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In word order, Korean is: SOV language type OR SOV type language?

1) What of those orders are correct? What option terms can it have instead of just simplification name as "word order"? 2) Please say what of following examples are logically okay (normality does not ...
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Usage and omission of the definite article “the”

Can anyone who knows the language well please tell me if the following sentence is correct with and without the ? Here is the sentence: Yesterday I was at john's home. He was telling me about (...
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Can I omit the subject directly in informal writing?

Can I just omit the subject directly in informal sentence,or I should omit it and start with ing? For example: (I) Sing in the middle of storms/ Singing in the middle of storms.
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Tag question with “Not only . . . but also”

In case of "Not only . . . but also", the verb agrees with the second subject : Not only he but also I am intelligent. Can we use a tag question with this sentence? Not only he but also I am ...
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Is the sentence, “BrE and AmE are varieties of what” grammatically correct?

In meaning of "in both varieties" I said Does "both varieties" refer to BrE and AmE? If yes, they are varieties of what? Simply, I could have said BrE and AmE are varieties of what? ...
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May I know which one is grammatically correct

Sue said, "Johnsy, don't move and promise me not to look out of the window." Sue told Johnsy not to move and to promise her not to look out of the window. (OR) Sue told Johnsy not to move ...
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What’s the difference between abide by law and abide by the law? What does the article the’ before the word law represent?

Is the phrase abide by law is correct? How to use articles after prepositions like by and in ?
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Is it correct and natural to say “the video says” meaning that the presenter or people give some information?

Is it correct and natural to say the video says meaning that the presenter or people give some information? For example: The video says that it takes one a few years to learn how to play the piano. ...
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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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Need not bring or need not to bring

I have recently read in English grammar book like this: You___________ your notebooks from tomorrow 1. need not bring 2. need not to bring The answer is need not bring But why not another?...
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Does “were carried” have a passive structure, or is “carried” simply an adjective in this text?

At Hit the rolling Assyrian plain had come to an end, and the invading army had entered upon the low alluvium of Babylonia, a region of great fertility, intersected by numerous canals, which in some ...
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“Who” in this sentence

In this song of Hunger Games [The hanging tree], there's this part that seems odd to me: Are you coming to the tree, where they strung up a man they say who murdered three. Why is "Who" used here? ...
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Is “they had already ten children” wrong?

The following example is from the Longman Dictionary of Common Errors. It marks the first as wrong and the latter two as correct. ✗ They had already ten children and didn't want any more. ✔ ...
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Does “which” here mean “that”?

Does which here mean that? On the other hand, it is only fair to add that the Mr. Bell who occupied the house at that time was not a man of notorious character, and one would willingly concede ...
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I can't explain why the adverb 'so' is wrong in this context

"Hi, I hope you are doing well in this so strange situation." As an adverb of degree, it should work, but I have never heard this and it sounds wrong. Is there a reason?
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What is the meaning of “such as” in this sentence? [closed]

No difficulties had delayed the invaders but such as Nature had interposed to thwart them.
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Do we use present perfect or past perfect when talking about repeated actions in the past?

I have a short query - Which of the following is the correct variant? "...just try to remember how many times you were angry that a new episode of your favorite series hasn’t been translated into ...
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Third-person pronouns for inanimate objects in the next sentence

What pronoun to put for inanimate objects in a new sentence (he/she/they) or (it)? For example: A rainbow appeared in the sky. She was very beautiful. or: A rainbow appeared in the sky. It was very ...
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Can I pay my credit card?

As far as I know, the direct object of pay (when meaning provide money for something) is who or what you want to pay. However, I read the following sentence from a (supposedly) native speaker: Can ...
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How do I make “live streamed at launch” logical when that launch was canceled?

In The event happened in the past. My interest is still there. "is" vs. "was" , I said SpaceX Demo-2 was scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on 27 May 2020. ...
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Whichever or which?

There is something that has been bothering me: the nuance between "Whichever and Which" For instance: Choose which/ever time that suits you best to talk to me Take which/ever of these ...
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With indefinite noun phrase how can we say 'there' is an adverb?

There is a place, next to him, sit there. There is the place, next to him, sit there. Here is my question. We can use a definite noun phrase with 'there' when 'there' means 'in that place' , but in (...
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“I have lived…” talking about the past

My student said "My sister has lived in China", and of course I thought she still lived there, but then he said "now she lives in England", I said, "but you said she has lived in China, which means ...
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One of which being hand selected, by ____, as the _____

I am writing a very important personal statement for career progression. I started a few of my sentences to show examples of accomplishments with "One of which being" and when I had someone review it ...
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Is this a comma rule? (Phrase, phrase, clause.)

This sentence doesn't need a comma after "heat": The stuffy heat made him nauseous. This needs one: The muggy air, stuffy heat, made him nauseous. Because we included "the muggy air." Is ...
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Can I use “prefer” with “over”? [duplicate]

Based on Cambridge site, it is obviously more common to use "prefer + to" or "prefer + rather than" I prefer football rather than computer games. I prefer tea to coffee I have a habit to use "...
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I haven't worked for 20 years

Do the following sentences mean the one after "=" ? I haven't worked for 20 years = It has been 20 years since I worked last. I haven't worked for only/just 20 years = I have worked for a ...
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Relative pronouns

1) Tet is a festival. Tet occurs in late January and early February. => Tet is a festival which occurs in late January and early February. 2)While another example is Mrs Brown is my aunt. She is ...
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'is cause' vs. 'it causes'

In the grammar test below, Why option 3 is not correct? Only where market failure occurs ------ to worry, and even such failure may tend to excessive conservation. 1)is there perhaps cause (...
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Is the sentence, “With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe”, grammatically correct?

A post says With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. I understand ...
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When we can use“simple past or present perfect” to denote near past that just happed [closed]

When I can use "simple past" to denote near past or something just finished. Or when can I use "past perfect to do the same ?
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Why use “as tall as” rather than “such a tall person that”?

She told herself that she could actually become as tall as she wanted. Why use " as tall as" rather than " such a tall person that"?
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Which of the two should I choose when I meant one particular situation, understanding the subject is plural

(1) [ Members of an organization / Members of the organization ] may arbitrarily interpret what is not mentioned in the code of conduct, namely the silence, so long as they do not violate the written ...
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She and I are in different cities or she and I are in a different city

She and I are in different cities She and I are in a different city Which sentence is correct? I intuitively chose the first one until I saw the lyrics of the song 'Good as Gold' My heart ...
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Is it grammatical to use just “Because English” as a whole sentence?

A tutorial says Indicative mood: "if I was..." Subjunctive mood: "If I were..." Why? Because English! Is it grammatical to use just "Because English" as a whole sentence? If not, how do say it ...
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can I omit repeated words in this sentence? [closed]

"I'm proud to see you, to have you and to touch you" or "I'm proud to see, have and touch you" Is it correct? can I omit words?
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transitive or intransitive verb

A simple way to check whether a verb is transitive or intransitive is to ask the question what or whom after the verb. If you can answer what or whom then the verb is transitive otherwise it is not. ...
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Is 'still wasn't able to' correct in this context?

Kindly, consider the following situation: The question says: Complete the following with was / wasn’t able to. The context says: A man said: ‘In my garden, there is a heavy stone, I tried to lift it ...
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How can this be “would”?

I was studying the use of "used to" and "would" when I came across this sentence, which has been nagging me: 1a Family values used to be quite different in those days. 1b Family values would ...
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Does “We couldn't have heard it better” mean a possibility too?

We couldn't have heard it better. What does the sentence mean? I think, it means that either we DID NOT hear it so well in the past (subjunctive) OR we might have heard it so well (possibility). ...
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“The+ comparative” form

I know that when something changes (whether it increases or decreases in size, number, or whatever) along with another change, it can be expressed with " the+ comparative, the+ comparative" form. ex) ...
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Confused about the structure of the sentence

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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Things to sell vs things to be sold

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to sell. These are the things to be sold. Which one is correct? The first one sounds good. It seems that in the first sentence we are talking ...
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*As* he finished his speech, the audience

As he finished his speech, the audience burst into applause. Doesn't "as" suggest the two actions happened simultaneously? But they could not happen simultaneously. The audience applauded as soon as ...
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Is it 'separatist-controlled territory' or 'separatists-controlled territory'?

Is it 'separatist-controlled territory' or 'separatists-controlled territory'? There're, at the same time, 'five-year-old (child)' and 'rights (group)', different patterns. I understand that 'right (...
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“The meanings of A and B are pretty much the same” vs. “The meaning of A and B is pretty much the same”

The words "lovely" and "wonderful" are synonyms. So, should I say The meanings of "lovely" and "wonderful" are pretty much the same or The meaning of "lovely" and "wonderful" is pretty much the ...
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Making sense of complex conjunctions

1.When a connector is added to a co-ordinating conjunction what is the combined entity called ? An emphatic conjunction? Example-He is young and therefore,strong.(and therefore) 2.Similarly, when an ...
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“you already knew” vs. “you've already known”

A tutorial says we say that the manager told us more. That means you already knew something about this plan. It seems better to use present perfect tense here. ... That means you've already ...
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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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once unleashed or once unleash

I saw the following sentence on Memrise website: SINISTER forces once UNLEASHED are extremely hard to control. The thing I can't get my head around is why we use "unleashed" in this sentence, ...

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