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How to concisely say that pairs of items are on par with each other?

The other answer is a good one. Here's another suggestion: A1 and B1 are on par with A2 and B2, respectively. However, this wouldn't work if you were talking about (A1,A2) and (B1,B2,B3). ...
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"apply to" vs. "apply for" an opportunity

One applies for a job, not to a job. One applies to a college for admission (to an entity FOR something) One applies to a bank for a job. (to an entity FOR something) One NEVER applies to a job. A ...
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Is there an order to prepositional phrases?

First: some commenters got confused by the technical language in this sentence. Commit here is a noun, referring to a record of a batch of changes to a codebase; the sentence is talking about the ...
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If you are talking "on behalf of" you and someone else, what is the correct usage?

I looked at a bunch of style guides to see what they have to say on this subject. The vast majority of them dedicate at least a paragraph to the distinction (or nondistinction) between "in behalf ...
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Why do we say on the team and not in the team?

"on" vs "in" tends to be the result of metaphor - how we understand things in terms of other things. "in" makes sense if you think of a group of people, and the team member is in the middle of that ...
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Can I use "Before Since" in my sentence?

Reverse the order, "since before I started kindergarten" D
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As I have want to do

First, as Jim has commented, the word is spelled "wont" (though it's pronounced the same way as want in a typical American accent). Wont can be an adjective, as in I am wont to use antiquated ...
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"frightened 'by' spiders" vs. "frightened 'of' spiders" in AmEng

Both expressions appear to have currency according to a very quick look through the Google periscope. The Ngram chart shows an interesting result, suggesting that scared of emerged in the mid to late ...
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Grammaticality of "The victim was found by a passer-by with stab wounds"

The context makes it clear who had stab wounds. I don't see anything wrong with the headline, or with your alternative. Both are ok. Alternatively, it could say: Passer-by finds victim with stab ...
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Correct usage of the phrase 'if any'

The corpus data show clearly that if any is usually used after a noun, sometimes after few. So the second sentence is the best choice. examples: And do you know what services , if any, they performed ...
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Is there an order to prepositional phrases?

Both are grammatically correct. Your second is the clearer. And clearer still would be The change adds to the change log more info about the previous commits on May xx, xxxx. This version has the ...
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What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase "I want to visit clubs with attractive women"?

This is just syntactic ambiguity in that the lack of punctuation has allowed multiple meanings. Due to this ambiguity, someone without prior knowledge about penguins could fail to correctly interpret ...
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What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase "I want to visit clubs with attractive women"?

For the headline "Scientists discover emperor penguin colony in Antarctica using satellite images", refer to this section of A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (CoGEL): (CoGEL §...
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What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase "I want to visit clubs with attractive women"?

It looks to me like a misplaced modifier. There's an excellent article, from opentextbc.ca, that outlines the different types of mistakes made with modifiers. They define the term: A misplaced ...
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"With tiredness and underperformance the result" - Two adjacent noun phrases

The two NPs after "with" are from the absolute construction "with tiredness and underperformance being the result" reflecting the optional deletion of "being". Similar constructions are "with no one (...
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Does the phrase "on the night of the first day" include two prepositional phrases?

Yes, it is correct. This is called embedding (or recursion) and is considered one of the universals of human language. You can say: The dog chased the cat that caught the rat that ran out of the ...
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"Attend at" something

It is a legal usage of "attend " meaning: (Be present at), frequent, go to, visit (legal) (legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary) Usage examples: From A Treatise on the Law and Practice of ...
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“Although in poor health, she continued...” vs “No matter how poor her health, she continued…”

You say that "the prepositional phrase 'in poor health' doesn't seem correct without a noun before it. It seems better to say 'Although she was in poor health, she continued to carry out her duties'." ...
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"Born in a City" or "Born at a City"? Uncommon Usage by Edward FitzGerald

You are correct; we would generally use in today. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was translated by Fitzgerald in 1859. Since then, the preposition generally used with born in/at [city] has changed. ...
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what does "back up" mean in this context:

First, you need to understand that "scale up" is a phrasal verb: a verb followed by a particle (usually an adverb or a preposition) that combine to have a different meaning than the verb by ...
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What is meaning of for in "for Christmas"?

Three of the definitions found in MACMILLAN: for "used for stating the purpose of an object or action" "relating to or concerning someone or something" (14) "in order to ...
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Does "assess the use of two strategies by this business as an effective strategy" mean that both strategies have to be effective, or is it ambiguous?

Since the problem statement ends with the singular "an effective strategy", I believe you're expected to treat the combination of two strategies that were used as a single combined strategy. ...
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What is the name of the ambiguity in the phrase "I want to visit clubs with attractive women"?

Attachment ambiguity. The prepositional phrase "with attractive women" must be an adjunct of something, but of what? There are two plausible possibilities ("visit" and "clubs"), and that produces the ...
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What does this "it" refer to?

First, forget the supposed rule that pronouns refer to the most recent noun mentioned. It's not really how they work. As a reader, you should try to figure out the antecedent by looking at what would ...
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Ambiguous syntax tree and phrase structure rules

If VP → V (PP) (PP) were allowed you would end up with this: If that is not to be allowed, then you would need to diagram the sentence as That removes the ambiguity, but alters the word order. ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

You have presented two different kinds of instances. In the first and third examples, the omission of the articles represents standard usage. In both cases, the nouns represent abstractions: "...
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sentence structure: Why is the subject placed in the end of this sentence?

As you've discovered, the ordinary order of English declarative sentences is subject first, verb following, but there are a number of rhetorical or informatic reasons to invert that order. One is that ...
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Ambiguity in prepositional phrases

That some sentences are syntactically ambiguous is not a fundamental problem of English syntax. Context and intonation are usually enough to guide hearers in constructing the intended phrase structure ...
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Preposition choice when refererring to twins

Words of duplication (twin, duplicate, replica) as well as words of kinship (parent, sibling, cousin) almost always take of. Occasionally, you see to, but that's for a poetic or archaic feel. My ...
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