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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” and “there's nothing to it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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Is this sentence correct?

Please help me correct this sentence the baby suffer from defects due to deformities that were left behind I know it might be wrong. I translated it from my native language.
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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Why does this seem incorrect to me?

Why does hadn't look out of place below? I hadn't seen them for nearly ten years.
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Is the placement of the participial phrase correct here?

I am using a participial phrase to modify the noun. But instead of the more common way of starting the sentence with the participial phrase, I want to use a medial parenthesis: So instead of this ...
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Offensive behavior is better avoided / be avoided / to be avoided here

Suppose that there's a rule about how to behave in a society (a school, a chatroom, whatever) that goes: Offensive behavior is better (1)avoided / (2)be avoided / (3)to be avoided here. I ...
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Where should “just” go when describing possibility?

Which is the grammatically correct way to write this sentence? Ask, we may just have what you are looking for. Ask, we just may have what you are looking for.
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Can we say "Electronic dictionaries are useful IN looking up words?

One of the teachers at my school asked me this question. I believe the answer is NO. We can use FOR or WHEN but I don't believe IN is workable. Am I right and why?
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what is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'?

What is the difference between 'travel back in time' and 'travel through time'. Can you explain this with an example?
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“Proper ” contraction of 'because'

I got into it with a buddy of mine over how one would write out the oft spoken contraction of because. He is steadfast on 'cause, but this struck me as unnecessarily jarring as it isn't spoken this ...
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How to drop a pronoun? (pronoun-dropping/removing 'I'/omitting the subject)

I wrote resume and got stuck in this place. There are recommendations to write your achievements in the short form (without "I"): "Worked with ... " "Created something ... " "Collaborated with ... "...
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Is “So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires.” a fragment?

Fifth, In order to communicate each component I should use some kind of IDE (Integrated Device Electronics). So that, I can program microprocessor according to my desires. This sentence is ...
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Is the use of the indefinite article possible in the sentence context?

Is the use of the indefinite article below possible in this context? In the out-of-court settlement, the drug makers virtually admitted that they were responsible for the spread of a fatal ...
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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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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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“Come out of your nose” vs. “come out from your nose”

There is smoke coming out of your nose. Is this the correct expression, or should I say the following? There is smoke coming out from your nose.
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Is this sentence grammatically defensible?

The following sentence is from a novel that was reviewed in LRB: 'Outside, the doublesided sandwichboard spread obscenely with the recurring daily specials still daily, still special, the board-...
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The “to be” part in a “It seems ____” phrase

Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase? The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his ...
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Is “posit Pluto not a planet” a valid rendering of “posit that Pluto is not a planet”?

The fragment "posit Pluto not a planet" is particularly awkward, but would "posit tomato a fruit" or "posit tomatoes as fruits" be any better as a rendering of "posit that tomatoes are fruits"?
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"it's a long time that.'

This question was posted here "It's a long time that" - correct or not? a few months back and an answer was selected. The answer given is hardly satisfying, and I feel that the question ...
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How did 'so' mean 'so that'?

so, adv. and conj. = 24. so .. that [=] in such a way, to such an extent, that 25. a. With omission of that, = sense 24. 26. a. so (that) , in limiting sense: On condition that, provided that, so ...
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Is “…that he doesn't even know where is” grammatical?

I was recently invited to a party by a Facebook friend. I asked him where the party was happening, and he said he couldn't remember the address. While texting someone else about the experience, I ...
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Why is “on” not used in “…given under my hand this x day of y of z”?

The legal documents generally use an expression like: ...given under my hand this x day of y of z. I always wonder why is "on" between "my hand" and "this" missing in the expression? I have ...
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How to paraphrase It is “possible” and “impossible” to clauses into that clauses?

Please help me to recover from my splitting headaches due to the usages of “possible” and “impossible”, especially in case of “ how to change it into that clause or when to use ”should“ in that clause....
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Comma rule for sentences of the form “I [verb 1], and [verb 2], [direct object of verb 1]”?

Apologies for asking such a basic question, but I couldn't find an answer to the question (neither in here, nor another website). General form of the sentence I have in mind in question title. Here'...
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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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“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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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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What is the best word for possessive determine his/her

Is there any word or any rule that we can use instead of writing his/her all the time for possessive determines E.g: Student can come with his/her bag. - Student can come with their bag. Is it ...
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Identifying the subject in passive voice

What is the subject in: "In the City's Square mile are squeezed 400,000 workers" Would love to get detalied explanation. Many Thanks!
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Is this use of “given” correct?

I am not sure whether the sentence Given any living person x, that person is married found here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_quantification#Negation is grammatically sound. If it is ...
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What do we call the construct “would have done” when it is *not* conditional perfect.

I noticed that "would have been" is used sometimes not as a conditional perfect as in If you'd told me earlier, it would have been less disappointing. but more as a past subjective ...
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Which phrase is the best way to say a number and above?

In writing a medical document would it be better to say, "patients 15 and up" or "patients greater than 14" ?
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commercial line — strange?

I don't know if it's only me, but I found this sentence (actually a phrase) extremely annoying. The fact that you can travel with it as a laptop and use it as a drawing tool ... "Use it as a ...
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“As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned”

As an intermediate English language leaner, I have just faced with the phrase "As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned". I tried a lot to find an appropriate answer for and to understand what ...
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Which is proper usage prices or price?

The company's shares of face value Re1 each, recorded 52-week high/low prices of Rs201/149. In the above sentence should I use high/low prices of or high/low price of
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“You need [v.] no longer”

I was playing GTA IV earlier today and I called Roman (who is the protagonist's cousin) for a cab. English is Roman's second language and he said to Niko (the protagonist) something along the lines of:...
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Action performed by a sentence initial 'and then'

I'm doing some analysis and I keep coming across 'And then I did/was [action]' in the sentence initial position. Is there a specific term for sentence initial 'And then' / any literature as regards ...
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When do I have license to use the present tense in a *past* narration?

I am narrating a past series of events; of course, all the verbs are in the past tense. One verb, however, signifies an action that will be complete long after (years after) the moment of narration (...
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The using of from…to

Can I ask about the using of "from...to"? In my text, I have two sentences like this: These products may range from garment, fashion products, footwear, perfumes, cosmetics to even agro-products, ...
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that clause as an adjective

I heard some people say: All (that) I am is blue. All (that) I am is sad. This relative that clause is used as an adjective that represents adjective "sad" and "blue", right? But as far as I know, ...
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Distributive property of 'and' for a set

If I did 'x' for two years and then did 'y' for one year, can I correctly say that I did 'x' and 'y' for 3 years? Or would that be false since I hadn't done 'y' for more than one year? Would it be ...
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Does this sentence make grammatical sense?

Here is a sentence from an article about drug discovery : "Nowadays, drug targets and disease mechanisms twisted empiric drug discovery to rational drug design programs." I think the point the ...
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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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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 http://random-idea-...
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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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Does the comma make the meaning of the sentence clearer?

Sir Roger Moore exemplifies James Bond's personality, off-screen. My concern is that if there was no comma in the sentence, it would mean something like this: James Bond's personality off-screen is ...
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Is “But to no avail” a fragment?

I am trying to write a dialogue and I wanted to end it with "But to no avail." however I am not sure if it is grammatically correct or not. “Go ahead!” he begged. “It's going to be okay.” But ...
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Using past perfect with “Less than a week later”?

I was wondering whether I can use the past perfect tense this way or not. One week later, I had already visited 3 different countries. What I am trying to convey here is that during the week I ...
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Can people effect something within or about themselves?

"Effect" as a verb means to bring about a change in something (a policy change, a pleasant home atmosphere, etc.) I've always seen sample sentences indicate a change being effected external to the ...