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“The missing ingredient in your recipe” or “The ingredient missing in your recipe”?

I'm currently creating a slogan for a company and I'm struggling to decide on how to formulate it. I would really appreciate some feedback as to which option sounds more "natural" and is ...
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Is there a preferred rhythm for names?

When creating names composed of two words connected by "and" (like Laverne and Shirley), is there a standard rhythm that is followed? May there be a convention based on the number of syllables in each ...
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'and what are the (…)'

I come across this sentence structure quite a lot, and every time again I wonder if it is actually grammatically correct. Example: In general, we know why groups mobilize in the EU, what ...
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The ordering of word pairs: anyone for chips and fish?

When we list pairs of words, certain orders seem much more common and natural than others. A few examples: Fish and chips instead of chips and fish Ladies and gentlemen instead of gentlemen and ...
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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 that she ...
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“currently not” or “not currently”

What's the correct order: Lessons are not currently being offered. or Lessons are currently not being offered.
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Issue with the word order in a sentence

This sentence: Please indicate the best date, time and time zone for us to start the upgrade in your response. seems to have an incorrect word order. I have no idea how to fix things up without ...
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Is “…, so (adjective) is (noun).” a valid construction?

Let's assume that The use of cars is so prevalent that we cannot imagine life without them is a good sentence. My question is whether We cannot image life without cars, so prevalent is their use is ...
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Is there any word for covering fees in other ways?(Such as “coverage”) [closed]

Is there any word for covering fees in other ways?(Such as "coverage") Coverage is insurance term and I would like to say that I am in the middle of confirming the possibility of coverage(This ...
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Word order after “as” [on hold]

could someone help with the word order in the following sentence? "Please note it down as it will shortly be necessary." Should I flip here "shortly" and "be"? Is the placement of "shortly" correct ...
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Proper use of “you” with a second person's name

Which is correct? It was nice to meet you and Bob. or It was nice to meet Bob and you.
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Do vs Dost, the difference [closed]

"Thou coward knight, why wilt thou not do battle with me?" -The Age of Chivalry, Chapter 16 In this sentence, why is do not dost? Very commonly do I see the word dost be used in older text in place ...
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“Classic” in product name as prefix [closed]

I have an older version of a product named Foo Classic (where Foo is replaced with an actual proper name). Would it sound/look weird if I rename it to Classic Foo, especially for a native speaker?
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Usage of the part 'through other means'

It might not be the typical way to say this, but is it incorrect or does it sound really awkward? Thank you all for the birthday wishes, by postcard or through other means. Or does it ...
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what I think is the difference VS what I think the difference is

Recently, I've stumbled upon a sentence that seems to be in contrary to what I've been taught about the word order in positive sentences. At some forum, a guy asked a grammar question, and one of 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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Word order in a descriptive statement

When stating the conditions in which an experiment was done (no particular emphasis needed)... What's the correct word order "Plants were exposed to freezing temperatures for 2 hours" OR "Plants were ...
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Always vs Every day

I have lunch at school every day vs I always have lunch at school. Why does the frequency adverb, always, go before the verb, have, whereas the expression, "every day" is placed at the end of ...
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Comma after quotation mark in middle of sentence [duplicate]

Do I need a comma after "Go!" in the following sentence? When I said, "Go!" all the children ran up to a card and picked it up. Does the sentence look right (with a lowercase a) or should I ...
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Would “What he did, he started these buisiness” be correct?

I was reading the Catcher in the Rye, and I have seen some expressions like this. Where I lived at Pencey, I lived in the Ossenburger Memoial Wing of the new dorms. What he did, he started these ...
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Which order of the two preceding modifiers is correct for this proper noun?

In southwestern China, there is a mountain named (after translating to English) Qingcheng Mountain (or Mount Qingcheng). However, apart from Qingcheng Mountain itself, there is also a second mountain ...
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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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Changing subject and verb positions in statements and questions

We always change subject and verb positions in whenever we want to ask a question such as "What is your name?". But when it comes to statements like the following, which form is correct? I don'...
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Can I use “has” in a question? [closed]

strong textWhat the correct sentence? 1- "Does the equation has a solution?". 2- "Does the equation have a solution?". 3- "The equation has a solution?". 4- "The equation have a solution?". ...
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“Trivially translate” vs. “translate trivally” — which is corrent?

Which one is correct? Do both sentences have the same meaning? The table definition does not trivially translate to the underlying data structures. The table definition does not translate ...
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Adverbs position in English: “place–manner–time” or “manner–place–time”?

Wikipedia tells us that the order should be place–manner–time. However, this webpage tells that it should be manner–Place–Time. Which one is correct? I have one sentence in two different orders: ...
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Possessive pronouns

Does a first-person possessive pronoun have to come last if it is in a list with others?" "My irresponsible sister loves jewelry, so she took both Sally's and mine. "The same room was marked ...
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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 will learn better English — should it be “I will learn English better.”

Somehow, I think "better English" is incorrect, because I think there isn't better English; English is English. But I hear this phrase from other ESL students a lot. Is this correct way of saying it? ...
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Is it proper to combine prepositions using conjunctions?

I have come across the issue of wanting to use both two prepositions to describe a subject. This is not a common issue, judging by the lack of information regarding it. This is an example of the type ...
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“I ordered us…” vs. “I ordered for us…” vs “I ordered … for us”

I usually use a phrase such as: (1) I ordered us a box. Would it be more correct to say: (2) I ordered for us a box. Or, better still: (3) I ordered a box for us. Example 3 sounds ...
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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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Word order in a complex comparison sentence [closed]

I'm having trouble deciding which word order to use in the sentence I don't know how much better our system will be than others. Is this correct, or should the "than others" part be after "...
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Is this sentence 'I'm gonna have to work on what else can she call me' correct?

1)I'm gonna have to work on what else can she call me. 2)You then wanna formulate an action plan. What steps can you take to start to address your worry I watched a interview with Hillary on Ellen ...
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Reversal of normal word order without change in meaning

"Out the window flew the parakeet." This is a complete reversal of the normal order of the sentence elements, but it doesn't change the meaning (though it does change the emphasis a bit). Are there ...
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Is it incorrect to say, 'Give me it'?

Is it incorrect to say, 'Give me it' ? I am told that it is and one should always say, 'Give it me'?
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If we need to change word order in embedded (indirect) questions, why don't these change word order?

If we need to use different word order in direct and indirect questions (example: Are they planning to marry? / Do you know if they are planning to get married?), why do these embedded questions use ...
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Order of phrases after verb: Prefer “share with you X” or “share X with you”?

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct? I wanted to share with you the outcomes of today's board meeting I wanted to share the outcomes of today's board meeting with you
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manufacturing process vs process for manufacturing

Question: Is it idiomatic to say "a manufacturing process of/for a high-precision lens" in place of "a process for manufacturing a high-precision lens"? In connection with this question, I've ...
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When to put “River” before or after its name and why?

Unlike mountain names, where "Mount" always precedes its name, e.g. Mount Everest, I've noticed that some rivers have "River" before its name, e.g. the River Nile but others have it after, e.g. the ...
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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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Does the phrase correct here?

"We've given up saying we only kill to eat; Kraft dinner and freeze-dried food have put paid to that one" It should be 'kill to only eat'? 'Have put paid to the their leaving of saying they only kill ...
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Why do some questions not start with an auxiliary verb?

When I learned English, my teachers told me that all questions must have an auxiliary verb at the beginning, just like Are you mad? or Is she playing? do. But when watching some movies or talking ...
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“Pick up something” or “pick something up”?

I have difficulties with word order: I have picked up the pencil from the floor. [says my dictionary] ?I have picked the pencil up from the floor. [could be?] ?I will pick up it. [sounds ...
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This is the first post of the series / This is the first post in the series

When writing a series in a blog, with which of the following sentences could you start the first sentence? Are they all correct, is only one correct, are there semantic or only aesthetic differences? '...
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Place and time in sentence

In English, the place is usually mentioned before the time is it? For example: I go to the market every Sundays. OR Every Sunday, I go to the market.
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Adjectives Order [duplicate]

I would like to as about adjectives order. As I understand there is a rule for adjective order in adj adj noun. Here is my understanding: Opinion>Size>Shape>Age>Color>Nationality/Origin>Material>...
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The deal between “Mary and me” vs. “Mary and I” [closed]

I think "Mary and me," even though it sounds odd to the ear, is correct, but my choice is between: "I've forgotten everything about the deal between Mary and me" and "I've forgotten everything about ...
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Usage of ‘say I’ &c. after a quote

I was doing some creative writing and asked a friend to proofread it. They tell me they choked up at this point: ‘I don’t know,’ says Scott. ‘I’ll need to think about it.’ ‘Let me know if you’...
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Why does left come before right?

For example in the idioms "left and right", "left, right and centre", and in many contexts where both left and right are mentioned, it seems that the left usually comes before the right. Why is this ...