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Is there any differences between “I suggest doing” and “I suggest you do?”

I know that both "I suggest doing this" and "I suggest you do this" are grammatically correct. But I wonder if they have same meaning or there are subtle difference between them.
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If I hyphenate first-order conditions should I also hyphenate higher-order conditions?

It seems to me that the hyphens in "first-order conditions" and "second-order conditions" are correct, but I'm editing an article that also mentions "higher-order conditions" and "lower-order ...
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“By spoken” Would this be correct? [on hold]

I have been studying English and seen "By which I mean." And there came my question. What I want to ask is whether following sentences are grammatically correct or not. I like dogs. By spoken I do ...
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Is the describer needed in 'not…but…" type constructions?

Consider these two sentences: "His actions reveal him to be a husband who is not jealous but is zealous." "Those words demonstrate not his jealousness but his zealousness." Are the words ...
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How to use “The first thing I did was”? [on hold]

I'm unable to figure out if the following sentence is correct: "After I watched the movie, the first thing I did was shutdown the laptop and go outside" Is this grammatically correct? Or should it ...
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What is the opposite of 'subjunctive'?

Any verb has a mood, a voice and a tense. The mood will be indicative, imperative. infinitive etc. Voice will be either active or passive. Tense will be present, future, past,perfect,pluperfect, ...
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sound and noise from across a wall dividing two rooms

What is the word used to describe the disturbing sound/noise hear across an adjacent wall where a couple are engaging in sexual intercourse?
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“First thing I did” vs “First thing I have done”

What is the difference between the simple past and present perfect in the following? When I first got here, I bought a car. [Assuming I still own the car]. This is the first thing I have done. ...
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How to correctly adress interest in a job with pointing to my interests and skills? [on hold]

I am currently working on my cover letter for a job application. There I have this sentence in the first paragraph (not the opening sentence): Since the job description calling for a xx ideally ...
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three sentences in one sentence [on hold]

can you tell me my mistakes in this sentence? "trays represented in green have 100mm width and for 250VAC." -we have a project drawing and there are green paths for trays -these trays have 100mm ...
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“I attend drawing class on Saturdays.” or “I attend a drawing class on Saturdays.”

I have recently been confronted with four statements about a child who has regularly (over more than a year) attended a drawing class (only one class) on Saturdays. I attend drawing class on ...
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You Won or You've Won [on hold]

Is it possible to use YOU WON! in place of YOU'VE WON! in the context of a heading for a prize winning competition? Thank you
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“could have” vs. “could have been”

Can somebody explain when to use could have and could have been and under what circumstances? Please explain with an example. Is it something to do with the active (could have) and the passive ...
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What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression “full stop” into a written sentence?

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression "full stop" into a written sentence? For example: The USS Enterprise isn't just a great "Galaxy Class" starship, it's a great starship - ...
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Commas and sentence structure

I have a question about stringing clauses together. The following is an excerpt from a book called 'Jolie Blon's Bounce' by James Lee Burke: ...I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, ...
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Is agreement required between subject and prepositional phrase?

Which is correct (and have you got a source)? "Animals store vitamin C in their liver." "Animals store vitamin C in their livers."
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Is this usage possible?

Is it possible to use "wing" as a verb meaning "blowing something in a certain direction," as in the following? "The wind winged a thick heap of clouds off westward, to cloud over the corn field that ...
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Present continous and present simple

Why do we say, "Who is that man? What does he want", but, "Who is that man? Why is he looking at us". If the second is okay, which I am sure it is, why can't we say, "Who is that man? What is he ...
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parallelism: the farther/the more [duplicate]

I edited this phrase: the farther the negative from the lens, the more light needed to expose it properly and the longer the exposure to read: the farther the negative from the lens, the greater ...
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What's the correct form of the negative subjunctive?

It is essential that [some parameter] be not reset during the day. (1) It is essential that [some parameter] not be reset during the day. (2) Which one is the correct form? I do know the ...
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*the most* in english [on hold]

Suppose we have job A, B and C. Job A requires more skill than job B and C. How do we say that? i) The job that requires most skill is job A. ii) The job that most requires skill is job A. iii) The ...
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why sentence “ it means something different” is grammatically correct [migrated]

Can anybody explain for me why this structure correct "It means something different" I thinks It is reduction form of sentence it means something (that is) different Im so confuse, i hope ...
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The correct usage of 'Not only' in the beginning of a negative sentence

Friends, would you please tell me if I use "Not only,but also" correctly? 1- Not only have these conditions been not prepared in developed countries, but developing countries also have not accepted ...
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Proper usage of 'if so' [on hold]

I want to know if this sentence is grammatically correct. Is there anyone else who have access to admin panel? If so, please provide us all ip addresses from all users in order to monitor your ...
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Distinguishing between there seem or there do seem [on hold]

Today, when I read an essay, I found the sentence there do seem to be some common needs that we all share with regard to experiencing or achieving happiness. With me, It is familiar with ...
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Usage of the word “TILL” [duplicate]

I am landed in a confused stage, with one of my colleagues email, which says ; "Till November , Bank Adjustment Entry is finished." For me ,that statement, means , including November, the work is ...
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Relative clauses: How do that-clauses differ from what-clauses?

Sometimes I can't see which clause fits the best. What "check-up" could be done to make sure which one is the right one? For example, 1) He will do anything that is needed. or He will do anything ...
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Jon and I or Jon and me? [duplicate]

How do I know when to use Jon and I, or Jon and me? I can't really figure it out. I've tried to teach myself, but I just can't seem to do it. Will someone please help me figure this problem out?
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When am I supposed to use “use” and “used”? [on hold]

The title speaks for itself. I also want examples, please.
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What is the grammatical explanation of the phrase “all that” as in the sentence “I didn't understand all that much”

What is the grammatical explanation of the phrase “all that” as in the sentence “I didn’t understand all that much”? I didn’t understand all that much. I came across the sentence above, ...
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Does this sentence need a comma? [duplicate]

Over the past months, we have seized several opportunities for liaison. Is the comma in this sentence needed and/or correct? Which rule(s) of grammar apply here, and is there a name for this ...
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Confused on how to use “instead” in the middle of a sentence

I am dumbfounded on why the man does not spring for Walton’s help, instead, he makes sure the vessel is headed North. I'm confused on how to use "instead" in the middle of my sentence. Is that ...
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Is it wrong for a then clause to follow a since clause?

Sorry if the terms are not right. Is it correct to say "Since burgers are edible, then burgers can be eaten." ? Should it not instead be "If burgers are edible, then burgers can be eaten." or "Since ...
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“Using the technique” vs “By using the technique” [duplicate]

I am confused about the following sentence: We can check overlap using the technique in solution 1 Why has the author written "using"? Could we rephrase it as: We can check overlap by ...
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Is this statement correct? [on hold]

I want to know that if this question is having any error or not."A rabbit was seen cross the path."
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“This type of programs”: is or are [duplicate]

I just want to know which is correct and could you please give me some techniques to memorize the answer easily?
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How to say *develop a long term career*?

I have finished my studies and I want to start my career at a company. I want to express that I am searching for a position where I can work the next years of my life, so no limited 2 years contract. ...
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“I had sent you”

I received the following email today, we discussed the report before the email where I told the person that I hadn't(also can I use hadn't here) received it. I was wondering if it's all grammatical. ...
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A Question on Parallelism

Sample sentence: "With three days remaining in the term, Mitzy started doing research, creating an outline, and wrote a rough draft." In this case, is "doing" a verb in parallel with "creating" but ...
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why we say in a sea of multiculturalism

the question is about definite and indefinite. why do we say in a sea of multiculturalism rather than in the sea of multiculturalism. cause i think it is multiculturalism not any other things so it ...
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Exceptions that allow the use of “will” after “if” [duplicate]

This as what I've been able to establish: The use of "will" after "if" is legal only when any of the following conditions apply: The "will" is used as a verb (equivalent to "want"), for example, ...
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For sentence: Remembers the order in which its contents are added [on hold]

I would like to know what is the meaning for "which" in the above sentence.
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Which word can I put? [on hold]

If I wrote "you cant fix a broken plate or a hole in the wall. However, you cant fix a broken heart" Can the word "however" work here? If it cant what can i use instead? Please i need an answer as ...
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Can none and nor be used together?

Are the following sentences gramatically correct: "None of Tom, Dick nor Harry participated in the contest." "None of Tom, nor Dick, nor Harry participated in the contest." If it were a two-person ...
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Construct a “the more x the more y” compound statement

Something doesn't feel 100% correct in the structure of the following statement: The longer you stay here, the higher the chances are that you'll never get there on time. My question is, what should ...
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Does a phrase “by itself” have to be gramatically correct

We can have sentences which are not correct in posters and we forgive them. I made a poster and was criticized for it. It was (and this is the full sentence) Including ghost hunting after hours. ...
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Was “God be with ye” grammatically correct at the time?

Several dictionaries I have consulted, as well as another question here on English.SE, state that the origin of the word goodbye is “God be with ye”. Shouldn’t it be “God be with you” or perhaps “God ...
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Is this sentence grammatical?

"A person reads thirty percent slower from a computer than from a printed document." Is this sentence already sufficient? So far, I've received two revisions: 1.) "A person who reads from a computer ...
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A better expression for “sharing workshop in a company” [on hold]

I am trying to find a better expression for this: I mean that the workshop is about the sharing of conversation with company people so to improve company
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How can I express what I study?

how can I express properly what I study and in which year I actually am? is the following correct: I'am studying a bachelor in computer sciences, I'am in my third year. I also tried to translate ...