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Inquire the usage of article in this context

I am writing an academic paper and confused about the following usage of "a/an": with an MAP score below 0.4 Or with a MAP score below 0.4 While the second one seems more "grammarly" correct, ...
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Omit adjective in the second sentence?

I am wondering if the following two sentence are correct. We can divide children on the ground into two groups: those playing soccer, and those not. We can divide children on the ground into two ...
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What is the correct sentence for: “I (have) my hair cut whenever it gets too long”?

So other day I stumbled upon this one particular grammar question, which seems to have many right answers according to my friends. Question: I (have) my hair cut whenever it gets too long. My first ...
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When can commas be used to add additional information to a sentence?

The following sentence is grammatically correct, although it really doesn't sound like it is: I love oil spills, that is to say, great globs of cancer-inducing poison, not brown, that is mixed all ...
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Inclusion/omission of “that were”

Consider the following two sentences: 1) The conclusions that were stated in the first study are insightful. 2) The conclusions stated in the first study are insightful. Are both of these sentences ...
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Why is it a *canary* in a coalmine?

I understand what the idiom means: as per this question, it means a person or creature unwittingly used as a test for danger, often destructively. I understand why coalmines: as depositories of ...
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which is the proper use capital letters after a comma

Which of these two sentences is the proper way to write. Hi betty, thank you or Hi Betty, Thank you
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Concise way of describing two mathematical variables being increased through differing ranges of values

I increase the value of two parameters in an equation through two (differing) ranges - with the second iterating through the entire range for each value of the first. i.e. If increase the values of ...
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question on adverbs (away-apart)

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs "away" and "apart" "The villages are miles apart" "the exam is only two weeks away" "it is three days apart" "it is five kilometers away/apart" "away" ...
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How to analyze “dearly beloved”?

I'm curious about the phrase “dearly beloved”. – It looks to me to be a phrase consisting of an adverb (dearly) modifying a noun (beloved). But I thought adverbs could only modify verbs or adjectives? ...
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“Miles ran” or “miles run” for axis label in graph

I'm making a bar graph, where the height of the bar is the distance I ran on a particular day, and there are multiple bars, one for each day in the (historical) date range I'm plotting. My question ...
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A word for a dumb person who pretends to be smart?

Any word to describe someone who pretends to be sophisticated, smart and know-all but in reality is just so stupid to realize his/her stupidity because he/she always surrounded by likewise stupid ...
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Use of the ''it'' pronoun in a sentence

Which one of the two following sentences is more appropriate? Each state stands for a possible configuration of the system, and it is represented in the state space by a point. Each state stands for ...
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What nickname i s [on hold]

I was thinking about my English version of my nickname. It should be related to toast. It can't be just toast so I decided to add some prefix, here's my propositions: don; captain; lord; the king; sir....
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Meaning of the phrase “embedding theoretical knowledge into practice”?

So, I have been writing my application for a job, and I want to mention that I consider the job as an opportunity where I convert the theory I have learned in my study into practice (real work). In ...
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A word for someone who is out of touch

During a recent conversation with one of my friends, whom I had not been regularly speaking to, I asked her whether her sister had applied for a job as I knew she’d graduated some months ago. She told ...
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Term describing emotional agreement with an argument regardless of the validity of the argument itself? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is a word that describes when someone emotionally agrees with someones argument regardless of whether the argument actually is a valid argument or not. For example a fan of ...
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Can “without abandonment” mean “with abandon”?

An author I'm currently reading often uses language in a slightly irregular fashion. I've been trying to decide if it's playful and intentional, which would be intriguing. If it's not intentional, ...
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Meaning of earlier in “1 year ago, maybe earlier”

Someone told me this a while ago, but I always remember it cause I couldn't quite understand. Does the "earlier" in the sentence "1 year ago, maybe earlier." means that it was prior to 1 year ago (...
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What does Affair means in “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” [on hold]

My question is about meaning of word "affair". Does it has a meaning of "case,deal" or "relations, love affair"
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When to capitalize the word counties?

This is found in Kent, Ionia, and Allegan Counties. This is found in Kent, Ionia, and Allegan counties.
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Is there any idiom or expression for someone who gets something without any kind of effort?

Is there any idiom or expression for someone who gets something without any effort? like a guy got a job without doing anything.. I want a idiom by which i can mock him
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“Valid through 2021” means until when?

If some validity period, say a promotion, specifies "valid through 2021", does that mean until Dec 31, 2021, or Jan 1, 2021? This is in the USA, if this differs around the world.
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How does the pitch change through the phrase “a gorgeous young model”?

When one pronounces the phrase a gorgeous young model in a very normal way (without any special stress to emphasize a specific meaning), which word will be said in the highest pitch, which word ...
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To dress vs to clothe

Is there any difference in meaning between "to dress" and "to clothe"? According to the Cambridge Dictionary “to clothe" is "to provide or cover someone with things to wear". Therefore, I infer that "...
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Colloquial reductions of TO in sentences

Lately I read again my old English book and find out something that I don't understand. It's about Colloquial reductions, the book says that there are two ways to pronounce "to" in the sentences: /tə/ ...
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Can possessives in the middle of a word exist?

According to one online dictionary, the apostrophe-s combination is an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, especially those not ...
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When to use past perfect

What is the difference between the following: 'I had eaten before I left the house.' 'I ate before I left the house.' Is one more 'correct' (at least to a pedant) than the other?
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Proverb or expression for a situation with two choices, one desirable and one undesirable

For example, a choice between heaven or hell.
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What's the grammatical principle behind the use of 'for' with an adjective?

The following common expressions are in the form of for in conjunction with an adjective: (give/take) for granted (leave) for dead for better/worse for sure/certain There doesn't seem to be anything ...
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Repetition of the indefinite article with several nouns

Now there's another question for the repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives, but my question here is rather about nouns. Examples: She's a manager and a shareholder. or She's ...
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Please check my WRITING IELTS TASK 2. Thank you [on hold]

Write about the following topic. Buying things on the Internet, such as books, air tickets and groceries, is becoming more and more popular. Do the advantages of shopping in this way outweigh the ...
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Verb tense for describing an imaginary situation

I am writing an essay for TOEFL writing task in which I want support the argument that smaller classes work better in terms of learning quality. In the essay, I am describing a situation but I an not ...
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Testament of Youth meaning

In the famous autobiography 'Testament of Youth' by Vera Brittain, what the word 'Testament' means? Does it mean 'testimony', 'era', or 'pledge'/'promise'?
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Was 'help' pronounced starting with a vowel sound?

In The King James Bible, Genesis: 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. I have ...
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The use of “deduce”, “infer” and “ gauge”

I am having trouble with the differences among the words "deduce", "infer" and "gauge". I have referred to the dictionary Word Master which gives the following definitions for the three words. ...
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Why “it” is used for two words connected with or?

could you please tell me why we use "it" and "that" as singular pronouns in this sentence? Do we always do the same in Eglish or we can you use plural pronouns instead too? : Blockquote Skin too ...
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Specifying a proper noun after a general noun

Consider this example sentence: The proceeds go to the non-profit organizations Amnesty International, Oxfam, and Children's International. Is "the" needed before "non-profit organizations"? Is ...
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Subject-Verb Agreement In: There only exist

I am writing a scientific essay. In some context, containing books and scientific papers, the following sentences are used frequently: "there only exist": This is precisely what empirists (...
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what means “low ceilling means in ”The old man at the bridge"?

The line comes from The Old Man At The Bridge By Ernest Hemingway.Here is the line: It was Easter Sunday and the Fascists were advancing toward the Ebro.It was a gray overcast day with a low ceiling ...
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What does “A or B does not…” mean?

In a digital card game I'm playing I see this text: If this follower's attack or defense has not been increased by a spell or effect, destroy this follower. I'm confused about the segment of If ...
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What does “no worse than” mean in this phrase?

“When we consider either the history of opinion or the ordinary conducf of human life, to what is it to be ascribed that the one and the other are no worse than they are?” I am confused by what this ...
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What does a restrictive phrase limit the meaning of?

Is there a surefire way to work out what a restrictive (essential) phrase "limits" (I've seen this word in this context) the meaning of? Here e.g. it limits the word that precedes it: My sister ...
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Need help selecting between the two

Should it be an "English Professional Editor" or "Professional English Editor"?
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Meaning of “controversy surrounding”

The controversy surrounding [something] If there are 2 sides, 1 side supporting [something] and another side opposing [something], which side does it represent?
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Is/Are list with 2nd person and 3rd person [duplicate]

Should you use is or are here: I can't tell is you or Amanda is/are the best. I know with you it would be are. I know with Amanda it would be is. And I know with a list of Amanda and Dave it ...
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jersey vs sweater

I checked today the definition of "jersey" in Word Reference dictionary (https://www.wordreference.com/definition/jersey) and found: a close-fitting knitted sweater or shirt I think that the ...
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The use of a/an article

Today I came across something very interesting (perhaps, maybe easy, I don't know :) So, here is the thing. Why do we use some words ending with "ache" with an article (in case of headache) and some ...
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Is this a run on sentence? Do I need to put a comma before “who”, indicating an aside?

He gave each of them one manufactured flaw given that they were sort of prototypes who later are defined in 'BL 2049' as also having the ability to reproduce.
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use of Complementary in specific context

Whenever I used to read some academic books, I frequently read this sentence ""complementary value of each other meaning"". Like, if would put prefix to this sentence it will look like, Reliability ...

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