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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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“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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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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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 ...
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What is the proper usage of “x (read y)” where y is another word/phrase for x?

I've often seen this used for humorous purposes, but I would assume it has a formal usage as well. Example: Mortos (read mooch) is a demon from the Spooky Realm. As far as I can tell, it's ...
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Usage of Too… to

In school, I learned too... to... as an expression, like I am too tired to stand or It is too early to sleep. But sometimes I want to say something like I think 30 days on trip is good, it is not ...
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Why is it Wrong to use what in place of which (Context of American English) | Specific to GMAT [duplicate]

(B) According to some analysts, the gains in the stock market reflect growing confidence in the economy to avoid the recession, what many feared earlier in the year, rather to come This is an ...
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“She found golden hairs on his clothes.” Why is it “hairs” and not “hair”? [duplicate]

I read in a novel "she found golden hairs on his clothes," and I want to know if it's correct. I have always heard that it's hair, not hairs.
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what does pi mean?

I've ordered some good from supplier. and before shipping the products he sent me the following: how much is the goods do you want to declare,as i need to make the pi what does pi mean ? pi is a ...
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Should there be spaces between a number and its measurement unit? [duplicate]

Not sure if this is a style problem or a grammar problem 64 m 59.8 km 210 ft 37.2 mi Are spaces necessary between digits and measurement unit?
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Comma after “here”

I've been speculating whether or not I can use a comma after "here"? Unfortunately I haven't been able to find any clarifying answers anywhere, or perhaps I haven't been searching enough. To the ...
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Can we use “it” for referring to people sometimes? [closed]

When I'm answering someone asking me about someone else, "Is that him?", can I answer like Yes, it's him. or Yes, he is him.
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polite questions vs. direct questions: real life reactions [closed]

In English courses (especially business), we learn to use polite questions. So we know that you shouldn't say "excuse me... where's the nearest supermarket, please?" but rather "excuse me... do you ...
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Correct usage of 'whoever' and 'whomever' [duplicate]

This seems incorrect to me: Can whomever did this please contact me? Please advise.....Thank you!
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How long would the conference be for?

I want to know if this is grammatically correct " How long would the conference be for?".
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Which is correct “What does this mean or what does this means” [closed]

Please help me understand when should the plural forms be used... Ex. What does this mean or what does this means .. He rides well or he ride well etc
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It has been a long time I havent used windows XP

Want to know what does this sentence mean. It has been a long time I havent used windows XP.. Does this means he is using it now?
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“You are on your knees” [closed]

I found the following English expression. WHy do you say "You are on your knees"? Is it because that your weight is ON your knees?
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Peevish, crabby, irritable, and bad-tempered [closed]

What's the difference between them? What the difference between someone who is peevish or irritable and a ‘crabby person’? As far as I get them Peevish — easily annoyed, especially by things that ...
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Usage of “the cubalow” - Has anyone heard the phrase?

When I was a child in the 1950s I remember my mother calling the domestic hot water tank 'the cubalow', sounding like 'queuebelow'. Has anyone else heard this word being used?
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How do you write “and” in short form?

How do you write "and" in short form like w/o as in "without"?? It's not "&" but some other form. I used to write it but I forgot since I dont live in the US. Please help me remind it. Thanks
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Is this correct usage of a colon?

I'm fairly terrible at English, is this correct usage of a colon? Bigotry unfortunately doesn’t just relate to opinions: it refers to intolerance towards ethnicities and beliefs Thanks.