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For questions about whether something obeys the rules of English grammar in a certain context.

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Putting 's' in a certain context

Should it be: "laboratory tests results" or "laboratory test results" for doing different types of tests, not just one? I feel the first one sounds weird, although I think it's correct ...
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Meaning of “it does not do (to do something)”

This is about the meaning of Dumbledore's quote “it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” From the Time article, "10 of the Most Magical Harry Potter Quotes to Inspire You": "It does ...
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Using too many articles

What should I do if a user sends a screenshot with a deleted offensive message in a chatroom? It makes me feel unsure when there are so many articles in a short sentence but, as for me, each of these ...
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Why I did what I did

Why I did, what I did Is this sentence grammatically correct? And can it be used in a situation where If a task can be done in multiple ways and someone has to explain "Why they did, what they did" ...
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(went vs. gone) deep enough

I wrote: I recognized issues that America's civilization has not went deep enough to them yet. One of the online grammar assistant tools suggests changing my sentence to "has not gone". Is my ...
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Uisng “go so far as to” with location not thing

The phrase "go so far as to" say or do something, is common. But if I want to describe extreme distance such as traveling to a distant country. Can I use something like: I could not imaging I could ...
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There is to such thing [closed]

“Talk of inspiration is sheer nonsense; there is to such thing. It is mere a matter of craftsmanship.” — William Morris I don't understand the quote, particularly the part I highlighted. I am ...
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using “as far as” or “to as far as”

I have a sentence: I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go to as far as America Or I am fascinated by traveling, but I did not imagine that I could go as far as ...
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Is phrase “getting to speak to” grammatically correct? [closed]

I loved everything about your company from making computers to repairing them to shipping them and getting to speak to all the different kinds of people from around the world. I'm more concerned ...
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meaning of a pretty thing

“Nonsense, Grace, get in at once, and don't make all this fuss; a pretty thing it would be if a man of business had to examine every cab-horse before he hired it--the man knows his own business of ...
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What does “factors found” mean in this sentence?

The sentence is: Some of the factors found in this study were almost notorious before for being creators of unfavorable landscape or evokers of fear in human mentality. I can't figure the "factors ...
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I have a problem with verb structure

In this sentence: Four items are responsible for three-fourths of the overall spending around the world, the most prominent share being that of food. Why after the comma, the verb "being" is used? ...
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using “Regarding” in the first of a sentence

Which ones are correct? My English language teacher emphasises that the subject of the second part of the sentence here should be the one of the first part, so we should use "we" or "one" after "...
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Compare incomparable features. Grammar

I want to compare the features of a single person. The following sentence should describe a person. The person is very clever but at the same time, this person is insane. I mean this madness in his ...
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Is it correct to use “both of us” after a “you guys”?

In a youtube video, I heard the following sentence, addressed to the audience: I'm telling everything to you guys, I think it's better for the both of us This sentence seemed very weird to me, ...
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Using “moved by” in a positive sentence

From google search, it seems to me that "moved by something" is used in negative sentences, like expressing sadness or sympathy sue to something. Can "moved by" used in positive sentences to mean ...
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Did you surprise? vs Have you surprised?

I'm going to meet one of my friend next week. I want to ask about her feeling when her son announced that he will get married with a foreign girl. (Maybe her son announced 1 month ago, I want to ask ...
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what is “ ' s ” in the sentence in bold? [duplicate]

And he gave the boy his belessing. The boy could see in his father' s gaze a desire to be able, himself, to travel the world- a desire that was still alive, despite his father' s having had to bury it,...
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My friend used to

My friend used to visit me every Saturday when I was ill John is used to getting up early in the morning In first sentence "used to" is used. In second sentence "is used to" is used how could anybody ...
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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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connect to or connects to

Which one is correct? the client connect to the server Or the client connects to the server Since client is singular, I assume there should be s after the verb. But the following to makes ...
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Amount or number of books

While writing an essay, I discovered that my MacBook Ru-En dictionary suggests using amount speaking about books: So, that is what I have in my text: I state again that reading a lot has big ...
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using singular or plural after X versus Y

I have a title like: Strong versus weak mode I am not sure if I should use mode or modes?
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“may not only be” or “may not be only”

Which one of the two is correct? Doing something may not only be a personal decision, but also a business decision Or Doing something may not be only a personal decision, but also a ...
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after something is done

I just need to check with you. Is this sentence correct as it does not sound familiar to me. After the scan is done, we analyse the results. What I want to say is after some task "scan" is finished, ...
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Should the number of the object “colleges” follow the number of the subject?

In this sentence: We lost contact since we entered colleges. Should "colleges" be in the plural form, since these two persons entered two different colleges?
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When I was there, I sunbathed a lot [duplicate]

When I was in Sharm El-Sheikh, I ______ a lot A) Have sunbathed B) Was sunbathing C) Would sunbathe D) Sunbathed This sentence was in Egypt's General Secondary Education English exam (12/6/...
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For vacation vs on vacation

I want to go to Spain on a vacation with you. vs I want to go to Spain for a vacation with you. What's the difference? I know, FOR indicates purpose of going to Spain. But here, is the use of ...
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When to use ABOUT & when not to

I have no idea about where she is. Vs I have no idea where she is . He really needs to learn a lot of things. Vs He really needs to learn about a lot of things. I don't know where she lives. Vs ...
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Blessings To/For the English team

The fans and the coaches had really low expectations of the English team which turned out to be a blessing to them. Vs The fans and the coaches had really low expectations of the English team ...
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What is the gender of newspaper? What is the grammar behind the term “sister newspapers”?

Recently while I was searching for the information of one of my favourite newspaper I came across an interesting thing about the gender of newspapers. For every newspaper that was owned by a single ...
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Convinced of something/somebody

We can felicitously say: I am upset with your performance. And a related idea like this: I am upset with you. Similarly, we can say: I am disappointed with your performance. And again,...
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Can “because” be followed by an adjective?

I was checking the definition for the word gauche on Cambridge, I found this line: "awkward and uncomfortable with other people, especially because young and without experience" My question can we ...
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Difference between “by this way” and “in this way”

Is the bellow sentence correct? Are all errors detectable by this way? What would be the difference between by this way and in this way?
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It's so long vs its been so long - What's the difference?

Does this make a difference in the meaning in the following sentence if been is included before so long? Which one of it is correct? a).It's been so long since we had a meeting that I've ...
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Once every vs Once in every

He visits his grandparents once in every 2-3 years. vs He visits his grandparents once every 2-3 years . vs He visits his grandparents every 2-3 years. What's the difference between the ...
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Next year. Vs in next year

I'll see you in the next class. This sentence sounds more correct than I'll see you next class. But why in the following_ We'll meet next year. Vs We'll meet in next year. Here the first one (...
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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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What is the correct way to construct this sentence?

What is the correct way to construct the following sentence from a grammatical and punctuation perspective? Example: Currently occupying the position of a server Moderator in the ''AVU'' group. ...
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Are these sentences grammatically correct in formal and informal English?

I had doubts on this so I asked this on Quora and Englishforums but to my surprise they gave conflicting answers. I want to know which of these sentences are grammatically correct in formal and ...
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Dream of.. versus Dream with

Which of the following sentences is more correct to say? "Do you dream of a perfect smile?" "Do you dream with a perfect smile?"
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Difference between following phrases

Difference in meaning: "I wouldn't make it " "I didn't make it" where using the first phrase to express something that wasn't done instead of the second phrase confuses me.
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I don't understand the structure of this sentence, especially the do and however?

Only when your mental energy is needed elsewhere and you are caught off guard, however, do these emotions and feelings emerge. Why should the "do" be placed ahead of the clause? Could anyone ...
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Manual vs manually

To give some context to the question: Procedures of type X require manually (manual) tuning the weights... Which is the correct form?
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Why can “core” be a plural form of “core”?

According to WordHippo: The noun core can be countable or uncountable. In more general, commonly used, contexts, the plural form will also be core. However, in more specific contexts, ...
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Can “the” be used once for a list of things instead of for each of them?

Consider a sentence like: We also exploit the inappropriate relevants, the inappropriate searches, the inappropriate queries, and the publication-date-based filtering heuristics. Can we summarize ...
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Is it wrong to say “I just wanted to have said something”?

Suppose that you are in a situation that you must provide a comment or say something, but actually you don't know what you should say. Finally, you come up with something which strikes the lister as ...
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Noun + Past Participle = Present Perfect?

From The Blister Exists by Slipknot: chorus: I am the damaged one All my life and the damage done The question: why the damage done? As I understand, sometimes past participle can give some ...
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future perfect in the past “would have”

"The match would have started by now." Could you give me a situation we could use this sentence?