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Please identify the independent clause/s in this sentence

I am trying to understand where the independent clause/s are in the following sentence: However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this ...
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Learn faster English grammar [on hold]

For English is a second language in my country, but I'm really hard to write as official letter or email to someone or home as a higher level. That would be very nice if get the advise on how to ...
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How much is the Indian english different from British English? [on hold]

Some people in India speak English but there's differences. But to what extent does it differ in grammar speech .. etc.? I choose to compare it with British English what do you think about this? in ...
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“Apply” and the passive voice

I have a sentence like this. I applied this method to the problem. I want "the problem" to be the subject of the sentence. If "this method" were the subject, this might be very easy. This ...
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Do I use “has” or “have” when talking about a sports team? [duplicate]

For example, if I want to talk about a team's chances of winning a competition, which of these would be correct? What do I say? United have the best chance of winning. United has the best ...
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Can I use the word “promise” with gerund?

Is it possible to use gerund after the verb "promise"? For example, in the sentence "He promised cleaning the window. I'd prefer to say: He promised to clean the window. But today I was told that this ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved?

"It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation." I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an 'I' already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Can I put a comma before as well?

Can a comma be placed before as well? People aren’t just struggling with the snow near their homes, it’s affecting their daily travels as well.
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“he always texted me” translation [on hold]

I came across a sentence translate "he always texted me" I under stand he always texts me or he used to text me. But I have never heard this. Is this grammatically correct? Where I came accross: ...
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What would “I forgot my keys” mean in this situation? [duplicate]

If you were at the door and found out that you had forgotten your keys you might say: "I have forgotten my keys" .. but what would it mean if you said I forgot my keys instead?
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Using “so that” without modal verbs

I know that usually with "so that" there is a modal verb. However, I do not know if this is correct because there is not a modal verb. I will wake him up so that he does not (will not) miss the ...
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Update or updating of <something>…?

Can anyone give me a clarification on this sentence please: Some administrations request additional documents for the update of your civil status. Some administrations request additional ...
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What is the difference between three sentences?

There are three sentences. He watched TV reading the book. (with no comma between TV and reading) He watched TV, reading the book. (with a comma between TV and reading) He watched TV to ...
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the scope of “while”

In this sentence "This leads us to try to optimize, to try to improve, but also to feel bad, to seek comfort and distraction, to procrastinate while we seek the answers. " . The modifier "while we ...
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Do,does, is and are with multiple subjects [duplicate]

i m really confused about these two things: First this : is emma stone and sharon stone related or are emma stone and sharon stone related? 2nd question: do your girlfriend and her friends want to ...
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“at the same time” and “in the past two decades”

I was wondering if the following sentence is correct: Born into an intellectual family in China, I was brought up in the traditional Confucian culture that values modesty and hard work, and at ...
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Which is grammatically correct [on hold]

Say we have a conversation Person1 : Hi. How are you? Person2: I'm fine. How about you? Person2: I'm fine. What about you? Which of the above two is correct?
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Was vs had been

I guess this question has been asked before, but please take a look the following sentence and tell me if there is a difference between them. When the transaction had been completed, A was still a ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet
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Is “I am not about this week” correct

We had an English test today and the correct answer to one question was "I am not about this week. I work in Romania" Is this correct and if yes what does it mean?
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items, pieces, sets [on hold]

Are there any rules which govern the choice between items, pieces, sets? Which one is correct? 1) I have two pieces of advice/news. - I have two items of advice/news. 2) I have two sets of scales. ...
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Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?

I am arguing with friends about this question. According to what I learned in school, there are some adjectives that cannot be used in the progressive form. I think this one is ungrammatical because ...
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which noun that modifier modify ? “Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? ” [on hold]

In this sentence "Find something to appreciate about ourselves that’s awesome? (Yes!) ", The modifier "that’s awesome" function which noun ? "something" or "ourselves " ? In any case, I think that's ...
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How is 'get' being used in these sentences?

What grammar structure is this? Bob got/had me drunk. She's got me spending. Get moving! Get going! That music gets/has me dancing! He had/got me stumped. She had/got me stoned. Is it possible to ...
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Using 'rather' before or after a verb

Out of the two sentences : I should've written rather a diary. I should've rather written a diary. Which one's correct if I want to convey the meaning that I wrote something else earlier and ...
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“to” vs. “until”

If I wanted to say that something lasts all night and ends in the morning, I could use, "until morning." But what about "to morning?" Would that also be correct? I'm not sure because "to" here is ...
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Is this phrase correct? “SNP erases dads from family life” [on hold]

I recently saw the following headline on the front page of a national newspaper: "SNP erases dads from family life" While I have little confidence in my knowledge of grammar, and doubt a national ...
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Format of this sentence [closed]

(Thank you) (for something), (John). Or (Thank you) (John) (for something). The former sounds more suitable to be used in a normal conversation wheres the latter sounds more suitable to be ...
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Possessive when both refer to a plural: “Hume's and Kant's moral systems” or “Hume and Kant's moral systems”?

Title says it all. What's the correct possessive to use when they both refer to the same noun? "Hume's and Kant's moral systems" or "Hume and Kant's moral systems"? Hume and Kant both have one moral ...
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Can “masters” (plural) be used to refer to a single entity?

I was perusing the forums of a video game I play. I began reading a thread about the lore of the game, because a few things lore-wise are left pretty vague. Two individuals got into an argument about ...
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Is it possible to make passive voice of following sentences [on hold]

What will be the passive of these sentences? Are 'going' and 'go' intransitive verbs in these sentences? I am going to school I go to London Any help would be appreciated. Thank you
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“Recommend you to [do something]” or “Recommend to you to [do something]”?

Will anyone make a clear comparison between "recommend + subject + to infinitive" and "recommend + to + subject + to + infinitive"? As an example: We recommend you to buy a new car. We recommend to ...
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Is this sentence in need of rewording? [on hold]

I found this sentence online: " Don't like your rights taken away, then don't take away other people's." Shouldn't it be phrased differently? As I think it doesn't quite make sense
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I only or I myself? or something else? [migrated]

What should I say when I want to convey that the job was done by me when asked by someone. (In the context of no one but me) I only did this or I myself did this?
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Is the phrase grammatically correct? [on hold]

Said phrase is "He thought himself a simple man." I'm wondering if the sentence is grammatically correct, and if not, a better sentence.
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How can this sentence be reworded?

I just got back a paper my teacher had corrected, and she labeled the word 'be' in the following sentence as a 'dangling modifier': How one learns from these experiences will ultimately determine ...
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Is this phrase correct? “I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer” [on hold]

English is not my native language and somehow this phrase doesn't feel right. What do you guys think? I see this program as a cornerstone in my process to become an excellent software engineer.
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“Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?” [on hold]

"Where does it XYZ figure in the grand scheme of things?" Is it a valid statement(rather question) or does it need to be tweaked in any way ?
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Is word always correct in suggesting either a comma before which or else using that?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine suggests before the use of which that a comma be placed or alternatively, to replace it with that and not use a comma. Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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Explain use of “being” [on hold]

In An object that contains additional information about the cell being requested. why does it use "being"?
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Have met vs. Met [duplicate]

there They have met several times before. vs. They met several times before. Could you please tell the difference between the two sentences? Thanks in advance! Burning the midnight oil, Oodo
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Is 'Single Sitting' a proper phrase?

Being an Indian, I don't like the way we Indians use the English. Of course I also make mistakes, but I will try to learn from time to time. I see and hear some phrases like, Please do the needful, ...
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Any and a with “there is”

Could you give an explanation why ANY is not used like this: 1) Is there any car in the street? 2) Is there any book on the table? I know that it's OK to use A for such sentences. 3) Is there a car ...
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the Virginia public school district

Do I have to put "the" in front of "Virginia"? Thanks. Do disciplinary school removal rates differ between high and low poverty schools in Virginia public school district?
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Is the usage of 'Due to urgent personal errands' valid? [duplicate]

I see in my company mails, there is a lot of usage of the statement Due to urgent personal errands (..I may not report to office today) which, by hunch, I guess is not a proper usage. What is the ...
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Is this sentence correct- 'There's only one way I can jump over a car.'? [on hold]

Is the above sentence? Is there anything weird about it, or is it plainly incorrect? How can it be worded better? EDIT: Some context-Say there are X methods of jumping over a car. I only know/can use ...
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“He recommended that they are separated” - is this valid?

I've seen and heard this kind of construction several times now and it always bugs me. When someone recommends something, surely the verb used in the subclause should be infinitive, so: He ...
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“Worked” or “have worked”? [duplicate]

I always heard people say things like we worked yesterday until seven at night. But working spans over a course of time, so I think this is much preferable: We had worked yesterday until ...