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'Nobodys first choice' or 'no ones first choice' which is correct?

Like the title suggests 'Nobodys first choice' or 'no ones first choice' which one is the correct form? here's the context it's being used in: "This hospital was no ones first choice"
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Can I write so?

"They believe that libraries are our culture". "It has been made clear that libraries are an archaic part of the past". Are these sentences grammatically correct?
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How does a US native distinguish to say the past form instead of PP in certain places that u are supposed to say the PP form?

e.g. in Passengers 2017, captain said "should've took the damn pills" instead of taken. To be honest saying taken here sounds stupid to me as well, but the grammar rules say you gotta say ...
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Word order in a negative imperative sentence

The following are imperative sentences with subjects not omitted. (Emphasis on verbs.) Everybody look! Nobody move! John sit down; the rest of you go home. Somebody answer the phone! You keep out of ...
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one big of a [noun]

Asked to comment on the use of the phrase “one big of a question,” I responded that it sounded totally off to me. I’ve always used a noun in the place of “big” here: one hell of a night, one humdinger ...
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What is the difference between “a lack of confidence” and “lack of confidence?”

Below are some example sentences: Her only problem is a lack of confidence. Lack of sleep had made him irritable. If he fails it won't be for/through lack of effort (= he has certainly tried). We ...
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Which sentece is correct?

I consider a healthy lifestyle the most important part of general well-being. I consider a healthy lifestyle as one of the most important parts of general well-being. Which sentence is more correct?
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Do I include “that” or leave it out when used adjacent to “whatever, whereever, etc.” such as in the following example?

"Advantages of whatever THAT happens always outweigh the costs" Grammarly underlines THAT as red to leave it out. I know that when I say "whatever happens, I will be there for you" ...
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As if and as though

A few weeks ago one of my friends looked at my daughter and said "She looks as if she is not your daughter" is it correct to use present tense in a situation like that? The thing is that she ...
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“Humanities studies is my zone of interest.” Is that sentence natural?

"Humanities studies is my zone of interest." Is that sentence natural? I want to express that I love anything related to the humanities division. Should I use "is" or "are&...
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Who could help me analyze the grammar structure of this sentence?

John Dewey once observed that more of our time than most of us care to admit is spent “trifling with mental pictures, random recollections, pleasant but unfounded hopes, flitting, half-developed ...
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I have my period or I'm on my period?

what girls would normally say ? : I have my period or I'm on my period ?
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Possessive apostrophe-s on three nouns in a row

I just read Two possessive nouns in a row, but am still trying to wrap my head around possessive apostrophe-s in English, specifically, I am trying to say something along the following lines: "...
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Interrogative Sentence

Who can explain this? which is the right answer and why? Thank you for your help in advance How many variants are incorrect? ...countries does she have visits? To which Which of the What Which To ...
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To like something about someone or in someone?

Please advise if there is a difference in meaning between: a. What do you like ABOUT me? b. What do you like IN me? Much Obliged.
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Have had or Have been

I've been learning English in my company. We have just started Present Perfect and encountered 1 issue I don't quite understand. There were 2 different, not related to each other exercises. In one we ...
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I could see them run towards the shop; I could see them running towards the shop [duplicate]

Which one is right? And WHY? 1 I could see them run towards the shop 2 I could see them running towards the shop
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She acted as though she was subtle. She never was subtle. Or: She was never subtle

She acted as though she was subtle. Then: 1 She never was subtle 2 She was never subtle The first one sounds right to me although the second one seems to be the grammatically correct one? Or are both ...
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Can anyone explain the grammar rules used to form this sentence?

This sentence is from Larry McMurtry's 'Lonesome Dove'. This is about a signboard that is disliked by a character. I quote. "Anyway he soon came to dislike the sign so much that he would just as ...
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What is the specific usage of the expression, “Boom goes the dynamite”? and why is it still frequently used in a grammatically awkward way?

Is there anyone who could briefly explain the specific usage of the famous blooper "Boom goes dynamite"? And is it still OK to use the expression in a formal writing?
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Difference between Reply x Answer x Response

I have a question about conversation in english... i'm only a recently student of english, then I've got a lot of question. If I understood, in a conversation face to face or in some social media, ...
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“If were” and “if was” in the same sentense. What's the deal with that?

A quote from Fahrenheit 451: If there were no war, if there was peace in the world, I'd say fine, have fun!
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Machine learning on or of some data?

If it's machine learning using some platform or technology, it makes sense to use "on" ("ML on AWS"), but if we are talking about applying ML to some data, should "on" or ...
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Articles with Spatial Prepositions

Are both sentences correct? with and without the indefinite article (a): She lives two minutes' walk from the station She lives a two minutes' walk from the station
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Notes in a business report without a verb?

There are notes a in business report like 'Contractor to proceed as per the comments'. I really wonder that there is not verb to complete the sentence and apparently it looks to use as 'contractor ...
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Can a Noun Idiomatically applying to more than one thing remain in the singular when it represents a quality or thing possessed in common?

Basic education consists of more than 1 Grade. Therefore a group of grades forms basic education. "Grades 1 to 6 are basic education" Which is true because we are not implying any one grade ...
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“I remember the advice he gave to me” Why add preposition to?

While I was reading a book, I stumbled upon a sentence "I remember the advice he gave to me". From my understanding, give can be used in two ways. First. Give + IO + DO. For example, "He gave me an ...
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Problem regarding tag question [migrated]

It is man who is the best of all creations,_ ? Here, I think the tag should be "isn't he". But my teacher is suggesting otherwise. He is suggesting it to be "aren't they ". So, ...
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Prepositions for the word “placement” or “clinical placement”

Which of these is correct? I went to cardiac ward in my first clinical placement. I went to cardiac ward for my first clinical placement. I went to cardiac ward on my first clinical placement. Also,...
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“And please do be honest.”?

Can you say this? And please do be honest. I'm trying to tell somebody that I wish that they are honest with the reply that they are about to write to me. Is the "do" part redundant?
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Is this sentence grammatically valid. “It's been decades and centuries that people are hoarding money?”

I'm confused between "it's been decades and centuries that people are hoarding money" and "it's been decades and centuries since people have been hoarding money." Which one is ...
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Hours or the hours?

I would like to ask a question. Which sentence is correct? Yes, we can change hours Or Yes, we can change the hours Is only one answer correct or both are depending on the context?
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Street Lamps go on - in other words? [closed]

How can I describe it more poetically? Street Lamps light on? Street Lamps flicker on? Street Lamps light up? Thanks! and is street lamp the right word? Or would street lights etc be better?
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Why are gender pronouns conventionally written as subject/object? [duplicate]

When gender pronouns are explicitly stated they tend to be given in the form "subject-pronoun/object-pronoun" e.g. he/him, she/her, they/them. Where does this convention originate from? Is ...
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Identification of the simple subject in a sentence

I am having trouble identifying the simple subject in this sentence: One of the problems facing journalism today is false news and disinformation I believe it is one. A friend of mine, however, is of ...
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Is using “than with” to connect an independent clause to a dependent clause is grammatically correct?

"Human processor model of interaction, in cognitive psychology, views the user as another computer in the system. In this model, the user is like a computer processor that takes input from the ...
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Footsteps echoed from across the street? Sounds right or weird? [closed]

I know that you can say ´Footsteps echoed down the street´. But I want to say that they come from the other end of the street. I don´t know why, but does this sentence sound weird to you? How else ...
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How would you pluralize a quote?

For example, how would I format this following sentence properly? The others agree a little more heartily with “yeah”s and “it would”s.
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions?

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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Correct form of saying of what will be left?

Imagine a hypothetical situation that someone is left to do home duties and you are writing a note to him. Which is the correct form? 1) "Turn on the robot cleaner. After it finishes all that will be ...
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Can you write 'Monthly' and 'per month' in the same sentence? [closed]

which of the following sentences are correct : -Your monthly personal allowance is £200. Or -Your monthly personal allowance is £200 per month. What is the best format to write this sentence.
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“I came” or “I went”

Which one is grammatically fine? I was surprised but then having no knowledge about this issue. I came/went back to my city.
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“a large amount of effort” vs “a large amount of efforts” [closed]

What is correct? "a large amount of effort" or "a large amount of efforts"
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Can the sound of footsteps break through the howling wind? [closed]

Is this grammatically correct or does it sound weird? The sound of footsteps breaks through the howling wind. How can I express it with other words - that the noise of the footsteps is audible in ...
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What part of speech is the that clause after 'I'm sure'?

fellow grammarians. When it comes to a clause, we'd naturally understand that each of them has a lexical class to it, and, the part of speech they serve as in a sentence. Adjective + that clause has ...
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Why does it sound incorrect that he like me is a teacher? [closed]

He like me is a teacher. Why does it sound incorrect?
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Is the use of 'takes' and 'came back' in this sentence correct?

"It takes an old friend who came back after 5 years studying in England to get her out of her shell" context: the 'her' here never went out anywhere. it is only now when her friend is ...
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couldn't vs wasn't able vs couldn't have? [closed]

what is the difference between : couldn't vs wasn't able vs couldn't have ? I really can't see any difference between these three sentences : she couldn't have gone to the party, she couldn't go to ...
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Proper usage of “having given birth” in this sentence

Recently, I came across a question that asks whether a given sentence is correct. If not, we're required to select an option that corrects the error. Question: Having given birth to six kittens, my ...

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