Questions about the structure of grammar

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Which one is correct: “to have verbed” or “verbing”?

I have two confusing sentences and I am in two minds whether the first or the second is more grammatically correct: He was by far the most knowledgeable person to have commented on the subject, so ...
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What is it called when reversing a phrase doesn't mean the same as the original phrase?

What is the rhetorical device/argument called when one says: All surgeons are doctors, but not all doctors are surgeons.
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Is “switched” always used as a verb?

I was thinking that the word switched could be used as a noun and maybe an adjective too but I might just be making grammar mistakes. Switched in the dictionary only shows up as being a verb! Here ...
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A relative pronoun followed by a transitive verb like “find”

The verb find + it is still valid in this type of sentence? "I've used this type of syllabus which I don't find it suitable" Should i omit the "it" in the sentence?
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understand and comprehend usage

This post is make of a few related questions. Q1. Which structure is more preferred? This method is hard to understand for students. This method is hard to be understood by students. Q2. Which ...
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'he prepared the design' or 'he designed'?

Here are my constructions: While carrying out his engineering project, he prepared the design of wired and wireless network infrastructure and developed the new architectural plans of the ...
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Need help constructing consistent sentences, and naming parts

I'm a software developer and I'm trying to write a consistent "grammar" for an audit log feature. An Audit log is basically a list of actions that happened in the past. As it's a part of the ...
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'develop' or 'developing' [closed]

Here are my constructions: He has the ability to develop policies, procedures and solutions that improve network disaster recovery and business continuity. He has the ability to developing ...
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: Do you know where he lives?" I can’t imagine how he did it." In those sentences we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence (bolded), but ...
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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“to” + infinitive vs. just infinitive vs. gerund after the phrase “verb for”

The Spanish verb contar translates to "to count". Which of the following would be a better way to express this in formal writing: Contar is the Spanish verb for count. Contar is the Spanish ...
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SAT grammar question: Why is this “them” incorrect?

SAT grammar question: There are (more than) 300 million English speakers (in) India, most of (them) acquired English (as) a second language. (No error) The parentheses designate areas where the ...
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Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time?

Does tense change when the narrator (present) writes about what a person (past) could have said about their time? For example A person who lived during 1790 could truthfully claim that Washington ...
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present simple plus past simple in the if-clause

Please help me understand whether I can use the past simple tense with the present simple tense in one if-clause. My example is the question that I want to ask when speaking with English native ...
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Why is “I’m doing great” correct?

"I'm doing great" appears to be incorrect (to me) because 'great' can be used as an adjective. I would think that it should be: "I'm doing (adverb)." Why is it actually correct to say "I'm doing ...
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Why don't interrogative sentences _start_ with a question mark? [closed]

Not all questions start with Wh- words, so why don't we start a question with a question mark to make it more obvious that it is actually a question? For instance, when I'm reading a book which has a ...
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Suggestion phrased as a question

I recently received a mark-down for the following phrase: With this regard, will you please accept the Takeover agreement on this quote so that we can proceed with the validation process? The ...
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the verb 'declare' without a person who declares

Someone declares that the changes are aimed at combating untimeliness and incompleteness in [name of tax] tax assessment and withholding by tax agents. How would you express the said idea without ...
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Is it two-third or two-thirds?

Is it two-third or two-thirds? If both are correct, how does their usage differ?
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When to use this construction: so Adjective a Noun

In "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene, Mr Fowler says: I watched her closely while she asked how I was and touched my splinted leg and gave me her shoulder to lean on, as though one could lean ...
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My thesis statement sounds awkward, should I add more commas? [closed]

Thesis statement: " Between both republics, the second republic is more advantageous for interest groups than the first republic because of the continuous increase size of government."
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Parse a sentence (from Ratcliff 1990 paper)

A little background: this paper concerns forgetting in neural networks (a computer science concept). The word "activation" might mean the activation (=output) of neuron(s), but since I cannot parse ...
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using word “Responsive” correctly? [closed]

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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How is this sentence to be interpreted?

One thing that bothers me - a lot - reading older English texts, is the apparent tendency of writers to write what appear to me to be sentence fragments. For instance, today I found this old "map": ...
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What is the difference between a part of speech and a syntactic function / grammatical relation?

What is the difference between a part-of-speech and a function? In other words: What is a part of speech. (e.g. noun) What is a grammatical function. (e.g. head, subject) [read "grammatical ...
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A blinding light / blinding sunlight / a blinding sunlight

"Mornings came and cast a blinding sunlight over everything, and he felt like nothing worthwhile could be accomplished." For some reason, I feel like "a blinding light" is ok, but if its sunlight, ...
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Noun + participle as adjective phrase

There's a construction in English that allows us to form a compound adjective from a noun and a past participle. Examples: This is a volunteer-built home. Our newspaper is student-run. ...
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'… this good of a wave…'?

I've just been listening to Jeff Clark, the first to surf Mavericks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-31093276 Around 2:20 he relates a story with Mark Foo, a Hawaiian surfer: The big wave ...
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How to properly structure a sentence: <something right now> before and because of <something that happens soon in the future>

What is the correct form of the following sentence? "There are no more options available before the order is cancelled tomorrow" or, "There are no more options available before the order will be ...
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Is 'this this' correct?

The ability to echo words and still make a meaningful statement has always bugged me. Take this example sentence: "Thank you for bringing this issue to my attention. We will take care of this this ...
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Chronological order when using “and”?

In a sentence like "At the party, I ate and drank" where the actions are done concurrently, does the order of the verbs show anything about chronological order? For example, in "At the party, I ate ...
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Em dash vs semicolon: which is more appropriate in the following examples?

I am very confused by these, and even when I understand other people's usage of them I find it difficult to know when to employ them myself. For this reason, I am trying to make my own examples and ...
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Can anyone analyze the sentence structure for me?

I just watched a movie and saw a sentence in it. I can understand it but it is different from any sentence building rule my teacher has ever taught me: Me staring in your dead eye with my hand ...
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“was” or “were” – “one of the messages which was/were” [closed]

My question is should I use was or were in the following sentence: ...this is one of the messages, which was/were sent in the space 37 years ago. Which one I should use?
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Leak vs Leakage?

English is not my first language and I'm having trouble using the words "leak" and "leakage". Do they both mean the same thing? or what is the correct grammatical usage of each word? Thank you very ...
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Why does this sentence format only work some of the time?

The sentence, "he took my toy away" can be rewritten as, "he took away my toy." However, "he took me away" cannot be rewitten as "he took away me." The second sentence sounds awkward at the very ...
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Identifying verb types, nouns, adjectives and adverbs in a sentence - 5th grade

While helping my son, who happens to be in the 5th grade, with his English grammar, I have realized that I am confused. The following sentence, that I gave him as an exercise, he has identified the ...
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Sentence Structure 3 [closed]

Do you think that the following sentence structure is correct? "Attach any material you need included". I meant to say "Attach any material that you need to include". I agree it may not be formal ...
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A rhetorical question which the author then answers

What is the name of the question which is bold in the following? I want to shift the discipline from physics to biology. Why? Because, … You ask it not because you don't know something, but ...
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Is 'so I did', and other like expressions, at the end of a sentence good English?

In Northern Ireland people will say 'He went to Bohemia on holiday, so he did', or 'I need to do some shopping, so I do'. Is this correct English?
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Time and “look back on” as a phrasal verb

When using this tri-part phrasal verb, i.e., "look back on," what is the length of time it refers to or can refer to? For example, it's common to say: "When John looks back on his childhood, he can ...
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Is the word order grammatically correct?

Is the word order in the following correct? Mass media representatives will be present for official coverage of the course of the conference
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“Could you please repeat?” or “Could you repeat please?”

While teaching my students in a elementary school, I asked them to use the question Could you repeat (that), please? However, the next day I received a letter from a mother saying the correct ...
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Is this sentence necessarily too long [closed]

I am writing a research paper. It is about game design. Does this sentence blabber on? Throughout designing my game, I drew many concept pictures, but I would often go onto the Internet to search ...
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Why are these words ungrammatical

I can't find the reason why : riceful and antful are ungrammatical. Can someone help me? Thanks
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You are in Jonathan’s circles: “too” or “as well” or “also”?

I just read on Google+ that: You are in Jonathan’s circles too But I always thought that you couldn't use too there. Am I wrong? (because Google can't be wrong, right?)
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Types of clauses

I am trying to understand how many types of subordinate clauses are recognized in English. I couldn't find a complete list anywhere, so I tried to make my own. My question is: do all of the following ...
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