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Use of “lead to maintain” in a sentence

Is use of "lead to maintain" in the following sentences correct grammatically and conceptually? As shown in Fig. 2, the existence of symmetrical blades lead to maintain the direction of the ...
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Is using “general plan of structure” appropriate in biology?

I'm reading now a book (which was written by a non-native English speaker) that states under the title of the topic: "general plan of structure of the digestive tube" The chapter there explains ...
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Though I could noticed or I could noticed though

I am trying to express that I noticed the presence of some files on a phone. Which sentence would be correct: I could noticed though, on the phone, some files and icons apparently leftovers of the ...
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Since I hadn't had much chance to communicate with you…?

I'm asking for my guidance counselor to write me a recommendation letter for a college application but since we haven't had much conversation, so I wanted to say "Since I hadn't had much chance to ...
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Coordinate or cumulative adjectives? Beautiful mysterious dreamy feelings

I want to express that something brings me some feelings, then I wrote the following sentences. It brings me beautiful mysterious dreamy feelings. It brings me beautiful and mysterious dreamy ...
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'immediately before', 'right before' and 'just before'

What is the difference (if any) between immediately before, right before and just before ? What is the most suitable one to use in this sentence: The paragraph ..... before the image.
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Is it ok to say “Improved the RBT's deletion operation's implementation”?

I've had this question more than once, and that is, when I'm referring to "something which belongs to something which belongs to something else". For example, in the following phrase I'm referring to ...
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“share the housework” vs “share my housework”

How should I use the definite article in this particular situation? OK,let's imagine the following conversation: A: Hello B. B: Hello A, what's that you're doing? A: I often share the ...
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Afterwards + present simple

If it is a message from another time, from a distant star, why has it been put there ? A possible answer comes soon afterwards, when the first light of the sun touches the object. It then sends out a ...
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Can I say 'it will be hard for the society to make any progress'?

Ambition is indispensable for both individuals and the society. Without the ambition of pursuing success, people may feel empty and meaningless in their lives, and it will be hard for the society ...
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past simple or present perfect for a past action with effect on present

Sorry for the late reply, I was away for the weekend, I saw you had already placed another order so I owe you the extra 7€ you've spent for the shipping, let me know if you want a refund Could have I ...
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past tense/present tense… which one is best in this context?

Earlier this morning, I opened the list on my computer to check: A.    ...if there was anyone I knew who had made the list. B.    ...if there was anyone I know who had ...
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Natural way to use “same as” + relative clause

I'm concerned my sentence may sound awkward In many cases we want to give the same set of directories as we give to -L to -rpath when I want to say In many cases, if we want to give directories ...
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Is the usage of “and till” appropriate?

Is the usage of "and till" appropriate? Personally I think it's not correct since "till" is a conjunction and should not be preceded by "and". But I noticed such usage in many examples in many ...
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Usage of was/is in cooperation with present/past perfect tense

I'm a bit confused about something: when using the present perfect/past perfect, am I to use "was" or "is" in the main clause? That day was the most romantic thing that had ever happened to me. ...
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Past tenses: did/had questions

Which one is correct? TilesView had consumed complete screen until I overriden onMeasure(). TilesView consumed complete screen until I had overriden onMeasure().
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“But, along with the street lamp, everything breathes deceit.", prepositional phrase?

“But, along with the street lamp, everything breathes deceit. It lies all the time, this Nevsky Prospect, but most of all at the time when night heaves its dense mass upon it and sets off the white ...
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“She noticed the change of (in?) her son” - choosing the right preposition

Am I right to say such like this: She noticed the change of her son. Is it different from the sentence: she noticed the change in her son?
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Understanding of a sentence

The latest UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” survey shows that an environment of increasing risks, complex regulations and continuing cost pressures are the three key issues faced by the healthcare ...
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“I regret that Mary said that John had bought {something / anything} in that shop”

In the following sentences, would you, native English speakers, use the "any" form or the "some" form? Thank you very much! a) I regret that Mary said that John had bought {something / anything} in ...
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'has' vs. 'had'

:) I have online students studying English with me. A small number of them ask grammar questions. Sometimes the best answer I can offer is that I don’t know but will find an answer. Sometimes I’m ...
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pronoun for countries

In the following, is it correct to use the plural pronoun they (along with the plural verb) to refer back to Japan? Will Japan get back up if they experience another recession?
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Word for random person from audience who is called to stage during live show

Sometimes during a live show, the lead singer/performer invites a random person from the audience to join them on stage, usually for short mutual singing or performance. (Example) Is there a word for ...
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When are words like “that” and “the” unnecessary?

There are several cases where "the" and "that" are completely unnecessary for the understanding of a sentence. So, I want to know when they are unnecessary and why. For instance, in “She told me that ...
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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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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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Which version is correct? (it or them)

Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find it. OR Our clients are not only surprised by how much savings we find, but where we find them.
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using “a/an” with “enjoyment”

Can enjoyment be used with an article "a/an" or should it always be a non-countable noun? For example, Listening to her was always an enjoyment. Among numerous examples of using "enjoyment" in ...
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Pronoun object needed or not?

In this sentence: She has too many students in the class to give them individual attention. I wonder if the object 'them' is necessary to be inserted in the sentence as 'them' refers to 'many ...
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We swam in the same pool we saw / had seen in the photos

Which is the correct form and why? On safari we swam in the same pool we saw in the photos on the website. On safari we swam in the same pool we had seen in the photos on the website.
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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Children and spouses of people who prefer music that was popular twenty years ago

Children and spouses of people who prefer music that was popular twenty years ago are idiots. Here the pronoun who refers to what? Is it children and spouses of "people who prefer music that was ...
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The correct preposition with name of office

There is a company which has many offices, every office has a specific name, for example, "Mercury", "Earth", "Sun" etc. How do I say? " See you later on Mercury" or "See you later at Mercury"...
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Is it okay to use IS like this in informal writing?

Ronnie's a bad influence on her. Keep him away. Can we use an apostrophe and "S" to say is at the end of a name to say somebody is when writing informally?
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This is essential to be accepted or to/for being accepted by others

can you please help me with this sentence. Which is correct? Or are they both? What is the difference? Many young people think that wearing trendy clothes is essential ... to be accepted ...
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“Cavaliers are”, “Lakers are”, “Knicks are” etc. VS “Cavaliers is”, “Lakers is”, “Knicks is” etc. (American English)

As far as I know, in American English, we can see singular team names as either plural or singular. So, "Golden State are the best team in the NBA" and "Golden State is the best team in the NBA" are ...
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Is “entitled” a verb or adjective or both in “She is entitled…”?

She is entitled to all luxuries in her life. What is the voice of the sentence? If it is passive, which word is the main verb in the sentence? In this sentence the word "entitled" is used as ...
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“drivers” or “driver's”?

The Autopilot feature is designed to allow Teslas to cruise highways without drivers steering, braking or accelerating. Source: Mosher, Alexandra, “Tesla drivers play Jenga, sleep, using Autopilot in ...
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the icing on the cake: Is 'on the cake' an adjunct or complement?

It's the icing on the cake. Here, is on the cake an adjunct or a complement of the noun icing?
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Could I use Present continuous

I arrived in a hotel and the receptionist asked me if I would take the breakfast tomorrow in this hotel. He said "Will you take the breakfast" and told me that I could give my answer once I had made ...
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“Which hers was” OR “which was hers”

if i want to convert : She said, "I don't remember which is mine" to reported speech , which one of these is correct ? She couldn't remember which was hers. OR She couldn't remember which ...
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What is the difference between “I am sorry to miss your concert” & “I am sorry for missing your concert”?

Here is from the dictionary Sorry (adj): [not before noun] feeling sad and sympathetic sorry (that)… I'm sorry that your husband lost his job. sorry (to see, hear, etc.) We're sorry to ...
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Indefinite article with a noun in the plural: “(a?) dedicated 4 years”

Which is the correct version (or are both correct?): accrued through dedicated 4 years in IB or accrued through a dedicated 4 years in IB
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Word for fear that a book might not be up to our expectation

Last night I was talking to a friend of mine and came to know that she also gets a creepy feel (a fear, I guess) when she buys a novel and starts reading it. It's just our nature that we don't like to ...
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Where is the antecedent in this sentence?

No way of life has emerged of which the foundations were not laid communally. In this sentence, what does the ‘which’ refer to? Where is the antecedent?
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He may not/ need not wake up early because it is Sunday

He may not/need not wake up early because it is Sunday. How can we decide that only one is the right answer that's why I put this sentence?
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Conditional sentences without if type clause

Can sentences such as "I could have been a contender," be considered conditional on its own without an if type clause? Same thing with questions such as, "Should you have spoken to him that way?" Or ...
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Is “how the end result turns out” redundant?

Is “how the end result turns out” wrong? I’m talking about venting my feelings on the art I am currently doing. I would like to construct a sentence which is like depending my fortune on the outcome ...
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What is the correct answer to this question?

The mattress can be stored in a space as small as shoebox but _____ to a thickness of 5 inches when fully inflated. Expanded Expand Expands Expansion I think both 1 and 3 can be the ...
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Which one out of the two is correct and sounds idiomatic

Me going to a strip club can ruin my social image. My going to a strip club can ruin my social image. Well I guess that isn't actually the case. I think using possessive or pronoun actually depends ...

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