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    (Original post by Haushinka13)
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    As the verbs seems to be interchangeable, I would use the verb 'to try' in case of doubt. Is this advisable for you?
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    (Original post by Kallisto)
    As the verbs seems to be interchangeable, I would use the verb 'to try' in case of doubt. Is this advisable for you?
    I do think that 'attempt' is more formal, but 'try' fits into most contexts, so yes, I think that sounds fine.
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    (Original post by Haushinka13)
    I do think that 'attempt' is more formal, but 'try' fits into most contexts, so yes, I think that sounds fine.
    Fine! And what about the verb to spare? its the archaic verb of to save, but I wonder whether there are cases in English in which this archaic verb is used.
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    Does a comma splice only occur while joining two independent clauses?

    Like this:

    1)I went to the shops, I got myself a new bag.

    Can a comma splice still occur in a sentence with three or more clauses, like
    this?

    2) Many businesses will require new and improved equipment, to enable that every task is carried out finer, considering this will only be an advantage to the businesses' overall performance.

    3) Although many people prefer smoking, some people disagree with smoking as it's a huge, life-threatening risk, avoiding cigarettes may be beneficial for many.

    This is how I would use a comma with three clauses in one sentence . Let me know if there is an error of my comma usage.

    When I have three or more linked thoughts in a sentence I do get confused while using a comma, and whether I have to put a coordinating conjunction and comma after every though that comes to mind.
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    Hey English speakers, what is the more proper word in English? 'free time' or 'leisure time', or to precise: what is more common?
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    Some one please check out my thread...stressing :/
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    (Original post by Joeyy113)
    Some one please check out my thread...stressing :/
    What thread? I can't find anything
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    Is the phrase 'eat death nazi' use of figurative language?
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    Would 'Elected as xyz, from a club with 10,000 members' be grammatically correct? I'm not exactly sure on how to describe the total amount of people in the club. Another way I was considering writing it was 'within a club of 10,000 members'. Again, not too sure on the grammar. Any help would be appreciated!
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    Hi guys, could you please check out my thread.. I really need help. It is my English Narrative I would love any of you to help me grade it and give me further advice pls!!
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    Just panicking a bit but would I be right in saying that both cat and dog are subjects in the following sentence:

    The cat and dog were in the kitchen.
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    (Original post by zakkaz)
    Just panicking a bit but would I be right in saying that both cat and dog are subjects in the following sentence:

    The cat and dog were in the kitchen.
    Both the cat and dog are being discussed and have been joined through 'and' therefore you are correct, they are both subjects
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    (Original post by swiftylol)
    Would 'Elected as xyz, from a club with 10,000 members' be grammatically correct? I'm not exactly sure on how to describe the total amount of people in the club. Another way I was considering writing it was 'within a club of 10,000 members'. Again, not too sure on the grammar. Any help would be appreciated!
    The first and second could both work although changing 'with' to 'of' seems to flow better for me.
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    (Original post by Excuse Me!)
    Is the phrase 'eat death nazi' use of figurative language?
    I think so, considering they're not literally eating or consuming death lol
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    Collective noun question. I am so confused with these:

    1. "My family are doing well" or "My family is doing well".
    2. "How is your family?" or "How are your family?"

    I also don't understand the difference between these: "Arsenal is a successful football club" and "Arsenal are struggling to get to the top of the premier league"

    Please help!
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    I'm stuck finding sources for my assignment and am having trouble writing it, was just wondering if anyone here could provide some sources/help with my assignment? Thanks.

    Here is the question:

    1. ‘Youth use more non-standard language than older speakers'.
    Focussing on either accent or grammar or lexis, discuss this statement with reference to sociolinguistic studies of the language of different age groups. Having considered these findings, do you agree with the statement? Ensure that you make use of language examples in your discussion.
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    (Original post by owwwww2)
    Collective noun question. I am so confused with these:

    1. "My family are doing well" or "My family is doing well".
    2. "How is your family?" or "How are your family?"

    I also don't understand the difference between these: "Arsenal is a successful football club" and "Arsenal are struggling to get to the top of the premier league"

    Please help!
    About the Arsenal sentences; it all depends on if you're thinking of Arsenal as a group as a whole, or as the individuals that make up the group. In 'Arsenal are struggling...', it indicates that the focus is on the individual players and staff. You could easily replace the word 'Arsenal' with 'They'. Whilst with 'Arsenal is a successful football club', the focus is clearly on the club; the group as a whole.

    Your family sentences are very similar to the above. Both versions of both sentences are OK - it just depends on whether you are focusing on the family group as a whole, or as individual family members.
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    I've seen something several times, but I can't understand the meaning of it. So, I'm just going to give an example from one book.
    "Do they often do that as well?"
    "Why, burn my soul, those are just brigands."
    So, the question is: if the guy is responding to a question, why does he start with a why? Does it mean anything? Does the why change the meaning of the rest of the sentence? If not, why do you even bother saying it?
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    (Original post by Ecro)
    I've seen something several times, but I can't understand the meaning of it. So, I'm just going to give an example from one book.
    "Do they often do that as well?"
    "Why, burn my soul, those are just brigands."
    So, the question is: if the guy is responding to a question, why does he start with a why? Does it mean anything? Does the why change the meaning of the rest of the sentence? If not, why do you even bother saying it?
    It is just a turn of phrase, used in a colloquial expression. As Collins' dictionary has it, an introductory expression of surprise, disagreement, indignation, etc.
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    (Original post by dylantombides)
    Surely they should be capitals if they are the names of terms?

    Of course not! Initial capitals are used for proper nouns only - not for common nouns. This is English, not German. Anyone who tells you anything different is wrong.

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