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sentence correction question from SAT

I'm so confused about this...plz help me Giraffes born with very long necks were able to stay alive when food was scarce (and were therefore able to pass theis desirable trait on to their offspring). ...
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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 ...
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Is it okay to use “doesn’t” twice in one sentence?

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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Starting with 'Theirs' in a sentence

How could the words (Theirs was an odd friendship) replace the phrase (an odd friendship) in the next sentence: 1- An odd friendship in certain respects, she being an outdoor enthusiast and he a ...
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How are these two sentences connected?

I have a question about this sentence: They stood in the streetlight through the kitchen window there’d never been much point putting curtains over The sentence is taken from a book, so it ...
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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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Clauses related by two uses of “the + adjective”

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

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 ...
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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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“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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Which of the following is correct?

I've been asked to correct this sentence: Have you ever felt discouraged by many corrections on (insert website name)? For context, this is in relation to a website where you post your writing ...
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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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either jack or you … doing this [closed]

either jack or you ... doing this Options: 1) was 2) were 3) is 4) had MyApproach: According to the subject verb agreement rule.Either in the sentence should be followed by singular form ...
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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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Which of the given phrases is correct?

Is the price negotiable for the job? OR Is the job price negotiable? Which is the correct phrase formation to be asked formally and please tell me the reason for its correctness. Thank you.
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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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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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British English [closed]

I would like to know whether the following sentence is grammatically correct or not. The earrings had been in pawn long before the boy noticed. Is the sentence grammatically correct? If 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 ...
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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 ...
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Appositive OK in loose construction / as postmodifier?

I'm wondering about this kind of sentence: The girl would regularly steamroll the boys, the diva of her class. The typical rule for appositives is that because they are adjectival they ...
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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 ...
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“To X and Y” OR “to X and to Y”

I would like to know which one is correct? I went both to Yangon and Mandalay. Or I went both to Yangon and to Mandalay.
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There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, … what will be left of you?

There's always going to be that one more thing to fix, but if you fix everything, what will be left of you? Are there any mistakes in that sentence? It doesn't seem that bad, but I don't know if ...
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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 ...
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Is it clear what “it” is referring to in the following sentence?

It'd been so long since I last saw his smile it came like a sun. I'm not sure whether it's clear what the bolded it is referring to. If so, can I write it like that? Is it grammatical?
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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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Meaning of the full title of Darwin's “On the origin of species”

The full title of Darwin's work "On the origin of species" is: "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life". My ...
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Is it important to use the word "I' in this sentences [duplicate]

I've read how the use of the word I isn't always necessary when writing a resume as the employer already knows that the resume belongs to the job applicant. However some of these sentences sound ...
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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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How can I interpret this short passage? [migrated]

The passage is a part from Barron's 6 GRE Practice Tests. Yet if Coupland and his compatriots do not recognize their place in Canadian literature, Coupland does recognize himself as a Canadian ...
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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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Use of “then'” in the sentence

I came across the following sentence in this article. "The emasculated society of Europe serves, then, as a warning to conservatives, and reinforces their belief that America must reverse the trend ...
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Usage of “however”

In the following sentence, the word however is used at the end. New genome editing techniques—in particular the CRISPR system Church and his team are using—offer new hope, however. In 1987 ...
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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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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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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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<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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Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?

I am aware that the formulas for complex sentences are ID and D,I (I=independent and D=dependent), but I have a sentence that has an I and D but adding a subordinate conjunction sounds weird. "He woke ...
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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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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, ...
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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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Which is a grammatically correct sentence? [duplicate]

A. Service with year-on-year efficiency drivers B. Service with year-on-year efficiencies drivers
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The term for a long sentence which ends with the key element

I recall from my youth a term for a long sentence which hid its meaning or point until the very end. it was used often in academic writing (and since I was doing much academic writing, I used this ...
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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 ...