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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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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 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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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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“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 specific ...
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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 are the differences between “sorry to keep you waiting” and “sorry for keeping you waiting.”?

What are the differences between "sorry to keep you waiting" and "sorry for keeping you waiting"? It seems that a lot of native speakers do not distinguish "sorry to do" and "sorry for doing". But ...
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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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Difference between “was seated” and “was sitting”

What is the difference between below sentences. He was seated in front of me. and He was sitting in front of me.
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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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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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How do we split a two-words verb in a sentence if the object is a bit descriptive?

Let's see these two-word verbs first - Wake up, Kick off, Pull out, and many more... Now, I'm adding an object there... Wake me up after an hour. I'll kick him out. You see a thread ...
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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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“Replace” versus “Substitute” - Sentence structure

I have a question about the words order and their effect on the meaning of a sentence when it comes to use the verbs "replace" and "substitute"! As far as I know, "to replace someone / something with ...
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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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Uses of “have you had” and “did you have” [duplicate]

When to use have you had and did you have in sentence? e.g. 1) To ask some if he had his lunch or not? Have you had your lunch? Or Did you have your lunch? 2) To ask some if he faced this ...
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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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“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 him ...
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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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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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Formation of passive participle clause

Here is a sentence which I think an example of passive participle clause: After being arrested, he was taken to the police station. I think the above sentence with 'being+p.p' is an example ...
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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 grammatical: "...
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What is the difference between “Wasn't it supposed to have started 30 minutes ago?” and “Wasn't it supposed to start 30 minutes ago?” in this case?

If I want to ask my teacher if the lesson should have started earlier, Could I use the sentences below? 1 Wasn´t it supposed to have started 30 minutes ago? 2 Wasn´t it supposed to start 30 ...
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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. But, I wonder, ...
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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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“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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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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Go (to / in) your own way

Imagine a son who wants to work as X in the future (an occupation that seems quite odd to others.) For this reason, the surrounding people and his friends start to mock him or treat him outrageously ...
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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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“For doing” vs. “To do”

I have some problems to relate some sentences to each other, specially when they get long. I observed "to" and "for" could be used for such relations, but don't know their proper usage and their ...
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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 and ...
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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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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 honest, it's ...
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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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Adjective Used as an Adverb?

That cake looks good. In formal proper grammar, may good (adjective) get used as an adverb? Or, may you read it as, That cake (noun phrase, nominal[?], argument[?]), looks (verb, predicate[?]), good ...
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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 mom ...
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to-infinitives against bare infinitives

I have a clearer understanding on to-infinitives, as in the following sentences: I allowed her to go to the party. I got him to do his homework. But I still need to be clear on a similar structure, ...
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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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Difference between These & Those [closed]

I would like to know what is the exact difference between These & Those.
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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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Meaning of the phrase “over a cup of tea”

I came across a sentence recently: We shall discuss this matter over a cup of tea. Why is the preposition over used here ? I first thought that it would be with, but then, we discuss things with ...
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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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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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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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