Questions about the structure of sentences

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“Took off” or “taken off”? [closed]

My boss was talking to me. How could I have just taken off? My boss was talking to me. How could I have just took off?" Which one is correct. (or are they both wrong?)
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Does “but I digress” normally get used before or after going off-topic?

So i have the following "you've never pissed off a Miko before have you? they can forcefully bind a Geis to you if you do not comply to the laws they set for their shrine and that Miko really ...
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In the adjective+preposition collocation, can any other word occur in between them?

I am hungry for breakfast is an example of such collocation while I have lived by the bay area isn't because it has a slightly different grammatical pattern. My question is whether there ...
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“I have been there first time”: Does this sentence sound awkward?

I have been there first time. The reason why I think this might not be natural is that the expression "first time" seems to describe "past". You do not use the present perfect with an adverb ...
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“the school was set in a little pray house with hardly any walls/without any walls…”

"the school was set in a little pray house built with bamboo and straw with hardly any walls". Is it grammatically correct? Since I don't know that "with hardly any walls" modifies "the school" ...
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Obscure sentence

I'd like to know if the following sentence is grammatically correct: Deep perineal pouch is related above to perineal membrane. I'd like to know what is the correct meaning the sentence implies ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase “Signal Advance?”

I posted this question, “Signal Advance”: Unsure of meaning or contextual use, on Biology SE, as the phrase was used in a biology text that I am reading, Recombinant DNA; Genes and Genomes - A Short ...
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Alternates for “If quoted the words of …”

Today, I have been doing an 'as-it-is' translation of a non-English text. I have asked the same question before but I think that then I was unable to provide a context for my question to the ...
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Is the second “as if” correct?

The effect of the sensory images is that it renders the pizza in a way that makes it sound like it bends the laws of nature, as if it is something so revolutionary that one needs to experience ...
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What is implied by the bold sentences? [closed]

Malfoy : “But this is servant stuff, it’s not for students to do. I thought we’d be copying lines or something, if my father knew I was doing this, he’d —” Hagrid : “— tell yer that’s how ...
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How are 'them' and 'werewolves' placed together?

Should’ve thought of them werewolves before you got in trouble, shouldn’t you? This is a sentence from Harry Potter I. Would it not be appropriate to omit them from the sentence?
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Is there anything wrong with the usage of “the more exciting” this sentence?

Nearly all of the editors of the magazine agree that of the two articles to be published, Fujimura's is the more exciting. Shouldn't it be "the more exciting one"?
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Problem with comma usage [closed]

Are the uses of commas correct? Or should I use semicolon instead. I don't think this sentence is grammatically correct, esp. the part in bold. The term Holon is the combination of Greek word ...
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When constructing a hypothetical sentence, do I have to keep all the tenses in the past?

If I bought that book, it would be so I had something to give to you on your birthday. Now, as far as i know, in hypothetical sentences, you have to backshift all tenses one step to the past. So: ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence? [closed]

How can I rephrase this sentence? Waitlist Me can add the name, phone number and status of customers to indicate with different colors whether the guests are with groups or VIP, ready to be ...
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What's the syntactic function of 'playing together' in: “ They spent the day playing together”

My attempt to analyse this sentence: sbj: They vrb: spent obj: the day What is the function of the participle phrase "playing together"?
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Prepositions in stative verbs in passive structures

I wonder how it can be possible for a 'stative verb', that is not intransitive, to be used in a 'passive structure'. I know there are a lot of passive sentences containing stative verbs. The ...
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Do passive sentences have objects?

I was answering a question on ELL and I came across a question of my own, namely whether there are objects in passive sentences. In this case the sentence was, Bobby was ran [sic] over by Billy's ...
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“Parallel Structure” in Sentences

Regarding sentences, are there rules that govern what gets called "parallel structure", or is it simply a descriptive term?
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Tense problems : present tense or past tense?

Tense problems. Can anyone help me with the following in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11: Qudditch, page 135: (1) That's where he was going when we saw him (2) he's ...
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Ending a sentence with “does” after verb

I found confusing the following type of sentence: Both work out quite well but the dwarf tends to have a bit more vitality than the elf does. Why do we use does at the end of the sentence to ...
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What is the proper structure for the sentence “Whose dog does this ball belong to?” [duplicate]

As I understand, keeping prepositions from the end of a sentence is a cardinal rule with no exceptions. However, "To whose dog does this ball belong?" does not seem correct to me at all. How should ...
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as little as 1 day as an adjective object phrase of a preposition

You can get your money back in as little as 1 day! It is a sentence I heard from an advertisement. Sadly, I cannot tell if this is what the advertisement said, for I did not pay much attention ...
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Must the verb of a sentence always agree with the subject in number and in person?

Which of the below sentences has the proper syntax: a) Would a meeting this coming Thursday – say at 1:00 p.m. – correspond with your schedule? or b) Would a meeting this coming Thursday – say at ...
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Grammatical structure of the given sentence

I was reading Harry Potter I. I stumbled over a sentence, written there, whose overall meaning was clear to me but grammatical structure was not clear at all. Here is the sentence: "Mr. Dursley ...
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Is a sentence that is basically made of two sentences that only share an introductory element a run-on?

For example, "In the past, ten out of every fifty people died from natural causes and twenty out of every fifty people died from violence.
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Apostrophe 's' at the end of an adjective?

Hypothetically, I want to buy several things and they're all broken except for one of them which is too expensive. Are any of the following sentences that describe this scenario, grammatically sound? ...
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Simple present and present continuous in the same phrase

''I hunger for sand! I yearn for a desert, pining for a draught...'' Is this sentence (the second, that is) from above grammatically right? I mean, can I use the two present tenses, simple and ...
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Is this sentence grammatically correct?

I would like to write a general sentence followed by a colon and three coordinate sentences in detail separated by commas. For example: I had a bad day: my phone was stolen, my leg was broken, and ...
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Implicit sentence target

Is the following correct English? The next train is the Stratford? I like the construction of this sentence because it avoids repeating the word "train", but I am unsure if it is a valid ...
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How to say this sentence correctly

Sentence: Therefore the topology A inherits from the box topology is strictly finer than the topology A inherits from the product topology. Question: I don't know how to omit the second part of the ...
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Is this an independent clause? “I didn't just win.”

"I didn't just win." Is this an independent clause that can be followed by a semi-colon then another independent clause or should it be followed by a comma and an independent clause? For example can ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass. My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't ...
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Some substitutions are more general than others (are). Which is better?

"Some substitutions are more general than others". or "Some substitutions are more general than others are". I am aware of the concept of using the verbs "to do" and "to be" at the end of a phrase ...
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“With whom I'm especially interested to work”

I wonder what's the correct phrasing for the following sentence: My thesis is a response to Michael's (with whom I'm especially interested to work) argument. My thesis is a response to Michael's ...
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It is correct to put 'But' before 'Despite of'?

I want to write: But despite of this....... Is putting two conjunctions together not necessary? Or would it be fine to have them both together right up close next to each other.
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Can I say “how many ones” to ask about quantity?

I feel like I have heard/read it in somewhere but I don't remember where. It is something like "how many ones were at the party last night?" or "how many ones are in the box?". Do you think it makes ...
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Is the subject “there” flawed?

This is a follow-up question to this one and I understand the difference between "there" and "here". I understand "there" functions differently from the adverb "here", but it leads to another ...
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“I gave it a lot of thought” vs. “I thought about it a lot”

I've heard the following expression often and I have a few questions. . I gave it a lot of thought. What is "it"? Is it dummy or something you are referring to? Does it sound differnt from "I ...
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SAT Grammar Question - Comparisons [closed]

I have a question on comparisons. I said no error first, and that was wrong. I don't see an error with B or D or A. Is it C "being"? Should it be switched to be?
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How to say my curiosity regarding why ABC has not been done has led me to study XYZ

Is there a better way to say the following? My curiosity regarding why one of the world's largest democracies has not been able to resolve these issues has led me to study economics.
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How should I inteprete the following sentence structure?

Discussion of the assimilation of Puerto Ricans in the United States has focused on two different factors: social standing and the loss of national culture, depending on whether the commentator is ...
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Another way to say “I didn't see you”?

Is there a way to imply I didn't see a person earlier using "saw" instead of "see" or "seen"? edit: I'd go with I never saw you as suggested by Rathony in the comments. I would've ...
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“But from” or “But rather from”?

Which one is more grammatically correct? But from or But rather from? I don't quite understand which one should be used. And I seriously doubt that the second one can be used at all. It didn't ...
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How can I make this sentence read better? [closed]

I'm writing a bio for my website. I have a section where I talk about why I am interested in computer programming. When I read it to myself, it sounds great (because I know where to put the pauses in ...
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Does “is” always distinguish a subject and predicate ?

"Martin thinks he is a cat" Martin is the subject and thinking he is the cat is the predicate, right ? Is there ever such a thing as a sentence with "is" more than once, but only one subject and ...
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Please suggest a better transition phrase as compared to “Coming to” [closed]

Excerpt from my essay: Coming to my industrial experience, I am currently working in... My professor's comment on my essay: I think you want to transition to industrial experience from ...
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“To live in” vs. “To live”

It is a question that follows up on the one posted today: "My hometown is a good place to live in." "My hometown is a good place to live." "Live" is usually used as an intransitive verb ...
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“X … one …” vs “the X … one …”

What's the right construction? Example: I spent the whole night listening to silence, one as deep as the bottom of the sea. I spent the whole night listening to the silence, one as deep as ...