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of vs for grammar

In this sentence the British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration. Can I use "for" instead of "of"? ...
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How to analyze the structure "as by ..."

In the fourth book of New Concept English, there is such a sentence as It is almost always due to some very special circumstances that traces of land animals survive, as by falling into inaccessible ...
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They saw my touching the chair?

a) They heard my arriving (my playing/my singing). – Gerund b) They saw my touching of the chair. - Gerund - wrong They saw me touching the chair. Could you, please, explain why the ...
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by a/the bank holding the shares

Below is an excerpt from the article Can Stocks Be Traded on More Than One Exchange? A depositary receipt can be issued on a foreign exchange by the bank holding the shares with or without the ...
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I saw/have seen him while I was there

Let’s say that while on a vacation I run across someone I knew. By now, the vacation has already ended. Which of the following sentences is correct? I saw him while I was there. I’ve seen him while I ...
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'Whenever' with future time clause

Question is simple.. My friend asked me 'When will you sleep?' My answer should be.. 'Whenever I'll feel sleepy.' Or 'Whenever I feel sleepy.'
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Tense with relative clause

What is the correct answer to the following question? Which one is correct and why? Why not the other? I need explanation. Thank you in advance! Ernest Hemingway ___ one of those people who ___ in ...
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introduced to you/you to/for you/you for

A: He has dated a lot of women. B: No, I haven't. C: How many has he introduced to you/you to/you for/for you? A: Three only this year. But he dumped them all. If C is asking about how many ...
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Is "neither" used correctly here?

I know you can use "neither" in the next sentence if the previous one has a negation (e.g. don't, can't, etc.). I'm not sure about "never." Example sentence: Your friendships ...
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"So I am a younger brother to 3 siblings..." Does this mean there are 4 siblings or 3 siblings in total?

"I am a younger brother to 3 siblings." I thought the sentence means "I am the youngest of 3 siblings." But then I got confused because maybe the sentence means "There are 4 ...
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How do you write this sentence? [closed]

Grammar Which sentence is correct. For which thing was I appointed? For what was I appointed?
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Use of 'and' with perfect tenses for regular verb

It is clear that when the verb is irregular we don't repeat auxiliary in perfect tense "she has danced and sung a good song." but if the verb is regular, omitting auxiliary confuses it for ...
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What is the difference between these structures generally?

Didnt want you to/wouldnt have wanted you to Didnt expect you to/wouldnt have expected you to My second question: when we say for example :I didnt want you to cry /I wouldnt have wanted you to cry I ...
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Sentence structure after a quotation [closed]

From Rendezvous with Rama: “Can’t you scientists do something about it?” they had been heard to complain bitterly when told that immediate face-to-face conversation was impossible between Earth and ...
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Is this sentence correct in terms of structure: "By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years."

"By the time we get to school, we have been speaking a few years." This sentence is from a text in reply to a question: "What do native English speakers learn at school in the English ...
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Giant/giant's/giants- which is the right choice in the given context?

Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giant's. Microsoft recently offered a position to a teenager looking for a job at the American giants. Microsoft ...
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After a few hours or a few hours after

Which of these is correct and why? However, after a few hours of opening an incident occurred. or However, a few hours after opening an incident occurred.
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"Took an hour more" or "Took an hour longer"?

Example: Mr. Sour Cream took 30 seconds more/longer than Ms. Onion to complete the race. Should it be 'more' or 'longer'?
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Which is correct: "a same...of" or "the same...of"?

Examples: They boys have a/the same weight of 40 kg. The roads have a/the same distance of 10 km. We would normally say "the same...", but "a weight/distance of..." Which is ...
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Is it correct?: "the last time when I saw her"

The followings are the sentences that are excerpted from "English Grammar in Use" by Raymond Murphy, so I'm sure they're correct: The last time I saw her, she looked great. The last time ...
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as much as I should (have)

I haven't seen them as much as I should (have). Is have superfluous here? Would it be more natural to include or not?
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What's the correct way to write this sentence?

Do people look as fresh as they show in movies in morning? Do people look as fresh in mornings as they show in movies?
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Can 'increase' be an uncountable noun?

'Increase' can be both a countable and uncountable noun. What is the best way to determine that? For example, is it "There is increase in blood pressure" or "There is an increase in ...
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How many types of starting sentences are there?

___ about payments and account balances should be directed to our billing department. (A.): to inquire (B.): inquired (C.): inquires (D.): inquire in the test, said was the right answer is (C.): ...
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Had vs was grammatical part [closed]

Can we write I had born instead of I was born? Please explain it. Which one should I write in a sentence. Please explain elaborately.
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Syntax. Analysis of the sentence

Some of the many doors stood wide open with lads carrying sacks and buckets in and out, and some were half closed with horses’ heads looking interestedly over the tops. I have a question about the ...
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Did the author regard this as a single concept?

In the following passage, why did the author use contributes, not contribute? Is the subject of the sentence the corresponding lack of social and relaxation time? Or, did the author regard this extra ...
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Is "I hope I was of good help" idiomatic in English?

I was talking to a friend and I wanted to say something like: "I hope I was of (good/any) help." The phrase "be of help" is used in expressions like "How can I be of help?&...
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"It is 450 miles" or "there are 450 miles" in context

Would you tell me if it is correct and natural to say it is 450 miles or there are 450 miles in the context below? The load is going from Texas to New Mexico. It is 450 miles/there are 450 miles. ...
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Desperate need of help with these structures

Is my understanding of these structures correct? I would have preferred to buy the house= buyinng the house didnt happen. I would have loved to share my money with her=sharing my money with her didnt ...
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Sentence Construction with put up

So yesterday I was driving my friend back to his home and he wasn't sure where we were. So I asked him "put up your address on Google maps" Now I am wondering if the sentence above is ...
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"to apologise to someone for something" or "to apologise to someone about something" or "to apologise to someone over something"

"Downing Street apologises to Queen over lockdown parties." The sentence is from the BBC. As far as I know, the structure should be "to apologise to someone about something" or &...
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from something to something to something

I've seen a few times such a structure of a sentence. For example: Analyzing the contribution margin helps managers make several types of decisions, from whether to add or subtract a product line to ...
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indefinite article in a New York Times article

This is an excerpt from a New York Times article. One prominent family attended the event. Martin Luther King III, the oldest living son of the civil rights leader, and his wife, Arndrea Waters King, ...
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"You find anything?"

I've encountered variations of this phrase ("You find anything?") a few times in different places but mostly in USA series. Could you please tell me why this is grammatically correct? I ...
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difference between 'don't have' and 'aren't having'

This is an example in the Webster dictionary. You are more than welcome to stay for dinner, but we aren't having anything special. What's the difference between We don't have anything special and We ...
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"She is at the end stage with cancer" or "She is at the last stage of cancer"

"She is at the end stage with cancer" "She is at the last stage of cancer". I can't be sure if "the end stage with cancer" is idiomatic or not. I would say ".....the ...
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How to understand the structure of "To the rescue has come the European Union"?

It comes from the newest edition of The Economist. The full sentence is To the rescue has come the European Union, which has devised a new labelling system, or taxonomy, that sorts the economy into ...
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Should I use “the” before “internet” in this case?

This question may sound a little silly, but I’m really confused if I should use “the” before the word “internet” in the following sentence: After having internet at home for the first time OR After ...
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Is "crashed into a field" correct?

He (driver) went off the road and crashed into a field. Would "into" be the correct preposition here? Does "crashed into a field" sound odd or is it completely natural?
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He's not/He won't

A - OK, but maybe he wants it back if he comes back sometime. B - He's not./He won't. What would be correct and natural here?
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Tag Question on No One Was

Is No one was asked to play, were they? correct or should it be something different?
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I saw the sun red

a) I saw the sun be red. wrong b) I saw the sun to be red. wrong c) I saw the sun red. correct d) Then sun is seen to be red. ...
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"Be not taller than 72 inches to fit..." or "be no taller than 72 inches to fit..."?

Would you tell me if I need to use not or no in the context below? The box has to be not/no taller than 72 inches to fit into the trailer. If both are possible, is there any difference in meaning?
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Construction of phrasal verbs

I was thinking about how phrasal verbs are constructed. You take a verb and add a preposition to it. Like, Put off, Break up, Make out e.t.c. As a learner of English I kind of have to memorize them if ...
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"How long he been like that?"

A: My husband is in a coma. B: Oh. I'm sorry. I didn't know. How long he been like that? I know the natural thing to say would probably be "How long has he been in a coma?" But if "...
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Can "travel it all" be used in this way?

Japan is very big. It would take a lifetime to travel it all. I've never seen the phrase "travel it all." Can it be used in this way? If not, what's a better alternative?
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What is suggested/implied by the phrase "I have to" by a person [closed]

What is suggested/implied by the phrase "I have to" by a person, what role the phrase "have to" have here? What role does the word "I" have and what role does the phrase ...
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on the outside or outside

The playground is on the outside or it’s outside. Which is correct.? Needed to say the location of places within the school. Can I say the playground is on the outside when I’m in the classroom?
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What's the Predicative of the sentence `Our duty is to make our environment better.`?

Our duty is to make our environment better. What's the Predicative of it? is to make or to make our environment better?

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