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Should we avoid a “double passive”?

Does it sound strange to say "An emergency meeting is expected to be held soon." or "The new highway is proposed to be built across the swamp." Should we avoid this type of construction ?
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How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”?

I am trying to write a grammar rule that will be able to identify when to use someone or anyone, and I got confused. I couldn't find any clear way to do this. For instance, "anyone can do it" is ...
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What is this usage of “have”?

Whether we like it or not, we mold ourselves to what society would have us. I don't understand what the society would have us. What is this structure? I've never come across this usage of ...
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I promise not to do it, I swear not to do it. Is there a double meaning here?

"I promise [pause] not to do it" seems to me equivalent to "I promise I won't do it". However, "I promise not [pause] to do it" seems to me equivalent to "I do not promise I will ...
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Is “With the Wish of Wellness” grammatical?

Recently one of my friends who is not a native English speaker sent me a mail. In the last phrase he used a harmonic but strange structure instead of the usual phrases like "Best Regards", "Best ...
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Am I using “suggest that” correctly?

I am writing to my manager. I want to suggest making a new service to her. I have problem with this sentence: Can you suggest to them that [Company Name] develops the Italian version of the ...
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'I can identify myself with' or 'I can identify with'? [closed]

Which is more correct? I can identify myself with or I can identify with
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Is it correct to say “I studied the book with Mr.XXX as my mentor/tutor/teacher”?

I wonder if it is correct to say the following to mean Mr.XXX was my mentor and helped me in learning the book. Could you suggest a better equivalent for what I am trying to say? To explain it better, ...
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Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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What grammatical structure is this parenthetical?

An equivalent formulation, generalizable to interacting systems, is to consider... I want to know what kind of grammatical structure the part "generalizable to interacting systems" is. It is not ...
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using word “Responsive” correctly? [closed]

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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How is this sentence to be interpreted?

One thing that bothers me - a lot - reading older English texts, is the apparent tendency of writers to write what appear to me to be sentence fragments. For instance, today I found this old "map": ...
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Is the word order grammatically correct?

Is the word order in the following correct? Mass media representatives will be present for official coverage of the course of the conference
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the first case … is the court's decision

As I have said many times, I'm translating some wordy document, and here is another sentence that need shedding some light on: Thus the first case cited by the Court in Schwinn for the proposition ...
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is it correct to say “though” in this context

I want to ask my manager something. i tried this I have some questions, though I do know that I have asked you a lot and I am so sorry for losing your time. is though correct in this context?
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speaking about time known now but not when the readers read the message

I am writing to a university. Plus, XXX University is doing a great in the researching areas. For example, just a week ago, researchers from this university joined the ESA's Rosetta mission, that ...
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'XYZ University' vs. 'The University of XYZ'? [duplicate]

I was wondering about the use of the word 'university' with city names and/or special proper nouns. So, for example, what's the difference between 'Aleppo University' and 'The University of Aleppo'?
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“which” as the subject - composing a complex sentence

How is the best way to compose a complex sentence with the word "which" as the subject of main and dependent clause? How about this sentence? Which road to take is very crucial, because that will ...
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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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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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You are in Jonathan’s circles: “too” or “as well” or “also”?

I just read on Google+ that: You are in Jonathan’s circles too But I always thought that you couldn't use too there. Am I wrong? (because Google can't be wrong, right?)
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Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time?

Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time? For example A person who lived during 1790 could truthfully claim that Washington ...
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Is this sentence correct:I already have posted the letter [closed]

"I already have posted the letter."Is this correct
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Leak vs Leakage?

English is not my first language and I'm having trouble using the words "leak" and "leakage". Do they both mean the same thing? or what is the correct grammatical usage of each word? Thank you very ...
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Can we say “I can't not go” or for instance “i couldn't not look” [duplicate]

I've seen this in an English Learning Facebook page that we can say: I can't not go I can't not tell her I couldn't not eat I couldn't not look Are they true? Is it formal or informal? What ...
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“Could you please repeat?” or “Could you repeat please?”

While teaching my students in a elementary school, I asked them to use the question Could you repeat (that), please? However, the next day I received a letter from a mother saying the correct ...
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What is the correct word to follow consensus?

When using the word consensus in a sentence, is it correct to say consensus on, over, or, of? For example if someone were to say, In 1960s British politics, there was consensus [correct word] the ...
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Would you regret “of” not doing something?

"Would you regret of not doing something?" Is this sentence ok? using "of" is correct? or using "for" or nothing? Please help :)
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I would if you will

Is this the correct form ? I would love to do this as soon as you will do that. Or is it I would love to do this as soon as you have done that Or is there a better way to form this ...
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Do I need a comma after landscaper?

During my college years, I worked as a landscaper becoming increasingly drawn to the wild plants and their uses in folk medicine.
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is this the right phrasing for designation in email or letter [closed]

My signature in all my official emails & letters state my designation as Sr.Digital Marketing Executive. One of my work colleagues told me its wrong & change it to Sr.executive ...
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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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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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Non-standard sentence construction with “there is no”

I have just come across this very unusual construction, in my view at least. Is it correct and if yes, what grammar rules apply here? I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me with this and ...
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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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What is it called when reversing a phrase doesn't mean the same as the original phrase?

What is the rhetorical device/argument called when one says: All surgeons are doctors, but not all doctors are surgeons.
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [closed]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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How to properly structure a sentence: <something right now> before and because of <something that happens soon in the future>

What is the correct form of the following sentence? "There are no more options available before the order is cancelled tomorrow" or, "There are no more options available before the order will be ...
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Grammar used in have been and had been in sentence [duplicate]

When we are going to use have been and had been ? Especially in Past tense and Past participle ?
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puzzled in one part of speech known as “adverb” [duplicate]

Difference between hard and hardly? Is hardly an adverb? [Duplicate]
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How to correctly say that I will get graduated? [closed]

I'm going to "get graduated" at second quarter of 2014, and I need to write an e-mail saying this, but I don't know the "correct" way to write that "I will get graduated" this sounds pretty weird to ...
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Explain “Conditional Sentences” [closed]

I need help with the the conditional sentences, please explain there structures with the examples in simple English
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“could have” vs. “could have been”

Can somebody explain when to use could have and could have been and under what circumstances? Please explain with an example. Is it something to do with the active (could have) and the passive ...
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Is it correct to use “pointing out” in this context?

I am writing in this context I am so excited about XXXX. Thanks a lot for pointing it out to me. You are great Is point out the correct expression to use? Note: the one I am sending ...
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Why are these words ungrammatical

I can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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Is There a Way to Remember Nouns, Verbs & Adjectives [closed]

Is there a simple and concise way to remember nouns, adjectives and verbs aside from poems? I am aware of a number of poems available to aid memory, but I am looking for something a lot more simple. ...
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same question different way [closed]

During college, I worked the summers landscaping, which cultivated a fascination with wild plants and folk medicine. or this: During college, I worked the summers as a landscaper, cultivating a ...
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What does “of or”mean in this sentence? [closed]

Of or pertaining to important records or archives.
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Why is “I’m doing great” correct?

"I'm doing great" appears to be incorrect (to me) because 'great' can be used as an adjective. I would think that it should be: "I'm doing (adverb)." Why is it actually correct to say "I'm doing ...
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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 ...