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Has there been a decrease of use of the word “rend” in literature?

The word "rend" (Verb: "to tear (something) into pieces with force or violence") is such an effective word. Descriptive and visceral. Yet it seems to me it's fading from literature and becoming an ...
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Periods and Colons

Which is the proper way to list information: SKE No. 1450 OR SKE No.: 1450 I am using this in the subject of Reports that look like this: RE: Jones v. Smith April 14, 2015 SKE No. 1450 ...
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“non-assigned” or “un-assigned” inventory?

I am writing up a procedure regarding inventory that is not assigned to any specific employee of the company and would like to know if I should refer to this inventory as "non-assigned" inventory, or ...
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Question regarding the usage of “the”

Recently I noticed that one of my foreign friends who is studying English is struggling with the usage of "the". An example of a mistake she makes is "I like to study the English too because it is ...
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Why does this seem incorrect to me?

Why does hadn't look out of place below? I hadn't seen them for nearly ten years.
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Fill in the correct preposition

My father always goes to university.... ......car(by/ in/ on). My teacher said that the answer is 'in'. But I think it should be 'by' because after 'by' we don't use articles but I am not sure ...
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I'm seeing myself age well-rounded and full in form. Does this sentence make sense?

I'm seeing myself age well-rounded and full in form.
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Please help me find this poem

I knows those isn't a question related to usage of grammar, but my search for this poem proved futile, which is why I decided to post this question here. Here are few lines of a poem which my dad and ...
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Is there any grammar error in the following sentence?

"I have problem of saying Chinese language" The person wants to express that his/her spoken Chinese is not very good.
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Which wording is right: “you are a good friend” or “you are a friend”?

Which one is the correct one, and why? You are a good friend. You are good friend. Thanks.
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heavy is to kilograms and weight; good and bad is to ______ and ______?

Example sentence: "The robot judged the unknown entity to have only 17 ______ of ______, so it decided to run away." I ask because I want a computer agent to make determinations of ...
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Past Perfect with the word “within”

My question is about the use of the Past Perfect Simple in the following excerpt: Back in 1995, when Bezos was shipping books from his garage, Pierre Omidyar, a software programmer, started coding a ...
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Grammar guys, help!

I must have been tired because I had been working so far for several hours or I must have been tired because I have been working so far for several hours Which one is correct? I am a bit confused ...
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Which verb can I use? Do or Make?

What is the difference between do and make? Would you make or do me a favor?
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Does “the flip side” refer only to the negative aspects of something?

I understand that the expression "the flip side" is generally used to refer to the "negative" aspect of someone or something. I think the expression comes from the meaning of the "flip side (of a ...
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“We eat when I say we eat!”

Why can we omit the word "will" in a sentence such as: "We will eat when I say we will eat!" ? What do we call this? Does it change the meaning? Are both correct? Are there examples in which one can ...
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How many records has he made or he has made?

A: Paul is a singer in a rock band. B: Oh, really. How many records ____? a) he made b) did he make c) he has made d) has he made A:Jenny is a Maths teacher at this high school. B: How long ...
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The pronunciation of the name “Hinds”

As far as I know, the pronunciation of the name "Hinds" is /haindz/. Is there another way to pronounce this word? Many thanks for considering my request.
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“Role” or “Roles”

Though I am a native English speaker, I am having trouble deciding between "role" and "roles" in the phrase below. The roles of the two parties involved in a legal proceeding, peculiar to the ...
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Are quotation marks needed when calling out specific words from a passage?

Excerpt: In developed countries, running water is available everywhere and air-conditioning is expected not just in our homes but in our cars. We don't realize that these are luxuries. My sentence: ...
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How to express the idea that those with power are supposed to lead by example?

I was thinking of "noblesse oblige" (noble blood commands), but that's not quite it. I'm looking for a word or simple phrase that conveys the expectation that those with power, i.e. leaders, are ...
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The usage of whatever

What is the usage of whatever? Can I both use 'noun' and 'SVO' after 'whatever'? Eg.1: Whatever the motivation , haphazard clinical practice led to death. Eg. 2 Whatever it costs , it doesn't ...
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Commas in “though, since, for example”

I'm a bit confused about where to put commata in a "though, since, for example" construction. The sentence I used reads: The class of cofibrant objects is larger than the class of CW--complexes, ...
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Word for non-community college

I am working on a persuasive paper about free college. I am trying to find the opposite of community college. Does anybody know a good word or phrase for this?
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Pronouncing 4.5 meters

What is the right way to pronounce 4.5 meters? Is it Four point five meters. or Four meters point five.
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verb agreement, the story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness

I am confused about the rules of verb agreement. What should I use in the following example? The story we heard last time was/were accounts from one witness. "Accounts" is a countable plural noun, ...
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What do you call it when you “extend” a word?

On a programming site, I noticed http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37460404/unexplained-increasement-of-variable a beautiful word use, "increasement." Is there a term for, or how would you refer ...
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Describing a spatial arrangement of columns

Suppose I have a bunch of identical matches. Their arrangement in space is subject to a single condition: Every matches touches at least another one, and touching matches must touch along their entire ...
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Steps to help design the system v.s. Steps to help the system design?

Are both correct? There is a difference between them? Cheers!
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Software engineer intern or Software engineering intern?

I see people use both in their job titles. Which one is correct?
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What is a one syllable word for “could not”?

I am writing a poem and I need a word meaning "could not" that is only one syllable to be able to fit into the rhythm. I need it to be in past tense also. I need it to replace "couldn't" in this line ...
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Breaking sentences up

What is the right term for breaking or dividing a sentence into fragments, wherein each fragment still contains a thought/meaning? e.g.: Sports can ostracize people/ who are not very good at them./
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members get to train their ability/abilities to

"Members get to train their ability to..." "Members get to train their abilities to..." The first one sounds more "natural", but how am I supposed to explain this in terms of agreement? By the way ...
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scene to vs scene of

I am a non-native speaker wondering which of the following sentences would read more naturally to a native speaker: The market looked like it had been the scene of a mass murder. The market ...
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Can somebody explain the difference

You cannot deny the fact that you were not given ample amount of time. VS You cannot deny the fact that you were given ample amount of time.
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Does it seem vs. does it seems

Which form is correct? Does it seems OK to you? Does it seem OK to you? The second one is more intuitive to me, but the first one renders more search results in Google.
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What is the reason why we use 'passive voice'?

I want to know the reason why we use 'passive voice' instead of 'active voice' in English.
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Parallelism between gerunds and common nouns

Is this sentence parallel even though the noun "being honest" is a gerund and the noun "deception" is not? "Living a life of being honest to yourself is better than living a life of deception.
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I want to know the meaning of 'OP?' [migrated]

What is 'OP'? I want to know the meaning of 'OP' used here?
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What's the difference between “til 9.00” and “before 9.00”?

I was sent a text "I will be home til 9.00" and I understood it to mean before 9.00 but I can't explain how to use til, until, by or before. I thought til was used with negative words (I won't be home ...
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What is difference between Objective and Personel Statement?

I prepared two summary for my resume I want to let know about the difference between objective and Personal Statement. Personal Statement As an experienced Senior Web Developer, my abilities ...
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Once, at once and when

Which one of the following is correct? I will let you know once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once when I have ...
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Word for “not putting thought into something”

I'm writing a letter to someone and I want to describe the way a woman talked to me the whole night. Every time I told her something, I got short answers which had zero thought put into them. Like ...
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What is the difference between “iam” and “am?” [on hold]

Iam always confused in choosing between "am" and "iam" when i want to talk about myself, so what is the difference between the two?
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What does “twist” mean in this context?

From the poem "The Free-Selector's Daughter" (emphasis mine) I broke my pipe and burnt my twist, And washed my mouth with water; I had a shave before I kissed The free-selector's daughter. ...
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How do you use perfect tense in sentences? [on hold]

My examples were: She has lived here for three years, We have met him before
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What is the meaning of “may very well be”?

I have come across this phrase recently. What does it mean? A young man who has read the life story of every eminent athlete of the twentieth century, or a coed who has steeped herself in every ...
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Use of dashes or commas when adding a qualifier

For the following, I'm not sure how to separate each component of the sentence: After the standard battery of tests, factual verifications (Who's the president? — Obama) and autobiographical ...
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What is the time by/in your watch?

what is the time by/in your watch? (my book says by) the tired travelers are sitting in/under the shade of a banyan tree (book says in) I believe sentence 1 in should come sentence 2 under ...

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