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Present continuous tense with the time element “everyday”

Is it grammatical to use the present continuous when "everyday" is the time element involved, as in "I'm studying English everyday."?
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“his mother look very tired”

Is it correct to say, James could see his mother look very tired from all the chores. The options in the test paper were the following: 1) looks 2) look 3) looked 4) had looked I would have ...
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“She (becomes/become) popular in Canada”

She becomes popular in Canada. or She become popular in Canada?
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“You who is” OR “you who are”

In the following sentence should it be "you who is" or "you who are"? I can make a case for either in my mind. For example, if you turn the sentence around a little bit, you could say, "Tonight, you ...
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Use of after as preposition or conjunction

"Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday ruled out any troop withdrawal from the Siachen glacier after last week's avalanche claimed the lives of 10 soldiers." Is the word "after" used as a ...
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The “wrought /wreaked havoc” misunderstanding

According to the American Heritage Dictionary: the past tense and past participle of the verb to wreak is wreaked, not wrought, which is an alternative past tense and past participle of work. ...
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Heavy noun shifting [on hold]

Last Wednesday, a major avalanche hit a post on the northern glacier at a height of 19600 feet being manned by soldiers of the madras regiment Last Wednesday, a major avalanche hit on the northern ...
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Is there a term for the use of adjectives as nouns?

I wonder when this horrible trend started—to me it seems to have proliferated very recently, over the last year or two: Give the gift of happy this Christmas ..or how about this, from the ...
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In sentences with “too” and “enough” what word does the to-infinitive modify?

When a to-infinitive is used with words like "too" and "enough" what word does it modify? For example The animal moves too quickly to be captured. The bag is too heavy to lift. He is ...
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What is ungrammatical about “that's them”?

I was reading 3rd short story in Agatha Christie's "Poirot Investigates" when I stumbled on following sentence: "That's them," I declared in an ungrammatical whisper. What is so ungrammatical ...
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Most of them due to /most of them to

India has lost over 2,000 soldiers in the last three decades, most of them to extreme and unpre-dictable weather events. Large laundries face rapid changes most of them due to rising utility costs. ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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What do you call the phrase that identifies a noun?

For example: Ms. Smith, the local bartender, always wore a long scarf. The poem, "The Raven," was written by Edgar Allan Poe. My dad, a tough and burly man, went to work today. I ...
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Is this phrasing correct - “As the bus raced all this by”

I'm writing a scene in which a bus drives past the sight of a near-accident, and here's how I phrased the start of this particular paragraph: As the bus raced all this by, Igy turned in his seat, ...
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Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English?

Reading doth not a writer make. This sounds all wrong so why it is acceptable to use? The word order looks to be all out sequence (Object-Subject-Verb). It should be "reading does not make you a ...
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ending a sentence with a preposition 'of'

I know many questions have been asked for ending a sentence with a preposition in this community. However none of that seems to be providing the answer which I am looking for in this scenario. Please ...
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Proper usage of “does” in “Where does it come from?”

When inquiring after the immediate origin of a thing (i.e., where I purchased this gallon of milk), my wife will frequently say, "Where does it come from?". This always sounds odd to me—I'd say "Where ...
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Is there a better way to say: “My question is, is…” (e.g. “The question is, is it the right time”)

It feels a little weird for me (or should I say to me?) to say: So my question is, is having two 'Is' correct? And also this seems to me incorrect grammatically: So my question is, is ...
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Present perfect or past simple with today

Today I have seen the movie or Today I saw the movie. Which one is correct? According to the rule if the period of time is not finished yet, we should use present perfect. But we often see the second ...
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Compound subject and verb agreement

Consider the following sentence: The main culprit together with his associates was/were arrested. Which should be used, was or were?
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Subject with a Gerund: “is” or “are”?

Making adult decisions are/is really not fun. What is the proper answer and why? My gut says "is" but I can't explain why.
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Another sentence from Rise of the Guardians

Now is the time you take the Oath. Is "take" present subjunctive here?
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Is it not allowed to use “there, where S V”?

I want to express some unearthly, mysterious atmosphere of the place. The original sentence is : The task can only be accomplished in a certain place, where...(defines the requirement of the ...
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Is “Tomorrow good?” a complete sentence?

Is this a complete sentence: Tomorrow good? As I understand it, first you change the interrogatory to declarative so the question becomes whether Tomorrow (is) good is a sentence.
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“In” or “For” — or Both Acceptable?

I'm currently editing my résumé's cover letter and, while shortening a sentence, noticed a particular use of in which seemed incorrect. It never stood out to me as wrong until I started to condense ...
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I and my wife or my wife and I [duplicate]

It sounds awkward to me to write " I and my wife were doing such and such." Shouldn't it be "My wife and I were doing such and such." Please answer
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Is “I'm confused how it works” grammatically correct?

Is "I'm confused how it works" grammatically correct? Or should it be something like "I'm confused about how it works?" I hear and see Americans say the first, but as a native Mandarin speaker it is ...
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have seen vs had seen in this context [on hold]

Today, I said the following while giving a presentation: "So, this is something which you have already seen in the previous slide." Should I've said "So, this is something which you had already seen ...
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“would like to see being removed” or “would like to be seen removed”?

Let's say I let a room to a person and offer this person to remove stuff from this room if necessary. Could I say "Please let me know if there is something you would like to see being removed" or ...
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Have vs. Had Special Situation

This is part of my essay that I'm writing, and I'm unsure of whether to use "has" or "have." "that experience, and others like it, have/has taught me" That experience has taught me, but others like ...
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“LIfe” as the doer in the sentence — does it have to be that way?

There is a sentence which can be translated into English like this: My life has its ups and downs. My life has ups and downs. My suggested translation was "There are ups and downs in my life". I ...
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It were cucumbers or It was cucumbers [on hold]

everyone! Please, help me with these simple but unexpectedly complicated sentences! Here they are: My grandmother planted something in her garden. It was cucumbers / It were cucumbers. (Which ...
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British grammar structure

He can make rules specifying the manner in which the order and other instruments made and executed in his name shall be authenticated. PPlease explain the structure of statement above
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“feel the urge” vs “have the urge”

Which of the following options is correct/would you chose? "I have the urge to say something" or"I feel the urge to say something"?
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Can words of frequency like “always” and “sometimes” be used with the gnomic aspect?

In sentences such as "birds fly" and "people die," the sentences don't talk about habituality but have the gnomic aspect instead. Can words of frequency like "always" and "sometimes" that are usually ...
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I'll come sometime end of March

Is this sentence correct: I'll come sometime end of March. The expected meaning should be, I'll come end of march but exact date is not known yet.
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Which of the two is grammatically correct? [on hold]

'Remind me to tell you about my favorite movies' 'Remind me to tell you my favorite movies' Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? and why?
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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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for + period of time + present continuous/past perfect tense [on hold]

What is the difference between (1) I've taken antibiotics for 10 weeks. (2) I've been taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (3) I'm taking antibiotics for 10 weeks. (4) I take antibiotics for 10 weeks. ...
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Which one is correct ? is update are updates

I need to sen update for some issues. Which one of following is correct Below is the update of issues or Below are the updates of issues Thanks
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Could we please meet in my office tomorrow [on hold]

Is my answer correct to this question ? Could we please meet in my office tomorrow ? Yes, sure I will be at your office tomorrow afternoon.
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Why is 'an' used with 'an honour'?

Why is 'an' used with 'an honour'? Isn't 'an' limited to the vowels?
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Is it “the present he” or “the present him”?

For example: The present he/him had no choice but to run away. If reworded, I would put something like: He presently had no choice but to run away. But then, it could also be reworded to: ...
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Is this sentence grammatical: “all there is, are idiolects?” [duplicate]

Someone please explain why singular to plural to singular is correct. In my opinion, this makes no sense. Edit for clarification of what I'm asking: My point is that double linking verbs are not OK ...
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Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged? [closed]

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where ...
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“In” vs. “among”

I have read the following sentence in a medical textbook: "Nosebleeds are also common, but sometimes serious, in people over age 50." Would it not be better if we used "among" in place of "in" ?
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What is a syntactic construction?

Okay, I'm not quite sure if i'm allowed to post this here. I had a look at the linguistics SE, but it seems that questions there have to be research-level, and this is extremely elementary however I ...
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When can i use on, in , at? [on hold]

everyone. what are their name? when can i use on,in,at in English? please help me. thanks a lot.
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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [on hold]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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What is the category name for words like notwithstanding, forthwith, etc…?

These words all have something in common: heretofore, forthwith, notwithstanding, therefore, etc... what are these kinds of words called? And where can I find a list of them?