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Why is there no 'that' before 'meets' in 'more than meets the eye'?

Like, it seems to be more grammatical to say, There's more to his personality than that meets the eye. By the way, since we see it with both our eyes, why is 'eye' in its singular form in the ...
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Starts of plagued or starts of plaguing

After a rigged vote, the new government starts off plagued by illegitimacy and a mounting financial crisis. After a rigged vote, the new government starts off plaguing by illegitimacy and a mounting ...
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Why do people keep saying the phrase "I need moral support", even though it makes no sense? [closed]

You've heard on television people say, "I need some moral support." This is 100% the wrong phrase, grammatically incorrect, and makes no sense. So why do people keep using it?
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Using ing verbs

How many times can you use ing without it becoming wrong? The waiting room was empty except for an old man sitting in a corner reading a book. Is two times the limit? The waiting room was empty ...
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Present Perfect vs Present Perfect continuous in this situation

"I've worked here all my life" gives the feeling that is the activity of working is intended to be stopped soon, and "I've been working here here all my life" gives the feeling ...
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Why is 'yourself' rather than 'you' used here?

Some background first. Elyan participates in a squad tournament where teams fight against each other to be honored the strongest warriors. Gremory is so confident that he can easily beat Elyan's team ...
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How to change Conditional sentence of Present unreal into reported speech

How to change Conditional sentence of Present unreal into reported speech. I have an example : “If the weather is fine, I will go on a picnic with my friends,” she said. As I read the answer key, the ...
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Why isn't it 'until death does us part'?

'Death' is a single form or at least an uncountable noun. Why is the wedding vow 'until death do us part' rather than 'until death does us part'?
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Using the word, 'friendship' in a sentence

Is it correct to say, I have been in a friendship I'm in a friendship because I've always read and heard - I'm friends with or I have been friends with Please explain Also, if it's correct to say, I'm ...
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Why does the verb "TO LIKE" have to take an object in "yes-or-no answers", when there is no chance of confusion?

A: Do you like coffee? B: No I dont like. / Yes I like. We all know B's answer is wrong. Why? Because "TO LIKE" is a transitive verb and it needs an "IT" at the end. However, we ...
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Can one use "since" and "that's why" in one sentence?

Is the following sentence gramatically correct? If 'no',please, give your reasons. Since these two photos illustrate two different types of exercising that’s why I think they are good for our project....
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How does this sentence follow subject verb agreement?

I dont understand how the following sentence is following correct subject and verb agreement. Do authors think that including examples from the text files has widespread applicability? Grammarly ...
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Why do some native speakers started to say "weapons stocks" and similar things?

As far as I know, in English, there is no number agreement when two nouns are used and the first one acts as a sort of adjective, just the last one goes in plural. For example I think that phrase in ...
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The victims of the club need help. They were half-starved for many years

Can I combine two sentences as follow: The victims of the club, who were half-starved for many years, need help. The victims of the club needing help were half-starved for many years. I see the ...
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Would a native speaker ever say 'haven't not done sth'?

In an English subtitle translated from other language, I saw such a sentence: I haven't not thought about that a little. What the speaker actually meant was 'I have thought about that.'(Can I use an ...
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What do I do if I forgot something?

I've learnt English for many years and have never seen the sentence construction like this (well, now I have): What do I do if I forgot the appointment with my doctor? This sentence was taken from a ...
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Why does the following sentence have prescriptively bad grammar?

He decided to quickly leave the house. I believe it was the split infinitive that was the concern. I was taking a verbal aptitude test, and the correct answer was "He decided to leave the house ...
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Interpretation of a sentence taken from REUTERS

He remained one of the world's most revered public figures, combining celebrity sparkle with an unwavering message of freedom, respect and human rights. I find it really difficult to understand "...
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no ... nor VS no ... or

Since there's no warning nor error thrown, I assume it's valid AHK code? Since there's no warning or error thrown, I assume it's valid AHK code? Which one is grammatically correct or both are ...
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How to use 'the' in a sentence

I am trying to define irony. Can you explain if the use of 'the' in the following sentence is grammatically correct? "Involving the deployment of different levels of knowledge about an event, a ...
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Is the expression "cake cutting "suitable when cake is sliced on special occasions?

In India on the special occasions like on 'birthdays and anniversaries cake is cut and this act is described as below 1)The birthday girl cut the cake 2)The cake was cut 3)Cake cutting ceremony etc. ...
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Which of these is correct, “She doesn't has” or “She doesn't have”? And why? [duplicate]

She doesn't has a book. She doesn't have a book. Why is the first sentence wrong? We use 'has' with singular, and 'she' is singular.
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Cannot + verb without subject in the front

I was reading a sentence in which there is no doer or we can add a doer in the end, which makes it a passive sentence. But it was written similar to an active sentence. The pain of cultural loss ...
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Sentence started with Verb+ing, but it's a really different structure

In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, I came across this confusing sentence: Facing the square is the Palazzo Marchesale, the palace of the Saggese family, once the great landowner of those parts....
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Time frame of past perfect passive in this sentence

Can somebody explain to me the time frame of this sentence. Archeological sites in the remote locations are not likely to have been previously identified. I also tried to simplify it Archeological ...
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Having + object + Past participle and having + object + bare infinitive

What is the difference in these two sentences. I am quite confused The minister had eggs thrown at him. [past participle] The minister had a woman throw eggs at him. [bare infinitive] I think the ...
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Can we use second conditional for future

I was learning about second conditionals when I found a conflicting opinion on the internet regarding second conditional's future use. Consider this sentence for example : If I pilot a plane tommorow,...
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Do some subjunctive sentences mean the same with the sentences with the pattern " Too...for....to "?

The question is " Can I use inversions and subjunctives " in the same sentence ? ". In subjunctive sentence ,it says " It's so important that he get back home early " ,then ...
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"We will go" Vs "We went to"

Today in our exam I saw this multiple choice question We......(go) to Egypt in 2016 1-We will go to Egypt in 2016 2-We went to Egypt in 2016 3-We are going to Egypt in 2016 4-We go to Egypt in 2016 ...
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"Would he be the voice of reason?"

Is this grammatically correct sentence? I cannot seem to understand the grammar behind the structure of this sentence So if we change "would" to "why", it seems incorrect to me to ...
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Comma before which ( result relative clause)

Is it necessary to add a comma before a result relative clause? For instance consider these sentence John slipped in front of the bank, which was embarrasing. You have to write thesis in the end which ...
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Struct of alternative questions

I hope, I will be understood cause I'm beginner in English. My old (former) teacher of English told me that when I wanna construct an alternative questions with the negative form of the verb that I ...
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transitive or intransitive verb

A simple way to check whether a verb is transitive or intransitive is to ask the question what or whom after the verb. If you can answer what or whom then the verb is transitive otherwise it is not. ...
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Which sounds correct

I’m having some trouble deciding which one should I use: He doesn’t get mad anymore when I don’t reply to his text or He doesn’t get mad when I don’t reply to his text anymore Should anymore ...
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Is it true that questions in English cannot end on a preposition? [duplicate]

Is it true that questions in English cannot end on a preposition? Somebody told me that, but the more I continue on my English tour the more I run into suspicions here. Are such questions like: ...
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From where are/come you?

Is "From where are you" and "Where from are you" as correct as "Where are you from"? Or do you think one of those is more correct than the other? I'm aware of the non-existant rule about ending a ...
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Splitting the infinitive particle with the verb...is it lawful?

I was taught that the infinitive particle "to" cannot be separated from the verb under no circumstances, but my friend (a Canadian) told me that she would prefer "I try to never tell a lie" over "I ...
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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

I am just a beginner in English and want to know why is "were" used in the first sentence: The least proportion of men were detained. The number of men in the party was high. Number (in ...
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Use of articles for different qualities

Is the following sentence incorrect? Churchil was a great orator and a great politician of his time. Some say that when article refers to a single person it must be used just once As Churchil ...
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Any comment or any comments? Of or From?

Can you tell me which sentence is correct: 1) I'd appreciate any comment of (from) you. 2) I'd appreciate any comments of (from) you. First, I think "any comments" is correct but I also read a ...
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Is the phrase "a few" an exact synonym of "some" or it implies a fewer number?

I have just told by experienced native English author (or seems to be one) that "a few" implies a small number. When you say "In a few countries", this implies 3 or 4 countries, but when you say "In ...
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using "the" for the objects in the speaker's field of vision

I am one of those learners who have been greatly and negatively affected by various grammar myths. One of such myths is that you should always use "the" before a noun, by which you refer to an object ...
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When do we not put a comma before "because"?

In what situation do you put a comma before "because"? And, when do you not put a comma before "because"? I've always assumed that you put a comma, because the clause introduced by "because" will ...
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What's the difference between 'I have worked in this company before' and 'I had worked in this company before'

If I used to work in a company, which one of the sentences given below is correct when I am telling someone about this experience: (1) I have worked in this company before; or (2) I had worked in ...
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I and we think why Should India not be able to make such a huge expenditure? [closed]

I asked a question: I and we think, Why should India not be able to make such a huge expenditure for a region, which is urgently needed? Is the sentence grammatically correct? Does the question ...
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two consecutive adverbs ending in -ly

Please consider the following sentence: "He walked home seriously angrily." This sentence sounds a bit funny to my ears, even as a non-native speaker of English, an impression that is shared by ...
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Relative pronoun whom, who

When you speak to him remember to whom you are speaking. When you speak to him remember who you are speaking to. When you speak to him remember whom you are speaking to. What is the ...
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The difference between "having seen"," having to see", and "having seeing", in the sentences down below?

The difference between "having seen"," having to see", and "having seeing", in the sentences down below ? Following is an excerpt from ' A Study in Scarlet'. 1- "from a drop of water,"said the ...
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Subjunctive in if clause

I have a question about the use of the subjunctive in if clauses. I usually use grammarly as a grammar checker and ran into following problem: I wrote: If he stay at home, he would die. Grammarly ...
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