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Use of 'be' in English

I am a learner of English and I have some doubts about 'be'. Please check the sentences and help me to understand it(be). What are differences between these sentences. I meant to ask why we should ...
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relative clauses with “I believe”, “I think”

1) That is something I believe/think called "PJP". 2) That is the man who I believe/think called "Peter". 3) That is the man who I believe/think is called "Peter". 4) That is the man ...
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To provide the key insight of this method

Is the following sentence grammatical? To provide the key insight of this method, we make use of an example to illustrate it.
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How to use “when” correctly as a conjunction

Is this sentence correct? When I will go, I will talk to you. I mean to ask whether or not we use will with when in this kind of sentence.
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Difference between “off”, “down”, “up” and “along”

Consider: I live off Downing Street. I live down Downing Street. I live along Downing Street. I live up Downing Street. Are these sentences all acceptable? If so, do they mean ...
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“He fell (off / from / away / down) the ladder”

Consider: He fell off the ladder. He fell from the ladder. He fell away from the ladder. He fell down the ladder. Are all these sentences acceptable? If so, any differences in ...
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Some questions about the verb - “keep”

I would like to ask you: 1) Is it OK to use "KEEP" in the PRESENT PERFECT I have kept knocking on the door for 3 minutes now. 2) Is it OK to use "KEEP" in the PRESENT SIMPLE in this context Two ...
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“as seen as” vs “as seem as”

What is the difference between the phrases as seen as and as seem as? If I want to say, consumption of alcohol is very common in parties, should I use as seen as social activity in parties, or as ...
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Verbs corresponding to 'showed' for other senses

Consider the sentence: The teacher showed the students what an elephant looks like. (This sentence is perhaps more naturally written as 'The teacher showed the students an elephant.' but I need to ...
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Word to describe the smell of medicine

I need a word to describe the smell of medicine found in hospital's patient room. Please fill the blank. I don't like the _ smell of the hospital.
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This process should keep going, to keep you growing

This process should keep going, to keep you growing. Is the use of "keep you growing" grammatical?
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I'll have finished VS I'll be finished

Have the two sentences below the same meaning? I'll have finished my work by tomorrow. I'll be finished with my work by tomorrow. I also came across "I'll be finished by tomorrow", it has ...
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“Should I buy…” or “Should I purchase…” [duplicate]

Should I buy/purchase web hosting? Should I buy/purchase Adobe Photoshop? Should I buy/purchase this car? Should I buy/purchase this land? When should I use buy and purchase? Why?
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Constructing a sentence with the phrase "the fact that a…”

I have the following idea and I want to write them in a more formal way. From the derived model, the algorithm can recognize that this and this edge are gutters but this and this are not. That ...
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compare to or compared to

How does the performance of our method state-of-the-art? How does the performance of our method compared to the existing state-of-the-art? May I know which one is grammatical?
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Difference between “access” and “entry”?

Consider: He gained entry into the building. He gained access into the building. Any difference in usage or meaning?
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a word for algebraic symmetry

There is the algebraic expression a+b+c. If we replace under the rule {a->b, b->c, c->a}, the expression is left unchanged. But for expressions like 2a+b+c, the replacement will change the expression. ...
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If + past participle

In my ATM card , it said : " This is a property of... If found, please return to..." The meaning is clear, but I've never seen a grammar structure like that. Can you tell me what that is ? Can I use ...
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The set of integers is or The set of integers are

May I know Which one is grammatical? A set of integers is returned by the function. A set of integers are returned by the function.
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May “so” be considered a pronoun?

Can we consider the so in the following text as a pronoun? if no, what is its grammatical role? Most people can remember a phone number for up to thirty seconds. When this short amount of time ...
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is now conform or is now conformed

May I know Which one is grammatical? The implementation after repairing is now conform to the specification. The implementation after repairing is now conformed to the specification. ...
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Note that or noted that

Which one is grammatical? Note that we have previously discussed about this. or Noted that we have previously discussed about this. Note to Myself: First one is correct (by StoneyB)
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Sentence with “I'd like..”

On one website I saw a sentence "My friend calls me every day. I'd like it if she stopped." Is it correct to say "I'd like her to stop it" instead of "I'd like it if she stopped"? Which is more ...
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What does “One and a half” take after it? A singular noun or plural?

I read it somewhere but forgot it. What does "One and a half" take after it? A singular noun or plural? Why? One and a half hour or hours? One and a half dollar or dollars? One and a half day ...
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have read or be reading

Can I use present perfect or present continuous with "this month" or other words like this week, this year? Could you tell me the different meaning between them like the sentences below? I have read ...
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Alternative to this prompt

In a hotel, they write below lines to prompt customers to remove the plates and place that to dustbin after done with eating. After eating remove the plate I am so curious about knowing any ...
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Must be exist or must be existed

May I know which one is grammatrical? (what I want to say is given a set of features, there is a set of features that must be selected) This feature set must be existed in any feature selection. ...
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Wondering if this is typo at EURONEWS chanel now in their subtitle

This is the exact copy of breaking news now broadcast on Euronews TV. There's a word -Conclevesily! Is this a typo? If yes what could be the correct word? Investigators had 'conclevesily' ' ...
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Fast and Quickly; adverbs

Which of the two following sentences is more appropriate to say: You must write fast. You must write quickly. I know the answer, but I need to explain it to somebody. It would be of great help ...
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a/an k-objective optimization problem [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? a k-objective optimization problem an k-objective optimization problem
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Could “prequel” be used as an adjective?

I can say: Prometheus is a prequel to the original Alien movie. However, is this possible too? Prometheus is a prequel movie to the original Alien movie. If the word "prequel" doesn't have an ...
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Is “spying is what I do” grammatical?

Spying is what I do. Is this sentence correct? If someone asks me "What do you do?", can I reply with the above sentence?
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Need of verb to complete the sentence

I am looking for some word, verb actually, to complete this sentence - My stomach, still heavy from late afternoon lunch was __ In the blank I need some verb that will idiomatically say that my ...
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Wondering what “establish facts on the ground” means in this piece of news

Kerry said he had been clear with Lavrov about the consequences “if Russia doesn’t find a way to change course.” This, Kerry explained, was not a threat but would be a “consequence” of choices Russia ...
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“reinstall” or “re-install”

You have to reinstall/re-install the program. You have to leave this box unchecked/un-checked. Should I use reinstall/unchecked or re-install/un-checked?
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Word order: “played with my friend in the garden” or “played in the garden with my friend”?

Help me please with word order. For example: "I played tennis in the garden with my friend." "I played tennis with my friend in the garden." Are they both grammatically correct?
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Should I say “A or B is” or “A or B are”?

The orange is selected if and only if the apple or grape is/are selected. May I ask whether using is or are is correct in the above sentence?
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“I’m waiting for you…” or “I’m waiting you…”

I’m waiting for you to answer me on StackExchange. Should I use waiting for you or waiting you? Why?
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Repeating “to” in conjunction

May I know which sentence is grammatical? I am not sure whether we need to repeat the "to". The method helps to improve the quality of the software, shorten the time to market, and lower ...
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Toward/towards and similar prepositions [duplicate]

Please let me know when it is right to use 'toward' and 'towards'. Are they interchangeable in their usage? Is either of them meant to be exclusively used in some scenarios? Is there some common rule ...
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Which term is correct? “I have no” or “I don't have any”

Would you please tell me which of the following terms is correct? If both are correct, are they equal? I have no [...] I don't have any [...]
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What does “good” mean in this context?

This is a passage taken from an article: My last job was in an air-conditioned office in a business park in Woburn, Mass., as a draftsman designing laboratories. It was like being a kitchen ...
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Wondering what word could be used instead of “crunch” in this headline

US and Russia hold crunch london talks on Ukraine. My intuition is that there are a lot of groans while speaking to each other? Is that right?! Could you also simplify "hold crunch" in this ...
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How to build the sentence with degrees?

It is difficult for me to understand how to make the sentence with degree. Please say if the following sentences I made are grammatically correct: She started talking with such a loud voice so that ...
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what does “nice and -adjective” mean? [closed]

In order to hit the ball higher, you can play it just a little farther forward in your stance. Try to set your wrists a little sooner on your backswing. Make sure you allow your wrists to reset all ...
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Is “round” a verb in this phrase?

These days, advertisers not only offer free samples, but free cars, free houses, and free trips round the world as well. Is round a verb in the phrase trips round the world?
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what does the “would” mean here?

It's from a entry of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Clark_(9/11_attacks_survivor) It says: As Clark and DiFrancesco entered the floor, Clark turned around to look at his coworkers ...
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“I'm used to him being away ” or “I'm used to his being away”

I'm not sure "Being away" is a present participle or a gerund ? If it's a gerund , according to the rule "possessive before gerund" ,then "I'm used to his being away" should be correct. Am i right ?
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When to use an object pronoun or a possessive adjective before a gerund

The rule says that we can use a possessive adjective or an object pronoun before a gerund. Is there a rule that says when to use each or are they interchangeable? Some say that it's wrong to use an ...
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What is another way to put “mistaken about what one saw”?

Is there any more slangy/easy way of saying "mistakenly about what one saw"? Like in the below example what else can be replaced Maybe I was mistaken.? A: I think I heard something in the dark. ...

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