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If I weren't a player, I'd be a coach

If I weren't a player, I'd be a coach. in this sentence, I'd be is about present or future? i can't understand
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Can i use the sentence “have you got an umbrella” or anthing else to ask somesome whether did he get it or not

Can i use the sentence "have you got an umbrella" or anthing else to ask somesome whether-did he get it or not
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What is wrong with the following text in terms of grammar?

The novel is full of explicit and implicit references to profanity, sex, and violence which is somewhat odd in the case of children's novels. For instance, the boy's parents die in a car crash, ...
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How to write one invitation for two events [closed]

Not sure this is on topic. I'm writing my wedding Invitation. I want to invite my relatives and friends for both church ceremony and the reception which will be held on different dates. I have ...
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Which one phrase is correct? [closed]

Can you please help me, which one phrase is correct? Perfect view for a creative ideas. or The perfect view for creative ideas.
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How can I attributively express a place's population?

I guess I can't just say, for example, '4,000,000 Los Angeles', i.e. simply put a numeral as a modifier. There's the word 'strong' that can be used for this purpose but, I believe, for different ...
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Why is it 'THE absence of something' but 'A lack of something'?

In both cases, it's some specific absence/lack. Why should I use the definite article with the former and the indefinite article with the latter?
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Can I put “well” before the main verb?

I've read the rule which states: One ought to put an adverb of manner after the main verb if the verb is intransitive, but if there's a direct object after the main verb and the verb is ...
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What is the meaning of “to by” in this sentence? [closed]

The original sentence: There are two reasons why younger directors are also competent to by leaders in important positions. Does removing "by" change its first meaning? available at here:first ...
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Applying to or applying for grammar school

I am preparing presentation about my educational experience an I am curious about some grammar, would you please help me? :) Powerpoint: First main aim – applying for a place at grammar school ...
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What is wrong in this writing [closed]

I'm trying to be a english teacher and my course that ı apply for tefl certificate is rejected my writing. ı put it on the app that called grammarly. It didnt find any mistake,Gived 92 point to my ...
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Usage of the and its omission

Are these sentences without the grammatical? Should I omit it or retain it? I love the people who love me. The People who love animals are very kind hearted.
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In spoken English, is it correct to reply with a verb phrase in its simple present form?

In spoken English, is it correct to reply with a verb phrase in its simple present form when the speaker omits the subject? Or the phrase should be used in the corresponding tense. Example 1 A: ...
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Question about ordinal number

I give you a sentence below. She retained her tennis title for the third year. (OALD) 'for' is a period of time and third is a ordinal number seeming plural, by the way 'year' is singlar form. ...
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Climate Change May Be Causing **Smaller** American Birds

This is the name of the article: "Study: Climate Change May Be Causing Smaller American Birds." What means: Climate change could reduce the size of American birds. I can not understand why ...
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grammatical structure of this sentence with “with which it…”

This is an excerpt from the book, "Call me by your name". What unsettled me, though, was not the fancy footwork needed to redeem myself. It was the unwelcome misgivings with which it finally dawned ...
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Try these shoes or those ones?

A student of mine is taking part in an English competition and one of the multiple-choice questions she got read: Try these shoes or those ...... a. ones b. one c. shoe d. shoes Which answer would ...
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Sentences start with a verb

I spotted that sometimes sentences may start with a verb (e.g. "suppose" and "imagine", as shown in the below example sentence). May I ask apart from "suppose" and "imagine", if there are any other ...
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The grammar lying under “I'm no Superman.”

I'm living in a non-English-speaking country, so I usually contact English only through mass media (drama, for example). I've seen some use cases where no is used as if it's interchangeable to not a, ...
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“I have” followed by “have” instead of “need”

Is it okay to use "I have" 2 times in the same sentence in this case? I have a class I have to teach. I have a meeting I have to attend. I have a book I have to read. To me it would ...
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got or has got?

if I want to say that my friend has beautiful eyes should I say "she has got beautiful eyes" I would shorten the "she has" into "she's" so it would be "she's got beautiful eyes" or she has ...
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Will have PP or Must have PP?

What's the difference between... Gandalf will have killed hundreds of dragons in his time. Gandalf must have killed hundreds of dragons in his time. The first sentence is a line from a movie ...
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Usage of 'the' in sentences

Is the needed in the following sentences? What does the sentences with and without the mean? (The) people who stand by you in your tough times are the best friends of yours. This notice is for (the) ...
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Using of articles with these sentences

If I prepare an examination, is it grammatically correct when I say: Put the verbs in brackets in their correct form according to tenses. Or is it correct to say: Put the verbs in brackets in ...
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Is a sentence an independent clause even if it doesn't make sense without the previous sentence?

Example: In the past six years I’ve written twenty short stories, and about half of those have since been accepted to literary magazines or paperback anthologies. This seems to be an ...
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What are cases where a noun can be used as an adjective?

There are several threads about nouns as adjectives (adjectival nouns, nouns adjuncts), but I can't find a website or a post giving the rule of the uses of nouns as adjectives. A history book. A ...
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“it was intended decision” vs. “it was an intended decision”

"it was intended decision" vs. "it was an intended decision" Do they both are grammatically correct? If so, is there a difference in meaning? Thank you in advance!
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The use of prepositions “in” and “within” - “I will graduate in/within the next year”

I am curious if these sentences make any sense to you: I will graduate next year I will graduate in the next year I will graduate within the next year If those sentences do make sense, could you ...
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Conditional I and Conditional II

Conditional I Active: Rita would write a letter. Passive: A letter would be written by Rita. Conditional II Active: Rita would have written a letter. Passive: A letter ...
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Plural or singular after a number?

Which one of those is correct grammatically? I We evaluate 1000 student result Or We evaluate 1000 student results Or We evaluate 1000 students' results
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On using “whether it be” with plurals

I use data to describe plurals (Xs or Ys). Is it correct to use whether it be in the following description? The data, whether it be Xs or Ys, are collected from users. Or shall I use whether they ...
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What are the proper answers to the type of these questions?

When being asked questions like 'who is he' or 'what is this'? Should I amswer 'he is my brother ' or 'It's my brother'. TO 'what is this'? It should be 'It is a ruler' or 'this is a ruler'.?
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If something happens at, say, 1 A.M. on December 10, how should I say it?

Is it on the night of December 9 or on the night of December 10 or on the morning of December 10 ? What is a grammatically correct way to refer to 1 A.M. December 10?
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Can the subjunctive mood lack “would”?

In all the examples I've seen, the subjunctive mood has "would." Examples: If I were rich, I would buy you a car. What about these examples? What if I was/were an astronaut? (I'm not actually ...
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How is “because of” an adverbial prepositional phrase?

I was told that "because of" is an adverbial prepositional phrase while "due to" is an adjectival prepositional phrase. Now consider this example: I'm having to bear losses because of my mother-in-...
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Exactly when do you put 'even' before the comparative words?

One of common mistake that non-natives say is something as below. (B is a non-native here) A: How was the movie? (expecting a good response) B: It was better than I expected. (meaning it was ...
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“Because of” or “Due to”?

I can't come to the office today due to some personal reason. https://www.englishpage.net/showthread.php?14817-I-can-t-come-to-the-office-today-due-to-some-personal-reason Coming to the office is a ...
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“refer to as .. ” or “refer to them as …”

Which one is correct (the difference is using them): There are many types of books, including those for children, which we refer to as children books Or, There are many types of books, ...
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My dad and Share a birthday. Can I say “It’s my and my dad’s birthday?”

An investigation for my and my dad’s birthday party
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Can I include the verb 'to be' in the sequence of homogeneous parts of a sentence?

The problem remains pressing and is difficult to resolve. I have a doubtful feeling about 'and is' but don't see any grammatical issues with it. Or, say, Jim goes to the gym, follows a healthy ...
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Can I do an inversion like this, 'Can be stated the fact that [a clause]'?

I certainly can rephrase it as, 'It can be stated as a fact that', but that 'as' make the following sound as though it's not really a fact, just as good as a fact. Can I invert the subject-verb ...
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Can I use part of body as a subject in active sentence?

His hand held a sword Is this sentence passive? Someone told me that this sentence uses a passive voice because 'his hand' is attached to a person, so in order to make it active, I should change it ...
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“The last I saw someone” phrase

Is it correct to say “she was in the lab the last I saw a her”? I just want to convey that she was in the lab the last time I saw her. But is the grammar correct? Also does it imply that we will not ...
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I don't get how to use prepositions in these simple sentences!

"What time did you arrive at class?" "What time did you arrive to class?" I looked up a grammar question and the top "at" sentence is what one of the users wrote in the comments. I think the first ...
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The structure of this sentence? “What does the man suggest is the best solution?”

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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Is this sentence unambiguous?

The original sentence: The changes identified by David Graddol all present clear and major challenges to the UK's providers of English language teaching to people of other countries and to broader ...
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Which sounds better? [closed]

This is another part of a song I am writing, and I need an opinion. The lyric is, "The innocence, that once was there, now (or is) hollowed out, and sadly bare." The words that I'm struggling to fit ...
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Should names/original nouns go in the introductory clause or main clause?

At first, I wrote this: Clutching his striped tie, sitting on the couch, Mary waited for Tom to come out from the bathroom. A native speaker changed that into this: Clutching Tom's tie, ...
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“that of-” or ”one of-”

I often hear (a)that of/those of, but I don’t hear (b) the one of. Is (b) common or strange among native speakers? (a) Computers at that time were quite different from those of today. (b) ...
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Which makes more sense? [closed]

I'm writing a song, but I'm torn between what truly makes sense for this verse. The verse is, "Too early, to be swept away from, mothers." Should it be, "Took away", "Picked away", "Torn away", or ...