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Confusion on Am/Are Questions

I am just wondering about the syntax in English, I got this from a friend . Please fix the sentence. "Why am I and he doing this?" Kind regards
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How can I distinguish between supplements and modifiers as proposed in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (CGEL)?

In CGEL, the authors use the term 'adjunct' as an umbrella term to cover an element that is either modifier or supplement. On page 1350, the authors explain the properties of supplements to ...
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Will have written or have written [migrated]

Good Evening. There is a text: "Will you give me the article after you (write) you homework." I would like to know, what is better to put: will have written or have written?
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Long answers with present perfect [closed]

1-A) I haven't eaten yet, because I was doing my homework, but I've just finished. 1-B) I haven't eaten yet, because I have been doing my homework, but I've just finished. 2-A) I haven't played yet, ...
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"The transfer of money for building bridges by the government." Does this mean money is transferred by the govt or the bridges are built by the govt?

The transfer of money for building bridges by the government. Does this mean money is transferred by the government or does it mean the bridges are built by the government ?
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I'm sorry THAT I didn't hear you [closed]

Is it wrong to put 'that' after I'm sorry in "I'm sorry THAT I didn't hear you"?
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Confused about which between "does" and "will" should I use [migrated]

Which among these two examples are gramatically correct? A: "DOES the disadvantageous offer still remain on the table?" B: "WILL the disadvantageous offer still remain on the table?&...
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Placement of "even" within phrase

Which one would sound better? to the point where it may be considered a heirloom even. to the point where it may even be considered a heirloom. I think (2) is fairly standard in terms of structure, ...
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Allowed to use “they’ve” in a new paragraph? [closed]

Option A: “Great! Your new account request has been sent to ABC company. You'll be emailed a notification as soon as they've got your account ready for you to use.” Option B: “Great! Your new account ...
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Should I use present or past tense? [migrated]

Should I use ‘was’ or ‘is’ in the following paragraph? “My sister saw a blue dress at the mall yesterday. She loved it very much. But the dress was too expensive for her. It was one hundred dollars. ...
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How to write of process? Is it process' or process's? [duplicate]

Can I write output of process as process'/process's output? How to use apostrophe in words ending with two ss like boss, actress, goddess, process?
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Is "Why having a pen pal" grammaticaly correct? [closed]

I'm preparing a presentation for school and I am now wondering if my title is correct : "Why having a pen pal ?" Please tell me your mind and if it's not correct (which is extremely possible)...
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Can I use albeit as a substitute of although [duplicate]

I would normally use although in a sentence like this: although the sun was shining it wasn't that warm Would using albeit instead of although be correct in this context? albeit the sun was shining ...
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Several processes vs several process [closed]

The sentence that I wrote is, He observed several processes and systems in awe as he walked around the grasslands and other places full of greenery.
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Capitalisation of a sacred object

I'm working in an Indigenous Australian context in which particular sacred trees and animals are capitalised. I'm aware that the specific name of the tree, for example, needs to be capitalised but ...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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If he went to the museum, he will (OR would?) be more intelligent [closed]

is will or would both right and if not, which one and why?
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A Specific Instance of Me (object) vs. I (subject)

I was just crafting an email. The sentence was similar to this: You are hereby invited to the Pristine Medal Ceremony, an event which will result in Anthony and me becoming knighted, and receiving ...
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Is "It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some." grammatically correct? [closed]

Brother, I have completely run out of money. It will be really helpful to me if you can provide some. Is the last sentence grammatically correct? I am doubtful because we don't normally use "can&...
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Anticipation spreading out? [closed]

Can anticipation spread out? What's the verb, that it goes through your skin?
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This moment carried the weight of significance [closed]

Does this sound right? Or is it weird/ how better to express it?
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pull a face in shock? [migrated]

What's the correct expression? I'm not a native speaker. I want to describe that he made a expression of shock; like pulled a face in shock; but I feel that's wrong. How can I see it concisely?
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What's the grammatical term for a sentence that begins with a descriptive noun phrase, followed by a complete sentence?

For example: A powerful sword forged by a famous blacksmith, it has seen endless battles. A cheap yet versatile mini-tank, the Ice Golem provides a wide range of uses ... The sister of the Witch, ...
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What does "Fair Lady" mean? [closed]

Sometimes we call a woman "my fair lady" or "my fair queen". In this context, does fair mean bright and beautiful? Or just and honest?
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Why use 'has' when the word before it is plural noun? [closed]

I have an English book, in which there is a sentence that confuses me. The sentence is In the past years, the business of clothes has grown well. I'm confused because why the author use the word '...
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Conditional (if) [migrated]

Nowadays, countless websites will only function if you open an account, which means providing them with an email address and some of your personal data. Nowadays, countless websites will only ...
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Change the voice [closed]

Can anyone help me solve this . Change the voice : Dinner will have been cooked by me tonight.
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Whats the difference between "Where 'you would'/'would you' like to go"? [migrated]

I was wondering if you guys could help me with this. What is the difference there in Where would you like to go? and Where you would like to go?
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"various" courteous manners instead of "many" courteous manners? [migrated]

Below is the sentence which was given in my grammar-correction class. It was taught that many should be replaced into various. However, I totally have no idea why it is so. "Since about the first ...
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If there WERE NO oxygen or if there WEREN'T oxygen? [closed]

Write out a full sentence using the suggested words: If/there/not/oxygen/,we/will/die If there are any other answers to this please add them.
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Order of adjectives plus commas I feel this is correct [closed]

What is the proper or and use of commas in this sentence and how strict is it? I feel this is correct, but want to hear from other native speakers since English is complicated and sometimes different ...
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What does this "be failing" mean? [migrated]

This is from TOEFL speaking TPO3: In my first year in high school, I was addicted to video games. I played them all the time, and I wasn't studying enough. I was failing chemistry. That was my hardest ...
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Is the phrase “We may come here from darkness and disguise“ acceptable? If not, what is the most similar phrase I can use? [closed]

I would like to use this phrase in a song lyrics, but I'm afraid it's not correct and the meaning can be confusing. What I'm trying to say is this: Perhaps we come from a place of darkness and ...
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Comma before "whether they be"

I have the following sentence: If your school doesn't offer AP courses, we recommend that you take the most challenging courses you can⁠—whether they be honors, IB, or even dual enrollment courses. ...
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AS vs WHILE are they interchangeable?

I am wondering if AS and WHILE can be used interchangeably. Is as ok to use as in the following? Are these all correct? And if not which ones are right and wrong? I watched the sunset as the tide ...
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Is it okay to say "Captains Carter and Marvel"?

An artist wrote "Captains Carter and Marvel" to refer to both Captain Carter and Captain Marvel together. Is it okay to use the title only once and make it plural when there are multiple ...
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What is the correct verb type here? [duplicate]

How much quantity of product A & product B have/has been sold through our platform since inception. Getting confused with quantity of. Will it be have or has ?
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What's the meaning of 'couldn't make your car'? [duplicate]

It was a situation that the police were trying to stop a driver who ran two stop signs. The driver finally got out of the car and said "I couldn't make your car". From a publication article ...
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Can confronting be used as an adjective? [closed]

"The approach necessitates teams, divisions and agencies to work together to deliver the change needed, which can also be confronting: it often conflicts with hierarchies and individual KPIs"...
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"The shadows born" is the use of "born" correct in this sentence? [closed]

I'm writing a story that will be published on a couple of websites. It is a fantasy story that talks about creatures called "The Shadows". I'd like to title the story "The Shadows Born&...
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Are there rules against using a clitic in a sentence thats only followed by a verb?

I was just texting someone about what they were up to and wanted to finish the conversation by asking them to be careful. So I said "Please be careful." to which they responded "I'll be&...
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The reason was that...The reason was because [duplicate]

Curious to know what the correct way to answer this and which of the following are correct...not so correct but used...and totally wrong. What was the reason for her crying? What was the reason she ...
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Is it fine to use Tier-1 instead of Tier 1?

I am trying to make a structure of tiers that will be used a lot. Is it fine to hyphenate the word as Tier-1 instead of Tier 1?
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Why in this sentence is not has instead of have? [migrated]

Hello so I have been practicing some keyword formation and I found this sentence(sentence below in bold), but I wonder why there is "have" and not has when there is 3rd person(HE). Thanks ...
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What's the grammatical logic of emphatic phrases like "I do eat sushi"?

Let's consider, for example, this excerpt from a poem by Grenfell: Those ancient Jew boys went like stinks, They knew not reck nor fear, Old Noah knocked the first two jinks, And Nimrod got the spear....
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Repeating definite/indefinite article for each noun in a list [duplicate]

Should we repeat them or not? For example: He brought the umbrella, the stick, the bag and the flower. He brought the umbrella, stick, bag and flower. She has a dog, a cat, a parrot and a tortoise. ...
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If I'm ranting I'm the ranter. So is the subject of said rant the rantee? Or the person hearing it? What's the other called, then?

...and do they have a suffix of their own? Cambridge says "-er" is "added to [...] verbs to form nouns that refer to people or things that [do/are performing] that particular activity&...
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Number of times vs total number of times

What is the difference between saying "number of times that user accessed the site" vs "total number of times that user accessed the site"? I feel that they mean the same thing but ...
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comma usage question: a New Yorker example

Spoon had a scheduled appearance the next day on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and another after that at the Hammerstein Ballroom. I came upon this sentence in The New Yorker, and based on ...
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Can I use the preposition "for" with the meaning of support or agreement in this sentence?

The sentence is as below, The discovery is being resisted by many people for exploiting fetal tissue. It seems more appropriate to interpret it as below, "exploiting fetal tissue" is the ...
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