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What does this “and where possible localize” clause mean?

The intent is that an implementation should identify the nature of, and where possible localize, each violation. This sentense is found in N1570, the latest draft of C11, which I cannot afford.
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It extraposition

It is she that I am talking about. It is the extraposition that I am interested in. It is I to whom I was referring. It was the text book with which I was struggling. I was trying to ...
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What does this “to what” clause mean?

"Correctly rounded result is representation in the result format that is nearst in value, subject to the current rounding mode, to what the result would be given unlimited range and precision." What ...
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“They survived the journey” is journey a direct object?

In the sentence: "There was no guarantee that the travelers would survive the journey." Would "the journey" be considered a direct object, or what would it be? In this sentence nothing seems ...
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Reply for Look forward to seeing you tomorrow [duplicate]

I would like to reply to a statement Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Can I write I look forward too to see you tomorrow? OR I look forward to see you tomorrow too/as well? I would ...
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What does “Relates with understanding to manifestations of turbulent emotions in others” mean?

I'm trying to translate sociotypes' description, and I saw this sentence and couldn't understand clearly what does it mean.. this is as it came: " CHARACTER: This individual is very interested in ...
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What is the correct form of this sentence?

This sentence sounds funny to me: To finish this task it is imperative that all effects are considered in the used step-by-step plan. While the same sentence, with the last verb in a different ...
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Should I keep the ellipsis in this sentence?

I was wondering if I am using the ellipsis properly in this sentence. If not, what punctuation should I be using in place of the ellipsis? "This trick proved to be difficult at times because, as ...
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Correct Usage of Nigh in a sentence

Currently, I am trying to come up with a poetic title involving Nigh, Night, Ghost and Quiet. However, I have struggled to figure out correctly where I can place Nigh in a sentence and be ...
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Usage of But in “Never a trouble but brought profit to somebody.”

I read the following in a book (A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan): Refugees filled the city, and merchants and traders of every sort. Never a trouble but brought profit to somebody. What does ...
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“hope…to win the approval” - help identify parts of speech

I'm confused by this sentence: "Lakesha hopes to win the approval of her mother by switching her major from fine arts to med." I think that in this case hope is intransitive, and I think the ...
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They also serve who only stand and wait. What is the function of “who only…wait”?

Is the part "who only ...wait" a noun clause acting as direct object? I am confused because the verb "serve" is shown to be an intransitive verb in the book in this particular example.
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“I am extremely smarter than you.”

Is "I am extremely smarter than you." a grammatically OK sentence? It sounds awkward, but is there a grammatical issue? Please note that I am not asking if it could sound better, nor am I asking for ...
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would and will & mastering spoken English [closed]

I have tried understanding the above umpteen times but yet unable to use it in the right place. I have been reading but find myself to be stuck in midst of conversation.
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“mail we have sent you” or “mail we have sent to you”- which one is correct? [duplicate]

"the code that you sent us" or "the code that you sent to us": which one is correct? "mail we have sent you" or "mail we have sent to you"- which one is correct?
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Can an infinitive phrase itself be used as a proper sentence?

I found 1a on a Jr. High EFL listening test. Is the punctuation here in 1a acceptable in this context? 1a) There are many things I have to do on Saturday. To clean my room and to water my garden. ...
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APA: Paper in past tense but is/was verb confusion for alive author

I want to state, "One advocate for the issues based teaching style is/was Brian Schultz." He is alive, but my paper is in past tense. What do I do?
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One subject + two different verb with neither nor structure

I am confused about which one of the following sentences correct are.Is there any other way to say them using this structure also? 1.I can neither drink nor eat now. 2.I can neither drink nor ...
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“well” modifying an another adverb

Could you please give me a sentence where well (meaning good) modifies another adverb? Centrifugal force is a well-known principle of physics. (well modifying an adjective) She drives well. ...
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Did I use “That is” correctly?

How would I go about using "That is" in the sentence(s) below? "Everyone in the town was poor. That is, except for one man." Should I use a hyphen/comma/semi-colon (or something else) in between ...
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What does “Chances are” mean?

I often see the expression "chances are" used in English. For example: Chances are that the hammer will break. I think it is probably a contraction, but a contraction from what? What the ...
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The difference between “given that” and “provided that” (CAE book reference)

I don't understand the difference between "given that" and "provided that". The tour wasn't as pleasant as we thought it would be, given that the coach broke down on the way. [Source: CAE ...
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It was too tempting a chance to resist

One day, I came across this sentence: This chance was too tempting a chance to resist. Even though this sounded perfectly natural to me, as I tried to get the full meaning out of it, I ...
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John's is a world of misery

Is it acceptable to say "John's is a world of misery" instead of for example, "John's world is one of misery", or "John's world is miserable?"
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Is there any part omitted in the following sentence? [duplicate]

The sentence is: "Despite its ability to hijack your senses and immerse you in hyper-realism, the real power of VR may lie in its ability to foster quiet intimacy so realistic it’s unsettling." I'm ...
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Is it okay to use the Present Perfect tense twice in the same sentence? [duplicate]

I wonder if it is grammatically fine to use two have/has been in the same sentence? Example: After you have been informed that your paper has been accepted…
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Can “it wasn't” be replaced with “not” in most situations?

Examples: It wasn't that we didn't care about the dog. Not that we didn't case about the dog. If it wasn't for the help she got from her church, she'd probably be on the streets. ...
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What is wrong with this sentence? Am I using too many commas? [closed]

As your personal trainer, it is my mission to work with you to achieve your fitness goals, in a fun, and challenging environment, designed to get you the body you want and deserve. Does this ...
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is it appropriate to use “yet” [closed]

For background, here is the story (just example, not real): I applied for a job but they wanted a person who don't smoke. In my resume I wrote as I don't smoke. They invited me for interview. 1 hour ...
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Is the verb “sleep” transitive or intransitive? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Is the verb "sleep" transitive or intransitive? Thanks. "Babies sleep eighteen hours."
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Sentence improvement [duplicate]

The given sentence is- 'As no one knows the truth as fully as him, no one but him can provide the testimony.' As far as the highlighted part is concerned, I improved it as- 'As no one knows the ...
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“X was the year I …” vs “In X, I …”

Example: 1999 was the year I devoted myself fully to marine biology. In 1999, I devoted myself fully to marine biology. Is there any difference between the two sentences? Do they have a ...
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Can you say “two groups of people stared at each other”?

Is it grammatically correct to say that "two groups of people stared at each other" since, by itself, a group can't do anything? It's the people within the groups that do the staring, not the groups ...
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I have an A one, but I don't have a B or (a) C one(s)

Let's say: I have a Facebook account, but I don't have a Twitter or Instagram one. I'm doubting about: I have a Facebook account, but I don't have a Twitter or (an) Instagram one(s). Is it ...
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Comparative adjectives

I have a question concerning use of more in comparative sentences when used with adjectives. I was more furious about my cat's death than you thought I would be. Usually, or always, when more ...
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What does “do” mean in “They really do exist”? [duplicate]

I was watching an animation last night then I heard a sentence which was strange for me. One of the characters sayed this sentence "They really do exist" He sayed it because he saw a creature ...
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Difficulty constructing a sentence that reflect the interview process and targets entry levels [closed]

English is not my first language, and I do struggle here and there. I would like to come up with a sentence that would reflect the followings: Reduce your technical interviews in half. That is for ...
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The “to be” part in a “It seems ____” phrase

Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase? The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his ...
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“The extension of the voting franchise that began in England in 1832 with the Great Reform Bill…”

I cannot understand the first sentence in the following passage. Its structure and meaning contrasts with the rest of the writing. Firstly, why is the word initiated being used after the Great ...
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Is Plop! a sentence? [closed]

Is the word plop in this example a sentence of its own? Plop! The ripe, juicy fig fell smack into the umbrella.
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Adjective phrase for a time?

I wrote a sentence that I don't know is correct. The presence of the doctor after the incident matters to every patient. I think "after the incident" is used as an adjectival phrase. But there ...
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Participle phrase at the end of the sentence

When participle phrase comes at the end of the sentence, it usually modifies the subject. 1 He smiled nervously with a chocolate in his hands, thinking that the end has come. Here, participle ...
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How to use “while” in the middle of the sentence?

I am confused. Is using while correct in the following sentence: Most students are able to expertly manage their time while they work along with their other responsibilities. Is it correct to ...
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Europe during these years seemed to prove that such was possible [closed]

My question is as to the usage of the word such in the following passage . The order of the day was, quite simply, self- improvement, national improvement, and attainable perfection; the great ...
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What sentence part is “visitors” in “I'm not allowed visitors”?

At the moment I'm a bit baffled. What sentence part is "visitors" in "I'm not allowed visitors"? I would not call it an object or a subject complement as "to be allowed" is no linking verb. The only ...
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What is the difference between those two sentences?

1 There is a room separate from my bedroom. 2 There is a separate room from my bedroom. Is there a difference in meaning between those two sentences? Or are they the same?
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too [adjective] a [noun]

Is there a term for this syntax? If you can say "a very good person", then why not "a too good person?" example: John is too good a person to do something like that. Why does "too good" have to ...
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Preposition phrases: “for many days in a cocoon” / “in a cocoon for many days”

Are both sentences correct, or is one of them wrong grammatically ? 1) After eating, they rest for many days in a cocoon. 2) After eating, they rest in a cocoon for many days. I can't figure out ...
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Do I have to repeat word “sound” in this sentence?

She heard a sound not from the sidewalk, but from the inside of the house. In this sentence, is the comma needed? And also: She did not hear the sound from the sidewalk, but a sound from ...
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sentence with two meanings… how can I make it have only one meaning?

Prosecutors have filed charges against a man who was shot when he allegedly tried to rob an Independence homeowner in the middle of the night. It seems, to me, to be having two meanings. ...