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The summer training or (just) summer training

Should we use the summer training or just summer training in the paragraph. As per me training is a noun and before singular noun we have to use an article and I am using the because I am talking ...
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When a sentence includes a word like 'today' that indicates present time, can a past form of verb be used?

Today an excruciating accident has taken place in our vicinity. Today an excruciating accident took place in our vicinity. Today indicates the present time. So I prefer has taken, which has been used ...
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When can I remove the word “that” in a sentence?

I have this bad writing habit, I use the word 'that' so many times. I know it is grammatically valid, but using 'that' too often is not good. But I don't know in which sentences I can remove the word '...
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How to parse 3 successive negations: '… does not … without … unless … ' ?

I apologise for this long quote's intricacy, but I simply wish to practice parsing long sentences replete with negations. Below, the bolded 3 negatives (because unless is a negative conditional), ...
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Alternative ways of saying “…, right?”

What are some alternative ways of confirming a point, situation, etc. apart from saying “…, right?” at the end of a sentence to make it a question? (e.g. You are going tomorrow on the 11:30 flight, ...
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“As if he knows” vs “As if he knew”

First, here's a material that made me keep thinking about this issue in the first place. http://www.grammaring.com/as-if-as-though He looks as if he knew the answer. He is pretending as if he ...
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until + perfect present / present

1.I will study hard until I get a high score on this exam. 2.I will study hard until I've gotten a high score on this exam. I think these sentences are grammatically correct. but if I add a ...
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Can “Wow!” be a sentence?

The question is clear. Can "Wow!" be a sentence? Imagine a hypothetical context where I'd utter something like this: Wow! What an amazing idea! I should think about a way to push this fix. We see ...
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“me [gerund]” or “my [gerund]” at the beginning of sentences?

A.1 The lions reacted to my singing. A.2 The lions reacted to me singing. B.1 My singing alarmed the lions. B.2 Me singing alarmed the lions. As far as I know, both A.1 and A.2 are ...
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It's time I go to bed vs It's time I went to bed?

What does It's time I went to bed mean? and can we say It's time I go to bed ? and what's the difference between the two sentences?
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had better to get or had better get

The sentence is Travellers ________________ their reservation well in advance if they want to fly during winter vacation. Which is suitable to complete this sentence. Please give some explanation ...
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What did you say / said?

What is the correct sentence : What did you say? or What did you said? The second sentence seems correct, but I am not certain.
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Different usage of “that” [closed]

In my native language, Persian, we do much use "Ke" which almost corresponds to "which, who, that" in relative clauses and many other cases (maybe in conversations to start or continue a narration or ...
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Can we use WHOSE for things? (or should I use 'that' or 'which'?)

I have changed the net connection to a package that/which cost is $15 per month. Which relative pronoun is proper to use in such scenarios? Can we use whose for abstract or non-living things?
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Does '…time zone of in the morning' make sense?

I waited for my favorite time zone of in the morning. Does the sentence above make sense? I mean that time zone is 'the range of time' in this sentence.
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Is the SVOMPT word order necessary in creating a sentence?

I learned the English word order SVOMPT (Subject, Verb, Objects, Manner, Place, Time) rule at school. Although it was a quite straightforward rule when I was studying, now (under more influence from ...
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This is a good news. This is good news

This is a good news. This is good news. Which one is correct? Clarify the difference
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Use of “From where” and “Where from”

I'm a little confused about which of the following sentence is correct. If both of them are correct, then when to use each of these? From where have you done your Bachelors? Where have you ...
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What kind of grammatical structure is “It's time we stopped talking.”?

Is it in any way different from We should stop talking now? Of course the sentence structure is different, but do they imply the same thing?
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“Have you ever seen anyone walk (walking) the streets like that?”

Have you ever seen anyone walk the streets like that? Have you ever seen anyone walking the streets like that? Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? Do they mean the same? I saw ...
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Difference in meaning between 'I'd be surprised if he hadn't/hasn't'

"Has he tried to flirt with you yet? I'd be surprised if he hadn't." "Has he tried to flirt with you yet? I'd be surprised if he hasn't." Is the first one more appropriate than the second? ...
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Is “Hello.” a sentence?

I've seen this at many places, that people who know very good English (even native speakers of English) write "Hello" followed by a full stop. My confusion is that the use of the full stop indicates ...
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Understanding “still” and “yet” usage

A1. I still can't speak English. A2. I can't speak English yet. B1. *I yet can't speak English. B2. *I can't speak English still. As far as I know, A1 and A2 are acceptable English. ...
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“Are” vs. “is” after “parents and the family”

I was reading the news on Yahoo and found a mistake (as per my opinion). I need your valuable feedback to make sure if it was a mistake or I am wrong! It is a paragraph on Yahoo. Please check and let ...
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mixed tenses/tenses agreement

Would it be okay if I called you when I got back home? Would it be okay if I called you when I get back home? Are both the above sentences grammatically correct? I'm still kinda confused ...
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How to parse this sentence: “The book is worth reading”?

The book is worth reading. How to parse the sentence constituents? How to parse "worth doing"? What kind of constituent it is?
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“had they known” or “if they had known”

Can this: These same officials, however, would have been appalled had they known what was going on behind this façade of self-help. be rephrased as These same officials, however, would have ...
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“It’s not perfectly clear to me what it is you’re trying to say” vs. “It’s not perfectly clear to me what you’re trying to say”

It’s not perfectly clear to me what it is you’re trying to say. It’s not perfectly clear to me what you’re trying to say. Supposing (2) is grammatical, what, if any, is the difference between it ...
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when do we use 's in a phrase

Which of the following phrases are correct? "Tasks execution time" or "Tasks' execution time" do we need to use 's in the above phrases or not? and why? And, what is the correct form of this ...
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Finishing or Having finished

My friend says that "Finishing her homework, she went for a walk." is wrong. She thinks that this sentence implies that she is trying to finish her homework while taking a walk. If the girl went for ...
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Why do native speaker tend to use passive voice?

I found native people prefer to use passive voice in a sentence. For example: Tonight's moon can be seen from anywhere worldwide. We have reason to believe that progress can be made. Be ...
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Had been/have been… tenses agreement

Just the other day, I was talking to my mom about how the people who had been brave enough to take part in world war 2 were people we should look up to. Just the other day, I was talking to my ...
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Missed who vs. Missed whom?

I play online multiplayer game clash of clan. Two native English speakers were talking with each other. The first one showed(appeared?) after some days, and then the other person said: Missed who ...
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Any difference btw 'Aren't/Don't they/we/you …' and 'Are/Do they/we/you not …'

As in title, Don't they know it? Do they not know it? Are these sentence the same? or the second sentence is plain wrong? Is there any case where they are different?
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Understanding “simple past” and “present perfect” tenses and their use in “hypothetical situations”

Introduction This question is a mixture of 8th revision of the question "I am been" or "I have been"? and the previous version of the present question which was unclear. Both of ...
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“When this battle will be finally over” - shouldn't it be “When this battle is finally over”?

I read something in the manga: When this battle will finally be over... take me out to eat some tasty yakiniku. "when...will be" seems strange to me, isn't it better saying "When this battle is ...
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Using 'on' with any social media platform

I normally use 'on' with mentioned site whereas I would like to know the main reason behind it. I am wondering that should I always use 'on' with related sites? To put it more clearly, I saw your ...
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How to identify if sentence is passive Voice or Indicative sentence?

Examples: "One car was parked outside of the gate." "Your work volume is increased or not" "He was arrested" "She was raped" "After accident he was taken to hospital" "He was informed ...
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Does placement of “not” have significance? Not to be verb, To not be verb, To be not verb

Question #1: What is the difference in meaning between "[to be] not invited" and similar negated forms? Is "to be not invited" an idiomatic form that has a meaning distinct from other ways of ...
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How to excuse if we sleep more than we should

Consider both formal and informal (among friends ) situations. How to excuse if we slept more than we should have therefore we were late somewhere we were supposed to be. For example: Situation 1: ...
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Should we cut “so” in this sentence?

Ducks, geese, and swans are different types of waterfowl, but because they are similar in behavior and physical characteristics, so they comprise a single bird family. I have to find an error in the ...
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Usage of any with except

Can I use plural nouns after any in the following sentences?  1- We don't have any options except to go there.  2- I don't have any friends except John.  3- I didn't meet any officers except him.
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“Did have” versus “had”

In the following sentence, why have author used "did have" instead of "had" ? Is it grammatically correct at all ? I don't want to diminish her achievements, but she did have a lot of help.
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Meaning of “from whose known good sense he fully expected to have just such” from “Persuasion” by Jane Austen

I don't understand the structure of the bold part of the sentence below. It's from Persuasion by Jane Austen. Mr Shepherd, a civil, cautious lawyer, who, whatever might be his hold or his views ...
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What about you?

Amy: What day is it today? Tom: It's Monday. Hmm... I like Monday. Amy: What do you have today? Tom: We have math, science and art.What about you? Amy: We have English and P.E. What do you ...
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Using the continuous or the infinitive form of a verb when is used as a noun/complement

I believe the following to be wrong: "I don't commit enough to learn English" Surely the continuous form is correct: "I don't commit enough to learning English" Or, maybe even better: "I don't ...
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Heart {Don't / Doesn't} Lie [duplicate]

I just have heard a song "Heart Don't Lie". And I'm curious to know, how has it used? grammatically. "Heart Don't Lie" "Heart Doesn't Lie."
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“Where will you go” vs. “Where you will go”

Which sentence is correct between these? Where will you go? Where you will go?
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Where to place 'only'

I have seen the word 'only' placed both before and after a noun. Where should the word 'only' go in this sentence? Is it the writer's choice? If you have attended every lesson, only the songs need to ...
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Help me with construction of this interrogative sentence

Why did you not tell the truth? Can you tell me? Now join them in one sentence. What is the result? Can you tell me why did you not tell the truth? or Can you tell me why you did not tell the ...