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"from where I hail" vs "where I hail from"

When to use the two? Is the sentence "England is from where I hail" grammatically correct? (It sounds ok to me but it looks funny.) Or do I have to write "England is where I hail from"?
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To occur - Complement or modifier [closed]

"It is also common for this construction **to occur** without inversion". In this sentence, to occur that acts as a Complement or Modifier? To me, it appear as a complement to this ...
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Had rather; grammar explanation

In the Iliad (translated by Samuel Butler) I have lit upon the phrase had rather here: But the son of Peleus again began railing at the son of Atreus, for he was still in a rage. "Wine-bibber,&...
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Infinitive phrase

'Captain John is a person to admire'. Can you give the way to figure out that whether it is adjectival or adverbial?
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"Must had been like" correct grammar in the past continous? [duplicate]

Scenario: Person1: Two people were kissing in the elevator. I was staring at them for a minute until the lady yelled at me. Person2: The lady must had been thinking like "What a weirdo" In ...
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Use of "to" in "updates to come"/"more to follow"

I'm confused by the construction of "Noun + to infinitive". Is it short for "Noun is + to infinitive?" "Updates to come" becomes "update is to come". "More ...
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Can you use "same" without "the"?

I've been racking my brain trying to think of a grammatically correct sentence that uses same without the earlier in the same (see!) phrase. It is the same It is the very same I have 10 things all ...
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A question about usage of 'right proper' or 'right and proper' in UK / US English

Am I correct in thinking that 'right proper' is a phrase used adjectivally, as in 'A Right Proper Murder', and 'right and proper' adverbially, as in the entries in Urban Dictionary? right and proper ...
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In the sentence: "I went to school on Sunday afternoon." when it follows a day of the week, is the word "afternoon" an adjective/noun.....? [closed]

In the sentence: "I went to school on Monday afternoon." or "It was a beautiful Monday afternoon.....", is the word "afternoon" an adjective/noun.....?
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What is the part of speech of "home" in the sentence "Go home."?

In this sentence Go home. what is the precise part of speech of "home"? When I was in school, I was taught that "home" would act as an "adverbial noun". That is, its ...
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will need vs. need [closed]

I sent a free subscription of something to a friend. She replied that she will use it, later, when she needs it. Which of the following replies is correct? Sure, whenever you will need it. Sure, ...
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Hypothetical situation in future [closed]

If you haven't received anything from them by next week, ask me. If you didn't receive anything from them by next week, ask me. Do these sound correct for future unreal situation? If it is right, ...
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How is "Rather than" used in a sentence and what verb is used after it? [closed]

I have searched all over the internet for this question for two days and used many robots to check my examples using this phrase. It is simple to use for adjectives and adverbs and nouns so I don't ...
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Perfective aspect

We love Thai food. How do you consider it is Perfective aspect because this aspect shows complete and bounded action. This sentence is not complete action. What is a good definition of present simple ...
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Comma sense: Grammar and Usage Case

Working on a sentence that's bothering me: After a few minutes, a thin blue-eyed girl, wearing black stockings and wrapped tightly in a silver mink, kicked over the can with her white tennis shoe. ...
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Writing or to write? [migrated]

"Peter is very good at ( ) stories" . I chose 'to write' to fill ()but correct answer was 'writing'. Can anyone explain why 'to write' was wrong and 'writing' is correct?
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Is saying "X allows anything to happen without any restriction" the same as saying "According to X anything can happen without any restriction"

I am not a native english speaker so I don't know if the below given statements have the exact same meaning. To my current understanding they do mean the same thing but I'm not sure about it. ...
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Getting up or Get up? [closed]

What he can't stand is getting up early. What is right, getting up or get up in this sentence?
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How to rephrase "thereby making"?

Desertification continues unabated, thereby making huge chunks of land unproductive. How many ways can I write the sentence above? Are the sentences below correct? Desertification continues unabated,...
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Reply to an email [closed]

Would a reply stating "Will do, Chris!" to an email with "Please don't let me forget this deadline" be okay?
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Is it right to say "to help learning"?

I am comparing two products and want to say: Inter-comparisons of FGH products with other products at the global scale help to learning the regions where they agree or diffe. I wonder if help to ...
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If you can say that something is pending, can you say that it pends or pended?

The debit card transaction is pending. This is correct. Debit card transactions often pend for a day or two. The debit card transaction pended for two days. Are these correct?
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What do these sentences (from Murphy unit 2 ex. 2.1) mean? [closed]

Here are some sentences I've found: A. London. D. My sister. E. Black. G. In your bag. I. Very well. I know they are answers to the following questions, but I don't know the order except for 1 ...
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To have been living [closed]

" He is glad to have been living in Barcelona for ten years." To have been living... means He is glad because he has been living..... Is this correct meaning?
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In Early Modern English, are there examples of the "a- + gerund" progressive construction where the gerund begins with a vowel?

In Early Modern English, a progressive tense was sometimes constructed as in the example "I was a-hunting". But what happens if the verb begins with a vowel rather than a consonant? Would ...
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Is it correct to say year 2021? [closed]

Is the follow sentence correct? Here is a survey of results up to year 2021. I know generally it is enough to say "Here is a survey of results up to 2021". But there are some other numbers ...
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What justifies comma usage here?

I came across the following sentence in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: Even prisons and concentration camps are cooperation networks, and can function only because thousands of strangers somehow ...
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How should we think while translating '' thus or thereby + ing ''? [migrated]

1-) The initial event is removal of an electron from the hydrogen atom, thus converting it to a hydrogen ion. 2-) She forgot to tie her shoes, thereby or thus tripping and falling down the stairs. 3-) ...
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Does the sentence "'This time, you won't get away,' squinted the man" make sense?

Usually, in literature they would use a myriad of words for "said" after quoting what the man says. Is using a different verb, like "squinted," correct in literature?
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How to use "the" when there are many of them [migrated]

As below sentences, can I remove the word the before the word analysis? On the basis of the analysis above. Based on the the analysis above. And why?
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Question about the phrase "interests me"

The teacher marked the words "interests me" in the following sentence to be gramatically wrong, why? I think the sentence is gramatically correct. "I never thought that I was going to be accepted ...
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How to use "more likely" and "be able" in parallel sentence

Which is correct if I want to say below sentences in brief In that case, we are more likely to do sth1, we are more likely to do sth2 and we are more likely to do sth3. In that case, we are able to ...
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A tendency to use "a" in place of "an" in American English

I have noticed that a lot of native American speakers use the indefinite article "a" in front of words beginning with vowels, such as interesting, old, apple , etc. Is there any reasonable ...
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Can you start a sentence with Such as?

"Even though I am not fortunate enough to visit the campus, reading about Notre Dame makes me feel at home with its attention to tradition, its history of innovations, academic research, and service ...
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which comes first: A or B? "concerning event A, ... to the effect event B has come" [closed]

The sentence is Concerning starting of event A, do not be quickly shaken in mind to the effect that event B has already started Is there only one unambiguous parsing of this sentence concerning the ...
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Describing past, present and future in only one sentence [migrated]

Let's say I have three maps that show the layout of a highschool in 1980, in the present and a proposed redevelopment for 2030. I want to use a single sentence to describe what I am seing. I have ...
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Dropping prepositions before weekdays when using "morning," "afternoon," and "evening." [duplicate]

Is it grammatically correct to omit prepositions in phrases like "I am available Friday morning" or "I can meet you Monday afternoon"? And would it be acceptable in formal ...
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Can much be used to qualify works, as in "much works"? [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? I have much works to complete. I believe it should be I have much work to complete.
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Convert the following sentence into passive voice: "The cat has drunk the milk." [migrated]

Convert the following sentence into passive voice: "The cat has drunk the milk." I was struck on to which helping verb I should use.We know that 'Milk' is a plural noun,so we can use 'Have ...
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Than he or than him? [duplicate]

John was beaten by a runner who was faster than him. John was beaten by a runner who was faster than he was.
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What is the best way to describe a event which was well organized so much that there was no tension while event was going on?

I am looking for the right words to describe an event which was meticulously planned and executed. I want to stress on the fact that the managers / professors overlooking the event were relaxed as ...
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thereby subject? [closed]

She wants to run down the clock, thereby narrowing other options. I know that the subject in this sentence is : She wants to run down the clock, thereby she narrows other options. So what is the ...
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Since then and ever since | verb tense

Are the verbs tenses in these two sentences, and the grammar, correct? This is Ivanka. She quit smoking years ago and since then with the money she used to buy cigarettes, she now buys food for ...
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Hi everyone! Is it correct to say: "Imagine having seen 10000 movies in your mid 20s"? [closed]

Is it correct to say: "Imagine having seen 10000 movies in your mid 20s" ?
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The best way to construct "I Would prefer [someone to do something]"

I'm trying to gauge what people think is the best way to complete sentences beginning with "I would prefer" when the preference is about someone else's actions. There seems to be a few ...
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What's the actual grammar and semantics of "Where We Go One We Go All"?

Recently the bizarre conspiracy theorists who label themselves as "QAnon" have made an appearance in the news. They are cited with the slogan Where We Go One We Go All (mostly expressed ...
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causative verb - have with present participle [closed]

"The boss has us working late again this week." Grammar books say that "have is almost always in the simple past tense in this construction", with present participle to show ...
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What invokes a comma splice error?

The results of the study were inconclusive, therefore more research needs to be done on the topic. So according to what I read, this is a comma splice. So, it will be changed from ", therefore&...
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Is it incorrect to turn "into" a driveway?

I'm reading a great book by a copy editor on grammar and style, but one of his tips has confused me. I have tried doing some research, but I've only become more puzzled. He says that turning in to a ...
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Reality is only a small part of the possible [closed]

Which sentence is correct or sounds more English. Reality is only a small part of the possible. or Reality is only a small part of what's possible?

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