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Plural verb for the word “establish”

I recently came across a sentence which someone claim is wrong. The last three steps establishes the two-way-data-binding. The contending party says the verb should be establish - not ...
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Meaning of “See that wet, see that dry!”

"You'd share and share alike with the rest, whether you'd been in that particular job or not. There's fifty members, and you'd get one-fiftieth, same as Number One and same as me." "Really? No ...
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formal expression in website

we have a website and want to remind people who want to register must show his/her true name, because the name which registered will connect with the bank account for payment later. so if my ...
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Word for someone preferring homeopathic treatments to western medicine

Similar to an anti-vaccinationist, I'm looking for a word that means someone who prefers homeopathic treatments instead of prescription drugs or refuses (or even simply distrusts) medical treatment ...
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The Usage Of “Coming Along”

I have a question about the viability of this phrase. "We were hungry and when the food came along it didn't last" My biggest concern is how does the "Coming along" expression can and can't be used ...
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Is mocking someone denigration?

If someone is being uncharacteristically happy with a child, talking in a 'preschool' voice we call it, and another adult starts speaking to the adult in that way or mirroring the 'preschool' voice to ...
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Opposite (antonym) of peak hour / time

I am looking for a conventional antonym for peak hour. As far as I've seen, the term off-peak hours is used. Still, to me this means any hour that is not the peak hour, which is not necessarily the ...
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Is “do for” always inherently positive, compared to “do to”?

Compare the sentences: After all he has done for me, he needs my help. After all he has done to me, he needs my help. The first one implies that the subject has done good things for the speaker and ...
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“… due to their not being citizens .” - is that a reasonable use of “their”

I wrote a sentence just now and after I'd pressed 'send' I began to wonder whether what I had written was correct. The sentence read They were ineligible due to their not being citizens An ...
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Use of “their” with proper nouns [duplicate]

I'm writing content with dynamic names, e.g. "Alice" or "Bill" may be substituted in place of (name). Without knowing the gender of the name, what is the best way to reference the individual? Using "...
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Is 'after today' good English?

Is after today (meaning at some later time after the end of this day) good English? If it isn't, what is the best expression that has the same meaning? Addendum: To provide some context, here's a ...
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Extend Offer vs Make Offer

Talking about job offers what is the best/right/usual way to say it: To make an offer To extend an offer Is there any difference? Thank you.
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Difference between 'sleep schedule' and 'sleeping schedule'

What is the difference between sleep schedule and sleeping schedule? Googling seems to imply that they are synonymous, but I am not 100% sure. Addendum: As pointed out in the comments by @Hot Licks, ...
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“I'm not fit for public consumption ”

A new girl around me had been hospitalized over the weekend for a non-urgent issue. The same day, I wrote to her that I was available to visit her, to see if she needed any help or something (and if ...
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Advantage/Disadvantage to + -ing form

Reading an essay I found the following sentence: On the other hand, there are definitely disadvantages to being at home while your parents are away. Does to work as a combination with ...
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Example of future subjunctive?

I received an email suggesting that we do something: "next week, when we would have been" doing something else. Would you call this an example of future subjunctive? If not, then what? Perhaps ...
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Is there any equivalent English phrase to Japanese “対岸の火事,” meaning “watching like the fire on the bank of the other side of a river”?

There were Referendum on Britain’s departure from EU, nominations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as Presidential candidates of Democratic and Republican Party, suppression of coup d’état in ...
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In lockstep, hand in hand, go in parallel, coincide

I'll give an example in which I want to use the phrases from the title: The company has grown in lockstep/hand in hand/in parallel with the general economic growth and the development of the ...
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Is “has it rained” an incorrect question?

One of my grammar books suggest that this question is incorrect and should always be " has it been raining" because rain can have multiple consequences. Some native speakers have told me that " has ...
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Use of “is” and “are” when referring to a singular noun or changing the grammatical number

I have seen the question Proper usage of “is” and “are” when specifying multiple nouns, but it is a different questions than what I am asking. I have two examples (both from songs) of "is" being used ...
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What is the recipient of a disclosure called?

I am working on a software application in which users have facts about themselves which they must disclose to their employer or to a regulatory body. We are pinning down terminology to use for the ...
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Question making [on hold]

"Have the potatoes been fried?" OR "have the potatoes got fried ?" Do these questions sound natural or awkward?if natural,which one is more appropriate?
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Abbreviations for Time Symbols

I believed I use to see that the symbols: " and ' were abbreviations for time... is that still the case? I am trained as an Engineer or it is possible that I am confusing it with the longitude/...
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How informal exactly is “good stuff”?

I work at a large financial services company in Germany where we have rather formal ways. We have a manager who frequently uses the expression "good stuff" to comment on progress and results of ...
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Word to denote time to expiration

Is there a single word to denote the amount of time before something expires? For example: The password is valid for another 10 hours What's the word that is equivalent to "good for a period of" ...
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Five-Dollar Bills vs Five Dollar Bills

My coworker stated that he had a five-dollar bill in his pocket. I jokingly made a snarky pun along the lines of, "So, you have five-dollar bills". Arguments ensued. My argument for the grammatical ...
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using further in text

In Mr Robot the main actor said: "Must I really justify myself any further?" My question is: Why did he say "any further" and not just "further"? It has the same meaning. Because if translate any ...
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Call it sublimation; he, himself did can it that - but the fight gave meaning to his life

I am not able to understand the grammar in the following sentence taken from Asimov, I. (2004). Second foundation (Vol. 3). Call it sublimation; he, himself did can it that - but the fight gave ...
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In a factory, the products are 'performed' or 'made'? [on hold]

When you try to explain someone what you do in your factory you say "we perform specific glasses for wine" or you say "we make specific glasses for wine"?
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How can I say “me defiendo hablando X idioma”? [on hold]

How can I say "me defiendo hablando X idioma"
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Capitalization of plural noun given proper adjective and common adjective

I've recently come across a dilemma of whether to capitalize a plural noun, given that it's described by a proper adjective (like a place) and a common adjective (a descriptive adjective). Example- ...
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Do you use a comma before “rather than”?

For example: "The author of this story tries to express the feeling of the hunted, rather than the hunter" Should the comma go before "rather than" or not? Another example: "Game ...
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Why is this comma wrong?

"Another pattern, that regularly appears, is a Not Found response that queries the database...". I think this is incorrect but I'm not sure. I think the correct version would be "Another pattern that ...
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What does “inspissated gloom” mean?

Is "inspissated" used to simply emphasize the unhappiness/darkness? Is it used in literary contexts only? All the examples I have seen are either Biblical or literary. Merriam-Webster thickened ...
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Word or Phrase for events that don't fall into other categories

We have regular events that happen every week or month. Storytime or Movie Night. We have other events that might be a one off. Most events fall into this later category, however I'd like to have a ...
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space after quotation mark?

Is putting a space after quotation mark wrong? For example: He said," Yes, I can pick you up after work."
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A noun for chosen loneliness

I'm looking for a single word, kind of like loneliness, but without the negative/saddening meaning for describing the act of being alone but preferring it, doing it by a conscious choice.
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How to make a new sentence from “My mother forced me to eat the eggs.” where the eggs become the subject?

A: My mother forced me to eat the eggs. B: I was forced to eat the eggs by my mother. I want to make the eggs as the subject for a new sentence. My attempt is as follows. I think it is wrong ...
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What is this type of statement called?

Having made (in vain) a good faith effort to answer this question without troubling the esteemed community, I pray the following expert-level advice on what I think all will agree is a thought-...
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What is “its” referring to?

In the following sentence, what is “its” referring to?  “SomeSystem” or “their own proprietary software product”? Company X, from Germany, takes the role of a remote provider and integrates ...
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“The dark oxen that turn the millstones of the world”

I'm trying to make sense of a Terence McKenna quote, here with more context: You know, you have to get a job, your first love is not your last love, slowly this pristine shining belief in ...
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“A continuous competition” or “continuous competition”

I want to describe that school life is full of continuous competition, should I say "School life is continuous competition" or "Scool life is a continuous competition" ?
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When do we need to include comma after as?

Might someone be able to help explain why we it is not necessary to include a comma next to as. 1: Studies have found that those students who major in philosophy often do better than students from ...
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How can I mean the “traditional” charade without ambiguity?

From the wikipedia page, a charade is A word guessing game [...] in which one player acts out a word or phrase, often by miming similar-sounding words, and the other players guess the word or ...
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What does “take the pace out” mean in this context?

It shows in the Champions League, where the Premier League's best sides have struggled since Chelsea won the competition in 2012, especially when the opposition take the pace out of the game. I ...
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In the sentence - 'Like swimming, skiing is great exercise', why isn't an article 'a' used before the adjective 'great'?

My question may be that of a novice level but please make me understand the use case here. Thanks a bunch in advance.
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Is following several weeks… a participial phrase?

I'm struggling to determine if the "following weeks..." clause is a participial phrase or an absolute phrase. Typically, the ice sheet begins to show evidence of thawing in late summer, following ...
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Using the word “who”

is the word "who" used correctly in this sentence? Never underestimate a woman who graduated from college"
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Looking for an English word or expression for not having a real boss in charge

There is a Hungarian word fejetlenség, literally, having no head, in the state of having no head, meaning a situation where a state or an organisation is an unruly mess. Is there an English ...
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Is is right to say “to do a medical exam”?

Here's the case: At the appointment the doctor asks the patient to _______ the (say) heart exam. The patient goes to the hospital to check if everything is ok, and asks the staff to ______ the exam (...

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