Questions about the structure of sentences

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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 to ...
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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 1:...
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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 upvoted/...
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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 ...
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do anything vs do something

Which is correct? Please let us know if we need to do anything about it. or Please let us know if we need to do something about it.
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adverb phrases modifying each other

Here comes a very stupid question. I always wondered what type of grammatical phenomenon allows adverb phrases to be placed right next to each other repeatedly. So something like this. I ate a ...
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Does 'their' point to the people or the officials in this sentence

Can someone clarify whether this sentence is talking of the people's morals or the officials morals? What is the terminology that explains it e.g. Clause/conjunction etc. I don't yet know the keywords ...
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Bluer than that of [X] or …than [X's]

Are both of these sentence correct? If so which is preferable or most clear? Thank you. (1)The color of Lake Superior is bluer than that of Lake Huron. Or (2)The color of Lake Superior is bluer than ...
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What type of sentence is a list of dependent clauses

I'm trying to classify the following sentence as compound, complex or compound-complex: These are: a book with drawings, a man holding a picture and a statue. I think it's a complex sentence, ...
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“Of” used to used for saying which specific thing belonging to a more general type you are referring to

"Of" can be used to describe the relationship between two close things, one thing being kind of an explanatory element. And gerund is frequently used. For example: The idea of getting into the ...
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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 find ...
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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.