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Which is correct: “…she knew it was I even before…” or, “…it was me…”? [duplicate]

Is this sentence grammatically correct: "She knew it was I, even from a half block away"?
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What's the plural of “Full English”?

Full English as in full English breakfast.
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“whatever” as pure determiner?

My dictionaries and references define, and I've always thought of, one of the functions of the word whatever as a "relative determiner." In a sentence like, "I will help you in whatever way is ...
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“As per …” vs. “Per” [duplicate]

"As per" is phrase finding a common use in English writers and speakers in India. "Per" is perhaps the correct word that could be used instead. I use "per" only. But, people in India tend to find a ...
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“Prefer … to” vs. “prefer … rather than”

Can we use "prefer" and "rather than" together? E.g., I prefer walking rather than driving.
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Can we begin a sentence with 'referring to the Email below' [closed]

Can we begin a sentence with 'referring to the Email below'? E.g.: Referring to the Email below, I have sent all the required data to you.
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Correct usage of “ago” and “back.” [duplicate]

Which expression is more apt? "I met him a few days back." Or the following, "I met him a few days ago"?
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Shown doing: is it the grammatical passive?

I encountered this sentence today. The man is shown robbing the store. It is perfectly clear that this sentence is in passive form. However, if I reconvert it back to the active form, the ...
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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, ...
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You have “the right” to remain silent vs “a right”

When you google "Miranda warning", the first thing you see is a clip of Wikipedia explaining what it is briefly: The "Miranda warning", which can also be referred to as the "Miranda rights", is ...
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“The right to life” and “the right to die”

Why do we say "the right to life" but "the right to die", instead of "the right to live" or "the right to death"?
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Their resulting in [duplicate]

In light of all feedbacks received and their resulting in some changes in the company's policy, ... Is that correct English: "their resulting in"? What kind of grammar is that?
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“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass. My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't ...
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How do you feel about the use of the first indefinite article in: “A computer is a very useful tool”?

Is it ungrammatical? Unacceptable? Would you say a phrase like this? and if so, in what context? Do you need a clear context to say it? Thank you for your help!
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Proper grammatical usage of 'had' vs 'having' [closed]

Mr. X was cast as Inspector Y, despite not being able to speak English and had no idea what he was saying in the film.   Mr. X was cast as Inspector Y, despite not being able to speak English ...
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Which do I need to use, 'who' or 'that' in this sentence?

I am writing something and I am confused as to which one of these below are correct: "I am often called as one of the society's masses, that/who enjoys helping people with their..." Also, should ...
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Grammaticality of “I was not alive”

I have been corrected twice in the sentence I was not alive, at that point in time. We were having a discussion involving life in the 1980s, and at some point I said I was not alive so I would ...
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How to say “I want the beer to never end” correctly? [duplicate]

I've come across this expression and am not quite sure what it actually should be. Is it "I want the beer to never end" or "I want the beer never ends" or something else? Which is the correct way?
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Successive relative clauses

Is the use of two or more successive relative clauses common or grammarically accepted in English? As in "The man who is sitting in the wheelchair and who has a broken leg. Or "The man who is sitting ...
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Expressions to use in English about “for” and “to”

This question is about “for” and “to” in terms of destination or direction. Which is right? Are they both right? Could you give me more examples and information about the usage of for and to? a. Is ...
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I didn't get where I am today without … or I wouldn't have got where I am today without [duplicate]

This question arises from a sntence found in a popular grammar book for EFL: I didn't get where I am today without ... or I wouldn't have got where I am today without ... Are both of these ...
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Do you need to “remember” a consideration?

I wrote an email and sent it out for review to my manager. My text was: An important consideration is that you may see multiple objects for a single user. My manager changed it to: An ...
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“and you received this” or “and you have received this”

For me following sounds better: Wrong password entered. If you are sure the password is correct and you received this file as an e-mail attachment, please first save the file locally. ...but ...
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Need help with grammatical problem [duplicate]

How happy Harry was having seen Toby's house! I don't know whether this sentence is grammatically correct or not! In my opinion, the part "having seen Toby's house" is used as a supporting idea, ...
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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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Can I say “how many ones” to ask about quantity?

I feel like I have heard/read it in somewhere but I don't remember where. It is something like "how many ones were at the party last night?" or "how many ones are in the box?". Do you think it makes ...
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of ...
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Is the subject “there” flawed?

This is a follow-up question to this one and I understand the difference between "there" and "here". I understand "there" functions differently from the adverb "here", but it leads to another ...
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“I have been Jessica” shouldn't it be “My name is Jessica”

We went to an electronics showroom, where we chatted with a sales girl. She explained some technical stuff about the things we were interested in. When she had finished explaining, she said "By ...
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Has been Vs had been

I had a story, from two days ago, till now; i.e, it just ended/solved. Which tense, the present perfect or the past perfect should I use and why? It has been a tortuous journey. It had been a ...
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Does this sentence sound natural for native speakers?

Does the last part of the following sentence sound natural for native speakers? "Alicia was standing under the tree during rain". Some users have suggested I need to place the ...
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Can I use “at all” instead of “either” in a sentence?

If you want a really simple and easy way to get rid of the “Get Windows 10” icon and stop your PC from downloading Windows 10, you can download a little piece of freeware called GWX Control Panel from ...
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Debate, Bare plurals and Injustice [duplicate]

In high school debate, we have resolutions or topics. This month our topic is, "In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice." ...
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Is “At which he was really shocked” grammatical?

Last month Qziz was told that he had been laid off. At which he was really shocked Is the second sentence grammatical? Is the preposition at used appropriately here, or should I use a different ...
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How come we say “data set” instead of “datum set”?

Given that "data" is the plural form, and it's playing the role of an adjective here, how come we don't use the singular form? Other kinds of sets, for example "point set", "skill set", "stationery ...
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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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“My mother she”

We were taught in high school that to say 'my mother she' or 'the dog he' or 'the men they' is incorrect. But I hear this all the time with local news anchors. Is this grammatical? For the life of ...
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Is using frequent irregular sentences acceptable in writing books? [closed]

I am editing a friend's story, and he constantly has sentences with no verbs or subjects, which he defends as being an accepted literary style. I'm not bothered by one or two, but every page seems to ...
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'Not only Sarah, but also Jim didn't like Paris.'

Does this sound fine? 'Not only Sarah, but also Jim didn't like Paris.' I am wondering if not can be used twice, even though the use of not is quite different in each position, as in the above. ...
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Does the word “accommodate” come with the meaning of “provide” or “adapt”?

I'm a little bit confused with the word "accommodate", since that the common usage is "to provide lodging or sufficient space ...", but I found out there's another meaning of this word is "to provide ...
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Is “behavior” countable? [closed]

I wonder if "behavior" is countable. Is it? Can we say "He showed lots of unacceptable behaviors"?
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As strange a question as any

I have in the recent past come across what seems to be a comparative structure, ‘as something as something else' for example, as tall as, or as good as. But the structure which is causing me a ...
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“Send you” vs “Send to you”

Which of the two is grammatically correct? I will send an email to you. OR I will send you an email. In corporate organizations, I have seen people using both but am pretty much confused ...
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made up of “many tiny invisible bits” or “many tiny invisible bit” [closed]

In the context of something is made up of many tiny part(s), which is the correct sentence/grammar. made up of many tiny invisible bits or made up of many tiny invisible bit ? also would I need ...
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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 ...
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Past perfect or simple past with 'ago'?

As a non-native speaker but a teacher of the English language I've come across the following question reading a pupil's report: Should she use the simple past or past perfect in her sentence? Last ...
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Should I include “or” at the beginning of “At least, that was the plan.”?

This is my sentence: At least, that was the plan. Should it be: Or, at least, that was the plan. Or are both sentences grammatically wrong? Context (Edited): The paragraph preceding this ...
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Is it stylistically correct to use “me” after an adjective ? Like “Intelligent me” [duplicate]

I am a non-native speaker and I was just wondering whether it is stylistically and grammatically correct to write something like "smart me made the same mistake again" or "Intelligent me could not ...
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Proper use of “was” vs “is”

Which is correct; The document was already posted or The document is already posted
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“As though” PLUS “if” [duplicate]

Is it grammatically correct to use "as if/though" in the same sentence with an if-clause? For example, "He wanted to explain himself. As if/though IF they knew the truth, they would forgive him." If ...