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Using of verb+ing and to do

I wanna explain my confusing in a sentence : " Do I have to obligate to do this?" " Do I have to obligate doing this?" Is there any difference between this sentence? First one I ...
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“Either”: unexceptionable even when it applies to more than two clauses

Used before the first of two or more coordinates or clauses linked by or: no paraphrase with any is available. https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=either WHETHER (conj.) 3. Either: He passed ...
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What's the difference between “If … had …, … would …” and “If … had …, … would have …”

I was learning about conditionals and saw these sentences: If he had studied harder, he would have passed the exam. The fans would be miserable now if their team had been relegated. My question is ...
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Is it acceptable to use zero conditional and first conditional for an imaginary situation?

I know that second conditional is used for an imaginary situation: If I had the superpower of teleportation, I would teleport the spoon to the Moon. Is it acceptable to use first conditional and ...
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Which is correct subject verb agreement: 'Two miles IS/ARE a long distance'?

two miles is a long distance or two miles are a long distance I would like to explain to my students clearly.
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Is it acceptable to use “price from” instead of “price starts from” [closed]

If one were to use "Price from $5" will it be understood as "Price starts from $5" or will it be seen as a grammar mistake? I have to fit in a data table with a restricted column ...
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Sentence concering unreal time

Can you please explain to me why this following sentence uses Past Perfect when we have a hypothetical current situation? From what I read when we have sentences with Supposing/Imagine (functioning as ...
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Is it (patho)physiological, (patho-)physiological or (patho)-physiological? [closed]

I'm not sure what the correct usage of hyphens is if they are used to provide a word alternative. Example: These are released from cells under certain (patho)physiological conditions. Bonus question: ...
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Can “nights” be an adverb?

Is "nights" an adverb in the second line of these song lyrics? I used to be a lunatic from the gracious days I used to feel woebegone and so restless nights My aching heart would bleed for ...
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On the use of do/does/did in WH-questions

Working on the book: Raymond Murphy. "English Grammar in Use - Fifth Edition" (p. 109) Chapter 49: Questions 1 But do not use do/does/did if who/what etc. is the subject of the sentence. ...
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Does each word of sentences belong to a part of speech?

When I was learning English my teacher told me every single word belong to a part of speech. but I don't understand There is a car in front of my house. In this sentence, in front of is a ...
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giving the same haircut as

He gave him the same haircut as Winston's. He gave him the same haircut as Winston. He gave him the same haircut as Winston had. Are they all synonymous? I am also wondering if the second one is ...
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resistance to or resistance in?

There's a lot of resistance in the church to allow women to become priests. There's a lot of resistance in the church in allowing women to become priests. The first doesn't sound idiomatic, but I've ...
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double participles and meaning

He's describing seeing ghosts. He's describing how he is seeing ghosts. He's describing the ghosts he's seeing and how he is seeing them. Are these sentences equivalent and synonymous? I am wondering ...
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x the longer you do y

"This ball slowly turns into a cube the longer you hold it." I don't think this is grammatical, because there's a lack of parallelism. "as long as you hold it" is the correct way ...
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Sentences regarding Would Rather

I have difficulty understanding the following sentence: I'd prefer to come out on top in the end, though! Which has to be paraphrased using 'would rather' and the word 'laugh'. The answers are two ...
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the replanning and rebuilding of cities to stem

The nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries saw devastating outbreaks of cholera, typhoid, typhus and influenza in European cities. Physicians such as Jon Snow, from England, and Rudolf Virchow, of ...
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Prepared vs. Prepare & Was drunk vs. Got drunk

"I'm preparing for my next exam". "I'm getting prepared for my next exam" "He was drunk" vs. "He got drunk" Does "Get" change the meaning of "...
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Why using 'They' instead of 'You' in this sentence?

I have a question about this sentence I have found during my daily study rutine of English learning: Anyone have anything they'd like to add to the agenda? I don't understand why is used 'they' ...
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Went through, Been through and Gone through usage [duplicate]

What are the differences between went through, been through and gone through. For instance: I have BEEN THROUGH a lot this year. I WENT THROUGH a lot this year. I have GONE THROUGH a lot this year.
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What is the reason to not use s after a countable noun?

I'm questioning about this sentence below: How do you make this machine work? I took that sentence from my exercise book. So, why didn't they put "s" after "work". Isn't this ...
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What is the rule of subject + gerund in this sentence

I was reading an article, and I noticed that the writer wrote a subject and after it a gerund. The sentence: For (graduates aiming) to become published authors, the prestigious Bridport Prize is a ...
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Society or societies? [closed]

Containing it has necessitated global cooperation among scientists, policymakers and society. I don't know why the word "society" instead of "societies" has been used in the above ...
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Is it possible to use “any” in this sentence: “As for extreme sports, I wouldn't like to take up any”

Is it possible to use any in this sentence: "As for extreme sports, I wouldn't like to take up any." Also, is this sentence grammatically correct or should it be "As for extreme sports,...
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Phony it up meaning in this sentnece

"I hope that college students trying to decide what to do with their lives might read it and decide that it's silly to phony it up, and abandon their passions or even their faint interest, to ...
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What's the difference between (change) and (be changed)

If there are two sentences given to me: I can't do it. (Can't + simple verb) It can't be changed now. (Can't + be + past verb) I'm not able to tell the difference in use. When do we use 1) or 2) ? I ...
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Is this a reduced sentential clause? [closed]

The car flipped over, trapping its occupants inside. Is trapping its occupants inside a reduced sentential clause? Please explain the grammaticality of such uses of present participle phrases.
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can remind or can to remind [closed]

I found this sentence in a book that is as follows: Great poets are expressly aware of this, and they do what they can to remind the rest of us. Is it possible to use 'can' that way?
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What should be appropriate adjective here (worst to worse)?

His condition got from worst to worse. Now to correct sentence i'll use worse to worst but for implying that his condition got better should i use well??
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Which one of these is correct in use?

Now, I have mixed-up over these sentences. I am looking for a good explaining from you. Thanks so much! QA1 I didn't used to like opera, but now I do. (1) I didn't use to like opera, but now I do. (2) ...
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is + past perticiple? and was + past participle?

When is the last time you danced? When was the last time you danced? Yesterday I saw the first sentence written and I don't know if it's correct. Are both of these options correct? If so what's the ...
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which adverb modifies which adverb?

There are two sentences: It is not necessarily good. (I think it means: it may be bad) and It is necessarily not good. (I think it means: it must be bad) I think not modifies necessarily in ...
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In which places we can use past tense instead of present perfect tense and vice versa? [closed]

Mom, where did you put my towel?. Mom, where have you put my towel? I have used past tense and present perfect tense in the same places of different sentences. Are both correct? Which is the correct ...
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fires wildly around himself [closed]

Finn grabs a fire extinguisher and covers him (the terrorist) with foam. Unable to see anything, the terrorist fires wildly around himself. Finn ducks into an office and closes the door. Hi. Is the ...
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How to phrase this sentence correctly (about possibility)

My future self will wonder what could happen if I choose to stay in my current marriage instead. My future self will wonder what would happen had I chosen to stay in my current marriage instead. I ...
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Adverbial before verb before subject

Many grammars say that there are a limited number of sentence patterns in English, usually starting with SP.../SV... (e.g. SPO, SPA, SPOO ...). How would you then explain the existence of AVS ...
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don’t use “the same” in that manner

Here is what I wrote to someone For the following companies submission is done on Greenhouse and Aavia through the link. When submitted through those channels, is it ok to send them an email informing ...
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strucuture of this phrase. “Her also will I bless”

I just came across with this kind of structure, "her also will I bless" I would like to know what kind of grammar does this phrase use, I found it reading the bible. can I use the object ...
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Is this inversion correct?

Could you please tell me if I have used inversion correctly or not? On no account can reforms be postponed any longer.
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Is it correct to say “and therefore”? [closed]

In the following paragraph, I have used the term "and therefore". A teacher of mine said that native speakers never use this, but I have seen it several times. I am curious to know if it is ...
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Can we use 'rather than' and 'or at least' together?

Can we use 'rather than' and 'or at least' together? Paying attention on arts rather than, or at least, as equal as health and defence services could pave the way for founding morally well ...
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What is the difference between “he couldn't do it,” “he couldn't have done it” and “he can't have done it”? [closed]

Could you tell me what the difference is between he couldn't do it, he couldn't have done it and he can't have done it? For example: So you are saying John took his dad's car. He couldn't do it. He ...
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Why is there a “a” before lack in one case and not in the other?

I have a lack of imagination. The party was bonkers, for lack of a better word. I was having a discussion with a friend and some of the points raised were: In the second sentence, "for lack of a ...
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How to ask which one but for people, not objects or animals?

I want to know the "which one" equivalent, but for people like "Which one is right ?"
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is it a correct usage of a reduced relative clause in sentence structure?

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Specially I need to know if I have used the reduced clause "answering their parents back" correctly. Some children misbehave and become ...
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Do they mean the same thing?

No purity of spirit is enough to send you to heaven. No matter how pure you may be, that won't guarantee your ticket to heaven.
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in which of X or Y

You know in which of Sydney or New York the woman called Noemia lives. Is this the proper way to say this? It sounds a bit weird, but I am wondering if you can use that phrase in the way I am using ...
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What's the subject in this sentence?

"Even tap water should be boiled before drinking." What's the subject and the predicate in this sentence?
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A verb in the past or present form in the reported clause after ask?

I was reading a textbook and met this sentence on the topic of reporting speech. She asked of staff that they continue to work as normal until details of the redundancies were given. Previously, the ...
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Does the precedence rules of prepositions and conjunctions change when using and not using determiners? [closed]

Does the precedence rules of prepositions and conjunctions change when using and not using determiners? Examples: below sentences are of the form "<>A of <>B and <>B" (&...

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