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A pronoun to disrespect

My mother tongue is Hindi and we have two second Pronouns तू and आप translation in English' You' they both work for second person For example: Disrespectful Interrogative clause in Hindi language ...
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"I left my home village yesterday, for which reason my father is sad now". Is this sentence awkward?

I and my friend are doing an English exercise which requires us to make a sentence with the phrase "for which reason(s)" I have made this sentence: I left my home village yesterday, for which ...
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Your Grace, Your Majesty, Your Highness... Does it all mean the same?

A lot of ways you can actually address the queen or someone from the royal family. But do these all phrases mean the exact same thing or is there a difference between them? Maybe it depends whether ...
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Infinitive.. How to form these sentences correctly?

1) I intended to have spent my summer vacation in the country 2) I knew him to be waiting for me that evening -     I would rather say "I knew he was waiting for me that ...
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Acknowledging someone had an impact on your choice of career

In the acknowledgements section of my thesis, I just wrote: I would like to thank my supervisor X [...]. To a large extent, it is to his credit that I found my way into the field of Y and I am very ...
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At the end of the day

I have read the idiom "at the end of the day" is overused, probably in spoken language, and it may be found sounding irritating by some people. Besides that, I'd like to ask if it would be correct to ...
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When you want to find out the reasons behind someone's reclusion

Imagine two friends who are talking about the reclusion that one of them is dealing with it. The one who is OK, wants to ask the other one what has caused him to live in that way during the couple of ...
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How should I write a sentence that has multiple questions?

I got these words from a speech, so I'm not entirely sure how I would write this... Is the website easy to navigate? Easy-to-read? Well-structured? Concise? "Easy-to-read" and the others are ...
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A phrase for witnessing something that happens every day

One wrote: We can see that many devices are being produced every day. The aim of this sentence is to address something that regularly happens these days, but I am looking for more formal and ...
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When can't we shorten It is to It's

I have noticed that in some cases people write it is while in others it's. And in some cases you just cannot write it's. Is that your book over there? Maybe it is. It's a beautiful flower. Yes, it is,...
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Can I use "the %whatever% one" and particularly "the other one" in IELTS Academic writing?

From some source I have heard that the other one is informal. I am considering using this word in the IELTS Academic writing, particularly in the following sentence. Overall, both sites offer ...
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When saying fractions in English, is it necessary to include ‘of’

I am writing an article where I am using fractions for comparison. Should I include the word ‘of’ between the fraction and the things fractioned? To me, both sound correct, but I do not know whether a)...
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"With Mrs Jones going to New York, Mr Smith took up her position."

So a grammar site I look up things regularly states that this is a participle and that this construction is formal and not used often. Why can't it be a gerund? And aren't with + ing constructions ...
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How to ask someone to move from their seat?

For example, if there was a sofa in the room, and there were 3 people sitting on it, and there was a little space between their seat. How do you ask them to "move" or to "come close" to each other so ...
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Is less votes correct?

One article today said that Trump could win even if had less votes. I search in google and I see that "less votes" is common. Is it correct? As vote is countable, it should be fewer votes... ...
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Informal way of saying some time expressions

I was wondering what the informal equivalent for the following expressions are: A matter of time It is a matter of time, before somebody find it As time goes by As time goes by, he found that ...
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The syntax of metaphors in English

I tried to translate a line of a Persian poem into English, it is almost like: If you come to visit me, come slowly and softly Lest the delicate porcelain of my loneliness cracks Here, the ...
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Is using "general plan of structure" appropriate in biology?

I'm reading now a book (which was written by a non-native English speaker) that states under the title of the topic: "general plan of structure of the digestive tube" The chapter there explains ...
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I got it = I have got it?

Someone told me " I got it "equals " I have got it "? But why in the class I heard my teacher say: "Did you get it?" "Do you get it?" is fine?
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Can't we use "you and I" here?

It's a line taken from One Direction's song History. You and me got a whole lot of history Shouldn't we use "You and I" instead of "You and me" in above sentence.
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How do I say thank for forgiveness for my mistake?

I would like to thank for someone's tolerance because of forgiveness for my mistake. is it possible to say "Thank you for your tolerance"?
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Formality of "Let us"

I wrote: Before bringing more examples of how the extraction rules are used, let us review the data extraction algorithm. I know "let's" is not formal, but what about "let us" in written language. ...
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Another adjective rather than good which is used to describe sleeping quality

I am trying to find an adjective to describe sleeping quality other than good, which is used to describe sleeping quality, the word will be used in biology report writing. so the following words ...
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Put/Place On Anbiotics

I have a question about the difference between verbs "put" and "place" in this context: The doctor put him on antibiotics. The doctor placed him on antibiotics. Any difference ...
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Is a "would" required in this sentence

Being a responsible man, arriving half an hour late would surely surprise his wife. But then he thought that it'd be funnier if he waited a couple of hours. Vs. Being a responsible man, he would ...
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Best way to ask if a person lacks a criminal record in a form on a website

I have a website and there's an online form to be filled out by people who visit the site. I want to make sure that a certain person lacks a criminal record (that he hasn't one). So I put this: Lack ...
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Requesting someone to ask a question of another person

Which one would be correct, please a) Just ask him if he has received the payment b) Just ask him has he received the payment c) Just ask him whether he has received the payment
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Trying to understand both the grammar construction and the author's intent: Although (being) of the opinion that... /Destite the opinion that

At the very beginning of a new book, I stumbled over this: The context sentence: The flying lessons were courtesy of her husband, who was the town’s First Selectman. The problem sentence: ...
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Writing formal letter (email) to big companies [closed]

I am from a non-English video game site (press) and I want to write a formal email to some of big video gaming companies (developers and publishers) and ask them for cooperation in press coverage. ...
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Expletive it: reference to they/them

Which of these is used correctly? It were them. It was them. It was they. It were they. I actually think the "it" is an expletive indicator so noun is whether them or they and since both are plural, ...
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Usage of "after that"

I wrote: Then, we review the related works and after that we present our algorithm. Is it a correct usage of "after that"? I don't want to repeat "then". Is "after that" formal? what about saying ...
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How to welcome somebody formally and friendly / informally? [closed]

Let's suppose you're going to welcome somebody; which one of the following sentences sound more natural in AE and what is the natural ones difference from the formality point of view? It is a ...
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Can you explain my this doubt in the article "Will O’ The Wisp"?

Source Even the office – because see, hovering over your colleague’s head is a Pikachu or Charmander or Sandshrew or Jigglypuff. Is the bold part grammatical and informal?
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How do I formally say in an E-mail: "Don't call again"?

I would like to know how can I politely tell someone in an email to not call me again, I noticed that I often come across many salesman trying to sell me a services. But I am unsure on how to reject ...
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Can use 'NO' instead of 'NOT'?

No valid account number was specified or valid account number was not specified I think both of them are correct but which one is more common? And which one is more formal?
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Is the idiom 'speaks volumes about' valid in a formal context?

Looking on how to improve my essays, I've just come across the idiom 'speaks volumes about'. For example: The unsightly yard and unpainted house speaks volumes about what kind of people live there. ...
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Difference between "special equipment" and "specialized equipment"

My translation of a text by a pipe-producing plant: Bevel angle inspection Inspection of this type is carried out as specified in the regulatory documentation using a bevel protractor or a ...
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Is this the correct usage of the word cranial

My doubt is about using the word "cranial" here. Does this make sense? This is great. I am glad I was able to activate something cranial in you.
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How to politely ask for clarification on a person's designation?

This is a dilemma I always face when talking with people. When some people introduce themselves they would just say Hello, I'm Martin and I'm an executive of ABC Company There are so many ...
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Subjective or Objective pronoun in this case?

I have recently been considering the correct use of "I" and "Me" in this particular case; Someone posted a picture of themselves, standing next to a celebrity, on a social media site, with the caption ...
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Is "in layman's terms" a slang idiom?

Is "in layman's terms" a slang idiom? If it is, what would be the best way of saying it in an academic work. E.g. I want to explain these terms in a layman terms.
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Is the word 'appreciate' too formal?

I tend to use appreciate in my letter endings. Such as: "I appreciate your help". I wonder if it is too much formality?
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How to use verbs to list actions in a sentence?

How should I use verbs to list actions in a sentence? I wrote the following sentence: "The learner can search content of the book, take a book from electronic library, and discuss with the ...
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What is the subject when it's omitted after the comparison?

As market forces penetrate firms and bid up the value of attributes of labor that are more measurable than is the knowledge born of experience, it can be expected that trends in wages will not favor ...
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Is it polite/good manners to say 'whatever'?

If I'm being in formal speaking, do you think it's ok to use word whatever? I think this word somehow doesn't fit a good conversation especially when talk to the olders. I feel like it gets a bit ...
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"I made it to the finals" in a formal way?

Is it okay to say that my team "made it" to the finals in a formal letter? If not what else can I say?
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Is "as of today" a standard English expression?

Can I use "as of today" in a formal letter or essay? I have googled this expression and turns out it could mean two different things. until today starting from today So I got suspicious that this ...
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"To open a discussion"?

There are several ways to paraphrase this sentence and I would want to know which is the best one, or rather to know which is more appropriate when talking or writing an essay / project. To open / ...
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Why is 'He is a man whom I look up to.' not quite right even though it is not wrong?

There is nothing grammatically wrong with 'He is a man whom I look up to.' The relative clause is non-defining, so no comma; the relative pronoun refers to a person, so 'who', not 'which'; the ...