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Green color or color green?

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
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Past participle after noun: “proposed cost” vs. “cost proposed”

I have the following two examples: Our proposed cost is expensive. Our cost proposed is expensive. Is there any difference between them? Or is the second sentence wrong?
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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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“what I am” or “what am I” [on hold]

What is the difference between/which is right: "What I am doing wrong" vs "What am I doing wrong" ?
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“I don't agree totally” vs. “I don't totally agree” vs. “I totally don't agree”

What is the difference between the following? I don't agree with him totally. I don't totally agree with him. I totally don't agree with him. I'm puzzled at the meaning of negative ...
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“got X confused with Y” versus “confused X with Y” [on hold]

I am really confused which of the following sentences is correct Maybe they got thin confused with short. Maybe they confused thin with short. If both are correct which one would be more ...
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Is the adjective “cheap” used to convey an opinion or a fact? [migrated]

I'm taking an online English Grammar course, and I'm a little bit confused with the adjectives order thing. In the course is said that the order is: Opinion (nice, lovely, ugly, terrible) Size ...
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Can the non-restrictive clause NOT be next to the noun it modifies?

The idea was borrowed from finance companies' high-efficiency routine of aligning business processes to achieve optimal growth, which abused the local laws to limit competition. The idea was ...
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No inversion in questions in headlines and titles

Why do many titles and headlines read: "Why Europe should become...", NOT "Why should Europe become..."; "How an inventor lost...", NOT "How did an inventor lose..."; "How the photocopier changed...", ...
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What's the hypercorrect way to phrase a sentence with two 'for's in a row?

Some backstory: It was the Friday before Valentine's day, and I walked into a classroom to find a pile of Hershey's Kisses left for someone in the class. Initially, I wanted to take one, but then I ...
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“The last movie I played” vs “the movie I played last”

On a chat channel today I was reading two people talk about some of the more popular movie formats and movie players available. One of the interlocutors said something that got me thinking. I will cut ...
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In what case, can the object be placed at the beginning of a sentence?

Every word I say is true; this I promise you. I think the pronoun 'this' is the direct object of the verb 'promise' and 'this' should be be placed after 'you', but it is placed at the beginning ...
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word order of here + adverb + noun, e.g. here used method

I have been encountering several examples (in scientific papers), where people used constructions like "the here used method", "the here investigated case", etc.. I have been thinking that it is ...
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Where does the verb go?

Where does the verb go in the sentence below to make it grammatically correct? Please let me know what are the differences. Please let me know what the differences are.
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Order of “noun + describing noun”

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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Using “kindly” as an adverb to indicate humility [duplicate]

Is it the following correct to say? May I kindly request ..." As when calling a celebrity onstage during an event Would it not be better to say, May I request so and so to kindly come ... ...
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“A cup of hot coffee” or “A hot cup of coffee”

I once had an argument with someone about this. Is the meaning of "A cup of hot coffee" the same as "A hot cup of coffee"? Surprisingly I've often heard people utter either of the two, but not ...
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Usage of “I am afraid” [closed]

What kind of sentence should follow the phrase "I am afraid", assertive or interogative? For example, is the following sentence grammatical? I am afraid is it appropriate ask me a copy of it.
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Use of “as well” in a sentence

I was wondering if the use of "as well" in the middle of the sentence is right in formal English. The particaular sentence I am writing is: "I got ample opportunities to communicate with a large ...
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Word orders for … is … in [closed]

Are the following sentences both grammatical (under the intended sense)? "Hello" is "aloha" in Hawaiian. "Aloha" is "hello" in Hawaiian.
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How to combine “social”, “cultural” and “miIeu” [closed]

Would it be socio-cultural-milieu or sociocultural-milieu or socio-cultural milieu or sociocultural milieu
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“Neither he had” vs “he neither had”

Example: Despite the fact he was nearing his thirties and got stressed a lot at work, he still had a full head of hair. No thinning at all. [Neither/he] had wrinkles, and his face was still long ...
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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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Where to put “either”

I'm writing a short story for my own when I came across this dilemma: "And the question was immediate to a point of self-acknowledgement of either one’s inability to formulate abstraction into ...
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Word order: phrasal verb plus adverb

I'm dubious about word order in a situation of adverb plus phrasal verb. My specific question is the following. I want to refer to an article that deals with a certain topic. That topic is not the ...
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“Almost until 1900” or “until almost 1900”: which one is correct?

Although various eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American poets had professed an interest in Native American poetry and had pretended to imitate Native American forms in their own works, it was ...
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“Therefore I” or “I therefore” [duplicate]

I would like to understand the nuances. What is the correct way to use: "Therefore, I …" or "I, therefore …"
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When is it correct to postpone an attributive clause?

Normally, the attributive clause precedes the predicative phrase: The bag that he bought cost forty dollars. Those verbal valency complementations that are referentially identical with some ...
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Delayed relative clause

Consider the following phrase taken from a draft of my master's thesis: In this chapter, the fundamental physiological principles will be presented that underlie the mathematical models and ...
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Use of “did” in an affirmative sentence before subject [duplicate]

I wrote the following sentence in an article: Only in June it created repositories. The editor corrected me: Only in June did it create repositories. What's the explanation for "did" in ...
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What is the correct way to phrase this?

I asked this question on meta.stackoverflow.com, but I need some help. What would be the correct way to phrase "...diverse topics from software programming to cooking to photography and gaming." Or if ...
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Where to put “too” when using fronting?

Where to put words like either or too when we are using fronting in a sentence? Take for example the sentence: She is a nice rhinoceros, too. Will too remain at the end if we put the object ...
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singular plural and word order [duplicate]

Good morning! "The main cause appears to be the gases we are releasing." I have two questions: - Shouldn't it be "appear to be" since we are talking about the gases (plural). - Is the word order ...
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Unusual usage of the phrase “leave me alone” [closed]

Is the following phrase incorrect or awkward somehow: I've been trying to make the ghost of you leave me alone.
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Subject-verb inversion / verb-subject-object — is this correct?

I recently read the following in a schoolbook: Wrote the researchers, "[...]" I wonder if this is correct English. I have seen it a couple of more times. Is this just a matter of preference? ...
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Statement where the words are in question order

I am watching a video series to prepare for CCNA certification tests. The instructor has this horrible habit of making a statement with words that sound like he's asking a question, e.g. … it’s ...
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order or adjuncts and adjectives

The more thought I give about the order of adjuncts and adjectives before a noun, the less sense it all makes. Not a native speaker, but using English on a daily basis. For instance, in "Relational ...
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The order of noun-modification patterns in IT

For example: The field Media/Media field contains all necessary information about the content. The Address section/section Address is located in the lower section of the window. Does the right ...
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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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Word order: “Tell me what is your opinion on this matter” or “Tell me what your opinion on this matter is” [duplicate]

Tell me what is your opinion on this matter. Tell me what your opinion on this matter is. Which one is correct? I understand the word order in the sentence like I want to know where she is. But ...
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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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Titles of British Lords [closed]

In an old episode of The West Wing, a British Ambassador is referred to as "Lord John Marbury". Ignoring that once he became Ambassador he'd be Mr Ambassador, what are the possible correct addresses? ...
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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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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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“Now I am” vs. “I am now”

Which is more correct? Now I am the main stakeholder... or I am now the main stakeholder... Do the intonations imply different meanings?
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“When we X, we can then” vs. “we then can”

Consider these two sentences: When we go home, we can then watch a DVD When we go home, then we can watch a DVD Both mean the exact same thing, but do they differ in linguistic terms?
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Word usage of “not to fly” vs “to not fly ” [duplicate]

I often read the phrase "not to" preceding an action, as in "not to run" or "not to swim". It seems awkward. Please explain explain the usage.
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The same big old black bear. Why not 'the same black big old bear'? [duplicate]

I was reading this book- Every Boys Dream- and I am curious to understand, if there's something more than what meets the eye in the above usage. The same big old black bear.. The same ...
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When alphabetizing, which goes first?

When ordering these two names of places, which is first? Why? Newark, New York
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Word ordering for sequels of works whose titles start with 'The'

Hopefully a simple one, but my Google-fu is letting me down. Typically, when alpabetising titles, I would move the 'The' to the end of the title but, in the case of a sequel, should that be moved to ...