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Which is correct; “Be not late for school”, or “Don't be late for school”

We are taught when you negate a verb, you use "do not", "does not" or "did not" for general verbs, but you only have to add "not" after the verb in the case of Be-verb. If this rule should be applied ...
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Can we use “dare” in this way?

How dared you speak to me like that? Is this a correct way to use "dare"? Shouldn't we say? How dare you speak to me like that?
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Is this kind of listing okay?

I am stuck with using the articles. In the sentence: I was employed as: declarant, interviewer, promoter, boutique seller. Do I use an article only after as or in front of each word? Can I omit ...
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Is there an odd word in this sentence?

Invented in 1440 by the German scientist and engineer Johannes Gutenberg, the printing press is one of the finest inventions. Is there an odd word in this sentence? Is the definite article in "the ...
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Please help me correct this IELTS essay [on hold]

The map shows us two stages of development of a city hospital with its surroundings from above in the year 2007 and 2010 respectively. As we can see, the road access in 2007 looks simpler than the one ...
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Difference between “a” and “the”

Is there a difference between a and the in the following context? As an English speaker do they both sound natural? What is a/the computer? A/the computer is an automatic electronic machine that ...
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The key to my room. Vs The key of my room

To. Vs of I am looking for the key of my room. I am looking for the key to my room. I have just known that the second is right and the first is wrong. However, sometimes it is ...
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a group of ten-year-olds students

Can I say: "a group of ten-year-olds" or should I add the noun for example students "a group of ten-year-olds students"? Thank you in advance for your answer.
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“Jack thought him incapable”

Can I say "Jack thought him incapable" in English meaning, "Jack thought of him as of an incapable person" or is it completely wrong in English to say that?
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Is this sentence gramatically correct? [on hold]

Telling my intention of when I was searching for a post on Facebook is challenging because it might sound silly.
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Which is correct , on first dates or on first date?

In the sentence in block quote below, is it correct to say "on first dates" ? Or is the correct form "on first date?" Is it supposed to be "on first few dates?" During job interviews , ON FIRST ...
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“I am machine” without an article?

I have a question about lyrics of a song "I Am Machine" by Three Days Grace. I mentioned that they used no article in this song. Is it grammatically okay to say "I am machine" without an article and ...
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“Have never won” v/s “had never won”

In a book I found a sentence like this: The 2010 FIFA World Cup culminated in an epic final with two teams that have never won the World Cup. I'm wondering why have never won is used instead of ...
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Which verbs in the following example are finite n non finite?

Why did you go there? I went to meet my friend..... In this example is "GO" a non finite verb? If so please explain
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I find it hard to describe things about sea(or seas)

I am always have trouble expressing ideas about sea(or seas?) Like, if I was talking with our friends about whether or not we could see sea in our hometowns. I was struggling to express the idea ...
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Does look down upon have two meanings?

Look down upon can mean "considering someone or something lesser or inferior in some way", but can it also mean look down from a more elevated position? If not is there a phrasal verb for it?
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Does the “if * want” construction always followed by “should”?

I can't recall a case where a sentence that starts with "If they want" is followed by anything else than "they should". Am I wrong? What are other cases? Example: "If they want more people to come, ...
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there aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English

I am wondering which is the correct form for this sentence There aren't many opportunities when/where/that I can practice my English. plus, if I want to express I don't have lots time or chances ...
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learnin the english. ing grammar and simple present

which sentence is correct? 1-meditation really relax you. 2-meditation really relaxing you. we should use present simple or present continuous? thank you.
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meaning of DO in this sentence?

What is the meaning of does in this sentence? Whose exhibition does “Stars At Dusk” painting belong to? Thank you very much
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a data set of … are or a data set of … is

I always confused about using the word data. Sometimes, writers use it as a single word, while others use it as plural. I really would like to understand the correct way to use word data in my ...
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singular or plural nouns with “no” when “except” is used

Should I use singular countable nouns or plural countable nouns with no along with the word except? There is no scientist who is as renowned as Einstein except Stephen Hawking. There are no ...
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can still .. about or can still .. on

I am learning the proposition, about, and on. I still need to improve my understanding. I wonder do I need to use about or on with the word information. For example, The method A can still give ...
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“Commonly used to select” or “commonly used for selecting”

I read about the prepositions, for, and to. For example, to can be used with times, directions. for can be used as because of. However, I am still confused about my sentence. I think the first one is ...
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The grammatical role of “did” in “and so did people’s lungs”

What is the grammatical role of "did" in the following excerpt of a passage?: The smoke just went out the same hatchway that people used for going in and out themselves. So there would have been ...
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Have not vs Have never

Can someone please tell me what the difference is between the two phrases: Have not and Have never? As far as I know, "have not" is usually used to mean that something has not happened in a period ...
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Singular countable nouns after “there isn't any”

Can I ever use singular countable nouns after there isn't any? I have read many books that say any can be used with both singular and plural countable nouns. Though plural nouns is more more common in ...
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Which is the correct version “who's side” or “whose's side”?

Which one is correct in this case? I need to hear both sides of the story to know who's side I'm on. I need to hear both sides of the story to know whose side I'm on. I have seen both ...
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“types” vs “type” with each and all

I have different functions. Each function is able to deal with only one thing. If I have 3 variables, X1, X2, and X3, then, I can fit three different functions to these variables. One function to each ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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“a pair of variables” and “mixture of Gaussian models”, why in the first sentence `a` is correct while is not required in the second sentence?

As I mentioned in my previous question, a is a determiner used with a noun. However, I am confused about the usage of a in the following sentences. Let (x_1, x_2) be a pair of variables. The ...
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“be n-dimensional vector of variables” vs “be an n-dimensional vector of variables”

For the determiner in English, I learn that they are used in many different situations. For example, a is used before a noun. However, sometimes I misuse it. Therefore, I would like to understand it, ...
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Can you use the adjective “hard” in slang speak as an adverb?

I am wondering if the slang speak "hard" as in "I hard countered her champion in the last game", can be used in other sentences to mean a similar thing, and how widespread the usage is. Notice the ...
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When do i use an definite or indefinite article instead of nothing after the word “of”?

I hear it's not correct to use an indefinite article after "of". But i don't know exactly in which cases it's correct and in which not. And also, maybe it doesn't only apply to the word "of". Maybe ...
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To (have / take) a swim

1. I'm going for a swim. 2. I'm going to have a swim. 3. I'm going to take a swim. Are the last two sentences correct? I know the first one is, but what about the last two? I know that you can use '...
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Difference between 'it is better' and 'it will be better' or it would have been better

In my office I wrote an application part of which reads'it is better if you take a look at my loan papers' This happened twice. are the sentences incorrect? I could have written'It will be better/it ...
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omitting ''as to''

in some sentences it is possible to omit ''As to'' For example; A1)He was uncertain as to which road to take. But , in some sentences it can not be omitted EX; B1)There's no decision as to when the ...
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Whether the sentence is the inversion type or not?

I ran across a sentence from the magazine 'Esquire' through the internet. I'd like to know whether the sentence is the inversion type or not. Always does he throw the disorder into everything he ...
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Organisation or organisational skills

Is it more correct or appropriate to say: "I have strong organisation skills" OR "I have strong organisational skills"?
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'Merry of soul', part of a sentence in one of Stevenson's poems: is it grammatically correct and why?

'Merry of soul' I came across that phrase in a song called 'skye boat song', I have also learned that it's a quote from one of Stevenson's poems. I understand that merry is an adjecctive that means ...
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There was no/not a/not any

What is the difference between there was no, there was not a and there was not any?  Yesterday I visited a very undevelopped area in my tour of Africa. I rented a room in a hotel there. The hotel ...
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'where is there a' vs 'where is the'

There are two sentences: 'Where is the restroom?' and 'Where is there a parking lot?' My question is: are 'Where is there a restroom?' and 'Where is the parking lot?' also okay? If not ok, then why ...
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Which preposition should be used to fill in the blank -we hope to meet_________dinner [closed]

Which preposition should be used to fill in the blank -we hope to meet_________dinner.
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Present Perfect ask negative questions

I sent invitation email for 2 friends, Well, after 1 hour first one told me thank you I received your email and I will be there. The second one told me, Hi lemme know when you send me an invitation. ...
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Using now with the specific dates

My manager is now changed to Linda from 1st Jan.. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can we use'now' with a specific date?
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'I was wondering if you would mind me [doing something] or [do something]'

I am confused: I was wondering if you would mind me opening the window. or I was wondering if you would mind me open the window. Which one is correct?
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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Semicolon usage in this sentence

A person who is a big fan of big pop star finds a cardboard poster of that celebrity takes a picture of himself with the cardboard. And says, 'Since chances of meeting my idol in this life are ...
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What to use with “all”?

Sentence 1. All works of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Sentence 2. All work of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Which one is/are correct?
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“Help me understand”vs “help me to understand” [duplicate]

Consider two sentences 1.Can you help me understand this topic 2.Can you help me to understand this topic Which one is correct.I have seen/heard first one somewhere.second one is probably correct as ...