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Use of "here" in the middle or at the end of the sentence

I have two sentences, and the location of here bothers me. Could you help me figure out whether it's possible to use both of them or only one sentence is correct? The object here is the chair. The ...
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What category does the 'the recent perfect' belong to?

A scholar has said that there are 4 usages of the present past tense: The Universal sense of the Perfect, used to indicate that a state of affairs prevailed throughout some interval stretching from ...
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Should I use present or past tense? [migrated]

Should I use ‘was’ or ‘is’ in the following paragraph? “My sister saw a blue dress at the mall yesterday. She loved it very much. But the dress was too expensive for her. It was one hundred dollars. ...
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Is "Why having a pen pal" grammaticaly correct? [closed]

I'm preparing a presentation for school and I am now wondering if my title is correct : "Why having a pen pal ?" Please tell me your mind and if it's not correct (which is extremely possible)...
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To a less/lesser extent

The expression to a lesser extent meaning “less strongly or not so much” is commonly found with the comparative form of less. Curiously, Google Books shows that “to a less extent” was initially, ...
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How to write of process? Is it process' or process's? [duplicate]

Can I write output of process as process'/process's output? How to use apostrophe in words ending with two ss like boss, actress, goddess, process?
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I'm working in an Indigenous Australian context in which particular sacred trees and animals are capitalised. I'm aware that the specific name of the tree, for example, needs to be capitalised but ...
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comma usage question: a New Yorker example

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 albeit as a substitute of although [duplicate]

I would normally use although in a sentence like this: although the sun was shining it wasn't that warm Would using albeit instead of although be correct in this context? albeit the sun was shining ...
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Structure and usage of the construction - BE of

I have seen various sentences like this: The availability of two reasonably complete mammalian genomes is of great help to gene finders. - The New York Times I do my utmost to dress the actors very ...
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Several processes vs several process [closed]

The sentence that I wrote is, He observed several processes and systems in awe as he walked around the grasslands and other places full of greenery.
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What's the grammatical term for a sentence that begins with a descriptive noun phrase, followed by a complete sentence?

For example: A powerful sword forged by a famous blacksmith, it has seen endless battles. A cheap yet versatile mini-tank, the Ice Golem provides a wide range of uses ... The sister of the Witch, ...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [closed]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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If he went to the museum, he will (OR would?) be more intelligent [closed]

is will or would both right and if not, which one and why?
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A Specific Instance of Me (object) vs. I (subject)

I was just crafting an email. The sentence was similar to this: You are hereby invited to the Pristine Medal Ceremony, an event which will result in Anthony and me becoming knighted, and receiving ...
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pull a face in shock? [migrated]

What's the correct expression? I'm not a native speaker. I want to describe that he made a expression of shock; like pulled a face in shock; but I feel that's wrong. How can I see it concisely?
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Is the phrase “...to stop them messing with your day” grammatically correct?

My kids watch this show on Disney Junior called PJ Masks, and in every episode a narrator comes on and utters the phrase “...to stop them messing with your day.” In one of the episodes a character ...
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Anticipation spreading out? [closed]

Can anticipation spread out? What's the verb, that it goes through your skin?
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This moment carried the weight of significance [closed]

Does this sound right? Or is it weird/ how better to express it?
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Successfully submitted vs Submitted Successfully

When data has been submitted through a form online, which sentence below make the most sense to use? Is one grammatically correct more than the other? Your information has been successfully ...
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Why is "strategies to cutting" correct in this sentence?

I'm reading 'When Breath Becomes Air' by the late Paul Kalanithi, and I came across the sentence: "I could see that there were two strategies to cutting the time short..." My question is why "to ...
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Synthesis and Transformation

Give the task of synthesizing and transforming these two sentences: John ran after the snatch thief. John tripped over a stone and fell. Into just one of this form: While ____________, ____________....
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Why is there an indefinite article before "London"? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I know,...
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What does "Fair Lady" mean? [closed]

Sometimes we call a woman "my fair lady" or "my fair queen". In this context, does fair mean bright and beautiful? Or just and honest?
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Why use 'has' when the word before it is plural noun? [closed]

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) [migrated]

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"? [migrated]

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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Repeating words in enumeration: '... senior executives, decision makers and policy makers.'

Just got the comment from a co-worker that we shouldn't repeat the word 'maker' in the following enumeration: A unique learning experience for senior executives, decision makers and policy makers....
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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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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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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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grammar of 'sit perched on'

Is the grammar of 'perch' in the following sentence correct ? The tower sits perched on a stone structure. If 'perch' is used as verb in the sentence, should it be as sit perching? Could anyone ...
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Omitting "is", like in "I think it strange"

What is the grammar behind the construction "I think it strange/necessary that ...", and when can and cannot this apparent omission of the copula be used? Do we always need the "that" clause? Also, ...
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This type of + plural ( reason)

As we all agree on, types when plural, always comes after "of" a plural noun.. Like types of cars : meaning different classes of cars. My question here is : when I want to address one type ...
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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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thereby +(verb+ing) or thereby +(verb in other tenses)

I've observed that "thereby" is mostly followed by (verb+ing) form regardless of whether the sentence takes place in past, future or present. As in this example from the dictionary: "The number of ...
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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'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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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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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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Present participle Vs past participle

Q.My sister was charmed with silk. She bought ten yards. Ans. Being charmed with silk, my sister bought ten yards. Deceived by his friends, he lost all hope. ^this is the example of past participle ...
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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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Learning and development is/are equally important

Example: In the given process, learning and development is equally important. Can the verb here be singular (i.e. is)? What is the basis for such exceptions? Can you kindly elaborate on this?

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