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What is wrong in this sentence grammatically?

I am so sorry for asking such question. But my boss keep saying there are grammatical error in these sentences, and I for one, even after reading them over and over can't find one. However, these ...
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Can a plural noun be followed by “due to it”?

Is it correct to say, for example “You would put your health at risk by smoking cigarettes, due to it containing toxic chemicals.”
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What's wrong with this sentence?

I came across this sentence in a blog post: Write with so much passion and energy and enthusiasm they can’t stay asleep. Shouldn't this be written as the following: Write with so much passion and ...
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Need a word phrase to describe a really good thing happening at the worst possible time [duplicate]

Trying to find a word to describe something good happening at a really bad time
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Where did “a racist bone in [one's] body” and “a mean bone in [one's] body” come from?

A recent tweet by the U.S. president includes this assurance: I don't have a Racist bone in my body! A blog post by David Graham, "The One Color the White House Sees Clearly" at The Atlantic ...
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Term for a joke with a missing punchline

What do you call a joke that has a punchline which as been emphatically implied through omission, as in... [Comedian peeling banana, saying...] "one skin, two skin, three skin, (pregnant ...
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counting syllables of Ambatofinandrahana

How many syllables are there in the name "Ambatofinandrahana" ?
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Can “plane” (aeroplane) be used as a non-count noun?

I'd appreciate it if someone would answer my question concerning the following sentence. Thank you. Many times, planes would crash after they had already started their flight home, most often from ...
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Are there any alternatives to the pair of words “referrer” and “referee”?

We are a designing a referral system where one user A can send a code to another user B (referring or recommending user B to join our service). When user B creates an account with the code sent by A ...
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Difference between “I wish…<verb in past simple>” and “I wish…would+<verb infinitive>”

What is the difference of meaning between the 2 expressions below which use the subjunctive? I wish he didn't speak so loud. I wish he wouldn't speak so loud. I cannot see the difference between "I ...
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What is the first documented use of the gay culture term “daddy”?

According to Wikipedia, "daddy" is a slang term in gay culture meaning an (typically) older man sexually involved in a relationship or wanting sex with a younger male. There are currently, however, ...
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The gerund and its complementation

In what cases does the gerund stemming from a transitive verb takes the direct object of that verb and when is a preposional complement used? For example: Brown's deft painting of his daughter is a ...
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which of the following usages is correct

My belief is that the word of in the first example is awkward and even wrong. "the tiny amount of industrial hemp grown is due not to any conspiracy but simply to the fact that isn't all that useful ...
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What is the opposite of 'TL;DR'?

I'm wondering if there an opposite of the slang initialism "TL;DR". Note that my use case is for posts on my personal tech blog. I sometimes write a quick section at the top of the post titled "TL;DR"...
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What's another way to say, “by us following”? [on hold]

What's another way to say: "By us following our standards..."?
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How should one refer to knights (& dames) in academic writing? [migrated]

In ordinary English usage, one would refer to a knight called 'Forename Surname' as Sir Forename, not Surname, e.g. Sir Forname is distinguished in ... But in academic writing, one would typically ...
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Can adverb be a subject in english? What part of speech can be a subject?

Many part of speech can be a subject in my native language (Russian) For example - a noun, a adverb, a pronoun, verb etc. But I think in English it isn't the same. So what can be a subject in ...
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What do you call a person who acts the fool, but is actually very smart? [on hold]

i am looking for a word to describe a larp group i am making based on acting like fools until we have a distinct advantage to our side.
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Usage of was/is with always [migrated]

I came across a question which asked to fill the blank with is, am, was or were: "The puppy _______ always naughty." I'm confused between: "The puppy was always naughty" and "The puppy is always ...
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Adjective order [on hold]

Can I change the order of the adjective in order to cause and impact on the reader? I can't think of another example that doesn't follow the adjective order but the movie 'my big fat greek wedding'.
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Is it appropriate to eliminate the “ing” after “for”? [on hold]

Are both of these sentences correct? a) They used a new device for detection of the wall cracks. b) They used a new device for detecting the wall cracks. I know that usually we use for + V ing and ...
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Should I put a comma before and or not in this sentence?

This law, is also very bad tourism as well, and needs to be removed since our country is being opened up for tourism. Should I remove the comma before and or keep it? is there anything else wrong ...
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A barrel of any (AND, OR, NOT) gate for logical completeness [on hold]

The book is called "Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits and Gates to C and Beyond". Section 3.3.5 Logical Completeness. It says "We say that the set of gates {AND, OR, NOT} is logically ...
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“lesser visual fidelity” vs. “lower visual fidelity”?

I'm wondering whether to use "lower visual fidelity" or "lesser visual fidelity" when comparing two identical scenes in two documentaries, one being remastered and thus of higher quality. The ...
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should there be space between a sentence and question mark or not? [duplicate]

while asking questions in the sentence do we need to give space between question mark (?) and the sentence. what is your name? what is your name ? which one is correct?
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When a limited but working version of something is better

There is a Persian proverb ("One habitable village is better than one hundred desolated towns") which emphasizes that a limited and small-scale but working thing (e.g. a solution or an achievement) is ...
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Blinking or flashing? [on hold]

We are currently discussing how to describe the behaviour of a light-emitting diode (LED) which signals different states by being on or off for different amounts of time. Should we use the verb flash ...
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Which one should I use? “OF IT” or “OF WHICH”

I bought a watermelon from the market, half ---- was rotten, so I threw it away and bought a new one. It seems to me both of them are correct.
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Are any two words that are synonyms and homonyms of each other

Are there any examples of any English words that are both synonyms and homonyms of each other? I would guess that over time one would become considered an alternate spelling and die out, so perhaps ...
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Which one should I use: “AT WHICH”, “ON WHICH” OR “WHICH”? [on hold]

August 17th, 1999 was the time ---- a major earthquake destroyed much of Kocaeli in Turkey. Is it which or preposition+which ?
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Word for group of objects excluding the newest member of that group

For a group of any kind, is there a single word which describes the whole group excluding the most recent term, i.e. the opposite of the 'newest' member of the group. An equivalent would be ...
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PhD at University X or PhD from University X

I wish to present my education for a potential employer. If I had the chance to phrase a whole sentence, I would go for "I received my PhD from University X", as suggested in other answers to related ...
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Dividation, is it a word? [on hold]

If, yes, what's the usage and is Division a correct replacement? Edit:- I heard this word while travelling like "Dividation between classes". I've googled it and Google says if I mean Divination. I ...
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“something past primary school” vs “something passed primary school”

Not a native speaker. I realized that I don't know which word to use in the following sentence: I have never suffered a broken leg past primary school. Or I have never suffered a broken ...
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Word for t-shirt printed image [on hold]

What is the correct word for image / icon printed on shirts?
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How to pronounce thing and thought?

My dictionary says thing /θɪŋ/ thought /θɔːt/ but when listening to native speakers, I hear it like thing /fɪŋ/ thought /fɔːt/ Do I hear it wrong?
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Are “one” and “won” homophones in Australian English?

My friend and I are both native speakers of Australian English. He thinks "one" and "won" sound different and feels "a one-liner" sounds wrong and should be "an one-liner". He does think the two ...
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Pseudo-passives

A paper titled "Three Types of English Pseudo-passives" has these examples (p8): (31) a. *Seoul was walked around by his father. b. Seoul can be walked around in a day. (32) a. *The hotel ...
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something the matter (strange word order: indefinite pronoun + noun)

ldoceonline.com: 1. There was nothing the matter with it when I lent it to him. 2. She had something the matter with her back. oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com: 3. There's something the ...
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I didn't have had [on hold]

Is the below sentence is correct. I didn't have had any problem with you. or it is grammatically wrong to write. If possible can I have a sentence using DIDN'T HAVE HAD...pls
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Do you say “I seem”?

First of all, I am non-native, so is my friend, who is mentioned below. One day I was checking my friend's diary written in his English, and there was an expression "I seem to [verb]". Then I ...
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Generic term for needle gauge

Is there a generic term for a "needle gauge", examples being tachometers, speedometers. Example picture This is specifically a tachometer which measures RPM, but I'm looking for a word/words that ...
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What's “freak lines”?

I have a question about a colloquial students-communication incomprehension. The original colloquial sentences are: "I have been worked on this lab report for my biology class for hours and the ...
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'Too much' with countable noun

He has too much friend. Is this correct? If so, what is rule for using much for countable noun or should I use many instead? Please clarify.
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Does “you are looking good” use “are looking” as a copulative verb?

I enjoyed the post titled: Different meaning of “looks good” vs. “looks well.” Does the answer change when using a participle ("are looking," as opposed to "looks")? I think that "you are looking good"...
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Correct usage of IF condition with various tenses [migrated]

This situation is a Hypothetical and takes place in future; Which one would be the correct form for this context? He would be killed when he arrives in London. OR He would be killed when he arrived ...
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Is the usage of “from where” correct in these sentences?

I would like to know if I have used "from where" and "from which" in the following sentence correctly. China, from where foreign companies are shifting their operations away, has been hurt badly this ...
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What preposition follows “reframe”? [on hold]

What preposition follows "reframe"? For example, We can reframe our mistakes as positive learning experiences. We can reframe our mistakes from a more positive lens/perspective. We can reframe our ...
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a word for in between two [on hold]

something like dawn, twilight, purgatory
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“was employed at” vs “had been employed at”

I am providing an "employment verification letter" to one of my past employees. He worked at my company from Oct, 2008 till Jan 2017. Which one of the following is correct? 1) He was employed at XYZ ...

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