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List within list [closed]

My main concern is about the second list introduced by "in order". Should I place a colon after it as there are two prepositional phrases that follow? A kind of a list? The specific goals ...
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Have difficulty/difficulties (in) doing something

What is syntactically the -ing-phrase in both the versions with and without the preposition? For example in He has trouble [in] keeping things in perspective right now. Secondly, does the latter ...
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Can I say that “unremarkable transverse peculiar velocity” is “vernacularly dissonant”? Is there a better way?

In the Astronomy SE question What does “unremarkable transverse peculiar velocity” mean exactly, and how is it calculated here? I made the following comment: The peculiar phrase "unremarkable ...
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Using the gerund to express causation [duplicate]

Is the following phrase grammatically correct: Suffering from anxiety and depression, life has been a tremendous challenge for him ever since he was a young boy.
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On a mission vs in a mission

I know the correct term is "man on a mission", but in any instance "man in a mission" is correct? Thanks in advance Best regards
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Of anyone I know

The American Heritage Dictionary reads Anyone is often used in place of the more logical everyone in sentences like She is the most intelligent person of anyone I know. In our 2017 ballot, the ...
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Agree with/on/about/to the book - In what scenarios are these correct?

Is my current use of these correct: We agreed on that book. - Eg.: When in a book club you are choosing the book for the next session. We agreed about that book. -Eg.: When two friends discussed a ...
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Why do I need two commas around the “however” in the following sentence?

In this following sentence, I'm particularly confused with why you would need to have the comma between "out" and "however". "He found out, however, that the public preferred ...
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She stole her best friend’s boyfriend (from her)

She stole her best friend’s boyfriend (from her) What is the reason for adding the redundant phrase from her after mentioning that it's her best friend?
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Do I need a comma to separate multiple prepositional phrases?

The mother shall have visitation for 2 consecutive weeks during the summer in Texas. Do I need any commas for the multiple prepositional phrases?
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I graduated in the top or as a top [closed]

what is the right way to say I graduated in the top 10 percent of my class with a cum laude honor or I graduated as a top 10 percent of my class with a cum laude honor Thanks
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“Series”: a noun of multitude similar to “lot”

According to Garner's fourth edition Though serving as a plural when the need arises, series is ordinarily a singular noun. But it is also a noun of multitude, so that phrases such as a series of ...
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“No one of” + plural noun phrase

The Collins English Usage reads Don't use ‘of’ after ‘no one’ or ‘nobody’; Say ‘None of the children could speak French’. However in the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language on can find : No ...
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Does “2 years into a person's employment” sound right?

I am trying to say a person would normally be considered for promotion at their second year of employment. Does the following sound correct? Generally a person would be considered for promotion 2 ...
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“The difference in X between Y and Z” -?

Does anybody else besides me have a problem with the following formulation when used in formal writing, (e.g. research papers)? The difference in x between y and z. For instance, in a conversation: ...
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Order of Prepositional Phrases

I wonder whether it would be correct to say: I try to practise writing on a daily basis without fail. or should the order of the phrases be changed into: I try to practise writing without fail ...
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Should I Use a Comma or a Semicolon at the End of a Series of Complex Introductory Phrases or Dependent Clauses?

In my writing, I begin several sentences with a series of two or three -- or more -- adverbial (or prepositional) phrases (or dependent clauses), some of which contain commas. Seeking clarity, in ...
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“One of the offers' name is…”?

In a conversation I was having with someone over Slack, I started to use the phrase, "one of the offers' name is...," to refer to the name of one of the offers, but it occurred to me that I'm not 100% ...
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Do you write “AT 123.com”, or “ON 123.com”? US English

US English I have read other answers on this very question, and no one seems to be able to come up with a clear cut grammatically correct solution. For a website/platform is it: A) At 123.com, you ...
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The+superlative adjective+noun+prepositional phrase+ever

Please consider the following: 1. He is the worst president of America ever. 2. They are still the best students in history ever. Is it right to put ever there or should we put it before the of ...
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Is this a direct object or prepositional phrase?

Sorry if my question is not suitable for this forum. Although a native speaker, I am unfamiliar with grammatical rules in English (which consequently leads to a lack of comprehension in foreign ...
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What is the part of the speech of “But” in this sentence?

“These commands are binding on all children; they cannot be neglected without sin. Whatever God has commanded us to do, we must perform, without calling in question the propriety of the command. But ...
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Preposition at the end of a phrase

"Professor, your TA thinks that the sky is green, and I think the sky is blue. I am curious which of us you agree with and what in your research leads you to this decision." vs. "Professor, your TA ...
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“Happy to” vs “happy for”

What should I say to wish someone a happy Easter ?? 1- Happy Easter to you and your beloved ones. 2 - Happy Easter for you and your beloved ones.
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Case of identification of the prepositional phrases and objects of the prepositions

I'd like to know what prepositional phrases are found in the sentence below, and as well the objects of the prepositions. Have you ever had the desire to climb to the top of one of these peaks?
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“of” Vs “at” is it something idiomatic or there is a grammartical rule?

What is the rule that I can follow to decide when to use "of" or "at" When they are both used for causes. 1- I'm ( surprised/amazed/disappointed) at you. 2- I'm (afraid/sick/tired ) of you.
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superior “at” vs “in” which preposition to use?

(which is the best sentence to use between ( 1 or 2) and (3 or 4) : 1- He is superior at all things. (means he is the best) 2- He is superior in all things. (means he is the best) 3- He is ...
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“in” vs “of” vs “at”

I'm having a hard time to comprehend the difference between the three prepositions "of"&"in"&"at" in a lot of occasions.The below is an example of that,so which sentence is idiomatic and why ??...
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“of” vs“in” which preposition is more suited in the below context?

which one is more suitable to use and why : 1- There is a stoppage in the development 2- There is a stoppage of the development Example sentence: He suffers from a stoppage in/of physical ...
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Confusion determining the type of phrase

According to CLIFFS Toefl preparation guide written by Pyle and Page.. A noun phrase is a group of words that ends with a noun. According to this definition the highlighted phrase in the ...
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“In” versus “of”, how can I choose between them?

In a lot of phrases "in" and "of" seem to have the same meaning, however, after a quick search I found that some sentences are not common; can any one give me a logical explanation as to how to choose ...
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Why does 'The virus went out of control' sound wrong, when it is grammatically correct?

My first instinct was to change 'the virus went out of control' to 'the virus was out of control.' My supposition was confirmed by other people who are native English speakers. Yet we can't figure out ...
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clause usage after preposition

I have seen some sentences similar to the following one in a way that -ing form of "be" is used. The verb is "be" therein. I wonder what if it is another verb like drink, see, come, go etc. any verb. ...
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Suggestion and preposition

Which one is correct? Any suggestion for what you want to eat tonight? Any suggestions of what you wanna eat tonight? Any suggestion on what you want to eat tonight? Can you please tell me which ...
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Which is correct? uploaded to or uploaded on

Attached please find all the documents that I have uploaded on my cloud so far. or Attached please find all the documents that I have uploaded to my cloud so far.
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I am unable to find out the parts of speech in following sentence

At what hour is the sun right above us. Us = pronoun (object of preposition) Above =. preposition Right. = Adv modifying the prepositional phrase The determiner Sun noun Is. linking ...
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A formal term/phrase for “geeking out”?

I'm trying to convey in an essay that I often find a piece of information (an esoteric mathematical equation, to be exact) and get really excited. Is the following sentence not appropriate for a ...
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How do you read the symbol “x” when used instead of a preposition?

For example: “Adidas x Stella McCartney “ or “Stan Smith x Adidas” One of the most known uses I can think of is on “SXSW” and here the “X” is read as “By.” Is it correct to use it instead of the ...
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Adjectival prepositional phrase as a noun modifier

Does an adjectival prepositional phrase always immediately follow a noun phrase that it modifies? If not, could you please give an example where the above is not true? Actually I can't think of one ...
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The possessive “Have”

We have two sentences given below: 'I have an idea in my mind' 'I have the key in my pocket' In the above examples, what are the prepositional phrases modifying? Are they Modifying the verb ...
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Is this sentence missing a noun?

I know in some cases a prepositional phrase can be a complement to another prepositional phrase, but this sentence just sounds like it is missing a noun. So I made myself this little promise that I ...
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Adverb as a modifier

We have a sentence given below: I'll see you sometime in the afternoon. In the above sentence, 'sometime' is an adverb, modifying the PP: 'in the afternoon.' The adverb 'sometime' can be expanded ...
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Commas before prepositions

I refer to the example sentences given here (https://www.lexico.com/definition/except): ‘I looked around, but it was dark outside except for one street light at the corner a short way ahead of me.’ ‘...
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Before the 19th century the same meaning as before the close of the eighteenth century?

Europe hardly had any museums before the 19th century. Europe hardly had any museums before the close of eighteenth century. I understand two sentences that the first means before any time of 19th ...
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In order of appearance “in” or “on” the chain

I want to say array that stores positions of nucleotides in order of appearance in (or is it on?) the S chain. I know it sounds too specific as a genetics kind of question, but is just for a ...
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Prepositions and Noun Phrases

does a noun phrase followed by a prepositional phrase form another noun phrase? Example: The road to hell 'The road' and 'hell' form two separate noun phrases. Does, 'The road to hell' ...
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Is this tutorial using “to [verb]-ing” the right way? When should I just use “to [verb]”? [duplicate]

That tutorial says Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is an approach to analyzing datasets to summarize their main characteristics. It is used to understand data, get some context regarding it, ...
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“Thanksgiving was in four days”: something sounds funny!

Can you tell me if this sentence is correct? Here it is, in context (bold emphasis added): ...mother and sister to let them know she was deploying. Thanksgiving was in four days, and Peyton had a ...
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Is sentence “The artist I studied their art from is (name of the artist)…” correct? [closed]

And if it's grammatically correct, does it have ambiguity to it? If so, how to rephrase this sentence to get rid of this ambiguity?
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'Hit on someone' means like 'flirt with someone'. Then when I wanna make the tone stronger, can i put 'up' like

Hit up on someone is it ok in american english, or british english? or it would be ok but as a native(american or english), almost no one say 'hit up on someone'? 99% says 'hit on someone' only? ...

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