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Must the phrase 'without number' modify plural nouns? If so, how are we to tolerate ungrammaticality in prose issued by prestigious publishers?

How are we to understand the following sentence as being grammatical? If it isn't, why should we excuse it's not being so? For thirteen years she had been a schoolmistress, and during those years ...
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Adverb phrase usage in a sentence

Can "more than"/less than/as good as etc. be used as phrasal adverbs in example sentences :- 1. He was more than(meaning very) deserving. 2. Less than 40 People were present(less than is modifying ...
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Preposirional/infinitive phrase connectors

When prepositional /infinitive phrases are used as sentence connectors i. e they come at the beginning of the sentence, what is their status in the sentence. Are they mere connectors and not a part of ...
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Through/by email

What would be the correct preposition: "I will send all further details ____ email/text" ? I’m pretty sure I’ve heard people say “through email,” but I just searched it up and they say people don’t ...
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Is the following “which” descripting a singular subject or plural subject?

This is a correcing-gramatial-error question from the IELTS OG. the relavant picture is provided here Acccording to the answer, error No.10 "is extending" is replaced with "has been extended", which ...
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How to describe the purely grammatical “how” in common informal speech

I translate from Finnish, and I've noticed that Finnish and English use the word "kuinka"/"how" both as an adverb to mean the manner in which a thing is done and as a mere relative clause marker, in ...
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Any more/any less than

I was wondering what are the meanings of “any more than” and “any less than” Which one should I use in this sentence? I don’t wan to do this any (more) (less) than you do An example of this ...
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Generics: money VS some money

Here is a definition of generics, given by C.Lyons in "Definiteness" (1999): "Generic noun phrases are those in which reference is made to an entire class, or, perhaps more accurately, which are used ...
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When using may to address everyone, will the verb to use is has or have? [closed]

Which is the right way to say, May everyone has or may everyone have? Which verb corresponds to it, singular or plural?
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Does “One example of that would be it's trophic cascade” make sense?

I'm trying to write a paragraph for a question for my biology class. The question is "How are organisms (and non-living things) interconnected within Serengeti National Park? He wants us to include "...
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Using base verb for a continious job

I have two examples. In these sentences I used present perfect continuous tense. Can I use present simple tense in these sentences? First Example: We have been good friends since elementary school. ...
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Why does 'The virus went out of control' sound wrong, when it is grammatically correct?

My first instinct was to change 'the virus went out of control' to 'the virus was out of control.' My supposition was confirmed by other people who are native English speakers. Yet we can't figure out ...
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Is “be headed to from here“ grammatically correct?

In the sentence ’As for intellectuals, they should be aware of the world is headed to from here, and work together to facilitate reason to prevail over anti-reason.’ Whether the preposition ’to’ in ...
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Should + Own something

Suppose it's about to rain. One should bring his umbrella to go out. Is it grammatically correct to say - It looks like it will rain. He should have his own umbrella with him, just in case it does. ...
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Cloze Passage - Grammar (Sequence of Tenses)

There is this sentence in my Grammar Cloze passage: Though I started off reasonably well, soon I felt my legs ___________(ache) badly. Should I answer "ache" or "aching"? The correct answer is "...
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What do you call this sequence?

Sorry about the rather uninformative title. I'm curious about what you would call something like this: A University of Iowa student has died nearly three months after a fall in Rome in a suspected ...
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Is this gramatically correct sentence? [closed]

"She trust in him". It is a Present Indefinite tense but is it correct. Shouldn't we use "trusts" instead of "trust" ??
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am/is/are or none [closed]

Why is the following sentence right (if it is)? Car in the garage. I thought it's better to write 'Car is in the garage' similar to 'I'm in the garage', but I hear sentences like this too often, ...
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Is this response to my text grammatically correct? [closed]

Is this response to my text grammatically correct? Me: Who’s killing who? Him: Me you if you didn't shudder in excitement at my message.
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What’s the difference between these following sentences?

There are some apples to pick up. There are some apples to be picked up.
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(leave) Till/to/for

Which one is correct, and which one sounds more natural? Leave that to tomorrow/later/another day/last minute Leave that for tomorrow/later/another day/last minute Leave that till tomorrow/later/...
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Please Give me those grammer explanation [migrated]

1.Tnx for calling me 2.He took a harsh decision of stepping out of my hime I know gerund can be used as subject,object,or adjective I am not able catch those two Sentences Can anyone explain me ...
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A question concerning subject-verb Agreement

Please consider this line: Physical and occupational therapy remain an important cornerstone of motor symptom management in FTD. I am confused whether the plural usage of "remain" is appropriate as ...
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Is the verb form correct?

"I will commit myself to acquiring a new skill." I saw a sentence like this one (same structure, same verb form) on Cambridge Dictionary's website. But I checked it on Grammarly, and it said that the ...
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Using commas for lists containing independent clauses

To be clear, a is the acceleration of the object, F is the net force on the object, and m is the mass of the object. Can we use commas for connecting independent clauses as a list? Is the above ...
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Can I use x times big than?

I know this is correct "My big brother is twice as big as me" BUT Can I say "My big brother is twice as big than me"?
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what is the ed version of times? is it timesed

i am doing my maths revision and i was wondering how to write down the 'ed' of times. e.g. I timesed it by 5 and it equaled 10.
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Idea and preposition

I just need to have a better understanding of when and how to use the following prepositions with their corresponding word: Idea about Idea of can you use the preposition “about” with the word “...
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Can I say “I was seeing Lucy last Sunday”

And if I can, is the sentence I saw Lucy last Sunday. any different?
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Singular or Plural (has/have vs was/were)? [duplicate]

1) There has been a funeral, two weddings and three thefts since you left. OR 1) There have been a funeral, two weddings and three thefts since you left. 2) There was a boy and two girls inside the ...
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There’s a storm brewing

Are ”there’s a storm coming” and ”there’s a storm approaching” a synonym of ”there’s a storm brewing”? If they are, which one sounds more natural and you use frequently?
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English Syntax/Sentence Order

Is one of these sentences more correct than the other? Are they both poorly written? Version 1: We learn of a traumatic event that happened on February 13th, the bombing of a shelter in Baghdad, ...
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I’ve never heard you laugh before

I have a few questions, and I was hoping you could help me clear my mind😅 Would you say, “I was watching her dance,” or “I was watching her dancing”? Would you say, “I was watching you sleep,” or “...
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Capitalising names of eras and epochs (for example, the digital age)

Do we capitalise eras and epochs? I have seen a lot of inconsistency in usage when using the quotation mark search method on Google to find phrases in usage across a multitude of sources. My main ...
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Past vs Future in two sentences

Could you, please, help me to figure out whether the following statements are correct or not? Talking about the recent past, "My internet service got restored." or "My internet service get restored."...
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Why is “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo” grammatically correct? [closed]

For a sentence to be grammatically correct, it should have subjects, objects, prepositions, and other sentential things. "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo." means "the ...
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Usage of definite article

"The new laws are seen as an attempt to gag the press." In this sentence why the definite article 'the' is used before 'laws'(noun). I always get confused when to use 'the' and when not to. My teacher ...
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“It's to help you run and to allow you to express yourself” OR “It's to help you run and allow you to express yourself”

Is the repeated "to" in "to allow" or full infinitive necessary in the first sentence? Which sentence is correct or more correct? Could anyone tell me what grammar rule/structure I'm asking about here?...
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Is it correct to write 'I just can't give myself an appetite!'?

I'm trying to write a line showing the expression that one is unable to get himself/herself to enjoy food and 'I just can't give myself an appetite!' is all that I could think of so I'm wondering if ...
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Which one would fit better in this context between present continuous and present perfect continuous?

It is from official standard English test. The question is like below. Fitness enthusiasts may feel that their workouts are no longer as effective as they were. When an individual ______________ for ...
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What writer meant by using “has” in the given sentences?

I encountered with this form of causative. At first, it was not that peculiar. The part that underlined with an orange line,i thought, simply meant that Plato made Socrates to articulate the reproach. ...
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When to add “the” before noun

E.g: "Reference of the actor who is granted access" vs "The reference of the actor who is granted access"? Should we put "The" at the beginning of the sentence?
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Independent/Independently of: Adverb or Secondary Predicate?

I apologize for what might be a frivolous question, but if I were to say, “I wrote it independently/independent of him,” would either necessarily be wrong? The former, of course, says something ...
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What is the difference in the use of the word HEAR in this case?

I got 2 ways of use of the word HEAR below, what is the difference between them just in tense terms? 1- hear somebody/something doing something e.g: He could hear a dog barking. 2- hear somebody/...
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What does “x of the same” mean?

I saw a question says: "write a regular expression that matches all postal codes contain three of the same digits". Does "three of the same digits" mean have 3 exact same number?
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Can someone help me with my text? (I am foreigner) [closed]

I am writing in response to the article about the Clearwater Shoreline issue and I am interested in being part of the community opinions. As a resident of the town, I am aware that the natural ...
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Does a period go after or before parenthesis? [duplicate]

Ex. 1: I like shopping at Whole Foods (now owned by Amazon). Ex. 2: I like shopping at Whole Foods. (now owned by Amazon) Ex. 3: I like shopping at Whole Foods (now owned by Amazon.) Which one is ...
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Luckily we didn't get too wet because we wore raincoats or we were wearing raincoats. Which one is correct ? Thanks in advance

Grammatical explanation Which tense is more correct to be used in this question?
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recommend you to try or recomend you to trying?

Should it be: I highly recommend you to try tea with ginger and squeezed lemon or I highly recommend you to trying tea with ginger and squeezed lemon
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Which one is correct and natural sentence?

I've got 2 options for sentences here: I visit my hometown about two or three times a year. I visit my hometown about twice or three times a year. Which one is correct and natural?

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