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Usage of “take a step forward” [on hold]

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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Why is parallelism not violated here?

The labour union is negotiating a contract with the hospital that will satisfy the demand of the workers and be accepted to all levels of management. I was asked to find out a mistake in the sentence ...
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What is the grammatical structure of “would that it were”?

It doesn't seem to fit the general templates of English sentences I know. Is this an incomplete sentence? Or is it a shortening of an older phrase now no longer used? What are the subject and the ...
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Meaning and usage of “be of”

I see such sentences all the time and I'd like to learn more about their grammatical structure (e.g. how they are described in grammatical terms), their meaning and how to use them in different ...
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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 “Am I needing to. . . ?” grammatical?

In the course of answering this question (which is now deleted and may be viewed only by 10K+ community members), we have evoked some dispute over whether the phrase Am I needing to read this ...
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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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“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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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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Grammatical name/function of “what” in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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. "saw ...
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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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Is “rub on” a phrasal verb or not?

I think the following sentences are all grammatical. So I am wondering whether there is a phrasal verb "rub on" that has the same meaning as "rub"-as-a-transitive-verb. If there is no phrasal verb, ...
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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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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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In “Dear X” what function does “X” serve?

I answered a question (Should I use capital or small letter here? "Dear All" or "Dear all"?) about capitalizing "all" in "Dear All," In answering this, my thinking was "what ...
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“could have” vs. “could have been”

Can somebody explain when to use could have and could have been and under what circumstances? Please explain with an example. Is it something to do with the active (could have) and the passive ...
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Why is “there” a subject while “here” isn't?

The question about "the role of infinitive in this sentence" prompted me to ask the following question. English uses a "dummy" such as it and there to start a sentence when there is nothing else to ...
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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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“I am having…”

People say "I'm having a baby." "I'm having a good time," or "I'm having friends over for dinner." but normally don't say "I'm having a car," "I'm having a cold." or "I'm having a solution." The ...
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What is the equivalent in English of the French sentence part “complément de phrase”?

In French, a sentence has two essential syntactic parts (the subject and the predicate) and may have one or more "complément de phrase", which are optional parts. "complément de phrase" = "sentence ...
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Superior variety? [closed]

*The superior variety of rice is quite expensive Is superior variety grammatically correct? Or should it be variety superior?
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What is about this weird “it DO n't”? [duplicate]

This is the second time i hear songs with it don't instead of it doesn't. The first time i thought that it is just music and the singer made that change in order to let it fit This is the first song ...
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“need to get something verbed by somebody” Is this usage correct?

Is this usage correct according to these examples? I need to get this room left by students. Is the above correct, and if so, does it mean the same as "I need to cause this room to be left by ...
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What does this “and where possible localize” clause mean?

The intent is that an implementation should identify the nature of, and where possible localize, each violation. This sentense is found in N1570, the latest draft of C11, which I cannot afford.
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Kinds of trips and their verbs

There is an exercise in a book I use which asks students to put the words for the kinds of trips in a chart, under three columns: Go, Take and Go on a/an. The problem is that after students do it, the ...
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What does this “to what” clause mean?

"Correctly rounded result is representation in the result format that is nearst in value, subject to the current rounding mode, to what the result would be given unlimited range and precision." What ...
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“With what” question!

Can you give me the answer for this interrogative sentence? "With what are you marked?" "I am marked with white powder." Is it grammatically correct? I have seen questions such as "to whom ...
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embedded statement

I found a sentence, "She can't decide which IS the best place for it," and I need to make sure if it's grammatically correct or not. If it's correct, then it's contradictory to the Embedded Statement ...
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Is “having been” correct? [closed]

Or is there a better way to frame this sentence: 'With the film having been released on 1st of October, the studio is looking forward to big changes for the future.' To me it doesn't feel like ...
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Correct way of using the word 'prefer' in a sentence [closed]

Would you 'prefer for me' to come in today or tomorrow? OR Would you 'prefer me' to come in today or tomorrow?
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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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Is the following motto “We do more 100% accountability” a non sequitur?

The boss wants to use the following motto: "We do more 100% accountability" Grammatically it sounds like an odd sentence construction to me, but I suspect it is also a non sequitur (if not worse!). ...
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“Due to” as a preposition?

In this answer (http://english.stackexchange.com/a/117979/129806) Trevor D states that in this sentence, "A special train service was cancelled due to operating difficulties." "due to" is a ...
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What is the correct grammatical formation of this paragraph?

I have seen this particular meme trending on a lot of social media platforms of late. I'm wondering what the grammatically correct formation of the meme (phrase) is? The meme in questions reads as ...
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And word in two sentences [closed]

"Meet us on Summer Summit in New York and see why our innovative product is already considered the best-kept secret in the industry." Is the and used correctly? Should I add a comma before it? Is the ...
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The “to be” part in a “It seems ____” phrase

Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase? The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his ...
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In word construction, is there a affix order?

Does english have classes of prefixes and suffixes like it does adjectives, and if so, how are they usually ordered? For example, adjectives usually go in this order (or something like it): ...
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Difference in usage of X's Y and Y of X [duplicate]

Please explain the difference between X's Y and Y of X. Example: "The building's roof" and "roof of the building". Is there a "correct" form? When is the former used and when the latter?