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Which of the following sentences is correct? I am quite unsure about the gerund here

Which of the following sentences are correct? I look forward to listening to more of your podcasts. I am looking forward to listening to more of your podcast. I look forward to listen to more of ...
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Verbs use in the sentence

Please help me clear away this doubt in following question regarding the use of verb "are". "These recently upgraded branch offices have been fully computerised and are connected to ...
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Merging “does not tell” in the following sentence

I recently asked a question on this site and in that question I used "doesn't tell" twice: I checked a similar question on this site, but that question doesn't tell the difference and doesn'...
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The other phrase of ‘happily’

I want to express I dance and the dance is showing someone else’ happiness instead of ‘I dance happily.’ So does ‘I dance in his happy way’ sound natural to native English speakers?
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Is the framing of the sentence wrong?

So I was guiding a user to perform a task on his browser. However I feel that the construction of the sentence is wrong: "Could you select the URL , by clicking on the address bar and scroll to ...
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Underscoring the fact that a thing is just in the same state as the one mentioned earlier

I always find myself in trouble when I am trying to underscore the fact that some thing, as opposed to some other earlier mentioned thing, is in just the same status or situation. Interestingly, I don’...
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Use of “Rushing me” in a sentence

Is this a correct sentence grammatically: I have to go, My friend is rushing me The context is - Suppose I am talking to someone over phone and my roommate is asking me again and again to go out, ...
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Why Main Verb is use with DID?

Why Main Verb is Used with did ? Did is auxiliary verb like Have, Had. Did represent Tense like auxiliary Had Then why we use main verb and not past participle with did ~ Example : Had you changed ...
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Having you having eaten

I won't listen without having you having eaten the apple. I won't listen without having you ate the apple. Are these sentences grammatically correct? Or is it rather awkward that the below having-...
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Tried to frame a complicated sentence mid conversation this morning and it didn't work out. Wanted to know how to phrase this sentence correctly

So I told my colleague this morning. "Can you please stop committing me to projects on my behalf? I have too much on my plate." What I meant to say was: "Can you stop signing me up for ...
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Why is there a particle “to” in Present Simple before the verb “to sack”?

In the English textbook I met this sentence Vegecorp to sack 1,000 workers I can't understand why there is a to particle here. As far as I know, I would have written this sentence without this ...
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“I appointed Mary as founding President, XYZ” “I recruited Mary to become founding President, XYZ”

I appointed Mary as founding President, XYZ. I recruited Mary to become founding President, XYZ. None of these sentences really sound right. What would be the correct way to write them?
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Since you leaving me, I have been lonely. (correct sentence?) [closed]

Since you leaving me, I have been lonely. does this sentence look good?
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He had his cavity treated with his mouth opened by the doctor. (Is this grammatically correct?)

He had his cavity treated with his mouth opened by the doctor. (Is this grammatically correct?)
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Mine and Riley's lives …My and Riley's lives …Riley and my lives?

You have made a difference in mine and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in my and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in Riley's and my lives Not sure what to use here.
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the It to sentence and its true nature and how to analyze it?

This is a very difficult book for many to understand its meaning. Is this a legitimate sentence?
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Sadly/Unfortunately

Sadly/Unfortunately he wasn't willing to cooperate. Is it perfectly natural to use "sadly/unfortunately" at the start of the sentence like this? Are they interchangeable in this context? ...
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Using “”formalized" for a solution

This is a formalized version of the solution. Is this sentence correct ? What are alternative words one could use apart from formalized. The context is : I solve a question but in a rough way. After ...
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Can I freely combine the present perfect simple tense with the present perfect progressive tense within the same sentence or is it bad grammar?

Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina watch him. Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina are watching him. Jim is talking to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina ...
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Singular subject + every/all

Game of Thrones has seven kingdoms and each one of them represents every seven continents of the world. Game of Thrones has seven kingdoms and each one of them represents all the seven continents of ...
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“erupted into wild cheer/cheering”

As the band got on stage, the crowd went wild. As the band got on stage, the crowd erupted into wild cheers/cheering. What is the most natural way to phrase the second sentence if I want a similar ...
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How do I fit all this information into one single noun phrase?

I need to refer generically to people who meet the following criteria (and I need to include all the information in one single noun phrase): they have at least part-time employment they have ...
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Explaining the process where “x*(a-b) < ac-bc” becomes “x < c” by dividing both sides by (a-b)

I would like to explain the process that an expression "x*(a-b) < ac-bc" becomes an expression "x < c". I think one of the following would be correct according to my googling ...
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Which one of these sentences is correct? [duplicate]

I need some help with the script for my presentation. Which one of these sentences is correct and if you can please explain the difference and grammar rules or tell me which grammar rules I should ...
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Is “a 30 percent representation of either gender” correct?

If I'm putting together a work group, where at least 30 percent of the members should be female and at least 30 percent should be male, would it be correct to say The group should have a 30 percent ...
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“I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character”

I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character. What form of verb "be" should be used in this sentence? I can't come up with anything.
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not only does he learn English, he learn French too

Is "he learn French too" grammatical? Should it be "he learns French too"? And not only does he learn English, he learn French too. Source: English sentence making practice by me....
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What was their reaction after you told them/they heard/they got to know

"What was their reaction after you told them/they heard/they got to know I got the job?" Are all of the options correct and natural here? I'm not sure about 'hear' and 'know.' I was watching ...
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What is to happen/what will happen

When you have someone like him in your group, you know what is to happen Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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10 seconds to be allowed <him to do so>

Rules If either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, 10 seconds to be allowed him to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner, and when the fallen man is ...
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Which of these sentences with the adverb “ever” are correct?

We always say: I have never been to London. But is it possible to say: I haven't ever been to London. Or I haven't been to London. The task was: Find a mistake in the following sentence: "...
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How to express “you are unavailable” for few days

When you are going on a holiday and want to update your students - Is this a correct English to message - Just a Note : I won't be available for next 2 days Is there any better/eloquent way to ...
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As was he/As if he was

He's mingling around flirting with girls as was he James Bond. He's mingling around flirting with girls as if he was James Bond. Which one is correct? (if any of them)
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Which one is an agent noun?

A number of people take a show once a day. 'number' is an agent noun of the verb or 'people' is an agent noun of the verb? 'number' means amount but is the subject so I'm confusing.
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Is it right if I say, “May I know from which countries my sales are being executed?”?

First I like to say I'm not a native speaker and sometimes I face troubles to make sentences and English learning is a continuous process. I usually sell products and I want to know what are the ...
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Why is adverb “why” used in this sentence “It's why I love you”?

I've read on YouTube "It's why I love you" What was the reason adverb "why" was used after "it's"?
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“The more the foreign worker immerse themselves in the local culture, the more realistic a view they develop of that culture.”

Which one should I use? The more the foreign worker immerse themselves in the local culture, the more realistic a view they develop of that culture. The more the foreign worker is immersed in the ...
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What does “goal” refer to in this context?

First, we have to note that not all federations were designed to ensure cultural diversity. Indigenous peoples in the US, for instance, are protected through reservation areas but do not benefit from ...
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What does “developing agencies” mean in this context?

There are structural reasons for this. Many states were created by colonial powers, artificially uniting different ethnicities under one common roof, a problem returned to in the next paragraph. ...
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Correct preposition for “Disappear”

Are following sentences correct? 1- Where all those stuff have disappeared "to"? 2- Where all those stuff have disappeared "into"? In dictionaries for disappear I see into as a ...
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What's the subject in this sentence containing the word “apart”?

Suppose I live with my family in a certain town, and I'm talking to someone who lives in another town which is 10 miles away. If I say: We are 10 miles apart. Does this "we" refer to "...
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Ending question with “of”

I know that ending sentences with prepositions should be avoided, but still. Can I ask so:"What is the aileron part of?"
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Can that clause be a complement?

Does the following sentence make sense? The origin of the festival is that people prayed for good weather. Can that-clause be a complement?
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“She is my only friend” or “she is my friend only” - place of “only”

I have a female friend called Alice (fake name). Someone else asked me if she is my girlfriend. I want to tell them that she is not my girlfriend but only friend. By "only" I want to mean ...
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“says so vs says that …”

I just wanted to ask if these sentences mean the same thing. She always shows up right when she's said she'll. For me, this sentence is clearly understood. But: She always shows up right when she's ...
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Is there a saying in English that expresses “Life is a mercy to get born”?

Life is a mercy to get born It's coming from this thinking that this life is an opportunity, but this opportunity is given to us based on absolute love (mercy). "To get born" in this ...
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Can I omit the second “I”?

Can I omit the second "I" in the following sentence: "I wanted to have another serving but somehow I restrained myself."
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“Storing all the information and passing it to consumers” or “Store all the information and pass it to consumers”

Storing all the information and passing it to consumers through the World Wide Web also entails costs. What if I use store in place of storing and pass instead of passing there? Store all the ...
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Please help break down this sentence: “bespoke development software co-ordination of departmental…”

I've tried to parse this sentence out many times and still could not find where are the main clause and its verb. I am writing to ask for help to break it down. bespoke development software co-...
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concerns about something raised vs concerns raised about something

If you do decide to take an EPA/DHA supplement, I suggest choosing a vegan version, rather than fish oil. They are free of the concerns about impurities and odor raised by many fish oil brands. Since ...

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