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Reported speech with changing time expression

I am still doubtful regarding to changing the time expression 'next week' to 'the following week'. As a rule, next week and the following week mean differently. How come we change next week to the ...
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Saxon genitive. Can I use it for objects?

I am translating from italian, and a question suddenly struck me: Can I say: The items’ content in the Navigation Drawer. or This is a class handling the cards’ layout.
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verb, verb noun - structure

I would like to know the rule of this kind of structure and what is it called if it has a name. Example : others say that the students will take ethics seriously only if it is taught as a separate, ...
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Use and position of the adverb “instead” when introducing the second of two items

Is the use of the adverb instead appropriate, and correct, in the last of the following three sentences? The top half of the figure shows the service provided by the system in a first, generic ...
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Chat to vs. Chat with

I work in an office and lots of my co-workers use the phrase "chat to", as in could I chat to him about the project? I would say the same thing like this: could I chat with him about this project? ...
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How much like us they are or how much they are like us?

I was watching movie and one of the character said: We have never realized how much like us they are. For some reason, it sounded a bit strange to me because I've seen and heard many people ...
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Old Style Grammar

If a thing take place whereof the cause be not apparent, even though it be in accordance with nature, it appears wonderful. ... Is it formal and valid English, or is it old style English, or is ...
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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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How can I say “Do something in exchange” in a different way?

I'd like to know alternative ways to say: "Do something in exchange" when someone helps me. If possible can you guys give me three or more examples? For example, "Thanks for helping, what can I ...
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I'm asking only because or i'm only asking because- what would be the proper or better sounding version

I seem to be excessively over analyzing the superior manner in which the sentence ought to begin. The proceeding phrases are what I need advice with, so as to decide the proper wording, to initiate ...
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When is SOME optional?

I am stuck in a debate with an American over the use of the word SOME in "I want to change some money." In the UK, we would use the word 'some'. I'm told it's often omitted in the States. I'm fine ...
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in years that vs. in years when

The policy provides a “floor” that can protect you from market-related losses in years that / when the indexes perform poorly. THAT or WHEN? I say it's not a specific period of time. It's an ...
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Uses of word OR

Whether it’s the evergreen comedy FRIENDS or HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER or medical drama like GREY’S ANATOMY or the mysterious and sociopath detective streak SHERLOCK or a family show like FULL HOUSE every ...
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“It claims to be” vs “it claims is”

A. The company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camera. B. The company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest camera. Could someone please explain why ...
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Are you sure to delete or are you sure you want to delete

When the user wants to delete smth on the website I am showing a message for him/her to confirm. What is the grammatically correct way to say so Are you sure to delete this item or Are you ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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Is the usage like “sugar free” correct in grammar?

I ask a question in Unix&Linux forum recently, I say: "I want to make sure that it's not malware contained", moments later, a senior community fellow rewrite that sentence to " I want to make sure ...
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Missing words after commas in these sentences?

In the following sentence, why did the author use "thinking" after the comma? Is a word omitted after the comma? I waited for two months, thinking that it would be bad time for him. ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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Is there any other way of the expression on this phrase? His breathing was becoming less labored

Or, "Eventually, the old guinea pig was unable to move and her breathing was labored." I am looking for other way of saying in an exactly same meaning.
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Will have past participle VS should have past participle

I found this from Cambridge grammar book. We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened , will happen. e.g) The builders should have ...
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“at the same time” and “in the past two decades”

I was wondering if the following sentence is correct: Born into an intellectual family in China, I was brought up in the traditional Confucian culture that values modesty and hard work, and at ...
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How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions [on hold]

How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions. Sometime people just follow the existing custom or systems as it is, without ...
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Problem in 'talking to a lot of people' [on hold]

I told my friend that "I am talking to a lot of people" and he said this sentence is not correct. Can anyone help me find out what's wrong with the following sentence: "Talking to a lot of people"
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Why is there an indefinite article before “London”? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I ...
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“Half” or “A Half”

This argument has come up at work, and I actually found it pretty interesting. My colleague is arguing that you might say "a quarter of a pizza", whereas you'd just say "half of a pizza" rather than ...
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What are these phrases called?

I recently learned about parenthetical expressions, and I just want to know if these following phrases are the ones. I took notes, the elements of the story. And in this one. Victims of ...
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This is right. Or that is right?

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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present simple and adding s after the Sentence

why do i have to add s after the word causes in the follow Sentence i know that it is because causes is present simple but when i look at the grammar it say i/we/you/they take drive/work/do etc. ...
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Which one is correct ? people are/is

I have been confused for so long about the plural and singular forms of "people". I want to put an end to this confusion. what is the difference between these following expressions and is it correct ...
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Usage of “while”

"She was telling me about her exploits while travelling around Africa." The sentence usually means "She did something during her trip to Africa, and she was telling me about it." Can it also be ...
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Arrangement versus an arrangement [migrated]

Which is correct: If we withdraw from the defense, you will need to make arrangement to pay for the fees and costs incurred by your attorney. OR If we withdraw from the defense, you will need to ...
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Two questions - How to say it right? [migrated]

I have two question 1. why cant I say - I didnt understood? 2. why cant I say - why I cant say? Would appreciate any help Thank u
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What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
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A grammar question [on hold]

Which sentence is correct or better? In discrete event systems, a predicate can be a set of states or a language, therefore, behavioral properties can be classified into two categories. In discrete ...
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Want to write an Email to a buyer [on hold]

MY buyer found my submission seems too high and asking for a drastic revision and i know my rates are very genuine for him, how ever i can negotiate him on his order basis but after 10-15 days. please ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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I am writing a résumé: Which is correct and why? [on hold]

Grew sales 30% introducing new products to market Or Grew sales by 30% introducing new products to market
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Infinitive or gerund [duplicate]

So, I've got this phrase: ''Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end.'' Can someone explain me why it is written ''to see it end'' rather than ''to see ...
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Combining Phrases and Independent Clauses

Is it grammatically correct to combine an independent clause with a phrase. For example, "I live in California, specifically in San Francisco." It sounds correct to my ear but I am unsure if I am ...
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Is it natural to say “My promises are absolute”? [on hold]

I just want to make a powerful statement about the powerful commitment towards my promises.
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“Hope you won't” vs “Hope you don't”

What is the difference between "Hope you don't mind" and "Hope you won't mind"? What could be a contextual difference between the two? In a situation like the following, which one seems more ...
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How to address “Passive” correctly? [on hold]

Are passive voice, passive construction, and passive sentence referring to the same thing? Because I find there are many ways of calling it
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proper use of phrase, in the spirit of [on hold]

is the following sentence and use of phrase and grammar appropriate? however, in the spirit of time I will only focus on a few specific instances describing how I have demonstrated this proficiency. ...
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decreased by 1/3? [on hold]

9 has been decreased to 6. Which is/are correct? a. It was decreased one third. b. It was decreased by one third. c. It was decreased two thirds. d. It was decreased to two thirds. e. or any other ...
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Can a “program” “engage in research”?

This is regarding a sentence describing a graduate program at a university. I am pretty sure this is incorrect, but I would like to know why: This program engages in research and educates on ...
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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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Should it be “has” or “have” in this sentence? [on hold]

Your examples of faith, love, partnership and trust has given us... or Your examples of faith, love, partnership and trust have given us...
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Greenback boogie lyrics from Suits TV series theme

I recently started watching "Suits". There is a theme song. It has a lyrics with a sentence "Everybody wanna know, how it feel". I turned the CC and yes, its exactly that way. I think it should ...