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Can a prepositional phrase act as an indirect object?

For example, in the sentence: I baked a cake for my mom. Direct object (DO): cake Indirect object (IO): for my mom Some webpages say IO can only come before DO While others explain that a ...
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Operations names [closed]

Why operation names start with word "operation", ex. Operation Killer? As far as I know, the correct phrase is Killer Operation. Thanks
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How to use “seem” + noun

What is the difference between these two: 1- It seems water. 2- It seems to be water.
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If a “cooking show” is grammatical, why not a “cooking book”?

I enjoy cooking, and I've been told I'm quite a good cook. I have several cookery books 1 at home, mostly on Italian and British cooking, but not one is written by a famous cookery writer 2. I've ...
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preposition used with mathematical operators [closed]

Is "minus with" or "minus by"correct? What preposition can be used for mathematical operator " multiply"?
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She being or him being [closed]

What are the correct sentences below and why She being tired, I didn't visit her. Her being tired, I didn't visit her. She being of unsound mind, I didn't marry her. Her being of unsound mind, I ...
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Would rather that … than (to) do

I know the right structure is "would rather do something than do something," but when would rather is followed by a clause, what is the correct grammar? Should there be a "to" before the verb in the ...
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What part of speech is the word “very” in this sentence?

Questlove is a very good drummer. This question came from the first question on this show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKUhS81fBtI Isn't it an adjective? How is it an adverb?
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forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors [migrated]

Is there a forum or discussion group to correct my grammatical errors in my English written texts?
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How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
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Is 'need' in subjunctive mood in the statement “He need not consider that.”

In the statement "Should he need his coat I will bring it." the word "need" is subjunctive mood triggered by the word "should." In "He need not consider that" there is no triggering word but ...
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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Which one is correct65 year old or 65 years old? [duplicate]

I'm not sure about the plural s so is it do I need a hyphen as well but people is singular I suggest the second is right ...65 year old people or ...65 years old people??
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Express that something is delivered with something else for a certain amount of time

I want to express that A is delivered together with B for 5 years and that this still goes on. A is being delivered with B since two years. The above sentences is obviously wrong. What about ......
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What do you think of the pronouns “that, this, it” in the following?

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams: "Make Change Possible" Most struggles aren't won by single actions. Or by iconic leaders. Though they have their role. They are won by people, taking individual ...
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Predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

In the sentence: The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective and please explain why. Thank you.
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“Pharaoh” or “the Pharaoh”?

Should we use "the Pharaoh" or simply "Pharaoh"? Since it is a title I think it should be preceded with "the". But I see it used both ways. Why?
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“We eat when I say we eat!”

"Quiet! We eat when I say we eat!" "OK, we wait for your say-so." Why can we omit the first "will" in sentences such as: "We will eat when I say so!" "We will eat, when I say 'we eat'!" "We ...
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scene to vs scene of

I am a non-native speaker wondering which of the following sentences would read more naturally to a native speaker: The market looked like it had been the scene of a mass murder. The market ...
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I want to know the meaning of 'OP?' [migrated]

What is 'OP'? I want to know the meaning of 'OP' used here?
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Once, at once and when [closed]

Which one of the following is correct? I will let you know once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once I have the information about it. I will let you know at once when I have ...
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Use of dashes or commas when adding a qualifier

For the following, I'm not sure how to separate each component of the sentence: After the standard battery of tests, factual verifications (Who's the president? — Obama) and autobiographical ...
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What category does the 'the recent perfect' belong to?

A scholar has said that there are 4 usages of the present past tense: The Universal sense of the Perfect, used to indicate that a state of affairs prevailed throughout some interval stretching from ...
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I want to know the difference between 'hot news' and 'recent past' in the present perfect tense [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker. I want to know the difference in meaning between 'hot news'usage and 'recent past'usage in the present perfect tense. And It the the two(hot news and recent past)are same, ...
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Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? [duplicate]

In present perfect tense, Does 'hot news' in present past tense contains 'recent past'? Let't take this sentence for example. "Malcolm X has just been assassinated." Does the sentence mean hot news ...
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In the tense of present perfect, Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same? [duplicate]

In the tense of present perfect, I learned that "I have finished the work" means 'recent past' and "The man has died"means'hot news' Are 'recent past' and 'hot news' the same in meaning?
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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What matters vs. what matter when starting a sentence

I am wondering if it would be better to write in the sentence below, "what matters most is" or "what matter most are," since what follows are two clauses. Or should "what" stand as the singular ...
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“We must away ere break of day”: What is this grammar? Is it alive?

This phrase appears in a song Tolkien wrote, and what was the main theme of The Hobbit movie: Far over the Misty Mountains cold To dungeons deep and caverns old We must away ere break of day ...
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How to write “IDs of persons” without using “of”?

I never know how to write this correctly. I can think of several ways to write it but which is the right one? person IDs persons IDs persons' IDs
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“I never drink” “I don't either/ I do too/I never do, too” [closed]

It might seem trivial but I'm not really sure which one is grammatically correct. To agree with a sentence with never we should use too or either? A: I never drink. B: ............. ...
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How to use “Both”

How to use both in sentences when we have "and"? For example: both of X and Y are letters. Or both X and Y are letters?
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How to use “make” correctly

Which of these sentences is correct and more common? 1. The show made us be happy. 2. The show made us happy. To me both are correct with a little difference in meaning! PS: I discussed this ...
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Grammar questions regarding an excerpt from The Giver

I've been reading Lois Lowry's The Giver recently, and have questions regarding a sentence from her book. I know that some sentences in literature, like The Giver, do not always follow strict grammar ...
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In a sentence like “the movie was so bad that it was hilarious” does it entail that at one point, it wasn't hilarious?

The movie was so bad that it was hilarious. The area was so cold that plants couldn't be grown. The jewel was so expensive that people couldn't buy it. In sentences like these, that is ...
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What is the difference between the two sentences? 'crying kid' and 'kid crying'

I comforted a crying kid. I comforted a kid crying. Is there any difference of the two sentences above in meaning?
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What is the difference when we added 'to be' in the sentence? [migrated]

He seems to be an honest man. He seems an honest man. What is the difference when we added 'to be' in the sentence in meaning? And What is 'to-be deletion'?
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what is it important/ what is important

I found that when I turn the sentence (it is important for us to do exercise everyday) into a Interrogative Sentence by following the grammatical rule, it should be like this: =What is "it" important ...
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When to respond to “you” with “I” or “Me” from sentence context

I'm writing a program that responds to sentences, but I'm running into an issue: You write: I like that you like me. Program responds: What do you think makes you like that me like you? ...
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( Did with verb ) or ( had with verb+ed )

I'm confused with rules . My question : what is the different between this examples : Did you finish your homework before you went to the cinema ? Had you finished your homework before you went to ...
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“Wherever or Whenever”

Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"
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Tips to avoid past tense in a thesis

I'm a non-native speaker and currently writing on a thesis in English. I'm struggeling to avoid the past tense. Accoriding to my advisor I'm supposed to write the thesis in present tense. But this ...
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Can a sentence start with 'because'? [duplicate]

Whether students should be taught writing answer starting 'because' or not?
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“Since she had given up smoking, …” or “Since she gave up smoking, …”?

Since she had given up smoking, she has been looking good. or Since she gave up smoking, she has been looking good. Shouldn't it be "had given up"?
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Can someone explain the following sentence for me? [on hold]

Hypothermia simply defined as low body temperature, begins in its mildest stage at about 96 degrees Fahrenheit. I am wondering if the sentence is correct. If it is correct, I want to know how "...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”? [migrated]

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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The United States. Possesive is its or their?

The United States made no secret of its/their hope to absorb the provinces... http://grammarist.com/usage/united-states/ "Although United States is usually treated as a singular noun, it’s treated ...