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Should machine-stitch and hand-baste as verbs have a dash?

I'm wondering if anyone knows the correct way to write the following compound verbs: machine-stitch and hand baste? I found that machine-stitch as a verb has a dash, logic would tell that hand-baste ...
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Urgent: How to make this paragraph more Concise and avoid using unnecessary details? [closed]

I want some ideas on how to reduce the sentence length and avoid unnecessary details. I want to introduce my first paragraph with a story, so far I have this: "I first witnessed the true power ...
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"All of us deserve" or "all of us deserves" or "all of us deserved"? [closed]

As in "all of us deserve to be free." Assuming "all of us" refers to those who are dead and alive. So should we use "deserve" or "deserves" or "deserved?&...
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The Preposition "Between" in a long sentence

I got faced with a paragraph - while translating a book - that I don't understand much. The paragraph says: Furthermore, chains of command between the federal, state and local agencies involved in ...
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A question about the question tag of "ought to" [duplicate]

When we say : we ought not to smoke in the class, ought we ? Is this sentence correct or should it be "don't we?" instead of "ought we?" or "do we?" ? Because this is ...
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I've got a multiple choice question that needs to be answered please [closed]

_______ advertising is so widespread in the United States, it has an enormous effect on American life. Choices: Since Why on account of the reason
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Correct me if I am wrong, from or since [closed]

From childhood ,I was never used half shirt . Is this sentence is correct ?
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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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"the place you grew up" or "the place you grew up in"

Which sentence is correct? What is special about the place you grew up? What is special about the city you grew up in? "What is special about the place you grew up?" sounds a bit ...
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Name for this grammatical construction in literary English? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in literary English, and especially (if I'm not mistaken) in dialogue attributions, there are two ways to attach an adverbial clause to an action depending on whether a connecting ...
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Barriers to or barriers for

Is it correct to say The barriers for enrollment are the long lines, long applications, and expensive travel fees. Or The barriers to enrollment are the long lines, long applications, and expensive ...
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What is the correct grammar for this? [closed]

I saw this comment on a tik tok video and wanted to correct the grammar, without any compromises! I have been speaking the English language for more than 3/4ths of my life and can't seem to figure ...
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question regarding back there [closed]

Simple question... In the upcoming week I'm going to the mountains, I was there a few months ago. While talking to my friend I said: "7 days and we're back there!" Is it correct in ...
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What's the meaning of "What is A but B?" [migrated]

I don't quite get this sentence: What is the son but an extension of the father? (from Dune by Frank Herbert) Does it mean "Can the son be anything else but an extension of the father?"
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Is this correct usage? "..., especially with as egregious of circumstances as exist here." [closed]

I just wrote this, but it sounds a little odd, and I couldn't think of a better way to phrase it so I think it's ok. Is my intuition correct here?
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Lack of the article with 'free time' [migrated]

If we use the indefinite article 'a' with 'good time' because it means 'occasion' or 'period' ("I had a good time"), why don't we use 'a' with 'free time' ("I did not have free time&...
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"He was overcome by a sudden surge of fear" or "A sudden surge of fear overcame him" - Which is more correct?

"He was overcome by a sudden surge of fear" or "A sudden surge of fear overcame him" - Which is more correct? Is the latter one not idiomatic?
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Which sentence is grammatically correct in English? [closed]

Out of those 3: His schedule is surely extremely filled, just like ours and he probably couldn't found time to respond yet. His schedule is surely extremely filled, just like ours and he probably ...
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Clarification of ambigious meaning of "stay away from...as much as possible" in a sentence [closed]

In the following sentence: Well, he couldn‘t be much of a papa: he to stay away from his daughter as much as possible. From my knowledge the English language, I think it might imply distance: "...
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"Year followed year" phrase, and missing 'a' article

Maybe some of you will know, why isn't there any article 'a' before the nouns 'year' in the phrase "year followed year"? This phenomenon is also present in phrases like "year after year&...
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How can I rewrite 'with whom' in this sentence [closed]

Here's a sentence in my essay: These institutions will allow me to work with peers with whom we have similar academic interests. I think to make it grammatically correct, I may want to use 'with ...
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How is "Dogs dogs fight fight" grammatical?

I got this from https://youtu.be/yj-qmd4Cb78?t=1555 at 25:55 Can you help me make sense of this sentence? The presenter’s explanation "Dogs that other dogs fight, themselves fight." didn’t ...
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Gauss vs Gauss' vs Gauss's? [duplicate]

Which of the three should be used? Gauss law vs Gauss' law vs Gauss's law? The middle one seems most correct but does that make the others incorrect? Or is it a matter of preference. Also, how do the ...
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"Choose burger" or "Choose the burger" or "Choose a burger". Picking the right article [closed]

Which one is correct? Specifically, the context is a restaurant menu with multiple choices available when the main item/dish is picked. Should articles be used generally when listing choices? Could ...
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How would you diagram "He delights in his toys"

Settling a friendly argument: The sentence "He delights in his toys" seems to me to diagram with "in his toys" as an adverbial from the verb "delights". How would you ...
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THis is a question regarding the use of "I ,me or mine or myself" [closed]

What is the correct way to write the following sentence: It is a favorite past time of my son and I, especially when attending ball games. Is it "my son and me" or "my son and I" ...
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Is it okay to say that hello what's up you [closed]

I donno how to describe this sentence
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What was to have been done [closed]

When do I use “was/were to have been done” and what's the difference between it and “should/would have been done”? Q.E.F. stands for quod erat faciendum, that which was to have been done, translating ...
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Why do we use plural form of the verb with "does" (e.g. it does not vary)? [closed]

In academic writing, one often has to use do vary, do not vary, does vary, and does not vary. Although this should have been ingrained in my brain, I stumble every time I try to write either of the ...
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Is it correct to say "I went to the US for school"? [migrated]

I want to say "I went to the US to study at a university", but it sounds too formal/long, can I just say "I went to the US for school" instead?
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Does the use of 'and' mean the understanding of 'and/or' doesn't exist? [closed]

NOTE: For the purposes of this question, let's assume the words 'morals' and 'ethics' mean different things. Let's say someone says that Judges will make decisions based on their morals and ethics. ...
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Is it correct to say, "The king gifted him with a generous amount of gold, horses and chariots"? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say... The king gifted him with a generous amount of gold, horses and chariots Not sure whether 'amount' can be used here, since 'horses' and 'chariots' are listed with an ...
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Which is correct, dozen other or dozen others? [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to write "dozen other" and "several other" in singular form as in the following quote from the CNN News of Nov. 29? "Omicron was first identified ...
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Is "to calm down someone" acceptable? [duplicate]

I just came across an ESL student writing "to calm down your followers". I much prefer "to calm your followers down". Does anyone agree? If so, why? "Calm down" is ...
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"All green apples but 1" or "All but 1 green apples"

I would like to use phrase "all but one" in the sentence like "Except for the one green apple, all the other green apples are bad." Which expression is not ambiguous? "All but ...
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Whether before if [migrated]

"I was wondering whether it's okay if I bring this bag with me?" Whether before if, can I say this, does it make sense?
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With two-part adjectives, why do some have the -ing ending while others -ed? [closed]

The examples I can think of are long-lived and not long-living but fast-moving and not fast-moved.
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Is there a comma splice AND is this a restrictive or nonrestrictive clause?

I am still having trouble discerning restrictive vs non-restrictive (or essential vs non-essential) clauses when I am not modifying a noun with descriptions. Here is my example: My professor was ...
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why is this sentence wrong "it was happened yesterday" [migrated]

I am not exactly sure why this sentence wrong? I think it's supposed to be "it happened yesterday"
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On the use of semi-colons in long lists

I've always had a hard time with semi-colons and, this time, not even my English teacher was sure of what is its correct use in the following situation: It's about creativity, proving properties of ...
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Comma or semi colon , et al. vs etc [closed]

Should I use a semi colon or colon, and et al. or etc in the following sentence? '...there was an almost unanimous chorus of execration from Western countries: politicians, media, celebs, etc. '......
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Punctuation in dialogue that addressed more than one person

So I got a question regarding comma in speech. Here is an example of the sentence: “Wait a minute.” I hurriedly shouted to stop him and said to her, “Who invited that blockhead to this party?" In ...
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Should you capitalize run-in sentence? [duplicate]

So I come up with a question in narration, and here's a few example: I know from her smile that she was saying "you look like an idiot" to me. She was more likely than not dishing me out ...
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One in ten Americans “think” or “thinks”? [duplicate]

I wonder when actor is a 3rd person singular number in this sentence, verb should be ending with the suffix -s or -es or not. Whats the rule?
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Why is it "an FFP2 mask"? [duplicate]

The indefinite article "a" is changed to "an" if the following word starts with a vowel or and silent "h". Now I read "an FFP2 mask" everywhere. Is this correct,...
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Please help me understand the answer of the question from Longman TOEFL textbook [closed]

It's from the reading section which I do not understand why the answer is to be. The sentence from the paragraph: Historically, chewing gum has served a valuable purpose cosmetically. The ancient ...
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Correct amendment to the following sentences, to remove multiple "AND"s [closed]

Im reading the following two sentances. I feel that the second AND in both of the sentances should be removed, but im not sure gramaticly how to do it correctly. a) am i correct in my thought that the ...
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What are the rules for ending a sentence with a verb? [duplicate]

When do you end the sentence using the verb ‘to be’ ? Can someone tell me the difference between these three sentences. What do you think ARE some barriers to getting legal support? What do you think ...
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Paraphrasing an IELTS topic sentence [closed]

I've tried to paraphrase an IELTS Topic sentence, and I'd like to get some insight for my paraphrase as well as your preferred way to paraphrase the topic sentence. Topic: Some people believe that ...
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Verifying grammar in a sentence

I read this article online, which contained the following phrase Work will continue being done to better understand the relationship between x and y. This sounds very wrong to me, but I can't quite ...

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