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“Against whom” vs “Whom against”

Against whom are you playing? Whom against are you playing? (Some better way to say this) Can anyone explain which sentence is the exactly correct one, or provide one that is? Does the order of the ...
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Never have I seen/ I have never seen [closed]

1) Never have I seen a piece of art so unique 2) I have never seen a piece of art so unique Are both sentences correct? If there’s any error in any of these sentences, what is it? Is there any ...
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“come along” vs “along come” [migrated]

Why is along came used in this way in the following sentence? Probably back in some previous biology course, you learned that snakes evolved from lizards and that the first snakes weren't venomous ...
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Is the sentence “From May 2014, Rataj volunteered for two months for LPO, taking care of injured birds and small mammals.” correct?

I have this sentence, but it sounds cumbersome to me. Probably due to for occurring two times. Are any of the following sentences correct? From May 2014, Rataj volunteered for two months for LPO, ...
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Where should an adverb be positioned when converting from active to passive? [closed]

Please consider this example sentence: Karen spoke rudely to the manager. Should the corresponding sentence rearranged into the passive be: The manager was spoken rudely to by Karen. The manager ...
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“Which is the best reason” vs “which the best reason is” [migrated]

I was recently asked to decide " which the best reason is for people to do exercise". Momentarily stopped in my tracks, I felt I should have been asked "which is the best reason for people to do ...
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Special character at the end of line of text in logo

In English language, is a special character (such as & or @ or +) allowed to be at the end of line in logo design? For example, is this allowed? Tom & Jerry
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Where should the prepositional phrase come?

I have been assigned on this case as a Senior Engineer. I have been assigned as a Senior Engineer on this case. My company has junior engineers that take cases. However, if the customer is not ...
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Is it permitted to put the subject after a copula instead of before it?

For instance, can one say “Smart is the Eastern system”?
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Word order after the word “or” [closed]

Does "or" change the word order back to normal in case of a question? Is sentence A or B correct? A)Take me as your addiction ... or can't you become dependent on me? B)Take me as your addiction ... ...
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Which “not” is not in the proper place: “Not only does (not) she (not) know, but also …” [closed]

I know that whenever we bring "not only" at the beginning of a sentence, what comes after it has to be in question form. Now, I'm having a problem with the negative form of this question. Which one ...
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In/on the application form? [closed]

I want to say I've written it on the application form. is it on/in? thanks
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Verb order — which way is right?

In the sentence: "Over the airwaves, following a commercial, played the melancholy piano chords from Moonlight Sonata." — Can "play" go in that position? It does sound strange to me, but if I ...
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A title with multiple adjectives [closed]

I need to improve the title for a database website. Right now, it looks like this: The High-Quality Biggest Global Company Database The order of adjectives for this sentence is right, I think ...
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How does the “reverse syntax” in Middle English work?

I was reading the Romance of Tristan and I came across the passage: "Therefore did Tristan claim justice and the right of battle and therefore was he careful to fail in nothing of the homage he owed ...
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Should I use “We then” instead of “Then we” [closed]

In one academic paper I wrote "Then we ...", but the editor suggested me to change it into "We then ...". I would like to know if the former is really unnatural or both are acceptable.
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“He then” vs “Then He” vs “Then, He” — conjunctive adverbs, semicolons, and commas

As far as I understand, you use a semi-colon to separate main clauses joined by conjunctive adverbs (however, therefore, moreover, nevertheless, then, thus). And, when you use a conjunctive adverb, ...
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Does word order matter when using names?

Does word order matter when mentioning names? Once I am ready with basic groundwork, I will discuss it with Travis, Nick and you. Once I am ready with basic groundwork, I will discuss it with ...
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Why do “X associate” and “associate X” have such different meanings?

This answer describes the American English term "stock associate", as meaning a relatively low paid store worker who fills shelves. By contrast, high status work seems to have the job descriptor ...
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Interchanging “if” and “then”

AFAIK, normally one would write: "If c is zero and b nonzero or b2=4 a c, then and only then there exists a unique solution of 0=a+bx+cx2." Is it possible to interchange the if and the ...
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“selling mobile phone brand” or “mobile phone selling brand”? [closed]

"The other three top selling mobile phone brands between 2009 and 2013 were LG, ZTE and Apple" I would like to ask if I can write " ... three top mobile phone selling brands..." Is it grammatically ...
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Positioning two instances of “it” in a question, is one option more likely to be confusing, ambiguous, or mis-understood than the other?

I'm torn how to position the two instances of "it" in this question. I believe that both sentences are acceptable and convey the same meaning, but I'm not sure which is more likely to be confusing, ...
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Opposite something

What is the right possibility ? I am opposite the wall I am opposite to the wall I am in the opposite to the wall Thanks for answers :-).
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How many would you like to request it for?

Trying not to sound too ignorant while instructing a piece of software in order to allow people to make request of services/items and while trying to say "For how many people would you like to make ...
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How to split apart the word order in English?

I've got the following sentence: 'Every now and then a ray of moonlight through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.' It's originally from the Harry Potter book. ...
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What is the correct order? [duplicate]

I'd like to know the correct order of this sentence: Is it: I and my friends plan for a movie months before the release. or My friends and I plan for a movie months before the release.
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Is “influence of stg on stg” equal to “influence on stg of stg”?

Can we say "It shows how strong is the influence on children of tv " instead of "It shows how strong is the influence of tv on children"?
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Pick up someone vs Pick someone up? [duplicate]

When referring to toddles/infants, we say: Example 1) Pick up the baby. But when my friend asks me a favor, they would say: Example 2) Can you pick John up from the bus stop? or... Example ...
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The use of reflexive pronouns [closed]

I am currently doing homework for a linguistics course I am taking. The question is about creating a rule to make confirm if certain sentences are grammatical or ungrammatical. Here are some ...
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Why does the adjective “suitable” come after “hands-on activities”?

Please clarify the grammar used in the sentence below. Most museums provide hands-on activities suitable for both children and adults. Question: Why is the adjective "suitable for" placed after ...
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adjective order: “long boring report” or “boring long report”? [duplicate]

A long boring annual report A boring long annual report which of the above is right? I learnt the adjective order of DOSA SCOMP, which means the adjective order should be as below: ...
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It was or was it is the right order

Does someones knows what is the right order? Where do I put 'it was' A)"A shocking moment it was and I became dreadfully afraid to open my eyes.." V)"It was a shocking moment and I became dreadfully ...
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Grammatical error in a sentence [duplicate]

Which one is the correct sentence? I want to know where my weakness is I want to know where is my weakness
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replacing prepositional phrases

A sentence in a book, It will be evident that poet’s function is not to report things that have happened, but rather to tell of such things as might happen , things that are possibilities by virtue ...
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Correct usage of the phrase 'if any'

What is the best position for the phrase 'if any' for the sentence below?Please explain the rationale behind your answer? What could be, if any, the benefits or disadvantages of something? ...
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Is this usage of subject-verb inversion correct? [closed]

Having troubles with understanding inversion in the English language. This is my recent attempt to use it in a sentence. Start brawls in local taverns fighter, cleric, mage and rogue. Together on ...
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will soon receive or will receive soon

I was wondering if there is a specific preference for the soon position in the following line: You will receive a message with the activation link soon. Or if it is better/more common to use: ...
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'Gone are the days when … ' Is this expression often used?

Is the expression 'gone are the days when ...' often used in everyday English? Or is it something you can see only in books?
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Why is the position of reduced adjective clauses inconsistent? E.g. “the broken window” vs. “the man responsible”

The rule is that if the adjective clause has only a single adjective, we should replace it before the noun e.g.: "the window that is broken was fixed by Tom" is reduced to "the broken window was fixed ...
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Plural or single with compound objects

Suppose you want to say something like There are two crates, having three and one balls respectively. How to say this correctly? Is it ‘…one balls’ or ‘three balls and one ball’, or something ...
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What does “China’s Confidence Rises in Its Military” mean?

I'm wondering what is the meaning of the WSJ's title "China’s Confidence Rises in Its Military" (https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-confidence-rises-in-its-military-u-s-says-11547597775). Is it ...
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Putting adverbs such as “on Wednesday” in the beginning and at the end of sentences

What's the difference between the following two sentences: On Wednesday I went shopping I went shopping on Wednesday
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Word order in noun phrases

Which word order should I choose in noun phrases with a proper noun component and a common noun component? the Elvis Presley singer v. the singer Elvis Presley the Star Wars movie v. the movie ...
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Why is the order for some words that function as ordinal numbers flexible?

Adjectives, numbers, and determiners have a set order when multiples are used to reference the same noun at once. When cardinal and ordinal numbers are used at the same time, the ordinal always comes ...
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Order of parenthetical qualifiers: “modern (for the time)” vs “(for the time) modern” [closed]

Is either of these word orders more correct? During its 1957–1967 tenure, Monsanto’s House of the Future exhibited (for the time) modern technology. vs. During its 1957–1967 tenure, Monsanto’s ...
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“Take long for me” versus “take me long” [closed]

Which form is preferred in the following sentence? It didn't take long for me/me long to realize that traditional exercises failed to adequately meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
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Which of the two sentences below is more gramatically correct? [closed]

I'm having difficulty choosing between the two sentences below. Which is more grammatically correct? Can anyone suggest a more succinct way of articulating what I am trying to say? While donning his ...
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Which sentence sounds better? [closed]

Can someone kindly tell me which of the two sentences is more grammatically correct (and why)? As such, I was challenged to develop exercises more suited to my audience. As such, I was challenged to ...
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“is believed to still be” or “is believed to be still”

I wonder which of the following is correct. It is believed to still be efficiently solvable. and It is believed to be still efficiently solvable.
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...