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Can we use articles with adjectives?

https://m.9gag.com/gag/aGeAxDw In this video the girl says I think I can smell the spiritual As far as I know articles can not be used with adjectives . No?
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How paradoxical that the world’s greatest chefs

How paradoxical that the world’s greatest chefs have all been men! Cooking would clearly seem to be a field that lies exclusively within women’s realm, yet the annals of cookery are replete with ...
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Shall I use “am” or “is” following a sentence prefixed “Me”?

The sentence structure is a bit unusual, like this: me is tired this morning Is this proper use of the sentence structure? Shouldn't it be "Me am" instead? Considering sentences starting with "I" ...
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What's the meaning of “Late Wednesday night”?

Does Late Wednesday night mean last Wednesday night or on Wednesday this week, but in the late night? The translation tells me that the first explanation is right, but I cannot find a relative ...
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Talking about the future using “Could have”

"How long will it take to make, anyway?" said Harry as Hermione, looking happier, opened the book again. "Well, since the fluxweed has got to be picked at the full moon and the lacewings have got to ...
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“Distance” vs “a distance”

I would like to understand in which cases the word distance is a mass noun and in which it is not. Indeed, distance is something that one can measure, so for me it looks like it should be a mass noun. ...
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“If + would” conditional in present perfect tense

Is it allowed to use the "if + would" conditional when speculating about a polite request that could have taken place in past? I know that the would structure can be used to make a polite request, but ...
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“Lived a lion” or “there lived a lion” [closed]

Long long ago in the dense forest lived a lion. OR Long long ago in the dense forest there lived a lion. Are the both correct?
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Definite article and “only”

I wrote: Here one may use the average value of the first and second squares instead of only the second square. I doubt if I must write Here one may use the average value of the first and second ...
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Is “take care'n of” correct?

Is this form of "take care'n of" correct in the following lyrics? She wanna be man cured Ma-ma-ma-MANiCURE She wan' be take care'n of [MANiCURE by Lady Gaga]
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What are these things called?

I recently went on a trip to Peru, and met some pre-inca people. They braid their long hair into two ponytails, and weave balls of cotton to the end of the ponytail. What are those called? Bon-bons or ...
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Infinitive vs Gerund

The business hoped to devote most of its fund to ______ for new television ads since it wanted more coverage. Should the answer be "pay" or "paying"? Why and, what difference would it make (if any)?
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“Must have done” meaning

Some days ago I got a sentence on my lesson, which I had to rephrase. The sentence was: “I m sure, that the Smiths bought this house” And I said “ The Smiths must have bought this house”. My ...
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“Agree to do something” or “agree doing something”?

User can postpone receiving notifications. The doer of notifying is the application not the user. I wonder if this sentence is correct. Do you agree to postpone receiving this notification for 2 ...
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Looking forward to a reply

There are lots of looking forward to questions, such as this one. Can this sentence: "I am looking forward to hearing from your reply" Also be written as: "I am looking forward to your reply" ...
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stop (from) doing

There's a fence to stop people (from) walking on the grass. The Murphy's grammar says that from is optional in the structure "stop somebody (from) doing." But for me this particular sentence without ...
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Introduction of more than one person: Sir, this is Tom, Jerry, and their sister Mary; or should it be “these are”?

Reading the article "How to Introduce People", I (not a native English speaker) found no rules for introducing of two (or more) people. Neither could I find links to the related posts here, on ELL. ...
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Like father, like son

In the phrase "Like father, like son" what part-of-speech is each "like"? Just in case somebody asks, I am aware of the meaning, thank you, I'm interested in the grammar.
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What is the name of this construction?

I've got an excerpt from a book here and I want to know what kind of grammatical construction this is: He set off for the stairs with the others trailing after him. I want to research it, but I ...
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Is it correct to use multiple tenses within a paragraph in a story?

I was wondering what tense I should use for writing a story. What I use is a Present and past tense mixture. But I am not sure whether they are right or wrong. If I write something general, I use ...
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the structure “like for somebody to do something”

I ran into this in the novel The Old Man and the Sea, “I do not like for him to waken me. It is as though I were inferior.” What has happened in the first sentence "I do not like for him to waken ...
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To (have / take) a swim

1. I'm going for a swim. 2. I'm going to have a swim. 3. I'm going to take a swim. Are the last two sentences correct? I know the first one is, but what about the last two? I know that you can use '...
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what to use the moment after you die in a game?

I died OR I have died which one should be used the moment after dying in a game?
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“I am a student of / in / at / by the Example University”?

What preposition is the right one to use in this example: I am a student of / in / at / by the Example University.
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The indefinite article with a repeated noun

Could you help me please with a sentence: When you called me I was reading a book. You know, I was reading a/the book because I had nothing to do. Is it grammatical within this context to say "a ...
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Can an adjective follow “more than”?

I came across a weird sentence in a paper. I wonder if its phrasing is correct grammatically since it doesn't make much sense to me. Since 1991, the number of children with a mother in prison ...
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What is the definition of “in and of…”

What does "in and of..." mean in the sentence below? While resource scarcity in and of itself is not considered a major factor in igniting conflict... How is it different if I just change it to "...
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Difference between as was expected and as was to be expected

Please tell me what is the difference between as was expected and as was to be expected below. A good many proposals were raised by the delegates, as was expected. A good many proposals were raised ...
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“will have avoided” vs. “will avoid” in the following context

Example with a context: Asked if France would join the United States in providing such equipment to the Ukrainian military, Hollande said "the option of negotiation, of diplomacy, cannot be ...
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I haven`t learned it for one year VS I haven`t learned it in a year

there~ I hope you could help me with these^^ I haven`t learned it for one year. I haven`t learned it in a year. What is the differece?? I haven`t practiced playing basketball for one year....
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Be my private tutor vs act as my private tutor

Given that a girl wants a private tutor, but she does not understand the difference between these two sentences: I hope you can be my private tutor at night after my day school is over. I hope ...
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'otherwise' vs 'or else'

otherwise = (adverb) 1. In circumstances different from those present or considered; or else: or else = (What part of speech???) 1.1. In circumstances different from those mentioned: Does the ...
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No matter how - with a verb or without?

Is it OK not to use a verb after "no matter" like in sentences 2 and 3? 1) No matter how hard your life is you need to go on. 2) No matter how hard your life you need to go on. 3) You need to go on ...
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Why do I have to say “want you to do” instead of “want you do”?

I'm confused about 'want you to do (something)' and 'want you do (something)'. Example: "I want you to eat fish" instead of "I want you eat fish" or "I want that you eat fish". Can anyone ...
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Is “which are” omitted from this sentence?

I have a sentence here: Software quality assurance is a planned and systematic pattern of all actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that an item or product conforms to established ...
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Why doesn’t “king” have an article in “The lion is king of the jungle”?

I am learning articles and trying to understand some edge cases. Help me to decipher the role (the meaning) of articles in this sentence: The lion is king of the jungle. The lion - is a generic ...
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Is this the same? 'run me out' and 'run out on me'

Could you explain word-usage of 'run me out'. I think it means the same as 'You can't just run out on her.' What verbs work in the same ways? I mean - Are there some general rules in gramma about ...
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What is wrong with this sentence: So then, there are more boys than girls in your class?

Why is this sentence correct: So then, are there more boys than girls in your class? And why is this sentence incorrect: So then, there are more boys than girls in your class? I would say that ...
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Is “hitching” an adjective in “tying … to the hitching rail”?

...then, tying the horse to the hitching rail... What is the function of "hitching" here? I initially thought it was an adjective, but could not find a translation in any dictionary indicating that ...
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We each has/have?

I'm confused by the following sentences: Each of us has a laptop. We each have a laptop. How can I intuit the differences between the two sayings? Why is it "we each have" rather than "...
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Should I use “besides” or “aside from” in the following case?

Speaker A: So what's your plan for later? Speaker B: Besides/aside from continuing to wear this chicken costume? Nothing much. What's the correct choice in this case. And why? (Or maybe I ...
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Two years and a half, two years and half,…?

When I looked up the word "half", I've found "two and a half year" is a correct phrase. But I've seen some Americans use "two years and (a) half" quite often and it confuses me. Is it correct to use ...
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The final exams “have started”, “have been started” or “are started”?

It kinda confuses me; so I wanted it to be cleared out for me: Is it the final exams have started the final exams have been started or the final exams are started Which one is the correct form and ...
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pay for the library card vs pay (without for) the library card

Happy New Year my friends! I have just received a letter from my school librarian on the stroke of 00:00. He asked me if I had paid for the library card. Given that context, what is the difference ...
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“calculus” and “the calculus” - what's the difference?

Example: Now, if you picked up the book and looked through it, the first thing you'd notice is that it was presented in the imposing format that the ancient mathematician Euclid had used in his ...
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Inversion - {subject complement} {form of 'be'} {subject}

In The Independent I found this sentence: More substantially dealt with is a suggestion, repeated over the phone by an Estonian minister to EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton, that the snipers ...
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Word order. Is that two sentences differ?

What words order is better: This may not be her plan, but then again it might be so. or This may not be her plan, but then it might be so again. If it helps, I am trying translate this ...
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A usage of verb “prefer”

I am Korean English learner:) This is a sentence from TOEFL. I prefer spending time with just a few friends to hanging out with a large group since one can cultivate more profound relationships ...
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How does the word “screaming” modify the verb phrase “come out”?

I cannot see a certain syntactic structure of the sentence: "The parents come out barefoot and screaming, ready to buy ice-cream." How does the word "screaming" modify the verb phrase "come out"(...
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Change to passive voice

Please explain how to change this interrogative sentence into passive voice. Is he the musician for the evening? I am not sure how to do it.