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Would You Capitalize a Part of Sentence That is After a Dialogue? [duplicate]

This something that I'm very confused about... You see, here is one example of the sentence: I ran ahead and said, "I don't want that," and crashed against a wall. In this sentence, you ...
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Why does "the blockchain" have a definite article?

I have noticed that the technology word blockchain often seems to be used with the definite article the even in contexts where there is no specific blockchain being referenced, where with other nouns ...
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Present subordinate clause using "when" followed by a main clause in the past

Recently, I've listened to this version (on YouTube) of Led Zeppelin's song When the Levee Breaks. In this part of the song this guy sings "when the levee breaks, I had no place to stay", ...
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"I finally had a love that fit--custom made for me, by me." -- Does "that fit" work? [duplicate]

I finally had a love that fit – custom made for me, by me. I found this sentence in a book, and I don't know what function of fit is. Is it a verb with the relative pronoun, that? If it is, shouldn't ...
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How do we treat nouns that are theoretically plural but each has individuality and each belongs to a separable instance [duplicate]

Context: This is a question from a Chinese high school English exam. Sorry my wording might be a little bit clumsy. Unfortunately I don't know what is the right terminology here. Please have a look at ...
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What determines when to use "have" or "has" when you list differing items? [closed]

Example A: Many eggs, baskets and basic food have been lost in the storm. Example B: Many eggs, baskets and basic food has been lost in the storm. Basically, I'm wondering what determines when you ...
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Does the verb “have” make an emphasis in “What have you there in your pocket?”

“What have you there in your pocket?” I got confused when first saw this sentence. I thought “have” is a auxiliary verb but there is not other verb in the sentence. So it must be a verb meaning “own ...
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What is the meaning of “he had loathed the world, should it loathe him first”?

Recently, I stumbled upon the excerpt below, and the last part confused me considerably. Although I generally understand the separate parts and the syntax of the sentence, I can't quite decode the ...
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What part of speech is "so much so that"?

I was fascinated by the company, so much so that I wrote a book about it. I am trying to understand what justifies the use of the comma before "so much so that." Does it behave as a ...
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Why "seen" instead of "saw" [closed]

In instagram, when someone see the message, there's a little indicator "seen" that tells you that the person you are chatting with has seen your message. My question is why it is "seen&...
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What is finished the verb or the object?

Is it definitely wrong to say? A: What did you do yesterday? B: I woke up, had a shower, wrote a book and then went to work. (I didn't write the whole book) 1:03 --- 1:10 a teacher from YouTube, ...
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"to risk being..." or "risk being..." [closed]

I have two sentences: Correct: The company was issued a warning and ordered to stop polluting or risk being shut down. Incorrect: The company was issued a warning and ordered to stop polluting or ...
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Is "Whom" correct here? [closed]

Is the use of "whom" wrong here: "This question is better answered by the UN Security Council whom are the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Russia and China." Since I can ...
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What is the term for repeating non-restrictive clauses?

I came across the following quote: Scientists would soon find themselves adrift in a bewildering realm of particles and antiparticles, where things pop in and out of existence in spans of time that ...
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If there is no reporting verb, would you still use comma in these constructions?

Usually, after a reporting verb, there is bound to be a comma, but what if the constructions are as follow: As if waiting for me to say that one sentence, Cornelia followed up with a request, “Welp, ...
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When I use a name or mention a person/character at the beginning of a sentence before referring to them via a pronoun, do I use a comma or semi-colon?

Here's the sentence example: And Lucy, she often goes for a run. And Lucy; she often goes for a run. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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The Syntax of Question words coming in the middle of an interrogative sentence [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Does anybody know how can I create an account? Vs Does anybody know how I can create an account?
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Is "well received" correct in this sentence?

I was well received by the audience. In describing the extent to which one was approved/greeted by a set of people.
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Is it grammatically correct to invert the position of a noun and its adjunct, such as using "size dress" to mean "dress size"?

I have noticed what appears to be a growing trend to invert the position of the words in phrases like "lens shape" and "ring width", turning them into "shape lens" and &...
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Days from date count [duplicate]

If someone says, You have four days from February 4th, 2022 to complete this job what is the due date to complete the job? is it 7th February or 8th February?
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Using participle constructions instead of subordinate clauses

I'm studying to become a teacher. Yesterday, my students took a test. The first task was to rewrite the given sentences using a participle construction. Right now, I'm struggling with one sentence ...
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Using prepositions for "finance" and "fund" [closed]

I am writing a short content matter on behalf of my client. He runs an NGO and is planning for a crowdfunding campaign so that the NGO can provide free education to children from poor families. Is it ...
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How to grammatically explain this sentence? [duplicate]

No compassion for the suffering or willingness to engage in dialogue with feminism. I know it can be paraphrased as: "[He] has neither compassion [for women's suffering], nor willingness to ...
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When using "their" as a gender-neutral singular pronoun, should a noun that follows be singular or plural?

For instance, would it be correct to say "The pharmacist held the medicine in their hand"? Thank you so much!
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Use of 'Few and far between' [closed]

Most often, I see this phrase following 'are', as in: Opportunities are few and far between. However, is the construction below also grammatical? Such work is few and far between.
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A EE Undergrad vs An EE Undergrad [duplicate]

What is the correct article before EE (Elecetrical Enginereering)? Should I use "a EE undergrad" or "an EE undergrad"?
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Why do the English say ''Harvard University'' or ''Manchester Airport'' but ''the Guggenheim Museum''? [duplicate]

My question is why do the English say "Harvard University" or "Manchester Airport" but "the Guggenheim Museum". According to the book English grammar in use — the blue ...
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"She" or "her" for describing a character's point of view

I'm editing a book. The book starts with the following phrase: SHE, when she was still wondering who she was... It then goes on to narrate from the female character's point of view. "It was ...
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I would want to vs. I would like to

Isn't it a mistake to use such construction: I would want to.... instead of I would like to...? Or is it acceptable but there is a difference between those two constructions or maybe it depends on the ...
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Based on common usage in print, is it time to accept 'as such' to mean 'therefore'?

In published academic writing, I now see 'As such,...' used so frequently to mean 'Therefore,...' or 'Consequently,...' that it leads me to believe that it is time to stop seeing this as 'vulgar' or '...
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Possessive construction using 's and "of" [duplicate]

What is the difference between possessives using an apostrophe, like "God's name" and using "of," like "name of God"? Other languages consistently use the "of" ...
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Position of Reduced reason clause (including use as an afterthought etc)

If a reduced reason clause comes first, there is a syntactic rule that its missing subject must be the subject of the main clause: 'Being a good person, I had to help them to do something.' I wonder ...
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Registrations is or registrations are? [closed]

When announcing that people can register for an event, which is correct: "Registrations are open" or "Registration is open"? I opt for the latter every time, but I have come across ...
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Subjunctive and past tense

Which form is correct: If I sent you a workout plan, it would be because I love you. Or should it be: If I sent you a workout plan it would be because I loved you. My gut says it should be loved ...
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"Too great of a [risk]" OR "Too great a [risk]"? [duplicate]

First, I want to emphasize that my question is general. I want your answer regarding all of the cases in the following sentence stractures: [Adjective] + of + [Noun] (For example: It is too great of ...
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Is this prepositional phrase acting as an adjective?

The example Create a referral to a specialist. The question Is that sentence grammatically correct? I think it is because the prepositional phrase is acting as an adjective (modifying "referral&...
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Gerund or infinitive after the verb “to be”? [duplicate]

In a sentence such as: One of the tricks he performed was to use/using a… Should we put the verb after was into the gerund or infinitive?
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Singular possessive to stand for a finite collective of individuals?

For context, this is taken from an academic study analysing qualitative data from a finite number of interviewees. In the conclusion, the writer asserts the following: Collectively, the interviewee's ...
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"the sizes of the disks" or "the size of the disks"? [closed]

Consider the following hypothetical example: There are 3 disk; named X, Y, Z; and each have radius rx, ry, and, rz. If I want to refer to the set {rx, ry, rz}, would I say ... the sizes of the disks ...
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I had a girlfriend. She (was/is) an american. Which one is correct and doesn't sound odd? [duplicate]

Which one doesn't sound odd and is correct? "I had a girlfriend. She was an american." Or "I had a girlfriend. She is an american."
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grammar question(very urgent)

I've a grammar question for the following sentence: Is gene therapy or stem cell therapy more likely to succeed in this field. Does it means which therapy is more likely to succeed in this field? ...
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Difference between "it's freezing in here" and ""it's freezing here" [closed]

I saw the sentence "it's freezing in here" in Cambridge dictionary. But I learned in the past both "here" and "there" do not accompany preposition. In this case, I did ...
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Comma concerning "in which" sentence

I would like to know how to set the comma(s) in this sentence? I visited a course in which we read the book "Heart of Darkness" approaching topics such as imperialism and eurocentrism.
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"A letter is written to inform" vs "A letter is written to be informed" [closed]

I write a letter to inform him I want to convert this sentence into the passive voice. But then wrote down these three sentences. I can't understand the difference between these sentences. Can anyone ...
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Is it "The only thing my father taught me (was/is) how to respect women? [duplicate]

Which one should be used? Was or is? Which is more likely to sound odd?
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"The only thing they forgot to teach us is/was how to be a student." Which is right? "Is" or "was"?

Which sounds correct? The only thing they forgot to teach is how to be a student. Or The only thing they forgot to teach was how to be a student.
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at least twenty of them

I am wondering if the following sentence is grammatically correct? The house was full of cats, at least twenty of them. If yes, does it sound natural to native speakers? Or is "The house was ...
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"Have seen" or "had seen" him recently [duplicate]

In the statement: "We _____ him several times recently. So we recognized him easily." Which will fill the correctly, "have seen" or "had seen"? At first I thought it ...
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Could " we'd better .." be replaced with " we will .." in the sentence below?

" I reckon we'd better hit some water tomorrow" Or " I reckon we will hit some water tomorrow" I have two more questions . Is the word " better " adverb here and if the ...
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'There remains...' vs. 'There remain...'

Is the sentence below grammatical? There remains substantial further time, thought and effort required. 'There remain...' does not sound correct to me in this context.
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