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Missing words after commas in these sentences?

In the following sentence,why did they use "thinking" after the comma? is a word omitted after the comma? 1.i waited for two months,thinking that it would be bad time for him should it be ...
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“Claim to be” vs “claim is”

A. The company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camera. B. The company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest camera. Could someone please explain why ...
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Will have past participle VS should have past participle

I found this from Cambridge grammar book. We also use should have + past participle to talk about an expectation that something happened, has happened , will happen. e.g) The builders should have ...
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How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions [on hold]

How to tell effectively, When someone just follows the existing custom or system as it is, without asking any questions. Sometime people just follow the existing custom or systems as it is, without ...
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Problem in 'talking to a lot of people' [on hold]

I told my friend that "I am talking to a lot of people" and he said this sentence is not correct. Can anyone help me find out what's wrong with the following sentence: "Talking to a lot of people"
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Why is there an indefinite article before “London”? [duplicate]

Two years after his reported Reichenbach Fall demise, Sherlock, who has been cleared of all fraud charges against him, returns with Mycroft's help to a London under threat of terrorist attack. I ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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What are these phrases called?

I recently learned about parenthetical expressions, and I just want to know if these following phrases are the ones. I took notes, the elements of the story. And in this one. Victims of ...
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I did not saw him. Is this correct; if not, why not? [on hold]

Is it correct to say "I did not saw him"? If not, why not?
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present simple and adding s after the Sentence

why do i have to add s after the word causes in the follow Sentence i know that it is because causes is present simple but when i look at the grammar it say i/we/you/they take drive/work/do etc. ...
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Which one is correct ? people are/is

I have been confused for so long about the plural and singular forms of "people". I want to put an end to this confusion. what is the difference between these following expressions and is it correct ...
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Arrangement versus an arrangement [migrated]

Which is correct: If we withdraw from the defense, you will need to make arrangement to pay for the fees and costs incurred by your attorney. OR If we withdraw from the defense, you will need to ...
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Two questions - How to say it right? [migrated]

I have two question 1. why cant I say - I didnt understood? 2. why cant I say - why I cant say? Would appreciate any help Thank u
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A grammar question [on hold]

Which sentence is correct or better? In discrete event systems, a predicate can be a set of states or a language, therefore, behavioral properties can be classified into two categories. In discrete ...
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What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
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Want to write an Email to a buyer [on hold]

MY buyer found my submission seems too high and asking for a drastic revision and i know my rates are very genuine for him, how ever i can negotiate him on his order basis but after 10-15 days. please ...
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Should I use more than one interrogative pronoun in a sentence?

I have to say " who came when, where, how" how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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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”? [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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? [closed]

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” [closed]

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? [closed]

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)