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Infinitives of verb

State how the infinitive is used in the following sentence:- "It is delightful to hear the sound of the sea" The answer hints that the infinitive is in apposition to 'it' How does this ...
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Make + someone + something

Is it correct to say? Can you make me some tea? or Can you fry me some eggs? I already know about "Can you make some tea for me?" etc variation.
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My phone didn't ring “because it was out of battery” or “because of being out of battery” or “out of battery”

Which is the most natural way to say? Or do all of them sound awkward?
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“its presence a mystery” ? Where is the predicate?

There among the wildflowers lay a door, its presence a mystery. (From ACT) I don't understand the grammatical construction after the comma (the bold text). It seems to me that it lacks a predicate, ...
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To be in (good / bad) shape

As you are well aware, when someone has a nice physique, we can say: He/she is in good shape. But in case someone is "out of shape", I know that native speakers normally would say: He/...
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When fixing a comma splice with a semicolon, is it sometimes necessary to alter the second clause?

For example: a. I want to eat chocolate, I’m allergic. Most people would fix this by adding a conjunctive adverb: a. "I want to eat chocolate; however, I’m allergic." Would it be incorrect ...
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Are them both correct?

I came across the following sentence; “Controlling what they say, they often keep the most critical parts of their character hidden.” Can it be said this way; “By controlling what they say, they often ...
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The rate we are going at, we won't be able to make it - Does the “at” in the end make the sentence incorrect?

The rate we are going at, we won't be able to make it. Does the "at" in the end make the sentence incorrect? I'm confused whether I can use the "at" or not.
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Correct way to describe your academic degree

Earlier when I wanted to say that I have done my three year degree course from a university I generally used to say that "I have done my graduation in History from ABC University". ...
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A problem with reported speech [duplicate]

I was wondering which tense should be used in the following indirect questions? First case: 1.1. Where are you going? → I asked where you are going 1.2. Where are you going? → I asked where you were ...
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What is the difference between, “it means,” “this means,” and “which means”?

What is the difference between these: it means, that means, and which means? For example: They gave her the nickname Katie because it means "pure." I don't know if that means she is ...
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“Make you some coffee” or “Make some coffee for you”

I was wondering which structure is the correct one: 1- Do you want me to make you some coffee? Source 2- Do you want me to make some coffee for you? I think the first one means: "Do you want ...
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You have to tell who among them is the culprit

You have to tell who among them is the culprit. I have ended this sentence with a full stop. Is it correct?
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verb + back + again

I was wondering if using "again" in the following paragraph is redundant: I just love this time of year. Spring is in the air and everything is coming back to life "again", ...
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Trying to express a mind state - sentence correctnesss

I'm writing a letter to my employer regarding getting education assistance for my Master's program. My question: are there errors? what can I do to express this sentiment better? Should I split this ...
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What am I not understanding about these sentences?

I'm so confused by the sentences. 1.They miss being in Brazil 2.They miss having been in Brazil 3.They missed being in Brazil 4.They missed having been in Brazil So 1 means that they miss the time ...
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He looks like he just got out of famine

In Urdu language, there is a saying which is used to describe a person who eats so fast and too much humorously or sarcastically (depending on the context its connotation can vary.) They say: Look at ...
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Ambiguity in “his son killed his mother”

Consider that Alex is the son of Bob. Alex's mother (wife of Bob) is Caren and the grandmother of Alex (mother of Bob) is Deb. Now Alex (son of Bob) killed Deb (mother of Bob), if I want to say that ...
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Why it does not apply the same the rule?

Talking about gerunds I have these 2 sentences: I don't remember saying that to her I don't remember having said that to her So these mean the same But in these: I avoid talking to her I avoid ...
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How to convert “my only options are…” to a question?

Suppose we have a sentence like this: My only options are to either do X or do Y. How do I convert this to a question? If I follow the "standard rule", the question becomes: Are my only ...
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Is it “this type of words” or “these types of words” in following context?

I am a English learner and recently asked a question. In my description, I wrote following. I know that there are phrasal verbs like loop up, look out, Pass away, etc. But, I want to know what this ...
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I dont understand the use of “that” here?

I dont understand when it says "the meaning is that OF a noun" In compound nouns using the gerund, it is clear that the meaning is that of a noun, not of a continuous verb I dont ...
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Did you know you (can/could) follow us on our Twitter?

Did you know you could follow us on our Twitter? Or Did you know you can follow us on our Twitter?
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“Align with the requirements of the role of an attorney” correct?

These qualities and skills align with the requirements of the role of an attorney Is this sentence correct? I'm having doubts because of the repetition of "of"
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Are both versions natural?

Are both versions natural? 1. He came out onto the roof with a bottle of whisky in his hand. He was about to take a gulp from it when it slipped out of his hand and shattered. 2. He came out onto the ...
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How would you fill out the blanks in this document? “Done at …”

I am applying for a scholarship and I must fill out this page. I've never seen "Done at" phrase before. And, also at the beginning, there is I......... country........................date of ...
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Title of my proposed research paper [duplicate]

I'm asking if the title of my research paper is fine, it's entitled "Psychological Impact to Students Using Modular Learning Modality During Covid-29 Pandemic."
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Which of the following questions is/are correct?

Which of the following questions is/are correct? Who on the picture do you think doesn't have children? Who on the picture do you know? Who do you know on the picture? Who on the picture do you know ...
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Being creative, well-organized and analytical (is/are)

(1) Being creative, well-organized and analytical is your greatest strength. (2) Being creative, well-organized and analytical is your greatest strengths. (3) Being creative, well-organized and ...
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different combinations of “$200” and “customs duty”

I have made up the similar sentences below. (1) I'm sad that I have to pay a $200 customs duty on my online order. (2) I'm sad that I have to pay an customs duty of $200 on my online order. (3) I'm ...
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Which of the following sentences is correct?

Which is correct? a) He scored goals in 6 matches out of 10. b) He scored goals in 6 out of 10 matches. c) Out of 10 students, 4 are women. d) Out of 10, 4 students are women. Do I understand the ...
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(for five lunches) vs (five days of lunch) vs (lunch for five days) vs (for five meals)

I have made up the sentences below. (1) There is enough food for us for five lunches. (2) There is enough food for us for five days of lunch. (3) There is enough food for us for lunch for five days. (...
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What is “shut” in “close the door shut”?

I have heard the sentence "close the door shut" a lot. However I am not sure about the function of "shut". Is it an adverb or an adjective here? How do I parse this sentence? I am ...
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Suggestions on using weekly at the beginning

Weekly, when we disbursed supplies to him, we would discuss that it would be a good idea for him to seek treatment for his condition. This sentence sounds a little off. I am not sure if it would be ...
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“You have to be on top of the game, really know/really knowing/and really know what are you doing”

What is differences between these sentences : Sentence 1: you have to be on top of the game, really know what are you doing Sentence 2: you have to be on top of the game, really knowing what are you ...
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“This chapter has been divided into two sections, those are/which are/such that children and adults.”

Among these sentences, which one would be ideal when introducing a list This chapter has been divided into two sections, those are children and adults. This chapter has been divided into two ...
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What is the correct phrase? Should it be “I couldn't help to think that” or “ I can't help to think”

I had a sentence that goes like this "I ----- help to think that you said I should give you the goods for free" do the omitted word sound like "couldn't" or "can't" so ...
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Uses of everyday in a sentence

Is it the same to say "he wears a suit to work everyday" and "he wears a suit everyday to work"?or is there a rule for that?
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What is better to use in modern English?

Which sentence is better to use in modern English between these two sentences having the same meaning? Be he ever so skillful. However skillful he may be. I guess number 2 can be used in modern ...
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What is the adjectival form the word “APPEAL” [closed]

What is the adjectival form of the word "APPEAL"? does the word meaning change when used in adjectival form? if I write "this poem is appealing" or these poems are appealing. ...
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How to express the following meaning using a single exclamatory sentence?

I betrayed someone in the past. Now I regret and I blame myself for my betrayal. I want to use a single exclamatory sentence to express self-blame, starting by 'how'. I guess it may be: 'How shall I ...
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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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Which one of the following sentences is syntactically correct?

I have 2 sentences and I can't decide which one is syntactically correct: "If you want to leave a comment all exam participants will see, click here" "If you want to leave a comment for ...
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eLearning writing: Beginning with “while”

I am aware that using While to begin a sentence brings in a dimension of time to it. Could you please tell me if this sentence is grammatically correct? Thank you.
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Is the sentence “The fire sent everybody running out of the cinema” correct?

I have found in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English the following : Send=affect=to make someone or something start to be in a particular state:His lectures always send me to sleep. Send sb/sth ...
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What does 'that' belong to and how to determine?

The decisive difference is that in today’s international arena there are huge obstacles to forming global political institutions that have no analogues from the era of national state-formation, namely ...
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How to say “whoever's”?

Please look at the following example: If someone asks me to not upvote a question (suppose) and I want to tell them in response that "I will upvote whoever's question I want". How to express ...
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confusion in usage of “as for myself”

I'm confused with the usage of as for myself. Whether it is used to tell something about our personal life or to tell our opinion/thinking? Consider this: As for myself, I was always a self-occupied ...
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Where to use the phrase “as small as” in a sentence

Which one is grammatically better? The material should be issued in parts as small as possible, Or The material should be issued in small parts as possible.
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A sentence, 'A but B is C.'

You know, not A but B is C, not only A but also B is C, or A is B but C structures are correct. What about an A but B is C structure?

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