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For questions specifically related to written English.

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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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Named coordinates: How to spell?

I'm uncertain which is the proper writing for x/y/z-coordinates : With a space, like so : X Coordinate? Or with a hyphen (X-Coordinate)? Capitalize X or leave it lower case? I tend to choose lower ...
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Is it okay to finish an informal letter with “that's it for now”?

That's it for now, give my love to your father. Write back soon. Yours, X Someone has said that it is a mistake and one should write 'That's all for now...' Is it okay to finish an ...
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Parenthesis with apostrophe, how to order and how to space?

I have a very simple phrase: I want to introduce Adam's kid I want to insert a pair of parentheses for Agda, say, should be like this: I want to introduce Adam (my friend)'s kid But I'm not ...
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Putting a comma after 'taking everything into account'

Is a comma after 'Taking everything into account' required when introducing the conclusion of an essay? For instance: Taking everything into account(,) one should choose one's job paying ...
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What is a better way to write X increases as Y increases?

What is a better way to write X increases as Y increases? Two increases seem repetitive. Thanks.
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Hyphen between words

Does AP Style recommend a hyphen between the words philosophically-inclined? I have searched several editing and grammar sites and still do not know the correct answer.
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The difference between “having seen”,“ having to see”, and “having seeing”, in the sentences down below?

The difference between "having seen"," having to see", and "having seeing", in the sentences down below ? Following is an excerpt from ' A Study in Scarlet'. 1- "from a drop of water,"said the ...
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Strange sounding instruction - I found you X

Trying to create a notification message for a user on a website. Right now, the flow is that following some search, results are presented to a user with text such as: "I Found you these great ...
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Which are the differences between the verbs “to say” and “to tell”? [closed]

i don't know in which contexts I have to use One of these two verbs? Can anyone help me?
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is a sentence used to introduce a step in a long essay considered fragment?

For example: an essay about steps to become a successful student Firstly, memorizing every day. [then all the other supporting sentences] Secondly, having a good amount of sleep every day. [then all ...
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How to make “can you tell me guys” with respect?

I am writing mail for my seniors. I want to ask something like, Can you tell me guys which port I have to use? How to make this word as polite?
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A little question of comma

In my country,our teachers teach us that we should use comma "," in many situations. Such as,the situation we mention at least three words in the same part of speech in a sentence. Like the sentence ...
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Is the following all right in formal English?

There are a few modern approaches that describe how to design a robust architecture for Android application. I am going to analyse them and develop a sample application that uses an apropriate ...
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A word to use in articles to mean a chapter for additional content

I am creating an article. I have chapters such as Objective, Preamble, Assumptions, Instructions. I need to add a chapter for some things that are out of the article essence but related to and ...
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Is there a standard or recommended handwriting style for students?

I'm learning English as a foreign language and I'm trying to improve my handwriting style. My native language (Persian) is not written through Latin alphabets and I'm not familiar with shaping the ...
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Using Capital letter for a word in a sentence I want to put emphasis on?

I sometimes tend to use the Capital letter for some words in which I would want to give emphasis on. For example Please deliver the Task on Time. I am trying to catch the users attention on how ...
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Could I rephrase the following sentence this way?

.Down in the valley there was a roar and a hiss. Someone more thoughtful than the rest had ordered to be shut the big river gates that were at the point where the Ankh flowed out of the twin city ...
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How to make phrase sentence about availability for a meeting

I am writing a formal email to inform my availability for a meeting. I want to write that I am available all week except on Monday morning and Friday morning. Which of the following is correct? I am ...
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Improving “A brings doubt about if the true motive behind A can be justified or legitimate”

The current artificial manipulation and control on the number of the lawyer license holder, which includes limiting total law school entrance quota to 2000 students per year and retaining the ...
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improving “apply understanding about A to examine B”

(after I wrote sentences in which I discuss about occupational freedom, I wrote the sentence like the below) I apply these understanding about an occupational freedom to examine the ...
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Improving “the leading cause of her suicide is putatively X”

Discouraged by failures in the bar exams, a law school graduate recently committed a suicide, and the leading cause of her suicide is putatively frustration by failures in the bar exams. I'm ...
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Improving “the question is if A is B or C”

The next question is if X is a regulation based on subjective condition or a regulation based on objective condition. I wrote the sentence like the above in my research paper. A basic structure of ...
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Words with hyphens (e.g., clean-up)

When I was reading the newspaper, the writers use many words like clean-up. Why they write a word with hyphen (-)? Can you please explain me? I have seen many words with hyphen. When I see a word ...
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I did make or I made

Sometimes when i was communicating with English speakers they was using different past. Someone said me that i should use "I made" if I`m actually speaking about past. And now I wanna know what is the ...
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How to use “across” after be

now I am not so sure how to use "across" in this situation. (1) Can I say The bridge is across a river. Can "across" directly fellow after "be"? (2) If the usage in (1) is right. Can I use "...
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without having V3 vs. without -ing

I am writing an article about programming but I am confused with the usage of 'without' in my case. The sentence is: Goroutines may obtain Read-Locks utilizing RWMutex without having blocked one ...
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How to not use “We” in about us page? [closed]

We're creating a small web development company. On our site there's an about us page which has a section highlighting our services and portfolio. So there's a lot of text but in a nice organized way. ...
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May I use not to have here?

I like to use not to have but it sounds strange here: Comming from Brazil, a country lucky enough not to have hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis, perhaps necessity ...
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What's the correct way to include the week day?

To my understanding its correct to write date like March 28, 2018, for example: On the afternoon of March 28, 2018 there was a visit to NASA. Is it correct to write: On the afternoon of Wednesday ...
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Please let me know if I can provide any further information

I have read multiple emails ended up with this sentence: Please let me know if I can provide any further information! Is this sentence appropriate in an email? For example: Let's say that an ...
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Should I capitalize Satan in my paper? [closed]

I am writing an essay on Paradise Lost, and the character satan comes up frequently. I know in the bible God or LORD is always capitalized, but should the same be done for satan? Isn't it kind of ...
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Do the following sentences have the same meaning? [closed]

Do the following sentences have the same meaning? Candidates may not bring textbooks into the examination hall. Candidates are not allowed to bring textbooks into the examination hall.
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What would you say it hurts when you laugh? [closed]

Let's say two people are talking, and one of them starts to laugh so hard he is in pain (nothing medical to worry about, just out of breath or something). What is he likely to say? Oh, my (blank) ...
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Do I need a comma for this quotation?

Do I need a comma before the quotation, or can I write without it? This is the sentence: Someone, not so long ago said, “Simply put: If you’re doing business with the biggest companies in the world,...
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Why are all “sort” in Harry Potter written in capital letters?

The Great Hall rang with applause as the Sorting Hat finished. "That's not the song it sang when it Sorted us," said Harry, clapping along with everyone else. (p.178) Harry looked away, staring ...
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What kind of a 'sentence' is it?

I encountered a very interesting sentence on the Red Bull distribution company website. I'd like to know what kind of a writing technique, or maybe a grammar structure was used to express the second (...
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“no longer holds water” vs “no longer bears credence”

I was proofreading my research and got a comment on my sentence which was " this thought no longer holds water", the reviewer recommends to substitute with " this thought no longer bears credence". ...
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Word usage - Don't or No

I often confuse myself choosing words among of 'no', 'not', "don't". For example: You don't say => You not to say => you no say (?not sure) don't need your money => your money is not needed =>...
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Difference between quiet and quietness

What is the difference between quiet and quietness if we take both as nouns? For example in sentence: the quiet of a wooded trail. ... why there couldn't be quietness? The dictionary says: quiet -...
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Include to do or include doing?

Which one is correct? The purpose includes to find out which parameter is the most influential. The purpose includes finding out which parameter is the most influential.
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What does “I don't trust you because you are honest” mean?

When I first saw this sentense I thought it's very weird -- in my understanding of it, it means You are honest, so I don't trust you. Isn't this illogical? But someone said it actually means (why?)...
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Is it correct to connect upper case cursive letters to lower case ones?

https://www.logicofenglish.com/blog/44-handwriting/525-connecting-uppercase-cursive-letters I just love English cursive alphabets and I often use them in my handwriting. I never connect upper-case ...
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How to improve writing skills for short story? [closed]

i am very interested in short story writing please suggest me how to improve writing skills for short story,best grammar skills and suggest me some important books.
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Letter “s” in a shape of a sail

Sometimes in archaic books and in different scrolls, books and texts in old games I meet the letter "s" resembling a sail (Wikipedia article here calls it the cursive form). Is it still used in ...
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is “if it's sold out, I can order a copy” can be rewritten in “in the event of book being sold out, I can place an order”?

I would like to know that the sentence "if it's sold out" can also be "in the event of book being sold out" or "in case of book being sold out" and the word "order" can be replaced by " place an ...
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Writing an email to the unit coordinator at university [closed]

Thank you so much for your help :)
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question in an email is it correct to write: any news for new courses

In an email I want to send to school where I work is this correct to ask 'any news for new courses?' can I say courses or better to say classes? is preposition for correct?