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Use of verb after WHO

I have a doubt regarding the use of the verb "has or have " after who in the following sentence, I request you my work to be evaluated by Mr. Bender and Mr. Joseph who has expertise in the work ...
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My mom is the only person who noticed it vs my mom has been the only person who noticed it

So I've lost 11 pounds and no one actually noticed the difference except my mum. In this case, do I have to say My mom is the only person who noticed it Or My mom has been the only person who ...
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Comma Splice rules or exceptions

Are these all considered comma splices. I wasn't sure as they refer back to the clause before the comma directly as apposed to just similar ideas. In which case a semi-colon would be used. Any ...
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(Subject+verb+object) sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (subject+verb+object) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These ...
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Should “the” be used in these sentences?

Data demand is unknown. vs The data demand is unknown. Data generated by existing methods is ... vs The data generated by the existing methods is ...
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How best to say “having dinner” & “talking with my wife”

Which sentences are grammatically correct and make sense? I was having dinner, talking with my wife. I was having dinner and talking with my wife. I was having dinner as I was talking with ...
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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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Why do they write 'every right' instead of 'all rights' or 'any right'?

Why do they write 'every right' instead of 'all rights' or 'any right'? Is it the choice of a style. He had every right to sound annoyed. From A Wind in the Door by Madelene L'Engle.
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“sells”, “tastes” — are these verbs?

I am eating an apple that tastes strange. I bought a house in this neighbourhood, because I know it will sell for a lot of money in the future. I followed your cooking instructions, but ...
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help in predicting or help predicting

I am confused in the following example, for which of the following sentences is correct: can't help predicting the factuality of the tweets. can't help in predicting the factuality of the ...
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The right verb after “ensure”

Which forms of verb can I use here? The client must ensure that accurate records be/are/will be kept. I don't know why Google translate example uses "be" here.
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“every”and “each”

recently,I read a literature about "every" and "each",This involved a theory called the scope between quantifier and negation. "A boy didn't eat every cookie" means "some cookies were eaten"."A boy ...
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The usage of the “the”

Which of the following is grammatically correct: "Other cell products may depend on concentrations of ... ?" "Other cell products may depend on the concentrations of ... ?" If both are, is there ...
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What is the logic in “more than one + singular noun/verb”?

More than one game was lost. The singular form confused me. Does "more than one" here indicate plural or "more than" itself emphasis some quality? How should I parse this sentence to make sense?
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Are adverbials inclined to the subject?Rather than simply modifying the verb

"He writes the word on the board." If adverbials are simply about the verb, then “on the board” in “He writes the word on the board” can be explained as either an adverbial or an complement, for on ...
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Do I need to use definite article and commas in a defining relative clause?

Do I need to use 'the' instead of 'a' here? Are the punctuation marks correct? She gave him a reason. A reason, that was sufficient to burst a passion inside him so that he could reveal all his ...
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Help!!! Is this sentence ok? [on hold]

Is this sentence okay? You are judging women for doing whatever they want as long as they don’t hurt anybody.
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What does **reluctant, eager** mean together here?

What does reluctant, eager mean together here? As I translate these terms are opposite separately. And where is the main verb here after the subject? Could someone explain grammar of Meg reluctant, ...
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Is it “teleport into” or “teleport in”?

Is it "teleport into" or "teleport in"? Teleport implies a movement and into indicates the destination. Therefore, is "teleport in" incorrect? It seems to me that "teleport in X" means you're ...
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What grammatical construction is the idiom “to look the part”

Normally, "look“ is used with prepositions like "at, towards". However, there is this neat construction "to look a part / one's age etc.". Is this just a shortened version of a comparison with like? ...
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When something should happen in future, but it is expressed in present tense

I am a little bit confused and not a native speaker. When something should happen in the future (e.g. if you set yourself a goal), but you state it like it has already happened. How do you call this ...
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Can context change how a wish clause will be formed?

I know that for present wishes, I can say: I wish I were young. However, what if this is my “birthday” wish? Could I say: I wish I would be young. to express I want this to happen somehow, like ...
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Is this sentence wrong if I change “the” to “my”?

This is the first time that I've tasted soy sauce This is my first time that I've tasted soy sauce Some people say it's correct to write "the", not "my" and they correct 2 as "This is my first ...
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Each or Every for speaking about what the people like?

Each or Every for speaking about what the people like? For example, I want to say that the people all around the world like different kinds of music. How do I say it? Each person likes different ...
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I don't think “realize on” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" I realized early on that such hand-tuning would not be reliable when the CAD software was applied to ...
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I don't think “be something to doing” grammatically correct

Is "be something to be doing" grammatically correct? From this book "Deep Learning and Convolutional Neural Networks for Medical Image Computing" What have been the impediments to realizing the ...
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You tried vs You did try

What is the difference between these sentences? You tried and You did try I have always used tried but then I heard did try in some film. I have tried to find something about it, but I am ...
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How to use So Inversion

I came across "so" inversion without "that" do you ratify this clause and supply more examples ? The attitudes towards the use of insect in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally ...
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Is there any difference between restrictive and non-restrictive clauses, and defining and non-defining clauses?

Are these the same things called differently or not? Restrictive clause: The person who taught the ceramics class is a friend of my mother’s. Non-restrictive clause: Every journalist has a ...
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Past perfect or past continuous tense

I'm confused about this one. Please help me choose a correct answer. Thanks. My mother ________ a new costume all day long when I stopped her at last. A. has been choosing B. had been ...
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Using to be vs not using to be

She had cried all night long. Even now, her eyes were still swollen. I wrote the sentence above, someone said that I should remove 'were' from the sentence, so it became: She had cried all night ...
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using “has been” for actions other then just visiting

If I want to say that Jack went to Italy and is not back yet, I would say: He's gone to Italy. If I want to say that Jack went to Italy and came back, I would say: He's been to Italy. If I ...
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This is the most candid photo among all those directed photos

So I was kind of going to make fun of my friend's friend because it looked candid but was actually fully directed. In this case should I say this is the most candid photo among all these directed ...
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What would be the right form of the auxiliary verb here and why?

choosing suitable tools are vital or choosing suitable tools is vital Thanks in Advance.
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may, might, would

Please let me know if "would" and "may" can be used in the following sentence instead of "might"? But despite these interpersonal elements, some students find it more difficult to sustain their ...
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definite article: “rebut charges that…” or “rebut the charges that…”?

Are both questions grammatical? Are there any differences in meaning? 1) She has rebutted charges that she has been involved in any financial malpractice. 2) She has rebutted the charges that she ...
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Tend to be learning

What does "tend to be learning" mean in the following sentence? Why not "tend to learn"? It has been suggested that students of EFL tend to be leaning so that they can use English when travelling ...
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Are “within a radius of 10 meter” and “in a radius of 10 meter” synonymous?

Are "within a radius of 10 meter" and "in a radius of 10 meter" synonymous? I was told that "within a radius" meant everyone within the circle, and "in the radius" meant everyone on the border of the ...
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Can I use it this way? I see no reason why I can not

Friend of friend: She's Happy Me: Is it because of her meeting me/having met me? Can I say it that way rather than is this because she has met me?
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The number of subjects to be appeared in the finals [on hold]

Please fill the number of subjects to be appeared in the finals. What does this sentence mean ? Is this grammatically correct ?
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Is the participle tense time-neutral?

Is the participle tense time-neutral? I am wondering if it's the case, because these two seem to be grammatically correct. She won the competition after having sung the national Anthem during the ...
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What is the grammatical function of “going on”?

I am asking a different question!'She looked 16 going on 25'.'Going on' means almost.The phrase 'going on' what is grammatically?Can somebody says that 'going' is the present participle of the verb '...
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The Difference between “the means of production” vs “means of production”?

Sometimes I see words like I mentioned that use without using article the. Is there any difference in meaning? Because as far as I know we should use article the for the possessive form of non-living ...
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“functions and their `gradient`” or “functions and their `gradients`”?

It sounds the lecturer is saying we've explored the relationship between functions and their gradient gradient's plural should be gradients. So, the sentence should be ... between functions and ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Which one is correct and why? the verb or the gerund

Every one visiting these museums feels happy about it. Or Every one visits these museums feels happy about it.
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a better understanding of this structure

Parents have a better understanding for\of their children than schools. Fathers and mothers have a better knowledge about their children than schools. Why “a” is used here although “...
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What grammar describes the noun referring the previous whole sentence or phrase?

What grammar explains a noun referring to the previous whole sentence or phrase? Alan Turing is probably best known for cracking the Nazi code known as Enigma, a feat depicted in the 2014 film "...
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Correct usage of IF condition with various tenses

Which one would be the correct form for this context? This situation is a Hypothetical and takes place in future. He would be killed when he arrives in London. OR He would be killed when ...