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should I use “end up being full of charges” or “end up full of charges” in this sentence?

When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up being full of charges and When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up full of ...
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I saw a bee on my left arm

I saw a bee on my left arm. I saw the bee on my left arm. Which one is correct? Do we have to use 'a bee' or 'the bee' in this case?
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It is five past five

It is five past five. It is five five. It is five o five. It is five oh five. It is five zero five. It is 5:5. It is 5:05. Which expressions are grammatical?
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Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?

“Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg.” Is when a conjunction or adverb? Can I replace when with the word and? Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?
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about “that that” where “that” is repeated with the first being a pronoun and the second being a relative pronoun

I would like to ask if the that that expression can be used and correct. The only that that expression I can think of is the case where the first that is a pronoun and the second that is a relative ...
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walking vs. walked

Which tense is correct? She was walking faster towards the station ‘cause she didn't want to miss the bus. She stumbled over the sidewalk and fell down. She walked faster towards the station ‘...
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Passive voice of “Get rid of”

What's the passive voice of "get rid of"? I want to change below sentences into passive voice but seems I can't make it properly..... Or any other alternative words can be used, Thanks! 1) Mary got ...
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Is it correct to say “He was breaking his own record.” after ten minutes of victory?

Context: The car race has just ended ten minutes ago. He not only won the match but broke his own record. Breaking a record in sport takes only a moment. And it just makes sense to me that we are not ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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OVER or IN the period/periods given?

1999: travels-50 2000: travels-60 "The figure for travels increased over the period/periods given." When it comes to the "over" in the sentence, is this a grammatically correct sentence? I ...
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Is “An unfathomable chaos” grammatically correct?

I am writing a blog where I describe a problem as leading to "an unfathomable chaos", which is being underlined by Grammarly plugin for Chrome. Is it a mistake on my behalf or Grammarly is getting it ...
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'Has to has access' or 'Has to have access'?

If we want to say "Every successful individual has to have access to monetary capital" vs "Every successful individual has to has access to monetary capital" Which is correct grammatically? Can we ...
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Did you see the cat?

When there is a cat present in the room, how would you ask your one-year-old kid whether she see/saw the cat? -Did you see the cat? -Do you see the cat? -Have you seen the cat?
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“One of each” vs “one of each one”

I understand that "one" in "one of each one" is redundant, but is "each one" incorrect here as in grammatically incorrect, or just redundant, because although it doesn't sound good, I am tempted to ...
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Inversion of subject and verb

Question one: Are the following sentences correct? And why? Statement A: After storms is not necessarily a bright sky. (I think it will be correct only by inserting there between storms and is) It ...
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‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them?

‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them or if someone is right?
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Don't kick {a/the} chair (that is) in front of you [on hold]

Don't kick the chair in front of you. Don't kick a chair in front of you. Don't kick the chair that is in front of you. Don't kick a chair that is in front of you. Which expressions are grammatical?
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Which is the correct way to say it “who are you spending it with?” Or “whom are you spending it with?”

As per the grammar rules, if "I" is the subject of the sentence then the other person must the object. And generally whom is used in the objective form but in this case the prior format is more common ...
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Advise or Advice or Advice to?

In my opinion the following sentence should be like that: Support and advice partner institutions of Russia and Ukraine to define scenarios... But a friend of mine feels confident that the sentence ...
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He remembered to post a present to his mother for her sixtieth birthday. Why not use ‘posting’ instead of ‘to post’?

He remembered to post a present to his mother for her sixtieth birthday. Why not use ‘posting’ instead of ‘to post’? I think posting is better. But the book use ‘to post’, I feel it weird.
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Is ‘mind me to sit’ right?

Do you mind me to sit here? Do you mind my sitting here? I know the second sentence is right, but can you tell why the first sentence is wrong?
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Why does the question start with “who” not need “do”?

Who told you that .... Why does this kind of question not need "do" Who did tell you that ...
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What’s the difference between ‘After having failed’ and ‘Having failed’?

Having failed to wake up his wife, he put a ladder against the wall. After having failed to wake up his wife, he put a ladder against the wall. What the difference between them?
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What's the difference here between using 'nouns and pronouns' and 'nouns or pronouns'?

A1. Words that are nouns or pronouns are used to represent objects. A2. Words that are nouns and pronouns are used to represent objects. B1. Adjectives are used with nouns and pronouns, but not with ...
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Usage of get in habitual action

I need to tell my son that if he hits the wall with hammer, wall will get broken.. How do I say this to my son If you hit hard wall will break If you hit hard wall will be broken If you hit hard ...
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Is it okay to take a 'antecedent' and the 'that clause' apart without any sign?

we discovered that the pigeon's brain receives a signal from its middle ear that the brain then processes to determine both their direction and strength of the magnetic field. I can easily interpret ...
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without being seen by anybody

I have sentence They left the house without being seen by anybody in this sentence why being seen is used can you tell me the grammar
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What is wrong with this question

I have a sentence My wife ate eleven snickers, and I'm trying to ask about the quantity of snickers. I know that the question How many snickers did my wife eat? is correct, but what is wrong with How ...
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Should I use have or has?

Should I use 'have' or 'has' for the following sentence? I hope you and your class has a great day. I hope you and your class have a great day.
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It is good for you to help the lady [on hold]

It is good for you to help the lady. It is good of you to help the lady. You are good to help the lady. Are the sentences all grammatical? Are there any differences among them? Do we have to ...
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Which is the correct word to use: “I'll rather” or “I'd rather”?

I want to write a sentence to a friend indicating that instead of looking at the one thing, it's better to look at something else. Do I say, "I'd rather" or I'll rather" look?
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Why ‘over and over’ can add ‘again’?

The police questioned the men over and over again. ‘over and over’ is meaning ‘repeatedly’, and ‘again’ is meaning ‘repeatedly’ too. So ‘over and over again’ is a little weird, I feel.
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Progressive form of “have” indicating possession

I know that normally I cannot say "I am having a car", but is the following correct? Having a car, I decided to drive there. I am fine with having a car but do not expect me to drive.
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Word Order for Adverbs [on hold]

Given the following sentences He was not technically allowed to view the reports. He was technically not allowed to view the reports. which of the given sentence is correct and why?
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What is the difference among “when, where, should”?

Anybody can interpret what the difference is among “when, where, should”? The example sentence I find is: A tenant may be liable to his landlord should a fire cause damage to the premises he rents. I ...
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Can we replace “firefighting team” with “it”?

Does it make sense to replace firefighting team with it if the word firefighting team was never mentioned? I am not a native English speaker, but it sounds odd to say it to refer to firefighting team. ...
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Why do verbs need to be pluralised when you are using a name at the beginning, but not when you use 'You' at the beginning?

Examples: 'You like cake.' and 'Lucas likes cake.' 'You run fast.' and 'John runs fast.' Why are the verbs pluralised when the name is used? Thanks!
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Do I really need a comma here?

When I was a mere child, my mother supported my father who easily got sick and had to be admitted to the hospital and went through all the hardships. Someone taught me that when you put a comma after ...
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What does “on the Y” modify in a sentence like “He saw the X on the Y”

He see a fly on his leg. He saw a lady on the crosswalk. He saw the lady on the crosswalk. In #1, 'on his leg' modifies 'a fly'? Am I right? Can 'on his leg' modify 'see'? What about #2? Does 'on ...
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What does 'turn to' mean in the end of the sentence?

What does 'turn to' mean in the end of sentence? She had lost the protection of Calvin's hand. Charles was nowhere, either to save or to turn to. She was alone in afragment of nothingness. A ...
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What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean?

What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean. The moon was halfway up and dimmed the stars for a great arc. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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'make of someone', 'demanded of someone' cause difficulties

Could you explain logical conjectures for preposition 'of' in highlighted words. Why not 'make with Calvin' and 'demanded her mother'? I would like to here not just translations, but explanations to ...
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While I do or while I'm doing (future meaning)

Please which of the following sentences is correct? "While I study there, I'll look for a job" or "While I'm studying there, I'll look for a job" I think the second is correct because it has a ...
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Use of could be ing in a sentence [on hold]

I would like to know about the use of couble be +ing in the sentences is it used for the present continous hypothetical situations.
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An event for best friends - why there isn"t the definite article?

I know a few rules when the definite article is not used with superlatives, but none fits here: An event for best friends. If I add "the", it sounds odd to me, as if I talked about certain people. ...
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Wrong punctuation in this sentence “After the conventions come several months in which competing candidates trade clichés”?

Ceremony is equally evident in other arenas. In the United States, political conventions select candidates, even though in recent decades the winner is usually determined well in advance. After the ...
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Why not add ‘the’ before ‘North’ in the sentence: So it comes as a surprise to learn that giant fish are terrifying the divers on North Sea oil rigs

Why not add ‘the’ before ‘North’ in the sentence: So it comes as a surprise to learn that giant fish are terrifying the divers on North Sea oil rigs. If there is not ‘oil rigs’, I think it is no ...
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A sentence that confuses me

The sentence is "The fact was, however, that she was always dreaming and thinking odd things and could not herself remember any time when she had not been thinking things about grown-up people and the ...
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The meeting i have ever been waiting for. Is that correct?

Its game of thrones series and i need to know that the sentence is gramatically correct or not
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Is it “with different alcoholic contents” or “of different alcoholic contents”?

Should we use the preposition "with" or should we use the preposition "of"? By "alcoholic content", I mean level or total amount of alcohol. I am not sure I have heard "with different alcoholic ...