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Numerical agreement for 5000 buckets of water

5000 buckets of water is removed from a cubical water tank. or 5000 buckets of water are removed from a cubical water tank. I think the first one is correct because 'water' is an uncountable noun. Am ...
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Correct usage of modal verbs: should have / might have / would have

Context: There are two lecturers in the particular faculty in the university and both of them are teaching the same subject as two parts. The first lecturer completed his part and the second lecturer ...
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The health, safety and well-being of our employees “is”/“are” [duplicate]

What is more correct? a) The health, safety and well-being of our employees is mission priority #1. b) The health, safety and well-being of our employees are mission priority #1.
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Can I use the present perfect for a future scenario?

I'm working on some educational material and I've just finished assessing people's current opinions toward a certain course. Now I want to say that I'll be following up with them in the future to ...
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'If you asked me now' or 'If you ask me now'? [closed]

What is the difference between those two: 'If you asked me now...' 'If you ask me now...'
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Which is the right one: I have to prepare or I have to be prepared [closed]

Which is the right one and why: Sample Context: I'm having the exam next week I have to prepare Vs. I have to be prepared Here, I'm expecting the meaning of these sentences, and in which situation ...
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Is it necessary to add a comma after **issues**? [closed]

Is it necessary to add a coma after issues? .On the other hand, the education obtained in countries widely known for their high standards of investigation in fuel issues proves that he has the ...
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“a XML API” or “an XML API”? [duplicate]

On StackOverflow I wrote : It often comes that a XML API reorder tags without our will. (API : Application Program Interface) Is "a XML API" the correct sentence or "an XML API" ?
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what is the meaning of “That just about does it”

I would like to know what is the meaning of this phrase "That just about does it"?
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I'm not sure whether this sentence is correct or not: [migrated]

I want to express(I'm not sure whether the sentence is correct or not): Instead of spending a long time waiting for the government's approval for a new drug, they can purchase those effective but not ...
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The difference between “have got” and “have got to”?

I have been asked about the difference between Have got Have got to Are they considered as present perfect forms?
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Use of objects and prepositions after “do” as substitute verb

Can we place objects and prepositions after do used as a substitute verb? What are the rules? For example, "we eat vegetables, as we do fruits" sounds ok, if contrived (bad example). "...
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Is my usage of “any different” correct in this context?

I'm reading a Webnovel and in this particular chapter, there is this guy who is on a high position and everyone around him(not including those who have a higher authority and status) is bending over ...
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Is the phrase “I'm afraid” interchangeable with “I am afraid”?

I don't think I've ever seen the phrase/idiom used with the non-contracted "I am". If it's not interchangeable, would it be odd to see that phrase in a poem where there aren't any other ...
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Are “not because” and “not just because” opposites?

"They aren't playing as well as they always do. Not because they have lost motivation, but because their key players are suspended." Which of the following is implied in the above example: ...
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Is it grammatical to say that something is “covered with some animal”, implying it is that animal's skin? [closed]

I'd like to know if it is grammatical to describe something as covered with "an animal", implying that the cover is that animal's skin, hide, etc. I've found examples for an alligator's skin:...
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Which order is correct? Sloth Team Santa OR Sloth Santa Team? [closed]

comparing to the sentence "Sloth running team" "Sloth hiking team" what is the correct order for the words: Sloth + Santa + Team? the complete sentence will be: Sloth team Santa. ...
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A semicolon or a period is necessary before Thereby? [closed]

I am not sure which punctuation mark to use before Thereby, a semicolon or a period? .This skill along with academic preparation in the USA can make his work more credible to the local authorities and ...
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Which sentence is correct(anything/something)? [closed]

"You said I could call you if I remembered anything" or "You said I could call you if I remembered something"
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any of this or these?

Can you help me correct this sentence? "Whether it's a cup of coffee or tea, our cake goes well with any of THIS or THESE? " this seems a little confusing since ANY is usually used in plural ...
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Which one is grammatically correct: “what are you studying” or “what do you study”? [migrated]

Let's say I am having a conversation with an university student and want to ask about his or her major. In that scenario, which one should I use, "what are you studying" or "what do you ...
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It should be used **with** in this paragraph?

Should be used with in this paragraph to indicate the contribution that she could do by studying a specific master's program? Using water is necessary but it needs to be done carefully to avoid ...
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I need either a confirmation or a refutation regarding the following theory of mine about the pattern"“noun phrase + of + possessive pronoun”

I've been thinking a lot about this matter, and this is what I came up with as a rather complicated yet seemingly airtight rule regarding when not to use the aforementioned pattern. It goes like this: ...
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Subject + caution; advise +object + recognize; acknowledge

I am in limbo about the syntax of a certain sentence I am formulating. To me, the following sentence (with the alternative word choice combinations) is intelligible and grammatical; however, when I ...
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Care about and Care for

What's the difference between "care for something" and "care about something"? English is not my first language so I'm looking for clarity. May use them interchangeably?
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Why does “…at once” sound fine but “…right now” doesn't?

A non English native colleague asked a questioned today that I couldn't answer clearly. The only thing I could come up with was that it sounded strange. The sentences: "They liked him almost at ...
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A hook-build shell [closed]

A Hook-build shell. What kind of shell is this? A shell Captine Hook built, or should it be a Hook-built shell to mean what I just said?
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“Kind” or “Kinds”?

I understand the basic singular/plural agreement when using kind/kinds: This kind of person Those kinds of people But what do you do if the subject is not the plural "those" but rather the ...
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How to use nouns as a category?

A cat runs faster than a dog The cat runs faster than the dog Cats run faster than dogs Are all three ways equivalent? In general which way is more popular Edit: what about the "the cats run ...
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Adjective rank for price/cost of product or purchase

I've found numerous pages listing the correct order of adjectives. While some disagree on the number of ranks, all have the ranks they do list are in this order: Determiner/quantity Observation or ...
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Is sentence “I paint for 3 hours” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? "I paint for 3 hours" Google Translate translates from my native language to this sentence. Also, I checked this sentence on grammarly online ...
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I would like to kindly ask you could check my writing essay? [closed]

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below shows the number of university graduates in Canada from 1992 to 2007. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main ...
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Are these two sentences (from a book) correct? [duplicate]

I saw these two sentences from a book called "The Art of Racing In The Rain" (I love it!!) and I don't see any verb inside, could anyone explain what's the grammar behind? "Peripheral ...
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use of “also” vs. “and also”

In the following, which is better to write between two sentences: ". Also" or ", and also" : Another drawback in the convenient setting is that operational vector fields do not have integral curves....
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Using a verb to refer to something that isn't intended [closed]

I came across this sentence while surfing the web: That's exactly why I've been keeping it a secret, knowing everyone would react the same way she did. This line is wrong but when read out loud, it ...
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I burst out laughing [migrated]

I burst out laughing. I burst out laughs. Burst out is used as a verb here, and why people say "laughing" instead of a noun laughs? You burst out laughing? Not laughs? Like in you spoke ...
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Why the shift to past perfective when the whole sentence is in the present?

I was looking at Collins' definition of double-cross: If someone you trust double-crosses you, they do something which harms you instead of doing something they had promised to do. So we have double-...
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How to structure the speech of one character when it consists of two linked but independent phrases

If you were writing a quote structured like this... 'You were right Izzy!', said Ted, 'there is something we can do.' … would be correct to have a fullstop after 'Ted' and a capital letter for 'there'...
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How do you make a statement about the past without saying anything about the present?

If you say "I wanted to be a fireman" it implies you no longer want to be a fireman. If you say "I wanted to be a fireman, but this isn't to say anything about the present" it ...
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Expressions with and without “get”

I've seen many sentences where the predicate contains 'get' and at the same time I've seen many sentences where the same predicate doesn't contain 'get'. For instance, what is difference between these ...
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Grammatical phenomenon in the sentence

I have been given a task to complete although I am not sure what is going on in this one. Could someone lend a hand please? He did become an overnight celebrity; Everything that could go wrong did go ...
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Is it makes or make? [closed]

I am wondering which option to use in the following sentence? make or makes. Reinforcing his knowledge in this topic makes him the best candidate to occupy key positions within the Indian government.
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Does the collocation “to have a bad sleep” exist? [closed]

Does the collocation "to have a bad sleep" exist? For example, will it be grammaticaly correct if I use it in the sentence "He had a bad sleep last night and was not able to wake up on ...
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Penny plain / penny coloured

There is a sentence "He used to bring us a comic for a half-penny plain and a penny coloured." Why does the 'plain' go after half-penny, not before a comic, if it means black and white and ...
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Does “after-state” refer to a state after death or does it refer to a state after earth life?

1-Does "after-state" refer to a state after death or does it refer to a state after earth life? 2-Should I consider "that immediately after death people pass into a semi-conscious ...
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Use of request in sentence [closed]

Which one is correct? I want to make a request from you Or I want to make a request to you
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“Is this an ice cream?” or “Is this ice cream?” If you can only choose one of them as the correct one, which would you choose? [closed]

I came across this question from a test for kids learning English as a foreign language. Let's put aside whether this is actually a good question. If you were taking the test and you could only ...
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Two-thirds or two-third share? [duplicate]

Please, if I say four-wheel-drive, can I say two-third share? Thank you

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