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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...
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The word “attention” when referring to a package or letter

There's a package here to the attention of [name] Or We have received a letter to the attention of [name] Are those statements grammatically correct? Thank you
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Does “anathema” need an “an”?

Anathema is a nounRef. And, nouns generally need articles in certain kinds of sentences. Consider: Jane is _______. Then: Jane is a cat. is proper but Jane is cat. (no article) is not proper. ...
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Making participle adjectives

I would like to ask can we use participles of all verbs as an adjective at will ? or we can use just some participles of verbs to this end ? Is there any rule determining this fact ?
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Difference between eloquent and articulate

Is there an intended difference between the words "eloquent" and "articulate," or are they simply two synonymous adjectives? When I use the adjective "eloquent" I most often think of flowery, ...
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( Did with verb ) or ( had with verb+ed )

I'm confused with rules . My question : what is the different between this examples : Did you finish your homework before you went to the cinema ? Had you finished your homework before you went to ...
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a special question to the predicate

I've got a sentence: "Му sister's got five lessons today". I'm asked to put a special question to the predicate. I wonder, how I can do that! Can anyone? Thanks in advance, Vic.
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How to identify “deictic center” for distinguishing “come” & “go”?

Read this paragraph from this site My question is: How to identify "deictic center" for distinguishing "come" & "go"? Let say I am at home & I say "I am going to the zoo this evening", so ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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When I am quoting something does it need to be incorporated into my own sentence? (Also, should I use an ellipsis?)

I am writing an essay for my English class. At one point I make a statement about the book and end the sentence. Afterwards I've inserted a direct quote from the book on its own. Here's an example: ...
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Using “One day before”

I want to express the following thing; Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline. Suppose the 2nd person knows about this submission deadline thing (or may be clear from ...
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Plural form for nouns used attributively

Can we say? We have checked the doors requirements. Or do we have to say. We have checked the door requirements.
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I don't know why it says 'preventing a complete tally of the injured'

The wounded were taken to different hospitals around the city, which police said was preventing a complete tally of the injured. Tally means count, right? In this sentence, the wounded were taken to ...
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If you will have vs If you have

If you will have dinner at home, tell me. or If you have dinner at home, tell me. What is the difference between the two sentences? Which one sounds natural?
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Questions about 'dredge through' and 'primary's worth'

Trump dredged through a primary’s worth of animosity with Cruz, blasting him repeatedly while basking in the glow of his victory. Can i consider 'dredge through' as 'drag through'? 'primary' should be ...
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Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?

Is insisting on a genitive pronoun after "In the event of ..." pedantry or correct? For example: "In the event of ..." his/him winning the election my/me dying our/us leaving For those who ...
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“so many …that”

"There were so many webs, that the town looked like something from a horror movie. " I understand the meaning of this sentence but not the grammar. What is the grammatical function of the clause "...
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Subject + having (grammar)

I have found the sentence which uses a structure following below: S + having + O The sentence is like this : A name having some properties In here, I am confuse, does the sentence refer to simple or ...
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Inverted sentence/ reduced relative clause?

My student once asked me about one sentence he read on one particular site. It says " Attached is the receipt." He asked about what kind of grammar is used in the sentence. I am not sure if it is ...
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What does 'his bowels had turned to water' and ' He was a veteran of a hundred rangings by now' mean? [on hold]

Will shared his unease. He had been four years on the Wall. The first time he had been sent beyond, all the old stories had come rushing back, and his bowels had turned to water. He had laughed about ...
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“Give him a box that everyone knows what it contains.”

"Give him a box that everyone knows what it contains." Is this correct English? It sounds wrong to me.
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A since-clause in present tense marking off a period of time

Question: In English, can you use a present tense since-clause to mark off a period that starts at some time in the past and continues to and includes the present? Background: Unfortunately, my ...
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Sentence structure wording [on hold]

Are the following sentences both correct? Would there be a better way of wording the sentence? You are now allowed to officially eat dinner. You are now officially allowed to eat dinner. ...
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Using prepositions as subjects [on hold]

Can we use prepositional phrases as subjects in formal academic English?
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First, Second, Third, and Finally

Is it grammatically correct to sequence paragraphs using First, Second, Third, and Finally? If not, is there a good word that replaces Finally? Starting a paragraph with Final doesn't sound correct. ...
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the man I forgive everything / of whom I forgive everything / whom I forgive everything

''I forgive X everything because of his obsolete smile.'' Now, this is an aphorism that I think holds the key to many responses regarding the acrimony of some authors, especially that of the ...
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The influence of non-native speakers on the English language

I can’t lay my hands on the reference, but David Crystal has reported an increase in the use of informations by native speakers, as a result of its use by non-native speakers. The OED has 59 citations ...
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I dislike his/him being blunt [on hold]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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How to distinguish 'technique' and 'technology'? [on hold]

Also, how should I decide when to use classic and when to use classical? What is the difference between these terms with regard to how they are used? Should I use 'classic music' or 'classical music'? ...
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“currently not” or “not currently”

What's the correct order: Lessons are not currently being offered. or Lessons are currently not being offered.
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Why is this sentence allowed to use be?

The magistrate judge ordered that Sami be allowed to await tried trial at home Sorry, I don't even have my own thought about this use of English. What's the grammar behind it?
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Can a participle phrase modify a whole sentence or clause?Or they have to stick to a specific word or phrase?

new comer's here and like most other user my desire to find out more about English grammar,as in their usage and structure, brought me here.I'm looking forward to working with you all in the future, ...
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Is it correct to say: It's not ripened yet

I'd like to ask you all that is it correct grammatically to say: It's not ripened yet, and I'm not done yet ? Are they equivalent to saying It hasn't ripened yet and I haven't done yet ? I'm asking ...
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the difference in meaning between present simple passive and present perfect passive

Michael Swan in his "Practical English Usage" says that present passive forms can have similar meanings to present perfect passives. The vegetables are all cut up - what shall I do? = The ...
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What's the difference between “preposition” and “postposition” compared to “circumposition”?

How do a preposition and a postposition differ from a circumposition? Are these three terms really used in schools, universities and "official classes" in general? Is there someone who "officially" ...
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Comma needed to offset expansion clause?

Which of the following is most grammatically correct? In Boston, and other cities above a certain size, public transit is paid for with an RFID card. In Boston and other cities above a certain size, ...
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“s” + Apostrophe

Our editorial office is more talented than The New York Times'. In this sentence why is it Times' and not Times's?
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“So that it be” vs “so that it is”

Recently on IRC I said this: I do not believe in proving the correctness of already constructed programs. I believe in formally deriving programs so that they be correct. And I got almost ...
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How to address a couple when husband's name is not known? [on hold]

How to invite a couple when husband's name in unknown? Would Mrs. & Mr. (her first name) be appropriate?
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Usage of the word then [on hold]

Based on what you have said, I would then prefer to use my own notes and syllabus. I would like to understand the usage of the word then in this sentence. Thanks.
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What is the name of this construction “something-o-something”?

In the phrase "franco-prussian", what is the name of this construction using the contraction "something-o-something"?
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“Come this May, I will…” Why am I using “come”? [duplicate]

"Come this fall, I will be at Harvard studying law." "Come May, I will have been studying Biology for seven years." While speaking with a colleague, I used the phrase "Come + time period". She wasn'...
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Current Open Position vs Currently Open Position

I came across the context Currently Open Position , but i felt it was grammatically wrong. when I googled, I saw relatively equivalent context usage of both. Which is the right thing to use here?
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When to use “smaller” or “less” [on hold]

I have a phrase: "The amount of junk is getting...". Should I end it with "smaller" or "less". What is the general rule for using them?
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Somebody, Someone, Anybody [duplicate]

I am just confused with the use of 'somebody', 'someone', 'anybody', 'anyone'... When should I use each one? Am I correct if I use 'anybody' and 'anyone' only in questions? I keep making mistakes. ...
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Does “we” count as a subject in the subject and verb agreement? [migrated]

As in this sentence - We share in the anger and frustration of our supporters and would like to assure them that we are working to conclude the matter in the best interests of Sunderland AFC. ...
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Is there any difference between like best and like the best?

Is there a difference between these two sentences? Are they the same? What color do you like the best? What color do you like best? Is there a difference in their meaning?
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George Washington is the first president [on hold]

Is it wrong to say "George Washington IS the first president"? Should I always say "George Washington WAS the first president"? In my mind, George Washington WAS the first president but he still IS ...
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What is the correct way to phrase this question? [on hold]

What is the correct way to say "There are no new hires starting this coming Monday"?
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Cohesion of verb and adjective

In an e-learning course, I've stumbled upon a sentence that makes me think. In order to understand the sentence, you may require the following information. To highlight a folder its status can be ...