Questions about the structure of sentences

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Would I say “I can sometimes…” or “I sometimes can…”

I'm just curious. I like to think that I am decent with grammar, but this has me puzzled. Which is the correct way to arrange my sentence? "I can sometimes..." or "I sometimes can..." Thank you
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Is there an object in this sentence?

You need to practise your proofreading. In this sentence, "you" is the subject and "need" is the verb. But is there an object? At the moment I am guessing that there isn't and that to practise ...
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Can anyone explain the type of structure and meaning of this Rousseau quote?

Please explain this type of sentence structure and meaning of the following: By what inconceivable art has a means been found of making men free by making them subject; of using in the service of ...
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What is difference between GOT TO and HAVE TO [closed]

I was searching today on this topic. i found some posts on web according to them 1) I got to go now. 2) I have to go now. these two sentences are same but i wanna confirm that are they ...
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How should I convey my Best wishes [closed]

My aunt is going to USA as her husband got a job there. So I want to convey my best wishes to her. But I am confused in sentence formation. So what should I say to her?
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Length of English sentences in comparison to German ones

Today I've heard that when writing an English text, I should try not to use too long sentences. Not because they are easier to write without grammatical mistakes, but because it'd be typical for the ...
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What does the sentence mean about the recruiter and the developer?

Here's a paragraph gives some advice for programmers looking for a job: Avoid recruiters at this stage in your career. Sorry to say, but the good recruiters don’t care about novice programmers. ...
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Which did X and which was Y

"a town which bordered the school and which was exclusively populated by immigrants" I didn't put the second which in at first, and then felt it was necessary. Can anyone enlighten?
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“who are”instead of “as”?

I am plagued by a sentence from journal Nature. Though understanding the meaning it conveyed, certainly I could not write in that way. Here is the sentence. Focusing evaluation on such inflexible ...
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“All you need is a good pair of glasses”: What is the subject, and why? [closed]

What is the subject in the following sentence? And why? All you need is a good pair of glasses. is the subject All you need OR a good pair of glasses? If it's 'ALL', then, in a different ...
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Interrogative sentence structure!

Are the following sentences correct? i) Does not he go to school? ii) Does not the sun give us light? I wanna know all about the correct patterns and also provide multiple answers if ...
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<Subject> were <clarification> is this correct?

Is it correct to use 'were' to clarify usage in the following sentence: "Model A is a combination of model B and C were model B is used for (..)" to clarify "were" model B is used for in the ...
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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What may a “complete sentence” contain? [closed]

What may a "complete sentence contain"? May it contain a "subject" and a "verb"? May it contain an "object" and/or a "subject"? I thank you.
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What is the best way of writing this sentence?

I want to say We know that Einstein gravity as it is, is not renormalizable in D=4. in the beginning of a new section of my text. However, I am unsure about the repeated "is" verbs. Since I will ...
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Which of these sentences is correct, or are they both?

Me and my sister are arguing over an English assignment. Can somebody say which of the following sentences is correct or if they both are? This has been proven obvious at the Colorado Center for ...
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Are these two sentences semantically identical? [closed]

Are these two sentences semantically identical? By using this website, you are certifying that you have read our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, you are certifying that you understand our Terms of ...
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Possessive Pronouns Doubt [closed]

Possessive case pronouns have a s without an apostrophe; so is this correct "It's hers watch". If not why and also in which sentences can " hers" be used.
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Is “He has/owns many businesses” correct? [closed]

Business is an uncountable noun,so shouldn't much be used in place of many? Is this correct or not "He has/owns many businesses"?
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Double perhaps/or perhaps in the same sentence

I'm getting tripped up by the rules on when to use a comma for perhaps in a sentence like this: Perhaps you have..., or perhaps(,) you know of ... I understand that the general rule for starting ...
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Can I use “for” and “of” to reference a single noun?

I did read they were interchangeable, "for" and "of". But what about using them with words that typically use one or the other? -- to instill respect for and knowledge of our policies vs. to ...
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Sentences to be categorized into defined types?

In my country, students while learning English language are taught that all written sentences can be categorized into certain five types, which are... 1st. Subject + Verb--I am running. 2nd. ...
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please correct: “Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.”

Is it correct to use Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.
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Want to know the components in a sentence, clause, and phrase

This is a bit different sort of question coming from a computer science student, working on a Natural Language Processing project. As a part of our project we got stuck into a situation where we ...
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Grammatical name/function of “what” in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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parallel structure - in a “rather than” structure

I am doing some researches to understand clearly the usage of rather than. However I found myself even more confused by some peripheral stuff. In this post (Past tense and "rather than"), ...
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understand and comprehend usage

This post is make of a few related questions. Q1. Which structure is more preferred? This method is hard to understand for students. This method is hard to be understood by students. Q2. Which ...
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“Considering …, the middle-out approach” Is this a dangling modifier? [closed]

I am writing my thesis and I have the following sentence: [Considering its empirical complements together with the complexity, extensiveness and dynamics of the city logistic system,] the ...
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“He thought me incapable …” - What is this pattern?

I roughly understand that certain sentences can be restructured like this: I believed that he was insane. -> I believed him insane. He thought that I was incapable of doing so. -> He thought ...
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“There will/seems to be” or “There will/seems to have”? [closed]

Should I write: There will be a meeting in the afternoon. There seems to be a problem with the computer. or There will have a meeting in the afternoon. There seems to have a ...
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Why Do English Speakers Use “Preposition + Relative Pronoun” Form?

there As I'm not an English Speaker, whenever I crush "Preposition + Relative Pronoun" forms in the books, newspaper, etc., it is not that easy for me to understand right away. ... it will gain ...
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Which of the following sentences is correct? [closed]

Together with my three fellow students, we are most interested in hiring the villa. Togehter with my three fellow students we are most interested in hiring the villa. Together with my three fellow ...
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Better sentence structure - Inversion sentence with should

My original sentence is: Should the doctrine of democracy be proved to be an important and effective mean to control the government, it should not be reformed insofar as the effect of which is to ...
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Which one is the correct sentence? “Forever shall I remain indebted” or “I shall forever remain indebted” [closed]

I came across an acknowledgement in one of the theses which came for correction to me. The opening sentence says: "Forever shall I remain indebted to....". Is it the correct way of writing? In my ...
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [closed]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?

Is "women men girls love meet die" a valid sentence? If so, what does it mean? The sentence shows up in academic papers about the "Sausage Machine" for natural language processing. (A google will ...
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From where I was sitting … talk out of school … getting pretty chummy with the money [closed]

From the film Bad Teacher 2011: Amy Squirrel: Umm...I happened to be pedalling past the 7th Grade car wash this Saturday. Wally: Kill it! Can we talk about this later? Amy Squirrel: Later ...
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Name for the repetition evident in “How much larger should it be to be secure?”

I'm editing a post that has the sentence: How much larger should it be to be secure? I've come across other situations where there are repetitions in a sentence (such as that that) and am hoping ...
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Is the sentence, “I wrote him,” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

I am wondering if the sentence I wrote him. is grammatically correct. Can I wrote him. take the place of I wrote him a letter. and/or I wrote to him.? Can one omit the preposition to? Can one omit the ...
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How can I simplify this sentence? [closed]

"GHWC has solutions that address the root causes of common problems." "has solutions that" seems bulky and incorrect. I feel like it could be more active voice.
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Correct or correctly: “I got them all correct / correctly”?

I just answered a battery of test questions, and posted the following comment: "I got them all correctly." Should I have said "I got them all correct."?
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Analysing this sentence: “I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate.”

I would like to confirm my breakdown of this sentence: "I have received further confirmation that India and France will attend the debate." It is a complex sentence Dependent clause = "I have ...
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subsubsubsubset of subsubsubset of subsubset of subset of set - is this recursive usage normal?

so I stumbled upon this issue and I cannot find anything that would clear my confusion (as googling "of" is pointless): If I have something, that is of something that is of something - how far can I ...
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Pronouns in sentences with more than one person

Googling 'Clint Eastwood' I found this, taken from a reputable newspaper. Ex-husband of Clint Eastwood's girlfriend Christina Sandera reveals her criminal past The interpretation is that an ...
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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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Polite or unrectified placement of the word please

I would please prefer to take both parts of the test on Monday. Is the placement of the word please in this sentence grammatically correct?
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Sentence Structure - Verb vs Noun Usage

I have been actively learning to write English for over a month. Though I can, some how, manage with grammar, sentence structures are not easy for me. In the sentence below, please any one comment why ...
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Direct Object or Complement or Something else [duplicate]

She failed to respond. She wanted to smile. She decided to return. She preferred to travel by train. She managed to save a little money. Are the infinitival clauses complements or direct objects in ...
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Parse a sentence (from Ratcliff 1990 paper)

A little background: this paper concerns forgetting in neural networks (a computer science concept). The word "activation" might mean the activation (=output) of neuron(s), but since I cannot parse ...