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“Adverbial phrase” vs “Adverbial clause”

Please tell me what the difference is between an adverbial phrase and an adverbial clause.
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How to find words which are related morphologically?

I'm looking for a book, or any other source, which lists words that are morphologically related, like this: imagine verb imagination noun imaginative adjective Or this: medic ...
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Is it grammatically correct to change tense in a sentence? [duplicate]

When writing a sentence, can I change from past-tense to present-tense in the middle of it? For example, Joey realized that the ball is green. or Joey realized that the ball was green. I ...
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AAC submits report to VC [closed]

"Academic Audit Committee submits report to the Vice Chancellor" - What does it convey? Does it mean the committee has submitted its report or will submit its report?
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''Honey'' Usage Question

my friend (he's from Europe, white in his 20s) was in the U.S. a while ago and went to a diner a few times. A woman there (in her late 40s, most likely), kept calling him ''honey'' and ''sweetie'' ...
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I need point of view of native speakers on the perfect tense

My question could seem to be very simple, but the reasons why I ask it connect with the understanding of fundamental principles of the construction of the English language. That’s why my question is ...
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Is “IN” in this sentence correct grammatically

I wrote this sentence: My professor in many subjects during my studies at Damascus University and my fourth-year-project sponsor. I don't know if in is correct. Or would it be better to use for? ...
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When is it important to use the plural of “system?”

When would system need to be pluralized? Say you offer two products that serve the same function. Do you offer two systems or one system? To try and give an example... I have an integrated facial ...
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Using 'When' + past participle 2

Is this sentence (a caption for a question/article) grammatically valid? 'Getting 403 http code when routed to the site's root' When is it suitable to use WHEN + PARTICIPLE Ⅱ? Should I use ...
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Emphasis is put on relation of A and B, instead of/on

Having the following sentence, I'm not sure how to use prepositions after 'instead': The emphasis is put on the relation between A and B, instead of on A and B themselves. Is "instead of on" ...
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Analogy: “as if” vs. “as though”

This is something that confuses me from time to time. When making an analogy in literature, is it better to use the phrase "as if" or "as though", or is it completely a style thing? E.g. She ...
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Usage of reflexive pronouns

I have read answers to questions like When is it correct to use "yourself" and "myself" (versus "you" and "me")? but I couldn't find a general rule for using "...
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what part of speech is “fun” in the sentence below

"Hiking is fun" Hiking = Gerund is = Verb fun = ? Is it an adverb or noun?
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Singular Verb Following “One of . . .” [duplicate]

He is one of the men who do the work. Could someone explain why it is "do" and not "does" up there? I'm sure this question has been asked before and I've memorized what to do with such sentences. ...
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Adjective or adverb [closed]

Is "far" an adjective or adverb in the following sentence: How far is Los Angeles from New York City?
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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? [closed]

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, Wi-...
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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 article ...
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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 ...