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Which one is correct: 'the Russian government' or 'the Russia government'?

Governments don't have ethnicities so one would think that it's correct to say 'the Russia/US government'. However, I countless times heard people say 'the Russian/American government'. Which one is ...
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Whether this sentence is grammatically and semantically correct?

Indian constitution is not as flexible and rigid as British constitution and American constitution respectively.
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When should I use “cause” and “causes”?

I dont understand when to use the "cause" and the "causes". what is the difference? I am writing this book review, and really need some help with this. The sentence im struggling with is "In both ...
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what is meant by “in an otherwise” in a sentence?

Here is the statement: This is not a temporary rupture in an otherwise stable equilibrium: the crisis through which we are living is a turning point in history.
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Complete sentence as subject of another sentence

1: you're coming is unacceptable 2: I love you is often heard these days I can't remember many examples right now, i see people are using whole sentence as subject of another sentence most cases Is ...
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“it is rusted” or “it has rusted” or “it has been rusted”?

Are they correct? or what are differences among these sentenses? it is rusted. it has rusted. it has been rusted.
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What is this usage of be-verbs?

I was in New York. I have been in this armchair for 4 hours. BTS is temporarily in the USA. Does this usage of be-verbs actually mean 'exist'?
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Please correct the sentence

It would be a Hamas rocket heading over onto southern Isreal Is it grammatically correct sentence? For me the sentence should be "it would be a Hamas rocket that is heading over onto southern Isreal"...
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Choosing between Present perfect and Past perfect

The task is about choosing the past perfect/present perfect/past simple. And I am asking about the part with ‘change’: Last week, I (run) __ into an ex-girlfriend of mine. We (see, not) __ ...
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Livelihood vs livelihoods usage

I am really confused about the usage of livelihood and livelihoods in below sentences: "The falling orders for new ships mean that many shipyard workers are likely to lose their livelihood." "Many ...
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Comma before main verb

I saw her crying, helped me understand the matter" As i know comma before main verb is grammatically wrong, isn't helped main verb here?
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What keep/keeps me

I was wondering which one of these is correct? What keeps me sane, during these insane times, are my books. Or What keep me sane, during these insane times, are my books. I understand that ...
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Can we use different prepositions using Future Perfect Tense?

My questions is: Can we use different prepositions using Future Perfect Tense? Some context. I will have finished my work BY 10 o'clock or BEFORE 10 o'clock or UNTIL 10 o'clock. I heard that only BY ...
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“At” or “On” another level [duplicate]

I’ve heard that when you talk about a “level” the right preposition to use should be “on” but I recently read this tweet: “We are at another level” just next to a video of a person desinfecting a cup ...
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Do we use the singular or plural form here?

Consider the singular use of "a sentence" in this statement: This is a question about the origin of "pretty" as an adverb in a sentence like "that's pretty good" or a phrase like "pretty much"...
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'went with it' and 'hard five massive major ammunition sites' meaning

]2 https://youtu.be/5QZmMWSVw_4?t=159 from this................. 1) What does went with it mean? 2) 'We had very,very hard five massive major ammunition sites' -> What is it about?
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What's the usage of “only” here?

She's just like a guy I know. Only, he didn't get a small practice bike He bought a fucking Harley-Davidson, despite having never rode a bike. Is it actually like "Not only did he get a small ...
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does this type of conditional expresses no possibility in the past?

does this type of conditional expresses no possibility in the past? If she found that she had herself some power of producing the raps, however obscure the way by which she did it, she would be ...
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What form is it "understand someone to have Verb+ed? Is it a right form?

As in "his answer does not even attempt to teach any skills, which I understand the OP to have requested" Could someone tell me what form of use this is and share a reference link? Thank you
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How is it better to say?

How is it better to say: 1 I hope the time is still enough to get the certificate before next trip due to extended vacation. I hope the time is still enough and I will get the certificate ...
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subjunctive mood without 'would'?

I've seen the sentence below in The TV show Friends. If little Joey's dead, then I got no reason to live. But I think it should be If little Joey's dead, then I would/should/might get no reason to ...
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“Have someone + adj” means “make someone + adj?”

When I first saw these sentences bellow, I thought they meant "Have someone +adj around yourself", You have me sad for most days They'll have you suicidal But, when I translated, I saw that ...
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Do I need to put a second article after “and” in the sentence “I am a songwriter and author.”?

Do I need to put a second article after "and" in the sentence "I am a songwriter and author."
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What is “You would need to …” meaning? any colloquial example or example? where to use? how the receiver feels?

As the title. I am learning English. I want to know "You would need to ..." meaning? any colloquial example or example? where to use? how the receiver feels? I am new to English.
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A wrong sentence

I just found the following sentence in an English grammar book: The sun, which is one of millions of stars in the universe, provides us with heat and light. Is it correct? I mean doesn't it need a ...
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Add[ing] a splendid production

Which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct?: Add a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Adding a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Why, ...
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What is the difference between the following sentences in this context?

If I want to ask my friend if a school work that we are doing belongs to a specific school subject which of the following sentences should I use: 1 does that work have to do with that subject? ...
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What is the difference between “trying” and “tried” in this context?

I want to say that in a near past I tried to run a computer program,but it didn't work. What is the difference between the following sentences: 1 I tried to run the computer program,but it didn't ...
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What is the grammar rule for “might + verb1, and verb2”?

Exposing individuals' personal data might make them vulnerable to cyber fraud and piracy, which might result in them losing money and put/puts their privacy at risk. When I write might + verb1, ...
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Any other books or any other book

Any other books or any other book? We usually say any book, and not any books, but when we put other, we seem to say any other books instead of any other book. Are both sentences equivalent or not? ...
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Which preposition should I use when saying “Idea of” or “Idea on”

Which preposition should I use when asking someone about their idea on/of something in a formal manner? Saying "idea on" sounds too informal, but "idea of" doesn't sound correct. For example, which ...
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Is Were or Was the correct preposition for 3rd person singular “my heart”?

I understand that if I refer to my heart (my leg, my hair, etc.), it is third person singular and so I should use "WAS", but there's a song called "If my heart WERE a ball" that brought this question ...
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What is the function of “exhausts” in this context? Does “more than exhausts” refer to “the psychic knowledge”?

What is the function of "exhausts" in this context? Does "more than exhausts" refer to "the psychic knowledge"? Both Kate Fox Jencken and Margaret Fox-Kane died in the early 'nineties, and their ...
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What's the difference between can,could and may?

What's the difference between can,could and may? I'm an English learner,can you help me? I'm from China,so I can't understand them... Thanks!
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Is the phrase “using doping” correct?

Using doping in the following context sounds peculiar to me: Researchers have said that 30 cases of Meldonium use were opened in 2018, while only 10 cases were opened in 2019. She has added that ...
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When I write a sentence “ Around 90% of population are Hinduism”

In the above sentence, Is it correct grammatically ? When I write it is said its wrong. Where is the wrong
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Has lifted or is lifted?

Which is correct? Can you imagine the weight that has lifted off of her shoulders? or Can you imagine the weight that is lifted off of her shoulders?
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Is this grammar correct? I've been looking for similar sentences but couldn't find anything

My question is: It would be great if you buy us pizza. I said this to my friend when I was trying hard to convince him to buy us pizza. I am currently studying conditionals and found out that since I ...
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What to call a single thing of these uncountable nouns?

the words are: sand, sugar, rice, salt and tea. as for the tea I mean the leaves not the drink.
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one adjective multiple nouns

At various times, in various situations, they carried M-14s and CAR-15s and Swedish Ks and grease guns and captured AK-47s and Chi-Coms and RPGs and Simonov carbines and black market Uzis and .38-...
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Future perfect continuous + Would

while I was writing the phrase below, I had some doubt about the grammatical coherence. It seems mandatory, that people will have been working on this issue before the effects would ramped up. ...
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Which one is correct? “Why is art a culture” or “Why art is a culture”? Someone please explain. Thank you!

I'm just a little bit confused today. If I were to ask a question, would it be "Why is art a culture?" or "Why art is a culture?". Is there a difference? I'm thinking the correct one is the former but ...
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Same Noun and Verbs

We swing on the swing; Glue(to use glue) with Glue; Juice(to squeeze to make juice) to make juice. What is the name for these kind of sentences that the noun and verb are the same?
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Is “and” or “or” better in this sentence?

When I was writing a manual, I wrote a sentence like example no.1 below. Is it natural to use an "or" like the bolded ones in the sentence? Or it is better to use "and" like example no.2? 1 You ...
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“as it would be natural” or “as would be natural”?

I recently had a paper reviewed and, among other things, one of the reviewers said that I should replace the sentence "as it would be natural" by "as would be natural". The whole whole sentence on ...
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Isolated infinitive in explanatory elements of a sentence

You were supposed to get rid of distractions, to focus, so you could have achieved that prize you lost. I'm not sure if in the sentence above the correct would be “to focus”, “focusing” or simply “...
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To access to/ To access it / to access?

I want to describe to someone in my code, that I am writing it in a certain place for him,so he can have an easier access to it. So I wrote : ' So it will be easier to access it ' But I am not ...
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i wrote something..please review it!

On Friday, My father took me library and I returned the book. I'll be able to send request for leave of absence to my professor. I ate a spaghetti for lunch, it tates okay but that's all. Now, I'm ...
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Is this correct sentence in this circumstance?

I want to know due date for my assignment which is given by teacher. In this situation, is it correct to say"when is the due date for this assignment" or " what is the due date for this assignment" or ...
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does this “will” relates to future tense?

does this "will" relates to future tense? "No, my belief in Spiritualism has undergone no change. When I made those dreadful statements I was not responsible for my words. Its genuineness is an ...

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