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“Sonata of…” or “The sonata of…”?

For example, what's more grammatically correct (or at least common practice) "Sonata of Awakening" or "The Sonata of Awakening"?
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41 views

When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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2answers
40 views

The use of “as” [on hold]

My question: In the following sentence, what part of speech is the word as? He visited the United Nations, or the UN, as it is more commonly called. Is it merely a conjunction? If it is not, ...
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77 views

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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58 views

“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm ...
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56 views

Which pronoun best completes the sentence? [duplicate]

Which pronoun best completes the sentence? Every woman received ____ prize. Is it her or their? Please explain
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95 views

“I'm to arrange the meeting”

The principal told me to arrange a meeting. Which of the following (if either) is correct, and why? The principal says I'm to arrange the meeting. The principal says to me to arrange the ...
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1answer
56 views

Is it correct to use the word “wrongdoing” in this sentence?

Is 'wrongdoing' used appropriately in this sentence? The wrongdoing of spying on students is not only in the boundaries of law, but it is also morally inappropriate.
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65 views

Is this expression correct: “It is A and B who [verb]”?

I have no problem with the following sentence: In this book, [it] is the father who tries to murder her However, what if I want to substitute a plural noun (or two names) for father? Are the ...
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62 views

Passive voice in this sentence

I am a bit confused about these sentences below. The word "encumbered" baffles me. "Encumbered" is usually used in passive sentences. I am not able to understand the agent in these following ...
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192 views

“In” or “At” sole discretion

We're drafting some legal stuff, and our lawyer used this phrasing... ...whether any particular enhancement is to be categorized as such shall be made in the sole reasonable discretion of ...
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Using “so” and “very” for ungradable adjectives

We generally use modifiers such as "so" and "very" for gradable/normal adjectives (water can be quite/so/very HOT, but not quite/so/very BOILING (an ungradable/extreme adjective). Yet would you say ...
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1answer
41 views

This needs to be reprinted vs. this needs reprinted [duplicate]

What is the difference between using: this needs to be fixed; and this needs fixed Can they be used interchangeably? Is the second one grammatically correct?
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1answer
88 views

What is the difference between providing that and provided that? [closed]

Please tell me about this question and give me an example for each one. Is it conjunction or not? Thanks
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502 views

Is it grammatically correct to say “Many more happy returns of the day ”?

Many people greet me "Many more happy returns of the day" on my birthday. I thought it is grammatically wrong. Can we use "many" and "more" at a time in a sentence. I thought that it is correct to ...
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3answers
234 views

Do we have to use any article before job title?

If I have to introduce myself within the organization where I am working what is the correct sentence: I am Senior IT Engineer Or I am a Senior IT Engineer? Also what is the general rule to ...
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1answer
81 views

Aloof proper usage

So is it a good use of the word aloof to say "She is not aloof to their harsh judgements"? The intent is to say that a person is aware of the perception others have of them. Thanks.
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133 views

Incredulous proper use

Is it valid to say 'I'm incredulous." all by itself as a standalone sentence? The intent is to convey that I am in disbelief. Thanks.
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1answer
68 views

Invoices status, Invoices statuses, Invoices' status or Invoices' statuses

According to this, statuses is the plural of status. However, I am not sure here which one to use, my logic is statuses is more proper as each invoice has different status. But seems awkward word or ...
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2answers
73 views

Finding the correct interpretation of “Every X [units of time], at maximum/minimum.”

I've recently been involved in a discussion over different interpretations of the following sentence (paraphrased): Users may update their information every two weeks, at maximum. The intended ...
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1answer
65 views

“Hurried times” grammar/usage

While I know that most songs don't necessarily follow proper grammar or usage, or even need to make any sense I couldn't help but be troubled by a line in a song I heard. "These are hurried times" ...
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131 views

Is “of all manner” as grammatically correct as “all manner of”?

I think the sentence I'm working on feels better lyrically if I say: "strangers of all manners." As opposed to: "all manner of strangers." At the very least I think it might be a bit awkward when ...
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2answers
84 views

“He shot it” versus “he shot at it” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between these two, or is only one correct? I shoot him. I shoot at him. She will shoot you. She will shoot at you. How about these two? The plane shot missiles at the ...
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1answer
13k views

Have been - Had been

I'm very confused over the usage of "Have been" and "Had been". Where do we use them? I also wanted to know where we don't use them. For example when I tell about my last month activities I only use ...
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1answer
263 views

Is the use of 'has' appropriate with first person singular?

We have been learning since childhood that Has can only be used with third person singular but I have seen and heard people using has otherwise. For example, the other day I was reading that ...
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1answer
1k views

“Would it be” vs “Will it be”

I was writing an email to my colleague and as part of it I wrote Would it be possible for you to help me with this? I felt a bit awkward after sending the mail. Should it be would or will? I ...
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4answers
434 views

How to put “saved my time” in sentence? [closed]

If I want to say that I have to scan my computer for virus filtering but some information tell me that there is no virus issue in my system and saved my time because I don't need to do virus filtering ...
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4answers
763 views

Is it “good English” or “correct English” or something else?

Is it appropriate to say “I speak good English” or “I speak correct English”? I believe there can be varied replies depending on context, so let me narrow it a little; let’s say I want to convey how ...
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1answer
235 views

“feel tired” vs. “am tired”

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate in a given situation? I am tired. I am feeling tired. I know this might be a very childish question, but English is not my first language ...
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1answer
174 views

using “was” twice in this sentence

In this sentence should it be public "was" given or does the first "was" cover it? A notice was published in the newspaper, and the public given 30 days to comment.
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196 views

what is the most appropriate structure of this sentence?

I want to say that I banged my head against wall because some one said something stupid, how to put it in a sentence? Is I banged my head against wall 'on' this stupidity? or I banged my head ...
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1answer
188 views

The first step “on becoming” or “to becoming” an employee [closed]

Do you say: The first step on becoming a permanent employee ... or The first step to becoming a permanent employee ...
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2answers
67 views

Council, man, woman, or member? [closed]

If a board is called a "Council," and those on it are now called "Council Members" rather than "Councilmen" and "Councilwomen" for the purpose of gender neutrality, please explain if there is a ...
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3answers
103 views

drink vs drink of

I am having trouble with these two sentences: He drinks of the spring. He drink the spring. Are these two sentences correct? Do they have the same meaning? By the way, is there ...
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2answers
216 views

The usage of “savor” in The Great Gatsby

In Chapter 1 of The Great Gatsby, part of a sentence went like this: ... a national figure in a way, one of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything ...
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2answers
615 views

Regionalism or just bad English?

I've encountered a particular type of writing occasionally and it being, derp, in writing, it's hard to tell whether there's an accent behind it. The English used seems to me to be simply incorrect, ...
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1answer
980 views

Use of “to be having”

I am confused with the usage of "to be having". He is assumed to be having the diamonds. or He is assumed to have the diamonds. Which one is correct?
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2answers
320 views

“off of the counter” vs “off the counter” [duplicate]

Is the word of necessary? For example: Take the towel off of the counter. vs. Take the towel off the counter.
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1answer
288 views

How do we write years before AD 1000?

For years with 4 digits, usually we write it this way: George was born in the year 1732. or George was born in 1732. What about years with three, two, or even one digit? Are the below ...
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3answers
4k views

Understanding “as of”, “as at”, and “as from”

I'd appreciate your assistance in helping me particularly understand how to use the phrase "as of" properly. What is the proper interpretation of the following sentence? "I need you to get me all ...
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3answers
793 views

Can one use “hopefully” in an absolute sense?

Bill Bryson, author of the recent best-seller "A Short History of Nearly Everything", in one of his books says: We must never use hopefully in an absolute sense, such as "Hopefully it will not ...
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295 views

In the armpit or under the armpit?

Which is the right thing to say? Put the thermometer in the armpit. Put the thermometer under the armpit. Put the thermometer under the arm.
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3answers
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Is “regardless of whether or not” proper grammar?

I have a sentence like this: I will go to the store regardless of whether or not it's raining Meaning that the weather has no bearing on my intent to go to the store. The "regardless of whether ...
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3answers
766 views

Usage of 'duplicate copy' [closed]

Given a sentence Please sign on the duplicate copy of this letter. Am I correct in thinking that either duplicate or copy should be used, not both of them?
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3answers
2k views

starting a sentence with 'when reading …'

Is it possible and good English to start a sentence with 'When reading...'? Exactly it's about the following one: When reading your offer it seemed to me as if this position is made for me. bg, ...
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1answer
70 views

Incentive Structure Biased [closed]

Can nonhuman things have bias? Politicians are subject to an incentive structure biased toward the adoption of projects and programs with highly visible immediate benefits and well-hidden costs. ...
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1answer
2k views

“Overlaid” or “overlain” as an adjective [closed]

I have a set of three images, which I have put on top of each other in an image editing program and made transparent. I would like the filename to describe what I have done with the component images. ...
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1answer
123 views

Where does the word “valuable” fit best?

Which sentence sounds better or correct ? I have acquired many characteristics that will play a valuable role in my profession. I have acquired many characteristics that will be valuable in ...
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1answer
75 views

Using the word “Phalanx” as a title [closed]

Is there a verb for phalanx? I searched online dictionaries, but I didn't find it. Can I use Phalanx as a title of my story? I am just wondering whether I should use a verb, or a noun for titles.
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142 views

Is it correct to use “but” as a positive connecting word?

I'm wondering if it is correct to use but as a positive connecting word. Below is a small example: ... is the perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge but also gain new experience with ... Is ...