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grammar assignment questions [on hold]

Saw you the movie? What is the problem with this sentence? I know it is supposed to be: Did you see the movie? I am doing a grammar assignment for an English class and I am supposed to explain ...
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Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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Sports - singular or plural

I am being told that "sports" is a singular noun. This is creating a problem for me (as a teacher) because it sounds 'odd' even if it is correct (i.e. one of the exceptions to the rule). e.g. Sports ...
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Which one is correct? Or both? [on hold]

File and Print server is reachable. OR File and Print servers are reachable. Which one is right? Could the 1st sentence be correct in some way?
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English Grammar Checker [on hold]

I am searching for an online grammar checker that will show me that all three sentences below are grammatically incorrect. I have a collections of stamps. She has a collection of stamp. They have ...
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‘Pounced’ or ‘pouncing’? [on hold]

In this picture, I do not understand the word pounced. I think that pouncing is the right word here. Is there any grammar I don't know in this sentence? Because I think that ‘pounced’ in this ...
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How do the rules of English inform understanding of one of our language's most disputed sentences?

Yes, historical context is important, but forget it for a moment. Taken at face value, what does the text mean? A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right ...
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Is “decide to give” a compound verb?

I know that two verbs joined by a conjunction and referring to the same subject make a compound verb: The dog ran and jumped in the park. I read a book and listened to music while I waited. The boys ...
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Necessary relative followed by to-infinitive … conflict of level

Recently I wanted to bitch at my staff and I wrote the following sentence: Do you want someone who has taken off their shoes to prepare your drink without washing their hands? And then it ...
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Anywhere where or anywhere?

Which one of these sentences is correct? If both are correct, which one sounds better? You can browse the web anywhere you have an internet connection. You can browse the web anywhere where you have ...
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Should comma be specified after “I” in case of a sentence like I myname?

This question is about a confusion that I always had in my mind. My question: Suppose I am writing a sentence(for a speech or something like that) that actually begins like I myname and the sentence ...
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Is this usage valid?

Can the verb have be used to talk of experiencing a state of feeling or an action prompted and or caused by an inanimate object? "The song had me singing along to it." "The song had me sing along to ...
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Exact meaning of good for you [duplicate]

I told my friend, today I went for shopping. He replied me “Good for You”. Is it rude or normal?
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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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I want to proffesionally express to my managers that i am curious and always strive to better myself [on hold]

I'm working on my personal development to submit to management, and i'm trying to express that i am curios, hungry for know;edge and always striving to better myself...anything along those lines, in a ...
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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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Usage of word “yet” [on hold]

I remember that the word "yet" was invariably used with a "not" in my living memory in sentences like, "Haven't you reached there yet?" and, "Has he not finished yet?". But now I have noticed that ...
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Is the expression, “I was the admissions mistake” grammatically right?

I was drawn to the phrase “I was the admission mistake” in the following passage in the article of Washington Post (May 2) titled, “As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade”. ...
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“It was used a something ..” - correct?

I came across a sentence that began with "It was used a .." and was wondering whether it is grammatically correct. Specifically, the sentence was: In this case study it was used a part of the ...
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is English matter! correct or should be alwyes writen English matters [on hold]

is to say " English matter! correct or always should be written "English matters"?
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What am I doing wrong here?

She says there is singularity problem in the first two parts and missing article in the third one. However I couldn't find them. What am I doing wrong here? "Firstly, more than 10,000 Somalian ...
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How to express my feelings with heart touching emotions when I resume talking to a girl after ignoring her for few days? [on hold]

I'm a 31 year old guy. She is my great dear friend, she is a 30 year-old girl. I was not talking to her much from the last fifteen days due to some misunderstanding between us. But now after fifteen ...
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Word used to describe the act of dominating a conversation?

Someone dominates a conversation by not letting others get a word in. I'm thinking its a combination of snow job and fillibuster (though not political in nature). EDIT: to clarify, Not quite a long ...
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How to distinguish the object of adverbial phrase?

The example is : SETI scientists are trying to find a life form that resembles humans (in many ways). What is the subject of the adverbial phrase in bracket? Is find or resembles?
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“Ask help/permission/forgiveness” or “Ask FOR help/permission/forgiveness”?

I found some illustrative sentences as below in online-dictionaries (Cambridge and Learner's Dictionary). If you need any help, please don't hesitate to ask. She asked their forgiveness. Why they ...
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What are differences between “let”, “allow” and “permit”?

Dad doesn't let me watch that program. Can we use "allow" or "permit" instead of "let"? What are the differences in grammar? Which one is common use?
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Some problems with definite articles

Is there anything good on telly tonight? Why don't we place an article before "telly"? I think it should be "on the telly". He enjoys the beauties of nature in Siberia. Why do we use ...
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The most obfuscate writing ever written [on hold]

After having become acquainted with what some would deem as being obfuscate writing, a feeling of sadness did have my expectations dashed. A fellow literature buff had suggested that my thirst for the ...
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Which is correct “I wished I was a painter” or “I wished I were a painter”? [duplicate]

Which is correct "I wished I was a painter" or "I wished I were a painter"? I've seen in several places that "I wish I were a painter" and "I wish I was a painter" are both correct (e.g. Which one is ...
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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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When are 'tion', 'sion', and 'cion' used [on hold]

I am confused when the spellings tion, sion, and cion are used in words that contain the shun sound. Are there any rules to help me understand when to use the correct spelling in a word?
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Am I free to choose an article in this situation? [on hold]

I came across the following sentence in a school textbook. It uses the definite article the with a non-defining relative clause. I think the indefinite article a/an should be used in the following ...
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“helpful for you” or “helpful to you”

Which is more correct? "is helpful for you" or "is helpful to you" Context: Closing line of an email. eg. "I hope this information is helpful for you."
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Serial comma in a list of verbs [on hold]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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Is “is” an auxiliary verb?

John is working now. Is the verb 'is' in this example an auxiliary verb?
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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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What does amongst mean in this sentance? [on hold]

"Some children are addicted to video games and their mindset and behaviour becomes more focused on wanting to play games rather than enjoying time with their families. Amongst these games are ...
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Is it correct to say “more time”?

My teacher said today that it's incorrect to say "I need more time" in English. She said it is used widely but it is a slang. I don't agree with that as I encountered it often in English books, but ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech?

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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Is it correct to start a sentence with the infinitive of a verb without the “to”? [on hold]

The context is: "Yes, your card made me close my birth month with a flourish! Receive it on the last day of April was perfect and very meaningful to me." Is it correct to start the sentence ...
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Capitalization in merged company name [on hold]

I own a company called Find My Bus Ltd that brands itself as Find My Bus. Yesterday we sat down and had a discussion regarding the name and all came to the agreement that it didn't represent the ...
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What part of speech is “know” in “let us know”? [on hold]

What part of speech is "know" in: Let us know. "You" is the implied subject, "let" is the verb, and "us" is the indirect object. But I'm confused about "know" - what is its grammatical ...
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Am I syntactically wrong in these sentences? [on hold]

I have recently written a few sentences for discussion of rhetorical ways in writing. The outcome turned out to be so unexpected that I was blamed for how wrong I syntactically was. So I cordially ...
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Check the grammar for “returned back”

Is there an error in this sentence? When Darun heard the news that his father had been hospitalised he cancelled his trip and returned back to his village. I think the error is 'back' but I need ...
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Question regarding was/were usage [on hold]

Second, Plaintiff claims that she, and others who opted out of the traditional public school system, was systematically provided separate and unequal services in violation of equal Protection of the ...
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What makes these two sentences pseudo-archaic? [on hold]

I am by no means a writer (LOL!). I just enjoy archaic language and learning to write in a way that only people like you can understand. It appeases me greatly to think that, while I am writing ...