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why is this sentence in interrogative form?

Can you think of a real world example or context that would it make sense for x and y to represent, and produce such a graph? If not, can you change the graph and make it simpler to fit with a ...
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past continuous or present continuous

I'm slightly confused, Shouldn't we stick to the past continues in this sentence ? The Germans began running to the town and when they realized the Jews are escaping, started shooting at them and 5 ...
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Can “so” always mean “that”?

I know "so" in some places can have the same meaning as "that", but can we always use "so" instead of "that"? Like if my friend told me something yesterday, then he came today to tell me the same ...
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Simplicity is elegance? or elegant?

As the title asks, which is grammatically correct? Simplicity is elegance? Or simplicity is elegant? If both are correct,in which cases they are correct?
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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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Correct grammatical form for a conditional statement describing a habit in the past

Let's say I want to describe a habit in the past (something that happened many times over and over again) in the form of a conditional statement. Is the following sentence grammatically correct? ...
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Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?

Which one is correct? 1.) It's better to have one of our allies close to us than having none at all. 2.) Having one of our allies close to us is better than having none.
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how to understand this sentences “There are many advantages to hosting your own WordPress blog”

During my English learning, i am confused by this sentence, it seems that in my memory, my English teacher told me that it was correct to use to host rather than hosting in this sentence,so is there ...
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What are some optional grammar rules? [on hold]

The most popular example would be the Oxford comma: for everyone knows that "dating Clara, the model, and the scientist" vs "dating Clara, the model and the scientist" can make all the difference in ...
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Whether use of who is proper

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...
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Correctly say “I will let you know with further updates”

How to say this correctly "I will let you know with further updates"
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When is “and” appropriate but “as well as” is not?

Until some seconds ago when I was looking through one of the grammar section is test review book, I had long believed that they were (most of the time, but you know English always has those ...
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...
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What does “nothing that” mean?

I read this article- Greeks take to the streets for dueling rallies that reflect a divided nation in Washington post. And I'm confused about what the "nothing that" means in this part : The ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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“graduate from” vs. “graduating from”

Basically I want to say I am graduated today. Here is the sentences: it is a huge honour to graduate from a top university such as ...... . It is correct? or it must be "to be graduating". Thanks
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Groups coordinator, group's coordinator, or groups' coordinator?

I haven't been able to find the answer to this anywhere, which of them is right? I need to finish my CV and can't without knowing for sure. Thanks
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It was the best decision I have / had ever made

I'm a little bit confused about the grammar used in the following two sentences: 1.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best decision I have ever made 2.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best ...
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I be walking down the street with a friend and would answer a question

Can you help me to find out what kind of grammar is using here? "I be walking" is in which tense and what does it mean? as far as i know, we can say "I am walking" "I was walking" but "I be ...
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simple present instead of simple past

I heard this sentence in "The Vicar of Dibley"(S01E01): He come second in the marrow-growing contest in 1956. Why does he use simple present instead of simple past?
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Active to Passive Voice

The girl arranged the flowers in the vase beautifully. (1) The flowers in the vase were beautifully arranged by the girl. (2) The flowers were beautifully arranged in the vase by the girl. Which ...
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I know or I do know

I have seen people using I do know that. instead of I know that. Is this usage correct?
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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words?

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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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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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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How do I distinguish simple past and past perfect with “should”?

One type of construction that has always bugged me is the distinction between should (past tense of shall), and its past perfect form. Assume a character, let's call him John: He lost the poker ...
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a few days every month usage

"A few days every month, he goes cycling." Is the noun phrase "a few days every month" acting as an adverb to "goes" in the above sentence? There is no preposition before the noun phrase "a few ...
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Checkboxes vs. Checkboces [on hold]

I know that you can say both e.g. indexes and indices, but does it apply to all the words with similar ending? I'm interested about checkboxes vs checkboces in particular.
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Can “I be” ever be considered correct?

I was just looking at the verb to be (here) and I saw the subjunctive form "I be". Other than pirates saying "I be looking for treasure" I couldn't think of a single usage of "I be". Not knowing what ...
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using the verb “request”

This verb has me a bit confused. I cannot submit my report personally and therefore have to resort to sending it by post. Now I need a polite way to ask to do this. 1) I request that I send my report ...
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Use of “as well” in the middle of the sentence

I was wondering if the use of "as well" in the middle of the sentence is correct in formal English. Here is the particular sentence I am writing: I got ample opportunities to communicate with a ...
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Instead of grammar using senteces

I want to know how use instead of in simple sentences. is this Example correct? For me, Computer uses instead of the mobile phone
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What is this wordplay called?

"For these people" "For those people" When you say "these", it sounds much more 'personal', especially when done in poetry. Is there a specific literary device to refer to this, or can you just say ...
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Is either “and” or “or” necessary when listing things?

Something I read today is a publish article raises my doubt about whether "and" or "or" is absolutely necessary when enumerating. It runs: A book makes the perfect gift, the perfect giveaway, the ...
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'Nonprobabilistic Sampling' versus 'Nonprobability Sampling'

I'm writing a research paper, and I need to translate it to English. I hired a translator and I'm not sure that the following sentence has the right structure: Interventions: It was performed ...
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Combine both present perfect and simple past together

Is it correct to combine both present perfect and simple past together as in the sentence below? "This method has saved the lives of many patients as the true diagnosis was missed or unusual." ...
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When to use hereof in a sentence? [on hold]

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hereof is an adverb meaning of this. So does it mean that I can change the sentence, "I saw my boyfriend dating my best friend and because of this, I broke up ...
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Grammar when listing question [e.g. we test i) does X cause Y, ii) does a cause b?]

I am writing a scientific paper and at the end of the introduction I list the three questions we tackle in the paper. Currently it is written as: "Here we address the following three questions: i) ...
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Is it VL (Linking Verbs) or VT (Transitive Verbs)?

Federal Reserve remains patient about next U.S. rate hike. Is this sentence "linking verb" or "transitive verb"? I think it is VL but not quite sure about it.
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Punctuation rules for user interface [on hold]

Should you put a period at the end of a disclaimer message which consists of two sentences? Diclaimer: "The trial period has expired! This service does no longer run on your computer"
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Exaggeration of … into

I'm studying for the GRE and came across the following question: "Recent years have witnessed the posthumous inflation of the role of the hobbyist Alice Austen into that of a pioneering ...
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“How do we call (something) in English?”

Is it really wrong to say "How do we call something in English?" instead of "What do we call something in English?"? The former's not unusual in Philippine English at all (probably it's because of the ...
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How do i know if the word is step or glide in English [on hold]

today I have a lesson in school about steps and glides and i didn't understand it. My first question what are steps and glides? My second question is how do i know if the sentence ends with steps or ...
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Comma or not? Question or Period?

Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
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unreleased final consonant sounds [on hold]

in school I learned that unreleased final consonant sounds b,d,d,k,p,t my question is what does unreleased mean ? my 2 question He played well and ran fast . My teacher said the st in fast is ...
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A device using a material

Would you say the following sentence is natural? (1) An electronic device using this kind of epoxy resin can withstand a wide range of mechanical and thermal environmental conditions. I am ...
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Usage of 'into which'?

Can someone please explain to me, how does the sentence "The smallest x into which y can be divided" makes sense. Is it more correct to say "The smallest x which y can divide into."?
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It-cleft : “It was the Americas that Spaniards brought horses to.” is grammatically right? [on hold]

The original sentence is "The Spaniards brought horses to the Americas." I recently have made a final-term test question like this: Q: Where did the Spaniards brought horses? A: ...
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why do we add s and put is in these sentences [on hold]

My question is why do we add s to these sentence Are you the one who plays the violin? Why do we add s to play and one in this sentence mean you You are the one who is funny in the class ...
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How do i know if the word is stressed? [on hold]

Yesterday I had a lesson about stressed words. My question is how do i know if the word is stressed or not without listening to the pronunciation? Examples: He wants a job that lets them travel. ...