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Would like in conditional form

Is the expression "if there are tickets available, I would like to buy one" correct? In case it is, which type of conditional would be?
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Is there a solid way or rule which can be used to choose between possessive and adjectival noun?

I have this senetence marked as a mistake "might waste their children time", and it should be "children's time". I looked for a grammar rule, but I was not able to find it. Is there a solid way or ...
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“I forgot” + “to be” in question form. Which one is correct? [closed]

I don't know which one of the next sentences are correct. Please, help me to find out. I also will be appreciated if you'll explain which rules we use here. Where I should to put the "is"? A) I ...
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Is this sentence correct? Where has all my energies gone by?

I've tried using this sentence Where has all my energies gone by? but somehow I guess it's wrong. Could you please explain why this sentence seems to be incorrect English?
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The difference between ‘provide for’ and ‘provide with’?

He has provided for every emergency. The old woman provided me with further facts. What is the difference between ‘provide for’ and ‘provide with’?
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The second “that” could be removed from the clause?

there: I have a sentence. I'd like to know the second "that" could be removed? The accident resulted from an outside sudden cause that the driver had no control and (that) occured without any ...
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He shall die. He will die [duplicate]

He shall die. He will die. (Will is stressed.) He will die. (Will is not stressed.) What is the difference among them? Number 1 means that I will kill him. Number 2 means that he intends to die. ...
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Is this sentence with “whether” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? It is usually locals who carve graffiti on the walls , whether it is the date they came to visit or the love they have for each other. I checked the meaning ...
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Is the use of “were” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

“How about calling it ‘No to Death’ or ‘No, Death, No’?” she asked. “No, death, what?” Sergey started to laugh. His laugh was throaty and coarse and sounded a lot like a cough, a very bad cough. And ...
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confused between work on /work for/work against/work to

whatever the tactic we had, just didn't work for them. context: yesterday Barcelona lost to Liverpool 0-4. I'm speaking as a Barcelona fan. I'm not sure what preposition should be followed after "...
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What tense is the sentence “He would go to finish the job?”

Other examples, "He would leave the store." "He would decide to help him."
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“after use” or “after using”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct. Wipe the benches after use! Wipe the benches after using! I guess the following ones is correct, but too long. Wipe the benches after you use them!...
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Is this sentence correct and what does 'incremental' describe?

This study builds on our previous studies by verifying that self-control depletion does predict changes in work behaviors incremental to alternative motivation and attention mechanisms. I have ...
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Why is there no subject between “guess” and “getting”? and why does this sentence use “guess” instead of “guessed”?

Mike: So you two are finally gonna get hitched. who popped the question? was it you? Matt, or did you propose to him, Allison? Matt: I decided to be the romantic one, I took Allison to the park ...
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The train arrives at/in Chicago

The train arrives at Chicago. The train arrives in Chicago. Chicago is a big city, so we use 'in' before a big city. However, what about the sentences above? Do we have to use 'at' or 'in'? If we ...
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Grammar of the Openings in Fairy Tales [duplicate]

Which is better in terms of grammar and why, I wonder? Once upon a time lived King and Queen... Once upon a time there lived King and Queen...
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'Have been able to do' vs 'did'

Should I use "have been able to do" or "did" in the following context? Do the rules of tenses match in the following context? Liverpool have just beaten Chelsea 10-0, which is quite unbelievable. ...
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What is the difference between 'remind someone of' and 'remind someone about'?

What is the difference between 'remind someone of' and 'remind someone about'? Some examples: Let me remind you of the document you signed several weeks ago. You asked me to remind you about ...
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What's the difference in meaning of these sentences and which is grammatically correct?

The Greenford team have completed the installation and hopes that word will soon get around about this life-saving equipment AND The Greenford team has completed the installation and hopes that ...
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What is the difference between the following two sentences

Greenplant proudly sponsors and Greenplant are proud sponsors of (Greenplant is a business name. It consists of two sites and has a number of employees. However, for me the key aspect of this ...
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Spend or Spends / Prevent or Prevents

The time children spend (or spends) watching TV. The time children spend (or spends) working prevent (or prevents) then from focusing on their school work. Could you please help on the above sentence ...
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Why past simple not present perfect?

In the following context: One day, Jack told Anne about John’s life in Canada. She wrote articles for her school Internet magazine. And she was always looking for new stories. Why did the author ...
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Plant is singular and complex is plural. How that can happen that they can come together

A product states it is enriched with "plant derived complex". Here plant is singular and complex is plural. How that can happen?
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When I use intransitive words, should I put the adverb after the intransitive words?

For example: She sings loudly In which stuation can I put the adverb before the intransitive verb? Can I say: Someone totally is beautiful or Someone is totally beautiful
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where clause and which clause

Sometimes we can see where clause, but I cant find out the difference between where and which clause or if it can only use where clause in some specific situations. The sentences below is two examples ...
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Can I say “no sooner than in the first week of May”?

I will start no sooner than in the first week of May. Is that correct? I am not sure because I could not find any similar sentences with weeks or months. I would like to say that I cannot start until ...
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Is “as what…” a short from of “…so +adjective +that…” structure?

In a british movie, a boy is asking an old military man about his sword: -Boy: Is that the sword you used in battles Mr.Poulter. Could I see it? -The man(Mr.Poulter): Very dangerous weapon, my lad. ...
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Going on a holiday vs going on holiday?

I’ve been trying to find an answer to this and it seems that “going on holiday” is a standard phrase for British English. I’m not a native English speaker and “going for a holiday” seems much more ...
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why the verb after 'be' must use past participle?

"She might be loved forever". I don't know why the 'loved' have to use in the past participle? Can anyone explain to me?
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Where is verb before comma in this example?

Having spent far too much during the holiday, we had barely enough money to pay our hotel bill.
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How can I use the word “education”?

How can I use the word "education" when I want to say some education has been done? Carried out education for~ Conductetd education for~
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It was wise of you to buy the secondhand product

It was wise of you to buy the secondhand product. 1-2. You were wise to buy the secondhand product. It was wise for you to buy the secondhand product. 2-2. For you to buy the second product was wise. ...
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What does the “where” represent?

There is a sentence: Acute aortic dissection represents the only hypertensive emergency where rapid, aggressive blood pressure reduction is indicated. Does the "where" on the former sentence ...
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Which one is correct, “both in … and in …” or “in both … and …”?

Which one is correct? Asia is the largest continent, both in land and in population. Asia is the largest continent, in both land and population. I am confused because I've seen both of "both in .....
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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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“One of each” vs “one of each one”

I understand that "one" in "one of each one" is redundant, but is "each one" incorrect here as in grammatically incorrect, or just redundant, because although it doesn't sound good, I am tempted to ...
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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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Usage of get in habitual action

I need to tell my son that if he hits the wall with hammer, wall will get broken.. How do I say this to my son If you hit hard wall will break If you hit hard wall will be broken If you hit hard ...
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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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Which is the correct word to use: “I'll rather” or “I'd rather”?

I want to write a sentence to a friend indicating that instead of looking at the one thing, it's better to look at something else. Do I say, "I'd rather" or I'll rather" look?
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What does “on the Y” modify in a sentence like “He saw the X on the Y”

He see a fly on his leg. He saw a lady on the crosswalk. He saw the lady on the crosswalk. In #1, 'on his leg' modifies 'a fly'? Am I right? Can 'on his leg' modify 'see'? What about #2? Does 'on ...
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What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean?

What does 'dimmed the stars for a great arc' mean. The moon was halfway up and dimmed the stars for a great arc. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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The meeting i have ever been waiting for. Is that correct?

Its game of thrones series and i need to know that the sentence is gramatically correct or not
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Is it “with different alcoholic contents” or “of different alcoholic contents”?

Should we use the preposition "with" or should we use the preposition "of"? By "alcoholic content", I mean level or total amount of alcohol. I am not sure I have heard "with different alcoholic ...
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correct usage of pieces?

If I want to order more than one piece. Do I say "3piece of something" or " 3pieces of something"? I saw that some people use 'pieces' but some people didn't use it. Just used 'piece' without the ...
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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 ...