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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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Noun links Adjective

It was a hot day, the sky big and white over their heads, and the children seemed to be running Why a noun can directly link an adjective? What is the grammar knowlage point?
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'Where I should be' vs 'Where I am meant to be'

Is there a difference between these Where I should be. and Where I am meant to be. ? Context: When you are going to fill the autobiography section on SE, it says 'Location' and it'...
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Can “during” be always substituted with “in”?

He kissed her during a drunken night. He kissed her in a drunken night. Can "during" be always substituted with "in"? I am always wondering about it, because I use during as a synonym for in. Is ...
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listen to someone I don't know + [Verbing]

The context: A villain phones the protagonist to leave the city the protagonist protects. But the protagonist doesn't know who the villain is. So, the protagonist says "I don't think I'll listen to ...
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What “conjunctions” to be used here

I and my mother are planning to go on a trip next week, but my father doesn't want us to go. On top of this he just got the news that the weather is going to be severe next week. As I am not a native ...
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Are “it” and “this” almost always interchangeable?

Are "it" and "this" almost always interchangeable? When I talk to people, I often use "it" or "this" interchangeably, because I have no idea when exactly I can use "this". In a dialogue or ...
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Using 'a,' 'an,' or 'the' with 'price' and 'discount'

I am confused when to use the correct articles. For example, in an email: Dear Journal of Business News, I have received the information about subscribing to your journal. I have a few ...
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The system was extended by/with several new functions

I would like to know whether the following is correct: The system was extended by several new functions. Our tool extends the system by a few new functions. I have read similar questions but ...
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Does “would have submitted” (modal and past participle) have any sense of perfect aspect?

I've always thought like that 'have' between a modal and a past participle is nothing but a grammatical method of indicating the past tense of modal. But recently I saw a video saying that in the ...
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is these two sentences equal in meaning?

I want to know if the following two sentence is equal in meaning. If not, what is the difference? The sparrow was the highest bird of all The sparrow was the highest of all the birds
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on using “to denote” to define a term

I want to define few terms but not sure how to use denote. For example: We use the term XYZ to denote websites consisting of ... Is the above correct statement?
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Can I change the structure of the original sentence to another one without changing the meaning?

Passive-aggressive behaviors are those that involve acting indirectly aggressive rather than directly aggressive. change to: Passive-aggressive behaviors are those that involve acting that is ...
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Can't decide between simple past and present perfect

I know the rules and differences like simple past is finished actions and more like story telling while present-perfect emphasizes the experience and its about actions that still continue and past-...
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The use of time markers with perfect infinitives

Tell me please if the following sentence is correct. He claims to have done his homework yesterday. It is well known that it is grammatically incorrect to use time markers, such as yesterday, last ...
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Why should we sometimes place the subject between auxiliary and P.P. in present perfect?

I saw an English grammar test in an official exam which made me confused. Here is the test: "Only in the past hundred years, though, [...] systematic objective techniques that have enabled us to ...
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Is it implant into or onto?

Is it implant into or onto? I am asking, because the example I have in mind seems to invite the use of the alternative wording "implant onto". Here's the example: The surgeons implanted a mole ...
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“Try to open” VS “Try to get it open”

He tried to open the door. He tried to get the door open. As a basic learner I use the second sentence only in the sense of causative verbs. Can it be used in some other sense? Thank you.
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keep title short

Suggestion to use contracted terms in titles (of a book or something) to make them shorter (not too long): Prefer contracted terms to keep titles short. Does the selected phrase sound natural?
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more like vs more

1)''Speaking French while in Paris is more like a continuous situation than a repeated event '' can I make the sentence above without the word ''like'' in the same meaning? 2)''Speaking French while ...
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Can we use these without “of”?

Quantifiers:a number of,large number of,scores of,a good deal of ,a vast amount of .
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grammatical explanation for “When given all the data on the corpse,…”

what's grammatical explanation for "given" in following sentence: When given all the data on the corpse, Columbo was able to solve the murder.
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The expenditure/Expenditure

When it is needed to add the definite article 'the' before the world 'expenditure' ? E.g: The expenditure of effort on this project has been enormous. Expenditure on water and sanitation is ...
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Which of the following sentence about 'of noun' as an adj. is correct?

I have two objects A and B, A is of color green while B is of color blue. Are the following sentences correct? A and B are of different color. and A and B are of different colors. If not, how ...
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”ever” ”been” can use with or without both?

Mr. Smiley has drunk coffee. Using ”ever and been” is ok with or without? ”Mr. Smiley has talked with Ms. Emo” ”Mr. Smiley has ever talked with Ms. Emo” ”Mr. Smiley has been talked with Ms. Emo” is ...
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Subject-verb agreement 'It makes me feel'

I'm a bit confused with the subject-verb agreement of this phrase: It makes me feel like something. Why is the word "feel" not "feels" since "me" is singular?
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what is the part of speech of the word home in this sentence

I have to diagram the sentence: The work stops when it rains, and most of the men go home. What is the part of speech of home, and where would it go on a diagram?
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Ask it by ‘in what way’ and answer it. I did it. But I found my answer was weird

The descriptions given by the eye-witnesses were extraordinarily similar. In what way were the descriptions given? Is my asking question right? And how to answer it. Just this sentence.
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What is the difference between “dates back to” and “dating back to” and also is there any word like 'dated back to'?

He found a jewelry dating back to/dates back to/dated back to/ prehistoric time. Which is correct and why?
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Is the Passive voice of the sentence is grammatically correct?

Active voice -The teacher taught her English. Passive voice-English was taught her by the teacher. Should i use 'taught to' instead of 'taught'
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what kinds of clause are '' how to say,what to do,…''?

I know that all cluases(dependent) should start with words like: how,what,that,when,...+ subject + verb but what kind of cluases we call this one: "How to say","what to do"??? according to longman ...
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It vs on it. Which one would be correct to use?

His motto about our country's development is that we have to educate our children so that they grow up to lead our country in a very smart way. Until he passed away, he strongly insisted (it/on it) I ...
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Tense in news reporting

Can I use present perfect tense in the following news reporting in my first paragraph and then use simple past? I want to do so because I want to present it as hot news though it occured yesterday. I ...
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In the very front row at the theater/ of the theater

Is it okay to say in the very first row at the theater or of the theater? If both are possible, what is the difference between those two? Thanks in advance!
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Adverb position when there is another adverb

Based on these rules here, "also" should be after didn't, but it is after the subject in the following example, which is copied from here Not only did she forget my birthday, but she also didn’t ...
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Which of the two is correct, please?

"Will the new plane be heavier? I wish it weren't. " or "Will the new plane be heavier? I wish it won't. " Thank you.
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“I don't know that I can” vs “I don't know if I can”

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning in the following sentences. The teacher told me that I would pass the test, but I don't know that I can. The teacher told me that I would ...
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Is present continuous a stative or a dynamic?

I'm meeting him tomorrow. You're being so loud! The first one looks like stative whereas the second one dynamic. If I'm wrong, please correct me :D
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Can “and” be purposely omitted for rhythm?

I just stumbled upon this sentence on this site. Primal stories — rise and fall, ruin and redemption, the love of a good woman — are punctuated by scenes of carefully choreographed pugilism. (link: ...
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What is the difference between “in” and “for” in this sentence?

Here is the full sentence; Students enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits, whether they are Language Center Students or regular students, are subject to all University regulations. If I drop a ...
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How to tell someone that I had to travel urgently

I need to tell my boss that I had to travel urgently for a personal reason and couldn't inform him because it was unplanned and happened quickly. I also want to let him know that I am sorry for not ...
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Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?

Pumas never attack a human being except when they are cornered. Can I replace ‘except when they are cornered’ by ‘except being cornered’?
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Need help with this please?

Can someone help with this please? “I saw you injured” it’s a process of the action. How about I didn’t see the action but maybe an hour later. I saw your injury or I saw you bad ...
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I've seen this expression “not to worry” used sometimes, but why do these invented expressions sound unnatural?

I've seen "not to worry" used to mean like "Don't worry" sometimes in conversation, so I think I could invent some similar expressions like that like Not to mind. It gonna be all right. (meaning ...
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Do we need to put “and” right before “primarily from property taxes”?

There is another area of inequality in the American education system. Because of the way that schools are funded, the quality of education that American students receive in public schools varies ...
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Grammar Rules Behind the Phrase: Had we but world enough and time

The above line "Had we but world enough and time" is taken from a famous poem. But what is grammar behind? Can anyone help me with the explanation of the phrase above?
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Can continuous form of tense be used with “for” and “since”

I want to know if it is grammatically correct to use continuous form of tense be used with "for" and "since"? For example: instead of They had been friends for six months if I say They were friends ...
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The number vs A number of

Consider the following sentences: The number of students who passed the test was very low. A number of students have passed the test. When should I use singular or plural verbs for the phrase "a ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...