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Difference between “considered to be” and “considered as”?

Is there any difference between considered to be and considered as? For example: Adam is considered as a good teacher. Adam is considered to be a good teacher.
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'Go to sleep' vs 'Go and sleep'?

I just had a linguistics test (it's called UKLO) that measures you're ability to problem solve and translate languages you know nothing about. For one of my translation answers I wrote 'Don't go and ...
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Do I need a comma or semi-colon before particularly in this example

I thoroughly enjoy getting lost in the writing of Donna Tartt, particularly The Secret History.
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Of the translations of the gambler

What follows is a few sentences from two existing translation of The Gambler by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY. At first,I must say ,I don't want by any means to take PEVER and VOLOKHONSKY part. In my view ...
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Which is grammatically more correct?

We'll be creating a simple login screen with two input boxes for email address, password and a sign in button. or We'll be creating a simple login screen with two input boxes for email address and ...
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has been, have been , had been [duplicate]

Please anyone tell me when we have to use "has been, have been , had been" and something started in past and still continuing is it possible to use has been ?
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past continuous or present continuous

I'm slightly confused, Shouldn't we stick to the past continuous in this sentence? The Germans began running to the town and when they realized the Jews are escaping, started shooting at them and ...
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Is this correct use of thereby? [on hold]

I just want to ask: do we always have to use verb+ing after "thereby"? And if the following sentence is correct: Furthermore, it is efficient to compute,thereby suitable for real-time vision ...
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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Is resolved vs has been resolved?

If someone reports an defect to me and is asking for an update, how should I reply? I will inform you once the issue is resolved or I will inform you once the issue has been resolved?
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actress's or actress' [duplicate]

Please tell me which one is correct Cops reach actress' house to record her statement. Cops reach actress's house to record her statement. Thank you.
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which sentence is correct and why? [on hold]

Do you like pop music or Jazz?- I don't like both of them. I prefer classical music_____ I don't like any of them. I prefer classical music_____ I don't like either of them. I prefer classical music
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“does there exist” or “does there exists”

I have seen many uses, even in books, of the three words "does there exist" and of the three words "does there exists". Examples: Does there exist a political business cycle? [1] Does there ...
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use of suffix and agglutination

Sir, I am an assistant teacher of English in a higher secondary school in a remote village of Basirhat - ii block. In my school the first summative evaluation is going on where in the English ...
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Must have arrived by now

Please tell me if the following sentences are the same or not? It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived now. It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived by now. Are they same? If not, then please ...
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Sentence Correction: Team - was or were? [duplicate]

In the sentence: The team could not win the match because it was split into two groups. The correction given is: The team could not win the match because they were split into two groups. According ...
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Figures of Speech: Inversion, doubt

This is a doubt from the poem Television by Roald Dahl and it is there in our 10 STD school textbook. I and my teacher had a bit of conflict with the figures of speech here: ...In almost every house ...
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Adverbs of time [on hold]

Tomorrow at this time I will be travelling across Italy. At this time tomorrow I will be travelling across Italy. Which one?
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Which question sentence is correct? [duplicate]

I'm not sure which of the following sentences is correct: "Don't they have to send the table?" "Do they not have to send the table?" It would be great if you could help me. Thanks in advance!
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“If a son strike his father” - shouldn't it be “strikes”?

I am reading The Code of Hammurabi translated by Robert Francis Harper. Many times there are sentences in the format "if one do this, some action shall be done". Here's an example: If a son strike ...
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Is this line correct? [on hold]

Is it corrct if I use this line- "I have not that sort of brain." I have a little bit confusion about that.
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“Attitude should be professional looks need not to be” is it grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence is wrong? Attitude should be professional looks need not to be If yes, then what's the correct way or approach to write it in a correct grammatical way? May I know why it ...
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“To live in” vs. “To live”

It is a question that follows up on the one posted today: "My hometown is a good place to live in." "My hometown is a good place to live." "Live" is usually used as an intransitive verb ...
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How is the word 'but' used in the famous quote 'What is life but a series of inspired follies?'

The full quote attributed to George Bernard Shaw: What is life but a series of inspired follies? The difficulty is to find them to do. Never lose a chance: it doesn't come every day. I ...
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How should I use “so” and“ too” for implying “That's also true for me” in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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why use “be of something”, is there some meaning for this “of”?

I saw a sentence when reading some technical articles: When we call this function, it expects the second parameter to be of type Collection. The actual argument is of type Collection. So my ...
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Where do the commas go? [on hold]

Here's a specific phrase I just wrote, but I'm not sure where the commas should go: " One thing we do need implemented into the login system that we need for datalayer stuff, is a way to pull out the ...
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The phrase “Warp and woof”

If warps and woofs are threads of fabric, why does the phrase use them in singular?
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“hugest” grammatically correct?

I saw an article on yahoo yesterday and thought I'd ask, is "hugest" a real word? I assume whoever wrote the article understands what they are trying to say, but it just seems wrong and foreign to my ...
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Laid vs. Lain in This Sentence [on hold]

Which past participle would fit best in the following sentence? I've always struggled with this one. The idea that had presented itself during the meeting had plagued him all night, and he'd ____ ...
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Participial Phrase

Pulling down the sleeves of her jersey, she walked inside. She walked inside, pulling down the sleeves of her jersey. Pulling down the sleeves of her jersey, she walked inside, making a ...
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Cry and cried - drop the y and add ied [on hold]

I understand the usage of the two, but I'm looking for how to describe these types and rules for when you drop y and add ied. If that makes sense Thanks
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Is this free indirect speech ? “ …and would I please … ” And why is “please” necessary?

I would like to ask a question about the expression, “...and would I please .... . ” Which appeared in a mystery novel. I’ve been wondering what the expression means. And why is the word “please” in ...
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“Around” and/or “About”

I know it is right to state: Is the teacher around ? But is it equally right to state: Is the teacher about ? I have heard native English speakers say the latter, but is it correct?
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plural or singular of verb following staff [duplicate]

Is it: A number of staff who was not able to attend. or: A number of staff who were not able to attend.
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Grammatical structure of the given sentence

I was reading Harry Potter I. I stumbled over a sentence, written there, whose overall meaning was clear to me but grammatical structure was not clear at all. Here is the sentence: "Mr. Dursley ...
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Simultaneous usage past & present Part. in the same sentence

I have a doubt to be clarified. Kindly refer following sentences and suggest, which one correct and why? Is there any specific rule on that aspect? he who never failed, has never tried.< he ...
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Plural or singular- is either correct?

We are losing our abilty/abilities to write. Abilities is 100% a word. True, it can be viewed as a shared thing in that we all have the one ability. But I think you could also say that it can be ...
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Is 'verb + so + adjective' correct?

I've by chance learned the following sentence: Why does the idea of progress loom so large in the modern world? It confuses me a great deal,as I think that it should've been 'loom so largely'. Could ...
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Should we always use a prepositional object after an intransitive verb?

I arrived at home. I arrived home. Arrive is intransitive verb and it needs a prepositional object but 'home' is adverb of place and I think we can't use any preposition before it as we were ...
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Is using the word “us” allowed in an academic essay?

I am attempting to write a review essay on the book of Job and want to write the phrase "Let us not forget the many people and live stock that have died". Is it proper to use us in that way or should ...
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Is the sentence “I wonder where he's?” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

The sentence "I wonder where he is?" has no contraction and, in my opinion, feels like it naturally flows compared to using the contraction. Are there any rules that are violated with the contracted ...
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“A for B and C showcases D like E”

Consider this sentence: “His work for Blair and Claire showcases traditional arts like weaving.” Does this imply that both his work for Blair showcases traditional arts and his work for Claire ...
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The '-ing' form and clauses [closed]

Which of these sounds more natural? Rural areas are beneficial to people's health, because they provide people with opportunities to escape pressure and noises of modern life. Rural areas, which ...
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When to capitalize job titles? [duplicate]

I'm a transcriptionist and also studying for my IELTS exam. I would like to know when is it correct to capitalize job titles such as receptionist, office assistant, general manager, veterinary ...
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Using “as” in an introductory clause

Is this considered an introductory clause? "as the lightning struck the tree, the people ran."
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“Scaffolding” or “A scaffolding”?

Is it more correct to say: "There is a scaffolding around my house" than: "There is scaffolding around my house" ?
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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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'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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Correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders

I'm trying to establish the correct capitalisation for events, appointments and reminders I put into my Google Calendar. I was wondering how should the following be capitalised: John's birthday ...