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“Seems like you have given ” - Is it right?

Which of the below is right use of english? “Seems like you have given the IP range for new virtual network” Or “Seems like you had given the IP range for new virtual network”
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In EModE should 'may' become 'mayest' when expressing a wish

I'm translating a text from Sanskrit, which has a singular/plural (and, actually, dual) distinction in the second person. It has long been the custom in English translation to render the 2nd singular ...
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Survey Design: Past Tense vs. Present Tense

This seems silly, but I can't make up my mind. When asking survey participants to rate their attitude(s) about a past experience, should the statement be in past or present tense? For example, ...
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Box is expected to be delivered by/in/on Q1 of 2016

Box is expected to be delivered by Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered in Q1 of 2016 Box is expected to be delivered on Q1 of 2016
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It saves you endless agony - Correct?

My sentence reads: It may not save you bucks, but, it surely saves you endless agony. Is this correct? Or, do you suggest any alterations?
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verb agreement: what he is looking for are/is books

What he is looking for are books written by Jane Austin. What he is looking for is books written by Jane Austin. Which one is correct? Is it “are” to agree with the object "books" or "is" to agree ...
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I'm not sure how to mark the clause boundaries

I'm trying to mark clause boundaries (main, subordinate & embedded clause); I can't play my own devil's advocate anymore, would be so grateful if anyone could weigh in on this: Sentence: With ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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What is the difference between “in my opinion” and “to my taste”?

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/to+my+taste http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-definition/for%20my%20taste I don't see in those links any mention of opinion, it's not even a synonym. Are ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...
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Be mindful of using vs be mindful of

I am really confused with these sentences. I don't know the technical explanation for these. I am studying English and I do not understand what's wrong with the sentences. You just have to be ...
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Future perfect with by

What is the difference between a) By then, you will have shown what you meant to do since the beginning. b) By then, you will show what you meant to do since the beginning.(Is this grammatically ...
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The use of the word 'only' under complicated situations

I read that question: different usage of the word "only" Then I'm wondering how to represent following situations in the short sentence using the word 'only'. 'He' can speak English, ...
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Usage of Interrogative adjective

I have these sentences (both of them are in a book series, and are written by Indian): 1)Which football team wins the game? 2)What materials are used to make it? I wonder if they are ...
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Relaxed approach in/at/towards solving

What is the difference between the following and are they correct? He took a relaxed approach in solving the problem. He took a relaxed approach at solving the problem. He took a relaxed approach ...
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Lying awoke in bed pleasant. Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I'm working with a book for English composition. The book suggests "Lying awoke in bed pleasant"as an answer for a question written in my language. But I think the sentence is grammatically ...
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taken as vs taken for

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? I do not want to be taken as a liar. I do not want to be taken for a liar.
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Start of sentence comma after: “Lately” [duplicate]

Lately, I've been struggling to decide whether or not it's best to put a comma after the word lately when using it to begin a sentence. A similar case would be starting a sentence with the word ...
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Is sequential + order redundant?

According to the Google dictionary, sequential means forming or following in a logical order or sequence. So would it be redundant to say "The plot is the events of the story arranged in sequential ...
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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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“Where we headed?” or “Where we heading?”; which one is correct?

I had to pick one of my friends for a movie. She didn't know where we would go, so the moment she sat in the car, she asked "So, where we headed?" I told her the multiplex name. But I thought she ...
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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What's the adjective from 'emit'? [on hold]

I'd like to know what's the right adjective from the word 'to emit'. Is is emitting or emitted radiation? Or are they both used interchangeably?
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A question on usage of could and was able to

As you know,we use could for general ability. But if we want to say that somebody did something in a specific situation,we have to use was/were able to or managed to **(not **could ). I know the below ...
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Uncertain grammar areas

Any language has areas were the usage is uncertain. English, it seems to me, has a lot of uncertain areas. Just to give two examples: none, singular or plural? - dice, noun, singular and plural form? ...
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How to introduce new terms that may be used interchangeably in a formal context?

I am writing a scientific paper. I was thinking whether there is any difference in the following. Technique X, also known as technique Y, is the most commonly used process to ... or ...
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Relative clauses

I have these two sentences: "All of them knew the criminals by sight. The local police arrested them." If you were asked to join them using a relative clause, how would you do it? all of them is ...
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Can I use “but” when the second part of a sentence isn't in contrast to the first?

My understanding of the conjunction "but" is that it should be used when the second part of a sentence rebuts the first. However, I often find myself using it when the second part isn't rebutting ...
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to become, becoming [migrated]

My dream was to become a scientist. My dream was becoming a scientist. Which one is correct? or Do you have any idea to make it sound natural?
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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How to use the relative pronoun “which”

Is the use of the relative pronoun "of which" in the following quote from the ABC news correct? Shouldn't it be "of whom?" Five people were taken to the nearby Loma Linda University Medical ...
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How do I use “as of now” correctly?

Just to clarify, I am not a native English speaker. I occasionally hear from other non-native English speakers the use of the phrase: "As of now" with the meaning of Currently. Initially I did not ...
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If I swallow part of an animal, am I not entitled to say “I swallowed an animal”?

As the question implies, if you swallow part of an animal do you think it mean it can be can be considered "swallowing an animal"? My argument was that part of an animal doesn't mean the whole animal. ...
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Could not achieve vs could not have achieved

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/tinderbox-in-in-the-himalayas/article8548784.ece Please look at the following The decision to deploy a few Air Force helicopters could not ...
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Please help me. Compare these two sentences (A) and (B) and give me your comments, please [on hold]

(A) Moreover, some members of agricultural societies were now free to engage in pursuits other than food gathering, resulting in a more elaborate social structure with a division of labor allowing ...
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Plural after then [migrated]

Which of the following is correct? washed his right then left hand washed his right then left hands
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What takes predominance when writing MLA citations: literal source title or obvious grammar rules?

I am writing MLA citations for a paper and I encountered an issue. The title of one of my sources has no uppercase letters, although in normal grammar situations it should, regardless of the fact that ...
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Correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? [on hold]

What is the correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? Is it "self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie" or "self-described adrenaline junkie"
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How should I understand this sentence grammatically? [migrated]

The sentence is, "She is as tall as I am." I'm having trouble with the "as ... as ..." structure. I understand that the second "as" is a preposition followed by a noun clause. My guess is that the ...
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Can I write “…argue it sufficiently…”?

in a scientific paper written in American English, I am using the following sentence: "...we would argue that it is sufficiently established that..." Can the sentence be shortened to "...we would ...
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The use of prepositions plus “which” [migrated]

How to use "in which", "by which", "of which", "on which", and "for which"? What are the differences among those? Are there any other combinations of preposition and the word "which"? I have ...
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“Ask” vs “ask for”

I've just been told that when you want information from a person, you should not use "ask for" just "ask". They're quoting from Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English. This doesn't appear to be ...
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Does I'll replace I will? [duplicate]

I can say "I will go", or "I'll go", and the both mean the same thing. However, if you ask me "Can you go?", can I respond with "I'll" instead of "I will"?
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Had done / had been doing

I had been eating before I visited you. I had eaten before I visited you. How do you know when to use either of them?
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small question about the or a

I and my wife are debating which way is correct when using the or a in our example. We are talking about a gender of our first baby. I prefer using: a gender of the baby is a boy. However, she ...
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How to use “much” and “many”? [on hold]

I didn't understand how to use much and many: if many is used for uncountable things, and much is used for countable things? I'm confused! Can anybody explain it to me?
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Use of that and to the point that

Am I using the that clause in this sentence properly? "Watching just the first episode of the anime will surely get you hooked that you would want to marathon the whole series in a day." Or ...
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How should I use “so” and“ too” for implying “That's also true for me” in this example?

This is a conversation between two friends, one is 30 the other is 25. They are speaking about their school time: First conversation: A: Do you remember Mr. X? He was my English teacher. B: ...
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Why does “is” replace “has”?

I am continually surprised to hear people use has and is interchangeably. The erudite Peter Segal has been guilty of saying: This song is been written by XXX. YY is been a producer on the ...