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Sentence monstrosity!

Check out this horrendous sentence I just managed to create: This blanket, Holden talks about as if it were some novelty that Mr. Spencer having bought it shows how “lame” old people such as his ...
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Stage direction like “Enter Hamlet”

I'm wondering about the grammatical structure of a stage direction "Enter Hamlet". Is "Enter" in the imperative mood or the present subjunctive mood? If it is in the imperative mood, who is the person ...
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When you have a sentence containing a list separated by commas, do you need to repeat the verb before a preposition?

I.E. Which of these is correct? A. You are cool, funny, and among the most popular of students at this school. B. You are cool, funny, and are among the most popular of students at this school. ...
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“To reason most absurd” in Hamlet

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2 (The Arden Shakeseare edited by Harold Jenkins) Fie, 'tis a fault to heaven, A fault against the dead, a fault to nature, To reason most absurd, whose common ...
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assumptions without “if” and so on

Today in the newspapers I read Rodgers yesterday claimed had Sturridge been with his club he would have been given extra time to recover in the same situation. I don't understand how this ...
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How to avoid bullet points and use a longer sentence instead?

I can do many things: write with a pen while sitting smuggle milk through border crossings repent for thy sins with my sins I would like to say what I have said above without using bullet points ...
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“And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio?”

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2 (The Arden Shakespeare edited by Harold Jenkins) Hor. Hail to your lordship. Ham. I am glad to see you well. Horatio, or I do forget myself. Hor. ...
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What is the best word to describe a person's false pride?

I need to build up a sentence saying like this "She has no false pride like other actresses, she replies to every message sent by her fans". I need to emphasize that she has no false pride like other ...
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How can this sentence be reworded?

I just got back a paper my teacher had corrected, and she labeled the word 'be' in the following sentence as a 'dangling modifier': How one learns from these experiences will ultimately determine ...
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How to use an independent structure to modify a sentence within a sentence?

After one year, I quit my job, said goodbye to my friends, went to Beijing to study philosophy, participating in a lot of classes given by professors, but never having been registered as a formal ...
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“No, faith, not a jot, but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it.” [closed]

Here are some lines from Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1 (The Arden Shakespeare edited by Harold Jenkins) Hamlet: To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why, may not imagination trace the noble dust ...
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Didn't find what (you are/you were/you're) looking for?

I'm trying to figure out how best to word the above sentence. It's for a web page, and at the bottom of the page there will be a search bar. To me "you are" or "you're" is the best fit, because the ...
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Can a sentence end in “left”

Which is the correct phrase: You have 5 days left of your trial. or: You have 5 days of your trial left.
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Can just a noun phrase be a complete list item? [closed]

In the following extract: [A number of issues had to be considered.] Firstly, the scope of her responsibilities. ... “the scope of her responsibilities” is just a noun phrase used as a ...
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Use of the plural of tang (as in taste or smell)

Discussing with friends, we decided tang (like a flavour or smell) is a noun. Smell, when pluralised is smells. Flavour - flavours. What's the plural of tang? We believe it would be simply 'tangs' ...
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From the viewpoint of us/we, the people?

From the viewpoint of us, the people / From the viewpoint of we, the people Hi guys, I'm not sure which one is correct. I'm trying to say that I am also part of the people, and I'm not sure if I ...
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Which sentence is more common? [closed]

Which way do you prefer to say this sentence: "inaccurate pruning makes the trees out of shape" or "inaccurate pruning puts the trees into deformed shape"?
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“New York is a great place to live.” (no preposition?)

New York is a great place to live. New York is a great place to live in. I've seen the former usage a lot and I've started wondering what the grammar aspects of it are. The main question ...
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Using “of” twice in a sentence

Is it correct to use of twice in the following sentence? The problem of absence of remote facilities is addressed in the article... What is the best way of writing this sentence?
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Can I continue a sentence after “respectively”? [duplicate]

Is it okay and in common usage to continue a sentence after using the word “respectively”? Consider this example: Denoting the object’s mass and acceleration by m and a, respectively, Newton’s ...
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Verify structure of phrase [closed]

I am not really convinced that the structure of the following of sentence is sound. How can I change it to make it simpler? We help you in the development of your needs to define data items for ...
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How to say “I was among the top ten percent of students” in my résumé?

Could you please tell me how I should mention this in my résumé (my personal website indeed) that I have graduated from the university, while I was ranked among the top ten percent of students? For ...
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Job Description on CV [closed]

I want to write a title (e.g. "Math Teacher") and one short sentence (e.g. "High School teacher at Kellog's school of Wizards") on my CV that describes the job I had during a summer. The company I ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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Adjective and Noun Placement

Is it better to say "We rescued the five people trapped" or "We rescued the five trapped people"? And why?
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Much and not much

Why is it that much doesn't fit in many of the places not much does? Compare "Have you got any food in the house?" "Not much." "Would you like this old box?" "That's not much use to me." with ...
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Can “which” and its antecedent be used together in a sentence for reading clarity?

Unfortunately I could not find an authentic example of the rare construct I have in mind, but I am just as sure as I am typing this question that I have read so many sentences from older prose where ...
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Beginning a paragraph with Also or Furthermore

I am writing a cover letter and I would like to know if I can begin a paragraph with either Also or furthermore . Why I am asking is because someone told me starting a sentence with "Also" is frowned ...
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introducing a good and comprehensive source in structure? [closed]

I need a good and all-around book in the field of structure of English language. Needless to say, I have read books such as ESS or English sentence structure, and some other books. Can anyone provided ...
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“If you or somebody you know” vs “If somebody you know or you”

The following sentence makes sense: If you or somebody you know is an experienced such-and-such, please contact us. However, reversing the subjects (and choosing "are" based on the proximity rule) ...
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Which is easily understandable?

[missing words here]would be utilized in the best possible way to achieve the goals of your organization, while at the same time continuing to develop and gain experience. [missing words here]would ...
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''We average 8 hours’ work a day.'' Is this a correct sentence? [closed]

"We average 8 hours’ work a day." Is this sentence correct? This is just a sentence written from my friend and I'd like to know the usage and form of the word, "average") Please give me some ...
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Who is one God and the one Mediator? [closed]

This is a passage from a book of the Bible: 1 Timothy Chapter 2 1 Exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; ...
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Is it alright to list more than three things in a sentence?

My teacher says when I have to give examples or list things, I can only give three, which is A, B, and C. But what if I've to list quite a number of things like minerals that is present in...the ...
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'How comes it' or 'How come is it'?

I was reading this paper and I came across this sentence, which I found quite odd. In the words of Bertrand Russell, the problem is this: “How comes it that human beings, whose contacts with the ...
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Which is correct: kind or kinds? [closed]

The shopkeeper had hardly any of those kind/kinds of goods.
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Am I using “suggest that” correctly?

I am writing to my manager. I want to suggest making a new service to her. I have problem with this sentence: Can you suggest to them that [Company Name] develops the Italian version of the ...
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“Not only one of the most talented actors of our age but kind.” — what does 'kind' mean here?

I was searching for information about the original novel "House of Cards" and from following site, in the middile of the page, there's sentence which compliment Kevin Spicey as shown ...
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How to rewrite the following sentence? [closed]

"She is exhausted today because she did not get any sleep last night." And the given word is "Had___________________________________" I don't know how to rewrite the sentence.
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Error in sentence - Incoherent relative clause?

Law may well contain within its arsenal of argument and decisionmaking the resources it needs to adapt to a changing world, but insofar as that is the case, it is even less likely that the ...
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“This video shows a heart transplant take place” or “taking place”?

Which is the correct version of this sentence: "This video shows a heart transplant take place" or "taking place"? I have a hunch that both are correct, but for the life of me I can't recall in ...
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Concise form of “remove from the list” and “add to the list” in the same sentence [duplicate]

I a technical correspondence, I wanted to express the fact that there are two outcomes of "onclick" event: Also, "onclick" event removes the group in question from the list "excluded_groups" or ...
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What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?

New York Times (July 3) carries an article written by its Op-Ed columnist, Paul Krugman under the title, “Build We Won’t.” in which the author claims; “In prosperous times, public spending on ...
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Interpretation of a message

Please help resolve a disputed text message and its meaning. The question is whether the sender of the message stated that he had left the garage door open when leaving the house. I ve left the ...
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Structure - Would that … were true [duplicate]

The introduction of ‘smart’ ID cards, the use of biometrics, and electronic road pricing represent major developments in methods of surveillance. Only the malevolent could legitimately object ...
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How are these two sentences connected?

I have a doubt about this sentence: They stood in the streetlight through the kitchen window there’d never been much point putting curtains over The sentence is taken from a book, so it should ...
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Can “yell 'word' for passcode” be considered a wordplay? [closed]

Consider the following sentence: Yell "word" for passcode. Obviously it instructs one to yell "word" in order to get a passcode. To me it looks like the sentence could be read as a wordplay ...
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I do not OR I not [duplicate]

In the below sentences, do is not present. My doctor insists that I (do) not eat donuts with chocolate sauce and hamburger patties for breakfast. It's imperative you (do) not sing when your ...
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analyze the structure of a long sentence [closed]

Thus, a highly-accurate automatic fall detection system is likely to be a significant part of the living environment for the elderly to expedite and improve the medical care provided while ...
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Using “and” with names that have “and” in them

I taught him Microprocessor and Interfacing and Professional Ethics. Here Microprocessor and Interfacing is the first subject, and Professional Ethics is the second. The same professor taught me ...