Questions about the structure of sentences

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Hyphenation in “First computer crime targeted laws”

I am preparing a presentation for my English class. My question is whether the phrase First computer crime targeted laws should have any hyphens in it such as computer-crime-targeted
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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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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Comment on sentence formation and need of using 'commas! [closed]

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude for your and your team’s support and assistance in the successful and on-time completion of the enterprise.
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“It is so began my story of success”

I had a private student who brought in a short story for me to mark. The narrator in the story is a girl violinist who performs in a concert and is spotted by a talent scout. He's so impressed by ...
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“But from” or “But rather from”?

Which one is more grammatically correct? But from or But rather from? I don't quite understand which one should be used. And I seriously doubt that the second one can be used at all. It didn't ...
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How do I say “He played varied roles very well in the movie”

What is the best way to say "the actor plays various roles in the movie?" What i really want to say is that the actor played many different kinds of emotions and personalities very well. I'm having in ...
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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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If i wanted to say, I agree. which one is more acceptable to use,

If i wanted to say, I agree. which one is more acceptable to use, I will not disagree or i wouldn't disagree. can someone explain the difference please? Thanks!
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which of the following sentence structures using 'such' is preferable?

Such odd, such ridiculous houses the Earth people built. Can the above text be written as Such odd, and ridiculous houses the Earth people built. [?] ... Thank you.
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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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I have no question [migrated]

"I have no question of my grandmother's dedication" vs. "I have no question of whether my grandmother is dedicated" vs. "I do not question my grandmother's dedication." Which can be used, ...
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Sentence transformation! [closed]

How do you write this sentence: "My family and I like to rest at the weekend." using the word easy. "My family and I ____ at the weekend." Thanks!
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Commas using adverbs and clauses [closed]

Where should my commas be placed in the sentence below for proper punctuation? When the market place is expensive meaning higher prices the result is a low demand, since the same amount of money can ...
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Thank You to Manager [closed]

I sent an email to my manager with the information he asked and he responded back that "Thank you for the details and hope you are well". Should I respond back that "I'm doing good and thank you for ...
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Descriptions of frequency versus present tense

Is there ever a difference between descriptions of frequency and the present tense? For example, is there a difference between "I speak English." (referring to frequent speaking of English) and "I ...
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sentence structure: Why is the subject placed in the end of this sentence?

While I was reading a Barron's book, I saw this sentence. Its structure is not as what I always knew, but it seemed much more beautiful to me. "Along with the rise of agricultural societies came ...
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What is the correct structure for this sentence (IT)

XYZ Servers are small machines used to facilitate ABCD. They are automatically launched and discarded on your hosting account as needed. XYZ Servers are small machines used to facilitate ABCD. They ...
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“Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.” What does this sentence mean?

Do your best to be lucid. ("I see but one rule: to be clear", Stendhal.) Simple sentences help. Keep complicated constructions and gimmicks to a minimum, if necessary by remembering the ...
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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“To live in” vs. “To live”

It is a question that follows up on the one posted today: "My hometown is a good place to live in." "My hometown is a good place to live." "Live" is usually used as an intransitive verb ...
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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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Two relative clauses together before the main verb

I would like to ask if the following sentence is grammatically correct because apparently two relative clause was used successively without any relative pronoun or whatever it is that sentence needs. ...
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Which one is correct to use? [migrated]

I'm confused with a sentence that would ask for concerns in business writing. Which of the below sentences is correct to use: Let us know if any concerns. or Let us know concerns if any.
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Is “and” used correctly in this sentence? How does it change the meaning if I remove it?

It's hard for me to figure out why the writer uses "and" in the end of the following sentence. Like "and of which we and those who come after us have a right to be proud." "It is no good talking ...
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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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“We must act and ACT NOW” - Is this sentence an imperative sentence?

I am analysing a speech and I'm unsure as to whether this sentence is an imperative sentence or not: "We must act and act now"
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Is “Hello, World!” a sentence?

I proposed a programming puzzle, where the question is to generate gramatically correct sentence with the shortest program (see: ...
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Should this sentence use the word “one” or “you”?

Is the sentence One only has to look at the size of Claire’s house to know that you can make a lot of money as a doctor. correct? I'm not sure whether mixing the words "one" and "you" in the ...
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Is this a subordinated clause?

I am looking at the question "What do you think is in the box?". If a child trying to ask this question says "what do you think what is in the box?" with intonation reflecting that they are not ...
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Is this a fragment or a sentence? [closed]

Is this a sentence: Seems we could use some shaping from our building practices today.
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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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“neither … nor ” alternative

Is it correct ? I don't currently have neither an irish residence nor an irish bank account yet or I could say : I don't have an irish residence and an irish bank account yet
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“This was the fastest I heard someone [respond/responded]” - which to use, and why?

Here are the two sentences. This was the fastest I heard someone responded. This was the fastest I heard someone respond. Can someone help me understand: A) Which one is correct, and what is ...
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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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Help with - is, or is that

If I say: What they really mean is, everyone will be making 25 cents on the dollar. or What they really mean is that everyone will be making 25 cents on the dollar.
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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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How is this a valid sentence without the word “creates” in it?

How is the below sentence valid? "Second, globalization doesn’t create a convergent, but a divergent economy." Shouldn't it be "but it creates a divergent economy"? If this is a valid sentence ...
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Parallel Structure [duplicate]

I read the following script in a TOEIC Speaking book: “Hi, Mohammed. This is Sam. I just got your voicemail about the printing job. I would rather go with the original printer. Maybe you can ask them ...
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Is “of all manner” as grammatically correct as “all manner of”?

I think the sentence I'm working on feels better lyrically if I say: "strangers of all manners." As opposed to: "all manner of strangers." At the very least I think it might be a bit awkward when ...
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What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: “Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages.”?

What is grammatically incorrect with the sentence: "Moving to a new town and making new friends is hard for people of all ages."? Is it the subject/verb agreement?
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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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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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Using multiple “ands” in a list

I am writing a paper, and I don't know if the following sentence is grammatically correct... For years dichotomies have controlled humanity in multiple areas: mind and body, truth and falsity, ...
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Is spoiled in a good use here ? [closed]

For example I want to know if my actions did "ruin" someones weekend, but use for ruin a softer/nicer word can this be "spoil" and the sentence would look like this: I hope i did not spoil your ...
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What is implied in this sentence? [closed]

In "How to write mathematics" by Halmos I came accross the following fragment: "A credit line from me here wouldn’t add a thing to their stature, but my possible misunderstanding, misplacing, and ...
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Describing the syntax in a sentence from Jane Austen's Emma

I'm writing an essay on a passage from Jane Austen's Emma and am trying to comment upon the structure of a certain sentence. I know what I want to say (in terms of the effects of the syntax), but I ...
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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 ...