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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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“Maximize the chances of searchability” or “maximize searchability”?

Someone edited my question on Linguistics SE and said in edit summary: gave more general title to make it easy to find on the web I wonder how I could rephrase the above sentence. I rephrased it as: ...
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Is “Are you (or Have you been) informed?” a natural expression even when used without any context or clues?

The other day, my colleague asked me to proofread a checklist with a check item below. Have you been informed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry? Yes or No It was an independent check ...
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Why is “give under the the weight” grammatically correct here?

Why is the following sentence grammatically correct? We were afraid that the rickety bed would give under the the weight of ten people. I think that it should be '.....give up under the weight.....'
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Does the word “refreshment ” make sense over here

So today I ordered pizza, and after that, I wanted to ask the waiter what were my options for drinking. (I wanted to order some Coke or Pepsi.) I asked the waiter :- What are my options for drinking? ...
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which one is correct? “My test is the next day” or “My test is on the next day”?

I want to know that whether both the sentences are same or means different? My test is the next day. or My test is on the next day.
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“there are tours that worth it” or “there are tours that ARE worth it”?

Is sentence "Anyway, there are definitely some bus tours that worth it, for example..." fully correct in terms of grammar? My friend wrote it in some letter for english exam and he quite ...
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Cannot understand the Subject of this sentence?

My problem is to know who is the Subject of setting and it the following sentence: When it is invoked, our new function simply invokes the original function that was passed in, setting the original ...
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I don't understand the grammar of this sentence

I don't understand the grammar of the following sentence. (The part in bold) Note that it doesn't matter how the hello method becomes attached to the object in this form. Remember that we previously ...
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Can I connect two parts of a sentence with 'regarding' in this case?

I always struggle to write long sentences and connect the parts correctly. Does 'regarding' work here and is there a way to make it sound more like something a native speaker would write? I also can'...
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Proper usage of “having given birth” in this sentence

Recently, I came across a question that asks whether a given sentence is correct. If not, we're required to select an option that corrects the error. Question: Having given birth to six kittens, my ...
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Ways to refer to past time

Suppose I woke up an hour ago, when I am still in bed, can I say these: I woke up at 10 and it's an hour from when I woke up Or I woke up at 10 and it's an hour since I woke up Or I woke up at 10 ...
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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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Is not & Does not with verb+ing

Can we construct below sentences? a) System does not calculating it correctly. b) System is not calculating it correctly.
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Clarifying “The man saw the woman with a telescope.”?

Cited from p. 12 of Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin: The man saw the woman with a telescope. Who had the telescope, the man or the woman? My question Who, the man or the woman,...
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“i never would've thought I'd realize my love for her” is this sentence logically correct or not? [closed]

I never would've thought I'd realize my love for her. So does this sentence make sense? I feel like if you think about realizing something in the future, don't you already realize it? It makes no ...
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How to eliminate ambiguity of “Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway.”?

Background Cited from p. 12 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin. Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway Ambiguities in newspaper headlines—which are generally ...
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Is “He was eating.” a complete sentence to a question?

Is “He was eating.” a complete sentence to the question “What is Stacey eating?”
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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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Building a Comparison

Today, while I was watching a video on YouTube, I came across the following sentence: Contrary to my personality, my sister is very outgoing and tends to make friends easily. From a meticulous ...
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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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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 “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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“I did well” vs. “I did good”

I did well. I did good. Which one is a correct sentence? Please explain it with reasons. Can you please define them?
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which sentence is correct? “any simpler product than mugs” or “any product simpler than mugs”

which one is correct? you can't create and sell any simpler product than mugs you can't create and sell any product simpler than mugs
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“The place under the bed” is correct?

My brother was sweeping the house the other day, and I asked him: Have you already swept the place under the bed? As a learner I didn't find any other alternative to talk about the place / space ...
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Are the following sentences correct? [closed]

The first time I saw her was in a pub. I first saw her in a pub. I first saw her when I was in a pub. The first time I saw her was when I was in a pub. The first time I saw her in a pub was last week. ...
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Use of 'lost' as an Adjective

'Lost' is past and past participle form of verb 'Lose'. It's also a pure adjective as it passes the test of Adjective category. So, we can write I am lost. (Lost as Predictive Adjective) I have been ...
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Is the sentence “you just look like the people that it's never their fault” right?

I want to write an informal sentence to ironically tell someone it is never their fault just because they look innocent. Does the following sentence sound right? You just look like the people that it'...
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Are sentences like, “He is a too-good person,” correct?

I wonder if sentences like the ones below are correct. John is a too-good person. (Trying to mean John is a person that is too good.) He's had too-young girlfriends. (Trying to mean someone has had ...
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What kinds of music you don't like? or What kinds of music don't you like?

What is more proper to say: What kinds of music you don't like? What kinds of music don't you like? Can you please explain why?
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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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What is meaning of this newspaper extract?

There have been exceptions — the Nepali Maoists, for example, managed to partake in power after peacefully ending the civil war — but if the Indian Maoists’ denunciation of these steps taken by their ...
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Understanding simultaneity: “Sue was surprised and said, “What the hell!””

I have difficulty understanding the difference between three sentences below: Sue was surprised and said, “What the hell!” and Sue was surprised as she said, “What the hell!” and Sue said in ...
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Proper way to express “He disappeared them”

While watching an early episode of the TV show, "The Blacklist," one of the characters used the phrase: We got the list of the people he disappeared. I'm sure they meant the people the bad guy ...
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The door you heard closing / The door you heard close was not him going out, it was me coming in [duplicate]

I was wondering which sentence would be better, the progressive one or the other. The door you heard closing was not him going out, it was me coming in The door you heard close was not him going out,...
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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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Independent clause and part of a sentence

1.What is the independent clause here? 2.How does 'accidentally spilled his cargo, leaving a pulpy mess' function here? Last month a porter carrying a basket of tomatoes in the crowded Shasha market ...
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Will Tom have to go to hostel or Will Tom has to go to hostel?

I thought Tom is singular thus I should use has rather than have. Here are two sentences. Will Tom have to go to a hostel? Will Tom has to go to a hostel?
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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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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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Interested in OR Interested with

I came across an English question yesterday on a website: The organisation ___________ to popularise Indian classical music among the youth which has lost ___________ with its cultural roots. A ...
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“Is it just me, or do reels seem to be killing songs that I used to enjoy 9 years ago.” [closed]

Is there any problem with this statement Is it just me, or do reels seem to be killing songs that I used to enjoy 9 years ago.
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Which is correct: “[..] make the full overall list.” or “[..] make up the full overall list.” or “[..] make the full overall list up.”?

Which is correct: "These ten sub-lists together make the full overall list." or "These ten sub-lists together make up the full overall list." or "These ten sub-lists together ...
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Ambiguity in “I drank water three more times than before”

Suppose I'll be seeing the doctor again after the first appointment and I have noticed one thing: today, I drank water three more times than before, but I believe this sentence is ambiguous in that it ...
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The placement of participles defining the subject of the main clause

As far as I know, we can use participles right before or after the subject of the main clause to give extra information about the subject. For example: 1- Dressed in his class-A uniform, the marine ...
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Does this fit as a counterexample?

Still learning about conditional statements, I'm now learning about Proofs in the same subject from here: How to make this hypothesis in a negative form? It's given that I should rewrite the ...
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“a film without propaganda” grammatical?

This is a film without propaganda, a balanced movie. This is a war film without propaganda. "a film without propaganda" grammatical? It doesn't sound quite right, because it implies a movie ...
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How to make this hypothesis in a negative form?

I'm learning conditional statements in Math and I am tasked to make the hypothesis and the conclusion rewritten in a negative form. This one is where I have trouble with: If a polygon has exactly ...

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