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“These years has/have been just pure fun…” [closed]

English is my second language and I was just wondering which one is the correct one to use in this sentence. “These years has been just pure fun.” Or “These years have been just pure fun.” Thank you ...
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Does the word 'law' need to be capitalised? [duplicate]

I'm currently writing my personal statement for my university application in the UK. Because I am applying for courses in law (or Law?), I naturally need to use the word 'law' in my statement. Note ...
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Present continuous or be going to or will for the far/distant future? [migrated]

Can we use present continuous for the far future? For example: I am building a hobbit house after retirement. (I am 30 years old now. I have been saving up money for the hobbit house for a while now. ...
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Why do we omit the “are” [duplicate]

The techniques used/are used by the author in his last book are quite different from those in his previous works I came across this question in a textbook and I don’t really understand it.I ...
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Adjective “ little” can be used as subject? [duplicate]

Despite the thorough investigation after the assassination, surprisingly little is/are known of the motivations of the killer who struck down the prime minister.
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Is the tense of my sentence correct? "I __locked__ (lock) my house and went to my office.” [migrated]

What will be the correct tense form of the verb in the sentence, "I _______ (lock) my house and went to my office." I believe the answer should be locked. If it were had locked, the sentence ...
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When I don't know whether I should put the article 'the' in a sentence should I put it (might be excessive) or omit it? [migrated]

I really have hard times with the article 'the' because in my native Russian language there's no such thing. So, often when I'm speaking of something I have to decide whether I should put the article '...
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Is working in this context an adverb? [closed]

Please read the following sentence: Editing requires a good working relationship with the writer and the design team.< In this example, is “working” an adverb or an adjective?
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What does “this” mean in this sentence? [closed]

English poet Robert Browning in his poem "Paracelsus" has written: "Nay, autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay" [AllPoetry] Why is "its"...
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Which one is more correct in this case? He or They? [duplicate]

What is more correct? "A chef who's not an expert should never cook pufferfish, ______" 1.for he may be deadly poisoned if he does. or 2.for they will be surely poisoned if they do. I know ...
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“I could have loved you” [closed]

What does “I could have loved you” mean? And what is the tense of that sentence? Is it a clause or a sentence? I found one if-clause sentence on google “If you had let me, I could have loved you.”, ...
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Capitalization for unique title and quotations trickiness in inner thought

So, I have been writing and wonder whether to capitalize the word "master." No rush here, I know that without name the word like this won't be capitalized. But if it use as a substitute for ...
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“I am the man, who commands you” vs. “I am the man, who command you” [duplicate]

In a passage I encountered: To an inattentive reader, the expressions, “I am the man, who commands you” and “I am the man, who command you” [reformatted, EA] may appear to be precisely ...
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Trouble understanding the usage of word “whose” [duplicate]

Consider the following sentence: Show that if matrix A has rank one, then A = x.y^T for some vectors x and y whose entries are nonnegative and sum to one. Is the interpretation that the nonnegativity ...
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But or But Not?

I brought my luggage but I didn't bring my passport. Which one of the following is equivalent? I brought my luggage but not my passport. I brought my luggage but my passport.
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Usage of 'late/later' with 'had I' [closed]

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? Had I been any late than that, the guy would have died instantly. Had I been there a minute later, the guy would die instantly. Please correct me ...
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Agreement between subject and verb in a number of / the number of [duplicate]

3 sentences:- A number of such incidents has/have been reported by the local residents so far. The number of such incidents is/are very low. The number of elephants in Kerala has/have been dwindling. ...
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“Two additional days” but “an additional two weeks” [closed]

[Google ngrams] I'd like to know what are the grammatical differences between both structures, as well as one or the other predominates for days and weeks.
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Why in “think about/of” and “talk about” the “of” and “about” sometimes are omitted?

I sometimes see, more often of late, that in sentences like this: There're less known but high performing currencies: think of Georgian Larry, Armenian Dram. "of" or "about" get ...
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Which Sentence is Grammatically Correct and what's wrong with the second sentence?

Which sentence is grammatically correct? Sentence one: There is ten times as much traffic in Boston as in New Bedford. Sentence Two: There is ten times as much traffic in Boston as it is in New ...
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Which sentence is the correct sentence? [closed]

You cannot envision ascension with your English skill set. You cannot envision ascension in your English skill set. Which is the correct one? I feel both are correct, and there is just a difference in ...
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Paraphrasing “Hours of leisure time per year in Someland” [closed]

I'm getting ready for the IELTS exam (The academic module) and as some of you might know , in the writing section (Task 1) we will be given a graph. Take a look at the picture below as an example: ...
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Use of “that was” in the active voice

Hi smart English people! I'm writing a sentence in the active past tense describing a notebook. The wording is awkward. "I treasured my mint green, pocket-sized notebook designed with silhouettes ...
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Are “had served” and “had been serving” both acceptable in the situation?

I have encountered this question in my test, The model answer is "had been serving", but I have written down "had served" A)Mr.James had been serving this school for ten years when ...
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Writing a postcard- Every day we eat in a restaurant or we're eating in a restaurant?

When writing a postcard from holidays. One should write: We eat in a restaurant or we're eating in a restaurant? Most sources I've found suggest Present Simple - 'every day'. However in this case it's ...
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Is “an” necessary before “idiom”? [closed]

It is an "idiom". OR It is "idiom". Which is correct? Is "an" necessary before "idiom"?
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Directly relevant or Directly-relevant?

I am trying to label a graph with two terms. “Directly relevant Environment” and “Indirectly relevant Environment”. These two terms are meant to describe the collections of factors that directly and ...
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Is “He is 7-year-old” grammatically correct? [closed]

I am not sure if this sentence is grammatically correct. Is "He is 7-year-old" grammatically correct?
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Rank indicative adjective

Was there any old usage of position indicating adjectives in English... like Potter stood in the "twoeth" place in the class or Rachel was in "foureth" place,.. to indicate rank /...
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Examples of nested parentheses in contemporary / classical literature?

Looking at the answers to questions around whether it is acceptable to use nested parentheses: Is it acceptable to nest parentheses? and (Parentheses (inside parentheses)) it seems that nested ...
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Triple noun, plural and ownership apostrophe [duplicate]

Been asked to write "x is good for your Customer's vehicle interior". I feel this should be "Customers' vehicle interiors" but am spinning in circles on it. Can you help break the ...
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Was or were? Which one is correct? [migrated]

"the handle of the doors was/were damaged." This was an example at our English class and it has gotten me confused. Which of them is the right answer and why?
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with A being something OR with A to be something, which one is correct?

The wavenumber ky = ω/cR with cR being the shear-wave velocity of the bedrock. OR The wavenumber ky = ω/cR with cR to be the shear-wave velocity of the bedrock. I am wondering which expression is ...
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Correct punctuation for setting up these indirect questions?

I'm wondering what the correct way to deal with the indirect questions in the following sentence are. I work as a transcriptionist, so rearranging the sentences is unfortunately not an option. I also ...
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Does 'To antithesis' work?

Previously I asked a question concerning a statement written by Jack London in White Fang: To antithesis was due his naming. The answer I received satisfied my qualms with regards to its meaning, ...
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Term for this type of negation: “Not for X I don't”

You got any more pot? Not for $9 an hour I don't. What is this type of negation called? These are the lines from a movie script. I've come across this sentence structure quite a few times but I know ...
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Put something out to tender

TENDER: (intransitive) followed by for: to make a formal offer or estimate for (a job or contract). noun: the act or an instance of tendering; offer. What does tender mean in put something out to ...
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… is all and any [closed]

From my daughter's homework: The yellow monster is happy. The brown monster is serious. The green monster is joyous. The rainbow monster is... would "all and any" work? "Any" ...
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Usage of 'Because of' with health/illness

I got two sentences that sound similar and correct in some sense. One of them however should be wrong: "I accompanied him here because his health was not good at that time." "I ...
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Much staff vs many staff [duplicate]

I was wondering which one of following sentences is the right way of asking: "How much staff do you have?" "How many staff do you have?" Personally I would use "much", ...
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Part of speech 'as good'

'It must not be imagined that a walking tour is merely a better way of seeing the country. There are many ways of seeing landscape quite as good' What part of speech is 'as good'?
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I have a friend, he is or his name is? [migrated]

I was asked to write a passage to introduce a friend, which I wrote "I have a friend. He is Mike..." and my teacher said "he is" is kind of wrong here, it should be "his name ...
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“[Plural] are one of them”

I don't think I found this question on the site. I read in a game tip "Most of the animals are not dangerous. Bears are not one of them." Is it grammatically correct? It feels off, I would ...
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“Simply Not” vs. “Not Simply”

One simply does not walk into Mordor. One does not simply walk into Mordor. Intuitively I feel the first statement more strongly suggests walking into Mordor is impossible whereas the second just ...
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Relative clause - That + v-ing

I have a sentence use relative clause like this: "She has become the first and only one that working for Pepsi in Laos." It passed some grammar checking tool like Grammarly smoothly, but one ...
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Expect or are expecting

This passage is from "Macmillan English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince. "They are still examining the wreckage of the high speed train. They don't believe the accident involves ...
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Why the shift to past perfective when the whole sentence is in the present?

I was looking at Collins' definition of double-cross: If someone you trust double-crosses you, they do something which harms you instead of doing something they had promised to do. So we have double-...
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Insert to in help prevent?

Do you think closing international borders would help prevent the spread of pandemics? I have a question which relates to the question above. Could we insert 'to' after help and before prevent - ...
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The use of “the” and plural concerning “case”

Q1 For the first, the question is about the use of the particle "the" in the construction "(the) nominative case". Both "... use nominative case" and "... use the ...
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Is the usage of the article “a” correct?

He is a pedant, a sesquipedalianist, an ambivert. Is this grammatically correct? I am not sure about the use of "a sesquipedalianist".