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Should I use present or past tense? [migrated]

Should I use ‘was’ or ‘is’ in the following paragraph? “My sister saw a blue dress at the mall yesterday. She loved it very much. But the dress was too expensive for her. It was one hundred dollars. ...
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What Do "Holes" and "Pulled-up" Mean Here?

The holes burned in the night. Holes you can look through and see the stump of a leg, a bloody bandage, flies on the gauze; a pulled-up satellite image of a major military target, a 3-D journey into ...
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Word for the trading window in small shops

Is there an appropriate word for the window where purchase/trade happens in small shops or merchant stalls?
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How to write of process? Is it process' or process's? [duplicate]

Can I write output of process as process'/process's output? How to use apostrophe in words ending with two ss like boss, actress, goddess, process?
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Sentence grammar usage "as"

He was exposed as lacking in intelligence. I'm writing this sentence but I feel there is something amiss with the grammar, but I can't tell exactly why or where. Something to do with "as" I ...
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Is "Why having a pen pal" grammaticaly correct? [closed]

I'm preparing a presentation for school and I am now wondering if my title is correct : "Why having a pen pal ?" Please tell me your mind and if it's not correct (which is extremely possible)...
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question about the phrase "defined in part" [closed]

I have a question about the phrase defined in part. I personally wouldn't make this statement, but if somebody says These people are defined in part by religion, and in part by ancestry then would ...
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Meaning of “raz” in English [closed]

What comes to your mind as a native speaker of English when you hear the word “raz”? I am going to name my brand as “razmental”, but I’m not sure if it evokes the connotations of the informal sense of ...
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Can I use albeit as a substitute of although [duplicate]

I would normally use although in a sentence like this: although the sun was shining it wasn't that warm Would using albeit instead of although be correct in this context? albeit the sun was shining ...
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'Shipping' (in the romance-related sense): Is there a way to distinguish wanting vs predicting? [closed]

Shipping as in (romantic) relationship - ping; The Psychology of Shipping and The Psychology of Shipping. Is there a way to distinguish the ff 2 cases of shipping? Prediction: I think characters A ...
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What's the difference between "on a Saturday" and "on Saturday"? [closed]

What's the difference between "on a Saturday" and "on Saturday"? I've seen "on a Saturday" several times but I don't get what would be the difference if we say "on ...
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Where should I position the correlating conjunction relative to the infinitive?

I am proofreading the following sentence: They inspired her to produce not only her zine and blog but to create a whole new scene in New Orleans. I am thinking it should rather be written as follows:...
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"Didn't any" and "didn't either" [closed]

A discount will be given to teams that did not participate in either of the last two EBL Team Championships held in Budapest 2016 and Ostend 2018. Who qualifies for a discount? Teams that didn't ...
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Several processes vs several process [closed]

The sentence that I wrote is, He observed several processes and systems in awe as he walked around the grasslands and other places full of greenery.
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Words and expressions request for order

My mom bought home some fruit last week and before we are able to finish them all she got some more today so she told me, translated to English from my first language, that I should eat the fruit that ...
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What pronouns to use in technical documentation

I am writing some documentation for a piece of software and I am struggling on what pronouns to use. I didn't want to use gender related pronouns as my subject is the user so I used they/their, but it ...
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I'm working in an Indigenous Australian context in which particular sacred trees and animals are capitalised. I'm aware that the specific name of the tree, for example, needs to be capitalised but ...
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Should I write "Appyling any issues" or "Applying any fixes"?

Is this the correct sentence? We support our current releases, unfortunately you are on older version, we are not applying any respective issues. Or it should be "applying any respective fixes.&...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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Would it be "current-controlling device" or "current controlling device"?

This is for use within context of electrical current.
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If he went to the museum, he will (OR would?) be more intelligent [closed]

is will or would both right and if not, which one and why?
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need an idiom or phrase that means that the same event resulted (or results) in contrasting outcomes for 2 different inividuals

The sentence, as it now stands, is: "The bizarre events and offbeat personalities of an acid-fueled summer push two high school lifeguards in opposite directions." The part in italics is the ...
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A Specific Instance of Me (object) vs. I (subject)

I was just crafting an email. The sentence was similar to this: You are hereby invited to the Pristine Medal Ceremony, an event which will result in Anthony and me becoming knighted, and receiving ...
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To "provide an example of" - what does "of" refer to? [closed]

Basically, I am asking myself if both of the following ways are valid: He provides an example of dogs, namely the husky. He provides an/the example of the husky, which is a dog. Note that one time ...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [closed]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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Possessive 'it' : Pronoun vs Adjective [duplicate]

I was working on some grammar schoolwork, some pronoun revisions and it states that the pronoun 'it' has no possessive, it has an adjective possessive, but not as a possessive pronoun. I'm confused. ...
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Omit relative pronoun while connecting two relative clauses

The value of function f(x)=ax+b is positive when x is positive where a is non-negative real number and where b is positive integer. Is there any difference as I omit the second "where" as ...
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Anticipation spreading out? [closed]

Can anticipation spread out? What's the verb, that it goes through your skin?
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Why I found the Lord of the Rings quite hard to read as a non-native speaker? [closed]

I am reading the Lord of the rings. But as a non-native speaker, I found it very hard to visualize in my head the settings of the scenes and also the landscapes established by the author. Has anyone ...
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Is a phrase "A table for two" correct or should I always add word "people"? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say "A table for two, please", without saying "for two people"?
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This moment carried the weight of significance [closed]

Does this sound right? Or is it weird/ how better to express it?
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pull a face in shock? [migrated]

What's the correct expression? I'm not a native speaker. I want to describe that he made a expression of shock; like pulled a face in shock; but I feel that's wrong. How can I see it concisely?
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How to write a list of items, where the last item is a compound item? [duplicate]

I have a sentence that contains a list of items, and the last item in the list contains an "and" (e.g. like a pet shop may sell "hampsters" and "cat and dog beds", but ...
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Subject verb agreement with and [migrated]

Are the sentences below correct? The average temperature peaks at 25 degrees in London and 30 degrees in New York. The average temperature in both cities drops between July and September. I’m ...
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What is a good verb to be used with ‘possibilities’ in this context? [closed]

After showing all the restrictions, I will investigate the possibilities that still … for activism. The verbs coming to my mind are hold and maintain. But I don’t know if these are good choices, and ...
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Is it correct to place the adjective before 'is/was'?

For example: "Shut were his blinds." vs "His blinds were shut." Is there any meaningful difference between these two? Is the former even grammatically correct?
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What is the usage of "considerably" outside of comparative constructs?

I have noticed that all the examples for "considerably" in Lexico (which is based on the OED, I believe?) are comparatives: considerably [adverb]: By a notably large amount or to a notably ...
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What's the grammatical term for a sentence that begins with a descriptive noun phrase, followed by a complete sentence?

For example: A powerful sword forged by a famous blacksmith, it has seen endless battles. A cheap yet versatile mini-tank, the Ice Golem provides a wide range of uses ... The sister of the Witch, ...
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Are both of these equally correct? [closed]

An event, announced to be held on January 12th this year, was canceled due to public objections. An event, announced to be held on last January 12th, was canceled due to public objections. Are both ...
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Apostrophe use for guys [closed]

I've seen similar questions asked here but what I saw didn't cover my specific question (at least I believe). The sentence I have the question on is the following: "But, the best guys gonna win.&...
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My board is not responsible for the problem caused by what it approved? [closed]

Here is the HOA rule in my community about architectural changes. No building, fence, wall or other structure shall be commenced, erected or maintained upon the Property, nor shall any exterior ...
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Would be possible were [duplicate]

The wheelbarrow is designed to distribute the weight of its load between the wheel and the operator, so enabling the convenient carriage of heavier and bulkier loads than would be possible were the ...
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Full Stop after options [closed]

I am making multiple choice questions for students in maths. So after each question I give 4 options. So should I put full stop after each option?
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Should I capitalize specific music genres?

I am a webmaster for a music festival. Looking for definitive answer as to whether these three words should always be capitalized wherever they are used: bluegrass, americana, and folk.
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What does "forty-four tears hell out of a man" mean

In "East of Eden" the Sheriff tells Kate that Adam Trask is "a forty-four tears hell out of a man". Is that an expression in English? I've never encountered it before, neither has ...
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Is it okay to say "I need to explain why I got the results I did"? [closed]

I feel like I've heard something like it but I'm not sure if it's correct English
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How old is the expression "walking distance"?

I'm curious about how long we've described distances as "walking" and if it's been used over a long period, what distance did it refer to over time? The Online Etymological Dictionary, while ...
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Usage of "ran into" [closed]

I am writing a short text, and I am not sure about its correctness, because all the examples I've seen about the usage of "ran into", are done in its active form . "I ran into my cousin ...
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What does "Fair Lady" mean? [closed]

Sometimes we call a woman "my fair lady" or "my fair queen". In this context, does fair mean bright and beautiful? Or just and honest?
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Monosyllabic triphthongs with R are distinguished from sequences with disyllabic realizations

In British Received Pronunciation, and most other non-rhotic (r-dropping) varieties of English, monosyllabic triphthongs with R are optionally distinguished from sequences with disyllabic realizations:...
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