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‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them?

‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them or if someone is right?
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Don't kick {a/the} chair (that is) in front of you [on hold]

Don't kick the chair in front of you. Don't kick a chair in front of you. Don't kick the chair that is in front of you. Don't kick a chair that is in front of you. Which expressions are grammatical?
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Which is the correct way to say it “who are you spending it with?” Or “whom are you spending it with?”

As per the grammar rules, if "I" is the subject of the sentence then the other person must the object. And generally whom is used in the objective form but in this case the prior format is more common ...
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Advise or Advice or Advice to?

In my opinion the following sentence should be like that: Support and advice partner institutions of Russia and Ukraine to define scenarios... But a friend of mine feels confident that the sentence ...
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He remembered to post a present to his mother for her sixtieth birthday. Why not use ‘posting’ instead of ‘to post’?

He remembered to post a present to his mother for her sixtieth birthday. Why not use ‘posting’ instead of ‘to post’? I think posting is better. But the book use ‘to post’, I feel it weird.
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Is ‘mind me to sit’ right?

Do you mind me to sit here? Do you mind my sitting here? I know the second sentence is right, but can you tell why the first sentence is wrong?
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Why does the question start with “who” not need “do”?

Who told you that .... Why does this kind of question not need "do" Who did tell you that ...
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What’s the difference between ‘After having failed’ and ‘Having failed’?

Having failed to wake up his wife, he put a ladder against the wall. After having failed to wake up his wife, he put a ladder against the wall. What the difference between them?
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What's the difference here between using 'nouns and pronouns' and 'nouns or pronouns'?

A1. Words that are nouns or pronouns are used to represent objects. A2. Words that are nouns and pronouns are used to represent objects. B1. Adjectives are used with nouns and pronouns, but not with ...
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Usage of get in habitual action

I need to tell my son that if he hits the wall with hammer, wall will get broken.. How do I say this to my son If you hit hard wall will break If you hit hard wall will be broken If you hit hard ...
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Is it okay to take a 'antecedent' and the 'that clause' apart without any sign?

we discovered that the pigeon's brain receives a signal from its middle ear that the brain then processes to determine both their direction and strength of the magnetic field. I can easily interpret ...
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without being seen by anybody

I have sentence They left the house without being seen by anybody in this sentence why being seen is used can you tell me the grammar
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What is wrong with this question

I have a sentence My wife ate eleven snickers, and I'm trying to ask about the quantity of snickers. I know that the question How many snickers did my wife eat? is correct, but what is wrong with How ...
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When should I use the word “of”

In the sentence: The detonator for a nuclear device may be made of_____: A) two pieces of equipment B) two equipment pieces I strongly feel that the correct option is A. But why? When should I use ...
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Should I use have or has?

Should I use 'have' or 'has' for the following sentence? I hope you and your class has a great day. I hope you and your class have a great day.
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It is good for you to hep the lady

It is good for you to help the lady. It is good of you to help the lady. You are good to help the lady. Are the sentences all grammatical? Are there any differences among them? Do we have to ...
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Which is the correct word to use: “I'll rather” or “I'd rather”?

I want to write a sentence to a friend indicating that instead of looking at the one thing, it's better to look at something else. Do I say, "I'd rather" or I'll rather" look?
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Why ‘over and over’ can add ‘again’?

The police questioned the men over and over again. ‘over and over’ is meaning ‘repeatedly’, and ‘again’ is meaning ‘repeatedly’ too. So ‘over and over again’ is a little weird, I feel.
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Progressive form of “have” indicating possession

I know that normally I cannot say "I am having a car", but is the following correct? Having a car, I decided to drive there. I am fine with having a car but do not expect me to drive.
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Word Order for Adverbs

Given the following sentences He was not technically allowed to view the reports. He was technically not allowed to view the reports. which of the given sentence is correct and why?
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What is the difference among “when, where, should”?

Anybody can interpret what the difference is among “when, where, should”? The example sentence I find is: A tenant may be liable to his landlord should a fire cause damage to the premises he rents. I ...
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Can we replace “firefighting team” with “it”?

Does it make sense to replace firefighting team with it if the word firefighting team was never mentioned? I am not a native English speaker, but it sounds odd to say it to refer to firefighting team. ...
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Why do verbs need to be pluralised when you are using a name at the beginning, but not when you use 'You' at the beginning?

Examples: 'You like cake.' and 'Lucas likes cake.' 'You run fast.' and 'John runs fast.' Why are the verbs pluralised when the name is used? Thanks!
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Do I really need a comma here?

When I was a mere child, my mother supported my father who easily got sick and had to be admitted to the hospital and went through all the hardships. Someone taught me that when you put a comma after ...
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What does “on the Y” modify in a sentence like “He saw the X on the Y”

He see a fly on his leg. He saw a lady on the crosswalk. He saw the lady on the crosswalk. In #1, 'on his leg' modifies 'a fly'? Am I right? Can 'on his leg' modify 'see'? What about #2? Does 'on ...
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What does 'turn to' mean in the end of the sentence?

What does 'turn to' mean in the end of sentence? She had lost the protection of Calvin's hand. Charles was nowhere, either to save or to turn to. She was alone in afragment of nothingness. A ...
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What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean?

What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean. The moon was halfway up and dimmed the stars for a great arc. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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'make of someone', 'demanded of someone' cause difficulties

Could you explain logical conjectures for preposition 'of' in highlighted words. Why not 'make with Calvin' and 'demanded her mother'? I would like to here not just translations, but explanations to ...
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While I do or while I'm doing (future meaning)

Please which of the following sentences is correct? "While I study there, I'll look for a job" or "While I'm studying there, I'll look for a job" I think the second is correct because it has a ...
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Use of could be ing in a sentence [on hold]

I would like to know about the use of couble be +ing in the sentences is it used for the present continous hypothetical situations.
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An event for best friends - why there isn"t the definite article?

I know a few rules when the definite article is not used with superlatives, but none fits here: An event for best friends. If I add "the", it sounds odd to me, as if I talked about certain people. ...
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Wrong punctuation in this sentence “After the conventions come several months in which competing candidates trade clichés”?

Ceremony is equally evident in other arenas. In the United States, political conventions select candidates, even though in recent decades the winner is usually determined well in advance. After the ...
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Why not add ‘the’ before ‘North’ in the sentence: So it comes as a surprise to learn that giant fish are terrifying the divers on North Sea oil rigs

Why not add ‘the’ before ‘North’ in the sentence: So it comes as a surprise to learn that giant fish are terrifying the divers on North Sea oil rigs. If there is not ‘oil rigs’, I think it is no ...
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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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The meeting i have ever been waiting for. Is that correct?

Its game of thrones series and i need to know that the sentence is gramatically correct or not
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Is it “with different alcoholic contents” or “of different alcoholic contents”?

Should we use the preposition "with" or should we use the preposition "of"? By "alcoholic content", I mean level or total amount of alcohol. I am not sure I have heard "with different alcoholic ...
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What are the differences between “at war with” and “at war against”

Can both "at war with" and "at war against" mean the same thing. In my opinion, both can mean the same thing, but can also mean the opposite, would you agree with this, and why? For example: They ...
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correct usage of pieces?

If I want to order more than one piece. Do I say "3piece of something" or " 3pieces of something"? I saw that some people use 'pieces' but some people didn't use it. Just used 'piece' without the ...
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have + had + participle - …I have had partaken of the brew

I need help from a proper native speaker. See the example here below By the time of writing this text, I have had partaken of the brew for a total of 3 times. The exemplary sentence was written in ...
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I leave school around three thirty [on hold]

I leave school around three thirty. I leave school at around three thirty. I leave school around at three thirty. I leave school round three thirty. I leave school at round three thirty. I leave ...
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Use of “that” in sentence

Can the “ that” be used with all verbs as is the case with sentence below. I mean Is the structure in sentence below genaral grammar rule ? It affected my life that she left me without saying ...
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Which one is right “I must or mustn't be back home before 8pm”?

On weekdays I must get up early because I have to take the school bus at 7.10. When I get up at 6.15, I have lots of time; I can take a shower and eat breakfast. But I usually get up at 6.45, so ...
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That's why I (male) like you as a 'sister' Or 'brother'?

That's why I (a male) like you as a 'sister' (or 'brother'?) I'm saying this speech and I'm male, but whom I'm saying to is a girl. So would the sentence be: That's why I like you as a 'sister'. ...
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Differences between “should” and “would” in subjunctive mood

How to explain the difference between: "Deep waters rise to the surface more quickly than they would if global warming were to occur." and "Deep waters rise to the surface more quickly than ...
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What is the grammar for “Why + verb” question?

Why put health food in a perfectly good bag of candy?
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Is this question “If we can't write a unit test then what is the closest solution?” grammatical?

I'd like to know whether the question If we can't write a unit test then what is the closest solution? grammatical? Does it sound natural or may be you would ask that kind of a question some ...
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are we, did we, will we?

I asked a colleague: "are we restarting (some application) today" He responded with: "i don’t understand the verb tense of your question: did we ? will we?" Am I using the wrong tense here? ...
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“Seemed to had” is it correct?

Here's a sentence I made up: "He seemed to had not understood what I had said to him" Is this sentence correct? I tried searching for similar sentences by putting quotation marks around 'seemed to ...
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Is it correct or not? [on hold]

Thanks for always make my cheeks hurt from smiling or thanks for always making my cheeks hurt from smiling?
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When -s is used with third person singular. What's its use in this context?

During a conversation My friend wrote •shrugs• Why shrugs not shrug? She was the one who did it then why third person singular form?