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walking vs. walked

Which tense is correct? She was walking faster towards the station ‘cause she didn't want to miss the bus. She stumbled over the sidewalk and fell down. She walked faster towards the station ‘...
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Correct usage with adverbial clauses

She forces him to help steal the money, then she blackmails him and takes it for herself. First he said that he was right leaning, now he's saying he is left leaning. He'd lost all his money on the ...
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Which one is a correct usage of “-ing form”?

There are two examples Paying the enrollment fee by bank transfer this afternoon, she secures her seat for the three-day acting workshop in July. She paid the enrollment fee by bank transfer ...
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Use “motivation for learning English” or “motivation in learning English”?

The researcher also will give questionnaire to the students and interview them to measure their motivation FOR / IN learning English.
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should I use “end up being full of charges” or “end up full of charges” in this sentence?

When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up being full of charges and When you keep charging a capacitor for a period of time, the plates will end up full of ...
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Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?

“Caroline was skiing when she broke her leg.” Is when a conjunction or adverb? Can I replace when with the word and? Are there ways to rephrase this sentence?
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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'Has to has access' or 'Has to have access'?

If we want to say "Every successful individual has to have access to monetary capital" vs "Every successful individual has to has access to monetary capital" Which is correct grammatically? Can we ...
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Inversion of subject and verb

Question one: Are the following sentences correct? And why? Statement A: After storms is not necessarily a bright sky. (I think it will be correct only by inserting there between storms and is) It ...
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‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them?

‘The end of October 1886’ ‘The end of October in 1886’ and ‘The end of October of 1886’ What is the difference among them or if someone is right?
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What’s the difference between ‘After having failed’ and ‘Having failed’?

Having failed to wake up his wife, he put a ladder against the wall. After having failed to wake up his wife, he put a ladder against the wall. What the difference between them?
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What's the difference here between using 'nouns and pronouns' and 'nouns or pronouns'?

A1. Words that are nouns or pronouns are used to represent objects. A2. Words that are nouns and pronouns are used to represent objects. B1. Adjectives are used with nouns and pronouns, but not with ...
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Is it okay to take a 'antecedent' and the 'that clause' apart without any sign?

we discovered that the pigeon's brain receives a signal from its middle ear that the brain then processes to determine both their direction and strength of the magnetic field. I can easily interpret ...
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Differences between “should” and “would” in subjunctive mood

How to explain the difference between: "Deep waters rise to the surface more quickly than they would if global warming were to occur." and "Deep waters rise to the surface more quickly than ...
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Simple Future Verb Tense for questions

Why are we using "he was coming" for simple future verb tense, especially for questions like this? John is going to the movies with us. I didn't know he was coming.
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Should there be used two prepositions after a verb?

Now,I have an issue. There is the preposition "away" in English and the phrasal verb - be away. Which sentence below is correct - I am away the meeting I am away at the meeting ? SHOULD I use ...
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Is there any difference between “he … and …” and “he … , and he …”

I saw a sentence in a textbook: 1. Instead of improving, he felt dizzy, and he threw up. If I describe this situation I will probably use: 2. Instead of improving, he felt dizzy and threw up. So I ...
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Quotation marks

Should the quotation marks ("I") be used in the following sentence?: In scientific papers, singular personal pronoun "I" tends to be replaced by a plural form. For my opinion, it's correct. What ...
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Is it okay if I open the door?

Is it okay if I open the door? Is it okay to open the door? Is it okay opening the door? Are the three sentences grammatical? In each sentence what does 'it' refer to? 1-1. It refers to 'if I open ...
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be informed and be in charge of

I am confused about these words? "be informed " "be in charge of" I think both of them are verb Is it always correct? be+ noun= verb be+adjective= verb Thanks a lot
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The subject of the verb following while?

I remember I was taught in school that if the verb follows while its subject may not share the same suject with the main clause. For illustration, in the following example: While John was sleeping ...
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‘a slip of tongue’ or ‘a slip of the tongue’

I see both in one book, and I feel it is weird why there were two phrases. You made some slips of the tongue. Are you sure that it was just a slip of tongue? I guess the former is right.
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Why not use “opened” instead of “open”?

these is a sentence: "the cat ran into the kitchen when he heard the can open." I have a question,why not use "opened" instead of "open"?
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Analayse this noun phrase

I need help to analayse the structure of noun phrase in bold letters: "The fact that they came back with the geolocators was supposed to be the great success of this season" Any suggestions? I'm ...
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grammar regarding “see you”

Time: 2 P.M. Location: Hilton Hotel Date: April 7th Weekday: Sunday What is the correct grammar? See you 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th, at the Hilton Hotel. See you on Sunday, April 7th, at 2 p.m. ...
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Can I say, ‘The boat had slowed down much.’?

Can I say, ‘The boat had slowed down much.’ ? Can I say, ‘The boat had slowed down very much.’ ?
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The difference between ‘the third time’ and ‘for the third time’?

When he asked for the third time, the angry policeman told him again of Mr. Lane’s defeat and retirement. Why not use ‘the third time’ instead of ‘for the third time’? I can not tell the difference ...
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telephone introducing myself (not name)

Good morning, when we do a call, usually we introduce ourselves or answer using "this is Name" or "it's Name". But if I should say that I am the father/friend/colleuge/mother etc of the person who the ...
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Examining some elliptical structures - Part V

After reading the comments and answer for this post, I have realized that the best (and/or maybe the only) way to master elliptical structure is seeing and examining more examples in this subject. I ...
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Which subordinate clause is This?

I am glad that you have come What clause is 'that you have come'? I don't know if it is noun or adverb clause
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In passive voice, Is using “by” after verb a rule?

I am learning how to change Active Voice to Passive Voice. Consider the following: He pleases everybody Everybody is pleased by him/Everybody is pleased with him. Your behavior surprises me. ...
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a predicative adjective in an atributive clause OR an postpositive adjective?

These are/were the images presented by us. Is "presented" in this case a postpositive adjective or a predicative adjective in an attributive clause? In case "presented" is a verb here, can I use it ...
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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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Which sentence is right

"Have you read about the latest royal scandal? No, don`t you believe all (or all what?) you read in the papers, do you?" Which one is correct?
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What are the differences between “combining into” and “combining onto”?

To me they sound the same, but I am not 100% sure. It's weird. Combining into seems correct, but combining onto seems wrong. This is from Automated Pattern Analysis in Petroleum Exploration by ...
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What meaning does “would” hold in the following sentence

They were the last people you would expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn't hold with such nonsense. I know that would is in a relative clause here. What ...
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Is this a right way to use “compared with”

Cars are cheaper compared with their prices 30 years ago. I made this up, I could not find similar examples. Is this a right structure? If not, please suggest one.
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Is it a grammatically correct sentence?

"I hadn't any idea about the vast application of programming language until I knew about it, joining online programming courses." -- is it a correct sentence? I am especially worried whether I should ...
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relative clause

With most children there are certain years of childhood, which every parent feels ought to free from the burden and responsibilities of the life. In this sentence, why is a comma needed after '...
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What is the meaning of the sentence ( through )?

I watched the mailman put one of my letters through your door. is there any missing part in this sentence ?
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correct usage of will

"I guarantee you that not only will the means negatively affect the relationship but the room won't stay clean when you leave town for a few days." I just wonder if we can use "will" this way: "I ...
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Can this sentence’s relative pronoun be omitted?

He was shackled by the remnants of guilt (which are) indissoluble with forgiveness.
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Translation of the sentence from a cover of a book

"THE HISTORICAL ANTIDOTE TO WHAT ISN'T WORKING TODAY" I found this sentence on a cover of a book.I do not think that the sentence is not the same as "the historical antidote which is not working today"...
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while or who, which one?

I caught the thief stealing the money. What is the meaning of this sentence? I caught the thief who steals the money or I caught the thief while stealing the money
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Any other + singular nouns

Can I use any other with a singular noun in the following context? Hey John, Trump has been awesome as the president of The Usa. I think he is absolutely going to win the next election for president. ...
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neither of us could have known the other was gonna be in Jamaica!

Carol: Frank, wait! wait! There is something I have to tell you before I kiss you again. Okay? I want a divorce! Frank: A divorce? We have only been married for 36 hours! I have had dates ...
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Correct usage in these examples with that

1) That day he went swimming, he left his wallet in the car. On that day he went swimming, he left his wallet in the car. 2) Then it occurred to me, I don't need to finish early. Then it occurred ...
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Zero & 1st conditionals. Are these replaceable?

Could you please let me know if we could always use 1st conditional instead of zero conditional? Already, I know that the Zero conditional is used for always true things or scientific facts and The ...
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'Make amends to her' or 'Make her amends'

Is it grammatical to use 'make one's amends' as a synonym for 'make amends to one'? Is the phrase in question old-fashioned?
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Little Betty Blue :Give her another

I read this Mother Goose the other day. Little Betty Blue Lost her holiday shoe: Give her another To match the other And then she may walk in two In the third line,is it possible to replace "another" ...