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Can we use double possessive after the 'be'-verb?

Possessive determiners are used to modify a following noun : Your book, John's book. ('Your' / 'John's' : Possessive determiner). This book is yours. (Here, 'yours' ----> a possessive pronoun.) This ...
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Are going to get/ are getting married

I was wondering if you could help me with this info. I'm not sure which one is correct between these two. Or if they are both correct, and how can I explain the difference. They are getting married/ ...
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I don't understand that sentence, even though I know conditionals well

"If David didn't give up smoking, Liza wouldn't marry him." I only can see that sentence in the 3rd conditional (unreal past) - "If David hadn't given up smoking, Liza wouldn't have married him". But ...
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Reflexive vs Reciprocal Pronouns

"Sarah and David blamed themselves." "Sarah and David blamed each other." Are both these sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning?
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Good enough Vs well enough

Which one of the two options should I use in the following sentences: I can't play football good/well enough to be in your team. The house isn't protected good/well enough. I'm doing good/well (...
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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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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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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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As If/As though - Which sentence should I use?

I comprehend As Though/if can take the present and past tense. The problem is that sometimes I don't know what are the nuances among those 3. For instance: He looks as if *he knows it" He ...
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Choosing between Present perfect and Past perfect

The task is about choosing the past perfect/present perfect/past simple. And I am asking about the part with ‘change’: Last week, I (run) __ into an ex-girlfriend of mine. We (see, not) __ ...
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How to use “there is”

Is it correct to put the adverbial phrase of place at the beginning of a sentence? For example: in the center of the city there is a street where there are a lot of shops.
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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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Difference between using “of” OR “for”

Im designing an award certificate but not sure how to word it. Option 1. Certificate of Entrepreneur of the year. vs. Option 2. Certificate for the Entrepreneur of the year. Do I write "...
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In what cases do we have to use “hold true”?

That analysis still holds true today. ↑ I've seen that sentence from an article, and I have a question. In my opinion, just saying "that analysis is still true today" can be also correct gramatically....
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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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I invited my friend but I realised that I forgot/had forgotten to give him the address

I invited my friend, but later l realised that l ....... to give him the address. A: forgot B: had forgotten I think that B is true but it's written in the book that A is the correct one. Is that ...
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What type of construction is “In came I. I. Chundrigar…” where a preposition “in” is placed before the verb “came”?

In the red-marked line i.e. In came I.I. Chundrigar, a Bombay barrister, to join the Mad Hatter's dance. See preposition "In" is placed before verb "came". What types of syntax is it and what is ...
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Should I write “to” again in this sentence?

Her words seemed to make him happy and (to) pacify his inner turmoil. Is the sentence correct both with or without the second "to" in bold?
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Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one?

By using 'it-cleft', can I rewrite the first sentence as the second one? Learning can help us experience the beauty of the world. It is the beauty of the world that we can experience by the ...
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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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Past-participles Grammar in use

Can I say so? Is it right in terms of grammar? it was wrong to meet him without having had talked before I know for sure that it's correct to say: without having talked but I mean exactly ...
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Differences in the usage of “Hang around” in the following sentences?

what are the differences between these sentences? He is hanging around on the streets He is hanging around the streets and He is hanging around at the mall He is hanging around the mall
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“Yet” with present perfect and simple present

a. The law has not reflected it yet. b. The law doesn't reflect it yet. What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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Future perfect usage. Is the sentence correct?

When will you have collected enough money? I am talking about the time in future when you have collected enough money... I guess future perfect should be used here.
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Present perfect for present results

We use the present perfect to talk about past actions with the present results, so the first question is this: Once these present results could be feelings and emotions, and intangible things, can't ...
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“Hear you calling” or “hear you call”?

Which is correct usage here? I didn't hear you calling my name. I didn't hear you call my name.
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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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Which version is correct? (it or them)

Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find it. OR Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find them.
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“I would be very happy if I could have…” Is this natural sentence with manners?

I would be very happy if I could have such an opportunity to see you in person, so please let me know whenever (if?) you will have a chance to visit this area. Is this natural sentence with manners? ...
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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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What is the grammar behind “One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts”?

Especially the problem is with the words preceding "they." Is "one wild cart ride later" a complete phrase? Is it an adverb like "after a wild cart ride" in the sentence "after a wild cart ride, they ...
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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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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” acting as relative pronoun standing for 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. "which" act as relative pronoun and stand for the phrases of "bear beating with ...
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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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“the human psychology” or “human psychology”?

I want to know why we cannot use the former. I have been told that only the latter is correct but I want a more definite explanation of this. Why is it that we can say "the human mind", "the human ...
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Shall you vs Will you

I learned "will you~?" but I have never heard about "shall you~?" I thought that "shall" has similar meanings as "will". Is it unnatural to use "shall you~?" instead of "will you~?"
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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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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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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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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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When do I use a comma before a pronoun?

I'm writing a report about a book. One of the sentences reads "The Outsiders is a book written by Susan Eloise Hinton, who is more commonly known by her pen name of S. E. Hinton." At the word "who", ...
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BEING a responsible worker

Can I use 'being' in the following ways? “Being a responsible worker I can not let this happen.” “You shouldn't talk to him like that being his employee.” Do they make sense and sound natural?
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How do I say the possessive, when three people possess the same item?

If two people possess the same item, the speaker would put an 's after the second name only. So, the storyteller would say Dudley and Harry's home is located at 4 Privet Drive. If a pronoun is ...
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Is “I will back myself up myself” correct?

Can I say "I will back myself up myself". I want to use the first myself to refer to "I" (myself) and want to use the second "myself" to emphasize "I" as the subject of a sentence. I want to say that ...
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did + present-continuous form

A conversation between me and my friend: Friend: I was sleeping when you called. And I do that everyday till 13:00. Me: ok ~3 days later he replies to me at 10:00 already~ Now my question: Is it ...
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Is this sentence okay to wish Mother's Day?

I'm going to make a design and I'm writing a copy on it which will be: On this Mother's day, let's thank her for (her?) selfless care (for us?). (Not very sure if care and care for has different ...

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