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Is this properly written?

this is a bit embarresing, I'm writting this letter to my English-speaking girlfriend. I need your help knowing I didn't mess up with the grammar and stuff. While you're home, know that you have ...
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Update or updating of <something>…?

Can anyone give me a clarification on this sentence please: Some administrations request additional documents for the update of your civil status. Some administrations request additional ...
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Present participle phrases as premodifiers to a noun

In deep structure, there is usually a subject-verb relationship between the noun that is modified and the participle phrase, e.g. beer-swilling hooligan (the hooligan swills the beer), or labour ...
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Can we contract plural nouns with present perfect?

In either in writing or speech, can we contract plural noun with the present perfect? For example, can we say or write: The children've eaten.
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How can I reliably and accurately identify the passive voice in writing or speech?

How can I reliably and accurately identify the passive voice in writing or speech? I'm not interested in advice about whether or not to use it yet... I just want to know for sure what it is, so that I ...
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Usage of “scienter”

"Scienter" is most commonly used as a noun in the following contexts: "Whether the corporation acted with scienter in defrauding investors." (In this case, it appears to be the object of the ...
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What is the object of “The cat ran out the door”? [on hold]

My friend and I got into a heated discussion about direct objects. While we both understand what they are and how they work, we got stuck on a random sentence that I blurted out. Now, if I say: ...
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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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“I am back to city” vs. “I am back in city”

Which is the correct usage when I tell someone that I am back? I am back to [some city] Or I am back in [some city]
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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Is 'theris' a 3rd person plural possessive pronoun? [on hold]

I saw a grammar chart earlier today stating 'theris' is a third person plural possessive pronoun. I've never seen this word used.
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Can “obviously” be used in a sentence which is related to past event?

Let's say there would be a sentence like this: I obviously still don't speak Danish and therefore I am having a hard time living here. Is it correct if you consider that, in the past, I had a ...
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Using “a” with a superlative adjective

The Wikipedia article for Drum Machine contains the phrase an earliest fully transistorized rhythm machine Is this grammatically correct? Is it any different from the phrase an early, fully ...
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Order of adverbs

Is there any specific rationale behind ordering similar adverbs? Clearly, I point out time adverbs, never and ever. I've found examples in which these two used in different orders. My mom will ...
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Use of “found” and “found to be”

I got a question about the use of "found" and "found to be" May I ask if there is any grammar mistake in the following statement? During the test, the vulnerability was found fixed Someone told ...
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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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The verb as a noun [on hold]

I have a question regarding the use of verbs. As a simple example, let's say I want to be nice to someone who is dancing and I want to praise the way that person dances. Instead of saying: I ...
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what is the meaning of 'there are worse ways doing this than that'

what is the meaning of There are worse ways doing this than that. For example: There are worse ways spending this evening than coming to the meeting. Does this mean coming to the ...
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“You” or “your” when using two subjects with a possession?

I came across your and Mr X's publication or I came across you and Mr X's publication
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when does the noun “time” become a countable noun?

I am writing an email to my friend and want to use this sentence: "I am having a great time." I would like to know whether the above sentence is correct. Also, I know that time can be an ...
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Where, if anywhere, do commas belong in a “not only… but” sentence in which the “but” clause appears in mid-sentence?

I tried to find this rule explicitly on several grammar sites, but did not find it. A "not only" sentence does not normally need a comma as the "not only" and "but also" are correlative pairs. So ...
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Does a word being a noun change on context?

In Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen, there are double-noun pairs which I believe are syntactically wrong: Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the following sentence and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a ...
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Is “whom” correct in “I speak of him, whom is…”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I speak of him, whom is one of the best people I've met. I think that sentence to be grammatically incorrect. I believe it to be as such because ...
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Is it necessary to use “The” on product name “The Last Words”? [on hold]

EDIT: The company that I work is developing a game and we are deciding the best name of the game. The final one was "Last Words" but we were not sure if we have to use the "The Last Words" or just ...
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“The largest being” [on hold]

I have gained insight into the challenges this city will face in the future, the largest being growing our business sectors and improving our infrastructure without sacrificing our community's ...
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“If you want, I can do this ”vs “I can do this, if you want” which one is correct? [on hold]

I am not sure which one of the two forms is correct: "If you want, I can do this" vs "I can do this, if you want" Do the above sentences have different meaning? even slightly? Other example: "I am ...
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Dissecting Bad Grammar

I have a fairly good sense of what is and isn't correct in terms of grammar, but that's mostly through feeling, rather than hard knowledge of the rules. My formal knowledge of the English Language ...
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Can you help me to formally define the phrase “to edit <something>”?

I am in a situation on Meta Stack Overflow in which I dispute the validity of the system notification text "Code in your answer has been edited", because there was no code in the answer before the ...
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Can one ever: is it correct?

Is it correct to use ever to emphasize like this: "How do I rent a flat for $1 a week?" "Can one ever?" in the sense that it is impossible at all? And also I am not sure about comma in ...
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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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Is the use of investigating in the sentence grammatically correct? [on hold]

An investigating has been launched into the major lapse on part of a laboratory of the Department of Defense. is the use of investigating correct here, if so why?
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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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Using “that” before pronouns

I seem to have a problem with using the word "that" before pronouns and have been told that it is wrong. Examples: They were playing a piece of music that they had only heard once before. I ...
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Infinitive in complex sentence: 'we will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.'

Is 'We will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' a grammatically correct sentence? I am not sure if I used the infinitive correctly, is it better to place simply 'is' ...
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Using “of” in describing something

I am trying to help my girlfriend study english. She was wondering why use "of" in the following sentence: The Chinese self-image is still in so many ways, of a weak country. Is it simply a ...
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which one should be used in this sentence — by or with?

In the sentence " Her speech was punctuated with bursts of applause." why can't I use "by" instead of "with"?
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Which should be used - “me” or “myself”? [duplicate]

Which is proper grammar? This includes me, my friend and my brother. This includes myself, my friend and my brother.
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Which sentence is correct? [migrated]

I didn't go to party. I didn't went to party.
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Question form of a sentence [on hold]

What will be the question form of the following sentence? "They're scared of spider."
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Usage of 'we' by companies

Often companies refer to themselves as 'we', e.g. We offer the following services Even though a company is singular, is this correct usage of 'we'? If not, what should be the correct usage?
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“My class ended earlier than expected” vs. “my class ended quicker than expected”

I'm studying English at the moment and I don't know which one of these is correct: My class ended earlier than expected. My class ended quicker than expected. Could I also say my class ...
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What is the word used to describe the redundancy of using two synonyms to define one thing?

Incorrect: a baby lamb Correct?: 'a baby sheep', or just 'a lamb' Is there even one word used to describe this duplication? Or would you just identify the mistake as "a redundant word"?
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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 ...
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“X as well as Y” ; will this be followed by singular verb or plural verb?

"X as well as Y" singular or plural When two nouns are connected using "as well as", does that become singular or plural? For eg. Sam as well as his brother Dean has / have to come. Which one is ...
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“Shortcut to” or “shortcut for”

Which of these sentences would be correct, or are they both correct? "A shortcut to finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..." "A shortcut for finding the inverse of a 2x2 matrix is..."
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“Now it only requests once” vs. “Now it only request once” [on hold]

Let's suppose someone is requesting a thing just once for another person. Describing this scenario, what's the right way to say? Now it only requests once. or Now it only request once. ...
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Correcting verb in parenthesis [on hold]

What should be the correct verb placed in parenthesis??? The problem he had solved was actually (write) on the board?
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Please help me to understand if this sentence is correct [on hold]

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