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why do we use 'prepared' in a sentence like this [closed]

The sentence below says something that's yet to happen, but the word prepared is in the past tense. Any suggestions on what to read to understand this will highly be appreciated. Thank you. Always ...
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Correct way to use capitalization for undergraduate degree [duplicate]

In writing about a persons college degree achievements I'm confused over capitalization. Any thoughts or inputs would be greatly appreciated. Here goes, should I write... He/She earned a Bachelor of ...
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Is “I like how when + phrase” correct?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I like how when Katy asked "Is everything okay?", Lilly asked "Is it not?".
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Is “cemetery gaits” grammatically correct?

There is a song with the following lyrics: "You know us by the way we crawl and you know us by our cemetery gaits" The part I'd like to ask about is 'cemetery gaits'. I love the lyric and am having ...
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Subject / verb agreement [closed]

None of the boys play / plays on the team. Each of us want/ wants to have a piece of the pie.
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Using partially redundant phrases such as “blatantly obvious” in a sentence for emphasis

Would it be grammatically correct to use phrases like blatantly obvious or hugely massive in a sentence? The words themselves have different enough meanings that I would think it is okay.
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Introduction to potential employer

Is this the proper way to introduce myself to a prospective employer? "My Great Uncle, Joe Smith, has spoken with you about my interest in entering the healthcare industry. I would like to set up a ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word “climbing” in the phrase “climbing wall” or the word “running” in the phrase “running” shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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Is WHO an acronym or an initialism?

Is WHO (the World Health Organization) usually treated as an acronym without a definite article, or as an initialism with a definite article? I have seen both, but with the initialism usage ...
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Is it valid to say 'in the presence of something' [closed]

The title I chose for my thesis is: Finding Synapses in Data in the Presence of Artifacts I think this is bad language and am unhappy with it but I am not a native speaker. I want to convey ...
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Definite article before “media”

Should this question use the definite article before "media"? Does the media influence us? Does media influence us? Are these both OK? I have seen both being used.
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use something to do something (with)

Surely it is not quite ethical but is it grammatical to say: "I am going to use this stick to hit you." vs "I am going to use this stick to hit you with." (excuse my ending the sentence with a ...
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Why is “that” preceded by a comma in this relative clause? What does it mean?

As you know, there are two types of relative clause: Type 1 The woman who lives next door is a doctor. In this example,the relative clause tells us which person or thing (or what kind of ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “Those who”?

There is a question asking a student to fill in the word. Heaven helps those ( ) help themselves. The answer is "who" Is this "who" is a relative pronoun? What is the meaning of this word?
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Is “I will sleep you to bed” grammatically correct? [closed]

Like we use "I will walk the dog to the park", is using "I will sleep you to bed" grammatically correct?
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Should I use who or whom? [duplicate]

This is part of my sentence (for an essay): "For example, Kate- the Governor's sister, who/whom was later executed-...." Should I use who or whom in this situation?
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“10 years in” vs. “In 10 years”

I read a headline: "10 years in, something happens". Is that grammatically correct or incorrect to give that headline? Any difference with "In 10 years, something happens"?
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Is writing “wishing you the best of health” at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment? [closed]

Is writing "wishing you the best of health" at end of a letter considered a sentence fragment?
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The more and the lesser [closed]

The more you learn, the lesser mistakes you make. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can lesser be used to refer to the quality of the mistake?
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Is the “are” this sentence correct? [duplicate]

The following sentence sounds incorrect to me when read aloud. "Eating and playing like the locals are important for enjoying the festive atmosphere." I tried diagramming it and am clear on the ...
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Why is there no comma between this participle phrase and the main clause

I searched around, and they said that all the participle phrases are happening concurrently with the main clause. Hm, I thought they are consecutively happening, according to ...
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Can we have a noun after “being able to”?

Currently reading "Taiwan's brain drain prompts worries," by Austin Ramzy from International New York Times (January 14, 2016), I came across the following sentence: but I do not see the D.P.P. ...
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Is this the right usage of word 'sprain'?

There has come a sprain on my foot mysteriously through the night :), not able to walk comfortably. Also, is there any other general grammatical mistake in the above sentence?
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Can subjects really do more then in german [duplicate]

Two or three years ago my english teacher told me that "in the english language subjects can do more then in german". He gave an example like this: This car seats four persons Today my english ...
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Is the phrase “who/what even is [blank]” correct?

I've been hearing a lot of people recently say something like: What even is a baseball? however when I hear people say that I get the gut feeling that it should be What is a baseball even? ...
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Medium of instruction - “is in English” or “was in English”

I have requested for a certificate from my college and received the same. In that certificate I am seeing one grammatical error. But I just want to confirm. Here is the sentence in question: He ...
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Is it grammatically correct to shift an appositive away from the noun it renames or describes?

I'm taking a semester in London. Here's a sample of something I keep hearing: John: My mum will be here later? Susan: Is she staying for supper, your mum? If Susan wishes to say, "your ...
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Which one is correct - “ There is only us here” or “There are only us here” [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: The linked-to question is about the verb agreeing with the grammatical number of the first item in a list in a there is/are sentence. However there is no list in this question ...
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'I couldn't use to' instead of 'I didn't use to be able to/I used not to'

I heard this over the weekend - I've been going to evening classes and now, at last, I can touch type. I couldn't use to do that. I would normally say 'I didn't use to be able to do that', or ...
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'd hate to be vs. 'd hate being [closed]

Which of the following two structures is grammatically correct? Why? I'd hate to be questioned by the FBI. I'd hate being questioned by the FBI.
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Look and tell me what you see! Is it correct as a sentence? [closed]

Look and tell me what you see. Is it correct as a statement, or should I add quotation marks?
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What exactly does it mean to say something is “grammatical?”

I often see the expression "That's ungrammatical" used to explain why something is not OK. For example, a user might post a question: "Is it OK to say, I are go to New York?" Most people would ...
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How do I properly write a decesed female name that was married twice?

Lavalle E. Thielker was married to a Lester M. Arentz and he died and then she married a Thielker. Her maiden name is Lueck. Is this the correct way to show her whole name? Lavalle E. Arentz-Lueck ...
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Is subpoint an acceptable word? [closed]

MS Word likes to correct "subpoint" to "sub point" Is there anything grammatically wrong with "subpoint"?
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Usage of “this issues with”

It has been customary to use the following sentence in official parlance, at the end of transfer orders. "This issues with the approval of the competent authority" Is this usage acceptable? This ...
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Present participle phrase with negative auxiliary [closed]

So I was writing as any other usual days. And I encountered a problem. He does not lose his temper, being driven by his emotions. Well, after I wrote this, I could see that it was not what I ...
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A question on grammar [closed]

I am an English teacher—a non-native, of course. During teaching my coursebook, I came across a structure that seems to be wrong: His was lost at the dry cleaners. Is it correct grammatically ...
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Grammatically correct questions in a survey [closed]

Trying to ask following questions in a customer feedback form: What tools do you for recruitment? What are you favorite features of these tools? What are the functionalities missing in these tools ...
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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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What is correct: using myself or I? [duplicate]

What is correct: we are waiting on dinner for myself and Jamie, or, we are waiting on dinner for Jamie and I?
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“When once they had done this, …” - what's with “when once”?

From George Orwell's 1984, part 2 chapter 9: For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and ...
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This record has been set by Rod Laver until now - incorrect?

I've got one correct and one incorrect sentence. I don't understand why I cannot say the first sentence as there is only a change in adjectives. One has "set" instead of "closed". This record ...
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Is the sentence grammer correct? “During the meeting that … , I had …”? [closed]

"During the meeting that Dr. Edward Smith coordinated last month, I had the chance to meet with you and hear the possible projects ..." English is my second language, and I usually feel that my ...
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Certain and inseperable results: is the phrasing “Make for yourself inevitabilities reality” valid? [closed]

Make effort towards your goals, which at present seem improbable, until they become inevitable. I wish to mean this, is "Make for yourself inevitabilities reality." valid? I would understand it when ...
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“What time” vs “At what time”

If I want ask my classmate at what exact time did he come to class, which question is correct? I don't want to use "When". "At what time did you come here?" or "What time did you come here?"
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“After n years” or “n years down the line”?

I am planning to work at a firm X and after 5 years down the line I would like to work at Y. Is after 5 years down the line grammatically correct or it should be just "after 5 years" or "5 years down ...
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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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“Actions taken on [Noun]” vs “Actions taken against [Noun]”

I am an Australian working in the US. During the workday I often find myself either reading documents or being corrected in how I write them myself when it concerns this grammatical usage. Which is ...
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Using the word “by” before “whom”

I read the following sentence in a newspaper about a restaurateur's reasons for abolishing tipping: "Many of the owners other reasons sound like the typical complaints of British tourists, who are ...