A sentence is a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate.

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What does the sentence mean?

I have a physics book and am having trouble understanding this sentence: When we say we are a pile of atoms, we do not mean we are merely a pile of atoms, because a pile of atoms which is not ...
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Are commands complete sentences?

This question seems to indirectly ask the question, but the upvoted answer says "the actual sentence is...". So my question is this: Are commands considered to be grammatically sound, complete ...
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What is the suitable option to fill the blank in the sentence below? [closed]

Alice is exhausted, she ............. is running has been running had been running was running Can anybody please help me in understanding the answer to this question?
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Is this structure, Adj. as it seems, correct?

I wish to express Although it may sound good, its assumption is questionable and risky. I remember vaguely that I have read it as such from somewhere I cannot remember: Good as it may sound, ...
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How to use the “not only . . . but also” construction? [closed]

I’m trying to create the following phrase: It is important not only to ____ but also to ____ in general. But the way I’ve written it above doesn’t sound that good to me. Since I’m not a native ...
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English sentence structure

My daughter wrote a short story at school and wrote ''said the woman'' the teacher corrected this and wrote '' the woman said'' Is it not correct either way?
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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Active to Passive voice: “Go to School Now”

How would you convert the imperative sentence: "Go to school now." to the passive voice? While discussing it in class, our teacher gave the following solution: "You are ordered to go to school now." ...
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“Since” or “from”? [duplicate]

I am staying in USA since 20 years. I am staying in USA from 20 years. Which one is correct?
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Short sentence with adjective and adverb

I think that this is a problem of the usage of adjectives and adverbs (that's why I chose this title): I have a sentence in my presentation, which clarifies that a procedure uses only observations ...
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Comma after or before “parenthetic” and?

After showing me the house, Nana led us to the living room, and with Mongai's Take Me Somewhere Nice playing on in the background, we started on the Scotch we'd bought at the 7-Eleven. The dim ...
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What symbol denotes “or more”?

Trying to construct a math-like means for my English students to understand sentence structure. Need to indicate: "A compound sentence consists of 2 Independent Clauses and 1 OR MORE Dependent ...
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Which event does the sentence refer to about the love-letters?

Quotation from My Life Autobiography of Havelock Ellis: The love-letters of the Brownings have been used to exploit the indignation of the superior people who make this protest. I have looked into ...
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Omitting “what it was” in a sentence

Example: There's was something wrong in the room, but I couldn't quite tell what it was. I felt as if I had entered a house with the gas stove left on; there was something dense and strange in ...
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Is it correct to use “we too gone through…”? [closed]

Is this a correct sentence: We too gone through such a situation. I felt that a better alternative is: We had also gone through such a situation. Which is the correct usage?
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Help in deciphering the meaning of this convoluted sentence

I was reading an answer on one of the sister sites of this site and came across this line : A common question, glad you asked it. Here is all you never thought you would ever not want to know ...
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Is this sentence structure truly awful, or not?

I sometimes hear comments on this sort of sentence: In some cases, we find the solutions are actually. . . . The comments are to the effect that one should not to put In some cases at the ...
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Is saying, “This is funnier too” incorrect?

Regardless of context, is the sentence itself correct? What I said was something along the lines of, "This is smarter, and it is funnier too."
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Which sentence is more correct: “They are playing by the river” or “They are playing at the river”?

I know that both sentences can be used to express proximity, to be near something but "by" sounds much better to me than "at" in this case. In which situation is "at" preferable?
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What's the difference between “stared at” and “stared off at?”

What's the difference between these two sentences? Mary stared at the distance Mary stared off at/into the distance
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What does “the grit of something” mean?

I read this sentence: those problem are the creative grit of a theory What does "the creative grit" mean?
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There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically

In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much. In the every-day ...
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“at the age of” vs “at age”

Which sentence sounds better/more natural? She first became aware of it at the age of five. or She first became aware of it at age five.
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“peered out the plane” vs “peered out the plane window”

Is it OK to omit window in the following sentence: Mary relaxed her body as she peered out the plane. Clear turquoise water and miles of white sand started appearing on the horizon. Is it ...
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What is the mistake in this sentence? [closed]

Can't understand my easy writing comment? Something seems wrong about this sentence; I want to know where the mistake is in this sentence. Is it grammatically correct?
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“Holding her finger” vs “holding on her finger” vs “holding onto her finger.”

Mary peered down at the beach, and holding her index finger, she sank back to her seat with a sigh. Mary peered down at the beach, and holding on her index finger, she sank back to her seat ...
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“I hope that my search ends now” or “I hope my search ends now”? [duplicate]

I was doing a question for Yahoo Answers and suddenly I can't choice. Maybe because I never study English(after elementary and high school), I don't know which is the right sentence? Of course I know ...
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“In spite of” vs “other than.”

I would like to know which sentence flows better. This one: I was a taken aback by Limei's little confession. In spite of her impulsive personality, she seemed like a normal girl, leading a ...
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“At the time” vs “at that time”

Examples: I met Monica a year ago. At that time, I was living in New Work, in a middle-sized apartment overlooking the Mississippi River. I met Monica a year ago. At the time, I was living ...
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Using “beyond” with nothing following behind

I wrote the following: Her words hung in the air as I gazed out of the hotel window. The mountain lay quietly in the dark, like a calm, sleeping giant. A cluster of city lights glittered ...
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“I got to watch this movie” or “I got an opportunity to watch this movie”?

Ok, recently, I made an update on a website like this : So, finally I got to watch this movie ... Basically, what I was trying to say is that "I got an opportunity to watch this movie". I was ...
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Is it correct to say “under the shelter of X, a Y was taking place?”

Is it correct to say the following? All that could be heard was the wind blowing, and giant waves crashing against the rocks in the beach. Under the shelter of the inn, a barbecue was taking ...
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Use of pronouns with “and” [duplicate]

Which would be correct: Bill is making a cake for Karin and I or Bill is making a cake for Karin and myself
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Using singular or plural in a prepositional phrase [duplicate]

I need your help to resolve a grammar related problem that I often encounter: I become confused about the use of singular and plural in course of writing a sentence. Examples: Millions of people ...
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Should these questions be split?

I have these two questions: Could you give me a call please as I need to speak to you about something? What is the name of the reference because there is something important that I need to ...
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“The above technique is a double-edged sword” [duplicate]

In our native language, we say this "The above technique is a double-edged sword". Is it appropriate to say it in English? If not, what is the nice way to express the same meaning?
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What is the usual form of “Please do the needful”? [duplicate]

I was browsing the internet, and found that "Please do the needful" is not an appropriate sentence to use or write. According to this link, this sentence used to get used in South Asia. What would be ...
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looking for a word or expressing to express matching, symmetric

Background: A packet has a source IP and a destination IP. I set the source IP as 10.0.0.3. The destination IP can be set as 10.0.0.1, 127.0.0.1 or 138.9.32.4. These 3 IPs belong ...
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Which one is correct? “I have work experience in ” or “I had work experience in”? [closed]

Which one is correct? I have previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010. OR I had previous work experience in IBM in PHP domain during the period 2009-2010.
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What does this sentence mean: “Cologne, with its seven and seventy evil savors, was a posy-bed to it.”?

This is a sentence from a book I'm translating, the one before that is "The first thing I met was a regiment of the vilest odors that ever assaulted the human nose, and took it by storm." So, what is ...
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Does the following sentence make sense? [closed]

The bond between children and their parents is the strongest bind on earth.
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Is there a website/game builds a sentence for the given word? [duplicate]

I just got a request from someone the request is for a website/game which you gave it a word it builds you the sentence. I know it might not be a good way to learn but maybe for a while or for some ...
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What does this sentence mean: “Troubles are poor things to hug. They've got too many prickers.” [closed]

This is a sentence from a book for children. I'm trying to translate it into Chinese. Not sure what this means. DO we want to hug troubles or not?
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How should this be read? [closed]

We all know that you do not belong here, have no idea what you are talking about, and can't actually script. Should this be interpreted as We all know that you do not belong here You ...
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How do you express a natural habit of a species?

I am curious to know about the plural/singular form of addressing a species. For example, which expression is correct or more appropriate: Lion does not eat wolf Lions do not eat wolves Or ...
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Use semicolon or period when telling a result of an action?

If you look at these sentences, the second one is result of the first: Alex shouts and feels pain in his leg, and he rubs the place with hand and looks at the leg. His leg swelled little bit. So ...
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A water circle of few radius is around the park

In the following image: Do you see the water in a few feet radius around a land? How do you describe this? Let's assume that the land is a park and there is no fountain. Can I express it this way: ...
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What to do about multiple sentences following a colon?

For example: It happened only a handful of times in my lifetime: once when I went to the store. It just had to be done. There was no choice. Another when heading to the beach in 2013... Should I ...
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Should I use “even though” or “although” in the following sentence?

Even though we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends. Although we were becoming closer and closer, we remained just as friends. Which is the one above correct?
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How can I say that I'm in progress of become a security analyst on a headline?

I would like to state on my LinkedIn's headline that I am in progress of become a security analyst. How could I say it without use that sentence, because that is a sentence not a headline. I had ...