Questions about the structure of sentences

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“Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.” What does this sentence mean?

Do your best to be lucid. ("I see but one rule: to be clear", Stendhal.) Simple sentences help. Keep complicated constructions and gimmicks to a minimum, if necessary by remembering the ...
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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Writing a letter for someone else, how to address it in the body of the letter [on hold]

When writing a letter for someone else and stating it on the letter, do we continue the body of the letter as if the person I am writing it for is the one writing it?
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Two relative clauses together before the main verb

I would like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct because apparently two relative clause was used successively without any relative pronoun or whatever it is that sentence needs. ...
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Which one is correct to use? [migrated]

I'm confused with a sentence that would ask for concerns in business writing. Which of the below sentences is correct to use: Let us know if any concerns. or Let us know concerns if any.
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Is “and” used correctly in this sentence? How does it change the meaning if I remove it?

It's hard for me to figure out why the writer uses "and" in the end of the following sentence. Like "and of which we and those who come after us have a right to be proud." "It is no good talking ...
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Is this a subordinated clause?

I am looking at the question "What do you think is in the box?". If a child trying to ask this question says "what do you think what is in the box?" with intonation reflecting that they are not ...
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Is this a fragment or a sentence? [closed]

Is this a sentence: Seems we could use some shaping from our building practices today.
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Is “Hello, World!” a sentence?

I proposed a programming puzzle, where the question is to generate gramatically correct sentence with the shortest program (see: ...
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“neither … nor ” alternative

Is it correct ? I don't currently have neither an irish residence nor an irish bank account yet or I could say : I don't have an irish residence and an irish bank account yet
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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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Sentence Structure without verbs [migrated]

Can a sentence have no verbs in it? If I say "I went for a run yesterday" then I am using a verb (to run) but if I say "This is a door" then am I using any verbs in that sentence? You can argue that ...
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“It is so began my story of success”

I had a private student who brought in a short story for me to mark. The narrator in the story is a girl violinist who performs in a concert and is spotted by a talent scout. He's so impressed by ...
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Help with - is, or is that

If I say: What they really mean is, everyone will be making 25 cents on the dollar. or What they really mean is that everyone will be making 25 cents on the dollar.
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How is this a valid sentence without the word “creates” in it?

How is the below sentence valid? "Second, globalization doesn’t create a convergent, but a divergent economy." Shouldn't it be "but it creates a divergent economy"? If this is a valid sentence ...
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Parallel Structure [duplicate]

I read the following script in a TOEIC Speaking book: “Hi, Mohammed. This is Sam. I just got your voicemail about the printing job. I would rather go with the original printer. Maybe you can ask them ...
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Should this sentence use the word “one” or “you”?

Is the sentence One only has to look at the size of Claire’s house to know that you can make a lot of money as a doctor. correct? I'm not sure whether mixing the words "one" and "you" in the ...
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What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: “Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages.”?

What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: "Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages."? Is it the subject/verb agreement?
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Using multiple “ands” in a list

I am writing a paper, and I don't know if the following sentence is grammatically correct... For years dichotomies have controlled humanity in multiple areas: mind and body, truth and falsity, ...
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What is implied in this sentence? [closed]

In "How to write mathematics" by Halmos I came accross the following fragment: "A credit line from me here wouldn’t add a thing to their stature, but my possible misunderstanding, misplacing, and ...
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Is spoiled in a good use here ? [closed]

For example I want to know if my actions did "ruin" someones weekend, but use for ruin a softer/nicer word can this be "spoil" and the sentence would look like this: I hope i did not spoil your ...
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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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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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so, “Spend time doing something” = “Have time doing something”, right?

Ok, check the dictionary, I can see this structure "spend something doing something" Ex: I spend too much time watching television. However, I also see people talk Ex: I have a good time hiking ...
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which of the following sentence structures using 'such' is preferable?

Such odd, such ridiculous houses the Earth people built. Can the above text be written as Such odd, and ridiculous houses the Earth people built. [?] ... Thank you.
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Is the plural of 'a friend's book' 'a friend's books' or 'friend's books'? [duplicate]

this question concerns only the INDEFINITE article, I don't care for the definite article or 'of' forms here. In the following construction a friend's book a boy's toy a guy's car Question: do you ...
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Adverbs order in sentences and their meaning (what's emphasised)? [duplicate]

I'm from Germany and so I've got some problems with adverbs. As you might know, in german there are no differences between adjectives and adverbs. I know the difference between adverbs and ...
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What is the grammar of the quote: “There isn't a Parallel of Latitude but thinks it would have been the Equator if it had had its rights.”?

Though I understand more or less the meaning of this quote, I cannot see that it is really a grammatical English sentence. It can be found in he Chapter LXIX of Mark Twain's novel "Following the ...
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Is there a solid reference/rule on when not to put article after 'of'

I have not found any articles or documentation on this, the only thing close to it is this Zero article after "of" in "a change of place" thread which only has a single answer ...
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If a verb projects, does that make it complex?

There is a lot of discussion about simple, compound and complex sentences. However, I find this difficult to apply to verbs that project e.g. mental verbs "think, believe, understand" etc and verbal ...
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Is this sentence constructed correctly? [closed]

Is the second sentence constructed correctly? I read it several times and it seems that there's a comma missing or some discrepancy. Anyway I can't get the exact meaning of the part "has been sold to ...
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Donald Trump's run-on sentences

In every Trump speech, almost every sentence is a run-on sentence. Here is a quote from one of his speeches last year Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and ...
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What is it? “So live with it you will”

So live with it you will I wonder how this structure called, when "will" or "shall" are put at the end of the sentence. Is it just re-arrangement of parts or has any special name? Is it only ...
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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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“One such type of knowledge can be that the problem” vs “One example of such knowledge is a problem”

I have a paragraph that starts with the following In order to obtain a more accurate result, additional knowledge is required. My next line is as follows but it doesn't feel right... One ...
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“If, however in advance one has knowledge…” vs “However, if in advance one has knowledge…”

I am trying to write a paper and and I am not sure of the correct phrasing of a particular sentence. Here is what I am currently using If, however, in advance one has knowledge of the material ...
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Is this a complex sentence or compound-complex sentence?

Is this a complex sentence or compound-complex sentence? Researchers who study the trajectory of biodiversity loss are alarmed that, within the century, an exponentially rising extinction rate ...
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Sentence Structure Question

What kind of clause or phrase is used in the first part of the following sentence (Frail and seemingly disoriented at times)? Would you elaborate on its structure. Frail and seemingly disoriented ...
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Is there a name for this type of sentence construction?

"He was a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless that light did not reflect his eyes". What kind of construction is that? I usually see similar sentences being split into two sentences.
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I obligate or I am obligate? [closed]

Most of the time I do confused with similar like sentences. Explain like I'm 5. Thanks in advance. Research is: Are our consultants obligated to follow this Code of conduct? I am obligate to submit ...
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Identifying the subject of a complicated sentence

This sentence took me a lot of time to parse: For migrant birds, which habitats are suitable during the non-breeding season influences habitat availability, population resilience to habitat ...
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Correct Placement of Nouns in “Referring” And “Introduction” Sentences

I've a client A, for whom I did some work. After some time, a person contacted me and said that client A told me to hire you for this project. The person became my client B. Later, when I want to ...
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Is this a grammatical sentence?

One of my students wrote a sentence, shown hereunder in italics, and I can't seem to able to tell if it is correct or not? Andrew has thought good of creating some company and setting it up abroad. ...
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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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Identifying parts of a sentence

How do the bolded sections of the sentences below function grammatically? (taken from David McCullough's John Adams) Philadelphia, the provincial capital of Pennsylvania on the western bank of the ...
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Should I use “an” or “the”? [duplicate]

The question is to fill in the blanks with an appropriate article : It is paradoxical that .......... average consumer cannot decide which technology will offer him the highest standards of water ...
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What kind of sentence is this and why would a writer use this?

Look at this sentence "Is there any doubt, demand the naysayers, about the terminus of this continuing process?". What kind of sentence is this called when the subject (naysayers) is put in between ...
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Should I use the word “that” in a sentence when it is not required? [duplicate]

In this sentence My sister told me that she didn't want pancakes for breakfast. The sentence would still make sense even if the word "that" is taken out. How would one decide to use the word ...
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Is it possible for a word in a sentence to have two grammatical functions at once?

I just saw this question, which is about the whoever/whomever choice in these sentences: I will kill whomever I despise. I will kill whoever despises me. It made me think; what is the object ...
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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.