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Phrasing: “the only of its kind” vs “the only one of its kind” [on hold]

Sentence A: This festival is the only [one] of its kind in the state, producing student-directed and student-written plays. Statement #1: "the only one of its kind" Statement #2: "the only of its ...
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Comma needed or not? [closed]

I was reading an article and found the below sentence: I met Ruhail through Facebook last year but I hadn’t saved his number as I didn’t want my parents to know. I believe the author missed commas ...
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Which line in each pair (below) is correct? [duplicate]

As a trainer of English as second language, the following statements have caused much dismay among my students. Kindly help clarify. Which line in each pair (below) is correct? They are all there ...
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Is 'too big of an issue' correct?

Recently, when writing an email, I used the following phrase: 'I hope this does not cause too big of an issue' However, in their response, the recipient (an English teacher) said that he was 'not ...
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Citing Multiple paragraphs MLA

Had a quick question about how I should cite with multiple paragraphs (MLA). Here is how the text appears in the source (The Great Gatsby): 'An Oxford man!' He was incredulous. 'Like hell he is!...
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Which is the right There “seem” / “seems” to be?

I was writing an essay when I became confused. My question is which sentence is the right one? There seem to be two main causes of long-distance relationships. or There seems to be two main ...
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“How to we categorize appropriation”

I cannot grasp the sentence structure of this: What incites my curiosity even further is how to we categorize appropriation in the case when Japanese people say that there is nothing offensive ...
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Understanding 5 consecutive “that”s in this sentence

(This sentence was told as an entertainment by my English teacher 8 years ago.) She presented us with the following sentence: She said that that that that that he said was wrong. I had a bit of ...
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Is “What can I help with?” proper English? [duplicate]

"What can I help with?" Part of our team is claiming it is not proper english and another part is claiming its the correct way for us to say it. For context this is in reference to working on a ...
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How to avoid two times 'both' in this sentence

I'd like to write this sentence: In both excitation and emission beam path a Mach-Zehnder interferometer is introduced, both of which exhibiting equal delays. I don't like the style of the ...
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Need help with the sentence structure for my pitch, thanks!

Back story: I am to give a 3 minute pitch on a task i worked on. I would like to something like, "As a general knowledge, we know that smartphones are dominated by IOS and android. Which is why ...
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Can you give an example of reentrancy? [closed]

What is an example of reentrancy in everyday speech?
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Omit “while” before -ing form

Can I omit "while" before -ing form? Are these two the same in terms of meaning? I think while walking. I think walking. I can see a problem with different verbs: I learn while walking. I learn ...
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Omitting Which / That in a Sentence

The following sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. I'm wondering if it's correct and what it means: “Give me a couple of dates are good for you.” Shouldn't it be “Give me a ...
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Phrasing a question to me in this way - why is it rude ? Or is it rude?

I am a junior in sales office. I have not been here long. A senior colleague of mine will often ask me to read correspondence that he has drafted. On the whole it is an easy task requiring not much ...
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How to use “is prohibitive” in a sentence?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Should I use "to" or "for"? Unfortunately, the cost for an attorney is prohibitive to me as a university student. Unfortunately, the cost for an ...
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Is it correct to use the word “ learn” in this sentence or better to use “ teach”? [duplicate]

"Animal learn us to never give up " , Or better to say "Animal teach us to never give up" ?
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Why do people say “I have known someone to do” but not “I know someone to do”?

The structure I have known someone to do something is apparently considered grammatical and idiomatic. Examples from Google: I have known people to take shops, put in a few articles and, without ...
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within the “last” 90 days

I want to cancel a cell phone line. The small print states that if I cancelled a line "within the last 90 days", I can not be eligible for a promotion offered. My interpretation is that once I get the ...
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What kind of voice/tense is this?

I've used in the past sentences of the type Were hypothesis to be result, then action Example: Were this question to be answered, I'd be very happy However, I have no clue as to how to refer ...
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Regarding Sentence Formation?

I generally face problem in sentence structure . Which one is correct :- Mainly he does this . He mainly does this . He does mainly this . He does this mainly . All the above sentences seem to be ...
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Oxymoron structure - best way to structure [closed]

Writing a short story in which a young person finds a new friendship in an older person. And invites the older person to an event with a lot of young, long term friends. I'm blanking out on what is ...
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Can ellipsis be followed by a pronoun like “YOU”?

I'm trying to quote someone's tweet and planning to use the ellipsis as a pause in my sentence (due to showing an aggressive attitude) * You... SNOB! Stop gossiping about me! Correct?
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is it correct to say, “I like having.” as a standalone sentence? [closed]

I consider, "I like having," to be the reciprocal action of, "I like giving," which stands alone on its own without much confusion. In, "I like giving," it is implied that there is some object, ...
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Gerund or infinitive and WHY

WHY is this sentence incorrect? "All that they can do is preparing as much as they can." I know it should be "All they can do is (to) prepare as much as they can." But, for the life of me I can't ...
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When praising someone, does their name come before or after the accolade? What's the difference? [closed]

What's the difference between: Gloria, you are amazing! and You are amazing, Gloria!
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How to use two parenthetical qualifiers on the first mention of a noun? [closed]

I'm writing a paper that includes a reference to the University of North Georgia. The first time I mention this university, I'd like to add a qualifier stating its commonly-used acronym "UNG" that I ...
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How to say “In order to keep a smooth reading” in a good academic way? [closed]

I'm currently writing my (math) thesis. Some properties of the objects I'm studying are used often and are relatively elementary. So, I would like to state them once and then avoiding referring to ...
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What does the phrase “improve one's decision making” in this sentence refer to?

The expectation of intelligent gossip is a powerful motive for serious self-criticism, more powerful than New Year resolutions to improve one’s decision making at work and at home. What does "...
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Diagram this question [closed]

The sentence I'd like help diagraming is a question. The sentence is: How do I do this?
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What is the horizontal equivalent of “all of the above”?

All of the above tends to be used to refer to options that have been described in previous lines in a bulleted list, and I'm wondering how to do the same in a sentence. For example, would the ...
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We have the same car vs we have the same cars [duplicate]

If me and someone have the same car. It is correct to say: we have the same car or we have the same cars.
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Why people often adopt repeated adjective structure on their sentence?

Why people often adopt repeated adjective structure on their sentence? For example: Great courtiers are gracious and polite; their aggression is veiled and indirect. I have seen many fluent English ...
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Could you please advise if the word see sits well in the sentence [closed]

Could you please advise if the word see sits well in the following sentence? The engineers are carrying out checks to see if there is a problem on your line, we will update you ...
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Is out of control adjective?

It makes that difficult and out of control. There is a pattern make + object + adjective that I'm aware of, but I cannot understand how out of control is adjective. Does out of control function as ...
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Is it correct to ask “Which year this game is?” when asking about the year of game release?

Im not native speaker and have some difficulties with this question. As I remember, I saw "Which ... is?" statement in some grammar books. Is it correct?
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What does an ellipsis followed by an exclamation mean?

I'm confused about how to use "...!" in writing. Currently, I'm writing a fiction story with a character who has been critically injured. I got this question while typing out this: "I won't die yet....
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How can I phrase this sentence so that it doesn't end in a preposition?

Whenever possible, I like to avoid ending sentences with prepositions because some people can be very picky about it. However, I am struggling with this one sentence in particular: "The hypothesis ...
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Incomplete sentences [closed]

Im editing a book for someone and he has a lot of incomplete sentences such as: While his father talked to all the beautiful women. I was taught that this is incorrect. It should read something ...
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From Wells's “The Invisible Man”, what does this sentence mean?

'You said it was an empty sleeve?' he said. 'Certainly,' I said. At staring and saying nothing a barefaced man, unspectacled, starts scratch. Then very quietly he pulled his sleeve out of his pocket ...
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How do I continue a sentence that contains a quote mid-sentence

The following question is quite similar, but it's not a duplicate because my example sentence does not follow up with a conjuction. Which instance of the following sentence is right: We cannot ...
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“are absolutely”

During a recent heated conversation I said "You are absolutely a pedantic snob." The person I was speaking with corrected me that it should be "You absolutely are" Lack of self-awareness aside and ...
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Is this comparative always applicable? as + much + adjective + a/an + noun + as

In my schoolbook there are three as ... as grammatical structures introduced: as + adjective + as as + adverb + as as + much/many + noun + as What bothers me, is the last one. What if ...
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Perplexing mathmatical problem due to grammar [closed]

I recently read a post on Facebook regarding a mathmatical problem posed by a statement without commas. I was hoping that this site could provide a correct grammatical translation of the following ...
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What's the meaning of “Fairytale meets beat meets counterculture”?

The first sentence of the article The brilliance of Richard Brautigan by Sarah Hall reads as follows: Fairytale meets beat meets counterculture: bursting with colour, humour and imagery, Brautigan’...
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“… respectively are …” vs “… are respectively …”

I would use respectively in either one of the following ways: "Figures 1 to 3 are respectively front, top and bottom views of the object", "Figures 1 to 3 are front, top and bottom views of ...
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what's the structure of this sentence “condition being, that…”? [duplicate]

What is the structure of this sentence (his only condition being, that they were new ones) in this context below (from perfume 2015 movie script)? He did not differentiate between what are good ...
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Can we say “I am friends”? If not, why can we say “I’ve been friends with…”? [duplicate]

I’ve been friends with the Murkets for twenty years. This is a sentence from Longman Dictionary. How can we explain this? I thought when the pronoun was "I" we must say a friend not friends. I ...
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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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Self-Questioning in TV interviews [duplicate]

More and more in TV interviews -- and only on TV, by the way, never in "real" life -- I hear people using what I call, for lack of any other name, "Self-Questioning.". Example: "Do I regret saying ...