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Question form of a sentence

What will be the question form of the following sentence? "They're scared of spider."
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Usage of 'we' by companies

Often companies refer to themselves as 'we', e.g. We offer the following services Even though a company is singular, is this correct usage of 'we'? If not, what should be the correct usage?
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Can you help me to formally define the phrase “to edit <something>”?

I am in a situation on Meta Stack Overflow in which I dispute the validity of the system notification text "Code in your answer has been edited", because there was no code in the answer before the ...
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“My class ended earlier than expected” vs. “my class ended quicker than expected”

I'm studying English at the moment and I don't know which one of these is correct: My class ended earlier than expected. My class ended quicker than expected. Could I also say my class ...
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What is the word used to describe the redundancy of using two synonyms to define one thing?

Incorrect: a baby lamb Correct?: 'a baby sheep', or just 'a lamb' Is there even one word used to describe this duplication? Or would you just identify the mistake as "a redundant word"?
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Which sentence is correct one?

1) I didn't go to party. 2) I didn't went to party.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number ...
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How to use which?

is it correct to say A(x) and B(X) are the velocity and the temperature of the solution which we need to find them. is the sentence grammatically correct, and is it academic. many thanks
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“X as well as Y” ; will this be followed by singular verb or plural verb?

"X as well as Y" singular or plural When two nouns are connected using "as well as", does that become singular or plural? For eg. Sam as well as his brother Dean has / have to come. Which one is ...
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Indian English correct sentence?

It is not very long when my sister will finish their graduation is a correct sentence??
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“Shortcut to” or “shortcut for”

Which of these sentences would be correct, or are they both correct? "A shortcut to finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..." "A shortcut for finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..."
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what does this sentence just mean?

Be different like that! what does it mean? is it grammatically correct? I don't think it will have any problem but i still feel confused about it.
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“Now it only requests once” vs. “Now it only request once” [on hold]

Let's suppose someone is requesting a thing just once for another person. Describing this scenario, what's the right way to say? Now it only requests once. or Now it only request once. ...
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Correcting verb in parenthesis

What should be the correct verb placed in parenthesis??? The problem he had solved was actually (write) on the board?
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Please help me to understand if this sentence is correct [on hold]

Please make sure that you selected all file (For when the upload box is empty.)
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Which question tag below is correct? Apparently the second is correct but I want to put emphasis on first part of the sentence “ I take it …”

"I take it that your question has to do with what my perception is of being a good teacher, isn't it?" "I take it that your question has to do with my perception is of being a good teacher, hasn't ...
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The meaning of a noun phase which is modified by an adjective clause

(1)Vin is the smartest guy that can play a piano. (2)Vin is the smartest guy in the class that can play a piano. (3)Vin is the smartest guy in the class that can understand every kind of ...
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He wiped his hand across his nose and the gesture filled Edward with a terrible feeling of love and loss [on hold]

He wiped his hand across his nose and the gesture filled Edward with a terrible feeling of love and loss. in this sentence, what does " wiped his hand across his nose " mean?
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Which should be used - “me” or “myself”?

Which is proper grammar? This includes me, my friend and my brother. This includes myself, my friend and my brother.
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How is the style and grammar of this prose? [on hold]

There is no best form of government. No system of government or form of constitution can prevent corruption and nepotism. There will always be loopholes and grey areas from which corruption ...
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Outdoors vs in the outdoors [on hold]

If somebody likes sleeping in the open, which of the following sentences is correct? And if both are correct, what is the difference (if any) between them? He likes sleeping outdoors. He ...
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Neither, or nor, or both [on hold]

I don't have cash, neither do I have means to raise Or I don't have cash, nor do I have means to raise I don't want to use the traditional: Neither have I cash, nor do I have the means to ...
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Phrasal verb: 'to read for'

Does the below sentence sound right? "Read the operating instructions for directions on replacing the housing"
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Unclear grammar of present continuous — is it present continuous?

A clerk taking cash from a customer and not entering it in the cash register. Here's my question: how and when can I use subject + verb + ing without be like the first part in the sentence? For ...
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Is “but rather” grammatically correct?

Is the use of "but rather" correct here? The United States' decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not a diplomatic measure to intimidate the Soviet Union, but rather a ...
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Is it correct to use the suffix -ian when referring to names?

Oftentimes when reading academic texts I will come across the suffix "-ian" as a way to denote ownership. While I find it fitting syntactically (it "feels" right), I don't remember ever learning it ...
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“Touched with your fingers” or “touched by your fingers”?

"I need to be touched with your fingers ?" I just wanna see that it is corret or not .. Or "I need to be touched by your fingers ?"
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Why is “earnt” not a word? [duplicate]

Being an Australian I am accustomed to -t past tenses like learnt and spelt, so naturally I would write and say "earnt". However, when I wrote "earnt" in an email, Outlook underlined it as a misspelt ...
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Can't remember the word for indicating different options

The word I am trying to find sounds like "weather" and I think it is used on some sentences like "I have to decide {weather} I use this or this other thing", I can't remember how it is written. ...
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Is “whom” correct in “I speak of him, whom is…”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I speak of him, whom is one of the best people I've met. I think that sentence to be grammatically incorrect. I believe it to be as such because ...
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Is this a proximal deictic?

"In all my dreams, I saw him drowning" I think it is, thoughts?
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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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'Would …was' vs 'Would …is'

I am writing an email to someone to have a meeting over skype in the future. Which of the two sentences are correct? Would you mind if the conversation was conducted over skype, as the reception is ...
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Capital letters colons, full stops, comas in presentation [on hold]

What is grammatically correct, where I need to start from capital letter, where I must use comas and whatever in following web page or power point presentation. We offer - Fresh air - Special air ...
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Infinitive in complex sentence: 'we will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' [on hold]

Is 'We will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' a grammatically correct sentence? I am not sure if I used the infinitive correctly, is it better to place simply 'is' ...
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Is that correct to say? [on hold]

Speaking about bedtime reading... Please, help me with my grammar "As a rule, I don't take handsome dead conductors to bed, but if it is Bernstein, my husband doesn't mind".
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Is it “I've heard the story told many times” or “I've heard the story being told many times”?

I've learned that we use a bare infinitive or present participle after see, hear, watch. What happens when the object after these verbs are in a passive situation? For example, is it "I've heard the ...
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Higher volumes of export OR volume of exports?

The problem gets more complex for India as there are higher volumes of export than that of import. OR The problem gets more complex for India as the volume of exports is higher than that of ...
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What is the meaning of “so not much…, but rather…”?

I do not understand what the bolded words in this sentence, taken together, are supposed to mean: His major contribution to the field is so not much the actual discovery of the material to which ...
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Is it always necessary to be “finished with”?

Is it grammatically incorrect to say "done school" or "finished school"? For example, I am done school, or I am finished school. Must I always use the word with to be grammatically ...
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Could you lend me any/a little/../money?

I would like to know how to say that correctly and whether some/any could stand as a subject in the sentence: Could you lend me ... money? Sure, If I find some/any.
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Pride in or pride for [on hold]

Does one say: I have a great pride for my country or I have a great pride in my country
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Is it correct? mom will let me go, will give me permission or other? [on hold]

Which is the best: Will you come here again? Yes, If mom would let me... We are sure that mum will let you go Will you come here again? Yes, If mom will give me permission... We are sure that mum ...
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Pregnant … somebody [on hold]

I,m wondering what preposition I should use, when I want to say that somebody made somebody pregnant. For example Anna is pregnant with Bill (they gave him the name in advance :) ) and Jack is Bill's ...
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what does “know this time round to ” mean?

I know this time round to take more video and feel glad to live in a time when I can soak up moments of film to drink in later when the memories fade. I don't know the grammar as in know this ...
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Is this correct? “One of the things that makes him great is…”

One of the things that makes him great is he brings it every night. I'm pretty sure it should be that make him in the plural, because one of the things is referring to a lot of things and a lot ...
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Which is correct: “as good as possible” or “as best as possible”?

Which one is the correct expression: as good as possible as best as possible Both were suggested to be used in the following sentence: The activity has been performed as good/best as ...
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From one to another or From one to the other?

Is there a difference if I say "the recipe varies from one cook to the other" or "the recipe varies from one cook to another"?