Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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What do you call a sentence that reverses parts of the first clause in a second clause that makes sense, too?

I'm looking for the definition of a phrase like this, where two ideas of thought are reversed and still make sense. Nothing too exciting to report, but reporting nonetheless is exciting. I feel ...
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Hockey players are careful but they still get hurt often

I was studying sentence patterns and I came across the following sentence in a mini test after the explanation on the same website. Hockey players are careful but they still get hurt often ...
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What do you call it when you transpose the last two words of a sentence on purpose? [duplicate]

What do you call it when you transpose the last two words of a sentence on purpose? Such as: "Once upon a midnight dreary" Instead of "Once upon a dreary midnight?" Or: "Hark! What light through yon ...
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Proper way to ask someone what they think about the reason of something [migrated]

Let's say Person A is crying. I want to ask Person B that why Person A is crying. Why do you think he is crying? Why do you think is he crying? Which one is the correct way of asking this ...
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an “X is an X is an X” what does this mean?

I am reading https://openparliament.ca/bills/42-1/C-6/ (I must say, with great delight but that's not relevant) and Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian A citizen is a citizen is a citizen. ...
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many vitamins and minerals are necessary for our diet unless they are consumed excessively [closed]

I took an English exam today and one of the questions was the following. Find option that completes the sentence best. Many vitamins and minerals are necessary for our ...
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Describing the syntax in a sentence from Jane Austen's Emma

I'm writing an essay on a passage from Jane Austen's Emma and am trying to comment upon the structure of a certain sentence. I know what I want to say (in terms of the effects of the syntax), but I ...
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Can I use the word “respectively” for this sentence?

Dunn (19xx) in Germany, Duran & Centano (20xx) in XYYX, and Zukal et al. (20xx) in Katerinska Chekoslovakia found two species of fungi, respectively. What I am trying to say is: each of the ...
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“the same as” or “the same thing as”

When comparing words, do you say "X means the same as Y" or "X means the same thing as Y" I understand you could get around this and be more clear by saying : "X has the same ...
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Is it grammatically correct help me ,with proper explanation,with tense explanation [closed]

You were got bored, weren't you? It that correct ,can we use all verbs in past tense.
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“accounts for up to” vs “is gained from”

I am arguing with my colleague about what phrase is easier to understand, i.e. "accounts for up to" vs "is gained from". My wording is the following: Sometimes this sector accounts for up to 70% ...
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Proper phrasing of this sentence

I want to know which of the following would be the correct way to phrase my sentence, pasted below. I've come across this problem several times in my writing and want to settle this for good so that I ...
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What should I say when meet a person for the first time? [closed]

What should I say at the end of the meeting, assuming that I've never meet that person before? Should it be something like: "It was a pleasure to meet you." or just "Nice to meet you."? ...
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Grammatically correct questions in a survey [closed]

Trying to ask following questions in a customer feedback form: What tools do you for recruitment? What are you favorite features of these tools? What are the functionalities missing in these tools ...
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Phrasing a sentence [closed]

In this section, nonlinear effects of two-photon absorption in a photonic crystal cavity are examined. In this section, nonlinear effects of two-photon absorption are examined for a photonic crystal ...
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Is there anything wrong with the usage of “the more exciting” this sentence?

Nearly all of the editors of the magazine agree that of the two articles to be published, Fujimura's is the more exciting. Shouldn't it be "the more exciting one"?
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Awkward phrase structure [closed]

I am trying to convey the following idea: "fruit species of a kind that people commonly eat the fruits themselves, as well as drink the juice extracted from them (for example, grapes and ...
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“In your session” or “during your session”

I have the following sentence but I am confused if it is correct or not. "I was your student in NTHP Student session" Or "I was your student during NTHP Student session"
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When can 'almost' be used instead of 'almost like'?

Jack is almost like a father to me. Jake is almost a father to me. My aunt almost sounds foreign. My aunt almost sounds like foreign. Why can't I write Jake is almost a father to me instead of ...
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Some substitutions are more general than others (are). Which is better?

"Some substitutions are more general than others". or "Some substitutions are more general than others are". I am aware of the concept of using the verbs "to do" and "to be" at the end of a phrase ...
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What the matter is vs. what is the matter used in the affirmative [duplicate]

I want to know what the matter is with her. I want to know what's the matter with her. I want to know what's her problem. Is "I want to know what's the matter with her" and 'what's the matter' ...
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“Do you also?” as a question?

I was able to find numerous examples of "Do you also..." type questions in The Bible, like: And Yeshua said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to leave?” But I am wondering whether simply "Do you ...
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Is usage of “Than that of” vs “Than those of” case agnostic?

I've seen many cases of "than that of" and "than those of" switched with one another. Are they both really same and can be interchanged? Or do we follow some specific rules on where to use one of the ...
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Nowdays farmers are _____________ mushrooms

Nowdays farmers are _____________ mushrooms. Options: rising grow has raised raising My approach: I am confused between these two as I am not able to differentiate after looking at their ...
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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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Is the writer of this line trying to shorten “time-saving and labor-saving” into “time- and labor-saving”?

Here's the paragraph is question below. The part I'm talking about is in bold. Festool has a reputation for producing expensive tools that provide benefits the other brands either lack or end ...
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Here we go vs here we are [closed]

Could someone explain me the difference between the following here we are And here we go Many thanks, Duilio
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“Let alone” sentence pattern

I have what I believe to be a simple question, regarding how "let alone" fits into a sentence. Tell me if there is a difference in terms of correctness between these sample sentences: 1) "I refuse ...
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Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone) [closed]

Which usage is correct? Please reply to me as soon as possible. Please reply me as soon as possible. In my understanding, people say, "Please reply my mail..." What about the ones I wrote above? I ...
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Talking or talking about

I always have wondered if there is any difference between these two sentences : I am not talking science here. and I am not talking about science here. If yes, then what is that ...
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Ways to introduce a name in the middle of sentence

Suppose that you want to introduce a name of a thing or count several names of things in a sentence (e.g. they are namely "X", "Y", "Z") For example I know "called", "namely", perhaps "named" are ...
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Is there a name for this type of sentence: “The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure”? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this type of sentence: "The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure"? Such a word grouping is generally accepted as a sentence in science.
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How common is the 'object-subject-verb' construction?

E.g. from Wiki: I hate oranges, but apples I'll eat! or He's not very interesting, but her I would like to know! I understand it is a form only used for emphasis, but how common is it? Is it ...
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Writing and speaking duplicated words

A recent workplace conversation prompted this question. Red Hat, the software company behind a popular Linux distribution, came by the office and everyone got some random trinkets, including a number ...
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How to express “I hope” in “it is” sentence pattern?

I want to use "it is...that" sentence pattern to express the same meaning as "I hope that..". The first thing to come to my mind is "it is my hope/wish that ...", but that sounds quite weird. So how ...
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Cannot understand sentence mistake? [closed]

Until it can be replaced by a faster, more efficient, and more economical means of transportation, trucks will Cary most of the freight within and through metropolitan areas. Why is the 'Until it' ...
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Punctuation in a sentence “from A or B to C and even D”

Is there a need for punctuation in the following sentence: "Response time has reduced from weeks or days to hours and even minutes in some cases." More generally, how should one use punctuation in a ...
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Are these two sentences semantically identical? [closed]

Are these two sentences semantically identical? By using this website, you are certifying that you have read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, you are certifying that you understand our Terms of ...
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“You gotta do what you gotta do” and similar expressions

You gotta do what you gotta do. It's there because it's there. Stuff, because stuff. Does this pattern of expression have a name? Existential assertion, maybe?
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'within few next days' OR 'within next few days'?

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? and why? The project will be completed within next few days. OR The project will be completed within few next days.
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Sentences to be categorized into defined types?

In my country, students while learning English language are taught that all written sentences can be categorized into certain five types, which are... 1st. Subject + Verb--I am running. 2nd. ...
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Want to know the components in a sentence, clause, and phrase

This is a bit different sort of question coming from a computer science student, working on a Natural Language Processing project. As a part of our project we got stuck into a situation where we ...
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Using “clout” in a sentence

I want to use it in this context : Group A has a lot of influence on organization B. Should it be : Group A has a lot of clout with organization B. ?
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An Official Application and few confusions [closed]

I wrote an official application begging advice from my previous employer to arrange an event. I wrote the following application to him and I am not confident enough on its correctness. Can any one ...
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Is this redundant phrasing a rhetorical device? Does it have a name?

I'm wondering if there's a name for this particular kind of redundant phrasing: So what I'm going to do right now is, I'm going to . . . or So what you want to do is, you want to . . . I ...
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Sentence structure “What is common to [..] is that”

What is common to all these types of services is that the process of their delivery is subject to our internal control of quality. I am not sure about the sentence structure indicated above. I ...
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“got X confused with Y” versus “confused X with Y” [closed]

I am really confused which of the following sentences is correct Maybe they got thin confused with short. Maybe they confused thin with short. If both are correct which one would be more ...
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Understanding sentence starting with “were” [closed]

I am reading a economics book and the following sentence confuses me: Were such individuals to gain a lot of money, they would stop buying insurance. It seems strange to me. What is the ...
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The “expressions without prepositions” [closed]

We do not normally use prepositions in some common expressions. Let’s discuss your plans. She married a rich business man. The baby resembles its father Is there a rule ...