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The last moment of something but not sure when to use

My hands were trembling until the last moment of checking the results . Or should i say Until the last moment ,my hands were trembling by checking the results Does the last moment comes in first ...
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Question about “neither of”

I was going through some 5th grader's assignment and there was a question which required the synthesis of two sentences. Mary is not going to attend the party. Jane is not going to attend the party ...
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“provided that there was no case” or “provided that there were no case”

My doubt is which of the two is grammatically correct. I'm not sure whether 'were' should be used because it is a subjunctive phrase, or if 'were' should only be used if 'cases' was plural. Thank you! ...
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others deem otherwise?

i am writing an essay and have a question aboht it. if I say, while some people say that it is a good thing, others deem otherwise. is it awkward? im confused on the sentence 'others deem otherwise'...
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Two times “it was” with “as if”

"The floods were rising and it was as if it was the end of the world". The above sentence is from from English Grammar Today by the Cambridge Dictionary My doubt is why should be there two times it ...
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Is it correct ? “A vintage girl who came from 90s” [on hold]

is it correct? "A vintage girl who came from 90s"
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What is the best way to interrupt text with an onomatopoeia?

I know you can use hyphens to interrupt; but I was wondering how it would be best to have some sort of loud noise interrupt the speaker. For example, a bang interrupting speech. Is it okay to just ...
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Using present indefinite tense instead of present perfect and future indefinite tense

Can I change the form like below while formal speaking and writing? Tomorrow he will die > Tomorrow he dies. Simillarly, The match has started > The match starts. By the way, I heard the ...
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What does “there can be at least no want of subject” mean in Pride and Prejudice?

Quote from Darcy, "I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be no want of subject. We may compare our different opinions." Is that a double negation sentence? Thank you!
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superlative + relative clause

An earlier question (Relative clauses: “I did the best I could.”) asks about the antecedent of the relative clause, and there are two answers there: The one (by @Man_From_India) accepted as the best ...
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The usage of “on the way to”

Regarding the following sentence: I don't need to waste 2 hours on the way to and back from work anymore. Is the phrase 'to and back from work' correct? I want to use it in an informal letter to a ...
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Should I use plural or singular form in the following sentence?

The sincerity of pronouncements by multinationals is/are anybody's guess. My understanding is "sincerity" is an uncountable noun, and should be followed by "is", but it does feel a little weird to ...
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Doubt about using plural form in this phrase “discuss about …”

Source: https://www.realmenrealstyle.com/public-restroom-rules/ I came across this article and thinking whether the use of plural form in the following sentence is necessary 2 . Conversation ...
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Meaning and structure of headline “Hair it is: A List of …”

"Hair It Is: A List of Hair Words". What are the rules for this header? Why is the noun before it is? Intuitively, I understand the meaning of this header. But please explain it for certainty.
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“Have been having classes” or “have had classes for three months”?

Which sentence is correct: "I have been having classes for three months." or "I have had classes for three months."
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routinely moves using skill

Could you please tell me what is the structure that is used in this sentence for the part using skill? I mean why it doesn't have any "to be" verb before the main verb while it has -ing? If it's ...
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of greater concern

Could you please explain to me what is the structure that is used in "of greater concern" used in this sentence from "Strategic reading 3"? These are people that are perhaps a little older than ...
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Of mine, of someone [duplicate]

I am wondering why we say "a friend of mine" and " a friend of Sarah" instead of saying "a friend of Sarah's" ? Or is it actually right to say " a friend of Sarah's" ?
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In what contexts is the phrase “a recent point” used?

There are many kinds of point, but is there a recent point? I can imagine this sort of phrase occurring in a discussion or lecture regarding subject matter that was referenced somehow not too long ...
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Is it correct to omit repeating the subject after “if” and “when”?

I think these two sentences are correct and make sense. Cross the task if the task has been done. I often swim when I go to a gym. While I am wondering if the following two sentences are correct ...
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kicking off or kicked off

Collins Dictionary: If an event, game, series, or discussion kicks off, or is kicked off, it begins. The shows kick off on October 24th. [VERB PARTICLE] The Mayor kicked off the party. [VERB ...
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Is there something wrong with using “said (that)” in this sentence?

Quick context, work as a translator. I had a short blurb I had to translate where I basically rendered it as: "Bob spoke about how Countryland was one of the countries that suffered greatly from ...
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Acclamation vs. acclaim as nouns: When to use one or the other?

Back when life was simpler, the words “acclamation” and “acclaim” behaved within precise heterogeneous bounds. The first acted publicly as a noun and the second as a verb. I was naive, oblivious to “...
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When to use “this” or “that”?

It is 10 cm on the map. That is 100 km in real terms. I am proofreading and it seems odd that the writer always uses that in these cases. I would have said this. Who is right and who is wrong?
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Does “to tell apart” require “from” or “and”?

Which of the following sentences are incorrect and why? Is it okay to use "and" in these phrases? And should "apart" be moved to the end of the sentence? How to tell apart a raven from a crow? How to ...
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Usage of Comma to remove ambiguity

Soon after the military operations, an 11 member committee headed by Mr. ABC was set up to suggest measures that would enhance the combat capability of the armed forces and to also, balance defence ...
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Meaning of “e'er” in this sentence (sentences that start with e'er/ever)?

I am reading "Tristram Shandy" and as a non-native English speaker struggling very much to grasp the meaning of some sentences. Can someone help me with understanding the meaning of the following ...
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sentence transformation with No sooner [on hold]

As soon as the arrangements were made to release extra water from the reservoirs,the rain came in a downpour. Start your sentence with "No sooner...."
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Exceptions for the pattern help+ direct object +bare infinitive?

I am not an English native speaker, but as far as I know whenever someone wants to express the idea of helping someone with something, if this something has to do with an activity, there should be ...
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Why is the passive voice more prevalent in English than in other European languages? [on hold]

Although the active voice is predominant in the English language the ‘ideal’ proportion of recommended passive sentences is still regarded as between 5% and 10%(source1) ( source2). Which is ...
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Which is correct here - get or gets?

our marketing department is working on a slogan for our web site and coined "Strategy, design and engineering that gets results" when I read this I thought because of the multiple subjects it ...
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Can I add parenthesis after a possessive 's?

Is it okay to add parenthesis after a possessive 's? For example, is "Charles Devon's (1927 - 2000) argument is ...." correct? If it is not, would you please guide me a correct style? Thank you for ...
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Question on using “be worth”

It's worth visiting London. London is worth visiting. Visiting London is worth it. It's worth it to visit London. Are all these sentences grammatically correct? Do they have the same meaning? Which ...
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Using Simple past and past progressive

We had a chat while we waited for our flights. Is Simple past also used after While? I saw it in a grammar book, and I'm not sure if it's correct.
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Why is number 4 correct and the other options wrong?

One of the charges voiced by environmentalists is that the people constructing shallow ponds for shrimp farming all too often destroy mangroves, salt-tolerant trees ________ 1) in much of the ...
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“shall” v “must” in IT standards

I am a native English speaker, and am familiar with the distinction between "will" and "shall". I will briefly summarise this, as it is somewhat relevant to the question I would like to ask. Strictly ...
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Present Perfect with “yesterday”?

Is it possible to say "I've told you that yesterday" if the meaning is "you should already know it", thus being directly related to the present? The moment in the past is not the important part, but ...
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Is there a 'proper' way to put the apostrophes in “and”?

I know you can put it as 'n', 'n, or n', but is there a proper? Any propers?
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Like as a preposition and prepositional phrase sub categorization rules

I'm trying to figure out how the sentence "My hands are shaking like crazy," breaks down into lexical categories. I know "like" can function as a preposition, meaning "similar to", but I'm not sure if ...
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About need to be + noun

Call me If there need to be changes made on the order forms,so that I can contact the departments. I can't understand"there need to be changes made on the order forms" As I know,"need to be" is ...
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Use “of” or “for” with Institute, Department, Office…?

When should which be used and what's the difference? Department of XYZ or Department for XYZ Institute of ABC or Institute for ABC Federal Office of... or Federal Office for... Is there any sort ...
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Separable and inseparable phrasal verbs

How do you know when phrasal verbs can be separated or not? Is there any rule for it?
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ESL paragraphs help! [on hold]

I was born and raised in an ancient town, Lukang. I am an individual who loves challenging myself while doing things scrupulously with high sense of responsibility, and serving in the community and ...
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Usage of “as well as” to combine past participle of the verbs

Is the usage of as well as grammatically correct in this sentence: "As an agent commonly utilized in the industry as well as recycled after use, substance X is very beneficial."
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I was wondering will this paragraph look strange to native English-speakers? [on hold]

College years were time for me to look for my interests. Thus, I started to actively engage in various fields knowledge, which cover from neuroscience, physics to optronics. I designed and write a ...
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What is the correct grammar for“ Select a device name” or “Select device name?”

My colleague and I are debating which is correct: Please select a device name or Please select device name
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Is it grammatically correct to say “World's Competitor” when referring to a participant in the World Championships?

I recently designed some materials referring to individuals who are participating in the 2019 World Championships of the Pokemon Trading Card Game as "2019 World's Competitors." Since publication, ...
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what does it mean to say “it is on London to find an approvable Brexit deal”

This sentence is odd to me: Ms May's position that it is on London to find an approvable Brexit deal and not on Brussels, has been replaced by a new doctrine. "it is on" / "not on" - is this a ...
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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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Use of past tenses

Is it correct to use Past Simple but not Past Perfect in this sentence: This wouldn't have happened if you didn't go to meet your woman. If yes, please, explain why. Thank you!