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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words?

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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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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Instead of grammar using senteces

I want to know how use instead of in simple sentences. is this Example correct? For me, Computer uses instead of the mobile phone
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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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“Preventing them to wrap” vs “Preventing them from wrapping”

I've found on StackOverflow an old answer written by me, in which I've used the first form. Reading it now, it sounds weird and wrong; I am inclined to think that the second form is the only one ...
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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.
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grammatical construct “sitting on the bench”

What is the grammatical construct or part of speech of the following two phrases in italics? Sitting on the bench, the tramp wondered about life. The tramp sitting on the bench wondered about ...
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How to use “the same as” clause corectly?

Here is a sentence written in a book: the automobile, popularized by Henry Ford, was invented around the same time as the Wright brothers developed the airplane. I found the use of grammar in ...
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“Question”/“issue” followed by “of”

"This raises the question [of] when the event happened." "This raises the issue [of] whether the Government would approve." Is the inclusion of "of" in these and similar sentences (a) necessary, (b) ...
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Semicolon usage: is this usage appropriate?

Is this usage of a semicolon grammatical? I understand that it's used to separate two clauses in a sentence, but am uncertain on the validity of its usage in this scenario Sound can be represented ...
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What is the grammatical function of “in my opinion”?

In phrases such as "X is better than Y in my opinion" what is the grammatical function of the phrase "in my opinion"? I know that prepositional phrases can function as adverbs or adjective depending ...
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Sound or sounds

There is a sound puzzle board for babies which has many different sounds and plays accordingly. I wonder if I can say "let's play with sound" refering playing with the board; or should it be "play ...
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Correct grammar: “House of…” or “House for…”

I was recently reviewing a piece for a friend and they had written, "We want to be known as the House for New Art". I believed the grammar should be "House of New Art". Which is correct?
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Relative and demonstrative pronouns “that” and “those”

I think the sentence the difference between the behaviour of young people today and that of those in the past is correct, as that (relative pronoun) replaces behaviour and those (demonstrative ...
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Is the 'unmarked'/standard/basic form called the oblique/objective case?

[Source:] This happens because what linguists would call the “unmarked” or standard, basic form for pronouns turns out to be the objective form—me, him, her, them, and the like. This is the form ...