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Could you check and correct my English? [closed]

I’m practicing to translate Japanese into English. Here is my sentences: Baseball is one of the sport which is popular among American people. Many Americans play the baseball in the neighborhood ...
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When do you use ‘some of which’ and ‘some of them’ and what is the correct punctuation?

Universities have historically offered a wide variety of continuing education classes, some of ______ are now offered over the Internet as well as in traditional classrooms. The choices are: classes,...
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“I will study hard before IT is the test” Is it correct to use “it” in such cases?

Is it correct to use "it" in cases like the following: I will study hard before it is the test. I will go shopping before it is the party. I am not sure at all, but I think it'd be best to ...
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Can the word 'pottery' be omited in this sentence?

I have read today a sentence I haven't understood, simply it doesn't have sense to me: Ceramics can be pottery made of hardened clay. I have looking for the meaning of pottery and ceramic and are ...
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Can you use past continuous tense when the sentence begins with “as”?

I have a question whether you can use past continuous tense in a certain sentence. When you are describing the wind that was blowing when you left home, can you say this? As I left home, the wind was ...
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Should I place a comma between the two dependent clauses?

Here are the two examples; please tell me if I should place a comma between the two dependent clauses that come before the main clause. I'd also like an explanation, please. Example# 1: (with a comma) ...
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In the sentence “You should brush your teeth before going to school but after waking up” is the “but” necessary? If yes, then why?

Let's consider two versions of a sentence: You should brush your teeth before going to school but after waking up. You should brush your teeth before going to school after waking up. My intuition is ...
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What is the most appropriate word in the given sentence?

The treasure was hidden ______ a big shore. (a) on (b) underneath (c) toward (d) off Now, I'm confused between a) on and d) off. If we use off, it would mean that treasure is near the shore but not ...
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About the usage of “In order to”, is this sentence correct?

I was learning English with my friends. Basically everyone has to construct a sentence with the new words learned on that day. We were trying to learn the grammar by constructing sentences and judging ...
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What to use while presenting meeting?

While addressing the meeting what should I use A) I call this meeting to discuss on this issue. B) I called this meeting to discuss on This issue. Why?
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“He doesn't like the movies he used to” or “used to do”

I have a question about avoiding using the same verb twice in a certain sentence. When you are talking about someone's change of taste in films, I think you can say He doesn't like the movies he used ...
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Is the sentence correct and proper? [closed]

At the end of the statement you just heard in the recording, did you spot/discern/tell the last word “busy” spoken with an upward or downward inflection?”
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desperately trying to/trying desperately to

She was doing a breathing exercise, desperately trying to calm herself down. She was doing a breathing exercise, trying desperately to calm herself down. Where should I place "desperately" ...
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Is the sentence below grammatically correct? [closed]

This is the book bought in May last year/last May). I want to confirm whether the above sentence is grammatically correct. It seems it is correct in grammar but I don't think this is a very natural ...
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I need help for a homework..Please help [closed]

ERROR ANALYSIS: FIND AND CORRECT THE ERRORS The building custodian supposed to unlock the classrooms. You’re not suppose to open that door. Where are we suppose to meet. When we go to the store. ...
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Did what I said convey what I had in mind?

I wanted to say that initially they had their masks on but then their masks came off. I said, When they first came, they had their masks on. Then they came off." Does it imply that they came ...
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Is the usage of be able to correct?

I was writing an essay, and I wrote: ...without knowing anything about English at all, but one year later, she was able to communicate with others in English. I thought I knew the basic difference ...
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“find it hard to trust” vs. "have a hard time trusting

You're not afraid that your employees will find it hard to trust you? You're not afraid that your employees will have a hard time trusting you? I'm curious whether both sentences are perfectly ...
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How to say “may get a refund or need to pay more later” succinctly?

If a customer asks a company to do a project, but both customer and company don't know the exact amount of money needed, so the company just tells the customer: Give me $X first, we will rebate you ...
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such people/these people/people like them

How to refer to the bold? Which one is correct? They may grow up to become people like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk who are willing to experiment and fail a lot to innovate. I think this is extremely ...
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A question about “and” [closed]

I have a question about "and". A. The method allows us to do something, save something, and discard something. B. The method allows us to do something, to save something, and to discard ...
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Can I imply “kind” or “type” instead of explicitly writing it?

There are 5 English books and 5 French books. Can I say “there are two books” instead of “there are two types of books”? For example: There are grapes and an apple, and there are two (kinds of) ...
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It was not until the government stepped in and requested that the oil company reroute the pipeline that the corporation agreed

It was not until the government stepped in and requested that the oil company reroute the pipeline that the corporation agreed to honour the wishes of the protestors. Can I just replace “It was not ...
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“The lake is only the ninth largest lake in the area at 395 miles (620 kilometres) in length and 46 miles (74 kilometres) in width”

The lake is only the ninth largest lake in the area at 395 miles (620 kilometres) in length and 46 miles (74 kilometres) in width, yet it is easily the largest body of fresh water in the world. What’...
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Reduced Relative Clauses which modify an object of the verb

a- I gave a book, which was written by Hemingway, to Mary last week. b- I gave a book, written by Hemingway, to Mary last week. As far as I know I can reduce the sentence a to b. But here the website ...
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What's the difference between the two sentences?

Bringing up children does not only mean providing them with food, clothes and toys but also giving them attention. Bringing up children means not only providing them with food, clothes and toys but ...
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“types of machines”

I have come across a blog post saying "Both types of machines have their pros and cons when it comes to working out." It got me thinking few of the following combinations. type of machine (...
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Plural or Singular form for fruit names

I have a question regarding fruit names. When writing about fruit, I'm confused about which form I should use – singular or plural. I'm not even sure if they are actually count nouns or mass nouns or ...
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Me, my heart, and NYC [closed]

Do these two sentences convey the same meaning: My heart belongs to NYC. My heart belongs in NYC.
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“She feels it is unsafe” and “she feels it unsafe” [duplicate]

I have a question about the phrases "feels it is unsafe to ..." and "feels it unsafe to ..." When you are talking about someone who is of the opinion that letting children play ...
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Which box does the phrase “latter box” refer in the below two sentences?

Which box does the phrase "latter box" refer in the below sentence ? Sentence 1: He ate oranges, in the box made from a box, and ate apples, in the latter box. Sentence 2: He ate oranges, in ...
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Is an article missing in “courage is resistance to fear”?

I came across a quote by Mark Twain. To me, it looks like an article is missing in it. Is the quote correct, if so why? "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear." ...
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If many apples are bad. Then which of the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad

If many apples are bad. Then which the below sentences correctly describes that many apples are bad. An apple are bad. Such apples are many in number. An apple are bad. Such an apple is many in ...
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I'm used to work/working very hard

I'm used to work very hard. I'm used to working very hard. I could only find two exact examples of the first sentence on Google whereas the second sentence had plenty. Is the first sentence not ...
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passive form in a long sentence

The original passive sentence (word1..word10 are represent a long piece of a sentence: Results that show word1 word2 word3 word4.. word10, are obtained. But in this sentence a verb (obtained) at the ...
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Mountains are where we belong to

Which one is a correct sentence, Mountains are where we belong to. or, Mountains are where we belong.
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Object issue/awkward phrasing

I'm not even sure how to shape the problem. Here is the sentence that confuses me: "Reading sharpens our mind as the truth seekers." First, yes, the sentence is awkward. Second, "our ...
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Why is this sentence a complete sentence?

"He and others find that these mRNA's direct,in large part,the synthesis of histones, a class of proteins that bind to DNA. " It seems to me that perhaps the main verb is "is" (...
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What is the correct way to use “respective”?

If driver A drove car X only, and driver B drove car Y only, and driver C drove car Z only; and so on and so forth; then which of the below sentences is right (or any other sentence, but only below ...
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Have I used the second “it” in this sentence correctly?

Have I used the second "it" correctly? I mean to say that vapour rises and flows in to a current of cold air, so it condenses. Vapour becomes colder, and moisture condenses out of it as it ...
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Is “entailed” the right word here? [closed]

I want to use an advanced (not very common word) in this sentence. So I chose to use "entailed". Is it wrong the way I wrote the sentence? If yes, please give a suggestion of another word ...
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“… advanced through the passes …,” meaning in the following context [closed]

What's the meaning of "advanced through the passes" in the following sentence? On landing at Bombay, I learned that my corps had advanced through the passes, and was already deep in the ...
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Doubt about using “to be read” in a sentence

In "story time", the teacher reads stories and students listen. Now there is a child who wants to listen to animal stories. Can I use the phrase "to be read" in the following ...
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Which conjunction has to be used for contrasting the sentences? Details provided in description [closed]

When I was speaking to an automobile enthusiast, I came across a situation where I couldn't express what I had in my mind about the kick-starter bikes. I want to know the better conjunction to connect ...
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What is the natural position of 'single-handed(ly)' in this sentence?

There's some guy who's running around the top floors single-handedly trying to take down the terrorists as if he were Bruce Willis in Die Hard. There's some guy who's running around the top floors ...
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Is the word “being” redundant in this sentence?

What is the grammatical role of being in the following sentence? Is it better If I remove it from the sentence? Art has dramatically changed from what it used to be in the past. For instance, still-...
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Ways in which one can use grateful

I am grateful for the 10 minute short meditations I did today morning Is this a correct sentence or correct use of the word grateful I found in the dictionary that grateful can be used in two ways: ...
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I don't understand sentence structure in the following example? Can anyone please break it down by parts of speech?

The Barcelona superstar scored the latest spectacular strike of his set-piece highlight reel this week, getting proceedings underway during the 2-1 win over Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. It seems to me ...
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The interpretation of comparatives

Imagine in a pie chart, A and B take up 34% and 25% of the total respectively. Can I say 'A is ahead of B by 9%'? Or can I say 'A is 9% more than B'? Is there a possibility that the above sentences ...
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“Then, it follows” VS “Then, there follows”

I came across these two expressions, that were indicating what was going to follow after a paragraph: Then, it follows And Then, there follows I was told, in an academic context, that the second ...

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