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Is this sentence acceptable: I am running faster than you do

I would like to know if the following sentence: "I am running faster than you do" is a correct sentence. I know most of the time it should be "I am running faster than you are" or "I run faster than ...
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To what is “the reason…before” part is connected?

This scar was the only hint of Harry’s very mysterious past, of the reason he had been left on the Dursleys’ doorstep eleven years before. [The situation is that Harry, the main character of this ...
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to sleep + listening / to sleep + while + listening

"Go to sleep listening to this song, it helps you relax." "Go to sleep while listening to this song, it helps you relax." Do they mean the same? Or do they have differences in meaning?
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What is omitted in the idiom “do somebody good”?

An example sentence: "Exercising regularly would do you good." Is a word such as "things", is omitted in this idiom? ("Exercising regularly would do you good (things).") I don't get why an adjective(...
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Can I use an incomplete sentense in listing?

First, obtain a comprehensive understanding of the emissions level of key pollutants, a foundation upon which to conduct pollution abatement-related analyses. Can I use an incomplete sentence in ...
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The work is done

Can the phrase The work is done mean that the work is in the process in any context? Or does it always mean that the process of doing the work is finished?
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so … that clause

I’ve been so immersed in my work that I missed out many festivals. Someone says this sentence is grammatical because it's a "so ... that" clause. But I think it is grammatical even without the "so". ...
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“Indirect form” of the sentence

Direct: John said, "Do you know if Tom plays cricket." Indirect: John asked me if I know if Tom plays cricket. Is it correct grammartically and in terms of spoken English? Thanks in advance.
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would have + past participle presumption

Could we use "would have + past participle" to express the speak's belief about something ? For example : I'm sure he would have killed her. He definitely would have been listening when we fought ...
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Creation of comprehensive flowchart for using English articles

I am trying to create a comprehensive flowchart for using the English articles - the, a, an. Can you check it and give me some feedback about errors, inaccuracies, possible improvements? May be some ...
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(for) any longer

Is 'for' necessary before 'any longer', or at all? I won't be able to talk (for) any longer. I can't talk (for) any longer. I can't workout (for) any longer.
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David didn't use to eat vegetables {when/since} he was a little boy

David didn't use to eat vegetables when he was a little boy. On the condition that this sentence intends a past time meaning, which means that we finished to do something, then we can't use present ...
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“In my opinion it seems…”

Does the connection of 'in my opinion' and ' it seems' make sense? Here is an example: In my opinion it seems that the aforementioned process is effective only on a laboratory scale. What do you ...
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“Just” for recent future

As we use the word just for recent past: I've just arrived. They just completed their task when the manager called. Now, Can I use just for recent future that is going to happen shortly? As ...
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Can't decide between simple past and present perfect

I know the rules and differences like simple past is finished actions and more like story telling while present-perfect emphasizes the experience and its about actions that still continue and past-...
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Can we say “She has a black car. She goes to school by the car?”

I heard this utterance the other day. My understanding is that we cannot say "by the car" such as "I go to school by car." Is this true for this case in my question?
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Do I need comma before these relative clauses?

Do I need comma before these relative clauses? 1) My new workplace is really spacious, which makes me feel really comfortable during working hours. 2) I think that I finally found my ...
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Potential Subject Verb Agreement error - in an English Textbook

"In what ways do the past affect the present?" I read the above in an English textbook. So that the verb agrees with "the past", should we have used "affects" instead of "affect"?
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About parenthetical expressions, is the sentence grammartically correct?

This novel method has significantly improved the research period from one year in previous attempts, due to a lack of observatory data, to the longest year with reliable documentary data, 100 ...
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which one of these sentences is correct? Please help me. Tanx [on hold]

part A: 1) How long has he been in the united states? 2) How long he has been in the united states? part B: 1)when are your family arriving? 2)when is your family arriving? part C: 1)How old ...
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Is the word “could” here in the past or present?

SOURCE Context : A guy wakes up and a girl tells him that he slept with her during the night (the girl is his friend). He denies this and says: Since you've tempted me so much until now, I would'...
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When would you vs when you would in a sentence

Which is correct: Please let me know when WILL YOU go. Please let me know when YOU WILL go. Also: I don't know when would he arrive. I don't know when he would arrive. Please explain why. Thanks! :...
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Is it “is” or “are”?

The Great Lakes is/are a major highway for transportation, migration, and trade as well as home to a large number of aquatic species. I had thought "is" is correct since even though the Great Lakes ...
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Correct way of indicating period of time on this sentence

Between the sentences: You've only been a day there. You've only been there for a day. Which would the grammatically correct one, or both are correct? Thank you
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Is the construction “noun- and adverb adjective noun” correct?

Is the construction "noun- and adverb adjective noun" correct? Example: "we found a significant difference between human- and algorithmically generated summaries".
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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Passive sentence

Why in this sentence used simple present of "control", because I'm sure IRQL is something to be checked (object)? "The IRQL level of an interrupt controls when the interrupt may be processed." I ...
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Is “Has your headache gone?” grammatically correct?

I saw on one site that you usually don't say "My headache has gone," and "My headache is gone" is commonly used instead. However, there is this "Has your headache gone?" question in my textbook. Is ...
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The position of the word, ‘simply’

He simply told her that he worked for the Corporation. He told her that he worked for the corporation simply. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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What is the difference between “to be Ving” and “to V”?

For example, (1)You are too young to be contemplating retirement. (2)You are too young to contemplate retirement.
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Is you or she followed by is or are in a sentence?

I do not know whether you or Arpitha is on duty tomorrow. Is it "is" or "are" after Arpitha? ( Context. There are two technicians- Annie and Arpitha. I am asking Annie. Only one person can be on duty ...
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What is the tense in the sentence 'It's strange that you should say that'?'

In the Longman Dictionary, I found the following sentences: I should stay in bed if I were you. What do you mean, there are only ten tickets? There should be twelve. Passengers for flight ...
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As a member of CRA

As a member of the Comment Reading Association (CRA), I’m only here to read comments. Why is "As a member of CRA" used? What does the "As" in this sentence do in this sentence?
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He may have called me yesterday at 5 p.m

İs it correct to say "He may have called me yesterday at 5 p.m." to imply i am not sure but it is possible that he called me yesterday at 5 p.m. ? İ think using present perfect tense with a specific ...
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Identifying the correct tense

Im in beginer level of learning english and i want to learn english logically. Sometimes i know certain statements are correct but i dont know how to explain to someone. As an example I am Jack, My ...
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What are the differences between “is”, “does”, and “has”?

The summer is not over. The summer does not over. The summer has not over. What are the differences between using is, does, and has in these sentences? I've tried to find out but couldn't.
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Present simple / present continuous in this context

Several countries have attempted to do this, ours being the last one. This is not a participal clause as there are two different subjects. What if I put is instead? Thanks in advance.
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“Judge in so delicate and subtle a matter”

Source Anna Karenina ... far as anyone can judge in so delicate and subtle a matter, I believe the chances are.. I have some questions about this text. First, how could a verb (judge) be ...
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it is hurt (Simple Past) or it is hurting? In the next situation

In the next situation...: (I am talking with my friend in the afternoon about something which happened to me in the morning. As you can notice all happened in the same day...): Me: I woke ...
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Proper usage of “I wish it would… so I …”

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "I wish it would rain so I hang my dirty clothes outside" Or should it be more like: "I wish it would rain, so I would hang my dirty clothes outside" ...
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Dropping auxiliary verbs when asking questions

I hear many native speakers dropping auxiliary verbs when asking questions. For instance, I hear them saying "How you doing?". Another example that came up to my ear recently: in the gym, I hear many ...
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Usage of present tense in a past tense sentence

I read that if sentence is in past tense then all clauses of the sentence should be in past, except if it is a universal truth. Now, I want to create a sentence and situation is this - I watched ...
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What does 'what will come of the money' mean?

What does what will come of the money mean? Ohio State University has not said what will come of the money it received from Epstein, including the $2.5 million he donated in 2007.
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how to use are /is as copula

I am confused to use copula when the sentence is described with singular or plural. Example: 1.The following is tips. In this sentence should I use is or are ? 2.The day is weekend. The 2 days ...
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Why verb 'followed' is used without preposition 'after'?

Why verb 'followed' is used without preposition 'after'? Can you give another examples with other verbs where time/place prepositions are omited. Is there any grammar rule about that or it is ...
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Is the following active or passive?

Is the following sentence active or passive? Or can we say it is active and it is also passive? They were absolutely fascinated by the game.
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“had+ past participile ” VS “could have + past participle ” in conditional sentence

The following sentence is collected from cricinfo.com : They were under a little bit of pressure then. If we could have carried on, we could have set them 220 or even more than that. So to get out ...
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Is “for you” redundant or unnecessary?

Is "for you" redundant or unnecessary? This is enough for you to attain an expert proficiency in guitar. This is enough to attain an expert proficiency in guitar. I don't think the second ...
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please explain which one is correct and why?

Please explain which one is correct and why? I got a little confused because I didn't think about it carefully. I got a little confused because I had not thought about it carefully. Thanks ...
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“no A and B” or “no A and no B” or “no A or B” or “no A or no B”?

If I mean "it does not contain A or B", which one of the following is correct? It contains no A and B. It contains no A and no B. It contains no A or B. It contains no A or no B. I think 2 is ...