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Why is “give under the the weight” grammatically correct here?

Why is the following sentence grammatically correct? We were afraid that the rickety bed would give under the the weight of ten people. I think that it should be '.....give up under the weight.....'
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which one is correct? “My test is the next day” or “My test is on the next day”?

I want to know that whether both the sentences are same or means different? My test is the next day. or My test is on the next day.
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“there are tours that worth it” or “there are tours that ARE worth it”?

Is sentence "Anyway, there are definitely some bus tours that worth it, for example..." fully correct in terms of grammar? My friend wrote it in some letter for english exam and he quite ...
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Cannot understand the Subject of this sentence?

My problem is to know who is the Subject of setting and it the following sentence: When it is invoked, our new function simply invokes the original function that was passed in, setting the original ...
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I don't understand the grammar of this sentence

I don't understand the grammar of the following sentence. (The part in bold) Note that it doesn't matter how the hello method becomes attached to the object in this form. Remember that we previously ...
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Can I connect two parts of a sentence with 'regarding' in this case?

I always struggle to write long sentences and connect the parts correctly. Does 'regarding' work here and is there a way to make it sound more like something a native speaker would write? I also can'...
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Which verbs are used with the conjuction “and” in my example sentence?

I have a sentence in my job descriptions as below: Assess seriousness of each case, select external service providers (e.g. surveyors) to participate in investigation and achieve expected outcomes in ...
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“i never would've thought I'd realize my love for her” is this sentence logically correct or not? [closed]

I never would've thought I'd realize my love for her. So does this sentence make sense? I feel like if you think about realizing something in the future, don't you already realize it? It makes no ...
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Is “He was eating.” a complete sentence to a question?

Is “He was eating.” a complete sentence to the question “What is Stacey eating?”
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How to eliminate ambiguity of “Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway.”?

Background Cited from p. 12 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin. Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway Ambiguities in newspaper headlines—which are generally ...
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Clarifying “The man saw the woman with a telescope.”?

Cited from p. 12 of Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin: The man saw the woman with a telescope. Who had the telescope, the man or the woman? My question Who, the man or the woman,...
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I'm reading a book or I've been reading a book? Implying I started some days ago

I saw a similar question, but I'm not content with the answers, i.e. it's still unclear. It looks like both options are appropriate here, since for present perfect continuous can be applied to an ...
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which sentence is correct? “any simpler product than mugs” or “any product simpler than mugs”

which one is correct? you can't create and sell any simpler product than mugs you can't create and sell any product simpler than mugs
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Use of 'lost' as an Adjective

'Lost' is past and past participle form of verb 'Lose'. It's also a pure adjective as it passes the test of Adjective category. So, we can write I am lost. (Lost as Predictive Adjective) I have been ...
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Is the sentence “you just look like the people that it's never their fault” right?

I want to write an informal sentence to ironically tell someone it is never their fault just because they look innocent. Does the following sentence sound right? You just look like the people that it'...
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Understanding simultaneity: “Sue was surprised and said, “What the hell!””

I have difficulty understanding the difference between three sentences below: Sue was surprised and said, “What the hell!” and Sue was surprised as she said, “What the hell!” and Sue said in ...
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What is meaning of this newspaper extract?

There have been exceptions — the Nepali Maoists, for example, managed to partake in power after peacefully ending the civil war — but if the Indian Maoists’ denunciation of these steps taken by their ...
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The door you heard closing / The door you heard close was not him going out, it was me coming in [duplicate]

I was wondering which sentence would be better, the progressive one or the other. The door you heard closing was not him going out, it was me coming in The door you heard close was not him going out,...
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Will Tom have to go to hostel or Will Tom has to go to hostel?

I thought Tom is singular thus I should use has rather than have. Here are two sentences. Will Tom have to go to a hostel? Will Tom has to go to a hostel?
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“Is it just me, or do reels seem to be killing songs that I used to enjoy 9 years ago.” [closed]

Is there any problem with this statement Is it just me, or do reels seem to be killing songs that I used to enjoy 9 years ago.
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Proper usage of “having given birth” in this sentence

Recently, I came across a question that asks whether a given sentence is correct. If not, we're required to select an option that corrects the error. Question: Having given birth to six kittens, my ...
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Ambiguity in “I drank water three more times than before”

Suppose I'll be seeing the doctor again after the first appointment and I have noticed one thing: today, I drank water three more times than before, but I believe this sentence is ambiguous in that it ...
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Does this fit as a counterexample?

Still learning about conditional statements, I'm now learning about Proofs in the same subject from here: How to make this hypothesis in a negative form? It's given that I should rewrite the ...
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“a film without propaganda” grammatical?

This is a film without propaganda, a balanced movie. This is a war film without propaganda. "a film without propaganda" grammatical? It doesn't sound quite right, because it implies a movie ...
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I don't understand the sentence structure of the sentence

John Kim, Sendbird’s CEO and founder, said that additional developments like moderation has seen a huge take-up, and services it plans to add into the mix include payments and logistics features, and ...
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I am taking a 6 day off for some personal chores. Is the sentence right?

While speaking to a lady from HR dept. I told her: I am taking a 6 day off for some personal chores. Is the sentence construction grammatically correct and does it sound natural?
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How to make this hypothesis in a negative form?

I'm learning conditional statements in Math and I am tasked to make the hypothesis and the conclusion rewritten in a negative form. This one is where I have trouble with: If a polygon has exactly ...
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“I would make sure your future {will/would} be bright” - what is the difference?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I would make sure your future will be bright. I would make sure your future would be bright. I understand that the first would signify conditions ...
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It was my first time [closed]

It was my first time to watch a movie. It is my first time to watch movie. It is my first time watching movie. This is my first time cooking pasta. Are these sentences correct??
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He as well as I is/am/are brave

He as well as I is brave. He as well as I am brave. He as well as I are brave. I think that 1 is correct. But I am confused about why 2 and 3 are not correct. What is the rule here?
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I didn't expect “verb”

How can I express the idea with accuracy in the situation: I had thought that something would be easy to do but the result literally exceeded my expectations. Which sentence would be more accurate to ...
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“I personally favor in-person over online courses.” or “I personally favor in-person courses over online.”

Which of the following sentences is correct? In fact, I'd like to know the position of adjectives and noun is correct or not. "in-person" and "online" both are adjectives for &...
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Is “at your convenience” correct?

I created a problem on GitHub but the developers are too busy. I want to told them not to rush. Are the following sentences OK and natural? Also, What should I use if "at your convenience" ...
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is someone who vs. is anyone who

Do the following sentences express the same meaning and implication? A teacher is someone who teaches. A teacher is anyone who teaches. I was very unsure about their exact meanings. For 1., it seems ...
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Why is there no “is” in “Valhalla calling me”? [closed]

Why are linking verbs or helping verbs sometimes omitted? Is it for a rhyme/rhythm in the sentence? Below is the lyrics of the song "Valhalla calling me". Why did the writer omit "is&...
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“I didn't feel right leaving mom” or “It did not feel right leaving mom.”

A native English man whose father had Alzheizmer's years ago tells about his school years when he had to leave his mom - for university - with his mentally ill father. He tells about how he felt those ...
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Should you use undergraduate or graduate

Consider the scenario when someone asks me about my academic background If I reply - I have done undergraduation from university x and post graduation from university y. Is that correct? or I have ...
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Which sentence is more natural: “Scotland had free prescriptions.” or “Prescriptions were free in Scotland.”

A native speaker was talking about her experience when she went to a doctor in Scotland. She says after she was prescribed some medication, she did not have to pay anything for the prescriptions. She ...
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'Supposed to' sentence structure

He was not supposed to do that. 'Supposed' is a Participial Adjective then how 'to do that' Infinitive clause is working here. It doesn't look like a catenative structure too. And how is 'supposed' a ...
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'Am to+ verb' sentence structure

'I am to go' 'To' is with 'go' here like working as an Infinitive I am to go. or it is with 'am' like 'am to' I am to go. Same question for 'supposed to + verb' and ' have to+ verb'. I know when to ...
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Headlines of any news articles

I don't understand how headlines of Newspaper articles or any story is written. For example- X humiliated by Y in Z reality show. Four killed in a car accident. 'Kill' and 'humiliate' are perhaps ...
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How to express that you got fever

How to express that you caught fever - I have got fever so we won't meet today I caught fever I am having fever I am suffering from fever I am feverish
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It's + Adjective+ Infinitive

'It is important to take a break twice a day' 'It' is a dummy subject here, 'important' is working as an Adjective and but how this Infinitive clause'to take a break...' is working. Is it an Adverb as ...
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Do native English speakers say "Aladdin touched his fingers on the ring”?

Watch this story on youtube, they say “Aladdin touched his fingers on the ring” at 4:12. It seems that the people read that story are native English speakers. I checked variety of dictionaries and it ...
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Is “much” necessary before “to the annoyance of”?

Frank started singing along, (much) to the annoyance of Ellen. Is "much" necessary here or is it OK to leave it out?
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“These are the strongest painkillers THERE ARE.” or “These are strongest painkillers OUT THERE”

In a medical text I came across the following sentence: Morphine and morphine-like drugs are the strongest painkillers there are. I have never seen the usage of "there are" at the end of ...
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How to change “He told me that he has locked the door” to a simple sentence?

He told me that he has locked the door. How can this be rewritten as a simple sentence? A simple sentence is one that consists of just one independent clause. Can it be written as He told me to have ...
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How is the best way to say about hidden money?

you've got money stashed you are the money hidden How is the best way to say about hidden money
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Are these two correct? Do they sound okay?

Q1. "He deserves his success." I guess this sentence sounds correct. Am I right? Q2. "His success is not deserved." What about this one? Is it correct?
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Can we say 'he is stopped'?

Can we say 'He is stopped' in place of 'He has stopped'? 'Stop',here is an Intransitive verb, so I think it would be correct to make its past participle (stopped) and use it as a Predicative adjective ...

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