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Using now with the specific dates

My manager is now changed to Linda from 1st Jan.. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can we use'now' with a specific date?
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'I was wondering if you would mind me [doing something] or [do something]'

I am confused: I was wondering if you would mind me opening the window. or I was wondering if you would mind me open the window. Which one is correct?
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', and' to separate up to 3 adjectives and 1 verb in the case of one sentence

I'm just wondering how to separate 'to be + adjective(s)' and 1 verb without making a sentence confusing. I try to avoid confusion by adding a comma before 'and' (', and'). However, I'm not sure if ...
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Semicolon usage in this sentence

A person who is a big fan of big pop star finds a cardboard poster of that celebrity takes a picture of himself with the cardboard. And says, 'Since chances of meeting my idol in this life are ...
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What to use with “all”?

Sentence 1. All works of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Sentence 2. All work of creative writing have aesthetic appeal. Which one is/are correct?
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“Help me understand”vs “help me to understand” [duplicate]

Consider two sentences 1.Can you help me understand this topic 2.Can you help me to understand this topic Which one is correct.I have seen/heard first one somewhere.second one is probably correct as ...
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“To have happened”

Sentence After the end of the week,nothing seems to have happened. This part "seems to have happened".I don't understand logic behind linkage between words to,have and happened.can some help me ...
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Is the sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? starting monday I would like to change my working hours to 8:30 to 5:00.
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should I use ‘the gym’ or ‘a gym’?

A: Where are you going? B: I am going to the/a gym. (first time ever B has mentioned the 'gym' to A) My intuition tells me that I should use 'the'. But the 'gym' is an new information for A. So ...
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Why are “they and don't” used here? [closed]

The song "Sing for the moment" by Eminem. Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs The song "Scars to your beautiful" by Alessia Cara. She don't see her perfect, she don't ...
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I am confused on which to use “that” or “by which”

Q: In the US, a primary election is a method -------- voters select the nominees for public office A: that B: is that C: by which D: by those I am stuck between A and C
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many `a` in my sentence with purple

Suppose I have a set of numbers. Then, suppose further that I take a sample of this set. Which of my sentences is correct? and why? Let (0,2) be a sample from a set S of discrete numbers or Let (0,...
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“Love for rent” does this phrase have two meanings?

"Love for rent" could mean two things: That love is available for rent. The love for renting things. Am I right with my interpretation? Which interpretation is more likely to be chosen?
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What kind of sentence structure is , “Would that be, If i were a rich man ! ”

What kind of sentence structure is , "Would that be, If I were a rich man ! " Isn't it incorrect English? What kind of sentence is it, that is deemed valid to begin with, Would that be AND why not ...
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two verbs, past participle used as attribute

Can I say, for instance, "[some people] conducted research supervised and guided by the committee" Is it grammatical that there are two verbs?
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Is it true that choosing between “would be” and “is” sometimes doesn't change the overal meaning of an excerpt?

His former friend wouldn't have left him to die. It is/would be just too heartless. Even a monster would have a second thought. His former friend wasn't like him, this dude, this monster! I think It ...
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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...
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Can I say 'I said it second'?

Like how you can say: 'I said it first' to mean that you said something first. Can you also say: 'I said it second' to mean that you said something second? and would it sound natural? I ...
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How to use of two times in one sentence

I have method A. This method has a limitation in high-dimension cases. This limitation leads method A to lose its flexibility in high-dimension. Therefore, there is method B, which overcomes the ...
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What is name of structure Being + v3

I went to the hospital and I saw a patient being treated last night. What kind of sentence it is being treated in the above sentence.
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Should this sentence use past or present tense?

In a movie after a failed shoot-out, villain said: That was the worst effing shoot-out I have ever seen in my life. Is this grammatically OK? I have seen usage like It is the best thing that ...
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What is the grammatical role of emerging out?

What are the grammatical role and the meaning of "emerging out" in the following sentence? The most widely accepted theory, championed by anthropologists in the late nineteenth and early ...
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I'm not able to ask any specific questions [closed]

Is it correct to say : I'm not able to ask any specific questions?
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“have” or “has” in this sentence? [closed]

Should I use have or has in this sentence? The tree that grow in front of my house ______ (have or has) a big leaves. Which one is correct?
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Have got usage question

Consider this: We have got to go back - Luke Skywalker in Star Wars V I don't think it is actually present perfect usage but certainly used like that syntactically. It is more like simple ...
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Plural or singular with repeated word

Suppose that I have a set (S). This set should contain numbers. These number should follow a specific bound. Then, 0 and 20 are the lower and upper bound of the set S, respectively. or 0 and 20 ...
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at or in the middle of the picture

Suppose I have a picture of something. Suppose further that there is a cut in the middle of the picture. So, is it correct to say: There is a cut in the middle of the picture or There is a cut ...
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Does every present perfect sentence have some kind of connection between what happened in the past and the present time?

We use the present perfect tense to address something that happened in the past, but we don't specify precisely when it happened. We also use present perfect to suggest some kind of connection between ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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“Once I finished” or “Once I have finished”?

Someone requested me doing something. I would reply him that "I'll do it once I (have) finished it." Which is correct?
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2 Relative Clauses at once in a sentence

I want to ask about using Double Relative Clause in one sentence. To go straight to the question, I will show the sentence right away: 'Patients have to treated by people who have qualified ...
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How can I count multiple heating?

I found the following sentence: There is too much heating. According to my dictionary, heating is an uncountable noun, so you cannot say heatings. However, it is possible that you have more than ...
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“Will” vs “would” for describing something in future

Do will and would both sound right in the given context as an English speaker to you? Communism is an ideological and a socialpolitical movement. Its aim is to set up a communist society. This ...
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What are the meaning and the grammatical role of the cementing?

What are the meaning and the grammatical role of the cementing? Consolidated (or cemented) sediments, too, contain millions of minute water-holding pores. This is because the gaps among the ...
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Best X and Y vs. Best X and Best Y

Came across a place with the name Best Bagel and Coffee. This naturally brought up a debate on the following, does "Best X and Y" mean: We have the best X AND best Y We have the best X, and also we ...
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“Sitting at” vs “sitting by”

Do they mean the same? Or different things? For example, are the people at the back of this picture sitting at the glass wall? Or by the glass wall? Example sentence: While eating at the ...
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''get the job done''

A) I got my hair cut B) I got my car cleaned Sentences above are causitive sentences. They mean: A) I paid someone to cut my hair B) I paid someone to clean my car But C) They are ...
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Usage and grammar rules for the verb “remain”

i have google the usage with different combination of tenses for the verb remain such as is/are remained will be remained it seems like it's wrong in grammar to use past participle and future ...
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What does “for” mean in “want a clown for a dad”?

I’m watching Modern Family, and it’s the conversation of Cam and Mitchell Mitchell: We need somebody to pump some life back into this party. Cam: I got this. I'll go in and turn on some ...
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What would be the correct preposition to be placed here? I shall be glad _____ his assistance.

I've thought of using with/for but I don't think it seems to fit in here. I'd definitely appreciate if somebody could help me out with this one.
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I suggest you join with me

Is it right, why 'with'? I suggest you join with me.
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The differences between They and You/One/We?

What is the difference between those 2 groups mentioned in the title? Examples: 1 One says you are immortal. They say you are immortal You say you are immortal. 2 They say you've ...
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What does this strange sentence mean? [closed]

It is because the slaves of power mind the cause they have to serve, because their own interest is concerned; but the friends of liberty always sacrifice their cause, which is only the cause of ...
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I wonder if this sentence is a shortened version of a certain sentence [duplicate]

"Many vendors can be seen selling it now in the city." I came across this sentence online which is quite strange to me in terms of sentence structure (grammar). why do 2 verbs "seen" "selling" stand ...
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Meanings of must have had [closed]

I have to analyse these two sentences: He must have had a business meeting the next morning. He must have had a lot of money because the furniture looked expensive. The verb “must have had” ...
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Answer to “What are these/those?”

Could you please tell me which one is correct? What are these? — _____________. A. These are pens. B. Those are pens. C. They are pens. (This is from an English exercise book of ...
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“for everywhere we look” vs “everywhere we look”

The following piece is from Crash Course US history. It is at 6 minute and 40 second. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. I can understand the sentence; what I cannot get is the use ...
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“Back here again in two years” or “Back here again after two years”

Which one's correct? "Back here again in ( ) years" or "Back here again after ( ) years"?
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Ask about “as ~ as”

which one is correct and used by most people? " There are few things quite as sweet as revenge. " " there's no as sweet thing as revenge"
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How do I say “(preposition) (interrogative pronoun)?” in a full sentence? [closed]

We can ask a short question to clarify a statement, which is in the form of an interrogative pronoun possibly following a preposition. I'm trying to figure out the generally applicable rule for ...