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“Otherwise” vs “In Case of” vs “Nonetheless” vs “Whenever”

I'm stuck with the question given by my teacher, what do you think the best answer is? Since they're all doesn't suit to put as conjunctions in this sentence.
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Drafting (of) reports

I want to say that: "I contributed to drafting proposals", and unsure if I use a preposition after "drafting"... Thanks! The website wants more symbols, so I keep typing. In fact, I am quite sure ...
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Is there a single word for emotional baggage?

ie. Barry couldn’t go to such and such bar anymore because it reminded him of where he met his first love that didn’t work out and he had to much emotional baggage
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Is my grammar correct? [on hold]

I have a couple of sentences here and I want to know if the grammar is correct. If not, then please point it out and explain why. These days, kids under 12 years of age prefer cellular phones more ...
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Using “following” rather than “of”

Which one is better? "The notification is sent within seven days of the last day of the period." or "The notification is sent within seven days following the last day of the period."
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Why does this second conditional statement use the passive voice when the clauses are swapped? [migrated]

I came across this in a text book yesterday and it's been on my mind since. To be fair, it's not the best sentence anyway, but it did make me think. "If a tornado hit Rex's house, it would destroy it....
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I am a new speaker. I have to know this following structure [migrated]

Is it correct to say " I have yet to believe you were dead"......if i mean a past event.
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Verb like “to span” but for the longer axis

Given an object which is longer in one dimension than another (for example a river, a bowling alley, a bath or a measuring rule), it seems there are a few verbs to describe the act of reaching across ...
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Should I use gerund as a noun modifier in this sentence instead? [on hold]

Despite campaigns to reveal the truth Despite campaigns revealing the truth
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what is the subject of last clause?

what is the subject of last clause ? But shrinking the band gaps of such materials just that little bit further, to the point where a brilliant red is reflected instead, has so far proved beyond their ...
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Areas where the residents pronounce their locations differently than non-residents

When listening to residents of Baltimore Maryland say the name of their city, they drop the "t" altogether and the name of their city is pronounced with 2 syllables. It sounds more like: "Bal-mer". ...
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What are the tenses in this sentence?

I'd like to break this sentence down to its components and their tenses, but I'm struggling. How would you explain it? “I think we thought it would be easier” Thanks!
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Why is “What color eyes does she have?” correct? Shouldn't it be “What eye color does she have?”?

I stumbled upon this expression in a video and thought it was wrong, but googling it I found that it is actually correct. It feels wrong to my non-native ears to hear "color eyes" instead of "eye ...
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Expression for straight male who prefers the company of gay men

We used to call women who preferred the company of gay men as "fag hags" What are straight men who prefer the company of gay men called? I found nothing on the internet, unless you count Urban.
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Constituent Structure

David is the best player [in the world]. is PP in the world an immediate constituent of the NP the best player in the world [is [the best player [in the world]]] or is it an immediate constituent ...
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Including extra material as a means of distracting from primary material

I'm looking for a term that is essentially a diversionary tactic, and which I will explain by example. I have been told that some filmmakers deliberately add blatantly gratuitous material into what ...
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my bank just sent a statement titled: Banking Done Different [duplicate]

Is it ever correct to write Banking Done Different? I am surprised to find this printed at the top of my savings account statement
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How can I use formal speech in English?

I'm Patricia, from Brazil, and I'm translating my fantasy novel into English. I find it quite hard to express different levels of formality in this language. One of my characters is a mystical entity, ...
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How the west was won - Is this a noun phrase?

I'm trying to determine what the following types of phrases (in bold within the sentences below) would be called. I want to say they're noun phrases, but I may be wrong. To me, these resolve to ...
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You have no, but can try for yes

In Dutch there is the expression "Nee heb je, ja kan je krijgen." This roughly means that being told "no" after asking for something is only as bad as never asking in the first place. Is there a more ...
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Omission of personal pronouns

They are so closely connected with each other that can't be easily separated I am asking: is this sentence correct or it is required to put pronoun "they" between conjunction "that" and modal ...
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What do you call people who are searching for home?

I'm trying to come up with a title for my short story and the story is about people who are searching for home (whether it be a person or a place). What would be a good one word for that?
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The ability to speak eloquently and at length/knowledgeably

Years ago, I had read, and then looked up the word for this, but I have since forgotten it, cannot find it, and not being able to recall this word has driven me crazy since. It's a rarely used or ...
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions?

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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Is it Gerund or adjective?

I don't understand the function of "coming" word in the sentence below. ... as they weigh the scale of monetary easing coming later this month. Is it working as a gerund? and if so, why is it in ...
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What does it mean: “my thoughts were awash with her thoughts?”

Here "My thoughts were awash with her thoughts." "Awash" is an adjective.But it sounds like verb. P.S.:This sentence is from A admission prep book.Sorry for my mistakes.
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Around Hiram's barn

For most of my life I have used an expression "go around Hiram's barn" to mean an unnecessarily complicated way to do something or an unnecessarily circuitous route. Recently my daughter informed ...
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What is a word that means contrary and funny

I am trying to describe my sense of humor to be contrary and funny, a bit silly and irreverent (not choosing between 2 choices but making my own choice), and not disrespectfully so. I thought about "...
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Confuse a noun with another noun in the sentence

"it is a linear function of the coefficients w" I want to know the meaning of coefficients w. I can't exactly understand the meaning. Excuse if I can't describe the problem well. Let me know if you ...
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Is “especially” always an adverb?

I am wondering whether especially is always an adverb, specifically when used in this context: We must be wary of your surroundings, especially in the city. I do not think that it modifies any ...
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Active voice in proposal writing: alternative to “we will…”

I am writing a research proposal and I just noticed that nearly every sentence has the words "we will". For example: "We will analyze a, b and c. Then, we will assess d,e,f." Of course, once in a ...
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Slang word in Rhodesia for toilet

How do you spell the words which sound phonetically ‘picanin khia’ or PK for short. The word ‘khia’ also referred to the room at the back of a house where the maid lived. Thanks
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one word - every three weeks?

I am looking for a single word, just as "week" means 7 days, "fortnight" means 14 days, that means 3 weeks/21 days. I have several things on a three-week schedule -- a social event (to conflict less ...
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proceed to/with the next step

What is the difference between these two phrases? proceed to the next step proceed with the next step By intuition, I would say that proceed with lays the focus on what will be proceeded with ...
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Is this a dependant clause?

I was wondering if the following was a dependent clause: There weren’t enough beds, so I had to sleep on the floor.
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He wished he would have met her

I do know that the much better construction is "he wished he had met her a year before", but is the construction "he wished he would have met her a year before" acceptable?
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alternate word for “coupling”

I'm writing a scientific article. In my study, the amount of food we eat affects the bodyweight for example. We call it "coupling of food and bodyweight" because bodyweight depends mainly on food ...
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which is the more adjectove

Delaney sits, switches on and logs in. Password; GENIUS. ‘It’s not me,’ he replies. The late weekend reporter shift on The Evening Kernel is completely pointless. By early afternoon the paper is ...
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“to drive around” implies who is driving the vehicle? [migrated]

In the sentence "I drive the car", I am controlling the car. If I am not driving, I could say, for instance, "I ride the car". Could "to drive around in" mean both or necessarily just one of them? ...
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I have a problem but don't know how to ask for help

There are lots of words that I could use here. Flummoxed, Stuck, Perplexed, Lost, etc. But is there a word or short phrase that actually means (or is a good fit for): a situation where in attempting ...
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Asymmetric Encryption - How is the Public Key Being Shared? [migrated]

Good Afternoon, I've been reading up on the relationship between private keys and public keys (as well as hashing), watched a few videos, but I am still a bit confused. I don't have a programming ...
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prototypical noun versus element noun

Could anybody please help me read this part of an article correctly. The author, I think, says Santiago is a typical city and each of the typical cities has one hospital. I don't quite understand ...
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Is “weren't gone” correct? [migrated]

I've been studying English for several years now and recently I've started to follow a Facebook group in which there are mostly people from the US. Beside the fact that they use so many acronyms (some ...
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Who would use the word “manky”?

Both Google ngram and Cambridge Dictionary tell me that "manky" nowadays used to describe something dirty, as in it's "so old and/or used that it became dirty." What I am curious about who you're ...
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How to say when I have a motion sickness in a car? [migrated]

I wonder if I could say something like: "I feel nauseous." or "I got carsick." when I feel sick and going to vomit due to a motion in a car. Does the sentences above sound natural?
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Can “that” introduce a clause that contains unecessary information?

I was wondering if it was acceptable to make a sentence less choppy by using “that” without a comma to introduce a clause that could be introduced with a comma followed by “which,” because the ...
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Use of indefinite article [migrated]

Here are two complete sentences This is the weirdest case of scientific field. This is the weirdest case of a scientific field. I just want to know which is grammatically correct, with "a" or ...
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Position of “seem” in a sentence?

I recently came across a sentence which looks wierd to me. The sentence is: Crazy it seems. I think it had to be like below. It seems crazy. If the first sentence is correct then clarify it ...
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With 5 years experience [on hold]

I would like to use this sentence in this context: ... which would correspond to my field of study and experience. With 5 years experience working in ... The Microsoft Word corrector ...
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I can't understand a sentence from my book [on hold]

Can you explain for me what does this part of my book mean? It is important for me to understand it Introduction: The end of the second millennium was merely a numerical occasion that left no ...

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