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Second Conditional in English

I would like to know the difference between the following two sentences: If I had money, I would have gone to the USA. If I had money, I would go to the USA. Which of the above two would you ...
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Consulting to or consulting for?

What would be the correct usage of (to/for) in the following phrase? ... a small technology company specializing in consulting (to/for) dog owners Thank you,
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Picture about or Picture of

I have two sentences: The picture of a mountain. The picture about land. Are they both correct? And how to use them?
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Grammar and what is unspecified

On another thread I used the example: I thought Jones was an idiot, they behaved so strangely And it was pointed out that: You can't use the gender-neutral 'they' in this situation. ...
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Usage of prevalent and pervasive

I can't distinguish the usage of these two words: pervasive and prevalent. Almost all dictionaries define these words' meaning as spreading throughout [a medium]. One forum I have come across ...
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Another question on grammar [on hold]

I have a question about this sentence: If we had been able to speak Persian... can only be used to describe a situation that occurred at some time in the past that had consequences in the ...
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How can I correctly say the following statement?

I would like to say "I have a strong drive to do what I do best and do best what I do". What I want to say is that I want to do things which I could do best. And I want to be best at what I am doing. ...
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Is “this object remains a valid inclusion in a discussion of similar objects” grammatically correct?

The wider context within which I am writing this phrase is: What is certain, however, is that early twentieth-century piano rolls, while not themselves audio recordings, remain a valid inclusion ...
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Is these sentences are relative pronouns?

Example: The book, which I read last night, was exciting. I walked on a street, which happened to have a pile of dog dirt, which I did not see because I was too exhausted. According to what I ...
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Do we need an auxiliary verb (eg do-support) in questions about the past?

Which one is correct? How you won the game? How did you win the game?
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Is “offer something someone” without “to” in between correct?

I interpret the latter part of the following sentence to mean "and are quite unprepared to offer the priority seats to those whom the seats are meant for." If this is correct, "to" seems to be missing ...
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Include “against” or leave out?

Is it correct to use against with mitigate as in this generic example? Since this risk type is rapidly evolving, our department is working to clarify the definition of (product) to mitigate ...
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How does the use of a definite article change the meaning of following sentences?

My niece is in hospital. My niece is in the hospital. Both the sentences look good to me. Is there any difference between the two sentences? Although I know the difference but the real question ...
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Difference between “May i have a word with you”, “Will i have a word with you”

What's the difference between the above two sentences. I bit confused. Thanks
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grammatical problem for looks or look. what is correct among the 2 sentences

Let trouble look for you. OR Let trouble looks for you. Which one between the two sentences is correct? Should the verb be look or looks?
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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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Is there a theoretical maximum numbers of consecutive verbs in english?

Can anyone think of any sentences with more than 8 consecutive verbs? "To have been being eaten alive must have been really harsh" I'm sure is correct, but does this make sense too? "To have had ...
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Meaning of 'even if' in a sentence

Hi could you please describe the meaning of 'even if' in this sentence? If we had been able to speak Iranian... can only be used to describe a situation that occurred at some time in the past that ...
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Should I use “is” or “are” in this sentence about a company?

When talking about a company, should I use "is" or "are"? Take X as the company name in this instance; which sentence is correct? X Ltd is a provider X Ltd are a provider
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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Can we use past participle form of every verb after the verb “ to get”?

"Emails that get sent to me get CC'd to my boss" is this sentence correct? or is this sentence better "Emails sent to me CC'd to my boss" ? Thanks
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What pronoun do we use when we want to emphasize?

I've just written some sentences and it seems to me that the usage of "it" is kinda strange or even wrong in them. Are they wrong? How can I say it in a correct way? I assumed it were the humans ...
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Is the tense correct in these sentences?

Is this sentence correct grammatically? He must have seen my jet ski and became suspicious. or should it be: He must have seen my jet ski and become suspicious. Please note that the ...
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Proper use of “would” and “had”

Which of the following sentences would be grammatically correct? Both of the sentences sound correct to me, for which reason I am confused. The volume of sand would be measured after all excess ...
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Is there any difference or nuance between “At the start, …” and “In the beginning, …”?

"At the start, ...", this is from the book, I am reading now. It sounded very rare to me so I was wondering what an occasion I can use this expression comparing "In the beginning, ...". Thanks.
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Does this sentence use nominative absolute phrase?

A scientist, he always thinks about what is best for the people. Is this "a scientist" part a nominative absolute phrase? It seems like nominative absolute phrase has to have a verb or adjective ...
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“Do so” vs “do it”

Example: I don’t know why I didn’t go back to my hometown. I didn’t have any reason not to—maybe I didn’t have a reason to do [so/it], either. Should I use do so or do it in the example above? ...
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Which is correct in this sentence, I or Me [duplicate]

"...illustrates another philosophical divide between you and [I/me]." I'm currently in an argument with a friend about this little bit here. Which is the correct pronoun for this sentance, "me" or ...
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Correct usage of wh-pronoun [duplicate]

I am facing problem regarding the usage of who and whom. So I want to know how to use those pronouns? For example: who or whom do you think I met?
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How to express relation that something belong to something, using noun phrase?

I want to express the belong relation between things, but not use of or 's such as "path of file" or "file's path". In coding, there is sometimes a need to express "belong" relation in an identifier ...
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“dedicated to helping people ” or “dedicated to help people”

I have this sentence: I'm a volunteer in an organization that is dedicated to helping people find answers about life in the Bible. or it should be I'm a volunteer in an organization that is ...
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Usage of face, confront and encounter

I'm confused with the usage of 3 words : face, confront and encounter. I found that face is used in general condition. However, I can't distinguish rest of the two words. In what circumstances these ...
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Does “away” serve as an adverb or an adjective in the following sentence?

The shop is five minutes away. According to the dictionary, away is an adverb. An adverb modifies a verb. In the above example, what word does away modify? Why is away not an adjective? ...
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What is the difference between “skilled” and “skillful”?

What is the difference between skilled and skillful? When can I use one, when can I used the other? He is skilled/​skillful. He is a skilled/​skillful musician. (Anything else?) From the ...
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I am showing or I am seeing?

When something is displayed on computer screen ( e.g a list or names of servers etc) people use "I am showing the below list" is this correct ? I use "I am seeing the below list". I observed people ...
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difference between these two sentences

I was wondering how are these two sentences different. Also, if one is wrong please suggest the correction. 1) I have revised the designs to incorporate the changes you have suggested. 2) I have ...
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Manage+simple present from of verb [on hold]

"We will try to manage your visa extend till July,2017." I have seen this sentence somewhere.It seems to be incorrect to me.I just want to know how can I use ''try'' and ''manage'' both in this ...
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Do these sentences gain any difference in meaning by reversing the order?

Is there any difference between those sentences? I was there to get a hair cut yesterday. I was there yesterday to get a hair cut. Option one is to invest the money so that it will ...
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About or around when referring to approximate age?

I am not sure which one is the correct word for beginning this sentence. Is it just a stylistic choice? I was around 10 years old when... or I was about 10 years old when...
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Is this riddle worded correctly?

So I've just read this riddle online: A baby falls off a 20 story building and survives. How is this possible? Answer: He feel on the ground floor. Currently, I'm under the impression that ...
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What is the equivalent in English of the French sentence part “complément de phrase”?

In French, a sentence has two essential syntactic parts (the subject and the predicate) and may have one or more "complément de phrase", which are optional parts. "complément de phrase" = "sentence ...
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Can I use commas here to avoid confusion?

When you turn on the radio while the house is quiet , or you use the radio in your car, you have several choices of music to listen to. (The bold-faced comma, first one) Ok from the content, it ...
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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When are liable and likely interchangeable?

For liable, a sentence in which it is used correctly; Such a figure is liable to be attacked as a blasphemer. For likely: What he told me is likely to be true. (Not liable. It sounds weird) ...
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Phrase usage: As a result

As far as what I've learned, this is how you use the phrase "as a result". e.g. He was late, as a result, he didn't catch the bus. = He was late***,*** he didn't catch the bus as a result. I would ...
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past continuous or present continuous

I'm slightly confused, Shouldn't we stick to the past continues in this sentence ? The Germans began running to the town and when they realized the Jews are escaping, started shooting at them and 5 ...
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Make something “have” or make something “to have”?

I am looking at a sentence in my thesis, and I am not sure about the usage of "make". Should I say In addition, as a result of the xxx principal, the xxx product operation in (1) makes the ...
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“who doesn't” vs. “who don't”

What is the difference between "There will be users who doesn't buy something" and "There will be users who don't buy something"? Are they both grammatically correct?