Questions about the structure of sentences

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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. ...
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Is it “that” or “how”?

I have been thinking about a title for a post on another website that I'd made all day. At first, I had worded it like, "Reasons That [character one's name here] and [character two's name here] Are ...
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Can an infinitive be the object of a preposition?

"I found a place for Tom and Stacy to live." I first thought that the prepositional phrase "for Tom and Stacy" and the infinitive "to live" were separate phrases both modifying "place". Is it ...
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What is the struture used in this sentence “Keep your both feet flat on the floor, not pulled back under your chair”

I saw these two sentences: Keep your both feet flat on the floor, not pulled back under your chair. Do you lead a sedentary life, slumped in a chair all day? What I don't understand is ...
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What is the proper punctuation and structure to place around an action that implies dialogue?

What is the proper punctuation and structure to place around an action that implies dialogue, such as the example below? Double quotations does not seem correct, because the dialogue is unspoken. ...
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How do I fix this run-on sentence?

How would I fix the bolded sentence to not be a run-on sentence? It says what I want it to, but I would like a better structure or choice of words. While I studied at ABC Community College I ...
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Is it correct to use Do just before the verb? In which context we have to use this? [closed]

I have observed many sentences like Do watch my all episodes where do is used just before a verb. Is it correct to use do that way? In what types of sentences we can use this?
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the subject of the sub clause

Supplier shall also provide Purchaser without restriction full and accurate information regarding locations, contact names, and numbers for any known occurrences of infringement upon Supplier ...
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“of its obligations”…which phrase does it refer to? [closed]

the breach by Supplier or its associated individuals or entities of any of its obligations hereunder, 1, " of any of its obligations" in this sentence only for entities. 2," of any of its ...
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A better way to phrase this sentence, (list of comparisons), without placing unintended emphasis on the first list item?

I have the following sentence... This power of information, privacy, is the foundation of our ability to have a different relationship with our teachers than we do our friends, our partners, and our ...
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How to avoid redundancy here?

When I finally caught him, he was bleeding and was too weak to swim. The sentence seems awkward to me and I don't know how to rephrase it. I think "was" is kinda redundant but just omitting it ...
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Comma placement in this sentence? [closed]

Please explain which sentence is structured correctly and why. If none of them are correct, please correct it and, again, explain why it is correct. 1) I embarked upon a journey filled with ...
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Heavy element shift.. what if the prepositional phrase is long?

We can infer from his face that we did not do what was wanted. As above, when a noun phrase or that clause gets long, we shift those phrases or clauses around and place the prepositional phrase ...
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Using Dashes with a Possessive

If you have a possessive proper noun but want to add extra detail by using dashes, how should it be written? Example: Penny - our neighbour - has blonde hair. Would any of these options be ...
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Can you clarify the structure “impress somebody with/by something”?

I found this structure in ldoceonline.com but I am a bit confused about it. Ok, to impress somebody with/by something: to make someone feel admiration and respect about something (Source) ...
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Changing the order of that clause and prepositional phrase

I can say that the world will end with confidence. I can say with confidence that the world will end. I know that people would avoid to say the first sentence, but it is highly unlikely ...
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How to separate out a long list of verbs that then merges in with long list of objects? [duplicate]

Imagine the following example: Feminists destroy, reduce, decimate, deconstruct, defame, destabilize, and fragment the female culture, history, sexuality, identity, reality, and truth. In the ...
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Not only “do trees provide” shade and beauty, but they also reduce carbon dioxide

Is this sentence: Not only do trees provide shade and beauty, but they also reduce carbon dioxide. as same as this one? Trees not only provide shade and beauty, but also reduce carbon ...
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Is usage of “Than that of” vs “Than those of” case agnostic?

I've seen many cases of "than that of" and "than those of" switched with one another. Are they both really same and can be interchanged? Or do we follow some specific rules on where to use one of the ...
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When a question is nested within a question: two question marks?

If you have two questions, one embedded in the other, should there be a single, final question mark covering both the main question and the nested one, or one for each? Here is an example: A) ...
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Which order of words is more logical in a sentence?

We are writing an error message for a user and we have two conflicting opinions at the moment. Since we're not native English speakers/writers we may have some issues with punctuation. Here are the 2 ...
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Why can I vary the position of the noun phrase only in certain sentences?

It is possible to say this: It formed inside him an ambition to teach his students all the more. I brought the "inside him" to the front of the noun phrase "an ambition to..." since the ...
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SAT question: “pass on a trait” vs “inherit a trait”

I'm so confused about this... please help me. This is a sentence correction question from the SAT: Giraffes born with very long necks were able to stay alive when food was scarce, ...
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“noun + not + modifier”— is it only for a noun

In a country not their own, they suffered a great deal. In this sentence, I can see how it works. But we never say "in a country their own", do we? We say " in their own country." Here is how ...
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Is it okay to use “doesn’t” twice in one sentence? [closed]

I wonder if it's okay to use "doesn't" twice in one sentece. Example I think that she doesn't do something and it doesn't something... Should I split it or it's completely correct? I mean two ...
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Clauses related by two uses of “the + adjective” [duplicate]

I frequently see and hear sentences constructed like this: The closer I am to you, the closer you are to me. or The longer we do this, the greater the risk. Can these be considered ...
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question from SAT [closed]

I'm so confused about this question. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH _______ to encourage diverse populations to become socially and politically active, was created in 1996 by the merging of 2 ...
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Is it grammatical/common to remove was/were in the following case?

Above the desk, hanging on the wall, were six security monitors displaying black-and-white versions of the restaurant. Above the desk, hanging on the wall, six security monitors displayed ...
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What's the underlying grammar of the bold part of this sentence?

As of 2014, 38 percent of the world's human population has used the services of the Internet within the past year—over 100 times more people than were using it in 1995. According to what I've ...
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Word for cutting a sentence in half the rest of the meaning inferred

Is there any word for cutting off a sentence on purpose when the rest of the sentence can be inferred? I see this used sometimes when someone is talking about a grave danger. It is sometimes finished ...
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Nowdays farmers are _____________ mushrooms

Nowdays farmers are _____________ mushrooms. Options: rising grow has raised raising My approach: I am confused between these two as I am not able to differentiate after looking at their ...
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Is there a sentence structure that allows for things like “people looks”?

Over on meta.stackoverflow.com, a question was raised regarding the syntax of this sentence "This is what 51,000 people looks like." To me this sounds correct. My answer on the meta question may not ...
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Is it acceptable to start an emphatic sentence with “It is he who…”?

It is he who the students choose as the repersentative of their class. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, why? I would like to know whether the pronoun `he´ can be used in this ...
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deleting “and” before adverb like “furthermore”

Plastic surgery is vain and unwise, (and) thus it should be banned. We can delete word "and" with adverb like "thus" as shown above. But why is it impossible do the same thing with word like ...
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Use of a clause without coordinating conjunction

As shown above, he misses someone mysterious, whoever that is, which confirms to us that the feeling is not happiness nor depression, it is emptiness. It is a sentence from an essay my ...
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“Could you please, let us know when this issue is fixed?” correct usage

Is this correct usage? I would like to ask someone to let me know when issue is fixed thanks
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Ambiguity of “… is not to …” [duplicate]

The purpose is not to dance like an elephant. I see two ways of interpreting this sentence: It is incorrect to say that "dance like an elephant" is the goal. The objective is to prevent dancing ...
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comparative correlative with 3 parts

Is it possible to construct a comparative correlative sentence with 3 parts? e.g., The more he walks, the less energy he has, the more tired he gets. or must it be split into 2 parts, e.g., ...
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Is the sentence “That guy will make fall in love all those girls” correct?

Is the sentence "That guy will make fall in love all those girls" correct, like "all those girls will fall in love with that guy", can I rewrite it like above? Thanks for the attention!
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Could I have achieved my goal by phrasing this answer differently?

In a recent answer on Aviation.SE I originally wrote: Why is part from B777 being analysed by Airbus? Because it is not. The answer immediately attracted some comments from the native English ...