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“If you want, I can do this ”vs “I can do this, if you want” which one is correct?

I am not sure which one of the two forms is correct: "If you want, I can do this" vs "I can do this, if you want" Do the above sentences have different meaning? even slightly? Other example: "I am ...
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Not really sure vs. really not sure

Is there any difference between saying "I am not really sure where the noise is from" and "I am really not sure where the noise is from"? are they interchangeable?
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Alphabetizing an index

What is the proper way to alphabetize acronyms in an index. The particular words in question are: "U.S. Constitutional Law" and "urbanization." Which should be listed first?
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“Range of operation” vs “operation range”

"Range of operation" vs "operation range" "The range of operation for the compressor (...)" or "The operating range of the compressor"? Do they have the same interpretation? Can they substitute one ...
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“Solutions offered” or “offered solutions”? [closed]

Which of these two is more grammatically correct? Defining customer needs and advising on solutions offered. Defining customer needs and advising on offered solutions.
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When would you use “said he”?

From Lord of the Rings: ‘You be careful of yourself, Maggot!’ she called. ‘Don’t go arguing with any foreigners, and come straight back!’ ‘I will!’ said he, and drove out of the gate. Normally ...
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Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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Object pronoun: me and John, or John and me?

When using ourselves and another person as the subject of a sentence, we use their name first (like "John and I"); but when the same two people become the object of a sentence, which order should the ...
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It's an expected label or It's an label expected. what's the difference?

Can anyone help me analyze the difference between the following two sentences? It's an expected label. It's a label expected.
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“Without whom…” or “whom … without”? [closed]

Is it more grammatically correct to move the preposition without to the end of its clause, or use without whom? Does the "in no particular order" change matters? I wish to express my sincere ...
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Position of interrogative auxiliary verbs as replies to statements [closed]

Imagine someone states the following to you: I think you're mistaken. We've never traveled to Italy together. What's the difference between the following two responses, if any? Haven't we? ...
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Use of the adverb first in conjunction with then

Are the use and the positions of the adverbs first and then correct in the following two sentences? We prove, first, two preliminary properties, and, then, the whole theorem. We first show ...
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Why does “chain and whips” sound 'wrong' in a Rihanna song? [closed]

I was asked recently about word order in the Rihanna song "S&M". There is a line in the chorus that uses the word order of "chains and whips": Sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains ...
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Is a “hot cup of tea” the same as a “cup of hot tea”? [duplicate]

Would it be correct to use the phrase "a hot cup of tea"? I have been told that the correct phrase would be "a cup of hot tea", but I do not agree, as I feel both phrases are correct and convey the ...
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Am I able to finish a sentence with 'for'? [closed]

Am I able to finish a sentence with 'for'? eg. "...age that had long since disappeared but the return of which they desperately yearned for."
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Why “inspector general”, and not “general inspector”, like German “Generalinspektor”? [duplicate]

I would expect the term "inspector general" to be "general inspector" instead. In part, that may be because I know the German variant as "Generalinspekteur" of "Generalinspektor". But I'm pretty ...
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Experience/Experienced: “With” or “In”?

Very simple question this time around, folks! (Have) experience or (be) experienced both generally create a connotation of living through something and/or learning about it. The big question is which ...
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Problems with the meaning of the word 'even'

I understand the meaning of this word in general, but there's just one question. Here are two examples: We painted even the floor. AND We even painted the floor. Are they correct and if ...
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send something to someone|somewhere

Background: I am writing a computer application which can understand English sentence. For that purpose, I was preparing frames of each word. For example: send something to recipient|place ...
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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“Even to” or “To even”?

I am not sure which one is grammatically correct. It could be both or none. Could you select which sentence would be grammatically correct? The only difference between the sentences is even to vs. to ...
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Are there exceptions to the “place yourself last” rule for listing people? [closed]

Forgive me if this has already been asked. I understand that some aspects of this lovely language have dependencies on where and when things are used so I'm not quite sure if this question can be ...
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Position of subordinate clause in a sentence

Which sentences are correct and according to what grammar rule? Throughout this text, we will use an example of sustainability management at a large university. We will use throughout this ...
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“Why can I not” vs. “Why can not I” [closed]

Consider the following two sentences: Why can I not open the door? and Why can not I open the door? Which is more common? What's the subtle difference between them?
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Disclaimer that covers everything in condensed wording

Let’s say I wanted to set up a comedy show using a particularly vulgar comedian. The comedian in this show would primarily use comedy insulting or degrading to individuals or organisations. I would ...
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What's the appropriate place of “languages” in this sentence?

I'm trying to express this idea (not one not another, using nor and neither) but I do not know what is the most appropriate form in English. Is any order usually established for the position of the ...
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Is there anything awkward in saying “ Prince Charles is now a husband”?

In my English class today my prof gave us a sentence: Prince Charles is now a husband. He then told us to find out if there is anything wrong with this sentence as our homework. Undoubtedly, ...
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difference in meaning depending on placement of “already” [duplicate]

Maybe the bus already left. Maybe the bus has already left. Maybe the bus has left already. I am not a native speaker so don't know if there is any difference among those three sentences, not ...
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The use of "were- should- had” at the beginning of sentences instead of “if”

Conditionals in English are usually formed by using if with normal word order; but for the three past (subjunctive) forms were, should, and had, it is also possible to express the conditional through ...
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Use of a pronoun with another person [duplicate]

Which is the correct form? Tommy and she went to the store. OR She and Tommy went to the store. I hear the second example much more frequently in conversation, but I believe the first one is ...
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What will be the word order in converting this to reported speech? [duplicate]

We need to convert the following to reported speech: Why have you taken a room on the tenth floor? I am confused about the word order. Should it be He asked her why she had taken a room on ...
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Word order in: What would be the further steps? [closed]

What is the right word order in sentence: What would be the further steps? or What would the further steps be?
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Word order in english (adverbial modifier of place)

Could you tell me what’s wrong in this phrase: "In this database, there are failed copies of the file." Is it grammatically correct to write "In this database" at the beggining of a sentence? Thank ...
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Green color or color green? [closed]

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
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“what I am” or “what am I” [closed]

What is the difference between/which is right: "What I am doing wrong" vs "What am I doing wrong" ?
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“I don't agree totally” vs. “I don't totally agree” vs. “I totally don't agree”

What is the difference between the following? I don't agree with him totally. I don't totally agree with him. I totally don't agree with him. I'm puzzled at the meaning of negative ...
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“got X confused with Y” versus “confused X with Y” [closed]

I am really confused which of the following sentences is correct Maybe they got thin confused with short. Maybe they confused thin with short. If both are correct which one would be more ...
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No inversion in questions in headlines and titles

Why do many titles and headlines read: "Why Europe should become...", NOT "Why should Europe become..."; "How an inventor lost...", NOT "How did an inventor lose..."; "How the photocopier changed...", ...
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What's the hypercorrect way to phrase a sentence with two 'for's in a row?

Some backstory: It was the Friday before Valentine's day, and I walked into a classroom to find a pile of Hershey's Kisses left for someone in the class. Initially, I wanted to take one, but then I ...
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In what case, can the object be placed at the beginning of a sentence?

Every word I say is true; this I promise you. I think the pronoun 'this' is the direct object of the verb 'promise' and 'this' should be be placed after 'you', but it is placed at the beginning ...
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Where does the verb go?

Where does the verb go in the sentence below to make it grammatically correct? Please let me know what are the differences. Please let me know what the differences are.
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Using “kindly” as an adverb to indicate humility [duplicate]

Is it the following correct to say? May I kindly request ..." As when calling a celebrity onstage during an event Would it not be better to say, May I request so and so to kindly come ... ...
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“A cup of hot coffee” or “A hot cup of coffee”

I once had an argument with someone about this. Is the meaning of "A cup of hot coffee" the same as "A hot cup of coffee"? Surprisingly I've often heard people utter either of the two, but not ...
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How to combine “social”, “cultural” and “miIeu” [closed]

Would it be socio-cultural-milieu or sociocultural-milieu or socio-cultural milieu or sociocultural milieu
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Word orders for … is … in [closed]

Are the following sentences both grammatical (under the intended sense)? "Hello" is "aloha" in Hawaiian. "Aloha" is "hello" in Hawaiian.
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Where to put “either”

I'm writing a short story for my own when I came across this dilemma: "And the question was immediate to a point of self-acknowledgement of either one’s inability to formulate abstraction into ...
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Word order: phrasal verb plus adverb

I'm dubious about word order in a situation of adverb plus phrasal verb. My specific question is the following. I want to refer to an article that deals with a certain topic. That topic is not the ...
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“Therefore I” or “I therefore” [duplicate]

I would like to understand the nuances. What is the correct way to use: "Therefore, I …" or "I, therefore …"
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When is it correct to postpone an attributive clause?

Normally, the attributive clause precedes the predicative phrase: The bag that he bought cost forty dollars. Those verbal valency complementations that are referentially identical with some ...
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Use of “as well” in the middle of the sentence

I was wondering if the use of "as well" in the middle of the sentence is correct in formal English. Here is the particular sentence I am writing: I got ample opportunities to communicate with a ...