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“It doesn't always X” vs “It always doesn't X”

When I read these two sentences out loud, I feel that they express very different things. 1. Job interviews don't always go well. 2. Job interviews always don't go well. At least to me, 1) ...
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Word order of participial modifiers and proper nouns

This is a follow-up to this earlier question. I want to say that I met a person and they were drunk at the time. Which should I use: I saw intoxicated John. I saw the intoxicated John. I saw John ...
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“[wh-word] X [verb] Y?” in Indian English

In Indian English, you will often hear constructions like the following: Why Lord Ayyappa isn't a avatar of Lord Mahavishnu? Why each day of the week is dedicated to a particular god? Why lord ...
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Rules governing “quite a [adjective]” word order

As part of an answer on another StackExchange site, I have a sentence reading, in part, "[A religious manual] which has quite a long section on [the subject of the question] says ..." I was looking ...
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“Would have not” vs. “would not have”

That would not have happened if John had completed his work. That would have not happened if John had completed his work. The former seems correct. The latter doesn't seem incorrect. ...
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Is the following company name in correct word order? [closed]

Is the following company name correct? Irrigation and traffic works construction investment joint stock company The company aims to invest in the construction of irrigation and traffic works ...
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Placing the object of an infinitive before it instead of after it

At the beginning of 1807, based on information gathered from Burr’s correspondence allegedly showing that he had begun preparations for a large-scale military expedition, the former vice ...
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Use of “to” or "for in a sentence [duplicate]

Use of to or for: Should I name a folder "Guides to The Correct Use of English", or should I name the folder "Guides for The Correct Use of English" ?
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Which one is correct “Where I was or Where was I”? [duplicate]

I am little bit confuse to use Where I was or Where was I. For Example I use - My brother wanted to know where was I? Please help
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gerund vs possesive vs … in this sentence? [closed]

Which one sounds better or is correct? I managed a number of challenging projects, such as / which included (...) designing new electronic devices (...) the design of new electronic devices ...
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Confusion with alphabetical order [closed]

Assuming an alphabetical list is shown as: Lee, Suhyun to Li, Yibo Li, Yige to Mace, Jamie If my last name was Lin, where would I fit?
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“I am X” vs. “X is me”

Is there a difference in grammaticality, meaning, or usage between the following two ways of phrasing the same statement? I am sure that I am the appropriate candidate for this position. – ...
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Word-order of “overall”

Long story short: A player can choose from different items, and wishes to have the best one. Would the player say: I want to have the overall best item. or I want to have the best item ...
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negative infinitive: 'not to do something' versus 'to not do something'

Found in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English under the entry 'to skip something': [transitive] not do something informal to not do something that you usually do or that you should do ...
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Word-Order “now” and “to be calculated”

Is it The process now can be calculated just like in the book. or The process can now be calculated just like in the book. ? Best regards (and feel free to edit if I missed something)
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looking for appositive that-which phrases

I asked sentences having an appositive that-which phrase like the following sentence in English Language Learners. The insect propagates best near "disturbed land," that which is being cultivated ...
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“after finishing her trip, latest by March 2015, she will…”

The sentence is after finishing her trip, latest by March 2015, she will continue to work for us. What does that mean? What is March 2015 related to? To the end of her trip or to the end of her ...
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Differences between “A beautiful photo of an X” and “A photo of a beautiful X”

Which phrasing should I use, and when? The article includes a beautiful photo of a waterfall or The article includes a photo of a beautiful waterfall Both wordings get hits in google ...
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In Spanish 'Ocho' means 'eight', or 'Ocho' means 'eight' in English?

I only picked the number eight to shorten the title, but this question is for any scenario where you are explaining to someone what something means in another language. I've heard this said both ...
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word order in superlatives: “She booked the earliest flight to London she could.” or “She booked the earliest flight she could to London.”?

What is the correct (Ooops, I'm afraid it's me again! rule-o-cratic French speaker), preferred, then, word order in a superlative? "She booked the earliest flight she could back to London." or "She ...
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Order of adjectives in a sentence [closed]

I'm making a website that has search results, and I hide some of them I want to show the user that some are hidden Which one should I say? Showing first 25 results only or Showing 25 first ...
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Reason someone died (illness) [closed]

How might one ask the cause of someone's death? Not regarding the verb to die ( it could be sonething like pass away too, I know), but about the structure... Is it correct to ask "What did your mother ...
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Can I put the question word “where” at the end of a question? [closed]

I got this sentence from a Primary 5 student's worksheet. According to this passage, this creature can be found where? Some of the parents think that the sentence should be "..., where can ...
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Position of “yet” in a causative sentence

If I have to write a causative sentence in Present Perfect, where should I put yet, at the end of the question or right after the negation? She hasn't had her doors mended by the carpenter yet. ...
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“I am a degree holder now” or “I am now a degree holder” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I am a degree holder now. I am now a degree holder.
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“By when you want it completed” vs. “when you want it completed by”

Which of the following is grammatical? Can you please let me know by when you want it completed. Can you please let me know when you want it completed by. I am preferring the latter, but ...
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3 meter square area vs 3 square meter area

A. 3 meter square area B. 3 square meter area I’m wondering what the easiest way is to clearly express the difference between A and B above. In A, one side is 3 (meters). In B, one side is ...
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“Really” in a negative sentence

I am not really ready to get married. Did I put "really" in the right place? I just want my sentence to sound stronger than "I am not ready to get married."
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Is “Rouse me not” grammatically permissible? [duplicate]

In A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, he writes that the “words” [see footnote] of House Grandison are Rouse Me Not. Is this grammatically correct? Does English allow such word-scrambling ...
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Unusual word order in “Fear not this night”?

Yesterday, I've listened to a song called "Fear not this night". I find the syntax unusual (as a foreigner, I have never encountered it). Is it the same meaning as "Don't fear this night" ? What's the ...
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What is differences between “level” and “degree”?

When we can use degree? And also when we can use level? Are they similar or not? For example in this sentence The way to tell a true unit from a degree of something is to look at the zero ...
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Usage of the term “second cousin” in a formal setting

I am trying to write an engraving message for a Christening gift. I have been asked to be a Godfather of my cousin's son. I ideally want to put "from your Godfather and second cousin" in the message, ...
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Proper use of “what's”

I've seen people write a sentence like this: Example A: "I'm often asked what's the story behind my work." To me, it just seems that this reads rather poorly. I feel like it should be written as: ...
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“from… to…” versus “to… from…”

I am travelling to Prague from London for a couple of days. - Should I exchange my money here in the UK first? Having to re-read this question on the travel SE site, I was reminded of ...
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The correct word order in “Dear My Love”

The phrase "Dear My Love" is found in this page made by keepcalm-o-matic in the UK. I would assume all English teachers say that possessive adjective always comes first, as in "my dear friend" and ...
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What is differences between “Dear and Darling”? [closed]

What is differences between them? Are they similar or not? Dear Mrs. Smith. John, darling, could you pass me the sugar, please? Johnny dear, please listen up. May I introduce my dear ...
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“the below-identified person”: Term for this style and any style guides regarding

Are there any technical terms to specifically describe the two styles (A and B) below? Also, are there any prescriptive style guides that say which is preferable? My own preference is for style B ...
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I need to comment on Bill Gates's blog. In my comments I would frequently want to refer to him (I don't want to address him) with respect [duplicate]

What should I add before or after his name to show respect? In India we do that adding sir after the name but I don't think it's done in standard English.
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I want to refer to Bill Gates on his blog with respect in the comments section

One way to address Bill Gates with respect would be to simply write Sir, but I don't want other readers to get confused about who I'm referring to. How do I refer to him with respect without creating ...
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My and Linda's or Mine and Linda's? [duplicate]

How do you use possessive pronouns in cases where there are multiple "owners" and "objects" in question? For example would it be: "I've included my and Linda's suggestions in the file" or "I've ...
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Can you place a cardinal number after a noun?

Is it possible to express a number of something by placing the cardinal after the noun? I know the concept of postpositives, like snow galore etc. but does this apply to cardinals? E.g. you can say ...
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Word order in salutations

Can we use a reverse order in salutations? For example, Tom, hello/hi instead of Hello/hi, Tom
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What colour eyes

I've just stumbled on this sentence What colour eyes does she have? in my grammar book. What got me interested in this is the combination of the words colour, eyes with what and without any ...
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Should the verb of the independent clause come before or after the dependent clause?

Which of the following is correct? The Boeing 777 crashed, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12 members, into international waters. The Boeing 777, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of ...
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Noun-adjective reversal - was it ever in use in plain speech?

In some more or less archaic texts I found the order of noun and its adjective reversed at times, like: I traveled through nights starless, and roads unmapped. I wonder, is it a stylistic tool ...
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How is “Can anyone tell me how can I solve this” wrong?

I posted a question somewhere that said... Can anyone tell me how I can solve this? ...but someone edited it to... Can anyone tell me how can I solve this? ...and it was accepted. That's ...
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Why must “has” come before the main verb here? [duplicate]

Wrong Sentence: Never before in the history of the world such a thing has happened, I don't think that will ever happen again. Right sentence: Never Before in the history of the world has ...
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What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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Is this proper English? [closed]

The content analysis study our group undertook clearly indicates that, television advertisements and possibly the media as a whole, present children as exhibiting gender stereotypical behaviour.
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Who “substitutes” whom? [duplicate]

Context: Equation 1 requires substituting A for B. Does this mean all "A" in equation 1 is replaced with "B" or vice versa?