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Gerund usage: when can verbs be used as -ing nouns?

I have a question regarding the correct usage of verbs as nouns ending in -ing (I understand that these are referred to as gerunds). Under what circumstance may a gerund be used in place of the verb ...
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7answers
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Is there an idiom to describe someone who grew from less than average to influential?

Is there a idiom or common expression to describe someone who used to be shy, unsocial, unskilled, or even perceived to be useless, who somehow transformed himself or herself to be influential and ...
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Fraught, as in Overwrought Anxiety?

How did "fraught" come to include the second definition? What is the connection? FRAUGHT adjective: 1. (of a situation or course of action) filled with or destined to result in (something ...
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Question regarding was/were usage [on hold]

Second, Plaintiff claims that she, and others who opted out of the traditional public school system, was systematically provided separate and unequal services in violation of equal Protection of the ...
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22 views

How do I quote this? I only want to use the first and last parts

But Dawes, dispatched by patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren, only carried general news warning Hancock and Adams that the British were likely to make some military move to capture them. Dawes didn't ...
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'Refer' vs 'make reference'

What is the difference between saying "He referred to something" and "He made reference to something"? Is it a question of mood? Emphasis? Agency? Different paths to English since the latter is a ...
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When do you use “do/does/did” and when do you use “present tense/past/progressive” [on hold]

A friend of mine asked this based on her homework, and while I know when to use/not to use DID, I'm unable to explain it to her. I'm hoping that someone can help me on this The original sentence is ...
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Does “precipitation” have anything to do with “precipitous”?

precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. archaic,the fact or quality of acting suddenly and rashly ...
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Present perfect with 'since' or 'for' [on hold]

what does Present perfect with time phrase 'since' or 'for' imply? The action is still continuous or the action is finished.
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“Arguments in each topic” or “arguments on each topic”?

Which is the right way to express the following? You have to present your arguments in each topic. You have to present your arguments on each topic. Or maybe there is yet another ...
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Edited vs emitted - why one t vs two t's

Why does "edited" have one "t" and and "emitted" has two? "Edit" and "emit" are so similar in spelling and pronunciation. I keep wanting to type "editted" for some reason.
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Do phrases “Yes, it did not.” and “No, it did not.” have different meanings? [duplicate]

Let say the question is: So this ended up not working? What is the proper way to say, this indeed not work? These two seem fine to me: Yes, it did not. or No, it did not. Are they ...
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34 views

Does this sentence need a comma?

Our customer is primarily the company that offers the retirement or profit sharing plans to their employees not the individuals who have the accounts.
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What is the origin of the phrase “got the hump”?

depressed, in a bad mood but I am wondering did it come from camels?
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Why is the N word considered offensive? [duplicate]

Why is nigger so offensive that people refer to it as the N word? After all, a lot of Negroes came from Nigeria, and therefore nigger could just be considered an abbreviated form of referencing a ...
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2answers
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'We'd love to see you joining us as a helper!' or 'We'd love to see you join us as a helper!'

What is better English? 'We'd love to see you joining us as a helper!' or 'We'd love to see you join us as a helper!' What is the rule? Edit: Also, after Joe's comment, I should add that I'd ...
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0answers
53 views

One Word that is Less than 3 Syllables, and Starts with a “B” and encompasses “Sharp,Stylish,Classic,High End, yet not Flashy/Pompous” [on hold]

Looking for a word starting with a "B" that contains 3 or less syllables. Also that encompasses "Sharp, Stylish, Classic, High-End, yet not Flashy/Pompous". Does one exist? I have done the basics for ...
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2answers
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Word that implies membership to multiple organizations/associations

When an individual belongs to an organization, they can be said to be a member of that organization. From the organization's perspective, they may have 1 or more members who have joined their ...
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Verify the accuracy title of diploma thesis [on hold]

This is title of my diploma thesis: The design of diffuse radiation sensor and Sun position sensor for two-axis solar positioning system. I'm not sure if there must be the between Sun position ...
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3answers
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What's the difference between 'mark' and 'grade', in an educational context?

It's been suggested to me that "mark" carries a slight presumption of a numerical grade, whereas "grade" implies a letter grade like A, B, C, etc.
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What does this statement actually mean [on hold]

"Unable to work between April 7, 2015 and May 4th, 2015 inclusively" - does this mean I should be off work on May 4th also or must return to work on May 4th?
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Verb Plurality Agreement [migrated]

The poems colorful images give the reader pleasure. Is the use of give here correct or should gives be used?
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62 views

Rephrase “to the best of my knowledge”

In my master thesis I want to state that I did not find any related work except for one paper. In scientific papers the authors often use the phrase "To the best of our knowledge, ...". However since ...
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1answer
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Which one would sound better : “are used” or “being used”

This question is similar to this one but I'm trying to decide the tense to use in here : I often use "is being" and "are being" in my sentences. Is it correct grammatically? ...
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What does “play the trumpet” mean?

In a recent Academia SE question, user moonman239 writes: Example: Bathroom breaks, an urgent phone call, or a need to "play the trumpet" (if you know what I mean) As the user does not seem to ...
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Is there a noun that expresses the act of presenting false appearances?

I want to write about the Chinese Government during the Cultural Revolution and argue that whilst they created the appearance of more political openness, it was merely a façade. Is there a word that ...
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1answer
28 views

Is “more general, still” an acceptable expression?

Are "more general, still", or "more general, yet" acceptable variations of "still more general"?
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38 views

Cannot understand sentence mistake? [on hold]

Until it can be replaced by a faster, more efficient, and more economical means of transportation, trucks will Cary most of the freight within and through metropolitan areas. Why is the 'Until it' ...
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1answer
21 views

Why is the word information used only as singular? [on hold]

It is often confused that informations as plural noun is treated wrong.
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40 views

What plagiarism and preposition error is there in this sentence?

I am checking with one of the online grammar check tool. The tools shows significant error in plagiarism and preposition. Here is the text. It gives me an immense pleasure to invite you on my ...
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4answers
333 views

The Road Warrior

In modern business speak one increasingly sees the phrase "Road Warrior" used to refer to people who spend a lot of their time travelling for work. Looking at it independentaly this seems a bit of an ...
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1answer
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Opposite of filter in the computer sense

If I have some data and want to remove all data that matches the predicate, I would call this predicate my filter condition. If I want to remove all the data that doesn't match the predicate what is ...
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1answer
49 views

“I had shook his hand” or “I have shaken his hand”? [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? I had shook his hand vs I have shaken his hand There's a £10 bet on this. I believe both are correct.
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How do we use the words 'electric' and 'electrical' correctly? [duplicate]

These two words are used differently as shown below: Electric engineering (incorrect✖) Electrical engineering (correct✓) Electrical lamp (incorrect✖) Electric lamp (correct✓) And sometimes, they're ...
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1answer
37 views

Usage of 'plethorically'

My question is: Can the word plethorically be used in situations in which it would describe characteristics or qualities one would apply to biotic entities (humans)? Is it acceptable to use ...
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2answers
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Use of the word “Informed” [on hold]

Is this the correct way to use the word informed? Ms. Holzinger and a friend informed that they had been driving to the casino on Interstate 74.
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2answers
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Hyphenation and Parallelism in Compound Adjective Phrases [on hold]

Which of the examples below is (or are) hyphenated correctly? Define first-generation and second-generation 5-HT6 receptor antagonists. Define first- and second-generation 5-HT6 receptor ...
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1answer
93 views

From Livorno to Leghorn and back again

Can anyone tell me why the Ligurian city of Livorno used to be called Leghorn in English? An increasing number of British writers, artists, philosophers, and travelers visited the area and ...
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0answers
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Condescension or Perception? [on hold]

I was recently having a discussion with a co-worker, and she accused me of being condescending. When I asked why, she said it was because I sounded 'too nice'; I was 'talking too nicely'. In heated or ...
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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1answer
36 views

Elliptical construction: I scissored my cigarette between my fingers, very European.

Can I pass this sentence off as grammatical on the grounds that very European is an elliptical construction implying "which is very European"? From my understanding so far, the only requirement of an ...
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0answers
37 views

Need a word that rhymes with 'skin' [on hold]

Need a word/phrase that rhymes with skin and has to do neglect or self-centeredness
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1answer
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Understanding X/Understanding *of* X: What's the distinction?

Say we have two sentences that use understanding as a gerund: Understanding how to open this door is crucial in the event of an emergency. My understanding of physics is woefully inadequate. ...
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1answer
73 views

What's an exact word for someone who's unhappy when others do well?

I'm watching a baseball game and a home run is hit and the crowd goes nuts. The camera cuts to the home dugout, and the most famous big-hitter on the team (who you'd think would have the ...
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1answer
17 views

Making every aspect count—gerund phrase

Good composition is about writing tightly, with purpose, making every aspect count. I want to confirm what the grammatical components of this sentence are: Good composition is the subject, is ...
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1answer
46 views

Using of double possessive [on hold]

Is it right to use double possessives like a good idea of Tom's Are they correct? And when do we use them?
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1answer
29 views

What does 'Chabo' usually mean [on hold]

Does Chabo mean rooster? I learn it from the image search results on google. I want to know the origin or definition of Chabo, especially the reason why it means rooster? This word comes from here ...
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0answers
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Is “something to filter out” grammatically appropriate in context? [on hold]

Is the usage of the phrase "something to filter out" grammatically correct in the sentences below? Why or why not? Two tasks cannot possibly be in the attentional focus at the same time. One will ...
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1answer
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Secret origin of the dude = butthair meme

My daughter came back from Catechism today with an interesting spiritual fact. Apparently she was told that a dude is another name for butt hair. It's entry 17 or so on urban dictionary, dated 2006 ...
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“The sky is blue” - Is it a clause?

In the expression The sky is blue, is the adjective "blue" an object? Is this a clause or a sentence at all?

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