Questions about the structure of grammar

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What is a syntactic construction?

Okay, I'm not quite sure if i'm allowed to post this here. I had a look at the linguistics SE, but it seems that questions there have to be research-level, and this is extremely elementary however I ...
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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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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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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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Subject, Verb Object (and so forth) sentence analysis. In particular: What's the Verb here?

I need help! Could you please look at this sentence: When I obtained a credit card, I began spending money recklessly. I'm doing basic sentence patterns, and I don't know how to analyse this ...
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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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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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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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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 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 of “at which point”

I understand that at which point is completely grammatical and I know how and when to use it, but it just now struck me as an odd phrase. What exactly is which doing here? How does it make the phrase ...
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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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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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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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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?
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Usage of 'can't'

Please look at this sentence: " I can't do the fourth and fifth questions but I have done all the other questions" is this correct? Because in first part present tense is used with the usage of ...
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“Member FDIC” instead of “Member of FDIC”?

For several years now (as long as I've paid attention) almost every ad or commercial for a bank or credit union says they are Member FDIC or Member NCUA. Where is the of? Why are these not Member 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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Europe during these years seemed to prove that such was possible [closed]

My question is as to the usage of the word such in the following passage . The order of the day was, quite simply, self- improvement, national improvement, and attainable perfection; the great ...
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Please explain “play Tiger Woods”

Could you please explain to me this sentence? Sophie had to play Tiger Woods in golf in just one month" The sentence should be correct as it is taken from English classes. Why don't the say ...
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Comma placement in this sentence? [closed]

Please explain which sentence is structured correctly and why. If none of them are correct, please correct it and, again, explain why it is correct. 1) I embarked upon a journey filled with ...
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Can you clarify the structure “impress somebody with/by something”?

I found this structure in ldoceonline.com but I am a bit confused about it. Ok, to impress somebody with/by something: to make someone feel admiration and respect about something (Source) ...
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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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Sentence doesn't “feel” right, but is it really incorrect?

A friend of mine wrote this sentence: 'The material consists of crumbly blocks, but they are still sturdy enough to not fall apart during bumpy transport.' To me this grates a bit. Even though the ...
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“Village of X” or Village in X"

Say, I want to talk about village that belongs to a particular city. How to express it: The village of X in Y or The village of X of Y And my confusion also applies to a population belonging to some ...
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Inversion for adverbial prepositional phrases

I do not fully understand how to use inversion for prepositional phrases. If I am not wrong, not all the sentence with prepositional phrases can be inverted; it depends on the verb. Thus, I'd like to ...
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What is 'it' in this sentence? (Need interpretation) [closed]

Where sign language was found among Native American tribes it was largely uniform. I don't know what the real subject is in this statement and what it means here. Why are tribes and it, both ...
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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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Is asking question with intonation grammatically correct?

Is asking question with intonation grammatically correct? the context: had a discussion with colleague about the correct formal way to ask a question in English language. From all what i recall about ...
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Sentence structure: how to combine the sentence together? [closed]

I was writing this in my paper. 70 million photos and videos are sent daily on Instagram, while Louvre Museum has 300,000 objects [Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010], which is merely 0.4% of Instagram ...
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What vs Where …is the common ground/basis

According to Merriam-Webster the common ground is a basis of mutual interest or agreement and the basis is the principal component of something Both are often used in the context of ...
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Usage of the word 'have'

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? I will soon have a new secretary work for me on the weekends. I will soon have a new secretary working for me on the weekends. I will soon have a ...
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Identifying the sentence structure. Is this sentence a compound sentence?

I am trying to determine the sentence structure of the sentence: Along with every other devoted Aussie trackydack dagger, I beg the federal government to ban these abhorrent, foreign "cuffs" and ...
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“It claims to be” vs “it claims is”

A. The company has unveiled what it claims is the world's smallest camera. B. The company has unveiled what it claims to be the world's smallest camera. Could someone please explain why ...
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Is a preposition of place required when replacing “where” with “that”?

A preposition appears to be needed when that is used in sentences such as: That's the store where I bought my computer. That's the store that I bought my computer (at?). with exceptions ...
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In place names, do the words qualifying the place act as an adjective?

If you have a place name such as “The Sierra Nevada Mountains”, does Sierra Nevada act as an adjective? My guess is yes, since they qualify the noun mountains, e.g.: “Which mountains? The Sierra ...
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Using “and” to begin a sentence [duplicate]

Is it grammatically correct to use the word "and" as the first word in a sentence? Why or why not?
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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interesting for you to say that

Just heard a non-native English speaker saying this: "Interesting for you to say that, since..." I would have said "Interesting that you should say that" Are both correct and natural? And what ...
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Starting a text using By + ing form

Can I start a text using by + ing form? Ex. By recognizing the difficulty of the material, the teacher took extra time teaching it to her students.
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Be it… or grammar

Can anyone please describe the use of "be it or " grammar, I have checked internet but couldn't find anything that me help. with regards
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Cannot understand sentence in preface to “Old Indian Legends” by Zitkala-Ša

I'm reading the preface to Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Ša, originally published in 1901. My mother tongue is not English, and I am having some trouble understanding - in detail - what she actually ...
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Special modals (modal + has/have + V3) [closed]

Can anyone clear my doubt about these special modals : She could have asked me for the dinner. She must not have done it. He should have taken her to his home. I would have kissed her if ...
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'Nonprobabilistic Sampling' versus 'Nonprobability Sampling'

I'm writing a research paper, and I need to translate it to English. I hired a translator and I'm not sure that the following sentence has the right structure: Interventions: It was performed ...
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Correct usage of expression “or did I” [closed]

In the opening sentence of an article I am writing, I state something that would seem obvious to the reader, but that I will challenge (since I will be closing with a slightly different conclusion). ...