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Better sentence structure - Inversion sentence with should

My original sentence is: Should the doctrine of democracy be proved to be an important and effective mean to control the government, it should not be reformed insofar as the effect of which is to ...
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Which one is the correct sentence? “Forever shall I remain indebted” or “I shall forever remain indebted”

I came across an acknowledgement in one of the theses which came for correction to me. The opening sentence says: "Forever shall I remain indebted to....". Is it the correct way of writing? In my ...
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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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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [on hold]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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questions in 5 common sentences [closed]

I've got several questions quoted with bold and need your thoughts in here. All sources are from US native speakers: (1) The second thing is to raise an objection to being sued that is unrelated ...
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to- infinitive: Is it correct to say or ask…? [closed]

Is it correct to say or ask: What is a rich man to do with no light in his eyes? (meaning: What is it that a depressive rich man can do?) What is a rich man to do but hide? (meaning: ...
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Removing punctuation as a literary technique [closed]

I've seen this done before but I can't remember where. The idea is to remove all punctuation to create garbage, but to good effect. Anyway, my question is, should I consider the hyphen in ...
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Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?

Is "women men girls love meet die" a valid sentence? If so, what does it mean? The sentence shows up in academic papers about the "Sausage Machine" for natural language processing. (A google will ...
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From where I was sitting … talk out of school … getting pretty chummy with the money [closed]

From the film Bad Teacher 2011: Amy Squirrel: Umm...I happened to be pedalling past the 7th Grade car wash this Saturday. Wally: Kill it! Can we talk about this later? Amy Squirrel: Later ...
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Name for the repetition evident in “How much larger should it be to be secure?”

I'm editing a post that has the sentence: How much larger should it be to be secure? I've come across other situations where there are repetitions in a sentence (such as that that) and am hoping ...
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What is the common name of the strange part of this sentence? [migrated]

"You know," I ventured, "when I saw your perform, I got the feeling that singing lets you jump over the fences of your life the way writing does for me." Please, notice to the end of that sentence. ...
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Is the sentence, “I wrote him,” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I am wondering if the sentence I wrote him. is grammatically correct. Can I wrote him. take the place of I wrote him a letter. and/or I wrote to him.? Can one omit the preposition to? Can one omit the ...
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How can I simplify this sentence? [closed]

"GHWC has solutions that address the root causes of common problems." "has solutions that" seems bulky and incorrect. I feel like it could be more active voice.
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Correct or correctly: “I got them all correct / correctly”?

I just answered a battery of test questions, and posted the following comment: "I got them all correctly." Should I have said "I got them all correct."?
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Analysing this sentence: “I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate.”

I would like to confirm my breakdown of this sentence: "I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate." It is a complex sentence Dependent clause = "I have ...
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subsubsubsubset of subsubsubset of subsubset of subset of set - is this recursive usage normal?

so I stumbled upon this issue and I cannot find anything that would clear my confusion (as googling "of" is pointless): If I have something, that is of something that is of something - how far can I ...
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Meaningless sentence

Googling 'Clint Eastwood' I found this: Ex-husband of Clint Eastwood's girlfriend Christina Sandera reveals her criminal past The interpretation is that a ex-husband of Christina Sandera dished ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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Polite or unrectified placement of the word please

I would please prefer to take both parts of the test on Monday. Is the placement of the word please in this sentence grammatically correct?
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Sentence Structure - Verb vs Noun Usage

I have been actively learning to write English for over a month. Though I can, some how, manage with grammar, sentence structures are not easy for me. In the sentence below, please any one comment why ...
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Direct Object or Complement or Something else [duplicate]

She failed to respond. She wanted to smile. She decided to return. She preferred to travel by train. She managed to save a little money. Are the infinitival clauses complements or direct objects in ...
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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 ...
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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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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' [closed]

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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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' [closed]

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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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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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 ...