Questions about the structure of sentences

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APA: Paper in past tense but is/was verb confusion for alive author

I want to state, "One advocate for the issues based teaching style is/was Brian Schultz." He is alive, but my paper is in past tense. What do I do?
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Is the “if only” construction correct in the following phrase?

"If only they had accepted that they make a mistake" Is it correct to say so? I don't understand why the tense is past perfect after "if only" in this sentence.
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What is correct - “Take a look at it once” OR “Once take a look at it”?

I want to frame a sentence telling someone to take a look at some work I did. How do I frame the sentence? Please take a look at it once. or Please once take a look at it. To be clear - ...
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Some substitutions are more general than others (are). Which is better?

"Some substitutions are more general than others". or "Some substitutions are more general than others are". I am aware of the concept of using the verbs "to do" and "to be" at the end of a phrase ...
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What is implied by the bold sentences?

Malfoy : “But this is servant stuff, it’s not for students to do. I thought we’d be copying lines or something, if my father knew I was doing this, he’d —” Hagrid : “— tell yer that’s how ...
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Can anyone correct my grammar mistakes and sentences? [on hold]

My weekend was not good because I had to make my resume till Monday so I was busy with my work, otherwise I had planned to go for a movie with my brother in law but because of my work I cancelled the ...
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Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged? [closed]

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where ...
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“accounts for up to” vs “is gained from”

I am arguing with my colleague about what phrase is easier to understand, i.e. "accounts for up to" vs "is gained from". My wording is the following: Sometimes this sector accounts for up to 70% ...
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How to use the word “proposition”?

Does it make sense to write "Therefore, the proposition statement of this essay is flawed"
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Does this sentence exceed using verb? [closed]

I wonder whether the below sentence exceeds using verb or not? This disease at least is likely to spread around country have many people. The main reason why I ask about exceeding using verb is ...
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Flipping Sentences and Verb Agreement

Is the following sentence grammatically correct in regards subject-verb agreement? One of the main facets of the soul is the feelings humans treasure above all: love and compassion. 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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Does this use of the semicolon make sense?

I am writing my cover letter and currently I am writing "I am also a quick learner; I was able to learn Python in two days." But it doesn't seem to be very smooth. How can this phrase be better?
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“reason given” vs “given reason” [migrated]

Which is grammatically superior? The Hallows are a dangerous place, but if that is the reason given to abandon him, then she would forge ahead. The Hallows are a dangerous place, but if that ...
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do anything vs do something

Which is correct? Please let us know if we need to do anything about it. or Please let us know if we need to do something about it.
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Grammatical structure of the given sentence

I was reading Harry Potter I. I stumbled over a sentence, written there, whose overall meaning was clear to me but grammatical structure was not clear at all. Here is the sentence: "Mr. Dursley ...
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Must the verb of a sentence always agree with the subject in number and in person?

Which of the below sentences has the proper syntax: a) Would a meeting this coming Thursday – say at 1:00 p.m. – correspond with your schedule? or b) Would a meeting this coming Thursday – say at ...
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Can't Understand Sentence Containing Word “Keep The Difference” [closed]

I work for a client at the rate of X USD (United State Dollars) per hour. Recently, he accidentally paid me at the rate of Y USD per hour. Y is greater than X. I notified him of his mistake and he ...
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Need help identifying epistrophe

I have a small presentation on epistrophe coming up and I want to make sure I don't say anything incorrect. Would the sentence "Ever since I left the city you, you, you" (it's from the song "Hotline ...
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Context understanding and structure of sentence

America's capacity utilisation, for example, hit historically high levels earlier this year, and its jobless rate (5.6% in August) has fallen below most estimates of the natural rate of ...
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Wording of sentence [migrated]

Non-native English speaker here. I want to inform someone that we cannot provide them with the data she requested right away since we still have not received it from a third-party. However, we are ...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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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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Structure of this sentence is not clear to me

How can I change the structure of the last sentence? Ultimately, Spam is facilitated by the low cost of interruption. Unlike written mail and phone calls of the past, there is no postage or ...
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Need help understanding a sentence using “to which” repeatedly

I encountered this sentence: "The funds shall be used to pay all redemption payments due on such date as between each Class A Preferred Share in proportion to the full amounts to which the holders to ...
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“Forbidden” / “permitted” directly followed by object

Is it correct to say "He is forbidden wine" or "Wine is forbidden him"? Most often these would be expressed as "He is forbidden to drink wine" or "Wine is forbidden to him," but I occasionally see the ...
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Usage of the English language in judgements [closed]

Having read judgements, again and again, I keep stumbling upon this construction which really irritates me, as I do not understand how people so well-educated can use the verb find in its wrong form. ...
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Is “Inversely Proportional” the right term here?

The effort required to design something is inversely proportional to the simplicity of the result. -Roy T. Fielding, http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/2008/rest-apis-must-be-hypertext-driven ...
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“X want to do Y?” as a question [duplicate]

I've heard sentences like 'He want to do something? OK' a few times, where the first sentence is supposed to be a question, but there is no auxiliary verb i.e. 'Do', so I'm confused.
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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 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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I have a bad feeling about this. [from “Star Wars”]

This is a famous line from Star Wars: (1) I have a bad feeling about this. In that sentence, what exactly does the prepositional phrase 'about this' post-modify? In other words, is it an ...
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what does ' but so too' mean? [migrated]

I came across the following sentence on the BBC new. China's headline annual economic growth numbers are important to the rest of the world - but so too are other monthly economic data as they ...
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How to use “while” in the middle of the sentence?

I am confused. Is using while correct in the following sentence: Most students are able to expertly manage their time while they work along with their other responsibilities. Is it correct to ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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What does “Relates with understanding to manifestations of turbulent emotions in others” mean?

I'm trying to translate sociotypes' description, and I saw this sentence and couldn't understand clearly what does it mean.. this is as it came: " CHARACTER: This individual is very interested in ...
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Is it “that” or “how”?

I have been thinking about a title for a post on another website that I'd made all day. At first, I had worded it like, "Reasons That [character one's name here] and [character two's name here] Are ...
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How do I identify a simple sentence versus a complex sentence?

In this sentence: When pigs fly, I will be surprised. This is a complex sentence because it uses one dependent and one independent clause. However, in this sentence: After this, I will take a ...
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Is this really just a problem with an adverb clause lacking a subordinating conjunction?

Here is the example sentence “While I knew you were angry,” stammered the fellow, huffing along behind his beleaguered friend, “this was not what I had in mind.” I figure that the "huffing along ...
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“hope…to win the approval” - help identify parts of speech

I'm confused by this sentence: "Lakesha hopes to win the approval of her mother by switching her major from fine arts to med." I think that in this case hope is intransitive, and I think the ...
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What should we call a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase?

I would like to refer to a part of a sentence which is neither a word nor a phrase, e.g., "I will recognize" in "I will recognize you". Should I call it an expression, a part of a sentence or ...
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What conjunctions can I use in an it-cleft sentence other than 'who' and 'that'?

Are all of the following sentences correct: It is me who made you happy. It is you that broke the pen. It is a poem which you read. It was Monday when you called me. It was my room where he hid. It ...
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Prepositions in stative verbs in passive structures

I wonder how it can be possible for a 'stative verb', that is not intransitive, to be used in a 'passive structure'. I know there are a lot of passive sentences containing stative verbs. The ...
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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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Early Modern English - How Many Uses of Conjugated Verbs in a Single Sentence

Using Early Modern English, can I have more than one conjugated verb in a sentence? For example, would I be more correct to say, "Thinkest thou that thou could take us to see him?" (Note that only ...
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To Infinitive or Not Infinitive

I am wondering if the lack of infinitive "to+have" in the section highlighted below raises any flags for anyone. People have been taught have faith and to trust — or not have faith and not to ...
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Why is there a negation of “ability” but not a negation of “agility”?

Would like to know what is the reasoning behind the use of some prefixes for example if one were to use "un-"able as opposed to "dis-"able the situational context is understood yet the same does not ...
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“When once they had done this, …” - what's with “when once”?

From George Orwell's 1984, part 2 chapter 9: For if leisure and security were enjoyed by all alike, the great mass of human beings who are normally stupefied by poverty would become literate and ...