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rewriting a thesis statement

Our teacher said that this is an example of how to write a thesis statement in your words again. the thesis statement : Making healthy food choices are not easy. Her example: Making healthy food ...
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How to use “from … to …” in a sentence?

In the following sentence I have used "from ... to ..." to describe a range of things: Plants have contributed to the development of many drugs from common pain relievers like aspirin to ...
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I will be given

I hope, I will be given this chance Is it correct use of passive voice? Can "we be given" (smth)? Is it grammatically correct or not? And is it isn't, how can we change the structure of the ...
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What is passive voice misuse in the following text?

I am writing an essay and this is a part of my introduction: This essay is twofold; first, the undergoing changes are elaborated. How these changes have negatively affected our life is something that ...
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Tense simplification: use would, could, might, should to express possibility, uncertainty, etc. in the present

The book Practical English Usage by Michael Swan says: The tense in the subordinate clause tends to be simplified. He gives some examples: (a) If I (would have) had lots of money, I would give some ...
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present, past, past participle form of 'spit'

I saw this sentence on the internet. i know being spit on is probably not what you need right now In this sentence, spit is past participle form of verb, spit. I know past form of spit is spit, ...
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Adjective, adjective noun vs. Adjective, adjective noun

Enxample: The voice was low, boyish, like that of an elementary school student. The voice was low, boyish like that of an elementary school student. What's the correct punctuation and why?
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Can I use the auxiliary “will” twice in a sentence that starts with “when”?

Can I use the word "will" in two clauses of the same sentence that starts with "when"? I've already checked all questions in this forum about the use of "will" twice in a ...
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Is this right to say “It has been 20 years since they have seen each other.”

I saw this sentence below on the internet. It has been 20 years since they have seen each other. Is this right expression? Should I collect like "It has been 20 years since they saw each other.&...
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what does “in what ” means here

In this sentence Anthony Scaramucci said he was invited to President Trump's farewell ceremony at Joint Base Andrews Wednesday, in what he says is a sign the White House is desperate for guests. ...
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What is the meaning of “the more” in the sentence?

Algae are living things that corals eat. The more the corals have to eat, the larger their reefs will grow. I think "the corals" is the subject of the sentence "the more the corals have ...
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Difference between its and it's [closed]

Consider the following line - This could be important criteria in determining its implementation Is this a correct sentence grammatically? I saw that both its and it's are proper words in English. ...
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Good online grammar checker [migrated]

I tried grammarly and prowritingaid.com they are good but sometimes they miss things. In a long text I was surprised they didn't mark its as error. Are there any other good alternatives?
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“What is the best movie you saw last year” vs. “what was the best movie you saw last year”

Could you tell me which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? What is the best movie you saw last year? What was the best movie you saw last year?
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The structure we used Help/ Help to

ThTake this statement " Good friends help build your confident " what we are said about help build ? its idioms can i use help to build
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I noticed vs. I notice

If I am writing an email to inform someone of a particular item I noticed in the file, should I use past or present tense? I noticed there are/were two past due orders in the attached report. I ...
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Contact at or from a company

Do we use "at" or "from" in the following example? Do you have a contact at/from this company?
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Is it appropriate to say “try all this tasty food” when referring to lots of tasty food?

"I wish I had the chance to try all this tasty food." Is it appropriate to say "try all this tasty food" when referring to lots of tasty food mentioned in the previous context? ...
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Broke vs broken - which is correct in the below sentence?

I dropped my iPad and broken/broke it. It seems like one of those days.
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those who or whom?

Which one is grammatically correct, or better? Very few of those who do not speak english are promoted to managerial positions. Very few of whom do not speak english are promoted to managerial ...
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The neighbor buildings/The neighboring buildings

Context: A man is trapped on top of an apartment building. He started waving his hands in the air, desperately trying to signal the neighbor buildings/neighboring buildings. "Neighboring" ...
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Which is better Tasks or Task's? [closed]

Which is better in using the apostrophe in a sentence? "Tasks Love" or "Task's Love" when trying to imply providing strong affection to all tasks being completed?
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Could I say “the younger people are the more capable of work might be”

Could I say the younger people are the more capable of work might be or the younger people are the more capable of work they might be Is at least one of the above sentences right?
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Is saying “an elongated period of time” in a sentence incorrect? [closed]

Is it incorrect to say “An elongated period of time”? I believe it is.
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Could hypothetical or possibility [duplicate]

I cannot distinguish if "could" in the following sentences shows "possibility" or "hypothetical situation". A study published last week in the journal Cell found that ...
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the meaning of 'waiting on Beyonce' part in this sentence [duplicate]

I have seen the sentence like 'I have been waiting on Beyonce to call me.' on the internet. And I can't understand the meaning of 'waiting on Beyonce' part. What is the meaning of the sentence 'I have ...
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Is the meaning of “holding the door” clear here? [closed]

The man went to the door and tried to open it, but couldn't as Phil was holding the door from inside. Is the meaning of "holding the door" clear here? Is there something I could write ...
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If you want (it) - won't mind (it/that)

Would you like an ice cream? Well, you can have one if you want (it). I'm sure Mommy won't mind (it/that). Is this perfectly natural without including "it" or "that" in the two ...
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The way of (noun)

Can we say: There are different ways of telephone calls. Is it grammatically correct? I mean, can a noun follow "ways of"? Is this construction possible? The way of (noun)
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<Word order: Still> Negative question - Why hasn't he still recovered? or Why has he not still recovered?

I am wondering Still usage in Negative questions. I know the following. • Do you still work for the government? • Is the party still on for tomorrow? • Isn't she still seeing Jack? However, what ...
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Can I say “I take my time for heart healing”?

Supposing that I broke up with someone so can I say "I take my time for heart healing" ? is it understandable and grammatically correct ?
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I'm really confused between THAN OTHERWISE and THE OTHER WAY AROUND

my sentence is If you learn English while working, it would definitely take a lot of your time to complete the task than the other way around. Or should I say If you learn English while working, it ...
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I wonder if the sentence after the comma is complete or not and am having a problem of translating it

Hume was tireless, his ponderous public style betraying a quicksilver ability to analyse the issues. I found this sentence on some website. I'm afraid there are more contexts other than this sentence....
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What is the function of “unmodified” in “It is passed unmodified to the next block”?

What I have learnt so far, an adverb can be placed adjacent to a verb. For example, It is directly passed to the next block. or It is passed directly to the next block. I found a sentence as ...
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I would like to describe some features in my app (I would like some help with the grammar here) [closed]

I would like to describe some features in my app (I would like some help with the grammar here). Features: users can rate, review, and order products. admin can manage orders, products, and users. ...
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to do and doing; on a person/to a person

I think it would be wrong to do that to a person. or I think it would be wrong doing that to a person. (That here means uninformed or non consented medical procedure) Question: Does it matter if I ...
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said that it expect its jabs to work [closed]

The collocation "it expect" rather than "it expects" puzzled me. Is "it exprect" correct? Should it be "it expects"? Biotech firm Moderna in Cambridge, ...
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What verb tense should I use for situations that I don't know how long they will last?

What verb tense should I use for situations that I don't know if they will last forever? We use the present simple for things that are permanent, for example I live in the EU. And we use the present ...
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“in where I live” vs “where I live in”

The house, in where I live, is on fire. vs The house, where I live in, is on fire. Which one is correct? I have read somewhere that if you want to add a modifier to the sentence, the preposition (in ...
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Usage of a word [duplicate]

What is the right variant? there were 3.5 millions of people or there was 3.5 million of people
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What does the sentence mean: How does he smell?

How does he smell? Does that mean how the he will smell other things or how himself smells? For example: If there is a dog who doesn't have a nose and a person asks the owner the above question.
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When can I drop the and on a list

I saw this on the grammar section of a standardized test. The subjects they picked ranged from Dust Bowl refugees to civil rights activists, Olympic champions to labor organizers, land disputes to ...
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could you help me with filling the gaps? And explain if it's possible [closed]

Mark (finish) ______________ his first novel in 2010 after he (work) ______________ on it for 12 years. I really like Mr Jones. I (work) ______________ with him since our company (take) ______________ ...
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Is there a site that shows which grammar is used in the text?

Sometimes I don't know how to find a rule of grammar that explains to me why some text is written like that. Do you know are there any sites that allow knowing what grammar is used in the text that I ...
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handled (past tense used for future events)

Why is this sentence correct: If not handled well, it may result in a fire. Why use past tense? How to know when to use it?
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i got a strange sentence watching a movie

boy : Wait, but half the guys in this school are shorter than you are. girl : Hence my conundrum. boy : Oh, ho, ho. I would love nothing more than to hence your conundrum. All I'm saying is let your ...
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Do words such as “could have”, “should have”, or “might have” represent the past possibilities of the past?

We know that words such as could have, should have, or might have mean past possibilities. When they are used in a noun clause following a verb, do they represent the past possibilities of the past? ...
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Is neither … nor used correctly in this sentence?

Consider the following sentence: Therefore, they neither need someone else to flatter them, nor depend in great part on a government pension. Is it grammatically a correct sentence? Is there any ...
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Is crorrect and natural to say “don't do something nearly as much as someone”?

Could you tell me if it is crorrect and natural to say don't do something nearly as someone? For example: Sara doesn't eat nearly as much sugar as you. What I'm trying to say that Sara eats a lot ...

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