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Selecting vs selecting for

See in this sense refers to selecting for variants that do reproductively useful things. What does for function here in this sentence. As far as i am concerned, we can use for when the word “...
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“what she said” VS “her saying”

We were all very disappointed about what she said. We were all very disappointed about her saying that. What's the differences?
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Need clarify with this grammar [duplicate]

Can someone clarify this for me please, “I saw you close or closing the door“ I saw the action as I was walking past “I saw that, you closed the door this morning” Now is afternoon Many thanks
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Do we need to put “and” right before “primarily from property taxes”?

There is another area of inequality in the American education system. Because of the way that schools are funded, the quality of education that American students receive in public schools varies ...
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I do not eat fast food

I do not eat fast food. I don't eat fast food. What is the difference between them? In everyday speech, we use #2. Can't we use #2 in a formal writing at all? When we say #1, what is the difference ...
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could you tell me what kind of sentence this is??i mean grammatically

What Kevin told you about himself wasn't true if what is a subject, what about Kevin?? I want to know there is a grammar for this sentence?? if there is what do we call it??
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Need help with this English please [closed]

Can someone correct these for me please? “I was you waiting for the bus” is correct, how about “I saw you injuring in the car crash” means, I witnessed you getting injured am I correct? I wonder ...
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Which one grammatically right: [on hold]

When I was ten, my grandfather (had \ was having ) his 60th birthday party. ?
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“Should had” usage in a sentence

Can I say following sentence? If no, what’s the best alternative. Thanks I should had gone but I didn’t.
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Need help with these issues

"I saw you waited for the bus" (wrong unless add that) "I saw that you waited for the bus" (correct) "I saw a house destroyed on the road" (wrong unless add that) "I saw that a house destroyed on the ...
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Difference between “several” and “several of”

I stumbled upon this while reading a detective novel An Innocent Client by Scott Prat. Below is the phrase in context. Landers ate lunch there two or three times a month. Even now and then he'd ...
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Used to vs would structural difference

I have a doubt on the following question. 1) I ______________ want to be a practising doctor but now I'm more interested in research. Options: A. was used to B. used to c. would I was ...
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Why do people prefer using “will be doing” form(future continuous) when they can use just “will do”(simple future)?

I get confused several times, especially in speaking English, when I hear more and more native English speaker prefer to use "be doing" form. When I attend a class the instructor may say "We will be ...
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Talking about the temperature

Is it correct this? : Today is 25°C Or this: Today it’s 25°C And without today: Is 25°C/ It’s 25°C
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grammar of 'had we but world enough and time…'

'Had we but world enogh and time...' is a phrase from a famous poem. Can you explain the grammar of this poetic phrase?
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“It {cost / costs} a lot to live there”?

In the simple present tense, which one is true based on this sentence? And, please explain. The food in Japan is expensive. It {cost / costs} a lot to live there.
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why the verb of this sentence has a third person “s”? It must be “increase”

"As people live longer into their old age, the chances of them suffering from serious illnesses increases." I came across this sentence in Mindset 3 as a sample for writing. Is it correct? "increases"
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Singular or plural verb for subjunctive mood

She requested that he raises his hand. She requested that he raise his hand. Should I use singular or plural verb for subjunctive mood? In the example above, which is the correct sentence? Or how ...
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Grammar Rules Behind the Phrase: Had we but world enough and time

The above line "Had we but world enough and time" is taken from a famous poem. But what is grammar behind? Can anyone help me with the explanation of the phrase above?
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Is “that” needed in “I saw that you were waiting…”?

Can someone confirm with me for these sentences "I saw you were waiting for the bus" — incorrect "I saw that you were waiting for the bus" — correct Am I right?
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Why the D is silent in Fidgety?

There are a lot of word’s letters that can’t be pronounced, like The D in Fidgety, the K in know, and the H in hour. Is there a rule or something that I most follow to know it.
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Should we use comma when using “after” as preposition at the begining of sentence?

Is comma to be used after flood in this example ? "After the flood the area was hit by an epidemic in spite of the measures urgently takan."
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Is “polluted” considered to be an adjective?

A. Water is polluted. B. Polluted water is harmful to health. Can we say "polluted water" considering "polluted" as an adjective
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Why “being stripped” was used in this example ? Why not “to be stripped”? [duplicate]

The warning from the European commission could lead to that country being stripped of its European rights.
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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The number vs A number of

Consider the following sentences: The number of students who passed the test was very low. A number of students have passed the test. When should I use singular or plural verbs for the phrase "a ...
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“when you do something” or “when you are doing something”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. You are bending too much when you are squating. You bend too much when you squat. The context is a man ...
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Verb precedes Subject example

Before our amazed eyes was a white unicorn. Why is unicorn the subject of the sentence instead of eyes? It is because the preposition "before" that was placed in front of the words "amazed eyes"?
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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why “American-born”, not “America-born”?

I tried but failed to wrap my head around the grammar for the term "American-born" (and all other similar expressions - "Canadian-born", "French-born", ...etc). Is it a set phrase or is there some ...
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Why is “more than meets the eye” grammatical in some cases?

I find this idiom very interesting, idiomatic and intuitive but not that grammatical to me. Why should we use meets, the third-person singular simple present sense? Can I change it to any other senses?...
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Grammar for “pay way too high a price”

I understand the meaning intuitively, paying a price too high, or pay a high price, but it puts “a” after the adjective. How does the grammar work here? What is this grammar called?
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Is there the difference between 'jump you' and 'jump at you'?

Is there the difference between jump you and jump at you? I am asking since I see the same translation of them from the context. She looked at him, scowling with an anxiety she did not like to ...
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Should I put that before a clause or not?

I don't know which of these sentences is correct? There'd be a day we meet again. or There'd be a day that we meet again. I mean when should I use "that" before the clause?
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An online site or Forum where I can check the grammar of my sentences [closed]

Is there an online site or Forum which I can check the grammar of my sentences there online?
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Use of as if in my question

(I picked A but according to my book correct answer is B , why can't l use A ? ) Question is : We were not fortunate enough to attend a tea company while in japan,but we_____as if we____the guests of ...
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is being offered

My question is a part of an offical form that I’m trying to fill out. It goes: I further certify that the principal alien is being offered the following position: DOS Notification Date: What does ...
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Function of “in making” within “ This war is in no ones interest, a disaster in making”

Would someone please explain the grammatical role of the phrase "in making" inside: This war is in no one's interest, a disaster in making. ?
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The Irish weather or Irish weather

The \ no article Irish weather is normally cool and wet in October. I thought it should be the Irish weather because there is only one Irish weather. However, I have found the following examples from ...
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“we are not running any businesses, nor have we ever”

I am applying for bursary for my college education. I wanted to write that my parents are public servants and they are supporting me studying abroad solely using their salaries and life savings. And I ...
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Why the answer is “that” in “The area that the city now occupies…”?

Here is my test: Choose A, B, C, or D that best completes each unfinished sentences. The area....... the city now occupies was originally swampland. A) that B) where C)...
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imperative and adjectives; “drink the tea hot” vs “drink the hot tea”

I'm a native speaker of English. Consider these two sentences: Drink the hot tea! Drink the tea hot! Sentence 2 seems to be an instruction of how to drink the tea ("Drink it hot. It's not ...
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Can we use “to be stripped” instead of “being stripped” in this sentence?

The warning from the European commission could lead to that country being stripped of its European rights. (As far as l know we must use infinitive after nouns )
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Where do you think you are going VS Where do you think is the best place?

Where do you think you are going? Where do you think is the best place? Why are the word orders in the main clauses different while they are both the same "Where + do you think + main clause"-...
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“It will be determined what the consequences are” vs. “It will be determined what are the consequences”?

Which of the sentences is correct/preferred: It will be determined what the consequences are. It will be determined what are the consequences. Is there a rule to settle the question or is it ...
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'I know him before I know you' or 'I've known him before I've known you'

Which one is the correct sentence? I know him before I know you or I've known him before I've known you
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Use of “much” in sentence

I know that we use much in questions and negative clauses. If so, is this sentence correct ? I can't see neither negative nor question in this sentence . "Despite the fact that Senegal has had ...
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Food coming or Food is coming?

I am very confused. Yesterday I was enjoying memes and I saw a picture of an excited lady. It was quoted When you see your food coming. but I think it should have been When you see your food ...
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Can direct speech lead to ambiguity when spoken?

For example I tell my friend: Tell her 'I Love you' Since he is not going to see the quotation marks he might perceive it as Tell her I love you And he might end up telling her 'He loves ...
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I will break your vase

I will break your vase. I will break your vase! I'll break your vase. I will break your vase. Which one is stronger in meaning between Sentence 1 and Sentence 2? Is it #2? Between #1 and #4,...