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About conditionals (future tense) [migrated]

I have been teaching conditionals to another student. I taught her the zero, first, second, and third conditional. We are not tackling mixed conditionals, and we were identifying which part of the ...
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How to explain the grammar in this sentence?

"With the new Smartplan Diary, you not only have the usual great scheduling tools you expect from our apps, but also detailed weather reports about the places you are going to visit" My ...
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Does it sound strange/incorrect? [closed]

One of my students has translated a poem into English (AmE). Could you please look at it and say if any changes should be made? It’s really important to her.
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Should I use "is" or "are" in the sentence, "The object of our study is the functions..."? [closed]

Should I use "is" or "are" in the sentence, "The object of our study is the functions..."? Since the sentence specifies a singular object ("of our study"), but ...
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"must run on" or "must be run on"

Which one(s) is correct? The computer program must be run on the operating system XYZ. or The computer program must run on the operating system XYZ. I thought the second one is correct as well, ...
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A total of numerous objects: singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences is correct? a) A total of 12 carrots were kept on the table. b) A total of 12 carrots was kept on the table. Does this change in any case. Here, it seems that it ...
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Bored waiting or bored of waiting? [migrated]

Which one do you think is correct? I'm bored of/from waiting for premier league's new season Or I'm bored of/from long wait for premier League's new season
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the verb "have" is stative or dynamic verb in this case and why? [migrated]

i am having a nice day or i have a nice day and in this case the verb "have" is stative or dynamic verb?
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Is my thinking correct here? (Tenses)

Context: I am explaining why the students are going to uni. The students will go to university next year to receive professional training because this boosts their employability. The students will ...
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Clause reduction for explaining a contradiction

while reading this blog, I ran into this sentence: Yemen’s average age is set to increase with the proportion of over 60s increasing by just over 2% and the middle group rising by 11%, leaving the ...
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"..., not less so." [closed]

Here is a sentence I found in the official guide to the TOEFL iBT test. Well, I personally think that the Great Depression of the 1930s actually makes this more understandable, not less so. I found ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? I feel that the punctuation might be off. Thanks! [closed]

Regarding Management and Regulation of Risk, an elective class undertaken during my 3rd year, Bank Strategy and Management, deviated my interest from pursuing private equity, to instead wanting to ...
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Does it make sense to say that a person is “being ironic”? [closed]

My gut tells me that irony properly refers to the idea expressed by the person, not to the person doing the expressing. But does referring to a person as ironic have a common enough usage to be ...
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Should I refer to the students as "them" or the "students?" [closed]

I am writing a short summary for my CV, and I am wondering, should I refer to the students as "them" or the "students?" Please tell me which summary sounds better - summary 1 or ...
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When the pronoun "I" occurs outside of quotes, is it always a narrator's voice? [migrated]

When the pronoun "I" occurs outside of quotes, is it always a narrator's voice? If there are exceptions, I would be grateful for examples.
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Why is the sentence "Wall-to-wall carpets in every room is their dream" acceptable?

I saw this sentence in the CoGEL(Quirk et al). 15.16 Verbless clause: Wall-to-wall carpets in every room is their dream. Question: Why is this awkward sentence acceptable? It's obvious that it ...
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Who, whom, free relative clause, to be

Should we have who or whom here? He's talking about people who run fast. I run fast. I'm who(m) he's talking about. I understand that "who(m) he's talking about" is a free relative clause ...
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Is it correct to say "Don't put your expectation so high"? [migrated]

While searching on the Internet, I found that another way to say it is "Don't set your expectations so high", but I didn't find anything related to "Don't put your expectation so high&...
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Non-defining relative clauses: use 'who' or 'which'

We don't use 'that' in non-defining relative clauses, so we need to use 'which' if the pronoun refers to a thing, and 'who' if it refers to a person. Is there any grammatical explanation why not to ...
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Future in the past with the word "then" [closed]

When we use the word "then" something changes in grammar or not. Is it correct? For example: If we decided to hit on girls on weekends, then we would do it like that, otherwise, we all would ...
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Is there a linguistic term that describes words that change pronunciation when combined together?

Examples of this include Breakfast which is just 'break,' and 'fast.' Of particular interest to me is helicopter, which is a combination of 'helico,' meaning spiral, and 'pter,' meaning wing. This is ...
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Future tense, Past tense, Present tense [closed]

So in context, my friend and I are having an argument about this quote: Because they had an attitude with me, so I had an attitude back. I matched their energy cause i dont like people walking all ...
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In "success is counted sweetest", why does the verb 'counted' follow the adjective 'sweetest'? [migrated]

The question comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson: Success is counted sweetest By those who ne’er succeed. To comprehend a nectar Requires sorest need. In 'success is counted sweetest', why does the ...
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What is the meaning of "as a touch of elegance"?

A calligrapher is called upon to design and write announcements, place cards, etc, as a touch of elegance. What does "as a touch of elegance" mean? what does it modify? Does it modify the ...
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Is “The X that is the Y” good style?

I'm tempted to write a sentence like this, but I'm not sure whether that is proper English and good style: For that, we have to look into the magic black box that is the fast-Fourier transform. Of ...
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"I am new to" vs is "new to me" is the former correct grammar? [closed]

I often see statements such as: "I am new to JavaScript" or "I am new to carpentry" When someone has begun a new topic of learning. Clearly JavaScript and carpentry have no ...
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What does the "they" represent? [closed]

I'm doing TOEFL speaking and noticed that in many conversations, speakers use "they" to represent the school or other institutions. For example, in TPO12's speaking part, the university is ...
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What is the meaning of "pale and cold"? noun or adjective? [closed]

...Soon the sharpened features, and sunken eye, and fallen jaw, pale and cold, bearing the manifest impress of death's signet, began to glow with returning animation.... The source: Leith in the time ...
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Section Name: "Technical Background" vs. "Technical Backgrounds"? [closed]

In an academic context, how to name a section about multiple background or more basic topics: "Technical Background" vs. "Technical Backgrounds"?
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"Selling products, such as fresh produce, online can promote poor people to earn money." Is it grammatical? [migrated]

Selling products, such as fresh produce, online can promote poor people to earn money. Is the above sentence grammatical? I got feedback from my teacher that I cannot use "promote sb to do sth&...
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Which one of these two sentences is unnatural, and why? [closed]

A: It gets really hot when I use it for a couple of hours. Is it supposed to do this? (is it supposed to do like that?) B: No, it's not supposed to do that, but it can if you use it in direct sunlight....
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What is the meaning of 'd? [migrated]

Man: Now Carly, that's my older daughter, has just had her seventh birthday, so presumably she['d] been in a different group? Could anybody tell me the meaning of 'd and the usage of it?
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In formal writing such as a reference, can an initial subject defining sentence imply the subject to several sentences thereafter? [closed]

I am writing a personal reference for a family member and trying to list several ways in which they have helped me without the sentence running on. I do not believe a colon would work in this case as ...
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Why isn't there a comma in "Unloose him Frodo!"?

I was rather shocked by the extremely sparse use of commas by Tolkien, but in most cases, it still falls "within reason". However, there is one place (so far) in The Two Towers which just ...
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In this sentence, should I use "hit" or "hits"? [migrated]

In this sentence, should I use hit or hits? I threw a small stone, then I was worried about a car with a driver inside; if the stone hit the car, I would be miserable.
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I am looking for a word that is synonymous with "syntactic expletive" to describe the purpose of the word "there" [duplicate]

It is a word that describes the purpose of the word "there" in a sentence such as, "There is a bird in the tree." Expletive is one word, but there is another, longer word, and I ...
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Is my sentence correct? [duplicate]

“A lovely day had been had gallivanting….”? If yes, how come?
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Which role does the noun "number" play in the phrase ‘a number of ’?

I am confused with the role of the noun number in the phrase ‘a number of ’. Is the noun number a quantifier here or a collective noun? Some people argue that the number is a quantifier in "A ...
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An 18 years' sentence is not enough. He has killed more and more innocent people [duplicate]

Is the term "an 18 years' sentence" true or not? I has just read "someone once said a two years' journey is true. As a journey of two years = a two years' journey." and I has also ...
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Too young to marry each other or get married [migrated]

Which of the following is correct? A) I think the couple are too young to marry each other. B) I think the couple are too young to get married to each other. I know it's wrong to say "the film is ...
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Distinguish between this "and" that or this "or" that

Just wondering about this sentence I came across: It is difficult to distinguish between a misrepresentation or an exaggeration. I feel 'and' should be used in place of 'or'. Can someone confirm ...
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"Carried" vs "carrying" [closed]

When the tank carried/carrying the toxic gas derailed, the firemen tried to isolate the village from all traffic. Why is "carried" wrong in this sentence? And why should it be "...
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Using nouns to modify names/numbers, e.g. teacher Smith, candidate Smith and room 5

I would like to know the rules of putting a noun in front of a name and number. I am not sure if the sentences below are grammatically correct. He's in the class of teacher Smith. It's announced that ...
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"In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?" [migrated]

Which is more grammatically correct: "In which ocean are The Bahamas?" or "In which ocean are The Bahamas located?" Also "Where are the _____?" vs "Where are the ...
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'to do something' vs. 'to be doing something' [migrated]

I have a question about the usages of to do something and to be doing something. What's the difference between them? Example: To do something: "This is a really big moment for us and for the team,...
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What is the predicate part of the sentence in an "X is ___ed" pattern?

Basically, this derives from an NLP problem I am facing in software development. NLP stands for "Natural Language Processing", and it is ML dependent. Since it depends on ML, it is ...
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Is "vary" a stative verb? Can it be used in Continuous?

Is "vary" a stative verb? According to Merriam-Webster it has both intransitive vary [intransitive] 1: to exhibit or undergo change the sky was constantly varying and transitive usages ...
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Is "none" when used alone without antecedent singular or plural (for context, I'm talking about people): "None [are/is] here"?

I know that "none of [...]" can be both singular or plural, but when I use it alone in a sentence, without the "of" and without any other nouns, can it be both singular and plural ...
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Grammatical correctness of "He hasn't punished one of them— not one of them— since baby is born," [duplicate]

So I was reading a story called 'Desiree's Baby' and I saw this sentence appear, when one character (Desiree) was telling her mother that her husband was so happy upon the birth of her child, that he ...
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Please is it "the language barrier" or "language barriers"? I feel both sentences mean the same thing. Am I right? [migrated]

I feel that learning English is important for everyone since it reduces language barriers/ the language barrier. It is important for everyone to learn English since it reduces language barriers/ the ...
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