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tense of that-clause in conditional

I was writing a comment under a video about a series which I used to watch ten years ago. I was writing that if I were watching them for the first time today, I would not enjoy as much as I did years ...
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Whilst I have been recovering from surgery--how can I tell it is an attributive clause or an adverbial clause in this case?

Everyone. The following is part of Kate’s cancer diagnosis announcement; and I have two questions: I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, personally, for all the wonderful messages of ...
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What is the difference between "oriented for" and "oriented towards"?

I found conflicting advice online. Some say that "oriented towards" pertains to directional senses and "oriented for" describes purpose. Others say only "oriented towards"...
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Is the word “it” needed after a comma in this situation?

Here is an example of my sentence: The physical therapy visit was not dated, did not contain the name or date of service, and therefore could not be validated. Someone is trying to correct me and ...
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Etymology and meaning of the word "but" in the sentence

What the origin of but as it is used in following sentence? ...as if the waters had but newly retired from the face of the earth Is it meaning is close to yet or although or it has independent ...
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Is it okay to use the past simple tense to describe continuous action in a chapter's opening sentence?

Consider: CHAPTER 7. Reclining on the couch, Sofonisba WAS STUFFING her face with Horatius’ omelet, chasing it down with tomato juice and occasionally adjusting her unbrushed dyed hair. OR: ...
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"While (the) stock(s) last(s)" (also, "out of stock" and "in stock") [migrated]

Which of these is/are correct and why? while stocks last (as in e.g. Offer/promotion valid while stocks last) while stock last while stock lasts while the stocks last while the stock last while the ...
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A GNU tool, or An GNU tool? [duplicate]

When writing a sentence about the GNU tools, how is the “a”/“an” used when describing a specific GNU tool? Gawk, a GNU tool, performs the … or Gawk, an GNU tool, performs the …
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Do I put a question mark after the word do in this quote? [closed]

This is a quote by Franklin D Roosevelt, it goes as follows: “ it is not sufficient just to want ask yourself. What are you going to do to get what you want” My question is when writing this quote is ...
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Is it ok to start sentences with quotes with lower case when lower case is important for meaning? [closed]

Is it ok to start sentences with quotes with lower case when lower case is important for meaning? For example "hope" (feeling) starts with lower case, but "Hope" (name) starts ...
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In Lord Byron's "Don Juan," what was the lead character "half-smother'd" by? [migrated]

This would be the character's first adventure. Julia, a married woman, became his mistress. Her husband, Don Alfonso, was told that she was cheating on him and ran into the bedroom, accompanied by ...
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'I know what is freedom / freedom is'. <-- Word order in WH-questions

My understanding is that in a wh- subordinate clause, we must use statement word order (subject then verb) rather than question word order (verb then subject): Correct: I know what freedom is. Wrong:...
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Is the second sentence correct? If not, how should I change it? [migrated]

I would be available any time next Monday or Thursday. Please let me know if any of those dates work for you.
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How come that "bimonthly" means "twice a month" and "every two months" simultaneously? [duplicate]

What's the story behind this word, and how did it end so ambiguous, while other languages differ? There's already "Bimestral"why does every dictionary still uses "once every two months&...
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Should there be a "the" before "consideration" in this sentence?

It should be not excluded from consideration that by choosing Katha as their candidate, the incumbent party revealed its goal to expand influence in the northern districts.
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Attributive nouns without an article in programmer-speak

In the context of computer programming, I often see constructions where I expect the word "the" to appear, but it's omitted: "…is powered by method DEX and aimed at…" - I expect &...
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What's the rule about using I first in a sentence with multiple noun or pronouns? [duplicate]

A sentence can be written as I and my friends And My friends and I There are several references for both sentences but I want to know the rule for the first one.
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When does a relative pronoun become the subject of a relative clause and when does it not?

Previously, I thought that a relative pronoun becomes the subject of a relative clause when the relative clause modifies the subject of the main clause. In other words, it serves a double purpose. For ...
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Debt collection software or debt collections software? [duplicate]

I've found several discussions about the general use of "collection" vs "collections" but not in the context of debt collection, specifically. I'm currently editing a series of ...
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Reflex to mean a curved shape

Growing up I was taught two meanings of reflex: The unconscious reaction to stimulus (n) An angle greater than 180° but less than 360° (adj) However, I've also come across reflex used in the context ...
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In the sentence “ "" is used to represent an empty string in programming languages” should we capitalize the “i” in “is”, and why or why not?

In the sentence: "" is used to represent an empty string in programming languages. Should we capitalize i in is, and why or why not?
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Propriety and use of the phrase "commend to suspicion"

I give up. I've used the phrase "commend to suspicion" occasionally in legal writing and correspondence, as in "[existence of x] might commend to suspicion that [result y]." My ...
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"uniform weights on all edges" or "uniform weights on each edge" or "uniform weight on each edge" [closed]

I would like to know which of the following sentences are correct, and why? Our model places uniform weights on all edges in a graph. Our model places uniform weights on each edge in a graph. Our ...
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"It is confirmed that" [closed]

Can I write as below? It is confirmed that, The A requires B. The C requires D. (1.2. Are just random sentences..)
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A word for the item which is being substituted [duplicate]

Is there a word for an item which is being substituted? I would call the replacement item the "substitute", but I cannot find a name for the item being replaced. In my case I'm ...
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Can a catenative complement be a predicative complement?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 251) has this section in Chapter 4 The clause: complements: 5 Predicatives and related elementsA predicative complement is oriented towards a ...
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Bracketing comma and placement [duplicate]

Which of the following shows the correct use of bracketing commas? "The last chapter of the first section is set, in contrast to the preceding ones, in the couples' home." OR "The last ...
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Is there a word that describes the group of words used to describe familial relations?

I'm not at all sure if such a word exists but I feel like it has to. I think my title was enough but, to make it more clear when I say familial relationship words I mean words like dad, uncle, niece, ...
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What's the etymology of "noddle"? And is "noodle" a derivative?

Dictionary.com defines noddle as: noun Older Slang. the head or brain. What is the etymology of this slang? I've never heard the term "noddle" before, but I have heard the term "...
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Are there sentimental connotations to the phrase "all grown up"?

I tried some internet searches and couldn't get a clear take on this. If someone makes a comment along the lines of "Look at Chris, all grown up", do most people interpret that at face value?...
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Is this sentence considered a double negative? [duplicate]

"There is no way it doesn't work on your phone." Is this considered a double negative?
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Lead vs Conduct

I would like to express some secondary professional activity in not so strong / embellishing style. Think, some knowledge/experience sharing inside the company, more informal rather than formal. If I ...
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No article in the construction 'hire of ....'

One sentence in a recent newspaper article reads Liverpool spent the last fortnight sorting out their upstairs departments, with hires of CEO of Football Michael Edwards and sporting director Richard ...
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In genealogy, what is the plural of proof?

In genealogy, a birth certificate, a marriage license, and a census record are each examples of a proof. If I am going to say, "Send your application with all genealogical proofs..." is that ...
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What type of "it" is used in "It had been agreed…"? [migrated]

What type of "it" is used in this sentence: It had been agreed that they should all meet in the big barn as soon as Mr. Jones was safely out of the way.
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Syntactic structure of “International Women’s Day” [migrated]

According to the general rule, in possessive phrases -‘s is placed right between the Possessor Phrase and the Thing-Possessed Phrase. On the 8th of March one celebrates the International Day of Women. ...
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“Can I not read it”? [migrated]

If a person is asking about permission not to read something, he doesn't want to read it and asks not to read it. Can we use the phrase “Can I not read it”? Is it correct?
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to be fair to myself or to be fair to me? [duplicate]

To be fair to myself, he could, at times, become a bona fide drone. To be fair to me, he could, at times, become a bona fide drone. Is an 'I' not required before using the reflexive pronoun 'myself'? ...
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A word or phrase for this kind of metallic colouring?

What is a word or phrase for the kind of metallic colouring shown in the photo, which shows a sculpture in Hong Kong? This colouring is not uniform. It has a sort of dark gold base and in places, ...
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Expression describing a scene behind an open door, that's angled out of my vision

Say I'm in a large room with a door. I can see the door, but I can't see what's beyond it, because it's angled out of my vision: (Here the red box is the location of the door.) Is there a word/phrase ...
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Better to put interrupting phrase before or after that-conjunction?

Which sentence is either correct or better than the other? Are they both valid? Then she eagerly dug into every basket and confirmed that, to her pleasant surprise, they were all loaded with good ...
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Unreadable cursive word on returned post card [closed]

I wrote a postcard to a resident in India, but it came back to me with the mark written in a cursive style that I cannot read: "P e b r" ...? Can anyone tell me what it says? Also, what ...
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Reported speech about something that is still in the future

He said (in 2015), "Driverless cars will be common by 2020." My understanding is that today (2024), we definitely backshift: He said driverless cars would be common by 2020. But what ...
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What is the term for a work that is about works of the same kind? [duplicate]

It seems like 70% of all bands have a song about the music business. Either about songs, or touring, or being in a band. And there are plenty of novels about writing novels, or about being an author. ...
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What does the word "leggit" mean?

I've just finished Call of Duty Black Ops II, and there was one word whose meaning I couldn't find even on the Internet. This is leggit, and it's a verb. I have a link to a YouTube video with this ...
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Much-Watch: How is this construction allowed?

I have received an email from Crunchyroll today, titled “Discover Today’s Much-Watch Anime!”. From the title, I immediately assumed that it’s about today’s “must-watch” anime series. The email ...
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Meaning of "swell not thy cheek"

The passage below is a translation of the Quran: And swell not thy cheek (for pride)at men,nor walk in insolence through the earth; for Allah loveth not any arrogant boaster. I want to know the ...
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The tense and meaning of 'Would have changed' [closed]

In an article, a film director talks about her film. "It says something about a woman, about a way of living a life, about life after the war. It was the first thing I had to pour out of myself&...
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Why is "that" in the relative clause not a complementizer?

English is a very beautiful and systematic language. English is not my mother tongue. I have been interested in deep grammar for some time and I am confused. Example: The girl that I love. They say ...
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Usage of In and Within difference

This has been asked before but I didn't understand. I am no English student, but can someone explain how these two statements could mean different things? Xylem and Phloem within a vascular bundle ...
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