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“We eat when I say we eat!”

"Quiet! We eat when I say we eat!" "OK, we wait for your say-so." Why can we omit the first "will" in sentences such as: "We will eat when I say so!" "We will eat, when I say 'we eat'!" "We ...
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Are these grammatically correct sentences-also tensewise?

1 Heartbroken and dejected, she returns to her uncle, who committed suicide from the setback. It should be 'who has committed'? 2 Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran ...
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What do you think of the pronouns “that, this, it” in the following?

I would like to ask about the pronouns: That is what.. , This is what … , It’s what….. . which are used in the following. My question is: 1. Are the following pronouns “That, this, it” same in ...
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scene to vs scene of

I am a non-native speaker wondering which of the following sentences would read more naturally to a native speaker: The market looked like it had been the scene of a mass murder. The market ...
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“Pharaoh” or “the Pharaoh”?

Should we use "the Pharaoh" or simply "Pharaoh"? Since it is a title I think it should be preceded with "the". But I see it used both ways. Why?
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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

In the sentence: The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective and please explain why. Thank you.
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Is there any grammar error in the following sentence? [on hold]

"I have problem of saying Chinese language" The person wants to express that his/her spoken Chinese is not very good. Edit If you are to evaluate the level of English for the person based on this ...
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Grammar guys, help! [on hold]

I must have been tired because I had been working so far for several hours or I must have been tired because I have been working so far for several hours Which one is correct? I am a bit confused ...
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Which one is correct : “you are a good friend” or “you are good friend”? [on hold]

Which one is correct, and why? You are a good friend. You are good friend. Thanks.
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How many records has he made or he has made?

A: Paul is a singer in a rock band. B: Oh, really. How many records ____? a) he made b) did he make c) he has made d) has he made A:Jenny is a Maths teacher at this high school. B: How long ...
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What is the reason why we use 'passive voice'? [on hold]

I want to know the reason why we use 'passive voice' instead of 'active voice' in English.
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How should “that” be used?

I am an audio transcriber. One of my clients systematically dictates sentences such as : I feel that, if the company wanted to use the procedure, that it would seem likely it would have to .. To ...
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Once, at once and when

Which one of the following is correct? I will let you know once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once when I have ...
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I want to know the meaning of 'OP?' [migrated]

What is 'OP'? I want to know the meaning of 'OP' used here?
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What category does the 'the recent perfect' belong to?

A scholar has said that there are 4 usages of the present past tense: The Universal sense of the Perfect, used to indicate that a state of affairs prevailed throughout some interval stretching from ...
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How do we control the “Wish Agreement” when changing “wish” to “wished”?

I remembered that I learned this 20 years ago, but now couldn't find any information relating to it even searching the entire internet. Ok, Here is how to use Wish (source) Wish + (that) + past ...
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Use of dashes or commas when adding a qualifier

For the following, I'm not sure how to separate each component of the sentence: After the standard battery of tests, factual verifications (Who's the president? — Obama) and autobiographical ...
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I want to know the difference between 'hot news' and 'recent past' in the present perfect tense [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker. I want to know the difference in meaning between 'hot news'usage and 'recent past'usage in the present perfect tense. And It the the two(hot news and recent past)are same, ...
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verb conjugation [on hold]

I got a sentence like this "Hunt for treasure likes a pirate" But someone said it should be "Hunt for treasure like a pirate" I thought because of "hunt for treasure" acts as singular pronoun or ...
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How “however” is functioning in the given sentence? [on hold]

Thwaites began to consider what kind of animal he’d like to be. His initial plan >was to become an elephant. Elephants were big, he reasoned, and, if he could build an elephant exoskeleton, he ...
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Meaning of no more likely

A is no more likely than B. Does this mean 1) A is either as likely or less likely than B 2) A and B occur with the same likelihood.
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Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? [duplicate]

In present perfect tense, Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? Let't take this sentence for example. "Malcolm X has just been assassinated." Does the sentence mean hot news ...
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“We must away ere break of day”: What is this grammar? Is it alive?

This phrase appears in a song Tolkien wrote, and what was the main theme of The Hobbit movie: Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day ...
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In the tense of present perfect, Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same? [duplicate]

In the tense of present perfect, I learned that "I have finished the work" means 'recent past' and "The man has died"means'hot news' Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same in meaning?
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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“I went to the cinema after eating my dinner” - is “after” a preposition or subordinating conjunction?

English schools are introducing some assessment tests for all children. Some people are unhappy with this. A politician was interviewed on the radio about it, and was asked one of the questions. ...
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How to write “IDs of persons” without using “of”?

I never know how to write this correctly. I can think of several ways to write it but which is the right one? person IDs persons IDs persons' IDs
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Question about a grammar problem [migrated]

I just came across a problem (not homework), from somebody I know. I wish I knew the answer to this grammar problem but I actually have no clue about this one, so I couldn't answer it. The question ...
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Grammar problem [on hold]

Is it necessary to add 's' after ' any' if the noun is countable noun? For example , the paramount king announced that any girl in the town could join the party with the prince. Do I need to add 's' ...
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“The one what is blue” - WHAT versus THAT

I have a student who consistently uses "what" for "that" as in "The one what is blue." I need to come up with a rule(s) that would work for a 3rd grader, and am having difficulty finding anything. ...
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“I never drink” “I don't either/ I do too/I never do, too” [on hold]

It might seem trivial but I'm not really sure which one is grammatically correct. To agree with a sentence with never we should use too or either? A: I never drink. B: ............. ...
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How to use “Both”

How to use both in sentences when we have "and"? For example: both of X and Y are letters. Or both X and Y are letters?
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How to use “make” correctly

Which of these sentences is correct and more common? 1. The show made us be happy. 2. The show made us happy. To me both are correct with a little difference in meaning! PS: I discussed this ...
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Grammar questions regarding an excerpt from The Giver

I've been reading Lois Lowry's The Giver recently, and have questions regarding a sentence from her book. I know that some sentences in literature, like The Giver, do not always follow strict grammar ...
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What is the difference between the two sentences? 'crying kid' and 'kid crying'

I comforted a crying kid. I comforted a kid crying. Is there any difference of the two sentences above in meaning?
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Can I insert a prepositional phrase between an attributive clause and its antecedent?

For example: He eats an apple which I picked yesterday. If I want to modify the apply by a prepositional phrase, can I say: He eats an apple above the table which I picked yesterday. If I can't, ...
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What is the difference when we added 'to be' in the sentence?

He seems to be an honest man. He seems an honest man. What is the difference when we added 'to be' in the sentence in meaning? And What is 'to-be deletion'?
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How should a multiple-word noun be punctuated within a compound adjective?

I would like to use a noun made of multiple words (like particle board, Mount Everest, or windscreen wiper) in a compound adjective with a hyphen. But I don't know how to hyphenate such a ...
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In a sentence like “the movie was so bad that it was hilarious” does it entail that at one point, it wasn't hilarious?

The movie was so bad that it was hilarious. The area was so cold that plants couldn't be grown. The jewel was so expensive that people couldn't buy it. In sentences like these, that is ...
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English language, what is the diffence between “;” and “:” [on hold]

I'm writing a paper and I'm confused which one to use and what the difference is between : and ; can someone please answer my question and help?
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I want to know whether 'to' has subjective meaning or objective?

Some says infinite 'to' has subjective meaning, whereas others says 'to'has objective meaning. He seems to be diligent. (has subjective meaning) He seems diligent. (has objective meaning) I want ...
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Can we use a verb before “familiar to someone”? [on hold]

For example: "to wrestle with his conscience is familiar to him." If it's not correct, what word can I use instead?
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When to respond to “you” with “I” or “Me” from sentence context

I'm writing a program that responds to sentences, but I'm running into an issue: You write: I like that you like me. Program responds: What do you think makes you like that me like you? ...
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what is it important/ what is important

I found that when I turn the sentence (it is important for us to do exercise everyday) into a Interrogative Sentence by following the grammatical rule, it should be like this: =What is "it" important ...
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“most” vs “the most”, specifically as an adverb at the end of sentence

Which one of the following sentences is the most canonical? I know most vs. the most has been explained a lot, but my doubts pertain specifically which one to use at the end of a sentence. Do you ...
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What are the differences between the following sentences

When the statement is written... When the statement has written... Is the first sentence using "written" as an adjective? Is the second sentence using the perfect-present tense? Do the two ...
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“Wherever or Whenever”

Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"