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Question with ‘Which of the following’ [closed]

Is this sentence correct: Which of the following jobs are these skills typical of? Thank you.
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past-participle–modifier placement

Consider the two sentences: The number of the analyzed data sheets exceeds 1000. The number of the data sheets analyzed exceeds 1000. Which position of the past participle "analyzed" is ...
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How to interpret these verses?

Denmark: For Shakespeare’s Prince, and the Princess of Wales, To England dear. Her royal spirit quails; From skating faint, she rests upon the snow; Shrinking from unclean beasts ...
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Which Is the correct: public notary or notary public?

My dad's asking me if he should say "I'm a public notary practicing in Australia" or "I'm a notary public practicing in Australia". I thought notary public was nonsense, but when I googled it, it ...
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verb and subject or subject and verb? [duplicate]

"All work and no play," John said. Or "All work and no play," said John. This is something that bugs me a lot. Are there any difference between the two? What's the right way if there is any?
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Differences between “just might” and “might just?”

Can someone help me understand more precisely the connotative differences between "just might" and "might just I came upon this dilemma while working on a short comic strip. In the first panel, a ...
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Putting “to do..” at the beginning?

There are some sentences I see no reason to do these stupid things. I can find no sensible explanation for you to leave your master program. An English professor from Canada at the university said ...
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Use of … all are?

Is the all in "John, Bob, and Sue all are hungry" redundant? Does it mean anything beyond "John, Bob, and Sue are hungry"?
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Which one is the right sentence? [closed]

If you don't know about Indian independence movements and partition history. Sorry we can't be friends. Or If you don't know Indian independence movements and partition history. Sorry we can't be ...
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How to use the word 'Elect' in these sentences correctly? [closed]

1) I was elected to debate about British History with Exchange Students. 2) I was elected Faculty of Arts representative to compete in ...
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What is the correct use of “even” as an adverb, with the verb “to be”?

http://www.onestopenglish.com/community/your-english/word-grammar/your-english-word-grammar-even/156431.article gives some examples of correct use of "even" as an adverb to indicate that something is ...
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Where should an adverb come in a sentence? [duplicate]

If both of the sentences below are correct, does the position of the adverb change the meaning (slightly), or perhaps the register of the sentence? The superior man thinks always of virtue. ...
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Can a phrasal adjective be placed AFTER a noun? [closed]

If phrasal adjectives can be placed after nouns, what are some examples?
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weight in Opinion-Size-Age-Shape-Colour-Material-Origin-Purpose

Here's a related question where this came up. I made an assumption in my answer that I want to bring to discussion. I know the rule for adjective order: Opinion Size Age Shape Colour ...
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Is using “Says” in the beginning of a sentence correct?

A listed company uses the following sentence structure in all its press releases: Says John Smith, Director, ABC Ltd, “The credit profiles of FMCG companies are likely to remain stable, supported ...
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comparative adjective + a + noun

a) When can I use "comparative adjective + a + noun" and when not? When can I add "a + noun" after "comparative adjective" and when not? b) What is the difference between "comparative adjective + a + ...
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Why as a subject does the pronoun “I” follow all other pronouns in a list? [duplicate]

Why is this sentence incorrect? I and you can go there. And why is this sentence correct? You and I can go there.
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Questions containing “or”

Do you prefer to stay home, or do you want to come with us? Should I prepare dinner, or are we going to go to the restaurant? Are the questions correctly written? Is there a preferred way to write ...
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the order of adjectives [duplicate]

Can anyone explain the reason behind the order of adjectives? Why do we say the small brown antique house Rather than the brown small antique house or the antique brown small house I'm ...
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Are split infinitives grammatically incorrect, or are they valid constructs?

Mark's generosity in this crisis seems to more than make up for his earlier stinginess. Should those sentences always be avoided, or are there cases where they are valid?
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“You still have got …” vs “You've still got”

In a discussion on Hacker News, titled: Not on a Social Network? You’ve Still Got a Privacy Problem somebody commented that it should say: Not on a Social Network? You Still Have Got a Privacy ...
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What does Théoden’s quote “Oft evil will shall evil mar” in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings mean?

‘Yes, there can be no doubt,“ said Aragorn. ‘At last we know the link between Isengard and Mordor, and how it worked. Much is explained.’      ‘Strange powers have our enemies, and strange ...
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Why was the flow of this sentence changed?

One editor of mine changed the noun order in a sentence of my article. It seems minor, but I would like to figure out the reason. Is it just because the revision makes the sentence flow sound better? ...
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About adjective order

my editor just revised the adjective order in a sentence of my article. But it seems that the original order was right and there was no need to change it? The rule of thumb is that an adjective ...
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Use of have and what if [closed]

What if I don't have an apple phone but I have apple gloves. Is it correct?
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“can be clearly seen” OR “can clearly be seen” [duplicate]

In my essay the sentence The results can be clearly seen. was corrected to: The results can clearly be seen. What is the rule behind this correction? Most of the time I use "can be" ...
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It totally works for me!

In a situation when I talk with someone about setting up a schedule, can we use "totally" with a phrase like the title? I know that the meaning of totally itself is basically used for emphasizing the ...
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Word order in a descriptive statement

When stating the conditions in which an experiment was done (no particular emphasis needed)... What's the correct word order "Plants were exposed to freezing temperatures for 2 hours" OR "Plants were ...
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Usage of “of” prepositions sequence

Today, I have encountered the following sentence in a documentation: Department of development and support of information systems of ABC JSC I have argued about the correctness of using this "of"...
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“with” in a sentence — the “comitative case”?

I'm not sure if this question has been asked before (if it has I would be more than grateful if somebody could direct me to the thread discussing it) so here it goes: what is the correct worder (or ...
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Can the move of frequency adverb from middle to the start mean something?

Most of the frequency adverbs can live at the start, in the middle and at the ending of the sentence. In Does adverb placement affect meaning?, in the answer https://english.stackexchange.com/a/...
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How to refer to historical data from latest to oldest?

Consider I have a a list of 5 exercises I did, sorted from most recent to oldest. Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 So the last exercise I did is Exercise 1. My question is how ...
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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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“Sounds almost like” vs. “almost sounds like”

Which sentence structure is more accurate? ... that sounds almost like a command. ... that almost sounds like a command.
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Old drunk man or drunk old man? [closed]

There is this adjective order rule which is usually stated as opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose or OSASCOMP, but "drunk" doesn't really fit any of these categories. There are of ...
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Why is it correct to say “He came and said something to me” but not “He came and said to me something”?

This question was just posed to me and I couldn't give a clear answer beyond that the second just feels wrong and one would generally use a direct or indirect quotation, as in "he came and said to me ...
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“I don't agree totally” vs. “I don't totally agree” vs. “I totally don't agree”

What is the difference between the following? I don't agree with him totally. I don't totally agree with him. I totally don't agree with him. I'm puzzled at the meaning of negative ...
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“I hope you all/both are doing well” vs “I hope you are all/both doing well”?

Do both convey the same message, or not? I hope you all are doing well. I hope you are all doing well. It occurs to me that the same thing happens with both when I'm only addressing two people ...
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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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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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“recognised by _ as _” or “recognised as _ by _”

Which is correct ordering of descriptors between "as" and "by" with regards to "being recognised"? Example sentences: IEEE 754 has been recognised as de facto standard by all programmers. or ...
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Can for future possibility

I'm doing a research on English modality (for reference I'm using F.R. Palmer's book "Modality and the English Modals"). In the book the author distinguishes between the three kinds of modality: ...
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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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Are both options [proper noun] + [common noun] / [common noun] + [proper noun] valid, and if so is any of them preferable?

When using a pair of proper noun and common noun placed together, I always doubt what the right order is. I usually come across this situation while writing technical documentation. For example, ...
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Inversion verb-subject after an appositive phrase

I can't find a written rule about the subject-verb inversion in appositive phrases. In the temple, is a statue. In the temple, a statue is. I feel that the first one is more natural, but, as said, ...
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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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Position of “in accordance with” in negative sentence affect meaning of the sentence

I find that the position of “in accordance with + noun” in a negative sentence affects the meaning of the whole sentence. For example: Our company did not supply goods to country yy in accordance ...
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The Royal Order of Adverbs

I know that the pattern manner-place-time shouldn't be taken too seriously if one wants to speak natural English. In real life, people rarely use a string of adverbs. Speakers will easily break the ...
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In the sentence who is saying “that's your business,isn't it ,cousin”

Laila remembered another fight, and, that time, Mammy had stood over Babi and said in a mincing way,That's your business, isn't it, cousin? To make nothing your business. Even your own sons going to ...
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“in that way” - Which of the following three sentences is more correct to convey the desired meaning?

I'm not asking for a proof reading. And to further clarify, the Context is there to only provide context. I ask you to please ignore any perceived mistakes in the Context (located underneath the ...

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