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Sentence correction websites [on hold]

Is there any website in which we can have our sentence error corrected?
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Did British chef Jamie Oliver redefine “pukka” in 1999?

Recently I've been watching cooking programmes: MasterChef Italia (addictive), MasterChef USA (awful), followed swiftly by Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares, and then onto Jamie Oliver's acclaimed The ...
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Difference between meaning of abstain and refrain [closed]

What are the basic differences between abstain and refrain? Do both words serve the same purpose or not?
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Don't you heard OR haven't you heard

I am asking about a place from someone that you know this place or not. So what is the correct line? don't you heard about that place OR haven't you heard about that place
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Difference between 'REVERENCE' and 'DEFERENCE'

MY EFFORT: this a straight-forward question. I was practising for 'SAT' and met a question which required knowledge of difference between the afore-mentioned two words. I have searched the following 2 ...
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What do we mean by the phrase 'conventions of standard written English' [closed]

A question came and it had one of its options: correct according to conventions of standard English. I don't remember the question but the question was from a grammar section. I do not have an idea ...
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Choosing between “100%” and “cent percent”

I am a non-native English speaker. I am applying for the USA university for management studies. While writing the essay I came across the sentence, "I was 100% confident." My query: Is it ...
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Is 'sum' an okay replacement for 'problem'?

I've seen some people using the word sum as a substitute for the word problem, in a mathematical context even though the problem does not explicitly involve the addition operation. For example, We ...
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Difference between “in” and “of” when used with the complement 'the department'

I used the following two expressions: in: students in the department of: students of the department What is the difference, if any, between them?
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What do you call someone who doesn't know how to swim?

Is there one word for someone who does not know how to swim? Even better if there is one word for someone who doesn't know how to swim but dives to save a drowning person? If no, then suggest a ...
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Idioms for a 'obvious' or 'needs no explanation'

I need to find an idiom for the following situation. I am talking to the HR department about a particular policy. I did not know about the policy beforehand and HR had never explained it to me. For ...
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Sentence phrasing 'Please don't punish/scold/penalize' [closed]

Situation: I technician came to my house for installation/demo or Refrigerator. He was good but forgot to install a 'rat mesh' ( protect machine from rats). I called customer care to inform the ...
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What is the origin of 'cash'?

What is the etymology of 'cash'? According to the OED when it is used in 'cash-box' it descends from the French 'casse', and presumably Italian 'cassa'. However the word meaning 'loose change' is from ...
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Did “group are” ever make it to Indian English?

Cadbury are reducing the size of their Dairy Milk chocolate blocks Cadbury are CHANGING the recipe for classic Fruit & Nut Why do Indians (now) favour "Cadbury is" over "Cadbury are"? ...
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Where does the word “snogging” come from?

Where does the word snogging come from, in the sense of canoodling? I’m looking for it etymology, not for its connotation or phonoaesthetic properties, as the answer of the other question provides. ...
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One Word : What do you call who chill / relax a lot? [closed]

I need one word for people who chill / party / relax / play games / travel and just chill most of the time. Some Word like 'Freizeit' , but it needs to be used as a noun for persons (eg, traveller, a ...
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What “appear to be ” means in the given sentence [closed]

Today, while reading a newspaper I came across a sentence that has been baffling me since: The woman, who identified herself as Bhavna and appeared to be in her 20s, .... What does appeared to ...
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Vision Problem vs Visual Problem

I have a problem with those 2 words. What is the difference between the vision problem and visual problem? Or Do they mean the same? I Googled both terms, but the search results are pretty much the ...
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Does the term “mass hero” exist in Western Countries?

"Mass Hero" is a popular term in India, especially down south, which implies an actor who has the versatility to sing, dance, romance, fight, laugh, cry, make the audience laugh and cry, apart from ...
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'Are you really want to quit ?' vs 'Do you really want to quit ?' [closed]

First things first , English is not my Native Language / Mother tongue . I am a game developer . So when a player presses exit button a message pops up and asks whether they want to quit the game or ...
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What does “corn” refer to in English-speaking parts of Asia?

In North America, "corn" refers to the crop some call "maize", Zea mays mays. I'm told that this is the meaning of "corn" in Australia and New Zealand as well. Contrarily, in the British Isles, ...
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Saying meaning “Don't speak unless you can improve silence”

Is there an English equivalent to this familiar saying used in India: Don't speak unless you can improve silence. The saying loosely means it is better to be silent than prattle on about ...
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What is the correct way to write the statement “Employed from September till date”?

I want to add the following statement in an email: This is being written to confirm that Mr. XYZ has been employed in our organization from September 2013 till date. The "till date" part sounds ...
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What is the meaning of “Pat came the reply”

I was reading following text from a blog post and I experienced difficulty understanding the phrase - "Pat came the reply". I've searched enough (limited to internet search engine) but I didn't find ...
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Indian English: What usage is allowed for “doubt” (meaning “question”)?

I have a doubt about having a doubt. I learned from this question that in Indian English the word doubt is used to mean question, that is, as a countable noun. If my understanding is correct, the ...
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Is “to do well” used more frequently in India?

When I talk to Indians on line, I have the impression that they use the expression (compound verb?) "to do well" a lot. Is it only an impression of mine, or is that expression more frequently used in ...
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Why are both blazing or blazingly appropriate?

This SE QA explains that both blazing and blazingly are valid English words (despite what my spell-checker claims). Can anyone explain why they are both valid, and the difference between the words. ...
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Indian spelling: -ize or -ise? [closed]

In Indian spelling, what is the correct suffix, -ize or -ise? E.g. authorized or authorised?
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What is an alternative to the Indian-English phrase “Nothing like that”? [closed]

This phrase is widely used among Indians. The meaning of this sentence in Hindi translates to "Aisi koi baat nahi". So what could be a suitable grammatically correct sentence for the same? Instance: ...
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Subject verb agreement in Number? [closed]

In the sentence " The Hospitality of the Villagers is to be learnt by all" Why "is" used as verb. why not "are" ? is subject used in this sentence is plural or singular?
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Is the word “dear” used as a word to show affection or for official use in India?

Quite a few times now, from my working with Indians, I've had most of them refer to me as "Dear". A common occurrence is when I am chatting on social media or speaking on the phone. Though where I ...
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Would using the word “only” be correct in this context?

Is it correct to use "only" here? A: The movie was a bore. How did you even tolerate it ?! B: It was good only. The "only" here is used to imply "it wasn't that bad, it was tolerable" This ...
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Correct to use “no?”

Is it considered correct to use "no" like this : I loved the fair. It was fun, no? This is the way people speak in Hindi, so converting it to English literally would not be right I guess.
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Origin of “No, a thousand times no”

I was wondering if the term has Indian origins? I recently came across it in the Animal Farm : "But is this simply part of the order of nature? Is it because this land of ours is so poor that it ...
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“The mixture was added water”: Is “add” a double-object verb?

The mixture was added water. This sentence, written by a non-native speaker, seems somehow odd to me, but I cannot say that I find it at all ambiguous. This example sentence is written by a ...
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Is the phrase 'request you to send the copy' correct?

I read in this website that request should be with that and a clause, not the one with a to-infinitive. In that sense the phrase Request you to send the copy seems to be wrong. If its wrong what would ...
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Origin of the expression “Gone for a toss” in Indian English

I recently heard the expression "gone for a toss", which in Indian English means afaik "broken beyond repair" or "completely out of order". What is the origin of this expression? Is it borrowed from ...
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Origin of the term “top tucker”

In India, at least in the Southern part, there is a phrase "Top tucker" used to compliment/attribute someone for their exceptional qualities/achievements in a colloquial way. The entry Tucker in OED ...
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Which is correct: I'll be moving next month or I'll be shifting next month?

For changing one's home from one place to another, I've heard people in western part of the world using the sentence: I'll be moving next month. In India, even in the English news channels, ...
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“He could do X for England”. Are there similar expressions in other parts of the English-speaking world to this derogatory sentence?

In Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels, I've read the phrase: "He could [do x] for England. It is always derogatory. It is a lovely phrase! Because I can't put my finger on a quote from these ...
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Why is “to do” replaced by “for doing” in Indian English?

I've come across some articles published by Indian publishers, and there was a sentence that said, Tiwari recalled that during the first meeting with Kalam, Swamiji asked him, “Though you have ...
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Difference between “I will call to you” and “I will call you”? [closed]

Can anyone pls let me know which is right phrase, 'I will call to you' or 'I will call you' ?
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Meaning of the phrase “put down one's papers”

In India, the phrase "put down one's papers" means to submit one's resignation at a workplace. Is this usage universal? I suspect this is Indian.
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Difference in usage of X's Y and Y of X [duplicate]

Please explain the difference between X's Y and Y of X. Example: "The building's roof" and "roof of the building". Is there a "correct" form? When is the former used and when the latter?
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“Yes, Please” vs “Yes, Of course”

I have heard people saying: Que: Can I use your pen? Ans: Yes please. and also Que: Can I use your pen? Ans: Yes Of course. I wanted to know if there is any difference between these two ...
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Is “to take birth” correct English?

A Google Books search shows many results of the phrase “to take birth” in the sense of “to be born”, but most of them are in books dealing with Eastern philosophies like Hinduism and Buddhism. I am ...
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What is the difference between 'will' and 'would' in question form?

What is the difference in meaning between When will XYZ bank release the results of clerks? When would XYZ Bank release the results of clerks? Please correct the above sentences if ...
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What are the origins of gully and googly in cricket?

The OED supplies no clue to the origin of either gully or googly. It does not in fact mention etymology of the cricket sense of gully, which has led me to infer that it is from the ordinary meaning of ...
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Lost Out of Sky - Local Usage (India) or Typo

I was reading a news story about a jet crash in the UK from a site hosted in India, and I believe the author may also be from there. In it, I saw the sentence: The jet which appeared to have lost ...