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

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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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On A Journey vs In A Journey

Richard Branson has been quoted as saying: To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes. Where [my] is replacing your in the original. For some reason this doesn't sound ...
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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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To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word "laugh", my go-to preposition is "about". However, at times, "over" sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, ...
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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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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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Is “keep updated” proper usage of those words?

I'm far from being an English major, but I have a simple question. If someone were to say keep updated in a sentence, is that correct? I know the usage, tense, and other things matter, but is it ...
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“Handling of Task 1” or “Handling Task 1”

I am working on my thesis and included is a subsection in which I describe how a part of a class of my program handles the task I have been assigned for the thesis. To give you an idea of what the ...
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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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Use/non-use of articles before Adjective + Abstract noun

I have confusion regarding use/non-use of articles before adjective + abstract noun. Eg. competent handling, prolonged tread life, enhanced durability Providing COMPETENT HANDLING and PROLONGED TREAD ...
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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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Can we use “shore” referring to river?

I saw the usage of "shore" with "river" in a modern American book, however my dictionary says that we should use "bank" with "river". Are there any difference between using "shore" and "bank" or maybe ...
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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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Does “Smugness” imply “Having or showing low opinions of others”?

I have a little confusion whether "smugness" implies a "low opinion of others" in contrast to a "high opinion of oneself" I have consulted ODO and wiktionary; they showed the meaning of "Smugness" is ...
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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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Why “like doing something” or “like to do something” but only “dislike doing something”?

At a further education course for teachers, in Switzerland, (given by two native speakers of English), someone came up with the question of whether you could say "dislike doing something" and "dislike ...
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Is the question I have made correct? [closed]

On and on ,the philosopher philosophized,quite happily unaware of the ghee in the leaf in his hand melting gradually and dripping. What did the philosopher philosophize? Is the concluding ...
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What did the philosopher philosophize? [closed]

What did the philosopher philosophize? Is this sentence correct?
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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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“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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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of gerund in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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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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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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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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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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'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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As to grammar and idiom, is the following extract correct: “… if you know the man or are him, call …”?

Obviously, my questions refers to the pronoun him. Am I wrong to suppose that the use of the subject case pronoun he instead of him would not improve the previous statement? What about this one: “… if ...
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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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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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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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Can “did you…” be conditional?

Let me know, should you come. Like the one above, I've seen many sentences that had inverted conditionals which started with should, were, and had--but not with could, did, or have. So I wonder if ...
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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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“Accessory” vs “included” as adjective (BE)

I'm wondering about the use of the word accessory as an adjective. Would it be preferable in BE to say something like "This DJ controller comes with accessory headphones"? I feel that "This DJ ...
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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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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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Does “turning down the air conditioning” make it warmer or colder?

As the title says, I've heard two possible meanings for turning down the air conditioning: It could mean set the target temperature lower (i.e. colder) or make it work less (i.e. warmer). Turning ...
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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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How, when and where did the phrase 'state of the art' originate? [duplicate]

Volume 4 of Charles Burney, A General History of Music, From the Earliest Ages to the Present Period (1776) contains this sentence: And while it [Rousseau's Lettre sur la Musique Françoise] was ...
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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.