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Shouldn't it be “Nobody touch him!”

I heard in a movie Nobody touches him! Shouldn't it be in the imperative form, like "Nobody move!"? Background: from Brubaker After Redford's character aggravated the members of the prison board,...
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Great Expectations [is written vs has been written] by Charles Dickens

I had a grammar quiz at the university today. One of the questions was: "Great Expectations" ____ by Charles Dickens. a) is written b) has been written c) was written Undoubtedly, the ...
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Does the English language have a grammatical gender?

If we are talking about animate objects, like people and animals, defining a gender is easy in most cases. But for inanimate objects, like a chair, a tree, the sky and so on, gender can be a built-in ...
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Why is “deal 6 damage” a legit phrase?

I mean, if damage is countable, it should be Deal 6 damages. If it’s not countable, then this sentence should be wrong. Such as saying something like I drank 5 water. So... am I missing ...
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Why should “are” be used here instead of “is”?

The sentence given in our book is as follows, More important than winning is developing the ability to work with others and developing leadership skills We are supposed to find where the mistake ...
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“You better did” - is this acceptable?

Consider this example: John: Did you go to church today? James: Yes I Did John: You better did My confusion is the use of and correctness of the the last response, "you better did." ...
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Why do people say “I am broke” instead of “I am broken”?

I know these are correct: I am done. He is chosen. My phone is broken. But why do we say I am broke. instead of I am broken. Is that even grammatically correct?
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“My boss was furious with me and I have been fired” vs. “My boss was furious with me and I was fired”

I have a question and I hope you can help me. I've been learning English for many years but I'm still struggling with the difference between simple past and present perfect. For example this sentence ...
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Can vehicles sell themselves? Shouldn't it be passive voice?

I read one sentence About 170,000 of those vehicles sell each year in the U.S. It is extracted from: The large vehicle is part truck and part car. Strength and size combined with comfort. ...
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Is “bananas is” possible by any chance?

My brother is a highschooler. His mid-term English-language exam is early next month. His teacher gave him an assignment in preperation for the exam. One of the questions given is: (Bears - bananas ...
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why “American-born”, not “America-born”?

I tried but failed to wrap my head around the grammar for the term "American-born" (and all other similar expressions - "Canadian-born", "French-born", ...etc). Is it a set phrase or is there some ...
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Why does “money” take “the” in “all the money in the world”?

"All the money in the world " , in this sentence we talk about money in general , right ? I've read a book that says if we're talking about things in general we do not use "the". So why "the money" ?
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What is Latin Grammar?

Another product of the eighteenth century was the invention of "English grammar". As English came to replace Latin as the language of scholarship, it was felt that one should also be able to control ...
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“Thanks for sharing this” - why isn't it “Thanks for having shared this” ?

People often answer "Thanks for sharing this" when I share a document or information with them. What I don't understand is why they don't use a past tense since I share the document before their ...
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Most of something is plural or singular?

I am writing a literature review. My question is which sentence is correct? Most of the existing work focus on... Most of the existing work focuses on ... Most of the existing studies focus on ... ...
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I wish I ate meat

I heard this in a Hollywood movie called "How to lose a guy in 10 days". A boy cooked his girlfriend meat and served her but she said I wish I ate meat. Can we also say this like? Would both ...
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“he leaves for New York tomorrow”. vs. “he will leave for New York tomorrow”

Which one is grammatically correct? I don't know when he leaves for New York tomorrow. or I don't know when he will leave for New York tomorrow Is it correct to use the future form of the ...
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Why not use “casualties” in “Small shops have been a casualty of the recession.”?

From the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Small shops have been a casualty of the recession. "Shops" is plural here while "casualty" is singular. Any reason for that? Can I have the sentence ...
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Which is the correct English out of the following sentences. I gave her your number. or I gave your number to her

Which is the correct English out of the following sentences? I gave her your number. I gave your number to her. Please explain me the better ways to form the above sentence.
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Some of you will have met me before vs Some of you met me before

I really do not get how "will" and past infinitive is used here. This comes from an example in a textbook, explaining usage of will in assumptions: Some of you will have met me before. I wonder, ...
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“on its way” vs. “in its way”

Is “the fire consumed everything on its way” correct? I thought "on its way" and "in its way" were pretty much equivalent in English and meant pretty much the same thing except in very rare cases. Am ...
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Is it disappointed with, in, or by?

Are all of those words used? How does the meaning of the sentence change when either one is used instead of the others? 1.I was disappointed with/by my result. 2.I am disappointed with/by/in you/him/...
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What is meant by “grammar”?

Some people equate grammar with any rules governing the language. Some people believe grammar is language itself minus whatever is being discussed in the shade of "meaning" and "comprehension". Some ...
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Can “all” be used with both singular & plural verbs?

Are both sentences below correct? 1. All of the books are expensive. 2. All of the books is expensive.
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'In' the past few years Vs 'Over' the past few years

Which preposition goes better with the below statement? 1: In the past few years I have learnt a lot about super cars. 2: Over the past few years I have learnt a lot about super cars.
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“as much details as you can remember”

A: I don't remember much, though. B: Just try to give me as much details as you can remember. I feel like something is wrong in B's sentence. I've never heard people say something like this.
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

I want to say: August 22, 2012, the day my life changed forever and the day I met you. My only problem is that I don't know how to start a sentence with a date. If someone could help me with this ...
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“I am finished” vs “I have finished”

What is the difference between "I am finished" and "I have finished"? For example, when finishing a task, should I say "I have finished" or "I am finished". Is there a difference in meaning?
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Can we use “no” and then say an affirmative sentence to a yes/no question?

Take this question. Do you have two brothers? For short answers we can say" no,I don't and for long answers we should say " No I don't have two brothers Can I answer "No, I have 3 brothers."
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What is the difference between “being” and “having been” in this context?

Being a teacher, she likes children. AND Having been a teacher, she likes children. What is the difference between these two?
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I need to rewrite this sentence while keeping the same meaning and starting with the given word(s)

Paul and Jane moved to Paris two years ago. It is... If the starting words were "it has" I could have written "It has been two years since...". But the auxiliary "be" is used instead and I ...
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On June 18th, I did experience my first earthquake

Is it grammatically correct to use "did" like this? On June 18th, I did experience my first earthquake in Japan. I'm an ALT in Japan and on our exam for our students they had to write the ...
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Secretly vs Secretively

Can these two words (secretly and secretively) be used interchangeably? E.g.: He fed the dog secretly. He fed the dog secretively. Which of the two sentences above sounds more appropriate?
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Has GOOD become an acceptable adverb?

I'm a native English speaker. On a site where I help Russians with English, one of them wrote the sentence: My watch has been working good since I fixed it. Naturally, I pointed out that the ...
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Why is past tense not used?

In my text book I saw the following conversation: A: I saw Brian a few days ago. B: Oh, did you? What's he doing these days? A: He's at university B: What's he studying? A: Psychology B: Is he ...
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What is the difference between 'stand' and 'take a stand'? [closed]

1.You had to take a stand. 2.You had to stand. What is the difference between 'stand' and 'take a stand' in meaning?
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My friends and I went snowboarding

When I say My friends and I went snowboarding. somebody said to me there is a grammar mistake in my sentence but I could not figure out what it is. What is the grammar mistake in the sentence? ...
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Why do we use the article “the” in “Thank you for the flowers” when flowers is plural?

My student caught me off guard. She asked me why you say "Thank you for the flowers" when the article "the" is not used for countable nouns "I like flowers".
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Help me understand “pour over”

Most people today has nearly an empty "glass" of unique life experiences when they die. Ludo's glass was already pouring over of experiences that millions dream about achieving only once. The full ...
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Had Begun vs Began [duplicate]

I was going through an english ACT test and came across this question: Walker Lee __________ his career in hand forged ironwork at the age of 30. The possible answers are: had begun began ...
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Is the use of “one of the” correct in the following context?

I want to know what the constraints are on using the phrase one of the. Is it used correctly in this example? He is one of the soldiers who fight for their country.
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“many a time” means “many times”?

I never saw anyone work as hard as he did, many a time I saw him on the weekends working to his highest standards to give the best research he could give. From the context, I understand many a time ...
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Is it correct to use “in regards to”?

"In regards to" is something I use constantly. I use that to refer back to a specific subject or object. For example: A: Is it too expensive? Also, would I be able to make an appointment? B: It ...
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years (of) experience

I am struggling to understand this. Let's imagine that it's been over 10 years since I started working on something and I want to say that. For me, the following comes to mind: I have over 10 years ...
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Why is it “to start laughing” and not “to start to laugh”?

Why do we use: to start laughing instead of, to start to laugh And what is the construction verb + (verb + ing) called?
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“The heat button” or “the button of heat”

then, press the button of heat. I extracted this sentence from my own paragraph. My teacher told me that I cannot use “the button of heat”; instead, she told me to write it this way: ...
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Difficulties interpreting this complex sentence

James had been a high priest of technocracy ever since coming to NASA in 1961, arguing for the authority of experts, well-organized and led, and with sufficient resources to resolve the many problems ...
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“of integer type” vs “of type integer”

It seems to me that it is grammatical to write The variable x is an integer. or The variable x is of integer type. But what about The variable x is of type integer. ? It ...
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Is “too few” equivalent to “not enough”?

Kindly, consider the image below: Can I say for the glass in the middle: "too few water" instead of "not enough water"? Are they equivalent in meaning?
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What's the meaning of “it could just as easy be us”?

I have searched many online dictionaries but I cannot find structure like this: I remembered Dad saying it could just as easy be us. So, Could you explain to me what the meaning is? The full text ...