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Shall I put the adjective behind the noun in this case?

"Function" means the performance of something, so it is on a level different from "project".(self-made) Here what I mean is that the two words are on different levels, the first may refer to ...
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What construction does ‘A wise man is never less alone than when alone’ have?

I think this proverb roughly means that a wise man isn’t lonely even if he is without company. However, when considering its construction, my understanding is starting to get shaky. Let me explain ...
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How do I use, “Be it” in a question, or can I?

I'm writing a poem and I want to use this specific wording, but I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. Here is the line: "Will you ever ask for the truth or be it ignorant you stay?"
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want”

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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Can we use “workaround to this” instead of “solution to this”?

While searching for the meaning I got this. Wordkaround - a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system. Which means almost the same as "solution". So, can we use ...
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Is there a named category for nouns that are not 'agent nouns'?

Please note that this question is not about the 'opposite' of an agent noun, or the 'passive noun' corresponding to an agent noun. My question is: if we could split the set of all nouns into two ...
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What is the Grammatical mistakes in “The pity is that no sooner he had left the place than the fire broke out”? [on hold]

What is/are the Grammatical mistakes in "The pity is that no sooner he had left the place than the fire broke out" ?
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the word “slant” as a way of expressing personal views

In writing, I mainly use such words as outlook, perspective, standpoint, or viewpoint to express my personal opinion or an opinion of someone else. Examples presented below: The author's ...
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Which preposition should be used when referring to an exact date?

I read this in a text book: My test is on 22th of June. I saw this in a YouTube tutorial: My test is at 22th of June. Which sentence uses the right preposition?
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“-ing” verb + gerund

I am aware that some verbs require the use of a gerund in certain constructions like "to avoid doing something". However, does this rule extend to the case that avoid is also used in an -ing form? ...
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“And been” when “has” has been said in the sentence already?

I have the sentence "The role has gotten easier and easier to play, and been forced upon me more frequently than not." I was wondering if "and been" is correct to use in this case, or if "has" must be ...
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“The Tengwar are an artificial script…”

Reading up on Tolkien's Tengwar, I stumbled upon this sentence introducing its Wikipedia article: The Tengwar are an artificial script created by J. R. R. Tolkien For me, mixing plural Tengwar ...
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Is it possible to say so very and very so?

I know that it is correct to use: Thank you so very much. As much as I know an adverb can be theoretically used to modify another adverb, so my question is: Is it possible to say very so ...
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Is “cry” an intransitive verb, or can it be transitive? - as in “Cry me a river”

When I look up the word, it should be an intransitive verb (no object). However, I'm still curious about the title "Cry me a river". Can I say that "I cried a bucket"?
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Why is this a correct sentence? Her uncle prefers that she speak with him personally [duplicate]

An native English speaker said the correct grammar should be ... 'she speak,' rather than ...'she speaks.' What is the grammar rule?
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Redundancy: If they should

Today’s horoscope on New York Daily News says (the link may be broken after tomorrow): If they should find out something before you had a chance to tell them, it could cause real friction. How ...
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Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dogs ball is always in my yard" or ...
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'is' or 'are' in lists of counted nouns

Which of the following is correct? Does the is/are depend on the total number of things in the list, or only on the thing immediately following the is/are? There is 1 apple and 1 orange available. ...
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is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english?

Is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english? Any suggested phrases to replace if this is not?
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A few contexts with the Present Simple which make me puzzled

These extracts are taken from an old English text book written by A.S. Hornby. 1) A: You were out very late last night. I know! B: Quite right! I was out until three o'clock. And I had too many ...
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How to use “To be perceived as to being something” [migrated]

For example. To be perceived as to being useful, the information tool must provide useful information to user and the user must find the information provided by the information tool is useful is ...
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“Many of my friends” vs “many friends”

I was writing a complaint to an Indian website and got confused between: I recommended your website to many of my friends versus I recommended your website to my many friends I am not a ...
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What's the subordinate clause type for these two that-clause sentences below?

I am always confused about what type of subordinate clause "that" can connect. So there are two sentence below: So far the torpedo has proved a damp squib, with observers arguing that Europe has not ...
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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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Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings

I am trying to figure out what the correct preposition would be (and why): Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings Thanks
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“So many weapons and armor!” What is wrong with this sentence? And how would one fix it?

The sentence rings false in my head. Clearly this is because "weapons" is a countable noun, and "armor" is an uncountable noun. So one could fix this sentence by breaking it up into two clauses (e.g. ...
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Is it correct to ask “Where are we holding in regards to that” when asking about the status of an application or the like

I was asking a banking rep about a recently submitted application for financing - Where are we holding? Is that grammatically correct? For example - I would ask the question - At what stage is the ...
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Usage of “done” vs. “done with.”

I've always found it irksome when people form sentences such as "I'm done my homework." It is of my understanding that you are never done something, but rather you are done with something. Am I right ...
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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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in minds or in mind [on hold]

Is it correct to say "What do you (more than 1 person) have in minds?" or we should say "What do you have in mind?". If both of the sentences are correct, which one is more idiomatic?
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Is it third person singular or plural? [duplicate]

Do I need to add a suffix -s to the verbs in the following cases? Her academic background combined with her working experience...provideS... Her academic and professional experience.. provideS... I ...
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To “strum strings” and “hit keys” [on hold]

Is it correct to use a verb right next to its corresponding noun in this specific context? I strum strings and hit keys for a living. Thanks for your help.
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Is the following use of “nonetheless” correct?

I was so down and unmotivated, nonetheless, that even thinking about getting up the chair seemed like a tedious and burdensome task. I'm having my doubts because at first I used however, and ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continuous for past unfinished actions relevant to the present

John has stood there for 5 hours. vs John has been standing there for 5 hours. Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences? Both actions are unfinished. Both are relevant to the ...
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Does rote memorization offer any benefits in learning English concepts? [on hold]

I'm not looking for conjecture, but an answer that references actual research. Rote memorization has not been used much in the United States as an educational tool. I am interested in whether there ...
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Who vs whom in a sentence [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences is correct? Everybody who we need or Everybody whom we need Please explain the grammatical reason behind it. Thanks
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Please check the sentence [on hold]

I can be found interacting with different people on the floor, discussing about their life, ideas, projects and something new they recently learned.
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One of us is wrong, aren't we?

I have just learned from what I consider a reliable source, that the following sentence is correct: One of us is wrong, aren't we? I would never in my life have written this, but I am assured ...
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In past tense use break or broke [on hold]

I think I should use broke because it is in past tense. Am I correct? If incorrect, can you explain to me briefly which case is correct? I was thinking about punching him and breaking his teeth. I ...
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Omission of 'for' with various quantified time intervals: influence of verb

I came across these two examples, given to illustrate 'a case' where the inclusion of the preposition for is considered optional in the paper "Acquisition of Preposition Deletion by Non-native ...
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others,the others,the other and another? [migrated]

I have difficulty telling the diffirence among them.I wonder if there is the best way to know exactly when you use "others","the other","the others" or "another".
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The process creates the prize? [on hold]

I would like to know which one of the sentences is correct and why? The process create the prize. or The process creates the prize.
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“Which one is you?” vs “Which one are you?”

Imagine I'm looking at a photo containing a number of people's faces and I can't tell which one belongs to a certain friend of mine. I could ask him one of two things: "Which one is you?" or ...
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when i intimating my superior about project commencement..the senetence is correct or not? [on hold]

Development started with below three requirements as highly prioritized, will be completed by 30th August.
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Use of 'not' in questions

When is it okay to use 'not' when posing a question? I believe that the person asking would include the 'not 'when he believes the implied to be true. For example: "Are you going to the store? "Are ...
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How to improve grammar ? i want to be a writer- recommendation needed [on hold]

I want to improve my English grammar, including every little information like where to use exclamation, where to or not to use semi-colon etc. Can someone recommend any elementary or high school ...
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what is the meaning of “subtle” and how we use it? [on hold]

I know it is sometimes used to imply something as calm. and i also read its different meaning which was "difficult to detect " but i still find difficult to use it in any sentence, because meaning is ...
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Such is the way of American policymaking in health care [on hold]

why did we use "Such" here ? is there any alternate to this sentence?
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Is it okay to write i.e. at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

Is it aceptable to write "i.e." at the begining of a sencnce? For example: Does the above formula equal 2? i.e. does (insert simple formula here) equal 10? or should it be Does the above ...
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Usage of 'much more'

Is saying much more grammatically correct? For instance, some purists argue that this is wrong: I'm much more comfortable with A than B and that it should be: I'm more comfortable with A ...