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When is it appropriate to use “to receive someone”?

In what cases we can use the verb receive to refer to a person and not to an object?
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Omission of 'for' with various quantified time intervals: influence of verb

I came across these two examples, given to illustrate 'a case' where the inclusion of the preposition for is considered optional in the paper "Acquisition of Preposition Deletion by Non-native ...
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Can an -ing or -ed clause be seen as a relative clause?

I'm confused with reducing clauses. I need help to understand reducing clauses in English. For example: The amount of goods transported by train totaled about 70 tonnes. I think the full ...
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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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“I hope I enjoy myself very much” is this correct?

I hope I enjoy myself very much I came across the above expression when I was reading something, the writer wasn't a native English speaker. She was talking about visiting a place she wanted to ...
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How to punctuate spoken dialog with multiple levels of nested clauses?

I'm trying to do an audio transcription (for fun—I'm a complete amateur at this) and struggling with how to punctuate this part. Could anyone please help? We've designed this around the functions of ...
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“had initially” or “initially had”

As in "I initially had planned to cite my sources" vs. "I had initially planned to cite my sources"
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is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english?

Is the phrase 'accelerate success' proper english? Any suggested phrases to replace if this is not?
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What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression “full stop” into a written sentence?

What's the appropriate way of integrating the expression "full stop" into a written sentence? For example: The USS Enterprise isn't just a great "Galaxy Class" starship, it's a great starship - ...
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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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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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For sentence: Remembers the order in which its contents are added

I would like to know what is the meaning for "which" in the above sentence.
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Exceptions that allow the use of “will” after “if”

This as what I've been able to establish: The use of "will" after "if" is legal only when any of the following conditions apply: The "will" is used as a verb (equivalent to "want"), for example, ...
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Therapy as Coaching OR Coaching as Therapy

I'm trying to write that I'm working as a therapist with a client but using coaching informed approaches. That is you are entering a legal agreement as a therapist and client and we'll be using ...
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Is “this object remains a valid inclusion in a discussion of similar objects” grammatically correct?

The wider context within which I am writing this phrase is: "What is certain, however, is that early twentieth-century piano rolls, while not themselves audio recordings, remain a valid inclusion in ...
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Parallelism between past perfect and present continuous

In the following sentence: Anyone who has stumbled glumly through a British airport recently, trapped in endless queues, will already know the stench of bogus security hanging heavy in the ...
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How to say *develop a long term career*?

I have finished my studies and I want to start my career at a company. I want to express that I am searching for a position where I can work the next years of my life, so no limited 2 years contract. ...
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Differences of “supposed to be” and “supposed to be having”

What does this sentence mean: "I am supposed to be having my physics class in the science building." Also, what is the difference between this sentence and "I am supposed to have my physics ...
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Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings

I am trying to figure out what the correct preposition would be (and why): Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings Thanks
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usage of “constitute” and “thankful”

A senior researcher has single-handed[ly] constituted one of the most comprehensive collections of field recordings. I have three questions, two pertaining to usage and one to grammar:  1. ...
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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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“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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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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Is this proper use

I was watching the movie Man of Steel and in it is this passage: "There's only one way this ends Cal; either you die, or I do." Now this sounds wrong to me. There's two outcomes. "There's only on ...
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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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meaning of bare infinitivals

[i] I saw her clean the room. [ii] He helped me do the work. [iii] She made me clean the room.         What makes you think so?         ...
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Identifying verb types, nouns, adjectives and adverbs in a sentence - 5th grade

While helping my son, who happens to be in the 5th grade, with his English grammar, I have realized that I am confused. The following sentence, that I gave him as an exercise, he has identified the ...
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Transformation? Cleft?

I am wondering if the difference between "It is terrible." and "What it is, is it is terrible." can mostly be described in terms of transformations, grammatically. Is it a kind of cleft sentence?
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Pesky 'that' removal - what is this construction generally known as?

Recently seen: There is an expression I think comes from ... Others have told me (that) such a construction is wrong, but I am sure (that) it is OK. An editor decided it was grammatically ...
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Use of the plural of tang (as in taste or smell)

Discussing with friends, we decided tang (like a flavour or smell) is a noun. Smell, when pluralised is smells. Flavour - flavours. What's the plural of tang? We believe it would be simply 'tangs' ...
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Subject/Complement Agreement. How to describe problem with “The thing is the objects.”

In my ell answer, version 32, I provided the following, problematic, wording (especially bold italic), and I need help to better understand this issue so I can fix my answer:1 The thing is ...
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Using localising adjectives + adverbial construction with 'where'

I am wondering whether it is possible to use an adverbial phrase with 'where' to describe words like 'ashore' or 'aground'. Examples: I stepped ashore where the sun was filling with a red ...
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want”

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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A few contexts with the Present Simple which make me puzzled

These extracts are taken from an old English text book written by A.S. Hornby. 1) A: You were out very late last night. I know! B: Quite right! I was out until three o'clock. And I had too many ...
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Is it correct to ask “Where are we holding in regards to that” when asking about the status of an application or the like

I was asking a banking rep about a recently submitted application for financing - Where are we holding? Is that grammatically correct? For example - I would ask the question - At what stage is the ...
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Starting a sentence with “In which”

I sometimes see sentences that begin with "In which", but I can't seem to understand the meaning, e.g.: In which James demonstrates the presentation he's been working on. Is this grammatically ...
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Where to put the adverb in passive sentences?

While writing another question on this site, I was uncertain about placement of adverbs in passive sentences. It shouldn't frequently be used in the context of immaterial things. It shouldn't ...
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Contrator, contractee… and disease?

On my security card at work is written "Contractor" in big, bold, capital letters. A thought just crossed my mind (as I work for a medical company): If I am the contractor, am I the one passing the ...
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Why present simple not continuous

I have a few sentences here: A) The instructor explains the diagram to students who ask questions during the lecture. Why are "explain" and "ask" used here in present simple, and not in the ...
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All of + possessives

may I ask a question about the correct use of "all of"? As far as understood from a previous post, "of" must be used when followed by a pronoun. What happens with possessives? My example: "beauty in ...
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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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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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What part of speech is “Returning” in this title “Returning to Earth.”

How does "Returning" function in this title "Returning to Earth" thanks!