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What calls you are making?

Sorry, if it is a trivial question.But i am really in confusion when i ask to guys. their answer is different to my answer. so i wanna ascertain that what exactly is answered to this question. For ...
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Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles - an vs. the

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/ukraine-disbands-army-unit-fiasco-push-east-144943083.html Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as ...
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what is the expression according as use for exactly? [on hold]

What is wrong with these two sentences? Rearrange these boxes according as you are told. Rearrange these boxes accordingly as you are told. Are they both grammatically correct and if not what is wrong ...
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How to correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in article names and book titles?

How do I correctly capitalize words inside of brackets/parentheses in names and titles? A few examples: Captain America (untold stories) Captain America (Untold Stories) Madonna (written ...
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Gramatical correctness of a sentence from To Kill A Mocking-Bird

Whilst reading To Kill A Mocking-Bird I came upon this sentence (Full extract below): It is better to say, built in spite of them. To me, this sentence seems poorly structured, possibly even ...
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Which is correct? 'Education college' or 'educational college'?

I don't know which is correct, and it confuses me the more I learn the English language. We all know that educational is an adjective, so if I had to choose one, I would definitely choose educational ...
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be on board a flight

SITUATION: I almost cannot catch my flight for some delay in the traffic on the road, when I get to the gate to board on the plane, I saw people are sitting around the gate and waiting, but not ...
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Cover Definitions

I don't know which definitions of "cover" would fit this usage: source "The Crafoord Prize covers the disciplines of astronomy, mathematics, geosciences and biosciences as a complement to the ...
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Is “I watched them go” gramatically correct?

It has been only few years I have been watching English movies. Recently I heard a sentence saying "I watched them go". I have been repeating the scene, and checked through subtitles whether I heard ...
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Is the phrase “Only to later realize” correct in usage?

I have the below sentence: Attended ABC college where I topped the English subject in 10th grade (only to later realize that my love for the language couldn’t end there). Now after 15 years I ...
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What does this “some” mean? [closed]

some dozens what does this "some" mean? Please back up your answer.
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“focus on” or “concentrate on”

I am wondering if "focus" and "concentrate" can be used interchangeably? Such as: [..] designed solution will focus on using modern hardware [..] [..] designed solution will concentrate on using ...
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'which is' or 'one is'

I have sentence. Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms, which is used for solving [name of problem] problems. Can I say: "Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms. ...
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Usage of “n times” (two times,…)

Is it possible/common to say: I'd like an apple two times.
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Having at one's disposal

One has at one's disposal ... Is the following an acceptable synonymous phrase? One has (the) disposal of ... It made sense to me initially, if a little more active than the first. But I've ...
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“To predicate” + of or + as or + some other preposition

I'm interested in Definition 1.1 at Oxford Dictionaries which exemplifies "predicated of." Yet, would "predicate as" be equally correct? Google Ngram depicts a difference, but not Google Books ...
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'work' or 'working'

What is the difference between: ... algorithm which will be programmed in the later stage work with use of high-level programming language, such as: C#, etc. ... algorithm which will be ...
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use of “everything” or “anything” in positive and negative sentences?

As a non-native speaker, when I read the books about grammar, I learn that usually the word "everything" is used in a positive sentence and that the word "anything"is used in a negative or ...
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Two terms showing perceptible difference in comparison owing to triangle in the sentence

Do the following two sentences have the same or different meaning? I love you more than Tom. I love you more than Tom loves you. (Or, I love you more than Tom does you.) My concern is ...
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According to protesters - correct; according to THE protesters - possible?

Source: http://rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened ...
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'uplink' or 'interfaces'

I wonder, which sentence fragment is better? ... effectiveness of the interface failure detection ... effectiveness of the uplink failure detection
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Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English?

Reading doth not a writer make. This sounds all wrong so why it is acceptable to use? The word order looks to be all out sequence (Object-Subject-Verb). It should be "reading does not make you a ...
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Is “consistently helped” grammatically correct?

Which is better (and why)? I think you will agree that I am a conscientious professional that has consistently helped you. I think you will agree that I am a conscientious professional that has ...
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Problem with sentences structures?

I have problem with sentences structures. I have a sentence: When reviewing [Name of Bank] reports, the conclusion can be reached that over the next few years demand for new solutions will be ...
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It's time we 'informed' the Senate

In the movie Star Wars, one of Mace Windu(S.Jackson)'s line reads such that: I think it is time we informed the Senate that our ability to use the Force has diminished. Is saying 'inform the ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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What is the difference between transplant and transplantation when they are used as noun

transplant is used as verb in a normal sentence. In particulary, transplant is used as noun in some sentence. Is there any reason why we should use 'transplant' as noun form although we have already ...
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Using hyphens with number ranges

Which one of these is correct? Students will give a four-to-seven minute lecture about their topic. Students will give a four to seven minute lecture about their topic. Students will give a 4-7 ...
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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Where should I put the commas in a sentence containing “as well as”?

What is the proper way to punctuate a sentence containing "as well as"? For example, in the sentence: I hope to provide students with a solid foundation in the field as well as challenge them ...
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Showing a Reader and Strong Understanding of the Language

New to this branch of SE if I'm in the wrong corner, let me know. I've often found creative writing to be a nice way to relax; however, as hobbies go, if I'm going to invest time in something ...
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I saw her dance/dancing? I saw a flash of lightning strike/striking? I caught her steal/stealing?

Meta: I found a very similar post asking the difference between "I saw him cross" and "I saw him crossing". I have three additional questions on sentences of this form. In the post I am referring ...
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Using 'good' and 'well' in comparisons

Scenario: I 'look good' and I 'feel well,' how do I compare the two as being equal? consider the following two sentences: "I look as good as I feel" -and- "I look as well as I feel" I would choose ...
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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Use of the subjunctive mood, “be”

Along with the commercial database servers, there has been quite a bit of activity in the open source community in the past five years with the goal of creating a viable alternative to the ...
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Grammar - has or have

Which of the two following texts below are grammatically correct. "The Board finds that both the identity of the member and the facts surrounding the alleged conduct has been proven on a balance of ...
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What is the meaning of “as of” in this context?

The moon shone on his face as he spoke, and the girl was pleased to watch it, it seemed to breathe such an innocent and old-world kindness of disposition, yet with something high too, as of a ...
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Usage of not with verbs [migrated]

I'm a little bit confused about using the word 'not' with verbs in some situations. I'd been trying to find any specific information, but I've failed. I would like to receive any help with the ...
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What if + would

I have a question about what if... Here's the thing: Do you think they shouldn't attend that school? What if they would become great musicians? Do you think they shouldn't attend that school? What ...
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Is to + ing (to becoming) correct?

I have read in a newspaper, the writer is using 'to becoming'. eg: "We're on track to becoming developed nation." Is this sentence really correct?
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Polite way to suggest talking about something

Is there a polite way to tell somebody that you want to tell him something, but only if he allows you to? For example, I'm talking to my friend and I want to tell him something about cats, but I'm not ...
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The use of “as” [on hold]

My question: In the following sentence, what part of speech is the word as? He visited the United Nations, or the UN, as it is more commonly called. Is it merely a conjunction? If it is not, ...
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At and To can be used together?

I have read these lines on a blog and I have doubt : Look at to the sky.. I guess we can not use at and to together. What is right?
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God Bless(es??) America [duplicate]

I think grammatically the phrase "God bless America" is wrong; it should be "God blesses America", don't you think so?
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Who have or who has in a question [migrated]

I want to to ask a question, but I do not know the right one in the following two questions: - Who have agreed on that with you? - Who has agreed on that with you?
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Should I use “grid connectivity” or “grid connectivities”?

I am confused whether I should use connectivity or connectivities in the following sentence: This processor analyzes the statuses of various switches and circuit-breakers in the system and ...
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Americans can eat Chinese, but Chinese can't eat Americans?

No offence!! Please take it just for knowledge. I heard one of my friends saying Americans can eat Chinese but Chinese can't eat Americans. He said so for fun, and everybody was just laughing. But I ...
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Are there any rules on the positioning adverbs should take in a sentence?

For example: Ever wish you could share information broadly Could it be rewritten to: Ever wish you could broadly share information Are there any rules for the position of the adverbs.
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Where should adverbs be placed?

There are two sentences: I completely understand. I understand completely. Which one is correct and why? Another example: I slowly opened the door. I opened the door slowly.
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Sentences ending with something that already contains a period/full-stop

What's the rule about sentences that end in something that already has a period in it? Like a sentence that ends in: Washington D.C. -or- etc. Personally, and I realise this is wrong, I would love ...