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Fight club quote

Marla-Tyler, you are the worst thing that ever happened to me. I have asked question like this before but still I am confused in this sentence. Why didn't she say You are the worst thing that has ...
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Which sentence is correct grammar

A little background info, one of my favorite bands is doing a world tour next year. I live on the East Coast and all their concerts on the East Coast are in July, August and September. I am going to ...
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Should grammar be tweaked to fit in a fixed phrasing?

Problem 1 The same can be applied with larger units in the article, be it sentences or paragraphs. Should the nouns after "be it" must be singular? Because the phrase is "it", then I guess they ...
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Can I use “therefore” at the middle of the sentence

Can I use therefore at the middle of my sentence? For example: Method A requires difficult computation. In addition, method B can only be applied to a bivariate case. Method C, therefore, and unlike ...
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What does it mean that “The hardline bullies in her party have been shown up for the reckless obsessives they are”?

The sentence above is from the article of Economist(link: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/12/13/the-real-lesson-from-theresa-mays-bruising-week). I have a problem reading that sentence, ...
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“Love Island 2017 star Jess posed naked for a very racy shoot” Why is an adjective “naked” following a verb “pose”?

I have read this caption in a newspaper “ Why is an adjective “naked” following a verb “pose”? "
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“Did you see him today” vs “Have you seen him today”

Can I say both sentences at 5 pm of current day.i seriously don't understand. I know perfect is used for show effect of past action on present and simple past is completely detached from present.still ...
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Passive voice + additional verb phrase

Believe it or not, I'm a professional editor, and as such, I read a lot of ESL papers. Due to all the non-native-type errors, I forgot the rule about passive voice in complex sentences, and now ...
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“When applying on” or “applying to”

I have a method which I need to test its performance for real data set. Is it correct to say: This part of the chapter aims to test the performance of the method A *when applying on* the real ...
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Can “project is lead by” be ever correct?

Knowing that Lead-led-led, I find this sentence wrong (from a book available on Google books): The project is lead by an alliance of three partners, comprising the GI, the FIZ Karlsruhe (a ...
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How to use “if”?

Next time, if you chance to visit Tainan, home to Tu Hsiao Yuel, be sure to give it a try. My first question is why the sentence is "if you chance to..." rather than "if you have a chance to...". I ...
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“chosen to be with” or “chosen with”

I have a function which I need to specify its parameter. I chose the parameter of this function to be close to its independence case. Then, I try to say that this function is specified with low ...
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Do you use the subjective verb in the conditional clause and the non-subjective verb in the main clause?

The verb of the second sentence, have, is difficult for me to understand. Why isn't it the subjective form, would have? The preceding conditional clause If glaciers started reforming contains the past ...
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Whether + simple present or present continuous?

I was writing a comment that briefly describes what a function actually does in my source code, and stumbled upon a grammar question below. This function verifies whether the data is abiding by the ...
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“They have lived here for 10 years” Vs “they have been living here for 10 years”

Do both of them tell us that they are still living here.i am not sure if second one is correct and if it is,please tell me what is the difference between the two in terms of current situation.
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“feel like life has reach to a high level”

I heard that someone said: "so high, feel like life has reach to a high level.……" I want to check if "reach" in this sentence should be a transitive verb?
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“They have lived here for 10 years”

What does this sentence tell about their current situation?are they still living here or is it obscure?
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Do I need to use a before “few” in this case and why? or why not?

I always do a grammar mistake with a. I would like to improve my understanding for a special case of using a. For example, Most values are 0 or very close to 0, while a few of them are -1. Here, I ...
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Why always we use present verb after “in aim to”, “in order to”, and “in hope to”

During my learning, I always read that after in order to, in aims to or in hopes to we need to use present verb (I meant a verb without "s", e.g., selects or improves, and without "verb+ing"). However,...
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Can I put two dependent sentences into one subordinating conjunction?

Can I put two sentences into one subordinating conjunction? Example, (1) After I finished doing my homework and my mom came home, we went out for dinner. (2) After I finished doing ...
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When is “ing” used in for actions in the past?

In the sentence We went cycling. Why is there an added "ing" in cycling?
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“A daughter’s life”: the usage of the article

What else but sail to save a daughter's life, and pray she still drew breath? It seems to me that the article in bold is redundant. Why is it used in this text? Is it grammatically correct?
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“it happens” or “that happens” in context?

Which pronount will be more appropriate to use in the following context? If you neglect technique during the squate, it may cost several days weeks off because of a high possibility of injury. It/...
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how to express a sentence with is +verb+ing

I would like to express my sentence using is +verb+ing however, I feel the grammar is wrong. The one main advantagae of using model A is allowing specifying different marginal distribution for each ...
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“Why does it not work” Vs. “Why is is not working”?

Normally when talking about something that is happening now we use present progressive, and when we talk about that happens as habit, custom etc. we use present simple. That is clear. But if I'm not ...
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Comparing two things in one sentence

We have three shapes in my study. We called them trees. The class of Tree 1 is larger than the class of tree 2 and tree 3. Also, the shape of tree 1 contains the shapes of both tree 2 and tree 3. I ...
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Please let me know the nuance and teach me which is correct [closed]

This new sports complex is _________, so people can enjoy the games whatever the season is. (A) encased (B) enclosed (C) encircled (D) enveloped
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Can I reapeat the same noun when using neither and nor

I would like to use neither and nor but I do not know whether I can repeat the noun or not. This shape is neither star shape nor triangular shape. Can I omit one of the word shape, i.e., This shape ...
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Whats the difference between stance and position in terms of expressing opinion?

My customer requested big schedule change (postponing a lot from the agreed upon date) and It is not acceptable for me. so I wrote email today like MY position about your request is as below bla ...
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can I use “the” as many as needed in one sentence

I always try to understan when I can use the word "the" and when I cannot. As I understand, I must not use it many times in one sentence. However, sometimes I read that it is Ok. I really would like ...
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What's the type of the object of “I don't remember having seen him.”?

I don't remember having seen him. The object is having seen him. What kind of an object is this? Any term? I would like to read more about adjectives of this kind. Links are truly appreciated. Can ...
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Have got any (something): singular or plural?

I'm uncertain if the following sentence is correct: Have you got any pet? Searching for straight questions with "have got" and "any" I've found the noun sometimes as singular, sometimes as plural. ...
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When + [Present Participle Simple] vs When + [Present Participle Continious]

Here's an example sentence from a meme (imagine there's a man thinking about it with a wise look): When you are thinking about how to reduce work without doing anything Why not When you think ...
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“call injustice” or “call it injustice”?

It is from Crash Coursd US history. It is at around 8 minute and 25 second. The context is the host dosn't get a question right and he says: It is ridiculous. I call injustice. Why didn't he say I ...
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What is the usage of “ have have ”?

I am reading an eBook. A sentence of that is as follows: "I would like you to think about a piece of music that you have have found very peaceful and relaxing." Why there are "have have" instead of "...
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“If time remains” vs. “if any time remains”

I actually have three questions: If any time remains or if time remains, which one is true? For example: If (any) time remains we will take a look at that or "we take a look at that"? (In ...
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Does “but” and “however” make different meaning in the sentence

I would like to write a sentence, where I would like to use however or but. I would like to know do they make different meaning in the sentence. The traditional models exist but they may be ...
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GATEWAY of India is at Bombay in Maharashtra. (preposition.. at, in)Why at and in?

With a smaller place 'at' and with a bigger place 'in' The gateway of India is at Bombay in Maharashtra.. The fashion in which I have defined the above example is it correct or else there is anything ...
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what is the meaning of this sentence “In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed”

In our previous examples we took n to be the number for which a given function is to be computed. I am not sure about the meaning of the above sentence because I'm confused about this part: "for ...
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Can we say positive verbs + neither?

I ask my question by the following example: A: Would you like tea or coffee? B: I don't want either. Can we say the following instead of the above one?: A: Would you like tea or coffee? B: I ...
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In which vs whose

I read a novel (in which - whose) the main character is a kid. I've been told by a friend to choose whose in case absence of the in this sentence. Is the correct answer in which?
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What does “still” mean here?

How fast should you read? The answer depends on what you are reading. Sometimes you need to read things slowly and carefully. At other times, you can read quickly, and at still other times, you ...
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look up the dictionary VS look up in the dictionary

Usually the phrasal verb look up is used as follows. These example sentences are from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Can you look up the opening times on the website? I looked it up ...
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I was admitted in Mathematics

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I was admitted in Mathematics. I am confused about the preposition.
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Passive Voice of Future Continuous tense

I am learning English Grammar from a very popular book in Indian market (you can get it from here) and it very distinctively mentions that Passive Voice of Future Continuous tense is not possible. ...
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Should I use a gerund or a regular verb in this sentence

Consider this sentence: One can observe a sharp fall in/of the IL’s electrostatic potential occurs/occurring in/at the center of bulk water. Is it "occurs" or "occurring". The sentence explains an ...
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“Would be no” vs “would not be a/an”

Do "would be no" and "would not be a" mean the same in the following context? And do they sound natural? If I were elected the president, There would not be a clash between communities regarding ...
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“the size of diagrams” or “the sizes of diagrams”

I have many diagrams with different sizes. I try to reduce the size of each diagram. Or: I reduce the sizes of diagrams Please tell me which one is correct and why?
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Why present perfect is used with “ever”

Can someone tell me the logic behind it? For example- This is the best gift anyone has ever given to me. I can't figure out why perfect is epecially used in this sentence. On Google there is said ...
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What is the grammar of ~they end up being broken’

that a person must handle the unbroken (drinking) glasses on display with care because otherwise they may end up being broken. In the above sentence, I don’t know why it has used they may end up ...