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unconventional structuring of sentences

Very often we find sentences which are not structured conventionally in the subject-verb-object format. Here is an example. When they arrived at the seaside, out jumped all the children with a ...
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Is “Happy Birthday!” a complete sentence?

Is "Happy Birthday!" a complete sentence? And if it is, what role are the words happy and birthday playing? Where is the verb? Can "happy" be a verb? I know in a sentence like "Go get the milk" there ...
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How to fix sentences where it is unclear whom a verb is referring to?

From addicted2succces.com the following sentence reads awkwardly in my :opinion He quickly noticed that all of the other friends he had hated hard work and had no desire to improve themselves. ...
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what is the most appropriate structure of this sentence?

I want to say that I banged my head against wall because some one said something stupid, how to put it in a sentence? Is I banged my head against wall 'on' this stupidity? or I banged my head ...
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Using “though” at the beginning of the following sentence

But during the trip, she hardly spoke with him. In fact, she hardly spoke with anyone in the group. She would just follow us quietly to whereever we went, like a little stray cat. Though she ...
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Is this an appropriate usage of “but” at the beginning of a sentence? [duplicate]

I try my best to use proper sentence construction and punctuation, and for my amusement, I've taken the quest to find meaningful situations where one might use the various conjunctions at the ...
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Why is the sentence “Statistics 'is' often misleading” incorrect?

Why is the sentence "Statistics is often misleading" incorrect? I know that statistics can be singular but also plural. Should I use singular in this case?
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When can we change the order of the particle and the verb in a phrasal verb?

My textbook says this: Be careful with word order when using phrasal verbs. The verb and particle cannot be separated: when it is a three-part phrasal verb I caught up with Jack ...
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Should I use articles and capitalization in code comments? [closed]

When I watch programming video tutorials I noticed that different people (native EN speakers) use different styles of commenting the code when it comes to articles. Some use the headline style ...
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What term describes this sentence structure with preposition and possible gerund? [closed]

What is the correct grammatical description for this sentence? I need help taking out an old hard drive. I am most interested in whether the verb "take" is a gerund here, and how to describe the ...
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“I got to watch this movie” or “I got an opportunity to watch this movie”?

Ok, recently, I made an update on a website like this : So, finally I got to watch this movie ... Basically, what I was trying to say is that "I got an opportunity to watch this movie". I was ...
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Are these sentences by Thomas Kuhn grammatically correct?

I'm almost certain that Kuhn would not publish an essay with grammatical mistakes, but those two sentences seem plain wrong to me. (I am not a native speaker.) Though my argument does demand that ...
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In English what's the difference between forward and toward [closed]

I would like to know which sentence is correct, regarding the difference between the usage of forward and toward. Should I write: I'm looking forward to September. Or, I'm looking toward September? ...
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Is “he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one” a complex sentence?

"he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one" I am confused. Is it a complex sentence? If so which is the Independent clause and which is the Dependent clause? I know that " he ...
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“Student has course” vs “Student takes course”

Which is more accurate when describing the relationship between student and course? the student has a course or the student takes a course
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What's the English version of the German “oder?” [closed]

In German, you often add the question word oder after a statement (", oder?") to ask whether the statement's correct. What is the equivalent of oder in English? I always begin sentences with this ...
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Is the phrase “At about the speed of ten miles per hour” correct in the context? [closed]

The train is keep moving at about the speed of ten miles per hour. Is the phrase at about the speed of ten miles per hour is correct? At about looks strange to me. I think the sentence could be ...
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“I was” versus “Was I” in a question

Which one is correct? I was the person she'd always been waiting for? or Was I the person she'd always been waiting for? I'm not sure why, but both seem weird to me, unlike: Am I the ...
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About inversion

Given the following sentence, Nowhere on her title page or copyright page is there a suggestion that anyone but Walker wrote her story. Can I invert it as follows without changing the meaning? ...
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(out of the year) VS (during the year)

I read this sentence: In the Arctic tundra, temperatures are below freezing for nine months out of the year. Why didn't the writer use "during the year"? What is the difference between "during ...
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Must a non-proper noun that starts a sentence be preceded with an article?

I'm doing some research in NLP, and thought you guys would be the best to ask this. When looking at an English sentence, it is sometimes hard for a computer to distinguish between proper nouns, such ...
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What are the differences between simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex sentences?

These two sentences came up in a English Comp class and there was some discussion if the book was correct on whether they were simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex. Whatever pizza ...
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Superlative and definite article “the”

I have seen similar questions like this here on ELU. However, I am still confused with my particular question. (a) She gets up latest in her family. (b) She gets up the latest in her family. ...
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“during one of my girlfriend's games”

I was trying to say "During one of my girlfriend's soccer games..." The problem is when I spoke it, it could be interpreted as "Out of all of my girlfriends... during one of their games this ...
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'as I've done something I guess something'

I'm kind of confused whether the following sentence is correct or not. I'm specifically not sure about the As I've done something I guess that.. part. As I've completed all lectures, all quizzes ...
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what's the structure of a sentence

The issue was, and still is, hotly debated at the grass roots level, with children coming to our schools speaking more than 200 languages. In the above sentence, I guess the subject is "issue" ...
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Antecedent of “size 6”” in “Pig traps, Pressure and Level Control Valves, MOV’s, Shutdown valves, Relief valves, manual valves of size 6” and above” [closed]

As a general guidelines EN10204 3.2 certification is applicable to all process wetted parts which include the Corrosion Inhibitor injection skid, Lube Oil Pumps, Pig traps, Pressure and Level ...
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Is the last comma in “A, B, and C, do X” correct? [duplicate]

Does the following sentence require a comma after the word "meal?" Quizzing the waiter, complaining about the menu, and criticizing the meal, detract from your advocacy.
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Advanced rules for shortening relative clauses with a participle?

Once again, a problem encountered while marking German pupils' exams. We teach them the following rules: A present participle can be used to shorten an active relative clause: The boy who ...
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Use of “frequency” in “decrease the frequency a customer makes purchases from the site”

This doesn't read well and I'm not sure if this is correct: Shipping fees can reduce the number of items a customer purchases, and they can decrease the frequency a customer makes purchases from ...
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Correct sentence structure and grammar?

I'm helping my stepdaughter write a cover letter and we are at odds as to whether this sentence is structurally and grammatically correct. My experience in customer service qualifies me for this ...
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'Sort out' or 'sought out', which one is correct? [closed]

I was reading an apology letter of Shirley Hornestein and found it very interesting: For as long as I can remember, I have been lying. From the simple white lies, to the ...
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Is there bad grammar in Cinemark's “No Texting” warning?

The sentence in question is "Do not be the person we ask to leave the auditorium, because we will." It sounds very wrong to me, but I can't put my finger on the exact problem. Nobody on the Internet ...
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Filler-gap dependencies and recoverability of meaning

Consider the following sentence: In my head, there is nothing more wonderful than [] understanding how someone else feels and [] choosing to [] take action to [] resolve it. It contains ...
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Where does the word “valuable” fit best?

Which sentence sounds better or correct ? I have acquired many characteristics that will play a valuable role in my profession. I have acquired many characteristics that will be valuable in ...
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What does this sentence really mean?

“It would be ungenerous to affect not to know that your self-denial is to be referred to your consideration for her father" Chapter 10, A Tale of Two Cities.
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Proper tense and form of questions

Would the following questions demonstrate a proper usage of English? Please, write thorough explanations. Do you start understanding English songs? Are you starting to understand English ...
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I've seen this kind of sentence before, but don't recall the correct punctuation separating the two clauses. Help?

I had lived most of my life suffering from panic attacks, of being afraid of everything for absolutely no reason at all. It's a kind of stylized sentence. The second half is saying the same ...
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How to write past perfect forms of two verbs in one sentence

(1) Alex had quit his job and started a company before he won the lottery. (2) Alex had quit his job and had started a company before he won the lottery. I want to indicate that the act of ...
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Does the subject of this sentence make sense, even when split by the clarification?

I'm trying to be as terse as possible in expressing a few points, so I've ended up with the following sentence: During the summer, my sister and brother, younger by five years and older by two, ...
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Is this a complete sentence or two? [closed]

Given the example (from a British novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life) Well what did I expect who said it would be easy? I will not let this defeat me. I will persist. Is the first ...
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How to say “A has X, and B has X” in a single clause

How can we say Mike has an apple, and Jane has an apple in a single clause? Can I say Both Mike and Jane have an apple or Mike and Jane each have an apple? They sound fine to me but ...
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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 ...