Questions about the structure of sentences

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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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Instead of grammar using senteces

I want to know how use instead of in simple sentences. is this Example correct? For me, Computer uses instead of the mobile phone
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'Nonprobabilistic Sampling' versus 'Nonprobability Sampling'

I'm writing a research paper, and I need to translate it to English. I hired a translator and I'm not sure that the following sentence has the right structure: Interventions: It was performed ...
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Confusing sentence, which is which?

Very difficult sentence structure. The bold part is very confusing. Although these molecules allow radiation wavelength, where most of the energy of sunlight is concentrated, to pass through, ...
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Be it… or grammar

Can anyone please describe the use of "be it or " grammar, I have checked internet but couldn't find anything that me help. with regards
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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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Meaning of “all shelves about me towards the worse”?

"Here am I now upon my high place," he said to himself. "Life may be no better; this is the mountain top; and all shelves about me towards the worse. For the first time I will light up the ...
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is it grammatically correct to say “oh,If only I weren't tired ” [closed]

I read this "If only I weren't tired " on an English Dictionary, is it grammatically correct, if yes what kind of grammar is that.And can we say instead of "If only I weren't tired " "if only I ...
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Can someone help me to understand this difficult sentence structure?

Please help me to understand the following. I have difficulty with the passage that appears between the two dashes. Gutman argues convincingly that the stability of the Black family encouraged ...
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Difficult sentence strucure [closed]

His thesis works relatively well when applied to discrimination against blacks in the US, but his definition of racial prejudice as "racially-based negative prejudgements against a group generally ...
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Human beings are kind and trust worthy to their neighbours but in group and as nations they become hostile to each other [closed]

Human beings are kind and trust worthy to their neighbours but in group and as nations they become hostile to each other. Correct this sentence wher necessary? Find the error. Where are mistakes? ...
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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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“The problem is that…”. Good or bad English?

I wrote a technical article in which I used (probably overused) constructions of the form "The main point is that...", "The problem is that...". As I am a native Italian speaker, these sentences have ...
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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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“The app can be run using the following link” - how to phrase it naturally?

I write a user manual in English (for the first time) and I struggle with certain phrases. There is a web application so naturally users needs to type in the address in order to access it. I am 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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Sentence Correction [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? It is in relation to shifting to a new career path. "It has not been long since I have started to believe in the saying that the importance of a thing becomes far ...
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How is the rule with the ending comma in sequences in a sentence? [duplicate]

Saying an English sentence with a listing or sequence of several terms, there will always be a comma in between each term and it will end with an "and" before the last term. My question is, should ...
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What does “What Mary said!” mean?

Here is the situation: A: We love ourselves even after we make so many mistakes, so why do we hate others for one or two mistakes they've made? (sad emotion) Mary: everyone makes mistakes but what ...
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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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Sentence structure question

I apologise if this is a simple question. In the following sentence: I can have your car towed away. What type of phrase is the final part "towed away". If I'm right in saying, it is not ...
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Use 'conform' verbally in a sentence taking a direct object

Give me an example of a sentence using the verb 'conform' + direct object. I'm aware that this is usually used in a prepositional phrase however I'm wondering how it might be used without it. So give ...
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Grammatical name/function of “what” in the following sentence

I came across this sentence fragment among the instructions for a writing lab report: "Simply describe what the data that you collected." I feel like it should have an "are" at the end (minimally ...
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Where is the right place for the adverb 'well' in a sentence?

I want to write: "I understand something." But I want add emphasis by including the adverb "well". Which is the right place for it? I well understand something. I understand well something. I ...
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Why does moving the adverb to the front remove ambiguity?

Take the sentence Students who study physics rigorously learn math. As it stands, 'rigorously' can modify either 'study' or 'learn'. But if we move the adverb to the front to get Rigorously, ...
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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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Is there a name for this type of sentence: “The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure”? [duplicate]

Is there a name for this type of sentence: "The higher the temperature, the higher the pressure"? Such a word grouping is generally accepted as a sentence in science.
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It was done / It had been done yesterday

Which one is correct and why? It was done yesterday. or It had been done yesterday.
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“who are”instead of “as”?

I am plagued by a sentence from journal Nature. Though understanding the meaning it conveyed, certainly I could not write in that way. Here is the sentence. Focusing evaluation on such inflexible ...
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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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Interrogative sentence structure!

Are the following sentences correct? i) Does not he go to school? ii) Does not the sun give us light? I wanna know all about the correct patterns and also provide multiple answers if ...
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How common is the 'object-subject-verb' construction?

E.g. from Wiki: I hate oranges, but apples I'll eat! or He's not very interesting, but her I would like to know! I understand it is a form only used for emphasis, but how common is it? Is it ...
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‘Who/whom’ vs. ‘he/him’: how to figure out which to use

The accepted (and highly upvoted) answer to the question in the question What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly? states that the easiest way to find out whether to use who or whom is to ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences?

Health facilities reported 1000 people killed and 3000 wounded since March 19. Health facilities reported that 1000 people were killed and 3000 were wounded since March 19. Isn't 'killed' ...
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Position of Adverbs in Negative Sentences [closed]

How am I supposed to write the sentences below in the negative form? Example A: A.1) Lila is certainly not going to be very happy about it or A.2) Lila isn't certainly going to be very ...
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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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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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“jotted down” or “written down”

How can I put forward a formal notification which implies the following "We have incorporated all the suggestions written down in the Tracker by our onsite coordinator" ? Here to me "written down" ...
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Length of English sentences in comparison to German ones

Today I've heard that when writing an English text, I should try not to use too long sentences. Not because they are easier to write without grammatical mistakes, but because it'd be typical for the ...
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Can “obviously” be used in a sentence which is related to past event? [closed]

Let's say there would be a sentence like this: I obviously still don't speak Danish and therefore I am having a hard time living here. Is it correct if you consider that, in the past, I had a ...
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“I saw him playing football”

In this sentence, is "playing football" a participle phrase describing the object "him", or is "him playing football" all a gerund phrase functioning as the object? The problem with English grammar ...
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“That” – Which of the following sentences uses correct English grammar? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences uses correct English grammar? Don't make me play games I don't want to play. Don't make me play games that I don't want to play.
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Meaning and Emphasis Depending on the Placement of “Only” [duplicate]

My dog only likes people food. My dog likes only people food. My dog likes people food only. In each of these sentences, how does "only" affect it (i.e. emphasis and meaning)? Are any ...
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Can anyone explain the type of structure and meaning of this Rousseau quote?

Please explain this type of sentence structure and meaning of the following: By what inconceivable art has a means been found of making men free by making them subject; of using in the service of ...
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Would I say “I can sometimes…” or “I sometimes can…”

I'm just curious. I like to think that I am decent with grammar, but this has me puzzled. Which is the correct way to arrange my sentence? "I can sometimes..." or "I sometimes can..." Thank you
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Multiple preposition in a sentence [duplicate]

I would like to use both insert and remove in the same sentence. However, I would like to know how I will use the prepositions because the verbs have different prepositions into/from. There are some ...
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Is there an object in this sentence?

You need to practise your proofreading. In this sentence, "you" is the subject and "need" is the verb. But is there an object? At the moment I am guessing that there isn't and that to practise ...
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What is difference between GOT TO and HAVE TO [closed]

I was searching today on this topic. i found some posts on web according to them 1) I got to go now. 2) I have to go now. these two sentences are same but i wanna confirm that are they ...
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How should I convey my Best wishes [closed]

My aunt is going to USA as her husband got a job there. So I want to convey my best wishes to her. But I am confused in sentence formation. So what should I say to her?
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What does the sentence mean about the recruiter and the developer?

Here's a paragraph gives some advice for programmers looking for a job: Avoid recruiters at this stage in your career. Sorry to say, but the good recruiters don’t care about novice programmers. ...