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Which one of these sentences is correct?

I need some help with the script for my presentation. Which one of these sentences is correct and if you can please explain the difference and grammar rules or tell me which grammar rules I should ...
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Can you help me to turn these into if clause?

I didnt know you have had difficulties. I didnt give you help. He didnt tell us he was vegetarian. We didnt cook him anything suitable. I dont know how to turn these into if clause
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sentence correction with either … or

correct the sentence Either his parents or Pheroze is going to come today. The author of the book suggests as : Either Pheroze or his parents are going to come today. = OK We know with ( either \ or ...
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The word “exercise” as an uncountable noun

Swimming is good exercise. Swimming is a good exercise. I checked all the major dictionaries and they say that it is uncountable when it means (physical or mental activity that you do to stay healthy ...
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is this sentence 'I wish you success in my work' wrong

Is there any problems with this sentence : "I WISH YOU SUCCESS IN MY WORK" and why?
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Why with the “as..as” construction and the future tense in one part we use the present in the other?

I met such an offer: I'll get back to you as soon as I have the information you need. I wonder why/by what rule in part 2 of the sentence: as I have the information you need we don't use the future as ...
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Why the article before “when”?

In heist comedy movie Logan Lucky (2017), Jimmy wants to steal money: Jimmy: I even know the when to do it. June 4th, the Grocery Castle Auto Show. It's graduation weekend. It'll be the smallest ...
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“By the river” vs “at the river.”

Which one is more common? Example sentence: The firework festival was held at/by the river. Or are they equally correct?
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Which one is correct in this case? [closed]

1.I can't remember the name of this music sung by Madona. 2. We need to buy more fruit. There isn't much in the fridge.
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Is “Should I…?” appropriate here?

Joseph puts a gun to the man's head, and looks to Angelo. Joseph: Should I shoot him? Joseph is basically asking: Do you want me to kill him? - Is that conveyed through "Should I shoot him?"?...
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what are the appropriate tense forms to be used in these sentences and why?

She promised me that she (to ring up) me as soon as she (to return) from London. She (to tell) me that the plane (to take off) at exactly 5 o'clock. I learned that she (to get) a parcel from her ...
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Leave tomorrow or leave for tomorrow

I need a break tomorrow. What should I say to my boss? Sir, I need a leave tomorrow. Sir, I need a leave for tomorrow. Please help me out.
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which is more natural sentence?

be warehoused be stored in warehouse be stocked I want to say buy 2. so goods come to my side. in stock. how to say this naturally?
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they're gone/they've gone/they've left

Someone came, so I hid. I think they're gone now. Someone came, so I hid. I think they've gone now. Someone came, so I hid. I think they've left now. Do all these sound natural? Which is the more ...
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“On the order” vs “of the order”

When we are trying to indicate the date or order quantity, do we use "on" an order or "of" an order? Change the date on/of an order Update the order quantity on/of an order Since ...
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That's the guy I drove here

A taxi driver has just dropped a customer off at a building. Before the taxi driver drives off, the police arrives. Taxi driver - Who are you looking for? Police officer - His name is James Davis. ...
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The keyboard shortcuts are completely different from that of Windows

I came across this sentence in an "actual speaking", and had seen similar examples in English context too many times. Nevertheless, my question is about whether the author had to use "...
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What does the phrase " The charge to the customer mean in clause (b)

Special provision for payment of tax by a supplier of online information and database access or retrieval services.–– (1) On supply of online information and database access or retrieval services ...
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“it would've had to have really lived for it to have died.” what does this sentence mean?

I cannot understand the following sentence on this content. Please help... "it would've had to have really lived for it to have died." What Do I Do If I'm Newly Single? I Just Between Us ...
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What does “I am all stomach” mean?

What does I am all stomach mean? A: ‘’It’s my turn for a gift. I would like to take you to lunch. To my favorite spot.’’ B: ‘’I am all stomach, professor!’’ Lonely Man Full of Love
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I use the same books that my sister used

I use the same books that my sister used. Does this mean the book my sister really used or the same kind of books like the same brands ?
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longer than it is wide

Are the folowing sentences all natural? If so, what's the difference? a. The shape is longer than it is wide. b. The shape is longer than wide. c. The shape is more long than wide.
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Which sentence sounds more natural “unique and distinct items” or “distinct items with unique personality”?

We are attracted to unique and distinct items that only I can enjoy and experience rather than items that are commonly seen and easily available around us. We are attracted to distinct items with ...
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Will be held or would be held

The teacher said that the exam will be held on March 20, 2021 The teacher said that the exam would be held on March 20, 2021 Which one is correct?
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Is the sentence, “You might find yourself having to deal with a lot of complicated stuff” gramatically correct?

I am writing a blog post on some tech stuff and there I am explaining the reasons why you must use this blah-blah tool. And I have to convey to the readers that If the clients won't use this tool, ...
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I can do English. (Is this expression okay?)

I CAN DO ENGLISH. Is this expression okay for you? (Where, you= English user as a native speaker)
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Use of progressive in this situation incorrect?

The only thing you can do is eating it. The only thing you can do is eat it. The only thing you can do is jumping on it. The only thing you can do is jump on it. I am wondering if using the ...
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difference between present simple and future simple

What is the difference between the following two sentences? The first one is in present simple tense and second one is in future simple tense but the difference in the meaning is not clear. We fly to ...
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paying a tip on a service or for a service?

Is it grammatical to say "pay a tip on a service" or should I use "for" instead? Which one is more grammatical? Also, do you say "pay a tip on the 20$"? If it's for? Then ...
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Chant for/on someone

If you're chanting someone's name again and again to support them, do you chant "on them" or "for them" or is "chanting" not used in that way? The crowd started chanting ...
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The train leaves in the morning, and arriving at Jinju. (Is this sentence right?)

The train leaves in the morning, and arriving at Jinju. Some people think the "and" should be removed. What's the truth?
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A sentence within a sentence

Rep. Lauren Boebert has mocked philanthropist Bill Gates' wish to move toward a future in which people eat only synthetic meat—by sharing an image of a steak that a New York butcher claims was lifted ...
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What kind of infinitive phrase are these?

Infinitive phrases can act as noun, adjectives, and adverbs. I'm not very sure what kind of infinitive are the following: Soon it will be hell to go outside. Since it's next to the noun "hell,&...
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Would you give me examples in which “not altogether” means “not at all” other than “I’m not altogether happy”?

When reading a passage, I found that I didn’t understand the word “altogether” well, so looked it up in the OALD and the Genius English-Japanese Dictionary. One example in the OALD was “I’m not ...
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Is “commemorated” a postpositive adjective? or we are merely faced with a reduced relative clause?

If this be so, we must necessarily ascribe it to the later of the two monarchs commemorated, i.e. to Sapor ΙΙΙ. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/16167-h/16167-h.htm
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I used to be fat. Is this correct?

I used to be fat. Is this correct? I feel 'used to' is used with repeated action but not being done now. I used to smoke.
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Is “the prince thus represented was regent rather than monarch of persia.” a reduced adjective clause?

Those of Artaxerxes bear a head which is surmounted with the usual inflated ball, and has the diadem, but is without a crown-a deficiency in which some see an indication that the prince thus ...
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grammar - Conditionals

Let's say, I have something that I rarely use, but I don't want to throw it away because I think I may need it in the future. So, do I use conditional 1 or 2? I thought I should keep it in case I ...
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Is there a name for the usage of the present simple tense in situations like “I think” or “I declare” etc?

I vaguely remember there was an explanation but I do not know how to find it. Basically, why do we say: "I think", "I declare", "I expect", "I win" in ...
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Time is to go being so late

Time is to go being so late. (from a dictionary) : Why says this? grammartically correct? I would just say "Time is late" I wonder if I can say "Time is going being so late" ...
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Negative with AS LONG AS

Do we use 'as long as' in a negative sentence? Such as: As long as a man doesn’t show humility, he can’t keep his relations going. Is this ok? Or does it have to be like this: Until a man shows ...
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Use of preposition in in question a sentence

Which of the following sentences are correct regarding to know the preference about car. What is your preference to car? OR What is your preference on car? Please let me know the meaning of both ...
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What's the meaning of “my hand has been played”?

What is the meaning of "My hand has been played"? And is it similar to "I've been played?" This is the context: "How did you get my phone number?" "...She told me ...
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Can that clause be a complement?

Does the following sentence make sense? The origin of the festival is that people prayed for good weather. Can that-clause be a complement?
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What is the difference here between using “in” and “of”?

Since the company changed management there has been an increase...profits. I have four options to choose from: A)about; B)on; C)of; D) in; To my mind, the variants A and B are not correct here, but ...
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Non countable nouns with indefinite articles

The word "Weather" is considered a non-countable noun, and there is a grammar rule that tells you not to use indefinite articles in front of non-countable nouns, but instead quantifiers such ...
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A man such as yourself has acquired your own wealth vs A man such as yourself has acquired his own wealth?

A man such as yourself has acquired your own wealth vs A man such as yourself has acquired his own wealth? Which one is correct? I think it's the second one, but I'm not sure
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Major Burns looked Major Houlihan squarely in the eye

Major Burns looked Major Houlihan squarely in the eye. (from military English) I feel the verb 'looked' generally needs prepositions like 'for', 'at', or 'after' before objects. The example sentence ...
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inisit him on vs insist on him

"She insists him on early attendance" This sentence sounds odd to me. Shouldn't it be either "She insist on him that he arrives early" OR "She insists on him an early ...
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When to skip which?

When can I skip the relative pronoun "which" in a sentence? Let's take the following: [...] Where along the long shore, which is full of white sands, the gloom of evening engulfs my heart. ...

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