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“Asked my height” or “asked of my height”?

"Asked my height" sounds strange, while "asked of my height" sounds like an overkill. "Asked what my height was" sounds terrible.
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49 views

Is reusal an English word? [closed]

Is the word "reusal" part of the English language? For example, given this sentence: ROS tries to facilitate the operation, development and code reuse of robot systems by organizing the parts of ...
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1answer
139 views

Hope this helps [closed]

I was reply to a email that my office colleague sent just want to know a good reply to phrase "Hope this helps"
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1answer
51 views

What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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2answers
84 views

Is this a strong thesis statement? [closed]

I am writing a short research paper arguing that solar energy will be the dominant alternative energy source to generate electricity for American cities. My thesis is as follows: Advancements in ...
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1answer
52 views

What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. ...
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What's the meaning of “should we be interested”?

I contacted someone and he replied: ... I've passed your information along and someone will get back to you should we be interested. After sending him another message he replied: ... ...
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315 views

“Replace with” versus “replace by”

I often see "replace with" and "replace by" used interchangeably, but this doesn't sound right to me: I replaced that component by this one. I would use "with" in such a sentence. "By" only ...
3
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2answers
157 views

English Syntax Rules Based on Word Choice

I was reading the Wikipedia article on Animacy and came across something I found to be very interesting: The higher animacy a referent has, the less preferable it is to use the preposition of for ...
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343 views

Is it grammatically correct to say “I wanted to please connect with you”

I was having a debate with someone about how this phrase sounds, as it seems incorrect to me but it's been proofread many times in e-mail (yes at an american company), without anyone saying anything ...
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1answer
97 views

Is 'subject' in 'is subject to considerable debate' a verb or a noun?

Every once in a while I stumble upon this phrase: ... is subject to considerable debate Examples are easily found on the web, for instance: In the context of suspected cognitive disorders, the ...
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138 views

Is “Neither I you” Correct?

A friend of mine said "...I never saw you during school." For some reason I wanted to respond "Neither I you." I am certain I have heard this reply before, but, looking at it now, it does not seem ...
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1answer
32 views

Is it right to say that “they have their utopia starting when they see a plate of food and water” [closed]

I have to do a presentation about a third world country next week and I started writing down what I am going to say and I am stuck in the introduction! I am speaking Greek and this phrase make sense ...
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89 views

Grammatically correct use of criteria [closed]

The established criteria on which to make these determinations was recommended by the Committee. These criteria are as follows: ... or should I write, ....Those criteria are as follows:... Jenn
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1answer
161 views

Is 'thought it to be' grammatically correct?

Does If man continues to scathe all of Earth and its seas, then this isn’t the world I thought it to be make sense? Or should I just replace the 'to' with 'would'?
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1answer
42 views

Are these the same “ In five of the six disciplines” and “in five out of the six diciplines”

As in the title mentioned above Are these are the same? In five of the six disciplines and In five out of the six disciplines Are these of the same meaning? Otherwise, which phrase is ...
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2answers
233 views

What is a “mock euphemism?”

I have to make flashcards for my AP Lang class, but I can't find what a "mock euphemism" is anywhere. Can anyone help?
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1answer
192 views

What kind of phrase? …while walking down the stairs

Is walking a gerund in this sentence? I think while is acting as a conjunction. . . Gloria tripped and fell while walking down the street.
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4answers
3k views

“Adverbial phrase” vs “Adverbial clause”

Please tell me what the difference is between an adverbial phrase and an adverbial clause.
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1answer
97 views

“book available at” or “book available on?” [duplicate]

What's the correct way of saying it? "X book is available at Amazon" or "X book is available on Amazon?"
2
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1answer
328 views

why use “be of something”, is there some meaning for this “of”?

I saw a sentence when reading some technical articles: When we call this function, it expects the second parameter to be of type Collection. The actual argument is of type Collection. So my ...
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1answer
88 views

“until the end of (the) time(s)”?

I'm trying to translate a phrase from Spanish ("Hasta el final de los tiempos") and I was thinking of using one of these phrases: Until the end of time Until the end of the times Until the end of ...
2
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4answers
324 views

Phrase for (confirm it before you send email or letter) [closed]

I have a person who regularly makes mistakes in spelling or the data he writes are wrong, so I want to tell someone that (Please check and confirm the data or spellings before you send email or ...
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1answer
622 views

“at most” vs. “at least”

I tend to use two phrases randomly with speech but I'd like know to what's exactly the difference between the two? Let's suppose for example: Spend at most $20 on the lunch. Spend at least $20 on ...
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271 views

To “make” a draw

I often hear professional chess players use the phrase "to make a draw" where I would simply use "to draw" or replace "to make" with "to bring about" (or any of its synonyms) if we really had to use ...
2
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3answers
639 views

“I thought I'd never see you again” vs. “I never thought I'd see you again”

Why are those two sentences seemingly used in an interchangeable way? Example: A daughter is kidnapped. She's reunited with her father. Her father says "I never thought I'd see you again." Now, to ...
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1answer
123 views

Difference between ‘English school’ and ‘school of English’

I'm a Spanish speaker and I need to know the difference between School of English and English School. Sometimes I see these phrases, and I don't know which one is the correct one.
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2answers
264 views

Meaning of 'do' in questions like 'do you want…' [duplicate]

If take question 'Do you want to eat?' as example, I don't understand meaning of 'do' because: to do something in my understanding is to take some actions, to want something is not an action, it is ...
2
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2answers
100 views

“The book I've read that feels closest to this book is…”

Let's say I'm talking about a book, and I need to refer to some other book I've read, which I consider to be, of all the books I know, the one that is closest to the book that's under consideration. I ...
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1answer
150 views

“There were all kinds” vs “there were of all kinds”

What's is more grammatically correct? Once in the terminal, I started towards the nearest exit, glancing at the other tourists. There were of all kinds: groups, husband and wife, and people ...
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268 views

non-essential/non-restrictive prepositional phrases

1: a: I entered the house, through the window, and saw a few dancing cats. b: I entered the house through the window and saw a few dancing cats. c: I entered the house through the window, and saw a ...
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1answer
159 views

Is it okay to say “that which”?

I know that there are certain times to use "that" (for restricting the noun) and certain times to use "which" (for adding information). How about "that which"?: Truth is that which conforms to ...
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1answer
418 views

A number off or a number of?

I am reading some technical documents and there is a list of items that make up the product. Throughout the document where there are multiple items, they are listed as 2 off, 3 off and so on. For ...
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1answer
174 views

How to best explain the use of best?

I've been asked to explain the use of best in the phrase "humans have found how best to live together" other than saying its an adverb I'm stumped, could someone wiser help me out.
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1answer
277 views

Usage of “booked on” “booked in” and “booked for”?

Which usage is correct in terms of booking a room/course/session? "booked on a room/course/session" "booked in a room/course/session" "booked for a room/course/session" Googling it, I ...
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2answers
166 views

Is “is when” acceptable while linking two objects or ideas?

In a grammar class I'm enrolled in, one of the diagnostic tests contained the following question: "Blocking" is when a television network schedules a less popular program between two popular ones ...
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1answer
2k views

“as and when” Usage

Why would one say " you can do that as and when needed" instead of " you can do that when needed" Is there any difference between them?
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155 views

“It's me” Phrase [closed]

I have heard people saying It's me. "It" is generally used for other than humans. So, is there any specific reason to use this phrase?
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1answer
189 views

Should I say “I make a living by teaching” or “I make a living teaching”? Which one is correct? Is the preposition 'by' necessary?

I am confused about the correct usage of the phrasal verb, 'make a living'. I don't know whether I should add the preposition 'by' at the end of it. I looked up several dictionaries, most of which ...
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2answers
2k views

As good as it gets- grammar

I do know what "as good as it gets" means (in my language, we say "it will not get any better"). However, I do not understand the grammar here: Firstly, does the "get" mean a change of state here? ...
3
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1answer
225 views

Is an implied “I know” considered correct English in this type of phrasing

I often read or hear statements like "Joe robbed the bank because I saw him running away with the money." Clearly, the literal interpretation is not the intended meaning and there is an understood "I ...
2
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1answer
295 views

Avoiding “is that” when adding an explanatory subordinate clause to a sentence in academic writing

Consider the following sentence as a starter of the final paragraph of an article: While previous studies have proven to be valuable, a potential drawback of the type of methods used is that they ...
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1answer
1k views

'by mistakenly, he dropped it' is it grammatically correct?

Can I use both words 'by mistakenly' together? I feel that either I can put it as ' by mistake' or as' mistakenly' but not together.
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1answer
728 views

How to express “From the point of view of Information Theory”?

I would like start a sentence with "From the point of view of information theory, ...", but this sounds a bit uneloquent to me. Can I say, "From an information theoretical point of view, ...", or ...
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1answer
187 views

Does this stylistic guideline have a name?

The principle would be something like: Avoid a long modifying clause that creates distance between your subject and verb For example, according to this guideline, the sentence One of his uncles ...
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284 views

Which of these is the correct use of this phrase

I frequently encounter this in technical documents and I am wondering which one is correct. In the figure below or In the below figure
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4answers
20k views

Usage of “in contrast”

I want to explain something in the first sentence and then say some opposite thing in the second sentence. I thought, I could use the phrase in contrast to make the flow of a paragraph. For example: ...
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2answers
305 views

As or due to give same meaning? [closed]

Does as or due to give same meaning? I have written some example case As the reference data is available with a leading company and difficulty of making own reference data, the overall ...
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4answers
478 views

Does “I am thirsty to die” make sense?

"I am hungry to die" doesn't mean that I am dying because of hunger, rather, "I want to die a lot." How about "I am thirsty to die?" Does this mean "I am dying because of thirst?" I want to know ...
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2answers
2k views

The right usage of “basically” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “have basically been doing something” or “have been basically doing something” I'm searching basically for conversation classes" or I'm basically searching ...