Questions about the structure of grammar

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is “I bring that statement to contest” grammatically correct?

My question is if the sentence "I bring that statement to contest" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. Also, I would like to know if that is a ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”?

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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Can be potentially provided [duplicate]

I'm confused about using phrases like "can be easily accessed". When I'm deciding which of the following I should use: it can be potentially provided it can potentially be provided by searching ...
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The teacher as well as the students are busy

As far as I know, the last noun determines whether "is" or "are" is to be used. I recently came to know that "are" is incorrectly used here. Could someone please explain why? Also, what's wrong in ...
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Is “I was who sent you the letter” grammatically correct? [migrated]

I was who sent you the letter. Is this sentence grammatical? I believe it is correct to say It was me who sent you the letter which seems like a similar structure.
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Having a hard time analyzing the grammatical structure of this sentence

The sentence is, "Listen to what she has to say." "To" is clearly a preposition, and "what she has to say" is clearly the prepositional complement. This is where I'm having trouble. How do I analyze ...
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One more question on the usage of “forget” [duplicate]

I've recently seen questions about the usage of "forget something somewhere". The answer, as suggested in Leave something vs. forget something is that the construction is commonly used and ...
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Definite or indefinite article in this case?

I have developed my cultural awareness within [the/a] commercial context. In this case, I want to say that I have cultural awareness in the context of commerce. I think it should be the definite ...
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what is the usage of 'so' in this sentence?

"It is easy to understand the calendar we use today. It was not always so easy." In this sentence, what does 'so' mean ?
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“You need [v.] no longer”

I was playing GTA IV earlier today and I called Roman (who is the protagonist's cousin) for a cab. English is Roman's second language and he said to Niko (the protagonist) something along the lines ...
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why do we use “were” instead of “was” in second conditional sentences?

I have usually noticed that often in second conditional sentences "were" is used instead of "was". After trying to understand some concepts I couldn't understand its reason .I will be glad if you guys ...
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One of the best universities in the world to _______?

In the construct one of the best places + to + infinitive, the infinitive refers to an activity that a person can do. Example Cape Breton Island is also one of the best places in the world to ...
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Molest and molestation [closed]

I was watching an advertisment. In that, they highlighted the following: "molest is a crime". Or should it be "molestation is a crime"?
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The one to (verb) vs the one who (verb)

I hope someone can help me figure it out. I get so confused while trying to explain or understand the use of the phrases above. I've seen this "I'm tired of always being the one to text first" but as ...
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Please explain the grammatical structure of the bold part in the sentence

Spotify’s initial foray into Asia saw it land in small and fairly Western-influenced countries like Hong Kong and Singapore, markets where it was likely to see uptake.
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Using THE in Sentences [duplicate]

When there is a phrase like "the page of the book," is it correct to put both the in the sentence? What are the rules in general? What if we had more OF in the sentence? e.g. "the room of the ...
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Use of 'which' versus 'that'

The examples are as follows. The idea that has drawn a significant interest is very hard to design. The idea, which has drawn a significant interest, is very hard to design. The idea that has drawn ...
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As cold as it was today vs as cold as it is today

I'd like to know whether all of the following sentences have the same meaning. Are all of these sentences grammatically correct? 1) Tomorrow will be twice as cold 2) Tomorrow will be twice as cold as ...
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Not only… but also

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He doesn't only like football but also likes tennis. and if it's wrong, why so? Specifically, is there any problem with omitting the subject in the ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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What is the grammatical construction behind the word “climbing” in the phrase “climbing wall” or the word “running” in the phrase “running” shoes?

I am curious about the grammar behind the word "climbing" in the phrase "climbing wall" (or the word "running" in the phrase "running shoes," etc). I first thought it was an adjective describing the ...
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use something to do something (with)

Surely it is not quite ethical but is it grammatical to say: "I am going to use this stick to hit you." vs "I am going to use this stick to hit you with." (excuse my ending the sentence with a ...
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Need help identifying epistrophe

I have a small presentation on epistrophe coming up and I want to make sure I don't say anything incorrect. Would the sentence "Ever since I left the city you, you, you" (it's from the song "Hotline ...
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change of tense in indirectquestion after 'the question was'

A boy was bothered about the disappearance of clouds. What do we say : The question that bothered the boy was where the clouds went. or The question that ...
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Is it grammatically correct to shift an appositive away from the noun it renames or describes?

I'm taking a semester in London. Here's a sample of something I keep hearing: John: My mum will be here later? Susan: Is she staying for supper, your mum? If Susan wishes to say, "your ...
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Proper usage of passive voice in the literature survey of scientific article

I want to write following sentence in the literature survey of scientific research paper in the Mathematics field. Author A and B proposed a convergent iterative method for computing matrix ...
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Grammatically correct questions in a survey [closed]

Trying to ask following questions in a customer feedback form: What tools do you for recruitment? What are you favorite features of these tools? What are the functionalities missing in these tools ...
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“Anyone Remember?” Or “Does Anyone Remember?”, Which is Correct?

Which of these sentences is correct? 1) Anyone remember global dimming? 2) Does anyone remember global dimming? if both are correct were does each of them is used?
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Usage of “take a step forward”

Is it true to say: I want to take a step forward to becoming a professional programmer.
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“What time” vs “At what time”

If I want ask my classmate at what exact time did he come to class, which question is correct? I don't want to use "When". "At what time did you come here?" or "What time did you come here?"
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Does a comma go there?

I'm having a hard time figuring out whether or not to use a comma in the type of situation shown in the examples below: Jane was concerned that running by herself she might get mugged. Jane ...
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What is the subject of the first sentence?what does “so that” means? What is the role of two last phrase, could you paraphrase it for me

Just as painted designs on Greek pots may seem today to be purely decorative, whereas in fact they were carefully and precisely worked out so that at the time, their meaning was clear, so it is with ...
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To further upgrade your performance or upgrade your performance further? [duplicate]

a. to further upgrade your performance b. to upgrade your performance further Why do I feel that (a) is grammatically incorrect although it is used often. If anyone could explain the grammatical ...
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Is “I like [adjective]” acceptable in formal contexts? [closed]

Lately I've seen a lot this "I like [adjective]" structure. I really like this kind of "untranslatable" structures because those are the ones that make me feel I'm really speaking English (and not ...
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Is this parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client.'

Are the following sentences grammatically parallel? "He's not only the Hair Club president but also a client." (No comma.) "Not only is he the Hair Club president, but also he is a client." (Comma.) ...
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Usage of me and I [duplicate]

I'm always unsure about using me and I. Could someone please explain to me where exactly me and I are used?
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“I have been there first time”: Does this sentence sound awkward?

I have been there first time. The reason why I think this might not be natural is that the expression "first time" seems to describe "past". You do not use the present perfect with an adverb ...
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Sentence structure for formal report [closed]

I was hoping to get some feedback on whether or not this sentence is grammatically correct. It's for a report, and I want it to sound formal without putting formality before understanding, and I don't ...
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Comma before “with,” “who,” “having” for non-compound sentences

I've noticed my résumé and cover letter have multiple sentences like the ones (slightly edited) below: I offer excellent computer skills, with a typing speed of 80–120 WPM. I recently met ...
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Conflicting Advice: “Not Only,” “But Also” Constructions — Comma, No Comma, Parallel Structure?

I've searched for the answer on this site and other websites, and found conflicting advice and sample sentences that look wrong to me. I'm posting this question hoping for clarification. My ...
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Why “Here COMES the bus!” but “Here he COMES!”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between: Here he comes! and Here comes the bus! Why in the first sentence "comes" is placed after the subject "he", but in 2nd one before the subject "the bus"?
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Explanation of Grammatical structure is needed

The crowd saw him clap his hand to his mouth. This is a sentence from Harry Potter I. I don't understand how "clap" is used right after "saw". Shouldn't there be a "to" in between? i.e. ...
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Is “In movie and TV” correct?

In German you may say something like In Film und Fernsehen spielen Schauspieler. which translates verbatim to English as In movie and TV actors act. While the German version sounds ...
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What's the syntactic function of 'playing together' in: “ They spent the day playing together”

My attempt to analyse this sentence: sbj: They vrb: spent obj: the day What is the function of the participle phrase "playing together"?
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Prepositions in stative verbs in passive structures

I wonder how it can be possible for a 'stative verb', that is not intransitive, to be used in a 'passive structure'. I know there are a lot of passive sentences containing stative verbs. The ...
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Why is this sentence grammatically correct? [closed]

What grammar elements have been used to construct such a sentence? For music isn’t just something nice to listen to.
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Why is there is no comma after “yet”? What does it mean compared to “however” and “but”?

Why is there no comma after the word yet in the following two sentences? There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck. She had bonny children, yet ...
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“hadn't have killed” vs “hadn't killed”

Can someone help? "Dave killed Peter." Dave asked Susan, "why was Peter here?" Susan said, "Maybe he would have told you if you hadn't have killed him." Would there have been any difference if she ...
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Subject + having (grammar)

I have found the sentence which uses a structure following below: S + having + O The sentence is like this : A name having some properties In here, I am confuse, does the sentence refer to simple or ...
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Joining phrases, how to exactly use idioms like “with regard to”, “as regard”, “in respect”

My question may sound repetitive; I've been sifting through whole Internet and I haven't found a clear and comprehensive description about how to utilise idioms like: Regarding With regard to In ...