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Alternative ‘of’/‘to’ Facebook

When there will be a better alternative ‘of’ Facebook? When there will be a better alternative ‘to’ Facebook? Which one is the appropriate preposition?
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Event timeline in No Longer human - Is my event order right?

I've seen this page of No longer human, from Osamu Dazai God, I ask you, is non-resistance a sin? I had wept at that incredible smile Horiki showed me, and forgetting both prudence and resistance, ...
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“Akkadians are/were referenced in the Bible”

I was talking about the Sumerians, a Mesopotamian people who are not just extinct but were all but forgotten about for millennia - unlike the Akkadians, a later people, who are also extinct but were ...
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Can you explain me that sentence? It does make zero sense to me

It is a question from my english exam and at that part of the exam we are supposed to find the closest sentence to the main sentence and when I am encountered with this question I did not understand ...
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Which tense is better to talk about progress and development : present simple/ continues/ perfect?

Prices are increasing. Prices have been/ have increased. Prices increase. I know all of them are grammatically correct and all mean that prices increased in the past and still continue to ...
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Improved design of security device vs Improved “the” design of security device

I am writing a sentence but I got curious if I can omit "the" in the sentence below. Improved design of security device card reading, computer sensors. Does it have the same meaning with or ...
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“Such other people as are willing to do…” Sentence pattern

In a 20th century speech I found the sentence: We are helping the people of our country and such other people as are our neighbors as well as such other people as are willing to receive help from ...
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(B) Let's get through one more point first

Maybe this is a good time for a break. answer: (B) Let's get through one more point first. What is the meaning of the letter B sentence? answer: (B) Let's get through one more point ...
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Is this sentence grammatical, “Power measure going to watts”?

It sounds like the lecturer is saying Power measure going to watts. Is this sentence grammatical?
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The use of the verb “tell” with a direct object in context

Tell me please of I have to use them in the following context. I learned a few word, but I can't tell you (them) off the top of my head. Does the sentence sound more natural without it?
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Is this sentence correct “Chemicals are washed away by rain and flood get mixed with water”?

My book has this form for this sentence Chemicals are washed away by rain and flood, getting mixed with water. and also Chemicals are washed away by rain and flood, to get mixed with water. But I ...
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I heard Mary sang a good song?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I heard Mary sing a good song. I heard Mary sang a good song.
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Is this sentence constructed correctly?

I am experienced in and also willing to conduct/conducting fieldwork. I want to express the meaning that I am experienced in conducting fieldwork (in the past), and I am also willing to conduct more ...
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Is it grammatically correct “Retry the failing activity, as the clock has past the remaining time”?

Someone suggested that the phrase "Retry the failing activity, as the clock has past the remaining time" is not grammatically correct because it is missing a verb after "has". I understand that "past"...
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Is the sentence meaningful without context?

Is the following meaningful without context? Can it be called a sentence? As for me, it is a sentence and meaningful because 'am' means 'exist'. I am.
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that or which in this sentence

I'm always confused about using "that" and "which" in a sentence. I have learned that "which" is used in non-defining clauses (this clause can be omitted), while "that" is used in defining clauses and ...
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using “did” twice in a sentence

i was watching a show yesterday and one of the lines was "So did anything we did matter?" or something of the sort. as far as i remember from school(it has been a few years) you cant use "did" twice ...
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What is the correct relative pronoun in the blank? [closed]

These days, technical writing is a promising field ( ) you can find a good job.
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Can aka (also known as) be used when not referring to a name or nickname?

Example (this is the opening of a story that's going to describe parts of Mary's life): This is how Mary lives in her one-bedroom apartment (aka how she coexists with loneliness). According to ...
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usage of has and has been

1) With the evolution of international law in the last 100 years, the concept of unrestricted sovereignty has weakened. Is usage of "has" correct here? Or should we use has been? 2)I miss him when ...
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Is “make a difference” fit to this conditions?

I want to make a slogan in English. What I want is, my brand slogan is grammatically correct and accordance to below conditions. Following brand names, like: [BRAND NAME]. [slogan] Sentence ...
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Is this sentence correct english? [closed]

To make sure the same topics and areas were covered for each of the participants, thus being able to compare the two generations, an interview guide was drawn up in advance. Additionally, the ...
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18. Shall we ask him to come early? (A) That's really not necessary. (B) Any time at all. (C) Yes, we shall

Shall we ask him to come early? (A) That's really not necessary. (B) Any time at all. (C) Yes, we shall. Should I answer the letter c because of the question start with shall? Or it is wrong. ...
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Users can sent alerts to police and trusted contacts in emergency

Is the sentence correct grammatically? If yes, Is it correct to place simple past(V2) or past participle(V3) form of verb after modals (can,could,will,would....). As per my understanding after modals ...
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Before and Until can have the same meaning here?

In this sentence Bellow, I can't see the difference whether I put Before and Until. I didn't like gambling before / until 2020. What's the difference? Sometimes, I just don't buy it: in some ...
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Hope it gets better if he's trying to run whatever it is off [closed]

He moving better than before but still doesn't seem he can sprint. Hope it gets better if he's trying to run whatever it is off. – what does it mean (to run whatever it is off) in that sentence.
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until you've kept vs unitl you keep

is there any difference in nuance in meaning between the two sentences?(present tense version and present perfect tense version) A) 'You won't leave here until you 've kept your promise to marry ...
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Can I use -ing form here?

1) "There are five other lawyers working here, but they're not here right now." 2) "There are five other lawyers who work here, but they're not here right now." Can I use "working" here or is only ...
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Is there any grammatical rule which tells you when an english word has to be written with 2 equal consonants together?

In other languages, sometimes there are rules which tells you how to write a word. For example, in Spanish, you can never write a word with "nb" together, if a word sounds like it, then it's spelled ...
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“Tired from work” or “tired from working”?

Tell me please which one is it correct to use in the following context. I have been working all day. I am so tired from work/working.
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“by giving written notice to the other party” (why no article?)

Is it incorrect to say “by giving a written notice to the other party”? In what situations would you require an article?
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Can we use Would have in past hapitual actions and states?

Can we use would have for past habit? For example: "Romans would have travelled by ship." What is the difference between: I would have expected he would come here. and I expected he would ...
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Which one is correct? Double negatives

Which one is correct? 1. I cannot do not eat for 5 days straight 2. I cannot not eat for 5 days straight 3. I cannot not to eat for 5 days straight
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Which is correct? …the same as one will feel, would feel, or feels

Which is correct? If he pursues the breakthrough in technology for the sake of advancement in science and not for his own fame or desire, he will not feel the disappointment or despair as one who ...
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Is the sentence “You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference.” correct?

Inspired to this sentence: KEEP CALM AND {verb} I want to create my own, this is my current work: You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference. Example usage to that sentence template: You {...
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Verb tense after stated expectation

In the following sentence: The newspaper expects its editors to check the facts. What is the grammatical role of "to check"? Why can it not be replaced by "checking"? I thought they were both ...
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How and when to use the articles?

Why we don’t use the article a after the preposition to in this phrase? He went to prison.
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Enrolled in or at

I got enrolled ‘in’ university. I got enrolled ‘at’ university. Which preposition is correct here?
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May your bakery keep or keeps?

I have to use a sentence which is: May your bakery keep flooding with customers. Will it be keep or keeps. As bakery is singular, so is keeps fine? Can anyone explain the logic? Thank you so much.
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Difference between 'ask' and 'ask for'

Can I use 'ask' and 'ask for' interchangeably? For example, there's no difference whatsoever (including stylistic difference) between 'ask forgiveness' and 'ask for forgiveness', is there?
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Why in that sentence does the word 'her' repeat itself?

I'd like to know why the word 'her' is repeated after the word 'pacing'. She knew how fast she was running, because her trainer was pacing 'her' on a bicycle.
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Simply diagnosis or diagnosed or diagnosing and dispensing low vision aids is not sufficient to manage low vision patients

emphasized text which word should I use in this? is it diagnosis or diagnosed or diagnosing in the above sentence and the reasons Help me
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Address of location in letter

I want to give the reference of a famous shop in my shop's address but that's situated on the 3rd floor and my shop at the 2nd floor (above the ground floor). How can I write my address? • The ...
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It wasn't … that had been somebody's

It wasn’t the slump-shouldered, tentative shuffle that had been Hedra’s when she’d first moved into the apartment. Why is it Hedra’s but Hedra? And what is the grammar for this word order?
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Interpretation of 'I will help you with a boat'

I want to know how to interpret a sentence "I will help you with a boat". I know that there is an expression 'help sb with N' where N refers to something that sb needs help on/with. However, because ...
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Difference between gerunds and another type of names

Lets us consider 2 types of names: type 1 (that I do not know its name): issuance - advice - completion - confirmation type 2 (gerund): issuing - advising - completing - confirming What is the ...
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It's been a while since ~ vs It's been a while ~ing

Hi I'm Korean and learning English. I'd like to ask which one sounds the most natural. 1) It's been a while talking to her 2) It's been a while to talk to her 3) It's been a while since I had ...
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Is there a way to measure progress in grammar skills? [migrated]

I want to learn about all basic aspects of English grammar. I already has a book and tests, but It wouldn't track the progress in my opinion. For example, like in IELTS you can track your listening ...
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Use A instead of/ rather than B

I wish to know if I should use Instead of or Rather Than in this sentence: Sometimes, people use pencils instead of/ rather than pens. I'd rather use "Rather than" (since it is used for preference)...
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Is this the right verbal form

sorry if my English is not very good but I really need to know if this following sentence is correct : "He will be allowed to go to the cinema when he would have finished his homework". Or should I ...