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Use of plural form when applied to both singular and plural cases

There is a situation where I have never worked out the correct thing to do. For example, here is a sentence I just used in a comment on Stack Overflow: The 'strong disagreement' was about ...
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Different sentence structures [duplicate]

I helped him to get it done. I helped him get it done. Which one is better and the reason for preferring one over the other.
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Is “of all manner” as grammatically correct as “all manner of”?

I think the sentence I'm working on feels better lyrically if I say: "strangers of all manners." As opposed to: "all manner of strangers." At the very least I think it might be a bit awkward when ...
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Why is it necessary to use the word *else* in this sentence?

I found a writing skills question in Barron's PSAT test guide that was confusing to me. Mary is as fast as, if not faster than, anyone in her class and should be on the team. The book states ...
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How is “stripping such words as remained of orthodox meanings” meant to be understood grammatically?

I was wondering if someone could help me out with a certain phrase I want to grasp the meaning of. I have two different meanings in my mind, and I was hoping that someone could point out the right ...
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Can “in the scope of” and “in the field of” be used interchangeably?

I am wondering if "in the scope of" and "in the field of" can be used interchangeably? Such as: ... possesses knowledge and skills in the field of general problems of computer science as well as ...
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What kind of punctuation should I use to embed a question in another sentence?

How should I punctuate this sentence? It seem that I should somehow distinguish the question part of the sentence from the main part of the sentence. If I didn't know the answer, I would first ...
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On what grounds does one determine the grammatical acceptability of a sentence fragment group?

I have seen some debate on EL&U about whether or not sentence fragments are acceptable to use, and under what circumstances. I am not of the persuasion that they should be used, but if I must ...
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Is there a word for “dissecting a sentence and naming its parts”? (example below) [closed]

Such as: The great people of that great nation had been producing the greatest per capita carbon footprint for decades when they realized that the science was right and their practices were ...
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ambiguity in understanding

I have some confusion on punctuations such as , ; and conjuctions such as "and", "but" in framing the sentences. In the above sentence, I used the conjunction and to denote that I have doubts on ...
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How to call these types of fragments? [closed]

I have three types of sentence fragments: Type A: "a sphere with a stem" Type B: "has a worm" Type C: "that is red" How can I call these fragment types to distinguish them? Context: I ...
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Which sentence is correct and why? (1)

a - There will be an employment fair held tomorrow. b - An employment fair will be held tomorrow. *IF (a) is correct, kindly explain the structure of the sentence. Thank you.
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Past - past perfect [closed]

In what way do I represent the task which I did yesterday night? I want to know the usage differences between "Past" and "Past perfect" tenses Can anyone give me idea to clarify this? Last night, ...
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I know not if I ~ [closed]

I know not if I will ~ What does it mean? What is I know not if I ~?
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Question marks at the end of statements

Do either or both of the two sentences below require a question mark? Just confirming that we are still on tomorrow for our 3 pm meeting with S&P management? I am free to chat this ...
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“Why the sun shines?”

I've seen questions framed in the following manner many a time: "Why the sun shines?" "Why hair grows?" While the most correct way to frame these kind of questions is obviously: "Why does ...
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Usage of 'would' in the future tense?

Is there anything wrong in this sentence? "I would go to work tomorrow if the buses were plying." I know it is not wrong to use 'would' in hypothetical sentences in the past and present tense: ...
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Me or Myself? Reflexive pronoun?

This is to confirm the number of people for an event I am hosting with someone else; which of the following is correct: A. Until then, if you all could confirm your attendance [either] with John ...
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“aim life with money” [closed]

I am planning for a tattoo with image of target logo. and the caption I thought is "Aim life with money" Money being an arrow and the life being the "center of target". I wanna make a point as in.. ...
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'Although' paired with 'yet' in a sentence?

It is common to see 'although' used in the beginning of the sentence, but is it paired with any other word like 'yet'? We were discussing error correction in class today; my professor explained that ...
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“Makes them difficult to simulate” vs “makes it difficult to simulate them”

Which statement is correct? The complexity of these systems makes them difficult to simulate on computers. The complexity of these systems makes it difficult to simulate them on computers. ...
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Is this structure, Adj. as it seems, correct?

I wish to express Although it may sound good, its assumption is questionable and risky. I remember vaguely that I have read it as such from somewhere I cannot remember: Good as it may sound, ...
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English sentence structure

My daughter wrote a short story at school and wrote ''said the woman'' the teacher corrected this and wrote '' the woman said'' Is it not correct either way?
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Can anyone edit this sentence for me? [closed]

I wrote the following line in my thesis acknowledgment, while talking about my supervisor who carefully edited my thesis. If this thesis reads uncluttered and effective, it would be for his ...
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Is it rude to say “Thanks for asking”?

My manager recently asked me "How I was doing? Everything Ok?". I felt happy that he asked me that question, and felt that he was really concerned about me. I was doing good. So I told him that and ...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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How to put “saved my time” in sentence? [closed]

If I want to say that I have to scan my computer for virus filtering but some information tell me that there is no virus issue in my system and saved my time because I don't need to do virus filtering ...
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unconventional structuring of sentences

Very often we find sentences which are not structured conventionally in the subject-verb-object format. Here is an example. When they arrived at the seaside, out jumped all the children with a ...
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Is “Happy Birthday!” a complete sentence?

Is "Happy Birthday!" a complete sentence? And if it is, what role are the words happy and birthday playing? Where is the verb? Can "happy" be a verb? I know in a sentence like "Go get the milk" there ...
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How to fix sentences where it is unclear whom a verb is referring to?

From addicted2succces.com the following sentence reads awkwardly in my :opinion He quickly noticed that all of the other friends he had hated hard work and had no desire to improve themselves. ...
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what is the most appropriate structure of this sentence?

I want to say that I banged my head against wall because some one said something stupid, how to put it in a sentence? Is I banged my head against wall 'on' this stupidity? or I banged my head ...
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Using “though” at the beginning of the following sentence

But during the trip, she hardly spoke with him. In fact, she hardly spoke with anyone in the group. She would just follow us quietly to whereever we went, like a little stray cat. Though she ...
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Is this an appropriate usage of “but” at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

I try my best to use proper sentence construction and punctuation, and for my amusement, I've taken the quest to find meaningful situations where one might use the various conjunctions at the ...
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Why is the sentence “Statistics 'is' often misleading” incorrect?

Why is the sentence "Statistics is often misleading" incorrect? I know that statistics can be singular but also plural. Should I use singular in this case?
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When can we change the order of the particle and the verb in a phrasal verb?

My textbook says this: Be careful with word order when using phrasal verbs. The verb and particle cannot be separated: when it is a three-part phrasal verb I caught up with Jack ...
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Should I use articles and capitalization in code comments? [closed]

When I watch programming video tutorials I noticed that different people (native EN speakers) use different styles of commenting the code when it comes to articles. Some use the headline style ...
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What term describes this sentence structure with preposition and possible gerund? [closed]

What is the correct grammatical description for this sentence? I need help taking out an old hard drive. I am most interested in whether the verb "take" is a gerund here, and how to describe the ...
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“I got to watch this movie” or “I got an opportunity to watch this movie”?

Ok, recently, I made an update on a website like this : So, finally I got to watch this movie ... Basically, what I was trying to say is that "I got an opportunity to watch this movie". I was ...
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Are these sentences by Thomas Kuhn grammatically correct?

I'm almost certain that Kuhn would not publish an essay with grammatical mistakes, but those two sentences seem plain wrong to me. (I am not a native speaker.) Though my argument does demand that ...
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In English what's the difference between forward and toward [closed]

I would like to know which sentence is correct, regarding the difference between the usage of forward and toward. Should I write: I'm looking forward to September. Or, I'm looking toward September? ...
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Is “he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one” a complex sentence?

"he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one" I am confused. Is it a complex sentence? If so which is the Independent clause and which is the Dependent clause? I know that " he ...
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“Student has course” vs “Student takes course”

Which is more accurate when describing the relationship between student and course? the student has a course or the student takes a course
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What's the English version of the German “oder?” [closed]

In German, you often add the question word oder after a statement (", oder?") to ask whether the statement's correct. What is the equivalent of oder in English? I always begin sentences with this ...
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Is the phrase “At about the speed of ten miles per hour” correct in the context? [closed]

The train is keep moving at about the speed of ten miles per hour. Is the phrase at about the speed of ten miles per hour is correct? At about looks strange to me. I think the sentence could be ...
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“I was” versus “Was I” in a question

Which one is correct? I was the person she'd always been waiting for? or Was I the person she'd always been waiting for? I'm not sure why, but both seem weird to me, unlike: Am I the ...
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About inversion

Given the following sentence, Nowhere on her title page or copyright page is there a suggestion that anyone but Walker wrote her story. Can I invert it as follows without changing the meaning? ...
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(out of the year) VS (during the year)

I read this sentence: In the Arctic tundra, temperatures are below freezing for nine months out of the year. Why didn't the writer use "during the year"? What is the difference between "during ...
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Must a non-proper noun that starts a sentence be preceded with an article?

I'm doing some research in NLP, and thought you guys would be the best to ask this. When looking at an English sentence, it is sometimes hard for a computer to distinguish between proper nouns, such ...
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What are the differences between simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences?

These two sentences came up in a English Comp class and there was some discussion if the book was correct on whether they were simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. Whatever pizza ...
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Superlative and definite article “the”

I have seen similar questions like this here on ELU. However, I am still confused with my particular question. (a) She gets up latest in her family. (b) She gets up the latest in her family. ...