Questions about the structure of sentences

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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 that ...
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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 the ...
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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 learnt,...
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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 grammar ...
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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 friend ...
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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 ...
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Sentence structure: how to combine the sentence together? [closed]

I was writing this in my paper. 70 million photos and videos are sent daily on Instagram, while Louvre Museum has 300,000 objects [Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010], which is merely 0.4% of Instagram ...
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How to Punctuate Two Quoted Independent Clauses Within a Declarative Sentence

I'm wondering the best way to punctuate and/or format this sentence, especially the part concerning subjunctive case, in which two examples are put in quotes: In this book, I kept finding irregular ...
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Why isn't this incorrect?

Farmers who grow major crops such as corn, rice and wheat, aware that new developments in agriculture production can result in millions of dollars in additional revenue, switching to newer, more ...
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Know every words of a passage but not the meaning

A excerpt from 2010: A Space Odyssey 2: The scientist tapped out a code on the board, switching Sal’s inputs to the memory with the highest security rating. No one knew that he talked to the ...
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Can one use of “…at at least…”?

I have to use a particular sentence which is: They differ at at least one position. Is this the correct use of at least? Is my sentence correct?
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I'm asking only because or i'm only asking because- what would be the proper or better sounding version [duplicate]

I seem to be excessively over analyzing the superior manner in which the sentence ought to begin. The proceeding phrases are what I need advice with, so as to decide the proper wording, to initiate ...
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Identifying the sentence structure. Is this sentence a compound sentence?

I am trying to determine the sentence structure of the sentence: Along with every other devoted Aussie trackydack dagger, I beg the federal government to ban these abhorrent, foreign "cuffs" and ...
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he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish

I'm a non English language user, but I saw this sentence in a book: He had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. If i was the writer of that sentence, I think I would use something ...
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Sentence correction query

Is this sentence structure correct ? A society so vibrant and diverse as America’s is bound to dominate. My basic confusion is that whether to put ’s at the end of the subject or not. Another ...
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In the given sentence, is the article ''an'' needed or not?

A computer is both a useful and an essential device.
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Why can't “being” come after the verb “feel”?

The question is completely edited. *I felt being dragged by a beast. The word being cannot be used here, and that's for sure. It sounds wrong. What I am trying to find here is why it is wrong. ...
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Which alternative is best English?

Are there any specific rules in English about how to refer to something that was introduced in the previous sentence? For example, compare these three sentences: Let X and Y be random variables ...
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Is it correct to say “I'll share it for the millionth time”

If I want to share something on social media with others, something that I've extremely enjoyed listening to or watching. would it be correct grammatically if I said: I'll share it for the millionth ...
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Which is correct, “be proceeded” or “be processed” (used in business letter)

Which usage (be proceed/be processed) is correct in the following sentence? (This is written in a business letter) Are there any differences between these two words? Thanks a lot! Please be noted ...
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Do complex sentences always need a conjunction? [closed]

"At her age, Minggay Awok's only companions were a few charcoal black chickens." Because of "At her age," does this make the sentence complex, or is it still a simple sentence? I do know complex ...
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“It would be a better idea to” VS “A better idea would be to”

I'm contemplating these two sentences: I think it would be a better idea to show you my works. I think a better idea would be to show you my works. as answers to a question "Can you tell me ...
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Is this sentence grammatically wrong? If so, why?

When it comes to rules, not only should you make them clear but realistic to live by. I'd like to know if following sentence means totally different from the above sentence. When it comes to ...
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What's correct way of writing following sentence: I'm reading them (documents) as they being posted [closed]

What's correct way of writing following sentence : I'm reading them (documents) as they are being posted. ...OR... I'm reading them (documents) as they being posted. ...OR... I'm reading them (...
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Is sheer beauty a proper way to describe a movie [closed]

I asked my friend to describe me a movie and he wrote, "it is more than one time watchable for it's sheer beauty". I do not understand this sentence and i do not think it is used correctly. Also ...
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Acceptable Sentence Structure? [closed]

Is the sentence structure in the following line acceptable? "Regarding the safety measures mentioned in the 2005 contract draft, at the meeting, Sinclair was to present to the CEO Burke's ...
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Tense agreement in a compound sentence [closed]

Which sentence is correct, and can I use such a sentence is narrative reports? Sports have become part of school’s time table, and teachers give time to children for play and sports in school ...
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“Propose that” or “propose for”?

Can the sentence They proposed (that) the book be banned. be rephrased as They proposed for the book to be banned. If so, would it sound (very) informal?
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Talking or talking about

I always have wondered if there is any difference between these two sentences : I am not talking science here. and I am not talking about science here. If yes, then what is that difference?...
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I saw him going to city. I saw him go to city [duplicate]

1:I saw him going to city. 2:I saw him go to city. First one refers to Gerund. Second one refers to infinite. Do they have the same meanings or changed? Define it with reasons.