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Questions tagged [usage]

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

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“50% percent of people are unintelligent” or “50% of the people are unintelligent”?

My First Question: As far as I know, after the phrases like "many of", "some of" and "all of", we can't use a noun without the article. For instance, we cannot say "All of people are unintelligent", ...
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Using “a” instead of “any” in questions

Let me write some example sentences first: "Do you believe in a religion?" "Do you support a team in the NBA?" "Is there a girl with weird short pink hair at the party?" Can I say these sentences ...
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Can '-ing' form replace 'to infinitive' in the following sentence?

Here are three sentences. A) and B) are okay, but what about C)? I want to know if C) is also possible. A) My blister made it a problem to walk. B) My blister made walking a problem. C) My ...
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The correct usage of very vs a very

I would appreciate if you explain why "a" has been added before "very"in the following sentence: I hope you have a very nice evening. Is this sentence still correct without "a" before very? I ...
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I like the series Lord of the Rings

Instead of "I like the Lord of the Rings series", can I say "I like the series Lord of the Rings"? Are they interchangeable structures? Another example sentence: "Do you like the series Lord of the ...
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I have stayed there for three weeks

I can use the sentence "I have stayed there for three weeks" for meaning that I stayed somewhere (an apartment, a hotel, a city etc.) for three weeks any time in the past, right? It doesn't matter if ...
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He said to me I was funny

Let's say someone said "You are funny" to me, and I want to report it. Can these two sentences be used interchangeably? He said (that) I was funny to me. He said to me (that) I was funny. ...
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What is the plural form of testing vs test?

Can "testings" be used to refer to a plural form of "testing"? for example: I am waiting to see the results of the genetic tests? I am waiting to see the results of the genetic testings? In ...
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Does this sentence have comma splice

It doesn't matter what obstacles you face in life, Sarah, and no matter what, you've got to reach your goals. I added 'and no matter what' as it considered a comma splice without it- although when ...
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Comma use -accuracy

Sarah, you're a star, and we'll miss you. Sarah you're a star, and we'll miss you. Is the comma necessary after the name and before the and (as they are short phrases) And are you not be '...
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dead: predicative or attributive?

I know that dead is an adjective. however, in two sentences, He is dead Dead man is over there. I am confused of property of adjective. It seemed that 1 used as predicative adjective, whereas ...
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difference between predicative and attributive adjective

I am confused with the notion of predicative adjective and attributive adjective. I searched about two notions and found out that all adjectives can be used both predicative and attributive way. ...
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Can we use each other in this sentence?

In 1996, Mrs. Clara and Mr. Smith died. They buried each other in the Mexico. I couldn't take a look at the usage of the verb ''to bury''. However, the point is to check out whether or not I can use ...
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Why can't we use “ing” continues form with “let”?

I have been talking with my friends and I used the phrase I let my nuts hanging, but they told me that I should say hang instead of hanging because of the let. I can think of other phrases like, I ...
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A usage of verb “prefer”

I am Korean English learner:) This is a sentence from TOEFL. I prefer spending time with just a few friends to hanging out with a large group since one can cultivate more profound relationships ...
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usage of “being”

I am Korean English learner:) To begin with, I would like to thank you to all of you who answer my questions! It is really helpful for me to learn English:) but I'm not familiar with how to use ...
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difference between “on campus” and “at campus”

I am Korean Enlish learner:) I want to know the difference between "on campus" and "at campus" . I'm not sure when to put preposition 'on' and 'at' before ' campus'. I am curious about the usage ...
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“salary range of” or “salary range for”?

Which one is correct why? The salary range of this position is between 100k to 200k or The salary range for this position is between 100k to 200k
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Differences between “in turn” and “in its turn”

Are "in turn" and "in its turn" interchangeable? I know that sometimes one can only use "in its turn", such as in "the computer moved the knight in its turn". But can one substitute "in turn" for "...
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Tell me wherever you are from

Can we say these in situations where I am like angry? "Tell me wherever you are from" (here I want to learn where the person I am talking to is from) "Tell me whatever your name is" (here I want to ...
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some oaths vs oaths

Is there any difference (in nuances, or commonness, ...) between the following sentences? When John is angry, he lets out some oaths. When John is angry, he lets out oaths. When John is ...
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“Do you have English?” and “Do you know English?”

Are these questions natural? "Do you have English?" "Do you know English?" In this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXhDlYREJyo at 0:26, the subtitles read "Do you have Irish". Is that ...
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“She loves either me or John” vs “She either loves me or John”

1) "She loves either me or John” 2) "She either loves me or John" Are these two sentences interchangeable, or do I have to use the structure in "She either loves me or John" only in the sentences ...
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Is it correct to say “Mother is my life”?

I need this phrase for some design as today is Mother's day. Basically, I want to say: My mother is my life. This is the graphic I designed which inspired me Is “My mother is my life” ...
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Manual vs manually

To give some context to the question: Procedures of type X require manually (manual) tuning the weights... Which is the correct form?
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nice to see you vs good to see you

While I am walking on the street, the college, shopping ...etc I meet native American friends. When we finish a quick chat, I used to say nice to see you. They say good to see you. Is there any ...
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Difference between 'sale agreement' and 'agreement for sale'

Can we use the term "sale agreement" so as to denote an "agreement for sale"? An "agreement for sale" is in essentially a contract to sell a property in future.
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“How much English he knows!” Vs “How beautiful it is!”

When I want to show my enthusiasm or wonder about someone English (for example someone who just started to learn English and he has nice English) then what is the way to that in exclamatory sentence? ...
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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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Comma accuracy and style choice

The fight cost him his life, almost. Laying in the grass, looking at the sky, she watched the stars in the awe, mesmerized at their beauty, natural beauty. Is the use of "almost" and "natural ...
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The to concern usage frame

If finance in a course concerned, maybe a scholarship can help. In the above example is the verb concern used correctly?
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Grammar usage of 'both'?

Let's take an example. Person A writes an answer for a question and another person answers the same question in another way. But their answers are contradicting each other. Let's say I see this and I ...
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Comma question.. speech usage terms

I have a basic question regarding commas, and I have not found the answer I was looking for. So the rule of thumb is to never separate the verb from the subject or main subject should I say...but in ...
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In this sentence, is the “in” optional in colloquial US English?

In colloquial usage, is the "in" optional in a sentence like this: Did she lose her sense of humor (in) the same place she lost her sense of fashion?
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Should involve.. usage of the word involve

Is this grammatically correct?: I strongly agree that children should involve in group activities I'm not sure if this option is better and more accurate: I strongly agree that children should ...
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Independent clauses and comma use in contrast

An independent clause is a unit of grammatical organization that includes both a subject and verb and can stand on its own as a sentence. In the previous example, "I went running" and "I saw a duck" ...
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Subordinate conjunctions optional use of comma— rules

I noticed this usage on a website of parenthethesis around a subordinate part of the sentence: is this accurate use. Rather than talk about his chocolates (which are great by the way, if you’re in ...
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Usage of different times of the day

Generally what it is the time of the day whether morning, afternoon, evening or night. We wish everyone good morning then start the conversation, good afternoon then conversation begins and similarly ...
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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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Types of breaks in sentences in comparison with each other

When dealing with parenthetical elements, subordinate clauses within sentences or embedded relative clauses, bracketing commas e.c.t. What are the key differences in comparison to one another. For ...
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He's been in the army for eight years

In this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgF_3FFpixQ at 0:25, the person in the video says "He's been in the army for eight years" referring to his cousin. Does that mean that his cousin was ...
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Usage of throw out and throw through

The context is you're inside a room and want to throw a pen outside the room through an open window. Now, the pen is outside. Do the sentences below have the same meaning? Throw the pen out the ...
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Present perfect with past perfect and past simple

I have been confused with these sentences for a long time. 1) I have done as you had told me. (Is it correct to use past perfect after present perfect?) 2) I have done as you told me. I know ...
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Using “although that” after a long sentence started with “although”

If I have a long sentence started with "although", can I use "although that" for example after it to connect the reader back to the first "although"? For example: Although a standard single-hidden-...
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Perhaps vs probably

To express stronger uncertainty what word is correct, Perhaps or probably? Perhaps I was wrong Probably you were right
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Use of would in a sentence

What is the role of "would" in this sentence? A: is the sentence "he is reading for two hours" correct? B: when we describe an event which is unfinished and talk about duration (up to now) we ...
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What does “would” mean in a sentence? [duplicate]

What does "would" actually mean in the following sentence? My friend says that "would" here means "will possible". Question: Which is a correct way in a dialogue? 1a: Have you seen my book? ...
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The usage of “see”

Are the following sentences grammatical? The summer of 2000 saw me in a research project at a museum in Africa. The summer of 2000 saw me doing a research project at a museum in Africa. The ...
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“Greetings” as a greeting

In one of the episodes of Rick and Morty, The Ricks Must Be Crazy, Rick says "Greetings" to a crowd. It's not the first time I hear this expression, which seems to be used as a greeting. What's the ...
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Punctuation usage?

Suppose Bryan wants to say "If you do that, then (i) I will leave, (ii) I will never go back, and (iii) I do not want to see you again.". My question is how to use punctuation to prevent the ...