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“my mother was my powerhouse” and “father a school of thoughts”

I remember: In a palace of formations, my mother was my powerhouse and father a school of thoughts. Is this style of writing correct? What can be better choice for the same sentence, grammatically?...
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Is this passage natural for a native-speaker?

The following is part of a book that I guess is written by a non-native speaker because some parts of it do not sound natural to me. Can you please let me know if the marked words and the passage in ...
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My request letter sounds awkward and I'm not sure how to end it

I'm not a native English speaker, and formal letter writing classes from my school days involved archaic grammar and language. When I write a formal letter to a native speaker, I'm constantly second ...
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What's more accepted: “I know that” vs “I know this” & “I know it”? [closed]

What's more accepted in the spoken English: 1) "I know that" 2) "I know this" 3) "I know it"? Context: 1) Q. "Do you know Oxford university?" A. "Yes, I know it / this / that" 2) Q. "...
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Best way to say I keep on doing something?

What is better to say: I am continuing to do something. I am carrying on doing something. I keep doing something. How to say it better if, for example, I continue to make my mobile ...
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The position of 'been' and 'he' in the following question.

When writing a question that has two auxiliaries, which of these is grammatically correct? Could not he have been sick that day? Could not have he been sick that day? Also in formal/...
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Would a native speaker consider this dialogue natural? [closed]

I am practicing for the speaking part of TOEFL. Below is a practice speech for a sample question I made. I was wondering if it sounds natural to a native English speaker. I hope you could help me. ...
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“process used to manufacture Atinumab” vs. “manufacturing process of Atinumab”

Analysis of the stability of the process used to manufacture Atinumab, substance-solution. Analysis of the stability of the manufacturing process of Atinumab, substance-solution. Which one is ...
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Do word contractions and brief sentences make for a more conversational speech? [closed]

I'm currently studying what makes a sentence sound/ read conversational to native English speakers. Do word contractions and brief sentences make them so? Please consider the dialogues below. Are both ...
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“Behind each other's back” <— is 'other's back' correct here?

People are always talking about each other behind each other's back. Should be other's or others' or if they are both ok, and why? Should be back or backs here? The effect of each other is ...
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Is “precipitating cause” a pleonasm?

While writing a medical article, in sources I used I encountered the phrase precipitating cause several times. One of the definitions of to precipitate is: to make something serious happen ...
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Short or long sentence to be fluent and formal

The following is a simple sentence, I prefer to not be wordy, but sometimes I may think a longer sentence could be more clear or fluent. Through the application, the user can select any element of ...
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Is it preferable to use same structure in conjunctions

I wrote: It is in the form of a directed tree in which each node represents a word and each directed edge represents the relation between a word (a head) and one of its dependents. I tried to use ...
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Is it OK to use short and simple sentences consecutively?

I've been frequently recommended to use simple and short sentences, especially in the technical writings where clearness is important. It seems English readers are also comfortable with this style of ...
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How does a native speaker choose one word over its synonym(s)?

In a recent speech, Senator Ted Cruz said: ... And under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire a nuclear weapon. Would it have also been correct to use synonyms such as obtain, secure,...
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“We are going inside to the someone's heart” vs “We are going into someone's heart”

When we love someone, what's more appropriate for use? "we are going inside her heart" or "We are going into her heart"?
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Is it okay to start a sentence with “There is” especially when concluding a paragraph?

Is it okay to start a sentence with "There is" especially when concluding a paragraph? Example: There is a resemblance between the Flashlight song and my parents because they specifically serve as ...
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Correct way to use “beholden to”

What of the following two sentences using the phrase "beholden to" is more correct or sounds more like natural English? I am beholding to you a lot for your helps to me. I am being beholden to ...
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a sentence with several verb [closed]

A great approach base on statistical analysis which cause "to reducing" the number of experiments, "evaluating" relationship between variables, "creating" empirical model and finally "specifying" the ...
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Preset participles as adjectives

Can such a long turn be used as an adjective? Looking at a sinister, standing on the tribune and fiercely gesticulating in his usual manner general, John felt terrified. Should I move the noun (...
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“says Vitali, a dagger at his hip”

From: Putin's biker gang lends muscle to rebel cause in east Ukraine by Maxime Popov: But in the club's sleeping quarters, Kalashnikovs still sit at the end of members' beds. "We are ready for ...
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Is the phrase 'for me' wrong? [duplicate]

Ever since I can remember, I've used 'to me' and 'for me' interchangeably. Examples: To me, writing about the future is too troublesome. Writing about the future is too troublesome for me. ...
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Why do we need “as” in “as listed in the following table”?

Some strings that have a special meaning, as listed in the following table: (and then here goes that table the presence of which is irrelevant to my question) I can't understand why we need that as ...
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equal size, equal-size or equally-sized?

What of the following is the most correct and best styled?: There is a desert with two equal size water pools. There is a desert with two equal-size water pools. There is a desert with two ...
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How to find letters exemplifying high-quality, heightened, or highly educated letter-writing styles?

I am not a native English speaker and want to improve my letter writing skills. I'm not looking for letters written at an ordinary academic level, but for those that might exemplify the abilities of ...
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Acknowledging someone had an impact on your choice of career

In the acknowledgements section of my thesis, I just wrote: I would like to thank my supervisor X [...]. To a large extent, it is to his credit that I found my way into the field of Y and I am very ...
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The equations that describe the evolution are: [closed]

I would like to rephrase this sentence The equations that describe the evolution are: ... in a better sense. the word that sound miscellaneous.
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When does an exclamation mark come midway in a sentence?

In this article, I found the following sentence: Specifically, Hello, which was U+0048 U+0065 U+006C U+006C U+006F, will be stored as 48 65 6C 6C 6F, which, behold! is the same as it was stored ...
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“So fast went the bus”

So fast went the bus I couldn't catch it. Is the structure grammatically correct?
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How to address an unknown person in a cover letter

Is it correct to start a cover letter like this: "Dear Sir / Madam..." with a forward slash, or would you rather use "Dear Sir or Madam..." when you don't know your recipient's name?
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Can I have your feedback on this sentence? Is it wordy?

This is like raising one's head, as far as its maximum angling capacity allows, and ‘looking up to’ the sky. I wonder if the bold section is too wordy. Is there an adverb that captures this ...
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“Literary feel” of writing

I read on the British Council website how to transform the following sentence into another structure. The original sentence was: Soaked to the skin, we eventually reached the station. This was ...
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How to shorten a sentence with nested relative clauses [closed]

I wrote: After calling the function on the child nodes, the Match function is called another time to match further rules. This time, the rules which depend on the values of the variables set in the ...
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“In which time” is correct as well as “in what time”?

I have to ask my friend "In what time the class it will start tomorrow". My question is if the using of "In which time the class will start tomorrow" is correct as well.
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Why a period instead of a comma?

I come across many marketing lines... say High performance. Delivered Now, I have a question. I know what is headlinese for what we don't bother much about grammar. But, what sort of style is ...
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Is using “while” instead of “whereas” discouraged in academic writing?

Some time ago, I was participating in a course for academic paper writing in which the professor cautioned the students against using while instead of whereas. It was surprising for me; I supposed ...
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Numbers: ordinals and cardinals

I would be grateful if anyone could help. I'm confused about using ordinal and cardinal numbers in such examples: If I want to get a larger size of shoes, what should I ask for? Can I have forty-...
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“Using troughs in this way to identify particular bonds is covered on a separate page” - or “The use of..”?

From Chemguide: Note: Using troughs in this way to identify particular bonds is covered on a separate page. Wouldn't it be stylistically better to say Note: The use of troughs in this way to ...
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Is it right to say “While I was back on my way home”

Is it right to say, "While I was back on my way home, ..."? I think it is a bit awkward!
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Is this sentence stylistically correct? (not grammatically)

I need to run this sentence by y'all. The candidate stood out in aspects like class participation and interaction with classmates. I have never read "stand out" being used in that way. Can you ...
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What is the right preposition to go with “commonplace” as an adjective?

I need to know what preposition—other than "among"— I may use with the adjective "commonplace" when it is used thus: This knowledge should be commonplace with those who have training in law. ...
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How to avoid multiple “of-phrases” in one sentence?

I often find myself inclined to write something like the following: Let's think about this problem from the point of view of readability and self-obvious design. Two *of*s, which come one after ...
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When does one write a number as words and when as digits?

I think I heard somewhere a rule that says "numbers up to twelve should be spelled out, numbers above can be written numerically" but not only do I not remember if that was exactly how the rule went, ...
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Common passive forms - 'foot was hurt' versus 'foot got hurt'

As you obviously know, We face a lot of situations that we need to use a passive form of a sentence, but I was wondering which one of the following forms could be both common and accurate. For ...
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How to get a native-like English style of speaking ? [closed]

So this might be a common question for non-native speakers, how to speak like English american natives ?! I've been using a podcast that is fairly good but it doesn't contain all various aspects of a ...
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The bat roost microclimate measurement [closed]

The bat roost microclimate measurement. The measurement of the bat roost microclimate. Which one is easily readable?
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How to invite a couple when I don't know husband's name?

On an invitation card... Mr and Mrs Jack Anderson works very well. It includes both Mr. Jack Anderson and his wife. The beauty of this style is, I need not know Jack's wife's name. Here, Jack is ...
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When should I use “some” before a category?

I wrote this sentence: A carefully designed word list covering some phonological and orthographical patterns is dictated to the user in native accent. Do I need some in the sentence above? In ...
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Is it necessary to repeat “had” in the following sentence?

I followed the dog. Luckily, as if it had become tired, or (had) reached its desired spot, it stopped. Do I need the second had? Why or why not?
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Too many “the”s here. Should I delete some?

I have a sentence: The Theorem states the properties of the solution of the model. Too many "the" here... Is there anything wrong in grammar?