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Is this sentence correctly constructed for the meaning one is trying to convey?

Here is the sentence: Techi's brother Data is Painting Dye's husband, Time Line's best friend. The sentence before that establishes that Time Line is Painting Dye's husband. The meaning trying ...
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Why “What if I told you…” and not “What if I tell you…”?

Exactly in which category of grammar does this type of sentence fall? What if I told you … Why don't we use tell instead of told, as it sounds this event has happened in past. Can anyone explain ...
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Would it be acceptable to ask “How you are?” [closed]

The question doesn't sound correct but I'm not sure if it could be used.
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Eliminated out at this cut off [closed]

Can we write: " Something is already eliminated out at this cut-off."
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He died [as?] a broken man

He died a broken man. One of my students came across this sentence in an article, and a quick search for "he died a * man" yields a plethora of similar ones. I'm fairly certain this sentence is ...
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Usage of whenever is so

Can I write it like this : The output is black whenever the input is so. Or is it enough to say The output is black whenever the input is.
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Awkward sentence [closed]

I am trying to improve this sentence. It sounds awkward to me, How can I rephrase it so it seems better and is more lucid? Which variation is the best? The biggest thing that I have improved in ...
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Is “if you're not familiar with X, it is…” or “if you're not aware, X is…” correct English?

More and more often I read sentences such as the following: If you're not familiar with Miami's “Golden Era”, this film captures it brilliantly. If you're not aware of the basics, two teams of five ...
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He had not understood vs He did not understand [closed]

I'm a native Portuguese speaker and some time ago I heard someone say that it is grammatically wrong, in despite of everyday speaking, to construct sentences like "He had not understood" or "She does ...
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One Step To Backward - Should I Use “To”? Or Avoid it? [closed]

One Step To Backward - Should I Use "To"? Or Avoid it? One Step To Backward. One Step Backward.
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Sentence analysis for “Who would it benefit you to know, or what type of person would it benefit you to know to grow your business”

On a rather big (and I guess copy-edited) blog by Chris Brogan, I read this: Who would it benefit you to know, or what type of person would it benefit you to know to grow your business. And I ...
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Is there a program that will parse sentence syntax?

I am building an online course and want to add a function that can check spelling, grammar and syntax. I've found a few that claim to spot the first 2 but they are not very good. I typed in "That is ...
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Is correct this expression “ The exercise consist of making something”? [closed]

I posted the following sentence in a blog and the majority of people could not understand it. The exercise consist of making the buffer A dynamic so that the application is able to read and ...
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Is there supposed to be a comma when the word “had” is used 4 times in a row?

There's a particular sentence which I've been pondering over: All the faith he had had had had no effect on the outcome of his life. Some people seem to think there's supposed to be a comma ...
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“Life is where my heart is” - Has “where” been used at the right place here? [closed]

Here is the sentence - "Life is where my heart is." Has "where" been used at the right place?
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Omission of verbs

This following sentence is puzzling me. Neither can I understand the meaning, nor can I reason the grammatical soundness of the sentence. Some symbols acquire a multitude of meanings, some widely ...
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Multiple Ands but might still be correct? [duplicate]

I just wrote an interesting sentence and I'm on the fence on if it seems proper. I left it as a comment over on StackOverflow so the content may not mean much to you, but the structure interests me: ...
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What is the second “to” in “to take this opportunity to foreground poetry”?

That’s why it’s particularly appropriate for us to take this opportunity to foreground poetry as an aural experience. — Source Is this "to" the same as "something to say?" P.S.: Isn't ...
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When to use (“ ” , : ; ' ! . ) in sentence. What is exactly significance? [closed]

Kindly enlighten on query to understand following terms. I will be really thankful.
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How can this sentence be correct?

I read the following sentence in a book and could not in any way justify the correctness of the sentence. Please help: Most states impose limitations on the authority of the legislature to borrow ...
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Can you begin a sentence with an emotion?

Is it incorrect to begin a sentence with an emotion? For example: "Afraid and alone, he no longer wished to continue on." I'm translating some work from a foreign language into English, but I ...
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Independent and Collaborative

I am trying to formulate the following sentence: The general framework is composed of two independent and collaborative modules What I mean is that the two modules work independently but their ...
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Inexplicable 'it'

I have myself used and been OK with it in sentences like: What is it that you're doing? What is it that it means? But now I can't quite understand why it is necessary here. Also a ...
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Is this redundant pronoun use “grammatical”? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically valid or not? People who achieve they do this with perseverance. One of the two answers to the earlier question Unnecessary pronouns: “The President he issued…” ...
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Proper term for “ending punctuation”?

Proper English sentences can end with various types of punctuation characters: periods ("."), question-marks ("?"), exclamations ("!"), etc. Is there a proper terminology for these kinds of ...
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“… nor X either” and “… or X either”

My question is: are the following sentences acceptable in English? "I have never had a car, nor a bicycle either" "I have never had a car, or a bicycle either" I am not asking what the best ...
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uncommon use of “as well as” compounding two verbs onto one subject

I've got a pretty strong intuition for what's grammatically correct and what's not. My hunch here is that the following sentence is wrong. Can someone verify this for me, using a syntactical rule to ...
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Do we have to use any article before job title?

If I have to introduce myself within the organization where I am working what is the correct sentence: I am Senior IT Engineer Or I am a Senior IT Engineer? Also what is the general rule to ...
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Negating ‘to’-infinitive in negative clause

The sentence: There aren't any reasons to do it. I'd like to say other form of this phrase with opposite meaning. Something like this: There aren't any reasons to don't do it. How to say this form ...
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“easy to seal tight” or “easy to tighly seal”?

I am talking about valves, and there is this specific valve which is cheap (not expensive), compact (not too big), easy to maintain (the valve is easy to clean and rarely ever needs to be repaired) ...
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Commas in a complex sentence

Modern English words, then, concerning more complex and theoretical, rather than utilitarian, ideas (astronomy, poetry and epistemology) can generally be found to be of Romance origin, whereas more ...
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Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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“Do you still want me to do X” vs. “do you still want that I do X”

Which is correct? Do you still want me to do the project for you? Do you still want that I do the project for you?
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The type of expression that makes transitive verb to look like an intransitive verb: How common is it? Should I use it in formal writing? [closed]

The sentence structure Subject has got noun to verb. basically places a noun behind a verb with the help of the infinitive marker to, and it makes the transitive verb looks as if it is an ...
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sentence structure

I was reading a grammar book where the author said " what happened? " as a complete meaningful sentence. I am not clear how can it be a complete sentence? Can someone explain me the logic behind it? I ...
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My ear is open Or, My ears are open - Which one? [closed]

My ear is open to listen you.. Or, My ears are open to listen you.. Which one is right?
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When to use “respectively”? [duplicate]

I have been wondering what it means when people use "respectively" in, before, and after sentences. For example: We are looking for a babysitter to pick up and supervise our kids ages 6 and 3, ...
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Young and inexperienced, I thought the task (seemed) easy

this one is from "The Element of Style." Young and inexperienced, I thought the task easy. I think it should be "young and inexperienced, I thought the task seemed easy." What are your thoughts?
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Prepositions after objects [duplicate]

I live in the house next to/close to the cinema. I live in the house that is next to/close to the cinema. I go to the school in front of/behind my house. I go to the school that ...
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What's the grammatical structure for “there is nothing a guy can do that even comes close”?

I got a sentence when watching a dialogue: There is nothing a guy can do that even comes close. In my opinion, "nothing" has an attributive clause: "a guy can do"; and in this atributive clause, ...
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Compare 2 factors among others

I am trying to polish the following sentences: The analysis time of an image depends on many factors. The size of an image is not as primary as its nature, because... The context is: There are ...
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Which sentences is better? [closed]

I have a question. Which sentence is better? I have sent electronic copies of all my documents to your University. I am sending electronic copies of all my documents to your University. Could you ...
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How to end a question with 2 objects and 2 prepositions

1) a) What did you want to talk to me about? b) What did you want to talk about to me? 2) a) Who do you want to talk to about this problem? b) Who do you want to talk about this problem to? I saw ...
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“What / who do think…” structure

Here's a list of examples I've seen: What do you think happened? Who do you think has killed him? Who do you think he killed? How does this structure what/who do you think... ...
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Thesis help! This sentence is really bothering me. Please explain why I feel bothered [closed]

This sentence is really bothering me. Does this look right to anyone? If not, can someone write why? Thanks. Only to the extent that John and Jane are willing to let go of the pretense and show ...
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Can you not: Complete Sentence or Elliptical Formation?

I recently heard a sentence: "Wow, can you not?" A friend stated that it was missing a verb. I said that Can worked as the verb in that sentence, and then he responded that Can could be used as a Main ...
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Structure of persuasive and explanatory sentences [closed]

I recently attended a workshop on academic writing. The workshop organiser advised that persuasive sentences should present the conclusion followed by evidence. In contrast, sentences that provide an ...
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“Its color is brown” vs “It is brown in color” describing nouns

I was wondering what the difference between these two similar ways of describing a noun is. Its color is brown. or It is brown in color. If they are both proper usage please explain to me ...
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How to say that a problem has occurred previously in passive voice

I want to say this in a passive voice: People must have had this problem in the past. The sentence starts with something like "This problem must ...". How do I say it?
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Usage of 'AD' era designation

Considering the sentence: AD 1453, the city of Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman empire. Is this a complete sentence? From what I understand of the situation: The era designator ...