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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 ...
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Is 'aerial view/map/painting' the right term for a map/painting drawn/painted from a bird's-eye view?

It was an aerial view of the city. It was an aerial map of the city. It was an aerial painting of the city. Any other ways to say this?
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Is 'sidelined' the right word here: “But these days she feels as if she has been sidelined.”

Also, are these sentences grammatically correct? If not, why? But these days she feels as if she has been sidelined. But these days she feels as if she has been sidelined, pushed back as far as she ...
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Sentence construction: “[Nor] … *is [also not] 'be' included …”

Projects in veterinary medicine where the endpoint is animal health or in food science is also not be included in this educational program. (nih.gov) I have some doubts regarding the sentence above: ...
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Joining two sentences using “which”?

I have following constructions, The geometric reconstruction of the pentagon models is then performed using graph cut approach. The geometric reconstruction of the pentagon models can be ...
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correct usage of clauses referring to subject and object

I have a doubt on my construction. Here is my original idea. i have written it in 2 sentences. Outer bounds are fixed using method A. Method A leads to a closed polygon having preserved their ...
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Can we omit the subject of second sentence when they relate to each other

I am having the following construction. 1: The figure demonstrates that the most frequent rmse falls within the range of 0.3m-0.6m. The deviation is approximately equal to the resolution of ...
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Problem of abstracting two things into one

As I am having some new options to describe one of my earlier post regarding to the following two constructions making into one sentence, I want to post this once again with my options. If I say main ...
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Definition for an outer cycle in formal English

When defining a thing based on the mathematical perspective, I am using the following construction: This cycle can be defined as Outer Cycle: The closed path between two vertices whose starting ...
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Does the “by which” give correct meaning

What clause should I use to express following idea correctly? After that, polygon edges are extended and intersected by which leads a closed polygon.
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Any rule of thumb in technical writing - conceptual cases

In technical writing, if someone writes as his first sentence in a "conceptual introduction"... One can reconstruct a 3D wireframe model by fixing vertices where relevant edges meet. It can be ...
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Usage of connecting phrases like “because of”

What type of connecting phrase makes my sentence clearer and more grammatically correct? (At the moment, I'm using because of.) It is reasonable to conclude that the negative contribution done by ...
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Does further explanation help to clarify statements?

Let us say that I am explaining the reason behind something: This occurs because of a disparity in globally utilized parameters, since they are isolated from objects’ local conditions. Here, ...
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Can sentences be joined when we need to say “such as X OR Y”?

When defining something, it can also be defined, for example, as A or B. If I give you a practical case to this situation, The idea behind the process is to find a common envelope. The ...
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joining sentences [closed]

I know this is a specific question, but how can I combine sentence 1 and sentence 2? I simply used 'commas' to join them. Is this the correct way to do this? Testing of previously fixed edge and ...
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The way to describe something

I have drafted an idea in different ways. For this type of case, is there any rule of thumb to be followed? For each intersecting pair of polygons, break lines are extracted. Break lines ...
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Does this count as an affirmation?

I've encountered similar situations many times and I am at a total loss regarding the actual meaning of the phrase. Here's the example/reference: I ask while chatting with my friends "Not ...
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Can't adjuncts be placed between verbs and their direct objects?

Andre ate greedily all the biscuits. (English Syntax and Argumentation, Bas Aarts) Bas Aarts says the sentence is ungrammatical because the adjunct takes a position between the verb and its direct ...
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How can I make this sentence better?

The following sentence will go into a technical article and I wanted to know how to write the following sentence in a better form: Results are shown when the region localization constraint is ...
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Is the SVOMPT word order necessary in creating a sentence?

I learned the English word order SVOMPT (Subject, Verb, Objects, Manner, Place, Time) rule at school. Although it was a quite straightforward rule when I was studying, now (under more influence from ...
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Is “into the house” an objective complement, or an adverbial phrase?

Spencer doesn't let the cat into the house. Is "into the house" an objective complement, or an adverbial phrase?
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“as such” or “therefore”

Additional calculations suggest that teacher effects on college going and wages may be as much as three times larger than that predicted based on test scores alone. As such, more than half of teachers ...
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Can I use “here” as depicted in the question?

I can write a simple sentence such as: A hotel is there in the middle of the Thor desert in India. Slightly rearranging I can write: There is a hotel in the middle of the Thor desert in India. ...
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Can adjuncts be put between a verb and its complement?

I think he knows more or less everything that goes on here, you know. (Harry Potter) I’ve heard, in English, adjuncts cannot be put between verbs and their complements. For instance: *I think he ...
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Turn “Notify the persons before 30 days” into a question

I have the following sentence. Notify the persons before 30 days How can I create a question for this sentence? Before how many days the persons should be notified? Am I correct? To make the ...
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Constructing sentences with “both”

A1. I was both unhappy with your work and your time keeping. A2. I was unhappy with both your work and your time keeping. B1. We were both unhappy with your work and your time keeping. B2. We were ...
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Which of the questions is correct? [closed]

I have given my view why I think each of them may be correct. 1) Why is the young Joe right handed but the old Joe left handed? In example 1, I think there is no need to add "is" two times ie."...
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“a comparison between A and B” or “a comparison of A and B”?

When I have to compare two things A and B, can I say "a comparison between A and B" or "a comparison of A and B". Which is best ?
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When converting a statement to a question, where in the sentence should I put “to be”?

For example, take a statement like this: You have no idea what the thing is. If we ask it as a question, where should the is go? 1) Have you any idea what the thing is? 2) Have you any ...
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Is “rain is falling” entirely wrong?

I thought it was a custom in English to write "it is raining" instead of "rain is falling". Still I don't know why the second construction is wrong. Yet I found a song called Rain is Falling, so I'm ...
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Choosing between “who have” or “with”

Which of the following sentences is correct (if any)?: 1) a man with a green card can enter. 2) men with green card can enter. 3) men with green cards can enter. 4) All men who have ...
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“me [gerund]” or “my [gerund]” at the beginning of sentences?

A.1 The lions reacted to my singing. A.2 The lions reacted to me singing. B.1 My singing alarmed the lions. B.2 Me singing alarmed the lions. As far as I know, both A.1 and A.2 are grammatical: "...
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Need help with expressions like “It is going to be like this…”

Consider this expression: If you don't make an effort for this, It is going to be very difficult Instead of the expression "it is going be difficult", I want to elaborate what the repercussions ...
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Understanding “still” and “yet” usage

A1. I still can't speak English. A2. I can't speak English yet. B1. *I yet can't speak English. B2. *I can't speak English still. As far as I know, A1 and A2 are acceptable English. But, I wonder, ...
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“I can make myself 'understood'/'understand'/'understandable'”

I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself understood. I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself understand. I don't speak acceptable English, but I can make myself ...

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