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How to write email to Prof: I need your corrections

I would like to write an email to Prof to ask him if he finds the supervisor for my bachelor thesis. I wrote him 2-3 weeks ago, and he replied to me that he is looking for a member in his research ...
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“My boss was furious with me and I have been fired” vs. “My boss was furious with me and I was fired”

I have a question and I hope you can help me. I've been learning English for many years but I'm still struggling with the difference between simple past and present perfect. For example this sentence ...
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“Know not to do something?”

Can I use this construction to mean "Know better than to do something"? You know not to interrupt when someone else is talking. = You know better than to interrupt when someone else is talking. ...
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In penetrating transparent media? Is “penetrating” standing for an adjective or a verb “gerund”?

... Hooke had previously elaborated on René Descartes’s notion of light as pressure waves transferred through an “aether” that permeates space. He concluded that colors embodied weak and strong ...
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“Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”

Which one is more correct: “Ageing is more and more difficult for many people” or “Ageing is the more and more difficult for many people”
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Is it okay for me to open the door?

Is it okay for me to open the door? In this sentence, does 'it' refer to 'for me to open the door'? Is 'it' an anticipatory subject? Or is 'it' an impersonal pronoun, which does not refer to anything?...
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Chulada Shop or The Chulada Shop? Which one is correct?

What is grammatically correct for a business name, Chulada Shop or The Chulada Shop? Why? My online business (I sell Mexican accessories) is called Chulada Shop but I wonder if it's grammatically ...
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how to express the following: increase the portion of something

I wanted to suggest the team to increase the portion of something. e.g increase it from 10% to 70%. and I want to find a phrase that has "weight" in it. I have searched for weight in, weight on, put ...
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A good place to start would be (with)

I have a question about some sentence in this Economist article: Reserve prison for the worst offenders. Divert the less scary ones to drug treatment, community service and other penalties that ...
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I arrived there at half past five

I arrived there at half past five. I arrived there at half to six. I arrived there at nine forty-five. I arrived there at nine forty five. I arrived there at nine-forty-five. I arrived there at nine-...
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It was wise of you to buy the secondhand product

It was wise of you to buy the secondhand product. 1-2. You were wise to buy the secondhand product. It was wise for you to buy the secondhand product. 2-2. For you to buy the second product was wise. ...
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Usage of “will” with “if” clause in conditional sentences

I have read that "will" should not be used with "if" clause in conditional sentences. However, I feel that below sentence is grammatically correct even though "will" is used with "if" clause. Could ...
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in vs. with- which is correct in the following sentence?

He has started constructing meaningful sentences which require a lot of correction 'in' grammar and spellings. or He has started constructing meaningful sentences which require a lot of correction '...
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“question of why…” vs “question why…”

Given the following examples: When it comes to the question of why oil price is rising, there is not really a simple answer When it comes to the question why oil price is rising there is not ...
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Question: Is it having been sent

Can I use "Is it having been sent" for question? I know I can ask "is it sent", that's why, I thought that I can put "having been sent" instead of "sent". Is it correct?
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Should I use the simple past or the present perfect here?

Mostly, waves ... by wind blowing over the surface of the sea. A) are formed ( my answer ) B) formed ( correct according to my book ) Should l burn my book ?
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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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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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Usage of present/past tense with “would”

I am not able to decide that out of below 2 sentences which one is grammatically correct. Please note that I want to know from international competitive exams perspective. All good/additional ...
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What does the “where” represent?

There is a sentence: Acute aortic dissection represents the only hypertensive emergency where rapid, aggressive blood pressure reduction is indicated. Does the "where" on the former sentence ...
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Does anyone know how to distinguish between (1) [ Subject(plural) + are + Object(plural) ] and (2) [ Subject(plural) + are + a/an Object(singular) ]?

For example: Computers are important research tools Computers are an important research tool. Does anyone know how to distinguish between (1) and (2)?
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'By myself' vs 'On my own'

'I didn't hear this song when I was by myself, I heard this song by the road side when other people were playing music there.' Or 'I didn't hear this song on my own, I heard this song by the road ...
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Usage of “to” between “to be” and the following verb

Here are several examples: Luis lost his job and was short of money, so what he did was (to) sell his flat and move in with his brother. The reason hundreds of students marched through the city ...
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in the sentence below should i use of/ for ? Please explain places where one can use of and where one can use for

The international monetary fund maintened its forecast 'of/ for' weak global growth??? According to me it should be 'of' as the news of weak global growth makes up the forecast and hence is a part of ...
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Does this sentence sound right or need to be fixed? [on hold]

I was paying with the credit card but the transaction didn’t go through. I paid cash instead.
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Grammar Question: Go to where… or go where

I am confused whether it Is correct and common to say go/come "to" when the following word is where... I will go/come where you suggested I will go/come to where you suggested. The ...
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‘Whether or not’ VS ‘whether’

He wants to know whether we want dinner. He wants to know whether or not we want dinner. What is the difference between two sentences above?
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Which one is correct, “both in … and in …” or “in both … and …”?

Which one is correct? Asia is the largest continent, both in land and in population. Asia is the largest continent, in both land and population. I am confused because I've seen both of "both in .....
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“Comprehensive quality” vs “comprehensive qualities”?

To be exact, Which one is correct? We should strengthen our comprehensive quality? or We should strengthen our comprehensive qualities?
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I only know I know nothing

Take this sentence I only know I know nothing What if we write it as: I only know I nothing know Question Nothing is an adverb and should be placed after the verb (please correct me if wrong)...
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“He is older than me by one year”

My English is excellent, but I'd like to know whether this is grammatically correct, especially in a formal situation. My slang/day-to-day English is excellent, but I don't know if this would be ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct [on hold]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct I won't go to Canada if I don't become a successful person. Also if there is any appropriate sentence better than this.
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Is the sentence “She's been shopping for how long?” grammatically correct?

Is the sentence "She's been shopping for how long?" grammatically correct? I'm concerned that it sounds too awkward. In context, it is obvious that I am asking how long Thora went to the shop for (it'...
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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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You cannot resist taking picture here or you can't resist but take a picture here [on hold]

Honestly telling, you cannot resist taking a picture here. Is this a complete correct sentence?
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Which is more natural and acceptable?

When two singular subjects are connected by 'neither...nor', does it take a singular verb or plural verb? Which is more natural and acceptable? Neither Mary nor Jane is / are beautiful.
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Who you are. Vs Who are you

What is the grammar term for the statements / questions with question words in them? Like: I don't know who you are. Do I know where are you? Or: Do I know where you are? I don'...
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Is it natural and acceptable to use the phrase 'studies his lessons'?

The following sentence is from Grade 6 English Textbook in Myanmar. In the sentence, is it natural and acceptable to use the phrase 'studies his lessons'? He studies his lessons from 8:00 p.m. to ...
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relations to vs relations between

But that doesn't seem enough to make something a pain. It's true that pains are caused by injury, and they do make you hop and yell. But they also feel a certain way, and that seems to be ...
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Is there anything wrong with the sentence? [on hold]

I opened the door and walked inside the bathroom in which I found a vacuum standing in the corner.
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Can 'why' act as a relative pronoun?

Please consider the following two main clauses. Both variables have the same range of values. Therefore, a 4:3 aspect ratio has been chosen. I would like to combine these two main clauses into one ...
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Active passive confusion

I need help in passive of this sentence Spain expected to win the world cup My answer was The world cup was expected to be won by Spain but the book's answer is it was expected by Spain ...
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walking vs. walked [on hold]

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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Someone offers someone an opportunity vs. Someone offers an opportunity to someone

I am trying to express an idea but I am not sure it is proper: I'm writing a letter to someone explaining a situation, but I need to be sure the person will understand. My sentence is the ...
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Next vs the next (year, month, week)

I have read various opinions on this subject, and my English professor told me that: When the definite article is used, it indicates the period itself, like: I will do it in the next week = in ...
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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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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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About “too…to do” and “too… not to do”

As taught by our English language teacher back home who are not native speakers, we learn that "too...to do" contains the negative implication which means the opposite to the face meaning, as in "he ...
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I saw a bee on my left arm [on hold]

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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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 ...