Questions relating to the pattern of words in a sentence.

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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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Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number

I am the third daughter (or son) of my parents. OR I am the third child of my parents How should a question that is answered with the above sentences be framed?
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Is this kind of sentence construction grammatical? [closed]

'I think of them more as suggestions rather than corrections.' Here , 'them' denotes the corrections received on your posts on a certain website.
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Human beings are kind and trust worthy to their neighbours but in group and as nations they become hostile to each other [closed]

Human beings are kind and trust worthy to their neighbours but in group and as nations they become hostile to each other. Correct this sentence wher necessary? Find the error. Where are mistakes? ...
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Use of “well” to signal a pseudo-awkward pause before an impending word repetition or pun

In an article titled “The Ice Age Cometh” (Fortune, May 25, 1998, reprinted in The Great Unraveling, 2003), Paul Krugman writes: Suppose that two tribes—the Clan of the Cave Bear and its neighbor, ...
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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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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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Is there an online sample sentence database or search engine?

Sometime, I am not sure if I use a specific word correctly. I would like to get some sample sentences to learn from. So, is there a online sample sentence database/search engine?
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Why is there no form of “do” in questions of the type “who knows?”

I'm wondering whether expressions like the ones below are correct or not. I've seen them several times but they don't seem to follow the typical grammatical structure. Who comes? (instead of ...
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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 say thank you to a friend who agreed to take care of my pet? [closed]

I have been preparing to IELTS test and currently I need to write a thank you letter to my friend, because she agreed to take of my pet. So I've come up with this: Thank you so much for saying "yes" ...
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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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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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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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Does this sentence require the pronoun 'they'?

I have the following sentence: There were several dominoes—some so precariously placed that I'd swear should have toppled over. I believe it's correct, but when read quickly or out loud, ...
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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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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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What are the meanings of the sentences where “Not that” is followed by an object-missing expression?

According to my observation, there are at least two types of using "Not that....". And my question is: what does "not that" mean in its second type of usage? In the first usage, "not that" is ...
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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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How do you handle “that that”? The double “that” problem

Have you ever had a case where you felt compelled to include strange things like a double that in a sentence? If so, then what did you do to resolve this? For me, I never knew whether it was ...
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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 ...
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“Therefore I” or “I therefore” [duplicate]

I would like to understand the nuances. What is the correct way to use: "Therefore, I …" or "I, therefore …"
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This book reads easily vs this book is reading easily

We heard our English professor, who is from the UK, say the following: I have read this book. This book reads easily. I have seen a few fellow-students replicating the above-mentioned ...
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Sentences which read the same forwards as they do with their words (not characters!) reversed

Are there sentences which read the same backwards as well as forwards once the order of words is reversed? What is the name of such sentences? Just to clarify, I'm not talking about palindromes, in ...
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Can you make this sentence clear?

I insist on putting this never-before-heeded advice in my math syllabus every semester (this is only my third one). I often obsess about the way I write things and I actually re-read it myself this ...
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Loudly is Complement or adverb/adjunct in the sentence The cat / scratched / loudly

Loudly is mentioned as Complement when it is actually an adverb or adjunct in the site, http://changingminds.org/techniques/language/syntax/clause_arrangement.htm . Is it right or wrong? I have given ...
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Meaning of “it's long past time to …”

Saw a lot of such sentences (examples below). What does the "it's long past time to..." mean? Example: It's long past time to ditch the use of the ubiquitous bulleted-list templates found in both ...
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Sentence patterns: There are 16 ways to “leave” your book

Playing around in my head with the different positions that a subject, verb, direct object, and indirect object can be positioned in one sentence, I ended up with 16 sentences using only the simple ...
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if + should or if + present simple or … Too many ways to say the same thing

What is the difference between the following sentences: We have no jobs at present, but if the situation should change, we will contact you. We have no jobs at present, but if the situation ...
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What is the word that is emphasized more?

There is a sentence. He gave me an apple. I heard that more emphasis in on 'an apple' because of the end focus rule. Then, is the subject 'I' prior to ending 'an apple' in meaning? In ...
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Which sentence is most suitable in the context of history? [closed]

The day of sorrow becomes the day of happiness. The day of sorrow changes into the day of happiness. The day of sorrow turns into the most peaceful day. Detail context: The day when one country ...
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In grammar what is the pattern of the sentence “My watch is running slow”

I am not quite sure about the pattern of sentence "My watch is running slow" ? Is it a SVOC or something ? Would anyone explain it in detail ?
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The correct usage of “too” and “also”

I always have problems in deciding whether to use "too" or "also". For example, if the previous sentence is: Peter ate the cake. Which of the following should I say?: He ate the pie too. He ...
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Rhetorical Sentence Pattern

What is the rhetorical sentence pattern of the sentence, "Facts are to the scientist what words are for the poet."? I really think it's periodic, but if it's not, can I please have an explanation as ...
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What animal makes this sound vs What kind of animal makes this sound?

I am Chinese, a children's English teacher. What is the difference between these questions I might ask my students? "Meow." What animal makes this sound? "Meow." What kind of animal makes ...
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“Now is the time to” or “Now is time to” – Which is correct?

Which of the following two phrases is correct? Now is the time to Now is time to Or are both of them correct? And if so is "Now is the time to" more formal?
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Sentence Chaining

For lack of a better understanding, I'm going to call the following chaining: 10011111 in binary is 237 in octal is 159 in decimal is 9F in hexadecimal While I understand the sentence and its ...
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What is the difference between “not that X is going to Y” and “X is not going to Y”? [closed]

Not that running away is going to solve everything. Running away is not going to solve everything. I am not a native speaker. Is there a difference between the two?
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General rules for identifying conditional sentences?

I am trying to identify the subject and object in the following sentence: Come to me, and I'll give you a fight you'll never forget At first, it appeared as if whenever a conjunction appears ...
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Listing three items where the latter two are in a group. Put two “and”?

I am trying to write a sentence similar to the following. This one looks dumb as there are many jargon in my original sentence. This is an example with simple wordings: Our candidates include Tom, ...
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“The process was done correctly” Confirm the correct steps have been taken

My question is if the sentence "the process was done correctly" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. I seems straight forward to me but I'm not ...
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Grammar: “Just because A, doesn't mean B”

I hear this all the time, and often from writers, but it never sounds right. I found myself using it in something I was writing. For example: "Just because I stopped eating doesn't mean I'm full." ...