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Questions tagged [usage]

For questions about how certain words, phrases or grammatical aspects are typically used.

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Preposition : For versus To

you are unfit for this post /you are unfit to this post which sentence is correct and it would be helpful if explained where to use "for" and where to use "to" tnq
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was looking or looked in this sentence

When I woke up this morning, she was sleeping on my bed and she looked very happy! The sentence is about a female cat who was ill. Why isn't was looking (at this precise moment she was looking)? ...
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Is this sentence a medio passive voice?

I saw a sentence written as: Recently an ISRO satellite failed to place into specified orbit. I was wondering if this usage is correct and a medio passive voice. Would it better if we write ...
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Be he right or wrong?

Consider the following paragraph from the essay entitled "The usefulness of useless knowledge" by the founder of the Institute for Advanced Study, A. Flexner: The subject which I am discussing has ...
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will or be going to in this situation

Let's assume, before the january 20, votes are announced. Donald Trump is not the president yet. But it's certain that he will/is going to be(I don't know which one to use). We use "be going to" for ...
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Will or Be Going To

They ....... (play) golf this afternoon. I'm bored, I think I ....... (do) a crossword puzzle. They are making a lot of noise. They .......... (wake) the baby. You've got a bad cold. I .......
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time expression with from … to vs between

Which of these two expressions are correct? I studied at school N4 between grades 1 and 4 I studied at school N4 from grades 1 to 4
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Ways to say 'get smaller', 'decrease in size' in one word

What are the proper ways to say that something gets smaller (decreases in size) in one word? I am not asking about cases when what we discribe represents a measure of something (price, volume, ...
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help with the correct usage of 'Ensure' in a future tense [closed]

Please tell me the correct form(s)? 1) How can parents not use all their resources to ensure that their children will succeed? 2) How can parents not use all their resources to ensure that their ...
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How to use 'my own self' in this sentence?

Would you say "My own self is doing his homework" or "My own self is doing my homework"? Or is it wrong to use "my own self" in this way? Technically, I think it should be possible even if not widely ...
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Which phrase is correct or better? [on hold]

I wonder which use is correct or better in sentences below to say a written phrase to someone ? I saw a car on which it says “ fast boy “. I saw a car that says “ fast boy “.
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Meaning of 'beware' in this song from the latest WoW trailer

The song has the following lines: "Beware, beware the Daughter of the Sea." "Beware," I heard him cry. And, in the ending: To his nation, with his last breath, cried, "Beware the Daughter ...
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Is my use of “so as to” in this sentence grammatically correct?

Is my use of "so as to" in this sentence grammatically correct? Guiding students down the right career path is a designated role for the government so as to ensure the students to get a big picture ...
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correct form of word 'exist

Correct one? 1) Nepotism, a practice that has existed as long as mankind permeates our society, from business to politics. 2) Nepotism, a practice that has been existing as long as mankind permeates ...
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function of 'As' in this sentence

Chosen not as much for his charm, or lack thereof, as for his minatory appearance, the singer's bodyguard proved to be an effective deterrent for many autograph-seekers. What is the role of 'as' in ...
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All we people are the same

As far as I know, the structure in the sentences like All you people are the same is not wrong (I just asked a question about it on this site). What about All we people are the same Is the ...
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Set store by improved or improving?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: The Narendra Modi government has set much at store by India's improved ranking in terms of the EDB index. Shouldn't there be "improving" instead of "...
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Help + in + v-ing or Help + on + v-ing?

Help + in + v-ing or Help + on + v-ing? Example: I used to help my friends in coding C++ or I used to help my friends on coding C++
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Can we say “How much guitar do you play a day?”?

In my experience, people can say sentences like: "How much guitar do you play a day?" instead of: "How much do you play guitar a day?" Do you think they are interchangeable? I think so.
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You eliminated me(game) ,out

We were playing. So a girl got eliminated.(out). What's a more natural to say that? Why did you out me? I mean doesn't "eliminate" sounds a bit formal. I know "out me" sounds unnatural. What would ...
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words a speaker says in the video?

I cannot make out what the speaker said in this video. It is at the 9 minute 44 second point. It sounds like he said chores up, but that doesn't make any sense. Here is the context: It is difficult ...
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two consecutive adverbs ending in -ly

Please consider the following sentence: "He walked home seriously angrily." This sentence sounds a bit funny to my ears, even as a non-native speaker of English, an impression that is shared by ...
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Is your parent's spouse your step if you don't live with them?

If your parents get divorced and each marries someone else considering that you don't live with them, should we call them stepfather or mother or simply my mother or father's spouse? What I mean is ...
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“in months” in place of “for months” on BBC web site. Is it correct?

I have been reading some news on the BBC web page (at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37935357), which is about people migrating illegally into USA. And the text of the news has the ...
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Cambridge English Certification

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post a question like the following (and if not, I'd be happy to be redirected to a better one, maybe still on StackExchange), but since I have no other ideas,...
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All you politicians are the same

Are these five sentences correct and interchangeable? 1) "You politicians are all the same." 2) "All of you politicians are the same." 3) "All you politicians are the same." 4) "You ...
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many more complex problems vs. much more complex problems

I think much in much more complex problems is grammatically correct because it modifies more complex though it convey a different meaning from many more complex problems. Do you think my assumption to ...
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use of the verb NAG in reference to pain, discomfort

As a native speaker, I know that persistent pain can be described as nagging, as in nagging back pain. However, would it be correct/idiomatic for a doctor, for example, to ask a patient How long has ...
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Meaning of “anyplace useful” in this sentence?

While writing or speaking informal American English, can we use the adverb "anyplace" this way? Or is the preferred usage "any place" (separate words)? As I understand it, the adverb "anyplace" means "...
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The phrase “bundle of nerves” [closed]

I heard one people saying to another: But now he is a bundle of nerves, he can not perform this particular task. Does the phrase have any meaning at all? Is the phrase safe to use without hurting ...
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would I be making - what kind of grammatical structure is that?

How would I be making it his day by buying myself a new dress? Tell me please what kind of grammatical structure is that? Why -ing form is there?
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how to say yes to the question “do you want me to take a look?” in a polite way

how to say yes in a polite way to the following question. for example to our supervisor.i want to know a polite way to answer the above question. "do you want me to take a look?"
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“What kind of person are you not?” vs “What kind of person aren't you?”

When I want ask somebody what kind of person he (or she) isn't, which one between these is correct? Or are they interchangeable? I guess they are interchangeable. A: "What kind of person are you ...
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What is the correct way to frame this sentence?

What would be the correct usage? The box of chocolates is over. OR The box of chocolates is finished.
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Why “change my schedule around”, instead of “change my schedule”?

I heard some people say I changed my schedule around, instead of just saying "I changed my schedule." when they, for example, are making college class schedule. Can I use this expression without ...
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To you vs for you

I want to know the correct usage "for you" vs "to you" for example: Congratulations for you too. Congratulations to you too. Which sentence is correct?
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What is the meaning of the phrase “staring at starvation”?

I read a sentence which was: A lack of dignified employment, non payment of adequate wages on time and insufficient food mean that the family of four is in a dicey situation and staring at ...
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Can “Madame” be used instead of “Madam”?

In President Trump's letter to Speaker Pelosi, he addressed Pelosi as "Madame Speaker". The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear ...
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passives vs adjectives

Past participles can modify nouns in much the same way as adjectives.For example I am told = I am a told man. You are invited = You are a invited man. He is questioned = He is a questioned man. Are ...
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“…one of the best movies of my childhood” or “…one of the best movies from my childhood”?

Are these sentences interchangeable? It is one of the best movies of my childhood. It is one of the best movies from my childhood. Context: Let's say someone mentioned the name of a movie and ...
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Downtown vs the downtown

1. My house is 3 km away from downtown Alexandria. 2. I live in Alexandria. My house is 3 km away from (the) downtown. Dictionaries list downtown as an adjective, adverb and noun. And so the two ...
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Is “10% finished” or “finished 10%”?

I have worked on a task for 3 days and finished about 10% of the tast. How to report to my boss about this status? The task was finished 10% The task has finished 10% The task was 10% ...
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The difference between sick and ill [duplicate]

I feel ill or sick. Both mean the same. But when they modify a noun, do they mean the same? For example, Sentence A: He is a sick person. Sentence B: He is an ill person. Do they mean the same? I ...
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Is using interrogative words such as “why” and “how” unsophisticated or inappropriate for technical writings?

Whenever I write sentences of the form I don't understand why X did Y. or I wonder why she did that. or I would like to know how you did it. These sentences are actually not good examples ...
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Adjectives order

I have come across different Adjectives Order Lists on the internet. A web page of Bristol University says as follows: Number - Opinion - Size - Age - Shape - Color - Nationality/Origin - Material-...
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“who is going to do what”

Can this phrase "who is going to do what" be used in English? For example can I say "The teacher wanted me to write down who is going to do what in the next week's class" or "The teacher wanted me to ...
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How can i use both of them correctly (“there + a place” in a sentence)

I know that " There Refers to a Place ". However, i'm a little bit confused. I know it's wrong but I'm trying to use both words "there" and "a specific place" in a sentence and the examples below make ...
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Should I use past tense for something just happened?

For example, I break a pot. Should I say I broke or I break to tell someone immediately? Another example is the word remember. Should I say I remember it or I remembered when someone mentions ...
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Is “get hairs cut” proper English?

A friend always writes in her emails that she and her husband are going to get their “hairs cut at a salon”, not hair cuts or haircuts. She grew up in the 1930s in L.A. so perhaps this was normal for ...