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Beginning a sentence with a gerund?

My teacher recently marked on my paper not to use a gerund to start a sentence. I have been told by teachers in the past to use that format to vary sentence structure. It seems to make the paper flow ...
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Is “worser” correct grammatically?

Is worser correct grammatically? I know it seems incorrect, but I stumbled upon the word when reading Hamlet: Oh, throw away the worser part of it, And live the purer with the other half. ...
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The Largest is White Bears [on hold]

My question is twofold. I came across this text: "The Largest is White Bears" in a presentation. Intuitively this seems incorrect. Is there any grammatical justification for the singular form of the ...
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When should a verb be followed by a gerund instead of an infinitive?

Some verbs are followed by ing, e.g. I enjoy swimming. We can't say I enjoy to swim. Likewise, some verbs are followed by to, e.g. I decided to make a plan. Which particular verbs are followed by ...
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“we and someone” vs “someone and we”

Both: I and my neighbour went to the races and: My neighbour and I went to the races are commonly used. However in the plural I've only ever seen the form: We and the neighbours went ...
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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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Can the Phrase “ Coaxing the Hoax ” used? [on hold]

I mean the meanings of coax and hoax are perfectly justified in the phrase . Atleast I think so , they are . If not correct me . I thought it looks cool for a whatsapp status . And when I went ...
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Is the phrase “PM who have approved” correct?

PM who have approved Is the phrase correct? I think it should be "PM who has approved" (PM: Project Manager). Am I wrong?
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“During” a Period of Time

I'm working on a sentence (example below). It doesn't quite feel right: I tried to count the number of cars driven during 1980-1990. Specifically, the issue here is about usage of the ...
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What adjective do you use to describe a curve that's very curved?"

Example: There weren’t many curves, but those that appeared were so [...] I thought I would fly out of them any time. I thought of sharp and closed but they sound weird to me for some reason. ...
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“I can not attend to something” meaning “I'm free not to attend to something”?

When I say "I cannot attend to it" it sounds like I'm saying "I'm not able to attend to it", while what I want to express is that I'm capable of doing it, but I just don't need to. In Slavic ...
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usage of “constitute” and “thankful”

A senior researcher has single-handed[ly] constituted one of the most comprehensive collections of field recordings. I have three questions, two pertaining to usage and one to grammar:  1. ...
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Is this a native English way to speak:I have the drive to do something

Is this the proper way to use the term I have the drive to do something? I have the drive to work in an elite company.
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Is there any difference between “how it is doable” and “how it can be done”?

I have a phrase which can be written in two ways: This page contains information about orders, like how they are traceable after production. Or This page contains information about orders, ...
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When is it appropriate to use “to receive someone”?

In what cases we can use the verb receive to refer to a person and not to an object?
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What is the best Bible translation by which I can speak proper English if I read it enough times? [closed]

Since over one month I'm reading in over eight different Bible translations in order to find out whose English language is most adapted for today's English language, including grammar, idioms and ...
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can we use “admitted to the mistakes”?

Can we use "admitted to the mistakes"? I think it must be "admitted the mistakes" and "admitted to the hospital". The sentence that i am working on is "it has not admitted to the mistakes in the ...
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Thanks/ thank you for your suggestion [on hold]

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate? Thank you for your suggestion. Or, Thanks for your suggestion.
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Do these sentences sound stilted and unnatural? [on hold]

1.) I don’t think I can use this vacuum cleaner for 30 minutes without worrying about my electric bill. 2.) I don’t want to ruin your hope of getting a sound advice on dating boys, but I haven’t ...
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Correct usage for “all you need is/are…” [duplicate]

What is the correct verb tense for the phrase "all you need is", when what follows is a plural? All you need is paintbrushes and paint. All you need are paintbrushes and paint. Or is neither ...
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Present perfect in subjunctive past tense (I wish I had done)?

It's an exercise, imagine you're in the situation, and write a sentence with "I wish". the situation is: "You've painted the gate red. Now you think that it doesn't look very nice." Because ...
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Do I need an apostrophe in this title? [on hold]

Educations Influence on Christianity This is the title of my essay. Does 'educations' need an apostrophe?
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With “amount” will you use singular or plural?

I am confused about this grammatical question: large amount of data and the fact that it will exponentially grow large amount of data and the fact that they will exponentially grow (the semantic ...
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Can a sentence be both a tautology and an oxymoron?

Sometimes I encounter sentences that are very difficult to unpack into coherent thought. Sentences with tautological double or triple negatives; and sentences where one part contradicts another in ...
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Answering a question using “I wish”

I was asked which team I would want to win a given game, so I answer something like: I wish TEAM_A wins (the game). However, it does not sound quite right to me, should I have rephrased ...
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Diff between Top 5 and 5 Top

What is the difference between Top 5 something and 5 Top something. Is there really any difference or are both the same.
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Are there any simple rules for choosing the definite vs. indefinite (vs. none) article?

I can’t for the life of me figure out where to use a and where to use the — and where there is no article at all. Is there a simple rule of thumb to memorize? The standard rule you always hear: ...
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If I hyphenate first-order conditions should I also hyphenate higher-order conditions?

It seems to me that the hyphens in "first-order conditions" and "second-order conditions" are correct, but I'm editing an article that also mentions "higher-order conditions" and "lower-order ...
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Be but sworn - grammar

I have found several questions asking for the meaning, but the thing that troubles me here is the grammar actually and i haven't found anything on that. In Shakespeare's sentence "Deny thy father ...
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When saying “this one” when referring to yourself, is it first or third person? [on hold]

I have been playing a RP forum game and I believe that one of the other players may be locked into first/third person every post he makes. Which one it is doesn't change it from a gameplay view but it ...
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Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?

Consider these two sentences: "His actions reveal him to be a husband who is not jealous but is zealous." "Those words demonstrate not his jealousness but his zealousness." Are the words ...
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What is difference between “from within” and “from inside”?

I'm sure there must be some difference but, for me, those two are interchangeable in most of the cases.
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Curious words that make me suspicious

I'm curious about that curious object. I'm suspicious of that suspicious stranger. I'm dubious about that dubious plan. I can't think of any other words that allow this: using the same ...
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Usage of “yet” and comma

Which of the following sentences is correct? In other words, do I need the comma before the word "team"? By using this plan, we are keeping a limited, yet strong and great team. By using this plan, ...
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How to categorize this phrase. Relative clause, Interrogative clause, Adverbial clause?

What is "Where to go" in the sentence "Where to go is the question." Is it a adverbial phrase or a relative clause? And what is "Why go" in the sentence "Why go when you can stay?" - is it a clause?
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Can “own” stand on its own?

My gut feeling tells me that sentences such as Own mistakes have to be dealt with first. Own experience matters the most. We present own results. are not correct, and I would ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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Simple present in “I heard the clock strike ten” [migrated]

Why is strike in the simple present in this sentence? What are the conditions for using a simple present verb after a past tense verb to talk about the past?
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Is this line has error? [on hold]

Hi can someone correct this if it has error, "will you let me the one". Thank you.
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Is it this grammar correct? [migrated]

Can I say: The client sent me a letter asking if we could change the information for them. or should it be: The client sent me a letter and asked if we could change the information for him. ...
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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Where were “should”, “shall”, and “must” in the 18th Century?

According to the following Google Ngram, in the U.K. the modals should, shall, and must were virtually missing from English writing during the 18th Century (I've added will for a comparison modal ...
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Having an IV or being on a drip

I had an IV last night because my blood pressure dropped too low. I was given an IV (Fluids) last night... I was put on a drip last night... I got a drip last night... I was on a drip last night ... ...
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Can a sentence have an indirect object without a direct object?

Everywhere I look online, people seem to say the same thing: "A sentence with an indirect object must have a direct object." Every case of confusion I've seen about this rule has only involved ...
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Function of “or” [on hold]

A hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime (Merriam Webser-wassail) Is a ...
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [on hold]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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We say “U.S. citizen”, but why can't we say “China citizen”? Or can we?

Is the word "U.S." an adjective or a noun modifier in this case? It seems to me that it is an adjective that goes before citizen, because we say "Russian citizen", "Chinese citizen", etc. But if it's ...
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Either, as well or too?

Is the sentence "Won't you come, either?" right? Why? Is the sentence "Won't you come, as well/too?" right? Which one is correct? Why? Can you tell me if all the sentences are right? If there is just ...
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My mom's (Theresa's) house [on hold]

Without recasting, I say that number one below is correct; number two is not. Agreed? (1) My mom's (Theresa's) house was burglarized. (2) My mom (Theresa's) house was burglarized. And could it be ...
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Why is “How are you” but not “How is You” correct? [closed]

My English is not very good. I just want to ask this simple question: "These are","this is", "those are", "that is" means "are" is used for plural, but when asking to someone how is he, why people ...