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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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Is the sentence; 'Can people stop inviting me to play games I don't want to.' grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is the sentence 'Can people stop inviting me to play games I don't want to.' grammatically correct? To me it doesn't sound right. Is the sentence; 'Can people stop inviting me to play games that I ...
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Unclear grammar of present continuous — is it present continuous?

A clerk taking cash from a customer and not entering it in the cash register. Here's my question: how and when can I use subject + verb + ing without be like the first part in the sentence? For ...
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Play games THAT I like, or play games I like? [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct? Don't make me play games I don't like. Don't make me play games that I don't like.
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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 that correct to say? [on hold]

Speaking about bedtime reading... Please, help me with my grammar "As a rule, I don't take handsome dead conductors to bed, but if it is Bernstein, my husband doesn't mind".
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Is “criterions” a valid plural for “criterion”?

Is criterions a valid plural for criterion? Dictionary.com says it is, but Oxford does not confirm or reject it.
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What is difference between GOT TO and HAVE TO [closed]

I was searching today on this topic. i found some posts on web according to them 1) I got to go now. 2) I have to go now. these two sentences are same but i wanna confirm that are they ...
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Is it grammatical to finish a sentence with “also”?

In the following text, I wonder if it's grammatical to finish the sentence with also. it does sound weird to me. The sentence sound incomplete somehow and makes the audience wait for more. Here ...
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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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Is this proper use of present tense?

I understand it's possible to use narrating in present tense in some texts, particularly in essays. In this picture, though, what seems odd to me is sentences like "Albert and Bernard just become ...
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Can a prepositional phrase starting with “during” work as an adjectival phrase?

A prepositional phrase comprising a preposition and a noun phrase can generally function either as an adjectival phrase or as an adverbial phrase. The book on the table is mine. (The ...
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Is it ever grammatical to leave out the verb 'to be' between subject and predicate?

In the following sentence there is no verb to be after the subject and before the predicate: Indeed this government - neither their great wealth nor their many supporters will benefit them on ...
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Non-standard sentence construction with “there is no”

I have just come across this very unusual construction, in my view at least. Is it correct and if yes, what grammar rules apply here? I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me with this and ...
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Understanding “Couldn't have got”

Here are two sentences: Sarah hasn't contacted me. She couldn't have got my message. What is the correct meaning of the above? Since Sarah hasn't contacted me, there's a possibility she ...
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Should Google be considered as the ultimate resource for checking sentences? [migrated]

As I did before and based on the suggestions, I do google to find matches for the sentences/phrases I'm doubtful about. Some times, although sentences seem to be correct, there are no (or few) matches ...
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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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What alternative expression could be considered correct for the following sentence? [migrated]

The message to be conveyed is the following: "When the film is thinner, the width is shorter". Can someone explain to me if the following expression is correct (and if not, why not)? Overall, ...
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I have no money to buy a bed [with]

BACKGROUND In this question, it was asked why it sounds better to omit 'with' in I have no money to buy a bed (with). whereas 'with' sounds right in I have no ball to play soccer with. ...
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Would it be 'meet' or 'have met' in this structure?

If I bumped into someone, who happened to be called John, yesterday, and I am telling someone else of the encounter, would I say: I happened to meet John yesterday. or I happened to have ...
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Is the use of “Them” right here? [duplicate]

On StackOverFlow, the users who do not put anything in the profile have this displayed. "Apparently, this user prefers to keep an air of mystery about them.". Should it not be him/her? Clarifying ...
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What's correction: for the both of us or for both of us [duplicate]

I look forward to us communicating further, which may lead to great business opportunities for the both of us.
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Should I be putting the quote symbol every time someone is saying something? [closed]

Serina saw a reflection of light, now with Aron behind her she searched where she had seen the glistening. “What is it?” he asked “I don’t know it’s almost… All the sudden she stopped and screamed ...
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Is Grammar An Exact Science? [closed]

"Science" might not be the appropriate word but I think it conveys the gist of my question: Is grammar always an agreed-upon, exact process among professionals when identifying usage and parts ...
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Difference between “doesn't seem to rain” & “doesn't seem to be raining” [closed]

What's the difference between 'It doesn't seem to rain.' and 'It doesn't seem to be raining.' ? Is it that the first means "the rain didn't occur often", and the second means "it doesn't rain in the ...
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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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Difference between “without” and “with no”

What is the difference between the usage of without and with no? For example, without sound and with no sound.
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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 ...