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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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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" ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Is “a sequence of” singular or plural?

I'd like to confirm if a sequence of steps is singular or plural. For example, which of the following is correct: A sequence of steps is performed. A sequence of steps are performed.
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got closed vs was closed vs has been closed

Now I would like to transfer my PF from A company to B company provided both the companies have proper digital signatures in EPFO website. But the issue is, my previous company has been closed 6 ...
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There was no/not a/not any

What is the difference between there was no, there was not a and there was not any?  Yesterday I visited a very undevelopped area in my tour of Africa. I rented a room in a hotel there. The hotel ...
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Using now with the specific dates

My manager is now changed to Linda from 1st Jan.. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Can we use'now' with a specific date?
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I saw x while y

I stumbled across a sentence recently I saw a baby bus while its proud mother showed it the way I feel like while should be replaced with as, or saw with watched. Can anyone tell me if this ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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Why can't a “with” predicate be always used?

Goblins are a male race but possess the ability to breed with any race with the pregnancy always resulting in goblin children. Someone summoned goblins that possess the ability to breed with ...
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As soon as structure: save/ saved/ have saved?

I'm currently very confused about the structures of 'As soon as'. There are three sentences that I can't decide which is gramatically correct. As soon as I save enough money, I'll get a new bicycle....
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Using prepositions “through” and “via”.

Are the prepositions "through" and "via" interchangeable (meaning "by means of", "by using")? Oxford Dictionary says that the word "through" has also the meaning "by means of". Is it okay to use it ...
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“to do” or “doing”, which one should I use to start a sentence?

I wanted to know the difference between "blaze" and "flame". Someone told me just search the two words in Google Images. I tried it, but when I searched "blaze", there were only some cartoon ...
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“Off” VS. “Off something”

1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy. As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is ...
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noun clause or adjective clause? There is some ambiguity

Please consider the following sentence: John does not know why Meera left town. I guess it is a noun clause because the clause why Meera left town can act as a noun that is the direct object of ...
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Questions using 'which'

I was in my English class yesterday where I was learning direct/indirect questions, and I tried to come up with examples of them. I thought it was going to be easy, but I ended up being confused about ...
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“We go there every year.” Is this correct or it should be “we go there on every year”?

"We go there every year." Is this correct or it should be "we go there on every year"?
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Passive voice suggestions in grammarly (To be, or not to be)

I have installed Grammarly application recently, and it keeps saying me all the time that I shouldn't use passive voice. In most of the cases, I think using passive voice is better. However, I want to ...
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“After being broken up” vs. “After broken up”

What is the difference between these two sentences? "After being broken up with my boyfriend" "After broken up with my boyfriend" Why we use "being" in the first sentence? I saw it on ...
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difference between “A” and “the” when talking about a race

What is the difference between A and The in the following sentences? No other animal is as tall as a/the giraffe. An/the Inland Taipan's venom is the most venomous one in the world. My grammar book ...
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the meaning of I wish to

I would like to know the meaning of (I wish to.....). Does it have the meaning of future time? I know it has the meaning of regression but what about the future meaning. Thanks
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Is “close to” an adverbial phrase?

To continue from my other post far from perfect, I guess close to is also an adverbial phrase. I have some sentences using close to: He may not be perfect, but he is close to perfect. It’s not ...
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Does “doubt” invoke “would ever” construction?

I saw this sentence in Oxfords’ definition of doubt: They had doubts that they would ever win. As I know, ever is used in negative sentence. So is doubt a negative word? And I think never means ...
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“What use would something be” is a rare expression?

seized by the system What use would a powerful life hack be if he lost the autonomy of his being? Is it a rare expression? I can't find other examples of this kind of expression.
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How to name these two cases of passive voice?

How to name these two cases of passive voice: This document started being written by me on 2017.07.22. and This document was started (being) written by me on 2017.07.22. ? Both are the ...
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Choosing correct tense for dependent clauses when casting a present-tense statement into past

Putting present-simple statements in the past is my pain. In particular, I always stumble upon which tense to chose for dependent clauses: Right now the teacher is asking students one by one some ...
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“that is men” vs. “those are men”

Is it correct to say, "that is men"? In the case of referring to their nature or similar characteristics. Someone argued with me that it is actually wrong. Saying you can only say, "those are men". ...
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Usage of “the” and its omission

I have a question regarding usage of the. My question is if I use the and if I don't use the in the sentences what difference it create. Here are my examples: 1- These are (the) people who help poor ...
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Improving “A brings doubt about if the true motive behind A can be justified or legitimate”

The current artificial manipulation and control on the number of the lawyer license holder, which includes limiting total law school entrance quota to 2000 students per year and retaining the ...
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Modal and tenses: if only+before, would have+by now

Let's say you have regretted that you didn't read books before, as a result you have a very minimal understanding about life at your present state. And you say: If only I had read many books before,...
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Would have never thought/would never have thought

I'd like to ask the correct placement of the adverb ''never'' in this sentence. (Excerpt from a book ''Start with why'') ''In the face of expanding competition in the airline industry, most air ...