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Is my use of “so as to” in this sentence grammatically correct?

Is my use of "so as to" in this sentence grammatically correct? Guiding students down the right career path is a designated role for the government so as to ensure the students to get a big picture ...
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Pronunciation of English

In China, people in different places speak different dialects, so the government introduces the official pronunciation standard -- Pu Tong Hua, which can be characterized by Ping Yin. Therefore I am ...
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Is this BBC article ambiguous, or am I interpreting it incorrectly?

I came across a BBC article titled Ten laws that India should scrap. In the section about salt taxes, it first states: In 2013-14 collections from the tax amounted to $538,000 (£343,400), which was ...
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using the pattern: less (noun phrase) than (noun phrase)

Would you please give me some examples with the pattern below, in such a way that I could understand what the bold part means? I couldn't find such a pattern in dictionaries. This is the pattern: ...
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Mobile network operator vs. mobile network carrier

Is there any difference between "mobile network operator" and "mobile network carrier"?
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Difference between “having” and “having had”

Often, I've seen 'having' with verb 3form but it doesn't make sense to me at all Having done work, I went home", Does this mean "I did work first with myself then I went home"? or anything else?...
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saleswoman; clerk

The women in a clothes shop who help people try on clothes and buy them and take commissions are called 'saleswomen' in a novel, The Cuckoo's Calling. What I want to know is do you call them with this ...
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Possessive case question

On one hand, possessive case is one of the simplest topics and still there are few nuisances. Should I say: Tom, professor assistant, was entering the lab. or Tom, professor's assistant, was ...
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What is the difference between descriptive language and informative language?

My teacher told me that descriptive languages were used to describe things, and the example he gave was this: He is in a red cloth, he has blond hair, etc. And he said informative languages were used ...
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(Educational Bureau doc)Is it grammatically correct for putting a “which” in this sentence?

Is it grammatically correct for putting a "which" in this sentence? The government should designed the curriculum for all students until high school which all students will be having some subjects in ...
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The nuance of 'same' and 'similar'

On OALD, I read that same could be used in two ways... She's the same girl we saw in the auditorium - If she was Sophia in the auditorium, at present we are looking at Sophia only. And... The ...
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what does “Out of Silence” mean?

It is the name of a Yanni album. Is this equal to "brouhaha" and "noise"? What is the general rule to understand the meaning of "out of"? Sometimes it means "lack of something", like in "out of gas", ...
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Which one is correct to use question sentence? [closed]

Which one is correct sentence? Does most Amazon people doing well at English like you? Are most Amazon people good at English like you? What else?
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How to say: to check presence of something

Tom wants to check, if he has his nobile phone with him. Could I say then: Tom put his hand to his pocket to check for his mobile.
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Ticket got created and ticket is created

Could someone tell me which one is the correct sentence here: Ticket got created or Ticket is created This is the scenario: Someone comes to me and asks for the status of his query. I have ...
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When to use -al vs -ing

If I have a verb that I want turned into a noun, should I use -al sufix or -ing? Example: For verb "to archive", should it be "archiving" or "archival" ? Hence, should I say "Document archiving is ...
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Is the title of Borat movie grammatically correct?

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is this title grammatically correct ? It seems wrong to me but I was wondering if there was any such kind of use of ...
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difference or similarity between reaction and interaction

Would anyone possibly throw a light on when/where would you use the following terms interchangeably? when not? reaction interaction Any help would be appreciated
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To be in a window

On Discovery TV channel the action was happening somewhere in Alaska. I heard the expression that the “aircraft is in a window” which means that it must be inspected before taking off to a particular ...
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Compound words in English [closed]

To what extent compound words are appropriate in English? Are the "onthedownburninghouseresting", "firesurrounded" valid words in English?
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The reason “lays” or “lies” in the facts

I have trouble with this sentence. "Reason" is singular and I want to use the present tense, not the past. Which one is the correct one? The reason lays in the facts The reason lies in the ...
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Usage question: “to come at someone” vs “to approach someone”

Can I paraphase: Jeep was approaching me at high speed. With: Jeep was coming at me at high speed. Saw usage: to come to somebody, but never to come at somebody (in the meaning to approach ...
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“to go forward” vs “to walk forward”

Why does it sound more natural to say: He stood up and started walking forward. that He stood up and went forward The questiion is for difference between to go and to walk. Taken an attempt to ...
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Why is it “to start laughing” and not “to start to laugh”?

Why do we use: to start laughing instead of, to start to laugh And what is the construction verb + (verb + ing) called?
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The XYZ industrial group is a manufacturer of.. (the manufacturer of..)

Two possible ways to translate a sentence from a corporate website: The XYZ industrial group is the manufacturer and purveyor of a wide range of gas separators and compressors. or: The XYZ ...
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Does the phrase “voice an opinion” have some negative connotations?

Does the phrase voice an opinion have some negative connotations? For example let us take this sentence: User123456 in several comments on meta recently voiced the opinion that creation of a tag ...
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“Who is Lisa friends with?” or “Who are Lisa friends with?”

Is it correct to ask Who is Lisa friends with? or should it be Who are Lisa friends with?
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“can” or “could” in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, why is "can" appropriate than "could"? Is it a grammar thing? please explain. The more satisfied you are with your job, the more effort you could put into your work.
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“the more… the more…” structure

I have a difficulty with "the more... the more..." structure. I am not sure the following sentence is the right use of the structure. The more satisfied you are with your job, the more effort you ...
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What does “Let's face it, xxxx” mean?

I have a curiosity about "let's face it". What does "Let's face it, xxxx" mean?
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What does this sentence mean? “You have been working hard, …”

I am not sure the following sentence after yet. You have been working hard and providing measurably positive results for your company, yet your pay isn't what it should be or you keep getting ...
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How should proper nouns from another dialect be handled?

When creating something in formal English, how should proper nouns from another dialect be treated? For example, if you were writing in Australian English, how would you refer to the Centers for ...
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Meaning of “sex will melt your face.”

I heard on a TV show that sex with some particular woman is so good, it will melt your face. I could find the explanation for this expression.
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in the wind; with the wind

(a) The bandana on the end of his rifle flapped in the wind. (b) Her hair blew up toward the sky with the wind. (from COCA) The bandana and her hair moved in the wind or with the wind. ‘With’ ...
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What is meaning 'talk in terms of something'? [closed]

What is meaning 'talk in terms of something'? I don't understand about this idiom. Does anyone know?
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Amended As Published

I am a little bit confused reading this: Under the new HIPAA Mega rule published in January 2013, portions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule and portions of the HIPAA Security Rule were dramatically ...
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Distinguishing between prepositions associated with “lack”

The opinions that he expresses are lacking in intellectual depth.Source: Vocabulary Worksheet 9HVocabL6.doc, from Strasburg High School’s documents for English 9 Would you throw a light on the ...
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Explanation of “sway” vs. “influence”

“Sway”, which basically means to influence, differs from the latter word [(“influence”)] in implying both the pressure or control of some force that is either not resisted or is in itself irresistible,...
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Is this sentence correct?

I know someone may think this question maybe funny,but I'm not a native English speaker.But I'm willing to learn. I saw this on the bus : "Those in wheelchairs are to ring the bell." Sounds weird. I'...
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Should I add a comma before which?

The original sentence is: Post-hoc test performed on the subjects data revealed 6 homogeneous subsets which could be roughly illustrated as follows… In which I am wondering whether I should ...
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where is the most appropriate position for the adverb first?

In the chemical process, first someone washes the wood, and then someone cuts it into small pieces in a chipping machine. In the chemical process, someone washes the wood first, and then someone cuts ...
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Meaning - I am no atheist, in fact further from that

I wrote this sentence - I am no atheist, in fact further from that. When you read this sentence what meaning you get? I wanted to mean that "I am no atheist. In fact I am quite opposite. Though I ...
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Past action but present perfect?

I know all about that film because I have seen it twice. In this sentence the person says they saw the same film twice in the past. Then why is the present perfect used instead of past perfect? Can ...
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Is this a valid way to avoid repetition?

I want to avoid the repetition of working in this phrase: I feel great working with this technology, and working on challenging projects. Is the following correct? I feel great working with ...
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Tense “was breaking” doubt

Everyday last week my aunt was breaking a plate. Is the tense correct in this sentence? This is the answer my teacher gave. Could someone tell me why "was breaking" is used here?
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Do you prefer to write a draft in your native language and translate it later or not? [closed]

I am writing my PhD in English. I normaly go through 3 writing processes: drafting, reworking and finalizing. For today, I write in English from the beginning. Since my mental focus lies on narrative,...
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Is “capable at managing” grammatically correct? [closed]

Wondering about the grammatical correctness of: Peter is more capable than Tim at managing resources.
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difference between turning point & tipping point?

Could anyone possibly elaborate the difference between these? and whether they could use interchangeably? Furthermore, which one is used in mathematics, so on? I am wondering how the term tipping ...
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Meaning of 'as' in 'as nothing'

Even now, the world’s leading carmakers are spending billions on setting up plants, vehicle prices are dropping precipitously, and the car has become the object of the new consumer’s dreams. ...
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'Raise' or 'Rise' as NOUNS and not verbs

This question rose from this question! I'm quite clear on using raise and rise as verbs. However, when it comes to using them as nouns, I am bit confused. Say, I'm talking about the increment in my ...

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