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“The first to know” Vs. “First to know”

What difference in meaning or otherwise does the inclusion or omission of the definite article make in this sentence? When that day comes, you will be (the) first to know. I would like to add ...
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Can you make a noun doubly possessive?

I've noticed that native speakers sometimes make nouns they've already made possessive, possessive again. If this is syntactically sound, I don't understand it. For example, "her relative was mean" ...
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The preterite with imaginary situations in the future: “if tomorrow it was proven”

Is below sentence is correct? If tomorrow it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that God does not and never did exist, would you want to remain a part of your religion. This is because word ...
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When guide someone to think something which one is more appropriate, “find” or “find out”?

I answered a question just now, but I am not sure I expressed appropriately. I am trying to guide the guy who posted this question to look into source code take a look at the source code, you'll ...
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Word Request: Something that is garbage but looks very valuable on the surface

I need to used this in context of information technology phrase "garbage in - garbage out". Except I'm trying to describe a situation where garbage out looks very convincing and useful to a human ...
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What do you think has happened with her?

Is it a correct sentence: What do you think has happened with her? it looks like both parts - "you think" and "has happened" require the same word - "what" but here is only one "what". If we give ...
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A question about verbal noun

I'm a beginner in English, and I have a question. When do we use the verbal noun of some words (Like "Charge") that are both nouns and verbs? For example, what is difference between "Battery charge ...
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“to be made” vs“that are made”

I believe that the advantages of buying a property greatly outweigh the short-term savings to be made by renting. In above sentence what is the role of to be in ("to be made")? Can I write "that are ...
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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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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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Reduced relative clauses

a. Trees which fell in the storm have resulted in several accidents. b. Trees falling in the storm have resulted in several accidents. a. Teams which have completed the first round go into the ...
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Various Cases of Using Apostrophe

I have two questions on using apostrophe: Why an apostrophe has been used here after "s" in "The 69’ers’ drummer, Tom Callaghan" while the same thing does not happen after "s" in the "Beatles" in ...
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Subject and verb in subordinate clauses

I'm wondering: is it necessary to repeat the subject - or the verb - of a sentence in subordinate clauses introduced by words such as "but" or "like"? Are the following sentences equally correct? a)...
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How to use tenses in reported speech

If I had two verb forms in a sentence, how should I use the tense? For example: I heard that you were moving to London. The situation is like this, the event (moving to London) has not taken ...
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help to understanding the past participle form

i want know what type of sentence is it and why do we use past participle here and 2nd example i took from (Alan Walker song Faded) 1)You will be shocked? 2)I am faded
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Should I hyphenate in this expression?

How can I use the hyphen (or something else) to make this sentence less confusing: This algorithm achieves a fraction of 0.5 of the full and instantaneous information system region. Here we ...
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Past Simple/ Present Perfect

Is it correct to say "I've missed this programme but I've watched another informative programme" Should I say 'but I've watched...' or 'but I watched...' Thanks
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The cost savings “are” or “is” 50%?

I wonder if I should use are or is in the following sentence: The cost savings ____ 50%? Or should I just say the cost savings percentage is 50%. Thanks
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I'm having a hard time figuring out “Categorical Noun”

I like fruit Here, fruit refes to a category called fruit. that's why we use singular form:fruit. I like oranges and apples. oranges and apples refer to two kinds of fruit. I have oranges and ...
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Problem to use Past Perfect tense (Had met / met)

Sentence: It was the first time I had met/met her. Which tense form should be used, had met or met? I have come across this sentence only, not from any specific context.
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Since when Could/can he move so quick?

SOURCE   Attack on Titan, 2013 Anime Season 2, Ep. 7 What is the difference between ''Since when Could he move so quick?'' and ''Since when Can he move so quick?''.? The original ...
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Comma after “to”-phrase starting a sentence

I am wondering if I need a comma in the following sentence. To further our understanding of this phenomenon(,) we conducted yet another experiment. If the sentence was the other way around (We ...
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Present simple + time? “I can't do it for the next 5 hours”

Is it correct to say something in present tense, but it has a time information that will be taking place until a certain time in the Future. For example, I can't do it for the next 5 hours.
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Type 2 Conditional - Should verbs be consistent?

From EF (Education First), The type 2 conditional is used, with if clause in simple past and main clause in present conditional or in present continuous conditional, to express an unlikely or ...
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“stretch something to its limit” meaning

I have encountered this sentence: Science can explain how gravity works between two objects, but why should it be based on the exact equations we find rather than others? In fact, why should ...
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(In) no way? - She will agree to you leaving early in no way

A manner adjunct - (in) no way. It can move freely in a sentence. (In) no way will she agree to you leaving early. But when (in) no way change its position, we can't drop in. She will agree ...
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“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
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Is “to” always necessary?

Will the meaning of this sentence change if I remove "to" in the second sentence? He wanted to go to the park by himself. But I didn't allow him to.
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“Have ever done before” or “ever did before”

What is the difference between a) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done more in the last few days than I've ever done before. b) I've done a lot of exercise in my life, but I've done ...
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Which tense should I use in “I was talking about … when she started to talk about …”?

I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about what he had been up to these days. I was talking to her about something else when she suddenly started to talk about ...
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Non-perfect Tense with Since

Most of the time, the simple or progressive present tense is not used in the main clause, when there is a since clause: Correct: I have been here since morning. Correct: I have been waiting ...
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Picture Someone Engaging VS Engaged

I looked up the word "picture" in the dictionary and it is usually said "Picture someone doing something". Shouldn't the word "engaged" be "engaging" in the following sentence? Perhaps you’re ...
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'global role' vs 'role globally'

In a footnote at the bottom of page 123 of A Student's Introduction to English Grammar (2005; by Huddleston and Pullum), I found mention of a construction in which adverbs modify nouns: There is a ...
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“in” versus “to” in “He went running {in / to} the park.”

Do you agree that: He went running to the park. He went to the park running. mean the same thing - "He got to the park by running." Now, if I want to say: He went to the park to have a ...
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What does it mean by “asleep at the watch”?

What does it mean by "asleep at the watch"? The childish awe that accompanied the president stands in unfortunate contrast to the indifference greeting the next state visit to Israel. Unlike the ...
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Reducing adverb clauses

Here's a sentence from a textbook Before I left home, I promised my parents that I would return. According to the given instruction, I'm suppose to rephrase it into a participial sentence. One ...
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‘Biscuit’ as modifier, according to the online OED

If you look up the word ‘biscuit’ in the Oxford online dictionary, you'll see this biscuit noun 1   British     A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and ...
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tenses harmony/mixed tenses

I just read that the characters of [insert random show name] would be coming to our city. I just read that the characters of [insert random show name] will be coming to our city. Are both the ...
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Should I use Present or Past perfect for describing a case in a figure?

I have this sentence Figure 2 shows a screenshot of a dialogue for creating an anchor. In this dialogue, the anchor ( has been / is / was ?) specified by a text pattern. I don't want to say how ...
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What is the tense called: “I have got a book”

What's the name of the tense of the above-mentioned example:present simple or present perfect, or perhaps something else in modern grammar? Or simply "present"? Thanks in advance. I have got a ...
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I wanted to do something but have forgotten

I wanted to do something but have forgotten. Is this sentence valid? Can I use the past simple with the present perfect in this case? As another example: I have wanted to buy something but have ...
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What does “Mr growly pants” refer to?

So I've heard this expression in the "Trailer Park Boys" TV show (taking place in Canada). According to the context I understand that it probably means someone grumpy, who's complaining a lot. ...
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Is there any word or expression to describe feeling something really deep (you don't know what that feeling is)?

Sometimes you feel kind of like you're lost in time or something—you forget about your issues and everything for a few seconds. This happens especially when you see a beautiful photograph or listen to ...
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Which phrase would be proper to use in written American English?

I need to say that there arises a question after making some points in my essay, so which one is better? Here probably arises a pertinent question as to why he would want to be a bio-engineer now, ...
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1. Let's all thank <the> group A, B, and C; 2. Thank you to <the> groups A, B and C

Let's imagine a small firm where all people know each other very well. This firm consists of five groups A, B, C, D & E. Each group was involved in some process. Together they were doing one big ...
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Why did not I do this sooner?

I read some philosophy stuff about life and found some text with such a sentence at the end: Why did not I do this sooner? Shouldn't it be Why didn't I do this sooner? Why did I not do this sooner?...
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“come along” vs “along come”

Why is along came used in this way in the following sentence? Probably back in some previous biology course, you learned that snakes evolved from lizards and that the first snakes weren't venomous ...
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“Require” or “Need”

I thought that the two verbs "require" and "need" mean the same thing, while I saw these links: link 1 and link 2. Now, I don't think these two verbs are always the same. (Though I have my doubts ...
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What does “to shout over” mean, particularly as it has been used in a particular passage I’ve read with curious sytnax?

I don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing of shout over as it has been used in the fol­low­ing pas­sage from Pa­tri­cia High­smith’s novel, The Ta­lented Mr. Ri­p­ley: A well-dressed Ital­ian greeted ...
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populous and politically important

The definite article the is used before a proper noun when it is qualified by an adjective. example The immortal Shakespeare. The great Caesar. But in the following sentence Populous and ...

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