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One in ten Americans “think” or “thinks”? [duplicate]

I wonder when actor is a 3rd person singular number in this sentence, verb should be ending with the suffix -s or -es or not. Whats the rule?
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Settlement or billing?

Recently got into discussion on how precisely and professionally translate the polish word "rozliczenie/rozrachunek". Some of us are more convinced into "billing" and some into &...
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Prepostion at vs in, which is correct, "I am at my house" or "I am in my house"? [migrated]

Prepostion "at" vs "in", which is correct, "I am at my house" or "I am in my house"? I tend to use "I am at my house" if for example I am calling a ...
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Synonym for huge [closed]

Anyone know any synonyms for huge? I am writing a story and want to sound ok. Please come up with them quickly 🙏🏼.
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Grammar about conditional (EMAIL) [closed]

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? If he hasn't responded by next Monday I can send him a text to check on it.
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Why is it "an FFP2 mask"? [duplicate]

The indefinite article "a" is changed to "an" if the following word starts with a vowel or and silent "h". Now I read "an FFP2 mask" everywhere. Is this correct,...
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Phrase for taking a group of people to a "higher culture"?

In a story I'm translating, a character says this (literally translated). I will bring idols to the heights of culture. This particular character often talks about (and acts upon) revolutionizing ...
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Please help me understand the answer of the question from Longman TOEFL textbook [closed]

It's from the reading section which I do not understand why the answer is to be. The sentence from the paragraph: Historically, chewing gum has served a valuable purpose cosmetically. The ancient ...
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What would be the equivalent of "good taste" that couldn't be confused with culinary delights? [closed]

In other words: If, say, you wanted to set up a website or YouTube channel that discussed or dealt with matters in which good taste may be a requirement (good architecture, good music, good literature,...
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What does "in Twos and Threes" mean in this Robert Bly poem? [closed]

RIP Robert Bly, who died 2 days ago. I'm reading his book of poems Stealing Sugar from the Castle. I cannot understand the title of "Love Poem in Twos and Threes", does "in Twos and ...
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If something is scientifically wrong but ethically right… [closed]

If something is scientifically wrong but ethically right, can I say that it is right and wrong at the same time?
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Which are grammatically correct? [closed]

I have a child. She is happy. I have a child. He is happy. I have a child. He or she is happy. I have a child. They are happy. I have a child. It is happy. Which are grammatically correct? Can you ...
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Single word for one who enjoys something? [closed]

What is a single word for one who enjoys something? I am not a movie critic but an 'enjoyer' of good movies.
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Usage of spark vs ignite

Do the following sentences have the same meaning? If so, do they read equally well? Questions to spark meaningful conversations. Questions to ignite meaningful conversations.
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How to add a range in an hyphenated adjective? e.g. "a 3–5-month-old baby"?

I know "a 5-month-old baby" is the correct way to hyphenate things, but what if I have to add a en-dash range? "A 3–5-month-old baby" would logically be the correct solution, but ...
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Correct amendment to the following sentences, to remove multiple "AND"s [closed]

Im reading the following two sentances. I feel that the second AND in both of the sentances should be removed, but im not sure gramaticly how to do it correctly. a) am i correct in my thought that the ...
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A question about coordinate adjectives

I have seen that coordinate adjectives work independently from each other, belong to the same category, and can be separated with commas or the conjunction "and" and still sound normal even ...
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Article choice regarding scientific relationships

I am always confused which kind of article I should put in the following case: This paper shows an/the inverse relationship between gravity and air density. At first, "the inverse relationship&...
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Meaning of "then three streets to Reynolds before you go down..." [closed]

I have a question. In the second episode of Project Blue Moon, two women are sitting in a car, one of them is giving the driver directions. There she says: "Head up to Fairmont, hang a left, ...
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What's another way to phrase "Will your timeline allow for this?" [closed]

Will your timeline allow for this? I was wondering what other ways to ask this question? For example, an online shop is out of a product and it will come in only in a few weeks. So I want to make ...
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Does time clause's tense always remain unchanged in reported speech? [closed]

I was told that time clauses should be never backshifted in indirect speech. I'm pretty sure that we don't backshift past time clauses but I can't find any example or information about present time ...
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What are the rules for ending a sentence with a verb? [duplicate]

When do you end the sentence using the verb ‘to be’ ? Can someone tell me the difference between these three sentences. What do you think ARE some barriers to getting legal support? What do you think ...
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Combining "most" and "second most" [closed]

I want to write the following sentence. But it sounds a bit weird for me as a non-native speaker. English was the most or second most used language in 100 groups. Is it correct? Thanks!
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Paraphrasing an IELTS topic sentence of real past exam [closed]

I've tried to paraphrase an IELTS Topic sentence, and I'd like to get some insight for my paraphrase. What you can do to answer: Comment on the paraphrase itself or Provide a better paraphrase Topic:...
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Need a metaphor - "Your problem will disappear like smoke in air " [migrated]

Your problem will disappear like smoke in air. Is this an appropriate metaphor?
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"is" or "are" after "one Z of "

When writing "One application of X is/are Y" and X is singular and Y is plural, is it is or are then? And why? (Phrasing it the other way round would be easy: Y are one application of X) ...
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Can "proximity" be used as a simple noun?

I want to say, succinctly: Joe makes her suffer for what happens in the area/space near to her. I currently have this phrased thus: Joe makes her suffer for what occurs in her proximity. Does this ...
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Possessive Plural Form of District Attorney [closed]

What is the possessive plural form of district attorney?
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Implied definition VS literal definition [closed]

Is there a term to discuss the socially acknowledged or implied definition of a word vs the literal definition of it? For example If I say: "Is (some object) an instrument?" What most people ...
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Looking for a word for being in multiple places at different time

So I am writing content for a health care company, (Doctor's Profiles) they did provide the content but I want it to be a bit professional. So Here's an example but I want the opposite of this. ...
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When ordering from a restaurant, what exactly is "still water"?

For starters, I live in Canada and therefore speak Canadian/North American English. Today, I saw the expression "still water" when ordering in a restaurant, as opposed to "fizzy water&...
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Paraphrasing an IELTS topic sentence

I've tried to paraphrase an IELTS Topic sentence, and I'd like to get some insight for my paraphrase as well as your preferred way to paraphrase the topic sentence. Topic: Some people believe that ...
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What is the meaning of "music streets" here?

While watching the 2021 AMAs, I heard Billy Porter as a presenter saying, "It always feels good to be recognized by your peers whether in my hometown, your hometown, or up in these music streets. ...
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Check Sentence Grammar [closed]

The child of your house and the purchase of your money circumcising must be circumcised. Does the sentence above have correct grammar? I feel like the word 'circumcising' should not be there? Please ...
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Is there a phrase for eggcorn but instead of homophones it's synonyms?

Pretty straightforward question, I hope. For anyone who doesn't know: "In eggcorns, people replace the right word with a different word that sounds the same—a homophone—that makes logical sense ...
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Referring to the quality of doing the best in what one does

What is the single-word or phrase referring to the attitude or quality of someone desiring to do the best in whatever they set out to do (regardless of the end goal). Example: The new employee John ...
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Word that sounds similar to "extensibly"

I'm not sure I've remembered the word right as I've only ever heard it spoken. My History professor would say something like "The Emperor used the tax money extensibly to defend the people". ...
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Verifying grammar in a sentence

I read this article online, which contained the following phrase Work will continue being done to better understand the relationship between x and y. This sounds very wrong to me, but I can't quite ...
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Word the texture of food, like leeks: slippery with a hint of chewiness and crunchiness

Looking for a word that would best describe the texture of leeks, particularly noticeable in my experience in some Chinese dishes. When the leeks are a bit slippery with a very slight note of ...
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When to use "cross-functional" or "cross-functionally"? [closed]

I am trying to find an answer as to how to use the compound word "cross-functional" correctly to describe working with a team from different departments. I collaborated with a cross-...
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What verb is best used to remedy/fill/... a lack of something?

What verb would you use to describe solving the problem of there being a lack of something? For example, if there is a lack of money, and someone makes a donation, they would have ... the lack of ...
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Could "jibe with" imply something racist? [closed]

In the latest episode of Succession, they are talking about potential candidates and we know there is a guy called Salgado (I don't remember a prior implication that Salgado is racist but he is not ...
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Necessary, but it shouldn't have to be - in a word?

I'm looking for a word that describes something as being necessary, but it shouldn't have to be (if you follow). Example: Door locks are necessary, but if members of society had more trust and there ...
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Comparing “Zeroth” and “First Conditionals” in similar contexts [migrated]

Hey! Do not touch the car. The alarm (go off) ______ if you touch it. Can both “zeroth conditional” and ”first conditional” be accepted in this context? Regarding their usage, zero type refers to a ...
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What is right: "get something back" or "get back something"?

For example: The service was very bad, so I want to get back a part of my money. The service was very bad, so I want to get a part of my money back. What case is right and why? Google Translator ...
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How to determine the literal meaning of the phrase 'instead of' in two related but independent conditional statements

Consider the following statements from an airline's terms and conditions: If a flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a refund If a flight is cancelled for external factors, you are entitled to a ...
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Capitalisation for emphasis?

Let's say we have a time card software system. In the help FAQ, is the second version grammatically correct, or preferable? How can we locate time cards that had errors? How can we locate Time Cards ...
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What does "among other houses" mean in the following sentence? [migrated]

What does "among other houses" mean in "A burglar broke into my house, among other houses?" Does it mean that a burglar picked out my house of all the houses or that a burglar ...
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"to" in "Inference to the best explanation"

The verb infer is used with direct object or with that clause (+). What is, then, the meaning of the preposition "to" in "inference to the best explanation" (or abduction, +)?
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English clause word order

I found this sentence: I am convinced that not only could I control a group of people effectively, but the group would also benefit from my skills. Why is this word order correct: "could I"...

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