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Which alternative is best English?

Are there any specific rules in English about how to refer to something that was introduced in the previous sentence? For example, compare these three sentences: Let X and Y be random variables ...
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Sequence of Verb Tense when it comes to if condition

Normally, a noun clause has the same tense as the main clause, right. So, I am wondering how about the case in IF condition sentence? If she were here, I would tell her that I liked/like her. ...
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past progressive with always

Hi^^ I'm a student learning English. I learned in a class that either present or past progressive can be used to express a negative reaction to a situation. The explanations on the lecture note ...
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How does the present participle work in a sentence like “He is seven feet tall, making him the tallest person in the room.”

I am unsure of what usage the present participle uses in a sentence like "He is seven feet tall, making him the tallest person in the room." I checked the wikipedia article for participles ...
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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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How much like us they are or how much they are like us?

I was watching movie and one of the character said: We have never realized how much like us they are. For some reason, it sounded a bit strange to me because I've seen and heard many people ...
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“this, this and this”: plural or singular?

My comment from meta.SO: And finally, the style of bagdes should be the same on this, this, and this page. At the point where I'd say page/pages, am I talking about the group of three pages, or ...
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Will have past participle VS should have past participle

I found this from Cambridge grammar book. We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened , will happen. e.g) The builders should have ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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What are these phrases called?

I recently learned about parenthetical expressions, and I just want to know if these following phrases are the ones. I took notes, the elements of the story. And in this one. Victims of ...
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wouldn’t have left or hadn't left

If my cousin wouldn’t have left/hadn't left in a hurry, she wouldn’t have forgotten her keys. I'm learning for my exams and I'm a little confused, which the correct one ? I'd say that hadn't ...
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Is it correct to say “I'll share it for the millionth time”

If I want to share something on social media with others, something that I've extremely enjoyed listening to or watching. would it be correct grammatically if I said: I'll share it for the millionth ...
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Using “One day before”

I want to express the following thing; Do your homework at least one day before the submission deadline. Suppose the 2nd person knows about this submission deadline thing (or may be clear from ...
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Use of past or present tense in references?

Helping a friend with a poorly translated English paper and wondered about this: the source has the writer make reference to documents prepared the 1990s (agreements prepared but never signed by ...
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ACT English Question 2006 63E

46. The answer is F, but I put H. I understand "achievement in which" doesn't sound right, but neither does ending the underlined phrase without a "for". Any help?
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A device using a material

Would you say the following sentence is natural? (1) An electronic device using this kind of epoxy resin can withstand a wide range of mechanical and thermal environmental conditions. I am ...
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Which way is correct?

With Senator Baker the only one to gainsay it, the bill passed overwhelmingly. OR the bill was passed overwhelmingly. Thank you!
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it's important that he… — it's important for him to

I'm always struggling with these structures: 1) It's important/vital/essential that + subject + (should +) verb It's vital that you (should) do exactly as I say. It's important that they ...
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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grammar query-when to use future tense?

Can anyone please explain why d is the right answer for the first question , c for second and c for the third?why its not c for first and d for second and b for third? I know twenty people ...
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What is the correct way to request one item each from more than one source?

I'd like a single screenshot each from two dashboards. Which of these is correct:   Please take a screenshot of the x and y dashboards or Please take screenshots of the x and y dashboards
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When should a repeated word be removed?

There are a few scenarios, a word is always removed when it's repeated, "There were four or more (more) people in the room" Which is what most would say for a few situations like There are ...
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Question about phone conversation

What should I say on the phone? Is it, Where are you calling from? or From where are you calling? If there is any alternative, please do share.Thanks
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Is it OK to use imperative after a conditional?

Is it allowable to use imperative after an "if" clause in past tense, e.g If you told your secret to anyone, don't ask him/her to be quiet.
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Replacing “and” with comma

EB size and structure is known to influence differentiation potential, and the microwell system provides a robust, efficient method of producing EBs of any size or shape. I've seen many sentences ...
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What does this English question want?

The process of belonging to a group may be welcoming AND daunting. How does the introduction used in the play support this? Do you have to find an introducion that supports the idea that ...
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is it thoughts by or thoughts from

I'm creating a question and would like to know if the phrase I plan to use is grammatically correct: I would like to determine your thoughts on the matter by asking you to answer two questions. ...
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Using 'should have' to indicate an action occurring before another action in the past

Is it correct? "I should have taken TOFEL test a long time ago before my parents got married"
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Substance with critical comments on style

I just wanted to ask what "substance with critical comments on style" really means. I have an examination on the 5th and I can't quite understand what it is.Thanks.
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Is it correct to use the suffix -ian when referring to names?

Oftentimes when reading academic texts I will come across the suffix "-ian" as a way to denote ownership. While I find it fitting syntactically (it "feels" right), I don't remember ever learning it ...
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Is “but rather” grammatically correct?

Is the use of "but rather" correct here? The United States' decision to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was not a diplomatic measure to intimidate the Soviet Union, but rather a ...
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Active Voice in Research Without Personal Pronoun

I am trying to write a document in an active voice. I am allowed to use personal pronouns. That being said, I feel like I am using "we" too much. I am trying to vary sentence structure so that each ...
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What is the function of the infinitive “to speak” in : “He wanted me to speak”

Is it an adjective modifying me, the object of wanted, or an adverb modifying wanted?
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Had /Had Been / Was

Mirroring the ideology of the WWF, had been that of The Conservation Foundation, which had such scientists as Charles Sutherland Elton as providing much support for Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring ...
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Is a preposition always necessary in these kinds of sentences?

1.) You can always find a trash bin to throw in your cigarette butts. 2.) Find a table where you can put your books on. Are the preposition in these sentences necessary?
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Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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Punctuating sentences with multiple adverb forms

What is generally considered the correct way to punctuate multiple adverb forms in a sentence? E.g., She stood discreetly, close to a bus stop, across the street from the entrance of a modern office ...
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“Same as” or “same with” in this context?

Here is a quick question. Same with A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Same as A, we also select this method to evaluate the plan. Which one is a better way for academic writing? ...
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“…as interesting as you think” vs “…as interesting as you'd think”?

Speaker A: "You lived in Hawaii? Cool! How was it? Tell me, tell me. Speaker B: "Haha, it wasn't as interesting as you/you'd think. What's the correct option in this case? Or should I have ...
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Where to put the possessive “'s” when there is a presence of a modifier?

I'm studying history and as I came across a structural conundrum that I have no idea how to answer. His successor's, Taft, Standard Oil decision suggested John D. Rockefeller's massive oil ...
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Conditional cause

I know that there are some formular of conditional sentence If + simple past, would + simple present [e.g: if I were you, I would not go.] If + past perfect, would + present perfect [e.g: if I had ...
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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“May have been” : sequence of tenses

Let us suppose we have such a sentence: John says Marry may have fallen ill. How should we change the sentence if we talk about the past? Is it correct? John said Marry might have fallen ...
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Name for the repetition evident in “How much larger should it be to be secure?”

I'm editing a post that has the sentence: How much larger should it be to be secure? I've come across other situations where there are repetitions in a sentence (such as that that) and am hoping ...
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A question on the use of 'since'.

'Since' means throughout the period from a specified point in past time to the present. Can I use it to mean 'throughout the period from a specified point in past time to a specific point also in the ...
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Is it redundant to say “the plot of the story”?

I'm writing a paper about title cards and title sequences in movies and at one point I say These title cards were also used throughout silent films as they were essential to carrying the plot of ...
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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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“She talked about how…” Grammar Rule

I'm trying to find the grammar rule or name that explains these types of sentences: The movie was about how we all need to love each other. She talked about how there is a great fear of technology. ...
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Which part of the sentence the bold part refers to?

The following is an excerpt from a USDOS Country report. I am trying to determine, based on the structure of the sentence what does the bold phrase refer to: all the charges or only the charge of ...
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“Data card deposited with Jon Doe.” Is this sentence correct?

"Data card deposited with Jon Doe." Vs "Data card deposited to Jon Doe." which is the correct sentence? Situation is that some device has been returned to the concerned department personnel.