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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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“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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The use of Today, this morning etc

What do you think of my analysis of the present perfect and simple past when indicating some form of time such as "This morning, this afternoon etc" "Have you spoken to her today?" ...
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How to express the size of an army correctly?

I made up sentences down below. Which of them is/are incorrect? I defeated an army of ten thousand men/troops. I defeated a ten thousand men/troops army. I defeated an army of ten thousand strong. We ...
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“so as to… and that”

I wanted to reveal the facts as they were so as to save your reputation and that your sponsors might regain their trust in you. The subject of the so as to clause is I, but the subject of the and ...
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Singing into the microphone

She sang into her first pretending to be holding a microphone. She sang into a wand pretending to be hold a microphone. She sang pop music into a microphone. Are these sentences all grammatically and ...
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Why are both of the sentences correct? [duplicate]

Some questions in the exam were very easy. Some of the questions in the exam were very easy. Most students in our class are very nice. Most of the students in our class are very nice. The question ...
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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 can't grasp a marked part grammatically

This is the part of a conversation between 2 people. I am trying to figure out the sentence structure of B's last reply. A: I do that every day. That’s– [laughs] that’s really become– that’s really ...
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Past perfect, past perfect cont

Is it correct to say? I got burned 2 weeks ago and got scorch on my hand. It hadn't been getting better until 1 week had passed should I use past perfect at the end or would simple past be more ...
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Construction of compound (or maybe complex) sentences with comparative adjectives in each clause

Could you, please, correct my sentences if they are incorrect? The more angry the Hulk gets, the stronger he is. The more people subscribe to my channel, the less I go out for walking (or go out ...
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“Something needs to be done” vs “something needs doing”

There is the sentence "...but there's obviously some work that needs doing." in a video of Oxford Online English. Why not "... some work that needs to be done."? Is it correct to ...
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turns the music back off

I put on some music. My wife starts singing along. I look at her, then abruptly turns the music back off. My question is about the part in bold. Is it grammatical and correct with the information I ...
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When should 'a' and 'an' be written in a list containing both?

Which of the following is correct? Want to be a Graphic Designer, Photographer or an Artist? Let's Learn and Grow Together. Want to be Graphic Designer, Photographer or Artist? Let's Learn and Grow ...
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It is difficult to accept (it)

I am speaking about a man who receives a piece of advice from a friend, but because the advice entails radical changes in his life he replies: Your advice is so demanding, it is difficult to accept! ...
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“To feed smb smth” vs “to feed smb on smth”

Is there any difference in meaning between "to feed the dog biscuits" and "to feed the dog on biscuits"? Are the following sentences correct? Biscuits are fed to the dog. The dog ...
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Does the sentence read correct?

Is the sentence The knife is a tool to cut grammatically correct? My logic is that the sentence phrased thus doesn't convey the intended meaning as it seems to convey the opposite idea, i.e., The ...
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Meaning of “Lucy’s papa that it was a nuisance”

Still eight but almost nine, Lucy had made friends that summer with the O’Reillys’ dog. A big, frolicsome animal – half setter, half retriever – it had crept into the O’Reillys’ yard a month or so ago,...
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How to ask about the subject and objects in the following sentence?

I made up a sentence: "She feeds the shark fishes." How to ask about the subject, the 1st object and the 2nd object? Maybe: Who feeds the shark fishes? Who does she feed fishes? What does ...
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Can we or we can?

I think sentence 1 is the correct (can we), rather than sentence 2 (we can) but I am struggling to explain why this is. Only by working together can we make every one’s life better Only by working ...
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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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trying to write a parallel and correct sentence

I am trying to form a parallel sentence. My first attempt is this: "Good health requires right eating and regular exercising." But I am not sure if this is grammatically correct. The other ...
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Is there Parallelism in my sentence

Does my sentence have parallelism? "He criticizes public schools because they are compulsory, government-funded, and destroying students' humanity."
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Do I use appositive clause correctly?

Can I use appositive clause (in bold) in the following way: The merits of technology should never be denied, that they eliminate the inconvenience of attending events in person, be it traffic ...
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how much or how often

Using how much with an action I need to see how much you act upon this thing. Is this a correct sentence? I think 'how much' is used for "quantity", not for frequency. Like we can say: ...
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What are the differences between these?

What is the difference between He is hard to understand He is hard to being understood Which one of the above should I use if I want to say that "He doesn't understand others much"? Thank ...
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Foundation for humanity with dignity, respect and liberty

Does any of the following grammatically make sense? How would you write it otherwise? “We believe a stable home is the foundation for humanity with respect, liberty and dignity.” Or “We believe ......
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Could have + until

I am not entirely sure if the following sentence makes sense: They had to [...], which could have possibly led to ostracization within their own communities until the group gained enough power. I am ...
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Combining ‘replies’ and ‘responses’

I am trying to construct a sentence that covers both replies and responses. No need for you to answer this question. I went over your (replies/responses) in this conversation and know that your ...
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Whoever/Whatever… + Relative pronoun + Clause?

From time to time, I see this type of sentence: Whatever/However/Whoever... + Clause Whoever wrote this should win a prize. But aren't we supposed to put the relative pronoun that (or other relative ...
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“imagine on one side” vs “on one side imagine” vs sth else?

"Enter into your imagination, and imagine on one side several people who have yelled at you. On the second side imagine all those who have supported you". "Imagine on one side", &...

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