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Should this object plurality agree with the subject plurality?

In this sentence, (a) what part of speech is "name", and (b) should the plurality agree with the subject? (i.e., should it be "name" or "names"?) The first answer is ...
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Is “Are we supposed to deliver an extempore or a prepared speech?” correct?

Is "Are we supposed to deliver an extempore or a prepared speech?" correct? As "extempore" is an adjective, does it describe "speech" here?
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With accuracy of or with an accuracy of?

I am trying to write a paper for publishing. In writing one sentence, I am doubtful which way of writing would be correct. A Differential Pressure (DP) transmitter with a maximum working pressure of ...
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Sentence starts with “WITH”

I have come across many sentence following the given structure { WITH+SUBJECT+VERB-ING } This type of sentence starts with "WITH" Take an Example : with many of tourist returning from the ...
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Does “such as” require an adjective?

Someone changed a sentence in a Wikipedia article from These cassettes became associated with genres like Gipsy rhumba, light music and joke tapes. to These cassettes became associated with genres ...
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What would be the Passive Voice of This somber, silent…, and unforgettable night is belligerent? [closed]

You know Voice in English Grammar. There are two types. Active and Passive Voice. I know we should use active voice when we write English sentences. But sometimes Passive Voice sounds better. When we ...
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“On” and “In” in this sentence

How can I effectively determine when I should use "on" or "in" in this kind of sentence: "Perhaps you're not preparing a homework assignment or project, but are trying to ...
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Use of “Being” in these sentence

Which of the following sentences are correct I found the man lying on floor with his hand tied with rope. I found the man lying on floor with his hand being tied with rope. I found the man lying on ...
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Complete the second sentence so that it has a similiar meaning to the first sentence

Under no circumstances should you phone the police -> The last Help me solve this please.
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About words with a medial /d/ and a flapped /t/

Are words with a medial /d/ and a flapped /t/ considered homophones in American English? Ex. beading/beating cording/courting heeding/heating padding/patting riding/writing seeding/seating siding/(...
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Can Billie go alone, or did he say he needs someone to go with him?

There is a little debate going on in Puzzling StackExchange on this post: A river crossing puzzle The issue is with this sentence: Billie shouts: "They're also pretty small. I will only go with ...
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“Plan further out”

Which is more appropriate? I am trying to say the other person could plan further out into the future up to a given month, but I am not sure if "to" or "till" would be more ...
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Hello please help me with these sentences. no.89 and 144 [migrated]

aren't "any" and "either" both correct in no.89 and in no.144 is it none or neither and why? thanks in advance.
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Don't do like hitting [closed]

Don't do like hitting Is it correct to use gerund after "don't do like" or don't do stuff like?
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Can “comply with” here be replaced by “abide by”?

The key explains that when using the phrase "abide by" you must ensure that "a person" serves as the subject of the sentence. Is that true? 6 All the activities of a joint venture ...
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Correct format for [Plural noun] of [physical quantity] [values]

Which phrase is correct? Two lines of length 9 cm and 10 cm. Two lines of lengths 9 cm and 10 cm.
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Do finite verb and 'main verb' refer to the same thing?

Your Dictionary Grammar states that 'main verbs' are also known as finite verbs. However, I can easily find a few instances where a main verb isn't the finite verb of the sentence. Example: We are ...
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“… not only does it …” vs. “… not only it …”? [migrated]

What structure the two following expressions follow? More specific, what is the role of "does" in the first expression? This is mainly because not only does it positively affect students' ...
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You can ask me any question vs. any questions [duplicate]

I know the answer is any question. But Do you have any questions is right, other than any question. What's the difference here?
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Definite article before acronyms [duplicate]

Dear English teachers, I have a question. I noticed that news articles tend to use the definite article "the" when describing a three-letter acronym, e.g. the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the MLB.....
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Why is it 'the Corona virus' not 'Corona Virus'?

Corona is the name of a virus and hence is a proper noun. Please tell me why this exception arises. Also if there are other similar cases when 'the' is used before proper nouns, please let me know. ...
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Sentence leading him on [migrated]

I would like to know if the following sentences are correct. I was leading him on? or I led him on.
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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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“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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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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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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Which is correct: “This is one of my most significant research projects to-date” or “This is one of my most significant research projects to date?”

Does "to date" get a hyphen in this case or not? I'm inclined to say yes, but wanted confirmation.
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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