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Does the sentence sound naturally because it is grammatical or is it grammatical because it sounds naturally?

I have been thinking of this for the past couple of days. Does the sentence sound naturally because it is grammatical or is it grammatical because it sounds naturally?
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Strange usage of dependent clauses

Before asking my question, I would like to point out that English is not my mother tongue, and that consequently, my choice of terminology might be inappropriate. I have noticed that in many cases, ...
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Which sentence is better?

I have some questions concerning sentences. [full name], having defended his thesis and passed the engineering exam conducted by the Examination Board, obtained his diploma and earned the title of ...
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Following a statement with a question

Person1: "I'm feeling quite rough today." Person2: "That sucks - what's the matter?" Is Person2 using correct punctuation, or should there be a comma to separate the statement and the question? ...
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Curious about “but with” in a sentence

Please explain how we replace the first sentence with the second one. I do not understand the rule. Could we use "with + noun" for any situation in this kind of context? Thursday will be ...
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'a thesis' or 'the thesis'? [duplicate]

I have some questions concerning sentences. ... majoring in Biological Systems Engineering chosen by [full name] conclude with preparation of a thesis and the engineering exam. The title of the ...
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“Typed,” vs “typed in”

For example: I opened Google. Then, after giving it some thought, I typed (in): lolcats. Should I include the in in cases like this. Why?
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Should I modify a gerund using an adjective or an adverb? [closed]

I know that a gerund is a noun, so it should be modified by an adjective. However, it is also a verb form. Can I modify it by using an adverb?
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'Spree' as a figure of speech

I came across the following sentence in a book by the English nature writer Robert Macfarlane; Sunlight fell in bright sprees on the floor (of the wood). What part of speech is 'spree' in this ...
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“As [adjective] as a [noun]” vs “as [adjective] a [noun] as there”

How does the meaning differ for the following two sentences? Even then, the subject seemed as fascinating a problem as there could be. Even then, the subject seemed as fascinating as a ...
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Finding the correct interpretation of “Every X [units of time], at maximum/minimum.”

I've recently been involved in a discussion over different interpretations of the following sentence (paraphrased): Users may update their information every two weeks, at maximum. The intended ...
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Indefinite article with substances

Which one of the following is correct? If both - what is the difference? In an optically thin gas ... In optically thin gas ... For example: We consider radiative equilibrium in (an) optically ...
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What's the function of this “as”?

In http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/what-exactly-is-piracy/ Spoo avoids rehashing the labyrinthine history of the work’s publication except as it bears upon his larger point. What is the ...
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How to properly use name parts in English? [closed]

I think people name in my language is very different from how it is used in English, so please properly explain it so I can use correctly. In my country, people name usually have 3 parts, if I am ...
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Should I put “the” in this sentence?

I have this sentence: Your environment advances the well being of humanity and the society. Should I put the before society, or should I remove it and put it before humanity?
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Is “reserved” an adjective or verb in this example?

I need an answer about this sentence please: We had a reserved seat. Reserved in this sentence is a verb. I read that in a morphology book. My question is: how does this become a verb? I ...
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Grammar for a list within a list that does not start with a colon

I'm trying to make sure my writing is correct for the following sentence: Our scanners are not affected by rain, snow, glare from the sun, or electrical interference from cell phones, radios, ...
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Can I use the past progressive here?

Let's say I am at the train station and I missed the train, I still see it driving off. I would naturally say to myself: 'Damn, that was the train I was hoping to get.' Would that be wrong? If not, ...
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Usage of 'in in' in a sentence

Is punctuation required between the repeated in's? "...users who are still active yet haven't logged in in more than x days..."
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usage of articles: definite article or zero article? [duplicate]

the Chinese invented the paper the Chinese invented paper I can't decide which article we get before paper — zero article or the. Are we talking about paper in general (so zero ...
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in lunchtime or at lunchtime

How say correctly? I want buy a micro usb type b connector in lunchtime. I want buy a micro usb type b connector at lunchtime.
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What is to use commas and apostrophes?

"Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get their own way." Original ...
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Would this be considered a dangler? [closed]

Does this sentence end with a dangler? "He managed to remain happy about his work despite being involved in a very dull industry."
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If someone is currently doing an activity, is it wrong to say they were doing that activity?

If you are currently doing an activity, then a moment ago you were doing that activity. So if I am doing something, is is grammatically correct to say I was doing it or do I have to use the present ...
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Is “to the down of” correct

I was doing my chemistry homework and came across this sentence: "Atomic radius increases down and to the left of the periodic table." It seems awkward to say "to the down of," but, because left and ...
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How should a long sentence with multiple “or”s and commas be understood?

I'm trying to get a proper understanding of exactly what a long, run-on sentence really says. The actual text is from Michigan law, but I'm not seeking a legal interpretation rather a full ...
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“book available at” or “book available on?” [duplicate]

What's the correct way of saying it? "X book is available at Amazon" or "X book is available on Amazon?"
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Usage of “would” for future

Where can we use "would" for future without conditional sentences? Please describe with example of sentences.
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Does this make grammatical sense? [closed]

Does the following sentence make grammatical sense? Unfortunately, my wish has yet to be granted. If not, what is wrong with it?
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What's the difference between these negative sentences?

What's the difference between these two? "He is not obviously guilty." "He is obviously not guilty."
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I would if you will

Is this the correct form ? I would love to do this as soon as you will do that. Or is it I would love to do this as soon as you have done that Or is there a better way to form this ...
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A question on co-ordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence

A compound sentence is characterized by one or more than one main-clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjuction, as opposed to a complex sentence, which has a main clause together with a dependent or a ...
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Can we put the adverb of time on the present perfect tense?

Can we put the adverb of time on the present perfect tense? i have just moved here last month.
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In the book “Charlotte's Web,” or In the book “Charlotte's Web”,? [duplicate]

When stating a book title, is the comma before or after the quotations?
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Is the “for + proposition” form still used nowadays? [duplicate]

I am currently studying English and as such enjoy reading English books from time to time; for instance I have recently been reading the fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire since the French version ...
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Log the user out of system or log out the user from the system

I was working on a user manual and I want to write that a particular action would result in user being logged out of the system. I'm wondering whether the sentence should be "The action would log the ...
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“to be also so” oder “to be the same”? “Neither…nor”?

please, correct this sentence: "I neither drink nor smoke, but you don't have to be also so/the same". By/with this sentence I want to say, that I am both non-drinker and non-smoker, but I would ...
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Is it correct to say that “John is responsible for Mary”? [closed]

Is it correct to say that "John is responsible for Mary"? If not, what should we say? What I want to denote is a mix of all these senses: Supporting someone, because of sympathy, and also morally ...
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What do we call the tenses? [duplicate]

When I was at school, well over half a century ago, it was the study of Latin which introduced me to the idea of tenses. Our Latin master carefully segregated the six indicative tenses into two ...
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why use “be of something”, is there some meaning for this “of”?

I saw a sentence when reading some technical articles: When we call this function, it expects the second parameter to be of type Collection. The actual argument is of type Collection. So my ...
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What's the difference between “to lie in” and “to sleep in”?

What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"? And could you correct the following sentence please: "I wanted to turn off my mobile telefone not to be called next morning, but I forgot ...
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What is the difference between “bring” and “bring back” in this case?

In the dictionary, bring means "to take something or someone with you to the place where you are now, or to the place you are talking about" and bring back "to take something or someone with you when ...
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What is the grammar of the double 'is' in these examples? [duplicate]

Some sentences have a double 'is' in them. I know that we must have the verb to be in a nominal sentence, but these sentences have a double 'is'. Can anyone tell me which 'is' acts as the verb to ...
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“Get something” vs. “Go get something”

According to one online dictionary, get can mean “to go to another place and come back with something or someone” (word choice). If so, then why do you sometimes use “go get something”, prefixing get ...
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Let be: one verb or two? [closed]

My apologies if my question is not appropriate for this forum. In mathematical writing, one often needs to let certain letters denote certain mathematical objects. For example: "Let X be a number. ...
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What does this “solely” explain?

What does this "solely" explain? "NPR is solely responsible for its content." Is it, "NPR is responsible only for its content, so we don't know about other info." Or "Only NPR is responsible for ...
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Why can't I understand this sentence? [closed]

My friend gave me this sentence and said there is nothing wrong with it. I can't for the love of me understand what it means. And can't help but to think there is a more eloquent way of phrasing it. ...
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Article for “opossum”

Did I see "a opossum" or "an opossum"? It's pronounced "possum" (at least insofar as my experience) but looks really awkward written "a opossum". That is all.
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Something and something <are> or <is> [duplicate]

For E.g - The Swedish government’s recent efforts and investments in elevating education standards are/is nothing short of commendable. "Are" sounds a bit awkward to me, but it seems to be the ...
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What is the stand of “impossibly difficult” or “impossibly high”?

let's see a sentence "The examination is impossibly difficult to get passed." What exactly the sentence is trying to say? dose it mean "The exam is extremely hard" or "The exam is so easy that ...