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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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polite synonym for obnoxious behavior

Looking for a polite/coherent way to convey someone's behavior who "copies" another person, or is "up their ass" a lot
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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I am about to close the door. [on hold]

I am about to close the door. Hi, can we make the "Passive voice" of this sentence?
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1answer
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Can I use “for” twice in a sentence? [on hold]

I was looking for icebreakers for a class I'm teaching. In this sentence, there are two "fors"
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English grammar

Can anyone explain the use of "to be" in the sentence below? Is it right or not and how? Modifies the search to be case-insensitive.
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“Well-rounded” usage in USA

What's the first recorded use of the term "well-rounded" as it refers to being competent or trained in several fields, e.g., from astronomy to literature to social dancing to cookery?
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grammatical name and grammatical function [on hold]

the genes of many of those infective agents.what is the grammatical name and grammatical function of the expression?my own answer:noun clause and function adjective noun infective agents.
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Origin of “a lot”

I am working on a novel set in the early 19th century and am wondering if the phrase "a lot" is too contemporary. That happened a lot with debutantes, he mused.
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Grammar problem [on hold]

Is it necessary to add 's' after ' any' if the noun is countable noun? For example , the paramount king announced that any girl in the town could join the party with the prince. Do I need to add 's' ...
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2answers
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N or AND in pronunciation

Can I say «n» instead «and»? Example: I like apples n pears.
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0answers
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Sentence structure explanation

How would I describe the difference between these two sentences? The man gave the child money. The man gave money to the child.
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5answers
497 views

Word or phrase which indicates some shared knowledge

I'm looking for a noun which is kind of word or phrase that is used to indicate the existence of some unspoken knowledge that the speaker has. For example: Her use of the the word "pincushion" ...
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1answer
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Person who invites: “Inviter” or “Invitor”

There is a clean word that defines person that is invited: an invitee. However, I can't seem to find a straight definition of either terms that would define a person who invites the invitee. Is it ...
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1answer
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How long would it take an average person to read 4 million words of a complex text? [on hold]

This is not simply about reading speed. It's also about comprehension, understanding and contemplation. The text contains subjects ranging from quantum mechanics through love, war, relationships and ...
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1answer
57 views

“We must away ere break of day”: What is this grammar? Is it alive?

This phrase appears in a song Tolkien wrote, and what was the main theme of The Hobbit movie: Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day ...
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49 views

Question about a grammar problem [migrated]

I just came across a problem (not homework), from somebody I know. I wish I knew the answer to this grammar problem but I actually have no clue about this one, so I couldn't answer it. The question ...
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0answers
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Return or Enter preferred American English term for the [enter/return] key in the keyboard

Problem A colleage is designing an application and wanted to decide what to write in the return/enter key. Research In the Macbook keyboard both terms are present (return and enter). Question ...
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1answer
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The use of in and to

Is it right to say ' the hotel I stayed in ' ? Can you explain to me why to is used in this phrase ' if you want to ' ?
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1answer
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why does the expression “we show that” has no comma

Comming from a german language background, I am always uncertain about rules for the usage of commas in english. So could someone explain to me why there is no comma before "that" in a sentence like ...
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3answers
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modern English kennings

What are some other kennings in any of the major dialects of Modern Standard English? Here are a few examples in use in American English that I offer for starters: rug-rat rice-rocket eye-candy ...
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A neutral term for sex meetup websites?

I am writing some software containing categories of websites that offer content that might be unwanted by the user (e.g. gambling, porn, violence, etc.). One of the categories is websites that are ...
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2answers
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How to write “IDs of persons” without using “of”?

I never know how to write this correctly. I can think of several ways to write it but which is the right one? person IDs persons IDs persons' IDs
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1answer
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Can 'residential context' be used interchangeably with 'domestic context'?

I know that when I am referring to a home, I can refer to it using the words - in a residential/domestic context... Is it the same for different places of stay like hostels, old age homes, refugee ...
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0answers
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What is the first word/phrase you think of when you hear about ARROGANCE? [on hold]

I'm doing my PhD research in cognitive linguistics. The subject of investigation is the concept of Arrogance in British worldview. So I’d really appreciate if British citizens could share their ...
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0answers
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I finished my essay yesterday but I (?) it in to the tutor yet

I finished my essay yesterday but I (?) it in to the tutor yet. A.I've given B.I hadn't given C.I didn't give Which is correct? My dear tutor said the answer had to be B. But I find no correct ...
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2answers
26 views

What is a “trigger reaction”

What kind of reaction is "trigger reaction"? Is it a reaction that itself brings about a lot of next reactions?
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Why did the cock cross the road? [on hold]

I need someone to answer this question for me, Why did the cock cross the road?
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what is the way of ending formal mails?

what are the ways in which we can end formal mails and also let me know what kind of beginnings are appropriate for formal mails? I generally mention : Opening:Dear Sir/Madam Closing: Thanks and ...
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1answer
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“I never drink” “I don't either/ I do too/I never do, too” [on hold]

It might seem trivial but I'm not really sure which one is grammatically correct. To agree with a sentence with never we should use too or either? A: I never drink. B: ............. ...
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what does “stretch” mean in this context?

"We achieved a major breakthrough on Greece which enables us to enter a new phase in the Greek financial assistance programme," Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, ...
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2answers
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That lawn will be a bear to maintain. - what types of construction is this?

That lawn will be a bear to maintain. I am interested in the infinitival clause at the end there and how it relates grammatically to the rest of the sentence. Is is a complement or a modifier? ...
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1answer
21 views

How to use “Both”

How to use both in sentences when we have "and"? For example: both of X and Y are letters. Or both X and Y are letters?
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1answer
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Difference between “phenomenological” and “empirical”

Models in science are sometimes called "phenomenological" and sometimes "empirical." Looking at the definitions of these two words, I feel like they are really saying the same thing: that the model is ...
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Difference in meaning between “taking it out on you” and “taking it out you”?

What is the difference in meaning between "taking it out on you" and "taking it out you" in the sentence "You’re stuffing the wrong things into your stomach, and your stomach is taking it out on you" ...
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What does “up-front” mean in this sentence?

But he stressed that the Fund had made a big concession by agreeing debt relief would only be decided in 2018, rather than up-front. ...
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How to use “make” correctly

Which of these sentences is correct and more common? 1. The show made us be happy. 2. The show made us happy. To me both are correct with a little difference in meaning! PS: I discussed this ...
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1answer
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Comparisons with the word “twice” — i.e. twice as expensive vs. twice more expensive

Why is it that it's okay to say "This dress is twice as expensive as this jacket" but not okay to say "This dress is twice more expensive than this jacket" ? Furthermore, it seems okay to me so say, ...
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Is the use of the word 'damn' to express frustration offensive?

For example, will a sentence like 'It's so damn hot' be considered offensive by the person whom it is being said to?
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Best word to describe non-profit organization that mediates between private person and company

Like title describes I need a word that best describes non-profit organization that mediates between company (as donor) and private person (as donee or receiver of that donation). What is the right ...
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Verb for “christened,” but without religious connotation?

I'm looking for a word describing the first time something is used, but I want to avoid any religious connotation - I feel that "christened" has a strong (contextually insensitive) religious ...
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1answer
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Is vs Are; why do they use the Are instead of the Is?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "Vodafone are providing a useless service" I am quite sure that the Vodafone is singular, but everyday I see even many native English speakers using the Are ...
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1answer
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Too blessed to be stressed [on hold]

What is the meaning of the phrase "too blessed to be stressed" ?
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English equivalent for the Persian expression “To keep one's face red with slap”

In Persian we have a saying "صورت را با سیلی سرخ نگه داشتن" which literally translates to: To keep one's face red(warm) with slap It's used in a situation in which a person, if poor or ...
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1answer
40 views

What is the difference between 'clever' and 'cunning'? [on hold]

It is common that these two words mean similar to each other, what is the difference?
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1answer
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Which of these plural forms is the correct one?

I want to describe a list of numbers where each entry is the numeric category of a word. For example, 'english' has category 1, 'love' has category 2, etc, so the list would be [1, 2, ...]. Is this ...
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How many forms can “I avoid telling him” be in passive voice? [migrated]

i need to find out how many forms can "I avoid telling him" be in passive voice, and is it correct to say, "Telling him is avoided" in terms of signifying the process of (telling) informing him?
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14answers
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Isn’t there really any English equivalent to German “Fachidiot”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the title, “GOP and the rise of Anti-knowledge” written by Mike Lofgren in Consortiumnews.com (October 29, 2015): “English ...
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Centre of competence

I have seen this expression several times (Google search gives 67M answers), but it seems mostly used by French or Swiss institutions, while Wikipedia mentions centre of excellence or competency ...

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