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Can post-modifiers be used like pre-determiners without using commas? [closed]

I have many friends. One friend is named Mike. Mike is good at math, but I'm not saying whether my other friends are good at math or not. I believe I can convey this information in one sentence ...
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Is 'all' an adjective?

In the following sentence, is 'all' an adjective? If yes, then what kind of adjective is it? "She could answer all the questions."
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"every your thought" or "every thought of yours" or "every one of your thoughts"?

I always felt that every your thought sounded a bit awkward, but because it seemed to me formal and somewhat literary, I used it more in written texts. Here is one instance of it: A century and a ...
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Why don't determiners modify nouns but predeterminer modify nouns

determiner (plural determiners) (grammar) A member of a class of words functioning in a noun phrase to identify or distinguish a referent without describing or modifying it predeterminer (plural ...
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"Both" for three items. Is it really impossible? Is there an alternative?

In Russian: По той причине, что мне нужен стиль и для обычного текста, и для текста внутри таблиц, и для сносок, использование стиля Text Body вводило бы в заблуждение. Here is how this passage ...
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How to use "both"?

A father comes back home from a long journey. He addresses his children complimenting the two of them for having grown up so much. Will he say: "Look how you've grown up both of you!" or rather "Look ...
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Every single day and every few days

I have come across the following two sentences from Michael Swan's practical English usage 1 I meet my mother every single day 2 I meet my friends every few days what is the use of single in the ...
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"all" vs "all of"

What's the difference between these two sentences? He ate all his food He ate all of his food
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Can all be used with a singular noun

This website talks about how all should only be used with plural nouns. But I'm wanting to say "all the following," and "all the followings" doesn't work. And every and each doesn't work either. I ...
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Error spotting : All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow

All my hope were duped and I was plunged in deep sorrow. I have two questions regarding the above sentence. First : Hope is a uncountable noun so is using were correct with it or it should be was ...
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"Rather" in modern English

I've stumbled upon a post in a Russian community, which teaches English, that says that "rather" isn't used (is avoided) in modern English, instead "quite" and "really" are used. However, I can't ...
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Every half + time noun - no indefinite particle?

In most contexts, 'half' is followed by an article or pronoun when used as a predeterminer. However, the inclusion of 'a' or 'an' in the structure "every half ..." is considered grammatically ...
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"that a big deal" or "that big a deal"?

Source From an episode of Friends at 00:01 Monica: Will you let it go? It's not that big a deal. Ross: Not that big a deal? It's amazing! OK. Just reach in there and there's just one little ...
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Correct way of using - "Both"

Which one of the following two sentences is more correct/appropriate than the other? Why? That's a both interesting and challenging problem. That's both an interesting and challenging problem.
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Is the phrase «as general an answer as possible» correct?

Is it correct to say: It would be nice to have as general an answer as possible. I'm not sure... I think I've read similar sentences, if I'm not mistaken. Any help would be appreciated.
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