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which noun that modifier modify ? “Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? ”

In this sentence "Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!) ", The modifier "that’s awesome" function which noun ? "something" or "ourselves " ? In any case, I think that's ...
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the scope of preposition “ which ”?

In this sentence "This leads us to try to optimize, to try to improve, but also to feel bad, to seek comfort and distraction, to procrastinate while we seek the answers. " . The modifier "while we ...
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How is 'get' being used in these sentences?

What grammar structure is this? Bob got/had me drunk. She's got me spending. Get moving! Get going! That music gets/has me dancing! He had/got me stumped. She had/got me stoned. Is it possible to ...
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Using 'rather' before or after a verb

Out of the two sentences : I should've written rather a diary. I should've rather written a diary. Which one's correct if I want to convey the meaning that I wrote something else earlier and ...
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“to” vs. “until”

If I wanted to say that something lasts all night and ends in the morning, I could use, "until morning." But what about "to morning?" Would that also be correct? I'm not sure because "to" here is ...
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Is this phrase correct? “SNP erases dads from family life”

I recently saw the following headline on the front page of a national newspaper: "SNP erases dads from family life" While I have little confidence in my knowledge of grammar, and doubt a national ...
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Format of this sentence [closed]

(Thank you) (for something), (John). Or (Thank you) (John) (for something). The former sounds more suitable to be used in a normal conversation wheres the latter sounds more suitable to be ...
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Possessive when both refer to a plural: “Hume's and Kant's moral systems” or “Hume and Kant's moral systems”?

Title says it all. What's the correct possessive to use when they both refer to the same noun? "Hume's and Kant's moral systems" or "Hume and Kant's moral systems"? Hume and Kant both have one moral ...
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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 it possible to make passive voice of following sentences

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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“Recommend you to [do something]” or “Recommend to you to [do something]”?

Will anyone make a clear comparison between "recommend + subject + to infinitive" and "recommend + to + subject + to + infinitive"? As an example: We recommend you to buy a new car. We recommend to ...
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Is this sentence in need of rewording?

I found this sentence online: " Don't like your rights taken away, then don't take away other people's." Shouldn't it be phrased differently? As I think it doesn't quite make sense
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I only or I myself? or something else? [migrated]

What should I say when I want to convey that the job was done by me when asked by someone. (In the context of no one but me) I only did this or I myself did this?
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Is the phrase grammatically correct? [on hold]

Said phrase is "He thought himself a simple man." I'm wondering if the sentence is grammatically correct, and if not, a better sentence.
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How can this sentence be reworded?

I just got back a paper my teacher had corrected, and she labeled the word 'be' in the following sentence as a 'dangling modifier': How one learns from these experiences will ultimately determine ...
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Is this phrase correct? “I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer” [on hold]

English is not my native language and somehow this phrase doesn't feel right. What do you guys think? I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer.
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“Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?” [on hold]

"Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?" Is it a valid statement(rather question) or does it need to be tweaked in any way ?
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Is word always correct in suggesting either a comma before which or else using that?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine suggests before the use of which that a comma be placed or alternatively, to replace it with that and not use a comma. Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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Explain use of “being” [on hold]

In An object that contains additional information about the cell being requested. why does it use "being"?
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Have met vs. Met [duplicate]

there They have met several times before. vs. They met several times before. Could you please tell the difference between the two sentences? Thanks in advance! Burning the midnight oil, Oodo
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Is 'Single Sitting' a proper phrase?

Being an Indian, I don't like the way we Indians use the English. Of course I also make mistakes, but I will try to learn from time to time. I see and hear some phrases like, Please do the needful, ...
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Any and a with “there is”

Could you give an explanation why ANY is not used like this: 1) Is there any car in the street? 2) Is there any book on the table? I know that it's OK to use A for such sentences. 3) Is there a car ...
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the Virginia public school district

Do I have to put "the" in front of "Virginia"? Thanks. Do disciplinary school removal rates differ between high and low poverty schools in Virginia public school district?
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Is the usage of 'Due to urgent personal errands' valid? [duplicate]

I see in my company mails, there is a lot of usage of the statement Due to urgent personal errands (..I may not report to office today) which, by hunch, I guess is not a proper usage. What is the ...
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Is this sentence correct- 'There's only one way I can jump over a car.'? [on hold]

Is the above sentence? Is there anything weird about it, or is it plainly incorrect? How can it be worded better? EDIT: Some context-Say there are X methods of jumping over a car. I only know/can use ...
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“He recommended that they are separated” - is this valid?

I've seen and heard this kind of construction several times now and it always bugs me. When someone recommends something, surely the verb used in the subclause should be infinitive, so: He ...
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“Worked” or “have worked”? [duplicate]

I always heard people say things like we worked yesterday until seven at night. But working spans over a course of time, so I think this is much preferable: We had worked yesterday until ...
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Which one is correct? “Offer ends at/on 1 March” or “Offer ends 1 March”

Today, avast! program (an anti-virus program for computers) showed me a message that contains: Offer ends 1 March But I also saw some sentences in other forms like: Offer ends on 1 March ...
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Is this usage valid?

Can the verb have be used to talk of experiencing a state of feeling or an action prompted and or caused by an inanimate object? "The song had me singing along to it." "The song had me sing along to ...
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“how much longer do you plan on [X]ing…” [on hold]

Is the above structure grammatically correct, or just sort of common, or not correct but common enough to use?
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Determining if “than” is used as conjunction or preposition

"than" can be used as a conjunction and as a preposition. I want to be able to tell for any given sentence containing "than" which grammatical function it has in that sentence. My current ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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Can the preposition 'in' be omitted here? [migrated]

Here are two sentences. 1. What are you doing in here? 2. What are you doing here? What is the difference between the two sentences? (between No,1 and No,2 sentences) Is there any grammar to omit ...
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Does this sentence “I fixed her a chair.” make sense?

There is a sentence. *I fixed her a chair." I want to know whether this sentence makes sense or not? Please, give me your answer.
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Does it sound good? [on hold]

Does "Guilds of Magic" sound good or is it strange? (This is for a project name) Thank you !
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Is this style of comparison grammatical?

I am inferring from the following paragraph that the number of people who volunteered in community service following 9/11 attacks was twice as many as those who did so before the event. However, I am ...
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When to use 'Upon' instead of 'on'? [on hold]

When to use 'Upon' instead of 'on'? Is there any thumb rule for it?
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Changing passive voice into active voice [on hold]

Change the passive into active Let us forget the past. We should forget the past. Is this the answer
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I insist on them getting X I insist on getting sth for them

What is it that sometimes I can put a noun instead of an ING verb: I insist on getting a present for them. I insist on them getting a present. In the latter, is the meaning the same? I ...
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Using commas after clause starting with 'not'

I have the following sentence: He wanted to go to the park, not the city, for lunch Is the second comma needed?
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“it's truly vital that he or she becomes/become familiar with the reasons”? [duplicate]

Please have a look at the sentence below: Before one votes on the propositions, it's truly vital that he or she becomes familiar with the reasons for voting both for the proposition and against ...
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The future tense (will / going to )? [on hold]

Could anyone answer this then explain correctly? Choose : Be careful, you ..... your hand with that knife . will cut / are going to cut /are cutting
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Check sentences for errors [on hold]

I want to know what's the error in these sentences and what are the correct answers. I want to know them very soon because these questions are supposed to be asked in my exams. 1. One of my ...
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What is a difference between USED TO and PAST SIMPLE

What is a difference between: I used to smoke. I smoked. I used to be a teacher. I was a teacher.
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Which Grammar book to choose? [on hold]

I want an english grammar book for advanced level..if someone could help, I will appreciate. Note:maybe it is not the right forum to post in..but I found too many people here very professional..so, I ...
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Order of adjectives in “free weekly two-hour scientific meetings” [duplicate]

What is the correct order of these four adjectives in the phrase "free weekly two-hour scientific meetings"? I'm not exactly sure where to put 'two-hour'.
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Why does “want” take a preposition but “insist” does not?

Why can't you say: "I insist you to do that!" After all, you can say: "I want you to do that!" What's the difference between these two verbs, that they need to be used in sentences ...
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Is it correct to use IN with the Present Perfect Continuous?

Maybe the question is simple but I can't form a definite opinion about the issue in question. Some people say IN shouldn't be used with PPC others say it's OK. 1) He has been reading this book in the ...