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Finish VS Complete in this context

I heard people say: A: Hurry up! B: Hang on! Let me complete my work. But many people in this context use: Hang on! Let me finish my work. Are they interchangeable? Thank you.
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Can Comma be used for introducing a substitute?

Example: But it was your barbaric friends, the huns, the ones that caused so much damage to the world. Can Comma be used to introduce substitute(s) for the subject?
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“However” used in a conditional clause?

Example: However, I would be able to transfer the money if you would give me your bank account number. Is it grammatically correct to use adverbs such as "however" in a conditional clause? I ...
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There is beef vs It has beef vs We have beef [closed]

Is there any difference between these sentences: There is beef It has beef We have beef ? Thank you.
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Usage of “is planned” in sentence

I would like to don the hat as the hotel manager in your new restaurant which is planned to open next month. In this sentence, is it correct to use "is planned"
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confusion in tags on “https://parts-of-speech.info/”

I am using this site (https://parts-of-speech.info/) for the self study but I don't understand what these tags mean. For example in the first picture, have has been tagged as verb, VB while survives ...
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Present perfect simple vs present perfect progressive

Why we use the present perfect rather than the present perfect progressive? Example: Passengers who (have spent) days sleeping on the airport floor are perplexed as to why only one third of flights ...
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A problem regarding superfluous constructions

There is a sentence that I found in an editorial. Victory in Baghouz will also mean the IS’s territorial caliphate is shattered. According to cambridge dictionary meaning of caliphate is an ...
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“I wish I would have been there”. Is this sentence gramatically correct, if so which tense is it? [on hold]

I wish I would have been there Is this sentence grammatically correct? If so, which tense is it?
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flexibility reduces .. or flexibility reduce.., which one is correct?

I would like to say that the flexibility of the model is reduced as the dimension of the data increase. The flexibility of model A reduces as the dimension increases. Is that correct or do I ...
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the grammatical role of “signifying”?

What is the grammatical role of "signifying" in the following sentences? And what does mean the "signifying fear"? Intense contraction of facial muscles, such as those used in signifying fear ...
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biggest significance vs. most significance? [on hold]

Which of these is correct in this context: What do you see as having the (biggest significance OR most significance) in the field of economics?
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The Smith's paper vs the Parkinson's foundation

Following grammar rules I know (quoting): The ’s is placed immediately after the last letter of the author (or name, country, etc.). Note: do not use the before the name of the author. .. ...
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full-time to modify a verb such as “study” or “work”

It is thought that people under 18 should be obligated to full-time study their school subjects. I wonder whether the above sentence is grammatically correct and natural because usually I see native ...
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How to correct this sentence [closed]

Affirmations fire the will to focus and perseverance towards (1)/ goal realisation and enable positive (2)/ thoughts to permeate one’s sub consciousness. (3)/ No error (4)
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plural or singular one should use for 60 year/s

sixty year old company in engineering products has 47 plants or is it? sixty years old company in engineering products has 47 plants
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Significant with more in one sentence

I would like to use the word "significant" with the word "more". Here is my sentence: Estimating the model parameters using method A will provide significant more flexible models. I fell my ...
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About the negative form

I got a question about negative form. Could you please help me deal with that? Here is the question. If someone says, “I don’t think that he will come tomorrow.” What does it mean actually? “I ...
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Which option is grammatically correct [on hold]

I'm writing an essay for school; and as a non-native English speaker I'd like to know which sentence is grammatically correct or which feels "more right", so to speak. "a plausible reason for why ...
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To be at work at vs to be at work for

I am a programmer so please excuse my poor grammar... A friend recently posted a question on Facebook asking "which sentence is correct? 1) I have To be to work for 7:30 2) I have to be at work for ...
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Can we put 2 adverbs in a row?

Can we put two adverbs in a row without any "connecting" word in between? Here's an example: I can stealthily physically harm this guy by using my telekinetic power. Is this grammatically ...
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What is the right preposition when you write about limiting choices

Is this the right way to write about choices limitation. Students' choices should be restricted\limited to\in vocational courses. Or Your choices are limited to\in the following options (a or ...
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this is sentence correct and portray what i mean to say

you sitting behind me was less distracting that you came and sat in front of me is this grammatically correct, does this sentence portray what i mean to say if you get it.
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Confusion in use of article 'an"

I came across the following definition: A/an and the are articles. They are a type of determiner and they go before a noun. (https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/determiners/...
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Can “even” follow the word “that”

For example: Anything that even looks like a baby is also cute. Is it correct?
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Confusing Passage…Need answers to the questions of this RC? [closed]

For its new fridge, Whirlpool Corp. spent months inventing a shelf with microscopic etching so it can hold a can of spilled soda. The technology is just one weapon against a dirty kitchen secret: Most ...
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I am preparing a letter for the board of directors [closed]

Where can I find a website that will teach me how to prepare an informing letter for the board of directors regarding starting of a construction?
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a predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR an postpositive adjective?

These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can I use it ...
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Meaning of “exclusive+ to, of, in” in the given scenarios [closed]

Both of these albums are EXCLUSIVE to this Pledge. They rapidly became exclusive of others. Any such prices are exclusive of tax. We are always exclusive in quality.
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Positioning of the word “be” [closed]

Which of these is correct/more correct? What will be the impact of the new law? What will the impact be of the new law? What will the impact be, of the new law? What will the impact of the new ...
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Do we always have the choice between singular and plural in the following construction?

Here are some example sentences: We should replace all round steering wheels with a steering wheel that's rectangular so we are more alert when driving. We should replace all round steering ...
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make or makes in this context?

Their love of (something) and (something) make/makes (I forget what was here). (sorry i forgot the blanks it was on an sat test)
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Which vs what in a sentence

We did not know about that, WHICH/WHAT caused us thinking in a wrong direction. What is the correct form of this sentence? Thanks
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Why “What could have changed you so?” = “What changed you?”

I thought like "could have PP" is always what describes something that was able to be done but actually didn't.
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“I done [past verb]” or “I done [present verb]” grammar

So I came across these two weird sentences in some Hip-hop songs and I couldn't figure out in any way that what grammar they're following and the meanings were also really confusing for me. The first ...
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After “for" is noun or V-ing?

I have 2 sentences, what is true? Data is too large for exporting Data is too large for export Please help to choose and explain why we choose the answer. Thanks so much!
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When do we omit “be” verb and when do we change it to “being”?

Which one is correct? It seems to me that people buy such goods whether or not they are advertised, being only affected when choosing a certain brand. It seems to me that people buy such goods ...
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“If + would” conditional in present perfect tense

Is it allowed to use the "if + would" conditional when speculating about a polite request that could have taken place in past? I know that the would structure can be used to make a polite request, but ...
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Do we put a comma before that when it refers to something that doesn't immediately precede it?

It's a device you put in your car, that allows you to find your destination. It's a device you put in your car that allows you to find your destination. I think both are ok, but I am not ...
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Can “taste” be used as a participle [closed]

The food, ______ good, was soon sold out when it was taken to the market. A. being tasted B. tasted C. having tasted D. tasting
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take a rest many times or rest many times

Suppose that yesterday, I had been walking from noon to 4pm. I took a rest at these times: 12:45pm, 1:20pm, 2pm, 2:25pm, and so on. I have written down two similar sentences below. (1) During my four-...
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Given the answer “It's my first time here”, what questions could I ask to receive that answer?

Confused by this question, I find it difficult to ask a question about a number of occasions (about a single occasion, in particular) when there is a specific answer expected. It's my first time in ...
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Is “follow their actions” semantically correct?

It doesn't sound idiomatic, but semantically it doesn't sound incorrect. The verb follow can have the following meaning: To take as a model or precedent; imitate: followed my example and ...
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When do we use more with adjective?

Is it when the comparative form of an adjective is not available? For example; •Conjuring 2 is more horrible than The Nun •Conjuring 2 is creepier than The Nun
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Whose or who? Help please in understanding the difference between them. What's the use of it?

Can you please help me understand the difference between using whose and who And why in this sentence whose is useful? whose umbrella is this? Is it your mother's? The choices were Who ...
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Is “ask to join” and “ask if you can join” synonymous?

The student asked if he can join the basketball team. The student asked to join the basketball team. I am wondering if they mean pretty much the same thing. I think it means the same thing, but ...
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Why isn't “course selection advice” written as “course-selection advice”?

I thought the phrase needed an hyphen just like, say, class-centered methods. But Google proved me wrong. Why is this? Maybe the hyphenated version and non-hypenated version are both valid?
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Which one is correct when we use myself? [closed]

1.) I have to prove myself that I'm a good leader. 2.) I have to prove to myself that I'm a good leader.
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The sculpture that you were submitting was in that closet

The sculpture that you were submitting was in that closet. The background is like this: The sculptor was planning to submit his work to a festival. Sadly, he forgot where he had put the remaining ...
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simple past + (modal verbs) have been VS. 3rd conditional clause

In English grammar, we have "3rd conditional clause" with the format of: (modal verbs) have been+ IF past participle Ex.If I had known you earlier, I could have hired you. HOWEVER, there are some ...