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"It provides opportunity for" vs. "It provides the opportunity for"

I came across this expression in this newspaper article: "It provides opportunity for a small nonprofit organization to be competitive with a major brand with huge marketing budget." I was ...
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Is it grammatically right using verbs in present simple tense leading noun clauses?

I've seen a TV series in which a native English speaker always uses verbs in present simple tense leading noun clauses, such as: The only thing you can do is find a place and watch. Is it an ...
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How to understand the sentence "The instance that A will register itself with once it has been fully configured in B."?

The instance that A will register itself with once it has been fully configured in B. In my understanding, this sentence can be understand as the following: The instance (that A will register itself ...
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Is it grammatically right omitting repetitive verbs in sentences following "than"?

I've read a sentence from a TV series which goes as this: I would sooner trust a tick than I would her. Is the sentence grammatically right? I haven't seen usages as this one before, nor have I seen ...
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Which of grammatical structures can indicate "your day and mood ruined"?

FOBO, or Fear of a Better Option, is the anxiety that something better will come along, which makes it undesirable to commit to existing choices when making a decision. It’s an affliction of abundance ...
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Are these two "that" omissions the same situation?

This was a problem (that) he had to face. I find it a little odd (that) you don't get out much. Are these two that-omission situations the same (e.g. regarding to parts of speech)? Why or why not?
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Does this sentence have an indirect object?

If you have any queries, ask a member of staff. My textbook talks about the "member of staff" being an indirect object. However, I don't see how it would be. I just wanted to double-check ...
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I'd just/I had just/I just expected

Woman: Haven't you heard? I got fired last month. Friend: What happened? Woman: I snapped at a customer. He tipped me two dollars, and I don't know why, but I'd just expected something more. So I ...
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does "help" require an ing form?

A native English-speaker corrected my "help observing" with "help observe" in a written text: I provide a lens to help you observing the ants. I cannot really see the rationale, ...
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How to understand "doing thee injuries" in "Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries"?

I read the following sentence in Shakespeare's book "A Midsummer Night's Dream". Hippolyta, I woo'd thee with my sword, and won thy love doing thee injuries I don't understand the usage of ...
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'Let not + noun/pronoun' vs 'Let + noun/pronoun + not'

I know that the sentence "Do not let him go" sounds okay. Now-a-days the phrase "Let not" is, however, old-fashioned ("Let me not to the marriage of true minds" sonnet ...
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Congressional District is generally lowercased but because it is in front of a proper noun (Maryland) then 'congressional district' is capitalized?

Sentence :Lieutenant Governor Rutherford's State Administration has invested 62 million dollars in the West North Avenue community to demolish and revitalize 100 houses from Milton to Hilton Boulevard,...
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How wrong is 'how do you think of it'?

I understand What do you think of it? What do you call this (in English)? are correct while *How do you think of it? *How do you call this (in English)? are incorrect because the thing being asked ...
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Does this sentence sound natural? Any suggestions to better communicate the message?

As a believer in the power and effectiveness of cryptographic systems, I am interested in using such systems to solve critical challenges faced by our societies.
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I am really confused about the use of ones in following sentences [closed]

ones personal traits can be highly influenced by its surroundings and education. an individual surroundings plays a vital role in shaping ones personality numerous things can be done to mould ones ...
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How to mix semi-colon and comma in a long sentence?

I am very confused about the use of semi-colon. I don't think I ever understood its usage even though I often feel the need for using it. How would I write the following sentence without confusing my ...
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What is the difference between method and procedure?

What is the difference between 'method' and 'procedure'? And What is the difference between 'method' and 'procedure' in the context below. 'Traditional methods of generating energy' or 'Traditional ...
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Difference between fell and had fallen

I found the correct answer of an English exercise very confusing and I am not sure if both are correct or I am just being an idiot. Why is She was taken to the hospital last night, because she fell ...
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"A way" or "any way" , what is correct?

What of these is correct? and if both are correct, what is there any difference or connotation in the meaning? or, are there different in terms of formality? Is there a way you could send me the ...
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The general difference between 'is no' and 'is not'

Even though there's already a similar question here, mine is a bit different. I want to know if they can be used interchangeably. This question came to my mind, actually when I was playing Duolingo. I ...
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Ultra Cold Neutrons tau, the latter of which

However, the new study was able to find the most accurate measurement of neutron life with the bottle technique. The experiment, called UCNtau (or Ultra Cold Neutrons tau, the latter of which means ...
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How to explain the difference between these two sentences?

I'm looking for an easy way to explain the word "eat" in these two sentences. Don't you eat? Don't you like to eat? What are the grammatical terms or ways of explaining the word "eat&...
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Should the word 'District' be capitalized in the below sentence?

Sentence 1: The trip took us out of the District on the Maryland side as we headed west through picturesque rolling hills and farm lands. (note shouldn't district be lowercased-if not why not..please?)...
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so or such useful information

Should "so" or "such" be used in the following? He gave us so/such useful information that we found the answer quickly.
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What is the way to explain these two grammar points?

I'm looking for an easy way to explain the grammar in these two sentences I'm eating an apple What I'm eating is an apple What are the grammatical terms or ways of explaining these two? I want to ...
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On vs In for Place

I recently read a really good article on https://www.clarkandmiller.com/ There is an explanation of On vs In for Place. The author says that we cannot say "We spent all afternoon in the beach&...
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Would "in an office" here refer to a set of rooms/offices and not one specific office where an individual works?

He works in an office on the seventh floor. Would "in an office" here refer to a set of rooms/offices and not just one specific office where one individual works?
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____ ant is very industrious creature [closed]

Which is more perfect--- The ant is very industrious creature. Or An ant is very industrious creature.
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Can we say 'I haven't seen (someone) for days' to mean 'I never saw (someone) before'?

The title is clear, I suppose. This question appeared when I saw someone who's a native English commented something like this: We'd have to ask an alien and I haven't seen one for days. In my ...
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Can quite some be used in place of quite a few?

Can 'quite some' be used in place of 'quite a few' in the following sentence? When a person is emotionally attached to an institution, he or she tends not to see quite a few things wrong with it. ...
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ability and inabilty (Positive and negative)

Context: I am not good at drawing, so which sentence should I use? Don't judge me by my ability to draw or Don't judge me by my inability to draw
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What does "for a million bucks" mean in "I wouldn't have gone inside for a million bucks"?

I am reading The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, and I've found it difficult to interpret the phrase "for a million bucks" in the context below. Then a funny thing happened. When I got to ...
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When to use the word "will" in topically connected sentences, and how it affects their overall meaning?

First example: "If the player is unfortunate enough to be challenged, the duelist will present them with two flintlock pistols. When the player has chosen their weapon, a countdown will start. At ...
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Always" "usually" "often" "sometimes" "never"

Usually we use words like "always" "usually" "often" "sometimes" "never" in present passive as in "He is always given a surprise" and past ...
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Can "if this is of any help" be used at the beginning of this sentence? [closed]

How come you have never run across Amy before? No idea. If this is of any help, I live in the low zone; in the district 12.
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Hi all.. could you please help me with this question [closed]

Tyra's a war correspondent. A. Doesn't she B. Is she? C. Will she ever? D. Don't you think? I go for (d )but not sure. If it is a tag question, the answer should be negative..and ( doesnt) is wrong ...
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"from out there" - can it mean a different world or something like that?

I have been reading a lot of lovecraftian stories and in some of them, there is often a phrase such as "something from out there". There is e.g. a story by August Derleth that is called just ...
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"X consists of elements from Y and just them" - is grammar right?

I found the following comment in code: // Checking that sorted array consists of all elements of the initial array and just them. Is it correct to use "them" towards abstract objects? Is ...
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Still more (never mentioned the comparative)

... though the effort of standing up had drained him of still more colour, and he swayed slightly as he spoke. From Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter Cat, Rat And Dog Here it ...
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Should the present perfect form of the verb "continue" not be used in the following sentence?

I have seen the following sentence in some article: Frankly, I think the point it makes is rather obvious, but to my surprise the publication was followed by a further flood of objections that - more ...
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What is the right way to include a list of items?

Example sentence: Please proceed to remove the agreed items from the list. There was a former discussion on the items and I'd like to highlight the items again in the final action to take. Is the ...
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"... hours he spent leisurely" vs. "... hours he spent them leisurely."

The first two hours he spent (them) leisurely. Google Docs suggested that I remove them in that sentence. But if I do that, spent doesn't have an object anymore. Or maybe it's okay to omit objects in ...
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The word order of a comparative phrase seems strange

I have seen the following paragraph in some article: One can imagine a computer simulation of the action of peptides in the hypothalamus that is accurate down to the last synapse. But equally one can ...
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Uncountable noun 1 OR Uncountable 2 ARE/IS

I have just read the following: These design rules play an important role, and reworking or enhancement of their function represent a possible outcome of ... Why not "represents"? I ...
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Meaning of "to-be"

Can somebody please explain the meaning of "to-be" here: Yet we should not be disappointed at the sight of an empty seat, for the power of the sacred place still resonates and can be felt ...
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I never have no problem [duplicate]

I just saw this sentence and I don't know how to translate properly into spanish, due to the words "never" and "no" And another example that I saw in a song was: "We never ...
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Placing long phrases at the end of sentences/clauses

I have seen the following sentence in some article: Where some understanding exists of how brain processes produce mental phenomena-for example, pain, thirst, vision, smell-it is clear that specific ...
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Why can 'it is/was' be followed by plural?

This is a subchapter from my grammar book [book by Swan] about emphasizing with it and what, and there are some sentences (that in my opinion) break the grammar's rule. We can emphasize a part of a ...
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Use of being in a sentence

What is the difference between following two sentences? Thanks for my sister Thanks for being my sister I would like to know which one is correct? If both are correct then what is the difference? ...
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Can you omit the "a" at any time?

Craig is wearing fancy suit. Craig is wearing a fancy suit. Are both ok and can you omit the "a" at any time, or you can only do it in a particular situation?

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