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Same word used multiple times in a sentence

Sentences like the following sound strange to me, and I somehow "feel" they are incorrect. I will be in the room in 10 minutes. I will go to New York to meet my friend. Is it correct to use the ...
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Using “of” or apostrophe, which is more common?

Sometimes when I write, for example, "the boundaries of segments", I am suggested to use "segments' boundaries" or even "segment boundaries". Or "the page's content" vs. "the content of the page" vs....
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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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To Google something: capitalize or not?

I have a small question about the usage of Google as a verb. Is it always capitalized, even as a verb? For instance: I Googled his name and I got hundreds of results. Now, I am aware that this is ...
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Using “no” to emphasize a negative statement

We say something like He is no ordinary human being. This phrasing gives the negative more emphasis than usually given by negation device "not" He is not an ordinary human being. It is this ...
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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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when to use “will” and “may” in a sentence.

Should I use "will" or "may" in the following sentence: I'm not planning on leaving the country any time soon, but you just don't know when a passport may/will come in handy"? One issue raised ...
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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?