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“I and my wife” or “My wife and I”? [duplicate]

A native English speaker said to her students that "I and my wife have ..." is wrong & we have to say "My wife and I have ..." Why did she say it's wrong?
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“We just need to rename” or “We need just to rename”

I want to say that just in case we want to rename something (in programming) we should do something. Which of the sentences is correct? In case we need just to rename the message... In case ...
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Usage of “taken” regarding the time a picture was taken [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, but I have lived in the US for one year. I'm developing software (i.e. an application programming interface, API). There is one property that is supposed to store the ...
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What is more correct and why?

Technology helps us better understand more things. Technology helps us to understand better more things.
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Should subject come first in sentence?

I don't know the exact terms used to describe this situation but I'm wondering whether there is a clearly "correct" way of phrasing this sentence. I know both versions are grammatically correct, but ...
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“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass. My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't ...
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“Why didn't he” vs. “Why did not he”

I understand that [ didn't = did not]. But is it correct to write the following? Why didn't he come to work? Why did not he come to work? And can it be written as follows? Why he didn't ...
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Superlatives and word order

I stumbled upon the sentence below on the Internet and felt confused: The Alchemist, a novel by Paulo Coelho, which is listed as one of the most read books by successful people says... Are really ...
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Want to introduce myself to someone I was provided a business card

I am searching for an Administrative Assistant/Clerical position and a friend of mine provided me with a business card of the Asst. Vice President of career service and alumni relations at a college. ...
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Declarative Clause with Interrogative word order

This is a part of a song's lyrics: ... (previous lines in short: I don't like you, but) Then again it's good to get a call Now and then, just to say hello Have I said I hate to see you go ...
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When may adjectives precede determiners? (E.g. too difficult a task)

The expression too difficult a task sounds a little pompous, but it doesn't sound ungrammatical. According to my folk-beliefs about English grammar, determiners precede adjectives. However, the ...
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Word order while using “to be interested in”-which one is correct?

How is the correct sentence, while using to be interested in with a little or a little bit (is this right?) I am interested a little in football. I am a little interested in football. I am ...
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It extraposition

It is she that I am talking about. It is the extraposition that I am interested in. It is I to whom I was referring. It was the text book with which I was struggling. I was trying to ...
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Is my use of “oblivious” wrong?

I posted this question on stackoverlow today and a couple of people have taken me to task over the use of the word "oblivious" in this sentence: I have deliberately omitted @ referencing the ...
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What is the correct form of this sentence?

This sentence sounds funny to me: To finish this task it is imperative that all effects are considered in the used step-by-step plan. While the same sentence, with the last verb in a different ...
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“Ask ourselves what is it that…” or “Ask ourselves what it is that…”

This is from an article about setting goals: 'We need to ask ourselves what is it that we want in order to feel truly accomplished.' Compared with 'We need to ask ourselves what it is that we want in ...
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What is a word for when someone likes bodily harm done to oneself.

What word would work for someone who likes to be hurt by other people? Physically, like it may even be a turn on.
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It was too tempting a chance to resist

One day, I came across this sentence: This chance was too tempting a chance to resist. Even though this sounded perfectly natural to me, as I tried to get the full meaning out of it, I ...
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“single largest” or “largest single”

I commonly hear statements like "the largest single contributor to..." and "the single largest factor...". It seems as though "largest single" and "single largest" should have slightly different ...
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Incorrect placement of “the”?

Does this sentence make sense? "I can't sympathise with the many people who are impatient." Should "the" be dropped from the sentence? I couldn't find a similar answer anywhere else.
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Comparative adjectives

I have a question concerning use of more in comparative sentences when used with adjectives. I was more furious about my cat's death than you thought I would be. Usually, or always, when more ...
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Should I use “Team X” or “X Team” when “X” alone is ambiguous?

Suppose I want to put a description below a picture of a sports team or prepare t-shirts and other promotional gadgets with the name of the team. Sometimes the team is well-known (Manchester United) ...
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What is the difference between those two sentences (grammatically and in meaning)?

An inappropriate TV show for children should be banned on any type of channels. A TV show inappropriate for children should be banned on any type of channels. It seems to me that there is ...
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Where do I place the frequency adverb “often”? [duplicate]

Imagine the following situation: Person A says to person B, that B will be the target of taunt/sneers/ridicule etc. Is it possible to formulate the following sentence (regarding the word order)? ...
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Adjective phrase for a time?

I wrote a sentence that I don't know is correct. The presence of the doctor after the incident matters to every patient. I think "after the incident" is used as an adjectival phrase. But there ...
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What is the difference between those two sentences?

1 There is a room separate from my bedroom. 2 There is a separate room from my bedroom. Is there a difference in meaning between those two sentences? Or are they the same?
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“I can't well start a day” vs. “I can't start a day well”

I can't well start a day not running at least a few kilometres. I can't start a day well not running at least a few kilometres.
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Validity of `[subject] let [verb] [object]`

I'm writing my statement of purpose for grad school, but used a sentence that I'm not sure is grammatical. I inevitably decided on electrical engineering, but never let die my love of language. ...
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Do I have to repeat word “sound” in this sentence?

She heard a sound not from the sidewalk, but from the inside of the house. In this sentence, is the comma needed? And also: She did not hear the sound from the sidewalk, but a sound from ...
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sentence with two meanings… how can I make it have only one meaning?

Prosecutors have filed charges against a man who was shot when he allegedly tried to rob an Independence homeowner in the middle of the night. It seems, to me, to be having two meanings. ...
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“This is a book” what is the role of “book”? [closed]

What is book in this sentence ? This is a book. Is that an Object? What are the nouns that come in the sentences with to be's? Like my friend in He is my friend?
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Adverb of manner and participle in subjective participle construction

Why is an adverb of manner placed before participle in the sentence "We watched the temperature gradually rising"? I know that if the verb is transitive, then the adverb of manner can be placed ...
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Simple question format [duplicate]

Please let me know which one is correct. Should the word order be inverted in questions such as this? Could you tell me how long it would take? Could you tell me how long would it take? ...
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multiple adjectives used in a sentence

What I'm basically trying to say is "Immoral people that are mentioned (in the previous section of the book)." 1 Immoral people mentioned are... 2 Mentioned immoral people are... I am ...
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Changing the order of that clause and prepositional phrase

I can say that the world will end with confidence. I can say with confidence that the world will end. I know that people would avoid to say the first sentence, but it is highly unlikely ...
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Do these sentences gain any difference in meaning by reversing the order?

Is there any difference between those sentences? I was there to get a hair cut yesterday. I was there yesterday to get a hair cut. Option one is to invest the money so that it will ...
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Position of Adverb

Consider the period: ‘There are, then, two incompatible ways of reading the definition, of which the one entails a conflict with the specific definitions, and the other does not but makes the dynamis ...
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Why can I vary the position of the noun phrase only in certain sentences?

It is possible to say this: It formed inside him an ambition to teach his students all the more. I brought the "inside him" to the front of the noun phrase "an ambition to..." since the ...
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I was there by your side vs I was by your side there

She was by my side in the building. She was in the building by my side. The first sentence says that she was in the building, and she was staying beside me. The second sentence says ...
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Which word order is correct? [closed]

Which sentence is correct: Regarding extra expenses, what should I do? or Regarding extra expenses, what I should do?
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“I never was” vs. “I was never”

What is the difference between "I never was" and "I was never"? It seems that there is a subtle difference, but I can't quite grasp it. Is one of them informal? For example: I never was a good ...
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Intricate example of usage of word “respectively”

I am uncertain about the most appropriate location of the word "respectively" in the following example. Please note that models M2 and M3 are referring to the two models in which condition A was ...
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“Nice thing to say”---why not “thing nice to say”?

People often say, "that is a nice thing to do!" But when I thought this question over, this thought occurred to me: Why don't we say " That is a thing nice to do"? My reason is as follows. We often ...
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Help! So as not to vs. so (adjective) not to

I have seen the following phrases "so as not to" and "so (adjective) as not to" in articles before, but I don't know how to use these two phrase correctly. Any advice or insight would be very helpful. ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “dedicated solely” and “solely dedicated”?

Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization solely dedicated to Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek Conservancy is the only organization dedicated solely to Rock Creek Park. Do these statements mean the ...
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Can we put “How many” in the middle of sentence?

Ok, see these examples: How many days on earth equal a day in heaven? How many calories equal a pound of weight loss? We have no problem so far, right? Now suppose I want to emphasize a ...
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Is it ok to use one of either?

Is it ok to use "one of either"? The reason I am asking is because it always seems like there are always some subjects before the word "either" in that case like this: You may use one of either ...
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“…the pleasure enjoyed” – placement of adjective?

A person should not think that happiness is the total pleasure enjoyed. In this sentence, "enjoyed" comes after the subject it describes, even though it is not a phrase or clause. I thought only ...
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Sentence structure: how to combine the sentence together? [closed]

I was writing this in my paper. 70 million photos and videos are sent daily on Instagram, while Louvre Museum has 300,000 objects [Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010], which is merely 0.4% of Instagram ...
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Putting descriptive words in reverse order

There are sentences like this. He was a calm and nice person. He talked with vaguely old and British expression. I always thought that since "calm and nice" is not a phrase, it came ...