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Didn't have vs had not [on hold]

Which of the following two sentences is correct. Please explain the grammatical reason. if I didn't have to stay there or had I not had to stay there Thanks in advance.
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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Adjective and Noun Placement

Is it better to say "We rescued the five people trapped" or "We rescued the five trapped people"? And why?
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Much and not much

Why is it that much doesn't fit in many of the places not much does? Compare "Have you got any food in the house?" "Not much." "Would you like this old box?" "That's not much use to me." with ...
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I was wondering [closed]

I am requesting a recommendation letter from my undergrad professor. It is has been close to 2 years since I last spoke to him. I have written the body of the email but I am not sure how to finish it. ...
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Can “which” and its antecedent be used together in a sentence for reading clarity?

Unfortunately I could not find an authentic example of the rare construct I have in mind, but I am just as sure as I am typing this question that I have read so many sentences from older prose where ...
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Beginning a paragraph with Also or Furthermore

I am writing a cover letter and I would like to know if I can begin a paragraph with either Also or furthermore . Why I am asking is because someone told me starting a sentence with "Also" is frowned ...
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introducing a good and comprehensive source in structure? [closed]

I need a good and all-around book in the field of structure of English language. Needless to say, I have read books such as ESS or English sentence structure, and some other books. Can anyone provided ...
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“If you or somebody you know” vs “If somebody you know or you”

The following sentence makes sense: If you or somebody you know is an experienced such-and-such, please contact us. However, reversing the subjects (and choosing "are" based on the proximity rule) ...
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Which is easily understandable?

[missing words here]would be utilized in the best possible way to achieve the goals of your organization, while at the same time continuing to develop and gain experience. [missing words here]would ...
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Is the sentence “How is <name>” localised to game-specific forums? [migrated]

I keep seeing people say "How is X", where X is the name of a game or a band. I think the implied question is about the entertainment quality of the thing in question, e.g. "Do you find this game ...
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''We average 8 hours’ work a day.'' Is this a correct sentence? [closed]

"We average 8 hours’ work a day." Is this sentence correct? This is just a sentence written from my friend and I'd like to know the usage and form of the word, "average") Please give me some ...
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Who is one God and the one Mediator? [closed]

This is a passage from a book of the Bible: 1 Timothy Chapter 2 1 Exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; ...
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Is it alright to list more than three things in a sentence?

My teacher says when I have to give examples or list things, I can only give three, which is A, B, and C. But what if I've to list quite a number of things like minerals that is present in...the ...
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'How comes it' or 'How come is it'?

I was reading this paper and I came across this sentence, which I found quite odd. In the words of Bertrand Russell, the problem is this: “How comes it that human beings, whose contacts with the ...
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Which is correct: kind or kinds? [closed]

The shopkeeper had hardly any of those kind/kinds of goods.
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Am I using “suggest that” correctly?

I am writing to my manager. I want to suggest making a new service to her. I have problem with this sentence: Can you suggest to them that [Company Name] develops the Italian version of the ...
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“Not only one of the most talented actors of our age but kind.” — what does 'kind' mean here?

I was searching for information about the original novel "House of Cards" and from following site, in the middile of the page, there's sentence which compliment Kevin Spicey as shown ...
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How to rewrite the following sentence? [closed]

"She is exhausted today because she did not get any sleep last night." And the given word is "Had___________________________________" I don't know how to rewrite the sentence.
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Error in sentence - Incoherent relative clause?

Law may well contain within its arsenal of argument and decisionmaking the resources it needs to adapt to a changing world, but insofar as that is the case, it is even less likely that the ...
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“This video shows a heart transplant take place” or “taking place”?

Which is the correct version of this sentence: "This video shows a heart transplant take place" or "taking place"? I have a hunch that both are correct, but for the life of me I can't recall in ...
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Concise form of “remove from the list” and “add to the list” in the same sentence [duplicate]

I a technical correspondence, I wanted to express the fact that there are two outcomes of "onclick" event: Also, "onclick" event removes the group in question from the list "excluded_groups" or ...
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What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?

New York Times (July 3) carries an article written by its Op-Ed columnist, Paul Krugman under the title, “Build We Won’t.” in which the author claims; “In prosperous times, public spending on ...
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Interpretation of a message

Please help resolve a disputed text message and its meaning. The question is whether the sender of the message stated that he had left the garage door open when leaving the house. I ve left the ...
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Structure - Would that … were true [duplicate]

The introduction of ‘smart’ ID cards, the use of biometrics, and electronic road pricing represent major developments in methods of surveillance. Only the malevolent could legitimately object ...
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How are these two sentences connected?

I have a doubt about this sentence: They stood in the streetlight through the kitchen window there’d never been much point putting curtains over The sentence is taken from a book, so it should ...
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Can “yell 'word' for passcode” be considered a wordplay? [closed]

Consider the following sentence: Yell "word" for passcode. Obviously it instructs one to yell "word" in order to get a passcode. To me it looks like the sentence could be read as a wordplay ...
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I do not OR I not [duplicate]

In the below sentences, do is not present. My doctor insists that I (do) not eat donuts with chocolate sauce and hamburger patties for breakfast. It's imperative you (do) not sing when your ...
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analyze the structure of a long sentence [closed]

Thus, a highly-accurate automatic fall detection system is likely to be a significant part of the living environment for the elderly to expedite and improve the medical care provided while ...
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Using “and” with names that have “and” in them

I taught him Microprocessor and Interfacing and Professional Ethics. Here Microprocessor and Interfacing is the first subject, and Professional Ethics is the second. The same professor taught me ...
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is “How is conditions being unfair not an issue?” grammatically correct?

I wrote "How is conditions being unfair not an issue?" instead of "How are conditions being unfair not an issue?" as I believe the subject of the sentence is 'conditions being unfair' rather than ...
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The delivery may be accelerated?

I'm writing a quotation and have to estimate a delivery date. My estimate is that we will make the delivery at January 1st. However, this will be impacted by when the project starts. It is in our ...
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Usage of “however”

In the below sentence, the word however is used at the end. New genome editing techniques—in particular the CRISPR system Church and his team are using—offer new hope, however. In 1987 Japanese ...
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Use of “then'” in the sentence

I came across the below sentence in this article. "The emasculated society of Europe serves, then, as a warning to conservatives, and reinforces their belief that America must reverse the trend of ...
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confusion in two sentences of present simple

As we know that there is a sentence "Allah says" this sentence is correct, but when we say "God bless you" why not " God blesses you"
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Does this sentence make any sense to you?

"Never play the podcast from anywhere but the start" What does this sentence mean to you? By podcast I mean a house music episode that is one hour long.
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judging the intended meaning of the two sentences below

james is max's supposedly Irish ancestor. james is max's supposed Irish ancestor. what can we interpret from these? which is the correct one? I understand that "supposedly" modifies the adjective ...
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Cleft sentences

Let's assume that John gave me a cat. I can rephrase the fact with: What John did was to give me a cat What John did was give me a cat What John did was, he gave me a cat But can I say the ...
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“That” between “thought” and “could”

Is It was me that Mr. Jones thought could do it. correct? Is that required between thought and could?
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Two verbal nouns with one/two prepositional phrases

I have a question on English style. Take the following sentence: Following the Candidate Shabbat, all participants are mailed an official letter of acceptance to or rejection from the program. ...
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Format of this sentence [closed]

(Thank you) (for something) (John) Or (Thank you) (John) (for something) I've been seeing a lot of people speaking the latter and it's annoying me so I'm wondering which is wrong and right, ...
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Help me get vs help me to get [duplicate]

Example sentences: I think that studying another day will help me to get a higher mark in the test I think that studying another week will help me to improve my qualities This is how I would say ...
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Is this a correct construction: “Up to some point in the past I was not aware”?

How should I construct a sentence that would mean Up to some time in the past I was not aware of something (e.g., Until a few days ago, I did not know that you arrived in the city.)? Is the sentence ...
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How to use a person's given name, followed by what they're also known as, in the same sentence

How do we use a person's given name, followed by what they're also known as, in the same sentence? For example, There's just no denying that Barry Allan a.k.a. The Flash is one extremely fast ...
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Grammatical structure of a complex sentence

Many things are unclear in the following sentence, and I want your help to understand them: 1. Its grammatical structure is complicated, and I can understand nothing from it. 2. What is the ...
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Sentence structure of second amendment

Wikipedia mentions two versions. As passed by the Congress and preserved in the National Archives: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the ...
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Using two “it”s in a sentence [closed]

So I am pretty bad at English which I put down to apathy/Dyslexia when I was younger as you are about to find out. I was writing a sentence on Skype just now to my friend and it did not seem right, ...
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Is this sentence correct, are there any better ways to phrase this sentence? [closed]

I'm trying to say that many people are doing the same thing -- when I did it, I was viewed differently. But the sentence sounds a bit dull, I'd like other ways to phrase this or suggestions. While ...
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Does this sentence have two different possible meanings?

I'm not a native English speaker and when I read the following sentence (which is taken from a roleplaying manual) I find it to be very confusing because of two possible meanings. Any "shaken" ...
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What is it called when we use “through which” “about whom”, “whose”, etc

I would like to know how to refer to the sentance structure that is used in formal contexts, when "through which", "for whom" etc. are typically used. Are these non-defining relative pronouns? ...