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How to use “glad” properly?

I'm happy to learn from someone that they have the possibility to return home to their family they haven't seen for so long. Should I say "I'm glad (that) you return to your family!" or " I'm glad (...
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Things to do vs things to be done

Let's look at the sentences. These are the things to do. These are the things to be done. Which one is correct? I think the second one is the omitted form of 'These are the things that is to be ...
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Placing words between the preposition and object, like “by not only this” vs “not only by this”

Is there any change in meaning if you put some words before the preposition or place them between the preposition and object? 1: You can reach the place not only by walking but also by a bus. vs 2: ...
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Polite way of speaking

Professor: who are you? What's your name? Student : May I know who is asking? Is the student part i.e., "May I know who is asking?" polite enough? or if there is some other better way of putting it, ...
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How to describe “the English letter Q” in words

As a learner I am having problem answering the question: How to make English capital Q ? in words. Answer: First, draw a circle then... I am not able to describe the small line that points ...
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Parrallel construction

Can a parallel construction can be made with comma? Such as, "Presently i am preparing for competitive exam,finding it very difficult to cope with the situation arosed recently."
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Would a native speaker use the word “dismiss” to talk about “school”?

In our country people use dismissal time to talk about end of a day at school: What is the dismissal time of this school? And sometimes: What time does the school dismisses? I have checked few ...
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“The most frequently available devices are walking canes and talking watch.”

The most frequently available devices are walking canes and talking watch. In the sentence, Is it correct If I mention two devices even though I use "the most frequent"? OR I should mention only one ...
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How can I make a sentence to connect two seperate things?

I'm trying to land a summer job at this company and I did a group project on electricity as an alternative fuel so I was wondering how should I connect both of these things I was thinking : As I ...
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use of “over” with “distance”

I usually say: I travel a long distance to get to work. Today I saw: It travels over a long distance. I didn't find any information about over a long distance. Please help. Thanks in advance....
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The adverb “today” before the verb “be” in the middle of a sentence. Correct? But there's no such a rule

I've come across these sentences: "American society today is a world of conflict, challenge, struggle, and potential." "Traffic jams today are hardcore" They both violate the rules of placing ...
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which surpassed the record of 2017

Despite a strong consumer economy, physical retailers closed more than 9,000 stores in 2019 — more than the total in 2018, which surpassed the record of 2017. Already this year, retailers have ...
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in a victory for Amazon

A federal judge in Washington ordered Microsoft on Thursday to halt all work on a $10 billion cloud-computing contract for the Pentagon, in a victory for Amazon, which had challenged the awarding of ...
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How to express something that came after something

While am doing a conversation thre some expressions that make my Conversation difficult, Example, how to express the numerical Order of Barak Oba from the numbers of US Presidents like saying, Barak ...
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Reported speech: When to not change “was” to “had been”?

Recently, I was studying about reported speech and while thinking about a few "directly" reported constructions came to mind. I'm trying to change those sentences to reported speech. Barbara ...
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How would you word the sentence “if you cancel in the three days before the tour date, all application fee is on your charge”?

How would you word the sentence "if you cancel in the three days before the tour date, all application fee is on your charge"? I want to say that if you do not cancel the tour date 4 days before the ...
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I would like to know if I should use “ran” or “run”

I would like to post in my students play yard, "Only go down the slides, they were not designed to be run/ran up and if this action continues they will break".
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“three hours of you writing”, is it an idiomatic expression?

This video (https://youtu.be/iSV9uohbCjQ?t=258) is saying if you're taking something like TOEFL or TOEIC that's going to be an exam, exam instills fear of one or two or three hours of you ...
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“in order to **better** solve a problem” sounds uncommon, is something wrong?

This video (https://youtu.be/9B2NFe3g6N4?list=PLuyk1nLMhRm5aDbWooRndCrV5BMK6woxe&t=33) is saying in order to better visualize the cost function J, I'm going to ... with the same structure, ...
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Help me correct the sentence

Having recently been completely remodelled, they thought the house lacked charm. According to the assignment this sentence is incorrect. But I can't figure our how. My best guess is to add of in-...
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Is it correct to say or not? How to make question sentence?

Could you please explain to me whether it is correct to say "The book used to be called differently" or it is better to say "The book was called differently"? If the first one is correct then how to ...
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Flipping through Tenses in sentences

Context I was not aware about who was doing what. When I come to know about the person who was handling that task I went to him, he helped me. Now I want tell him that, "Thanks for your help. Now i ...
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“For how” or “for the way”

I'm having trouble with this key word transformation exercise is what it is. Andrew’s behaviour was unforgivable. EXCUSE There’s .......... Andrew behaved. The answer in the answer key is: There'...
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“I was working while I was studying at college”

I was working while I was studying at college. Is it correct? And how to tell about past actions for example: In college I had a subject 'Web design' where I was making a static web-page. Is it ...
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how to understand this sentence Grammatically?

Trump had fought his way up the polls to the extent that he was within striking distance of Hillary Clinton. I'm confused with this part's grammar structure——'fought his way up ……the extent that'. ...
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Worked on finding errors on server : Is my sentence correct

My manager asked me what have you done last 15 days. Please send me document. In that document I have written one point Worked on finding errors on server. I am not sure this sentence is correct ...
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Is “under” considered as a noun modifier to “box”?

He keeps his money box under his bed. Does the adverb "under" modify the head "box"?
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Mixed conditionals sentences in english

Is below sentence construction correct? "If I had any idea that you worked/work here, I would have contacted you." After reading some articles regarding this sentences I read about Subordinate ...
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committed by the disease

They got committed by the disease during the gathering. Is committed by the disease right word usage? What I want to say is they got infected by the disease during the gathering. They got (verb) by (...
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How do we use the word “since” with a question of “how many”?

What I want to ask, is if you have a sentence like: He has bought his new car since 2015. What will be the shape of that sentence if we begin it with "How many"? Which of these should it be? ...
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To north and west of the hill are steep slopes to the Rivers Eden and Calder respectively

To north and west of the hill are steep slopes to the Rivers Eden and Calder respectively; on the east lies the River Petterill, while some kilometres further north the Solway forms the natural ...
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He left doing it vs Doing it he left

Let's look at two sentences. He left doing it. It means when he left he was doing it and here the work of doing wasn't finished. Here the word 'doing' acts as an adverb. Doing it he left. It means ...
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Which of these sentences are correct?

Which of these sentences are correct? I saw an asleep person. I saw some asleep people. I saw some asleep persons. I saw some people asleep. This is a question in my English book that I couldn't ...
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“Isn't either” and “Neither is”

I wonder whether in the example below: Peter isn't here today. Martha isn't either. Can we substitute the second sentence for "Neither is Martha"? I'm asking this question because once I read in ...
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“It's a long time since…” OR “It has been a long time since” in AE

I have encountered either case and I was wondering which choice fits better in my scenario in American English and why? Son) Hi mam. Mother) Hi son. Where have you been? Son) Sarah and I went ...
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Has been fixed to “be held” / “take place”

In a leave application to school headmaster which is better: Dear Sir, My elder sister's marriage has been fixed to be held / take place on 18th of February....... Which, in a ...
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Is it “you, who refuses” or “you, who refuse” or other?

I'm writing a piece in the second person and I've stumbled on a weird complexity of grammar that I can't wrap my head around. My original sentence in the first draft: "You, who refuse to even think ...
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Is and is being? Is doing and does?

I read about sentences. "A sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. In order to express a complete thought, every sentence must have two parts: Subject (someone or something), ...
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What is the possessive form of Daniel's

If a company's name is Daniel's what is the correct possessive form ? Like in the sentence " I used to work at Daniel's ' / 's Human Resources Department "
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Reach manhood or reach to manhood?

1) When he reaches to manhood, he will visit England. OR 2) When he reaches manhood, he will visit England. Which of the two is correct?
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Using “for good.”

After the final blow, he was knocked out for good. Is for good used correctly in this sentence?
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is the below sentence correct? should be use “to” or “in” after the word exposure?

he has gained exposure in various fields like Management Consultancy. should be use "to" or "in" after the word exposure?
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Would rather +( present simple or past simple)

John would rather that you not call me tomorrow . John would rather that you will no call me tomorrow . Which is the correct sentence and the explanation.....
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Was kept waiting or was keep waiting

Which one is correct say? Sentence is in past tense. can we use keep after was or it should be kept? He was kept waiting for long He was keep waiting for long If I Say, "he was keeps/kept ...
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Why 'I am not' used here?

I am no longer try to convince people I am important while secretly fearing I am not. What is the role of 'I am not' in this term? Why didn't used 'that's not' instead?
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Is the word “am” natural here?

In this sentence: On a typical day, by 9pm I am done cooking. I am not a native speaker, does it sound natural to native speakers?
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How can I express the sentence in a presentable way

Basically I want to say, I didn't get wet at all... It's pouring here from the morning, but even a single drop of rain affected me?
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“Where'd he learn that.” “Where'd he learned that.”

Where'd he learn that. Where'd he learned that. Which is correct? And please explain.
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“If he was something, would he have to”

I constructed a sentence and it just sounds more wrong as I think about it. So, someone says you provide oral sex on men, to offend you, naturally. But you are a gay, so offensive would be the ...
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“By” or without “by”

Are these correct sentences and can they be with or without "by"? A child is someone who can call a duck a goose. A child is someone who can call a duck by a goose.

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