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Why is "the" used with "headings" but "an" used with "address?"

I came across one article on BBC and don’t really understand the usage of THE article there. There is a description of a postcard: On its front was a cartoon of a rabbit asleep in a crib underneath ...
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Gerund Phrases after adjectives

In this sentence, "It's difficult being an architect", is "being an architect" a gerund phrase and, if so, is it the subject?
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Tense Usage in Personal Passive Voice Construction

Example Sentence: They believed the bridge was constructed badly. ⇒ The bridge was believed to [be/have been] constructed badly. Which should I use in this case, "to be" or "to have ...
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"which" acting as relative pronoun standing for verbal phrases?

1: Metal will bear beating with a hammer, which a stone will not. 2: He can write a letter in English, which I cannot. In these examples does "which" act as a relative pronoun and stand for ...
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Usage of "his + Ving"?

I'm completely fine with both these sentences: I am sure of my brother's passing the exam. I am sure of my brother passing the exam. So I suppose it's OK to use "his + Ving" or "him + ...
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There have been times that

There have been times that I've felt like I'm not enough. Or There have been times that I felt like I'm not enough. Or Has there been a time that you felt like you're not enough. Or Has there ...
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I haven't seen him since I've been in London

"I haven't seen him since I've been in London". What does this sentence above mean? Does it mean I haven't seen him since I moved to London or I haven't seen him since I left London? ...
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Conditionals without 'if'

I can see lots of sentences like "You touch my bag again, I kill you." I guess this is also a conditional, even though I don't see any 'if' clauses. (Am I right?) In this case, can I say &...
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Which grammar concept is the sentence "Knowing that I’m on a diet, Maggie sent me some nonfat snacks" using?

Knowing that I’m on a diet, Maggie sent me some nonfat snacks. The first part of the sentence is in present tense while the second part is past tense. Which English grammar concept is this sentence ...
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Passive Voice Misuse, Grammarly

I have been checking my writing in Grammarly and correcting my grammar using the Free Plan. But there are some warnings that can only be fixed using the Premium Plan. One thing that is bugging me a ...
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I have just got vs. I just got

Is it non-grammatical / incorrect to say: I just received a call from my friend. I just got your email. I just read your email. I just came from a store. Compared to: I have just received a call ...
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Using would with present tense

Is this correct? I would buy it if it actually does what it is supposed to do? Should we replace this sentence with this? If so, please explain. I would buy it if it actually did what it was supposed ...
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What's the difference between "If I had done" and "If I did"?

If I had known she was coming, Id have come too. 1st Question: I really understand this sentence but what if I say it like “If I knew she (would come or not or was coming or not?), I'd come too.” Am ...
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Is this the correct use of "will it"?

Once the spirit is broken, only when the human has lost all hope WILL IT be transferred to the soul extraction chamber. It should be "it will be" for conditionals here, right??
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Why is present simple used in conjunction with "while" instead of present continuous?

I was recently watching this Apple series called For All Mankind and came across the following sentence there: While we sit here, the Soviets are pushing ahead with their plans for a lunar ...
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of the form vs in the form

The structure is of the form of X. The structure is in the form of X. What is the difference in meaning and which one is grammatically correct? I think 1 means the structure is united with the ...
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"someone will have arrived yesterday" - Future Perfect Tense in the past?

If they’re following their schedule, they will have arrived yesterday. Yesterday? But yesterday is not a part of the future? I'm confused now.
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What is correct "in various subjects" or "on various subjects"?

They offer classes on various subjects. They offer classes in various subjects. Which is correct? Searching google for "classes in/on various subjects" shows that both variants are used ...
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Can "unless" be used in unreal past (with would have)?

I found conflicting information about the subject: BBC World Service states that: And we cannot use unless with would to talk about unreal future situations: If he didn't take everything ...
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"Will Jay have left work already?": the future perfect

It's said that the future perfect (will + have + past participle) is used to say that something will be completed by a particular time, as in By next summer I'll have finished my degree. But ...
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usage of ‘hope’: uncountable or countable plural?

Here are some examples from dictionaries where hope is used in the plural people have hopes of increasing trade between the two regions (Collins Cobuild) she has hopes of studying to be a ...
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grammar/ meaning “To look at him, you'd never think he was 80!”

Is the title sentence the short form of (If you were) To look at him, you'd never think he was 80! Likewise, In other part of the country again, to give the example of Minnesota, you would ...
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Is the word "could" here in the past or present?

SOURCE Context : A guy wakes up and a girl tells him that he slept with her during the night (the girl is his friend). He denies this and says: Since you've tempted me so much until now, I would'...
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People He Thought Were/To Be

I have a question about this: 1a. The people he thought were missing showed up. 1b. The people he thought to be missing showed up. 2a. The people he guessed were missing showed up. 2b. The ...
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Past perfect or past simple in these sentences

I know this is not really a new question but . . . I got a letter from John yesterday. We were at school but I lost touch with him because he was very ill and could not go to school anymore. ...
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How to use "make" and/or "make for" in this sense?

Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct? Which ones are formal, idiomatic and proper to use in writing an essay? What makes for a good job? What makes a good job? What does make a ...
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Which phrase or word does “as” belong to?

As, in order to will, it is necessary to be free, a difficulty no less great than the former arises: that of preserving at once the public liberty and the authority of government.Source: Rousseau, A ...
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Is the preposition "for" missing, though at the end of the relative clause?

I've come across this sentence in a document. Newly-built village houses refer to village houses for which a certificate of compliance is applied. Is a "for" missing after "applied&...
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Is it okay to put "cannot" in a present perfect tense?

Is it okay to say "we cannot have achieved this without the participation of your company.
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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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Breathed deep vs. breathing deeply

He looked at the stone figures all around them, breathed deep in the chill of silence of the crypt. (A Game of Thrones) I think he should have put breathing deeply instead of breathed deep, for two ...
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The categories of indefinite pronouns

I know everything. They know all of their pen pals./ They know all the fathers of the family here. I think "everything" is an indefinite pronoun, and "all" is also an indefinite pronoun, so what ...
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Past continuous vs. Past perfect

It's a story that happened in the past at an airport. It starts this way When I got to the check-in desk my parents were nowhere in sight. I was waiting for them until it suddenly occurred to me ...
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Good Wishing for someone's success

Here are some sentences: Can I use 'May' for wishing someone? For example: May you get success in your goal. OR, Is it compulsory to use the word 'wish' for wishing someone ? For example: I ...
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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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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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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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Is this correct grammar?

One of the casters in a game said this about the betting odds of one of the teams playing at the time- "These are the best odds I have seen them have" Shouldn't it be "These have been ...
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There hasn’t been a test in which he didn’t/hasn’t

Can anyone tell me which sentence is correct, and if they are both correct, what is the difference between them? There hasn’t been a test in which he didn’t cheat. There hasn’t been a test in which ...
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He was nervous to start. / He was nervous about starting

Hope someone can help me. (Talking about school) He was nervous to start, but I think it's going OK. Is "to start" correct/natural if he was nervous to start school, you know, before he ...
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Subject-auxiliary inversion in affirmative answers?

I came across a sentence as follows. Most teachers attest to the superior intelligence Ralph has displayed. Because of this, one of the teachers wants to register him in a local quiz show. When he is ...
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Confused about what the amount refers to in this sentence

"Investor shall pay Adviser on a flat fee, per-transaction basis, at the rate of 2,000 dollars ("Advisory Fees"), in the case of the Initial Transaction." ...... "in the event ...
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What is the element of deciding whether is the present perfect continuous tense?

A: How long ___ (you / build) your new house? B: About three months. In this case, what is the element of deciding whether is the present perfect continuous tense? Why can’t it use the present perfect ...
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Is “since five years old” grammatical?

I’ve lived here since I was five years old. I know that since is used as a conjunction here. Can I use since as a preposition and leave out “I was”? I’ve lived here since five years old.
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modal perfect construction(could have found) & real past tense(found)

Is modal perfect construction is equal to past tense when past action really happened/completed. How this particular use of the modal perfect construction differs from the real past tense used in the ...
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Using ‘would have’ for an impossibility in the future

In DC’s Titans (season 3 episode 1), Barbara said to Dick that she was helping “whoever Bruce would have recruited next”. I know intuitively that ‘would have’ can be used in relation to the present or ...
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Use "to look forward" in kind of a negative sense

About a week ago, I had a written test in English, and it was about a story we had to answer questions about. The story was about a kid, who got bullied at his old school, but he moved away with his ...
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Is it correct to say "I went to the US for school"?

I want to say "I went to the US to study at a university", but it sounds too formal/long, can I just say "I went to the US for school" instead?

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