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In Early Modern English, are there examples of the "a- + gerund" progressive construction where the gerund begins with a vowel?

Yes, sometimes, at least through the 1700s. After that, not so much. Up through the 1700s in particular it sometimes showed up written an before a word with a vowel or h-. The OED provides one such ...
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In Early Modern English, are there examples of the "a- + gerund" progressive construction where the gerund begins with a vowel?

In Early English Books Online, an early modern English corpus, there is one result for a-eating, from the 1669 book The voyages and travells of the ambassadors sent by Frederick, Duke of Holstein, to ...
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Is "and" needed here?

The sentence will be misunderstood without and, because then, by the proximity rule (see p. 11), the reduced relative funded by the National Research Agency will modify the noun system, not project as ...
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The subjunctive in a hypothetical scenario of a historical event

Either (3) or (4) would be fine. Starts doesn't go with would cry in the previous sentence. Would start sounds like a habitual action.
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The subject is not very clear

Try using standard terminology in the domain. We plan to alpha test the software with groups of external and internal users. This does some heavy lifting. Alpha testers are expected to give feedback ...
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The subject is not very clear

We plan to collaborate with more companies and teams so that they can try our software. That's how I'd say it.
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Does the sentence "'This time, you won't get away,' squinted the man" make sense?

No, your example is very unusual You're trying to use a dialogue tag with a word (squinted) that's just not used in dialogue tags. You have to either use a rough synonym of "said" or make it ...
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Does the sentence "'This time, you won't get away,' squinted the man" make sense?

"'This time, you won't get away,' squinted the man." Makes sense, if unusual and playful. The man's mere squint connotes a threat of entrapment of some other person. I don't think it's ...
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which comes first: A or B? "concerning event A, ... to the effect event B has come"

Your example verse can, for the purposes of your question, be reduced to 1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ .. don’t be ..alarmed, by [being told] that the day of the Lord has come. ...
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Is "and" needed here?

By switching the word phrases we could arrive at a better reconstruction of the sentence The professor undertook the National Research Agency funded XXXXX research project, which aims at improving ...
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The subject is not very clear

You might be trying to say, “We plan to collaborate with more companies and teams so that our software is tried in a variety of situations.”
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What's the actual grammar and semantics of "Where We Go One We Go All"?

There is a Middle English use of one meaning "alone, only" which functions as an adverb and can be used as in "where we go one". This sense is marked as "obsolete" in the ...
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A tendency to use "a" in place of "an" in American English

Apparently this often happens in Smokey Mountain English, a dialect of English spoken in south Appalachia. According to Montgomery (2009): Phrases like a axe, a ear of corn, and a uncle occur ...
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