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Possessive of multiple words

How do you write a possessive of a noun that has a phrase describing it? Example: The dog at the park's food The food belongs to the dog. What is the proper way to write something like this?
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“Should already have” or “should have already”?

I think this new law is great and should already have exist earlier. This sentence doesn’t seem correct to me. I don't know what, but something is disturbing me. Is it the tense of some verb? Or a ...
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Proper way to request to separate a 50 dollar banknote [duplicate]

How to say correctly if you one from someone who you do not know, to separate a banknote of 50 dollars to 2x5 and 4x10? What is in my mind is: Excuse me, can you exchange this 50dollar banknote to ...
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Meaning of “more ancient parts”

Here is a quote from Daniel Goleman's book Emotional Intelligence: Over millions of years of evolution,the brain has grown from the bottom up,with its higher centers developing as elaborations of ...
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Meaning of had better

I have to convert the following sentence into its imquoted indirect form for narration. "You'd better leave the dog alone," the man said. Which one of the following two is correct? The man ...
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What does 'the devil knows what" mean in this sentence?

I am translating a story but I couldn't find the right words for "the devil knows what” in these sentences. Can anyone explain this a little? Maybe that can give me some ideas. This is the full ...
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The adjectives of temperature-hot, warm,cool and cold

I have found the information submitted by Clifford H. Prator , professor of English , University of California, in his reasearch paper published in the book " Teaching English as a Second Language ". ...
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What is meant by “so it says something that” in this sentence?

I read this in Word by Word by Kory Stamper: Don’t think that Gove was a windbag: he was a New Englander and valued sparse efficiency in all things (including lexicography). So it says something ...
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When a child/an adult sit with their shoulders towards each other

Please imagine someone draws their shoulders towards each other and lowers their chin towards their chest. What they are doing? For more clarification please have a look on my added pics and let me ...
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When one problem is added to the previous one

Let's assume has a big problem and is dealing with it. While he has not solved the first problem, another problem comes up and adds to the previous one. I wonder how you would explain this situation ...
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Commas with titles/occupations

1.Mayor Steven Smith attended a charity event. 2.Wildlife Liason Officer, Lorraine Nelson, attended the scene of the incident. These examples were taken from a newspaper. How does the appositive, ...
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Can the phrase “one by one ” be used independent of time?

Put these balls in the boxes one by one. I created the sentence above to say that one ball should be put in each box. After looking up the meaning in some dictionaries, I am afraid that the usage of ...
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No matter vs whoever picks up the phone

A native English language user just corrected my sentence construction but I believe mine is the correct one: (An agent giving a suggestion to a customer) "I give you your order number, so that no ...
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What is the tense of “wasn't interrupted”

So I'm writing a book and English is not my native language. As I've gotten deeper into the writing process I noticed that I'm almost randomly choosing between past tenses without making much logic (...
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What does libel schmibel means?

"Libel schmibel. The dead can't sue." What does Libel schmibel mean? Another word to say it? Thanks
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Is there a term/word/phrase to express “only used in a specific field”?

a comments in this post says I see no "dot product", which usually refers to vectors. This is a matrix product which means the term "dot product" is only used for vectors, and the term "matrix ...
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What something for / What for / For what

What is the difference? Which one is correct? what do you need it for? what for do you need it? for what do you need it?
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To get so rich that you are not in need of anymore money

I wonder if there is an informal idiom to say that someone made so much money that became needless of any more money and retired themselves (meaning that from then on they work only for fun / pleasure ...
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“broke his arm” vs. “his arm broke”

What is the correct sentence? He fell and broke his arm. He fell and his arm broke.
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When have you come? Vs when did you come?

I know that the adverb "when" can not be used in questions referring to present perfect. I have referred to many grammar books such as Raymond Murphy's and Micheal Swan's and all those books say that "...
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What are first/second/third cousins?

Once I was told that I am the second cousin of my uncle's son? Where the number before cousin doesn't depict the number of cousins, but rather it tells how close of a relation you are in with the ...
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How to answer a question begins with “has”?

Q: Has your daughter come back from Australia? A: Yes. She ____ there for three years. A. has stayed B. stays C. stayed D. had stayed I think the answer is D because "staying ...
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Does 'feelings of solitude' sound good or correct?

I always see/read sentences like : '..and this can cause you to have feelings of loneliness.' or 'but it’s hard to cope when feelings of worthlessness and loneliness persist.' So I wonder if it ...
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Is “Do you know some writers?” grammatical?

Is "Do you know some writers?" grammatical? I mean, does that mean do you know a number of writers that isn't a few nor a lot but some? Is there ever used or could it be in that sense?
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at a loss (meaning)

I would like to know the meaning of "at a loss" in the following context. I had a friend, a girl. One day I asked her to stop being friends. So she sent me a message saying: "Only God will know ...
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What is the difference of the words

What is the difference? He is not even mistaken. He is not even wrong.
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A short-term course presenting lots of information

I wonder what do you call 1- a course in which the teacher has to present all the information given in a normal-length class (e.g. a three-months course) within just one month? Or 2- a course ...
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“Summarize” Vs “Condense” Vs “Shorten”

I wonder how these words differ in meaning: To shorten (which means to make something like a piece of speech or a text shorter) To condense (which means to reduce something in length) To summarize (...
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The change of the tense in the main and the subordinate clauses

I have found the two sentences in Michael Swan's Practical English Usage .(page no 556) 1.This discovery means that we will have to spend less on food. 2 This Discovery will mean that we spend ...
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Please break down a complicated sentence

“And so, finally, this: A third gift of darkness is a more intimate connection with the natural world. When light falls away and darkness comes on, when killdeer fall silent and the hedgerows ...
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Which one's correct? “Sir was absent” or “Sir were absent”

Which of these is correct? 1) "We heard that Sir was absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class." 2) "We heard that Sir were absent today, therefore, we didn't show up for class." Context:...
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What the voicing of air from a mouth called?

What the voicing of air from a mouth (without syllable) called? For example when we say the consonant "sh" without a syllable. It's usually happens when you want to quiet a child or something like ...
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recommended , suggests, mandatory

The tribunal recommends that the dept reassesses the appellant within 18 months. Is this obligatory, a suggestion or mandatory? Is the department obligated to reassess within the limited time? Or ...
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Any comment or any comments? Of or From?

Can you tell me which sentence is correct: 1) I'd appreciate any comment of (from) you. 2) I'd appreciate any comments of (from) you. First, I think "any comments" is correct but I also read a ...
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Seven out of 10 sentences are not descriptive. Why are the other 3 descriptive?

I have read carefully Contributor's Guide to English Language Learners (Giving your question a title). Somebody says the following sentences: Is this grammatically correct? ...
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About the form of “service”, plural or single?

From designer city-centre hotels to palatial mansions and even private islands, Small Luxury Hotels of the World offers a unique and personal travel experience around the globe. From designer city-...
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“This” vs. “That” in reported speech

1- Let's suppose that Mary is saying this on September 2019, and I'm reporting her words in November of the same year; can I keep (this winter) in the reported speech, or should I stick to the rule ...
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To include something in your daily routine/plans/schedule/timetable

Let's imagine someone is giving some pieces of advice to a person who is looking for some hobbies for their leisure time. He says: Have you ever read about the benefits of reading books?! Did ...
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Grammar present simple, simple future, present continuous

Following on from fireeeeeee's answer to this question, the example "I eat cereal for breakfast" and the descriptions concerned, please let me know what is the difference between that and the sentence ...
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That’s another story vs That’s a different story

That’s another story. That’s a different story. They seem the same to me. But I hear they have different meanings. What’s the difference?
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whether 'thanks for doing something' can only be used for stuff in the past

'thanks for coming', 'thanks for listening' etc are usually used at the end of the meetings. Can they ever be used at the beginning rather than the end?
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What is meant by “meaning systems” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in an article in The Hindu which was: Certainly some people identify strongly with their community, others identify weakly, and still others move on and adopt the meaning systems ...
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I'm easy to please / I'm easy to be pleased

We have a phrase: I'm easy to please. This means: I can be pleased easily. Shouldn't the phrase be: I'm easy to be pleased. Just like: The game is easy to be played.? Thank you.
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The verb “Address” here

I am currently reading this article, and I found a line, “The Administration’s objective should continue to focus on real structural reforms in China that address unfair trade and investment ...
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What does roll mean here? [on hold]

Trump is on a roll! I saw this in an advertisement for house mortgages. any idea ?
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Is it correct to say imbued in the following sentence?

Can I just say I am imbued to see this show - such as - I am inspired to see that ?
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can “awaits” go with "still'

Which one is correct? "I hope and pray that a job still awaits at US for me." I hope and pray that a job still awaits at US." "I hope and pray that a job awaits at US."
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What is wrong in the following sentence and why? [on hold]

Xuan Truong is one of the Vietnamese football players coming to Thailand this year.
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Looking for an English equivalent to the following Spanish term [duplicate]

The term "paga fantas" is a person who does whatever it takes to gain a girl's approval, in hope that upon paying for a girl's drinks, doing her favors, carrying her bag/purse/handbag, listening to ...
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Relative position of the name of a thing

Is there any rule of where to place the name of a brand/movie/book (before or after the noun)? I would usually put it before the noun if the name has only one word. Examples: The "Apple" brand is ...

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