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Jon and I or Jon and me?

How do I know when to use Jon and I, or Jon and me? I can't really figure it out. I've tried to teach myself, but I just can't seem to do it. Will someone please help me figure this problem out?
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1answer
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What is the difference between “pair” and “pairing”?

What is the difference between "pair" and "pairing"? Are both correctly used? Note: I mean "pairing" as a noun in this case. Also "match" vs "matching"?
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1answer
14 views

Should I use every day or everyday?

I have two sentences in question: "But, humans see a lot of different people everyday/every day" and "because every day we see between a dozen and hundreds of other humans - in school, work, or ...
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2answers
25 views

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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0answers
14 views

What type of phrase is “I'm telling you,” when used for emphasis

Consider the following sentence: I'm telling you, I left it right there. In this sentence, the phrase "I'm telling you" is used to emphasise the truth of the clause that follows. What is the ...
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0answers
16 views

When am I supposed to use “use” and “used”? [on hold]

The title speaks for itself. I also want examples, please.
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0answers
6 views

Does this sentence need a comma? [duplicate]

Over the past months, we have seized several opportunities for liaison. Is the comma in this sentence needed and/or correct? Which rule(s) of grammar apply here, and is there a name for this ...
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1answer
34 views

There was a man known as the “Toe Suck Fairy.” Is “there” a complement?

In my mind, "man" is the subject and it has two verbs--"was" and "known"--making "there" a complement. My teacher argued that the verb is "was known." Also, should I be putting those words in ...
2
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1answer
32 views

“Rule the Roast” and “Rule the Roost”

John Ayto, Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2009) has this entry for "rule the roost": rule the roost be in complete control The original expression was rule the roast, which was common ...
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2answers
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“I have no idea what I'm doing”. Is this sentence correct?

Because I don't know it just seems that something is missing despite knowing that nothing is missing. I keep wondering if it shouldn't be something like "I have no idea of what I'm doing" or something ...
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2answers
20 views

Sequnce of tenses in the sentence

Is it okay to use different tenses in this way? Try to find an area where science isn't needed, where experiments weren't perfomed.
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3answers
16 views

Uses of model perfect with a future event that was planned, but then cancelled

Can you say, "The meeting would have been tomorrow, but they cancelled it yesterday?"
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0answers
7 views

Changing quote tense?

I'm trying to write a paper and I've stumbled along a problem. If I change "They are..." to "They were..." in a quotation, do I need to put square brackets as in, "They [were]..."?
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2answers
29 views

“Who is” vs. “Who are”

The beginning of a title reads, Who are doing. . . . which doesn’t sound correct to me. To me, Who is doing. . . . sounds more correct. Am I wrong, or can both be used in the beginning of a sentence ...
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1answer
20 views

“mine” ambiguity

I have two things: an underground site from which resources are extracted, and a proximity-triggered trap device that explodes upon triggering. Both of these are called "mine" and I cannot afford ...
1
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6answers
102 views

One word for something belonging to an era [duplicate]

Is there a single word which means "of or relating to a particular era"? I am looking for a word which means that something is limited to a particular era, as opposed to being universal. Preferably ...
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5answers
46 views

Term for when embedded media cannot be displayed on a web page?

When a web page goes missing, it is said to be "not found" and the afflicted web site often reports the infamous HTTP 404 Error. With embedded media, the user is not navigating away to another web ...
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1answer
21 views

Proper use of 'there' and 'here' in phrase

I am thanking someone in type by saying : "John and Mary for being there even when you aren't near." Would it be better or worse to use 'here' : "John and Mary for being here even when ...
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1answer
35 views

A more common word for the noun “effectuator”

I want to use the noun "effectuator" to denote an object that delivers the final effect which was produced by a whole chain of mechanisms. For example, a bullet shot out of a gun is an effectuator of ...
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4answers
369 views

What do they mean with “Hi how are you doing”?

when I was in New York the workers at the counter(in a shop) always said "Hi, How are you doing". I was, and still are very confused if they just mean "hello", or actually want to know how I feel. ...
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2answers
5 views

Why do we use back and forward instead of backward and forward?

In many english user interfaces, both virtual and physical, the words back and forward and used instead of backward and forward. An easy example is the web browser, where the button to navigated ...
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0answers
43 views

italic g? double storey? [on hold]

So i was reading Gill's An Essay on Typography the other day, and there is one section where he discusses the english alphabet - arguing that there are three alphabets. One is the capital letters, ...
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0answers
25 views

“Using the technique” vs “By using the technique” [duplicate]

I am confused about the following sentence: We can check overlap using the technique in solution 1 Why has the author written "using"? Could we rephrase it as: We can check overlap by ...
2
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3answers
50 views

is there a synonym for someone being overly friendly on the phone when they are worried about something you may have heard

Is there a word for when someone has said something bad about you behind your back but doesn't know that you know and when they call you and they're overly friendly?
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2answers
71 views

“I'm flabbergasted!” - Old fashioned? Pedantic? Refined? Educated?

To flabbergast - to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder. "I'm flabbergasted!" - I have only one friend who uses this phrase, so I can't figure out what kind of person uses it. Although ...
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1answer
44 views

Is it wrong for a then clause to follow a since clause?

Sorry if the terms are not right. Is it correct to say "Since burgers are edible, then burgers can be eaten." ? Should it not instead be "If burgers are edible, then burgers can be eaten." or "Since ...
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0answers
28 views

Appropriate adjective for relationship

Our company has many deep, valuable relationships within the industry. Is it appropriate to refer to relationships as deep? I agree with the connotation that deep portrays, but I'm not positive that ...
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0answers
26 views

Is this statement correct? [on hold]

I want to know that if this question is having any error or not."A rabbit was seen cross the path."
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2answers
36 views

Usage of the word “introspect”

I am trying to write a sentence to mean that something made me think deeply about myself and I would really like to use the word introspect. I came up with: During several instances of reading ...
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1answer
30 views

When back, if I say “Out of office until Thursday” [duplicate]

I am always confused when I get an email stating "out of office until Thursday". Is the sender back on Thursday or still out of office (o.o.o.) on Thursday and only back on Friday? Is there a good ...
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1answer
20 views

Obligatory punctuation for independent clauses as parts of a noun phrase?

Consider the following sentence: I remember the time I pushed John and he fell over. Is that sentence correctly punctuated as written? I ask because it has no commas. As I understand it, the ...
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0answers
13 views

“This type of programs”: is or are [duplicate]

I just want to know which is correct and could you please give me some techniques to memorize the answer easily?
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2answers
25 views

Is there any difference between saying “for long” or just “long”?

For example: Is "Good sensation of freshness long after brushing" any different from "Good sensation of freshness for long after brushing?"
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0answers
44 views

Why is “five dollars” written “$5” and not “5$”? [duplicate]

Given that "$5" it is read "five dollars", why isn't it written "5$" instead? In this answer I noticed the expression "a thing worth five dollars", which could be an explaination, but it isn't ...
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0answers
39 views

We can say really big, and it makes the thing we're talking about bigger than the usual big. Is there a way of saying not so big? [migrated]

But I don't want to be saying "It is not that big" -> it is bigger, but smaller than the usual I want to know if there is a work of the same type as "really" that decreses the ammount of "bigness" ...
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0answers
19 views

“ There's ” vs plural noun [on hold]

How to use "there's" in telling plural things which I found it in some songs lyrics. Which one is correct? there's a lot of things to do there are lots of things to do
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2answers
32 views

When using “long” meaning “a long time” do you have to specify that you're talking about time?

For example: Do I have to say "It leaves the mouth fresher for a longer time" or can I simply say "It leaves the mouth fresher for longer"? I was comparing two products, and I had to translate some ...
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1answer
31 views

What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...
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0answers
19 views

how can i reword this sentence without using the word you [on hold]

I am writing an essay and I am stuck on a sentence which is: What kind of personality do you have? I need to reword that sentence without using the word "you"
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0answers
22 views

What's the difference between benefiting and utilizing? [on hold]

Is there a general difference between the words utilize and benefit as verb in a sentence?
0
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1answer
28 views

Modal-verb ellipsis

I have two questions about modal-verb ellipsis. Can we omit the boldfaced modal verb in (a), without changing the meaning of the sentence? Which sounds more natural, (a) or (b)? (a) The delegation ...
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3answers
81 views

A second crack?

Where does the word "crack" originate from in the phrase "Give me another crack at that"? Curious to know if it's in reference to driving horses? Perhaps a derivative of "craic" in Irish? Or in a ...
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5answers
78 views

Other ways of saying: “I'll buy you…” [on hold]

Is there some other way of saying “I’ll buy you… Let me buy you… I would like to buy you (a drink, lunch… etc)” My point is that I would like to avoid using the word “buy”, because it sounds to me ...
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0answers
8 views

What is the best word for the wish to learning something? e.g. Learnwish -but doesn`t exist, right? [migrated]

if you could answer me your favorite word for a "wish to learn something" then I would be really glad. Thank you very much, best Felix
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1answer
35 views

man who is the doctor..or man who the doctor is

What is the grammatically correct clause mentioned below ? 1.(a) Isobel,whose brother john was,(had heard the joke before.) or (b)Isobel,whose brother was john,(had heard the joke before.) ...
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0answers
12 views

Proper word for caveats in speech? [duplicate]

Similar to this question, but slightly different. I am looking for a word or phrase to describe the act of adding in disclaimers or qualifications in sentences to not suggest a certain thing, ...
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3answers
45 views

What's the difference between: Is it ok for you?, and: Is it ok with you?

What is the difference and in which context you can use: Is it ok for you? or: Is it ok with you?
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1answer
25 views

What a care-taker is taking care of? [duplicate]

I need a good word for the object a care-taker is taking care of. The term will be used in scientific environment, more specifically in IT: we have an application which is "monitoring" other ...
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1answer
44 views

How to write Vietnamese names in English correctly? (“Việt Nam” to “Vietnam” or “Viet Nam”?)

Commonly, in writing, the country name in Vietnamese is Việt Nam, in English is Vietnam; its capital city name in Vietnamese is Hà Nội, in English is Hanoi; its largest city name in Vietnamese is ...
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0answers
35 views

Is there a proper name for saying something like “stack'em”?

Is there a proper name for saying something like stack'em instead of stack them or any other "'em" in place of "them"? Is it slang or something to do with dialect? UPDATE It is a ...

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