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What is wrong in this sentence grammatically?

I am so sorry for asking such question. But my boss keep saying there are grammatical error in these sentences, and I for one, even after reading them over and over can't find one. However, these ...
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Is there a term for the use of adjectives as nouns?

I wonder when this horrible trend started—to me it seems to have proliferated very recently, over the last year or two: Give the gift of happy this Christmas ..or how about this, from the website ...
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Should I use a comma before “but”?

Should I use a comma before "but" in this sentence: Nowadays, those two groups do not consider themselves as disabled, but as a minority which uses a different language.
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Avoiding ambiguity when listing Items

I'm trying to avoid ambiguity when writing a list of items. My confusion comes from describing one item using multiple adjectives versus a list of similar items. My examples are: 1) I ate green ...
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The yellow big dog [duplicate]

Consider the phrases: "The big yellow dog". "The yellow big dog". "The big little dog". "The red yellow dog". Only the first sounds natural. What rules of grammar say that size must come before ...
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when does the noun “time” become a countable noun?

I am writing an email to my friend and want to use this sentence: "I am having a great time." I would like to know whether the above sentence is correct. Also, I know that time can be an ...
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'Too much' with countable noun

He has too much friend. Is this correct? If so, what is rule for using much for countable noun or should I use many instead? Please clarify.
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What preposition follows “reframe”? [on hold]

What preposition follows "reframe"? For example, We can reframe our mistakes as positive learning experiences. We can reframe our mistakes from a more positive lens/perspective. We can reframe our ...
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I didn't have had [on hold]

Is the below sentence is correct. I didn't have had any problem with you. or it is grammatically wrong to write. If possible can I have a sentence using DIDN'T HAVE HAD...pls
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Does “you are looking good” use “are looking” as a copulative verb?

I enjoyed the post titled: Different meaning of “looks good” vs. “looks well.” Does the answer change when using a participle ("are looking," as opposed to "looks")? I think that "you are looking good"...
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Correct usage of IF condition with various tenses [migrated]

This situation is a Hypothetical and takes place in future; Which one would be the correct form for this context? He would be killed when he arrives in London. OR He would be killed when he arrived ...
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Is the usage of “from where” correct in these sentences?

I would like to know if I have used "from where" and "from which" in the following sentence correctly. China, from where foreign companies are shifting their operations away, has been hurt badly this ...
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“was employed at” vs “had been employed at”

I am providing an "employment verification letter" to one of my past employees. He worked at my company from Oct, 2008 till Jan 2017. Which one of the following is correct? 1) He was employed at XYZ ...
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The usage of 'to'

My problem is that I don't know whether I should use 'to' or not when I say the sentences I wrote below. Can anyone tell me which one is right and why, 'have you gotten New York safely?' or 'have you ...
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is this email correct [on hold]

I am sending you this email to express my gratitude for the invitation to the Recruitment day. I appreciate the opportunity, and I look forward to the meeting on Monday. However, I have an issue with ...
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DID / SHOULD + BUT. Which one is correct?

I came across some English exercises for which I don't know the correct answer and I couldn't find any information on this kind of sentence construction. What did/should he do but kiss her. At that ...
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'that has' or 'that is' yet to be built?

Is this statement grammatically correct? The best Ferrari ever is the one that has yet to be built. -- Enzo Ferrari Photo location: Museo Ferrari Maranello Should it be 'that is yet to be ...
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Did Old English have a middle voice or mediopassive voice?

I've read that Icelandic and Old Norse have a middle voice, so I wanted to know if either or both of these distinct grammatical features existed in Old English. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”

Having been bamboozled by various questions and answers on this site, I'd like to know what are the parts of speech (POS) and grammatical functions of the words and phrases in the following sentence: ...
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grammar “I hope that will happen” vs “I hope that it will happen”

In first example, "that" refers to hypothetical situation (which is subject to be happened). In second, this job is done by "it" and "that" is used in conjugation "hope that". Which option is correct ...
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How come 'much enough' isn't correct if 'big enough' is correct?

I'm asking for my friend who is learning English. Although I'm a native speaker, I can't really explain it besides "it's not right". Can someone explain why saying "much enough" isn't correct, while "...
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Rock and roll past

According to Wikipedia, Jerry Lee Lewis's successes continued throughout the decade and he embraced his rock and roll past with songs such as a cover of the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and Mack ...
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Sentence confusion

Please let me know if the following sentence is correct or not: "With our CCTV cameras installed in your home, you can be sure that what you care about is being looked after." Thanks
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Past Simple or Past Perfect

I use an app for improve my english knowledge. I met a quiz: "I was listening to music when my mom ______ (to enter) my room." The options were: entered (this seems to be the right asnwer) was ...
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Adjective after noun?

I come across a sentence: The many problems inherent in the setup are deep and disturbing. Does the adjective inherent modify the problems? and what does deep and disturbing mean in the sentence?...
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Present perfect vs possesive verb

There is a sentence: He has restricted access to his profile How can we know whether the verb 'has' is auxiliary or possessive? I.e. does it serve to form the Present perfect tense or to indicate ...
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Should I put a comma to make this sentence correct?

As I am preparing for an English exam, I have questions about what I read here and then so I really appreciate if you can tell me if this sentence is correct in terms of its grammar. To be more ...
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What is the meaning of the “ 's ” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I'm currently studying to pass the TOEFL test with a high score, but I have encountered a sentence in an app that I fail to see why it is correct: "The committee members resented the president's not ...
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Verbs: Using “had” + Verb, vs. not. What's the difference?

How does using "had" change the sentence meaning or grammar below - is it needed? Jamie returned to the table to grab the plane Bill had folded for him while they were waiting for the food. vs. ...
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I will see my friend to the airport. Why the progressive seems to be not possible?

I assume this is correct: I will see my friend to the aiport. But for this, I cannot see a single hit on Google: I'm seeing my friend to the airport. I'm using the progressive to express that ...
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Correct usage of the phrase ‘ease of use’ - not proof-reading [on hold]

‘I have experience generalizing tools for repeated and ease of use.’ The sentence should convey both that one has experience generalizing tools for repeated use and ease of use. Specifically, can ‘...
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“He is not so cool like the girl thought he is”, Is this a grammatically correct sentence?

I came across following sentence when watching a youtube video, probably spoken by a native english speaker. He is not so cool like the girl thought he is. Is this a grammatically correct sentence?...
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what is the difference between wonder and curious [on hold]

When I use word that "wonder" no one can understand ,if i use "curious" They can understand .these two are same meaning.
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Neither - nor grammar

“Neither him nor her I invited” Is this sentence gramatically correct? Can I use neither-nor this way?
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why do we use phrasal verbs in English?

I want to know why we use phrasal verbs? I saw many phrasal verbs that have similar meaning with a verb. why do we use them when there are verbs?
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Which one is more correct?

I suddenly remembered that I had left my key on the desk. or I suddenly remembered that I left my key on the desk. Which one seems more grammatically correct?
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Can anyone explain this? or Can anyone explains this? [on hold]

Can anyone explain this? or Can anyone explains this? please tell me the reason too. Appreciate!
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Is “stress caused by work” passive?

The grammar, which I found in the sentence below, confuses me stress caused by work Is it passive or simple past?
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Is it “x- and y-directions” or “x- and y-direction”?

Consider the following sentence: We perform the filtering process in the x- and y-directions sequentially. Is 'directions' correct in this case? I believe it is, but 'direction' is very commonly ...
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difference between “can do nothing” and “cannot do anything”

Is there any difference between these two sentences I can do nothing to help you. and I cannot do anything to help you. If there isn't any significant difference, are there any cases when ...
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What is the difference between absolutely, completely, totally, extremely, and utterly?

The explanations on the net are not tangible. Examples: I'm extremely/totally concerned about your behavior. I was absolutely/ totally/ completely freezing. why is it correct to say utterly satisfied, ...
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Correct usage of word “reason” with “twofold”

I want to say that there were two reasons for something. Which would be grammatically correct? "The reason for this is twofold" or "The reasons for this are twofold" Or is it that both of these are ...
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Correct construction for “easily protected against”

What I am trying to express is that I have a problem P and a good G and it is easy to protect G from P. However, G is not the focus of the sentence and P was described in the previous sentence. So I ...
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Is there a grammatical form that helps you to express that you don't believe the speaker? (reported speech)

Indirect speech: Can you express that you don't believe the original speaker of a sentence (with the help of a tense or a verb form)?
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What is the plural form of musical score?

The title of a Spotify playlist from Disney is "Disney Score To Study To". The name surprised me because I would have thought it would be titled "Disney Scores To Study To". Seeing as this is an ...
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I couldn't decide which one to use, and where to use: simple tense vs. perfect tense

The two questions in my grammar book: 1)"Many people claim ------ sundaes and many towns around the world pretend ---- birthplaces of ice creams. A) to have invented / to be B) to ...
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“a past that we have forgotten about” and “a lot of pasts”

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question. Thank you. A: Everybody has a past and everybody has a future. B: And the fallacy comes from idealizing a past that we have forgotten about. ...
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“Bigger is better.” “Big is often good.” How do you explain those sentences grammatically?

Bigger is better = Being bigger is better? Big is often good = Being big is often good? Is "Being" omitted in those sentences? Is this possible? I just don't understand them grammatically. Could you ...
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Which one is the direct object and indirect object?

Everyone is looking at us. In the above sentence, "to look" is the verb, "everyone" the subject. Is "us" a direct object or indirect object? How do you find the DO and IO?
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close as adverb?

I looked up in dictionary for the usage of close (which means near), and they said that close is adj. But I think that close in the highlighted sentence should be adv. Is that right? And close in the ...