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Is it clear this paragraph?

I was wondering whether this paragraph that I wrote is clear or is difficult to understand? or maybe it has grammar mistakes? The Scholarship in Petroleum’s program is certainly the best chance Dilia ...
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Why “envy the fact that…” is right, but not “envy that … ”?

A sentence I wrote: They envy that celebrated people lead far more interesting and colorful lives than their ordinary lives. My teacher corrected it as: They envy the fact that celebrated people ...
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The reference of “which” in “I will not feel sleepy and inactive, which is the exact situation when I’m studying alone.”

When writing the following sentence: Which I’m working in a group, I will not feel sleepy and inactive, which is the exact situation when I’m studying alone. I want to express that "feeling ...
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Is this subject necessary?

Is the subject I necessary in the following paragraph?. I feel I am using this subject too many times, but I do not know how to avoid it without confusing the reader. I see in Gustav the same desire ...
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I am wondering if this sentence is grammatically correct? Can I use this line in a letter?

This letter is to inform you that the gender information of Rebecca and Thomas is already updated as female and male in our records.
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Cohesion and Coherence of Texts

it is clear to me that it is possible for a text to be cohesive while it is not coherent. But is it possible for a text to be coherent but not cohesive? if so, can you give some examples
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“no longer assumed not endotherms” = endotherms or not endotherms?

I'm practicing integrated writing with a friend of mine, and I wrote a sentence that she found confusing, which is: ..., the writer discusses the fact that dinosaurs were no longer assumed not ...
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Leave application for “days in the past” and “future”

As we know there are two types of leave application: Asking for leave of absence for days that have passed, ie, writing after being absent. Leave of absence for days that are yet to come, ie, ...
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“White glass” or “transparent glass”?

I was writing an essay wherein I encountered the need of writing the description of a mirror. The mirror I want to describe is a normal mirror which isn't coloured, the simple one found at our home. ...
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knocked/flipped/lying on its side

The man in the wheelchair crashes into a wall. People rush over to help the man, who is screaming in pain, his wheelchair knocked/flipped/lying on its side. Hi. I would like to know if I could use &...
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How many vowels in each syllable?

I'm trying to improve my spelling, and I came across this article, which states that "Every syllable has one vowel'. How can this be true while words like room, pain, eat, grow, etc. Have one ...
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Is “fights his way down” natural if I want to emphasize that it's a struggle?

Context: Inside the burning building, David fights his way down the smokey stairwell. In this sentence , Is "fights his way down" natural if I want to emphasize that it's a struggle?
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Stepped off (it/of it)/out (of it) to search the floor

An elevator arrived and two police officers stepped off (it/of it) to search the floor. An elevator arrived and two police officers stepped out (of it) to search the floor. In the two sentences would ...
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Looks up from behind

Example 1: Context: Michael hides behind a couch when a man and a woman enter the room. He can hear them fighting but can't see them. The man hits the woman to the floor and leaves the room. Then - ...
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offers no sympathy

I wrote this: The man does a couple of breathing exercises to calm himself before take-off. The woman seated next to him gives him a look. Man: Sorry. I'm just a little nervous about flying. The ...
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Can I mix present and past simple tenses in one sentence?

Is it appropriate in my example to mix past and present tenses? While the vast majority of people are still convinced that having breakfast is crucial to remain healthy, some recent studies have ...
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How do we build a dialogue?

I struggle a lot with dialogues, and I was wondering if you could tell me which of these sentences is correct. If neither is, could you tell me how to build it correctly? :) “I told her my secret.” ...
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Rewriting short sentences to full sentences

Michael Swan in his book Practical English Usage (page 1) writes: Some styles of writing and speech have their own grammatical rules, often because of the need to save space and time. Informal notes, ...
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Writing : Would you quit killing after how many people you would kill? [closed]

A : Would you quit killing after how many people you would kill ? B : I would quit killing after I would kill five more. (or I would quit after I will make the number 10, which is the number of ...
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Expressing potayto-potahto, tomayto-tomahto correctly in writing

There's a saying expressing that the presented concepts are distinct without a difference. It's based on the pronunciation of potato and tomato. How would one go about writing that differnece in an ...
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How to write a LinkedIn connection request Note?

LinkedIn is a great way to network with all types of professionals: from recruiters to influencers and users that share common interests, it’s a great way to build connections. For Example Let's say I'...
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“They told me to come tomorrow?”

I'd like you to help me with this simple question. I want to know if the question is correct, I do also would like to know what tense is used in it. Thanks for helping me.
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Style of writing inside a manual

I would like to ask about the style of English that is used (or has to be used) for a technical manual. In other languages it seems to be different, but I have read many technical books in English ...
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Spoken English and casual writing [closed]

1: "When someone tries to win a war before it starts innocent people die everytime" 2: "He takes Watson wicket, scoring 100, 3 sixes and 7 fours" Be aware first one taken a movie called Avengers: ...
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How much repetition is too much?

These are the opening sentences of the first chapter of a book I'm writing on wattpad. I’ve always been waiting. I waited for many things - maybe even everything. In queues to our canteen’...
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That contains VS containing

what is the difference between: "How to create a file that contains a list of names" and "How to create a file containing a list of names" And what is the type of the word "containing" here?
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How can I finish this sentence?

Help me finish this sentence: when students have formed a habit of speaking comfortably and confidently, they will benefit when they step out into society and later chapters of their lives. I feel ...
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Use ‘for’ or not

Those who missed the 20 years of the show, this is a very rare footage. ‘For’ those who missed the 20 years of the show, this is a very rare footage. Does the ‘for’ in the second sentence sound odd ...
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Improve English writing by oneself without human feedback?

I was born in China and currently live and work in Hong Kong. English is my second language. My IELTS writing score (academic module) is in the 6 - 6.5 band range. I have always wanted to write good ...
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Using “then” in this context

As a non-native learner, Our 10-line essay on daily routine is full of the word then. I get up at 6 o clock in the morning. Then I make my bed and go to the bathroom. Then I have breakfast with ...
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The correct capital G and J in cursive

I've come across two versions of writing a capital G and a capital J in cursive. I cannot understand which one is correct because Wikipedia shows that the capital G from my textbook is, in fact, the ...
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What does “the closest it was expected to be” mean in context

*Tapah = A typhoon. *Busan = The country’s second-largest city. Tapah was expected to pass about 130 kilometers southeast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, at around 6 p.m. Sunday and 170 km south ...
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How can I say that an idea goes into another, more global concept?

After listing some points in my essay I need to say that all they go into a definite concept. What words can I use here? Here is my complete sentence: Goals, challenges, self-discovery, ...
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What would you call someone who continues to be the “first one” to achieve something?

I want to write a sentence which tells someone is continuing to "be the first one to do/achieve whatever" and keeps breaking records. For example, there's a singer in my country who became the first ...
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Give an example sentence: (Correct?)

Is this sentence correct? Give an example sentence: I'm not sure whether there is a phrase ' example sentence' or not. I always use: Give an example: or Give a sentence as an example: or ...
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How to tell apart a long “oh” and a long “oo”?

In this comic there's a long "ooooooh" at the end. How can I tell if it's a long "oh" (/o/) or a long "oo" (/uː/)? I thought it could be the 'h', but I don't think I've never seen "ooooooo" anywhere....
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Is this sentence rewritten correctly?

"What do you usually do on Fridays?" she asked. I have to rewrite this sentence using did. She wanted to know what I usually did on Fridays. Is this sentence correct?
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Is “et al.” one or two words?

I use et al. to refer to a paper with more than two authors. However, the word et got separated by a line (due to line end) and the word al. cam in the beginning of a new line. ... Authorname [end ...
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Usage of “although” in this sentence

"Many students complain about the pile of homeworks they have to do. Although, they fail to realize the importance homeworks in retention of information.." is the usage of although acceptable / ...
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What makes a piece of writing good/attractive?

I am trying to improve my English writing skills. But I don't know what a good piece of written work means and hence cannot set my goal/target. Does using hard/rare words and metaphors makes one's ...
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Present Progressive for story telling

I know we can use present simple tense for story telling even in the sentences with the meaning of continous tense but I'm not sure that I can use present continous tense. For example: I'm walking ...
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Are three dots (…) used to indicate only ellipsis?

I googled it and found out that three dots (...) in English means "ellipsis", But in my language, we use three dots quite commonly not only when we use ellipsis but also in the title of an article, ...
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I am writing slides. I want to explain how it works. and I should write how does it work or how it works as the title of one slide?

I am not sure which one I should use, please help me. How it works? How does it work? Thanks.
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Is there a technique that’ll help me in writings

my question is vividly clear in above. My current technique is, If I see that the word does sound right from my perspective or from my previous readings, I write it down. And sometimes I pronounce ...
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What tense is this: “Why'd you make him live all those years alone?”

In the movie "Something big" with Dean Martin, Mr. Baker asks colonel's wife: "Why'd you make him live all those years alone?" What tense is that? Grammary suggest me: Why'd you made him live all ...
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Letter to a colleague, Formal or Informal?

Recently I have got a question as below: Write a letter to one of your former colleagues about your upcoming visit to the city where you both worked together. In this letter please include: -Your ...
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How to give multiple, possible options for an appointment? [closed]

Simple suggestions for an appointment... We could meet on Friday at 2 p.m. Are you available on Monday at 10 a.m.? ...can become quite cumbersome when many possible dates have to be given ...
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What is the correct conjugation of the verb fill in this sentence? Could you please explain grammar in this sentence?

A) Inflation is once again a major concern, violent crimes is on the rise, cases of corruption filling the press, healthcare in precarious state, insfrastructure projet not materialized and street ...
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I wonder if this sentence is a shortened version of a certain sentence [duplicate]

"Many vendors can be seen selling it now in the city." I came across this sentence online which is quite strange to me in terms of sentence structure (grammar). why do 2 verbs "seen" "selling" stand ...

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