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Calling two persons

How do you write the spoken word that you use to call two people by name? John! Mike! Come over here. John and Mike, come over here. John, Mike, come over here. Which are the above ...
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Which phrase is possible using “last time”?

There is a dialogue: "Which hotel are you staying?" "It's the same hotel I stayed at last time I was here." I'd like to ask about the second sentence. If I want to make it short, which ...
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Joining multiple questions using the conjunction “or”

I would like to unite these questions into a single uninterrupted expression: Is she okay? Does she need any help? Does she need someone to keep her company? But all the sentences I make sound ...
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Converting sentences into question form [duplicate]

I have a sentence and am trying to convert it into a question form. The sentence goes like this: Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th President of the United States. Can anybody please convert it ...
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“Aim life with Money”

I am planning for a tattoo with an image of a target, and the caption I thought of is "Aim life with money". Money being an arrow, and life being the "center of the target". I want to make a point, ...
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“Picking my wallet up” or “Picking up my wallet”?

I need some clarification here about the two sentences below. Please explain which one is correct and why. A) Thanks for picking my wallet up. B) Thanks for picking up my wallet.
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continuous auxiliary + being + adjective

It was on his way back past them, clutching a large doughnut in a bag, that he caught a few words of what they were saying. “The Potters, that’s right, that’s what I heard —” “ — yes, their ...
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“had they known” or “if they had known”

Can this: These same officials, however, would have been appalled had they known what was going on behind this façade of self-help. be rephrased as These same officials, however, would have ...
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what to say when internet is very fast/slow?

I can obvious just say the internet is fast/slow, but I want some different expression when it is/becomes super-fast/slow . (something like the internet flies? Is there a proper way of saying that?)
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The usage of comma and period mark

I have read a sentence which made me confused: But Mary suddenly laughed, "How could that be?" she said. "It's only 2008 this year." I wonder whether I can replace the first comma with a period ...
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Making a new adjective

I have just finished reading a book. It was so boring that sometimes I fell asleep. I will never buy such "put-to-sleep" books like that anymore. I would like to know if the adjective put-to-sleep ...
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Expressing personal opinion

Would it sound awkward or would it be more coherent if instead of I support the idea that... I say/write this? From my perspective, I support the idea that... Please let me know if your ...
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Can “east and west meet each other at some points”?

This is my sentence: East and west meet each other at some points and even give hugs to each other. I am not sure if this is a correct usage of meet and point to convey the meaning, which is: ...
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“scared a little” vs. “little scared”

I’m scared a little in this new town. I’m little scared in this new town. I’m a little scared in this new town. Which of these are correct? I think only the 1st option is correct. Am I right?
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What is the right way to say 'you are welcome X hell' ? [closed]

What is the right way to say: You are welcome to hell or You are welcome in hell ? p.s I argued with a friend about that.
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Explanation for “call it quits” phrase

While reading a book I stumbled upon the following sentence: He was too young to call it quits. I can perfectly understand the gist, he was too young to be done with something, but what leaves me ...
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Sharp-nailed fingers vs Sharp-nail fingers?

1) She has sharp-nailed fingers. 2) She has sharp-nail fingers. Which is correct? and Why?
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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 ...