Questions about the structure of sentences

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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. ...
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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 doesn'...
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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 adventure,...
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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 in ...
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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) ...