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Is conjunction reduction possible within an if's compound apodosis?

I have the following sentence: If the researcher knew the mechanism, any feature of the population would be known, any (causal) relationships in the population would be completely traceable, and ...
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What’s the long form corresponding to the short form “English Language & Usage”?

Am I right that ①English Lan­guage & Usage is the short form ei­ther for ②English Lan­guage & Its Usage or else for ③English Lan­guage & The Usage of It, rather than for ④English Lan­guage ...
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Is the second “to” needed here? “I am going to listen and (to) read” [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Can I use both? "I am going to listen and read." "I am going to listen and to read."
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How to describe more future promises in a sentence

If I want to say a sentence like this: I will go there and I will lock the door and I will tell them the information. I suppose that this is not a correct way. Should I use only the first will ...
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When can I omit the auxiliary verb in Past Perfect…?

I've come across two examples of past-perfect in the textbook and was wondering if someone could please explain why the latter sentences still use 'had' and why it shouldn't be omitted: 1) When I ...
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Colloquial reductions of TO in sentences

Lately I read again my old English book and find out something that I don't understand. It's about Colloquial reductions, the book says that there are two ways to pronounce "to" in the sentences: /tə/ ...
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When should you repeat the same subject in a compound sentence?

I'd like to know when it is required to repeat the pronoun after a clause or an interjection within the same phrase. For example, which of these two phrases would be considered correct: I've recently ...
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"The economic and health [crisis | crises] can be tackled together.”

Is this sentence correct with plural crises: The economic and health crises can be tackled together. or should it instead be this one with a singular crisis: The economic and health crisis can be ...
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Double present perfect in a compound sentence [closed]

I have two questions concerning the use of the present perfect tense twice in a compound sentence: a. He has accused John of the crime and provided evidence for it. b. He has accused John of ...
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How this present participle is formed

Can someone explain how the 'joining' part in this sentence is formed? and what can be the original sentence before reduction? Joining us here in the studio to start things off we have expert Sonia ...
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What determines how much of a repetition can be omitted for shortening?

Given two sentences with the same subject, we can merge them into one. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to keep buildings cool. The rooftop designs differ in their ability to capture ...
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Repeating a subject twice - a matter of style or grammar?

Is repeating the subject twice in a sentence considered a grammar error or bad style? For example: Epic Game Music will be held for the first time in Poland at Poznan Game Arena and Game Industry ...
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when to the 'the' in a sentence! [closed]

after 'share knowledge of the' why does 'context' not have an article after it? As opposed to The first group consists of nouns which refer to shared knowledge of the situation or the context. why ...
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What does the lady think (that) has happened to Lorna?

What does the lady think (that) has happened to Lorna? Please, can you tell me if "that" has to be omitted or is it optional in this question? I think it is optional, but sounds odds and unnatural, ...
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Of “was X and Y” and “was X and was Y,” which is correct?

I sometimes confuse when to use "to be" when there are verbs associated with one noun. What is a difference between these two sentences given below: A promotional plan was launched and completed....
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How to use articles? When to use “a”, “an”, “the”? [closed]

I am confused about why we say a boy and a girl. can I say a boy and girl instead of adding the A article in front of both?
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Can the second 'I' be omitted in 'I am … and I am …' [duplicate]

For example, if I want to say I am grateful to have been offered a place on the program and I am very happy to accept the offer. Is it better or not to omit the second 'I'? I am grateful to ...
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Is it okay to repeat “to” in a string of verbs?

Is it okay to repeat the word "to" in a string of verbs? See the following sentence. Does repeating "to" serve an important function or should it be deleted? Throughout history, humans have ...
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“to learn and to persevere” vs. “to learn and persevere”

Which one of the following two sentences is grammatically correct? I can attest to how my willingness to learn and to persevere through hard work will help me quickly grow to become an exceptional [...
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Which one is grammatically correct, with “have” or without “have”?

I have been admitted to the upcoming class and been planning to live in the dormitory. I have been admitted to the upcoming class and have been planning to live in the dormitory.
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Can both “that”-s be dropped in “Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned”? [closed]

Can both that-s be dropped in "Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned"? Is this grammatical: "Here's the email he sent I mentioned"?
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Usage of 'a' before two nouns

Is it valid to use 'a' to describe two nouns? For example: "I am going to town to get a burger and chips" or "they do a nice burger and chips" The concern I have is I am not sure if it is valid to ...
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Should I say “creation of A and B” or “creation of A and of B”? (B being plural)

As a student, I need to write a report about what I accomplished during an internship. I created two things: some indicators (A) and a dashboard (B). Should the title of my report be "Creation of ...
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Conjunction Usage?

I was recently writing a paper and I was wondering what is the most appropriate usage of the conjunction and There are leftovers in both his house and in his office There are leftovers in both his ...
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Future negation with two statements using “won’t” [closed]

I have a question about future negation using won’t. So, when I have a question that contains two parts connected by and and I want to make it known that those things both will not happen. So for ...
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What do “as both” and “both as” mean?

Sometimes it's used as "as both" and sometimes as "both as", examples: His performance both as a captain and as a player was terrible. or I start with my own story, as both a means of explaining ...
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grammatically correct or double negative?

If I write "I have absolutely nothing to do with him and never will." is that clear and grammatically correct in meaning that I will never have anything to do with him? Could it be interpreted/...
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should 'the' be repeated in front of two or more nouns? [closed]

If I list some similar things, should I place an article in front of each? Like: I want to be a pilot, or a teacher, or an artist, or a queen. Or: I have eaten the soup and the sandwich you made for ...
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“…at the top or bottom” vs “…at the top or the bottom” [duplicate]

I'm a bit confused about the usage of "the" in a list. Even after reading this post, it's not clear to me which of the following is grammatically correct. "Is the [object] at the top or bottom?" "Is ...
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“…[a] full program”?

I'm writing a code challenge, and in the challenge description wrote: It can be a function, or full program. This slipped by me for almost a day now, but now that I reread it, I'm wondering if the ...
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Is the repitition of 'can' in this sentence a use of poor grammar?

Is the repetition of 'can' a use of bad grammar? "[...] certain files can be reduced in size and can still retain all crucial information [...]" Should it simply be ""[...] certain files can be ...
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Grammar question, which statement would be correct?

Good morning, I am writing an essay on file compression and I have written this sentence and I am not sure whether the first or second version would be correct. The statement is: "Lossless ...
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Can I omit the noun and verb in the following sentence?

That the left brain is analytical and the right creative is false. In order to avoid repetition, I omitted "brain is" after "right." Is it incorrect to do so?
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“my happiness and sadness” vs. “my happiness and my sadness”

I forgo my happiness and sadness all the time. I forgo my happiness and my sadness all the time. How are the two sentences different? And what do they connote?
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Should the plural form of “is” be used in the sentence “Why is x good and y bad?”

Microsoft word seems to think it should be "Why are x good and y bad?" and I don't agree because that doesn't sound right. And yet I can't really think of why either should be better because "y bad" ...
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Can you include two to + infinitives in a sentence [closed]

When you're writing a list of actions in the form of infinitive verbs, do you include "to" before each of them? For example, "Ann wants to learn to read and to knit." I tend to think you'd only ...
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In order to Verb and (to) Verb [duplicate]

In order to address traffic jam and reduce carbon footprint In order to address traffic jam and to reduce carbon footprint Which one is correct?
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Past Perfect Continuous: should I use 'had' twice?

Should I use 'had' twice in a Past Perfect Continuous sentence? Which of two sentences is correct? ...you know nothing about it until you had been smacked on the back or yelled at. ...you ...
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“I'm a student and I work at Burger King” or “I'm a student and work at Burger King”? [duplicate]

Is is necessary to use the Subject Pronoun in the sentence below? I'm a student and I work at Burger King. or I'm a student and work at Burger King. Which one is correct according to the ...
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Joining qualified nouns

Is it ok to use "red and black buses and cabs" to mean "red and black buses and red and black cabs" for a city that has red buses, black buses, red cabs, and blacks cabs? If not, what would be a ...
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Repeating the definite article

I have a question about repeating the definite article. At my job, we have to discuss various cost elements. In our reports, people never repeat the definite article, but I think it's necessary. Here ...
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“How good A and how bad B were in their respective roles”? [closed]

The construction of this sentence is bothering me. Is it grammatically well formed? If not, what is the correct alternative? ... a prime example of how terrible Marina Sirtis and how good Brent ...
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Can we omit a duplicated preposition? [duplicate]

Is on needed a second time in this sentence? There is a bad effect either on human health or environment. There is a bad effect either on human health or on environment.
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Identifying parts of a sentence

How do the bolded sections of the sentences below function grammatically? (taken from David McCullough's John Adams) Philadelphia, the provincial capital of Pennsylvania on the western bank of the ...
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“It is better to X than to Y” - the structure of a difficult comparative sentence

Take the following sentence: It is better to underestimate your abilities and overestimate your risks than to go in a direction that actually involves more uncertainty than you can justify. For ...
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Should I repeat the past perfect “had”?

Jumping straight into my question, consider these two sentences: He had finished the recitation and closed the book. He had finished the recitation and had closed the book. Which of the ...
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If there are two tenses in my sentence, should I repeat the subject?

Is it correct to say: I have done the washing up and am now watching TV. or I have done the washing up and I am watching TV now.
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Single auxilliary verb before conjunction “and” vs. two auxilliary verbs around it

Which one of these statements is correct or more appropriate or recommended? Alice is an artist and is very popular for her work. Alice is an artist and she is very popular for her work. Alice is an ...
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Do I have to repeat a verb before and after “and”?

I am writing an essay and I am stuck with this sentence The citizens cast their votes choosing Mark as president and choosing me as vice-president. is this correct or should it be The ...
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Repeating (or not) “to” in a sentence involving infinitives set in parallel

I googled it but I couldn't find the answer... maybe I didn't seek it in the proper way. My question is if "to" must be repeated in sentences such as the following ones: In the past, women ...