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Specifying the auxiliary verb before and after the coordinating conjunction

Are the following two sentences identical? It has given me real satisfaction and motivated me to perform my duties toward mankind. And It has given me real satisfaction and has motivated me to ...
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'I know to drive' or 'I know how to drive'

I know to drive. or I know how to drive. Are both sentences grammatically correct?
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Coordinating conjunction commas

Scientists did not find it problematic to explain the physical world with nonphysical phenomenon in seventeenth-century England. Though Bacon did. A) No Change B) England, but Bacon did. C) England; ...
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See him leave/leaving

I have a question about the difference between the following two sentences: He might be punished if he is seen leaving the campus. He might be punished if he is seen to leave the campus. Do ...
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Confusing about phrase which I should use after “than”

Young people's expenditure in Canada is more evenly split than in Poland. or Young people's expenditure in Canada is more evenly split than that in Poland. I always have the challenge with this ...
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IF you miss to see… you MIGHT lose the match(1st conditional?)

We often see grammar books with fixed format to be used. When it comes to 1st conditional we see this: IF+present tense, then WILL... IF you don't study well, you WILL fail the exam. BUT, ...
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Need help with verb tenses [on hold]

Two people were married to one another. Can I say: They were destined to had been together?
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Would Vs Will in a sentence

What is the difference in the meaning between the following two sentences? In the future, I don't know whether the hobby would persist. Or, In the future, I don't know whether the hobby will ...
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Should it be was “completed” or “completed”? which one is correct?

The antidepressants that I was prescribed were giving me vertigo attacks. So I decided to stay at home until my course was completed
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To Verb+ing or To Verb

Why are there two different formats that is ' ~to being able ~' and '~to hold~' in the following sentence. Is it correct that 'to' connecting with a verb not v-ing ? 'It's equivalent to being able ...
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How to correct those doorplates? Need your assistance [on hold]

everyone. I am an non-English speaker. My boss ask me to check if there any problems of the translation of those rooms numbers. I have no idea , it seems a little awkward, but I didn't find any ...
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“Where can I download music for free?” Is “for” a preposition or idiom there?

I read on newspaper. In this sentence: "Where can I download music for free?" is "for" a preposition? If "for" is a preposition, "free" couldn't be a adverb or adjective.
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Best way to say after calling someone and no answer!

What is the best formal way to document when you called someone and did not succeed to get hold of him/her? I am usually documented the case as calling Mr X but no answer, but have the feeling could ...
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How to ask for referent of pronoun who is the subject in a noun clause

Person 1: "I don't understand what it is about." Person 2 wants to know what 'it' refers to. She could say "You don't understand what what is about?" or else "What is it that you don't understand ...
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Unreal uses of past tenses “if only+simple past” vs “if only+past perfect”

If only I knew the answer! What's the difference between simple past and past perfect in unreal uses of past tenses? ● What's the difference between these two sentences? If only you didn't ...
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Active voice Vs Passive voice

Which of the following two sentences is correct? I got used to using the computer after I had admitted to the university. Or, I got used to using the computer after I had been admitted to the ...
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“I found an Interesting comparison, and it is ( or was? ) …” Are there another ways to say this sentence? Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

"... I found an Interesting comparison (here), and it's about the cardiac muscle's immense power: You should have learned that skeletal muscles can contract rapidly, but get tired easily. On the other ...
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All we seem to do is argue or is arguing

Another strange sentence I found in a grammar book: "All we seem to do is argue." I thought it should be arguing. I could not find the noun argue in any dictionary. Could you explain this?
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Is “the tough get going” grammatically wrong?

I see an idiom: “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Is there a reason why get in “the tough get going” doesn’t have s?
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while grammar rule

Someone has told me that if the verb of principal clause is continuous, then the subordinate clause started with while must also be in continuous tense. For example, While mobile phone is ...
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“The + noun” vs “they”

Does the students in the following sentence sound natural and is it grammatical?  Here's the example: There are 50 students in my class. The students/they are very honest and creative. I know I can ...
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H independent or independently sorted?

I read these two sentences: Such an array is said to be h-sorted. Put another way, an h-sorted array is h independent sorted sub-sequences, interleaved together. I don't know the grammar behind ...
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Complex noun phrases

Chains, of volcanic islands called archipelagos, provide evidence that the hotspot stays in place as the tectonic plate passes over it. A) NO CHANGE B) Chains of volcanic islands, called ...
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The meaning of “with + noun + participle” phrase

With technology advancing rapidly since the advent of the computer, today's video games are preferable to those that were produced two decades ago. What is the meaning of “with + noun + participle” ...
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Usage of “the” and omission of “the”

If I don't use the in the following sentences, would that be ungrammatical? (The) students in this school are very smart. (The) people in this town are very frankly.
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Wake up vs woke up

Which one is correct? I woke up at 3 everyday I wake up at 3 everyday
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As soon as structure

Are the following two sentences both correct? If so, what is the difference between them? She got married as soon as she resigned from the CEO position of the company. And, She got married as ...
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status of an object is noun or adjective? [on hold]

I am Asian software engineer. I have to put status to the CaseIssue to the record of my database. It is an incident database of the problem that technician and engineer will check and get back to ...
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“Ends in” or “ends with” a phone call

I was writing a question on Security.SE and couldn't figure out which pronoun was actually correct in the sentence: This [process] always ends with/in a phone call. The intended meaning is that ...
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Difference between “no” and “no other”

Can anyone who knows the language well please tell me the difference between "no" and "no other" in the following sentences? Are they both correct? In speaking, I have seen both are used. No student ...
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Advance in or advance to

What is the preposition for this: In life, you have to secure the basics first, before you advance in/to another stage. Can you use them interchangeably? While googling, some entries have advance ...
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Why do we use gerunds?

I am very impress the way he explained the perfect infinitive. I tried to contact him but found no email. Could any one kind enough to explain the gerunds as he explained perfect infinitive? Perfect ...
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punctuation mark

Which one of the following two sentences is correct? The boy whose pen was lost was very poor. Or, The boy whose pen was lost, was very poor. Do I require a comma before the 2nd was? Could ...
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“With knowing” grammar checking AND/OR synonyms

I have this sentence that forms a disaster for me. I know what is wrong with it but I can't find some suitable fixes. The sentence is: I'm actually wondering why did the chef keep silent all that ...
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Usage of “no other” with “comparative” and “positive” degree

I have a question regarding no other. I have given two examples using no other. One in comparative degree and the other in positive degree. Here are the examples: 1- No other poet in the world is ...
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Please explain the use of 'could' in the sentence [on hold]

Would anyone please explain the use of 'could' in the sentence below? We could go to the cinema tomorrow.
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Ground for dropping the article the

"The input activates this innate structure, but only input of a very specific kind (i + 1) will be useful in altering a learner’s grammar." What is the ground for omitting the article "the" before ...
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What does the adverb “early” modify?

Early in the morning our house was surrounded by cars. What does the adverb "early" modify here? Does it modify the phrase "in the morning", or the phrase "was surrounded", or is it a sentential ...
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'I'm dressed warmly' or 'I'm dressed warm'?

There are some controversies about the word usage in this context. So, which example is grammatically correct: "I'm dressed warmly" or "I'm dressed warm"?
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worked on a team or in a team? which phrase is correct? [duplicate]

“I work {on/with/in} a team”? I work on a team- means I'm a member I work with a team- means I contribute my knowledge as a member I work in a team- means I'm in the location where the ...
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Difference between “past perfect” and “present perfect”

Should I use 'haven't occurred' or 'hadn't occurred' in the context? Yesterday a tragic bus accident happened in Kolkata. At least 60 people died in the accident. The bus driver was found responsible ...
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Can i use 'the'

It's a boy who stole my hat. If in a similar sentence is something mentioned for the first time, but it is known exactly who it is, can I use an article the? If both speakers do not know what exactly ...
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Usage of “the” and its omission

I have a question regarding usage of the. My question is if I use the and if I don't use the in the sentences what difference it create. Here are my examples: 1- These are (the) people who help poor ...
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What's the difference between seem & appear in this sentence?

What's the difference between seem & appear in this sentence? It appears/seems that the man had been murdered. Are there any specific structures for using these verbs?
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“To be” or “for being”

Hello everybody, glad you invited me. I'm so happy to be/for being here. What is a better option to use? Is there any rule in deciding which to choose and when? I mean, not only in this example. ...
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Question about apostrophe usage with 2 possessors [duplicate]

Normally, with a single person owning the object, I would say: This is Tom's object. However, if there are 2 people, should I have apostrophes on both subjects or just on the second one? E.g. These ...
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How structure this sentence to make it easier to read?

I am a non-native speaking developer and when I am writing documentation of some data structure I usually use the following sentence structure as a definition of a property: ID of the contract this ...
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Shy X short of - can be used without stating the amount by something is short?

I have seen sentences like: They scored just shy of 100 points. Can "short of" be used in the same way? They scored just short of 100 points. I know I could say "they scored just a few points ...
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In the room vs at the room [closed]

I have been searching google and I also got some answers but they didn't satisfy me .Could someone answer it in a "native" way .
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Is this sentence grammatically valid?

Is this sentence grammatically valid? — The king had many occasions experiencing the power of the hermit's talisman. It sort of sounds correct to my ears, for I have heard examples like — "He ...