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The easiest thing to do is [to] call for a taxi

Which is more natural? The easiest thing to do is to call for a taxi or The easiest thing to do is call for a taxi And what do you call this to in grammar terms if any?
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Why is it “to start laughing” and not “to start to laugh”?

Why do we use: to start laughing instead of, to start to laugh And what is the construction verb + (verb + ing) called?
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“their having a mind”

What, according to the functionalist, is the difference between things which merely have functional roles and things whose functional roles amount to their having a mind? Different people may ...
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Do you mind me / my

Do the following sentences mean the same? Do you mind if I open the window? Do you mind me opening the window? Do you mind my opening the window? for me they all mean the same, bit #3 is ...
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Usage of “would” and “will”

What is the difference between would and will in the following examples? How would you use this word in a sentence? How will you use this word in a sentence?
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Is the use of “one of the” correct in the following context?

I want to know what the constraints are on using the phrase one of the. Is it used correctly in this example? He is one of the soldiers who fight for their country.
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The confusion between “The” or “A” article

I was reading about articles in Wren & Martin and found the following explanation: 1)Use the definite article when a singular noun is meant to express a whole class. The cow is a useful ...
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Most of something is plural or singular?

I am writing a literature review. My question is which sentence is correct? Most of the existing work focus on... Most of the existing work focuses on ... Most of the existing studies focus on ... ...
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Some of you will have met me before vs Some of you met me before

I really do not get how "will" and past infinitive is used here. This comes from an example in a textbook, explaining usage of will in assumptions: Some of you will have met me before. I wonder, ...
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Question about articles: Why is “before the train came” correct?

Example sentence: I had a little time before the train came. Would you please explain to me why it is correct to use "the" before "train"? My teacher told me that "the" is used before objects well-...
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Explanation of “did was [verb]” structure

All I did was hand someone a bag. There are three verbs that come together. The tense of the verb hand confuses me. It doesn't fall into any grammar structure I know so far. It would make more sense ...
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Can the verb “wrap” describe the current condition of something?

Suppose there are two situations: A line of people waiting outside some store is getting very long and the line goes around a street corner. A ribbon is glued around a water pipe. Suppose the ...
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Types of books or Types of book?

can anybody tell me which one of these is the correct one? I have been searching all over the internet but I have still got no answer. Types of books Types of book
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What is Latin Grammar?

Another product of the eighteenth century was the invention of "English grammar". As English came to replace Latin as the language of scholarship, it was felt that one should also be able to control ...
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Family do or does?

What should I use My family do not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. or My family does not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. Now as I typed in MS-word it says does is ...
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For the last Х years - with which tense

As far as I know "For the last Х years" requires the Present Perfect (continuous) and means that the action is still taking place. I have been building a house for the last three years. However, I ...
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correct use of hyphens to connect two words

Should I use a hyphen to connect the following words? What is the general rule about that? environment friendly --> environment-friendly frontend --> front-end backend --> back-end ...
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Future Simple and Future Perfect

I've read the question about Future Simple and Future Perfect, but I still can't understand the exact usage of these two tenses. Is there any diffrence between the following? I will do my homework ...
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had been using vs has been using

I want to say my friend was using a software since five years ago and he's still using the software, now which term is right : My friend has been using a software for five years. My friend had been ...
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Question-like structure (word order) in non-question sentences

Occasionally I see constructs like this in English sentences: Not only is this true in this case, but ... What puzzles me is the "is this" part of it. The sentence is not a question, yet it ...
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What is the difference between “home” and “house”?

Can you explain more? I do not know when we can use them in the sentence. Can we use them instead of each other? They have a beautiful home. They have a beautiful house.
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“I'm used to him being away ” or “I'm used to his being away”

I'm not sure "Being away" is a present participle or a gerund ? If it's a gerund , according to the rule "possessive before gerund" ,then "I'm used to his being away" should be correct. Am i right ?
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Why “would” instead of “will” in this sentence?

The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iranˈs nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. (Source) what does would imply ...
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the structure “like for somebody to do something”

I ran into this in the novel The Old Man and the Sea, “I do not like for him to waken me. It is as though I were inferior.” What has happened in the first sentence "I do not like for him to waken ...
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What is it all about this usage? would of+verb

We short men are in big trouble because if we want a shoe that feels decent we feel short and you can’t put in lifts, if you get a shoe with lifts it doesn’t feel comfortable I feel really trapped, ...
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What the difference between “different than” and “different from”?

I was told that "different than" is incorrect in a form like this: My book is different than yours. But you can write it this way: My book is different from yours. But my teacher always says "...
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Last two days/ In the last two days / For the last two days [duplicate]

can anybody explain me the difference in usage of these three? For example, is it correct to ask: How many cars did you buy last two days or How many cars did you buy in the last two days? is there ...
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Question about “surely” and “certainly”

Today I saw a sentence: She surely can do it. What does that mean? How does it differ from: She certainly can do it. Surely she can do it. This slight difference in meaning of those ...
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Does '…time zone of in the morning' make sense?

I waited for my favorite time zone of in the morning. Does the sentence above make sense? I mean that time zone is 'the range of time' in this sentence.
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What is the difference between “being” and “having been” in this context?

Being a teacher, she likes children. AND Having been a teacher, she likes children. What is the difference between these two?
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What is the difference between “I was there” and “I have been there”?

In our language, the difference between the two sentences is very vague. What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?
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Is “which are” omitted from this sentence?

I have a sentence here: Software quality assurance is a planned and systematic pattern of all actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that an item or product conforms to established ...
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“he leaves for New York tomorrow”. vs. “he will leave for New York tomorrow”

Which one is grammatically correct? I don't know when he leaves for New York tomorrow. or I don't know when he will leave for New York tomorrow Is it correct to use the future form of the ...
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What is the difference between “were” and “have been”?

What is the difference between "were" and "have been", and are these sentences gramatically correct? 1) some of the best known writers of detective fiction in the twentieth century were women. 2) ...
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Explaining the Second Conditional and the Third Conditional in a “logical” way

When I was searching for a job, I applied to be an English teacher, and the employer asked me about "how to efficiently explain to students the difference between the second conditional and the third ...
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Why do I have to say “want you to do” instead of “want you do”?

I'm confused about 'want you to do (something)' and 'want you do (something)'. Example: "I want you to eat fish" instead of "I want you eat fish" or "I want that you eat fish". Can anyone ...
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“I am home” Really?

What is the reason behind some words not having some prepositions and are assumed? For example: I am home is a perfectly valid sentence meaning, one has reached home, but if someone completely ...
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Use of and differences between “could be” and “could have been”

Source I was studying today's newspaper and this appeared: How did the metals get there? Metals are used in practically every product we use. Even detergents and shampoos have traces of them. ...
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“like to be…” vs. “like being…” (and why?)

What is the difference between the following? A) She likes to be looked at. B) She likes being looked at. Could you please elaborate your explanations? The more detail, the better.
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participle with different subjects

I think a participle clause and main clause having different subjects is exception to the rule of participles. I found the following sentences in a grammar book and in some internet resources which I ...
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Which one is correct: a strong motivation or strong motivation?

Can you tell me which one is grammatical and why ? When you start learning a new language, you need a strong motivation. Or When you start learning a new language, you need strong motivation.
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The use of the gerund after 'of'

I'm stuck on the following phrases. Is it correct to use preposition "of" in the sentences bellow? It's not a little unpleasant of being her so fussy. It's awfull of him having done this. Thank you....
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future or present with when

I just would like to know if this sentence would be grammatically correct and in which cases should I use it: I don't know when he is back instead of he will be back . I know the rule with when "no ...
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Which part of speech is “Be assured”?

Which of the spans in 1.1 is the stronger? Be assured, you are in numerous company if you pick the left one at first glance, where the struts and wires are doing nothing useful at all. Could you ...
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On June 18th, I did experience my first earthquake

Is it grammatically correct to use "did" like this? On June 18th, I did experience my first earthquake in Japan. I'm an ALT in Japan and on our exam for our students they had to write the ...
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Capitalization rules when the sentence begins with a number

The context is about work progress. Planned work is 100%. Someone implemented only 45% of the work. 45% of the work was implemented. The sentence begins with the number. Please write whether we ...
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Using “she” pronoun to refer to a ship

Why—and based on what—do we use “she” with “ship” in the English language? Why do we consider a ship female when we know that it is not alive?
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Would you help me with adjectives, alive and live?

Although she forgot to water it for a week, the plant was still alive/live. Which one is right? My professor has just told me that you must use ALIVE. But I don't know why yet.
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Present perfect vs. present simple

Does it sound natural to use present simple in some situations where present perfect has been used? A: "There has been a rumour that the president is ill" - Can i say: 'There is a rumor that the ...
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“the Poincare conjecture” but “Bolzano's theorem”

Consider these two ways of coining a name: 1) Bolzano's theorem, Rolle's theorem 2) the Poincare conjecture, the Kantorovich theorem. What is the difference between these ways, why do people choose ...