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“She did X with the same enthusiasm she would have done Y.”

I have this sentence in something I'm writing: She slipped her head into the helmet with the same enthusiasm she would have slipped it into a guillotine. This sounds wrong to me. I feel like it ...
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“Training on” or “Training about”?

What preposition usually follows the verb "training"? Given a particular piece of software on which the staff is going to receive training in the boardroom, should one use "training on", "training ...
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Is there any rule of order for time, date, place, building, and etc?

I sent an email to confirm my meeting with a person which specified time, date, place, and building on the email like below: I would like to meet you at 5pm this Sunday in KFC on the first floor ...
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What if + would

I have a question about what if... Here's the thing: Do you think they shouldn't attend that school? What if they would become great musicians? Do you think they shouldn't attend that school? What ...
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Is “it is necessary be have” correct?

How do you use subjunctive in such situations? Have I correctly written the following? It is necessary to have a farm of your own Is this right? If not, why? It is necessary be have a farm ...
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Correct verb form in two sentences

I can't explain why the following sentences are wrong, although I can correct them. (a) INCORRECT — The table shows the average amount of time advertisements on the Internet lasting. ...
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Is “Sent to say” proper?

Is it incorrect grammar to say that someone "sent to say" something? As in "Joe sent to say that he would love to join you all for the pic nic". I know that I don't have the greatest grammar skills in ...
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Correct usage of “help” and parallelism

I want to combine "A helps B to Verb1." and "A helps C to Verb2." into one sentence. However, "A helps B Verb1." and "A helps C Verb2." are also correct sentences. ("to" can be omitted.) So, my ...
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use of being in a sentence

What is the grammatical reason for the following use of the word being? Thank you for willing to come : (wrong, I know) Thank you for being willing to come : (right) But what is the ...
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“over the period of” or “over the period”?

Which one is correct? I visited four countries over the period of 2010 to 2014. or I visited four countries over the period 2010 to 2014.
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Trying to figure out proper form of “that” in sentence

I currently have the sentence "Seahorses are the only fish that practice steadfast monogamy." to tree diagram for class, and cannot freakin' figure out what the word "that" would be used as in this ...
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Is this sentence a dependent clause?

Not to mention the amazing embellishments that are sure to spark the interest of our well-healed clients: flowers, butterflies, crystals, and feathers.
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Are there rules governing pre- and/or post-modification of noun groups by participial adjectives?

Which of the expressions "supplies needed" and "needed supplies" is / are correct? Have we now received all the needed supplies? Have we now received all the supplies needed? Is there a ...
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What's the difference betwen perhaps and maybe?

I would like to know how to use them are theres alike? or just two differents words that can be used in the same way?
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Comma splice proceeded by conjunctive adverb

I'm wondering what the rule is as to where any commas or semicolons would go. (a) and (b) are showing the two sentences that are to be combined, and (a)+(b)[1,2] show the sentences in question. (a): ...
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Shall I put the adjective behind the noun in this case?

"Function" means the performance of something, so it is on a level different from "project".(self-made) Here what I mean is that the two words are on different levels, the first may refer to ...
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maybe you don't already know that/maybe you don't know it yet

are there any differences between these two construction? I've heard a native speaker say 'maybe you don't already know that'. The context implied that if I didn't know that thing, then he would ...
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last summer or the last summer?

I've read Essential Grammar in Use Raymond Murphy's book. some page of the book was told me: Do not use "the" with: television breakfast/lunch/dinner next/last + ...
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Usage of “however”

In the below sentence, the word however is used at the end. New genome editing techniques—in particular the CRISPR system Church and his team are using—offer new hope, however. In 1987 Japanese ...
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Is the saxon genitive missing in the song title “Hells Bells”?

I am confused by title of song by AC/DC: Hells Bells. Shouldn't it be Hell's Bells (meaning "bells from hell") or Hells' Bells (meaning "bells from hells")? Or is it just a slack language common for ...
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use of “also” vs. “and also”

In the following, which is better to write between two sentences: ". Also" or ", and also" : Another drawback in the convenient setting is that operational vector fields do not have integral ...
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Is the phrase, onto the platforms below… essential, as I feel the sentence doesn’t flow?

Is the phrase, onto the platforms below… essential, as I feel the sentence doesn’t seem to flow? The waiting room at Leipzig Central Station was cold. Even the stuttering coal fire burning in a ...
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Is “The reason is so…” redundant?

I know one should never use The reason is because, but does the same apply to The reason is so? It would make sense, because when someone asks you "Why (insert question here)?" , it's common to ...
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reduced relative clause

Could anyone please look at the following sentences and tell me if the reduced version is acceptable, and if any any difference exists between the full and reduced versions? Thank you a) ...
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Are “not to be taken” and “not to take” interchangable?

I know the following sentence is grammatically correct. However, I was wondering if I could replace 'not to be taken' with 'not to take'? The use of humor with aggressive actions is a way to ...
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Condition interpretation - Mathematics

Condition is read as below:- Where juniors who have completed their qualifying or eligibility service are being considered for promotion, their seniors would also be considered provided they are not ...
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'work' or 'working'

What is the difference between: ... algorithm which will be programmed in the later stage work with use of high-level programming language, such as: C#, etc. ... algorithm which will be ...
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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Is “consistently helped” grammatically correct?

Which is better (and why)? I think you will agree that I am a conscientious professional that has consistently helped you. I think you will agree that I am a conscientious professional that has ...
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Comma or period after the words: I remain at the end of a letter?

Do you ever place a period after remain? For example: With best wishes for a happy holiday, I remain. Sincerely yours,
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What are the differences between “want to pass”, “want pass” and “want passing”?

Would you kindly tell me what is the difference between the followings? I want you to pass your exams so that you can come as soon as possible to be with me. I want you pass your exams so ...
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Got started or started

I am a learner of the English language. I have written two sentences, please give your two minutes and let me know, which one is correct? In the below sentences an action was started by my dog, for an ...
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If someone won a match now what should be used?

If someone won a match now what should be used? I know both are fine but using past simple I think it does not tell when he won, right now or sometime ago in past, or should for recent past we use ...
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Using knock and knocking

For a Halloween event, I dressed up as a student, knocked on my teacher's doors, and received extra homework. Can this sentence be rewritten using knocking? Is the following grammatically ...
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should i put the in this sentence

I have this sentence:- Your environment advances the well being of humanity and the society. Should I put the before society, or should I remove it and put it before humanity?
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I grew up IN the east coast vs ON the east coast

I cannot understand why there is "in" in the sentence "I grew up in the east coast..." - why it is not "on"? Google search provides results for both with quite high number of hits.
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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Tenses with “until then” - present perfect needed or optional?

If I understood correctly, "until now" can be "until then" in the past sentences. Would this be correct? it was a new approach that was never successfully performed until then. or should I ...
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difference between past simple and present perfect in certain examples

I know there is difference between these tenses in sentences like: -I have broken my leg so now I cannot walk - present perfect (I did something in past and second part of sentence show consequences) ...
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What is the correct usage of “the question of …”

I am currently writing my thesis, which addresses the question of how to do X. However, I am not sure whether the usage of "the question of ..." is correct. I found the following expressions while ...
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Sentence diagramming trouble with figuring out subordinators and relative pronouns

http://imgur.com/a/dyALV for the pictures. In the diagrams my main concern was figuring out if the use of "that" was under the context of it being a relative pronoun or a subordinator. I have trouble ...
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Can a declarative, independent clause be considered an introductory element?

Consider this question: Are you going to the birthday party? I know that the following response can be punctuated correctly in at least two ways: "I hope so. I have already bought a ...
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“Apply” and the passive voice

I have a sentence like this. I applied this method to the problem. I want "the problem" to be the subject of the sentence. If "this method" were the subject, this might be very easy. This ...
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looking for appositive that-which phrases

I asked sentences having an appositive that-which phrase like the following sentence in English Language Learners. The insect propagates best near "disturbed land," that which is being cultivated ...
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What formal English syntax tree notations are there?

I don't have enough karma to comment on their answer itself, and so I was forced to create a separate question, though this is probably otherwise for the better, anyway. Link to the answer: ...
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'Shipping with' or 'shipped with'?

Which one is correct It is not yet a default module shipping with the current version of the software. or It is not yet a default module shipped with the current version of the software. ...
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Did Lord Selden err - shouldn't **that** be **who**?

As long ago as the sixteenth century, Lord Selden observed that ...Equity is according to the conscience of him that is Chancellor, and as that is longer or narrower so is equity. ...