Questions about the structure of sentences

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Format of this sentence [closed]

(Thank you) (for something), (John). Or (Thank you) (John) (for something). The former sounds more suitable to be used in a normal conversation wheres the latter sounds more suitable to be ...
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Help me get vs help me to get [duplicate]

Example sentences: I think that studying another day will help me to get a higher mark in the test I think that studying another week will help me to improve my qualities This is how I would say ...
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Is this a correct construction: “Up to some point in the past I was not aware”?

How should I construct a sentence that would mean Up to some time in the past I was not aware of something (e.g., Until a few days ago, I did not know that you arrived in the city.)? Is the sentence ...
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How to use a person's given name, followed by what they're also known as, in the same sentence

How do we use a person's given name, followed by what they're also known as, in the same sentence? For example, There's just no denying that Barry Allan a.k.a. The Flash is one extremely fast ...
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Grammatical structure of a complex sentence

Many things are unclear in the following sentence, and I want your help to understand them: 1. Its grammatical structure is complicated, and I can understand nothing from it. 2. What is the ...
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Sentence structure of second amendment

Wikipedia mentions two versions. As passed by the Congress and preserved in the National Archives: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the ...
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Using two “it”s in a sentence [closed]

So I am pretty bad at English which I put down to apathy/Dyslexia when I was younger as you are about to find out. I was writing a sentence on Skype just now to my friend and it did not seem right, ...
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Is this sentence correct, are there any better ways to phrase this sentence? [closed]

I'm trying to say that many people are doing the same thing -- when I did it, I was viewed differently. But the sentence sounds a bit dull, I'd like other ways to phrase this or suggestions. While ...
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Does this sentence have two different possible meanings?

I'm not a native English speaker and when I read the following sentence (which is taken from a roleplaying manual) I find it to be very confusing because of two possible meanings. Any "shaken" ...
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What is it called when we use “through which” “about whom”, “whose”, etc

I would like to know how to refer to the sentance structure that is used in formal contexts, when "through which", "for whom" etc. are typically used. Are these non-defining relative pronouns? ...
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For as a coordinate connector

In this sentence "for" is used as coordinate connector, so therefore, both before and after "for" should be a complete clause right? "Despite its small size and slow gait, the wolverine is an ...
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Make a billing details default? Is it correct English?

We have a situation where we are asking the user to select one billing details and make it default, from the different billing details that he has already provided to us. The billing details consider ...
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the first case … is the court's decision

As I have said many times, I'm translating some wordy document, and here is another sentence that need shedding some light on: Thus the first case cited by the Court in Schwinn for the proposition ...
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state the reach of something against something as doing something

I encountered this sentence while translating a lawsuit and now I'm quite confused about what it intends to say: Court stated the reach of the per se rule against tie-ins under 1 of the Sherman Act ...
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Is it correct to use two present verbs sequentially?

We are currently in the process of finishing planning for the outage. It the preceding sentence grammatically correct? Is the preceding sentence ideally structured? If not, what would be ...
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the usage of 'which'

I'm doing review for a journal. There are many sentences which really confuse me. For example: We employ similarity learning using Ranking-SVM to learn parameters Is it better to change it like ...
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“The process was done correctly” Confirm the correct steps have been taken

My question is if the sentence "the process was done correctly" is grammatically correct and in a logical sequence of words that can be understood. I seems straight forward to me but I'm not ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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“Choose a password [that is] at least 6 characters long” - should I include “that is”?

I am not a native English speaker. But I would like to know if the following sentence is correct? "Choose a password at least 6 characters long." Or should it be something like "Choose a password ...
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“…in the context * you used them” - do I need more here?

None of those fancy words are correct in the context you used them. Should it be None of those fancy words are correct in the context in which you used them. Or : None of those fancy ...
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Embedding a sentence in another sentence

In my native language Slovene, we often put a sentence in the middle of another sentence to further clarify the context. An example would be, A few years ago - being young and stupid - I was ...
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [closed]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...
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Is a comma necessary before “for which”?

Is a comma needed in this sentence? Is for which used correctly in this sentence? We define message codes for which security is well defined.
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Sentence comparison

According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in ...
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Is it correct to use “pointing out” in this context?

I am writing in this context I am so excited about XXXX. Thanks a lot for pointing it out to me. You are great Is point out the correct expression to use? Note: the one I am sending ...
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Past Perfect - Right or Wrong?

I am in an English course, in Cambridge School, in Lisbon, Portugal, and I am learning Past Perfect. I am also in a Pastry course, and today we had our first English lesson. The teacher wrote some ...
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So if I don't see you till then

Often I hear the follow said (or similar variations): So if I don't see you till then, have a nice vacation. Now I suppose that the intent is that if I don't see you until you leave, then I'll ...
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Correct usage of “The” within this sentence

A client has requested that I put a notice in the form of ALL THE PRODUCTS ARE FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY on a web page. However, the word "THE" in the sentence appears unnecessary in my opinion. Is ...
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as of late vs of late

Which is correct? Is it "as of late" or "of late", is the "as" part necessary? Also, can you give me a couple of different examples of sentences using the two? Is there a word that is used similarly ...
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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Use of “Could you tell what kind of”

What is the correct use of the verb in the following sentences: Could you tell me what kind of qualifications does a deputy coroner have? Could you tell me what kind of car he owns? What kind of ...
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Faulty parallelism?

It was more an inventive construction than based on serious historical research. Is it an example of faulty parallelism "construction/based", or is it acceptable if spoken with emphasis on ...
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Best way to phrase “{x and y} and z”?

I've continually struggled with this sentence arrangement. I have a list of 2 groups, but one of the groups is also a group of 2. Example: "I need help finding turtles and brown and grey foxes" The ...
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Is it good to use “for you” or “for me” in business communications [closed]

While talking to business, how bad it is to use language like "We will do this for you" or "can you do this for me". Are both of these sentences are not acceptable/not good to use
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Sentence Order - April 3 1812 Letter by James Monroe

From France we hear nothing. The delay of the Hornet is inexplicable, but on the reproachful supposition, that the F. Govt is waiting for the final turn of things at London, before it takes its ...
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How do I express the possession of multiple objects by one proper noun and one pronoun?

As far as I can tell, my question is not a duplicate of either of these two similar questions. It is very close (maybe a duplicate, but I don't quite think so) of this question. I want to construct ...
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How to avoid a preposition at the end of a relative clause

In this example: I am adverting to (noun, eg letter), the reception of which I am asking/tentative about. How can I recast this sentence, and preserve this syntax, without the "empty ...
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Difference between “Does she have the book?” and “Has she the book?”

What is the difference between "Does she have the book?" and "Has she the book?"
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Would it be correct to say: The first few years of a child's life play a key role in their development

The first few years of a child's life play a key role in their development. or should it be The first few years of children's lives play a key role in their development.
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Usage of in spite of [duplicate]

He escaped several times but was finally caught. If the sentence has to be started with 'In spite of', which of the following will be correct? 1. In spite of his escaping several times, he has finally ...
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Wondering about using 'to'

I recently read a passage from a newspaper. Therefore alcohol should be banned to enable people to have a long and happy life. Q1) I'm confusing the part of 'people to have a long and happy ...
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Is the sentence “We are invested” correct?

Is the sentence "We are invested" correct? I found it in a blog and was wondering whether it is correct. I do not want to discuss the usage, but just if the combination of "are" + "invested" is ...
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Comma after “that” midsentence?

A comma after "that", midsentence, is increasingly common. Consider the examples below. Would you consider the commas after "that" to be correct? If you remove the information set off by commas, the ...
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Is there a specific name for these sentence parts?

Is there any specific name for the bold portions of the following sentences, or for their structure? It has been suggested that drinking water is good for your health. It is unknown how long ...
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“This was the fastest I heard someone [respond/responded]” - which to use, and why?

Here are the two sentences. This was the fastest I heard someone responded. This was the fastest I heard someone respond. Can someone help me understand: A) Which one is correct, and what is ...
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Semicolon usage

What is trying to be said in this sentence? One profile reading shall be taken for every 200 square feet for the first 1,000 square feet; for each additional 500 square feet or less, one profile ...
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I'm trying to pick up new sentence structures

...and I came across this sentence: " It doesn't matter how good you are at identifying and fixing problems, if your written and spoken communication does not measure up, it will hold you back." It ...
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What is the “so” in “I love you so”?

I love you so. What does this so mean here?
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How to use three adjectives in a sentence

I have a sentence where I would like to use three adjectives. Is this the correct way to do it? "Moments such as this have allowed me to understand the privilege I have been given to be a ...
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What is the structure of “a goal remote in the pursuit is so easy to lose sight of”?

A goal remote in the pursuit is so easy to lose sight of. What does "a goal remote in the pursuit" mean here? I don't understand it structure-wise.