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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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Use of its and it's [duplicate]

I always get confused when to use "it's" and when to use "its". I don't know how they are used. Also someone once told me that "its" is wrong while "it's" is correct. Kindly throw some light on ...
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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.
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What is the difference between contravene, contradict, and controvert?

All three words seem to have similar meanings, but I am assuming the difference is that each may be more appropriate in different contexts. I am particularly interested in their use when talking ...
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Can I delete “that of” in this sentence?

I found the following sentence in the dic, and I wonder if "that of" is necessary. The young coveted career today, is that of an entertainer. I guess "that" refers to career. So my question is, ...
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Relative clauses

I have these two sentences: "All of them knew the criminals by sight. The local police arrested them." If you were asked to join them using a relative clause, how would you do it? all of them is ...
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'to forget' (usage) [duplicate]

I've always thought 'forget something somewhere', i.e. with an adverbial of place is wrong usage but recently came across a sentence in a PET book which says. 'I forgot my jacket at Tom's place' and ...
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“Am I (ever) [adj.] ” vs. “How [adj.] I am”

What's the difference between saying, Boy, am I happy to see you again! Damn, am I ever lucky to have a friend like you! -and- Boy, how happy I am to see you again! Damn, how lucky ...
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What's the exact meaning of 'showstopper'?

I encountered many times that my prospects asked for some must-have features as some 'showstopper' features. In those cases, I understood a showstopper is a mandatory requirement. But on the hand, I ...
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What is a formal word for “go-to”

The definition for "go-to" that I'm interested in is: "Denoting a person or thing that may be relied on or is regularly sought out in a particular situation." (Source: Google's definition) I want a ...
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Is “coachable” a word?

I was taking some online self improvement classes, the person (or the coach) says that we should be "coachable", and the first thought that I had was about whether that word is actually usable ...
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“got sb verb + ing”: is it grammatical?

"For one moment he actually got me believing that he had aced his thesis" Is this a proper usage of "got"? Or should it be "got me into believing"? -First post btw. Thanks for any help! :)
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Can you use “it's different” in the same way as “it depends”?

Example: -"When do you usually eat? -It's different " (meaning, "it changes from day to day") If it exists, is there a difference with "it depends"?
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Reported Usage Vs. Actual Usage

I'm currently writing a linguistics research essay and my professor wanted me to explain the differences between "reported usage" and "actual usage" of inter-dental stopping based on the surveys I ...
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My editing software calls out an error “initial -ing”

ProWritingAid software flags the following type sentences as an error called initial -ing. Frowning, he rose and walked in his bare feet to the door. I've tried to find a grammar rule ...
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What is the proper way to pluralize a last name initial, if at all? [closed]

For example: I placed the box in Jennifer K.'s office. Who is that man in Tom R.'s parking spot?
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Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage?

Equal vs Equivalent: Finer differences in meaning and usage? What would be the subtler differences & similarities? Examples & scenarios where: Only one can be used Both can be used One ...
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“receptacle” vs. “outlet” in AmEng

What's the difference between receptacle and outlet to cal the device in a wall you put a plug into in order to provide electricity for a lamp, television, etc.? outlet (also ...
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The usage of “was always”

Good evening everyone! Recentle I've been wondering if it's okey to use always with past simple. Here's a sentence I made up as an example: Baking cakes was always a hard task for me. Is it ...
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Can “collection” pertain to a single object? [closed]

Can "collection" pertain to a single object? For example, is a library with a single volume a "library"? Suppose the curator aims at acquiring more works of the same type as the one it possesses - ...
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“The Stars and Stripes” vs. “Old Glory” vs. “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Is there a difference in using any which of those terms to call the national flag of the U.S.? Which one is most commonly used? The Stars and Stripes The national flag of the U.S., ...
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What exactly is “censorship” and on what scale can it be applied to? [closed]

So recently in the video game industry there's been a lot of hubbub about what is and isn't censorship. Games like Fire Emblem: Fates, Overwatch, and Bravely Second have sparked numerous heated ...
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Started to support or supporting? [duplicate]

I started to support or I started supporting? Was wondering which one is correct since I saw people using both ways pretty often and if there is any rule about the usage.
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“call someone/something” vs. “call someone/something up” for "make a phone call to someone/something

What's the difference between call and call up to mean make a telephone call to? Is the latter any more informal than the former, or is it mainly a regional thing? call someone or something up ...
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“vastly” for “to a [very] great degree; extremely” in contexts not involving comparison or measurement: BrEng vs. AmEng usage

Does using vastly to mean to a [very] great degree; extremely in contexts not involving measurement or comparison, now sound common and idiomatic to British ears, or is it still likely to be ...
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Difference between the verbs “appropriate” and “expropriate”?

Expropriate has the following definitions (Merriam-Webster): to deprive of possession or proprietary rights to transfer (the property of another) to one's own possession For example, in ...
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“varietal” vs. “various” vs. “varied”

Please, consider the following sourced excerpts: An ideal romantic daytime date might be to pack a blanket and take your lady to Old Town Silverdale. Settled in 1854, this beautiful little town ...
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Can a snowboard be considered a device?

I am wondering if it is proper to consider a snowboard a device? I am writing a blog post on a person's perspective on Devices including his Technological and Transportation devices. I am trying to ...
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“God's own country”

According to Collins-Robert English-French Dictionary by Beryl T. Atkins, Alain Duval, and Rosemary C. Milne, ed. 1985, manufactured in the United States of America by Rand McNally & Company, ...
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Idioms for a 'obvious' or 'needs no explanation'

I need to find an idiom for the following situation. I am talking to the HR department about a particular policy. I did not know about the policy beforehand and HR had never explained it to me. For ...
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“Attack on all of humanity” or “attack against humanity”: which is better? [closed]

Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is Semin from Turkey. I'm wondering which of the following is better in terms of grammar and meaning: I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Brussels. ...
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“exhibition” vs. “exposition” vs. “exhibit” in AmEng

What's the difference between those words with regard to a public showing, as of goods or works of art? Can these be used interchangeably? Both "exhibit" and "exposition" are marked as Americanisms ...
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What word or term = propaganda + manipulation?

I wanted to create a website section devoted to articles about propaganda, disinformation, brainwashing, etc. But it occurred to me that I should include manipulation, which really goes hand in hand ...
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Is “put someone on/over to” for “put someone through/connect someone to” idiomatic?

Where in the English speaking world do they say, "put someone on/over [to]" for "put someone through/connect someone [to]" as in: If you'd like to speak direct to one of our technicians about ...
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“throw out/away” vs. “toss (out)” vs. “pitch (out/away)” for “dispose of; discard; get rid of as worthless or useless” in AmEng

What's the difference between "throw out/away," "toss out," and "pitch (out/away)" to mean, "get rid of as worthless or unnecessary"? Can these be used just about interchangeably? THROW AWAY ...
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Is “these ones” correct?

I know many people use it, but it really does sound informal. Should I avoid it anyway? Case is. I have a pair of earings on the table and I want to refer to them, so I say: "Are you talking about ...
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Usage of “homework,” “schoolwork,” and “assignment” in AmEng for schoolwork given to students to do at home

As far as AmEng goes, is there any difference in using either homework, schoolwork, or assignment to call schoolwork given to students to be done at home? Can these be used just about interchangeably? ...
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Using a slash (/) between multi-word phrases [duplicate]

How would you suggest using a forward slash (/) between multi-word phrases? Should a slash be even used between multi-word phrases? For example - Following are the open/in progress issues. or ...
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Can you say “don't tell me” in a monologue?

"Don't tell me" is often used in dialogues, for example "Don't tell me you're tired already!". But can you use it in a monologue? Let's say you have a character in a movie just talking to themselves. ...