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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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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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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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Please check for any grammar mistake [duplicate]

This is to certify that Master Naresh was a bonafide student of this school and studied in Ninth and Tenth standard during the academic years 2019-20 & 2020-21. To the best of my knowledge and ...
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whether to use ' was studying in ' or 'studied in ' in a bonafide certificate from 10th std completed school. Pls specify any other mistakes [closed]

This is to certify that Master Naresh was a bonafide student of this school and studied in Ninth and Tenth standards during the academic years 2017-2018 & 2018-2019. To the best of my knowledge ...
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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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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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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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will need vs. need

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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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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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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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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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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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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Inc. or Incorporated [closed]

Should "Inc." be spelled out in a formal written expert report in a lawsuit? Example: My Company, Inc. or My Company Incorporated?
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Present tense or past tense when using get/ got [migrated]

Do you and James get sunburned on the balcony? Yes, we get sunburned on the balcony. I read the question and answer and they seem incorrect to me. Should they be : Did you and James get sunburned on ...
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What’s a synonym/another way to say the phrase, “nothing feels more like home than…”

I am trying to find an alternative to this phrase. I am trying to get a point across that I can find myself fitting in perfectly at a specific institution.
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The subject is not very clear

I would like to say "we plan to collaborate with more companies and teams to try our software collectively". But it seems that the subject of "try" does not sound very clear (it ...
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"Good to meet you" grammatically correct? [migrated]

Is "Good to meet you" as grammatically correct as "Nice to meet you"? I ask because saying "I'm good" is considered incorrect, because good relates to being moral or ...
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Is "and" needed here?

Could anyone tell me if the following sentence is correct? Do we need an and before funded? The professor undertook the XXXXX research project, aiming at improving the efficiency of the YYYY system, ...
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What is a word for being afraid of regarding something? [closed]

Eg: you are afraid of someone's gonna hit you on your back.
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The subjunctive in a hypothetical scenario of a historical event

To the prompt "What historical moment would you like to have participated in?", my ESL student chose a Queen Live Aid concert, saying: I’m a huge fan of Queen and Freddie Mercury so I think ...
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Everything the government does, doesn't have to be defended. Is this sentence correct? [closed]

"Everything the government does doesn't have to be defended". Is this sentence correct? Or should I rephrase the sentence as: "Everything the government does don't have to be defended&...
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What's the difference in using 'for' vs 'to'? [migrated]

I'm wondering what the difference in meaning is in the sentences below? Using for vs to ​ It was a shock for him. It was a shock to him. ​ He was unkind to me. He was unkind for me.
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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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Question regarding this sentence about an opinion of a research paper? [closed]

For example, if there is a debate around a topic such as the validity of a research paper and there are two views, and someone says this: This statement should assure one that this paper is suitable. ...
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Question regarding this sentence about an opinion

For example, if there is a debate around a topic and there are two views, and someone says this: This statement should assure one that this paper is suitable. Does this imply there are two different ...
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What is the subject in the below sentence? [migrated]

What is the subject in this sentence? There is no form to reject. And what type of sentence is this?
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Is "share" classified as a nominalization in this case? Please help me analyze 2 sentences [closed]

Here is a sentence The loss of market share to Japan by domestic automakers resulted in the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Here are my questions: Is "share" classified as ...
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Rarely can it be the case or rarely it can be the case? [closed]

Traveling through the paths of the jungle, rarely can it be the case of not having noticed the canopies. Traveling through the paths of the jungle, rarely it can be the case of not having noticed the ...
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Helping others makes me happy or To help others makes me happy? [duplicate]

Helping others makes me happy or To help others makes me happy? To help others makes me happy is taken from a middle school textbook in China. And local English teachers insisted that gerund as the ...
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How to correct this sentence in more clear way? [closed]

I am new to here, and not a native speaker. Currently, I am writing a paper, but feeling like this sentence is a little bit weird. Could someone correct it? Our method is based on the XXX(The model ...
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Are there characters that performs actions in this sentence? [closed]

There is a need for an analysis of library use to provide a reliable base for the projection of needed resources. I think there, use and base are subjects, but what are the characters that perform ...
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Which variation is grammatically correct, "Bound to falling in love" or "Bound to fall in love"? [closed]

Please explain why if you can.
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The Chrono Trigger scenario 1 sentence meaning [migrated]

I will have been studying English for many years now. I have been playing computer games to study English. I have walked through the game to the scenario as in the picture below. It contains a ...
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Why they use "would" in this case? [migrated]

If it's to practice a specific writing style--business-related letters in this case--the easiest way would be to read various examples. Afterward, or while reading, compose new business letters about ...
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I would ask Bob to lend us the money if I knew him/ if I had known him [migrated]

Could anyone clear my doubt? I would ask Bob to lend us the money if I ____ him. A. knew B. had known Which option is better? A would be the Second Conditional which is quite the same as "I ...
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What does "in what" mean in the sentence? [migrated]

Shortly afterward, with her cancer in remission, she decided to sue, in what became the first baby-powder lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson to ever make it to trial. I do not understand the use ...
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No independent clause in but...that [migrated]

I came across a sentence in the New Yorker: But the evidence against talc had grown substantial enough by the time Berg was diagnosed that many U.S. manufacturers, including the makers of crayons, ...
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When listing items, shall I use 's or s?

Here is a sentence that I am about to write: Given a family of sets {A_i: 1 ≤ i ≤ n}, we may assume that the A_i's are disjoint. I mean the sets in the family does not intersect with each other. I ...
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Emphasis using comma

Are these sentences correct? And he called me, a liar. And he called you, a doofus. And he called you, dumb. These are sort of like used as sarcasm or irony. I don't know but these feel right in my ...
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"Melts all your memories and change into gold"?

"Smooth Operator" song lyrics goes like this: Face to face, each classic case We shadow box and double cross Yet need the chase A license to love, insurance to hold Melts all your memories ...
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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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Collective term for uncountable nouns for places, like "hospital", "school", "prison", "court", "church"?

Certain nouns for places, locations or buildings seem to have idiomatic uncountability. This blog lists a couple of those. Idiomatic uses: Home / town: No article precedes ‘home’ unless you add ...
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How do we use ''how many''? [migrated]

Let's say there is only one person who can lift 100kg in this world. How many people do you know can lift 100kg in this world? How many people do you know who can lift 100kg in this world? Do you ...
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"If I let the video finish playing..." [closed]

I have included a video in the slides that I prepared for a talk I have to give next week and my plan is to hit play at the beginning, then pause the video for one moment and finally let it reach its ...
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In the sentence "He doesn't like people telling him what to do" why is there a Gerund after people and not an infinitve?

Forgive me if this has already been answered. I've searched similar questions and only saw this The object of "I don't like people telling me what to do"? which doesn't answer my ...
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be going to vs simple present in a if clause

What's the difference between the following two sentences? If you use medical marijuana to alleviate chronic pain, you have to obtain a doctor’s endorsement. VS If you are going to use medical ...

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