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“You or singular noun” should be followed by 3rd person singular or 2nd person?

If you or a team member needs / need any help during my vacation, please do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile phone. Should I write need or needs?
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Choosing between Present perfect and Past perfect

The task is about choosing the past perfect/present perfect/past simple. And I am asking about the part with ‘change’: Last week, I (run) __ into an ex-girlfriend of mine. We (see, not) __ ...
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How to use “there is”

Is it correct to put the adverbial phrase of place at the beginning of a sentence? For example: in the center of the city there is a street where there are a lot of shops.
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No. VS Not? He had a pen not a pencil

I know that we use not to negate a verb and we use no to negate a noun! he had no pencil Why do we use not in this sentence? He had a pen not a pencil Why don’t we use “no” ...
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“someone will have arrived yesterday” - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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Difference between using “of” OR “for”

Im designing an award certificate but not sure how to word it. Option 1. Certificate of Entrepreneur of the year. vs. Option 2. Certificate for the Entrepreneur of the year. Do I write "...
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“If he were” or “if he had been”

1.if he were my brother, I would have helped him. 2.if he had been my brother, I would have helped him. Are both sentences correct? If so, then how? I think it's a third conditional. unreal ...
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Can “unless” be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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What type of construction is “In came I. I. Chundrigar…” where a preposition “in” is placed before the verb “came”?

In the red-marked line i.e. In came I.I. Chundrigar, a Bombay barrister, to join the Mad Hatter's dance. See preposition "In" is placed before verb "came". What types of syntax is it and what is ...
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Should I write “to” again in this sentence?

Her words seemed to make him happy and (to) pacify his inner turmoil. Is the sentence correct both with or without the second "to" in bold?
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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Comma usage of non-restrictive and restrictive clauses containing that and which

I am a native speaker of English but am having trouble with the distinction between that and which, with respect to restrictive and non-restrictive clauses and comma usage. For example, which is ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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Differences in the usage of “Hang around” in the following sentences?

what are the differences between these sentences? He is hanging around on the streets He is hanging around the streets and He is hanging around at the mall He is hanging around the mall
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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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Future perfect usage. Is the sentence correct?

When will you have collected enough money? I am talking about the time in future when you have collected enough money... I guess future perfect should be used here.
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Present perfect for present results

We use the present perfect to talk about past actions with the present results, so the first question is this: Once these present results could be feelings and emotions, and intangible things, can't ...
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Is it okay to put “cannot” in a present perfect tense?

Is it okay to say "we cannot have achieved this without the participation of your company.
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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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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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“I would be very happy if I could have…” Is this natural sentence with manners?

I would be very happy if I could have such an opportunity to see you in person, so please let me know whenever (if?) you will have a chance to visit this area. Is this natural sentence with manners? ...
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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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What is the grammar behind “One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts”?

Especially the problem is with the words preceding "they." Is "one wild cart ride later" a complete phrase? Is it an adverb like "after a wild cart ride" in the sentence "after a wild cart ride, they ...
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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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How to use “make” and/or “make for” in this sense?

Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? Which ones are formal, idiomatic and proper to use in writing an essay? What makes for a good job? What makes a good job? What does make a ...
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“which” acting as relative pronoun standing for phrases?

1: Metal will bear beating with a hammer, which a stone will not. 2: He can write a letter in English, which I cannot. "which" act as relative pronoun and stand for the phrases of "bear beating with ...
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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“the human psychology” or “human psychology”?

I want to know why we cannot use the former. I have been told that only the latter is correct but I want a more definite explanation of this. Why is it that we can say "the human mind", "the human ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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Good Wishing for someone's success

Here are some sentences: Can I use 'May' for wishing someone? For example: May you get success in your goal. OR, Is it compulsory to use the word 'wish' for wishing someone ? For example: I ...
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an instance of would in if clause

"The researchers suggested, for example, that 20 percent of heart disease deaths among American women could be averted if the highest consumers of processed meat would cut down to the equivalent of ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct? I wonder

(1) He helps me be succeeded (2) He helps me to be succeeded Thank you very much
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Due to my failing English?

I have a question. Here’s the sentence: I wasn’t accepted to college due to my failing English. Is “failing” here a gerund (meaning he failed English exam) or is it an adjective, describing his level ...
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Why is present simple used in conjunction with “while” instead of present continuous?

I was recently watching this Apple series called For All Mankind and came across the following sentence there: While we sit here, the Soviets are pushing ahead with their plans for a lunar ...
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Add[ing] a splendid production

Which one of these sentences is more grammatically correct?: Add a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Adding a splendid production and you have a certified hit. Why, ...
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'went with it' and 'hard five massive major ammunition sites' meaning

]2 https://youtu.be/5QZmMWSVw_4?t=159 from this................. 1) What does went with it mean? 2) 'We had very,very hard five massive major ammunition sites' -> What is it about?
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Has lifted or is lifted?

Which is correct? Can you imagine the weight that has lifted off of her shoulders? or Can you imagine the weight that is lifted off of her shoulders?
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What is the difference between “I don't know when it starts” and “ I don't know when it does start” in this context

If someone asks me "when does school start again" and if I don´t know the answer should I say: 1 I don't know when it starts. or 2 I don't know when it does start.
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threw it (out) into the hallway

I grabbed the ringing phone and threw it (out) into the hallway. (I'm in a hotel room, and the door into my room is open.) Is it correct include "out"?
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'history of' vs 'history about'

Lovely community, when checking my review with the Grammarly Premium, in the sentence 'A Beautiful Mind' is a history about an extraordinary mathematician, John Nash. it underlined about and ...
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When “education” should be a singular noun and when should it be an uncountable noun?

Cambridge dictionary states that "education" can be both a singular noun like "an education" and an uncountable noun like "zero-article education". As far as I know it depends whether the context is ...
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is it grammatically correct to say “You lose”?

Why in the game Street Fighter II, when you lose the fight, is it said: "You lose" Isn't it grammatically wrong? It is past, therefore "I lost the fight" Shouldn't the correct is: "You lost"?
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In “has only examples of …”, is it reasonable to view “only” as an adjective?

This post is not a duplicate of "her dog doesn't even want" vs. "even her dog doesn't want", since that post does not explain why "only" could not be used as an adjective ...
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Plural verb with “everybody/anybody/everyone/anyone”

Where have everybody/everyone gone to? Have anybody/anyone ever told her the truth? Are these valid usages, idiomatic?
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Unabated can be adverb?

I think that rage is verb so the following word should be adv. —> unabatedly. Plus, rage isn’t linking v. 🤔 Thank you for your explanation in advance.
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Location Description

When I described the location of the shop, I preferred to use "upper side" phrase, but one of my friends advised me to use compass information. My Sentence: The shop is located in upper side of of ...

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