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Can we use a verb before “familiar to someone”?

For example: "to wrestle with his conscience is familiar to him." If it's not correct, what word can I use instead?
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I wonder what it feel/feels like?

The lyrics of "Logic - Man of the Year" starts with this line: I wonder what it feel like Is it correct? Could you tell me some other examples to show me why it's not feels?
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Is adding a that clause to these clauses valid?

I am unsure whether I can use that-clauses or zero-that-clauses like this: I noticed (that) when we heard (that) to make noise would be forbidden was surprising. I told him (that) what I saw ...
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Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this ...
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What is the opposite of “the moderns”?

The term "the moderns" refers to people who live in the present. Any words opposite to it?
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Is “allergic” a misnomer?

-ergic as in sentences like Y is Xergic denotes that Y has the property of being sensitive to X or that Y produces X. In simple terms, it means that the noun does something with x. In my field of ...
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what to call a person of negative attitude

I want to know the exact word for a person of mentality described below: A person who always tells others for any thing like this always " please do not do like this as you will lead to problem or the ...
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Can a sentence start with 'because'? [duplicate]

Whether students should be taught writing answer starting 'because' or not?
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Word for “someone who is fun, wild, free, spontaneous, unbound, etc.”

Use a single word to describe a girl who is fun, a little reckless, spontaneous, unbound.
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We have intelligence that [on hold]

Military and police operators have become very fond of the term: "We have intelligence that something or the other is about to happen" This irks me no end as in my mind "intelligence" is what is ...
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definite article or not?

Does one say: "500 bags were stored inside container number MSCU 849817-5" or: "500 bags were stored inside the container number MSCU 849817-5" Thanks in advance for your replies and explanations ...
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Can 'do' be used in Shall I? conversations?

Suppose we have a conversation. Shall I open the window? No, it's OK. I'll ____ it. Which verb is better here? do or open?
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vocabulary about returning ones favor

You're asking someone to postpone something, or do something on behalf of you and at the end you want to say to him I will try to recoup it later. I will try to work on your behalf later. I'll return ...
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Academic Writing: Correct way for expressing equations? Equation, eqn, or Eqn.?

I'm writing an academic paper, in which I need to cite the equation I defined earlier. For example: Eqn. (2) is the same as eqn. (3). When I use grammarly, it gives me the error for using eqn. ...
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“Since she had given up smoking, …” or “Since she gave up smoking, …”?

Since she had given up smoking, she has been looking good. or Since she gave up smoking, she has been looking good. Shouldn't it be "had given up"?
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Meaning of “to campaign towards”

What does "to campaign towards" mean? "to campaign against" "to campaign in support of" "to campaign regarding something (either against or in support of)"
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Can someone explain the following sentence for me?

Hypothermia simply defined as low body temperature, begins in its mildest stage at about 96 degrees Fahrenheit. I am wondering if the sentence is correct. If it is correct, I want to know how ...
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What should you call a whooping cough or a whoop-like cough and not have it confused with the disease?

How would you tell someone that you have a whooping cough but you don't have pertussis?
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Is the use of “as is announced” grammatically correct?

I."We have launched another man-made satellite, which is announced in today's newspaper." II."We have launched another man-made satellite, as is announced in today's newspaper." Which is ...
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Use of plural forms when using “Multi-xxx”

Which one is correct? A multi-languages university or A multi-language university? A multi-outlet socket or A multi-outlets socket?
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Is the use of “that when” grammatically correct?

For example: Henry Fayol figured out that when a worker is assigned one specific task of one specific subject, he execute it faster instead of he execute of different subjects in equal ...
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Combining “whether … or” and “if” clauses in a sentence

"We can’t tell whether he did 'this' or 'that', or if he was on vacation." As far as I know, a "whether ... or" clause can typically be replaced by an "if"-clause, which is often just a matter of ...
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Meaning of “I'll have it nicely dried”

I can't understand the meaning of the phrase "I'll have it nicely dried". Does it mean the same as "I'll dry it very well"?
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Is there any specific words for referring to stores established in stair alcove/spandrel?

There are some stores in some countries which are so little (about 1 square meter) and are usually established in the spandrel of the doorway of an apartment. Do we have any words for them in English? ...
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Need someone to clear this up

If one is 'beyond reason to deal with' then wouldn't this mean that they are more than reasonable to deal with? In other words, I'm assuming to be 'beyond reason' or 'below reason' is the same thing, ...
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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Does “spot inspection” make sense?

We have a lot of machines located in many places in our site, and we need to define the activity that inspecting the machine running status regularly by plan in field, does the "spot inspection" a ...
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1answer
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GRE-sentence completion [on hold]

Although the warring parties had settled a number of disputes,past experience made them _______ to express optimism that the talks would be a success. A)rash B)ambivalent C)scornful D)intrepid ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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The use of “Earnestly ask” [on hold]

I wonder if "earnestly ask" is proper to say when requesting someone to make comments for my proposal. The whole sentence goes, I do earnestly ask for your comments. Thanks!
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The United States. Possesive is its or their?

The United States made no secret of its/their hope to absorb the provinces... http://grammarist.com/usage/united-states/ "Although United States is usually treated as a singular noun, it’s treated ...
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How do I speak about a relationship between two things to a third one? [on hold]

I'm confused which prepositions I should use to connect three different elements. Which question form would be more appropriate? What is the relationship between age and gender to / with ...
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Chasing something that doesn't exist

I'm trying to find a word or short phrase that would describe chasing something that doesn't exist. My restriction is that it can't be referencing something that would only make sense in our world ...
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1answer
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What is this US accent found so often in instructional videos?

Recently, many technology and instructional providers have insisted in releasing documentation in the form of videos rather than written text. Beyond the obvious infuriating aspects of this, I've ...
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What do we call a person who studied humanities, e.g. at university or college?

What do we call a person who has a background in the humanities as a field of study, e.g. linguistics, comparative literature, but isn't necessarily a humanities academic? Is that correct to say a ...
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What phrases, words and verbs are acceptable to end a person's quote? [on hold]

I am a translator and I need ideas on phrases and verbs to end a quote. For example, "The whole world is concerned with generating alternative energy," the President stated. Words like the one in ...
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She or her in a relative clause where she is both subject and possessor

If I have a relative clause where 'she' is the subject of the relative clause, but a possessor in the main clause, should I use 'of she' or 'of her'? Let me give an example, would I have: The ...
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Can -phobia words be plural?

Can you use a word ending in -phobia as a plural, in the following context: Their anachrophobias led them to running away from the fake spider.
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Usage of 'that of' [on hold]

Vishal invested 2/11 th part of his monthly income in stocks share and that of 4/11th part in mutual fund This is a mathematical question (source). I am confused about the usage of 'that of' ...
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What is the word for a joke which is told as real thing?

Is there any single word for a joke which is initially told by somebody as a real thing, then when person is fooled, the person disclosing the information that it's just a joke? Like April Fools' ...
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Are these two prepositional phrases disjuncts or something else?

Are these two prepositional phrases disjuncts or something else? I’ve looked through Biber and Huddleston, and the two examples don’t seem to fit into any of their categories of disjuncts. Thanks in ...
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Which phrase is grammatically correct? [on hold]

(About being a Victim or Victor) "Don't claim them both" or "Don't claim both of them"
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What do you call the following phrases?

In the following examples: A boy with blue eyes and black tshirt stood in the corner. An old man who knew how to live a life the right way looked through the window. What would you call ...
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1answer
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Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive

Is there a word that means "Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as an adjective) or "to be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as a verb), or is there a noun that describes ...
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When is the period that coined the most English words?

It seems that there are numerous words being made every day. This got me wondering, when was the historic period when most words were formed?
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punctuation needed or not [on hold]

Does this sentence need any punctuation before the word(studying JIM IS IN THE DINNING ROOM STUDYING. 0 9 0 0
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Where should I put the apostrophe for the word positions? [migrated]

I feel that my skill set and personality fit the positions responsibilities and requirements perfectly. is it: position's positions or positions' ?? My best guess is position's because of ...
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Pairing consonants together in memorable ways [on hold]

I want to create a list of 10 pairs of consonants based on linguistics, logic, and/or intuition, regarding the sound of the letters, the shape, or other criteria. The logic need not apply to all ...
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Don't or didn't [on hold]

My friend to me, I have a shop in this place. I replied to him " I thought you don't have one in this place". Were I right? Or should I use didn't instead of don't?
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What is the correct word for a group of categories, tags, and roles?

I want to create a database table that will hold all categories, tags, and user roles. I see WordPress uses "taxonomy" and "term" for this concept. Are there any other words to name it? If not, then ...

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