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in doing/by doing/while doing

By/in doing X, Y happens. I am trying to understand the subtle difference between "by doing X" and "in doing X" . This thread's responder says that: " Both "by doing X" and "in doing X" form non-...
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The relative pronoun separated from its

A colony of 5,000 “red” and 5,000 “green” E. coli is allowed to eat and reproduce. In order to keep the colony size down, a predator is introduced which keeps the colony size at 10,000 by eating (at ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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Is “my current goal is to improve my skills in English” grammatically correct?

My current goal is to improve my skills in English. I’m not sure and little bit puzzled whether the grammar construction of the sentence works like that and the sentence sounds natural.
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Should I use 'used to' even when something just doesn't happen only today but will happen tomorrow?

Should I use 'used to' for this kind of sentence also. I normally leave at 5 pm from office, at that time it didn't 'use to' be so dark but today I left at 7 pm and that is why it is dark. Is this ...
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Can we 'get passive' without 'by'?

I read the below sentence somewhere. My question is can we use 'get passive' without by? He might get carried away in being a TV reality star rather than being a boxer. Should we use 'by' instead ...
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“That of being”

He then spends the rest of his life trying to expiate his dual sin: That of being furious at his mother for not satisfying him; that of being such a greedy child who really deserves nothing better. (...
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Usage of “to do with”

Can I use "to do with" in the same meaning as "about/concerning a particular subject" ? For example: 1- All applications to do with this role go through my secretary first. 2- Most of the ...
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Imagine someone to be/ ımagine someone being/ imagine someone is

This websites says: "imagine can be followed by either (a) a gerund or (b) a noun phrase or pronoun + to-infinitive but with different meanings". And gives examples: a- Imagine living at 2,000 ...
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How to correctly punctuate a statement that has a list of questions after a colon?

Option 1: An unemployed individual asks three essential questions following their loss of employment: Do I qualify for EI benefits? If I qualify, how much will I receive? How long will I receive EI ...
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is it correct to say “today is rainy” or it is “today, it's rainy”?

I was looking for an answer to another question and I've found an answer on the italki website, which makes unclear about which is the right usage. Is it syntactically correct to say "today is rainy" ...
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Do you want me continuing?

Is this phrase correct? Do you want me continuing? I usually use that phrase to ask my boss if he needs more support from me in a specific activity. But obviously I'm not quite sure if it's the ...
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When a car or a human body gets riddled severely

Please imagine you in a gunfire a car / someone's body gets riddled with bullets as the linked pictures. As you will notice at first glance, you will see a big difference between the amount of the hit ...
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Using “Look across”

1- You look across the table and tell your daughter to stop argueing with her brother. (Context: You are sitting at the dinner table with your son sitting next to you on the same side of the table ...
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“you don't…without…”

A and B are going to take a bomb-defusing class tomorrow. A: I am going to dominate that class. You don't cross-stitch for 20 years without developing a steady hand. B: Wow, you really think ...
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Can we put infinitives at the beginning in order to emphasize them?

In order to emphasize the infinitive, can I change its position? Example, 1-) Your brother has some opportunities to get a better education in the U.K, but to go to the U.S, he doesn't have any ...
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“Being such” or “Being as such”

Looking for an descrpition of a phrase, I came across these definitions: Definitions for Natural: 1- Being such from birth or by nature. 2- Being such by blood and not by adoption or ...
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Last word in something

Dictionaries give be the last word in something as the correct construction, but in the following sentence The ICC World Cup remains the last word on cricket’s hierarchy. in is used. Is that correct?...
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“It is time + you + do”

Which means you're technically an adult, don't you think it's time you move on from primitive constructs such as popularity? I saw this line in a tv-series. I thought this construction "it's time + ...
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should I write “These details belongs to my dad” or “These are my dad's details ” when writing an email?

When writing an email should I write "These details belongs to my dad" or "These are my dad's details"? I know this sounds somewhat silly but I want to be grammatically correct.
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(Subject+verb+object) sentence after a preposition

Can a sentence (subject+verb+object) follow a preposition? There is an example sentence I think it’s wrong. XYZ showed how certain protein molecules repair DNA damaged by UV light. These ...
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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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Usage of “Opt”: opt vs opt for

I understand the usage of opt to (do something) and opt out (of something), but I'm a little confused about opt vs opt for. For example: Which Subjects did you _____? I _____ philosophy; he, ...
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Correct use of Deduct and Deducted

Once we deduct/deducted it we have to deduct this for next six month. What should I use in above sentence Deduct or Deducted? Is it something like a) If we deduct it once the we will have to ...
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Are all four sentences correct? [on hold]

I don't want to spend my life by being an ignorant. I don't want to spend my life being an ignorant. I had learned how to fly a plane by being a pilot. I had learned how to fly a plane being a pilot.
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Worth of meaning

A: Bag belongs to one of his suppliers. And it contains a football's worth of cocaine. (A is showing a football's size by his hand while speaking. The size of the cocaine pile is similiar to a ...
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“Emerge from” meaning + construction

1- A: Turn it off. B: No. A: Do it now. That's a direct order. B: Well, you don't want to start a battle of the wills with me because you will emerge from that battle a broken man. ...
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Confused about omitting the relative pronoun and preposition

I sat there, lost and cold because I was betrayed by the person I didn’t expect to hurt me. I think the actual sentence is: I sat there, lost and cold because I was betrayed by the person whom I ...
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Why do/don't you think

I saw this sentence in a comic book: Why don't you think he wants to call her? (Context: A doesn't want to call B. C is asking D's opinion on this issue.) I wonder if I can use the rewritten ...
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Sentence for saying that something is further ahead

I am looking for a sentence that tells someone that something is further ahead. For example: if I want to tell a reader (currently reading page 20) about a topic that is further ahead (say on page ...
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How to politely tell your senior that what they told is wrong?

How to politely tell someone whatever they told is not correct according to me? Is it okay to say "let me know if I am wrong?" after explaining them about that concept?
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How tell current situation? Verb Past Tense or Present Perfect Tense?

Friend: Please give me access of your computer. I did some changes in the system. What should be my reply to him? a) I gave you the access, please check? b) I have given you the access, Please ...
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wash the dishes ; a phrase?

I don't know either the following constructions are a phrase or a clause? 1) wash the dishes 2) do the laundry 3) take out the garbage In my opinion, they are all phrases or verb phrases ...
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Please find attached the document consisting of code [closed]

Which one of the following is correct - Please find attached the document consisting of code. Please find the attached document consisting of code. Please find attached the file consisting of code.
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Can we use present perfect for future event?

I heard someone like "they have been married in two years so we should be married in two years. 'Have been married' for future event? I don't get it. Is this sentence correct?
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Sentence construction with participles

A: A is drinking cups of coffee nonstop in the kitchen. B: What the hell! You trying to make your heart explode? A: I am loading up on coffee. Because it is a pain in the ass getting to ...
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postion of a verb in the sentence

Is the position of "means" in the following sentence correct grammatically? If it is not , kindly suggest ways to make it clearer. In addition, the increase of entropy generation around the CTB and ...
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How to ask someone for cycling?

I moved into a new apartment and don't have any friend in this apartment. I want to make new friends but don't know how to initiate the conversation. I thought asking someone for cycling would be good ...
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What's the grammatical structure of “all three of them periods”?

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 54 2 Information in a text a In a text, old information usually comes first in the sentence and new ...
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Is it right to use “how important” as a subject in this sentence? And what does it mean?

I wonder if it's correct to use “how + adj.” as a subject in a sentence, just the way I saw in the following sentence : “Everybody stay where you are. Chill out,” Quill said, slowly circling ...
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Why is my answer wrong?

(First of all,this is grammar question.) İn the 1970s scientists found out that chemicals_____ into the atmosphere______the ozone layer. A)having been released /destroyed (which is picked) B)...
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I need you guys to check if there is a grammatical error in this sentence [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically correct? That time Angela took the single greatest photograph ever. Ever.
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It is almost too easy

Whenever she gets stressed out, she smokes. And it is almost too easy to stress her out. This line is from a sitcom called Brooklyn Nine-Nine What does the marked phrase mean? I think ıt means she ...
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What is 'what' in the following sentence? What's wrong in using 'which' instead of 'what' here?

In the following sentence, Is 'what' used as a relative pronoun? In what is being seen as signs of reluctance in cooperating with the extradition of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, British ...
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As + preposition phrase + as

A: I know this is weird to because I just shot you but it feels like we are back in sync now. B: Yes, I mean as in sync as I have ever been with someone who just shot me. That marked phrase ...
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Decoding a quote about lying

I'm trying to understand the sentence construction and the meaning of this quote by Otto Von Bismarck. Can someone please help? People never lie so much as before an election, during a war, or ...
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“As such” to mean “like that”

1- On any type of formal school exam, these sentences would not be considered "correct" they are never written as such.....they're only spoken as such. 2- Do not behave as such. 3- Doing ...
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Using “imagine” and “assuming” for hypothetical situations

1- Imagine that I had some money yesterday, it would have been so fun to go there. (I didn't have money so we didn't go there yesterday.) 2- Assuming that I was the guy whom they were looking ...