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Is this sentence grammatically correct and punctuations are used correctly?

Is this sentence grammatically correct and coherent? Based on the availability of my examining committee and committee chair, Tuesday, January 17th, 1 PM - 3PM works for everyone for my candidacy ...
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the afternoon in which

They say here the next sentence is correct with "on the morning that" and incorrect with "in the morning that": (1a) Why was the old woman so happy on the morning that Peter ...
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When "that" = "which" and when "that" = "a preposition + which"?

My own sentences where "that" = "which": (1a) The forum (that) I posted this question is for English language learners. — (I know it's) incorrect (1b) The forum (that) I posted ...
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How do I write a time span in the morning or afternoon Oxford style?

I wonder if anyone knows how to write a time span in the morning or afternoon Oxford style – I have checked the Hilary term 2016 version of the Oxford Style Guide and I have searched the internet for ...
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Can "just" and "already" be used with past tense and with a specific time? [closed]

Can "just" and "already" be used with past tense and with a specific time? Example 1 I just met her five hours ago. Example 2 I already told her about the party five hours ago.
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The party caused a mess in the common area. The school asked us "to do the party elsewhere next time." - does this make sense?

Example 1 The party caused a mess in the common area. The school asked us to do the party elsewhere next time. Even though the word "ask" is past tense, what the school asked for (the part ...
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Meaning of "within a period of not more than one month preceding the date of expiry"? [closed]

I have to renew a license and the rule states that "the application has to be submitted within a period of not more than one month preceding the date of expiry". So the date of expiry is ...
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Why has the author chosen future in a clause time?

may be I'll get to you some day until then I'll keep on walking through the rain. he will play until he arrives Both are clause time, why has the author chosen future for the verb in the first ...
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The pictures I sent were horrible or the pictures I sent are horrible? Which one is correct and why?

The pictures I sent were horrible or The pictures I sent are horrible Which is correct and why? If I use "were "does it mean that in the present time the pictures are no longer horrible?
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Using "when" and "at that time" at the same time

A conjunction "when" and a phrase "at that time" seem to have similar meanings because both indicate time. Can I use both of them in one sentence like this: What did you mean when ...
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Most recent revision; latest revision; or last revision?

In official documents that are revised on a regular basis, which would be the correct/most natural phrase to use for the slot where you enter the date on which the document was last revised – "...
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Preposition for "the night before something" [closed]

Say our flight is on July 10. On July 9 at night, Stacy found her passport was expired. Is the following sentence idiomatic? At the last night before our flight, Stacy found her passport was expired. ...
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Starting date on a job advertisement

What are possibilities of indicating possible start dates in a job ad? The problem with googling is that you find what you should do as an applicant, but I want to know what I can do as an employer. ...
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Midnight in a formal context

Let's say I wrote in a message "… the deadline is Monday at 11 PM." but immediately changed my mind and decided to postpone the deadline by an hour. What should I write? "Monday at 12 ...
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How do you say time like 1:45, 2:45, 3:45...? [duplicate]

If trains leave at 1:45, 2:45, 3:45, 4:45... how would you describe this in English? I'm sure "Trains leave at every 45 minutes." is wrong, but I have no idea how to describe this.
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How to say expedite a process by two times

Let's assume that we have a process that takes 10 minutes to finish. Now, we come up with a new way that can do the process in 2 minutes. A few questions: How can we say this sentence correctly: The ...
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for using our equipment

a. They paid a large sum for using our equipment. b. They paid a large sum to use our equipment. Can one tell whether we were paid before they used our equipment or after they used our equipment? c....
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paid him to repair

a. I paid him for repairing my computer. b. The money I gave him was for repairing my computer. c. I paid him to repair my computer. d. The money I gave him was for him to repair my computer. e. ...
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after a period + an event (After 10 days after purchase)

I purchased a fan. After 10 days, it makes noise. Can I rephrase the sentence to the following? My fan quickly makes noise after 10 days after purchase. The "after ... after" part seems ...
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Is it correct "I have been reading the book three hours."?

Compare the two sentences below: A: I have been reading the book for three hours. B: I have been reading the book three hours. I know A is obviously correct. But my question is: Is B also correct? ...
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a much defeated man

a. He was a much defeated man. In the record of the Canadian Parliament from 1885 b. He was a very much defeated man. In Rehabilitation Client Assessment - Page 41 Do these mean that He had been ...
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he was very annoyed

a. He was very much annoyed. b. He was annoyed much. c. He was annoyed very much. I think (b) and (c) sound a bit strange. I think (b) and (c) could mean that he was often annoyed. I think could refer ...
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What does "passing smokes stage" mean?

The goddess Dhūmavatī is described as Vivarnā, Chañchalā and Rustā with her rough behaviour and unclean robes. Her appearance is like a widow sitting on a chariot carried by a crow. This goddess ...
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Can I use the word "duration" for an ongoing event which has no estimated end?

Can I use the word "duration" for an ongoing event which has no estimated end? An example: "The duration of this rain is 25 minutes". It started 25 minutes ago, and it is still ...
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Is 'not until' correct here?

A: So when did he let you know he was dating your ex? B: He didn't really. Not until recently. Is 'not until' correct and idiomatic here? (if I intend it to mean that the guy dating the ex didn't ...
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"In my early 20s, ..." or "In my earlier 20s, ...."

In my earlier 20s, I had a quite obsessive and controlling relationship with food and exercise The sentence is from the BBC "In my earlier 20s" does not sound right to me. I often hear ...
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"in the morning" vs "on cold mornings"

I always know is "in the morning" until I read this article "should I let my vehicle warm up on cold mornings?" Why did it use "on cold mornings" instead of "in cold ...
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Can we use the time expression (... ago) in past perfect tense?

I've read it somewhere that the time expression (... ago) (e.g. two days ago, two weeks ago, etc.) is only used in the simple past. But in the exercise on unit 35, Advanced Grammar in Use I found this ...
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Are "as of writing" and "at the time of writing" both correct?

I see that 'at the time of writing' is grammatically correct (Is 'at the time of writing' correct?). Is this replaceable with 'as of writing'?
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Can I use exact (clock) time as an introductory phrase after "At"?

As in: "At 2:15 AM, she entered the victim's bedroom carrying a knife." Can that exact time be considered a part of an introductory phrase and split the sentence with a comma? Also, if that ...
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When the enrollments were done?

For example, Staff members who enroll in courses related to business over the summer will have their tuition fees reimbursed in September. The current problem for me of the above sentence is totally ...
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I took last/the last week off - can I use that on Monday to indicate I did not work the week before? [closed]

It is Monday, and I want to tell my colleague I was not in the office the week before (last week?). Would it be ok to say: I took last week off Is that correct?
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Should I use verb or noun when talking about time it took to do something?

An example from the computer science. Which one is "more" correct compilation time or compile time? Google translate suggests compile time. However in similar scenario with "generate&...
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Can we put 'just' before 'on time'?

I was reading a text-block in my book regarding the difference between in time and on time, and I noticed before in time, the writer (of the book) put just in 2 different examples. Here are the ...
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How to say that I start doing something from this year/season

I would like to say that something starts at the particular moment, e.g. year or season. How should I pose it? For instance. I watched movies alone before, but starting from this winter, I plan to ...
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Is the sentence "our son was born in the last week" correct? (Using preposition and definite article with time units)

Our son was born last week does not sound weird to me. Actually Our son was born in the last week sounds a little bit unusual. But thinking about it, I find the latter one more correct grammatically. ...
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How better to describe exact time in future [duplicate]

What tense is better to use ? I’m sending you the sheets tomorrow at 5pm. (As it was planned before saying.) I will send you the sheets tomorrow at 5pm. Or there is another alternative in my mind ...
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How to refer to particular years in a specific century in one expression?

If I need to mention the year and the century how do I say that in one sentence? They moved abroad in the 70s in the twentieth century. They have a collection of paintings painted in the 70s in the ...
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What does it mean "It's five to twelve"? [closed]

Is it 11:55? OR 12:05? It's quite ambiguous in Korean.
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Does " I will go at x o'clock," imply I will arrive at said time, or does it imply I will have left for the bar at said time

For example, If I were to say, "I will go to the bar at two o'clock," does it imply I will arrive at said time, or does it imply I will have left for the bar at said time.
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Question about using 'how many days' in interrogative sentences

As far as I observed people would use when instead, but still, I wonder if the sentences below are grammatically correct. How many days later will you come (back)? After how many days will you be ...
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Can we say “some time” when talking about a short unspecified time?

In dictionaries I looked at, it says “some time” is used when talking about an unspecified long time. Is it wrong to use it when talking about, say, a few minutes? For instance, let’s say someone ...
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I will be free any time of the day

I'm setting up a meeting for my job application, and I can't get my head around this. To answer your question, I will be available next week on Wednesday and Thursday, that is the 9 and 10 June. The ...
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On/at with morning/afternoon/evening/night [duplicate]

I have a sentence: Happiness is drinking a glass of champagne on a hot summer afternoon. So I'm thinking if we want to say the same about night do we have at night or on [article] night? I know we say ...
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Help understanding "again" at the end of "a long time before he saw his family again"

It would be a long time before he saw his family again. I understand nothing of this sentence. The times it expresses. Specially "again" at the end confuse me.
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Correct birthday date format in England

What is the correct date formate in England? If I want to write someone's birthday date what is the correct way to do it? "Born May 5, 2000 at 05:00", or "Born 5th May, 2000 at 05:00&...
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in the (time) vs in (time)

I know "in the morning" is correct and "in morning" is not. But why are "in the summer" and "in summer" both correct? How do you know when to use an article or ...
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I { have been/went} to New York in 2015

Which one is right? I have been to New York in 2015. and I went to New York in 2015. I think the first one is wrong and the second one is right. but still, I am not sure if we can use 'in time' in ...
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Find time to practice English

Is 'find time' a natural thing to say? "No matter how busy I am, I need to find time to practice English." "Even though you're a busy man, you should still find some free time to spend ...
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"I will see you on Monday morning" vs. "I will see you Monday morning" [duplicate]

I will see you on Monday morning. I will see you Monday morning. Is the second version idiomatic and grammatically correct? Which version do native speakers prefer to use more?

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