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Distinguishing durative verbs [migrated]

I've been struggling to distinguish between durative and punctual verbs! What I found as a rule for durative verbs is that they are typically identified when using a continuous tense, but let's ...
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Position of relative clauses after verb

I myself consider the sentence offset below to be correct; however, some of my associates regard it as being wrong. I would like your advice on it. The sentence is Jane Austen published 4 novels, who ...
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Me and name or name and I? [duplicate]

In the sentence “Me and name have 2 spaces reserved. Reserve the other 2 spaces ASAP.”, is “name and I” more appropriate or are they both correct?
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“Matt was calling while we were having dinner” Is this correct? [migrated]

Matt ___ while we were having dinner. A.called B.was calling C.has called I chose B but answer is A. Could you tell me why answer is A.
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Makes more sense

Is it grammatically correct to say like this ? "This answer makes more sense here " Can i say "Makes more sense " to mean correct answer ? "Here" means question
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If you know that all of something is true, is saying some of them is true, incorrect? [duplicate]

For example, suppose that it is a known fact that all the pens I have are blue. Statement 1: All my pens are blue Statement 2: Some of my pens are blue Similarly, Statement 1: All dogs are animals ...
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sentence structure of "hopes of change to come out of the pandemic"

Just got a question when I was reading a Guardian editorial: The closure of Cinderella – it may fare better on Broadway, where it is headed – is also a reminder of the long tail of Covid, which may ...
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In the sentence "I just saw her," is "just saw" or "saw" the simple predicate? (and a bonus question about predicates)

Based on my reading, the simple predicate only includes the verb or verb phrase, while the complete predicate includes the verb or verb phrase plus all of its modifiers. With that in mind, would "...
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Is the phrase "in despite of" instead of "in spite of" incorrect? [duplicate]

Is the usage of the phrase "in despite of" instead of "in spite of" in the following passage from Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit, chapter 15 incorrect or is it a Dickensian ...
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As if as though

I am having a problem identifing which gramatical function as if (as though, like) has As far as I know After linking verbs, we have noun/ noun phrase/ noun clause and adjective/ adjective phrase ...
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What is the grammar of "I'm home"? [duplicate]

Why do we often say "I'm home" rather than "I'm at home"? How is the former even grammatically correct? Should this be thought of as a use of a "phrasal verb", "to ...
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It was... at the market conference [migrated]

It was ____ at the market conference. A. Her B. Him C. Them D. She
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How/what others think of you

In this sentence Don't worry about ( what / how ) others may think of you. I think "what" is the answer, but I do not know why I cannot use "how" in this sentence.
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Meaning of the structure "the...the" with no conjunctions or verbs in between? [migrated]

I encountered the following clause while reading a Shareholder Agreement: A Transfer Notice constitutes the Company the agent of the Seller for the sale of the Sale Shares in accordance with the ...
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Should we put apostrophe after John to make it a Possesive Gerund? [duplicate]

1)John trying to tell everybody what he thought annoyed me. 2)George ringing me up at three o'clock in the morning to tell me he was in love again didn't please me. I have read the above two sentences ...
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How do we ask about two couples?

Let's assume we have two men and two women. They seem like couples. Can I ask this question? Are you guys couples? (Are you four couples?) Or is it grammatically incorrect? And I can only say: Are you ...
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Can we use "just like the old times" with present tense?

Can we use "just like the old times" with present tense? For example: She robs trains, just like the old times. Is this correct and natural?
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Leave X out OR leave out X? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "leave X out" and "leave out X?" Assuming both are grammatically correct, is there any difference in the message conveyed between using one over the ...
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Is there an emerging construction "Have you do something?"

I have been making this mistake for a long time, and gradually I realized that the reason why I make this mistake is to avoid ambiguity. "Have you done something?" sounds like a question ...
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"Would you prefer to walk rather than run?" vs "Would you prefer to walk or run"

I am a native speaker and I feel that I use both of these constructs. Have I been mistaken all these years? If not, what's the subtle difference between the 2. Looking for other opinions. My ...
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Until it stops or stopped? Reported speech question

"I told him to wait until the rain stops" or "i told him to wait until the rain stopped"
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Confused in the usage of "where" in a non-interrogative sentence

I was writing an essay, but I came across a weird sentence: Where peace prevails, justice prevails. In the above sentence, I am confused if the usage of "where" at the beginning of the ...
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Should "each" always be paired with a singular verb, even when a 'singular noun' and [each + partitive] are paired?

I know that normally singular verbs are to be used with "each", but what if an individual and 'each' + a partitive involving a collective noun, such as "family", is spoken of, and &...
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Does William Shakespeare use the double negative in the speech below to yield a different meaning, or is it just for emphasis? (Merchant of Venice) [closed]

....So can I give no reason, nor I will not, More than a lodged hate and a certain loathing... ~ Shylock answering to the Duke in the court In the above extract from Merchant of Venice - Act IV, ...
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Using a singular to convey a plural [migrated]

If I want to provide a diagram of the performance measurements of different programming languages, which option is correct? Is it correct to use a singular form when there are multiple languages taken ...
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Should it be "we animals" or "us animals"? [duplicate]

In the serialization of my book, I have this passage: Brief introductions were made, although when Albert tried to tell them the names of we animals, they waved him off. But now I'm wondering ...
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Is the word "lured" an adjective or verb in the sentence "I feel lured by the chance to start over again." [closed]

While I understand the verb "feel" is often followed by -ed adjectives when talking about emotional states, "lured" itself is not an adjective. So I am not sure what to make of the ...
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What option is correct or better?

Which structure is better: Example 1: Two algorithms to solve the X problem are used. or Two algorithms are used to solve the X problem. I am struggling with the position of are used. Is there any ...
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Is it grammatically correct [nowadays] not to invert the NP and copula in an indirect question? [duplicate]

I don't know if this is a recent phenomenon, but for the last decade, I've noticed when English speakers make statements denoting there are/were unknowns, they usually phrase them with a question ...
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Can "to be" be ommitted if it's implied? e.g. "These items need completed by Friday" [duplicate]

Can "to be" be ommitted if it's implied? i.e. Are the following sentences acceptable grammar? "These items need done by Friday" "These items need completed by Friday" ...
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Identified by or Identified as

I wish to write that some variables in a scientific document can be respectively identified (as/by) some values... For instance, ...where a,b and c correspond to the energies the spinor and the ...
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Is this structure being used in English: "Can you be free not to do something"? [closed]

On an Instagram page, I heard of a structure being used when you actually ask someone not to do something. The structure was: "Can you be free not to Infinitive...?" For example: Can you be ...
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What do these two "which"s refer to in this sentence?

Superstition, Flusfeder argues, isn’t some primitive hangover from our distant past. It is the inevitable result of our capacity for taking mental shortcuts, which makes us capable of thinking on our ...
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Why not “Send her victory, happiness and glory”? [closed]

I was wondering why the expression in UK’s national anthem God Save the Queen is “Send her victorious happy and glorious” and not “Send her victory Happiness and glory”. I am not a native English ...
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"By pencil" vs "in pencil"

Is there any difference between "The letter was written by pencil" and "The letter was written in pencil" ?
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What does the term "pondering his way" mean in this passage?

He turned slowly down Aldersgate Street, and was pondering his way along towards Saint Paul’s, purposing to come into one of the great thoroughfares, [...] (From Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, ...
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Why is notification list correct and notifications list not? [duplicate]

Are they both correct? I was thinking that the notifications list is correct because it's a "list of notifications". However, someone mentioned that the correct usage is notification list ...
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"Is" followed by a plural noun [duplicate]

I just heard someone say "The noisiest thing outside is the birds". I understand the use of "is" being preceded by the singular "thing". But, the plural "birds" ...
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Is this list syntax correct?

I saw the following sentence earlier: We’ll help you win across every channel, every format and on your terms. I interpret that as one of the following: We’ll help you win; [across every channel], [...
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Why does one use infinitive in "He be saying nonsense."? [duplicate]

I hear some people using infinitive form especially with the verb "to be" in songs or regular conversations. I don't know exactly it mean means grammatically. Can anyone help? For example: ...
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Commas with possessive nouns?

I'm not quite sure how to phrase this question but I'm wondering which is correct, or if someone can suggest an alternative to me, that would be great too. The difficult nature of client Anna's case ...
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"What I hate most is to be laughed at" or "What I hate most is being laughed at", which is better? [duplicate]

"What I hate most is to be laughed at" or "What I hate most is being laughed at", which is better? I think both are correct and cannot spot the difference... but one of my friend ...
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The principal and accountant ……… on leave. (is/are) [closed]

Its is on my book and I can’t figure it how. Is it misprint?
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"A lesser amount of x and y" or "lesser amounts of x and y"?

A lesser amount of x and y is needed to satisfy his wants. vs. Lesser amounts of x and y are needed to satisfy his wants. Which one is grammatical? They both sound right to me.
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The meaning of “but” in “never a woman but...”? [duplicate]

What’s the meaning of the second “but” in the following quote? Grammar! — what was that but the art of arranging words? — and he never knew a woman but could do that fast enough. From My French ...
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Studies into OSV in English

There is a somewhat uncommon type of OSV form in spoken and literary English that I've noticed. This is also famously how Yoda talks, and there have been a few question here asking about it in other ...
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How do I use "would" when talking about the past in the context of storytelling?

I'm currently translating a book from my mother tongue, Portuguese, to English. When translating certain sentences about the past, which describe recurrence, I repeatedly resort to would in situations ...
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Is "yet again" negative in the sentence?

Usually from what I learned, "yet" is used as a negation in the sentence, like "...have not...yet". However, if the sentence is "He failed the test yet again". Here, is ...
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Adjective-Verb-Subject sentence structure [duplicate]

I'm wondering about the sentence "Privy is he to the knowledge of the conspiracy." I recall similar usages of this sentence structure, but I can't seem to find examples or what this ...
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Why does the verb "was" indicate the fact that no longer exists?

I often see on the Internet one sentence, He was rich. (He is not rich at present) Why does the sentence have such an implication? Is it customary only for this sentence to express that meaning? ...
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