Questions about the structure of sentences

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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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Which is easily understandable?

[missing words here]would be utilized in the best possible way to achieve the goals of your organization, while at the same time continuing to develop and gain experience. [missing words here]would ...
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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“Its color is brown” vs “It is brown in color” describing nouns

I was wondering what the difference between these two similar ways of describing a noun is. Its color is brown. or It is brown in color. If they are both proper usage please explain to me ...
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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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assumptions without “if” and so on

Today in the newspapers I read Rodgers yesterday claimed had Sturridge been with his club he would have been given extra time to recover in the same situation. I don't understand how this ...
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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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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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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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The term for a long sentence with the point at the end

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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present simple plus past simple in the if-clause

Please help me understand whether I can use the past simple tense with the present simple tense in one if-clause. My example is the question that I want to ask when speaking with English native ...
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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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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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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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His voice is so monotone that it lulls me to sleep every time I hear it

I've come across this sentence.Do you think it is grammatically correct ?For me it seems as if there are two unnecessary/redundant "it"s in this sentence.Because we should not use the subject of a ...
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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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How can we structure the continuous form of 'theft'?

I am trying to form a sentence that tells about how someone is stealing something at the moment. Can I say - "A theft is taking place right now." ? 'Taking place' sounds improper, and too formal. Is ...
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Double perhaps/or perhaps in the same sentence

I'm getting tripped up by the rules on when to use a comma for perhaps in a sentence like this: Perhaps you have..., or perhaps(,) you know of ... I understand that the general rule for starting ...
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A dataset of equivalent English phrases?

There is a similarity or even equality between many sentences in English language such as: I happened to come across the scientific definitions while reading. I came across the scientific ...
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during vacations or during the vacations?

I am wondering which one is correct. He goes to Switzerland during vacations. He goes to Switzerland during the vacations. Also if you could tell me the reason, it would be perfect. Any help ...
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Usage of “however”

In the below 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 Japanese ...
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Which of these sentences is correct? (“as much as” application)

I always have problem by using "as much as". Assume I start job 1 at 9 AM, and job 2 at 10 Am. Which of these sentences can be correct? 1- I postpone job 2 as much as an hour... . 2- I postpone job ...
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past and present tense and eliminating commas

For example, "It's a story about how Tim and John can't pay their mortgage, [and so, wind up], spending thousands of dollars to loan sharks." Can you have this sentence without the bracketed clause?
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please correct: “Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.”

Is it correct to use Please inform us if we can pick up the documents we left in your office last friday.
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A “model plane” or a “plane model”: What's the difference?

Which question is correct? If they are both correct, what's the difference between these questions? How do you make a model plane? How do you make a plane model?
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Name for the repetition evident in “How much larger should it be to be secure?”

I'm editing a post that has the sentence: How much larger should it be to be secure? I've come across other situations where there are repetitions in a sentence (such as that that) and am hoping ...
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Does the following sentence need punctuation?

Two youngsters in a bush surely didn't give a good impression. Two youngsters in a bush: surely it didn't give a good impression. Two youngsters in a bush; surely it didn't give a good ...
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Ending a clause with “but”

In an office email, I am trying to write a qualifying clause while leading into an exception to that clause in the same sentence. While this is an office email, and therefore informality is somewhat ...
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Usage of 'indeed', specifically in terms of position in a sentence

I'm wondering if there's any rule or consensus on how one should use the word 'indeed' when trying to convey actuality. The context is that I'm writing an email to someone about a job, but I'm not ...
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How to properly structure a sentence: <something right now> before and because of <something that happens soon in the future>

What is the correct form of the following sentence? "There are no more options available before the order is cancelled tomorrow" or, "There are no more options available before the order will be ...
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A sentence with three verbs

Is it okay for this sentence to contain three verbs? In addition, most of Chinese dams, including the TGD, have no integrated fish ladders for migratory fishes, cut off migration routes and cause ...
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Selecting according to two criteria in turn

There are several buckets of documents, each containing some type 1 docs and some type 2 docs. I want to say that algorithm A selects the bucket containing the most number of type 1 docs, and if two ...