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70 views

Can one use “may” and “might” in the same sentence?

Is it possible to use may and might in the same sentence to describe a potential outcome? For example: While Sara may recognise the car, Paul might not.
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60 views

Which is or are grammatically correct: “Cats are carnivores / carnivorous or carnivorous animals”? [closed]

Cats are carnivores Cats are carnivorous Cats are carnivorous animals I often hear people say those sentences and I wonder which among them is/are correct. And are there any differences in ...
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99 views

Different between 'effect' and 'impact'

Someone asks me this question: 'How much work is it to fix issue? then I'm trying to determine potential impact.' My answer is that 'very little work should to be done to fix this issue. And there is ...
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0answers
37 views

When can a singular verb be used for multiple subjects separated with 'and'? [duplicate]

I read "Are" vs. "is" with compound subjects and http://www.grammar.cl/Present/ThereIsThereAre.htm, so this doesn't duplicate, because I ask about disparate subjects. I also tried ...
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2answers
185 views

“I went to the hotel you were staying at” vs. “you stayed at”

Is there a difference in meaning between these two sentences? I went to the hotel you were staying at when you were in New York. I went to the hotel you stayed  at when you were in New York. ...
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1answer
1k views

Can I end this sentence with “also” or “too”? Which one is right?

Please see the sentences: I scheduled to stay after school with you today, but yesterday I was assigned a detention for today too. I scheduled to stay after school with you today, but ...
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4answers
210 views

What is the difference between “leading” and “winning” in a game?

Is it correct to use 'winning' or 'leading' when referring to the current state of a match/game? e.g. for a game between Patriots and Broncos in progress, if Patriots have scored higher points than ...
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3answers
358 views

Is the use of Simple Past correct in “Although I didn't study for the test, I got a good grade”?

As both actions refer to the past, shouldn't we use Past Perfect to refer to the action that happened first (or rather didn't happen in this particular case)? That is, I am thinking the appropriate ...
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1answer
131 views

Help understanding this sentence structure: “many a congressman was” [duplicate]

Jawaharlal Nehru was the first prime minister of India. Below is a quote from his autobiography. Many a Congressman was a communalist under his national cloak I am sure this sentence is ...
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1answer
79 views

'In the event of fire' or 'in the event of a fire'?

In the event of fire,... In the event of a fire,... I see both variants ondifferent Web pages and I cannot understand which is correct. Could you please explain it to me.
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What does it mean to say “The greater of _ or _” [closed]

I am reading a document, and it is confusing me and want to be certain of the meaning of this sentence: OUR COMPANY'S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ACTUAL DAMAGES FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER WILL BE ...
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5answers
2k views

What's the difference between an -ing noun and a real noun

Some verbs have corresponding nouns. Also, an '-ing' can be added to create a new noun. For example: Develop is a verb. Development is a noun. Developing is also a noun. So are the sentences ...
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4answers
2k views

“Lay on the bed” vs. “lay in the bed” [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct? I lay on the bed. I lay in the bed.
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2answers
447 views

Can object complements make any difference to sentences?

I'm reading a grammar book, and I have some questions. A. We ate the fish raw. I want Sue drunk. I prefer the music soft. I like coffee black. We drank the beer cold. This type of ...
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2answers
129 views

What is the actual difference in the following statements [duplicate]

Sentence 1: Many Hindus study Sanskrit,but only a few Parsees study Avesta. Sentence 2: Many Hindus study Sanskrit,but only few Parsees study Avesta. I fail to understand the ...
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2answers
225 views

“Any” vs. “anything” — are these answers the same? [closed]

Could you please tell me if these sentences are correct and the same? How much luggage do you have? I don't have any. I don't have any luggage. I don't have anything.
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2answers
348 views

“Every X of mine” VS “My every X”

I'm pretty sure that "Every X of mine" is correct, but reading and speaking out "My every X" makes me feel uncertain about it... is it also correct? If it's not used in formal language or common ...
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4answers
3k views

“First off” vs “first”

First off we need to write down a word; second we need... First we need to write down a word; second we need... What's the subtle difference between "first off" and "first"? Moreover, ...
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1answer
460 views

Which of the following sentences are correct?

Can someone please tell me which of the following sentences are correct and which are the differences between them? Prove me wrong. Prove I'm wrong. Prove me I'm wrong. Prove me that I'm ...
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2answers
2k views

Is there any difference between “He won't do something” and “He wouldn't do something”? [closed]

I have read somewhere that He won't do something means He refused to do something and also He wouldn't do something has the same meaning. Now I'd like to know, what is the difference in usage of ...
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2answers
3k views

“Atop” versus “on top of” [closed]

I'm sure this is silly and won't be terribly difficult to answer: can one climb atop a mountain or is it proper to say climb on top of. Or does it matter? I'm thinking the latter is correct.
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1answer
268 views

Positioning “only” in “I have worked with X” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Correct position of “only” Which of the following sentences are correct? I have worked with only Mr. X. I have worked only with Mr. X. I have only worked with ...
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3answers
426 views

“Hence the need to make X” vs. “hence the need for X”

Is either of these two sentences correct? If both are correct, is one of them more common than the other? [some arguments...] Hence the need to make an educted guess. [some arguments...] ...
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3answers
2k views

“Never saw” versus “didn't ever see”

Do these sentences have different meanings? I never saw such a thing. I didn't ever see such a thing. I never saw him dancing. I didn't ever see him dancing. My ...
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2answers
4k views

“Conformity” vs. “conformance”

I am curious about the differences in meaning, connotations, style, and correctness of using conformity vs conformance. I haven't been able to find much using a simple web search, only a single ...
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3answers
746 views

Usage of “in here” vs. just “here”

Recently I was watching the Jeeves and Wooster series, when one little but strange thing in a dialogue caught my attention: Wooster: Just one thing. Where do I sleep? Jeeves: In here, sir. Why ...
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3answers
339 views

“To some” vs. “for some”

Are "for some" and "to some" interchangable? To some the sun appears brighter in the afternoons. My natural instinct is to use "for some" in that sentence, but I don't understand why "to some" ...
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400 views

“Dance macabre” or “macabre dance”

The role is the kind of high-wire dare certain types of actors and directors cannot resist. T. Scott Cunningham, who has created a number of lovable losers onstage in the last decade, lets the ...
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3answers
950 views

“More is welcome” or “More is welcomed”

Which one of the following expressions is grammatical? Please donate $5. More is welcome! Please donate $5. More is welcomed!
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352 views

“After downloaded” vs. “After downloading” [closed]

What is the difference between "After downloaded" and "After downloading"? Are they both grammatical? After downloaded, I start running this program. After downloading, I start running this ...
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4answers
538 views

Is “He told me not to argue but just agree.” grammatically correct?

He told me not to argue but just agree. I think the sentence above is grammatically correct, but I'm not sure. In fact, I have a hard time choosing between the following sentences: He told ...
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3answers
8k views

“Definitely” vs. “absolutely”

What's the difference between absolutely and definitely? Actually which of the following sentences is correct? You are definitely right. You are absolutely right.
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2answers
27k views

“leave to” or “leave for”

Which of the following is correct? I am leaving for London. I am leaving to London. I have always thought the first one is correct till I came across the name of this painting.
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1answer
705 views

Proper use of “context” in a phrase

Which of the following phrases is correct? Everything is in some context. or Everything has some context.
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1answer
487 views

“I give it to him who came first” vs. “to he who came first” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is grammatically correct: “Let he who…” or “Let him who…” Should the pronoun be "him" because it's the object (gave it to ...
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6answers
442 views

What’s wrong with “… enforce that …”

The following sentence seems grammatically incorrect to me as a native English speaker (should be ensure, not enforce): People then create laws to enforce that these regulations are being ...
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2answers
228 views

How should I correctly repeat possessives?

planning of mine, the student and the company planning of mine, the student's, and the company's Which is correct/better, and why? I would assume 2 is correct, but is 1 incorrect?
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2answers
561 views

'All that' vs 'all what' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “all that” vs. “all what” How can I be sure when to use 'all that' or 'all what' in making sentences. Is there any differences in their meaning. ...
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1answer
174 views

Should the use of apostrophes be consistent?

It is time to rock, but don't be too loud. Is it recommended to stay consistent with the use of apostrophes? Should it instead be: It's time to rock, but don't be too loud. If that is fine ...
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5answers
3k views

“Writing things down” vs. “writing things up”

Is there any difference in the usage of "writing things down" vs. "writing things up"? Are they both correct?
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1answer
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Mixing British and American spellings in writing [closed]

I like color more than colour, but I like favourite more than favorite. For me it is better to write My favourite color is blue. Is it wrong to mix British and American spellings in writing, and ...
3
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1answer
16k views

“This” vs “that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “that” and “this” interchangeably I wanted to know the differences between this and that. When do you use one or the other? For example: ...
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3answers
12k views

“Recommend you to” vs. “recommend that you”

I recommend you to define those parameters beforehand. I recommend that you define those parameters beforehand. Are both sentences grammatically correct? If yes, do they mean the same thing? If ...
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3answers
11k views

“Approach to” or “approach for”

When do you use approach for, and when do you use approach to? (How can I answer questions like this? In which dictionaries should I look? How do I google it?) The reason to ask this question is ...
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1answer
6k views

“Broadcast” or “broadcasted”

I'm not a native English speaker, so sorry if this is a very basic question. Is broadcast a verb? If it is, what is the simple past and past participle: broadcasted?
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2answers
876 views

“To be elected chairman” vs. “to be elected the chairman”

I have a question regarding the correct use of the definite article "the": One of my books says: Definite article the is used before nouns denoting a position that can be held by one person ...
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4answers
6k views

“Me being” versus “my being” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gerund preceded by possessive pronoun (e.g. “He resents your being more popular than he is”) Until a few months ago, I had always thought that sentences like ...
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4answers
14k views

When should we use “and” and/or “and/or”?

What's the difference between "and" and "and/or"? How do we decide whether to use one or the other? Note: Also it would be great if someone could explain how do we actually pronounce "and/or" ...
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2answers
828 views

The phrase, “It's on tonight.”

Is the sentence, "It's on tonight," grammatically correct? What about "It's on for tonight?" Are they both correct? Is there any difference at all?
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4answers
3k views

What's up with all the words ending with “-eth” in the Bible? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What happened to the “-est” and “-eth” verb suffixes in English? How were they once used? With all this rapture thing going on now, I noticed ...