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Grammar help - Any books? Audio books? [on hold]

Any way to improve my grammar? The more I read, the more it sounds stupid. This question is probably sounding off too.
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English play on: (Chinese) “enemies and lovers are pre-destined to meet”

Wondering what phrases English has similar to this Chinese idiom. ABC Dictionary (GoogleBooks): 183. (lit) [If we/they/you were] not rivals/enemies, there would be no encounter. (fig) ...
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Why does Pinker classify these words as prepositions in *The Sense of Style*?

In his recent book, The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker explains permissible uses of commas and writes this sentence And when the writer pinpoints the coherence relation he has in mind with an ...
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What do we call the light disturbance around a lamp?

When a lamp or other luminous object is very bright, we cannot see clearly the things close to it. What we see is a whitish region that surrounds it. What do we call this? (Is it a perception or a ...
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Is “allied topics” a term reserved for the Academia?

Context: I recently left a comment on Area51 telling a user that their question is more suitable for X.SE since [that site] is focused on X and allied topics. I'm sure I heard someone use that phrase ...
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A chink in the English language

The idiom "chink in one's armor" refers to an area of vulnerability Wikipedia Unfortunately, while a 'chink' can be a weakness, in recent times it has become a derogatory statement. This makes ...
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What is the difference between “until before recently” and “until recently” and how to use these phrases correctly?

I have seen usages of "until before recently" with different tenses like simple past, present perfect and past perfect. Can you give a number of correct usage examples for this phrase? And what is the ...
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Understanding Until , Not Until

As per my understanding with grammar, the first sentence is correct: I will not stop until it is finished. I will not stop until it is not finished. However, I always have difficulties accepting ...
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Is a syllable defined phonetically or etymologically?

Reading recent postings about syllables I've been struck and baffled by talk of the possibility that words may have a different number of syllables when they are written than when they are spoken. Is ...
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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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Which is more correct: Do you wish to see the pictures? or Would you like to see the pictures? [on hold]

which is more correct: do you wish to see the pictures? or would you like to see the pictures?
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Is “church” one syllable or two?

I read like twenty years ago that the word "church" (clutch, hatch, match) is undoubtedly one syllable when written but that an argument can be made that it's two syllables -- CHUR-ch -- when spoken. ...
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What is a term for sarcastically downplaying something?

I remember reading the term for it years ago, but I can no longer remember what it is. It is when someone downplays a situation, usually sarcastically. They are fully aware of the problems of the ...
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46 views

He/she “can’t” or “couldn’t” be with us today?

I have often heard the phrase “He couldn’t be with us today”. However, this seems contradictory because “today” is in the present, but “couldn’t” is past tense (or subjunctive, but the sentence is ...
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Another word for 'artificial' to be used in this context?

"The proliferating artificial" whereby artificial is representative of the cityscape. I'm just at a loss for words...
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Noun for “almost truth”

Is there a noun for a statement that is false, but only because of a single, or a few, counter-examples? An example of such a statement would be "All primes are odd." as 2 is prime and even, but it ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Referring to something: choosing between “this + {noun}” versus “such + {noun}”

Recently, I've had a discussion with someone regarding how to know how to choose among the words "this" and "such" in written text, but could not find any usage style guidelines on this topic. ...
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A word meaning either arrow or bolt

I'm looking for a word which could mean arrow or crossbow-bolt (but not other missiles like stones, darts or javelins or whatever). More specifically I'm trying to use it as a description for what ...
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Which is the proper way of writing this :“Linda and yourself” or “you and Linda”

Would the proper way of writing "you and Linda" be "Linda and yourself"? (same concept as "Me and Linda" which should be written "Linda and I")
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Is the meaning of “to grant the freedom to” closer to “to permit”/“to allow” or closer to “to facilitate”?

What is meant by saying that you grant X the freedom to do Y? that X can do Y and you are free to present obstacles other than outright forbidding X to do Y that X can do Y and you must not ...
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Is there a word for “too much time (more than necessary)” [on hold]

A good word that would replace the following sentence: I spend too much time on youtube.
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Is there an abbreviation to denote "f***k You?

I frequently see people using various facebook expressions in official e-mails or in general text message. What bemuses me is that most of the time ""F***K you" is written/put as "f**K you". Please ...
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Can “now therefore” be a subordinate clause?

Is there a time when "therefore", or "now therefore" can be a subordinate clause and not a new sentence?
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First to Last --OR— Second to Last [duplicate]

If I have a list of n items and I want to refer to the item that is just before the end of the list, do I say "first to last" or "second to last"? For example: First item Second item ... ...
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I have a question regarding the proper usage of I and me [duplicate]

Is it "No one will notice but you and me" or "no one will notice but you and I" ?
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Grammar improvement in a sentence

My teacher gave me a worksheet today. I found a sentence saying: The main character and the novelist, who serves as the narrator, share a vital experience. This I found confusing, because the ...
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Imparted vs Imputed

so I am a bit confused by the meaning of the two words: imparted and imputed. I know impart means to give or to communicate something. Impute means to ascribe. However, I dont know how can i ...
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What does “No choice, no problem” mean?

Recently, I watched an interview where the interviewee said "No choice, no problem". I tried googling but didn't come across anything useful. I suspect it means that if you have no choice then there ...
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Is “from … over … to …” correct?

I came across a title with a "from A over B to C" structure, namely "Facts and events from the USA over the UK to Australia" Now, I personally think this is incorrect (potentially a carbon copy ...
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Has “aught” survived in common usage?

In a movie that I watched recently, I heard- for aught I know, for aught I care. I work with a lot of native speakers, and they all told me it's not in formal or informal usage anymore. ...
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what does “wonder” mean in this sentence?

He would remember his expression, remember the tears starting to well up in dark green eyes, and wonder. Is the "wonder" here a noun or a verb? What does it exactly mean?
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Game Show Question board, should all answers in text be capitalized? [on hold]

I have a Game Show board and the answers have are in two parts. Should it be displayed as? Example: "Hot & Cold" or Hot & cold" I prefer the HOT & Cold...is this incorrect? Also
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Should you use “will like” or “would like” for a request/response in the present tense?

I ran into these sentences that got me thinking about would/will: I will like to have your number. I would appreciate a text. Is that grammatically incorrect or just impolite? I suppose the ...
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Term for people who are in the same city [duplicate]

I found the term "fellow citizens", but the term I'm looking for should also refer to people who are not be a citizen of the city but are located there.
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Fever Dream Out of Something Meaning

What is the exact meaning of the second part of the sentence below? This underground bomb shelter, built by Tito, seemed as large and as crazy as a small country, not to mention a fever dream ...
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Greeting Anniversary Celebrators [on hold]

Do you write " Happy Anniversary Jane & Henry!" or "Happy anniversary, Jane & Henry!"
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reported sentence [on hold]

father: SARALA,the boy didn't want to do anything bad. MOTHER:But I have my own fears. FATHER:Ido understand your fears may have reasons.But what suhas wanted was just 100 rupees andthat too for ...
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Is it wrong to use “sliding”?

I have heard people refer to kids sliding and kids sledding. Is it wrong to say "we are going sliding"?
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“List up to three”, so I can put in only two? [on hold]

It says: Please list up to three projects (in order of preference) you are interested in. So I am not sure: Do I have to put in exactly three projects or can I also just put in two?
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Is there an etymological relation between the words “exorcism” and “sorcery”?

I've been wondering for a while now whether the words "exorcism" and "sorcery" are related etymologically in any way. The question came to me from the fact that, in Greek, we have the word εξορκισμός ...
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Can “he don't” be right in any case? [duplicate]

I know the grammatical correct way is he doesn't but I have seen many people saying don't with singular subjects, is there any case where it's correct. I am just learning, please ignore my mistakes ...
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Can I use “impoverished” in this context?

"Public transit service plays a considerable role in our life. The quality of these service are always being regarded as impoverished, second class, missed departure due to wrong real-time ...
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Shorter way of saying “Uncertain of what was going on”?

I saw a shadow fumbling inside my closet. [...] , I screamed. I thought of the word confused but I think it doesn't have enough intensity. Is there a word/phrase that means uncertain of what was ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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“Your valentine” vs “my valentine”

I am going to send a gift to a far away lady I care a great deal about.I want to write her a card just to tell her I will always be there for her when she needs me, so to speak (not in any sexual ...
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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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553 views

Is “her” a possessive or an objective pronoun in “A mother takes care of her children”?

I had a sort of debate with my teacher to whether the her in the sentence A mother takes care of her children. is a possessive or an objective pronoun. I told my teacher that it was a possesive ...
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Is “wannabe” strictly negative?

Let's say I want to become social good entrepreneur but I am not there yet. I don't want it to sound up nose and say I am an entrepreneur when I am not so I used this in my social media profile (for ...
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Articles - When don't we use them?

Why don't we use any articles before the countable noun "chairman" in the following sentence? Potts was appointed chairman of the education committee. or Camera was invented by X. I ...

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