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Is 'and all' grammatically correct?

People around me use the word 'and all' a lot and I feel it's not grammatically correct. For example, they say, people and all, subjects and all, students and all. Please let me know.
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scene to vs scene of

I am a non-native speaker wondering which of the following sentences would read more naturally to a native speaker: The market looked like it had been the scene of a mass murder. The market ...
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what is meaning of subject to in the following sentence [migrated]

hello there I m Sajid and I exceptionally confounded about the utilization of subject to what is the significance of subject to in this taking after the sentence? This was partially because ...
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Pant legs or pants legs?

With all this I don't see the answer to which is the correct form "He rolled up his pant legs" or "he rolled up his pants legs."
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'Everyone make' or' everyone makes'? [on hold]

Which one's the correct one? 1. Everyone make mistakes. 2. Everyone makes mistakes. And why?
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Use of the word competent

Can you use competent in the context of an inanimate object such as an instruction manual, or a voltmeter? e.g. "In my opinion Standard 12345 is considered a competent document." or "The potentials ...
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Present Perfect usage in a sentence; continue with the same tense or move to Past Simple?

I've been rewriting a known quote: Curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. I used the Present Perfect and turned the quote into: Curiosity has killed the cat, but ...
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“If I have some questions I will write you” [migrated]

I need to know if it's OK to use have and some in this sentence, and why? If I have some questions I will write you. I've been told it is more typical to use any here instead of some. Is there a ...
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Can you be ill from an injury (I don't mean an infection) [duplicate]

This is something that crops up on the BBC a lot and irks me. For example, from a story today: One woman is critically ill and three others have been injured after they were stabbed near a ...
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What does “you can take only one thing, either the cup or glass” mean [closed]

What does you can take only one thing,either the cup or glass mean?
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Question on Garner's explanation of subjunctive

I'm puzzled by an example given in Garner's Modern English Usage illustrating correct use of the subjunctive mood. In this example, Garner offers both the incorrect and the correct usage: "But the ...
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Does “mouse” in the computer sense come from nautical slang?

Computer "mouse" is an English term known and used worldwide. Reference about its origin appears to suggest that the term, which obviously refers to the shape of a small mouse, may actually come ...
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What our students have to say. Grammar question

I often hear the phrase "what our students have to say" in testimonials, and I am confused with the grammar here. It can be taken in two ways as follows. 1) Our students have something (what) to say ...
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A people - is it correct? [migrated]

Puls Biznesu reported that the idea of the book was to give a people an opportunity to communicate abroad in a universal language - pictures. Is it right to place the indefinite article "a" before ...
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Dealing with usage where nouns or pronouns are treated as adjectives

"That is so Dave!" I had a discussion of this on another forum where I said that 'Dave' is being treated here as an adjective. The only responses I got were on the lines of "'Dave' is a noun." And to ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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Western end or West end? [closed]

"I proposed on the west/ern end of the beach" Which one's correct?
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In what contexts is the word fertile used in this manner, and is it ridiculous or at best misleading?

I have seen a very strange definition for fertile. OED fertile: 1. Bearing or producing in abundance; fruitful, prolific. Const. of, in, rarely to. a. lit. of the soil, a district or region, ...
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Different usage of had [closed]

Do we always have to use a particular time of a past event when we use 'had'. As I have heard its a past in past. Because I have come accross many statements where the writers donot use had with a ...
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“To whom it may concern” or “To whomever it may concern”? [duplicate]

Which is the best usage? "To whom it may concern" or "To whomever it may concern"?
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Is it okay to omit “a” with “going for”? [migrated]

Is it okay to ask: Are we going for film? Or is it compulsory to add "a"? Are we going for a film?
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May / might usage based on the probability of the event happening [duplicate]

I just taught may / might and the book tells the students that, "you use 'may' with things that have around a 50% chance of happening and might with a 30% chance". Is this true? I, for one, use ...
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The colloquial use of the pronoun “you” followed by “adjectives”

Utterances like you pig!, you bastard! or you silly! are quite common but it is hard to find grammatical explanation about them as they are prevalent in the colloquialism. I would be glad if ...
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Colloquial use of “to dip”

So, "dip" has come to mean "leave" in American slang. As in, "Let's dip," i.e. "Let's get out of here." How did that happen? The best I could come up with is: a dip in the road obscures vision, so if ...
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“Watched any” vs “saw any” in a sentence [migrated]

Have you watched any new movies? Is this the correct way to ask? Or is it better to ask Saw any new movies?
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It is + (time) + to + (verb)?

Actually, I'm asking for an another way to say "it takes + (time) + to + (verb)". For example, is "It is 1 hour to go to the hospital" correct or the "it takes + (time) + to + (verb)" construction is ...
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Is the usage “how many ever” correct?

Eg : You may use it how many ever time. I know the sentence can be phrased better but I just wanted to given an example. So my question is, Is "how many ever" a correct usage?
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Need to understand the difference

1) Jo will have been waiting for an hour by the time i meet him 2) Jo will have waited for an hour by the time i meet him
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Need to know if these future perfect tenses are correct

I want to know if the below usage is correct: 1)By next year we will have married 2) he will be tired when he gets here, he will have travelled all day Thanks
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How many is a zillion?

1 million = 1,000,000. 1 billion = 1,000,000,000 or 1,000,000,000,000 depending on if using the long or short scale. How many is a zillion? Although Wikipedia redirects "Zillion" to "Indefinite ...
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Simple past v. present perfect (case)

At least in AE is common to say Did you watch that movie? When I would expect people to say Have you watched that movie? The later sounds correct to me because it's the experiential usage of ...
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“He has a wedding today” or “He is attending a wedding today”? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker, so I am not sure what the correct way is? Can anybody tell me the correct usage?
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“the 'first/last' of the [day/night/week, etc.]” for "the 'beginning/end' of the [day/night/week, etc.]

Where in the U.S. and Canada do they say, at the first/last of [the day/night/week, etc.] for at the beginning/end of [the day/night/week, etc.]? Luck had it that they only experienced a very ...
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Heard a native saying: “did you see where she had a baby??” refering to Facebook

I am Spanish and my fiancé is from the States. The other day we were hanging out with his mum and she said the following: "Did you see where Emma had a baby???" I was very confused because I hadn't ...
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Why use plural form here? [duplicate]

From BBC News Report: Leicester City Football Club, whose entire squad cost less than a single player at some of its better-known rivals, have won the English Premier League. Leicester were ...
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Which is more certain - “sure” or “confident”?

My friend and I have an ongoing debate over which word communicates a stronger sense of conviction. For example, when I'm 98% positive of something I often say "I am confident that's how it happened, ...
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“New York is raining” vs “It is raining in New York” [migrated]

New York is raining. It is raining in New York. Which one is correct? As far as I learned, it is correct to use it to describe weather. However, is it possible to say New York is raining ...
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“Please orange juice” is natural? [migrated]

When a server at a restaurant asks me "Anything to drink", I say "orange juice please." In that situation, can I say "Please orange juice"?
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Using “Hello, boys/girls/men/women” [migrated]

It appears to me that we say Hello, boys/girls to a group of boys/girls, but do not say Hello, men/women to a group of men/women. Is this the case in your particular variety of English? ...
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Is it acceptable to refer to a grad student as Professor in a paper?

If a grad student is the instructor for a introductory writing course, is it OK for students writing a paper to write ' Professor John Smith' at the top?
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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How to correctly apply “in which”, “of which”, “at which”, “to which”, etc? [closed]

How does one correctly apply "in which", "of which", "at which", "to which", etc? I'm confused with which one to apply when constructing sentences around these. Please help me out here.
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Do “I saw a dream” and “I had a dream” meant the same thing? [closed]

Which of these two is more appropriate: I saw a dream. I had a dream. Is there any difference between them?
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Understanding Sentences about Flossing

In a news article about the benefits of flossing, the following sentences confused me (please read the article first): In the past decade, three systematic reviews sought to navigate these muddy ...
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can we use `localite` for business entity? [closed]

if any business was started in particular area, can we use "localite" for that business entity? For example: This business is localite to this area.
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Take advantage of this opportunity

I find myself recurrently stopped while writing e-mails for a main purpose (e.g, answering a direct question from a previous mail somebody sent me) and wanting to add a second theme "taking advantage ...
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How exactly was the long S used and why did people stop using it? [duplicate]

I have seen examples of the long S being used in old documents,for example in a picture of a medieval document about Muskets in which the word Musket was written as Muſket.
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Apache squaws or Apache tribeswomen? [closed]

Is it Apache squaws or can I say Apache tribeswomen?
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Which word is better for use and why: Datasheet or data sheet & Timesheet or time sheet

Which word is better for use and why? 1) Datasheet or data sheet, See Both Examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datasheet, http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets.aspx 2) Timesheet or time ...