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You are the (one/ones) who (are/is)

I'm talking about both singular and plural form of "you", so I hope the provided answer will include both answers. Singular You You are the one who 《are/is》... I'm equating the "...
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Is there any online resource where I can find many examples of a particular grammar rule [closed]

Is there any online resource where I can find many examples of a particular grammar rule? By "many" I mean at least hundreds or thousands to make my brain "start feeling" the ...
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Which one is correct? A Problem with making nouns out of sentences

I'm trying to make a noun out of this sentence: A remover of temporary files. Which of the following is correct and why, please? A temporary file remover. A temporary files remover.
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choice of sentence with operating / to operate

Which sentence is better: Operating in a random way does not value the work done. To operate in a random way does not value the work done.
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"no + singular noun" vs. "not any + singular noun"

It seems to me that when 'any' is used for indefinite quantities, it must be followed by plural nouns or uncountable nouns. However, In the following sentences, which I found in a grammar book, each '...
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Does "now" in this BBC headline belong to the previous sentence or latter sentence? "Ukraine war: What is Putin's plan now Luhansk has fallen?"

This is a headline from the BBC at https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-62040787. "Ukraine war: What is Putin's plan now Luhansk has fallen?" The use of "now" here sounds ...
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Whatever you're asking vs Whatever you ask?

What's the difference between: Whatever you're asking, Whatever you ask
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Should I use past simple or present perfect in that context?

I am confused, while solving random questions to enhance my understanding of past simple and present perfect, I was stuck in the following question: My sister .................... engineering for ...
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Bored waiting or bored of waiting?

Which one do you think is correct? I'm bored of/from waiting for premier league's new season Or I'm bored of/from long wait for premier League's new season
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Sometimes in different situations

It's probably not right to compare two different adverbs. Often at the beginning of a sentence and before "don't" means there are occasions when I don't do something. (As in Often, I don't ...
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Often I don't, I often don't

As the sentences 1 and 2 unlike 3 and 4 are unidiomatic and without additional information they don't work as standalone sentences, would they work if I used them in the following way with some ...
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Grammatical error in "According to me, we should spend more money on education." [closed]

The question was to correct the sentence without changing meaning. The Grammarly app also shows the sentence is wrong but I do not know why
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Is the definite article used before the comparative adjective?

Today, I noticed an example in Collin dictionary online the following sentence: She looks the happier for her trip. I checked in Google Ngram once as "she looks happy for ..." and once &...
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the verb "have" is stative or dynamic verb in this case and why?

i am having a nice day or i have a nice day and in this case the verb "have" is stative or dynamic verb?
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Which of these is correct in terms of a not-but structure

The flash is not a car but a motorcycle. Or The flash is not a car, but is a motorcycle. Which one has the correct grammatical structure?
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The Salmon Life Cycle

The title of this article is The Salmon Life Cycle. It must be correct since it's a government site. But why am I thinking the title is not good. Is "the" with "salmon" or "...
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What's wrong with this sentence [closed]

I need to correct the following sentence and state the issues I found. After giving birth to six puppies, I anxiously watched over my sleeping dog.
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Different ways of using - short of money

I have seen the following sentences to express that I have less money: I am a little short of money I am short of money I am somewhat short of money I am not sure what the difference is between the ...
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Is there a neural network somewhere that parses text into english tenses? [closed]

I want to make my english more advanced. I need a neuronet, which will be answered to me if I upload some text. For example I upload: Mary is cooking cakes now. Neuronet must to answer: "present ...
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Please check grammar of this sentence [closed]

I need to write an email to office team members siting reasons for not meeting the production target. Had below constraints were not there, we would have exceeded the target.
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Is it right the word "the" is an article that functions as both an adjective and an adverb?

Those especially Indian or learners form countries of East Asia want to create something a new in language. It is so hard to make them satisfied .... I know any item precedes a noun can function as ...
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Can the words "more" and "cool" be joined together?

There is a confusing rule I've learnt from books and teachers, i.e. the superlative form of an adjective that only has one syllable or two syllables has to end with a suffix "-er" instead of ...
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Is it correct to say "Don't put your expectation so high"?

While searching on the Internet, I found that another way to say it is "Don't set your expectations so high", but I didn't find anything related to "Don't put your expectation so high&...
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please suggest correct use of did not

whether in this sentence did not is correctly used or it may be replaced with had not It is an admitted fact that defendant No.2 to 10 did not execute agreement to sell
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In this phrase should I use `what you mean` or `what do you mean`?

In this phrase should I use what you mean or what do you mean ? If it is possible, please explain what you mean by "doing this." Because I don't understand.
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What is the possessive form of "Macy's"? [duplicate]

Basic rules: For a singular noun ending with no "s," we add an apostrophe and s at the end.<br /> For a plural noun ending with no "s," we add an apostrophe and s at the end.&...
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"is" or "was" or at the end of the sentence

I was talking to my friend (let's name them X). X: There was some other person too. Me: who is the "other person"? X: Well, if I remember I would have already told who that person is😅 Now, ...
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Why is the gerund form is not possible after "would prefer"?

Why is the gerund form is not possible after "would prefer"? Most sites and books tell that "would prefer" is either followed by to infinitive or noun. Examples from Cambridge: I’...
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In "success is counted sweetest", why does the verb 'counted' follow the adjective 'sweetest'?

The question comes from a poem by Emily Dickinson: Success is counted sweetest By those who ne’er succeed. To comprehend a nectar Requires sorest need. In 'success is counted sweetest', why does the ...
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"Many constitutional lawyers believe the court will rule it would be unlawful for Holyrood..."

I'm stumbling upon the sentence: "Many constitutional lawyers believe the court will rule it would be unlawful for Holyrood and [...]" I understand it if : I translate will -> wish to, ...
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"cut a hole in the suit", "bore a hole in the suit with a scissor" or something else?

"cut a hole in the suit", "bore a hole in the suit with a scissor" or something else? She cut a hole on the suit using a scissor. Originally, it was supposed to be "cut a ...
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In this phrase I used a period in the quotation, after that should I use a or A?

In this phrase I used a period in the quotation, after that should I use a or A? Is talking like this: "If you cook something better tomorrow, I’ll eat everything." a food war?
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"Which one" usage for people

Can I use "Which one?" for people like we use it for things. See the following conversation. A: I want to talk to your daughter. B: Which one? The fat one or the thin one? I googled it ...
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Often not used for habits

When talking about habits the position of adverbs is different, but if I'm not talking about habits, can I use "often" in each position in my sentences and does each of them have a different ...
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Is using the phrase "you and your team members' end" grammatically incorrect, or does it not sound like something a native English speaker would say?

Earlier today, I wrote "Please let me know if this looks good on your and your team members' end" in an email, and was told that I should have said "Please let me know if this looks ...
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How can I use in a sentence the phrase 'ordinary folk'?

Im trying to fill the blank of this sentence: Those were the heady days when stockbrokers commanded salaries beyond [...]of ordinary folk. It seems like i have to fill it with a phrase of three words, ...
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is to be built another road vs another road is to be built

Do I need to invert the sentence if I move "southeast from the roundabout" to the beginning of the sentence? Another road is to be built southeast from the roundabout. ✔ Southeast from the ...
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"Often" position and the change of meaning

Do sentences 1 2 and 3 mean although I'm in the habit of reading the paper, I'm often too busy to read it, but sentence 4 means I am not in the habit of reading it? 1."Often, I don't read the ...
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Why is the phrase "COVID-19 pandemic" not followed by its verb to be?

With the COVID-19 pandemic still raging and with little indication of it going away soon, countries all over the world are striving to put in place policies and measures to ensure people’s safety from ...
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Two past tenses in one sentence

Is it correct to use two tense in one sentence? Like I have just clicked on the cross button and nothing happened. Or I clicked on ... and nothing happened. Indeed, two actions (one after the other) ...
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What is the structure of "To do, that is ..." [duplicate]

Henry David Thoreau: To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. What is the structure of this sentence? I think it's safe to simplify to "To do, that is A". Is it a ...
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What is the difference between subject-verb inversion and subject-operator inversion?

How does subject-verb inversion differ from subject-operator inversion? Could someone explain using examples for each?
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What do I do if I forgot something?

I've learnt English for many years and have never seen the sentence construction like this (well, now I have): What do I do if I forgot the appointment with my doctor? This sentence was taken from a ...
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In the expression "Elevator up" is "up" a preposition or an adverb?

I know that in this example: is your house up or down the avenue? "up" is a preposition. But is it the same in "elevator up"? it looks different
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Due to, because of, on account of, because, [closed]

Forgive me, but I have read some of these explanations and I still cannot really understand the differences. I would like to be able to explain it to some English learners in a nice and clear way so ...
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(would+have+pp) or simple past

This paragraph is on an articular of a newspaper: Thai officials arrested the five-man crew on Friday after seizing the large cargo craft at Bangkok’s military airport, where the crew had landed to ...
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"Selling products, such as fresh produce, online can promote poor people to earn money." Is it grammatical?

Selling products, such as fresh produce, online can promote poor people to earn money. Is the above sentence grammatical? I got feedback from my teacher that I cannot use "promote sb to do sth&...
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Beginner student vs. beginning student

Which is the correct one? I am a beginner student I am a beginning student I think that both are correct, because "beginner" and "beginning" can be adjectives here, but I am not ...
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what it means "not as all or nothing as"?

"yep,ive heard first hand of a few people botting that got banned, but it seems like a mixed bag, not as all or nothing as the MH ban." the quotation above that is a comment from a thread ...
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"He speaks better Spanish than I do" or "He speaks Spanish better than I do"

Could you tell me the difference between these phrases if there is any? He corrects me because he speaks Spanish better than I do. He corrects me because he speaks better Spanish than I do. I tried ...
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