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Does or Do? (This is a dissertation’s initial research question) [closed]

How does Russia’s soft and hard power strategies impact on Georgia’s current political, social and economic environment under the rule of the Georgian Dream government?
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singular or plural: objects following “sometimes”

I would like to ask a question to native English speakers. Could you tell which sentense is right and its reason? a) I sometimes go to a museum. b) I sometimes go to museums. My question is whether ...
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“He's too soft of a character to be our leader,” seems to be grammatically correct. Or is it?

And if indeed it is syntactically correct, what's the plural form of the phrase if referring to two or more characters? "They are too soft of a character to be good candidates." —is this wrong?
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“of + something + verb-ing,” Is This Correct?

I've been writing some essays recently and then bumped into this problem: I want to use "of" to describe something's potential of turning into other things. Is the below sentence correct? This is ...
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What is this grammatical rule that applies here? [closed]

So I was doing an elementary level of English language test, and I stumbled upon the following question. Go past the library, and bus station is opposite _____ the cathedral. Available answers to ...
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Which one is Correct? (Intuitive declarative syntax or declarative intuitive syntax)

Which one is Correct? and why? Intuitive declarative syntax or declarative intuitive syntax Is there a rule to make these expressions?
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What does point around [something] at something mean?

I've encountered the following sentence: He raises his right arm and points around the tennis ball he's squeezing at the monitor. I believe the sentence says that He raises his right arm and ...
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I need to write my expectations from a job [closed]

I`m looking for a job as a developer, so I need to write my expectations for the job. Am I right grammatically writing this into my CV? I am looking for opportunities for professional growth and ...
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Apostrophe Plural quesion

If you want to say a person has eyes that look like the eyes of a wolf using the Saxon genitive - any genric wolf, not a particular wolf - which is the correct grammar? He has wolf's eyes He has ...
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others VS. the others

"Some people voted "yes", some people voted "no", others didn't vote". Could you, please, explain why it is correct to use "others" instead of "the others"? There are no more options (you vote either ...
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Use of “possibly” vs. “possible”?

Why possibly and not possible? What is the adverb "possibly" modifying in this sentence? Setting a cut-off date, possibly sometime in the first half of 2018, would aim to protect plants vulnerable ...
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What is the difference between an adjective and a noun modifier?

"My tire was damaged. I took the damaged tire to the garage." In the above example, the book (summit) refers to the past participles of the transitive verbs as "noun modifiers" and not "adjectives". ...
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If Oswald didn’t shoot Kennedy someone else will have

Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, page 200, reads If Oswald didn’t shoot Kennedy someone else will have would be appropriate in a context where it was not known that Kennedy was shot. I ...
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How can I ask a user to select from some different modes for an application?

I have a mobile application that has three modes: Learn, Practice and Quiz. Above the buttons that I would like to write a message that would in the most friendly way ask the user to pick one. What ...
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Verbs different forms in a same sentence

My question is related to the statement mentioned below. In first part after auxiliary verb "is" the main verb is present participle which is "increasing" while in the last part the verb is past ...
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Help with understanding Apostrophe for worker's or workers'

I am currently writing an essay on Political Economy. Can I ask what the correct use is for the Apostrophe in this sentence: 1) You could be asking yourself why a worker's democracy is needed? 2)...
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Water can/may still get in

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language , page 184, reads May is virtually excluded instead of can in water can still get in, partly by the likelihood of it being interpreted epistemically ...
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“Principal” instead of “principle”: spelling error or grammatical error

If I use principal when I mean principle, is that a spelling error or grammatical error? It seems a spelling error to me but a friend argues that it is a grammatical error because I used the wrong ...
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Cobweb or spider web

On crisp autumn mornings we often see them covered in dew. Coming from South East England I have always called them cobwebs. Recently I increasingly hear them referred to as spider webs. I prefer to ...
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“I saw you doing something” [duplicate]

Apologize that I know there are many similar questions but I am still not satisfied with them so asking a new question here. For example, there is a sentence like "I saw you doing something". Non-...
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Improper use of “the”

I sent an article to a journal. The reviewer wrote to me: " there are repeated errors in the use of "the"." I am confusing about "the" and need a precise rule. For example, see a paragraph of my paper:...
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Which one is better to use keep silen t/ce [closed]

How it'll be better to say: Keep silent or keep silence.
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Is this objective clause grammatically correct?

For years Western carmakers have promised a world awash with AVS by now, making roads safer and less congested (see table). That it is not shows just how tough a computational and regulatory nut ...
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Different name for a group of aquatic creatures

I recently learnt that dolphins are not fish. So if I had a tuna fish, a salmon and a dolphin, what would I have a group of?
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Every day vs everyday?

So, in the next phrase: «I miss you. That's the hardest thing I've got to deal with everyday» According to that phrase, should it be every day or everyday? Also, what's the difference between these ...
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How it does work

Original sentence: Everyone agrees on how it works. I would like to know if in the sentence: Everyone agrees on how it does work. sounds okay. (In this case, ‘does’ is used to give extra ...
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Does the word “collection” need an article in this sentence?

Original sentence: "Science is largely based on testing disprovable hypotheses through collection of quantitative data". I was told by a professor that "collection" would need to be preceded by "the"....
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Proper use of coordinating conjunctions

Please, are these ideas connected properly by "and"? The thesis statement concisely states the main idea or argument of the essay, sets limits on the topic, and can indicate the organization of ...
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Why is it correct to say “She hadn't been used to being treated like that” and not “She hadn't been used to be treated like that”?

I know that we use "To be+used to+gerund" for expressing something that's happening at the moment of speaking. But I don't know how to apply the rule with the sentence above. Do we always use gerund ...
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Grammatical analysis of these two sentences

Isn’t Istanbul a good city? and Istanbul is a good city, isn’t it? In (1) what is the term for how “Isn’t Istanbul” is being used here? At first it looks like its function is to act as ...
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Convert Singular noun to plural noun

I get confused while converting singular noun to its plural form.In compound noun, is there any way to find which word to change into its plural form? Example : General manager , secretary general . ...
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Spelling of Vietnamese names in formal context

I am a professor and I have a Vietnamese student called, say, Nguyen Hoang Thang. How should I write his name in the official documents, such as his diploma or transcript? How should his name be ...
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“future of [verb]” vs. “future of [noun]” [closed]

I have read "future of compute" as a slogan of some (non-english) IT company which feels quite wrong to me. Instead I would have written "future of computing". So, what is right? Does "future of" ...
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Meaning of the phrase “at least initially”

What does the phrase "at least initially", as used in these examples, mean? The attention, at least initially, surprised them. At least initially, few donors seemed to agree. But the real ...
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single word for singular and plural

Is there a single English word for the singular and plural form of the word? I want to write a java function that gets the singular or plural form of the word based on the count. If count is greater ...
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Is this sentence syntactically correct?

" To put these skills to practical use, I participated in Kaggle competitions and attained a best of, a place in the top 17% in the leader-board." I am writing my SOP and was wondering if the second ...
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Word present and everywhere [closed]

Which is the correct one? 1. God is present everywhere 2. God is present at everywhere 3. God presents everywhere 4. God presents at everywhere
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Usage of “all” in a sentence [closed]

"All the apples in the basket are good" vs "All the apple is good" [meaning the whole apple is good?]. Are both usages correct? If yes please explain why. From here it seems both the usages ...
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personal pronouns in object position but subjective case

Why is this right? Give the baton to he who is closest to you when you run by. Does the case of the restrictive clause drive the case of the sentence object?
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Repeating “can” in this context [duplicate]

I am writing to inquire the correctness of the following usage of "can": ...can cause much confusion and can be potentially used by adversaries Or can I just omit the second "can"? ...can cause ...
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Can I use Present Perfect and Past Perfect together like this?

At a certain point in time, someone gave me something. At a later time, I tried using it. Now, I'm talking about the attempt. I wonder if I can talk about it like this: "I've tried using the thing ...
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When is could too repetitive?

I am having trouble figuring out when to use the word, could. For example, in the sentence "There is a possibility that person had hit my car". If I used "could have" instead of "had", I think it ...
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is to be doomed

I've encountered a sentence like the following. " Our destiny is to be doomed" What does this mean exactly? And could you give the grammar name for " is to be verb+3" because I couldn't find it on ...
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The usage of “with of” in a sentence

I am writing to the following sentence written by a native speaker: ... and build a corpus with of effective tests, reports, analyses and evaluation results. What's really confusing me is the ...
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Do tense, singular/plural mistakes really impede verbal communication? What is it like to hear an ESL speaker err in these aspects?

This is a question I always wonder. "Do grammatical parts really matter in English speaking?" If one's native language does not distinguish between tenses, singular and plural nouns, and gender ...
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Do you want some or any?

Can you help me spot the difference between Do you want to buy SOME pencils? vs. Do you want to buy ANY pencils?' Does 'SOME' imply 'quantity' and does 'ANY' imply 'any kind of'? To me '...
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What does the “for which” here stand for?

Without looking back, the old man had hurried down the hillside and across a meadow, leaving George Willard perplexed and frightened upon the grassy slope. With a shiver of dread the boy arose and ...
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Position of “in accordance with” in negative sentence affect meaning of the sentence

I find that the position of “in accordance with + noun” in a negative sentence affects the meaning of the whole sentence. For example: Our company did not supply goods to country yy in accordance ...
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farthest vs. the farthest from the Sun

My native friend says 'Neptune is the planet farthest from the Sun.' is right while 'Neptune is the planet the farthest from the Sun.' is not right. Although more than 5 native Americans - some of ...
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About the past perfect and its proper use is a sentence

When they had celebrated their 50 anniversary, it was already popular. Is this sentence correct? (I Think it must be just the other way around?)