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Can "the most commonly killed species" be replaced with "the most killed species"?

I have this doubt about a suggestion from Microsoft Word Processor. My original sentence is as follows: This bird is the most commonly killed species in Southern Ocean fisheries and its breeding ...
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Subject + adjective + Verb

According to what I have been learning from my teachers of English, the structure should be like this: Subject + who/which/ that + be + adj + Main Verb. E.g: People who are extremely rich will buy ...
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"This computer is for you to attend lectures" instead of "*This computer is to attend lectures."

I learned that you use "for -ing" and not a 'to' infinitive when you want to say the purpose of a tool, but I am not so sure about it. People told me I should say: This computer is for you ...
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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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How do I ask this question?

"Jack'll come tomorrow", she told Rose in the morning. What does it mean if I ask "When did she tell Rose Jack would come?". 'Tomorrow' and 'the morning' are the two times in the first statement. ...
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"Could not but" in interrogative sentence

Is the following sentence grammatically correct to write in literature? How could I not but close my eyes? As "I could not but close my eyes" is a valid sentence, I felt like this one should also ...
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How to count consciousness?

I'm afraid I'm talking about my favourite topic, consciousness, wrong. Can you please check which of these cases of my trying to use the word on Reddit are correct? "Quantum wave form collapses ...
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Is this a wrong sentence "Heidi Montag is probably more famous for the plastic surgery that she has had carried out than for her TV Career"?

This sentence is literally copied from an English textbook (Solutions 2nd Edition -Intermediate) "Heidi Montag is probably more famous for the plastic surgery that she has had carried out than for ...
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Can a result clause come before a conditional clause when "if" is omitted?

Quote from here: http://www.englishbaby.com If I were you, I would call her. --------> Were I you, I would call her. If I had known, I wouldn't have done it. ---------> Had I known, I ...
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'Twice as many cups' - did I say it right?

I was explaining a recipe to my girlfriend over SMS. I wanted to tell her that for each cup of rice she added to the recipe, she should pour in an additional cup of water, too. I texted:- You ...
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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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"go to look for somebody in the place" vs "go to the place to look for somebody"

Given sentence: Off they went to look for the astrologer in the forest. Question: Where did they go to look for the astrologer? Possible answers: They went to the forest to look for the ...
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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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"What is the opposite word for X?" Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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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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Is there any difference between these sentences?

What’s the difference between these two sentences and which one is the correct one? A tsunami devastated the coast of Japan and caused the meltdown at a nuclear power plant. A tsunami devastated the ...
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"Polar opposite of someone" or "someone's polar opposite"

As you know the term "polar opposite" means "the complete or exact opposite of something else." As far as I'm concerned, we can say something like: "we're polar opposites,&...
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Using imperative form as a Product Feature

I am preparing my RGB Keyboard Product's features. Is it okay to use imperative form? and Are the following sentences correct? Change the colors from the app on the phone by connecting via Bluetooth. ...
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"It takes me a week to go there" or "It takes a week for me to go there"

If someone asked me: "How long does it take you to go there"; Which sentence would be correct, common and natural? 1- It takes me a week to go there 2- It takes a week for me to go there
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Tell me whether the statement is right or wrong

"Whoever reads this comment, I wish u achieved all the goals in your life and became a great person!" is this correct? I saw this comment in a youtube video... I think it's incorrect because ...
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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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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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"...but it looks an impossible task."

Firefighters are working hard to stop the fire, but it looks an impossible task. Hi. Is the emboldened part acceptable or will I need a few more words?
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How to frame a question using "At the earliest"?

Is the following question grammatically correct? At the earliest, when do we need to provide feedback?
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A shorter way to indicate “living in luxury”

I hate......... I exercise moderation…It will be easy to forget your vision and purpose one you have fine clothes, fast horses and beautiful women. [In which case], you will be no better than a slave, ...
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Use of "would" to depict uncertain future

Consider the following scenario: A clinical trial that was initiated in Jan 2021 is currently recruiting participants. The estimated enrollment of the trial is 50 participants. It is not always sure ...
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What is the correct sentence?

1)Is there any way to check whether my letter has been received? 2)Is there any way to check whether my letter was received? 3)Is there any way to check if my letter was received? I sent a letter a ...
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Taking the conversation furher?

I want to tell the employees in my company that I don't want them to chat about some subjects at our work website. And also that I dont want them to go other platforms either to talk about this (like ...
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"Sometimes when I click sleep, the screen turns dark but the fan will start spinning at high speed and the light is still blue"

Is this sentence grammatically correct? There are two conditionals Sometimes when I click sleep, the screen turns dark but the fan will start spinning at high speed and the light is still blue (...
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“Around here somewhere” or “Somewhere around here”

Imagine someone has lost something and he/she is anxiously looking for it everywhere. you as a witness of the whole story decide to cool them down. You are going to ask them not be worried just ...
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Can I use a non-defining and defining clause for the same noun?

I'm curious if I can use a non-defining and defining clause/phrase in a row for the same noun in a sentence. For instance, I sold the ring, an expensive one, that I bought a few years ago. (I intend ...
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is that correct to use "local residents" in the below sentence?

I'd like to say they only provide their services to people in the same country that their company is located. Is that correct to use "local residents" instead of above sentence? they only ...
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Which verbs are used with the conjuction "and" in my example sentence?

I have a sentence in my job descriptions as below: Assess seriousness of each case, select external service providers (e.g. surveyors) to participate in investigation and achieve expected outcomes in ...
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I'm reading a book or I've been reading a book? Implying I started some days ago

I saw a similar question, but I'm not content with the answers, i.e. it's still unclear. It looks like both options are appropriate here, since for present perfect continuous can be applied to an ...
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"I would make sure your future {will/would} be bright" - what is the difference?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I would make sure your future will be bright. I would make sure your future would be bright. I understand that the first would signify conditions ...
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I didn't expect "verb"

How can I express the idea with accuracy in the situation: I had thought that something would be easy to do but the result literally exceeded my expectations. Which sentence would be more accurate to ...
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Reported speech with two parts

When we turn direct reported speech into indirect reported speech, the rules are different depending on whether the speech is an imperative or a statement. Direct: He told her "Turn right at the ...
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Can you say "the events of yesterday?"

While reading through my writing, I noticed that I wrote: "During the events of yesterday..." because it fit the narrative. The phrase, however, made me wonder whether it's correct. When I ...
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word usage - clear and understandable

Consider the scenario where I am explaining a math solution to a student. Now to check if he understands it I could ask - Is this clear Is this understandable? Are the above two sentences correct 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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What's grammar of "the reasonable satisfaction of both parties " in the text?

Express terms are set out and stipulated expressly in the contract. For example: The Seller will within a period of 6 months from the date of delivery of Goods, where Goods which are proved to the ...
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What is "complemented" in this sentence?

In about half of the Sstates we find one or another type of referendum for parliamentary laws, often complemented by a financial referendum. - Swiss Democracy by Wolf Linder I want to know what does &...
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Which word? enforceability/enforceable/enforcement/enforcive/enforcing in nature?

Context: I'm trying to tell the reader that the guidelines are intended/designed to enforce previous rules. The new guidelines do not add new rules, just enforcing previous ones. How to I write this?: ...
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Usage of “net of”

everyone: Do the following two sentences mean the same thing: Your final take-home pay is $2,000 net of deduction of $150. Your final take-home pay is $2,000, net of deduction of $150. If not, ...
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leave again. Is it correct to add "again"?

Two men step into the room, look around, find nothing, and leave again. Writing "again" sounds natural to me even though it's not like they have left the room one time before, but I'm not a ...
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At what tenses can I use the "to be going to" and "used to" constructions?

There are constructions like: to be going to used to be used to get used to At what tenses can i use them? For example "to be going to" in past simple looks well: I was going to... But "...
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How to invert "He was never silly." to emphasize the negative adverb?

What is the correct sentence if you want to make inversion for the following sentence to emphasize the negative adverb? He was never silly. Never was he silly. This is recommended as correct form ...
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Does "felt" belong to "excluded" in this context?

It declared that it felt no longer represented in the Federal Council, excluded the two serving federal councillors elected as SVP members from its parliamentary group and declared ‘fundamental ...
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Is using "or" instead of "and" in this sentence a mistake?

Game theory shows that in a single game, self-interested actors defect from cooperation when it offers them an extra profit. This risk is considerably reduced if the same actors play many games. In ...
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does "never see your pockets empty anymore" make any sense?

We were talking about money in our English class and I said this: learn programming and never see your pockets empty anymore does it make any sense to you? is the sentence correct?

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