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Is “who or what a thing or person is” correct?

identity: who or what a thing or person is Is this sentence correct? shouldn't there be an "a" before the word "person"? I mean it's either definite or indefinite, but in this sentence it's neither ...
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How to structure this sentence?

What type of sentence should be structured to say that: Use this word and make it has a positive meaning? a) Use this word in a way that it has a positive meaning. b) Use this word in a way ...
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Is it correct to say

Is it correct to say “i was surprised to learn your age” Or “I was surprised when I learned your age was X/you were X years old " If not can you explain why and propose an alternative that means more ...
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“Orlando” book sentence

Virginia Woolf said through a character that Once one looks at nature outside, one drops the pen, takes one's cloak, strides out of the room, and catches one's foot on a painted chest as one does ...
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Virginia Woolf's “Orlando” sentence

Sentence He-for there could be no doubt of his sex, though the fashion of the time did something to disguise it-was in the act of slicing at the head of a Moor which swung from the rafters. What ...
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'Would' in context

Would you be so kind to help me out with this sentence? It does seem strange that someone would spend that much money in a burger shop. I don't really understand why "would" is used there. What ...
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“What” and “which” difference

What or which : which one should be used? What/which medicine is good for boosting immunity of children? What/which is the longest river in the world? I think both are correct. But I am not sure.
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“Spread across” vs “Spread through”

The disease spread through the region. The disease spread across the region. Explain the difference. Thank you.
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Which sentence is correct? Use of commas and 'and' [closed]

It offers an opportunity to get information, to learn the activities, and to look for a job. It offers an opportunity to get information, learn the activities, and look for a job. It offers an ...
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Sleep at least vs sleep for at least

Are both options valid? Or only one is? Example sentence: From today, employees will be required to sleep (for) at least twenty minutes during lunch break. I did a Google search. Sleep at least ...
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use of we and us

"I don’t know why us people are so impressed by such groups." Should there be 'us' or 'we' in the sentence mentioned? I feel it has to be 'we' because of the state verb 'are' that follows.
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Alternatives of a poor sentence, “Summer is increasing day by day.”

Today I have come across a sentence that seems quite poor: Summer is increasing day by day. The word increasing doesn't seem to be suitable here. Tell me the alternatives for this. Is it okay to ...
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“BY” as an Adverb

sentences where 'by' is used as an adverb: He just passed by. He had already gone by. I know the only one use of by as an Adverb, ie, the above. INTERNET didn't help me enough. Please ...
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“She is very envious of you…” vs “She is very envious that you…”

I stumbled upon this ELL question where the OP had a sentence She is very envious that you have more money than she does. Out of curiosity, I was wondering if I could rewrite it to any of these ...
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In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk [closed]

it's grammatically wrong to say: "In the refrigerator was a bunch of bananas and some milk"?
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Subject-complement agreement - a member of a committee vs members of a committee

I wonder if there is any difference between the following two sentences? They are a member of a committee. They are members of a committee.
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Which preposition should I use here:You are not listening! What are you thinking __?

Which preposition should I use here:You are not listening! What are you thinking __ ? can i use thinking for?
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The usage of “pay off” phrase

What is a correct way of using "pay off" phrase? Your hard work is paying off. vs. Your hard work is paid off. I thought that the one correct way is the second, because I thought "pay off" should ...
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Past Continuous with while

The sentence: The boy stole / was stealing the apples while nobody was looking / looked. Question: Which variant is more appropriate?
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A lot of public—why isn't it correct?

Why is the following not correct? There was a lot of public at the concert.
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We’ve got plenty of time. We don’t need to/needn’t hurry [duplicate]

Do "don’t need to" and "needn’t" mean the same or not? This is a question from an English test: We’ve got plenty of time. We ... hurry. don’t need to needn’t What's the right answer?
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Does “space” require an article?

We use "the" when there is only one of something. There's only one space. Therefore we have to say: There are millions of stars in the space. But I've seen that "space" is used without article. ...
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Can it omit auxiliary (have) in a caption? [duplicate]

Media group from Indonesia and Malaysia given full picture of Xinjiang’s de-extremism measures Someone told me sentence in caption can be different.
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What are the differences between “the pen as a sword” and “pen as sword”?

I've seen people omit the articles for whatever reason, so I was wondering why it was done, and if "the pen as a sword" is or can be equivalent to the phrase "pen as sword". The issue is that "pen as ...
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is it appropriate to use “was being” when referring things that happen in the past

greetings, I was wondering if someone can help clarify if I can use "was being" to refer to things that happen in the past and if so, please give example in a sentence. thanks.
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Third conditional with modals in both sentences - can it look the same?

2nd conditional: I would leave if I could. 3rd conditional: I would have left if I could --the same form of "could" but I would have left if I could have used the car. Is that correct? Is ...
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Using the phrase “prefixed by” [duplicate]

Which one seems correct? non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed with "xx" sub-domains) Or non-xx domains (those that are not prefixed by "xx" sub-domains)
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We've eaten at that restaurant in recent years [closed]

Could you please tell me whether the following sentence We've eaten at that restaurant in recent years. is grammatically correct and sounds natural? Is that the correct usage of the present ...
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“could” in the past referring to a single possibility/opportunity

I decided to create another question as this addresses another aspect of the topic I discussed in my related questions. I know that in general, "could" is not used to describe a specific possibility ...
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Do people really use “which's” in Of Which and Whose Clauses?

I had only known "whose clauses". I love the car whose lines are beautiful. When I came to this kind of sentence, I always be awkward since the clause subject is inanimate. I just know the second ...
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Are both “possible you” and “possible to” idiomatic?

I had a discussion with a co-worker at work and said something along the lines of: Doing this can hurt you in the long run, but it's also possible you gain confidence to do greater things through ...
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Use of awake and awaken

Is it correct to say? The sound of the alarm woke up Rob. For the first 10 seconds he was confused, but once he was fully awake jumped out of bed and went to take a shower. Or instead of "awake", ...
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Grammartical error in this sentence? [closed]

I was reading How to Solve It by George Polya when the sentence bellow confused me: It may happen that a student hits upon an exceptionally bright idea and jumping all preparations blurts out ...
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Using “name the .. with”

What should I use? I want to say we give the name xx-prog to the program (that I already described. [...] and we name the program with xx-prog. Or, [...] and we name the program xx-prog.
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Can "if + past simple be used in not conditional meaning?

I was told not to use the "if + past simple" construction outside of the second conditional, but is that truly correct? What about: A hundred years ago, people could bury their relatives in their ...
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The film will already be started by the time we get to the cinema [closed]

Could you please tell me whether the selected sentence We are late. The film will already be started by the time we get to the cinema. is grammatically correct?
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I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened

I suppose that the sentence: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this happened. isn't correct - it must be: I've won the lottery. This is the second time this has happened. But what ...
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“These areas of the brain allow for recognition of facial expressions.” — right or wrong?

While preparing for CAE, I've stumbled upon this Transformation task. I had to rewrite the second sentence so that it has the same meaning as the first one, keeping the word in caps unchanged and ...
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General past possibility with 'could'

I am a bit confused, as I know I should not use "could"+verb in the sense of a possibility in the past, such as "He could go there yesterday but he did not". I am well aware I should use past modals ...
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What does this “how” do here? [closed]

I can’t get the meaning of “how” in an article. This is from the article column from The Guardian, “Now we know there’s racial bias. The challenge is how to address it” https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/...
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Why omitting articles in “get out of [something]”?

Why is it ok to omit an article in a sentence using the get out of expression: He gets out of jail. instead of He gets out of a/the jail. I found this thread, but it is somehow not really ...
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Why is “that” placed at the end of the sentence?

In Tomb Raider (2018), Rog and Bill discussing about fox hunting i.e i.e person is supposed to carry a fox tail on the back of her bike while a team of bikers chase after them : Rog: Got 30 hounds ...
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What are these type of words called?

What do you call a verb after adding the endings -or, -ant, -ent, or -er to it? The new word refers to the thing or the person who did the verb. Should I call it adjective or participle or what? ...
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Is “inspired by X in their work” grammatically correct?

These philosophers were inspired by Hegel in their philosophical work. Like Karl Marx, these philosophers took a few ideas from Hegel and put it into their own systems. Is "inspired by X in their ...
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“on its way” vs. “in its way”

Is “the fire consumed everything on its way” correct? I thought "on its way" and "in its way" were pretty much equivalent in English and meant pretty much the same thing except in very rare cases. Am ...
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“For background on ..” vs. “for a backgroun on ..”

This is somewhat tricky articles case: For a background on X, see .. vs. For background on X, see .. By background, I mean background about a specific topic to build knowledge on it.
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“Percentage of … Higher than that [of/in] …”

Which one is correct (using of or in): The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is higher than that of the top websites. Or The percentage of tiny devices in the IPs dataset is ...
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using “the” article in; “the Xs that exisit in the top Xs”

I have a sentence like the following: From the 400 websites, we exclude the websites that exist in the top websites list Is using the before the first mention of websites correct? I can not decide ...
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“refer to something by” or “refer to something as”

The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter by the machine's selected variable) Or The machine selects a single variable X (we refer to the latter as the machine's ...
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Can we use a prefix like a after until? [closed]

For instance - He lost all meaning in life until a sweet little gesture that gave him some semblance of hope when he needed it the most. IS this sentence correct