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“Who” in a Sentence [closed]

Saw the following sentence, and it threw me off a bit: "It's you who keep us inspired." Is "you" or "who" the subject of "keep"? Can "who" be either singular or plural, but it's plural in ...
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“Are” vs. “were” when action is in the past, but subject is still extant

Which is the correct word to use, "are" or "were" (or something else?) in the following examples: Two of the main sources I used for the project are/were Source A and Source B. Three of the ...
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Not only…but also [duplicate]

I'd like you to help me with this sentence. Thanks in advance! " Not only laws should be enacted about (or on) littering environment , but they also should be effectively enforced ." Is ...
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Would + present tense usage

Is this sentence correct? When she comes back, I would tell her. I know this is correct, because the would acts as the future tense of the past tense. When she came back, I would tell her.
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“Work” (noun) is plural or singular?

I couldn't find an answer to this question by searching the archive. If it's duplicate please let me know, and I'll remove it. I was wondeing if "work" (noun) is plural or singular? for example, I ...
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As my friend already introduced

Is it correct to use the following sentence part As my friend already introduced, ... when I want to express something like As my friend has already communicated to you, ... with ... ...
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Is “a whole nother” grammatical?

Often one will hear the phrase that's a whole nother kettle of fish, but is "nother" actually grammatical? If not, what would the correct way of saying it be?
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“Duration of the time” or “duration”?

I am not sure whether or not we can, for "duration of the time", write just "duration". Here is the text which I encountered the problem in writing: The expressions "bosom friends" and "bosom ...
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Which preposition to use: “For/In/Over/During the first week after I came here”?

If I want to say “I used to cook by myself for(in, over, during) the first week after I came here”, which preposition and sentence below should I use? Which are right and wrong among these sentences ...
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Is “I am sat” bad English?

Is "I am sat" bad English? I believe it is incorrect and instead either the present continuous I am sitting or the predicate adjective I am seated should be used. I hear this quite often, ...
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“On this occasion” vs. “during this occasion” [closed]

Which one is correct? I met my future wife on this very American traditional occasion. I met my future wife during this very American traditional occasion.
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How is the sentence “My mama don't like you, but she likes everyone” correct?

I just heard Love yourself by Justin Bieber. I thought I heard "My mama didn't like you but she likes everyone" from the song. Then later I found lyrics on some websites(listed bellow) but it's not ...
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Using “then” at the end of a response

With no prior conversation, person A says to person B: "Your mother would've been very proud of you." Person B then says: "You didn't know my mother very well then." Does "then" work here? It doesn'...
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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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A question about “but not” as coordinating conjunction

So I was reading an article or something, and there was a sentence that quite intrigued me. a. You can turn everybody against you, but never your boss. "But never" is used as a coordinating ...
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Would “What he did, he started these buisiness” be correct?

I was reading the Catcher in the Rye, and I have seen some expressions like this. Where I lived at Pencey, I lived in the Ossenburger Memoial Wing of the new dorms. What he did, he started these ...
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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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which one is correct does vs did

which one of those sentence is correct grammatically :- 1- does my weight has increased 2- did my weight increase Thanks in advance
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Is it grammatically correct to say “Many more happy returns of the day ”?

Many people greet me "Many more happy returns of the day" on my birthday. I thought it is grammatically wrong. Can we use "many" and "more" at a time in a sentence. I thought that it is correct to ...
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Be Going to vs. Present Continuous

Which of these is the grammatically correct form: Where are you going to apply? Where are you applying?
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“Thousands of thousands” vs. “Thousands upon thousands”

Is "thousands of thousands" grammatically correct? Why does it seem that "thousands upon thousands" sounds better, even though the former is closer to the logical truth? Is there any difference at all?...
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… is done in agreement with xxx?

Background: I'm writing a professional (technical) report in which I want to express the following in one simple sentence: The whole report is written based on a certain assumption, except one part ...
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grammar: could versus would be able to

I'd like to be a dog walker because I think I'd be able to or I could control several dogs at once. The person's speaking about her abilities in the conditional. Is could be used in this ...
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She would break“ or ”She broke": which is better in this sentence?

Have a look at this sentence: (A) She would broke/ (B) a plate every day/ (C) when she came to Delhi last month/ (D) No error. I think part (A) of the sentence is erroneous, and I want to know ...
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Proper use of the word “increasingly” [closed]

Decision making is an increasingly global challenge. Is the word "increasingly a proper usage of the word?
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Is this sentence correct? With the colon and all? [closed]

I need this for a piece of creative writing I'm doing for school. My teacher said there was a problem with this: I saw anxious people on their phones and minutes later I heard long wailing ...
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Difference between Present perfect and past simple logically

I know difference between present perfect and past simple clearly. But,in the below sentences, which of these tense is more correct logically? Today was a ridiculous, outrageous,absurd day.Now it'...
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…is/was a posthumously recognised writer

A colleague of mine wrote this sentence- Anne Frank is a posthumously recognised young writer. I say 'is' should be replaced with 'was'. My reason- the meaning of the sentence should not change ...
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Can “Not everyone can love you” be used in this situation? [migrated]

Can "Not everyone can love you" be used to mean "It's impossible for you to be loved by everyone: there will always be some people out there who hate you"?
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The way the past participle is used in these sentences

First, this is the meaning I am trying to put in writing: She could not tolerate the sight of them as they were being put to death. And I want the progressive aspect to be clear. Which of ...
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Confirming and Agreeing [duplicate]

As I was told to ask a new question, I better do. :) On the Internet I read the folowing conversation: Question: Do people say No to mean they are in agreement with negative statements? Answer: We ...
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Usage of the 's [migrated]

Should I use Video options or Video's options when referring to a few video properties that can be edited?
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Use of “in comparison to”

I have doubts regarding the construction of the phrase: "[...] degree of fulfilment regarding the number of water quality parameters effectively controlled in comparison to the mandated number ...
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“Expectations of” vs. “expectations for”

There are some questions related to this topic (Usage of "expect to" and "expectation to/of" and "Need of" vs. "need for"), but I haven't found one directly ...
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Use of preposition and prepositional adverb

I know that prepositions are not supposed to end a sentence; however, I have also read that some prepositions function as adverbs, as seen in "come inside" and "run around." My question concerns an ...
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Origin and correctness of “ain’t no”?

In contemporary American English usage, I come across sentences like: I ain’t got no money. Ain’t no man like him. Saying ain’t no sounds incorrect to me because it is a double ...
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“Either your dog or your cat eats” vs. “Either your dog or cat eats”

Version (1) seems correct to me, but I cannot explain why it is correct grammatically. Could someone explain please? Either your dog or your cat eats my garbage. Either your dog or cat eats ...
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Grammar: “Just because A, doesn't mean B”

I hear this all the time, and often from writers, but it never sounds right. I found myself using it in something I was writing. For example: "Just because I stopped eating doesn't mean I'm full." ...
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Is it OK to start a phrase with a gerund, when it is meant to imply an action in the past?

Example: "She was out of school for a long time when she caught the measles, giving the disease to her family." I am editing a document in which the author frequently uses the above construction, i.e....
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Which is correct here? Came vs Come

This seems like a simple question but I'm stuck. I'm writing about Millennials and want to reference their background. Which is correct (and why)? Below is the sentence and (because it may be ...
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“Not enough memory” vs. “no enough memory” [migrated]

Which is correct? Why? Not enough memory No enough memory The first variant seems to be significantly more popular on the Internet than the second one.
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“Kind of ” as an answer

From EGT: "Kind of and sort of are very common expressions in speaking. They soften other words and phrases so that they do not appear too direct or exact..." Are the next sentences correct? A: Are ...
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The matter of something [migrated]

I just read some articles saying that Google just announced it's latest Android operating system named Android "Nougat". I wanted to comment about this announcement, I said I thought "Nugget" ...
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“I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to.”: placing a comma before “if I am able to”?

Taken from #6 here is the sentence "I will try very hard to come and have dinner at your house if I am able to." I am wondering if there should be a comma before "if I am able to", or if ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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Is 'more later' grammatically incorrect?

I've just stumbled into "We’ll cover this idea more later" in a book. Is it a widely used form? and if so, what's the difference from plain 'later'? To me it sounds weird, even ungrammatical, but I'm ...
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Except only + clause?

"...what things do they provide us? For instance, a donkey looks like a horse, except only it is smaller than a horse." As you can see, the bold part confuses me. As far as I know, except is used as ...
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Is “the” allowed to be used in this case?

My dad and I are arguing whether "the" is able to be used in this sentence: Where did he find the time and energy to fight so many times? I say that "the" is allowed to be used but my dad says "...
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“I'll go with the candidate I'm used to” or “I'll go with the candidate to whom I am used?”

I'll go with the candidate I'm used to. I get that this is colloquial, but, c'mon. Ending a sentence with a preposition? However, is the alternative correct? I'll go with the candidate to whom ...
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Articles in a list with an article before

If you have an article in a list (in this case, the), but an article (in this case, a) precedes the list, like so: You can power a command block by using a: button lever redstone torch ...