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Which comes first? Grammar or language?

I always have the impression grammar is just a tool to help studying and learning a language, i.e. it is a scientific tool invented for a language after the language has existed. But to think of it ...
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Exactly how many cases of 'should' are there?

[User John Lawler]: So how many named special cases of each modal verb are there, in toto? There's 1. subjunctive should, and 2. mandative should, and 3. putative should, at least; and I ...
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that vs which vs what

Which sentence would you use more, which is just simple wrong and why? This is the speech, that my father wrote. This is the speech, which my father wrote. This is the speech, what my father wrote. ...
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Is “to one of the most genuine people I know” correct? [duplicate]

I am confused if I should use persons or people. Persons sounds weird to me.
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Is it correct to say “Best Regards”?

This is my gmail email signature Best Regards, Rory Recently it's started to bother me. I feel it might be improper english. Is it? Is it an acceptable sign off?
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Using “would” when narrating a story in simple present [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why the use of 'would' in the following When we tell a joke or narrate a story in simple present can we use 'would' in some cases? For example: He goes up to ...
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Is it correct to say “We […] will be present at <destiny> at <time> […]”?

I am writting an email in English for a website. As you can see, my English isn't quite perfect. And one of the emails must be saying something similar to: We confirm that we will be present at ...
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pharaoh was thought he was devine [migrated]

The funerals of Egyptian rulers were spectacular – while in Mesopotamia kings were regarded as the servants of the gods, in Egypt the pharaoh was thought he was divine. One of the highlighted parts ...
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Does it sound natural to you? [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? As I understand, the new implementation is scheduled to go live in 7 days which seems a little unrealistic.
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“Adverbial phrase” vs “Adverbial clause”

Please tell me what the difference is between an adverbial phrase and an adverbial clause.
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the Virginia public school district

Do I have to put "the" in front of "Virginia"? Thanks. Do disciplinary school removal rates differ between high and low poverty schools in Virginia public school district?
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optimum answer to do you often [on hold]

Can you please clarify for me which is the correct answer to the following question: Do you often have visitors? a. Yes, pretty much every day b. Yes, quite often c. Not very often.
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“allow insertion” or “allow inserting” or “allow to insert” [duplicate]

I have some doubts about using ing-verb in the following case: Such data structures don't allow insretion/inserting/to insert any kind of objects. Is it considered grammatically correct to say ...
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“Lying supine” vs. “supine”

Is it natural to say "lying supine"? The word supine, by definition, already suggests lying [See: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/supine]. However, I was just confused because one of the ...
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the names of (plural) or the name of (plural)

I'm wondering which option is correct: 1) we will have the name of the people who play on this team. 2) we will have the names of the people who play on this team. Should 'name' be plural or ...
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'whereabouts' is / are

If the sense is plural, I believe we'd use 'whereabouts are', as in 'Their whereabouts are unknown.' If the sense is singular, we'd use 'whereabouts is', as in 'His whereabouts is unknown.' Can this ...
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Weird “genitive of relative pronoun” construction

In this youtube-video a non native speaker of English said the following sentence ... another verb, of which I've already talked about the present tense At first, I thought it was simply a ...
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alternatives to “bucket list of kate”

I want to say: "kate's bucket list" but we need to have "kate" at the end of the sentence (that is the requirement). So I thought of "bucket list of kate" but it sounded a bit.... I don't know... bad ...
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Let's you and I / me be fair with each other

"Let's you and I / me be fair with each other." "Let you and I / me indulge in a little bit of reverie." Is "I" or "me" correct in those sentences? And why?
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Can I use quotation marks to suggest that somebody should say something?

Simple question, can I use double quotes (") to suggest that somebody should say something? For example, can I say: You should say "Hello" to your neighbours Is this grammatically correct?
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Why do not we ask negative questions without a contraction on the not after the verb?

I have found multiple questions touching on this but not a single one that has a comprehensive answer. The information is all there but in little bits. "Do you not" vs. "Don't ...
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When do I use “I” instead of “me?”

From some comments in the answers for common English usage mistakes, there's confusion around the usage of I vs. me: While the sentence, "the other attendees are myself and Steve," is agreed to be ...
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Is the 'unmarked'/standard/basic form called the oblique/objective case?

[Source:] This happens because what linguists would call the “unmarked” or standard, basic form for pronouns turns out to be the objective form—me, him, her, them, and the like. This is the form ...
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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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“Rely” vs. “Relies” usage

The subjective nature of these tests rely on human expertise to assess the patient correctly The subjective nature of these tests relies on human expertise to assess the patient correctly ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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my colleague insists [duplicate]

My colleague insists point no. 1 is correct. We, however disagree. Kindly explain which is correct and why. If he is wrong, do explain why point no. 1 is wrong. Thanks.. 1- My main concern is these ...
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Why is the British tv show “the Undatables” not called “the Undatable” without 's'?

There is a tv series on Channel 4 called "The Undatables" which I have just started watching. The title keeps me wondering why it's not just called "the undatable" like the poor or the rich? Last ...
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Shall. I use a preposition here? [on hold]

which one is correct? We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and friends were invited. Or We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and ...
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What phrase could take place “far better than”? [on hold]

When I tried to say product A is far better than product B, what phrase could be used to express my love towards product A? Can I see A kick B' s ass ?
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Show interest in job position and ask about status of the application? [on hold]

In an e-mail I want to ask about the status of my application. Furthermore in a short I want to express that I am very interested in this position, since it is ideal for me. So I write: Since it ...
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Please advise on below and do explain which is correct and why [on hold]

Which is correct and the explanation behind each please. 1- My main concern is these clauses 2- My main concern are these clauses 3- My main concerns are these clauses
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Is the phrase “has got” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Does "Mary's Got Talent" mean "Mary Has Got Talent"? Is "has got" grammatically correct in this instance?
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In documentation simple prensent passive or simple future passive?

I saw in many documentations that the simple future passive is more used than the normal simple present passive. for example: These gained data will be sent to a server for filtering then saved in ...
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Does the tense in that clause need to agree with the main clause? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title of this question is accurate or not. My vacabulary of grammar is very limited. May you could understand me by the following example: She told me that the earth is ...
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“be better off” vs “would rather” [on hold]

Be better off could be used to express that something is better than another. For instance, I would be better off driving insead instead of taking a bus. Can we say I would rather drive ...
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Compound preposition

I have come across a definition of compound prepositions on http://playit.pk/watch?v=GLoTwohOxBc "Compound prepositions are those prepositions which are formed by prefixing the preposition to a ...
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Is it grammatically okay to say “ in a similar way as (subject + verb)”?

Is it grammatically okay to say " in a similar way as (subject + verb)"? For example, "A behaves in a similar way as B does". Or should I choose another expression for this meaning to be ...
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Proper us of ('s) and (s') [on hold]

Is this a proper way to use 's and s': "My friend's dog" "My parents' house"
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Could you help me with this [on hold]

They will be pleased to know that you have spent your time learning about their culture. Is it correct?
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Usage question: “I hadn't drank any coffee before I lived in Italy.”

Ok, so as an English teacher, I know that in the present and past perfect tenses, the auxiliary verb have is followed by the past participle form of the verb. Using most verbs, I find that this is ...
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What does “take” in this sentence mean?

On a TV program, an immigration officer said to an immigrant as follows: C1: Take four of your fingers and put ’em on the pad. The pad was an electronic device which had a glass plate on its top and ...
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Do you have something better? [on hold]

I am making a creative poster with this sentence: I can also be complicated if you like me to be but I prefer simple because otherwise it really gets hard to understand the message I am ...
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wasn't v.s. was not [on hold]

I'd like to know whehther there are any differences/nuances in meaning between "wasn't" and "was not". Examples are: I wasn't there I was not there And: She insisted she wasn't soft on Russia She ...
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the verb 'declare' without a person who declares

Someone declares that the changes are aimed at combating untimeliness and incompleteness in [name of tax] tax assessment and withholding by tax agents. How would you express the said idea without ...
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Can I use the word “promise” with gerund?

Is it possible to use gerund after the verb "promise"? For example, in the sentence "He promised cleaning the window. I'd prefer to say: He promised to clean the window. But today I was told that this ...
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Me either OR Me neither? MW Collegiate Dictionary says Me Either is correct in this example [duplicate]

Me either OR Me neither? MW Collegiate Dictionary says Me Either is correct. Shouldn't it be "Me neither" in this example? "I didn't like the movie." "Me either." Perhaps "either" is truly ...
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be used to/ used to [migrated]

I am not sure whether to use be used to or used to in the following sentence. Oscar has lived in Brazil for ten years. He (eat)_________________Brazilian food. it is his favorite food. A. He was ...
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