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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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Is this sentence correct- 'There's only one way I can jump over a car.'? [on hold]

Is the above sentence? Is there anything weird about it, or is it plainly incorrect? How can it be worded better? EDIT: Some context-Say there are X methods of jumping over a car. I only know/can use ...
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His voice is so monotone that it lulls me to sleep every time I hear it

I've come across this sentence.Do you think it is grammatically correct ?For me it seems as if there are two unnecessary/redundant "it"s in this sentence.Because we should not use the subject of a ...
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'I watch less TV than you' or 'I watch TV less than you' [on hold]

Which one is grammatically correct or idiomatic? I watch less/more TV than you. I watch TV less/more than you. I have less/more money than you. I have money less/more than ...
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Does there exist the structure of “why do something”? [on hold]

I know there's a structure of "why not do something? ", but I wonder if there exists the structure of "why do something"? For example: Why wait for others to help you do your own job? Is the ...
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Who is to whom, as which is to?

I am trying to say that because the powerful keep making themselves more powerful, it is hard for powerless to rise above their powerlessness. This is HOW I originally wrote it: Those with power ...
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Repeating 'both' and 'either' [on hold]

Other than being awkward and difficult to interpret, is the usage of many consecutive instances of 'both' and 'either' in a sentence technically correct? If so, does each group of two need to be ...
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He was to have appeared in the West End show but broke his collar bone during rehearsals [closed]

According to a grammar resource be to + perfect infinitive is sometimes used to show that a planned event did not materialise: He was to have appeared in the West End show but broke his collar ...
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What did you say / said? [migrated]

What is the correct sentence : What did you say ? or What did you said ? The second sentence seems correct, but I am not certain.
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will using comma be considered as a long sentence? [closed]

I got feedback from my supervisor saying that "Try to write shorter sentences, the text will be more easy to read", he thought this sentence is too long: Distributed systems are in the core of ...
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'The government will introduce new laws aimed at stopping domestic violence.'

I have come across this following sentence but I could not figure out the highlighted part of its structure. In the next session of parliament, the government will introduce new laws aimed at ...
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Does the following sentence need punctuation?

Two youngsters in a bush surely didn't give a good impression. Two youngsters in a bush: surely it didn't give a good impression. Two youngsters in a bush; surely it didn't give a good ...
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With…as…as…its

I think it sounds a little weird. Here's an example: I looked at the owl. With eyes as big as its, it'd definitely seen the man. Strangely this sound OK: I looked at the kitty. With eyes as ...
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Should we split “call together” & “gather together”?

When an organization sends invitations to companies for a planned conference, the verbs "gather together" and "call together" seem to be interchangable in this context. Should the object stay between ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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“X style,” vs “X-style.”

Example: He rose from the dead Jesus style. He rose from the dead Jesus-style. Similarly: This was my first time digging goat excrement. Not an item in my list of things to do before ...
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a dataset of equivalent english phrases?

there is a similarity or even equality between many sentences in English language such as: I happened to come across the scientific definitions while reading. I came across the scientific ...
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How should I structure sentences in a series

Lets say I have the following sentences... Cake is really bad for you. It contains a large amount of sugar. It contains common allergens. It looks silly. Additionally, lets say I wanted to ...
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Grammatically equivalent sentences, for use in symbolic logic

Initially posted to Math Stack Exchange: HERE I believe that English grammar expertise is needed as well. Is the statement: No student is friendly but not helpful. Equivalent to: A There ...
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“I was…and I was…” and/or “I was…and was…”? [duplicate]

Take for example the two sentences: "I was at the park and I was wondering about the future." "I was at the park and was wondering about the future." I hear the two being used interchangeably in ...
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How do you say if someone loved you but you didn't know that in the past

Consider you graduated from college many years ago and you run into a friend from college and she says that Alice loved you when we were students at college. Alice was your classmate, and we can also ...
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Ungrammatical: “Half the boys jumped, but only a quarter of the girls did.”?

I'm writing a scientific paper and my coauthor claims that ending a sentence with "did" is ungrammatical. The sentence has the following form: Half the boys jumped, but only a quarter of the girls ...
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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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“I'm curious as to how to…” [closed]

Is that worded properly? I'm not sure if it's off. Thank you for any help you give.
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Ending a clause with “but”

In an office email, I am trying to write a qualifying clause while leading into an exception to that clause in the same sentence. While this is an office email, and therefore informality is somewhat ...
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Which is the correct sentence? [closed]

Could someone explain which structure is correct and if it's okay to say the other one? Oh, what have we here? Oh, what do we have here? Can we simply invert the subject and the verb to ...
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Is it gramatically incorrect to begin a sentence with 'But'? [duplicate]

I am wondering because I was told that it is, but from what I've seen it's pretty widely used. Thanks!
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Writing a sentence being less ambiguous [closed]

I have following paragraph with two corrections. A- In the 1980s the largest single provider of day care for children was the federal government, which offered B- The federal government was the ...
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Is the comma usage proper in this sentence?

As a result, I am able to be understanding and accommodating to the people that I work with, including clients, which I believe is an important asset for a professional to have. I wanted to make ...
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Sentence structure question

I apologise if this is a simple question. In the following sentence: I can have your car towed away. What type of phrase is the final part "towed away". If I'm right in saying, it is not ...
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I have been all the time since lunch

I heard a native speaker say these words. Looking at his watch, this gentleman said to someone: I have been all the time since lunch. What makes this sentence grammatical ? Is there more to it ...
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It is necessary to launch my audit application

I am requesting access to MS-Access. It is necessary to launch my audit application. Background: I received this e-mail from an internal employee. He's requested that MS-Access software be ...
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Unclear verb structure: to have her help with the homework

This is a sentence from Lasher by Anne Rice (USA). I'm not sure about the verb structure. It may be 1 Her friends loved to have Mona help (verb) with their homework. Structure: to have someone do ...
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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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Suggest a professional way to say this statement [closed]

A news reporter responded to a question as below: We have no idea about this. I am not sure how correct this statement is in a professional environment. Can someone please suggest if there is ...
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a principle that […], and that […]

Chekhov's gun is a dramatic principle that requires every element in a narrative be necessary and irreplaceable, and that everything else be removed. The source: ...
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sentence structure of past-future pattern

How can I make a sentence , in which I am talking about past with the reference of future? I mean,what is the sentence structure of past-future sentence. for example. * I reached at London two ...
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How to understand ' I am of big eye'? [closed]

'I am of big eye' means 'I am a person whose eye is big' ? Furthermore, how to understand the usage of 'somebody/thing is of something'?
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Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged? [closed]

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where ...
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Is it correct to use “of” in this manner? [closed]

For the following sentence: We request that they identify a faculty sponsor from the pertinent department to ensure awareness of activities of interest. Would this be the proper way to use "of" ...
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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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Possessive + gerund + object pronoun [duplicate]

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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Is there a better way to structure a sentence with two separate points? [closed]

I have the following sentence: I improved the usability of the company's website and optimized the website's rendering speeds. Is there any way I can say this by using "company's website" only ...
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Where should I put “available”? [duplicate]

I am writing this sentence: There are many fruits available, including apples, bananas, oranges, to choose from. I am confused where I should put "available". Which of the following is correct? (1) ...
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Possessives & Compound Construction [duplicate]

I came across the following sentence while reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. Is it correct Everybody in town’s father was playing, it seemed, except Atticus. Or it should be rephrased ...
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Position of the word ‘just’

I was just watching a tv show where they used the following sentence: He probably just hasn't gotten around to it yet It was a reply to the question, “Why didn't he inform you about it?” I want ...
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usage of “that” in the following sentence

Can I use that after the period to talk about something from the previous sentence? For example: In 1995 the number of men attending art galleries was high. That number decline significantly in ...
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“with which” or “which with” [duplicate]

Which of these sentences is correct? The accent with which I speak The accent which I speak with Are they not the same? While we are on the topic, I would greatly appreciate if you would tell ...
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“This is particularly since…”

Recently I came across this sentence: [... allegations that such information had been used elsewhere] This is particularly since you were given access to the information. I have been trying to ...
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Can the non-restrictive clause NOT be next to the noun it modifies?

The idea was borrowed from finance companies' high-efficiency routine of aligning business processes to achieve optimal growth, which abused the local laws to limit competition. The idea was ...