Questions about the structure of sentences

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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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Confusing sentence, which is which?

Very difficult sentence structure. The bold part is very confusing. Although these molecules allow radiation wavelength, where most of the energy of sunlight is concentrated, to pass through, ...
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Be it… or grammar

Can anyone please describe the use of "be it or " grammar, I have checked internet but couldn't find anything that me help. with regards
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Meaning of “all shelves about me towards the worse”?

"Here am I now upon my high place," he said to himself. "Life may be no better; this is the mountain top; and all shelves about me towards the worse. For the first time I will light up the ...
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Difficult sentence strucure [closed]

His thesis works relatively well when applied to discrimination against blacks in the US, but his definition of racial prejudice as "racially-based negative prejudgements against a group generally ...
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Can someone help me to understand this difficult sentence structure?

Please help me to understand the following. I have difficulty with the passage that appears between the two dashes. Gutman argues convincingly that the stability of the Black family encouraged ...
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Which of the following is correct?

I've been asked to correct this sentence: Have you ever felt discouraged by many corrections on (insert website name)? For context, this is in relation to a website where you post your writing ...
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'Nonprobabilistic Sampling' versus 'Nonprobability Sampling'

I'm writing a research paper, and I need to translate it to English. I hired a translator and I'm not sure that the following sentence has the right structure: Interventions: It was performed ...
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“The problem is that…”. Good or bad English?

I wrote a technical article in which I used (probably overused) constructions of the form "The main point is that...", "The problem is that...". As I am a native Italian speaker, these sentences have ...
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How is the rule with the ending comma in sequences in a sentence? [duplicate]

Saying an English sentence with a listing or sequence of several terms, there will always be a comma in between each term and it will end with an "and" before the last term. My question is, should ...
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“The app can be run using the following link” - how to phrase it naturally?

I write a user manual in English (for the first time) and I struggle with certain phrases. There is a web application so naturally users needs to type in the address in order to access it. I am not ...
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What does “What Mary said!” mean?

Here is the situation: A: We love ourselves even after we make so many mistakes, so why do we hate others for one or two mistakes they've made? (sad emotion) Mary: everyone makes mistakes but what ...
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Use 'conform' verbally in a sentence taking a direct object

Give me an example of a sentence using the verb 'conform' + direct object. I'm aware that this is usually used in a prepositional phrase however I'm wondering how it might be used without it. So give ...
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There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, … what will be left of you?

There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, but if you fix everything, what will be left of you? Are there any mistakes in that sentence? It doesn't seem that bad, but I don't know if ...
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Where is the right place for the adverb 'well' in a sentence?

I want to write: "I understand something." But I want add emphasis by including the adverb "well". Which is the right place for it? I well understand something. I understand well something. I ...
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Appositive OK in loose construction / as postmodifier?

I'm wondering about this kind of sentence: The girl would regularly steamroll the boys, the diva of her class. The typical rule for appositives is that because they are adjectival they ...
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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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It was done / It had been done yesterday

Which one is correct and why? It was done yesterday. or It had been done yesterday.
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Why does moving the adverb to the front remove ambiguity?

Take the sentence Students who study physics rigorously learn math. As it stands, 'rigorously' can modify either 'study' or 'learn'. But if we move the adverb to the front to get Rigorously, ...
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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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What's the difference between these two sentences?

Health facilities reported 1000 people killed and 3000 wounded since March 19. Health facilities reported that 1000 people were killed and 3000 were wounded since March 19. Isn't 'killed' ...
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‘Who/whom’ vs. ‘he/him’: how to figure out which to use

The accepted (and highly upvoted) answer to the question in the question What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly? states that the easiest way to find out whether to use who or whom is to ...
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“jotted down” or “written down”

How can I put forward a formal notification which implies the following "We have incorporated all the suggestions written down in the Tracker by our onsite coordinator" ? Here to me "written down" ...
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Position of Adverbs in Negative Sentences [closed]

How am I supposed to write the sentences below in the negative form? Example A: A.1) Lila is certainly not going to be very happy about it or A.2) Lila isn't certainly going to be very ...
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Can “obviously” be used in a sentence which is related to past event? [closed]

Let's say there would be a sentence like this: I obviously still don't speak Danish and therefore I am having a hard time living here. Is it correct if you consider that, in the past, I had a ...
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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“That” – Which of the following sentences uses correct English grammar? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences uses correct English grammar? Don't make me play games I don't want to play. Don't make me play games that I don't want to play.
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Multiple preposition in a sentence [duplicate]

I would like to use both insert and remove in the same sentence. However, I would like to know how I will use the prepositions because the verbs have different prepositions into/from. There are some ...
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Would I say “I can sometimes…” or “I sometimes can…”

I'm just curious. I like to think that I am decent with grammar, but this has me puzzled. Which is the correct way to arrange my sentence? "I can sometimes..." or "I sometimes can..." Thank you
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Is there an object in this sentence?

You need to practise your proofreading. In this sentence, "you" is the subject and "need" is the verb. But is there an object? At the moment I am guessing that there isn't and that to practise ...
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Can anyone explain the type of structure and meaning of this Rousseau quote?

Please explain this type of sentence structure and meaning of the following: By what inconceivable art has a means been found of making men free by making them subject; of using in the service of ...
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What is difference between GOT TO and HAVE TO [closed]

I was searching today on this topic. i found some posts on web according to them 1) I got to go now. 2) I have to go now. these two sentences are same but i wanna confirm that are they ...
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How should I convey my Best wishes [closed]

My aunt is going to USA as her husband got a job there. So I want to convey my best wishes to her. But I am confused in sentence formation. So what should I say to her?
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Length of English sentences in comparison to German ones

Today I've heard that when writing an English text, I should try not to use too long sentences. Not because they are easier to write without grammatical mistakes, but because it'd be typical for the ...
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What does the sentence mean about the recruiter and the developer?

Here's a paragraph gives some advice for programmers looking for a job: Avoid recruiters at this stage in your career. Sorry to say, but the good recruiters don’t care about novice programmers. ...
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Which did X and which was Y

"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants" I didn't put the second which in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone enlighten?
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“who are”instead of “as”?

I am plagued by a sentence from journal Nature. Though understanding the meaning it conveyed, certainly I could not write in that way. Here is the sentence. Focusing evaluation on such inflexible ...
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“All you need is a good pair of glasses”: What is the subject, and why? [closed]

What is the subject in the following sentence? And why? All you need is a good pair of glasses. is the subject All you need OR a good pair of glasses? If it's 'ALL', then, in a different ...
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Interrogative sentence structure!

Are the following sentences correct? i) Does not he go to school? ii) Does not the sun give us light? I wanna know all about the correct patterns and also provide multiple answers if ...
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<Subject> were <clarification> is this correct?

Is it correct to use 'were' to clarify usage in the following sentence: "Model A is a combination of model B and C were model B is used for (..)" to clarify "were" model B is used for in the ...
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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What may a “complete sentence” contain? [closed]

What may a "complete sentence contain"? May it contain a "subject" and a "verb"? May it contain an "object" and/or a "subject"? I thank you.
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What is the best way of writing this sentence?

I want to say We know that Einstein gravity as it is, is not renormalizable in D=4. in the beginning of a new section of my text. However, I am unsure about the repeated "is" verbs. Since I will ...
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Which of these sentences is correct, or are they both?

Me and my sister are arguing over an English assignment. Can somebody say which of the following sentences is correct or if they both are? This has been proven obvious at the Colorado Center for ...
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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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Possessive Pronouns Doubt [closed]

Possessive case pronouns have a s without an apostrophe; so is this correct "It's hers watch". If not why and also in which sentences can " hers" be used.
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Is “He has/owns many businesses” correct? [closed]

Business is an uncountable noun,so shouldn't much be used in place of many? Is this correct or not "He has/owns many businesses"?
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Double perhaps/or perhaps in the same sentence

I'm getting tripped up by the rules on when to use a comma for perhaps in a sentence like this: Perhaps you have..., or perhaps(,) you know of ... I understand that the general rule for starting ...
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Can I use “for” and “of” to reference a single noun?

I did read they were interchangeable, "for" and "of". But what about using them with words that typically use one or the other? -- to instill respect for and knowledge of our policies vs. to ...