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How do you correctly shorten “ask her what's her hair color”?

How do you correctly shorten "ask her what's her hair color"? I thought you can just say "ask her her hair color", but then I find it weird, so I don't know if it's correct. For example: She asked ...
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“had been to (a place) last year”

I am aware that people speak in past simple tense when they use a finished time words (last year, last month, in 1805, etc.). I also understand that, when the sentence is in present perfect, you ...
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What kinds of music you don't like? or What kinds of music don't you like?

What is more proper to say: What kinds of music you don't like? What kinds of music don't you like? Can you please explain why?
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more like vs more

1)''Speaking French while in Paris is more like a continuous situation than a repeated event '' can I make the sentence above without the word ''like'' in the same meaning? 2)''Speaking French while ...
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Can we use these without “of”?

Quantifiers:a number of,large number of,scores of,a good deal of ,a vast amount of .
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Can I answer this question with “do”?

Can I answer this question with "do"? For example, A: Are you living in the county now? B: Yes, I do. Can we? According to my grammar book, I think B should answer "Yes, I'm". But I ...
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About “living as they do”

Living as they do in a different world from adults, children have problems peculiar to themselves. Is "do" the same as "live"? Isn't "do" ungrammatical to use there, because "living" is a present ...
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grammatical explanation for “When given all the data on the corpse,…”

what's grammatical explanation for "given" in following sentence: When given all the data on the corpse, Columbo was able to solve the murder.
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present perfect vs present perfect continuous confusion

I have a confusion between present perfect tense and present perfect continuous tense. Here I describe a situation. Ram read story book from his childhood day. Ram preferred reading story book when ...
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The expenditure/Expenditure

When it is needed to add the definite article 'the' before the world 'expenditure' ? E.g: The expenditure of effort on this project has been enormous. Expenditure on water and sanitation is ...
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Is this online sentence validator working?

I am an Indian, non native speaker of English. I was searching for a website/online tool which can validate English sentence for the below. Grammatical mistakes Meaning of that sentence, it is ok ...
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“have something accoplished”

I'm just wondering why we can say "What do you want to have accomplished in ten years ?" is it right to use "have something done " in such sentence ? or we use present perfect here... im confused
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Using as much as in a phrase involving units of measurement

Is it proper to say as much as 700 thous. cub. m of wastewater or you need to put as many as instead? Thanks a lot.
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A question regarding the indefinite pronoun “something”

I'm having trouble with the following sentences. Which one is correct, or both are possibly correct too? 1) Wow...something smells good! Is it hot dogs? 2) Wow...something smells good! Are they ...
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dickens: some of its noisiest authorities insisted on **its being received**

in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. i ...
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“Noun to verb” and “Noun that verb”?

(I've checked this link, but didn't get what I want.) The first to strike is a sandstorm as blinding and deadly as any northern blizzard. The first that strikes is a sandstorm as blinding and ...
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Do you automatically use past perfect when talking about like 10 years ago or is the simple past ok?

Do you automatically use past perfect when talking about like 10 years ago or is the simple past ok? For example: I had suffered from cancer when I was 2 years old. I suffered from cancer ...
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Can we use “people” and “persons” interchangeably?

Can we use "people" and "persons" interchangeably? I am not sure, but I feel like people should never be used to describe people you know or when you attach a number to it. For example: There are ...
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referring to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it

Is it okay in English to refer to multiple similar periods of times by a singular noun with the definite article preceding it? For example, is it okay to say: Judging by her common reactions in ...
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How do I write this sentence in reported speech?

Jason doesn't like reading so he won't study literature . How will it go ? Will it be : He said Jason didn't like reading so he won't study literature . Thank you in advance
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Coordinating conjunctions to connect multiple subordinate clauses

Coordinating conjunctions (and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet) can connect main sentences, words, phrases and many others, but can they connect multiple subordinate clauses? If yes, how should I ...
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Which of the following sentence about 'of noun' as an adj. is correct?

I have two objects A and B, A is of color green while B is of color blue. Are the following sentences correct? A and B are of different color. and A and B are of different colors. If not, how ...
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Why not omit ‘this’ in the sentence ‘Why is John going over to the shop this early in the morning’?

Why not omit ‘this’ in the sentence Why is John going over to the shop this early in the morning? I cannot understand what the ‘this’ means in the sentence above.
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Is it ok to use Article with Preposition 'By+Vehicle'? [duplicate]

She daily comes to School by a/the train. She daily comes to School by train.
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WAS vs HAVE BEEN vs HAD BEEN

I want to explain about my duties in my previous job that I left 3 months ago. Which verb tense would be better to use? I should note that these duties were being done every day so I think past ...
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”ever” ”been” can use with or without both?

Mr. Smiley has drunk coffee. Using ”ever and been” is ok with or without? ”Mr. Smiley has talked with Ms. Emo” ”Mr. Smiley has ever talked with Ms. Emo” ”Mr. Smiley has been talked with Ms. Emo” is ...
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Rule of thumb as to when the adverb “where” can be omitted

In the sentence: A place where people go to for entertainment. the adverb where can be omitted so as to obtain: A place people go to for entertainment. Are there any instances where such ...
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Subject-verb agreement 'It makes me feel'

I'm a bit confused with the subject-verb agreement of this phrase: It makes me feel like something. Why is the word "feel" not "feels" since "me" is singular?
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Using “I am writing to…” with “request”

I have encountered the phrase "I am writing to inform..." several times in an E-mail. However, I have never seen this phrase used with any verb other than "inform" before. Thus, I am not very ...
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About articles for prizes

Often, when we say about winning prizes, we say it without any articles: I won first prize/ first place. And as far as I know, people use "the" with names of specific prizes: He won the ...
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what is the part of speech of the word home in this sentence

I have to diagram the sentence: The work stops when it rains, and most of the men go home. What is the part of speech of home, and where would it go on a diagram?
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‘Were reports not taken seriously’ or ‘ Were not reports taken seriously’

One of my homework is changing sentences into question sentences. The original sentence is "Reports were not taken seriously." BI am not sure where the ‘not’ should be put ‘Were reports not ...
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The difference between ‘It was at one o’clock’ and ‘It was one o’clock’?

The difference between: It was at one o’clock and It was one o’clock’ I saw these two sentence in one book.
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Ask it by ‘in what way’ and answer it. I did it. But I found my answer was weird

The descriptions given by the eye-witnesses were extraordinarily similar. In what way were the descriptions given? Is my asking question right? And how to answer it. Just this sentence.
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If “who” is for people, which word conveys a similar expression for animals?

Martin's dog is the one which was hurt in the stampede. Is this statement correct? I'm told that we should be using "that" in place of "which".
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What is the difference between “dates back to” and “dating back to” and also is there any word like 'dated back to'?

He found a jewelry dating back to/dates back to/dated back to/ prehistoric time. Which is correct and why?
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Is the Passive voice of the sentence is grammatically correct?

Active voice -The teacher taught her English. Passive voice-English was taught her by the teacher. Should i use 'taught to' instead of 'taught'
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Using the right tense in a sentence after “over periods of ”

I've got this sentence and I'm really in confusion about the right tense. Over periods of decades and even centuries, pipes are made of various materials. or Over periods of decades and even ...
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”It will very enjoy” is this correct?

Grammatically they said ”It will very enjoy” is correct but A friend said it's kinda strange. ”It will be enjoying” maybe a good grammar?
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“I should have let you known”?

I was working on a song, and my friend pointed out this lyric to me while I played it for her. "I should have let you known that i'm a runner" My friend thinks it should be "I should have let ...
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wanted vs would have liked

Following a previous discussion about I would like vs I would have liked, I have a similar question. What is the difference between I wanted to come to your party but I couldn't I would have ...
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Did you use to go to a gym in town?

In the sentence "Did you use to go to a gym in town?" The Word program changed use to used. Is this correct?
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experience the feeling that you {do/have}

Should it be: I experience the feeling that you do right now or: I experience the feeling that you feel right now
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What does it mean - have hard it back? [closed]

What does it mean? That's the guy who stole my account but have hard it back. Here is the context: Question in Messenger on Facebook: Who is this boy on photo? Answer: That's the guy who ...
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What tense should I use when referring to someone's children when some are alive and others dead?

This is the scenario: John had six children; two died, four are alive. (Important Point: John is still alive) Now someone wants to know about John's progeny, so he'd ask: "How many children does ...
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What are some other sentences with the same meaning as “I'm calling in regards to a laptop I recently purchased.”

I'm struggling to come up with any other sentences that inform the listener at the other end of the phone of the reason for the call; so, any sentence of the form "I'm calling ... [reason]". The main ...
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Can I replace “that” with “how”?

Love, family and relationships only feature in policy debates about how we live to the extent that they concern children’s lives. In my understanding,the sentence trunk might be "Love, family and ...
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“Around {at, in} the middle of March”

I will be meeting him there on March the 16th. But I'm not really sure if I'll meet him on the 16th March, exactly. So, should I say this: I will be there around the middle of March. ? Is the ...
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Where is the verb between “as” and “unless” in this example?

Mother: - On no account should you take my credit card it for shopping! Ann: -Take it easy mum,as credit card holder unless you sign for me,l cannot use your card anyhow.
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what kinds of clause are '' how to say,what to do,…''?

I know that all cluases(dependent) should start with words like: how,what,that,when,...+ subject + verb but what kind of cluases we call this one: "How to say","what to do"??? according to longman ...