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One-choice question

In this problem you have to choose one of the two phrases in brackets. You can find some way to enjoy math more. Think of each math problem as a puzzle (to solve / to be solved). Or look for math ...
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does “physical signs” refer to “Davis” or not?

does "physical signs" refer to "Davis" or not? born.' I was left wondering what could be meant by such a message." It was the beginning of the mighty movement in which he was to act as prophet. His ...
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“There is not + noun” vs “There is no + noun”

I am wondering why in sentences with "There is/are" "not" sounds so unnatural, for example: There are not shops in this village. I assume that the one correct version is "There are no ...
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Is it acceptable?

I know imperative sentences are addressed without naming the subject. E.g. Live your own life in the United States. Please borrow me your pen. But my question is that double imperatives clauses ...
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Should I use simple present or simple past in a tiny story to illustrate a scenario of the usage of some words?

I made up a tiny story to illustrate a scenario of the usage of "just" in a post (In terms of meaning "recently", what is the difference between just & only?). there is an appointment ...
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Had done vs. done beforehand

when it comes to SHOWING which went first between TWO past events, what is the difference of using HAD done to done beforehand. For example: I had read books before I took the examination. Vs. ...
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Is this correct “He should keep himself under a physician”?

My English teacher wrote that sentence and told me that it means "he should always keep in touch with a physician.Is it correct and if not then please explain why
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“She is one of the few people nowadays who actually seems to feel a sense of social responsibility.”

I need to correct this sentence but I don't know how! She is one of the few people nowadays who actually seems to feel a sense of social responsibility.
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please check if the grammar is right [closed]

For the sentence below, is the grammar right? The critical state may shift however, depending on the material being normally consolidated or overconsolidated.
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Is there anything wrong in the sentence?

In 2018, Japanese national soccer team called Samurai Blue took part in the World Cup held in Russia and won to the round of 16. Is there anything wrong in the sentence? Should there be the definite ...
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Singular or plural: “Adverbs are a type of words” or “Adverb is a type of words”

singular or plural: I used this example in a post (The difference among "type of", "sort of", "kind of" and "style of" when referring to categories) ...
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separate “in” from “in which”

The original sentence I saw is "Teenagers often have episodes of anger and negativity in which they slam doors and scream at family members". My questions would be, can we reorder the position of the ...
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“that way” or “this way”. Is there some rules or convention about this?

I asked a question (Is it a grammatical requirement to put a "do" between "not only" and main clause?) just now ... which put a "do" between "not only" and the main clause. ...
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“a fact that is already known to the person” or “a fact that is already known by the person”?

This video is saying (https://youtu.be/yXJYRlxkfu4?t=46) We use ‘as well as’ when we want to add some more information to a fact that is already known to the person that we are speaking to. I am ...
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Is it a grammatical requirement to put a “do” between “not only” and main clause?

This video is saying (https://youtu.be/yXJYRlxkfu4?t=592) not only do I have to end the lesson but also its time to go. which put a "do" between "not only" and the main clause. Is it a ...
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Why is “what it means to” not used without 'it' like “what means to”?

Is this perhaps what it means to blank out? What's the role of 'it' here? They say to change 'what' into 'the thing that' to understand it better, so I thought like "Is this perhaps the thing that ...
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Ways to talk about the last 3 hours

Are all the following grammatical? and which one is the most natural? I haven't eaten anything for 3 hours. I haven't eaten anything over the last 3 hours. The last time I ate ...
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What to be careful of when using which

So, I hear this phrase is wrong because of ‘which’ in the sentence which is grammatically wrong. The sentence at fault is as follows. Don’t waste time in talking about the level of the pay ...
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Is 'be to verb' the only case of

any construct getting formal when they get shorter? Normally, when you shorten a phrase, then they feel like informal or colloquial. I heard that 'be to' construct is the short form of 'be going to' ...
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Worked on finding errors on server : Is my sentence correct

My manager asked me what have you done last 15 days. Please send me document. In that document I have written one point Worked on finding errors on server. I am not sure this sentence is correct ...
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correct usage of preposition 'on' and 'by'

which is the correct sentence? Mr. Parkash leads a very busy life so he goes everywhere by a scooter. Mr. Parkash leads a very busy life so he goes everywhere on a scooter.
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Is it a idiomatic style to use present continuous tense and simple present tense in the same one sentence?

I asked a question (The usage of "also": Is it idiomatic put also at the end of a sentence in writing?) just now, where I said This video is talking about the usage of "also" and gives ...
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Can adjectives be followed by genitive?

A dirty man’s job - (A job for a dirty man). A dirty, man’s job - (Would that be correct? I want to say that it is a dirty job for men (man)?
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The usage of “also”: is it idiomatic put “also” at the end of a sentence in writing?

This video (https://youtu.be/38-K2rPu8fc?t=167) is talking about the usage of "also" and gives this example She wrote three emails to him but he didn't answer, he ignored her calls as well. And ...
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The usage of “also”: could someone please give an example to illustrate where is the location “after the verb to be when it is a full verb”?

This video (https://youtu.be/38-K2rPu8fc?t=79) is talking about the usage of "also" In addition 'also' can be used in the normal mid position of adverbs. What is that? It is between the subject ...
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Does “prefer” go with “better than”?

I prefer dogs better than cats I like dogs better than cats. Are any of the above sentences correct?
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singular or plural: “this kind of thing” or “this kind of things”, when to use which?

I posted a question (In terms of this grammar formula, "Although + subject + verb, subject + verb", in what situation the subject might not be a noun or noun phrase?) just now, where I said ...
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In terms of this grammar formula, “Although + subject + verb, subject + verb”, in what situation the subject might not be a noun or noun phrase?

There is a video (https://youtu.be/UFuxlnUeGmg) talking about a tip to start a speech or an essay. When you give your opinion, it's a very good idea to start by saying what is good about the ...
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Guide us on or Guide us with?

Which is correct? Please Guide us on what is possbile? Or Please Guide us with what is possbile? Actually I am asking someone, "I want to do this. If the first option is possible, do that way. ...
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Combine five sentences into one

There is nothing better than strolling in the park, seeing playing kids and hearing birds’ chirping. Is this sentence grammatically, syntactically meaningful sentence? I want to say that, I stroll ...
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Can you explain me why?

I'm studying english now and something confused my mind. Question; "On average, the Japanese car companies are ........ ones in the world market. A) the most productive B) more productive I ...
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Does there exist a grammar formula in grammar book?

Lots of people refer to "subject + verb + adjective" as a formula. Does there exist this kind of grammar formulas in grammar book? In other words, is this kind of formulas a well recognized term?
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Is there a standard about the usage of “()”, “[]”, “{}” in grammar formula? What does these symbols mean? How do I use them correctly?

I was learning some kind of expression. When I searched that in google, I got a variety of symbols. there are 3 main types of symbols a pair of brackets a little bit [adjective] a pair of ...
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Make a call on/to/at

Please let me know which one I should use. E.g) I made a call on/to/at 304xxxxxxx. Call(text) me on/to/at 304xxxxxxx. Is it on, to, or at? Or none of them?
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Difference between “being passionate” and "being

I've looked at definitions of both "passionate" and "passional", and they are pretty much the same, but I can't help but feel being passionate is different from being passional
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The difference between “use up” and “run out of something”

Consider these two sentences: I have used up all my pencils. I have run out of pencils. Which one, if either, is better? What is the difference? In what context should I use each one?
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He left doing it vs Doing it he left

Let's look at two sentences. He left doing it. It means when he left he was doing it and here the work of doing wasn't finished. Here the word 'doing' acts as an adverb. Doing it he left. It means ...
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a guy uses past tense when talking about Michael Jordan, is it because Michael Jordan's career had ended?

the video is saying (https://youtu.be/4kuhQzbc2Tw?t=144) Not many NBA athletes do that, but he would, so you knew when Michael went: "Ah", he was about to jump and throw it. He used past tense ...
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What is the grammatical term for “by reducing pollutions”?

How would I define the words in bold below? It will improve the environment by reducing pollutions. How to classify this bolded part of the sentence grammatically? I understand that it's used for ...
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WOULD in clauses after WISH

I want to ask if this sentence is correct, especially the part about would in the clause after wish I don't wish life would be easy for me, but rather it teaches me as many lessons as it can
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Making sense of a strange phrase

While playing an online forum game, I received a response that did not make sense to me, "VSC wears crowded to your wedding." I think this statement could go two ways -- "VSC feels crowded at your ...
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Which of these sentences are correct?

Which of these sentences are correct? I saw an asleep person. I saw some asleep people. I saw some asleep persons. I saw some people asleep. This is a question in my English book that I couldn't ...
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“Isn't either” and “Neither is”

I wonder whether in the example below: Peter isn't here today. Martha isn't either. Can we substitute the second sentence for "Neither is Martha"? I'm asking this question because once I read in ...
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Why did this sentence use ”was”?

“Captain Fawcett's first passenger was a doctor who flew from Birmingham to a lonely village in the Welsh mountains.”Why this sentence uses”was” instead of”is”? It says the passenger was a doctor....
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It's grammatically correct sentence?

"I would help her improve her English and she was fairly fluent" I think the sentence above has something to fix
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is this version grammatically right and idiomatic? “exam instills fear of one or two or 3 hours while you are writing the test”

she is saying (https://youtu.be/iSV9uohbCjQ?t=263) "exam instills fear of one or two or 3 hours" and the following part of you writing the test which is not grammatically right. I rewrote that as ...
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which one is more correct?has/had to have been

If he found the knife that quickly, then it … to have been on the kitchen table which one is correct? Has / had? Or maybe both?
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To invite or inviting

Dean Sir recommended to invite the above-distinguished dignitaries. or Dean sir recommended inviting the above-distinguished dignitaries. I am getting confused. Most people use the first sentence....
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It seems that there is no verb is this sentence, “tea in Europe sold for ten times the price of coffee”?

This video (https://youtu.be/LaLvVc1sS20?t=168) says By 1700, tea in Europe sold for ten times the price of coffee and the plant was still only grown in China. there is no verb is this sentence, ...
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He got turned on [ from / with ] that

What's the difference here? Should I use 'from' with things or acts, while 'with' with a person?

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