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Which is grammatically correct in English? Don't forget to write one, too. or Don't forget to write one, either?

A. Let's make a birthday cake for her. B. Good idea. I'll write her a card. Don't forget to write one, too/either. A. I won't.
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What's wrong with this sentence, and how can I write it correctly?

I need to identify the mistake in the following sentence: I don't like football and so does Michael. What's wrong with this sentence. And why?
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What would be the connotative meaning of “deeply grounded in tradition”?

What would be the connotative meaning of "deeply grounded in tradition”? I have looked on various searches and sites and haven't been able to find anything. I have to find an example of denotative ...
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Why is it that 'too' cannot be used in agreement to negative sentences?

I think the reason for it should be from the scope of negation. Let's read this conversation: A: I don't want to eat the pizza. B: Me too. To me, it does not make sense, because without a comma ...
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Do you say 'Tokyo has much rain'?

It rains a lot in Tokyo. We/They have much rain in Tokyo. There is much rain in Tokyo. Tokyo has much rain. I don't think 4 is correct or at least I've never heard it. However, some teacher ...
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“I see nothing ” vs “I don't see nothing”

As far as I understand, both of these sentences imply that the speaker is unable to see anything. Is one sentence more correct than the other or can they be used interchangeably everywhere? Also, ...
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Do native speakers use double negatives in order to mean positive situations REALLY

I stumbled upon VOA (Voice Of America)'s video about the use of the combination of either/or and neither/nor. Well, the guy in the video says, the double negatives, as he says, the sentence such as ...
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What kind of impact the word 'yet' has on the sentence?

What kind of impact the word 'yet' has on the sentence or is there no impact at all and can we even omit 'yet' without losing the meaning (context) of the sentence? Current version includes a range ...
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“He gets away with anything.”

Can someone tell me why "anything" is used in sentences like this He gets away with anything. I thought it had to be "everything" meaning the person can do whatever they want without worrying ...
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What about the usage of “any” and “no”?

I taught my students that they can use any in questions with abstract countable nouns. Was I right? For example: Do you have any idea? (idea = abstract but countable) Do you have any reason to do ...
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The usage of “ever”

I'm not actually a language learner myself, I'm actually an English language teacher, but I want to put together some information for my students regarding some of the difficulties they often face. I'...
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“Neither Mary nor John eat (eats?) beef” - singular or plural after 'neither .. nor'? [duplicate]

Neither Mary nor John eat beef. Neither Mary nor John eats beef. Which is grammatically correct?
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He has been working on the problem for a long time but is still/yet not able to solve it

Sentence improvement: He has been working on the problem for a long time but is still not able to solve it. I believe this sentence is correct. But the answer to of this question is to place yet ...
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May I use 'both' with a negative --“Both didn't go”?

Both didn't go. Is it a correct sentence? Actually, I have read that both is not usually used in a negative clause. Use a clause with neither instead.
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Anymore in Affirmative Sentences

Do you use anymore in the meaning of "no longer" only in negative or interrogative sentences? Will it be grammatical, if I use that adverb in the affirmative sentence? I see no possibility of ...
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Milk is countable or uncountable

I'm doing my homework. The question is Is this sentence Paul drinks much milk. grammatically correct? For me the answer is yes, because the quantifier "much" is used before non-count noun. ...
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Using 'anyone' in affirmative contexts - Is “he just wanted to kill anyone” grammatical?

I've just stumbled across this article in the Japan Times: SAITAMA – Police, who are interrogating a 20-year-old college student from Saitama Prefecture on suspicion of stabbing to death a 21-year-...