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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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What clause is the sentence in the following paragraph?

We all have ways of showing our sweetie how much we love them. But celebrity relationship expert, Kailen Rosenberg, shares why it’s so important and has tips, that’ll really show them how much, ...
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Past,past perfect with until, by

Do we always use past tense with "until" plus time in the past, and past perfect with "by" plus time in the past? Until last year, Anna worked as a teacher. By last year, Anna had worked as a ...
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What is correct “in various subjects” or “on various subjects”?

They offer classes on various subjects. They offer classes in various subjects. Which is correct? Searching google for "classes in/on various subjects" shows that both variants are used ...
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Meaning of the phrase “to be used” in context

Here it is: And as blatantly obvious as this is, the norm in exercise programming is to ignore it. We are taught to test a novice for his 1-rep maximum capacity on the various exercises to be used, ...
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were VS are - We all started panicking and looking around to see if there [were/are] any unattended tickets around us

Which is correct? We all started panicking and looking around to see if there are any unattended tickets around us..... OR We all started panicking and looking around to see if there were ...
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Are both “threatened to” and “threatened that” valid?

I am not quite sure how to use threaten correctly in a sentence. There's something that seems to be off, but I can't think of a better way of using it without the preposition "to" or the conjunction "...
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On using “conscious”

When I want to use conscious and unconscious in specific context, for example, security conscious users, which is correct: security-conscious users (with dash), or security conscious users (without ...
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Which one is correct a

Which one of these is right or are both correct? I and my wife found a new job and will be moving houses. I and my wife had found a new job and will be moving houses. Thanks!
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“me doing something” or “my doing something”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct. I cannot explain me having hired him. I cannot explain my having hired him.
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I can't understand the meaning and grammar of an explanation

I can't understand the grammar and meaning of this phrase: a single worthy cause – spread too thinly What does it mean generally and what's the use of "-" in it. The complete paragraph is: ...
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Is it better to learn English grammar separately or learn the language then the grammar follows

I studied grammar in my school days but I don't remember most of the rules. Still, I am able to manage somewhat. So is it necessary that we learn grammar thoroughly or just read a lot and grammar will ...
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tenses with “until recently”

Which one is correct? If all are correct, do they mean different things? We haven't eaten at home until recently. We didn't eat at home until recently. We hadn't eaten at home until ...
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all the apples vs all apples

Who ate all apples? vs Who ate all the apples? Is first question wrong? Why after "all" is necessary to add "the"? Without "the" are they all apples in the world? Thanks in advance. P.S. ...
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How long have you been here?

Could this sentence mean - how long is your stay? and it is known that my stay is temporary If "i have been on a holiday for two weeks" could be used when i am currently on a holiday.
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Best actor, it is best to go there early..why “the” is omitted?

In many sentences I cannot find a reason why the definite article is omitted in superlatives, eg.: It's best to get to the supermarket early. He won the award for best actor, and deservedly so. In ...
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chosen such that the horizons lie within the history , what is that the?

In https://peerj.com/preprints/3190.pdf section 4.3 We use simulated historical forecasts (SHFs) by producing K forecasts at various cutoff points in the history, chosen such that the horizons ...
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expected vs expected to be

I discussed this with IMS team in my last meeting and the current backlog is expected to reduce substantially in the coming weeks.. should this sentence be rephrased as following and which one is ...
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“I wish you would be here” unacceptable in every context?

I was thinking about a situation when my friend is unwilling to stay with me, apparently he is just trying to come up with an excuse for not showing up the next day. I am nearly sure he is not going ...
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Past continuous

Please help me understand these sentences better: He called while I had been sleeping. Is this correct? And, if it is what, is the difference between that and: He called me while I was ...
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'Wait for' vs 'expect'

In the phrase: "I [wait for]/[expect] a reply to my letter in the next few days." Should I use wait for or expect? I think it is "expect" but I don't have any explanation for it.
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A grammar question from one-simple-question

We use "be made of" when we talk about wine. Then can you analyze this sentence? Wine is made of grapes. What I mean analyze is like I /am/ a student Subject/Verb/Complement Have a good day! P....
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“generated data and information” vs “data and information generated”

The data and information generated are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. or The generated data and information are best interpreted in face-to-face meetimg. Which is correct? is there ...
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Past and present participles grammar rules [on hold]

Do past and present participles always have to have an auxiliary verb?
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“only to me” vs “to me only”

I have a question regarding proper grammar. Which is correct? Please reply only to me. Please reply to me only. Thank you.
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How to use ‘many’ in sentence in different way?

I found this sentence from our regional daily. There is— He searched for a company where he can start working with his passion in coding. Coding hasn’t been favourite for many an ones. Here,in last ...
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“Refuse anyone help” or “refuse to help anyone”

My auntie would never refuse anyone help if they need it. Can you explain "anyone help"? I think it should be: "to help anyone".
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Should I use “to” or not?

I can give to Sophie a lot more than what she expects. or I can give Sophie a lot more than what she expects. Which one is grammatical?
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Why people say ‘a racehorse’ and ‘a racing car’?

A horse bred and trained for taking part in racing is termed a racehorse, while a car made for taking part in racing is called a racing car. Could anyone figure out any reason for this apparent ...
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Travelling for religious purpose

While praying for traveling in order to promote religious education if we want God to give us ability and feasibility, if we say: May we be enable to travel in God's path! May we be enable to travel ...
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How should this sentence be constructed?

I know that I fully understand your feelings. is correct but I wondered why we cannot use I am fully understand your feelings.
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Which one is correct, below is the transaction summary or below are the transactions summary?

Which one is correct from this 2 sentences? Below is the transaction summary of your purchase or Below are the transactions summary of your purchase I will use it on a payment receipt that ...
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Get + Adjective

We generally use the form Get + Adjective when no one else is responsible for the action taking place. The machine got defective . He is getting old. Am I correct? I am not a native speaker. Thank ...
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Should I put a comma here?

Should I put a comma in the sentence after "mazes"? Does this comma change the meaning of the sentence? A car could run and solve critical mazes using infrared sensors and ultrasonic sounds were ...
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Is “shutting down X off of Y” grammatical?

I know for a fact that "shutting down X" is grammatical, but I am not sure if you can add the verb complement "off of Y" after it. We already have the adverb "down", so I don't think we can add a verb ...
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“I'm really enjoyed” Correct?

Is it grammatically correct "I'm really enjoyed..."? If it is not, can you please correct it? I want to know why is it wrong, because someone told me, that's incorrect grammar but doesn't want to ...
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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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Hyphen use. “Solar and Wind-Powered” [duplicate]

I have a question about hyphens! Solar and wind-powered generators have an expensive cost up-front, are unreliable and weather dependent. Are the hyphens correct in "Solar and wind-powered" part? ...
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Is the gerund form for the verb 'to turn' preceded by objective pronouns?

Is it correct to say '...he found out she was sick only when they got married, her turning 18, him 19' or 'she turning 18, he 19'? is the gerund form for the verb 'to turn' preceded by objective ...
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How do we properly use the “more … than” phrase?

This politician greatly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. This politician badly entertained us more by his lack of intelligence than his sense of humor. ...
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Difference between “in” and “for”

I am brainstorming ideas for mathematics research. I am brainstorming ideas in mathematics. I am wondering what's the difference between "in" and "for" when used in the phrasal verbs "brainstorm ...
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Customer calls vs Customers Call

I just read this typo in a document at work Customers call XYZ Company to do something Customer call XYZ Company to do something else and realised I had no idea why it is Customers call ...
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they are all happy VS they all are happy

They are all happy They all are happy All they are happy What is the difference among them?
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“You would have to have had been there” or “You would have to had have been there”?

If the hypothetic question is something like: What was it like to live abroad? What was prison like? How hectic was your summer camp? Please specify the grammar of the answer. Past ...
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“Had to“ “have to” “has to“ “will have to” uses?

Is this sentence grammatically correct ? Sorry dad i wasn't able to pick up your phone as i was busy and had to complete my work. Correct to use present tense after had to ?
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Do we say “on” or “in the highway”?

I am not sure, which one is valid. I feel "on" is more appropriate, but I often hear both. Strangely enough, "in" is wrong when "on" is ok. Like, we say "on the bus" and never "in the bus", so I might ...
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Usage of “will” and “would” in the same sentence

Can we use will and would in two separate clauses within the same sentence? For instance: I would propose her if I got a chance, but I know she will definitely reject. If absolutely necessary ...
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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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Plural/singular incongruity

I am wondering if we're allowed to use singular and then use plural to refer to the same thing in the same sentence. I am not sure if it's allowed, it's a very rare case, but it's something we may ...
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Total amount including principal and interest or Total amount for principal and interest

Good morning. For example, Total amount paid is $100 (principal $80 and interest $20). Which one is better in business writing? Total amount paid is $100, including principal $80 and interest ...