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What part of speech is the word “very” in this sentence?

Questlove is a very good drummer. This question came from the first question on this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKUhS81fBtI Isn't it an adjective? How is it an adverb?
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forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors [migrated]

Is there a forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors in my English written texts?
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Rephrasing with modal verb

How should I rephrase the sentence: English cooking isn’t necessarily bad. using a modal verb? Is any of the following correct? a) English cooking might not be bad. b) English cooking ...
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How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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'and what are the (…)'

I come across this sentence structure quite a lot, and every time again I wonder if it is actually grammatically correct. Example: In general, we know why groups mobilize in the EU, what ...
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Definite article and ranking adjectives

I'm trying to systematize the use of 'the' with ranking adjectives like 'next', 'following', 'third', etc. What I know is usually ranking adjective is used with the: I will pay the next time we ...
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Is 'need' in subjunctive mood in the statement “He need not consider that.”

In the statement "Should he need his coat I will bring it." the word "need" is subjunctive mood triggered by the word "should." In "He need not consider that" there is no triggering word but ...
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is it a correct sentence in english [on hold]

One day, I was coming from the office by walk. I was walking on the side of the street, the street was full of vehicles and people. People were looking sad or tired. I was also tried because heavy ...
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Is “and” used correctly in this sentence? How does it change the meaning if I remove it?

It's hard for me to figure out why the writer uses "and" in the end of the following sentence. Like "and of which we and those who come after us have a right to be proud." "It is no good talking ...
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Using (or not) the word “to” at the end of a question with “be able”

Which of these is grammatically correct? As educators, we are always looking for ways to reach all the learners in our classroom as effectively as we are able. As educators, we are always looking ...
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Exaggeration of … into

I'm studying for the GRE and came across the following question: "Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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Which one is correct65 year old or 65 years old? [duplicate]

I'm not sure about the plural s so is it do I need a hyphen as well but people is singular I suggest the second is right ...65 year old people or ...65 years old people??
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what's the term for who's talking to who?

I was updating a change in my demo app that looks like: -"Wow that was cool...but how can I work with you for python/django/and beyond?" +"Wow that was cool...but how can I work with your author for ...
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Express that something is delivered with something else for a certain amount of time

I want to express that A is delivered together with B for 5 years and that this still goes on. A is being delivered with B since two years. The above sentences is obviously wrong. What about ...
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What do you think of the pronouns “that, this, it” in the following?

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams: "Make Change Possible" Most struggles aren't won by single actions. Or by iconic leaders. Though they have their role. They are won by people, taking individual ...
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“We eat when I say we eat!”

"Quiet! We eat when I say we eat!" "OK, we wait for your say-so." Why can we omit the first "will" in sentences such as: "We will eat when I say so!" "We will eat, when I say 'we eat'!" "We ...
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Are these grammatically correct sentences-also tensewise?

1 Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who committed suicide from the setback. It should be 'who has committed'? 2 Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran ...
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scene to vs scene of

I am a non-native speaker wondering which of the following sentences would read more naturally to a native speaker: The market looked like it had been the scene of a mass murder. The market ...
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“Pharaoh” or “the Pharaoh”?

Should we use "the Pharaoh" or simply "Pharaoh"? Since it is a title I think it should be preceded with "the". But I see it used both ways. Why?
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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

In the sentence: The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective and please explain why. Thank you.
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Is there any grammar error in the following sentence? [on hold]

"I have problem of saying Chinese language" The person wants to express that his/her spoken Chinese is not very good. Edit If you are to evaluate the level of English for the person based on this ...
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Grammar guys, help! [on hold]

I must have been tired because I had been working so far for several hours or I must have been tired because I have been working so far for several hours Which one is correct? I am a bit confused ...
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Which one is correct : “you are a good friend” or “you are good friend”? [on hold]

Which one is correct, and why? You are a good friend. You are good friend. Thanks.
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How many records has he made or he has made? [on hold]

A: Paul is a singer in a rock band. B: Oh, really. How many records ____? a) he made b) did he make c) he has made d) has he made A:Jenny is a Maths teacher at this high school. B: How long ...
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What is the reason why we use 'passive voice'? [on hold]

I want to know the reason why we use 'passive voice' instead of 'active voice' in English.
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How should “that” be used?

I am an audio transcriber. One of my clients systematically dictates sentences such as : I feel that, if the company wanted to use the procedure, that it would seem likely it would have to .. To ...
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Once, at once and when [on hold]

Which one of the following is correct? I will let you know once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once when I have ...
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I want to know the meaning of 'OP?' [migrated]

What is 'OP'? I want to know the meaning of 'OP' used here?
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What category does the 'the recent perfect' belong to?

A scholar has said that there are 4 usages of the present past tense: The Universal sense of the Perfect, used to indicate that a state of affairs prevailed throughout some interval stretching from ...
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How do we control the “Wish Agreement” when changing “wish” to “wished”?

I remembered that I learned this 20 years ago, but now couldn't find any information relating to it even searching the entire internet. Ok, Here is how to use Wish (source) Wish + (that) + past ...
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Use of dashes or commas when adding a qualifier

For the following, I'm not sure how to separate each component of the sentence: After the standard battery of tests, factual verifications (Who's the president? — Obama) and autobiographical ...
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I want to know the difference between 'hot news' and 'recent past' in the present perfect tense [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker. I want to know the difference in meaning between 'hot news'usage and 'recent past'usage in the present perfect tense. And It the the two(hot news and recent past)are same, ...
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verb conjugation [on hold]

I got a sentence like this "Hunt for treasure likes a pirate" But someone said it should be "Hunt for treasure like a pirate" I thought because of "hunt for treasure" acts as singular pronoun or ...
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How “however” is functioning in the given sentence? [on hold]

Thwaites began to consider what kind of animal he’d like to be. His initial plan >was to become an elephant. Elephants were big, he reasoned, and, if he could build an elephant exoskeleton, he ...
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean 1) A is either as likely or less likely than B 2) A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? [duplicate]

In present perfect tense, Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? Let't take this sentence for example. "Malcolm X has just been assassinated." Does the sentence mean hot news ...
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“We must away ere break of day”: What is this grammar? Is it alive?

This phrase appears in a song Tolkien wrote, and what was the main theme of The Hobbit movie: Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day ...
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In the tense of present perfect, Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same? [duplicate]

In the tense of present perfect, I learned that "I have finished the work" means 'recent past' and "The man has died"means'hot news' Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same in meaning?
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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“I went to the cinema after eating my dinner” - is “after” a preposition or subordinating conjunction?

English schools are introducing some assessment tests for all children. Some people are unhappy with this. A politician was interviewed on the radio about it, and was asked one of the questions. ...
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How to write “IDs of persons” without using “of”?

I never know how to write this correctly. I can think of several ways to write it but which is the right one? person IDs persons IDs persons' IDs
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Question about a grammar problem [migrated]

I just came across a problem (not homework), from somebody I know. I wish I knew the answer to this grammar problem but I actually have no clue about this one, so I couldn't answer it. The question ...
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Grammar problem [on hold]

Is it necessary to add 's' after ' any' if the noun is countable noun? For example , the paramount king announced that any girl in the town could join the party with the prince. Do I need to add 's' ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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“I never drink” “I don't either/ I do too/I never do, too” [on hold]

It might seem trivial but I'm not really sure which one is grammatically correct. To agree with a sentence with never we should use too or either? A: I never drink. B: ............. ...
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How to use “Both”

How to use both in sentences when we have "and"? For example: both of X and Y are letters. Or both X and Y are letters?