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Regional omission of “to be.”

I've noticed that people from the Washington, Oregon area tend to omit "to be" when describing something that needs to be completed. For example, just today one of my consulting engineers sent me an ...
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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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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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Can “that ” refer to action?

I got confused from SAT practice. An expedition was sent in 1949 to check [a Turkish villager's reporting] he had seen the remains of Noah's ark on Mount Ararat. A: a Turkish villager's ...
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Correct usage of “a” and “an”

Why has the usage of the articles "a" and "an" become reversed over the past several years, ie "a apple" "an banana"? I just looked this up on English Club and the rule is still the same-"a" for ...
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how to find the correct noun that a relative or adjective clause not following

Its easy to identify the correct noun when the clause modifying that particular noun is immediately followed. ...but how to identify the correct noun (noun not immediately followed by the adjective ...
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The syntax of “ put somebody to something”

My wife, a strategist, knew better and began quietly mobilizing the forces that would eventually put our goods to rout My question is about the syntax of the subordinate clause. subj: that ...
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“ I kept hoping that…”

In this sentence, is "hoping" a gerund functioning as the object of kept or a participle modifying the subject?
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About Verbs that can be followed by object + infinitive

For instance, "The concepts in the next chapter should help persuade them." And then, englishgrammer.org explain this, "Some verbs are followed by object + infinitive without to. Examples are: let, ...
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What is it driven by? VS what is it motivated by?

Assuming those two are same meaning for me, but I would like to know how people pick a word among many thesaurus? Of course, it is depends on context but when you make a simple question like this. I ...
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Do these sentences have the same meaning? “to” vs “into”

Aleydis led me to stairs that descended to the water Aleydis led me to Stairs that descended into the water
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“Service Service”?

If I offer a service called, "Email Answering Service" and need to have a service agreement signed with my customer, what should the title of the document be: Email Answering Service Agreement? ...
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Grammatical rule for using no article with nouns

I can use "Listing Activation Codes" in an article whose description is the following: Use the following API route to list activation codes and their values. ​In this description, I mean that ...
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that clause and omitting relative pronoun

can we omit "that" in the sentence" what happened to the money that was on the table?" I mean can this sentence be written "what happened to the money on the table? please help!
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Verbal phrase as object complement

I have you returning the car on August 9 here at the airport. Dose "returning the car" act as an participle phrase as an object complement ? OR Does the phrase "returning the car" act as an object ...
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Past Perfect with only one verb (action) in sentence

I was taught that: The past perfect is used to emphasize that an action was completed before another took place e.g.: I was very tired as I hadn't slept well for several days But there are ...
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Participle phrase v.s Gerund phrase

Question : "I saw a man wearing a pink shirt as he came into the house." As a object complement, which phrase complete the object in the sentence above? Participle or gerund phrase?
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Singular or plural verb: “In some instances, Luke's Gospel alone ['recount' or 'recounts']”?

In some instances, Luke's Gospel alone [recount or recounts] ... Should the verb be with an s or without?
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Words that act as both noun and verb

Can all the verbs act as noun and vice versa ?
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Grammatical process in which an actor is derived from a verb

The question is pretty simple: What is the noun form of a verb's doer called? That is, what is the process that these verbs undergo, and what are the resultant nouns called? Run -> Runner Eat -> ...
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The choice of tenses (Present Perfect and ???)

What tense would you recommend using after "Has anything special ever happened to you when"? 1) Has anything special ever happened to you when you have worked? 2) Has anything special ever happened ...
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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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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 “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 ...