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comment Is 'might be able to' grammatically correct?
Perfectly fine. And, for example, "you might be able to" gets 123 million Google hits. That's a heck of a lot of hits!"
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comment Attorney vs Lawyer
"attorney" is a kind of puff word.
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comment 'Have had' or 'had'?
I think you answered your own question. Is the week over or not?
May
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comment finding the subject
1. That pile of dirt; 2. An anthill. Is this a trick question or something?
May
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comment Which verb is more correct in “Which shirts is/are she bringing?”
Poor wording? Sounds totally normal to me.
May
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comment Ending email with: “Well received”, “Noted with Thanks” or “Noted and Thanks”?
I would suspect that this is a Germanism; however, I see "Noted with thanks" being taught on Japanese websites as a commonly used informal ending for email, which strikes me as totally odd.
May
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comment When to put a comma before participial phrase
Yes, "while" works best in those cases, but there is also something else going on here that maybe the Japanese textbook on English is trying to explain. Just today I have come across dozens of sentences in this format, all written by Japanese people, where "while" does not seem to work, such as: "The examiner rejected the argument, stating that rules 36 and 37 were violated."
May
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comment When to put a comma before participial phrase
I think the comma after "sandwiches" is to have the subject of "talking" not be "sandwiches," but "She." However, if talking sandwiches is an impossibility, the comma only precludes an absurd interpretation anyway.
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asked Pagination: Reference to page numbered in format of This Page Number/Total Number of Pages
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comment The mayor as well as his brothers is/are going to prison
Singular or plural verb form where subject includes a “parenthetical” element: english.stackexchange.com/questions/56210/…
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comment Can you explain to my daughter's second grade teacher why this is a complete sentence?
Sounds like a "great" school.
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accepted Publishing a website online: What verb is most natural?
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comment ESL text: “I notice similarities between myself and . . . ”: Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?
Erik Kowal - Thank you very much for that clear and detailed explanation! Those patterns really help.
Mar
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accepted ESL text: “I notice similarities between myself and . . . ”: Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?
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asked ESL text: “I notice similarities between myself and . . . ”: Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?
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asked Publishing a website online: What verb is most natural?
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