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“who” vs. “whom” and when to omit the relative pronoun

This is the boy who was asked by the teacher to stay back after school. This is the boy whom the teacher asked to stay back after school. This is the boy the teacher asked to stay back after school. ...
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Why didn't you? [closed]

This is a question of a certain listening comprehension test. It is done in this way. Listen to the sentence first: We thought about inviting Lucy to come with us. Then choose the correct reply from ...
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I pictured [him], working hard - Why the comma?

I pictured that handsome stripling in the factory, working hard. This made her horny. (Days at the Factory) Why is there a comma? I think this structure is "picture object doing something" but this ...
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Restive Northern Mali

Could there be an error here: French officials dispatched a military unit to secure the site in restive northern Mali where an Air Algerie plane crashed with the loss of 116 people. "Restive" ...
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Question about meaning of “accept commerce” , “spur” and “inland”

By 1860, Houston had emerged as a commercial and railroad hub for the export of cotton. Railroad spurs from the Texas inland converged in Houston, where they met rail lines to the ports of Galveston ...
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Question about meaning of “closely held” in this context

The Fortune 500 is an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks the top 500 U.S. closely held and public corporations as ranked by their gross revenue. (Wikipedia) Could you ...
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Could you help me with this passage on Houston?

In August 1836, two real estate entrepreneurs—Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen—from New York, purchased 6,642 acres (26.88 km2) of land along Buffalo Bayou with the intent of founding a ...
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Could you simplify the highlighted parts , please

Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and building oilfield equipment; only New York City ...
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Question about meaning of “per capita” in this context

Did they cover the strip club per capita numbers? Those are staggering. No, just restaurants per capita.  I know **per capita" means **for each person" , but I have my doubts whether the ...
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Russia 'Fired Rockets INTO Ukraine' - BBC

A headline from a BBC News app on my mobile reads: Russia 'fired rockets into Ukraine' I could not find this on the BBC website, but it shows on my cellphone. Why into? You fire at someone/...
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'Changed' in 'She is changed' - an adjective or a verb?

From Dickens's Hard Times, ch. 13: ‘Thou art an Angel. Bless thee, bless thee!’ ‘I am, as I have told thee, Stephen, thy poor friend. Angels are not like me. Between them, and a working woman ...
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Talking about the future in the sense of 'prediction as order'

There is the following rule, relating to talking about the future: Prediction can be used as a way of giving orders - instead of telling somebody to do something, the speaker just say firmly that ...
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At my daughter's school, I found a word 'videoed'

Today, I went to Rhyme's school and found a sentence... You are being videoed It's clear that this message is to warn people from misdoing something. A kinda "you are under surveillance". But ...
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What does “change them it does” here mean?

Highlight: Interactivity, hyperlinking, searchability, multimedia—all these qualities of the Net bring attractive benefits. Along with the unprecedented volume of information available online, they’re ...
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What does “you have twitches to-night” mean?

What does "You have twitches tonight" mean? I am thinking this is some kind of idioms but i can't guess the meaning.
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sold/were sold/being sold

Revenue dropped due to fewer units of property sold in 2013. Revenue dropped due to fewer units of property were sold in 2013. Revenue dropped due to fewer units of property being sold in 2013. ...
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“Wake up me” or “Wake me up” ? “Switch off the lights” or “Switch the lights off”?

I wonder about "prepositional verbs" that comes with Object : Wake me up. or Wake up me. Switch the lights off. or Switch off the lights where should we place the preposition ? after ...
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What does the meaning “to being” in sentence above?

See how close kid comes to being run over by minibus and lorry What does the meaning "to being" in sentence above?
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someone I did not know but whom would soon become - why is it “whom”? [closed]

In the summer of 2001, after 15 years of developing graphical user interfaces and graphics-intensive applications, I read a best-selling book about implementing web applications by someone I did not ...
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Different Meanings of “In The Way”

For these two sentences: "People affect the law in the way it affects people." "People discuss the law in the way it affects people." , could "in the way" have different meanings in the two ...
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Meaning of “rocking him sideways”

What is the meaning of "rocking him sideways" in the sentence below: An ice-cool sensation entered his mind, rocking him sideways. Hilda’s hand was in his.
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Meaning of “Then again”

"Then again, it didn't matter, did it?" What's the meaning of "then again" here? Is it the same as "thinking better"?
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What is a candy or chocolate bar packaging informally called?

Many a time I wanted to ask my daughter to pick up the "package" left on the ground after eating her Snickers. How would you say so in everyday English?
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What does “Charge Shot!!!” mean? [closed]

This is the blog. Does it mean a shot that has been charged (i.e. the power for which has been accumulated), or is it some kind of a reference? I have no idea.
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Since or Because? [duplicate]

I came across the following sentence on an English website for ESL students. Since/Because she stopped eating chocolate last week, she's eating more fruit! They asked to choose between the two ...
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what is the difference between “walking” and “go walking”?

"I need to go walking" Why not, "I need to take a walk."? Are they the same or not? Are they used in the same situations or not?
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“As…” Structure

More confusion about the "as..." structure: 1 People affect laws as laws affect people. 2 People view laws as laws affect people. I have a feeling that they mean, respectively: 3 People ...
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Should I use 'in the profession of manual turner' or 'as a manual turner' in this text?

I have some question. Should I use 'in the profession of manual turner' or 'as a manual turner' in this text? Which sentence is better? I completed my education in the profession of manual ...
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Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative?

Can a predicative clause be simplified to a gerund structure since both of them could be used as a predicative? Do "My idea is that the child should be sent to school" and "My idea is the child being ...
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What does “or you risk” means?

This is the last paragraph extracted from the link http://www.livestrong.com/article/479103-is-eating-raw-spinach-good-for-you/ What does or you risk means? Does it mean that if i wash ( at home) the ...
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Why is the past tense used here instead of the present?

Let me talk about this sentence. A girl is currently married to a cricketer of another country. When a reporter asked someone about her, he would have said that "she has married that country's ...
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'I produce and rebuild' or 'I refurbish and fabricate'? [closed]

Which sentence is better? In my present job, I produce and rebuild machine parts used in the food sector. In my present job, I refurbish and fabricate machinery parts for food industry.
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Is it grammatically correct to use 'In the present job' in this context?

Is it grammatically correct to use 'In the present job' in this context? In the present job, I carry out the regeneration and production of machinery parts in the food sector.
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Is it grammatically correct to use 'carry out' in this context?

Is it grammatically correct to use 'carry out' in this context? I carry out the regeneration and production of machinery parts in the food sector.
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A single word for “merely reporting a fact”?

I am looking for a single word to express the idea "merely reporting a fact" in a context such as "I am not saying this complacently but X" where X is the required word representing "merely reporting ...
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How to refer to an entity composed of multiple persons (it or they)? [duplicate]

Suppose you have a team composed of several persons. If I want to designate this team without repeating "team", which word do I have to use ? "it" or "they" ? In other words, which one of the ...
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defend from vs. defend against

I want to defend society and its inhabitants from all ideologies, science included. source Would you tell me what the preposition from means here? Although I have seen and known the preposition ...
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with it come/comes?

I came across a sentence in scientificamerican Summer’s here and with it come picnics, barbecues and of course Salmonella. Why not comes but come? I found there are Here Comes the Boom. Here ...
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“…easy enough, except…” Is this correct?

I heard this line in the movie "The social network". The full line is: The truth is she has a nice face. I need to do something to take my mind off her. Easy enough, except I need an idea. What I ...
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Where I put Initial?

What is first name,last name and middle name? I have Big confusion.. Eg: S.Dhanam Here Dhanam is a girl name Her father name Suresh. How to Solve it?
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noun clause & attributive clause

Can “attributive clause” and “noun clause” be exchanged, excluding appositive clause? For example: Remind the clients what maintenance advice they should follow.(object clause) Remind the ...
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What is the relationship name of my in-law's sister/brother and their children?

I want to know how to call few relations like: my brother-in-law's sister brother-in-law's sister's son/daughter sister-in-law's brother sister-in-law's brother's son/daughter
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Difference Between I'm and I am [duplicate]

Both Bob: Who are you? Joe: I'm Joe. Or Bob: Who are you? Joe: I am Joe. Is fine. Bob: Are you Joe? Joe: Maybe I am. Seems fine, but Bob: Are you Joe? Joe: Maybe I'm....
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“You are” vs. “you're” — what is the difference between them?

“You are” vs. “you're” — what is the difference between them? I get confused between the two a lot. I want to understand how to use them appropriately, because I hate making mistakes.
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Determine and Understanding Run-On Sentence

It is easy to understand what some of the fears might be about having a girl on an all-male team, particularly one that places such an emphasis on direct physical contact. How is the quote not a run-...
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“People are opting to pay their bills” — grammatical or not?

Can someone please tell me if the following usage of opt in is appropriate: These days large number of People are opting to pay their bills online.
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Conjuncting : Is this valid word

I am trying to write one sentence like this I will display Employee Code and Employee name by conjuncting hypen. (EMPCODE-EMPLOYEENAME) I noticed that the word Conjuncting is wrong in MS-WORD where ...
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What is the difference between “do you like” and “would you like”?

Do you like candy? Would you like some candy? Do you like walking? Would you like to go for a walk? What is the difference? And are they the same or not? Do they any use in different situations?
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What does “quarter” in Arachnid Quarter mean?

I'm not very familiar with Hearthstone... This is probably why I don't understand this phrase. The name Arachnid Quarter appears in this article: http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/07/23/hearthstones-curse-...
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What are you doing?

If someone asks you what are you doing, can you answer what you are being done to? Example: Bob: What are you doing? Joe: I am being licked by my dog. Being is a verb, like is and are. Can I ...

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