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Is 'families' the correct spelling?

We will find something to suit your families needs today! I do not know whether it should be "families", "families'" or "family's"
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What does the sentence 'that frees up Mother Nature to tinker around with ~' mean?

Please, look at the last sentence in the passage. What does 'that' refer to? And the last sentence evades me. What does the sentence mean? But here's the key point: Your brain doesn't know, and it ...
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New to English Grammar: Why is this sentence correct. Anyone please explain

Incorrect Form: Joan walks slowly so that her children can keep up with her. Corrected Form: Joan walks slowly so her children can keep up with her. To me this sentence seems to be correct but the ...
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Can we omit age from “at the age of 10” and say “at 10”? Is that informal?

I am wondering what's the difference between I started to walk at three and the following variants: I started to walk at the age three. I started to walk at age of three. I started to ...
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Do you have a stronger machine, a stronger body for me

I have just got this message on Facebook from someone in London. What does it mean? God. I have to much inspiration. Do you have a stronger machine, a stronger body for me? Will look. All things ...
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Should I use the in these cases?

The following sentence is extracted form essay talking about single-sex school. People can get the\no article social experience to deal with the\no article opposite gender later in life and they ...
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Can “standard” be used to mean “form”?

In my notebook, in the index section, there is a blank for "std."(most probably an abbreviation for "standard") alongside name blank. But, I couldn't find any dictionary defining "standard" to mean "...
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What is the countable version of “Run out of something”?

It seems like I can only use Run out of time. But how to describe there is no more something that is countable?
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In / during the period of one's infancy or childhood

Is the usage of "period" redundant in the following phrases: In / during my infancy period In / during the period of my infancy In / during my childhood period In / suring the period of my ...
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Noun phrases after the en dash

Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - their lowest share in history. Some polls showed the party could win just seven percent of the vote - the party's lowest ...
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“an idea ___ what I need to do”? (How to fill in the blank)

What sort of linking word should I use in the following sentence: "I thought you might have an idea ___ what I need to do"? I have always thought that the best linking word in the above sentence ...
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Meaning of Date [on hold]

What is a meaning of Date this Dating Date me I am confusing about about this word and word phrases?
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Pronunciation of the prefix de- (UK / NA)

Example words: Decode Demilitarize Are given in Wiktionary with a short i sound "Dick-oh-d" "Dim-ill-it-ugh-rise" But I can‘t find anything in other dictionaries or examples on Youtube to back this ...
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{Is/are + adjective} or {have been+ adjective}?

When to use {have been + adjective} as both sentences look the same. Can anyone explain when to use 'have been' and when to use only 'is/are'? You have been dishonest to me. You are ...
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The usage of “run a mile” in a sentence

The phrase "run a mile" means: To try to avoid a situation or a person because you are embarrassed or frightened. Based on this definition, I wonder if you could let me know whether the following ...
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How to use “less” and “minus”? [on hold]

Which one is correct? In Outer London, there are nineteen boroughs from borough 14 to borough 33 less borough 20. In Outer London, there are nineteen boroughs from borough 14 to borough 33 ...
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Please let me know what is a suitable time window that we can use to redeploy the platform [on hold]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "Please let me know what is a suitable time window that we can use to redeploy the platform" Thanks in advance!
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“I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold.”

This is the sentence which I heard on TV uttered by the British Prime Minister, Teresay May. She said : "I will shortly leave the job that it has been the honour of my life to hold." Something ...
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Procelain in “deserve to be called porcelains”

I read the word 'porcelain' from the following sentence: It's Magit! A Git Porcelain inside Emacs Magit is an interface to the version control system Git, implemented as an Emacs package. Magit ...
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An adjective to describe a man who acts and treats like a real man or like a woman

What adjective shall I use in the following sentences: 1) Girls like him because of his................ behavior/treatment. [the quality of acting like a real man, speaking in a manlike tone, ...
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Correct usage of word potent

Potent means having great power, influence or effect. I want to know if my usage of potent is correct. The government needs to find a potent solution to this problem. His teaching method is ...
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Adjectives to distinguish males' & females' clothes and accessories

What adjective I can use to refer to specific sort of clothes or anything that has been designed to be used by women or men to imply that they are dedicated to "men" and in contrary specific for "...
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Correct prepositions for “named”

What're the common prepositions which can be used after "named"? For example: The rocky island named {by, for, from, after} its large pelican colony. In this sentence which preposition is correct ...
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Not sure if this is right

The original text: Recently some studies were made in the behaviour of mice when exposed to more than a certain degree of density, frustration, and noise, and the mice just became deranged. Is it ...
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Any idea, belief etc. regarding the hatred of men

What do you call thoughts, beliefs which are indicative of hate men? The words that I can make-up are as below, although dictionaries do not include any if them and it was why I needed to ask you: ...
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Ask for help, or ask help

Ask for my help Or Ask my help Whose help did you ask for? Or Whose help did you ask? In the above two example is the usage of the preposition "for " appropriate or not?
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Why does e in edition and eleven have difference sounds?

edition ɪˈdɪʃn̩ eleven ɪˈlevn̩ Edition, I hear this e sounds like a as in (a pen). Eleven, e sounds like short e.
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How do you parse the last sentence?

The original sentence: Above all the car changes everything: rising incomes and rising populations can make urban car density increase by something like four and five per cent in a decade; ...
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To ask someone to prepare something for you which is illigal

Please imagine someone is going to ask someone else to prepare or find something which its buying and selling is considered as illegal; (i.e. a sort of drug/narcotics - medicine - a type of alcoholic ...
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“1.5 hours” are “One hour and half” or “One and half hour”? [duplicate]

1.5 hours are "One hour and half" or "One and half hours"? Examples: He will be there in 1.5 hours. I spend there 1.5 hours.
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Is there an elision in the text?

The original sentence: After millennia of growth so slow that each generation hardly noticed it, the cities are suddenly racing off in every direction. Is it an elided version of something as ...
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“Line up”, “Hook up” and “Fix up”

Please tell me which choice below (or rather a better choice that I need to know) works better in my sentences in informal English: I got myself out on a limb. I need to clear my check by tomorrow. ...
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What alternatives could better be used instead of “since five years ago”?

*We have planned our summers here since five years ago³. ³ since five years ago — (1) An expression of duration is not used for a past event. If a past event is relevant to something happening in the ...
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at risk or in risk ?What's the difference?Thanks

The disease was spreading, and the town's children were _____ risk. A. in B. at Could you tell me the difference between "in risk" and "at risk". Thanks.
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Is “is” elided in the sentence?

The original sentence: Unless suitable on other grounds oilfields have not become industrial regions; on the contrary the oil industry is marked by a certain amount of smell and an element of ...
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be a point taker?

What does "point taker" mean in the following? Is it natural English? Doing X is a point taker on most standardized tests. I'd appreciate your help.
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He is good enough “on” or “in” English?

Which is correct? He is good enough on English. He is good enough in English. Intuitively I will use on, but second thought make me feel both the same, or is it bizarre to use "good enough" ...
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Using the word cloying in a sentence

In the made-up sentences below, I need to know if using the word cloying in the sentence below can be indicative of being sickly and nauseating or I have to add an emphatic adverb like "too" or some ...
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will vs going to in the if-sentence

According to Cambridge's Advanced Grammar in Use, only will is correct in the following sentences, but not going to, If you look carefully, you'll (not are going to) find writing scratched on the ...
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Zero Article of Countable Noun (e.g. government)

I would like to know when I can omit "the" for a countable noun. I've come to realized once again how many accomplishments we can make when businesses and government work together. Here, ...
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How do you parse the sentence and what is “it”?

The bulk and weight of coal required in the majority of manufacturing industries is large in comparison with the bulk and weight of other raw materials. This is not always true -- as with the ...
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Shouldn't there be “loath” instead of “loathe” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: As an "iron brother", China would have been loathe to let Pakistan down and endorse India's claim that Pakistan was complicit in the attack. No ...
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Why “is” not “are”?

The original sentence: The bulk and weight of coal required in the majority of manufacturing industries is large in comparison with the bulk and weight of other raw materials.
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Are “rather than” and “instead of” exchangeable?

i am learning this Stanford course the professor is saying x-ray in the hospital is a digital image rather than a physical piece of film it seems that "rather than" could be substituted by "...
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Is “where” is equivalent to “wherever” in this case?

Where alternative sources of power are available there are some marked contrasts in handling. I would read it as: Wherever alternative sources of power are available there are some marked ...
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Why “come” and “see” are connected? [on hold]

Come see me this weekend How are two base form of verbs connected, like in the above sentence?
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What does it refer to in the sentence?

The original text: It is no accident that the twentieth century should be the century of highly centralized governments and totalitarian dictatorships; it had to be so for the simple reason ...
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“Looking for answers in…” - does “in” mean “related to”?

I found a similar phrase in a title where they used "in": Looking for Answers in Life? Although I have read the article to figure out what in does really mean, in the end, I came up with two ...
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“For + him/her/them + was + to+infinitive” vs “ was + for him/her/them to + infinitive”

The following sentence is from a book. [1] Her dying wish was for him to hike the Ap. trail. Why didn't the author write it as: Her dying wish for him was to hike the Ap. trail. Is there any ...
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Should “are” necessarily be used in “where you at”?

I've heard a lot of people saying just "Where you at" instead of "Where are you at"? And when I corrected my friend, he said that it is so colloquial to be corrected. And I also want to ask if it is ...

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