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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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“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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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 ...
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Is “I was wanting to know” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: I was wanting to know if I could sent you a link. It does not sound correct to me.
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Phrasing of an instragram post [closed]

I have an account on Instagram. It’s everything about hair, like new haircuts or new hairstyles and I want to say something like this to make followers send their photos to me so I can post it on my ...
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“Carefully considering” vs. “carefully consider”

I have a sentence like: We recommend carefully consider these variations .. Is the sentence grammatically correct? Or is using considering instead of consider better?
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Using 'a' multiple times after commas and 'and'

For example in sentence with structure: X is a well known and widely used technology... X is a well known and a widely used technology ... Y consists of three layers: a lower layer, middle layer and ...
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Which one is correct? “offers her” or “offers she” [closed]

Which of the following sentences is correct? The man offers her to drink coffee. The man offers she drinks coffee.
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Using “whether .. or” in negated sentence

I have a sentence like this: .. and have no students whether from the same city or others at all Is it correct? Or would using neither as below seems better: .. and have no students neither ...
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We haven't done it AGAIN SINCE

Let's say you and your siblings haven't watched a film for ages, due to your different busy working lives. And you say: As I remember, the last time we did it was when we were still in college, ...
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When sentence's subject contains uncountable noun and plural noun. Is it singular or plural?

Physical training and activities benefit(s) children. This subject should be followed by singular or plural verb? "Activities" is plural and "training" is uncountable and should be treated as ...
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How should I differentiate “from” and “since” to express time in present perfect?

In the following sentence: I have known her since her birth. This is the correct sentence. However, I also came up with the following sentence: I have known her from her birth. However, I ...
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Can I say “years passed” in specific usage

I am sure I’ve seen this usage somewhere, i want to use this and it goes like this: “As I reflect on the years passed, ...” I don’t feel comfortable with it. But I’ve seen similar usage in “ a ...
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How to determine subject of verb in a complicated sentence?

For the following sentence: The rise in recent criminal attack incidents in the world indicate the impotency of law. There are many nouns in the sentence before the verb indicate such as: rise ...
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What's the meaning of “in + Ving” structure? [duplicate]

"in + Ving" always confused me about its meaning. Here is an example of it: "In departing from what sometimes seems like a scripted, standard defense of the police, Mr. Giuliani acknowledged room ...
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omit by or present participle [closed]

He disagrees death penalty "arguing" that it does not deter crime. I don't know if "arguing" is present participle of penalty or if it from omitting disagree (by) arguing that.
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“oversight of genetic testing” or “the oversight of genetic testing”?

The following sentence is from Oxford dictionary: Who has oversight of genetic testing? Now, my question is why the article "the" hasn't been used here. In other words is it wrong to say Who ...
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What are the differences between “their country” and “their own country”? [closed]

What are the differences between "their country" and "their own country"?
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Suitable verb form in the past tense sentence

There's the next sentence: "I saw Mr Brown ..... the building at two o'clock." leave / to leave / having left Which option would be the most appropriate to put in and why ? I really want to put ...
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Which to choose: “a high rate of detection” or “the high rate of detection”?

How can I decide which one to choose? The experiment achieves a high rate of detection with very low error margin. The experiment achieves the high rate of detection with very low error margin....
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Why can't a “with” predicate be always used?

Goblins are a male race but possess the ability to breed with any race with the pregnancy always resulting in goblin children. Someone summoned goblins that possess the ability to breed with ...
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type of usage with phrases [closed]

He finished the race and won a gold medal, a fitting conclusion to his career. He finished the race and won a gold medal, fitting conclusion to his career. When we use determiners with noun phrases ...
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What is the difference of “It is September” and “It is in September”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: It is September. It is in September. There seems a difference, but I don't know it. When to use the one over the other?
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Nullified the deportation rule ON/TO/FOR her

Let's say your aunt got deported by the U.S government. Few weeks later, she came back, as the gov't has nullified the deportation rules because your aunt gave birth in the U.S.A (more like mandatory ...
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Why can that-clause be put there?

Before I ask questions, please read the following content first. The interviewees were trying very hard to impress the interviewers that they were very capable and should be given the job. This ...