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Why use 'has' when the word before it is plural noun?

I have an English book, in which there is a sentence that confuses me. The sentence is In the past years, the business of clothes has grown well. I'm confused because why the author use the word '...
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Conditional (if)

Nowadays, countless websites will only function if you open an account, which means providing them with an email address and some of your personal data. Nowadays, countless websites will only ...
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Change the voice [closed]

Can anyone help me solve this . Change the voice : Dinner will have been cooked by me tonight.
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Whats the difference between "Where 'you would'/'would you' like to go"?

I was wondering if you guys could help me with this. What is the difference there in Where would you like to go? and Where you would like to go?
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"various" courteous manners instead of "many" courteous manners? [migrated]

Below is the sentence which was given in my grammar-correction class. It was taught that many should be replaced into various. However, I totally have no idea why it is so. "Since about the first ...
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If there WERE NO oxygen or if there WEREN'T oxygen? [closed]

Write out a full sentence using the suggested words: If/there/not/oxygen/,we/will/die If there are any other answers to this please add them.
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Order of adjectives plus commas I feel this is correct [closed]

What is the proper or and use of commas in this sentence and how strict is it? I feel this is correct, but want to hear from other native speakers since English is complicated and sometimes different ...
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What does this "be failing" mean? [migrated]

This is from TOEFL speaking TPO3: In my first year in high school, I was addicted to video games. I played them all the time, and I wasn't studying enough. I was failing chemistry. That was my hardest ...
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Is the phrase “We may come here from darkness and disguise“ acceptable? If not, what is the most similar phrase I can use? [closed]

I would like to use this phrase in a song lyrics, but I'm afraid it's not correct and the meaning can be confusing. What I'm trying to say is this: Perhaps we come from a place of darkness and ...
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Comma before "whether they be"

I have the following sentence: If your school doesn't offer AP courses, we recommend that you take the most challenging courses you can⁠—whether they be honors, IB, or even dual enrollment courses. ...
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AS vs WHILE are they interchangeable?

I am wondering if AS and WHILE can be used interchangeably. Is as ok to use as in the following? Are these all correct? And if not which ones are right and wrong? I watched the sunset as the tide ...
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"that" + -ed vs. -ing in past tense [closed]

(a) He grit his teeth, pushing with full force through the barrage of winds that slammed against him and the structure both. vs. (b) He grit his teeth, pushing with full force through the barrage of ...
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Is it okay to say "Captains Carter and Marvel"?

An artist wrote "Captains Carter and Marvel" to refer to both Captain Carter and Captain Marvel together. Is it okay to use the title only once and make it plural when there are multiple ...
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Past simple vs. Past perfect continuous for "think" [closed]

I am confused about which one is acceptable: Sensing something amiss, I thought that the special relativity theory (SRT) was paradoxical until a friend of mine challenged me. Sensing something amiss, ...
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What is the correct verb type here? [duplicate]

How much quantity of product A & product B have/has been sold through our platform since inception. Getting confused with quantity of. Will it be have or has ?
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Which is correct "in their" or "in his"? [closed]

Which is correct to say: "All of us have a special world in his mind" or "All of us have a special world in their mind" or something else ? And please tell me why
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What's the meaning of 'couldn't make your car'? [duplicate]

It was a situation that the police were trying to stop a driver who ran two stop signs. The driver finally got out of the car and said "I couldn't make your car". From a publication article ...
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Can confronting be used as an adjective? [closed]

"The approach necessitates teams, divisions and agencies to work together to deliver the change needed, which can also be confronting: it often conflicts with hierarchies and individual KPIs"...
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"The shadows born" is the use of "born" correct in this sentence? [closed]

I'm writing a story that will be published on a couple of websites. It is a fantasy story that talks about creatures called "The Shadows". I'd like to title the story "The Shadows Born&...
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Are there rules against using a clitic in a sentence thats only followed by a verb?

I was just texting someone about what they were up to and wanted to finish the conversation by asking them to be careful. So I said "Please be careful." to which they responded "I'll be&...
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Usage of Tense in Minutes [closed]

I was looking through the online template of minutes and came across the usage of both present and past tense. Etc. Grace enquired if there are any pressing issues. Mary shares that there is pending ...
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The reason was that...The reason was because [duplicate]

Curious to know what the correct way to answer this and which of the following are correct...not so correct but used...and totally wrong. What was the reason for her crying? What was the reason she ...
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I was afraid I would admit more than he already suspected [closed]

Is this sentence correct? What would be the correct way to say it? I didn't say anything; I was afraid I would admit more than he already suspected.
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Is it fine to use Tier-1 instead of Tier 1?

I am trying to make a structure of tiers that will be used a lot. Is it fine to hyphenate the word as Tier-1 instead of Tier 1?
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The difference between was telling and told? [closed]

Can you correct me please. Which sentence is the correct one? I'll be meeting with the girl I was telling you about. I'll be meeting with the girl I told you about.
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Why in this sentence is not has instead of have? [migrated]

Hello so I have been practicing some keyword formation and I found this sentence(sentence below in bold), but I wonder why there is "have" and not has when there is 3rd person(HE). Thanks ...
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Is 'I attest to be qualified' grammatically correct? [closed]

I am preparing for my school test and I'm required to write a sentence along the lines of: 'I have gone through your requirements and I attest to be qualified for the position.' Is this grammatically ...
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What's the grammatical logic of emphatic phrases like "I do eat sushi"?

Let's consider, for example, this excerpt from a poem by Grenfell: Those ancient Jew boys went like stinks, They knew not reck nor fear, Old Noah knocked the first two jinks, And Nimrod got the spear....
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Repeating definite/indefinite article for each noun in a list [duplicate]

Should we repeat them or not? For example: He brought the umbrella, the stick, the bag and the flower. He brought the umbrella, stick, bag and flower. She has a dog, a cat, a parrot and a tortoise. ...
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If I'm ranting I'm the ranter. So is the subject of said rant the rantee? Or the person hearing it? What's the other called, then?

...and do they have a suffix of their own? Cambridge says "-er" is "added to [...] verbs to form nouns that refer to people or things that [do/are performing] that particular activity&...
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Number of times vs total number of times

What is the difference between saying "number of times that user accessed the site" vs "total number of times that user accessed the site"? I feel that they mean the same thing but ...
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comma usage question: a New Yorker example [closed]

Spoon had a scheduled appearance the next day on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and another after that at the Hammerstein Ballroom. I came upon this sentence in The New Yorker, and based on ...
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Can I use the preposition "for" with the meaning of support or agreement in this sentence?

The sentence is as below, The discovery is being resisted by many people for exploiting fetal tissue. It seems more appropriate to interpret it as below, "exploiting fetal tissue" is the ...
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Distinguishing durative verbs [migrated]

I've been struggling to distinguish between durative and punctual verbs! What I found as a rule for durative verbs is that they are typically identified when using a continuous tense, but let's ...
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Position of relative clauses after verb

I myself consider the sentence offset below to be correct; however, some of my associates regard it as being wrong. I would like your advice on it. The sentence is Jane Austen published 4 novels, who ...
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Me and name or name and I? [duplicate]

In the sentence “Me and name have 2 spaces reserved. Reserve the other 2 spaces ASAP.”, is “name and I” more appropriate or are they both correct?
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“Matt was calling while we were having dinner” Is this correct? [migrated]

Matt ___ while we were having dinner. A.called B.was calling C.has called I chose B but answer is A. Could you tell me why answer is A.
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Makes more sense

Is it grammatically correct to say like this ? "This answer makes more sense here " Can i say "Makes more sense " to mean correct answer ? "Here" means question
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If you know that all of something is true, is saying some of them is true, incorrect? [duplicate]

For example, suppose that it is a known fact that all the pens I have are blue. Statement 1: All my pens are blue Statement 2: Some of my pens are blue Similarly, Statement 1: All dogs are animals ...
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sentence structure of "hopes of change to come out of the pandemic"

Just got a question when I was reading a Guardian editorial: The closure of Cinderella – it may fare better on Broadway, where it is headed – is also a reminder of the long tail of Covid, which may ...
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In the sentence "I just saw her," is "just saw" or "saw" the simple predicate? (and a bonus question about predicates)

Based on my reading, the simple predicate only includes the verb or verb phrase, while the complete predicate includes the verb or verb phrase plus all of its modifiers. With that in mind, would "...
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Is the phrase "in despite of" instead of "in spite of" incorrect? [duplicate]

Is the usage of the phrase "in despite of" instead of "in spite of" in the following passage from Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, chapter 15 incorrect or is it a Dickensian ...
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As if as though

I am having a problem identifing which gramatical function as if (as though, like) has As far as I know After linking verbs, we have noun/ noun phrase/ noun clause and adjective/ adjective phrase ...
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What is the grammar of "I'm home"? [duplicate]

Why do we often say "I'm home" rather than "I'm at home"? How is the former even grammatically correct? Should this be thought of as a use of a "phrasal verb", "to ...
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It was... at the market conference [migrated]

It was ____ at the market conference. A. Her B. Him C. Them D. She
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How/what others think of you

In this sentence Don't worry about ( what / how ) others may think of you. I think "what" is the answer, but I do not know why I cannot use "how" in this sentence.
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Meaning of the structure "the...the" with no conjunctions or verbs in between? [migrated]

I encountered the following clause while reading a Shareholder Agreement: A Transfer Notice constitutes the Company the agent of the Seller for the sale of the Sale Shares in accordance with the ...
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Should we put apostrophe after John to make it a Possesive Gerund? [duplicate]

1)John trying to tell everybody what he thought annoyed me. 2)George ringing me up at three o'clock in the morning to tell me he was in love again didn't please me. I have read the above two sentences ...
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How do we ask about two couples?

Let's assume we have two men and two women. They seem like couples. Can I ask this question? Are you guys couples? (Are you four couples?) Or is it grammatically incorrect? And I can only say: Are you ...
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Can we use "just like the old times" with present tense?

Can we use "just like the old times" with present tense? For example: She robs trains, just like the old times. Is this correct and natural?
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