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Which one of the sentences is grammatically correct?

Which one of the following sentences is correct, and why? “I would rather you take care of the children.” “I would rather have you take care of the children.”
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“Outside the house boys waited with the patient for the doctor. ”

Outside the house boys waited with the patient for the doctor. Boys waited with the patient for the doctor outside the house. Boys waited for the doctor with the patient outside the house. Which ...
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Use of “confident that”

The president of the French Republic organises a plebiscite when, confident that he has the backing of the popular majority on an important issue, the popular vote would help him to continue the ...
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Omitting “that” in “so that”

Can I omit "that" in a sentence like The state creates a greater pressure on the large enterprises, so that their prices decrease.
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The woman tries to dial again, but the phone is dead

Context: A burglar has cut the phone line of a house. Inside the house a woman was talking on a landline phone when the line was cut. Then - The woman tries to dial again, but the phone is dead. Is ...
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How to use the “who …” modifier in a 's sentence?

I want to say: I am very jealous of a friend's success. I've known this person for over 10 years. How can I say it in one single sentence? Can I say something like these: I am very jealous of a ...
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Heads off downstairs/down the stairs

Context: Mike is at a party on the fifth floor of a building. There's an open view down to the fourth floor, and an open spiral staircase leading down there and not further. Mike gets into a fight ...
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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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Which of these pages are correct- “Trust Jake with” Or “Trust with Jake”

Do these sentences have the same meaning? These are the people I trust Jake with. These are the people I trust with Jake. Which one means: "I can trust that Jake is safe if he was with these ...
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never would v would never

Does it make a difference which comes first: "I never would have thought that someone was going to come to kill him". and "I would never have thought that someone was going to come to ...
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How am I supposed to form the sentence given below? Can someone help me with it?

Why my new year has to go exactly opposite to what I have planned? Why does my new year have to go exactly opposite to what I have planned? Which is the correct sentence?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct “There are only 3 students signed for this course.”?

Or it should be " There are only 3 students who signed up for this course." ? What about " There are some people talking in the room." What topic of grammar should I read to ...
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Any grammatical patterns for using the word, 'all', in “all (last night/yesterday/today/next month)”

In this question, I am focusing on the word, 'all', combined with the following phrases. I have made up the sets of similar examples below: a) "I had a headache all last night." (correct) b)...
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Where should I use “over the past decade” in this sentence?

It seems to me that it is better to use 'over the past decade' at the start of this sentence rather than the end, although I am not too sure why! "There is an ever increasing number of people ...
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Is “For + Verb” correct?

I know that we use "To + Verb" and "For + Verb-ing". But I heard this in a talk show(below) and I have been wondering whether it is right or not. My muscles are not for show, they ...
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He knew what it means or meant?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? He knew what it means. He knew what it meant. Can we use the present simple tense with the past tense?
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Why is it “you look beautiful” and not “you look beautifully”? [duplicate]

You look beautiful "Beautiful" is an adjective here. We often use "adverbs" to modify "verbs". Here the verb is "look" and instead of an adverb, we have an ...
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Can I say this: “How is traffic congestion that of a massive problem?”

Are there any grammar mistakes in the sentence? Specifically, I'd like to know if it's in the correct order and if I can use "that of a" in it.
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Question about obj

I'm reading a book "A history of religion in 5 1/2 objects" these days, and one sentence is quite tricky for me. Our bodies are a matrix of connecting points that, when used appropriately, ...
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Where would I place “at least” in the following sentence?

I have a question, where should I place my "at least" in the following sentence, lemme first show what's the meaning of my sentence: Maybe I won't get the gold medal, but I surely still ...
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spend time out of your busy routine

I was asked to talk about home made gifts, so I said the following: When you spend time out of your busy routine on make a gift for someone, it makes them feel important." I'm not sure if '...
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What's the difference between these two?

We have the following two sentences: We definitely are able to make something delicious. And: We definitely are able of making something delicious. What's the difference between these two? I can ...
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I am confused understanding these sentences

He was watching me playing guitar. He was watching me played guitar. He was watching me play guitar. What type of sentences are these? Also, how to decide which one is correct?
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A sentence that uses the past tense of two verbs one after another

Is the following sentence grammatical? The phrase "appeared formulated" sounds strange to me, as it involves the past tense two times. Later, the statement appeared formulated with other ...
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Expressing a future desire using 'I wish' / 'I hope'

Which sentences/s work [best] here? Carl and Suzan are friends. They are just young kids now. Carl wants to be with Suzan throughout their youth too. Certainly, Carl is wishing for the future and ...
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Care less and less care

What is the difference between this ones? Can the first one mean that she doesn't stop caring a little less as before or can it be related to the second one not first one? She doesn't care less She ...
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'For now until the next year' or 'During now until the next year' or 'During the period of now until the next year?

I want to tell something like; 'From the present moment until the next 1 year from now on'. How do I say that in a more natural way / How usually a native speaker explains what I mean? 1: 'For now ...
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I'm always vs I'll always

Is it correct to say: "As a fan, I'm always going to support him." Or, should I just use this: "As a fan, I'll always going to support him." And, is it redundant to use going ...
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Is it natural to say 'for your own gender, a person below the average height has at most 160 cm'?

I wonder if the following sentences make any sense. I am trying to ask people at what height they consider to be above average or below average, when they consider only people of their own gender. The ...
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Effect something have or get"

Do they have the same meaning: The effect "y" has when the value of "x" changes is called rate of change. The effect "y" gets when the value of "x" changes is ...
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Connection between what-that and it-that as clauses emphasized subject or object in sentences

I am in a dilemma about whether the sentences are correct. Any tips about this would be welcome. What made us upset was that you did not come in time for our meeting. It is you did not come in time ...
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It's possible to put a direct or indirect object after “what someone call” depending on context, right?

Which sentence is incorrect? This is what they call a torch. Torch is what they call it. Is that what you call it? Is that what you call a torch? It's possible to put a direct or indirect object ...
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“Why didn't he tell her what had happened?” “He had fallen on the floor”

Sometimes I am not sure whether or not I need to use the past perfect or leave it out completely. Why didn't he tell her what had happened? Why didn't he tell her what happened? (Are both of these ...
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“Jerry takes a sip of his drink as Joe and Jack come up to the bar.”

I have these two sentences that I want to connect. Jerry takes a sip of his drink. and Joe and Jack come up to the bar. Would it be okay to connect them if they don't really have a connection (...
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“25 apples on the table.”

25 apples on the table. Don't we put "are" between the 2 words. Or what is grammatical issue in here?
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Correct position of “of mine”

The point of the question is that I want "of mine" to indicate "inattention". Where should "of mine" be in the sentence below? This is the fault of the inattention of ...
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He sleeps 10 hours a day VS He sleeps for 10 hours a day

I have seen this sentence in a book: He sleeps 10 hours a day. To be begin with, I thought this sentence needs preposition 'for' like this: He sleeps for 10 hours a day However I am wondering ...
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“hardens the heart like a stone”?

Is it correct to say Lack of compassion hardens your heart like a stone. or Lack of compassion makes your heart as hard as stone. I wouldn't mind some explanation of why these sentences are wrong ...
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Is it grammatically ok to say “Of that, I'm sure” instead of “I'm sure of that”?

Is it grammatically correct to say "Of that, I'm sure" instead of "I'm sure of that? Examples: My friend: Are you sure the covid-19 epidemic is gonna be done soon? Me: Of that, I'm ...
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Best way to describe this: “There is only one of this bone in a human body.”

For example there is only one nasal bone in a human body. While teaching bones in a human body to student before the skeleton model which sentence should I say by showing nasal bone? Or can I use both ...
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Is it correct and natural to say “establish policy according to which”?

Could you tell me if the following sentence sounds correct and natural? We should establish a policy according to which people would be fined for throwing garbage in the street. If it's not natural ...
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“The only thing left (for him) (to do)”

I would need help with shortening this sentence as much as possible without making it sound strange. He was surrounded by the maliciousness of all, but he had no strength to defend himself against ...
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Does my sentence mean what I want it to mean?

Just then, people start cheering and applauding as Steve steps up on the karaoke stage and takes the microphone. Written like this, does it mean that people started cheering and applauding because ...
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Like look in a mirror [closed]

We both know what it feels like looking in a mirror and not like what we see. We both know what it feels like look in a mirror and not like what we're seeing. We both know what it feels like looking ...
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dated two women in two cities

a. He dated two women in New York and Los Angeles. b. He dated two women, in New York and Los Angeles. c. He dated two women in New York and in Los Angeles. d. He dated two women, in New York and in ...
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My question is about adverb aspect of 'hard' [closed]

Is it okay to say: the driver was driving hard because the weather was dark. Or do we say: the weather was hard dark so the driver couldn't see a thing.
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“I'd seen it happen before” — usage of 'before' in this sentence

I'd seen it happen before. Is this sentence correct? I have mentioned the word 'before' which gives an idea about the past event. Is it enough for the sentence to be considered as complete?
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“He was alive, and a great hero.”

Well, it seems a bit weird, but I want to know whether following sentences is allowable to use in a informal context. He was alive, and a great hero. Tom is alive and an amazing player.
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In front of the air conditioner's blown air

Could you possibly let me know whether the bold part below sounds idiomatic to you? If not, I would appreciate if you could tell me how would a native speaker phrase it in a natural way? That was ...
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is it ok to use “is” with past participle?

I prefer using "is" sometimes with past participle. ex- Your screen is frozen. Your case is picked. your device is repaired. in both the examples, I consider frozen, picked as an adjective ...

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