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Difference between there will be no and there won't be

Is there the difference between 'there will be no' and 'there won't be'? Or are they the same? The following are two examples to compare: I'm afraid there will be no time to see Granny. I'm afraid ...
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Can nor be used with any negative (negation/negative word)?

Firstly, I want to show an example I got from Oxford Learner's Grammar. The electricity had been disconnected – nor was there any water. And nor ―according to OALD― is used before a positive verb to ...
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Is on the earth grammatically correct?

Since the earth is a surface, like when we say There is a picture on the wall. Can we say, for example: He's the most talented living human on the earth.
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Are (I was completely fool) and (I was a complete fool) the same?

I wonder if these two sentences are equivalent: I was completely fool. I was a complete fool. If no, let me know the difference and if they're incorrect, please change the sentence, so I know how ...
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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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Does The Phrase "Bring Somebody Back Something" exist?

I did some exercises on my book and there was an awkward sentence if I read it. It said: Fill the gaps with bring back or take When she went to Belgium, she __ me __ some chocolates. It's sure the ...
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Can I use "in the first place" in a continuous tense sentence?

Suppose, I want to say: You're wasting your time, in the first place. (1) In other words, I want to know how to use "in the first place" correctly. Is my sentence above correct? Or should ...
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Can we use "nor" with "nothing" together?

He is a killer! There's nothing to doubt with nor debunk it. How does it sound? Since my Grammarly keyboard didn't correct my sentence, I think it's fine? Although, I've never heard or seen "...
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The difference in the use of the preposition "of" vs "Of"

Recently I was looking through the titles of books and once again came across the different spelling of the of preposition. ... 2009. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. 2011. The ...
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That always be or that's always be

Which one is correct: My mom always be the first. My mom is always be the first. I'm always confused about using is/am/are and be. Can they be used in a sentence just like the sentence in number 2? ...
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error in the use of "conflictual"?

I have written following sentence however not sure if it conveys the idea. Any help would be appreciated. No study has yet focused on the conflictual simultaneous representation of post-feminist ...
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Anticipatory "it"

Here's the context: A: Let me explain what's wrong with this long sentence. B: No, thanks. Just show me the place where you see the mistake and I'll try to find out on my own what is wrong with it. ...
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Is the verb "is" missing in this sentence?

I came across this headline: "Bernard Arnault Once Again The World’s Richest Person After Jeff Bezos Loses Nearly $14 Billion In One Day" I think there should be an "is" in this ...
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Is it acceptable to use preposition before "who"?

I'm familiar with this construction below: preposition + which .... (1) If I'm not mistaken,that formula is for replacing the words "where" and "when" (I don't recall the detail, ...
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The difference Loads of, much, and a lot of

I have problem to determine which one is more suitable to use as I've already mentioned in the title of the question. Consider these sentences below, which one sounds good? I can't go tonight, I have ...
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Is it allowed to say "In the night"? [duplicate]

I was searching about this and from what I got, people prefer to say "at night" instead of "in the night" as if we say "in the morning" and "in the afternoon" ...
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It always works =? it's always work

Between these sentences below, do they have the same meaning? Or is just one of them correct? It always works for me. It's always work for me.
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will be exempt or will be exempted?

People performing "critical" tasks including air traffic controllers will be exempt under new rules. I saw this sentence from a news article. I was taught that will be is followed by past ...
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Usage of "shall" in legalese [duplicate]

Where exactly should I use "shall"/other tense in this agreement?
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I see someone verb+s/es or without s/es?

Why did Grammarly correct this sentence below and suggest "make" instead of "makes"? I see her makes a cup of tea. Can you explain? I thought it would be "makes" ...
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Is "system in placed" an idiom in English?

They have a system in placed to .... They have a system in place to .... I have always used in placed without any second thoughts. Someone just pointed out to me that "in placed" is wrong. ...
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Plural or Singular form for fruit names

I have a question regarding fruit names. When writing about fruit, I'm confused about which form I should use – singular or plural. I'm not even sure if they are actually count nouns or mass nouns or ...
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The morning rain clouds up my window

In the song Thank You, Dido sings: My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I got out of bed at all. The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can't see at all. And even if I could, it would all be ...
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Past Simple for long actions

Should I say, My son was coughing yesterday night or My son coughed yesterday night? Past Progressive usually describes long actions that happened at a spesific time in the past, but still here it'...
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If many apples are bad. Then which of the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad

If many apples are bad. Then which the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad. An apple are bad. Such apples are many in number. An apple are bad. Such an apple is many in ...
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Can we use "not" but the meaning isn't "not"?

I'm quoting from a novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 'Ask McGonagall if you can go this time, Harry, the next one might not be for ages -' I understand that in that context, "ages&...
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Is the phrase “with great pleasure” in the right position in this sentence? [closed]

I grant you with great pleasure the forgiveness you asked for. Is the position of with great pleasure grammatically correct?
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On vs at ( computer monitor)

Which is grammatically correct? The information is on the top right of your screen (computer) or The information is at the top right of your screen
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Incongruous use of the past perfect by the BBC?

From a BBC article, March 2007 Swiss dig world's longest tunnel […] The amount of freight crossing the Alps in heavy goods vehicles has risen sharply over the last two decades. In 1990 an estimated ...
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" He is waiting downstairs" is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

If someone is waiting for me on the ground floor is it valid to say " He is waiting for me downstairs" or could we just say " He is waiting down". Does 'waiting down' has different ...
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Is it possible to use "any" in this sentence: "As for extreme sports, I wouldn't like to take up any"

Is it possible to use any in this sentence: "As for extreme sports, I wouldn't like to take up any." Also, is this sentence grammatically correct or should it be "As for extreme sports,...
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Is this a reduced sentential clause? [closed]

The car flipped over, trapping its occupants inside. Is trapping its occupants inside a reduced sentential clause? Please explain the grammaticality of such uses of present participle phrases.
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Why is this sentence grammatically incorrect? [duplicate]

I was reading one of Olivia Rodrigo's interviews: I say, ‘I've never felt this way for no one' which is completely grammatically incorrect. Why is that incorrect? It is a part of her song, Driver's ...
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When to use Relative pronoun

In the sentence below, the relative pronoun "which" is used after "many of". What about using "them" instead of "which"? Would it be grammatical and would there ...
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Bags collection, Bag collection or Bag collections

She is showcasing her designer bags collection. She is showcasing her knitted bag collection Are the above sentences grammatically correct? For the second sentence, I'm thinking if I should use bag ...
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Is it "is buried" or "was buried" in the following sentence? [duplicate]

Below is an example sentence from Collins English Dictionary. I wonder if there is a mistake in this sentence and if we should replace "is buried" with "was buried," as the first ...
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what i should use "is" or "has been"?

I'm writing a dossier in which I have to refer a document in one section. To avoid any grammatical mistake, I'm needlessly obsessing over each line. Can any body help me to identify which line is more ...
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"Until you do" vs "until you won't" vs "until you don't"? [closed]

Your kids won’t change for the better until you change. vs Your kids won’t change for the better until you don't change. vs Your kids won’t change for the better until you won't change. Which is ...
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"I didn't go to the office yesterday". "I didn't go to work yesterday" [duplicate]

I didn't go to the office yesterday. I didn't go to work yesterday. Why is the article 'the' omitted in the second sentence.
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How to use 'the' in a sentence

I am trying to define irony. Can you explain if the use of 'the' in the following sentence is grammatically correct? "Involving the deployment of different levels of knowledge about an event, a ...
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Combining generic "one", "he" or "they" in a convoluted sentence [duplicate]

What is the best and what is acceptable from the following sentences? If one finds oneself in a situation where one's own life is at stake, one should think of oneself first. If one finds himself in ...
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How could we understand or rephrase this sentence?

When reading a paper, I saw a sentence Overall, these results suggest that firms do respond to increased competition by making organizational and top management changes that improve efficiency. I am ...
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What is the correct sentence?

1)Is there any way to check whether my letter has been received? 2)Is there any way to check whether my letter was received? 3)Is there any way to check if my letter was received? I sent a letter a ...
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Put in time + (infinitive / gerund) [closed]

I am wondering which sentence below is more correct grammatically and why? You should put in more time......... I failed the exam dad! Pity, but it’s OK! Just you should put in more time........ a) ...
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Grammatical validity of an article title: "What price conformity?"

Context: "What Price Conformity?" I found an article on the internet with this title along with some 23 pages more, and it confused me. You can easily google it; it's the first among the ...
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aware of how/aware how

Even if you're aware how bad things are, you should still try not to lose hope. Even if you're aware of how bad things are, you should still try not to lose hope. The more I become aware how their ...
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Grammatical Question About a Sentence

Dear respected friends, I've read a quote confusing my mind. Here is the passage: Writer David Foster Wallace said that he thought good nonfiction was a chance to “watch somebody reasonably bright ...
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Usage of preposition

"White considered the manner in which a culture adapts to it's environment to be the most significant factor in it's development." Now my question is the sentence idiomatic?Here which is a ...
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Meaning of "Shouldn’t you be living in a proper house?"

She turned her bleached face to him and gave a small nod. Elizabeth rammed the key into the lock and twisted it back and forth. Dexter looked at the shop-fronts opposite. One of them had a dull red ...
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Meaning of "Athena could eat properly – But Athena went on spooning up her soup"

Vicki had never seen anything like Dexter at table. She was disgusted, and ashamed for him. He gripped the spoon so that the whole handle vanished in his paw; he bent over the bowl and slurped so ...
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