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What is the grammar name

Hey i am not an English speaker and i have and easy question the nouns fish and shop etc when you make it verb its fishing shopping the question is there a grammar or schedule that shows how to turn ...
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Using the passive with the names

I would like to say that I have a new matrix and I called it "Function matrix". I would like to express my sentence in a good way. Here is my try: The result of the functions are stored in a new ...
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The first or second conditional after “predict”?

What's the difference in meaning? Some scientists predict that if everyone in the world lived like an American, our fossil fuel supply would last for just fifteen more years. Or: Some ...
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Get fun instead of have fun

Is it grammatically correct to say get fun 'get pleasure, receive positive emotions' instead of have fun?
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Question of verb agreement with complex subject

A professional puppeteer could control all the puppet and tell stories on the basis of classic such as Faust. So mastering literature, as well as sculpting, painting puppets and making costumes, ...
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What `be` can add to following statement?

Context: I asked reason for a statement in Question and answer forum. I got two possibilities in this scenario. How can it be possible? OR How can it possible? My question is how be changed ...
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As soon as structure: save/ saved/ have saved?

I'm currently very confused about the structures of 'As soon as'. There are three sentences that I can't decide which is gramatically correct. As soon as I save enough money, I'll get a new bicycle....
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usage in this example

A survey was written by the company. (sentence) (past tense) A survey written by a company (phrase). (no tense) A survey written by a company suggested there were faults in the business. Does ...
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How to decide whether to use 'which' or 'that' for a sentence?

After reading this article suggested by a friend, I feel more confused about the rules on how to use these words correctly. I have some examples below: Pluto is a planet which revolves around the ...
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Is “to worry about their children being led astray” correct?

Parents always worry about their children being led astray by unsuitable friends. Is this sentence grammatically correct? What is the grammar of "their children being led astray"?
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The infinitive and the gerund in the sentence “He didn't hear me say/ing that.”

Someone who are not a native English speaker wrote me about someone ""He didn't hear me say that." My question if it is a mistake, because, I am a not native English speaker too, but I would say "...
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Is my “past perfect continuous tense” usage correct? [on hold]

When I began studying XXX in my senior year, I realized that I had been preparing for it for years unwittingly.
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English asked question (verb) grammar [on hold]

Hello I want help in English grammar questions verb please help me
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The grammatical role of “rich” in the following sentence

What is the grammatical role of "rich" in the following sentence and what does mean it? (also why it uses the comma?) In the Pacific Northwest, the high level of precipitation ensures rich, green ...
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Tenses in reporting

"Has happened" or "happened" : Which one sounds natural? Are they both correct? And in the following reporting which tenses are correct? Kolkata, 14th December, 2018: Today a tragic rail accident has ...
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Using prepositions “through” and “via”.

Are the prepositions "through" and "via" interchangeable (meaning "by means of", "by using")? Oxford Dictionary says that the word "through" has also the meaning "by means of". Is it okay to use it ...
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Fight club quote

Marla-Tyler, you are the worst thing that ever happened to me. I have asked question like this before but still I am confused in this sentence. Why didn't she say You are the worst thing that has ...
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Which sentence is correct grammar

A little background info, one of my favorite bands is doing a world tour next year. I live on the East Coast and all their concerts on the East Coast are in July, August and September. I am going to ...
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Should grammar be tweaked to fit in a fixed phrasing?

Problem 1 The same can be applied with larger units in the article, be it sentences or paragraphs. Should the nouns after "be it" must be singular? Because the phrase is "it", then I guess they ...
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Can I use “therefore” at the middle of the sentence

Can I use therefore at the middle of my sentence? For example: Method A requires difficult computation. In addition, method B can only be applied to a bivariate case. Method C, therefore, and unlike ...
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What does it mean that “The hardline bullies in her party have been shown up for the reckless obsessives they are”?

The sentence above is from the article of Economist(link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/12/13/the-real-lesson-from-theresa-mays-bruising-week). I have a problem reading that sentence, ...
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“Love Island 2017 star Jess posed naked for a very racy shoot” Why is an adjective “naked” following a verb “pose”?

I have read this caption in a newspaper “ Why is an adjective “naked” following a verb “pose”? "
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“Did you see him today” vs “Have you seen him today”

Can I say both sentences at 5 pm of current day.i seriously don't understand. I know perfect is used for show effect of past action on present and simple past is completely detached from present.still ...
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Passive voice + additional verb phrase

Believe it or not, I'm a professional editor, and as such, I read a lot of ESL papers. Due to all the non-native-type errors, I forgot the rule about passive voice in complex sentences, and now ...
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“When applying on” or “applying to”

I have a method which I need to test its performance for real data set. Is it correct to say: This part of the chapter aims to test the performance of the method A *when applying on* the real ...
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Who is still waiting

I want to say something like in my Instagram bio: “A 27 years old who still waiting for his Hogwarts letter” Is that correct?
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How to use “if”?

Next time, if you chance to visit Tainan, home to Tu Hsiao Yuel, be sure to give it a try. My first question is why the sentence is "if you chance to..." rather than "if you have a chance to...". I ...
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“chosen to be with” or “chosen with”

I have a function which I need to specify its parameter. I chose the parameter of this function to be close to its independence case. Then, I try to say that this function is specified with low ...
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Do you use the subjective verb in the conditional clause and the non-subjective verb in the main clause?

The verb of the second sentence, have, is difficult for me to understand. Why isn't it the subjective form, would have? The preceding conditional clause If glaciers started reforming contains the past ...
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Whether + simple present or present continuous?

I was writing a comment that briefly describes what a function actually does in my source code, and stumbled upon a grammar question below. This function verifies whether the data is abiding by the ...
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“They have lived here for 10 years” Vs “they have been living here for 10 years”

Do both of them tell us that they are still living here.i am not sure if second one is correct and if it is,please tell me what is the difference between the two in terms of current situation.
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“feel like life has reach to a high level”

I heard that someone said: "so high, feel like life has reach to a high level.……" I want to check if "reach" in this sentence should be a transitive verb?
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“They have lived here for 10 years”

What does this sentence tell about their current situation?are they still living here or is it obscure?
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Do I need to use a before “few” in this case and why? or why not?

I always do a grammar mistake with a. I would like to improve my understanding for a special case of using a. For example, Most values are 0 or very close to 0, while a few of them are -1. Here, I ...
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Why always we use present verb after “in aim to”, “in order to”, and “in hope to”

During my learning, I always read that after in order to, in aims to or in hopes to we need to use present verb (I meant a verb without "s", e.g., selects or improves, and without "verb+ing"). However,...
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Can I put two dependent sentences into one subordinating conjunction?

Can I put two sentences into one subordinating conjunction? Example, (1) After I finished doing my homework and my mom came home, we went out for dinner. (2) After I finished doing ...
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When is “ing” used in for actions in the past?

In the sentence We went cycling. Why is there an added "ing" in cycling?
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“A daughter’s life”: the usage of the article

What else but sail to save a daughter's life, and pray she still drew breath? It seems to me that the article in bold is redundant. Why is it used in this text? Is it grammatically correct?
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“it happens” or “that happens” in context?

Which pronount will be more appropriate to use in the following context? If you neglect technique during the squate, it may cost several days weeks off because of a high possibility of injury. It/...
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how to express a sentence with is +verb+ing

I would like to express my sentence using is +verb+ing however, I feel the grammar is wrong. The one main advantagae of using model A is allowing specifying different marginal distribution for each ...
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“Why does it not work” Vs. “Why is is not working”?

Normally when talking about something that is happening now we use present progressive, and when we talk about that happens as habit, custom etc. we use present simple. That is clear. But if I'm not ...
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Comparing two things in one sentence

We have three shapes in my study. We called them trees. The class of Tree 1 is larger than the class of tree 2 and tree 3. Also, the shape of tree 1 contains the shapes of both tree 2 and tree 3. I ...
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Please let me know the nuance and teach me which is correct [closed]

This new sports complex is _________, so people can enjoy the games whatever the season is. (A) encased (B) enclosed (C) encircled (D) enveloped
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Can I reapeat the same noun when using neither and nor

I would like to use neither and nor but I do not know whether I can repeat the noun or not. This shape is neither star shape nor triangular shape. Can I omit one of the word shape, i.e., This shape ...
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Whats the difference between stance and position in terms of expressing opinion?

My customer requested big schedule change (postponing a lot from the agreed upon date) and It is not acceptable for me. so I wrote email today like MY position about your request is as below bla ...
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can I use “the” as many as needed in one sentence

I always try to understan when I can use the word "the" and when I cannot. As I understand, I must not use it many times in one sentence. However, sometimes I read that it is Ok. I really would like ...
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change using “in case of” [on hold]

If you miss the bus, take a taxi. Change the above sentence using "in case of": In case of you missing the bus, take a taxi. In case of your missing the bus, take a taxi. In case of missing ...
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What's the type of the object of “I don't remember having seen him.”?

I don't remember having seen him. The object is having seen him. What kind of an object is this? Any term? I would like to read more about adjectives of this kind. Links are truly appreciated. Can ...
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Have got any (something): singular or plural?

I'm uncertain if the following sentence is correct: Have you got any pet? Searching for straight questions with "have got" and "any" I've found the noun sometimes as singular, sometimes as plural. ...
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When + [Present Participle Simple] vs When + [Present Participle Continious]

Here's an example sentence from a meme (imagine there's a man thinking about it with a wise look): When you are thinking about how to reduce work without doing anything Why not When you think ...