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“Bob and I.” or “Bob and me.”? when describing a picture

"Bob and I." or "Bob and me."? when describing a picture.. I've read the other links but they all use an example with a longer sentence. like "Bob and I went to the store", or "Me and Bob had lunch ...
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Predicates in traditional and modern english

This may be too general of a question, but I am curious as to what some of the major differences between traditional linguistic usage of predicate, and Predicates in modern syntax and grammar. I have ...
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Why is it “'s” after Let and before a verb, example “Let's go” or Let's do something"?

We often learn the structure Let's do something but Why it is "'s" after Let and before a verb Why does we need 's in this structure? 's =is? or was
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Research on Improving Reading Speed and Comprehension?

Is there any research done that tells how long would it take for an average college graduate to improve reading comprehension and speed. I understand that if one reads every day, his or her reading ...
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How to identify the decorated noun in multiple attribute clauses?

I am always confused with multiple attribute clauses. For example: A complete virtual system composed of virtualized hardware components onto which an unmodified operating system call be ...
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How to remark an article is collected from an unknown source?

When blogging, sometimes I post interesting articles (they are not mine, and I do not know their original sources either) in my own blog. In English, by a few words, how to remark that these articles ...
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When to use “necropsy” instead of “autopsy”?

I came across the following in an article about dove hunting: ...the study recorded the hits and misses of 5,094 shots with size 6 and 7 steel shot and 7 1/2 lead shot, killing a total of 1,146 ...
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and so's my wife

I'm tall, and so's my wife. I looking for some way of understanding this kind of and so construction. Is it equivalent to the following? I'm tall, and tall is my wife. You could say, ...
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Sentence length in English writing in early 1900s vs. English writing now

I am reading a book called The Best American Essays of the Century. One thing I keep noticing is a lot of the sentences in this book are very long — 5 to 6 lines. I read a lot of articles on the web, ...
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Editors - Sting lyrics meaning question

I'm talking about this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiT_aiSxC3Q The lyrics go like this: Danger, we don’t always hide around here Now in here, I see my old friend disappear In ...
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Is there a synonym for fail better?

This is a passage from Samuel Beckett’s play Worstword Ho, 1983: “...All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better ...” Since I first read this ...
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When should I use “all in”?

I learned that "all in" is an informal way to say exhausted. Is it more common to say "I am exhausted" or to use "I am all in"?
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Word for a result/achievement so exceptional that it is impossible?

I am looking for a word or phrase regarding something that is "impossible". I can't seem to put my finger on it, but I am trying to think of the word to describe something that is the top of the top, ...
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The usage of “if” in sentences that deal with what is possible to happen in the future

I recently came up with a problem to form sentences with a particular structure. I thought that I already knew how to form such sentences subconsciously, but by listening to native speakers ...
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is helping vs. helps

My sentence currently reads: "Our business is helping keep you alive and well." However, I wonder if this might be better: "Our business helps keep you alive and well."
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91 views

Why doesn't English use nand? [on hold]

English language usage has word pairs including: Or | Nor Either | Neither With | Without Why isn't there an opposition to and? Following conventions of logic gates, this would be nand. It is much ...
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In “Lucifer Rising” - grammatical explanation for use of -ing form instead of “Rises”?

How does that work grammatically? I guess it's primarily used for titles (movies, songs etc.) but why?
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'Someway' vs 'somehow'?

What's the difference between 'someway' and 'somehow'? When I translate to my language (portuguese) on google translator, they translate the same. And on google I found only music lyrics.
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24 views

“See you Monday at 10AM” vs “See you on Monday at 10AM”

Is it correct to say/write "See you Monday at 10AM"?
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How to understand 'unless' = 'on a less or lower condition', in: 'Don't X, unless Y'?

Please help me dig deeper than definition 1 below, without appealing to any other definition of 'unless'. I understand the paraphrases of the sentences here and here, but not my own (ie 2) below. ...
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Superposition state or superposed state?

Which is a more suitable word choice--Superposition state or superposed state?
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31 views

Correct usage of 'one'

Consider the statements: 'There was one girl, XYZ, ..' 'There was one mountain, XYZ, ..' Are the sentences correct?
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For any given English writing, what is the probability that an author studied some Latin? [on hold]

Premise 1: This question is restricted to (at least average) writing in only English, by which I mean writing by someone who at least graduated from high school. I lament, but know, that the ...
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What is the difference between “regretting one's decision” and “ going back on one's decision”?

1- I regretted my decision to go there. 2- I went back on my decision to go there. Did the narrator go to that given place or not?
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Principles in the use of letters 'b', 'u' and 'v' in Early Modern English typography

I have been reading a medical book by one late surgeon Thomas Gale. I was wondering the following mix-up of letters 'u','v' and 'b'. This states: "to have the cure of". Letter 'u' is used in the ...
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1answer
25 views

Capitalizing Call to Action Text

I am a web developer and was working on a website that is in both German and English. As my partner (native German speaker) and myself (native English speaker) were looking through the site he noticed ...
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A Better Phrase for “On Hold” in the context of Stack Exchange [on hold]

I thought about the appropriate location for this question before posting, and I came to the conclusion that it is, at its root, a problem of diction and rhetoric... We would, certainly, like to ...
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Why doesn't it go like “him and his wife”?

Please take a look at this excerpt from The Catcher in the Rye: I think I probably woke he and his wife up, because it took them a helluva long time to answer the phone. This phrase confused me. ...
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27 views

language for enforcing

I have two methods for describing enforcing basic criteria before allowing an action to occur: Method 1 Therefore, they are expected to be well protected by security enforcements... and Method ...
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34 views

To give/receive credit against

The verb 'to give credit against' is used widely in legal texts. For example, As a preliminary matter, the court considered whether a Non-defaulting Party who wishes to enforce the payment ...
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29 views

List of names which includes titles

I am doing a list of names with titles. Which is correct? Smith, Jane, Mrs. or Smith, Mrs. Jane?
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23 views

can someone explain the rule for using which and that [duplicate]

What is the correct grammar for use of the words, which and that?
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Did salacious literature appear in 19th century America?

This letter which appeared in yesterday's Guardian illustrates that Dickens was not above a bit of concealed rudeness in his text. There may be much more where that came from. A search online for ...
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Is there a word for people who have shared the same locality?

A "contemporary" is someone who has lived at the same time (more-or-less, anyway) as another person. e.g., Bret Harte (1836-1902) can be said to have been a contemporary of Mark Twain (1835-1910). ...
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What does this English sentence mean?

as clear and detailed as these memories feel, psychologists have discovered they are surprisingly inaccurate. Since the clause, "as clear and detailed as these memories feel", modifies ...
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Alternative Idiom to “Horse's Mouth”

To be "straight from the horse's mouth" is to be from the most reliable source. I am wanting a title like "The horse's mouth" for my newsletter but I don't really want to call myself a horse. What ...
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English equivalent of tsundere

I wonder if anyone has an approximation for the Japanese “tsundere”? Tsundere (ツンデレ, pronounced [tsɯndeɽe]) is a Japanese character development process that describes a person who is initially ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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A and an usage and difference

This is an excerpt from newspaper. Without a overhang of heavy handed security. Why does the author use a and not an?
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24 views

'Watch' as a noun vs imperative. Are they connected for native speakers?

Well, this question originates from a redesign of Apple Watch ad. Original poster has a slogan The Watch is here One guy offered that Watch here would have added more pun. But I am ...
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Is there a word/phrase/idiom to describe the feeling of you facing a dilemma?

I've got "running backward on a cornfield" as an answer on Reddit... there aren't enough usages of it online so I'm not quite sure what it actually means... are there any alternatives?
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Mystery word indicating a body part in a medical book published in 1563

The following title is written in a book by surgeon T. Gale published in 1563. I have trouble translating the last word: "Of woundes of the [x]". Mainly the second letter after "B" is blank for me, ...
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Does the word “situation” collocate with the word “main”?

Is it right to say "the main situation"? I associate "main" with "problem".
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English idiom equivalent “discover America/Mediterranean”

In Spanish we have got an ironic expression which is: "You've discovered America!" or "He thinks that he has discovered the Mediterranean Sea" to say that someone has said something obvious or well ...
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Difference between 'will' and 'would'

The following is an excerpt from a newspaper. In situations where the father has not exhibited any concern for his offspring giving him legal recognition would be an exercise in futility. ...
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Word for numeric value that is not necessarily the result of a measuring process [on hold]

I have the phrase “mechanical properties measurement” and am looking for a good replacement for measurement that would not imply a measuring process, as the "measurement" in question is simply a ...
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What's china blue?

Is china blue just jean blue, inspired by the color of uniform of Chinese workers? And how common is china blue in daily conversations and writings? I've only heard this in the song, Vincent (Starry, ...
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1answer
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Phrase indicating recruiters should not offer services in response to a job opening

In Dutch, there's a specific phrase / idiom you can use when posting a job opening to indicate that it's not appreciated if recruitment agencies offer to find a candidate for you ("Acquisitie naar ...
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What's the meaning of “personal correspondence”?

"His personal correspondence is renowned in the Italian language" - from an article about Niccolò Machiavelli What is the exact meaning of "personal correspondence" in that context ?
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When writing a question? [on hold]

If you are writing a novel? Which one, according to proper English is correct? 1.) "Why is it you always show up when you are not wanted?" he asked. 2.) "Why is it you always show up when you are ...

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