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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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How do I phrase this restrictive relative clause

X has problems cooperating with certain people. Now I need to refer to these people using a restrictive relative clause, but I can’t seem to find a way to do this… I have thought of the constructions ...
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"I was weeping while selling my car." [closed]

I was weeping while selling my car. Can anyone tell me whether this statement is correct or not? Can I use 2 -ing words in one sentence?
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an indefinite pronoun or a determiner

In a dictionary, I happened upon some explanation. Only half of my friends could come to my party. In this case, they say that the word “half” is a determiner. I knew that is a indefinite pronoun. I ...
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How do you indicate the "length" of instalments?

I'm wondering whether it's correct to use the construction "instalments of + TIME" with the word instalment to express the 'length' of the instalment? For instance, can I say Payment may be ...
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Remove object when it can be implied

I'd like to know if it is possible to omit an "object" from some sentences when the reader can understand the object? if is so it is necessary to keep propositions of verbs? consider the ...
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What does this Facebook comment mean: "As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say."

As a top fan, I don't really have anything to say. I just wrote it to protect my badge. I saw this joke comment in Facebook comments and I don't understand it. I can't see how the two clauses relate....
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it is hurt (Simple Past) or it is hurting? In the next situation

In the next situation...: (I am talking with my friend in the afternoon about something which happened to me in the morning. As you can notice all happened in the same day...): Me: I woke ...
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Is it correct to say "was spent in" when talking about a day or a moment?

I would like to know if it's correct to say "was spent" when talking about a moment or a time in the day, and not about people, in a sentence. For instance: The rest of the evening was ...
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Is this grammatically correct?: "something we thought which might have been lost due to the time and distance"

Here is the context: Two performers who are based in two different countries are going to carry out a performance together. The two of them cannot see each other often so they thought the senses and ...
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present participle use in different ways

I saw a speeding sedan down the road. The sedan was speeding down the road. The first one is an example of the present participle (as the word speeding is linked with the car acting like an ...
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an introductory appositive phrase

There is a sentence with this structure below which I can’t understand. A drastic change from her old style, the woman now dressed very differently than she used to. Can you this phrase change into ...
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determining adverb or preposition in phrasal verb

When Sam came in, I was asleep. The definition of a phrasal verb is a verb that is made up of the main verb together with an adverb or a preposition or both. My question is What should we consider '...
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Subject + (to be) + adjective + to + verb

Which is correct? I am easy to deceive. I am easy to be deceive.
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"I told you this for you to make sure that I'm one of the good." or "I told you this to make sure that I'm one of the good"

I'm a beginner learner and don't know which one is right. I mean, whether I should use "for" in the sentence or not. (also, one of myfriends told me that each of the sentences had a different meaning....
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Is the clause "just making sure …" part of previous sentence or part of another incomplete one?

I know there are 100 billion - 400 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. So each of the dots in the image below might be a star or a cluster of stars. A video is trying to explain how large the (...
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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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What is the exact meaning of "Not like you hold me" in Michael Jackson's song "Love never felt so good"?

Baby, love never felt so good And I doubt if it ever could Not like you hold me, hold me I interpret the "Not like you hold me" part as It's not like you hold me. as same usage in "...
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Which sentence is correct

My friend made a statement to which I replied “After 2 weeks you won't have the same say.” Now I don't know if that sentence is correct. I think “After 2 weeks you will not have the same ...
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which one is correct to be used in my below sentence? (If it was/ is)

Also your headlines should be attention-grabbing because most users read headlines first and if it was/ is interesting enough, then they will decide to read the rest of the content.
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Appropriate sentence/ Tense to be used for declaring something

Which sentence should I use when I pass the exam? I mean at the time of announcing the result. a) I cleared the Exam. (Past Tense) It refers to the past event of passing the exam. I mean results were ...
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Is there any problem with this statement?

I have been studying some differences between Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous and, recently, I came across with this statement: I have been running 10 km. As far as I'm concerned, so ...
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“probably was” or “probably would be”, which one is correct?

That probably was the most surprising moment in my life. That probably would be the most surprising moment in my life. Which of the above sentence is correct or are they both correct? Is the second ...
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How to ask if someone is in a hospital

The scenario is: I am going to hospital to see my friend who got injured in an accident. Suppose that I have entered in the hospital and now I want to ask someone who works in the hospital about my ...
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do these sentences imply the same thing thing? [closed]

I’d like to know which of the following sentences is most natural and whether they all imply the same thing: “I feel awful and being here just amplifies that feeling. “I’m feeling awful and being here ...
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The structure of this sentence? "What does the man suggest is the best solution?"

"What does the man suggest is the best solution?" Could somebody explain the grammatical structure of this sentence to me like talking to a toddler...? ([what does the man suggest] itself is a ...
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"to use in case of emergency"

a. This is a gun, to use in case of emergency. b. This is a gun, to use only in case of emergency. c. This is a gun, to be used in case of emergency. d. This is a gun, to be used only in case of ...
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"You must avoid riding in a crowded bus/or travelling in a metro/during rush hour/as both are quite unpleasant experiences"

I got a sentence correction question, and I am having a hard time trying to figure out what and why exactly the error lies in "as both are quite unpleasant experiences" part of the following ...
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Using the proper pronoun

I was wondering which preposition is more idiomatic here: To get a shuttle taxi all you have to do is to stand beside the street and just look interested. If a taxi driver wants to pick you up, ..... ...
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grammarly says that my sentence is unclear or hard to follow

I have written this sentence. Constant media exposure gives people the illusion that they need specific items just because of the glamour associated with them. grammarly suggests I convert it to ...
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Can I say "Reduce costs by up to 50% less"?

I want to talk about an achievement and say that sometimes costs are reduced by 20%, sometimes by 50%. I created a solution to reduce costs by up to 50% less. How should I phrase this?
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"I am..., and am..." or "I am..., and I am..."

A) I am eager to learn more about the position, and grateful for this opportunity to meet the sales team in person. B) I am eager to learn more about the position, and am grateful for this opportunity ...
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"What makes you think of watching a movie?" Is this sentence OK?

The answer for the question I want to say would be "the story", "casts", etc. You might say "What is the factor that makes you think of watching a movie?" for that ...
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"To know + object + to + infinitive" works here, right?

I made up a sentence: "Whom do you know in the picture who has been in jail?" Is the sentence correct? If so, can it be rephrased as "Whom do you know in the picture to have been in ...
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Where do I can find the real-world-based and trusted-worthy English verb tenses exercises? [migrated]

I have been heavily focusing on learning English tenses for a month, but I can not find real-world-based exercises. To me, all workbooks I have known are just sandboxing exercises. They have isolated ...
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Is there any difference between these sentences? [closed]

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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Where to put "the last time"? [closed]

I have a question about where in the sentence you could put the phrase "the last time." When you are talking about a restaurant, which sentence can you use? It's been two years since the ...
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Would a native speaker use the word "dismiss" to talk about "school"?

In our country people use dismissal time to talk about end of a day at school: What is the dismissal time of this school? And sometimes: What time does the school dismisses? I have checked few ...
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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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it's been two years... + present perfect or simple past?

Which of These two sentences is preferable? It's been two years since I last saw her. It's been two years I haven't seen her. Are they both correct?
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"Used to" with period of life

can I say " I used to smoke for 5 years "? is it correct? And if no, which tense should I use? Should I say "I had smoked for 5 years?" Thanks a lot.
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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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Present perfect / Past simple

I always face difficulties while selecting the correct tense to express my idea. Which tense should I use in this case? Present simple or past perfect? I write and save an essay in my computer. But, ...
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Correct way to say "N is in TOP-100"

What would be the correct way to say that something was included in the top-100 list? My university is rated in the top-100 best universities in the world. My univrsity is in the top-100 best ...
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"Freudian slumber empty of sound" [closed]

When you're asleep they may show you Aerial views of the ground Freudian slumber empty of sound (Full lyrics) What does the marked phrase mean? Is it a full sentence? Does it contain a ...
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How to say that I start doing something from this year/season

I would like to say that something starts at the particular moment, e.g. year or season. How should I pose it? For instance. I watched movies alone before, but starting from this winter, I plan to ...
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Why is the possessive used instead of objective case in "agree to your being"? [duplicate]

The governors would, of course, agree to your being admittedly pensioned. I could not understand the use of "your being" here; why does this sentence construction used here? (As I've often ...
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the rule of S V O C and S V O O

I learned that two of the sentence patterns are S V O C and S V O O, the verbs in these patterns would be different from other verbs, meaning they would have their own grammar rules. What if I use ...
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How do you remove ambiguity from "Examined the impact of doing something while doing something else"?

Is there a potential ambiguity in the following sentence? I know that the sentence structure can be ambiguous under a different context, but what about the sentence itself? Main sentence: Examined ...
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Use of "that" in "the meaning is that of a noun"

I don't understand "the meaning is that of a noun" here In compound nouns using the gerund, it is clear that the meaning is that of a noun, not of a continuous verb I don't understand the ...

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