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Use of “insight of” in a sentence

Is it correct to use "insight of" in the following sentence: Statistical insight of binding regions in disordered human proteome Because here it basically means: insight into the statistics of......
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Using fast-forward in a sentence

I usually have a date on Saturday night, except for last night because I had a date last night. So can I say this following clause? I fast-forwarded my Saturday night date to last night. or are ...
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Putting comma before “or” if the second phrase of the conjunction is conditional

I'm having a hard time phrasing this properly to look it up, but I believe I'm correct about my usage. Example sentence: Infants should stay at home, or go to daycare if their parents both work. A ...
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Which is correct? Class starting soon or class is starting soon

" The class starting soon" or "the class is starting soon" Hello, may I know which sentences as shown above is correct? Thanks.
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What's this type of elision called?

There's a usage where the word introducing a restrictive clause is dropped. Some examples: Nothing but champagne, now that I'm the boss. becomes: Nothing but champagne, now I'm the boss. and: ...
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“I” a sentence, a clause, etc.?

If you are a grammarian (a high-school teacher, a professor...of the English language, for instance), please elaborate on the word "I," which some so-called grammarians consider to be a clause, as ...
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Clause or Sentence? [on hold]

In answer to someone's question on the differences between phrases, clauses and sentences, a "grammarian" responds with somewhat of a contradictory explanation: (Could some expert, a grammar teacher.....
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What are the adequate usages of “tolerance to” (+substance)?

What are the adequate usages of "tolerance to" (+substance)? Considering the following two example sentences: "You will develop/build/gain (a) tolerance to caffeine." "Your body will develop/build/...
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Leave or Leaves? [on hold]

Which is correct and why? All employees who are late or leaves early will have their pay pro-rated. or All employees who are late or leave early will have their pay pro-rated.
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Most important vs Most importantly

Is there any difference between the usage of "Most important" and "Most importantly" in the following structures? 1- Most important, the audience was very impressed by her performance. 2- Most ...
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How to use “seem” + noun [on hold]

What is the difference between these two: 1- It seems water. 2- It seems to be water.
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Is this grammar is correct and not a mista? [on hold]

Many children wants to go to the mall. My teacher says that he don't so I search every website so I hope this website will be the answer to my question
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Would rather that … than (to) do

I know the right structure is "would rather do something than do something," but when would rather is followed by a clause, what is the correct grammar? Should there be a "to" before the verb in the ...
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Regarding usage of “both”

Could you tell me how the following sentences are different? Alice and Bob are not both in the room. Alice and Bob are both not in the room. Updated: Could you divide the sentences into a set of ...
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number OR ...
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Interpreting perfect participle

Look at the sentences below Having travelled to Texas, I can say a few things about it. Having lived with him for 5 years, I know him better. (D I still live with him?) Does 'having travelled to ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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Word to describe when a person is interrupted by a trivial correction, distracting from the point? [on hold]

Is there a word for a "technically accurate correction, but one that nobody needed. Something that causes a digression, which may or may not have been an attempt to diminish the original point by ...
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Does the following sentence make any sense? I think it is not written fluently. Am I right?any idea to improve it? [on hold]

ranked 3rd in the first stage of the 4th olympiad of mechanical engineering among top mechanical engineering students of universities of east zone of my country and achieving qualification for the ...
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I'm finishing - correct? [on hold]

I've often heard the expression I'm finishing referred to something such as a course, a thesis, etc. For instance: I'm finishing something. Is this use of the verb finish correct? And, not ...
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“Replace John with Andrew” which of this name is to be trashed [duplicate]

Greeting to all in this room, Please help with this statement. "Replace John with Andrew" which one becomes trashed among John and Andrew?
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Publication title with “the” or without [duplicate]

I'm currently struggling which of the following two versions (I anononymized them) is the correct grammatical form for the title of a publication: Evaluating Safety, Cleverness and Fastness of ...
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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“Would prefer to do something ” vs. “would prefer doing something”

I've heard that it is grammatically incorrect to use a gerund after would prefer, for example, you say "I'd prefer to walk" not "I'd prefer walking". But I'm almost sure that I have heard a sentence ...
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“As .. as I am” in the beginning of sentence

Is this sentence gramatically correct? How does it sound? I suppose that nobody would probably say it this way in a casual conversation, but does it sound awkward or rather poetic to native speakers? ...
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Is the grammar on this sentence-list correct? [on hold]

She tested of the following games for production roll-out: Robyn, East of the Sun West of the Moon. Would it be better to add 'and' in-between the 2 list items? Are these in need of a colon? ...
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does this sentence sound right? [on hold]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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Change of voice within a sentence

I am currently proof-reading a technical manual and am coming across numerous instances of sentence structure which I believe to be incorrect. Here's an example: After filling in a custom field, ...
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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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Then the [noun] will vs. the [noun] will then [on hold]

I was just writing something and came across these two alternations of saying this, and was curious what the difference between them is, and if one of them is technically incorrect. After a quick ...
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Must have arrived by now

Please tell me if the following sentences are the same or not? It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived now. It is ten o’clock. They must have arrived by now. Are they same? If not, then please ...
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When did it become okay to drop “years old” when speaking about a living thing?

It's perfectly normal and common to say that a person "is 20," or "is 47," or any other age, and it's implicitly understood that we're talking about age. This works with animals, too. But you can't ...
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What English guidelines determine the spelling of a unique name/word? [on hold]

If i only have the pronunciation of a unique name, with no cultural origin, what are the rules to follow, to spell it correctly? Or is it spelled any way i want to, but then i shouldn't expect people ...
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Past Continuous and Past perfect Continuous during a specific time frame

I'm wondering about the correct choice between Past Continuous and Past Perfect Continuous in the following context. "The above factors could provide a timeline of where the political scene was ...
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“discovering” of a protein? [on hold]

[Summary of John's Invention] Reason: death of a close friend Process: examination of 8,000 proteins / discovery of a protein that reveals the pancreatic cancer in its earliest stages* Here in this ...
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my [young / younger / youngest] sisters

A friend of mine has a big family. She is a Chinese girl, and has five sisters, who are all younger than she. She wants to know how to introduce her five sisters. To make it easy to understand, I use ...
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Which word or phrase should I use in the blank? [on hold]

The book is optional. My professor said we _______ read it if we needed extra credit. But we do not have to read it if we don't want to. PS: Why I can't use had to?
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Think I'm very stupid.. See this question for me [on hold]

All the competitors but one had already finished when Rick and Dick finally made it to the finish line, but the spectators all waited to see them finish and stood up to cheer for them. in this ...
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Is the following sentence correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence correct? Peter didn't study as hard to stand first in class as John.
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for me to give me vs for me to give myself [on hold]

1)It was tough for me to give myself a surprise. 2) It was tough for me to give me a surprise. Is there any problem with the sentence (1)? and what about number (2)?
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Usage of “Don't remember”

In my language I can say "I don't remember I've ever watched that film" or "Never in my life have I remembered watching that film" to suggest that as far as I can remember I've never done something, ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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Is 'had have + past participle' a correct grammatical form?

It has been suggested in some quarters that had have, followed by a past participle, is a regionalism that has no place in standard English grammar. If I had have known you were coming, I would have ...
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“Adding motion” usage in sentence/slogan [on hold]

english is not my tongue language and I am working on a new viral content website, where I am trying to come up with slogan. Would be correct to say: "Adding motion to your daily boredom"
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Grammatical structure of the given sentence

I was reading Harry Potter I. I stumbled over a sentence, written there, whose overall meaning was clear to me but grammatical structure was not clear at all. Here is the sentence: "Mr. Dursley ...
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When describing a detail of an ex, is it correct to use past or present tense?

To start, would it be correct to say "My ex-girlfriend used to eat at Red Lobster." or "My ex-girlfriend eats at Red Lobster." Another example: "My ex-girlfriend used to be into ...
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question? [on hold]

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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Why is ‘such an one’ obsolete?

One begins with a vowel and should therefore have an and not a in front of it. Why is it, then, that ‘such a one’ is what is actually said? It appears to have been the case when the King James Bible ...