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“as rich as him”, “as rich as he” or “as rich as he is”

1) I've never met a man as rich as him. 2) I've never met a man as rich as he. 3) I've never met a man as rich as he is. Which one of the above-mentioned is correct (in formal scenario) and ...
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When is it acceptable to omit the subject “I”?

Have noticed that English speakers omit "I" when they are emailing or chatting: How are you doing? Am fine. Also, this occurs often in daily/weekly reports. Have seen quite a few of them, ...
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What does it mean by “my days-of-the-week underwear only go to Thursday” in this context?

Emily: Lorelai? I'm going shopping this afternoon. I thought I'd pick up a few things for Rory. Lor: I already took care of all that, mom. I got her two skirts and a bunch of tops. Emily: ...
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Why there are two 'were's in one sentence?

But, as time went on, it became increasingly obvious that many of the programs were not available, and the ones that were were written in a particularly obscure form of BASIC. (Probability Theory:...
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Help to do something or help do something?

I wrote: I will help you to acquire Russian. A native English speaker corrected me saying that 'to' is unnecessary here. Is it correct to say "I will help you acquire Russian"
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Does “take a second” mean “take a second look”?

This one drives me insane, and it’s become extremely common among bloggers. All it takes to avoid this error is to take a second and think about what you’re trying to say. Source: http://www....
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Why is “of” dropped in 'as X (of) a something'?

Can anyone explain why preposition "of" is deleted in the second sentence? Please provide relevant examples to understand. If there is a certain rule, then what is the name of that rule? ...
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“Too expensive for me to afford it” why ungrammatical?

The medicine was too expensive for me to afford it. My practice question marked that as wrong for I didn't put the It out at the last. It suggested me to use "...too expensive for me to afford". I ...
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“Hope this help” or “Hope this helps”?

Good evening all, I often see people write "hope this helps" at the end of a communication, especially when they are trying to answer other people's queries about computer problems. Recently, my ...
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Is an “are” omitted in this sentence

I just read a sentence: Three things in life that, once lost, hard to build up. Can I rewrite it as: Three things in life that are once lost hard to build up. Is my sentence correct? What are ...
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Delete the phrase “I'm” from the sentence by native speaker [duplicate]

I hear many native speakers say, for example, "glad to connect" or "Not sure about that". Where they delete "I am" at the beginning of the sentence, Is that kind of "short the talk", I mean to speak a ...
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Is it always necessary to repeat the pronoun before each verb?

Is it always necessary to repeat the pronoun before each verb? For example, do I need always to say: She called me and she said X or can I use a shorter one She called me and said X ?
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Why isn’t the pronoun “it” placed after But?

THE SOURCE: NY times Poland sent soldiers to fight alongside Americans in Iraq, but is nonetheless one of the few countries still hosting North Korean workers over Washington's objections. Why ...
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Why is the subject omitted?

The class everyone had really been looking forward to was Defense Against the Dark Arts, but Quirrell's lessons turned out to be a bit of a joke. His classroom smelled strongly of garlic, which ...
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Is “You alright?” (without “are”) acceptable?

I'm having a hard time figuring out which is the correct form of asking this kind of question. I mean speaking strictly, this doesn't sound right: You alright? or You eaten anything? compared to Are ...
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Seemingly unnecessary verbs in comparisons

I've come across a strange habit in comparisons that seems to be pretty popular. Instead of saying (what I think to be correct): He runs faster than Robert. Sometimes I hear or read: He runs ...
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How to understand “Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour”?

Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour, his eyes fixed on the house. The other three wheeled around. Ron had gone a nasty greenish colour because her mother would give them a hard time. My question ...
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Should I include “as a” for every item in a list of jobs, or just the first item?

I have a doubt: should I write: I worked as a teacher, as housekeeper manager, as a Rep, etc. or I worked as a teacher, housekeeper manager, Rep, etc.
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Did you know…? Where does the question mark go?

Where does the question mark go in 'Did you know...'? I am trying to punctuate: Did you know... 1% of the population xxxxx 7% of the population xxxxx 16% of employers xxxxx etc. etc....
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“Has me and the wife in fits every time.”

Found this in a YouTube video and people were commenting on his, apparently terrible, English skills. What's wrong with the sentence “Has me and the wife in fits every time?”
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Is it necessary to add “do it” in the following case?

My headache was so bad by then I could barely go to class. And when I managed to do it, I couldn't listen to the professor at all. Can I just write, "And when I managed to, I couldn't..."?
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“I've been doing this (for) a week” — When do you leave out the 'for' when talking about duration, and when do you not?

The other day I heard someone say: They've been going out a week; I mean, that's not (a) serious (relationship). I wondered if she was speaking correctly, which is presumable, since she was a ...
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Why is using only one “a” enough in this sentence?

[...] Leonardo da Vinci became renowned for his multiple talents: he was a painter, architect, engineer, mathematician and inventor. In the above sentence, why has only one "a" been used, even for ...
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Exist vs exists in mathematics

Are there any rules about when to say exist and when to say exists in mathematics? For example, both these sentences appear in a book of mine: There exist αi in I such that xn = Σ αi xi. There ...
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When is it correct to repeat the subject?

In a sentence like this: He read a book and he discussed it with his friends. Is it correct to leave the second "he"? (He read a book and discussed it with his friends.) I suppose it is, because I'...
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“if you want to” vs “if you want” - in the end of a sentence

I saw this sentence: But you can use this also, if you want to! I'm just wondering, what is the difference from this: But you can use this also, if you want! When and why should I attach to?
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Omission of the subject for friendliness?

I've found on the AT&T homepage that they say "Don't see what you're looking for?" The omission of the subject is on purpose for friendliness, correct? I feel it's friendlier than "Don't ...
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Why is “that”/“which” omitted in this sentence?

In the sentence: All the information you need is in these folders. I would have expected to find: All the information that/which you need is in these folders. Why are those omitted?
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'if', meaning 'even if'. Why would ommision occur in some cases?

From Michael Swan's Practical English Usage 261.10: If, meaning 'even if' We can use 'if' to mean 'even if'. I'll finish this job if it takes all night. I wouldn't marry you if ...
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Schools are the only place or schools are the only places?

Consider the sentences below: "Cinemas are the only places where movies are being played" "Schools are the only place where teachers teach" My gut reaction is that "places" should be in ...
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Omitting 'that' in this sentence

There is so much (that) is at stake for many. Can we omit 'that' in this sentence?
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Meaning of “work as hard”

In Masterchef US Season 3 Ep 5, one of the contestants David said this: Being a good leader is being able to pick people better than you so you don't have to work as hard. Could you help me ...
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What is “No parking” short for?

I am studying in the imperative sentence and I wonder what "No parking" is short for.I also want to get more comprehensive material of the imperative sentence.
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May I drop “is” in constructions like “as is shown by the example of…”?

May I drop "is" in constructions like "as is shown by the example of..."? On the one hand, such reduced variants can be met even in Wikipedia. But on the other hand, I don't quite understand its ...
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Why we could omit “it is”?

Sentence 1: We try to help whenever it is possible. Sentence 2: We try to help whenever possible. Sentence 3: I should like to be back here by 10.30 if it is possible. Sentence 4: I should like to ...
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“Awaits for you” or “awaits you”?

Is it wrong to say: Happiness awaits for you? Is it totally wrong to put ‘for’ after awaits ?
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“This day will be forgotten just like the rest of the ones do” - Are alternatives to 'do' correct?

Sometimes I have difficulty with sentences which can seemingly end in more than one way but retain the same meaning. Namely, I can think of several variations to use and they all sound natural and ...
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In “Approval was given, and Ju's art displayed.” how can the transitive verb 'display' be used without an object?

I have read a sentence like that from a magazine: "Approval was given, and Ju's art displayed." Since the word display is a transitive verb, how can it be used like this without an object?
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In The Meantime

A Google cache can show a web page as it appeared at a point in time in the past: On a particular google cache page, this caption was found: link It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on ...
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Omitting a repeated verb

What is the rule and meaning of does in the following sentence (I think the appear omitted by it but if I am wrong please correct the title and tag): The Moon illusion is an optical illusion which ...
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Why is “mantis about” written the way it is in “Look out! mantis about!”

I was reading with my daughter a young learners knowledge book when I came across the text below. There was a picture of a mantis in a plant catching a bug. Look out, mantis about Many ...
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Why is there not a preposition (an “on”) between the verb “debut” and the date in this sentence?

I read this sentence: Now, at last, Arctic Deeply will debut Dec. 8, and Setrakian says she is "extremely excited.1 I don't know exactly why it is not "debut on Dec. 8". I reckon it's an ...
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What is the meaning of “the sun a coin”?

Cavendish is hollow-faced and hollow-eyed when he throws him on to a fresh horse at first light. ‘Call in some favours. There's hardly a gentleman in the realm that doesn't owe my lord cardinal ...
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Can “because” be followed by an adjective?

I was checking the definition for the word gauche on Cambridge, I found this line: "awkward and uncomfortable with other people, especially because young and without experience" My question can we ...
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“there’s more involved”—where’s the noun?

From the book Thinking in Java: That is, you can do anything with a Biglnteger or BigDecimal that you can with an int or float, it's just that you must use method calls instead of operators. Also, ...
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“What really am” or “What I really am” - which is more appropriate

Which statement is more appropriate? Is that what really am? Is that what I really am? And instead of "what", can I use "how" and have the same meaning? The person saying the statement ...
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Help parse “smell crazy on him”

A quick snippet from a particularly humorous exchange: Bruce Banner: “I don’t think we should be focusing on Loki. That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.” Thor: “...
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Why is a preposition sometimes optional?

This question arises after seeing this thread. Consider the following sentences - There is no point discussing this here (Between "point" and "discussing", there is a "in" and that is ...
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'Have just finished' vs. 'Just finished': What is the difference?

I have just finished my homework. I just finished my homework. I think there must be a difference in meaning. Could anyone tell me the difference in meaning sentence 1 and sentence 2?
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“government has felt it necessary” - why not “government has felt it IS necessary”?

The military government is committed to a very different policy – postponing for many years a return to democratic rule, giving first priority to economic recovery and the elimination of Marxist ...