Questions about the structure of grammar

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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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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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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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“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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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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is “I've never said that nor thought it” correct? [duplicate]

"I've never said that nor thought it" I don't think so, but I don't know how I can say it.
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Is it correct to use “increasing” in this context?

I want to use this sentence in my paper. Is it correct grammatically? Microaggregation, as a Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC) method, provides lower Disclosure Risk (DR) at the expense of ...
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Is “to collaborating” correct?

I am interested in this sentence: "I am used to collaborating with other people". I am not sure if this form is correct, maybe "I am used to collaborate with other people" is more correct?
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Help me identify the structure of this excerpt

"Girls being kept out of the sciences and pushed into the humanities; the humanities being valued less in our society than the sciences;... " This sentence is weird and I want to know why. I noticed ...
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Am I using “suggest that” correctly?

I am writing to my manager. I want to suggest making a new service to her. I have problem with this sentence: Can you suggest to them that [Company Name] develops the Italian version of the ...
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What is the function of this “to” here?

Old people did not know enough once, perchance, to fetch fresh fuel to keep the fire a-going; new people put a little dry wood under a pot, and are whirled round the globe with the speed of birds, ...
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Should we avoid a “double passive”?

Does it sound strange to say "An emergency meeting is expected to be held soon." or "The new highway is proposed to be built across the swamp." Should we avoid this type of construction ?
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Can we say “I can't not go” or for instance “i couldn't not look” [duplicate]

I've seen this in an English Learning Facebook page that we can say: I can't not go I can't not tell her I couldn't not eat I couldn't not look Are they true? Is it formal or informal? What ...
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Is it correct to say : I am glad to be part of this family NOW?

I am joining a team and just as I join, I say this sentence. Is the "now" correct in the end of the sentence or how to make the sentence more fluent? I am glad to be part of this family now. I ...
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How to correctly say that I will get graduated? [closed]

I'm going to "get graduated" at second quarter of 2014, and I need to write an e-mail saying this, but I don't know the "correct" way to write that "I will get graduated" this sounds pretty weird to ...
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Is there a functional difference between “not believing” and “believing not”?

If you tell your friend some incredible story and they say, "I don't believe you!" It seems like they are pretty obviously trying to say that they believe that your story isn't true. I have someone ...
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I promise not to do it, I swear not to do it. Is there a double meaning here?

"I promise [pause] not to do it" seems to me equivalent to "I promise I won't do it". However, "I promise not [pause] to do it" seems to me equivalent to "I do not promise I will ...
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Outward vs Out-swing door

I am curious what the proper use of language is when your talking about doors. Should a door that swings out be called "Out-swing door" or "Outward swing door"? I'm not sure if there is a proper use ...
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That's the way it worked

Mendoza said that's the way it worked. In this sentence why are we using that's? Why not that was? Wouldn't that was be much better? To clarify my question, Mendoza originally said "That's the ...
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'I can identify myself with' or 'I can identify with'? [closed]

Which is more correct? I can identify myself with or I can identify with
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How to know when to use “someone” or “anyone”?

I am trying to write a grammar rule that will be able to identify when to use someone or anyone, and I got confused. I couldn't find any clear way to do this. For instance, "anyone can do it" is ...
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the first case … is the court's decision

As I have said many times, I'm translating some wordy document, and here is another sentence that need shedding some light on: Thus the first case cited by the Court in Schwinn for the proposition ...
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state the reach of something against something as doing something

I encountered this sentence while translating a lawsuit and now I'm quite confused about what it intends to say: Court stated the reach of the per se rule against tie-ins under 1 of the Sherman Act ...
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“I have been working…” versus “I have worked…” in response to “Who have you worked with so far?” [closed]

Q: Who have you worked with so far? A: I have been working with people from all over the world. The best answer would be 'I have worked with people from all over the world'. One of my ...
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uncommon use of “as well as” compounding two verbs onto one subject

I've got a pretty strong intuition for what's grammatically correct and what's not. My hunch here is that the following sentence is wrong. Can someone verify this for me, using a syntactical rule to ...
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Is it correct to use “pointing out” in this context?

I am writing in this context I am so excited about XXXX. Thanks a lot for pointing it out to me. You are great Is point out the correct expression to use? Note: the one I am sending ...
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“Even were he not to…”

I am currently reading "Do androids dream of electric sheep?" by P.K. Dick and I have come across a grammatical structure I don't quite understand. The excerpt is the following (no spoilers, don't ...
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Overall structure, dashes and commas

The following sentence comes to me a bit intricate: The ultimate responsibility still rests in the hands of Internet users who vote – they, along with the officials elected to serve them, make up ...