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The use of “trespasses”

According to a dictionary search for "trespasses": v. Enter the owner's land or property without permission n. A voluntary wrongful act against the person or property of another, esp. unlawful entry ...
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'You rather not' construction

What would be a correct way to say this: If you rather not wait, you can always do sth else. or If you'd rather not wait, you can always do sth else. And what about the comma? Is it needed ...
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Is the structure “can have verb-ed” possible?

I have seen and heard sentences like these: He could have gone too far. John can't have eaten all the cake. But I don't seem to encounter this structure: She can have done the work. I ...
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Why is it “objections to moving”, not “objections to move”? [closed]

I got this sentence from the Economist: There are two primary objections to moving to the chained CPI. My question is, why have they used moving instead of move after objections to?
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What is the name for a comma delimited list with parenthetically labeled items?

Sometimes I run across a list where the elements are parenthetically labeled for future reference. Here is a fictitious example: The People of the United States established the Constitution to ...
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What is the most succinct way of listing requests in a grammatically correct syntax/format?

When I am having a conversation with a a friend, I might say something like this That's a great idea, but I wonder if 'A' you have the time, 'B' you can get enough buyers and 'C' the buyers will ...
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Is “We wish to confirm that this amount has been processed and enclosed is a cheque totalling $15,000.00” grammatically correct [closed]

I am creating a document that has the following sentence: We wish to confirm that this amount has been processed and enclosed is a cheque totalling $15,000.00. From my point of view, using the ...
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Is it necessary to use “the” before using verb+“ing” in specific contexts?

I am confused with whether it is necessary to use the before verbs in certain contexts. Like: The milking of a cow is not a painful process at all like you think. I am afraid it has never been ...
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“I thought it was important that he say it in his own voice.” – That he say it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use the subjunctive mood? I have often come across constructions such as the one highlighted below and wondered how to explain the grouping of a third ...
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Which is the correct passive construction of 'she bore him on the Christmas day'?

I think I understand the difference of meaning between 'born' and 'borne', plus I have also checked out a few questions that were asked about the two terms on this forum. So, I hope I am not posting a ...
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Use of a pronoun in a neither/nor construction [closed]

Neither Ms. Perez nor Ms. Yanaka believes that watching as much television as her son Sam does will lead to anything productive. Is her correct? or should it be their?
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Verbing, or turning nouns into verbs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is it called when a non-verb is used as a verb? The phenomenon of turning a noun into a verb is very common. Some are more well known, like "shouldering the blame" ...
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Is 'this this' correct?

The ability to echo words and still make a meaningful statement has always bugged me. Take this example sentence: "Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. We will take care of this this ...
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Why is present continuous used in “A key goal is learning to read”?

A key goal is learning to read a matrix. Why is present continuous used here? As I understand goal is a final state. So learning is the process, to achieve something, not the goal itself. So this ...
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What part of speech is 'pooped' in “I am pooped”

I have a wager that 'pooped' in "I am pooped" is not an adjective; however the betting party contends that it is an adjective since "it describes the state of the subject, I". The other party also ...
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What is the grammar behind “Thanks be to God”?

What is the grammatical interpretation of the phrase? I don't understand what verb tense or voice is used.
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where to position the preposition in the phrase: “not only… but also”

I have the following sentences, of which I don't know whether the prepositions are correctly positioned: The solution depends not only on Condition A, but also on Condition B. But when C happens, ...
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My family *is* or My family *are*? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are collective nouns always plural, or are certain ones singular? Which is correct: The rest of the staff is or are? The rest of my family is or are? I've done a bit ...
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“After reviewing …, it …”: is it grammatical?

I was interested in the sentence “After reviewing the special commissioner's report, it is obvious to me that Mr. Namnum abused his responsibility and privileges to secure a job for his wife, who was ...
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Can “of” be followed by “between”?

I've encountered following phrase: a vocabulary of between 10,000 and 15,000 words Is this phrase correct? Can of be followed by between in this case?
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Is the sentence “The world is getting smaller and international connections tighter.” grammatically correct?

Is following sentence grammatically correct? The world is getting smaller and international connections tighter. What kind of construct is this? Parallel structure?
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As much [as] or more than

On dailymail.co.uk there is a news article titled "Can love survive when a woman earns MORE than a man?" Obviously, I don't want to spend my time asking silly questions, but the journalist confuses ...
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'The X-ing of Y' vs just 'X-ing Y' : why are both 'the' and 'of' necessary together?

Take the example of There is very little that a conforming POSIX.1 application can do by catching, ignoring or masking SIGSYS (From the SIGSYS article) This can be rewritten as There is ...
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structure or phrasal verb?

I think I understand what he wants to say, but cannot figure out the sentence structure or I just don't know such a phrasal verb. "I thought of the Lake Como what I had thought of Lugano."
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Indirect speech, past tense use

A member's post on another site has the structure: This a post I put on [site] and [member] suggested I posted here too. (emphasis mine) It appears that being reported speech, post is required to ...
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What does “just between you and me” function as?

We are trying to figure out the parts of speech in the following sentence and have been stumped by the first phrase: Just between you and me, those boots aren't cool this year. I say ...
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Word-type in this sentence

I'm trying to decode what word-type each word is in the following sentence, please correct me if I'm wrong. The things you own end up owning you. I have it decoded as follows: The (det) things ...
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“I had John return the video”: why do we use “return” instead of “returns” or “returned”?

I had John return the video for me. In this sentence, why do we use return and not returns or returned?
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Suggestion phrased as a question

I recently received a mark-down for the following phrase: With this regard, will you please accept the Takeover agreement on this quote so that we can proceed with the validation process? The ...
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“Did what I say/said make sense to you?”

Which is correct? Did what I say make sense to you? Did what I said make sense to you?
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“To buy a bed with” vs “to play a ball with”

I got into a discussion with a friend and we're trying to figure out why we omit with when we say I have no money to buy a bed [with] when, grammatically, it's the same as I have no ball to ...
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Word-order and meaning - which is correct for this notice? [closed]

I'm creating some signs for the office car park, and one of these signs is to control access. What I'm trying to get it to indicate is that cars aren't permitted between 10 am and 4pm except for ...
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Can I use an explicit verb in a comparison clause?

It seems that I often write something like this: The sizes of these datasets seem to grow faster than the processing power of computers does. Now, a longish text I'd written was proofread (by a ...
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Is the following sentence written in a conditional sentence structure?

is this sentence correct? It starts a small paragraph. My question is, does it violate any English rules? If it does, which ones? If it doesn´t, which rules validate it? It sounds perfectly fine to ...
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“I would have a car, which would ALLOW me to take myself from point A to point B faster”

Is there such a sentence with "s" ("which allows me to ....")? I'm talking about myself, it means I'm talking in first person (singular)
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Is “gets” the correct tense to describe a continuous process in “John gets mentored on a daily basis”?

John gets a mentor to guide him throughout his life. — OR — He gets mentored on a daily basis. I believe this is just as acceptable as the simple past: John got a mentor to guide him ...