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It vs on it. Which one would be correct to use?

His motto about our country's development is that we have to educate our children so that they grow up to lead our country in a very smart way. Until he passed away, he strongly insisted (it/on it) I ...
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“I called you”, or “I was calling you” [closed]

I was calling you yesterday; you didn’t answer. or I called you yesterday but you didn’t answer.
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Tense in news reporting

Can I use present perfect tense in the following news reporting in my first paragraph and then use simple past? I want to do so because I want to present it as hot news though it occured yesterday. I ...
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Is grace in the following sentence from Cosmos a noun or a verb?

dThere seemed to be no way in which atoms and molecules could somehow spontaneously fall together to create organisms of such awesome complexity and subtle functioning as grace every region of the ...
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Run out of (singular) or (plural)

Let's say you still enough stock of something. And you say: I still have enough stock, I'm not going to run out of nail. Or I still have enough stock, I'm not going to run out of nails. Should ...
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In the very front row at the theater/ of the theater

Is it okay to say in the very first row at the theater or of the theater? If both are possible, what is the difference between those two? Thanks in advance!
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Using “if” in this context

A sentence in Cambridge Dictionary: He is deluding himself if he thinks he is going to be promoted this year. I'm not able to understand the meaning properly. I'm aware of the uses of if and ...
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Gerund and infinitive

We know some verbs followed by gerunds. When these verbs used with noun like in my example , should we always use them with infinitives ? "Shop doesn't allow smoking." (Without noun ) "I allow ...
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“have been playing” or “have played”?

Which phrase is more grammatically correct? 1) I have been playing cricket for last 2 years. Or 2) I have played cricket for last 2 years.
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“I learned X from” vs “I have learned X from.”

What's the correct option? Example sentence: I (have) learned that word from books. Maybe there's something funny with this sentence? Maybe you can learn a word only from one book? I'm assuming ...
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The grammar and meaning of “Surveying the slow parade…” and onward [closed]

I was riding my bike through a small town when traffic slowed to crawl. Peering ahead, I saw an officer beside his patrol car holding what appeared to be a gun. But as I got closer, I realized ...
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Should I use of/with/or something else?

Should I use of/with/or something else? I think "of" is ok, but I am not sure if "with" is ok, and I am thinking there might be a better way to say this, but I am not sure. Here's an example sentence:...
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Is it switch weapons or switch weapon?

Is it switch weapons or switch weapon? I am not sure if we just use the plural in all cases, or there's a particular situation where you use the singular and a particular situation where you use the ...
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Adverb position when there is another adverb

Based on these rules here, "also" should be after didn't, but it is after the subject in the following example, which is copied from here Not only did she forget my birthday, but she also didn’t ...
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Which of the two is correct, please?

"Will the new plane be heavier? I wish it weren't. " or "Will the new plane be heavier? I wish it won't. " Thank you.
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“I don't know that I can” vs “I don't know if I can”

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning in the following sentences. The teacher told me that I would pass the test, but I don't know that I can. The teacher told me that I would ...
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Conditinal sentence put gap

Sentence: Madina is allergic to honey.If she _____ (eat)honey,her tongue _____ (to get inflamed). I filled gaps with "eats" and "will get". And rigth anwser was "eats" and "gets inflamed" is this ...
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{Is/are + adjective} or {have been+ adjective}?

When to use {have been + adjective} as both sentences look the same. Can anyone explain when to use 'have been' and when to use only 'is/are'? You have been dishonest to me. You are ...
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Shouldn't there be “loath” instead of “loathe” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: As an "iron brother", China would have been loathe to let Pakistan down and endorse India's claim that Pakistan was complicit in the attack. No ...
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Should “are” necessarily be used in “where you at”? [duplicate]

I've heard a lot of people saying just "Where you at" instead of "Where are you at"? And when I corrected my friend, he said that it is so colloquial to be corrected. And I also want to ask if it is ...
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Does it sound natural?

Some were made to cry. Others, to make others cry Does it sound natural? If not, how would you write it? I feel like there is something wrong with it, it's a literal traslation from my mother tongue (...
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Is present continuous a stative or a dynamic?

I'm meeting him tomorrow. You're being so loud! The first one looks like stative whereas the second one dynamic. If I'm wrong, please correct me :D
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Can “and” be purposely omitted for rhythm?

I just stumbled upon this sentence on this site. Primal stories — rise and fall, ruin and redemption, the love of a good woman — are punctuated by scenes of carefully choreographed pugilism. (link: ...
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So that vs that

He plows the soil that he can plant his fall crops. He plows the soil so that he can plant his fall crops. Q1. Which one is grammatically correct? (I think 2 is correct only in terms of grammar ...
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What does this mean “he was dressed in”? [closed]

We dress in the same clothes every day. I understand this, but I cannot understand the below passive structure, what does it mean? Who dresses him in jeans? He was dressed in jeans and a thick ...
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Which version is correct? (it or them)

Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find it. OR Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find them.
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comma before “which” clause

This is important for corporations to gain the trust of their customers which increases the profits of companies. This is important way for corporations to gain the trust of their customers, ...
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2 synonyms used in 1 sentence: makes up <number> % and constitutes <noun>

I’m wondering whether it looks well-written and, most importantly, grammatically correct to use 2 synonyms at once in my following sentence: Pacemaker Cells make up only about 1% of the Total ...
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Can I replace ‘When’ by ‘As’ or ‘While’?

When reports came into London zoo that a puma had been sent, they were not taken seriously. Can I replace ‘When’ by ‘As’ or ‘While’?
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Can I add ‘to come’ after ‘As I promised’?

As I promised, I will certainly come. Can I add ‘to come’ after ‘As I promised’?
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“I am looking forward”

I am curious if it possible to use a short phrase: I am looking forward. It is a short version without to + noun/gerund. I would like to use it at the end of the discussion with somebody, when it ...
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Disambiguation of “Let me know when the task is completed.”

The sentence "Let me know when the task is completed." could have two meanings: Let me know the time that the task is supposed to be completed. Once the task is completed, let me know it. Which of ...
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What is the difference between “in” and “for” in this sentence?

Here is the full sentence; Students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits, whether they are Language Center Students or regular students, are subject to all University regulations. If I drop a ...
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Is it permissible to omit “I” in conversation or informal writing?

Can I say or write sentences, in conversation or informal writing, without "I" like this? Though not frequently, I might have heard native speakers saying without a subject, especially the pronoun "I"....
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What's the most neutral future tense in English?

Without the sense of "Willingness" or "Intend" or whatnot, what form has the most neutral future meaning in a daily conversation? Someone told me that the "Be going to" would be the one, but he was ...
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“as of next month” vs “as of the next month”

Despite having studied English for years, I don't yet know the proper usage of the article 'the' fully. This sentence is from Cambridge Dictionary: As of next month, all the airline's fares will ...
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verb tense **were being raised**

Could you explain a verb tense were being raised here and meaning of the second sentence in terms of that upgrading school is not a new school. It was an old, inadequate building, painted the ...
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How to tell someone that I had to travel urgently

I need to tell my boss that I had to travel urgently for a personal reason and couldn't inform him because it was unplanned and happened quickly. I also want to let him know that I am sorry for not ...
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Can “a” be removed in the follow case (noun + adjective + adjective)?

Grammaly told me that the "a" in the following sentence is unnecessary and it suggested I remove it: The surface of the guitar was (a) gleaming white. Is Grammaly correct? Why or why not? Note: ...
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Difference between ‘convinced’ and ‘made it clear’? [closed]

The White House spokesman made it clear that the time of the election would not be changed. Can I replace ‘made it clear’ by ‘convinced’?
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Why add ‘she knew’ when this sentence was changed into a passive sentence?

People did not take the girl seriously when she said she had seen a kangaroo. Change the sentence above into a passive sentence. The answer is: ‘When the girl said she had seen a kangaroo, she knew ...
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Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?

Pumas never attack a human being except when they are cornered. Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?
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What is the difference between ‘was really’ and ‘really was’?

The animal was really a puma. The animal really was a puma. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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Me either or Me too. tell me whas's the correct reply?

My friend, she texted me ' I"m just glad no cougar or bear approached you.' And I said ' Yeah, Me either' I mean 'Me too' Is this correct reply..?
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Is ‘Most of these’ a right sentence?

I've seen many people saying ‘most of these + nouns’ but haven't seen one who says just ‘most of these’ For example, I've seen a sentence like ‘most of these products are...’ but never seen just ‘...
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i have doubt on semicolon and comma usage, should I swap their positions? or should I put colon instead of semicolon?

Out of the major expenses incurred by the company, raw materials accounted for 46 percent of the total income, employee cost; nine percent, power and fuel; two percent, advertisement; one percent, ...
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Need help with this please?

Can someone help with this please? “I saw you injured” it’s a process of the action. How about I didn’t see the action but maybe an hour later. I saw your injury or I saw you bad ...
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I've seen this expression “not to worry” used sometimes, but why do these invented expressions sound unnatural?

I've seen "not to worry" used to mean like "Don't worry" sometimes in conversation, so I think I could invent some similar expressions like that like Not to mind. It gonna be all right. (meaning ...
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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?