How and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

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to have fun “on a journey” vs “in a journey”

Richard Branson in an interview with Motivated magazine was quoted as saying: To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes. Source: PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENTS OF 5 ...
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Is the word “constraint” used appropriately in my sentence? [on hold]

I have some imperial equations to estimate seepage from irrigation canals. In these equations some coefficients have been used . These coefficients are based on soil type. Unfortunately there is no ...
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Which one is correct-“life” or “lives”? [on hold]

I am not sure about what is correct use of words in the following line: They lost their lives saving our lives. or They lost their life saving our lives.
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Kudos to you and its usage [on hold]

What does Kudos to you exactly mean? Can I use it instead of"Bravo"? I hear it a lot in "Californication".
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The house of a friend of Bob’s

How do I say (a friend of Bob’s)’s house? It’s like a double possesive. Bob’s friends are a class of people. Tom, a friend of Bob’s denotes that he is one among Bob’s friends. Now what if I want to ...
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Are there instances when a new term has been purposely introduced into the language and actually put to use?

I am thinking of the suggested use of ze as an alternative for he or she. I cannot think of an example where such a thing has actually been adopted and put to general use.
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use of would in question form [closed]

plz explain the use of 'would' in question particularly with 'when'. Ex: "when would xyz bank releases results of clerk exam?" is this sentence correct? plz explain how to frame verb when writing such ...
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Say “you guys” to a group of people [duplicate]

Can we say "guys" to a group of people, that group possibly including women? Example sentence: I am looking forward to see you guys then!
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Whereafter or where after, one or two words?

If I Google the word whereafter, multiple online dictionaries claim it is one word. However, if I type it in Microsoft Outlook, then spellcheck insists that it is two words. Grammarly seems to accept ...
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This is true or That is true?

When someone says something that you agree with, should you say "that's true" or "this is true"? I have heard people say it both ways. My question is for both formal and informal usage.
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Can “it's” be used as a question? [duplicate]

In my experience, people say "it's" in place of "it is," but never in the form of a question. I think the question "It's?" sounds awkward, but I'd like to know if it's grammatically correct. Is it? ...
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Can “weren't” be used in reference to a singular noun?

I've been watching a TV sitcom lately, "Last Tango in Halifax." A main character uses "weren't" instead of "wasn't" and I am wondering if that is considered correct in some areas or dialects? For ...
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“Sensor outputs” or “sensors' outputs”?

I acquire measurements from several sensors, and I need to filter these signals. Is there a difference between the two sentences below? The sensors' outputs are filtered. The sensor outputs are ...
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Word with -ee as a suffix

Is it correct English to be able to add the suffix -ee on to any verb to show the object of that verb? Ex: Abandonee is "one to whom something is abandoned" Observee is "one who is observed" ...
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Past perfect and perfect continuous: a difference in meaning? [on hold]

The pavement was wet, it had been raining. The pavement was wet, it had rained. What's the difference?
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'Relates to' vs. 'Is Related to'

Does the choice between passive/active voice make any difference in the examples below? My question relates to your earlier work. My question is related to you earlier work. Nerve cells relate to ...
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Help with usage: Having had? [closed]

Is this proper usage? "I feel good despite not having had any coffee today."
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Genitive case in a sentence where two proper nouns are used [duplicate]

Which of the two sentences is correct: Ion's and Zoe's daughter is at home. or Ion and Zoe's daughter is at home
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How do we use the word “landfall” in a sentence?

May I ask for a specific sentence using the word "landfall"? which has a definition of: a reaching of land as by a traveler, craft, or storm according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. ...
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“First, second, last” vs “first because, second because, last because.”

When to use the former or the latter? Example: I picked NTU Library. First, (because) it was my university's library, so I wouldn't have to walk very far. Second, (because) I liked the ...
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What is the difference between “broke” and “was broken”?

What is the difference between "broke" and "be broken" in the following? The pot broke as I kicked it. The pot was broken as I kicked it.
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Where does the term “sleeve fish” come from?

I was in a snack shop and reading the labels and came across "Thailand Sleeve Fish Slice" on what appeared to be a package of dried squid. I found limited results indicating that it does seem to refer ...
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Proper usage of “assessed” for delinquent bills

Delinquent bills will be assessed a USD 100 (United States Dollar One Hundred Only) charge if payment is not received within 7 days of the due date. Is this the correct usage? Or should the word ...
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Usage of Quicker and more quickly [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences are correct? Calves require less medication and gain weight quicker than that those raised in consignment. Calves require less medication and gain weight more ...
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Is a second 'they' needed here?

Dogs can walk, but can't fly. Dogs can walk, but they can't fly. Which sentence is correct? Is the "they" required?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct as written?

Germany's assessment of the progress in negotiations was at odds with France's expectations towards it.
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What is the best word for this sentence? [closed]

I want to use the following sentence in my paper. However, I'm not sure if the usage is correct or not: The results indicated that the infiltration of xanthan into sandy soils increased ...
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Ellipsis followed by another statement - Is it still correct English/use of punctuation?

In transcripts (mainly screenplays/dialogue scripts and some web pages), I see the following: "You could try to do this... or that." CHARACTER gestures at the alternate choice; a big red ...
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What does the west wind signify to New Yorkers?

The New Yorker carries the archives of entertaining old articles. Among them there was a short piece titled “The street and into the grill” written by E.B. White and published in October 1950. A man ...
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Take ill and feeling sick

What is the difference between the sentences - He was taken ill and he is feeling sick.
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How do you properly define and use the phrase, “buy into”?

I found this line while I was reading: That commercial said that this product would help me lose weight in one week. I’m not buying into that idea. While I somehow understood the meaning of the ...
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An adjustable shelf of long lengths is used to take various sizes of packs [duplicate]

An adjustable shelf of long lengths is used to take various sizes of packs. Is this sentence correct? Refence:grage 11 English textbook(Burma)
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An adjuastable shelf of long lengths is used to take various sizes of packs [duplicate]

An adjuastable shelf of long lengths is used to take various of packs. Is the above sentence correct? Thanks a million.
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long lengths of adjustable shelves

What is the singular of this phrase? long lengths of adjustable shelves Is the singular number of long lengths of adjustable shelves this? an adjustable shelf with long lengths Please ...
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“I am a college student” vs“I go to college”: Which one is generally used?

Recently, One of my friend told me that a sentence "I am a college student" is not generally used to introduce oneself in USA. Instead, a sentence "I go to college" is more general expression. I ...
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Does it make sense to say “plummets upward”?

According to Google, the word "plummet" means "fall or drop straight down at high speed." So, if I want to say that something quickly shoots upward, would "plummet upward" make sense, or sound normal ...
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My father had no much money / My father did not have much money [closed]

Can both sentences be acceptable? (1) My father did not have much money. (2) My father had no much money. If one of them is incorrect, what is the grammatical reason why?
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Is “Convertor” a valid word in everyday use? [duplicate]

I work as a software engineer, and we have many uses for converters. I saw here that "convertEr" is used, and did not find any reference to "convertOr". However, at work I've encountered this word ...
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When to use “most” or “the most”

I came across with this sentence and it cast me doubt the usage of "most" and "the most" The sentence states: "But what I remembered most is moving a lot" Would it change the meaning of the ...
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If I were to have or If I should have [duplicate]

I am not native English. My question regards the conditional form of the verb have to, must. I was wondering if I could use in interchangeable way the expressions "If I were to have" and "If I should ...
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Usage of some vs. some of [closed]

I would like to ask if any specific rules apply to the usage of some and some of phrases and especially in which cases either of them is not suitable for a sentence. I understand that e.g. a phrase ...
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Difference of the usage of past simple and present perfect tense [duplicate]

What is the exact difference between-'i had breakfast' and ' i have had breakfast'? What are the precise meanings these convey and how do they differ?
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Whether use of who is proper [duplicate]

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...
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Is the following usage of “multitude” correct?

In the following sentence, is the usage of multitude correct? A major challenge is the vast multitude of possible adversaries. The sentence sounds a little "off" (for lack of a better word), but ...
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Usage of Disproven [duplicate]

How would you use disproven in a sentence please? Is disproven interchangeable with disproved?
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Is “a-blink” an adjective form of “blink” in old days?

Under his breath, with a furtive exultation, he began once again the paean of victory and devastation. And presently his eyes were rewarded: out through that doorway came a long, low, ...
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Can I say “if you have questions”?

I know I can say "if you have any questions, ...". I wonder if "any" can be omitted here.
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The use of “was” and “were” [duplicate]

...none of them was going to Malory Towers. This is taken from a story book, Enid Blyton - Malory Towers I think, and a pupil at school queried this with me. I can see her point, "were" sounds better ...
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When to pronounce # for pound, sharp, hash or hashtag? [duplicate]

How to pronounce # in a proper way? Currently, I know it's used to pronounce "pound" in US English, "hash" in British English, "sharp" for C#--a programming language, and number sign to list items. ...
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Can something positive be lurking?

"To lurk" is roughly defined as "to be hidden in wait, especially for an evil purpose." Generally speaking, this verb is used in connection to something negative, but can something positive be ...