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Where should “just” go when describing possibility?

Which is the grammatically correct way to write this sentence? Ask, we may just have what you are looking for. Ask, we just may have what you are looking for.
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Why is it Autism Spectrum Disorder and not Autism Disorder Spectrum?

Certainly with Disorder trailing behind "Autism Spectrum" it indicates that the disorder is called Autism Spectrum when spectrum is merely being used to describe that the disorder has a spectrum. ...
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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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for a long time+ negative?

Is it correct to say ''For a long time I haven't visited Tom'', without continuing the sentence? Isn't there any grammar rule to state that the order should be : ''I haven't visited Tom for a long ...
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wish to know what the correct order is

Here is a quote out of the novel "The Heiress": "...and it would have been difficult to decide who was the most gratified of the three; certainly Helen was not the least so." Shouldn't the correct ...
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Reported speech word order

I need to convert the following to reported speech: in terms of availability of coming to Germany how much notice do you need? Which one is correct ? When he asked me what was my ...
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Is the use of 'that if' discouraged?

Is the use of that if discouraged or even wrong? This may be a weird question, but in Dutch the use of dat als, literally that if, is considered an error. So, for example, is the following 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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Is “[name], hi” a correct and/or acceptable email salutation?

My superior at work addresses individuals in email correspondence as follows: "[name], hi." In what I can only assume are attempts to court the superior's favor and earn brownie points, the recent ...
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“Happy 2nd Birthday” is it correct?

What is the rule to follow when we add number to indicate the year in congratulating sentences? I'm sorry for my bad english.
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'has not been yet extensively studied' vs 'has not been extensively studied yet' [closed]

Which of these is correct: 'In spite of all that, the effect itself has not been yet extensively studied ' or 'In spite of all that, the effect itself has not been extensively studied yet' ...
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Usage of “of” prepositions sequence

Today, I have encountered the following sentence in a documentation: Department of development and support of information systems of ABC JSC I have argued about the correctness of using this ...
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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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“the best two” vs “the two best” [duplicate]

I can't seem to find which one of these two wordings is correct: In 2014, the best two submitted runs were from unsupervised systems. In 2014, the two best submitted runs were from ...
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“Let alone” phrase

I'm having trouble understanding the ordering of the phrase "let alone" For example: "I don't have a dollar let alone a dime" and "I don't have a dime let alone a dollar" Or (from a similar question ...
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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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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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A word that means, “Something filled with many mistakes or errors”?

Is there a word that referrs to something full of errors, that can be used in the following sentence? She told him something that could not possibly be pronounced by any human, and the syntax ...
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Is there a word to describe the act of suddenly halting by virtue of feeling shy or intimidated?

I'm looking for a word that can fit into this sentence, "She paused with timid caution and then resumed her lope as if led by the dangling of her small interlaced hands, a magnetic sweeping of the ...
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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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“Not bad at all” vs. “Not at all bad”

What is the difference between the two? The weather is not bad at all. The weather is not at all bad.
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How to “hyphenate” the word “standardize”?

I don't really know if the term "hyphenate" is the correct here, I use it because of my LaTeX usage. What I mean (and if there is a word for this, please let me know) is: how to break "standardize" ...
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When you have no money, doesn't that mean you're already bankrupt? Can you use “in general” for a case like that? [closed]

Is the sentence below correct? What would be the best way to write it? "In general, when you have no money, tap water is better than bankruptcy." It says "in general" and assumes a condition "when ...
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What is the rule for adjective order?

I remember being taught that the correct order of adjectives in English was something along the lines of "Opinion-Size-Age-Color-Material-Purpose." However, it's been a long time and I'm pretty sure ...
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Are these two lines explaining the same time? [duplicate]

Are the sentences: "12 am (Midnight) Monday, March 14" and "It is due Monday at Midnight." referring to the same day, because the way they are worded makes it seem as though the first one ...
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What does “cynical confidence” mean? [closed]

I know that cynical means something along the lines of believing the worst in people, but how does this word coincide with confidence? For instance, what would this line mean? The witness had a ...
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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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something full of/ a full something of

Can somebody explain the difference here and give some more appropriate examples on the construction? I sense there IS something, but I can't get to it individually. a bowl full of mush a full bowl ...
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Why do some adjectives follow the nouns they modify?

Right now I can only think of one instance in which this regularly occurs. The adjective proper is sometimes placed after the noun it modifies, e.g: Reptilia: A class of cold-blooded oviparous or ...
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“Meet me” VS “Meet you”

As a student of the English language, I have always considered the meanings of such phrases as I'll meet you... and You'll meet me... to be identical in nature, since the verb meet tends to be ...
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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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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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“…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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When should the word “NOW” be used in a sentence…? [duplicate]

Consider the following 2 sentences:- "Now the application is working fine". "The application is working fine now". Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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The position of “strong enough” in “there is no headache strong enough” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: There is no headache strong enough, that a good coffee won't relieve There is no headache strong enough, that a good coffee won't relieve. I know that this ...
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Splitting the components of a compound verb [duplicate]

I've always understood that splitting infinitives should be avoided; e.g., instead of To boldly go where no man has gone before. use To go boldly where no man has gone before. With that in ...
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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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Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English?

Reading doth not a writer make. This sounds all wrong so why it is acceptable to use? The word order looks to be all out sequence (Object-Subject-Verb). It should be "reading does not make you a ...
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Why is it “grand theft auto”?

I'm not a native speaker so it might just be me finding this strange, but why is the auto in grand theft auto at the end? Shouldn't it be grand auto theft or something like this? I thought the ...
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What does “The man that once did sell the lion’s skin While the beast liv’d was killed with hunting him” mean?

I came across the following sentence in the context of four professional men discussing a plot to retrieve their lost $1 million, swindled from them by a nouveau riche American banker in Jeffery ...
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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 [closed]

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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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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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.)? [closed]

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?