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Equation X is given "by" or "as"? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? Equation A is given by x+y=z. Equation A is given as x+y=z.
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Past Perfect or Simple Past When Using Since in Reported Speech?

While reading The Beautiful and Damned, I stumbled upon a passage that caught my attention. It stated, Only with the flow through the transmitter of his own familiar but faintly impersonal tone did ...
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Which is the correct way to answer this? [duplicate]

So there's no eggs in the fridge? No,there isn't So there's no eggs in the fridge? No! So there's no eggs in the fridge? Yes, there isn't
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Prepositional phrases in the end of sentences made A LOT OF ambiguity, But FEW people on web don't raise the questions? [migrated]

PPs are making a lot of ambiguity in sentences especially in the end of sentences. In the structures like VERB+NOUN+PPs. There are two interpretations. One is that PPs is adverbial modifying the VERB, ...
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The presence of "the" in the sentence of "Find all (the) indices of the ' ' character in a string" [duplicate]

Find all the indices of the ' ' characters in a string. Find all indices of the ' ' characters in a string. Do these two sentences have any difference? Which one is it if one is more natural than the ...
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If returned is not a word, how would one note a returning which occured in the past? [closed]

Journalists and other speakers use the construction "He, She, They returned back." This seems redundant to me.
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What is the function of this phrase? Grammar [closed]

Is the phrase, "When I ride my bike with my friends" functioning as an adverb or a preposition?
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Is aux inversion okay in this sentence? [duplicate]

My original sentence is It is rare insofar as outcomes can be assessed and methods adapted. If I want to make ‘can’ modify both assess and accept, is it okay to invert ‘can’ like this? It is rare ...
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The meaning of ''as also'' in the given paragraph?

Pakistan Nationals as also "persons resident outside Pakistan" holding Pakistani securities desirous of sending or taking out the Pakistani securities not covered under the succeeding ...
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Identifying Modifier nouns versus adjectives [duplicate]

There is a convention that frontend is a noun, whereas front-end is an adjective (in the context of computing and software development.) There are certainly sentences in which the word is ...
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From-to construction [closed]

Please help me parse this sentence. I'm not asking for proofreading; I'm looking at grammatical construction concerning range. I say it's a run-on and false range (I am not including the misplaced ...
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I would like to submit an opinion letter arguing that my sentence should also be considered correct [migrated]

I am a high school student from a country where English is not the native language. In my recent English exam, the following two sentences were involved: The official correct sentence: "Hence, ...
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"The tired fireman found the building ablaze", is "ablaze" predicative adjective at there? [duplicate]

I have encountered a question which asks which sentence doesn't include a predicative adjective and according to the question this sentence includes a predicative adjective, The tired fireman found ...
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What kind of comma is at play in this sentence from Middlemarch?

I had what I esteem was a really basic education in English grammar, so I’m a bit puzzled about the comma before ”that Will Ladislaw” in this sentence from George Eliot’s Middlemarch: Perhaps, ...
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To which object in a previous sentence does "those" refer?

For example, in the sentence: The cats rarely have fleas. Those that are there are orange. Those is intended to refer to the fleas, but is that incorrect? Can those only refer to the cats?
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Which phrase is being modified in the given sentence?

What is the phrase 'payable in foreign currency' modifying in the following sentence?: The borrowing cost ceiling includes spread over relevant benchmark rate, loan related insurance premium and ...
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They happen to be instead of they happen to are? [migrated]

I know "they happen to are" doesn't sound correct but I don't know why it's happen "to be" when they is plural?
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Does the question 'where are you from' follow the QUASM formula? [migrated]

To recap QUASM is Question Word, Auxiliary Verb, Subject and Main verb. In the question 'where are you from?' from is in the position of the main verb. But from is not a verb. It's a preposition. So ...
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Should we use 'will' or 'would' in the context where the show in question is supposed to start on a date much latter than when the message is sent? [migrated]

Should we use will or would in the following context where the show in question is supposed to start on a date much latter than when the message is sent? I wanted to know when the show in Paris will/...
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Necessity of pronoun "that" or "those" when comparing two things

We usually use "that" or "those" when we repeat the noun(s) used before especially in comparative sentences. But what about in this sentence? The intellectually inferior mice ...
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Correct preposition / correct verb [migrated]

Which variant is correct here : I travel in a submarine. I sail in a submarine. I sail on a submarine. If I mean I am just a traveller, I don't control the submarine. Sail means to travel on water, ...
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Present progressive forms [migrated]

Given an "answer" of: They are hiking in the woods. What is the difference in the following two ways to ask the question to elicit this response: What are they doing? What do they do? ...
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Meaning of joined in marriage [closed]

“I joined in marriage Ben and Nicole”… when the officiant write it in the marriage certificate can it have a double meanings? The first meaning is- I united in marriage Ben and Nicole- meaning I ...
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Is a painting "made by" a painter or just "by" a painter?

Unbelievably and infuriatingly, as a result of proofreading my paper, I managed to create and insert a typo while correcting other mistakes. It was actually correct before. The first line is now: Der ...
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Is it correct to use "as quickly as he never had....."?

So I was reading something someone had written and I came across: He < does something> as quickly as he never had in < time period> It just seemed a bit odd to me and I didn't encounter ...
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which one is correct, "looking forward to hear" OR "looking forward to hearing" [migrated]

From my understanding, 'to' is not followed by 'continuous form'. So the latter version "looking forward to hearing" looks incorrect to me. However, when I type that in gmail, it first auto ...
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Is "Couldn't be able to" incorrect english [closed]

I think it is incorrect but dont have enough knowledge of grammar and definitions to explain why to a friend.
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I am confused about the second “to” in the sentence? [migrated]

I am confused about the second “to” used in the below sentence. Is it for “ways ‘to’ a smaller budget” but there is no verb in this clause? Is it for “respecting ‘to’ a smaller budget” but it seems to ...
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"And " vs "Or" when using respectively

I want to reduce my sentence to a shorter sentence. My actual intention is: In real-type representations, k is 1, in complex-type representations, k is 2, and in quaternion-type representations, k is ...
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"This" and "That" situation [closed]

I want to make a album named "This Doesn't Mean Anything" but I don't know if I should use "That" or "This", it's this correct?
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Is it correct to write "cars' condition" in the meaning "condition of cars" [duplicate]

I want to write as concisely as possible the phrase "Drivers complained about the condition of their cars", can I shorten it like this "Drivers complained about cars' condition"? ...
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When a band is performing live at a venue, would you say "live at [venue]" or "live at the [venue]"?

Basically what the title says. I've seen both used before. Ex.: "Live at Civic Arena" vs. "Live at the Civic Arena".
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"I have loved." is this in isolation a proper use of English?

I'm having a discussion with a friend about the use of "I have loved.". He says that you could not use this statement without providing more information. Or at least that it is not used this ...
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get it done VS get it to be done

The boss gets the work done. The boss gets the work to be done. Are both sentences correct? And why? My English worksheet stated that the second sentence is incorrect because the verb get can't be ...
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Is there a nuance in my sentence below? [closed]

You can't bring meat from abroad into Australia to prevent the spread of diseases. A corrector on a language learning site said my sentence above could be ambiguous.
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If a parent writes to their child “Always on our mind”, meaning the child is on both the mom and dad’s mind, should “mind” be singular or plural [duplicate]

I am still confused regarding the use of “mind” or “minds”. Say as a mom you write a text to your daughter and you end your text with “always on our mind”. Meaning, the daughter is always on her mom ...
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In the sentence "What am I, chopped liver?" what is the grammatical term for the "chopped liver" phrase?

The meaning of the entire statement is obviously rhetorical and exaggerated. But what I'm specifically wondering is what the correct label is for the "chopped liver" phrase. It follows ...
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Is "Dogs walking slowly drives me crazy" grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Consulted several entities (some of them even assumed to be animated) but failed to reach an agreement. Some say it is not valid English and drives should be drive, others hold it should be Dogs' ...
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Reasons after look forward to: do they require the -ing form?

I wrote a "look forward to" phrase, and after that I explained the reasons why I look forward to doing that thing. The phrase I wrote is: I look forward to learning all those different ...
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Is the imperative a grammatical tense?

Here I have read the following sentence: Write it, along with the rest of your message, in the imperative tense: Up until now I always thought that imperative is not a grammatical tense but a ...
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Stative verbs: Have, having, see, seeing. How do they work?

I have been browsing forums for a long time but haven't received any answer that has satisfied my doubts. We've learned that stative verbs shouldn't be used with '-ing', except if their meaning is ...
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Why is/are there tens of thousands of dead women and children? [duplicate]

In this type of sentence, do I use is or are? Why __ there tens of thousands of dead women and children? I'm assuming are because tens of thousands, women, and children imply the plural. Thanks.
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Explain why we use "a" before "interesting bird" but not "an" [closed]

"I saw a interesting bird in the tree." I was taught to always insert "an" before a vowel, however the above statement apparently is explained to be grammatically correct by ...
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Is ‘the’ used before a number as determiner, when ‘all’ is used before them? [duplicate]

I want to write this sentence in a paper: All the three characters also have their counterparts in ASCII, where all the three characters refers to the aforementioned three characters out of a bigger ...
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Document exchange or documents exchange? [duplicate]

Even the grammar correction logic here on the website is suggesting that "document exchange" is the correct one but could someone explain the reason for this?
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What's the subject of the "tipped"

Consider this passage from Smiley’s People (John Le Carré, 1990): On top of the food-store lay a parcel of Gauloises Caporal cigarettes, Vladimir’s favourites when he couldn’t get his Russians. ...
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Capitalization and Use of Acronyms? [duplicate]

When examining algorithms like the Decision Tree Classifier, should it be capitalized as "Decision Tree Classifier (DTC)" or written in lowercase as "decision tree classifier (DTC)"...
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correct usage/type with conjunctive adverb [duplicate]

a) Our vacation was wonderful, however, it was too short. Is a) incorrect or acceptable use? I understand it should have a semicolon with a comma or start a new sentence, but some resources conflict ...
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What do you call the habit of using an example/thought process instead of a specific descriptive word?

I've noticed a tendency (including on the part of certain politicians!) these days to substitute specific words or vocab with a descriptive phrase or almost a stream of consciousness, I guess usually ...
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In a sentence like "The discipline studies the political and economic patterns of the world," what is really going on? [duplicate]

The discipline studies the political and economic patterns of the world. The intended meaning of the sentence is clear; but upon closer scrutiny, one notices that it is, of course, not the discipline ...
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