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Usage of 'as' before Adjectives: [on hold]

In the following sentence, should I put 'as' before the adjective 'offensive'? I hope you won't take my criticism as offensive. I hope you won't take my criticism offensive. I feel as if the two ...
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A construction “of the” and the usage of “take a rest” + articles

1)"This place is an opportunity to take a rest in THE uniqueness OF THE local nature where you can feel Russian hospitality." 2)"You will have an opportunity to take a rest in the uniqueness of the ...
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“I should have studied last night, but I didn't.” (tense choice)

I should have studied last night, but I didn't. I've come across this sentence in a grammar book. Why the present perfect is used after "should", but the past simple is used to say "I didn't"? The ...
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Is there an alternate way of saying “on your hand(s)” or one of your hands or both of them?

If there's blood on one of your hands, the machine will detect it. If there's blood on one of your hands or both of them, the machine will detect it. So, is there a way to rewrite the last sentence ...
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Zero & 1st conditionals. Are these replaceable?

Could you please let me know if we could always use 1st conditional instead of zero conditional? Already, I know that the Zero conditional is used for always true things or scientific facts and The ...
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what is the construction of this part?

Noise, when benign in nature, much conduces to the amelioration of spirits. In a coffee house, say, what may explain that buoy in the bosom, that warmth, that sense of security, yea, assurance, of one'...
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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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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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“Been quite a trip, it has” - Correct or Incorrect?

I came across a phrase which was used in a random American TV series. The phrase looks like this: Been quite a trip, it has I highly doubt it's grammatically incorrect. I also have tried to find ...
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'Make amends to her' or 'Make her amends'

Is it grammatical to use 'make one's amends' as a synonym for 'make amends to one'? Is the phrase in question old-fashioned?
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Little Betty Blue :Give her another

I read this Mother Goose the other day. Little Betty Blue Lost her holiday shoe: Give her another To match the other And then she may walk in two In the third line,is it possible to replace "another" ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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Is there any semantical or grammatical problem with the pattern “You should not X so that Y would not Z”?

You should not let yourself be arrested by the authorities so that his sacrifice would not have been in vain. I heard the above was incorrect, but the person couldn't tell me why it was incorrect. ...
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using two passive verbs with a same subject

I have problem with the statements like the following: -These two parameters are selected and changed ... -These two parameters are selected and are changed ... which one is correct?
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Changing the position of “for/to”

Let's say that this is our original sentence. I am ready for our meeting. I think the following one is also acceptable, not terrible. For our meeting, I am ready. But if it was I am ...
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use of “Perhaps with ”would have"

Which one is correct out of the following? i. Perhaps he has done it. ii.Perhaps he would have done it. Can we use 'perhaps' with 'would have' for a thing that we speculate or doubt was done by ...
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How should I understand this sentence and the meaning of “pointed”?

They all seem to look alike (though they come from all over)--lean, pointed, dedicated faces, wearing jeans and sandals, eating their buns and bedding down for the night on the flagstones outside the ...
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Can two verbs be used one after another?

I noticed a sentence today in an article: The index counts start from 1 instead of 0. I'm not sure if this is a grammatically correct sentence and just want to confirm. As I remember, you can't ...
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'It is not difficult helping others' is this sentence correct?

I'm a student from south Korea. I'm learning English at school. Today, I took an English test at school. I've learned about 'It is ~ for ~ to ~' sentence in school. And I marked 'It is not ...
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Article a or the in the following sentence

I would like to ask which article is suitable in the following sentences: 1) He fabricated a/the story that he left behind his wallet in a taxi and couldn’t contact the driver. Thanks in advance
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“make someone likely to do”?

In grammar rule, the verb "make" follow infinitive without "to": for example my teacher made me study hard. But I found a below sentence. The act of being heavily committed makes an executive ...
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How do we say “placed my thumb inside a hose” while inverting the word order of thumb and hose?

He placed the hose around his thumb? I can't really think of an idiomatic way of saying it. Is it just me? I am trying to think of a good phrasal verb for this.
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When can the determiner 'any' be omitted?

Can I omit any in the following sentence? If I do so, Do they sound natural and grammatical?  Yesterday I had my camera with me, but I did not take any photos. Many grammar books say it is not ...
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got closed vs was closed vs has been closed

Now I would like to transfer my PF from A company to B company provided both the companies have proper digital signatures in EPFO website. But the issue is, my previous company has been closed 6 ...
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If “discuss about” is redundant, what about “discuss with you about”?

My research showed that "discuss about" is incorrect because "discuss" is a transitive verb which means an object have to be attached. So "discuss about" would be redundant as in "talk about about". ...
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Going to + infinitive

If I have two sentences such as He is going to Paris next week. He is going to travel to Paris. The first sentence is present continuous for future. My question: What can I call the second sentence ...
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Can I say “on the first sign” instead of “at”?

For me differentiating prepositions at, in, and on are very difficult. Now I found the following sentence over Duolingo French course: At the first road sign, turn left. This is the translation ...
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Grammatical phrasing Question

Is it correct to say “ How many times do you have to ask me and I would still give you the same answer “ ? My point is stop asking me the same question over and over and at the end u know my answer ...
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What does “up through” mean?

I'm reading a history book and there is a sentence that really confuses me: up through the twelfth century What time does it indicate exactly?
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Why is “Me help him out?” grammatical?

I found this sentence while I was looking up the word "perish": What? Me help him out? Perish the thought. Shouldn't it be the following? What? I help him out? Perish the thought.
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If Mary Alice was having problems, she should have come to us

Gabby: Susan, are you okay? Susan: I'm just so angry. If Mary Alice was having problems, she should have come to us. She should have let us help her. Gabby: What kind of problems could she ...
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ends up getting taken ,why the gerund is being used “getting”?thank you so much

Indecision is a decision. Ignorance, when we know we should act, doesn’t suddenly stop the world from spinning. It goes on, and the path with the favorable odds ends up getting taken.
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Learning Enlgish for beginners [on hold]

I'm new in Enlgish language and I want to start learning English. I learning english reading a programming books etc.. but I think it's not good way to start learning English, there are too much words....
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Consider progress against

Do the following sentences grammatically correctly express satisfaction with the candidates performance: We considered your progress against the Ph.D. degree timeline, work habits, publication and ...
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“My availability for the next two weeks (is/are) as follows”

Which is correct? My availability for the next two weeks are as follows OR My availability for the next two weeks is as follows I'm confused because I don't know if I should focus on the word "...
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Can it be replaced with the relative pronoun that?

(1) I called out to the student who was turning around to see me. (2) I called out to the student, who was turning around to see me I understand the comma before who makes a difference in the ...
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“Does the university have” or “Does the university has”? [duplicate]

I do self-study for some English exam and this is a sentence from some online resource, which I suppose to listen and write down. "Does the university have an ice-hockey team?" In my opinion, since ...
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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“the following August” vs. “in the following August”?

She completed writing her first novel the following August. Is grammatically known, months name are preceded by the preposition "in" Why , in this sentence, the preposition "in" is not included?...
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Is “Over how many days is your coughing problem now?” correctly phrased?

How do ask the duration in days of person's coughing in English? Let's say you have a friend who have been constantly coughing for several days until now. You asked: Over how many days is/are your ...
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find and correct mistakes in following sentence [on hold]

1) since the beginning THE 20TH CENTURY, the AVERAGE temperature HAS RAISED by about 0.8c and this has far-reaching CONSEQUENCES. 2) it is CLAIMED by scientists that CLIMATE CHANGE will effect the ...
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Is the part in the bracket ( a or b ) OR (a, or b, c, d, and e)?

"Such uses express (physical superiority, or superiority of position, skill, technical ability, and command of tools,) mechanical or fiscal." (Source: Democracy and Education by John Dewey) Is the ...
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I was once a fan of..? or I was a fan of…?

I would like to know if it would be okay to use ”I was once a fan” or “I was a fan” .
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When to use “for” vs. “of”

I have a sentence like: Second, we propose a new mechanism that we call XYZ, which aims to solve problem X. We implement and evaluate a proof-of-concept for it. However, I’m not sure if it should ...
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<Prefer> in conditionals in reference to future [on hold]

Hello everyone: Are the following sentences grammatically correct? Situation: A friend of mine has come to me for advice: a. I would prefer it if you would come on another day; I am really busy ...
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Do you say “I got/had/took a vaccine for the flu”?

I thought all of them were correct, but I was told "had a vaccine" is the idiomatic usage. Why is that? Is there a particular reason for this?
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Wh clause in English

Can you please answer me the below question. earth is revolving around sun, which is not getting tired. in the above sentence, is ‘which’ refers to ‘earth’ or ‘Sun’ Please give some explanation ...
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Use of now when there is no clear “immediacy purpose”

I know the direct usage of the word now when it pertains to something that is happening in a specific moment of the present (the very present you can say). But what about other situations?. I was ...
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Some text review [on hold]

I'm learning English. Some time ago I posted this thread. Could you please do a review of my grammar? What should I correct?