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{be verb} + {subject}

Written by people more or less knowledgeable about the subject and about the history of technology, these accounts tend to focus on the unusual and the spectacular, be it people or lines of research, ...
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Does “to account for” mean “to take into consideration”?

Consider the following template: A accounts for B. Let A and B be “the bad weather” and “the delay.” The bad weather accounts for the delay. It roughly means that the bad weather was ...
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Use of conjunctive adverb with participle clause

I have written a sentence by using participle clause any contribution cannot be erased from the mind, therefore being essential for being successful But my teacher is saying that "therefore being ...
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use of and to join sentences

The conjunction and/but is used to join two independent sentences of the same subject/s but different tenses and voices. The latter half is often shorter than the former which is more complete. I ...
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What if I don't pronounce 'the' as /T͟Hē/ or /T͟Hə/ and instead something in between?

/T͟Hē/ is pronounced before words that start with a vowel and /T͟Hə/ before consonants, but I noticed that most of the time I pronounce 'the' /THe/ as in 'there', with a short e for both cases. Does ...
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except vs. aside from

1. Has this sequence any aesthetic or stylistic purpose except shocking the audience? 2. Has this sequence any aesthetic or stylistic purpose aside from shocking the audience? The first sentence ...
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Meaning of “anyplace useful” in this sentence?

While writing or speaking informal American English, can we use the adverb "anyplace" this way? Or is the preferred usage "any place" (separate words)? As I understand it, the adverb "anyplace" means "...
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How to frame a question, where speaker knows the answer still asking for it?

The Pin knows Brendan's location but still asking Brendan for it. I want to phrase the sentence in question format, asking why The Pin still asking it?
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How can you put an extra opinion in a sentence?

I've seen this video about the grammar of writing commas and I'd like to write a sentence of this type: I think this will be a good year, I'm sure of it. (wrong) But I know you can't just put two ...
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“Past perfect progressive” vs “past progressive”- Can we use the adverbial phrases of time with past progressive?

I know one of the main differences between past perfect progressive and past progressive is the fact that the latter can be used when the duration of an event or its exact timing is not important to ...
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“What-is-it” plural with 's'

I know that compound nouns can be made up of two or more words and linked using a hyphen. My 3-year-old apple-pie (boy) always asks me "What is it?" and sometimes "What is this/that?" and it's really ...
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Dine at our uncle's (home/house)

Is it necessary to use a noun (home/house/place/restaurant) after the word "uncle's" in this sentence? Tomorrow, we shall dine at our uncle's. Isn't it correct?
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“If all goes well,…” VS “If everything goes well,…”

I have the following sentence: If all goes well, I'll graduate in June. Is it correct? I have never heard the words "all goes well" before. Maybe "everything goes well" would be better choice?
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Double would in conditonal sentences

I know I can say I would write a letter if I wanted my message to be warm and personal. But is it grammatical to say I would write a letter if I would like to be warm and personal. ...
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Present perfect after “since”

Since (she/work) over ten years in the company, she (feel) good. The question is: Can I use "she has been working, she feels"? I am not sure and this example was on my exam today.
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Is everything ok (using Present Perfect in the peculiar context)?

I have a dialogue between two people on translating. I've made up my mind to use Present Perfect ("I've forgotten") but the key says forget. I think that I am right for one simple reason: we have past ...
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One political utterance

During a debate in the House of Lords on affairs in Morocco, at a moment when that country, for the fifth time in seven years, had brought half Europe to the verge of war, he had interpolated the ...
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What is the grammar behind “One wild cart ride later they stood blinking in the sunlight outside Gringotts”?

Especially the problem is with the words preceding "they." Is "one wild cart ride later" a complete phrase? Is it an adverb like "after a wild cart ride" in the sentence "after a wild cart ride, they ...
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Is there no object in the passive voice?

As the object of active voice becomes the subject of passive voice and the subject of active voice comes after preposition by.(and sometimes dropped) I dont think there is an object there. Right?
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Don’t use that supplement or your stomach will (hurt / be hurt / be harmed / be damaged)

I would appreciate it if someone could tell me which one of the following self-made sentences does not sound natural. (To me, the only natural one is the #3 and other sentences do not sound idiomatic ...
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do we have structure “try yourself + adj”?

I heard people said "don't try yourself so crazy" in the movie "Almost Christmas". I am not sure I misheard it. Bu no dictionary says about "try yourself + adj". do we have structure "try yourself +...
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Word order in: “Some things I couldn't distinguish…”

The standard word order of a negative sentence: S + AUX. VERB + MAIN VERB The sentence: Some things I couldn't distinguish; consequently I.... Is it kind of inversion or just wrong?
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Correct use of “being”

Is the use of being correct in the following sentence? "Accordingly, similar reports were found in the literature, being possible to establish a link among the three definitions"
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it took a little time because of a great friend

I want to say i wanted to quit but i stayed a little bit longer because of her."it took a little time because of a great friend" is this grammatically correct?
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Use of present perfect vs past simple in an exercise

In a lesson on Present perfect at A2 level I have this exercise (an interview with a basketball player): Q: How many points have you scored this season? A: Only 25. But we have not played many ...
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Can I say “the author” in a scientific paper to refer ot myself, the author?

When writing academic papers, how should I refer to myself? "We.... ", even though I am just one person? "I....", makes sense, but sounds informal? "The author", .... sounds formal, but perhaps ...
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What is the main idea of the sentence?

One of my friends wrote the following sentence on his wechat moment(like facebook): The problem with being competitive and running with a friend is that you may find yourself at their mercy as to ...
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present perfect + past simple

"I've been on an exchange to England and it was great." Is that correct? I am no longer on an exchange but it is an experience that influences the present.
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Difference between IN and WITH

What is the difference between using IN or WITH in the sentences below? He broke the thick sheet of glass IN/WITH one hit. Everyone was surprised that he won the fight IN/WITH one punch. ...
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Is your parent's spouse your step if you don't live with them?

If your parents get divorced and each marries someone else considering that you don't live with them, should we call them stepfather or mother or simply my mother or father's spouse? What I mean is ...
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Correct usage of “and more generally”

What I am trying to say: "It is important to design efficient selection algorithms and more generally efficient resource allocation algorithms". Note that the resource allocation algorithm include the ...
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ordinal number counter part for “a few tens”

I wonder if there is a way to refer a range of ordinal numbers. For example, I am tempted to rephrase a sentence like "depending on the situation, people after somewhere between 10th to 90th will ...
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“Restrictive clause with indefinite article vs definite article”

1) A person who is poor has to face a lot of problems in daily life. 2) The person who is poor has to face a lot of problems in daily life. As far as rules are concerned, we use "definite article " ...
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Noun phrases without participles as absolutes: behind those high twigs, their leaves leathery green on top

My earliest childhood memory is of the swaying limbs of Golden Delicious apple trees. Rows of them stood next to a dirt road that separated our orchard from the front yard. The Kentucky ...
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ask for help in finding an idiom or expression

have you ever faced with this situation? You suggest people to do something but they reject it! after a while the other people suggest the same thing and they accept! can you tell me any expression or ...
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Is ‘having’ a participle or gerund in the prepositional phrase?

Is ‘having’ a participle or gerund in the prepositional phrase ‘to having his own office’ He is accustomed to having his own office.
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Verb Int. & Adv

In my grammar book it has been written that intransitive verb usually takes their adverbs immediately after them. But in the following sentence from Goodbye, Mr. Chips!, it does not happen as gave ...
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Why does the schwa sounds like an 'e' in some words?

I've noticed that in some words the schwa sounds more like an 'e' and not 'ə', for exmaple: environment(.mənt), is with a schwa, but sounds like 'e'. Also in a word like 'substance'(.stəns) doesn't ...
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Use of “being” with past simple

As much as I understand "being" stresses the action and not the result so does that mean that in sentence 1 the person might not have got the book in his possesion while sentence 2 conveys the end ...
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Error spotting : For so many years (a)/ it is almost his habit (b)/ to go to the bed at 10 pm daily. (c)/ No error. (d)

For so many years (a)/ it is almost his habit (b)/ to go to the bed at 10 pm daily. (c)/ No error. (d) According to my book the correction to above sentence is to remove the before bed in part C but ...
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Is “the result of which…” correct?

I wonder if I can use "the result of which" in a sentence. My sentence is as follows: "John lacks the ability to focus for a long period of time, the result of which is reflected in the poor ...
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Meaning of “would have had”?

I saw an ad regarding a job opportunity, where the following line was written: Typically, you would have had 3+years of experience building software products. Does it mean that the candidate ...
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Please help me change a sentence!

The original sentence: Which is a better source of news—newspaper or TV? I changed it to: Which is a better source of news between newspaper and TV? Is that correct? Anyway, I want to change ...
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“It took {bla bla} to do something” structures: what's wrong with the dummy subject in comparative sentences?

Based on this answer, I would like to know why it's really odd to say: Fixing the problem took me two hours more than it took me to find the problem. I know we can (or should) use ellipses, I ...
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“I go to school tomorrow” to imply that I will attend school tomorrow

"I go to school tomorrow" to imply that I will attend school tomorrow. Is the aforementioned expression within inverted commas correct?
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Is the comma appropriate in “…for a few years, expecially in those parts”?

People's interest in their ancestors' background has been increasing for few years, especially in those parts of the world where the majority of the population has immigrants from different parts of ...
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“translation rate” or “translational rate”?

When expressing the meaning "rate at which the mRNA is translated to proteins by ribosomes", should I use "translational rate" or "translation rate"? And similarly, when describing efficiency of this ...
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Borrow/get the wordings?

In qualitative research (e.g., thematic analysis) often multiple text extracts are grouped into a theme. The wording of the theme sometimes is based on the wordings of the original texts. To describe ...
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Is the use of “present during” in “…capturing feelings present during a reading…” correct?

Art style and music create a very mysterious and terrifying atmosphere accurately capturing feelings present during a reading of this short story. I want to say that a movie's atmosphere captures or ...
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Where to place are/is in question sentences?

I can't tell where I need to put the verb are/is in question sentences. For example: Do you know how many feet are in one mile? It sounds completely odd to my ears but I know it's right. I'd ...

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