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Is there any particular rule for specific colours in adjective order?

I read here that there is a general rule to write an adjective order. But I didn't find any explanation if the rule has a specific order for colours, especially for primary colours. This may sound ...
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Trouble with prepositions [on hold]

I want to write the sentence "start date of the period being aggregated over" However, I know one is not supposed to end a sentence in a preposition. I can't think of a good alternative to this ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...
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Usage of “but” in a sentence. [duplicate]

I'm reading Robinson Crusoe and came across many of these constructions with "but" in it. I can't help but thought they were a little unusual. I don't consider myself fluent in English, that's why I ...
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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 ...
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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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Doesn't matter what is correct or what correct is?

When we're asking a question we use a reversed order of words: Where is he? When we're stating something we're using the normal order: I don't know where he is. But what about one? It ...
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Which sentence is correct (too+adj.)? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? This object has a too low temperature. This object has too low a temperature.
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Order of words in a sentence [closed]

He raised my curiosity about what kind of person he is. He raised my curiosity about what kind of person is he. What is the right position of "is" in the sentence?
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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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Repeat Adverb in a list or is one time enough?

[1] ...., which is less efficient and secure against ... [2] ...., which is less efficient and less secure against ... Is it necessary to mention "less" two times as shown in version [2] or is ...
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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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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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Is it “Don't let's” or “Let's don't”?

On Downton Abbey, I heard Mrs. Crawley say: "Don't let's make a thing out of it!" On The Goodwife, I heard Dianne Lockhart say: "Let's don't invite trouble for ourselves." It seems that ...
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“than are X” versus “than X are”

A co-worker and I disagree on how to phrase the end of this sentence: (1) MDA-MB-231 cells, which are highly invasive, are more than 20 times less sensitive to gradients than neutrophils are. ...
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Can you replace the words “such a” before the noun with the words “as such” after the noun?

For instance: are these sentences equal in meaning and clarity? This isn't the time to delight oneself with such a luxury. This isn't the time to delight oneself with a fine luxury as such.
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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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Order of noun + modifying noun

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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So do I ( what word type is “so” functioning as?

In the following example: I like cakes. So do I. What word type is "so" taking the role of? Verb, adverb? I understand that there is some ellipsis happening and the sentences could be re-written: ...
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Having 10 percent of the population left-handed was an advantage for human beings

Having 10 percent of the population left-handed was an advantage for human beings. Is the sentence above natural to you, especially, the part "Having 10 percent of the population left-handed". ...
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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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“An expression of one aspect of ” vs “one aspect of the expression”

A): It is an expression of one aspect of her love. B): It is one aspect of the expression of her love. My questions: Do A) and B) mean the same? In the case of B), is one aspect of a ...
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19th century English texts occasionally use Germanic-style number words, such as “four-and-twenty”. When did this fall out of use?

19th century English texts occasionally use Germanic-style number words, such as "four-and-twenty", but the same text would also have the modern "twenty-four" in places (see e.g. Conan-Doyle for ...
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To further upgrade your performance or upgrade your performance further? [duplicate]

a. to further upgrade your performance b. to upgrade your performance further Why do I feel that (a) is grammatically incorrect although it is used often. If anyone could explain the grammatical ...
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“How much is faster the train than the car?” [closed]

How much is faster the train than the car? How much is the train faster than the car? Which one is correct?
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“you have sooner or later to” - why is “have to” split into two parts?

Playing a sport, any kind of sport, coming from a sports oriented family and not trying hard, you have sooner or later to face some awkward questions at dinner, such as... Source: Tennis ...
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How does Yoda's speech sound to native English speakers?

There have been a few questions about the sentence structure used by the Star Wars character named Yoda: Yoda's sentence structure What term can be used to describe Yoda's speech? When nine ...
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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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Position of adverb 'globally' in sentence and meaning of sentence

Please help me make sense of this sentence with regards to 'globally'. In the global arena, xxxxxx has been described as the solution to the challenges facing the commodities market globally ...
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Order of the word “chapter” and the chapter name

I see a lot of authors write something like below when refer to chapter or section in research publications: Refer to Methodology chapter,... We discuss the problem in the [Methodology ...
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Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers: the use of adverbs

When you say: I earn fifty dollars a week scarcely. I know this is not correct. It doesn't sound right and you can't apply an adverb to "a week" because it doesn't make sense and that's not the ...
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What is the difference between “last scan processed” and “last processed scan”?

How is this sentence: Process a scan if the last scan processed is older than the update time (in seconds). different in meaning from this sentence? Process a scan if the last processed scan ...
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Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure. ...
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“for which” usage

I am writing comments to my algorithm and I used this sentence to describe one variable. But I am not entirely sure if it makes sense and if I used commas right. id of node, for which, program is ...
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“thus” at end of sentence

Is it (grammatically) correct to put “thus” at the end of a sentence, like in this example? Most properties carry over directly. We only need to discuss them for one case thus. I know that I ...
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When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition?

Like many others, I commonly find myself ending a sentence with a preposition. Yes, it makes me cringe. I usually rewrite the sentence, but sometimes (in emails) I just live with it. To, with... ...
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Exception to the word order S-V-O

Found in a book: Behind him was Sam. In a field was a big Group. To the left was a session of barracks. Next to the Corner was a woman. Don't know why the word order isn't correct, it's ...
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“Satanist lies” or “lies satanist”?

Context There is this page on Facebook which is created to make all sorts of incredibly complex anagrams, 101 Anagrammi Zen. On that page, I recently commented on the anagram "Alanis Morissette ---> ...
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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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“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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divine a purpose = a divine purpose? [closed]

After reading and pondering on the answer for: http://philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/8928/albert-einstein-on-divining-the-purpose-of-life/10169#10169 I wonder if the words marked in bold ...
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“But (something) instead” versus “but instead (something)”

Please consider the sentences: They do not overpower the city, but empower it instead. They do not overpower the city, but instead empower it. I'm doubting the use of but + instead. Is ...
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“All is not lost” vs “Not all is lost”

I guess I've been in mathematics for far too long, and I tend to use the phrase "Not all is lost" as the negative of "All is lost". To me the phrase "All is not lost" suggests that nothing is lost. ...
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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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Which are the word orders that can be found in English?

Besides SVO, which are the word orders that can be found in English? Are there any that are peculiar to dialects such as Singlish or Indian English? Please provide an example sentence for each order ...
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“Today is Joe's birthday” or “Joe's birthday is today”

Perhaps some of you have already observed that Facebook reminds one of friends' birthdays using [xyz]'s birthday is today. To my ears, Today is [xyz]'s birthday sounds better. I guess both ...
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Does the position of “while” in a sentence affect its meaning?

"While I hate to watch TV, my wife loves it very much." (self-made) When denoting a contrast, "while" is to be in the beginning of the first clause. I complained about the unfair competition in ...