perfect of “to be” for 2 (discrete) past events?

He wasn't resolute thus he confabulated with her. How would I rewrite this sentence using the past perfect tense, because I sense that the sentence above currently is flawed? The first action ...
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Actual hours [is/are] greater than the estimates

Should I use is or are in this sentence? Actual hours [is/are] greater than the estimates.
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In those I put the stories I wrote in which the scene was laid in Malaya

In this, the third volume of my collected stories, I have made a somewhat different arrangement from that which I have made in the others. In those I put the stories I wrote in which the scene was ...
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Can “cloven” be used instead of “cleaved”?

Can cloven be used in its verb form like the way broken or eaten is used? gets cloven to give rise to is cloven by Cleaved is a perfectly fine word in this context, but can cloven be used ...
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Mixing verb tenses involving a Past-Belief/Thought/Attitude about timeless facts

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? 1.) Oscar believed that the sum of two and two is four. In this case it seems to make the most sense to mix the past tense "believed" with the ...
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Which pronoun best completes the sentence? [duplicate]

Which pronoun best completes the sentence? Every woman received ____ prize. Is it her or their? Please explain
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Should the word after “e.g.” be capital

If you are using a word that normally wouldn't start with a capital letter, should it be lower case after an e.g.? Also should e.g. have a capital E at the start of a sentence? Example phrases: ...
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What did the word “arcade” mean before video games? [closed]

I was browsing a document on the history of Leicestershire in the UK. About halfway down the page, in the "Leicester in the 19th Century" section, it said: Silver Arcade was built in 1899. What ...