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How to drop a pronoun? (pronoun-dropping/removing 'I'/omitting the subject)

I wrote resume and got stuck in this place. There are recommendations to write your achievements in the short form (without "I"): "Worked with ... " "Created something ... " "Collaborated with ... ...
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Should one hyphenate 'shoulder width' in this context?

I believe that in this context: Place your feet shoulder-width apart. it makes sense to hyphenate to avoid confusion. I see that apart is listed as an adverb in the dictionary and width as a ...
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Can the Personal Pronoun I Be Put in the Nominative Case before the Gerund?

In the recently published Report on the Death of Alexander Litvinenko by Sir Robert Owen there is the following sentence in the statement of one of the witnesses (Boris Berezovsky): "This resulted in ...
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He do what he do (does or do)

According to a DMagazine.com headline, it reads: Ron Washington: He do what he do. Is there any case we have to use he do or does it mean something different?
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shall not be more than vs. shall be not more than?

It shall be not more than 1m. It shall not be more than 1m. Which is the correct way to say "it shall be less than or equal to 1m"? Two expressions are mixed in Google, so I want to know ...
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Can the word 'proficient' only be applied to humans?

Is the term 'a proficient system' correct English? Or can the adjective proficient only be used to describe humans? At least one dictionary (NOAD) defines the word in a way that makes it seem more ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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A handgun vs. Handguns

In high school debates, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned. Many debaters will specify a certain ...
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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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Newspaper headlines + is it possible to use present perfect?

I've found these two sentences in newspaper headlines and there are two things I am not sure about: Haas beats Wawrinka Tommy Haas claimed the biggest win of the season against Wawrinka. He ...
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Subject + having (grammar)

I have found the sentence which uses a structure following below: S + having + O The sentence is like this : A name having some properties In here, I am confuse, does the sentence refer to simple or ...
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Two “to be” verbs in one sentence

Insurance is required on purchases of $100 or more, and (is) strongly suggested at $50 to $100. should it be used twice? can it be used only once? Which one is considered of better style (in ...
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Unclear use of present tense in specific sentence

As a non-native speaker I'm having a hard time understanding why the author uses the present tense of 'begin' in the following sentence: Sess was thinking about that as the rain started in and the ...
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are these structure “It's adj for somebody to do something” / “It's adj of somebody to do something” generic ones?

I am non-native English speaker and my English teachers often teach these structures to me "It's adj for somebody to do something". Ex: It is necessary for you to get up early "It's adj of somebody ...
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“To hear” meaning

I have a great deal of difficulty understanding the correct meaning of this dialogue from the Pink Panther animated series: "To hear Harry, you'd think (or you think, I'm not sure) you didn't have a ...
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Using “since” instead of “because”

I want to use the word since as because, but I don't know if I can add the word 'then' after it. For example, is the sentence 'since we have A and B, then there is no need for you to get C' correct? ...
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What does 'if' mean in this sentences?

For similar reasons fragile natural states cannot support many, if any, private elite organizations. As the two world wars and the Cold War of the twentieth century illustrate, external violence is a ...
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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Noun phrases used as adverbs

Example: I fell in love the moment I saw her. Is this considered grammatical as it is, or is it some kind of ellipsis?
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The “to be” part in a “It seems ____” phrase

Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase? The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his ...
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Response Faster / respond faster?

I am looking for a new laptop, and as I scrolled down the page of this specific model, I encountered this: So, bottom line: shouldn’t it be Respond Faster? I am didn’t post a link because I’m not ...
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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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Which verb form to use after "had better do that it

what is the right verb form for "had better" sentences? for example: she had better remember that she has to leave the city soon OR she had better remember that she have to leave the city soon ...
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What do you call the phrase that identifies a noun?

For example: Ms. Smith, the local bartender, always wore a long scarf. The poem, "The Raven," was written by Edgar Allan Poe. My dad, a tough and burly man, went to work today. I ...
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Another sentence from Rise of the Guardians

Now is the time you take the Oath. Is "take" present subjunctive here?
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What is the correct usage I have (I've) or I multiple times in one sentance?

This probably won't change your life, however I'd love to know which is correct and why? "I compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I've compiled a list of tests I performed" OR "I compiled a list ...
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When to use ''of''?

For example, I've stumbled upon these verses by Beckett: ''nothingness in words enclose?'' And while I'm not sure I fully understood their meaning (I've taken ''enclose'' for a noun, as ...
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Article 'a' before the word starting from a vowel

I've always been thinking that in English we use 'an' before the words starting from a vowel, for example "an apple", "an attitude" and so on (except the rule about 'u' sound 'a university" and so ...
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Grammar: Is it correct to say 'irresistible to click'?

I want to convey that the marketing strategy of a particular website was highly successful because they always seem to email links which were irresistible to click on.. Is it a correct way of ...
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Had + past participle or Would Have + past participle?

I would like to know which sentence is grammatically correct and why? If I am talking about a hypothetical case and I want to know what would happen if something have occurred. For example: I turned ...
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An exercise of in, on and at (time), Oxford Practice Grammar 2nd unit 120

The exercise is as follows. We're leaving ___ half past, and you haven't even changed. My answer is in. However, the reference answer is at. The sentence seems that we are about to leave in 30 ...
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Is it possible to construct a sentence with “There is any”

As a rule "any" is not used in affirmative sentences with a countable noun. But is it always true? Maybe I am missing something. Could you explain to me why 1 is correct while 2 is wrong 1) You can ...
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What is the difference between 'avoided with the use of' or 'by the use of'?

I am reading a text that refers to a ship accident that caused serious damage to the environment and was partly due to lack of knowledge of maritime English. The related sentence included this ...
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Whomever or Whoever?

In the following sentence, should I use WHOMEVER or WHOEVER? I don’t want whomever it is to see that I’m a woman alone. Or should it be: I don’t want whoever it is to see that I’m a woman alone. ...
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Nowhere near and nowhere close to

I am so confused about which is modifying which. In the sentence below: It was nowhere close to being done. Nowhere: An adverb modifying close It's the farthest I could get. I don't know if ...
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'Neither' and 'Nor' Usage

What would be the correct sentence? Neither does he abuse nor does he beat. or Neither does he abuse nor he beats.
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The sentence from a Hotel Transylvania

What is the structure of the sentence: "that's asking a lot?" Is it passive or not?I mean, if the meaning is passive, can't if be a passival in present continuous?
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Which of the following two sentences below is more common?

I know that both of the following two sentences are usually used by native speakers, but which one is more common in formal and informal English? We're taking Bill's dad's car tonight. We're taking ...
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Use of 'being' at the end of the sentence

Is it right if I write the sentence as follows: I started my graduate research on Sensing, dynamic spectrum access and sharing being the main focus. Or should I write it like this: I ...
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Syntax of the title 'king'?

Sorry for the strange title, this is my first question in this site; English is not my mother language so this may sound like a really weird question but I want an answer to my doubt: Why is 'king ...
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Past Progressive with Since

Is there any rule against using "since" in the past progressive tense? For example: The snow was falling since this morning. or The actress was working since she was a student. The snow has been ...
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All I have is/are (subject-verb agreement)

This question seems to be ongoing with much debate. Can anyone clearly explain which of the following sentences is correct? All I have is/are my friends. All I have is/ are memories. What ...
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How to analyse the sentence: “Crap” is just a way for old people to say “rap”

“Crap” is just a way for old people to say “rap” By means of clause elements, I am thinking: Crap: subject is: copula just: adverbial And then I don't really know... is 'a way for old people ...
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Why don't you double the 'l' in the ing-form of ' to feel'?

One of the rules for forming the -ing form of verbs is that when the verb ends with an -l, you have to double the 'l'. But why don't you double the 'l' in 'feeling' then?
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Should the Past Perfect Tense be used in subordinate clauses beginning with the preposition “before”?

This is from The Old Testament, or, more exactly, from one of its popular renderings: "Before he had left, he made it very clear that there was to be no idolatry". But shouldn't it be the ...
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“As one who have” or “As one who has”?

Is it: As one who has a lot of related experiences, I think I can offer some help. or: As one who have a lot of related experiences, I think I can offer some help.
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Is it right to say “Draw it big.”?

If I have already talked about drawing a circle and want to say that draw a big circle, is it right to say "Draw it big."?In the sentence bellow would I need an adverb in the blank or an adjective? ...
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Can anyone make me understand the cases of a relative clause?

As I have learned and studied cases of a relative clause, I am now confused with a few cases. We have three cases i.e. a subjective, objective and possessive case, but the below examples don't seem ...
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Has or have confusion when we don't use does

I got a list of votes from many people on Google. The topic is: Anyone have any ideas? OR Anyone has any ideas? I believe that it is 'Anyone have any any ideas' for we don't use does. But ...
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Possessive adj vs. Possessive pronoun

---- idea is not worthy Fill in the blank with a possessive pronoun a."His idea is not worthy" b."Your idea is not worthy" The answer was b. But why is "His idea" wrong?