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“Intent of” versus “intent to”

I'm writing an essay and looking to explain my intentions behind a creation. I'm stuck on the usage of the word intent. Is this the correct usage: I did (xyz) with the intent of creating an (abc). ...
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I have a question about the use of their vs its [duplicate]

as an Alibaba vendor is looking to expand their market or as an Alibaba vendor is looking to expand its market
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To know things versus to be known things [migrated]

We have to know such things We have to be known such things
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use of 'till' in a statement [migrated]

if I say - her father left her at her two years for the time till I write it. Is it correct? or what about - her father left her in her childhood till I write it?
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“As the paper is at 9:30 I will try to reach around.”Is this sentence makes any sense? [migrated]

In the above sentence I wanted to tell my colleague that I will reach around 9:30. So I wrote this sentence but I am confused whether I had conveyed him that message correctly or not.
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Definite article before “Houses”

Should i put definite article before "Houses" in "[The] houses on this street are very old"? UPD: I know this rule: The definite article can be used with both singular and plural nouns, but it ...
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Can I omit “the” in the sentence “Search restaurant to read the menu”?

I am developing a user interface with a search field and unfortunately I am not a native English speaker. This is the placeholder / help text for that field: Search restaurant to read the menu ...
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“He swept the floor with his jacket and lay down…” (Excerpted from “The Alchemist,” by Paulo Coelho) is grammatically incorrect? [duplicate]

I am reading "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coelho. And I found a text like this: "He swept the floor with his jacket and lay down, using the book he had just finished reading as a pillow. He told ...
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Evaluation of Inhabitants on/of/based on the Influence of Media?

I'm currently translating an abstract for personal purposes, but I'm not sure how I'd translate this part. I translated it as this: Self-Evaluation of Inhabitants **on (the)** Influence of Media (the ...
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Do “how to proceed” and “how to do” express the same meaning when giving instructions? [migrated]

Since "proceed" generally means to continue a course of action, how do you understand the sentence "how to proceed" when used before instructions? How to Proceed Step 01 Step 02 ...
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Why do they use “just” in present perfect continuous tense?

I am reading an article on present perfect continuous tense and found that they are using a word before the helping verb as the structure of present perfect continuous tense is subject+has/have been+ ...
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Are “No more healthy than” and “No more big than” both OK?

I am Japanese and a teacher of English. Now I am at a loss at a topic on "Comparison." This sentence should be considered grammatically OK: Oversleeping is no more healthy than overeating. ...
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How to use ate and had eaten [migrated]

Which one is correct Example. Mark ate all the chocolate when I got home . There was nothing left . Mark had eaten all the chocolate when I got home . There was nothing left . Thanks
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Present simple about past

Donald Trump said: In the good old days this doesn’t happen because they used to treat them very, very rough. And when they protested once, you know, they would not do it again so easily Why didn't ...
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Can I use the verb “disappear” in Present Continuous Tense? [migrated]

"More and more forests are disappearing because of fires." or "More and more forests disappear because of fires." which one is grammatically correct? Our English teacher said that disappear is a ...
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'See him told' versus 'See that he is told'

I'm curious if both of these mean the same thing: I always see him told to do the same thing. I always see that he is told to do the same thing. If not, can you please tell me what the ...
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“I was first” vs “I was the first” [migrated]

I was/first to reach/the school/today The book describes *I was the first * should be use I'm not sure about it.... And what is the use of 'today' here! should it be 'yesterday'?
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Using Subject and Writer in a report

When writing an official report where you have interviewed the person and you are using "the Subject" and "the Writer". Should the S and W be lowercase or capitalized? For exampled: "The Subject ...
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Is “you always get some learning” correct grammatically?

"You always get some learning if nothing else" Would this sentence structure be correct or it needs to be replaced with something more subtle like "You learn something or you get to learn". Can ...
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Is the following sentence that occurs in a contract clause correct?

Consider the following sentence: Medical Benefits. #PARTY A# shall provide #PARTY B# with the life, medical, dental, and disability coverage made available to its senior and key management executives,...
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less loud vs quiet

Can you say « Please be less loud! »? I know you could say be quiet, but if you want to convey the sense that the level of noise was above acceptable, would it be grammatically correct?
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“Tired” topic — help settle a dispute

In a group chat, I wrote this sentence: I'll be honest, this whole zoomer vs. boomer thing is getting pretty tired. I was accused of being wrong, and that I should have written "getting tiring". ...
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“You can create what you desire” vs “You can create whatever you desire” - is either incorrect?

Title says it all. "What" vs "whatever" here is the confusing bit; "what" feels a little clunky but "whatever" feels informal.
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This market was finished rebuilding - correct grammar?

On one of the corners of Spitalfields market in London, there's a sign that reads: "This market was finished rebuilding by R. Homer 1893" Is this a clumsy sentence? Is it grammatically correct? ...
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“Choosing appropriate architectures” - singular or plural agreement?

Choosing appropriate architectures {are} crucial or Choosing appropriate architectures {is} crucial To my knowledge [choosing something] is a single action, it should be followed by [is]. Please ...
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Proper Use of “Had” and “Have” in Past Tense?

I know I've seen articles on this, but I can't find any. I'm trying to get a rule or explanation for when to use "have" or "had" when describing something that happened in the past. My understanding ...
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Does “It helped me feel at home” make sense?

Or does it always have to be It made me feel at home.
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gerunds in the past tense

I have two ways to draft a sentence: (1) “I identified the key areas of concern and discussed these with my manger when appropriate” (2) “I identified the key areas of concern, discussing these ...
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Not not round enough balls to alter the data

In the following sentence, are the "not's" found in the proper place with correct grammar? If not, what's the best way to format this sentence? The balls were not, not round enough to alter the ...
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It is an important thing to do or to be done? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? Can i use them interchangably and is there a common rule for such constructions? Thanks in advance.
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How far have you understood my lesson? [closed]

As far as I know your answer is correct..I think this statement is correct. How far have you understood my lesson? I am doubtful about the correctness of the sentence.But how ...
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subject verb agreement with respect to the word mark/s

The adulatory phrases that he uses like “spiritual fervour”, “adventurous valour” and the "sublimity of the thoughts" in the context of describing Aryans are what mark/s them as people laying the ...
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How to say accommodate situational demands in a different way?

Is there a better way to phrase the sentence: "to accommodate situational demands?" I looked at a thesaurus and a dictionary but I could not find words that mean the same thing (situational) , (...
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She does love me or She loves me? [duplicate]

I would like to know the difference between: She does love me and She loves me.
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Reported speech or no?

Why in the sentence like this:"John called and told me he is on his way.He should be here soon",-there is no the reported speech, and the verb"is"doesn't change from the present tense form into the ...
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“shows a drastic change on the patient's behavior”, is the usage correct?

Is the sentence "every mood episode shows a drastic change on the patient's mood and behavior"'s grammatically correct? If not, what is the correct form? Thank you for your help in advance
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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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Is it “pose” or “poses”? [migrated]

Reasoning about systems pose/poses a challenge Should it be singular or plural? And, I'd be happy to know why. Thanks!
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require for sombody to do something Vs. require somebody to do something [duplicate]

Is it correct to say 'That required for someone to stay with him all the time'? I want to know if this sentence is grammartically right or wrong.
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Must not have Vs. Must not have been

I have 2 questions to ask... My example is "I bet it must not have been felt so good." As we write, "It was good, was it? " here, 'was it?' is a cross question. Then how would I cross question in ...
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syntactic function of word “if”

What syntactic function does the word "if" serves in this sentence. Certain pesticides can become ineffective if used repeatedly in the same place. This sentence is taken from GMAC prep material ...
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Army of Soldiers vs Troop of Soldiers

Which of the two is correct ? Is anyone wrong ? Troop: 1.soldiers or armed forces. 2.a group of soldiers, especially a cavalry unit commanded by a captain, or an airborne unit. AND Army : ...
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How is an inverted passive sentence constructed?

My class argued about the inversion of this sentence: The message is implied in the advertisements. The two proposed answer for the sentence were these: Implied in the advertisements is the ...
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“Powder detergent for washing machines are available.” ---Is this grammatically correct?

I believe that detergent is a mass noun. Must it be "detergents" (with an s) if the verb is "are"?
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How do I make this sentence grammatically correct?

As this week’s lesson comes to an end, we have now completed both Unit One and Two, a perfect time to reflect on what we have learned. I think there is something wrong with the tense here, but I'm ...
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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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Which verb form is best here?

Use the esses or not? Political correctness refers to the conscious avoidance of speech and action that exclude/excludes or insult/insults socially marginalized groups.
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What's the proper grammar for “My and my roommate's home…”?

What's the proper grammar for "My and my roommate's home..." The rule I learned is it should still be grammatically correct after removing the second part. E.g. after removing "and my roommate's", "...
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What is grammatically correct? [closed]

Which of these two is correct?I assume that only one of them is correct. How is John, Sally and Kevin How are John, Sally and Kevin
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‘Dembele Cannot Have Said Much To The Referee’ - grammatically correct?

The title is from an article in BeSoccer.com: Dembele cannot have said much to the referee "I don't know what Dembele may have said to the referee but I don't think it's a long sentence ...