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I finish vs finishing [migrated]

What's the difference between: 1) I will talk to you after I finish this. 2) I will talk to you after finishing this. is 2) grammatically correct? What would be the name for writing the sentence ...
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Someone who gives someone else a paid task to work on [on hold]

I am creating the database that holds projects shown in a portfolio, in which one table holds the companies or private persons who commissioned one or more projects. Now I need to give that table a ...
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What is the difference between “in which” and plain “which”?

What is the difference between "in which" and plain "which"? Can they be used interchangeably?
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How to say that he had to endure the same fate? [on hold]

Is this grammatically correct? He had to handle several problems, such as enemies and abuse, a similar fate of the author's Anthony Nygren.
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How do we call a person that always chooses the same option? [on hold]

How do we call a person that always chooses the same option? For example: the same flavor of pizza, the same restaurant, the same color of clothes
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Article The or A? [on hold]

Could you explain why this article (the) is used in this sentence and not "a". Started from the bottom or Started from a bottom
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Why is the position of reduced adjective clauses inconsistent? E.g. “the broken window” vs. “the man responsible”

The rule is that if the adjective clause has only a single adjective, we should replace it before the noun e.g.: "the window that is broken was fixed by Tom" is reduced to "the broken window was fixed ...
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Is there a word for the opposite of magnify? [on hold]

Specifically to do with lenses / magnification, but making something appear smaller rather than larger. Example: If her glasses make her eyes look larger: Her glasses magnify her eyes. If her ...
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Does this sentence grammatically seem welcome? [on hold]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I really wonder what the motivation behind themselves is. I saw this sentence while in the act of doing some researches.
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What's a person called who does things for an ulterior motive? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word for someone who is quiet, acts nice, will even do stuff for you but it's all a motive just to get something from you.
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Is “commerical” a valid and different word from “commercial”?

Googling, I see many places using the spelling commerical, but I don't see that spelling in any dictionaries at all. Is it a mistake for commercial, or are these two different words?
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When a list includes both people and things do you use “who” or “that” when referring to these common nouns?

An example being: "The chain of kindness begins with donations from individuals, foundations and businesses who (or that) truly believe in our mandate and mission."
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What would have been the point of you in 1977 the land ceiling Actwere passed [on hold]

What would be the point of view in 1977 the land ceiling Act was passed
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Punctuating an Initialized/Abbreviated Last Name

What is the proper method, in American English, to punctuate a name that's been abbreviated to an initial? I.e., "Dr. S," if the full last name was something like, say, "Syzlowski," or someone named, ...
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Is there a word used to describe a weekend plus a one-day holiday?

I'd like to ask my friend out this coming weekend plus the coming Martin Luther King holiday. I was about to say: How's your weekend shaping up? But I feel like he might also be available on Monday ...
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Are these PPs or non-finite clauses – or something else entirely?

I'm wondering about the construction for [NP] to [VP], as illustrated in the following examples: (1) I waited for you to come here (2) He arranged for me to go there (3) For him to do that took ...
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Stagnate stagnate stagnate [on hold]

Is the sentece below correct? "Is their decision to stagnate voting the right one?" I do not know how to use stagnate correctly in a sentence. Does it even make sence? Thank you!
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Origin of “Beating a dead horse”

The origin of beating a dead horse. Was this ever a common practice suitable for a specific purpose? Is it related to the desire to spur a horse into action?
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After “some”, plural or singular verb?

In these sentences: "Some (composes/compose) delightful music" "Some of them (write/writes) wonderful books" Which form of the verb should I use?
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'Do you have books' vs 'Do you have any books' [migrated]

Is it mandatory to use any in questions and negative sentences when using plural nouns? I have found a site that says it is not necessary. If I omit any will that be grammatical?  Here are some ...
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The person was made particularly understood not to enter the premise due to its extensive renovation

Is 'made particularly understood?' grammatically correct? Apparently my grammar checker said it is. Or is it, That person was particularly made to understand..?
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Why do we say 'our sister______'? [duplicate]

Why do we refer to something related as our sister_______? For example: Please visit our sister hotel You can find that on our sister site Why don't we use brother? Is it wrong to use ...
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Maintaining public libraries is a waste of money since computer technology can replace their functions. Do you agree or disagree? [on hold]

In our lives, libraries are very familiar, especially in campus life. Not only adults but also students can understand their crucial roles. Unfortunately, some people think that maintaining public ...
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Looking for a word that means “handmade” that starts with and “S” or a “C” word that sounds like an s-beginning

This word will be used in pertaining to a handmade craft following another "S" word in the business title.
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recover vs reduce in scientific writing [on hold]

In scientific writing, some approach (recovers/reduces to) an original theory. Which is better? Is 'recover' colloq?
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You may leave the room,how can we report it [migrated]

How could we report "You may leave the room"Teacher said Can we report it as Teacher gave me the permission to leave the room OR Teacher said to me that I might/could/may leave the room. May,...
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What does this symbol mean? [on hold]

The image might be rotated. Maybe related to Christianity. I already tried google reverse image search and combed though some of the most relevant symbol lists. Found on a Jacob's ladder:
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“I was so turnt that night”

Time for another American English slang term I picked up from the YouTube comments (emphasis in bold mine) "well... i gave her a vicodin." reminds me when i had a cold and my dad gave me a sip ...
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What is meant by bring it on? [on hold]

Either side is not ready to give up. Bring it on!
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Simple English word that indicates the user isn't just a regular user [on hold]

We got a 3 user roles per game: Regular user Recruiter Admin The user is one of the mentioned user roles per game. A user could have different user roles per game. I want to present a menu where the ...
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using new learned word in speaking [on hold]

I think the best way to be able to use a new word in speaking is to write it in a sentence first, the more sentences the better. However, the problem that I'm facing is that I cannot be sure if the ...
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Using “woman” without article [on hold]

I heard the lyrics of a song by Helen Reddy: I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore […] I am woman watch me grow See me standing toe to toe As I spread my lovin' arms ...
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Use of “may” or “might” and their inherent semantic difference

Under the American Heritage Dictionary's usage note for the verb "might" it says: Usage Note: May or might? In many situations, the choice between these two verbs can be clarified by remembering ...
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What does “retention of fence” in bulding applications vernacular mean [on hold]

I am reading (British) planning permissions and often sees titles such as these: "Retention of fence to rear" or "Retention of fence and works to front garden including raised decking". These are full ...
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Difference between “disgust”, “revulsion”, disgust towards to a person [on hold]

There is a plenty of words in English which are synonyms of "disgust", like: "revulsion", "squeamishness", "loathing" etc. What words do you use to describe a desire not to speak with a person, move ...
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Why “would rather” +noun is feasible?Without principal verb

A sentence from TE,however find no grammatical rules supporting the sentence. Thanks you in advance. Many politicians, business people, intellectuals, journalists and even whisky-swilling generals ...
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How tran­si­tiv­ity is de­fined in CGEL

This ques­tion is specif­i­cally for those who are fa­mil­iar with the 2002 edi­tion of The Cam­bridge Gram­mar of the English Lan­guage by Hud­dle­ston and Pul­lum. The book has this pas­sage at ...
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Difference between the two sentences and why are they used in that particular way

Is there any difference between these two sentences? I bought my friends some chocolates. I bought some chocolates for my friends.
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What is neuro-context in semantics? [on hold]

Kindly explain the term neuro-context. Can we find a universal ground in semantics.
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I would like to say “blablabla, which is quite confusing for people who looks at it for the first time” [on hold]

I would like to say "After you enter the command, you would see output like ... , which is quite confusing for people who looks at it for the first time". Is it correct?
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get arrangements made? verb and voice confusion

I'm having a hard time parsing this dependent clause: "If we manage to get the arrangements made," Is "made" functioning as an adjective, or is it a verb being used in the passive voice? I'm leaning ...
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Proper name and use of [on hold]

My proper name is Deborah but I like to be called Deb. Some insist on calling me Deborah which irks me. How do I get them to stop?
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“Don't make things become complicated” is Ok in speaking? [on hold]

I am considering the phrase "Don't make things become complicated", is it ok? Even though I think that "Don't make things complicated" looks more natural. Thanks.
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What single word means ‘when all options turn into one’?

I can’t find a word that means ‘when all options turn to one’. Here’s an example so you can understand: Jack has five options for fish at dinner. Rainbow fish, glitter fish, olive fish, Cambrian fish,...
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The definition of perfect infinitive?

I am following English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy: unit 43, and I encountered the term “perfect infinitive”. I googled this term and I found most of the results talk about the usages, not ...
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Is right to say “when he was come down from the mountain”? [duplicate]

When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. This is the quote from KJV Bible. I am doubted why to say "he was come down". I felt "he came down" is more proper ...
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Around “which” or around “who” or around which?

In a sentence that reads, “Align your attention with that maternal star around **** we orbit”, what word would be suitable? I am unsure because “maternal star” adds gender and very nearly attributes ...
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Using which or where to refer to place

A student I have been volunteering with wrote the following in his essay: We really enjoyed the cruise and also the islands where we visited last week. To my ear the use of where doesn't sound ...
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Which of these two sentences is more correct? [on hold]

Strategy of selecting instrumental Or The strategy of selecting instrumental
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'Advised me to..' vs 'Advised me that I..'

Which one is correct? He advised me to see the doctor. He advised me that I see the doctor.

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