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Joining multiple sentences containing conjuction

I have a problem with joining these sentences. Original sentence: I conducted two experiments. The first experiment was conducted using temperature at 70oC and liquid flow rate of 2 l/min. The second ...
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Is “to” the right preposition in “Deregulation facilitated the process of prospective immigrants to move to China.”?

Deregulation facilitated the process of prospective immigrants to move to China. I am thinking "of moving" is correct, but I am not sure if it can be worded this way to be honest. Another ...
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Who protects what?

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"): The Federal legislation that applies to protection of employee personal information by federally-regulated organizations (such ...
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What is the structure of the following sentence? Is it right to use more than one clause is a sentence without adding linking word?

“A scene of almost unspeakable beauty presented itself, lights of every imaginable colour were issuing from the southern heavens,” he would later recall. I see here three clauses are added in a one ...
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What is the difference between ‘The meeting is/has finished’ and “meeting over” or “meeting done”?

What is the difference between ‘The meeting is/has finished’ and "meeting over" or "meeting done" and can use like "meeting completed"? Could anyone please advise which ...
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What is the phrase for the description below?

So I'm trying to make a sentence and convey the meaning that ignorance is bliss but I learned that there were this many things I didn't know and then learned about the things I didn't know about but I'...
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Taking this point into account/ taking into account this point

I have read in many dictionaries that taking something into account is the rule for constructing expressions that contain this one. However, in some cases I have seen that taking into account ...
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Usage of “like”

1- This place smells like a squid farted inside a whale's butt. I saw this line above from a tv-series. Using a full sentence after "like" seemed interesting to me. 1'- This place smells like a ...
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Change ' what was stolen?' into active voice

the question was in one of my grammar course books. Is it possible that the same question could be written in active voice? How would it be then?
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What is the meaning of “when I was but a boy” from the sentence given down below?

"The canny, lovable old Scotsman carelessly tossed it into my mind, when I was but a boy."
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Usage of “construction” vs. “instruction” in “He is willing to take direction and construction/instruction”

He is willing to take direction and construction when needed. He is willing to take direction and instruction when needed. I am writing a comment for the student's report card.
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Should I write “expertise I will have gained” or “expertise I have gained”?

"Using the teachings, skills and expertise I have gained through this course I’d like to produce..." Do I need to add "I will have gained here" or rather not? Even though skills are not yet acquired,...
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how to ask someone to deposit my money to my bank account

I gave a loan for one of my friends and i need that money back before month end. I want to ask from my friend to deposit loan amount obtained to my bank account
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Work + preposition + noun or work + noun

1- Doctors often work very long hours. (Why not "work for..." ?) 2- He worked the clubs long before TV made him famous. (Why not "work in/for the clubs..." ?) 3- I am working a drug case....
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As far away from London as my city is from it

While talking about distance between cities I couldn’t understand how to use “as far away as” . This is why I needed to write to sentence to be corrected if I am wrong Your city is as far away from ...
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What's the meaning of “as” in this context?

This is why fighting is allowed in pro hockey (2:26) A player involved in a fight automatically gets what's known as a "major penalty" and must sit out at least 5 minutes of play. Additional ...
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Should I use “with” in the following sentence?

Back in his room, he ambles to the desk and, with the same care he took me out (with), he places me in my dear home. Is "with" necessary in this example? Second question, can I write: "...
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How to use “ involve in things you do not concern”

Which sentence sounds natural when you try to tell someone else who tries to intervene in a dispute you having with your friend. 1.It is not nice that you are involved in things you do not concern 2....
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Still permitted vs. It is still permitted

Which one of these sentences is correct? It is still permitted, though violates the idea behind the Continuation Lines section. It is still permitted, though it violates the idea behind the ...
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Clause starting with “so well”

I am learning English from reading articles. I am reading "Sight Unseen" from The New Yorker (link: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/13/sight-unseen-critic-at-large-kathryn-schulz)...
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using the simple past in the present tense

In the sentence given below It is quite apparent that the Narendra Modi government did not want the language issue to acquire disproportionate importance at a time when it is embarking on its ...
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Using “being” in reduced clauses

As far as I know, when two things happen at the same time, I can combine them with using participles. Such as : Kate is in the kitchen and she is making coffee. to Kate is in the kitchen ...
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Which choice best expresses “I will keep your secret.” in Passive/Active voice?

the below-mentioned question is asked in my exam, I think my answer is correct, please tell if I am right, I have to challenge the question in 2 days if its answer given is wrong. correct answer is ...
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“He went ill and came back healthy” is it correct

I heard a man say: He went ill and came back healthy. Here ill and healthy are adjectives and qualify the subject, he. And the sentence structure is: sub + verb + adjective Is it ...
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How many years have you been speaking English

Do I say How many years have you been speaking English? or For how many years have you been speaking English? And why?
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How can I write this?

The officer walks down the hallway. He notices that one of the doors is ajar. He pushes it open silently. And enters. Questions to this: Is the part in bold okay? Would you phrase it differently? I'm ...
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Inconsistent Subject Verb Agreement

I founf the below sentence in a podcast - And finally, a couple of opportunistic filmmaker, who stumbled upon on an intriguing story and decided to make a film out of it,does not mean the whole ...
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“have had to do something” vs “must have done something”

What is the difference between these two sentences? I have had to do it. I must have done it. If there is a difference, is it possible to use another modal verb (like should, must, could...) in 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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“Do you mind if I ask you to take a look in this question?” [closed]

I like to know about these sentences in my message to one academic person, the message is: I have started to work on hand pose estimation , for rehabilitation of stroke or other medical condition. so ...
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Tense forms of “Have to have”

Can I say something like such, I mean are they all right? I will have to have some lessons. I have to have some lessons. I had to have some lessons.
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The meaning of “out from”

When I was learning English by watching CNN news, I saw a news with the title “ The polls show Biden is a clear favorite 100 days out from an unprecedented election”, I want to know that is “out from” ...
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How to express “a person who talk really quickly & carelessly” in English?

When I teach English to some children and adults, I realize that some speak slowly but carefully and make less mistakes whereas some speak really quickly, carelessly and make more mistakes. Can I say ...
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Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences?

Let's look at the following sentences. I got bored while watching serials. His father got him the mobile. She got married to John. Why does the verb 'get' occur in these sentences? The first sentence ...
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How to change this sentence ?(From indirect to direct speech)

This sentence: Lionel asked Mary if she had seen Carol at the birthday party the previous week. I’m not sure which is correct (or both are correct) “Have you seen Carol at the birthday party last ...
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Question about present simple passive

No answer is given. It is given as an example. All items are provided. It is given as follows. It is stolen property. Why is present simple used in these sentence? It is present simple passive but it ...
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How to change passive present continuous tense to its infinitive form? “The meal is being cooked” to “I heard the sound of the meal being cooked”?

Eg: The meal is being cooked. if we say 1- I heard the sound of the meal being cooked, then people may interpret as "I heard the sound of the meal that is cooked" and we lost its continuous meaning ...
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Grammar: sentence structure

Do these sentences have identical meanings and are they grammatically correct? What colour is her hair? What is her hair colour?
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Is “When's the soonest you can come” correct?

I want to ask a friend to come to visit, so is it correct to say "when is the soonest you can come" or "when can you come the soonest" or either of them are correct?
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Using 'as' and 'will'

I was wondering about the usage of 'as' and 'will'. 'As she will go to the cinema, I will go too.' 'As the waiter will wipe the table clean, I will sit at it.' I know about the rule that applies ...
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“Unlike many other languages, you cannot [skipped]” - Is it OK to use such a construction? [closed]

I have a text about German language. There is a following sentence: In German, unlike many other languages, you cannot [skipped]. Is it grammatically correct to omit "In German"? Unlike ...
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by the time usage

Is it correct to say that “the spaces between the tea bushes are so overgrown with rapacious vines and greenery that I imagine if the people went on holiday for a week, the whole place would be ...
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Is the sentence “You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference.” correct?

Inspired to this sentence: KEEP CALM AND {verb} I want to create my own, this is my current work: You {verb}, I {verb}. I makes a difference. Example usage to that sentence template: You {...
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interrogative and affirmative sentence constructions

Say we have the following sentence : The further information I need is to know in which building is the class held. Is it grammatically correct to place "is" where it's placed in the sentence, ...
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Do you use a definite article or zero article followed by a prepositional phrase

In the following two (similar) sentences the definite article is used in one, but not the other. 1 Capital letters are used for the names of people,places and languages. 2.Capital letters are used for ...
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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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Unavailable in X OR Y vs. Unavailable in X and Y

What is the difference these two statements: It is unavailable in X or Y. It is unavailable in X and Y. Is 2) the same as saying: It is neither available in X nor Y. Lastly, are all three ...
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A natural acting performance

I need to know whether it is possible to call a movie artist's performance natural in English? For instance, can I say something like: She's a good actress........ a) she always acts ...
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Is it ok to say “Improved the RBT's deletion operation's implementation”?

I've had this question more than once, and that is, when I'm referring to "something which belongs to something which belongs to something else". For example, in the following phrase I'm referring to ...

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