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Great Expectations [is written vs has been written] by Charles Dickens

I had a grammar quiz at the university today. One of the questions was: "Great Expectations" ____ by Charles Dickens. a) is written b) has been written c) was written Undoubtedly, the ...
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Why is “deal 6 damage” a legit phrase?

I mean, if damage is countable, it should be Deal 6 damages. If it’s not countable, then this sentence should be wrong. Such as saying something like I drank 5 water. So... am I missing ...
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Does the English language have a grammatical gender?

If we are talking about animate objects, like people and animals, defining a gender is easy in most cases. But for inanimate objects, like a chair, a tree, the sky and so on, gender can be a built-in ...
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Why is it correct to say "me busy."?

I was playing Warcraft. I clicked on my peon. He told me: "me busy. leave me alone." Why is it OK to say it that way instead of just "I'm busy."?
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Why should "are" be used here instead of "is"?

The sentence given in our book is as follows, More important than winning is developing the ability to work with others and developing leadership skills We are supposed to find where the mistake ...
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"You better did" - is this acceptable?

Consider this example: John: Did you go to church today? James: Yes I Did John: You better did My confusion is the use of and correctness of the the last response, "you better did." ...
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Is "The life is beautiful" incorrect or just very non-idiomatic?

We had a discussion earlier on another SE site and I'm not able to find a definitive answer online. If I say, speaking generally: The life is beautiful I know this is not the common way of saying ...
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Most of something is plural or singular?

I am writing a literature review. My question is which sentence is correct? Most of the existing work focus on... Most of the existing work focuses on ... Most of the existing studies focus on ... ...
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Why is "university" not capitalised here?

Why is "university" not capitalised in the second sentence below? The Guardian: West Virginia University suspends fraternities and sororities after student lands in intensive care unit. The ...
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"My boss was furious with me and I have been fired" vs. "My boss was furious with me and I was fired"

I have a question and I hope you can help me. I've been learning English for many years but I'm still struggling with the difference between simple past and present perfect. For example this sentence ...
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Can vehicles sell themselves? Shouldn't it be passive voice?

I read one sentence About 170,000 of those vehicles sell each year in the U.S. It is extracted from: The large vehicle is part truck and part car. Strength and size combined with comfort. ...
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"Thanks for sharing this" - why isn't it "Thanks for having shared this" ?

People often answer "Thanks for sharing this" when I share a document or information with them. What I don't understand is why they don't use a past tense since I share the document before their ...
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why "American-born", not "America-born"?

I tried but failed to wrap my head around the grammar for the term "American-born" (and all other similar expressions - "Canadian-born", "French-born", ...etc). Is it a set phrase or is there some ...
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Why does "money" take "the" in "all the money in the world"?

"All the money in the world " , in this sentence we talk about money in general , right ? I've read a book that says if we're talking about things in general we do not use "the". So why "the money" ?
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Is it disappointed with, in, or by?

Are all of those words used? How does the meaning of the sentence change when either one is used instead of the others? 1.I was disappointed with/by my result. 2.I am disappointed with/by/in you/him/...
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What is Latin Grammar?

Another product of the eighteenth century was the invention of "English grammar". As English came to replace Latin as the language of scholarship, it was felt that one should also be able to control ...
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What is the difference between "being" and "having been" in this context?

Being a teacher, she likes children. AND Having been a teacher, she likes children. What is the difference between these two?
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'In' the past few years Vs 'Over' the past few years

Which preposition goes better with the below statement? 1: In the past few years I have learnt a lot about super cars. 2: Over the past few years I have learnt a lot about super cars.
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What's the meaning of "has by"?

She tries not to react but knows she has by the smirk on Frank’s face, the threat in the not-so-veiled statement plain. It seems to me as an unusual structure. Could you please explain it to me? ...
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Can "all" be used with both singular & plural verbs?

Are both sentences below correct? 1. All of the books are expensive. 2. All of the books is expensive.
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What does "I am all stomach" mean?

What does I am all stomach mean? A: ‘’It’s my turn for a gift. I would like to take you to lunch. To my favorite spot.’’ B: ‘’I am all stomach, professor!’’ Lonely Man Full of Love
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What is the difference between "Wasn't it supposed to have started 30 minutes ago?" and "Wasn't it supposed to start 30 minutes ago?" in this case?

If I want to ask my teacher if the lesson should have started earlier, Could I use the sentences below? 1 Wasn´t it supposed to have started 30 minutes ago? 2 Wasn´t it supposed to start 30 ...
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What is meant by "grammar"?

Some people equate grammar with any rules governing the language. Some people believe grammar is language itself minus whatever is being discussed in the shade of "meaning" and "comprehension". Some ...
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"he leaves for New York tomorrow". vs. "he will leave for New York tomorrow"

Which one is grammatically correct? I don't know when he leaves for New York tomorrow. or I don't know when he will leave for New York tomorrow Is it correct to use the future form of the ...
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Why not use "casualties" in "Small shops have been a casualty of the recession."?

From the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary: Small shops have been a casualty of the recession. "Shops" is plural here while "casualty" is singular. Any reason for that? Can I have the sentence ...
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unusual usage of bellowing

Explosions shook the ground, artillery shells, mortars and bombs continuously rained down, fires blazed, and smoke bellowed high into the sky. Doesn't bellowing mean "make a loud sound"? If that'...
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Which is the correct English out of the following sentences. I gave her your number. or I gave your number to her

Which is the correct English out of the following sentences? I gave her your number. I gave your number to her. Please explain me the better ways to form the above sentence.
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Some of you will have met me before vs Some of you met me before

I really do not get how "will" and past infinitive is used here. This comes from an example in a textbook, explaining usage of will in assumptions: Some of you will have met me before. I wonder, ...
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"on its way" vs. "in its way"

Is “the fire consumed everything on its way” correct? I thought "on its way" and "in its way" were pretty much equivalent in English and meant pretty much the same thing except in very rare cases. Am ...
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Has GOOD become an acceptable adverb?

I'm a native English speaker. On a site where I help Russians with English, one of them wrote the sentence: My watch has been working good since I fixed it. Naturally, I pointed out that the ...
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"Product list" vs "Products list"

I have a page with list of products. What is the correct name for this page? Product list or Products list And What's difference?
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"as much details as you can remember"

A: I don't remember much, though. B: Just try to give me as much details as you can remember. I feel like something is wrong in B's sentence. I've never heard people say something like this.
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How do I start a sentence with a date?

I want to say: August 22, 2012, the day my life changed forever and the day I met you. My only problem is that I don't know how to start a sentence with a date. If someone could help me with this ...
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I need to rewrite this sentence while keeping the same meaning and starting with the given word(s)

Paul and Jane moved to Paris two years ago. It is... If the starting words were "it has" I could have written "It has been two years since...". But the auxiliary "be" is used instead and I ...
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Can we use "no" and then say an affirmative sentence to a yes/no question?

Take this question. Do you have two brothers? For short answers we can say" no,I don't and for long answers we should say " No I don't have two brothers Can I answer "No, I have 3 brothers."
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What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?

In our language, the difference between the two sentences is very vague. What is the difference between "I was there" and "I have been there"?
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Is "too few" equivalent to "not enough"?

Kindly, consider the image below: Can I say for the glass in the middle: "too few water" instead of "not enough water"? Are they equivalent in meaning?
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Secretly vs Secretively

Can these two words (secretly and secretively) be used interchangeably? E.g.: He fed the dog secretly. He fed the dog secretively. Which of the two sentences above sounds more appropriate?
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Had Begun vs Began [duplicate]

I was going through an english ACT test and came across this question: Walker Lee __________ his career in hand forged ironwork at the age of 30. The possible answers are: had begun began ...
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Family do or does?

What should I use My family do not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. or My family does not give me permission to be outside after 10pm. Now as I typed in MS-word it says does is ...
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"many a time" means "many times"?

I never saw anyone work as hard as he did, many a time I saw him on the weekends working to his highest standards to give the best research he could give. From the context, I understand many a time ...
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Why is past tense not used?

In my text book I saw the following conversation: A: I saw Brian a few days ago. B: Oh, did you? What's he doing these days? A: He's at university B: What's he studying? A: Psychology B: Is he ...
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What is the difference between 'stand' and 'take a stand'? [closed]

1.You had to take a stand. 2.You had to stand. What is the difference between 'stand' and 'take a stand' in meaning?
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years (of) experience

I am struggling to understand this. Let's imagine that it's been over 10 years since I started working on something and I want to say that. For me, the following comes to mind: I have over 10 years ...
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What does "for a million bucks" mean in "I wouldn't have gone inside for a million bucks"?

I am reading The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, and I've found it difficult to interpret the phrase "for a million bucks" in the context below. Then a funny thing happened. When I got to ...
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My friends and I went snowboarding

When I say My friends and I went snowboarding. somebody said to me there is a grammar mistake in my sentence but I could not figure out what it is. What is the grammar mistake in the sentence? ...
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Is it a correct to use passive voice in the following sentence?

Grammarly.com keeps warning me about passive voice. For example, in the following sentence it tells that I misused passive voice. The long-standing problem of anti-social behaviour of some youngsters ...
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Which of no, none, any, some would fit in "few of the students knew ___ of the answers"?

A friend of mine recently had a test during one of her English classes and there was a task to choose the correct word that best fits the sentence: "Few of the students knew ___ of the answers&...
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Is "Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle" grammatically correct?

These are two quotes from The Hound of the Baskervilles: Being a heavy stick the dog has held it tightly by the middle and the marks of his teeth are very plainly visible. (Ch. 1, Holmes studies Dr. ...
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Difficulties interpreting this complex sentence

James had been a high priest of technocracy ever since coming to NASA in 1961, arguing for the authority of experts, well-organized and led, and with sufficient resources to resolve the many problems ...

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