symbolic units that connect a linguistic form with meaning

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“and which” grammatically correct?

"The lyrics are taken from a song called Lock the Doors, which was released in 1993 as a B-side and which I had been listening to when I stumbled upon this thread." Is the construction of this ...
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It saves you endless agony - Correct?

My sentence reads: It may not save you bucks, but, it surely saves you endless agony. Is this correct? Or, do you suggest any alterations?
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Is there a term for constructions like “he/she”, “his/her”, “yes/no”, etc

I'm referring to a construction in a text where two options are provided, of which only one will be valid in practice. For example: The user has the option to choose his/her own avatar.
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Why did the writer use “would” instead of “loved” [migrated]

I can't understand why the phrase beneath is written that way. "She needed someone that would love her for more than just one night" I've seen the same construction in other cases. Hope someone can ...
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“You need [v.] no longer”

I was playing GTA IV earlier today and I called Roman (who is the protagonist's cousin) for a cab. English is Roman's second language and he said to Niko (the protagonist) something along the lines ...
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One of the best universities in the world to _______?

In the construct one of the best places + to + infinitive, the infinitive refers to an activity that a person can do. Example Cape Breton Island is also one of the best places in the world to ...
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Is this sentence constructed correctly? [closed]

Is the second sentence constructed correctly? I read it several times and it seems that there's a comma missing or some discrepancy. Anyway I can't get the exact meaning of the part "has been sold to ...
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Is there a name for this type of sentence construction?

"He was a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless that light did not reflect his eyes". What kind of construction is that? I usually see similar sentences being split into two sentences.
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Is it a correct sentence when you say “Orange is not a vegetable, and neither is Apple”? [closed]

Is it a correct sentence when you say “Orange is not a vegetable, and neither is Apple”? I would like to do the below.. 1. I wish to point out the similarity of 2 different subjects (Orange and Apple ...
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“Like … also”

First off, I would like to apologise if this has been asked before - I did do a search on here, but there were far too many results to go through! Take for example this sentence: Like you, I also ...
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“Will” vs “Would” in the sentence [closed]

On the Day of Judgement when nothing but God's justice WILL reign supreme. or On the Day of Judgement when nothing but God's justice WOULD reign supreme. Which of the two is correct? ...
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A is as good as if not better than B

A is as good as if not better than B Explanations for this phrase I got are a bit controversial. Some say A≤B, some, A≥B, but others say it could be A≤B or A≥B depending on the situation. The ...
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Can I use “at all” instead of “either” in a sentence?

If you want a really simple and easy way to get rid of the “Get Windows 10” icon and stop your PC from downloading Windows 10, you can download a little piece of freeware called GWX Control Panel from ...
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List construction: a, one, another

There are many types of list constructions: first, next, then First I grabbed the rope, next I attached my harness to it, then I descended the cliff. some, others, a few: Some boats were ...
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His objection only takes (SOMETHING) with one aspect of the theory

I am talking about how an author notes the problem in only one aspect of a theory. I know there exists a construction on the lines of "takes notice", but is more apt here. What is that construction?
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A long sentence about a car [closed]

I realize this is OK grammatically, and it even makes sense eventually, but what would you call this style/construction, and how could it be fixed to be more digestible? Is it a run-on sentence, or is ...
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X stopped finding meaning in Y

Example sentence: Harry stopped finding meaning in life. Not because of illness or a loss; it simply ceased to make sense to him. I thought X stopped finding meaning in Y was a common ...
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The “to be” part in a “It seems ____” phrase

Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase? The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his ...
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Parenthesis/Insertion after “or”

Is it valid in English to use a construction like: Fog consists of tiny water droplets or, rarely, ice crystals. If not, how can I elegantly solve this problem?
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Adverb of manner and participle in subjective participle construction

Why is an adverb of manner placed before participle in the sentence "We watched the temperature gradually rising"? I know that if the verb is transitive, then the adverb of manner can be placed ...
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“After taking a rest, I get ready for job”

Is the following sentence grammatical? After taking a rest, I get ready for job. I think the statement above sounds informal. I'm also unclear as to what it means. Would English native ...
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'Participle phrase', 'Participle clause', 'Participle construction'

I am studying in Korean. In my grammar book, below sentences are called 'participle phrase' 1) Seeing police officer, he ran away. 2) Buying it online, you have to use a paypal. 3) Realizing his ...
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water content vs content of water

Would you say it is acceptable to write “The content of water in(of?) the sample was very high” to mean “The water content of the sample was very high”? The second one obviously is simpler and sounds ...
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What is this type of construction/phrase called? if at all there is a word for it!

The general idea is One set is part of a group, but the whole group is not a set This might be kind of vague but I don't have a better example right now on this other than... All ...
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“To have it [be] <something>” construction?

I have several times come across this construction in which the verb have is followed by the verb be, although normally be is omitted as saying just have is enough to convey the meaning. Are the ...
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Elliptical construction: I scissored my cigarette between my fingers, very European.

Can I pass this sentence off as grammatical on the grounds that very European is an elliptical construction implying "which is very European"? From my understanding so far, the only requirement of an ...
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Usage of how instead of as? [closed]

I am hearing and reading this construction more often: You can have your meal how you want it. AND Design your own color combination how you like. Whatever happened to "as"?
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Is this construction of the sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

Today I see ways how several aspects of filmmaking industry can be improved so that myriads of struggling filmmakers won’t be left overboard and can find their niche in this very complex business.
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Is “The State it was In when it was…” too wordy?

I saw this message: Reset all save data and return the game to the state it was in when it was newly purchased Is the the state it was in too wordy or redundant? Can it be just the state when it ...
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Is is possible to use this construction? [closed]

Is it possible to say "He was being run after" instead of "He was being chased" the same way it is possible to say "He was being shot at" "He was being run down/over" etc. or is that not a valid ...
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“No longer could I wait”: Valid construction? [closed]

A lack of capital and experience had always kept me from pursuing this dream, but no longer could I wait. I'm unsure whether or not the no longer could I wait fragment is correct. I have just ...
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A term describing the replacement of a specific word in a saying with one that ryhmes

I understand this is quite a complicated title, however I have failed to discover a word (or a few words) to adequately describe the creative language used when changing a saying (or well-known ...
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Is there a name for this type of construction? [duplicate]

2-part question: (1) Is there a name for this type of construction in English? Examples: "We can't go, can we?" "I am here, aren't I?" "We mustn't get ahead of ourselves, must we?" "You are ...
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Does the construction “X is not as Y as Z” imply that X is less Y than Z, or just not equivalent?

For example, if I say "pop tarts are not as delicious as sushi" does that necessarily imply that I think pop tarts are less delicious than sushi or just that they have a different level of ...
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What is awkward about this construction?

From a Murakami novel: Just as he appreciated Sara’s appearance, he also enjoyed the way she dressed. I am reading an article that criticizes Murakami's style and writing. I am curious, what ...
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Pesky 'that' removal - what is this construction generally known as?

Recently seen: There is an expression I think comes from ... Others have told me (that) such a construction is wrong, but I am sure (that) it is OK. An editor decided it was grammatically ...
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What are typical italian mistakes when it comes to sentence construction? [closed]

Sometimes people say to me that my English is kinda like "translated Italian". They don't know how to put that themselves, anyway sometimes my sentences are not constructed in a "typical English way". ...
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Can “which” and its antecedent be used together in a sentence for reading clarity?

Unfortunately I could not find an authentic example of the rare construct I have in mind, but I am just as sure as I am typing this question that I have read so many sentences from older prose where ...
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The relative pronoun “which” and the omission in this sentence

The complete sentence: Yet I should point out before I proceed with this line that when I use ‘ideology,’ I do not mean to imply the now-familiar sinister connotations of mischief or falsehood ...
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Can I say “to be a person (man) of something”?

In Russian, we have a popular poetic construction that can be literally translated as to be a person (man) of something. For example, if some person is very active, we can say that he is a man of ...
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What type of grammar construction is this

She thinks herself able to best him in this argument. She thinks that she is able to best him in this argument. She thinks herself to be able to best him in this argument. Are the first and the ...
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Criteria used to determine if a “Chinese inch” is an “inch”?

This is a follow-on question to "Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?" Is a "Chinese inch" an "inch" or something entirely different in which ...
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Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?

I would like the terminology for, and information regarding, a specific type of adjective-noun construct. It consists of noun preceded by an adjective that completely/radically changes the meaning ...
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Can an adverb be a noun?

I have seen this post for the answer to my question, but this is not much help in case of the question I am going to ask. Here is an example sentence - The new design of Twitter profile is more ...
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“Money is all what/that I need.” [duplicate]

1.) Money is all that I need. 2.) Money is all what I need. Which one is right? or which one have you not ever seen? and is there any difference between them? But, what about the following? If ...
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“would rather” + subject + past subjunctive

What is the difference between: The company would rather each employee be provided with ID card. The company would rather each employee were provided with ID card.
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“There was some [fine skiing there / shooting in the streets]”

I would like to ask if the following sentences are grammatically correct and whether the constructions are similar: There was some fine skiing there. There was some shooting in the ...
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Single word for “from then” or “from it” [closed]

I would like to use the archaic expression (from the family of hence, whereby etc.) to refine the sentence: "..the weights introduced in Exercise 2 and determined from it/from there" meaning the ...
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“that one consider” or “that one considers”? [duplicate]

I have a question to ask regarding this quote. In the formation of a marketing strategy, it is imperative that one considers the marketing mix, also known as the 4Ps – product, price, place, and ...
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What grammar is used in “are there” for not a question & “is a compromise view” without a subject?

I have found 2 sentences in a law book, but I cannot figure out what grammar rules are used in them. Please advise. 1.) In no state, however, are there [what rule, why such order of the words?] ...