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“decide which one is equal” seems to be not grammatical, is this one more appropriate, “check if the two are equal”?

This post says It may be a pain to see compile errors, but trust me, getting error here is good for you. You did something stupid you tried to compare string with int and decide which one is equal. ...
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About parenthetical expressions, is the sentence grammartically correct?

This novel method has significantly improved the research period from one year in previous attempts, due to a lack of observatory data, to the longest year with reliable documentary data, 100 ...
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It seems that “consisted of” is not grammatical, at least not idiomatic, in this specific case, in this way, right?

Wiki says The dispersion of white light into colors by a prism led Sir Isaac Newton to conclude that white light consisted of a mixture of different colors. search by "consisted of", Cambridge ...
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I `have` heard about or I `had` heard about?

I asked a question just now I did hear about the interview somewhere else, but I cannot find the original data I heard about the interview not today, not yesterday, many years ago. I have know ...
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There will be a lot of developers and their `computers` or `computer`, which one is better?

It sounds like the lecturer is saying now that we've explored the relationship between functions and their gradient. gradient is a countable noun, So, gradients would be better here, right? ...
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“Anther link is `to` quora”, is this expression grammatical and idiomatic?

this question comes from this post, where I asked I googled "uniform prior" and got a link to Prior probability, which uses the term without an explanation or a definition. Anther link is to ...
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“Where all are you going?” Grammar and alternatives

How do you ask someone which places (multiple) they’re going to: is “where all are you going to?” correct grammar? What’s a correct, better and concise way to ask this? The intent is to ask about the ...
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Why does it not use “is heard asking” but “heard asking”?

He is then heard asking: "Is it just me?" I can't understand that sentence meaning. Does that mean that he heard about asking or he heard and asking? And is it possible "He heard asking"? I think "...
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I've seen this expression “not to worry” used sometimes, but why do these invented expressions sound unnatural?

I've seen "not to worry" used to mean like "Don't worry" sometimes in conversation, so I think I could invent some similar expressions like that like Not to mind. It gonna be all right. (meaning ...
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A sentence that confuses me

The sentence is "The fact was, however, that she was always dreaming and thinking odd things and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown-up people and the ...
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I have dialed vs I must have dialed the wrong number

Let's say you dialed a telephone number, and then a person who picked the phone said "sorry there is no person who goes by that name" your correct response should be: Oh, I'm sorry I must have ...
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I go on the business trip

I go on the business trip. Why the above sentence use "on " as the preposition but not "to"?
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What are all the ways you can grammatically correct say: [closed]

What are all the ways you can grammatically correct say: "In a few next months I'm not going to move to another city".
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When we can say “I am begin” [closed]

It's known that we can't say "I am begin" in English because it's gramitically wrong but someone told me that there are some cases where we can use it can anyone tell me what is this cases?
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Apologizing informally

Is it appropriate to say 'Sorry for making this hard for you'? Some context: We tried to set up a time to meet but we have conflicting schedules so we decided to meet later at night.
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A feeling that you missed something that you had to do(expression)

Let's say you got only an hour to finish your work. Then, that hour is now finished, but you feel that there is something you didn't do. Few minutes after that, you see that you have really missed a ...
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Is “How much more miserable should he be?” grammatical?

I know it is safe to say "How miserable should he be?" but I wonder I can add much/more/e.t.c in the sentece to emphasize the level of misery. Such as how much miserable should he be? or ...
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“John Brown has died” - why is this tense used?

Whenever I see information about someone's recent death (usually well known, if this makes a difference), the expression used is John Doe has died. Why is this tense used? What about the ...
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I don't understand how I Wsh work

I learned about i wish i had vII -> something i regret that i didn't do something in the past and i have now effects of that And about i wish i had wihout vII -> I regreat that i have to do something ...
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Expression 'this is what we have come to'

I came across this expression 'this is what we have come to', the person was trying to express something like 'this is the point we have reached' and I don't know if it's correct or not. Thank you in ...
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What is the difference between saying “what is it that…” and “Whatever…”

What is it that makes people happy? Whatever makes people happy? Do these two sentences both mean the same thing? Are both sentences correct grammatically?
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Using “Let Alone” in a positive sentence

Can I use let alone in a positive sentence like this: Indeed, this move could create a vicious cycle of trade retaliation as countries including America's allies like Japan and Canada, let alone China,...
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individuality usage as set phrase/expression

Let's say you want to express something using a common expression, is this sentence correct? I don't want to emulate others much, because this act does not develop my own individuality. Note:if ...
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“I would be very happy if I could have…” Is this natural sentence with manners?

I would be very happy if I could have such an opportunity to see you in person, so please let me know whenever (if?) you will have a chance to visit this area. Is this natural sentence with manners? ...
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How to say the first time doing something, ten years ago

I know this might be simple, I just can’t solve it with google. 1. The first time I went to America is ten years ago. 2. I went to America for the first time ten years ago. The use of for the first ...
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“Yet another” thing“s”?

The global warming causes yet another problems. I think 'problemS' is suitable as this sentence is meant to be followed by a list of problems, not just one problem. However, as far as I know, '...
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What's the difference between these two sentences in English?

In the sentences below: 'It's only a suggestion.' 'That's only a suggestion.' I was told by most people that they could be used interchangeably, but I believe they exist for some reason ...
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Proper ways to ask for the amount of time for having something

What would be some proper ways to ask for the amount of time since someone has acquired something. (formal/informal) Like the question for the following answer: A: Oh, your puppies are adorable. A: ...
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To be approached vs. To being approached

I have read this sentence: How do I find out if a woman is receptive to being approached by me? Why does the writer say "being"? Can I say: How do I find out if a woman is receptive to be ...
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When I need quarters

Are the following expressions grammatically correct? If not, how should I correct each? Giving 10 dollars to the store clerk: Can I get some change in quarters? Can I get some quarters in exchange?...
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How to implement the idioms “In the context of” and “within the context” correctly

Would it make sense for me to say> In the context of me failing,you ought to take me out of advanced classes? The decision was made within the context of saving lives. Whenever I look at ...
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Some of you will have met me before vs Some of you met me before

I really do not get how "will" and past infinitive is used here. This comes from an example in a textbook, explaining usage of will in assumptions: Some of you will have met me before. I wonder, ...
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I want to know what differences are among these expression

What are the differences between these three sentences? I went to school and I ate my lunch in 3rd class. I went to school and my lunch was eaten by me in 3rd class. I had gone to school and ...
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“to think my country is at the first place.” [duplicate]

I happened to find a chart showing a rank of countries based on their frequent use of VPNs. Someone wrote "to think my country is at the first place." (and this was the only sentence he wrote) What ...
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The possessive 's in time expressions

Which is the correct answer? I'll be there in a _____ time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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'from A to B to C' or 'from A to B and from B to C'? How do I describe such a trend?

If I want to describe a trend, for example, a gas has a density of 1, its liquid form has a density of 2, and its solid form's density is 3, which expression will be better the density increases ...
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It is better to~ vs It is better off~

When I use the word better I've always used like it's better (for someone) to ~(Infinitive verb) I recently found out better off ~(verb+ing) is also commonly used in conversation and I can'...
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Combining “keep” and “improve” with “earning(s)”

I want to say the following sentence with fewer words: I am learning in order to keep earning and to improve earnings. These are the version that I have in mind: 1) Learning, to keep and ...
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It has been developed

Can someone tell me if this sentence is correct? If not, how could I arrange it? "For these reasons, it has been developed and validated a program to predict..."
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In what cases can I use the expression “standing still”?

I'm wondering which cases can I use the expression "standing still" and which I can't, for example, using "standing still" for abstract concepts like a project, not concrete objects. May you guys ...
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May I say “*A read* of the book leads me to enjoy…”?

I wish to convey something like 'when I read the book I was lead to enjoy the beauty of nature.....' Is it correct to say "a read of the book '...(book name)' leads me to enjoy the beauty of nature....
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Coupling words that express uncertain things with “will”, which indicates likelihood or certainty

The following quotation is from Anthony Trollope's The Small House at Allington: But it seems as though she will be so far separated from us. It is not the distance, but the manner of life which ...
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“…firmly in mind”? What is that?

I read a report about Climate change and I got curious about the phrase "firmly in mind" written in the context below: This analysis was performed with the Rio Branco declaration firmly in mind, ...
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The way we chose/follow or the path we choose or…?

"the answer to this question will change depending on... [1] the way we chose to solve the same issue." [or-2] the way we follow to solve the same issue." [or-3] the path we choose to ...
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I don't know if the sentence 'Is it ok if I give this to you?' is correct [closed]

My friend asked me to download the song "What can I do." So I did. I didn't get the studio album version, but the "live" version. I asked him: "Is it ok if I give the music for the live version ...
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To go over or review? Referred to study

for example, to go over something that had learned. I review my script for performance at the school. I mean the field of the study.
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Is “If it is rain tomorrow” incorrect?

Why is this incorrect? If it is rain tomorrow, we won't go to the park. and why should it be this? If it rains tomorrow, we won't go to the park. [edit]Now I added 'Why' in hope it's ...
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Grammar check and words [closed]

I am new to reading fantasy and fiction books. I am writing one which is called Fable & Coins which is about a merchant called Yohan who is heading through a city called Yarren, where a rite has ...
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Reactions and expressions, not a native speaker here

At first sight he couldn't mull exactly about which sort of noise he heard, but he could swear that it wasn't made by the wind. What word can replace sight, to match better with noise? At first ...
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How can I answer someone that was harsh with me?

Someone has been harsh with me in their comments; how can I reply to him? My attempts: For example can I say : I'm here to learn and that's why I asked too many questions, even if it looks ...