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“I never once proclaimed that killing is ethical” vs “I never once proclaimed that killing was ethical” [duplicate]

Between the two phrases, "I never once proclaimed that killing is ethical" and "I never once proclaimed that killing was ethical", I believe the former is grammatically correct, ...
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Is using 'when' and 'then' in the same sentence redundant if the events are concurrent

I am reviewing a technical document and there was a suggestion made to change this sentence: "[...] was applied until 2002, when it was banned [...]" into this: "[...] was applied ...
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What does it mean: A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration? [duplicate]

Does it mean any day in a timeframe of 60 days max to the action, in other words: it could be 1 day or 59 days before?
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'Free of' vs 'No'

I wonder if you could help me. I am trying to put together a phrase that says that a product does not contain additives, preservatives and colours for example. Now there isn't enough room to say 'This ...
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Approach to or for? [closed]

My sentence: ---The exploitation of natural and ecofriendly resources could be an alternative approach to creating a sustainable environment. Is the preposition correct or should I rearrange the ...
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How many punctuation marks are there?

Most websites say that there are 14 punctuation marks, for example 'Punctuation Marks in English Grammar' or 'What Are the 14 Punctuation Marks in English Grammar?' However, I feel like there are more ...
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He is superior to and older than I. He is older than and superior to I. He is older than and superior to me. Which all are correct? [duplicate]

"He is older than I" and "He is senior to me" is correct. How can we combine these two? Is it incorrect to say " He is older than and senior to me"? Or Is it "He is ...
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What grammatical roles do infinitives and participles assume when used predicatively?

A non-academic grammar site I was reading says: A linking verb will always be completed by an adjective (a predicate adjective) or a noun (a predicate nominative). ... A linking verb can only be ...
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Which sentence is grammatically correct? This is the email John sent Or This is the email that John sent

I'm not sure which one is grammatically correct. Any input is highly appreciated. Thanks. "This is the email John sent Or This is the email that John sent"
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let him do the job, what will be the tag question of this?

For the sentence starting with "let" we usually use "shall we?" or " will we?" or "won't you?" in this case, what should be the tag question of the following ...
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Is this statement grammatically correct? “Whether, how or to which god I pray, does not define me as a person and is none of your business.”

Is the above statement grammatically correct regarding use of the word 'whether' or should I use 'whether or not' instead.
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Can conjunction reduction be applied with “so”?

The following examples of conjunction reduction sound wrong to me; are they grammatically correct? The meat is red, so is raw. [The meat is red, so it is raw.] The fish is pink, so is a salmon. [The ...
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About “besides” and “except” - which better fits the blank here?

I’m having a problem with word choice in the specific sentence below. “Batman has a friend named Robin who always helps Batman when he is in danger. Very few people know who Batman really is ______ ...
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Is the “and” in bold needed in the following sentence?

Instead of sitting home, sick, and doing nothing, I might as well just write an article and call it a day.
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Is the form “with which” used correctly in this sentence?

Private sales, therefore, represent a way with which auction houses can operate somehow as dealers and galleries. Is the form "with which" used correctly in this sentence? If not, what is ...
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Is the bold part of the following sentence problematic?

Vexed, I punched him in his upper arm to force him out of his trance. Head still drooped, he responded by grabbing my wrist before I could withdraw my hand. I want to express the idea of him not even ...
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Is the bold part of the following sentence grammatically correct?

It was naturally assumed the temple was burned down as an anti-revolution symbol in those dark days, but as it turned out, revealed by the village elders, it was burned down under much more mysterious ...
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Grammar of “get” [closed]

A Voice of America Learning English page contains the sentence "You get the grass the dirt." It brings so many memories and feelings and, you know, it’s earthy and natural. You get the ...
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Can a Noun Idiomatically applying to more than one thing remain in the singular when it represents a quality or thing possessed in common?

Basic education consists of more than 1 Grade. Therefore a group of grades forms basic education. "Grades 1 to 6 are basic education" Which is true because we are not implying any one grade ...
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I was riding my bike when I saw my friend or I had been riding my bike when I saw my friend? [closed]

What is the difference between these two sentence? Does had been indicate that the action now has been interrupted? Or is more context required to differentiate the two? I was riding my bike when I ...
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newbie english grammar question [migrated]

Anyone know why providing was used here? Is using which provides here correct? We have a weekly Western Canada newsletter written by our B.C. and Alberta bureau chiefs, providing a comprehensive ...
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Missing “that” - Why is this sentence technically/grammatically wrong?

This sentence is the first line of a book I just started reading. Authorial choices aside, as a native speaker of English, it FEELS wrong: "The fact that it was my forty-sixth birthday should ...
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Identification of the simple subject in a sentence

I am having trouble identifying the simple subject in this sentence: One of the problems facing journalism today is false news and disinformation I believe it is one. A friend of mine, however, is of ...
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How to understand “with which facts” in this sentence?

I found this sentence in "The structure of scientific revolutions" - "Attempts to increase the accuracy and scope with which facts like these are known occupy a significant fraction of ...
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A complicated sentence occurring in Tolkien's “Silmarillion”

I've come across a rather complicated sentence in Tolkien's work "The Silmarillion" and I'm afraid that I need some help at understanding its meaning, and therefore its grammar. It reads as ...
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What is “what” in “what has been called“?

Climate change is thus a prime example of what people have called a "social ecological system" with factors from different domains interacting on different spatial and temporal scales. The ...
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Can I use mixed conditional type 2 in any situation?

Just like the title, can I use mixed condition type 2 in any situation? Or could it be used in some particular situation? Ex) If you came here, you would have had snacks. These kind of sentences.
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Passive use of “mete” without the accompanying “out” [duplicate]

Given the sentence: It is no surprise that his loyal lapdog will be meted a similar fate. Can the above be considered correct use of the word "mete", and is the overall grammar of the ...
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Is the distinction between noun and adjective inapplicable to English?

The distinction between noun and adjective is inapplicable to English grammar, and should be replaced by a distinction between objective and attributive words. — Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911) How ...
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Is the series of object clauses used correctly in the following sentence?

She then told them she was 52, living alone, and had no doubt there was something very malicious and dangerous in her house, and that she dared not go back inside. How many object clauses are there? ...
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Possessive apostrophe regarding the term 'Logistics'

Just wanted to ask if the word 'logistics' would have a possessive apostrophe in the following sentence. Halal logistics services are needed to guarantee halal products and maintain halal product ...
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Why is a sentence with “what about”,"how about” but has no predicate correct?

e.g. What about correcting the misunderstandings in the responses to your thread? How about you? Thank you! Any answer will be appreciated!
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the use of the word “of” in the sentence [closed]

Could you tell me the grammatical function of the word "of" in the sentence below? "You're just clearing it of all the filth and just putting it somewhere that's outside of you." I ...
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Why do translations refer to the original language with a definite article, e.g. “translated from the Spanish”?

In general in English, we don't ever apply the definitive article to languages. We don't say "He speaks the Japanese" or "It was originally written in the French." But for ...
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How should I ask question to “each other” [closed]

I have this sentence "Many of our acquaintances are acquainted with each other" and I need to ask the question to the words "each other". I tried "Who many of our ...
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use of the phrase “as with”

The phrase "as with" presumably stands for "as is the case with." But sometimes it does not fit the sentence: for example, I think "As with any other skill, the art of ...
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What does this infinitive mean?

The context telling whether equality, equivalence, or congruence is to be understood. When I read the last sentence, I thought its meaning is "we need to understand the context telling whether ...
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Tom admires Martha as a politician. Who is a politician? [closed]

'Tom admires Martha as a politician.' Can this sentence have two interpretations? Tom is a politician and admires Martha. Tom admires Martha because she is a politician. Does the interpretation ...
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How to understand “has, so far, been unascertainable” in this sentence?

This comes from "The history of western philosophy" by Bertrand Russell. "Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as to which definite knowledge has, so far, been ...
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which is correct here, break or broke? [closed]

which one is correct? "Steve was amazing before his leg break." "Steve was amazing before his leg broke."
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Are both of them grammatical? [duplicate]

I want to know if both of the sentences are grammatical or not: I prefer not to end this. I prefer to not end this.
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Anastrophe or the normal grammar?

I found the following sentence on someone’s webpage which was written about some Japanese traditional things. I can’t get it why the sentence starts with’A lot has to do with’.... Is that an ...
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Please assist me to escalate this issue

Please assist me to escalate this issue Is the above sentence correct? or Should I use 'in' or 'on' or 'with' in place of 'to'?
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Using comma in fronting with inversion (for “there”)

Be the following sentence: Opposite to the window (there) was the last fleeting flower, which the shy lass hastily took. I would like to know if, in case I use “there”, I should place a comma after “...
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What is going on grammatically when we speak of a “happy day”? [duplicate]

Ordinarily in English, adjectives directly describe the noun being modified; thus an adjective indicating an emotion attributes that emotion to the noun - "I am happy" means that I am the ...
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Objective vs subjective case

They came for her and me They came for her and i Which one is correct according to grammar?
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How to choose between “Subjunctive Mood” and “If - Adverbial clause of condition”?

I have below two sentences; how should I choose from these two in a conversation? It seems to me that when we talk about the person (him), since he is not here at the time of the conversation, and ...
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In the sentence “I must decide which English course to take,” is “which English course to take” a noun clause?

I am hesitating to call it a noun clause because there is no conjugated verb (only the verbal "to take"). I am thinking that "which English course to take" is actually an ...
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“Is / was / has been / had been used” in a statement

I'm confused whether I should use are or were or have been or had been in the following statement when describing the use of language in a passage In paragraph 6, detailed adjectives ____ used to ...
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What's the mistake in “When I was a child, I must eat everything on my plate or I wouldn’t get any dessert.”? [duplicate]

"When I was a child, I must eat everything on my plate or I wouldn’t get any dessert." Find a part of the sentence that contains a mistake.