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

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“Buy not only seasonal and local but also seeded produce.” Is this sentence grammatically okay?

Just one sentence. "Buy not only seasonal and local but also seeded produce." Is this sentence grammatically okay? Do you use this structure 'not only A and B but also C'?
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Meaning of “I got my”

What is the difference between and when to use them? 1. I got my hair stuck in the nail 2. My hair got stuck in the nail I Know about this 1. I got my hair cut - Means - Having some one else do the ...
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Using 'can' twice in a compound sentence

This thing has been bugging me for so long. My question is - should I use can twice in THIS compound sentence. "On our website, you can buy stuff online and can also request delivery anywhere in the ...
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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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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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Usage of TICKET THERE AND BACK

Aside from the other ways of referring to a round-trip ticket, ¿is there anything wrong with saying "I bought a plane ticket there and back." To me it sounds perfectly natural and I've found it in ...
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Using will & would in the same sentence

I read that it is not correct to use will twice in a sentence, that's why I have been using would to replace the second 'will', like in the example below: I am going to buy a bicycle this month. Not ...
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Can I start a sentence with the word maybe?

Can I use the word maybe to start this sentence? "Maybe this week won't be so bad after all."
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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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the usage of “having come into”

I can understand the basic meaning of this sentence, but I'm confused with the usage of "having come into" and "-ened" of "blackened" "If they’ve been used for a while, they become blackened or ...
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Using 'should' and 'would' in this sentence

I read the poem 'A Roadside Stand' by Robert Frost, and I have accumulated a few questions through the poem. So, I will be posting some questions from the same poem, if you can please answer my other ...
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Does the word “considerably” make sense in “considerably understandable English”?

I was writing a message to someone who judged my grammar and I apologized and made it clear that English is not my native tongue. My apology went a little like this: I do apologize if my English ...
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“to be jealous” Vs. “to envy” - what is the difference?

What is the difference between "to be jealous" and "to envy"? I always used both interchangeably but I was told that actually there is a difference between these two. I opened the dictionary ("...
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Can I Recline on my Chair?

"Can I Recline on My Chair?" is this Sentence Correct? The Bangla word for "Recline" is "হেলান দেওয়া". Search in Google. recline (verb) mean→"lean or lie back in a relaxed position with the back ...
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Using of “that” with the meaning of “this” or “it” at the beginning of a sentence

"We must rid our bodies of every muscular contraction. That will give the body a better chance to rest"... Why did the author use "that" instead of "this" in the above sentence? Is this just a style ...
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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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Using “grow” as a linking verb to imply a gradual process: “I recently grew the feeling that … ”

I wanted to say I've come to this conclusion that I wasn't good enough. I wrote: I grew the feeling that I haven't been good enough. I want to know if it's fine to use "grow" as the linking verb ...
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Can you survive a 'fatal' car crash?

A headline on www.bbc.com India PM's wife survives fatal car crash Is 'survives fatal car crash' correct usage? As per Merriam-Webster one of the meanings of fatal is 'causing death'. 4 a : ...
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Is “Are you back” in meaning of “Did you come back” correct? [closed]

I've got a message from a friend which is an English native speaker from Africa and he he wrote me "Are you back?" in meaning of "Did you come back?" (to the country that he is in). This is the first ...
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Use of the phrase 'The fact that '

Is the use of the phrase The fact that correct here? The fact that you made a joke about black Americans by comparing them to people who smoke weed and are always high, shows the preconceptions ...
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Does both or Do both?

Does both kidneys work together. Do both kidneys work together. Are both sentences correct?
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Which of the two versions is correct and why?

The results are expressed in terms of percentage slowdown on a standard and a high-end PC. The results are expressed in terms of percentage slowdown on a standard and high-end PC.
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Elaborate the usage and meaning of “fly-on-the-wall account” — Full sentence in the description

Donald Trump reacted angrily to a fly-on-the-wall account of his first nine months in the White House. Taken from The Economist 19th January 2018
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Is it conversationally and grammatically correct to say “I usually go jogging in the evening after I finish all my work of the day”?

I am asking because I feel awkward to say "I finish all my work of the day." I wanted to say it in that way because I am between jobs so I don't really have a routine work. Sometimes I study, ...
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Does my sound sound good?

Let's say I am playing an online video game where I need to use my microphone for chatting with people. For checking if the people who are in the same game as me get my voice(sound) properly (I mean ...
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I am thinking on going

Is it correct to say I am thinking of going to the beach or should I say I am thinking on going to the beach?
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Is the past simple correct in this construction?

As far as l know using the present perfect in the following construction is very common. But sometimes l hear some speakers use the past simple in the main clause. I spent $ 2000 since l came home....
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Is it right to use PAST SIMPLE instead of PRESENT PERFECT here?

I know that using the present perfect in the main clause after since-clause is widely used as in Example 1. But is it right to use the past simple as in Example 2? Since 1922, Mount Everest has been ...
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Comforter Vs. blanket

Is there a difference between blanket and comforter? Today, by googling and looking for the name of the cover of the blanket I found that it is called "comforter cover" and then I saw that the ...
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Which variant of “you can't have your cake and eat it too” would you personally use?

I've come to know recently that the phrase in question has many forms. For example, You can't have your cake and eat it, too You can't eat your cake and have it, too You can't eat your ...
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“having to decide” or “deciding”?

I have a question about the differences in meaning, if any, between writing the following sentence as: "In other words, I have personal experience with some of the anxieties many tennis players go ...
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Can I say: It's been ages since I last went to the muesem?

Or is saying "It's been ages since I last was at the muesem" more correct?
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Can I use “since” at the beginning of a sentence when I want to refer to a particular time?

I know that I can use "since" at the beginning when I want to mean "because". Can I do the same when I want to refer to a time-moment? I feel like if I use "since" at the beginning of a sentence, ...
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Is it correct to say “understood question” as well as “understandable question”?

Is it correct to say "understood question" as well as "understandable question"? Someone wrote me it and I'm not sure if it is mistake or another variant. The context is: " It is an understood ...
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Does the usage of “let know” makes sense?

I've read the message: Kindly let know about the pay per product descripton I'm in doubt if it is ok to use let know without a pronoun like let me know,does this sound natural or can be used in ...
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Should I have the comma inside or outside of the quote?

Example 1: The woman was looking to buy a piece of "jewelry", but she got scammed into buying a fake ring. Example 2: The woman was looking to buy a piece of "jewelry," but she got scammed ...
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I'm confused with this 'otherwise'

In linguistics, an adjunct is an optional, or structurally dispensable, part of a sentence, clause, or phrase that, if removed or discarded, will not otherwise affect the remainder of the sentence....
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I didn't catch the class or I didn't arrive the class?

We had a class (university) on Friday that started at 16:00 and ended at 17:00. Together, with my friend, we went to the place by taxi, but, due to a heavy traffic jam, we arrived at 17:30. Now my ...
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How to know the implication of a verb, a preposition and an adjective the conjunction “and”?

I have a small room and house. I have a small room and a small house. I have a small room and, I have a small house. I tried to bring the groceries and help her. I tried to bring the ...
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Why wouldn't/don't I share this? Which should it be?

So I was about to write something on my Facebook wall then I find my old post then I thought about to share it so what would be right. Instead of writing new post I thought: Why wouldn't/don't I ...
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Passive voice in the reduced adverb clauses

"Being well treated, she returned home even earlier then she had expected" Does it work or not?" To my mind it's not the case, because the subject is not the same in both part of the sentence. Or, I'...
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Seems to be not working

This generator seems to be not working currently. Or This generator seems not to be working currently. Does it possibly mean that, I started few hours ago and after running 1 hour it stopped working ...
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Abdomen vs. stomach vs. belly [closed]

As far as I understand all of the three following words are synonyms: Abdomen, stomach and belly, but some of them used in specific contexts. I would like to have a lesson about the usage of them in ...
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Is it correct to use “always” in front of a sentence?

Which one is correct? They are always scolded for their bad behaviour. Always, they are scolded for their bad behaviour. Which one is the usual way a native speaker uses?
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usage of new year's eve?

What are the proper usage of New year's eve in the below sentence? Or, What are verbs for New Year's Eve? For example, the scenario is like this. I have to choose to have my New year's eve with my ...
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Why place a connective in between a subject and an auxiliary verb?

Sometimes it is the people that(or who) nobody imagines anything of, who do the things that(or which) no one can imagine. I question why should we place who in the above sentence. For example: The ...
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Why should not past perfect be used here?

Source Before his death, Zeenat filed for divorce. Since, we are talking of two events with one occurring before the other, we should use the following structure: Before his death, Zeenat had ...
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“She's called me” - does the present perfect tense sound off?

Does this use of the present perfect tense sound off to American and British ears? Should it be replaced with the simple past? "Lindsay's not answering. Maybe she left her phone at home." "Well, ...
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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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Is it ok to use “what's” instead of “what does”?

Actually is this construction common in NY English?