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Meaning of the wording “lift their skirts … and grab the eyeglasses right off someone's face”

From Gavin De Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence (1998): "That's true," she said. "Every day I have to predict what the kids will do, and I succeed for ...
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Infinitive or gerund

So, I've got this phrase: ''Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end.'' Can someone explain me why it is written ''to see it end'' rather than ''to see ...
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Combining Phrases and Independent Clauses

Is it grammatically correct to combine an independent clause with a phrase. For example, "I live in California, specifically in San Francisco." It sounds correct to my ear but I am unsure if I am ...
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Is it natural to say “My promises are absolute”?

I just want to make a powerful statement about the powerful commitment towards my promises.
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How to address “Passive” correctly? [on hold]

Are passive voice, passive construction, and passive sentence referring to the same thing? Because I find there are many ways of calling it
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proper use of phrase, in the spirit of [on hold]

is the following sentence and use of phrase and grammar appropriate? however, in the spirit of time I will only focus on a few specific instances describing how I have demonstrated this proficiency. ...
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decreased by 1/3? [on hold]

9 has been decreased to 6. Which is/are correct? a. It was decreased one third. b. It was decreased by one third. c. It was decreased two thirds. d. It was decreased to two thirds. e. or any other ...
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Should it be “has” or “have” in this sentence? [on hold]

Your examples of faith, love, partnership and trust has given us... or Your examples of faith, love, partnership and trust have given us...
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Can a “program” “engage in research”?

This is regarding a sentence describing a graduate program at a university. I am pretty sure this is incorrect, but I would like to know why: This program engages in research and educates on ...
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everything was up to my expectation [on hold]

I received the phone and that I liked it and everything was up to my expectation.
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To have joined and join

A sentence in today's newspaper said "More than 140,000 new activists are projected to have joined by the dead line..." I don't understand the reason to use "to have joined" instead of "join". Thanks ...
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transitive or intransitive verb

i have problem to determine if the word bake is transitive or intransitive verb from the Phrase "Samantha can bake at any time of the day." i am reading from a book called English grammar ...
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What's grammatically wrong with this sentence? [on hold]

There are many polyatomic anions that can take the place of monatomic anions.
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Could I have some questions about TOFEL? [on hold]

___ touching in O. Henry's stories is the gallantry with which ordinary people struggle to maintain their dignity. A. Most is B. It mostly is C. Is it most D. What is ...
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In place names, do the words qualifying the place act as an adjective?

If you have a place name such as “The Sierra Nevada Mountains”, does Sierra Nevada act as an adjective? My guess is yes, since they qualify the noun mountains, e.g.: “Which mountains? The Sierra ...
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Would you describe a ripped garment clothes faulty or damaged? [on hold]

Please elaborate on your answers thanks so much!
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Obvious Subject in a Sentence

Some twitter account tweeted like this "when they release the iPhone 7 and you haven't even gotten the 6 yet "(with funny pic) enter link description here If I tell the content of the sentence, I ...
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“count noun” or “non-count noun” — how to know the difference? [duplicate]

The book English Grammar: Understanding The Basics makes the following declaration: If you can use many with a noun (when it is pluralized), it’s a count noun. If you can use much with a noun, ...
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How to correct/improve this sentence?

I am writing a blog post, which includes code snippets with repeating "import" statements. These statements look "noisy" so I decided to omit them in the rest of the post. So I am writing: ...
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Is it correct to say: It's not ripened yet

I'd like to ask you all that is it correct grammatically to say: It's not ripened yet, and I'm not done yet ? Are they equivalent to saying It hasn't ripened yet and I haven't done yet ? Thanks very ...
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This expression is correct? [on hold]

I want to buy a domain with this words: superbtourfrance.com This is correct: superb tour france ? or superb france tour ? This well use the word: superb ? Thanks for your time.
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When can verbal passives be used in secondary predicates?

In a paper I read, on page 5, resultative secondary predicates could only be stative adjectival passives. For example, "John hammered the metal flat" is valid but "John hammered the metal flattened" ...
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Would this statement mean 'all' or 'some'?

The sentence is "Steps taken towards equality are, in fact, segregating us further." Very simple question. Does this sentence mean All steps previously taken towards equality are resulting in more ...
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Why you are here?

Is this grammatically correct sentence or not? I have often heard people using that sentence. I know 'Why are you here?' is perfect but I think the one which I have mentioned above is correct only in ...
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Can someone tell me if this sentence uses parenthetical expression?

When he returned as the day was ending, a little earlier than the previous day, I was expecting him. Is "a little earlier than the previous day" parenthetical expression? Thanks.
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Can I use a semicolon instead of a conjunction? [on hold]

For example, Power doesn't corrupt the soul but instead reveals one's true self or Power doesn't corrupt the soul;instead reveals one's true self
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Comma usage (ex. His sister, Anne, was not feeling well.)

I would just like to clarify if in this kind of sentence, where you state the name of a person, are commas always needed to offset Anne? His sister, Anne, was not feeling well. Or is it ...
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I am writing a résumé: Which is correct and why?

Grew sales 30% introducing new products to market Or Grew sales by 30% introducing new products to market
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Grammatical explanation of “I thought” [on hold]

There are many sentences like this: This man, I thought, was a man with great manner! What is this "I thought" part called in grammar?
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How can “ A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air ” be correct?

A smell leapt out so horrid that it seemed to colour the air. I thought this sentence should be "A smell so horrid leapt out that it seemed to colour the air." Which one is right?
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Are the phrases “in times like these” and “in times like this” both correct?

They both seem to be widely used. There is the variant "at a time like this", which is clearly correct, but I'm curious about the mismatched "times like this".
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“As a [noun]” followed by mismatching subject

There is one particularly commonly used language construct that I find logically incorrect. However, as a non-native English speaker, I can't decide authoritatively on whether the usage is actually ...
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How to improve communication english? [on hold]

How to improve communication english?
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are there any questions that can be asked without a helping verb

I'm writing to ask can we ask about this sentence( he was rich) with out using any helping verbs?? And which one of these sentences is correct (how does he love you OR how he loves you)
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Saxon genitive. Can I use it for objects?

I am translating from italian, and a doubt suddenly struck me: can I say: The items' content in the Navigation Drawer? or this is a class handling the cards' layout ?
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Is the term “walking across a tarmac” grammatically correct?

The term in context: Mr Obama and his daughter Sasha, 14, walk across a tarmac in New York on Friday. Shouldn't it be walk across tarmac or walk across the tarmac or walk ...
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my problem is in omitting the auxiliaries i want to know when do we omit an auxiliary verb [duplicate]

I saw a movie in the movie there was a question : how was he like and the answer was he's so nice and there was another question: how she like the the answer was:pretty. well i want to know if i ...
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Is it ok to not use any auxiliaries in our question? [duplicate]

My main question is can we omit the auxiliary verb in object question too or not? And is it correct to say how she likes instead of how is she like ? And in all the qustions which are about a word ...
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Object question subject question differences?

My main question is can we also omit the auxiliary verb in object questions or not? Is it correct to say How she likes? OR How is she like? I saw a movie and there was this short dialogue: ...
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how to use BEEN and while using ITS BEEN, do we hav to mention the time or not? [on hold]

how to use BEEN and while using ITS BEEN, do we hav to mention the time or not? Can i say its been an year with "SINCE" ?
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Data that is vs Data stored vs Stored data

Which of the following is correct? Data that is stored on your computer will be encrypted if .... Data stored on your computer will be encrypted if ... Stored data on your computer will be ...
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What is the difference between “ to smoke” and “ for smoking”?

I met a sentence like "I stopped to smoke" more often than " I stopped for smoking". Is there any reason why we use " I stopped to smoke " more often? And What is the difference between the two ...
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“In accordance to the rule” and “in accordance with the rule”

Is it correct to use preposition "to" in "in accordance to the rules" or it has to be "with" as in "in accordance with the rule"? I have found usage of "with" more frequent but have seen few instances ...
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Which is correct? (both .. and)

Rewrite the following sentence by using "both .. and". Peter is a naughty boy. He is an active boy. Peter is both naughty and active. Peter is both a naughty boy and an active one. Peter is both a ...
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One after another vs one after the other [duplicate]

The students came into  the classroom one after another. The students came into the classroom one after the other. I can't understand the difference between them.
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Sentence correction query

Is this sentence structure correct ? A society so vibrant and diverse as America’s is bound to dominate. My basic confusion is that whether to put ’s at the end of the subject or not. Another ...
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All-lowercase in titles and text: a language aberration or just some healthy anarchy? [on hold]

Right now I am in an interesting conversation about usage of all-lowercase words in a presentation arguing it makes sense for design reasons. The question is: would it be valid to do such a thing?, ...
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wouldn’t have left or hadn't left

If my cousin wouldn’t have left/hadn't left in a hurry, she wouldn’t have forgotten her keys. I'm learning for my exams and I'm a little confused, which the correct one ? I'd say that hadn't ...
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Is this sentence considered correct?

His eyes, still on me, were speaking of cruelty. I think whiz-deletion is applied to it, but I am not entirely sure. Can someone tell me?
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Is “I felt being dragged by a beast” incorrect?

I felt being dragged by a beast. Since I stated I and the same subject is being dragged, I thought there doesn't have to be word myself to restate who was being dragged. Does there really have to ...