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Which sentence/question is right?

Why did you go there and do that? Why did you go there and did that? Why? I feel the first sentence is correct but one of my friends argued that both the things are past, so, the sentence should ...
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Is “May I know” not used in American English?

I'll make it short. There's a dialog on my role play that has "May I know" in it. After being checked by an American "TOEIC" expert, he said that it's not used in American English, only in Indan, and ...
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How to ask for someone to call when lunch is over

I want my friend to call me once he is finished his lunch. What is the most correct way? Please tell me once eat lunch. Please tell me once ate lunch. Please tell me once have eaten lunch
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I will try my level best

I will try my level best. I have heard this expressions from many Indian speakers of English. Is it not enough if we say: I wil try my best Is try one's level best a set phrase? what is the use ...
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Do we “learn byheart something” or “byheart something”?

Do we "learn byheart something" or "byheart something"? We learn by heart something and produce it Verbatim. Some Indian professors of English are using Byheart as a verb. Is byheart used as a ...
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Dash against Vs crash into

The car dashed against a tree. The car crashed into a tree. I have heard both expressions while listening to the news. In certain grammar books the first sentence is considered to be wrong and ...
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She is his Keep

I do not know how this usage came into India.I have searched on google and the internet but I could not find the usage. She is his keep(concubine) I hear this usage in southern ...
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I have some reservations about reservations

The Indian constitution provided reservations to some weaker sections in the society. Once I used the sentence on Linked In and an English scholar said that the use of reservations in the ...
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Where did you go? vs Where were you go?

In these following sentences, which one is grammatically correct? Where did you go? Where were you go? Thank you.
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The clerk concerned VS the concerned clerk

I want to meet the concerned clerk I want to meet the clerk concerned According the grammar book by David Green the first sentence means I want to meet the clerk who is tense or ...
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co-son-in-law or co-brother

Indians especially have a tendency to use the terms co-son-in-law and co-sister-in-law while referring to relations. The husband of one's wife's sister is called Co-son-in-law. The wife of one'...
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“Where do you lived?” or “Where did you live?”

Which is the correct question? Similarly, "When did you move to New York?" or "When do you moved to New York?". Please tell me the reason behind each question.
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How to answer, how old is your baby?

My question is how to answer when somebody asks this question? Since my baby is 10 months, I just replied she is 10, and we laughed out loud. Then I said, of course, 10 months. What is the correct ...
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The word “oblige” in this context

In formal applications it is quite obvious: Kindly grant me three days of leave and oblige. Can I write it simply as: Kindly oblige me with three days of leave. (As we have the construction-- ...
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Can vs Will be able to

I ran across a ques­tion in a gram­mar test that was ask­ing for a par­tic­u­lar sen­tence, and sup­pos­edly the re­quired an­swer is the first sen­tence given be­low, but not the sec­ond one, which ...
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Using “her” to refer to the word “child”

I have confusions about a single sentence The pedagogical view is that the pre-school phase is crucial to stimulate a child’s curiosity and help her prepare for schooling at age six. Can her be ...
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Which is grammatically correct, “I'm no Lord Ram” or “I'm not Lord Ram”? Why?

I'm reading "Immortals of Meluha" and while reading I encounter a sentence that was delivered by Shiva, he said "I'm no Lord Ram". What I'm thinking is that he should have said "I'm not Lord Ram". ...
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What is the meaning of this phrase - “So take aim and fire away” in Alan Walker's 'On My Way'? [closed]

So take aim and fire away I've never been so wide awake No, nobody but me can keep me safe And I'm on my way
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Is it better to learn English grammar separately or learn the language then the grammar follows [closed]

I studied grammar in my school days but I don't remember most of the rules. Still, I am able to manage somewhat. So is it necessary that we learn grammar thoroughly or just read a lot and grammar will ...
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Subject verb agreement case

More than one tree/trees release/releases oxygen even at night. Can anyone explain me which options are correct in both the cases?
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Subject verb agreement error

Slow and steady win the race. or Slow and steady wins the race. I know that 'wins' is the correct answer but can anyone explain me why? And why 'win' can't be filled there and where is ...
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Indian English and with regard to Words usage

When I am describing myself to the interviewer, should I say I am post graduate or Post graduated. Which one is the perfect ?
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Confunsion over active and passive

Look at the lines under the point "Health Concerns". In this line there is a line which reads Health concerns "A health survey was conducted with the local people... it found that diseases ...
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Correct uses of Perfect continuous Tense

Between them which one is right? Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, has recently been elevated to Apex Court. Indira Banerjee who was the Chief Justice of Madras, had ...
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What do you call the hanging sections on the sides of someone with long hair?

I'm referring to this: At first, I thought they could be called bangs. But according to Google it's only the head above the forehead: a fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead. So ...
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Uses of past perfect in reporting speech

"The student told us she believed it was pre-planned. The accused's daughter had also come to the police station with her. She told us her father had done something unbelievable and must be punished," ...
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Wh clauses in English

i have following doubt on wh clause, there are two sentences which i feel are grammatically correct, but i have doubt that, is that fine two use them? He is the owner of the house, who can assist you....
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Confusion over “It does no” or “It does not”

I've read a sentence which stated as " It does no good to get upset.." . Can this sentence be "It does not good to get upset"??
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Which One Of the Following Force or Forces?

Recently I have been given an exam. There was a multiple choice question(technical engineering question). There were four options and out of four only one was correct. Each option had the particular ...
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What is the bade meaning in direct speech said or wished.?

Indirect speech :He bade his love good bye. A) He wished his love ,"Goodbye." or B)He said , " Goodbye my love."
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'Spoken English' Classes - is this title correct?

In India, they are in thousands, like mushrooms in rains. I really wonder whether the title is justified. In India, we have... Spoken English classes These classes help non-natives speak English ...
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How do people who do not speak Indian English “prepone” things?

According to Merriam Webster, Prepone is an Indian English word which means "to move to an earlier time", used as an antonym to "postpone". For example: "The publication date has been preponed ...
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Is “He has gone for playing cricket” correct?

"He has gone to play." "He has gone for playing cricket." The first sentence is correct. Please explain if the 2nd one is right? If so, then why? If not, then why not?
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Badly exists but not Goodly why? [closed]

Why does the word Badly is there but not goodly ...? What is the reason ?
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Difference between InE and AmE for the education system

I was going through the difference between InE and AmE. To my surprise, the table showed a strange thing. In InE, they are college and universities; but they are schools in AmE! Means the US has ...
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About Phrase meaning

What is phrase? I heard that, phrase is nothing but a group of words making a meaningful sentence. Is that true? And, do the phrases always be in polite manner ? Is there any chance that rude words ...
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WH questions in English

I have one doubt about making questions, especially WH questions. While making the direct questions, I have been taught to make sentence like, 1) WH + auxiliary+ subject+verb Example: what do ...
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I hear non-natives say it

I am wondering if addressing a person as ''Dear'' sounds casual, friendly or formal. For example, ''Thanks dear'' Is it used in business letters nowadays or is it outdated? I hear *dear used a lot by ...
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is 'future perfect continuous tense' removed from modern English

I found this topic somewhere in internet. I know hindi and learning English. I just want to know is it true
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India do or does? [duplicate]

In pics: India celebrates Rakhi with fervour Or In pics: India celebrate Rakhi with fervour which is correct?
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For your information or for your kind information?

Forwarding mails with FYI tag was my normal practice. I got a mail from my lead with a line as " For your kind information ". Which is correct, For your information or for your kind information?
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National pledge saying or singing?

In my school one student should say national pledge in the microphone, and the National pledge is like oath taking. How should I refer this? "He is saying national pledge" or "He is singing ...
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'miss call' or 'missed call' when it is 'yet to be missed!'

For many it will be surprising but it is true in India! Often, a person calls on his friend's cell phone and cuts before he picks up. Most of the times it is a 'mutually understood act!' The reasons ...
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Are “maternal uncle” or “cousin brother” commonly used in English?

Expressions like "maternal uncle" (meaning mother's brother) or "cousin brother" (meaning male cousin), used commonly in e.g. Indian English, define more subtly the relationship between people in ...
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Which of the following two sentences is grammatically correct? [closed]

Which of the following two sentences is grammatically correct? and Why? I am giving CAT this year. I am taking CAT this year. Thanks in advance.
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Which preposition to use with “provocation”?

I was solving a couple of questions, and this one really intrigued me: The police resorted to lathi charge ____ extreme provocation. ("lathi charge" is a form of police control employed in India ...
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Sharing a past experience in current context

For Valentine's, why don't you try this restaurant round the corner? I went there yesterday with my wife, the food and the ambience are great! Is the above sentence correct? Shouldn't it be were ...
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An idiom or phrase that means “make the enemy remember this defeat”

Can someone translate this phrase from Urdu to English "Hum Dushman ko maza chaka dain gy" ہم دشمن کو مزہ چکھا دیں گے The literal English of this phrase is "We Will let the enemy enjoy the ...
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how to say that this question or issue is understood by me and I am good now?

If someone asks for particular issue pointing to me: do you want add some thing, is it understood then how to reply with a good short sentence? Or what is the best way to say yes, it is ...
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I have problem what to use

Is this correct " We would also love to notify you " Or this is correct " We would also loves to notify you " Help will really appreciated