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Situation applied on past continuous tense

Here's an example "I met Tom and Jane at the airport a few weeks ago. They were going to Paris and I was going to Rome." Which from grammar book. I don't get it why these two {were going} are using ...
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You are one or you are a one, which one is correct?

Should I use 'a' before the word 'one'? Is it grammatically correct? For example: There are many intelligent people, tell me if you are one. There are many intelligent people, tell me if ...
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Why isn’t “running late” a phrasal verb?

Can someone tell me why 'running late' is not a phrasal verb? Running is a verb and late is an adjective, so wouldn't they together make a phrasal verb? Thank you.
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When articles are not used [migrated]

Why don't the below sentences have articles: He is of Asian origin. They belonged to Africa. What are they not: He is of an Asian origin. They belonged to the Africa. I came ...
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Correct version [closed]

Which version of the sentence is correct ? "The only one thing I don't like about him is his character." "Only one thing I don't like about him is his character." "The only thing I don't like about ...
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Can’t find the grammar error in the the sentence

I recently came across a sentence which was grammatically wrong, but I couldn’t understand why. I’ll appreciate if you could help. The sentence reads, “I find Chinese English quiet funny, because ...
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Proven through or proven by?

Is it better to say “proven through” or “proven by” when describing yourself? For example, “My ability to do x and y is proven through measurable accomplishments,” or “My ability to do x and y is ...
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Word choice for describing people

Is there a word or phrase in English that describes people who always prioritise self-interest over other matters, have a weak sense of responsibility, and are inclined to find excuses? For example, ...
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Which type of conditional should I use?

The meaning of my sentence is "I didn't practice English a lot and that's why I don't know it well." Which conditional should I use? This one is 2nd conditional. If I practiced English more, I ...
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Is “couldn't have” correctly used in this sentence?

I would like to know whether I've used "couldn't have" in the following sentence correctly. Example: A: We were defeated because your army stopped 30 miles away and refused to come to our rescue. B:...
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Is the follwing sentence grammatically correct? “This question is not supposed to be so difficult as you have made it seem.”

Is the follwing sentence grammatically correct? "This question is not supposed to be so difficult as you have made it seem." How could we express the same feelings in a more better sentence than ...
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“It would be interested to hear” or “it would be interesting to hear”?

I'm reading English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy and I'm tangled up trying to absorb which one of the examples is correct. I heard a lot of people that say "it's interesting to" instead of "it's ...
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Could you explain these two simple sentences grammatically? [migrated]

there are two sentences I can't understand while I read a book. It is about brain injury. Please help! The catastrophic effect of my injury was such that I was shattered and then remolded by the ...
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The word 'origin' is an uncountable noun but it has a plural form. Is this use of the word 'origin' correct?

I have found in Longman Dictionary the following: origin(C,U) 1.(also origins) the place or situation in which something begins to exist 2.(also origins) the country,race,or type of ...
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Isn't this comma erroneous? Otherwise, what “type” of comma is it?

So I'm going through The Elements of Style Workbook, and I'm on a section where they give us a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson written as follows: What must I do, is all that concerns me, not what ...
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Two “who”s in a sentence

I want to know whether this sentence is grammarly correct or not: As a person who is 50 years old and who has been working in this field for 27 years, he is an expert for sure. I was thinking ...
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“Could not but”

(I posted this on English learner's group, but no one gave an answer. I hope this is a more appropriate group to post this question.) Is the following sentence grammatically right to write in ...
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Is “have” or “has” more appropriate in this sentence?

I think both of these may work, but my inclination is that "have" is more appropriate in the following sentence: About 1 in 3 American adults [has/have] prehypertension.
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Can “either […] or […]” represent an inclusive “and”?

I'm revisiting an opinion by Supreme Court Justice Jackson. He set out three zones of the US president's authority. I wonder if I understand the underlying grammar correctly. My native language is ...
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Is the phrase 'tiny bit' an idiom or an adverb and a noun?

I have found in WordReference English-Greek Dictionary that the phrase 'tiny bit' is an adverb and a noun. That dictionary gives the following examples: 1. This version is just that tiny bit ...
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Does “what a good days I had” is correct? [closed]

Does phrase "what a good days I had" is correct? or I should say "What good days I had"?
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Can you start a sentence with Such as?

"Even though I am not fortunate enough to visit the campus, reading about Notre Dame makes me feel at home with its attention to tradition, its history of innovations, academic research, and service ...
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Do I need to add a comma before an “and”?

"Tap any of the links below to learn about our company, why we created xxx and how you can use the application." Wondering if there should be another comma before the last "and"
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do do, did do, emphasizing dummy do

I was reading some of M. R. James's ghost stories and I came across two uses of emphatic do that made me pause. The first one is from An episode of Cathedral History: Worby hastened to ...
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Placement of Adverbs of Time (“Do you have anything today to do?”)

I understand that usually, adverbs of time are placed at the beginning or the end of a sentence. In the context of this question ("Do you have anything to do?"), can "today" be placed between "...
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English grammar: time and place in a sentence?

Is it compulsory to always place time at the end of a sentence? For example: "I bought a cake in the morning. I ate the cake in the afternoon." "In the morning, I bought a cake. In the afternoon, I ...
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Is the structure of this sentence correct? “She was awarded with a medal and a trophy, giving her the rights to brag.”

"She was awarded with a medal and a trophy, giving her the rights to brag." Often when I use Microsoft word, I get a squiggly line if I wrote sentence structures like the example given. The program ...
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When is “Have you known” correct?

We usually say: Did you know that penguins can't fly, although they are classified as "birds"? But, when "Have you known" is grammactly correct?
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The project was completed “under” or “by” a company?

The project was completed by Microsoft. The project was completed under Microsoft. Would it be correct to replace "by" with "under" in the above sentence? I've seen sentences like these ...
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Game-changer or game changer … Hyphenation

This is my first question. I already did a lot of research but didn't find a specific answer that helps me with this. I know there are three forms (closed, open and hyphenated) in combining words. ...
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Notes in a business report without a verb?

There are notes a in business report like 'Contractor to proceed as per the comments'. I really wonder that there is not verb to complete the sentence and apparently it looks to use as 'contractor ...
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Tense with “earlier”

Should I use the word 'earlier' with simple past or present perfect in the following context? It is clear that utilising the period of President's rule, the ruling party will indulge in all the ...
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Why Past simple to this answer: For Three hours

Can anyone explain to me why I should use the past simple when I've got an answer: For three hours. Why is it "How long did you watch TV last night?" and not "How long were you watching TV last ...
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Confusion of Transformation

I am having some confusion with these sentences. I tried to solve it by myself but I am getting errors also I am confused. The Problems are : (A) Corruption is a great Curse to our Nation (Change it ...
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Do I use “to”, “of”, “for” in the example text? [migrated]

"The passwords to my computer is short" versus "The passwords of my computer is short" versus "The passwords for my computer is short" All of them sounds right and means the same thing to me. ...
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Use of 'Until' and 'Not' in a Sentence

Is the use of "not" in this sentence correct or not? Don't communicate until the phone line is not fully secured. Kindly advise.
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Is my example a run-on sentence?

Is my example a run-on? "Assuming I have a dog and my ex-wife has a cat, both picture1 and picture2 show: (1) I am allergic to cat, (2) my ex-wife hates my dog, and (3) we're not happy." Edit: I ...
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The [singular/plural] of item1, item2, and item3 [is/are] plotted in Figure 1?

"The y-axis of plot1, plot2, and plot3 are plotted in Figure 1." versus "The y-axes of plot1, plot2, and plot3 are plotted in Figure 1." versus "The y-axis of plot1, plot2, and plot3 is ...
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Desire + Gerund (-ing verb)?

Which of these statements is more grammatically correct: "I believe that this will contribute to my long-standing desire of bridging the gap that exists between them." or "I believe that this ...
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Two “distanted” cities? [migrated]

The two distanted cities are far away to each other. Is it the correct usage for "distanted"? Do we have an adjective serving our goal here? The two ________ cities are far away to each other.
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Why use “unsubscribe successful”?

Just unsubscribed a bunch of emails and found a lot of sites would finally prompt "unsubscribe successful". The meaning is very clear and the expression is very concise. However, a verb + an adjective ...
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He was studying or he studied? [closed]

Is it correct to say "Jimmy learned how to rock climb when he was studying at Carleton College" or is it better to say "Jimmy learned how to rock climb when he studied at Carleton College"?
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Correct form of saying of what will be left?

Imagine a hypothetical situation that someone is left to do home duties and you are writing a note to him. Which is the correct form? 1) "Turn on the robot cleaner. After it finishes all that will be ...
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Is it ever correct to say 'I wish I was'…something? [duplicate]

I think it is grammatically not correct to use the phrase 'I wish I was' in any sentence or, any situation. The correct phrase for its substitute will be 'I wish I were'. For instance, I wish I were ...
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Correct structuring of a sentence using “would”

I'd just like to confirm something in terms of using "would" to construct a sentence. "Kate would warn John against treading on the wires as they were live." "Kate would warn John against treading on ...
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Grammar: It takes time to be proficient in a language once you start learning

Is it a correct way to say it? It takes time to be proficient in a language once you start learning. Or does it sound awkward? What about this: It takes time to be proficient in a language ...
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Should an apostrophe be used in this context?

Should an apostrophe be used in the word "individual's" in the sentence "... may disagree with some individual's worldview"? I'm unsure if the word "individual" is possessive in this context.
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When to use semicolon and comma in a list of clauses?

Case 1 The probability that event A equals to 1, B equals to 2, and C equals to 3 is X. and The probability that event A equals to 1; B equals to 2, and C equals to 3 is X. which is correct? ...
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What is the meaning of “them” in this sentence?

In Leon the Professional, Leon put a knife over a rich man's neck and the rich man said this to him. Hey, relax, man. I got half of Bolivia sitting in them suitcases over here. What's the ...
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Difference between willst and wilt in Shakespearean?

I am writing a scene from Macbeth detailing the battle before the play for my 11th grade English class, and I decided to write it in Shakespearean for fun. I have been trying to figure out the ...