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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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Is it correct to say “We did a make”?

When we build software using Make or a similar build tool, is it correct to say "We did a make"? Also, do we need to say "The files were built using make" instead of "The files were made"?
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Is this phrase grammatically correct in UK or US English? [closed]

Fatima We are actually working on the ad sizes you send to us, and this is some sizes we worked it.
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Meaning of “thwarting centuries of would be conquerors ”

I got the following sentence from one of the GRE teaching websites. But I am not able to understand the bolded part in it. Thwarting centuries of would be conquerors, the Aztec fortress of ...
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Is it acceptable to say “badly efficient”

If you didn't want to say someone is "inefficient", how would you concisely describe someone who has bad efficiency - badly/poorly efficient doesn't sound quite right, or is this ok?
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The ironic correlation of the words “Ineffable” and “Circumlocution”

Both the word "Ineffable" and "Circumlocution" are contradictory by definition. For context; first The very existence of the words shows defies its definition; so should one say "indescribable" as ...
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is it correct “there'll be no trace that one was once two”? [closed]

I was reading a song's lyrics and I came across this sentence that I find a bit strange, probably cause I'm not analyzing in the correct way: if I was just the ashes and you were the ground and ...
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Meaning of “classes meet at their regular times”

Classes meet at their regular times, and we're able to attend as many (or as few) as we want. — Source Does classes in this sentence refer to groups of students or different lessons such as art ...
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Using “in which year” in middle of sentence

Can I use in which year in the middle of a sentence? The industry has being growing at a record-breaking scale, excepting only 2008, in which year, financial crisis stroke most sectors of the ...
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Difference between “swims among turtles” and “swims among the turtles”?

I was wondering which of the following is the proper sentence: The woman swims among turtles, or The woman swims among the turtles. Or are they both valid under different contexts? The above is ...
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“We do is to complain” or “We complain about it”?

I was just reading a News paper. and found this sentence: Our impatient host could not understand that our security personnel are under so mush pressure in such tense red alert situations. They ...
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Understanding the archaic grammatical structure of the Westminster Confession of Faith in Chapter 27

The Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter 27, Section 4: Private masses, or receiving this sacrament by a priest, or any other alone; as likewise, the denial of the cup to the people, ...
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“Against traffic” or “Against the traffic”

The following first sentence comes from Wikipedia, which 'the' is not used before 'traffic', while the second one comes from BBC, which has 'the' before 'traffic'. I wonder if both usages are correct ...
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How can I say 'Before the (next) start of the academic year at a college' ? What does academic year mean?

How can I say that 'Before the next start of the academic year.'. Is 'next' a good word to use? Basically, if it's January at the moment of writing and I want to say when the next year of school ...
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What does “tell us know what you think” mean?

Is it even grammatical? A little bit of Googling returns quite a number of searches which lead me to think it is a grammatical sentence.
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Is this usage of “know to be” correct — “They want to eat food they know to be good for them”?

In the following sentence, is the construction know + to + infinitive grammatical? They want to eat food they know to be good for them. The dictionary says that "know to do something" is a ...
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Use of the adjective “spurious” to indicate properties of that which flows from a noun

While chatting with a co-worker, a repeated assertion was made (in the pithy style of Inigo Montoya to Vizzini) that my usage of the term spurious was incorrect when conveying that the output of an ...
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Is “of” instead of “have” correct?

I have noticed a lot of people use of instead of have, for example: "that must of been really annoying". Is this correct?
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Is 'quiescing' a valid word? What does it mean?

What does quiescing mean in the following context? Quiescing a Database http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/B19306_01/server.102/b14231/start.htm
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Is “gets” the correct tense to describe a continuous process in “John gets mentored on a daily basis”?

John gets a mentor to guide him throughout his life. — OR — He gets mentored on a daily basis. I believe this is just as acceptable as the simple past: John got a mentor to guide him ...