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Does usage of “to” depend on the verb or object?

I give to you a pen. In the above sentence I am using "to" before the object "you". I am giving you a pen. In the above sentence I am not using "to" before the object "you". In the above two ...
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'Would have' used alone for unreal past situations, not in conditional

Can I use would have alone like The situation would have been worse without his help. The lack of anybody's cooperation would have caused us a lot of problems. to provide the same meaning as ...
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“convince … to …” vs. “convince … of …”

“This commands respect. But you should keep in mind that you are sitting next to a person of the same sort. And I must tell you that I have not been instructed by the Politburo to convince you to join ...
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What is the right usage of the verb “congratulate”?

I was wondering what is the right way of formulating a sentence in which I want to express my respect/consideration to another person. In particular using the verb congratulate. Which one of the ...
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Is this sentence ambiguous about when the events happened?

If I write the following sentence, how would it be understood? She took a shower, and she called for pizza delivery twelve minutes ago. Would "twelve minutes ago" be understood to apply to both ...
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Meaning of “bolting down”

It’s a matter of preparation — bolting down your water heater before an earthquake or actually reading the in-flight safety card before takeoff — but also of mental conditioning. In the above ...
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Is “money” a countable noun? [duplicate]

Is money a countable noun? We had a little/few money left, so we decided to have a meal in a cheap restaurant so that it costs us a few rupees. Here rupees is the currency of India. I wonder few ...
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When a word ends in 's' or 'x', do you add 's or just an '?

1) Alex's house 2) Alex' house When the noun ends with the letter 's' or 'x', do I need to put 's' after an apostrophe or not? I remember I read some rules related to this in my school ...
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Can 'bit of' be used?

As Harry helped himself to a treacle tart, the talk turned to their families. "I'm half-and-half," said Seamus. "Me dad's a Muggle. Mom didn't tell him she was a witch 'til after they were ...
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Expressing mixed feeling of both scared and sad

Sometime when I shout at my kids, they get scared and also they get sad. How do express this mixed feeling in writing? I wrote as below where Tommy refers my son. Is that the correct way? Tommy, ...
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Word/phrase for the 'battle cry' in sports game

Is there a word/phrase for the 'battle cry' from sports game audience? What about the 'shout' at the end of the scrum?
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Where “do” substitutes for other verbs, when can we omit it?

I haven't seen her yet, but maybe I will [do] tomorrow. I didn't hit the ball as well as I wanted to, but maybe I will [do] tomorrow. I can't believe it now, but maybe I will [do] tomorrow ...
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either + singular + 'have' or 'has'?

Is it legal to use has in the following question? Would you tell me please whether either my friend Joey or me has to visit the manager tomorrow? Or, instead, should I use have rather than has?
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What does “be she” mean?

Lo was enraged by all this - called me a lousy crook and worse - and I would probably have lost my temper had I not soon discovered, to my sweetest relief, that what really angered her was my ...
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Using “lay-by” as verb for buying goods

lay by, 1 : to lay aside : discard, 2 : to store for future use : save, 3 : to cultivate (as corn) for the last time (Merriam Webster) Considering that Merriam Webster's definition of "lay-by" as a ...
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Is it possible to use adjectives as adverbs?

I came across these two sentences: He was standing there proud." "He is growing up rich." I think I can understand what each sentence means, but grammatically they don't make sense to me. ...
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Is “Look down upon us” correct?

So I was watching a movie viz. Les Miserable, where some convicts sing a song with "Look down" phrase and they sing "Sweet Jesus does not care" for them and they wanted Jesus to look after them . So I ...
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Word for mimicry of walking

My brother exaggerates my way of walking as a mean to ridicule and laugh at me. Which word can I use to describe his walking? I want a general word to describe mimicry of actions to differentiate it ...
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Can “a” be used to mean “about”?

In this post, I read the following sentence. (The post is visible to Meta Stack Overflow 10K users and moderators.) You've also got a 16 users ignoring you and still manage to consistently get ...
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question with four choices [closed]

I have this sentence in a Literature class: For Hemingway, the world was defined by strife: full of chaos, moral decisions and ambiguous moral boundaries, and inevitable pain. to what does each "...
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“Misuse” vs. “Abuse”

What are the differences between misuse and abuse? This is what is listed for misuse in the dictionary: Verb: Use (something) in the wrong way or for the wrong purpose. Noun: The wrong or ...
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Should I call it a pedestrian overpass or pedestrian footbridge?

It's a bridge that allows people to cross a road. How can I call it? Can it be a pedestrian overpass or pedestrian footbridge?
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“God is us” versus “God is we”

Which one is syntactically correct and why? God is us. God is we.
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crouches and bends down

crouches and bends down I see in dictionary that crouches means "To stoop, especially with the knees bent", and stoop means "bend forward". Now my question is crouches already means bend down with ...
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Can “till” be used in this context?

Is "till" in the following sentence valid? You must write in formal style till the end of this exercise. I don't think it's correct, but I can't really say why. I read a question on ELU about this,...
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Why isn't there any article?

(1) I became the art project leader. (2) I got first place in the science contest. (A Korean middle school English textbook) What are the reasons that the first sentence has an article and the ...
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Should a phrase modifying a noun be written before or after the noun?

When writing about a CMS, I often have to write a phrase that modifies a noun, such as in the following examples. The users need to have the "Article: Edit own content" permission to edit their own ...
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Derisive laugh - usage context

When can I use "derisive laugh"? What does it mean? Is it the way when a villain in movie laughs at hero who almost lost the fight?
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Present perfect with simple past

I have a question regarding using present perfect and simple past within the same sentence. Does it make sense to say the following sentences? "He has agreed to help me, so I did not do my homework....
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Meaning of “bother” used as a single-word sentence

I know the verb bother as in "I didn't bother testing" or the noun bother as in "it's no bother", but this is the first time I encounter this word as a kind of interjection or single-word sentence, ...
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Does 'massive' ever mean 'large number of'?

Although dictionary says 'massive' only means 'heavy', I am always having the impression that in some contexts 'massive X' means 'large number of X'. Is my impression purely wrong or there are ...
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“Small change” vs “Loose change”

When we are talking about money, is there any difference between "small change" and "loose change"? It seems that both mean "coins of little value." These are examples from Oxford Dictionaries: I ...
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come across someone in a market

When I go to a crowded place like a supermarket, it is possible to almost hit someone sometimes while seeing goods and moving forwards. How to describe this situation idiomatically? Not sure if come ...
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Recent past which tense I should use?

You have been replaced by another person. You were replaced by another person. You are replaced by another person. If something happens in recent past, which tense should I use? What is ...
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Complete or Completed with present tense or future tense [closed]

End of the day if it will not complete tell me End of the day if it will not completed tell me End of the day if it is not complete tell me End of the day if it is not completed tell me Which ...
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“compared to” vs “than” - rewriting exchangeable

Although there were some similar questions asked here and here , I think this one is still different. Is it true that sentences using "compared to" can be rewritten using "than" without changing ...
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'Would like to buy' vs. 'would like to get': are they interchangeable?

Let's say I walk up to the cashier of a store / fast food joint and say I would like to buy a pack of gum / bag of chips / soda / hamburger etc. I would like to get a pack of gum / bag of ...
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Which sentence is appropriate for showing my sympathy?

There are some expressions showing your sympathy, such as "That's too bad" or "I'm sorry to hear that." But I'm not sure how to use them correctly. I've just read a grammar article which says that ...
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Proper term for dog waste

Can you please check my sentences below or write new sentences that sound natural for me? Be careful! Dog's poop just ahead. There's a lot of dog's waste on this street. Mind your step. Be ...
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Can we use commas within a phrase to combine many ideas into one?

I want to say "with increasing the height, an increasing deviation can be seen." Can I use the phrase from lower part to upper within commas as follows? Similar to above case, an increasing ...
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What does 'opposite' mean in this case?

Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. He took off the hat and walked shakily toward the Gryffindor table. He was so relieved to have been chosen and not put in Slytherin, he ...
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Can a game be a subject in the sentence? [closed]

Where is the basketball game? (A Korean middle school English textbook) The sentence seems to ask where they are playing basketball. I’d like to know if the sentence is proper and natural, for I’m ...
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Am I using correct preposition with proper clauses? [closed]

I am writing the following text. Although, we obtained a satisfactory results for this analysis, we cannot say that the same precision can be obtained with respect to field measurements. After this ...
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Is “It is I who decides.” correct?

Google Translator translates c'est moi qui decide as "it is I who decides." I'm confused about "decides" being correct, since there is I before who. Is decides right, or should decide be used?
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Can I use 'its'? [closed]

As the vertical object detection is one core strategy of our process, we analyse its accuracy with respect to the manually delineated reference objects. I am doubted whether using its destroy the ...
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“Have you ever read” versus “have you never read”

"Have you ever read Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities?" he asked. (The New York Times) I don't know why, but if I wrote that question I would have used never, not ever, but, ...
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Phrase for “a person who cares much more about other people's business than their own”

In the Persian/Farsi language there exists a phrase "a bowl which is hotter than the soup", which means: A person who cares ridiculously about others' business more than his/her own business. I ...
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Should I use “not” or “don't”?

Let's not make a big deal out of it. Let's don't make a big deal out of it. You are just trying to make us not practice. You are just trying to make us don't practice. Should I use "not" or "don't"?...
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Should I use “was” or not?

I thought I was supposed to. He was served. The above two sentences are correct . Please explain me why the below sentence is wrong. What was happened to him?
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Should I use “to”, or not? [duplicate]

All I can say is give them rest. All I can say is to give them rest. Give to me. Give me. We just asked him to join our dance trope. We just asked him join our dance trope. Should I ...

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