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Can I freely combine the present perfect simple tense with the present perfect progressive tense within the same sentence or is it bad grammar?

Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina watch him. Jim talks to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina are watching him. Jim is talking to Fran on Finn's phone while Finn and Gina ...
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Singular subject + every/all

Game of Thrones has seven kingdoms and each one of them represents every seven continents of the world. Game of Thrones has seven kingdoms and each one of them represents all the seven continents of ...
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“erupted into wild cheer/cheering”

As the band got on stage, the crowd went wild. As the band got on stage, the crowd erupted into wild cheers/cheering. What is the most natural way to phrase the second sentence if I want a similar ...
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How do I fit all this information into one single noun phrase?

I need to refer generically to people who meet the following criteria (and I need to include all the information in one single noun phrase): they have at least part-time employment they have ...
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Explaining the process where “x*(a-b) < ac-bc” becomes “x < c” by dividing both sides by (a-b)

I would like to explain the process that an expression "x*(a-b) < ac-bc" becomes an expression "x < c". I think one of the following would be correct according to my googling ...
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Is “a 30 percent representation of either gender” correct?

If I'm putting together a work group, where at least 30 percent of the members should be female and at least 30 percent should be male, would it be correct to say The group should have a 30 percent ...
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“I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character”

I cannot account for my (be) so talkative. It's just my character. What form of verb "be" should be used in this sentence? I can't come up with anything.
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not only does he learn English, he learn French too

Is "he learn French too" grammatical? Should it be "he learns French too"? And not only does he learn English, he learn French too. Source: English sentence making practice by me....
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What was their reaction after you told them/they heard/they got to know

"What was their reaction after you told them/they heard/they got to know I got the job?" Are all of the options correct and natural here? I'm not sure about 'hear' and 'know.' I was watching ...
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What is to happen/what will happen

When you have someone like him in your group, you know what is to happen Is this sentence grammatically correct?
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10 seconds to be allowed <him to do so>

Rules If either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, 10 seconds to be allowed him to do so, the other man meanwhile to return to his corner, and when the fallen man is ...
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Which of these sentences with the adverb “ever” are correct?

We always say: I have never been to London. But is it possible to say: I haven't ever been to London. Or I haven't been to London. The task was: Find a mistake in the following sentence: "...
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How to express “you are unavailable” for few days

When you are going on a holiday and want to update your students - Is this a correct English to message - Just a Note : I won't be available for next 2 days Is there any better/eloquent way to ...
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As was he/As if he was

He's mingling around flirting with girls as was he James Bond. He's mingling around flirting with girls as if he was James Bond. Which one is correct? (if any of them)
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Which one is an agent noun?

A number of people take a show once a day. 'number' is an agent noun of the verb or 'people' is an agent noun of the verb? 'number' means amount but is the subject so I'm confusing.
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Is it right if I say, “May I know from which countries my sales are being executed?”?

First I like to say I'm not a native speaker and sometimes I face troubles to make sentences and English learning is a continuous process. I usually sell products and I want to know what are the ...
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Why is adverb “why” used in this sentence “It's why I love you”?

I've read on YouTube "It's why I love you" What was the reason adverb "why" was used after "it's"?
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“The more the foreign worker immerse themselves in the local culture, the more realistic a view they develop of that culture.”

Which one should I use? The more the foreign worker immerse themselves in the local culture, the more realistic a view they develop of that culture. The more the foreign worker is immersed in the ...
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What does “developing agencies” mean in this context?

There are structural reasons for this. Many states were created by colonial powers, artificially uniting different ethnicities under one common roof, a problem returned to in the next paragraph. ...
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Correct preposition for “Disappear”

Are following sentences correct? 1- Where all those stuff have disappeared "to"? 2- Where all those stuff have disappeared "into"? In dictionaries for disappear I see into as a ...
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What's the subject in this sentence containing the word “apart”?

Suppose I live with my family in a certain town, and I'm talking to someone who lives in another town which is 10 miles away. If I say: We are 10 miles apart. Does this "we" refer to "...
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Ending question with “of”

I know that ending sentences with prepositions should be avoided, but still. Can I ask so:"What is the aileron part of?"
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Can that clause be a complement?

Does the following sentence make sense? The origin of the festival is that people prayed for good weather. Can that-clause be a complement?
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“She is my only friend” or “she is my friend only” - place of “only”

I have a female friend called Alice (fake name). Someone else asked me if she is my girlfriend. I want to tell them that she is not my girlfriend but only friend. By "only" I want to mean ...
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“says so vs says that …”

I just wanted to ask if these sentences mean the same thing. She always shows up right when she's said she'll. For me, this sentence is clearly understood. But: She always shows up right when she's ...
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Is there a saying in English that expresses “Life is a mercy to get born”?

Life is a mercy to get born It's coming from this thinking that this life is an opportunity, but this opportunity is given to us based on absolute love (mercy). "To get born" in this ...
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“It…that” sentence structure

I have one question!. It's obvious through the photographs the journalist brings back from the field that he shows the situation he witnessed. It looks like weird! Do we need to start "He shows ...
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Alternative way to say “closest to the direction pointed at”?

A blind-folded person extended his arm and the angle to which the closest person whose body is pointed towards was chosen. The blind-folded person was Eric and the chosen person was Robert. Next to ...
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Can I omit the second “I”?

Can I omit the second "I" in the following sentence: "I wanted to have another serving but somehow I restrained myself."
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“Storing all the information and passing it to consumers” or “Store all the information and pass it to consumers”

Storing all the information and passing it to consumers through the World Wide Web also entails costs. What if I use store in place of storing and pass instead of passing there? Store all the ...
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Please help break down this sentence: “bespoke development software co-ordination of departmental…”

I've tried to parse this sentence out many times and still could not find where are the main clause and its verb. I am writing to ask for help to break it down. bespoke development software co-...
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concerns about something raised vs concerns raised about something

If you do decide to take an EPA/DHA supplement, I suggest choosing a vegan version, rather than fish oil. They are free of the concerns about impurities and odor raised by many fish oil brands. Since ...
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Sentence structure in poems

Ah, had I but the strength of my hands, And could for one hour win out of here, For one winter hour, then I with this host-! But around me lie iron bonds, The fetter's chain rides on me... Found this ...
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Same goes for me as well

Is this sentence redundant? The same goes for me as well. Since we are already using "the same," I feel like "as well" is unnecessary.
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What does “it” refers to in this context?

Whenever democratic theory makes its normative point about equality in society (Dahl 1989, 323ff.), it rests mostly on a moral appeal that is unconvincing because of its essential point that ...
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He of all wonders [closed]

Now let us praise the guardian of Heaven's kingdom, The creator's might and His purpose, The work of the the Father of glory, as He of all wonders, Eternal Lord, established the beginning.... As he of ...
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How should I frame these sentences?

If you would have told me I would have done it. I would mind if you wouldn't do it. I wouldn't mind if you would do it. If you wouldn't have told me I would have done it. Are there sentences correct?
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Does “instead” make sense here?

The truck driver accelerates toward the man. The man dives out of the way to avoid the truck, which instead goes on to crash into a tree. Would you include "instead" as I have done or does ...
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Idioms about the word pride

I’m trying to find the right idiom, the correct way of forming the sentence for the following case. Let me give an example. The boy breaks up with his girlfriend and then after some time he apologises ...
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so…that / to the extent that / such that do they all interchangeable?

This is a definition of the verb "inundate". to give or send somebody so many things that they cannot deal with them all I wonder if I can paraphrase it to to give or send somebody to the ...
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What will “the weather be” or “be the weather”?

The question about the weather should be 1- What/how will the weather be? While I found a lot of examples with the form of: 2- What/how will be the weather? Doesn't the grammatical form of questions (...
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What does “best placed to achieve” mean?

If the USA has become a nation of interest groups, it is the very task of politics to blend divergent interests into great governing coalitions. This, in Cronin’s view, parliament is best placed to ...
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Is the word “actually” redundant in the context?

Some psychologists believe that we can explain every decision or choice that an individual makes by referring to some earlier conditioning that the individual has undergone, so that, although the ...
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What's grammar of “the reasonable satisfaction of both parties ” in the text?

Express terms are set out and stipulated expressly in the contract. For example: The Seller will within a period of 6 months from the date of delivery of Goods, where Goods which are proved to the ...
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usage of “Not that”

Can I use "Not that" in the following context? "Students have to learn concepts deeply, not that [they] just memorize them." Can I use another phrase instead of "Not that&...
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What is “complemented” in this sentence?

In about half of the Sstates we find one or another type of referendum for parliamentary laws, often complemented by a financial referendum. - Swiss Democracy by Wolf Linder I want to know what does &...
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What does “in accord with” mean in this conext?

Types 2)–4) are fundamentally different from plebiscites. In those cases, a pre-defined class of government decision is always subject to a constitutionally required (mandatory) referendum;, or and ...
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Which word? enforceability/enforceable/enforcement/enforcive/enforcing in nature?

Context: I'm trying to tell the reader that the guidelines are intended/designed to enforce previous rules. The new guidelines do not add new rules, just enforcing previous ones. How to I write this?: ...
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Using a relative clause

Is the following right construction? The one who treats you unfairly, tolerate him. I think this is not accurate. The reason is, as I believe, that the first subject 'the one' has no verb in the ...
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Taking or having taken?

The athlete has been accused of ______ dope to boost his performance. a. To have taken b. Having been taken c. taking d. having taken Which option is correct? I'm confused in C and D

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