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Repeat “let” and/or “be”? Example: Let A be a line and (let?) B (be?) a plane

While fixing my notation in a research article, I want to write something like this: Let A be a line and (let) B (be) a plane. Question: Do I have to write the second let and be or can I omit one ...
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have or having after preposition with two objects

I'm doubtful whether to use the gerund form or the base form of have in the following sentence: He's afraid of being debunked in public and have/having his reputation ruined. I would choose having ...
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Applying an adjective to more than one noun

Please tell me is the adjective applied to both nouns in the sentence below: Operational planning and control ... and generally how can I recognize things like this? Is there a grammatical rule ...
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“Both you and he are very happy” or “Both you and him are very happy”?

It's a sentence on a test paper: Both you and he are very happy. The sentence itself sounds awkward. Let's cast the awkwardness aside and look into the grammar. It's understandable that as part of ...
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To Laugh Often and Much

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to ...
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Correct usage of “but”

Is it fine to use the following sentence: We propose an algorithm that has a reduced complexity but achieves only a fraction of the... More specifically, do I need to add something (...
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Special Form of “I”, “Me” [duplicate]

I have two sentences: John, Jane, and I went to the party. He and I went to the party. But I think there is a rule that says a pronoun at the end of a list should be in a special form (for "...
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Negation in “John is NOT able to express his needs appropriately NOR to initiate communication”, is it right?

John is not able to express his needs appropriately nor to initiate communication. Is the grammar correct ? My question is are the negative words used correctly. So is it possible to use two of ...
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How to use 'does' with sentences containing 'and' , 'or'?

Are the following sentences correct? My mother or father doesn't like coffee. (i.e. either one of them doesn't like) My mother and father don't like coffee. (both don't like) What is the reason for ...
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How to Avoid Repeating a Subject

Question: Is sentence 2 correct? or Can I remove 2nd and 3rd he in sentence 1? Sentence 1: When Jack saw me, he came over to me, he shook hands,... Sentence 2: When Jack saw me, came over to me, ...
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Analysis of “Amelia and Jessie are a great team when they play tennis together”

Amelia and Jessie are a great team when they play tennis together. Is this sentence correct or not? Team is a collective noun but the phrase "are a great team" seems to be out of order. How to deal ...
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The possessive case of multiple nouns

Which sentence is the most natural? I visited Tom and Mary's school. I visited Tom's and Mary's school. I visited the school of Tom and Mary.
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How construct a suggestion?

I want to use a sentence-suggestion, but I am confused how to (or how not to) use pronouns. Example: (If you) Share on facebook, and (you will) get free a something! This will be used in an ...
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Shouldn't it be like “as opposed to doing sth/in opposition to doing sth”?

Good education encourages students to think critically, as opposed to force-feed students. In the example above, why does the author use "force-feed" rather than "force-feeding"?
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The part of speech of “that” in a sentence

If I see an article advertised, it is the surest proof I know that the article does what is claimed for it, and that it is good value. I'd like to know what the part of speech of "that" in the ...
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Is this superfluous? — “There would be fewer follies, >and< happiness and good feeling all around …”

There would be fewer follies, and happiness and good feeling all around if we applied the scientific attitude to all our affairs. Is it not superfluous to include and in "and happiness and good ...
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Connected prepositional phrases

It is possible, as we all know, to say those sentences below. It was given to me by a kind woman. I walked on the top of the building with my friend under a moon light. One common point ...
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When is it correct to repeat the Adjective?

We are the fans of the American Values and the American model of multiculturalism. We are the fans of the American Values and model of multiculturalism. We are the fans of the Values and the ...
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Is it okay if “had” only agrees with the second item (and not the first)?

Okay, this is a little hard to explain. So here's an example: My cousin became a Catholic. My relatives were shocked, since neither they or their ancestors had belonged to that religion. As you ...
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Shortening “a good boy and a bad boy”

I want to shorten "A good boy and a bad boy" omitting one "boy" because it's being repeated. How can I do that? I mean, which of the followings has the same or similar meaning as "a good boy and a ...
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“But” vs. “However” to draw a contrast

I wrote this sentence which is too long with "but" To illustrate this, suppose we want to eliminate the navigation bar from the page sidebar. We may create a rule in which the link density is ...
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Is it acceptable to have articles after adjectives?

I am working for a patent company and I encountered the text which is constructed from conductive an electrode and a layer. I think that the writer is trying to say that 'a conductive electrode ...
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Coordinate clause for two long sentences

I recently asked a question about omission of auxiliary verbs in coordinate clauses. But I don't know I MUST omit the subject too or I can keep it, I mean: These product items can be processed ...
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Omission of auxiliary verbs in coordinated clauses

Can I write This approach has been supported by the academic community and has been followed by some commercial approaches or This approach has been supported by the academic community and ...
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Has ellipsis occurred here?

When I am using Java language. I need to look up some material in its official website: The sentence I copy from here. The author of this document give an definition of Java Class File: An ...
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“My grandmother, along with two of her friends, (is/are) planning a trip to Mexico.” –What will be in the gap?

“My grandmother, along with two of her friends, (is/are) planning a trip to Mexico.” The summary, plus all these reports, (needs, need) to be typed by tomorrow. Fill in the ...
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“Nobody but he/him was present”?

Nobody but him was present. Nobody but he was present. Which usage is correct? I'm having tough time finding out which case of noun/pronoun should I use in a sentence. I know that I/He/She are ...
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First-person pronouns in coordinate subjects - “Bob and myself are…”

I need help correcting this sentence: Bob and myself are thinking about founding an Internet company. Please tell me why it is incorrect and what the correct subject and verb would be.
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'which' usage - does it carry over in this instance?

"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants" I didn't put the second "which" in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone confirm that it's needed?
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Will there be multiple main verbs in any sentences?

Short sentences like: She is a girl. She writes composition. She will be killed by him. She loves to shop in the mall. The main verbs are obvious. But I am wondering will there be any cases ...
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Understanding “and” connecting adjectives modifying noun in the plural

Stackoverflow is a question and answer site for professional and enthusiast programmers. I believe for professional and enthusiast programmers can naturally mean "for programmers who are both ...
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“They have *both* got …” or “They *both* have got …”

So I had to check my friend's homework, but I myself don't even know the answers. For instance: "Yes, they are. They are both tall and they have both got brown eyes. "Yes, they are. They are ...
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how can I change the imperative sentence into passive form?

I have to turn this imperative sentence into passive form- Be punctual or they will eliminate you. I think the right one is- You are suggested to be punctual or you will be eliminated by them. ...
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Does a repetition of an article change the meaning and grammatical number?

What are the differences between: the inflow and outflow channels the inflow and the outflow channels the inflow and ouflow channel the inflow and the outflow channel Are they all ...
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“The hardest thing is to+verb and to+verb” grammar structure

For example if I say: "The hardest thing is to get out of an air conditioned room and to walk into a hot kitchen." would that be OK? I mean to use "to+verb" repetition in a sentence?
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adjective applied to several noun

How appropriate is in English the use of a single adjective to modify several nouns? Example 1: Can we say: different places and orientations instead of different places and different orientations? ...
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A single “of” for a noun and two gerunds?

For example: "Some websites allow categorization, editing, and listening of playlists online." (Wikipedia) As I know, a gerund can't be followed by the preposition "of". Is this sentence wrong, or ...
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“than I” vs. “than me” [duplicate]

Between you and me Suhani is intelligent. Neither he nor his brother can walk faster than me. Whom did you mean to hurt by your unkind remarks except Sita and me? In these sentence book uses me (...
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“is” vs. “are” and when to use them

I have been debating the usage of these two forms of the word "To Be": Is the number and address valid? Are the number and address valid? Which form of the verb is correct for the sentence?...
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Mutually exclusive options depending on condition: “It will be possible or not, depending on …”

What are the common ways to express this kind of sentence: "It will be possible or not, depending on ..." "It will be possible or it will not, depending on..." Are they correct? If not, how ...
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Is the phrase “Every man, every woman, and every child” singular or plural?

I've come across this sentence: Every man, woman, and child in this line is required to sign the forms in order to complete the registration process.(From Longman Preparation Course for the TOEFL ...
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The indefinite article applied to a group of things

What does applying the indefinite article to a group of things signify? Inside the box was a pen, pencil and eraser. Inside the box was a pen, a pencil and an eraser. Or, perhaps #2 is ...
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Who is “acting responsibly” in this news article about Russian bombers?

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/vladimir-putin-sending-russian-bombers-close-us-230353217.html So far the Russian incursions into sensitive European airspace have been uneventful, General Breedlove ...
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Please get up quickly, “so”/“or” you'll be late for school

Please get up quickly, so you'll be late for school. Please get up quickly, or you'll be late for school. Which is the correct one? So or or?
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“Neither…nor” or just '..nor'?

I have read both the styles... Neither I like you, nor do I like your family and I don't like you. Nor do I like your family. Is there any special cases where we use just 'nor' instead of '...
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ING-Clause Usage+Meaning

I have a question about the sentence pattern ([subject] [non-ing verb clause], [ing verb clause]) illustrated by the following: Bill Gross’s email included a 10-point outline of what he saw as ...
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Before today, I (thought/was thinking/used to think)

How can one talk about their thoughts or what they used to believe before another action in the past. If that thought or belief is general, then I guess we can use used to. Assume these examples (...
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comparison: after, with

A second American journalist appears to have been executed by Islamic State militants after another chilling video emerged online overnight. (Aussie ABC’s transcript; part of the audio; original A ...
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correct usage of “you and I/me”

I read from a book that "you and I" replaces "we" in a sentence, while "you and me" replaces "us". Examples: The professor wants to see you and me [us]. You and I [we] will go together. ...
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The relative pronoun 'which' in this sentence AND the ensuing omssion

The complete sentence: Yet I should point out before I proceed with this line that when I use ‘ideology,’ I do not mean to imply the now-familiar sinister connotations of mischief or falsehood ...