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Is the sentence “What to do?” very old fashioned idiomatic English, or is it simply ungrammatical?

On a foreign-language-learning forum there is a question that's given the English translation "What to do?" My impression is that that's an example of very old fashioned English. Maybe something I'd ...
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When can I use “any…” in affirmative sentences?

According to any grammar table I can find, any, anything, anybody should be used in questions and negative sentences. But if I look in Google for Anyone can do it., I have 6 mil. results. The sentence ...
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What's answer of this question? [closed]

Question: When I was two, my Brother was half my age. I'm a hundred now. Can you tell me how old is my Brother ? My answer was a number but everyone keep saying the answer is Yes or No. In this ...
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In a random vs in a randomised order

This is my sentence: The program should contain various problems in a random order, information, hints, and non-examined questions at the end. So what is the difference between in a random order or ...
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he started feeling the place around him?

Am trying to describe a scene: Imagine someone that falls to the ground when the lights went out... and when he tries to get up I want to say "he started feeling the place around him." Is it correct ?...
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Is “I left the bed” an appropriate expression to mean “I got up”?

I searched online and it says that "I left the bed" means "I recoverd from illness." I wonder whether I can use this expression to mean that I got up.
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Try something out on someone [closed]

Is the following sentence correct and does it make sense? Try your goodness out on whoever deserves
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How to use the the words “rollover hours” correctly in this sentence and context

I am writing bullet points of what is included in a website maintenance service. The way I have phrased the sentence is "Rollover up to 12 Unused Hours". I am not sure if that is correct. How may I ...
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How to say one person does not share another person's fascination with either of two topics (using “neither…nor”)?

A is fascinated with reading and writing. B is not. This is the sentence structure I want to use but I'm not sure if it is possible: "B shares A's fascination with neither reading nor writing." ...
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It’s a great honor to have your visit/ It’s a great honor to have you visit me?

I was looking for an expression to use when a person receives the visit of someone important, and I found these two: 1 It’s a great honor to have your visit. 2 It’s a great honor to have you visit me. ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct (street lights casting)?

"... illuminated by the lined up street lights casting soft hues against the black." Is it necessary to add an auxiliary verb between the words 'street lights' and 'casting'? Another question, I've ...
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termination with “without” in a sentence [closed]

If you begin now to recognize these potentialities of your deeper mind, they will take form in the world without. What does the part in the bold mean? When I read the sentence I was like "without ...
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What is the Oath in Court

I see that in Court, before witness says anything, he will say something like this “in the name of god, what I say is true and correct”. Is there a standard version of this oath? Thanks
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How to interpret the sentence--“A Mother beats up her Daughter as she was drunk”? [duplicate]

In the sentence above, who is drunk? I looked into the grammar book of my 7th grader (only grammar book I have access to at the moment) but could not find much. When searching on line, I found one ...
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Can you tell is the next sentence right? [closed]

"Along one wall stood a low chest so richly brown as to appear black". Is this sentence right? As I know a subject is always followed by a predicate but in this sentence, the predicate is followed by ...
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Can “unlike” and “like” be used interchangeably here?

E.g. "Motels do not provide shampoos like hotels" vs "Motels do not provide shampoos unlike hotels". The "like" used in the first sentence is used in the sense of giving an example that provides ...
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How can I say that this model have been used by many people? [closed]

How can I say that this model have been used by many people? Is this ok? "it has been hugely used before"
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Can “they” be used without an explicit antecedent noun phrase in a sentence like this?

Can I say "His wife is named Jane, and they have two sons," or do I have to say "he has two sons" instead of "they have"? My paragraph was about the man, so is it wrong to say "they have" instead of "...
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Enumerating with Prepositions: ''To''

I have a question about the use of prepositions when enumerating things or talking about multiple actions. For the sake of simplicity, I'm only going to use "to". For example, in the phrase: "You ...
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How to link two sentences?

I have the two sentences: If you can't beat them, join them. Once your opponents realize they have no chance of defeating you, they'll join you. I feel theres a word missing that could link ...
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Is “Even so, we’ll keep walking” a valid sentence as a book title?

I was struggling to find a good title for a fiction I write, and a found this sentence in the english subtitles of a song. I'd like to know if it's a valid sentence as a standalone, or if it needs to ...
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Preposition for available time slot

I'm trying to find available time among group members for my talk. I wrote: Are you available at the following time slots for my talk? The online grammar checker (grammarly) tells me that I should ...
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To have a different opinion

I was watching a debate where at the end a member of the audience makes the statement: Is it not true that to have a different opinion is not the same as telling other people they can’t have an ...
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“bachelor's” vs “bachelor's degree”

Please consider the following sentence: The institution awards degrees including bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees. I know that the sentence above is grammatically ...
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How to answer to “I'd like to speak to John” on telephone? [closed]

This question is close to but not the same as: How to answer “Is this John?” on phone If someone calls me and asks: "I'd like to talk to John", how should I answer to sound natural? - This is John ...
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“it is currently in expansion” vs. “it is currently expanding”? [closed]

I would like to write the following sentence, but I am not sure which one should I use. Football is one of the most popular sports worldwide and it is currently expanding. Football is one of the ...
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Using “after” before “ from when”

So, as silly as this may sound, I'm going through a phase where basically the most simple things that I once was able to say without even thinking about them, seem to have started to get foggier and ...
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Your teeth will ache/hurt. VS You'll get a toothache

Your teeth will ache/hurt. My teacher told me this sounds unnatural. I think my grammar is correct and the thought can be understood. Does it sound weird for native speakers?
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I couldn’t understand what “ you mustn’t let a few bad times dictate.” means [closed]

“You mustn’t let a few bad times dictate.” What does that mean? I read it somewhere.. but I can’t remember.. anyway “let a few bad times dictate”, this part a Little hard to understand for me
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“The soundtrack, not the vocals, are good”: Is this sentence correct?

I was recently reading something online and found this sentence: The soundtrack, not the vocals, are good. To me it seems that instead of are good, it should say is good, since the subject of the ...
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How to understand “evolved” in this sentence?

The following is an excerpt from Scientific American: Psychologists have been interested in empathy for decades, but the approach of bringing in neuroscience to study the emotion is only in its ...
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Verb tense following “could have” in future

Hello dear forum members, The other day, as I was trying to formulate an acceptable sentence to express my frustration with someone about forcing me to leave the house for the train station extremely ...
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What is the leaving out of a repeated word called? “He left in a fast car and a filthy mood.”

He left in a fast car and a filthy mood. Here, the second "in" has been left out as the first "in" can serve both parts of the sentence (I assume), but what is this device called - if indeed, it has ...
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Relative Clause after a Verb?

It is indeed very striking how similar ideas are on which the founders of modern theory in evolutionary biology and economics based their main thoughts. I have completely no idea on the structure of ...
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“Here comes the Queen” versus “Here the Queen comes” [duplicate]

What's the correct one of the following sentences? Here they come. or Here come they. Consider for example: Here comes the sun. This is the title of a famous Beatles song....
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Him or himself? Which to use? [closed]

He took his younger sister with himself. In the above sentence, what would come here him or himself? Also I am pretty confused in usage of these reflexive pronouns. Can you remove this confusion in ...
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Is the comma necessary in this sentence?

Is the comma used in the following sentence necessary? Ellie said she couldn't wait for the vocabulary final, because studying words is her favorite thing to do. Thanks
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Is this sentence properly written [closed]

Is the following sentence correctly written? Maggie sighed, “I don't know,” she complained. Should Maggie sighed be a separate sentence? Thanks
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The meaning of “diversify” [closed]

I have this sentence: Many wheat farmers have begun to diversify into other forms of agriculture. And I struggle to understand the meaning of "diversify" here. Does this sentence mean that they ...
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Is there an easy and succinct way to say this? (question regarding the relative pronoun: who/whom)

Say I wanted to shorten the phrase "It's on the back of the man who is over there" so that the first clause becomes "the man's back." Is there any way to move from there with any kind of conjunction? ...
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How to correctly use colon? [closed]

I have the following sentence: The company will be oriented towards the development of three types of products: video games, video animations and digital marketing for which it will make use of ...
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Should we say “Do what you can't” or “Try what you can't”? What's the difference? [closed]

I've heard so ads say this quote: Do what you can't! But later I'm thinking doesn't Try what you can't? make more sense? In my thought how can you say Do what you can't when you can't do it, ...
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Is this an independent or a dependent clause?

Is this an independent or a dependent clause? You will have to fly from Copenhagen.
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What does this song quote mean? [duplicate]

"All the good girls they go to heaven, but the bad girls they get backstage" The first sentence is fine, but I don't understand what it mean to go "backstage" Song name is Backstage.
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Are you not hot ? And Are you hot? How to answer? [duplicate]

If I am cold. Then for the question: Q: Are you hot? Answer: No, I am cold. Q: Are you not hot? Answer: yes, I am cold. Is this correct? Or should I say NO for both ?
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Word order in a sentence

I have a sentence: "Whatever scant motivation she had for talking to this moving wreck of a man died away entirely." Is it correct to place "she had" before "for talking to this..."? Initially, I ...
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“Achieved this qualification since reaching the age of 17?” [closed]

Can someone explain this sentence? It's asking me about graduating secondary school. Thank you.
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How should I write this: “Hello, Gloom!” he greets. or “Hello, Gloom!” He greets

I am writing a poem in which I personalize Perfection and Gloom. I am confused on whether I should capitalize he or leave it uncapitalized as it's one sentence. It confuses me because I also want ...
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What does “X have subsequently recovered, and so might Y” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I have question about bold, italicize sentence below. Many fairly common amphibian species declared all but extinct after severe declines in the 1950s and 1960s have subsequently recovered, and so ...
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How is “of” used in “The balls are of equal weight”?

"The balls are of equal weight." I think this sentence means "The balls are equal in weight." Why do you say "of" here? What function and meaning does "of" have? My guess is as follows. The balls are ...