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Should “either” be preceded by a comma?

An example: The question caught me off-guard. She was right: why I was so confident about my statement? I couldn't disprove the existence of this mystical stone. In fact, I couldn't disprove ...
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Combining sentences with 'which'

I have the following constructions: Conversely, automatic canopy detection is often failed in dense scenes. Therefore, efficient and more specific solutions are demanded. What would be an ...
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Do you think (if) you could

Do you think if you could check this essay for me? Is if legitimate in that place, or it is a dish best served without if?
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You're a selfish, aren't you?

You're a selfish, aren't you? Is this grammatically correct, and is it how a native speaker would say it? The context is that person A continually acts in a selfish way, and now another person B (a ...
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“needless to say” - How to use it in a sentence?

I don't need to say that if there is no more rain, then only we will go out for a dinner. How do I use "needless to say" in such a sentences? Needless to say, if there is no more rain, then only ...
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Do you “debate about whether” or “debate whether”?

A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating ____ (a) about whether the flood was gradual or ...
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Can an object be placed before the subject?

✲ I her admire. (James McCawley, The Syntactic Phenomena of English) The sentence above is unacceptable; yet consulting “That I do” (John Steinbeck’s East of Eden), ‘Her I admire’ seems to be ...
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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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falls down on the ground from the roof

1) He falls down on the ground from the roof of the house. 2) He falls to the ground from the roof of the house. I think both sentences are grammatically correct. But something else is wrong ...
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Sentence starts with “As” [closed]

As she falls down, she tries to catch something. Is it a bad writing style to start sentences with "As" like above? I know the above sentence can be written as "She tries to catch something as she ...
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Got a cold, cure it by yourself?

When a person got a cold, but he didn't want to have any medicine as he believed that it could be got well after having a rest. In this situation, does this sentence below sound natural? Or how would ...
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I have something (someone) in some place

For example: A) I have a book in my room. B) There is a book in my room. I want to express: I have a book, and the book is in my room. Which is more accurate? Is example A wrong? But it sounds ...
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Usage of “avert the sound” in a sentence [closed]

I'm describing the usage of carpet. Is the phrase "avert the sound" used correctly? A carpet could be used to avert the sound produced by the hard things falling down to floors.
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Will you mind [mine/my/me] interrupting you?

Suppose a person is speaking and if I want to interrupt him, what can I say? 1)Will you mind mine interrupting you? 2)Will you mind me interrupting you? 3)Will you mind my interrupting you? What is ...
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Meaning of “bolting down”

It’s a matter of preparation — bolting down your water heater before an earthquake or actually reading the in-flight safety card before takeoff — but also of mental conditioning. In the above ...
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question with four choices [closed]

I have this sentence in a Literature class: For Hemingway, the world was defined by strife: full of chaos, moral decisions and ambiguous moral boundaries, and inevitable pain. to what does each &...
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come across someone in a market

When I go to a crowded place like a supermarket, it is possible to almost hit someone sometimes while seeing goods and moving forwards. How to describe this situation idiomatically? Not sure if come ...
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Can we use commas within a phrase to combine many ideas into one?

I want to say "with increasing the height, an increasing deviation can be seen." Can I use the phrase from lower part to upper within commas as follows? Similar to above case, an increasing ...
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Joining phrases with prepositions

If I have to say the following idea, I am pleased to submit our manuscript entitled “ABC” for consideration of publication in PQR Journal. I wish to submit this manuscript under the theme ...
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Does “respectively” come before or after what it describes?

I have the following construction: If union and intersection of A and B sets are defined respectively as A U B :=(Va U Vb), A ^ B :=(Va ^ Vb), . Where Va and Vb are points within the each entity. ...
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Is “Please give me one day of time” correct? [closed]

I want to take one day for someone. What will the correct way to write be? Please give me one day of time. Please give me one day at time. Please give me one day time. Through I know "Please give me ...
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Combining sentences without using “that” or “which”

I am struggling to combine the following two ideas into one complete sentence: High number of missed cycles can be seen from site1. Missed cycles mainly occurred due to the missing segments (...
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Am I using the correct adjectives?

Am I using the correct adjectives and is this construction grammatically correct? It can also be characterized as a vertically dominated object. The idea is the object that I am focusing on can ...
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Is “in which” correct here?

We give an overview to knowledge representation. Our proposed strategy is based on knowledge representation What is the best way to combine these two sentences? For example, is it correct if ...
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can we put another phrase instead of 'which'?

I am having below ideas but not sure what is the best way to express them. May be both might wrong. Most of previous approaches on the use of point data typically have been focused on the ...
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usage of “which”?

I am having following ideas. we employ both 2D and 3D shape knowledge to the working process. This leads in distinguishing objects-A from other objects-B efficiently. then, we employ ...
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Is the verb or verb in ing form is suited here?

I have two ideas and want to put them into one construction. The clusters representing objects are then extracted by introducing set of shape constraints. shape constraints describe the ...
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Is a dash acceptable in the context of this sentence?

In Capitalization of first letter after a dash , it was claimed (with some citations supplied) Where are the rules that even say a dash is permissible in a sentence like "I'm in South Ossetia - ...
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critique on sentence construction

First post here. I wanted to thank one of the forum members in an online course I was attending for sharing his experience. I wrote this message. Thanks for sharing your experience. Its heartening ...
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How to parse 'told Ron so'?

Harry didn't think there was anything wrong with not being able to afford an owl. After all, he'd never had any money in his life until a month ago, and he told Ron so, all about having to wear ...
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How to identify the essential elements of this paragraph? [closed]

The wind -driven rain came sheeting across the windows of the lighthouse. The seas roared their waves and thundered agaisnt the rock on which it was stood. The man-made construction vibrated with the ...
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What is the meaning of “Between Anne and Jack's house there is just one vacant house”?

Between Anne and Jack's house there is just one vacant house. Does it mean there is just one house between Anne and Jack's house and it is vacant, or does it mean that there may be more that one ...
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What is another way to say “have a wedding ceremony”? [closed]

If I want to inform a friend I'm getting married, could I use this sentence in the letter? What I'm trying to express is an alternative way to say I'm getting married. I'm writing to tell you I'm ...
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Is it correct to use past perfect continuous with “during”?

As soon as I realised the big box placed outside of my room, which had been making you feel inconvenient to go along the corridor during the past 3 days, now I would like to say sincerely sorry to you....
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Restructuring the phrase to remove repetition

Would my knowledge about the event make such events from occuring ever in future? Consider the phrase above. the event is in reference to a general event which occurs weekly/fortnightly. Can I use ...
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Is this construction correct?

Let's say I am talking to my friend, he asks me Do you have any idea where X (another friend) is? I reply He has gone to get some Y.(assuming I don't know where he is going to buy it from.) ...
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How should I ask a polite question to my manager?

I found a new technology which could help me in my company. I want to send a message to my manager to have her approval to use that technology. I wrote this: I am reading about it and It seems ...
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Is this a correct way of combining two conditional clauses?

The process is ended if the ‘a’ and ‘b’ values of the object are lower than the given value. The process is ended if the condition ‘c’ is not fulfilled. Can I combine these sentences as below? ...
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Does using a colon (:) correctly combine these 2 sentences?

I'm asking about the following construction. I'm not sure whether the way I use a colon to combine my sentences is correct. Here, I would like to summarize the reasons for my extension request: ...
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What is the correct usage of “cause”?

Regarding the following construction Lengthy literature survey is mainly caused for this extension. I would like to ask: Do I correctly use "cause" in above sentence? What is the general rule ...
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Are these two expressions similar?

Let's say I am in my room, and the door bell goes off. Are these two expressions similar and have the same meaning? Is the second construct correct? By the time I get to the door, my friend has ...
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Subject: Is “it” mandatory in this sentence?

I have following construction. I have been told it is not grammatical. But now, another problem might arise due to unknown unavailable edges, i.e. A-B and C-D and should be avoided. I am not ...
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How can I combine these sentences?

I am having following constructions my supervisor strongly recommend for an extension. I would like to apply for one year extension period. I have been granted a scholarship. Would the ...
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Is this email appropiate to introduce myself into office? [closed]

I just start a job with a new company and now, i would like to write an email to introduce myself. However, I want it is written without mistakes. Dear Colleagues: How are you? Hope things go ...
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Is this construct correct?

Consider this expression These are the people who I don't want to know about X. What I want to say here is that I don't want these people to know about X; So is the first expression correct? ...
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Are these lines correct grammatically?

I want to know if the following lines are grammatically correct. In particular, I want to know if this use of fell is correct. Dear XXXX: Would you tell me what is the result please? If my ...
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Is saying 'which team's game is it/today' correct?

Let's say my friend is watching a game of soccer or something else and I want to know what the teams are. Can I say Which team's game is it/are you watching? Is this construction correct? It ...
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How can I rewrite this sentence?

The System must be secure: a. Data encryption. b. User Identification using SIM number and a password. c. User Authentication using verification code. I think the sentence is not ...
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“AND” with data and countable thing

I have the following sentence. The system must be scalable so it will remain effective when there is a significant increase in data and the number of users. I don't know if it is grammatically ...
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Correctness of “Which has best served” (present perfect)

I have this sentence: The system shall allow any customer to find the restaurant which has best served a specific food item. I want to say that there are many restaurants serving food items and I ...