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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) This is a new device for detection of the wall cracks. b) This is 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”? [on hold]

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 [duplicate]

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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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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Correct usage and ordering of words in a sentence

The message I intend to get across is as follows: The road is narrow at one location, called the Narrow Segment, where only one user is allowed at a time. Everywhere else in its stretch, the road is ...
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Call-out distances, the wall's louder!

I'm translating to my native language the movie Ice castles - 1978, and specifically the sentence in the title. I'm trying to give you some context here: (Warning: could contain spoilers) There's a ...
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What is the rule for when “a few X” is correct, vs when “a few of X” is correct? [migrated]

There are lots of previous questions about "few", but I couldn't find any that addressed this aspect of its usage. What is the grammatical rule that makes the sentence "This will take a few of days" ...
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origin of: sleep tight, make sure the bugs don’t bite

Where does the phrase sleep tight, make sure the bugs don’t bite come from? Is it part of a longer poem? A Google web search didn't reveal anything useful. I'm not a native speaker of English, I don'...
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is this email correct [on hold]

I am sending you this email to express my gratitude for the invitation to the Recruitment day. I appreciate the opportunity, and I look forward to the meeting on Monday. However, I have an issue with ...
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What's the meaning of “I may have lost a little bit of this year” in this sentence?

Does it mean that I lost a part of my idealism this year, or it says without a vision, my idealism would has been less? which one? I am really glad I wrote a vision because I think I would be a lot ...
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The usage of 'to'

My problem is that I don't know whether I should use 'to' or not when I say the sentences I wrote below. Can anyone tell me which one is right and why, 'have you gotten New York safely?' or 'have you ...
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Should I use “Most of which” or “Some of them”?

Afghanistan is estimated to have 73 million tons of coal reserves, ... are located in the northern part of the country.
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Using “for” in clauses

Is there any problem with this sentence? If any, how can I make it correct? "Social Security Institution is in charge of, authorized and responsible for the collection of the Fund premiums, and the ...
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The film was disappointing. I expected it to be much better. OR The film wasn't as good as we had expected

I was reading the book Intermediate English Grammar by Raymond Murphy, and I found these two examples in the same unit. The film was disappointing. I expected it to be much better. The film ...
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What do you call a person who likes to chat/connect to new people

The one who likes/desires to know others(new persons) such as on social sites etc.
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Is it appropriate here to use “of” or not here?

Which is correct? a) There is no consensus about the definition of chronic brain damage. b) There is no consensus about chronic brain damage definition. How many words could be placed in a row ...
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What would be a single word to describe disturber of the peace? [on hold]

A person who abuse policies. something like a rotten apple or Vladimir Putin.
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agreement with compound subject, with an intervening prepositional phrase

I am struggling with a sentence, as in a condolence note: Your kindness and friendship to both my parents [was/were] so special. If I omit the "to both my parents" bit, then we have a compound ...
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Is it rude to refer to janitors as 'floor people'?

I came into the office today and the first thing my manager asked me was is if I saw the 'floor people' while I was walking through the building. The reason he asked me this was because he had put in ...
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Man as part of a design infinitely vaster than himself

Man as part of a design infinitely vaster than himself This is the topic of an essay and I am unable to comprehend this statement; please elaborate this statement so I can write on the topic. Your ...
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What is “taytottlers”?

Joseph Conrad, "The Nigger Of The "Narcissus": A Tale Of The Forecastle": Donkin gulped greedily, glaring over the rim. Belfast made us laugh when with grimacing mouth he shouted:—“Pass it this way....
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What means “In what is, to our knowledge, …”

I would like to know the meaning of "In what is, to our knowledge,". This words are in a paper. Google translate says "As far as we know," but I cannot understand the part of "In what is" especially. ...
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grammar “I hope that will happen” vs “I hope that it will happen”

In first example, "that" refers to hypothetical situation (which is subject to be happened). In second, this job is done by "it" and "that" is used in conjugation "hope that". Which option is correct ...

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