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Predicates in traditional and modern english

This may be too general of a question, but I am curious as to what some of the major differences between traditional linguistic usage of predicate, and Predicates in modern syntax and grammar. I have ...
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How to identify the decorated noun in multiple attribute clauses?

I am always confused with multiple attribute clauses. For example: A complete virtual system composed of virtualized hardware components onto which an unmodified operating system call be ...
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and so's my wife

I'm tall, and so's my wife. I looking for some way of understanding this kind of and so construction. Is it equivalent to the following? I'm tall, and tall is my wife. You could say, ...
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In “Lucifer Rising” - grammatical explanation for use of -ing form instead of “Rises”?

How does that work grammatically? I guess it's primarily used for titles (movies, songs etc.) but why?
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Superposition state or superposed state?

Which is a more suitable word choice--Superposition state or superposed state?
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can someone explain the rule for using which and that [duplicate]

What is the correct grammar for use of the words, which and that?
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What does this English sentence mean?

as clear and detailed as these memories feel, psychologists have discovered they are surprisingly inaccurate. Since the clause, "as clear and detailed as these memories feel", modifies ...
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When writing a question? [on hold]

If you are writing a novel? Which one, according to proper English is correct? 1.) "Why is it you always show up when you are not wanted?" he asked. 2.) "Why is it you always show up when you are ...
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Worth of or worth? [on hold]

What is more correct to to say: you'll receive 3 ebooks worth $6 or you'll receive 3 ebooks worth of $6? It seems that the first one is correct but is the second one false? Thank you
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To + verbs, sentences. Does this make sense?

I have a quesiton to ask. Is this make sense? "To turn off mobile data, multimedia messages will be unavailable." This means 'If you turn off the mobile data, multimedia messages will not be ...
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Are the following rules correct? Why? [on hold]

When referring to a group that includes you, list yourself at the end: Example: 'Alex, Mason and I went on a field trip.' Instead of 'I, Alex and Mason went on a field trip' While when referring ...
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Usage of 'Could' and 'Would' in non-past tense sentense

Could someone explain me why we should use "Could"and "Would" in this sentence? can we use "Can" and "Will" instead? "Is this report something that your team could handle for me? Please review the ...
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Why is it impossible to put a preposition in front of the relative 'that'?

There are two sentences like below, I want to see the house in which you lived. (O)-correct I want to see the house in that you lived. (X)-incorrect We learned that we should not put a ...
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Use of the noun 'associate'

Am I a 'former associate at Company XYZ' or a 'former associate of Company XYZ'?
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When to use “most” or “the most”

I came across with this sentence and it cast me doubt the usage of "most" and "the most" The sentence states: "But what I remembered most is moving a lot" Would it change the meaning of the ...
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british and american english [on hold]

Can we use them instead of those in " I was very sad during the last few weeks because during them I wasn't getting the company of my best friend. "? Please reply....
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“I was away for the weekend”

I work as a customer service representative in a software company. Sometimes I receive customer support questions during weekends. I check them on Monday. What is the correct way of saying that I ...
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The time or a time

Which of these is correct?And why? I remember a time she was working as a waitress. Or I remember the time she was working as a waitress.
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Word Stress in verbs of ing

When a song writer removes the "g" from a verb ending in "ing" does this change the stress of the word? For example, "takin'" and "lovin'."
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ACT English Question 2006 63E

46. The answer is F, but I put H. I understand "achievement in which" doesn't sound right, but neither does ending the underlined phrase without a "for". Any help?
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What does thunderous silence mean? Shouldn't it 'deafening silence'?

I encountered this in an article..., English is my second language so I am very curious..
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Second 'the' in the 'The Age of the Cathedrals' song title [on hold]

Why does the famous song 'The Age of the Cathedrals' from the Notre-Dame de Paris musical have the second article 'the'? Shouldn't it be titled 'The Age of Cathedrals'?
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Is this grammatically correct? To be validly dismissed on the ground of willful disobedience requires the concurrence of at least two requisites: [on hold]

Is this grammatically correct? "To be validly dismissed on the ground of willful disobedience requires the concurrence of at least two requisites:" Thanks! Edit: Hi, sorry for the unclear ...
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Usage of some vs. some of [on hold]

I would like to ask if any specific rules apply to the usage of some and some of phrases and especially in which cases either of them is not suitable for a sentence. I understand that e.g. a phrase ...
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Correct use of the word “unprecedented”

Is it valid to say "an unprecedented meeting occurred ... "? To me this sounds cumbersome.
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“It seem” vs “It seems”

Today I came across this NY Times' article, where it's written: Talking to people at newspapers makes it seem as if the future of comments is all social log-ins and filtering algorithms. But I ...
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Graduate or graduated ?

When I want to describe my self .. Should I say I'm a graduate or graduated student in .. What is more accurate ? Past or present ? P.s: I have a bachelor degree and I'm not planning currently to ...
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why is this sentence in interrogative form?

Can you think of a real world example or context that would it make sense for x and y to represent, and produce such a graph? If not, can you change the graph and make it simpler to fit with a ...
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Can “so” always mean “that”?

I know "so" in some places can have the same meaning as "that", but can we always use "so" instead of "that"? Like if my friend told me something yesterday, then he came today to tell me the same ...
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Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?

Which one is correct? 1.) It's better to have one of our allies close to us than having none at all. 2.) Having one of our allies close to us is better than having none.
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Simplicity is elegance? or elegant?

As the title asks, which is grammatically correct? Simplicity is elegance? Or simplicity is elegant? If both are correct,in which cases they are correct?
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What are some optional grammar rules? [on hold]

The most popular example would be the Oxford comma: for everyone knows that "dating Clara, the model, and the scientist" vs "dating Clara, the model and the scientist" can make all the difference in ...
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What does “nothing that” mean? [on hold]

I read this article- Greeks take to the streets for dueling rallies that reflect a divided nation in Washington post. And I'm confused about what the "nothing that" means in this part : The ...
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Correctly say “I will let you know with further updates”

How to say this correctly "I will let you know with further updates"
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When is “and” appropriate but “as well as” is not?

Until some seconds ago when I was looking through one of the grammar section is test review book, I had long believed that they were (most of the time, but you know English always has those ...
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...
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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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“graduate from” vs. “graduating from” [duplicate]

Basically I want to say I am graduated today. Here is the sentences: it is a huge honour to graduate from a top university such as ...... . It is correct? or it must be "to be graduating". Thanks
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Whether use of who is proper [duplicate]

"Life is all about family and friends who we love and who love us." In the above sentence 'who' is used twice. It seems to me that first 'who' is wrong. It should be ' whom'. Should the first one be ...
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simple present instead of simple past

I heard this sentence in "The Vicar of Dibley"(S01E01): He come second in the marrow-growing contest in 1956. Why does he use simple present instead of simple past?
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Active to Passive Voice

The girl arranged the flowers in the vase beautifully. (1) The flowers in the vase were beautifully arranged by the girl. (2) The flowers were beautifully arranged in the vase by the girl. Which ...
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Why did English writers formerly capitalize so many words? [duplicate]

Or, I guess it could be worded, since when and why was it counted as part of a formal writing style to capitalize many general nouns? (After all, it's not German ...) This is also a trend in legal ...
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It was the best decision I have / had ever made

I'm a little bit confused about the grammar used in the following two sentences: 1.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best decision I have ever made 2.) (...) looking back at it, it was the best ...
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I be walking down the street with a friend and would answer a question [on hold]

Can you help me to find out what kind of grammar is using here? "I be walking" is in which tense and what does it mean? as far as i know, we can say "I am walking" "I was walking" but "I be ...
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Instead of grammar using senteces [on hold]

I want to know how use instead of in simple sentences. is this Example correct? For me, Computer uses instead of the mobile phone
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Is either “and” or “or” necessary when listing things?

Something I read today is a publish article raises my doubt about whether "and" or "or" is absolutely necessary when enumerating. It runs: A book makes the perfect gift, the perfect giveaway, the ...
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Combine both present perfect and simple past together

Is it correct to combine both present perfect and simple past together as in the sentence below? "This method has saved the lives of many patients as the true diagnosis was missed or unusual." ...
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When to use hereof in a sentence? [closed]

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, hereof is an adverb meaning of this. So does it mean that I can change the sentence, "I saw my boyfriend dating my best friend and because of this, I broke up ...
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Grammar when listing question [e.g. we test i) does X cause Y, ii) does a cause b?]

I am writing a scientific paper and at the end of the introduction I list the three questions we tackle in the paper. Currently it is written as: "Here we address the following three questions: i) ...
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How do I distinguish simple past and past perfect with “should”?

One type of construction that has always bugged me is the distinction between should (past tense of shall), and its past perfect form. Assume a character, let's call him John: He lost the poker ...