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Is The Simple Predicate (Verb) Sinking Or Colliding?

The sinking of the ship after it collided with an iceberg resulted in many safety reforms. What is the simple predicate? Is it Sinking? Or is it colliding?
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How to understand “if the base image is already in the cache it is reused.”?

"if the base image is already in the cache it is reused." Is that means "if the base image is already in the cache, then it is reused."? Which grammar knowledge should I learn further? Thanks for ...
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What Is The Best Word Choice: Is, Are, Were, or Have Been

The volume of letters that the United States Post Office processes ____ staggering. A. Is B. Are C. Were D. Have been I think it would be A.
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Doubt in the usage of was in two sentences

I was making complex sentences in the class today. There I got stuck in two sentences similar to these: The percentage of car accidents – which was recorded at 30% – was high. The percentage ...
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Confusing example of usage of was/were

There are two sentences. The least proportion of men were detained. The number of men in the party was high. Well, I am just a beginner in english and want to know why is were used in the ...
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Is “having” necessary here

Today I heard a sentence: Do you want more potatoes peeled. But I have always used it as: Do you want having more potatoes peeled. Which one is grammartical? Please explain with examples. ...
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Can every adjective be after a noun?

I’ve heard that [noun] [adjective] equals [noun] [that is] [adjective]. But, then can every adjective be after a noun? She is a girl cute. This is a book interesting. The dog black is mine. ...
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michael jackson's doctor said “i tried the best i can”?

Recently i was seeing an interview with Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, and he suddenly says "i tried the best i can", im not a native english speaker but for me that is clearly wrong. If im ...
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Meaning of “pass on”

I found on the free dictionary By Farlex this definition: Link pass on : accept or approve someone or something and they gave this example : The committee passed on the proposal, so work can now ...
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You have the right as a parent **to second guess** everything [on hold]

You have the right as a parent to second guess everything. Does to second guess in this sentence mean "to criticize or doubt everything"?
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starting feeling vs starting to feel

(A) Trent thought it quite satisfying to live in his parents’ house. (B) Regina is starting feeling even more pressure to retain her looks. (C) He regarded the elderly as a strange tribe ...
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Their/Its-Another/Those [on hold]

I really can’t get it, what does it say in the second sentence?
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Which verb form should I use with word “Prefer” related to the following sentences?

They prefer to go (or going) for a walk to watch/watching The game. My question is should I use 'watch' or 'watching'
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Word-usage: “[…] that has had/ had everything…”

Could you guys see this sentence and say if I should use Present Perfect or Past Simple? Haven't you heard the story about a character that has had / had everything and still hasn't been / wasn't ...
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Present or past perfect tense?

"Since then, I have/had never been afraid to fail even when I was/have been chosen to execute the toughest task." I want to say "till now, I'm still not afraid". How should I say that sentence ...
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Phrase-usage: Where has this come from? Or Where did this come from?

Something that is confusing me is: Hey dude, Where has this come/ did this come from? I know how to use Present Perfect, but, I don't know if using here sounds natural. Can I use both? But, of ...
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Using colons with such as

This paragraph is from a grammar book. However, I know that colons should not be used with "such as". Is this an exception to the rule that I knew? Sentences that begin with words that indicates ...
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‘Quality Auto Work’ [on hold]

I am new here.. I am learning English. I have a question about a auto repair shop: ‘Quality auto work at a reasonable price’ I am not sure if I am right to say that
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In present-day reality no-one actually uses classical Latin any more.Why can we use “Classical Latin uses the ablative” in present tense?

What is the difference between (a) and (b) (a)"Classical Latin uses the ablative" (b)"Classical Latin used the ablative"
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Talking about something general with clause that happens earlier - past tense or not?

Background story: My friend likes to boast about his work achievements a lot. I want to complain about it to others. Which one below is grammatically correct? The hard concept for me: I don't know ...
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When teachers introduce the outdated theory(for example:Classical element) to students,should teachers use present tense or past tense to describe it?

Example: 1(a)Classical element comprises the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and Aether. 1(b)Classical element comprised the simplest substances,namely earth, water, air, fire and ...
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Should it be will or would after present perfect?

My experiences have told me that my interest would/will never decrease. Which one is better and what's the difference?
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Passive verb of perception

I do understand the active constructions of verbs of this type, but I am still a bit confused with the passive construction(s). Can anyone here clarify my confusion? Please consider the following: He ...
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He had his brother come too late

He had/made his brother come too late. = He forced his brother come late. Am I correct?
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“Survivors clinging to a raft.” Is this sentence right?

"Survivors clinging to a raft." There is no verb in this sentence. I know this sentence is not the present progressive/present continuous. But can this sentence be used independently? I found this ...
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To be, is or was

Sometimes, I make a sentence whose subject can represent something of the past and something that still exists today. Which tense should I use for the helping verb? For instance: Any cellphone which (...
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Can this sentence be inferred from the passage? [on hold]

The passage is an excerpt from an ESL testbook. Can the sentence(A) be inferred from the passage? (A)Were Anna to have mechanical ability like her brother, she would have been trying to be a meister ...
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Is “the family” in this context plural?

In Harry Potter: “But why don’t you leave? Escape?” “A house-elf must be set free, sir. And the family will never set Dobby free . . . Dobby will serve the family until he dies, sir. . . .” ...
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Past tense with used to

This question has been puzzling me for the last two days He used to work as a doctor when I met him Is this correct?
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When, past continuous, past simple

I’ve got two questions that have been puzzling me for the last two days He was working as a doctor when I met him He worked as a doctor when I met him I lived there when the war happened I was ...
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Sentence-Usage : “How long has this been empty for?” Or “How long was this empty for?”

I'm asking this because I have a feeling that if I say How long has this been empty for? , It would be like an ongoing action. For example: A: How long has the dog's bowl been empty for? For ...
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Negative tag-questions

I have a question regarding the question-tag. I hear that the negative question-tag can be made out of the following construction: helping verb + subject + not? I have a meeting every day, don't I/...
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Is there any conditional in this sentence?

Maybe it will be possible to pass the English speaking interview in a few months if you will be watching movies with English subs every day and clarify the misunderstanding of English grammar. Is ...
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Is this shortened sentence correct compared to the origin one?

Sentence: This seems a justification for neglect of those in need and a rationalization of exploitation , of the superiority of those at the top and the inferiority of those at the bottom. Origin:...
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was or did? What do I need to use?

I was reading poetry. or I did reading poetry. What the option is right and why?
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“What is the price of the phone you bought” or “What was the price of the phone you bought”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? What is the price of the phone you bought? What was the price of the phone you bought? I think that the first sentence ...
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The usage of which as object with make

I just want say like following. It will be the system. And anyone can make it work. And I'd like to joint the two sentences. It will be the system that anyone can make work. As omitting it here, ...
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Get injured / Get increased

Why is it okay to say "get injured" but not "get increased"? For example: I got injured yesterday. My salary got increased yesterday. I know the second sentence doesn't sound natural and ...
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How can I choose between using (in) or (on)?

Consider the following example: “In making his choice, Otto Frank had to bear several points in mind.” You see, there is no particular pattern that helps me decide whether I have to use “on” instead ...
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Should it be “not allowed to use” or “not allowed to be used”?

"The mobile phones are not allowed to use." or "The mobile phones are not allowed to be used." Which one is correct, and what's the difference?
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What's [happen to] in this?

I've always thought that [happen to] is the phrasal verb indicating chance, which can be replaced as [by chance] such as... I happen to have some money in my pocket. = I have some money in my pocket ...
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How to use comma noun and doing in sequence?

I'm reading a book named "Programming Rust". I couldn't get the meaning of the following sentence in the last chapter. Note that unsafe code must not depend on ordinary, safe traits being ...
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Meaning of count it off

The phrase is from an animated tv series called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. You can see the full lyrics here: https://genius.com/Teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-turtles-theme-2003-lyrics ...
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Meaning of stuck being told

I came across the phrase here: http://www.personal.kent.edu/~wkneelan/thirdoption/essays/tmnt_music.htm The listener or viewer is therefore stuck being told what is just as easily observed I tried ...
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How I say in English with the correct grammar “This is the solution that I searched”

How I say with the correct grammar in English "This is the solution that I searched?" I think the verb searched didn't is the correct conjugation of the verb
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Has gone vs is visiting

What is difference between these two examples below, and why? .1 Alex isn't here. She is visiting her mother. .2 Alex isn't here. She has gone to visit her mother.
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“a leader able to solve humanity's shared issues” - is “able” right word?

Is it possible to say this? This undergradute program would teach me to become a leader able to solve humanity's shared issues.
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What's the problem with this sentence?

I use Grammarly and it keeps telling me that I'm misusing passive voice regarding this sentence: Which source materials should be avoided?
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Present Perfect vs Present Perfect Continuous with the verb “find”

Which version of these two sentences is correct? He has been finding it difficult to adjust to his new school. He has found it difficult to adjust to his new school.
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Using “away” and the way it affects the meaning of a sentence

Please imagine my friend and I are at the same place and are talking about another place which is located half a mile farther from where we are at. In this regard, please let me know how these two ...