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The questions of sentences using linking verbs

I understand that the word "look" in "He looks happy." is a linking verb. As "look" here can be replaced by "is" My question is what is the correct question form of this sentence? Does he look happy? ...
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Usage of the word Found [closed]

Can anyone please explain me the difference in usage of the word 'found' and phrase 'found out'?
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Laid—Had Laid … Which is correct? [duplicate]

"She lay the gift bas­ket on the cof­fee table" is correct. Would "She laid the gift bas­ket on the cof­fee table" be correct? Or do we need to have the word "had" before "laid," as in "She HAD laid ...
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His memory is as immortal as his arts have made me. (grammar)

All the world has heard of Cornelius Agrippa. His memory is as immortal as his arts have made me. All the world has also heard of his scholar, who, unawares, raised the foul fiend during his ...
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Improvement on James while John had had [closed]

You guys may be familiar with the sentence James while John had had had had had had had had had had had the better effect on the teacher. I was just thinking about this, and wondered, couldn't ...
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Myself / Me--Which is correct here? [duplicate]

I gave everyone at the company, including myself, a huge Christmas bonus. Is "including myself"—not "including me"—correct here? Thank you.
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“over the period of” or “over the period”?

Which one is correct? I visited four countries over the period of 2010 to 2014. or I visited four countries over the period 2010 to 2014.
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Should “the” and “a” agree in the same sentence?

Example: She lowered her pen to the blank page and wrote the first verse—followed by a second one. In this case, I used the first and then a at the end. Is this grammatically correct?
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I panicked or I was panicked?

I want to refer to a situation that happened months ago. So what should I use? I panicked or I was panicked?
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Confused about the comma at the end of a sentence

Examples: We haven't spent much time together(,) recently. I think you're good at dealing with problems. And not only yours—but other’s(,) too.” I always get confused by this. Should ...
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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Why doesn't the word 'confirm' have “3rd person -s” in this text? [duplicate]

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/11/liverpool-luis-suarez-barcelona-transfer-medical The issue is in the headline 'Liverpool confirm Luis Suárez’s £75m move to Barcelona pending medical'. ...
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What is a foolproof way to remember and apply the correct use of me or I? [duplicate]

What is the correct grammatical application of me or I? For example - My brother and I, or my brother and me?
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The usage of “think” followed by an object and an objective complement

If you can say "I think him a great man.", can you also say "I think him great."?
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“Would you like me to show?”, or “would you like to have me show?”

I have two sentences similar in nature and form. 'Would you like to have me show you how it's done?' And 'Would you like me to show you how it's done?' The first seems a little less used and... ...
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When do you underline a title?

What types of titles do you underline and what types of titles do you put quotations marks on?
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What's wrong with 'due to'? [duplicate]

Under defn 1 does http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/due_1 avouch: Some people think that it is more correct to use owing to to mean ‘because of’ after a verb or at the ...
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Sentence diagramming trouble with figuring out subordinators and relative pronouns

http://imgur.com/a/dyALV for the pictures. In the diagrams my main concern was figuring out if the use of "that" was under the context of it being a relative pronoun or a subordinator. I have trouble ...
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“I was used to do” vs. “I was used doing” [closed]

Good day everyone, Looked around and didn't find the desired answer to my question. Would you please be kind to give me a hand with the following: "I was used to do..." or "I was used to swim here" ...
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best way to express urgency status [closed]

If I want to express that I'm in urgent state what is the best way to say it? like I'm in haste! let me enter first please. Update: I want a word used for general purposes: like a child is late for ...
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Trying to figure out proper form of “that” in sentence

I currently have the sentence "Seahorses are the only fish that practice steadfast monogamy." to tree diagram for class, and cannot freakin' figure out what the word "that" would be used as in this ...
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last summer or the last summer?

I've read Essential Grammar in Use Raymond Murphy's book. some page of the book was told me: Do not use "the" with: television breakfast/lunch/dinner next/last + ...
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Grammatical correctness of the sentence [closed]

Here is a sentence which doesn't really sound grammatically correct. I would appreciate if any one can have a look and let me know if the sentence could be improved. After all, when someone spends ...
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Can none and nor be used together?

Are the following sentences gramatically correct: "None of Tom, Dick nor Harry participated in the contest." "None of Tom, nor Dick, nor Harry participated in the contest." If it were a two-person ...
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Use of the word “panic-stricken” for self

which would be the correct use of the word "panic-stricken" in the two sentences below: I was panic-stricken at the thought of missing my trip to usa OR I got panic-stricken at the thought ...
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how much vegetables or how many vegetables?

I know that vegetable is a count noun, but Which one of the quantifiers do we use with vegetables. How much vegetables do our bodies need? How many vegetables do our bodies need?
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Is there a term for the phenomenon of adding more words to a sentence makes it less clear?

This article ends with "Judicial races in Washtenaw County are nonpartisan ...". This is technically accurate, but is also misleading (or is it?) as it implies races elsewhere (such as Wayne County) ...
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Change “The boys kicked the ball through the window” into passive voice

I was wondering which one would feel more natural. The ball was kicked through the window by the boys. The ball was kicked by the boys through the window. Personally I feel "kicked" ...
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Change “What are you doing?” asked Sally into indirect speech

Is "Sally asked what you were doing." correct? It couldn't possibly be "Sally asked what I was doing." right? Thanks.
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Can a declarative, independent clause be considered an introductory element?

Consider this question: Are you going to the birthday party? I know that the following response can be punctuated correctly in at least two ways: "I hope so. I have already bought a ...
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Would you mind, please

I receive various requests -- over email -- of the form "Would you mind please..." or "Would you please mind..." with and without punctuation. Neither of these sound quite right to my native ...
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The website “gets deploys” or “get deploys” automatically everyday morning [closed]

Not a native speaker... Which one is correct? The website "gets deploys" or "get deploys" automatically everyday morning. Or does it the sentence even make senses?
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“Training on” or “Training about”?

What preposition usually follows the verb "training"? Given a particular piece of software on which the staff is going to receive training in the boardroom, should one use "training on", "training ...
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Why is this a fragment?

What's wrong with this sentence (other than that it is incomprehensible out of context): Because I don’t know what you don’t know. MS Word is telling me that this is a sentence fragment (I ...
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Imperative + and, or Imperative + then

Imperative + and, or Imperative + then. Which one is more correct? Does anyone know? please answer me. Study hard, and you will become a great teacher. Study hard, then you will become a great ...
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Should this sentence have a singular or plural object?

Is the correct version this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as a genuine part of the book. OR this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as genuine ...
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Usage of myself vs me [duplicate]

"Please summit your registration forms to John, Jay, or myself before the end of the day." My homework says "myself" is incorrect and "me" should be used in the context of this sentence. I don't ...
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Is it possible to learn English by just listening and speaking (without knowing formal grammar rules) [closed]

My native language is Chinese. Most people in my country grow up without having been taught formal grammar. I am surprised to find foreigners being taught Chinese and learning grammar rules that even ...
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A word for someone who “imbues”

I'm making a fantasy game, where one of the character classes is supposed to be called a "Arrow Imbuer". Yet it is marked with a red line on my PC, so I guess I'm writing a word incorrectly. A short ...
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Interpretation of a message

Please help resolve a disputed text message and its meaning. The question is whether the sender of the message stated that he had left the garage door open when leaving the house. I ve left the ...
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“XYZ caterers is..” or “XYZ caterers are..”? [duplicate]

In the following statement, which one is grammatically correct? XYZ caterers is on to something big OR XYZ caterers are on to something big I thought that it should be 'are' as caterers is ...
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Are the phrases “both in water and land” and “for the loss and damage to” grammatical?

I have asked this question in linguistics forum, but as I was not getting answers I decided to ask it here. A. Consider the phrase that is boldfaced in sentence (1): (1) "It can live both in water ...
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Using 'a' or 'an' before a word that started with 'H' [duplicate]

What should we use before a word that started with 'H'? 'A' or 'An'? and why? Sometime using 'a' seems right, sometimes using 'an' seems right, I am confused
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What is the difference between 'Frequentative' and 'Aorist'?

I've looked on Wikipedia, done some searching, and still I am unable to figure out what the difference is between the two.
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“onto” versus “on to”

Should the single word onto or the two words on to be used here? She held onto the cushion instead of holding onto the metal frame. She was grabbing onto the seat cushion. There's nothing ...
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How can i answer this question? [duplicate]

One of my client asked, How do I know YOU ARE NOT GOING TO RIP ME OFF. How can i answer for this question?
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Comma splice proceeded by conjunctive adverb

I'm wondering what the rule is as to where any commas or semicolons would go. (a) and (b) are showing the two sentences that are to be combined, and (a)+(b)[1,2] show the sentences in question. (a): ...
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Which of these is correct? — question involving helping verbs (I think)

I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without having my explanation seem contrived I have no idea how to explain why I generally think well, without my explanation seeming ...
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“It is” or “it was” in this scenario?

Is the following sentence correct? I still remembered that the school manager in the seminar talked really sweetly about how bright future it is if a student could finish their courses. Clearly, ...
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Shall I put the adjective behind the noun in this case?

"Function" means the performance of something, so it is on a level different from "project".(self-made) Here what I mean is that the two words are on different levels, the first may refer to ...