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"preferred respectively" or "respectively preferred"

I want to write a sentence and say something like this: After these, X, Y and Z are respectively preferred. The main purpose is to say that these are the things which are preferred : 1. A 2. B 3....
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"I'm wearing a red PANT." or "I'm wearing a red PANTS."

Is correct to use "Pant" or is "Pants" better? Here the phrase below: I'm wearing a red pants.
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Is 'that' optional after linking verb?

I know for a fact that for some verbs like 'say', 'indicate', 'know', 'claim', the deletion of 'that' is usually optional, though it's safer to include it. However, does the same apply when 'that' is ...
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Can we use adjectives and leave out the "being"?

I saw this somewhere. In social media, I believe. I don't remember the whole sentence: ... in spite of the fact you can't deny the liminal state between exasperated and agitated. (I hope I write it ...
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Call on vs Call at vs Call up (at)

I have seen both "call on" and "call at" used in English. Sometimes people just shorten it to "call" She called me on my cell phone. You should call him at '789-263-552'. I've also stumbled upon ...
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"In between" or "between"?

There's a misunderstanding (in) between us. Is it natural with in or without? In which case should we add in?
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"Out of" OR just "of"

Which one is most correct way of describing the number? Should it say: reported that 414 (which is 78%) of (the) 530 people. or is it: reported that 414 (which is 78%) OUT of (the) 530 people....
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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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"Open shaming of anyone..."

Open shaming of anyone who spoke out discouraged responsible dissent. How does open with shaming work, grammatically and meaningfully? Is discouraged modifying "responsible dissent?
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Using the adverb "even"

Could anyone please let me know whether the usage of the adverb "even" in either case below is grammatically correct. I hate her. She's always treated me so badly that...... a. I'm even ...
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What the difference is here? Are you seeing ? VS Do you see?

Are you seening family members arriving at the hospital to find some of the miners? ( exact quote from BBC presenter asking someone over the phone ) Do you see ....... Difference in meaning not ...
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score vs scores

https://www.lingq.com/el/lesson/lesson-28-the-gettysburg-address-431424/ LINCOLN: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation dedicated to the proposition ...
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What is wrong in "It's quite often to hear such rumors these days."?

In this question, which asks for transforming a sentence from passive voice to active, I left a comment as It's quite often to hear such rumors these days. However, @Brillig told me that sentence ...
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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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"Isn't it time you stopped acting the goat"- Is this correct grammatically?

Another question from Tintin's Flight 714. At a particular time, Professor Calculus started acting very foolishly in front of some respectable people. So, Captain Haddock, Calculus's friend, whispered ...
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"Have never won" v/s "had never won"

In a book I found a sentence like this: The 2010 FIFA World Cup culminated in an epic final with two teams that have never won the World Cup. I'm wondering why have never won is used instead of ...
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May I drop "is" in constructions like "as is shown by the example of..."?

May I drop "is" in constructions like "as is shown by the example of..."? On the one hand, such reduced variants can be met even in Wikipedia. But on the other hand, I don't quite understand its ...
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Request contexts for "could" / "would be able to" in incomplete conditionals

Recently I encountered a book written by F. R. Palmer, Modality and the English Modals. I found this book very enligtening. To my surprise, his thorough treatment covers most of my questions on modal ...
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Special use of 'might' and 'could'

Special use of might and could1 [58] i You were mad to drive so fast: you might/could have been killed. ii We could/might be in Africa. [knowingly uttered in France] (Perhaps somewhere long ...
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When talking to people on the phone for the first time, is it correct to use "This is" and "I am" together

A scretary told me to leave a voice message to her boss, because he was busy at the moment when I dialed his office number. So, I left him a message like: Good morning, Mr.XYZ. This is Kitty ...
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Is "It's people" grammatically correct?

Can I say "it's people"? Is there a situation where this phrase can be used in a daily speech and grammatically correct? Usage example: A: Why don't you understand? B: Me? It's people who ...
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“the assistant nurse” vs. “an assistant nurse”

Which article (an/the) is correct in this context? This is an exercise we had to complete in our grammar class. I filled it up like this: Write the missing articles, if one is needed. A: Who ...
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Request a context for a hypothetical use of "could"

As Leech, Geoffrey N. suggests in Meaning and the English Verb §186, could can have the following usage: #1. Hypothetical equivalent of can (= ‘possibility’) The house is one of the most ...
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Not one vs None

I have two sentences: He is not one of us. He is none of us. While I can clearly understand the first one, does the second one make sense and is it correct? What is difference here between "not one"...
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An employer tried to tell me that it is wrong to say, "someone was dead"

During a job interview, I was asked why I quit my last job. I told the prospective employer that my grandfather passed away in China all of a sudden. Because he was dead in China, I must go to ...
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"What is funny in people being injured?" vs "What is funny in peoples' being injured?" [duplicate]

Consider this as a question you asked from someone who thinks prank videos (stupid ones) are funny, especially those that show people getting hit severely or fall. Which one of the following fits to ...
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Preposition dilemma: "new to me" or "new for me" [duplicate]

Very soon I realised that the task was new to OR for me. Which is the correct preposition to use in this sentence: to or for ?
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"The links are not working" vs. "the links don't work"

My manager at work has sent me two links for competitors in order to check their products. Unfortunately, these links are not working. I want to send a reply to my manager to inform her of this ...
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Is this grammatical? 'Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points'

I saw this sentence on the internet. Uh-oh! Looks like a couple of Pikachus are out of hit points I wonder how two verbs (look, be) exist in one sentence. Is the grammar in this sentence right?
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would that it had been more

Source: The DHCP Handbook, 2nd Edition by Ralph Droms and Ted Lemon (2003) Example: Thanks to Kim Kinnear for all his hard work on the failover protocol and for putting up with all my suggestions, ...
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'that' - a relative pronoun or a conjunction?

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XV, published 1892) Passage 243 “So we can keep the business to ourselves,” I mused. “There's one other person that might blab,”...
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Can I use past tense and present tense in the same sentence? [duplicate]

I'm doing my internal assessment for my geography and I'm confused whether what I wrote is grammatically correct. Here is the sentence: "China and the USA are two major countries that were ...
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Which is more formal - "bit urgent" or "urgent"?

When I am writing a formal email, let's say I wanted to let someone know that it is urgent but not extremely urgent. So what is a formal way of telling my boss: If you sees this message, please ...
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Interrupt or interrupting in the following context?

Which of the following forms of verb is correct in the following context? "When you slept yesterday, I tiptoed to the kitchen in order to not interrupt / interrupting you." It'll be very ...
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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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Is there such usage as verb+ing verb+ing somebody?

It is a comment describing the anime that I saw: "WHILE TAKING RESTRAINING OUR PRISONER MORGAN, HE MANAGED TO SLICE AND KILL GARP-SAN!" Is this "taking restraining" a valid usage?
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