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Is there an alternate way of saying “on your hand(s)” or one of your hands or both of them?

If there's blood on one of your hands, the machine will detect it. If there's blood on one of your hands or both of them, the machine will detect it. So, is there a way to rewrite the last sentence ...
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“I should have studied last night, but I didn't.” (tense choice)

I should have studied last night, but I didn't. I've come across this sentence in a grammar book. Why the present perfect is used after "should", but the past simple is used to say "I didn't"? The ...
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Usage of 'as' before Adjectives: [on hold]

In the following sentence, should I put 'as' before the adjective 'offensive'? I hope you won't take my criticism as offensive. I hope you won't take my criticism offensive. I feel as if the ...
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Zero & 1st conditionals. Are these replaceable?

Could you please let me know if we could always use 1st conditional instead of zero conditional? Already, I know that the Zero conditional is used for always true things or scientific facts and The ...
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Meaning of the phrase “to be used” in context

Here it is: And as blatantly obvious as this is, the norm in exercise programming is to ignore it. We are taught to test a novice for his 1-rep maximum capacity on the various exercises to be used, ...
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“Been quite a trip, it has” - Correct or Incorrect?

I came across a phrase which was used in a random American TV series. The phrase looks like this: Been quite a trip, it has I highly doubt it's grammatically incorrect. I also have tried to find ...
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'Make amends to her' or 'Make her amends'

Is it grammatical to use 'make one's amends' as a synonym for 'make amends to one'? Is the phrase in question old-fashioned?
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Little Betty Blue :Give her another

I read this Mother Goose the other day. Little Betty Blue Lost her holiday shoe: Give her another To match the other And then she may walk in two In the third line,is it possible to replace "another" ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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what is the construction of this part?

Noise, when benign in nature, much conduces to the amelioration of spirits. In a coffee house, say, what may explain that buoy in the bosom, that warmth, that sense of security, yea, assurance, of one'...
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Is there any semantical or grammatical problem with the pattern “You should not X so that Y would not Z”?

You should not let yourself be arrested by the authorities so that his sacrifice would not have been in vain. I heard the above was incorrect, but the person couldn't tell me why it was incorrect. ...
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Can two verbs be used one after another?

I noticed a sentence today in an article: The index counts start from 1 instead of 0. I'm not sure if this is a grammatically correct sentence and just want to confirm. As I remember, you can't ...
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How do we say “placed my thumb inside a hose” while inverting the word order of thumb and hose?

He placed the hose around his thumb? I can't really think of an idiomatic way of saying it. Is it just me? I am trying to think of a good phrasal verb for this.
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How should I understand this sentence and the meaning of “pointed”?

They all seem to look alike (though they come from all over)--lean, pointed, dedicated faces, wearing jeans and sandals, eating their buns and bedding down for the night on the flagstones outside the ...
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got closed vs was closed vs has been closed

Now I would like to transfer my PF from A company to B company provided both the companies have proper digital signatures in EPFO website. But the issue is, my previous company has been closed 6 ...
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When can the determiner 'any' be omitted?

Can I omit any in the following sentence? If I do so, Do they sound natural and grammatical?  Yesterday I had my camera with me, but I did not take any photos. Many grammar books say it is not ...
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If “discuss about” is redundant, what about “discuss with you about”?

My research showed that "discuss about" is incorrect because "discuss" is a transitive verb which means an object have to be attached. So "discuss about" would be redundant as in "talk about about". ...
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“make someone likely to do”?

In grammar rule, the verb "make" follow infinitive without "to": for example my teacher made me study hard. But I found a below sentence. The act of being heavily committed makes an executive ...
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Can I say “on the first sign” instead of “at”?

For me differentiating prepositions at, in, and on are very difficult. Now I found the following sentence over Duolingo French course: At the first road sign, turn left. This is the translation ...
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Grammatical phrasing Question

Is it correct to say “ How many times do you have to ask me and I would still give you the same answer “ ? My point is stop asking me the same question over and over and at the end u know my answer ...
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What does “up through” mean?

I'm reading a history book and there is a sentence that really confuses me: up through the twelfth century What time does it indicate exactly?
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If Mary Alice was having problems, she should have come to us

Gabby: Susan, are you okay? Susan: I'm just so angry. If Mary Alice was having problems, she should have come to us. She should have let us help her. Gabby: What kind of problems could she ...
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Learning Enlgish for beginners [on hold]

I'm new in Enlgish language and I want to start learning English. I learning english reading a programming books etc.. but I think it's not good way to start learning English, there are too much words....
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find and correct mistakes in following sentence [on hold]

1) since the beginning THE 20TH CENTURY, the AVERAGE temperature HAS RAISED by about 0.8c and this has far-reaching CONSEQUENCES. 2) it is CLAIMED by scientists that CLIMATE CHANGE will effect the ...
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“Does the university have” or “Does the university has”? [duplicate]

I do self-study for some English exam and this is a sentence from some online resource, which I suppose to listen and write down. "Does the university have an ice-hockey team?" In my opinion, since ...
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Do you say “I got/had/took a vaccine for the flu”?

I thought all of them were correct, but I was told "had a vaccine" is the idiomatic usage. Why is that? Is there a particular reason for this?
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“My availability for the next two weeks (is/are) as follows”

Which is correct? My availability for the next two weeks are as follows OR My availability for the next two weeks is as follows I'm confused because I don't know if I should focus on the word "...
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Some text review [on hold]

I'm learning English. Some time ago I posted this thread. Could you please do a review of my grammar? What should I correct?
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<Prefer> in conditionals in reference to future [on hold]

Hello everyone: Are the following sentences grammatically correct? Situation: A friend of mine has come to me for advice: a. I would prefer it if you would come on another day; I am really busy ...
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I was once a fan of..? or I was a fan of…?

I would like to know if it would be okay to use ”I was once a fan” or “I was a fan” .
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Is “Over how many days is your coughing problem now?” correctly phrased?

How do ask the duration in days of person's coughing in English? Let's say you have a friend who have been constantly coughing for several days until now. You asked: Over how many days is/are your ...
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Ever with simple present

Quote from "Slaughterhouse five" novel My boss was one of the toughest guys I ever hope to meet. I know tense in the sentence determine s the scope of "ever".so that means he wants to say that he ...
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Use “who are” in a sentence that is not a question

I know that we use are in present continue in questions: who + {is/are} + {verb + ing} Can I use who are also in a sentence that is not a question? I think you should not talk to guys who are not ...
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Correct use of tenses and grammer [on hold]

Distance has made me realise or distance never made me realise .which among the two sentence is correct?
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“a tiger” vs “the tiger”

Suppose in an exam I am told to write a paragraph about "tiger"? Should I start with a or the? A/the tiger is a ferocious animal. It eats flesh. It has four legs. Its skin is yellow with black ...
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Could attend vs. can attend

I'm reading tips and tricks for an exam I'm going to take I and saw the following paragraph: Be careful with “should vs. could”: e.g the sentence “Product Owner could attend the Daily Scrum” is ...
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How can I repeat things (fall in the same category) using a comma

Suppose I have many things that are fall in the same category. Suppose further that I need to use a bracket ( ) to add further information. Then, how can I repeat these things correctly? The ...
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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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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 [duplicate]

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? [closed]

Telling my intention of when I was searching for a post on Facebook is challenging because it might sound silly.
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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? [on hold]

Why did you go there? I went to meet my friend..... In this example is "GO" a non finite verb? If so please explain