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“So much of X” or “So much X”

When I was speaking, I said, "There is so much of administration to do." Someone said to me that I have to say it as "There is so much administration to do." Is she correct? Why can't I say, "so much ...
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How about someone do something?

Can "how about" be used in this way? I heard it in an episode of Grey's Anatomy: How about we don't talk to her anymore? Because from what I've learned after "how about" we're supposed to ...
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Out Of The Office, Outside The Office

A question about some phrases using "office": out of office out of the office outside the office Do they mean the same thing?
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“Hawaii is the island that plants are green all the year round.” Do native English speakers say like this?

"Hawaii is the island that plants are green all the year round." One English teacher I know- he's not a native English speaker- argues this sentence is grammatically okay since 'that' can replace ...
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“As follows”: Is “follow” here a verb or something else?

I failed to understand the grammatical structure in this pattern. The result is shown as follows: [Result] Is follow here a verb or something else? I don't know whether as do(es) is ...
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Is it impossible to say “I am busy on every Monday”

Is it impossible to say "I am busy on every Monday" ? I was told that it's not a grammatically correct sentence. Someone said "I am busy every Monday" is correct. Is it true? Why can't I use "On" ...
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Verb forms -s -ing (future tense)

Can I use the -s and -ing form interchangeably if I'm talking about something in the future? Person A: Do you know when David gets his car back from the dealership? Do you know when David is ...
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Verbs taking only second (direct) object?

I know that some verbs only take second object. In essence, I suggest you to pay the tax -- is wrong. I suggest you pay the tax -- is correct. I said something to her -- is correct. I said ...
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To me/For me Which one?

Could somebody please tell me that which sentence is correct? To me, Italy is the best place to go on vacation. For me, Italy is the best place to go on vacation.
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The word “would” usage in present time

From the picture above, I think the use of would in the sentence is correct because would could also be used to express uncertainty, opinion, and hope. Would 5. Expressing a conjecture, ...
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How much can the distance between a noun and its relative clause be?

In the sentence I have read your paper, which is very well-written, carefully. "your paper" is described by the relative clause "which is very well-written". I'm looking for grammar rules ...
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Who among you watch or watches?

I know that the word "who" can both refer to a singular or a plural noun. The thing that makes me confused is the word "you" in the following sentences. Should it be followed by a singular or a plural ...
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About adverbial phrase

"She is at the point of her death." Here, 'at the point of her death' is said to be an adverbial phrase by the textbook which modifies the finite verb 'is'. But I thought it is an adjective phrase ...
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Position of not in a question

What is the difference between the two wordings and which one is correct? (1) Why is past tense not used? (2) Why is not past tense used?
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After your letter

I have a question about an example sentence in definition 8 for "after" in this dictionary: After your letter, I didn't think I'd ever see you again. Is a verb like "reading", missing ...
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How is the sentence “It means something different” grammatically correct?

Can anybody explain to me why this structure is correct? It means something different. I thinks it is a reduced form of this sentence: It means something (that is) different. I'm so confused. ...
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In this sentence why is 'the' omitted?

We shall start tomorrow, if the weather permits. We shall start tomorrow, weather permitting. Both sentences are equal. Rather, I think We shall start tomorrow, the weather permitting. In the ...
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Knowing nothing about her and **she** knowing nothing about you

I wrote the following sentence However much I know this is not the right way to approach a girl, especially when you just met her, knowing nothing about her and she knowing nothing about you for ...
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Is “the disease yellow fever” a correct name?

The source: In Reed's case, it was the disease yellow fever, but this idea allowed William C. Gorgas to abate the transmission of yellow fever and malaria in the construction of the Panama Canal. ...
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Which tense can we use to explain pictures?

I would like to explain or ask about pictures in a photo album, a book, a magazine a story , a newspaper and so for. But I don’t know which tense I can use to explain about many situations which ...
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Usage of “hardly”

In the OALD definition, there is a sentence: Hardly had she spoken than she regretted it bitterly. But on the same page, there is a line, Note that you usually use when in these sentences, not ...
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If you were or if you are?

Which is correct? If you were going to bet on that horse or If you are going to bet on that horse
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Go to the stairs ask your mother come down

We are about to go out. My wife went to the washroom. My son shouted his mother at downstairs. So I told him: She can't hear you. Go to the stairs ask your mother come down. Would it clarify ...
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Overdose or overdo on vitamins?

I came across this sentence on Facebook today. I think I might have overdosed on vitamins. Does overdose on vitamins sound ok? Wouldn't it be better to say? I might have overdone on vitamins ...
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Can “short of” be used with a specific amount (cash)?

In another question regarding a difference between short on and short of, the answer says the following: ... But this is not always the case. A person can be short on/of money, but lacking a ...
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'A decapitated head' from the Huffington Post sounds strange to me

The headlines on the Huffington Post reads Grandfather Of Australian Boy Pictured Holding 'DECAPITATED' Head In Syria Tells Of Shock Decapitated? It's used as an adjective here. That seems strange ...
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You have to quit diapers

He is still wearing diaper. "You are old enough. You have to quit diapers." Can I say quit as stop using the diapers?
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what does mean “it there”?

In the following sentence, it seems it should end up with "like it" or "like there". Why the both of "it" and "there" have come together? I have been to Washington several times, and I like it ...
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I noticed that… but that… — grammar pattern

Example with a context (Java: A Beginner's Guide, 6th Edition by Herbert Schildt): I noticed that read( ) returns –1 when the end of the file has been reached, but that it does not have a special ...
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Difference between “the other” and “another”

I have just imparted to you two pieces of advice. Whether you will eventually choose one over the other is a matter of personal choice, so good luck. (from a radio show) What is this "the other?" ...
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Is “accuse people to be racist” grammatical?

I am not sure if you can use the infinitive here. I would rather say: Accuse people of being racist. The other question is if you can say: Accuse people of being racists. Accuse people ...
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What is the function of “look” in this sentence? [closed]

I'm really confused. "Her new haircut makes her look younger." Is look in this example some kind of a linking verb? If not, what type of word is it? If so, how come it doesn't take "looks" form?
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Is “Over how many days is your coughing problem now?” correctly phrased?

How do ask the duration in days of person's coughing in English? Let's say you have a friend who have been constantly coughing for several days until now. You asked: Over how many days is/are your ...
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Can the passive voice be used without a subject

For example in this sentence: "Your message was sent" I think here sent is not the past form. It's an adjective right? Or isn't it?
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Shall I use better understand or understand better?

I want to say by reading 'name of the book', I better understand the concept of '...' is this correct as far as grammar is concerned?
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“How much do” or “How much does”?

I am very confused by this article title in New Yorker: How Much Do Pacquiao-Mayweather Tickets Cost? Shouldn't it be "How much does"? Why do?
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gerund and noun applications

This sentence below is extracted from vocabulary for IELTS book (recording scripts part). But nowadays all we seem to do is argue and that causes a lot of conflict between us. Why she's saying ...
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How to understand “…you like it the shape it is”

Fred and George looked at each other. Then Fred said abruptly, “I've told you before, Ron, keep your nose out if you like it the shape it is. Can't see why you would, but -” I don't know how to ...
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Advance in or advance to

What is the preposition for this: In life, you have to secure the basics first, before you advance in/to another stage. Can you use them interchangeably? While googling, some entries have advance ...
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What's the grammar of “What was it you said?”?

"Zootopia" around 00:40:49/01:48:32 Scene 17: Running the Plate [Judy and Nick leave the Oasis; Nick turns to Judy, straightening his tie] Nick Wilde: Well, I had a ball. You are welcome ...
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“Seemed to had” is it correct?

Here's a sentence I made up: "He seemed to had not understood what I had said to him" Is this sentence correct? I tried searching for similar sentences by putting quotation marks around 'seemed to ...
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“However” used in a conditional clause?

Example: However, I would be able to transfer the money if you would give me your bank account number. Is it grammatically correct to use adverbs such as "however" in a conditional clause? I ...
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What is the status of prepositions in the expressions where the gerund is the object?

There's an idiomatic expression "to be done with something" meaning to finish it. And there's a sentence in a question posted here: When the sun dropped low behind the hills and we were done ...
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“Meet my boss” or “meet with my boss”?

What is the difference between "meet" and "meet with"? For example, which of these should I say? I met my boss yesterday I met with my boss yesterday I'm meeting my friends tonight I'm ...
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Which modifier to choose when they belong to the same class?

In my book I'm asked to write a sentence using the following words : Taipei is a / lively / city / with huge skyscrapers / modern. According to my book, which is named Passage and published by ...
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Is “If it is rain tomorrow” incorrect?

Why is this incorrect? If it is rain tomorrow, we won't go to the park. and why should it be this? If it rains tomorrow, we won't go to the park. [edit]Now I added 'Why' in hope it's ...
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in gruesome video of — why no article?

Example with a context: This week’s alleged kidnapping of 90 Syrian Christians sent shock waves around the world, but the young men of the Islamic State have been flagging for months now a simple ...
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Are there recommendations on when to use relative clause vs. infinitive?

Here are examples: Johann Gutenberg printed the famous Gutenberg Bible, the first book to be printed in movable type in Europe. Johann Gutenberg printed the famous Gutenberg Bible, the first ...
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Can I use 'improving' instead of 'improved'?

So far, they have provided invaluable data on how human bodies react in crashes and have contributed greatly to improved vehicle design. In this sentence, if I use 'improving' (as a gerund) instead ...
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“is very low quality” vs “has very low quality”

Which one is correct? This question is very low quality? or This question has very low quality? or This question has a very low quality?