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The teachers do not allow [us/our] eating in the classrooms

Does the verb 'allow" allow such structures as The teachers do not allow us eating in the classrooms. The teachers do not allow our eating in the classrooms.
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installed with iCore's proprietary software

Is the following okay? I was told that "John installed the program on the computer"cannot be rewritten as "John installed the computer with the program." All iPads are installed ...
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Spend some time to do

He spent all the time he should spend studying to play games He spent all the time he should spend studying playing games Which one do you think is correct? Theoretically, (2),but is it not right for ...
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"to hope for somebody to do something" pattern

This might be too basic a question to ask, but I couldn't find a question tackling this in ELL, as most of them are related to hope as a noun as in hope(s) for somebody rather than as a verb as in the ...
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Has the preposition "in" been omitted in the following sentence?

While reading a book about Programming Languages, I saw the following highlighted paragraph: Default values, optional segments, and catchall segments all increase the range of URLs that a route will ...
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Some... some... and others.... Some

The place is alive with campers in tents, hitch-pulls and fifth wheeltrailers, and assorted motor homes. Families with small children andteens are running everywhere. Some are on the way to the ...
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Hate + object+ gerund / to infinitive

When should I use "Gerund" or "to infinitive" after Hate + object? Examples I would hate you to think that I don't appreciate your help. What kind of things do you hate people ...
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[ Sit / stand / lie + expression of place + gerund ]

I have a question regarding the verb pattern [ Sit / stand / lie + expression of place + gerund ]. In my English book (Mac Millan Open Mind upper intermediate level) I've found some examples ...
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Verb pattern : Verb + object + to + infinitive

Why don't we have "to" before the verb "dine" in the following example? Is it because it borrows it from "to come"? Example (1): Whenever he feels lonely, he invites a ...
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Verb (of perception) + objective + bare infinitive / gerund

I have a question regarding the verb pattern : [ Verb (of perception) + objective + bare infinitive / gerund ] Why in some cases we use a bare infinitive : He heard the door open and bank shot in the ...
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"For + gerund" or "to+verb"?

Why is it correct to say (2) but not (1) (1) You are here "for learning" English. (2) You are here "to learn" English.
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acknowledge + to infinitive or + verb ing

According to engVid 'acknowledge' is always followed by a gerund. However, these examples below are from highly reputed dictionaries. It is generally acknowledged to be true. She is usually ...
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was believed <drowned / being kept in isolation>

I'm wondering if "be believed" can be naturally followed by both past and present participles. a. The boy was believed drowned. b. The man was believed being kept in isolation. c. The man ...
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the "look to Verb" pattern's meaning and usage

I, once by a teacher, was taught that look to verb can only be used in the meaning where you're seeking or finding something, e.g. I am looking to get a decent place to stay for a night. But, recently ...
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overflow A into B [closed]

Can a and b be combined into c? a. The crowd overflowed into the street. b. The crowd overflowed the auditorium. c. The crowd overflowed the auditorium into the street.
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Confusing usage of ‘met’ in this sentence

I don’t know why there is the word “met” in this sentence: "But as always, he did check it met with our approval too." What pattern or structure is it?
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crush + direct object + resultative adjective

I'd like to know whether the verb crush can take a direct object and a resultative adjective. Is the following correct? The rock crushed the driver dead/flat.
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"help" me to do my homework

My brother usually tutors me and explains to me how to do the homework and I am the one who actually does it. Can I say My brother usually helps me (to) do my homework. Does this sentence imply that ...
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Position of not in the sentence below

I'm a bit confused with: I warn you not to do this and I warn you to not do this. Do these sentences mean the same?
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Sentence pattern: participle + adjective + object?

I got stuck, trying to figure out how common and natural is the following construction: he said, cracking open a beer Is it also possible to use "he said, cracking a beer open"? Could anyone add ...
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The Pattern "furnish something to somebody" is valid?

I would like to ask whether the pattern below using the verb furnish with the preposition to in front of a person, highlighted in bold, is correct and natural. She was able to furnish the details ...
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Is this pattern correct "to cut wood into logs"

Is "to cut wood into logs" correct? If yes, how natural is it? Woodcutters cut forest trees into logs.
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Two objects vs. Object+Prepositional phrase and "request you to" vs. "request that"

We request you to kindly send us the feedback Two objects: The verb "send" in it has two objects, "us" - Indirect object" & "the feedback" - Direct object We request you to kindly send the ...
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Using the "Offer" verb

In a test I had earlier, there was a rewrite section where there was this sentence : John told Gary he would wash his car Here is my rewrite : John offered his help in washing the car for Gary ...
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Missing 'us' in "The knowledge enables to determine..."

I have seen in at least two academic contexts sentences such as The knowledge enables to determine... I would instead write The knowledge enables us to determine... Since English is, in all of ...
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