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What exactly constitutes a verb in English, and is it the same thing as a predicate?

In the following sentence: John McAdam and Thomas Teleford made important advances in road construction during the early 1800s. Why is "made advances" not the verb? Are predicate and verb the ...
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What is proper sentence structure? [closed]

I've got a problem with this structure: "Under this term are meant all things that belong to (...)" I wish to know if it's correct and what kind of structure actually it is. I believe it's probably ...
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Is this a run-on sentence? Is there a better way to rewrite it?

Since Osan was Jihei's wife and Koharu was his adulteress, they represented his obligation and passion respectively. I see three potential problems: Run-on sentence: There are two ...
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Is my analysis of the grammatical structure of this sentence correct? [closed]

If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done. Dependent clause You — subject want — main verb something — direct object, assertive ...
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“from the level of individual” vs. “on the level of individual”

Which is correct? This is important because it's the closing sentence of my entire thesis, so I must get it grammatical. 1) '' The motivation for many of these suggestions is the detail that can ...
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Is this grammatical: “increasing pace at which” [closed]

Is this grammatical: An understanding is seen as vital due to the increasing pace at which the world's markets are integrating.
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Combining 3 sentences [closed]

I am struggling to combine following 3 sentences for a one sentence. I am doubted how to do it. Any suggestions please. a) Most of the above methods often rely on the crown height model (CHM) ...
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Rephrasing a sentence [closed]

I am trying to rephrase a sentence : I believe that life is like a “signed, blank check” and therefore, the beneficiary should make the decisions that revolve around his/her self-satisfaction and ...
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Incriminating others vs. Incriminating the others: Is this sentence correct?

From Oxford dictionary : He was careful not to say anything that might incriminate the others. Should it not be "He was careful not to say anything that might incriminate others"? If the ...
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Should I use a pronoun in the second sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it acceptable to omit “I” when it’s the subject? I'm chatting with my friend, and I want to say to him that I want to go to shower and I'll be back soon. What is ...
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Is this an attributive clause or an adverbial clause? [closed]

The radial-velocity method used Dr Dumusque and his colleagues will reveal the presence of a planet and its mass. This sentence is from an article at economist.com, and it's the first sentence ...
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What does “as” mean in this sentence? [closed]

I have two questions here, and they are both from an article at Economist.com. Here is the link: http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2012/10/citi-loses-its-boss The First Question: What does as ...
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Starting a sentence with “apparently” [closed]

Can one start a sentence with the word apparently? For example: Apparently he did not pay him back. I know that one should not start a sentence with because, but what are some words that one ...
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Nationality modifier vs. Language modifier

"Chinese writer Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize" (USA Today) "Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize for Literature" (BBC) Q. Are we to understand that Mo Yan wrote in Chinese, that he was a ...
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“Reflects that” versus “reflects the fact that” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'The fact that' versus just 'That' I want to write something similar to "This reflects the fact that his family is very supportive." There is this notion ...
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Is it acceptable to add extra words at the end of a sentence, to clarify its meaning?

It's certainly done a lot in every-day speech. But is it acceptable to say: I'm happy today, me. or, to take it to another level: He was well behaved, my son, this morning. And, if so, is ...
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about “please be advised” [closed]

Please be advised you have until Friday of this week to be finished. I understood what this sentence means. But can you separate the sentence into phrases or clauses? If I separate it, one is ...
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What is “If you're tired” called in this sentence?

"If you're tired, you should sleep." What is the name for the phrase "If you're tired" in this sentence? Obviously "you should sleep" could stand alone as a sentence.
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Is a comma in this sentence required? [closed]

In the sentence below, is the comma optional or should it (not) be there? I can hear it there when this is spoken, but I am not convinced it needs to be there in written form. In order to pass ...
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How to determine if an attribute applies to a group or a specific individual

I am in the middle of an argument, and therefore trying to figure out the breakdown of the definition: a member of a military group devoted to engineering work which appears in Merriam-Webster's ...
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Difference between 'taken back' and 'taken aback' [closed]

A sentence is written like this, In this work of Pankaj Mishra, we are taken back to 18th century Europe where ... In this work of Pankaj Mishra, we are taken aback to the 18th century Europe ...
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Ambiguity of “We discourage X from doing Y by using Z” [closed]

Given the sentence, We discourage people from committing crimes by using law enforcement, religion and education. I see two possible interpretations: [We discourage people by using law ...
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How to use the word “duplicate” [closed]

I would like to warn my customers that names can be duplicate. How do I put it in words? In MS Word when I entered Name can be duplicate., it draws a green line under duplicate. Whats my mistake? ...
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Is the SE “new privilege” notification message a sentence?

When a Stack Exchange user gets a new privilege, it's accompanied by the following notification: Congrats, you've gained the privilege – talk in chat learn more That phrase "may be oddly worded, ...
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Is “He is too weak that he cannot walk” a correct sentence?

Consider the following: He is too weak that he cannot walk. He is so weak that he cannot walk. He is too weak to walk. I feel all the above sentences are correct. But my grammar book ...
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Is there a verb in “Possibly the more possible possibility.”? [closed]

I uttered the phrase "Possibly the more possible possibility." and wondered whether or not there was a verb in it, and therefore, whether or not it was actually a sentence at all? Did I mean "It is ...
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What is the exact syntax format of “substitute this for that”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Substitute X for Y Many times people say "You want to substitute this for that?" What are they talking about putting in and what are they taking out. Is it based on ...
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What is the right sign to show in a retail shop

Let us see the signs shown in the images below. What is the right one to show in a retail shop, #1 or #2? In case #2 doesn't it seem as if the cashier may or may not give us a receipt?
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“Using” vs “by using”

You can do whatever you are thinking of using a nested table for using CSS and clean markup. — From "Programming the Mobile Web" by Maximiliano Firtman. I do understand the general sense of ...
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Ending sentence with “supposed to”

Is the following sentence acceptable? He arrived ten minutes earlier than he was supposed to. It doesn't sound right, but I can't think of any better way to end the sentence.
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Butchering a simple “How do I” question [closed]

Of course, I understand that the nature of the Internet means that a given person is not necessarily fluent in the English Language. But what I don't understand is how people can mangle a simple ...
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Unusual sentence construction [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using -ed vs. -ing in the “needs washed” construction "The car needs washed." I can understand what the speaker means to say, but this is strange to ...
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Does “I have studied Russian language” continued by “I have learnt…” use a correct tense?

Does “I have studied Russian language” continued by “I have learnt …” use a correct tense? With the meaning that I studied Russian language in the past, for 3 years, but I’m not studying it anymore ...
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What is the “, gerund” sentence called, and how can I improve it?

I'm proofreading a friend's paper, and she often creates sentences of the form: Sentence, gerund-phrase Examples: Consumers may question the legitimacy of producer actions, determining their ...
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A Question On Relative Pronouns & Conjunctions

I came across this quote from the movie RocknRolla: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which ...
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Is this sentence of “mixed construction”?

In English class, we've discussed the following sentence and considered if it is of mixed construction: The increase in the number of times his name appeared on such lists after the poem was ...
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Order of phrases after verb: Prefer “share with you X” or “share X with you”?

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct? I wanted to share with you the outcomes of today's board meeting I wanted to share the outcomes of today's board meeting with you
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Is 'I would like to make laugh from you' correct? [closed]

With the meaning to make jokes about somebody. Or, 'They love to make laugh from me', is it correct? or should it be 'at' instead of 'from'?
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Nested parentheticals — restructuring for clarity

It's widely known that the name "JavaScript" is trademarked by Oracle (formerly a trademark of Sun, formerly a trademark of Netscape). What was formerly a trademark of Netscape? Sun? Oracle? ...
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“Two films don't a revolution make”: is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English? Proper usage/origin of the generic phrase “[action phrase] does not a [noun] make” “Dazzling ...
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Does the conversational nature of email allow us to begin sentences with conjunctions? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it incorrect to start a sentence with “and”? In grammar school, my English teachers taught me that I should never begin a sentence with a conjunction. ...
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Is there an adverb for “simplified”?

This is what I'm trying to express [Foo] can be simplifiedly characterised as [bar]. However I am unable to find references for such as word as simplifiedly. What I want to say is that the ...
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“Save up to 50% off”

Save up to 50% off! Is this correct? To me, it makes it sound like a double-negative, of sorts; you are saving something that has been reduced, therefore increasing it, if that makes any sense. ...
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Style of this sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a name for inverting word order to accomplish a different meaning? I came across this sentence recently and I was wondering what is this repetitive style ...