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

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Do “that” and “it” refer to different things in this sentence?

He likes going to the library to study. That always makes her happy. What if the last sentence were to be changed to It always makes her happy. Do these two sentences mean something ...
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Can “…” mean the same thing as a semicolon?

Can a semicolon be replaced with "..." (an ellipsis) in a sentence? Is there any difference at all?
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New sentence after semicolon

After a semicolon what follows isn't capitalized like at the beginning of a sentence. However, what if it were? Would that be incorrect?
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How to deal with abbreviations at the end of a question?

In a sentence like Should we host them on imgur et cetera? where I want to abbreviate the "et cetera", what is the correct punctuation? Using a period after the "etc." like mid sentence usages ...
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What is wrong with phrasing like “configure how”?

I'm doing some editing and one sentence I'm navigating says "You can configure how the thing appears." (That's a paraphrase.) I think it is wrong because "configure" is a transitive verb and needs a ...
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Are there other repeated single word sentences like the Buffalo sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Awkward sounding but grammatically correct sentences? My friend told me about the Buffalo sentence: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo ...
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“put away in my pocket” vs. “tucked away in my pocket”

Those things are always put away in my pocket. Those things are always tucked away in my pocket. Do these mean the same thing? The first sentence makes me think of the action of putting ...
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“They know not of what they speak.”

Is this phrase wrong? Shouldn't it be, they know naught of what they speak?
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“It's too late for me to do that now.”

Is this sentence OK? Is the "now" at the end of the sentence redundant?
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Is the sentence “we grew warmer and warmer” grammatical?

I did a Google search on the the sentence, "We grew warmer and warmer," and it only came up with a few hits, not even one page worth. So is this grammatically incorrect? Is there a better way to put ...
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How can I phrase a question about a theoretical event in the past, which cannot happen anymore?

I'll try to give some specific examples, as this one is rather difficult to explain. Example 1: Imagine you have been attending a kindergarten in Canada. Now you are 30 years old, so you won't go to ...
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Is the following sentence grammatically correct? It doesn't sound right [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: “A total of 10 babies is sleeping.” v.s. “A total of 10 babies are sleeping.” v.s. “Ten babies in total are sleeping.” Is “a total ...
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“Not much I can hand to you this very moment”

What's the meaning of this sentence? Not much I can hand to you this very moment.
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What do you call the impressive short sentences catalogs and magazine use to write product descriptions?

A couple of years ago I heard a word descriptive of short and impressive sentences that are used in catalogs and websites for product descriptions. I don't remember that specific word. Do you have any ...
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Capitalization of names that begin lowercased, at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How Should Trademarks be Written? How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”? Many products these days have names that intentionally begin with ...
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Stylistic level of a phrase starting with an infinitive[?] form

I wrote the following sentence: Bringing an article from draft to polished publication on a scientific journal requires to go through a process called "peer reviewing". My questions are: Is it ...
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Is “to [verb] will [verb]” a complete statement?

Let's have, for example, the following phrase. To create fancy product will require more effort. Is it a grammatically complete and correct sentence?
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What did Charlie Sheen mean when he said ‘Tired of pretending like not a total bitchin' rock star from Mars’?

In the latest interview of Charlie Sheen in the NBC’s ‘The Good Morning America,’ Sheen said that he was tired of pretending he’s not a total bitchin rock star from Mars. Although I guess he is ...
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Intimate and Intimate

I was thinking about the "intimate" word used here: How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend? How can I differentiate both words? Edit: in response to comments, I don't quite ...
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How should I contract this sentence?

In an email, I would like to write the following sentence: The weight of services given by Company B is not less than the weight of services given by Company A. I want to contract this ...
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What does "What the monarchies have going for them are royal families that allow them to stand above the fray,’ mean?

I saw the sentence in the following quote of Kenneth M. Pollack, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about Middle East upheaval in New York Times’ ...
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Which is more correct: well or good? within the context given: [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “good” and “well” "I work equally well as part of a team or as an independent researcher." or "I work equally ...
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What to do if a sentence ends with “Yahoo!”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to handle a name that includes an exclamation point (or other punctuation)? Just like the title of this question. I was reading an article about CAPTCHAs on ...
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Is the construct “Strength cannot beat MORE strength without …” correct?

Is the following quote correct English? Strength cannot beat more strength without ju jitsu
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Which Is Correct: “Do More Faster” or “Do More, Faster”?

I have been stumbling with this phrase for a few days now. I read a book the other day called "Do More Faster". The title comes from a slogan about startups getting more work done than their ...
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“Viewer discretion is advised”

This program contains material that may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. Is that 100% correct English? This is the text shown before some TV programs. When I first ...
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Help with sentence: don't come in

Which of the following is correct: 1) Don't come in, I'm busy. 2) Don't come in; I'm busy. 3) Don't come in. I'm busy. 4) Don't come in I'm busy. And why?
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Enjoys his fair share to work hard and smart to meet commitments

Received a resume lately. One of the sentence, in summary section, doesn't look right to me. It may be not a very obvious mistake, or may not be a mistake at all. But I can't say anything for sure, as ...
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“How does it compares”

I understand it should be How does it compare because the do has stole the s, but what is the reasoning behind it? I don't want to make the same mistake twice, so I feel I need to understand the ...
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Grails have or Grails has?

There is a framework called Grails. Is that sentence correct? The Grails have integration with jUnit
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What does “pass it on” mean?

I love the song Pass It On by The Coral, but I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: Just find the feeling, pass it on. What does pass it on mean?
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“Outside” or “outside of”?

The word rarely turns up outside that context. and The word rarely turns up outside of that context. Which one is correct and why?
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Complement or object?

I saw him cross the road. Is cross the road the object of saw? Or is it the complement of him?
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What's different between the two sentences?

Hey, I'm watching a TV show, and there's a sentence: I knew giving you that book was gonna come back and bite me in the ass. Can I change it to: I know gave you that book was gonna come back ...
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Asking for feedback on a meeting summary

I've got to write a meeting summary, and amongst the recipient will be my boss. To ensure that I was accurate, I would like to ask for feedback from my recipient. I've got the following sentence: ...
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What's the difference between these sentences?

What's the difference between I'm going to eat my lunch and I have to go for my lunch and where can I use these sentences?
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Using quotes when referring to word as word

In the example I did not think about using the word "about". I feel that the word, about, should be wrapped in quotes. Is that correct?
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Is “Create Product” a <Verb> + <Subject> or <Verb> + <Object>?

I am software developer and trying to develop a new language. I need to learn that basic information in English: Create Product. Update Page. Stay Here. Create, Update and Stay are verbs, of ...
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How do you capitalize a proper noun such as “iPhone”?

I was always taught to capitalize the first letter of the first word in a sentence, and also the first letter of proper nouns. In the last few years it's been common for certain firms to name their ...
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Use like something in a sentence

I do know I can just click on that person's profile once every week/day, but I think automated "inbox" like feature would be better I'm talking about Inbox feature provided by the ...
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“when I clicked on video file nothing has happened”

when I clicked on video file nothing has happened. Is that correct?
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What does “Fight through the pain” mean?

What does sentence "Fight through the pain" mean? I heard this sentence in XBox360 game Gears of War. Can the sentence be also used with other verbs - can it be simply expressed as pattern "Do ...
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What's the meaning of “he walked away a free man”?

I am reading a grammar book. There is an example sentence I can't understand. There is a special pattern where a complement occurs with an action verb, not a linking verb. The related example ...
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How would I say this sentence correctly? [closed]

After six months of looking for jobs, she got a reply from a job application she posted online from Macy's asking her to come to a interview. The sentence does not sound right to me, what ...
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Where would “take your life safety lightly” fit in?

Can you come up with any sensible sentence, into which the following combination of words would fit in well: "take your life safety lightly". Please, don't change the words order. Also, if possible, ...
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The ambitious/arrogant tone of “I”

I don't understand why but I feel arrogant or ambitious when I use a simple sentence in active voice using "I" especially while I was writing my college essay or curriculum vitae e.g. "I managed a ...
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Interesting sentences in English language [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Awkward sounding but grammatically correct sentences? The following sentence is one eminent speaker "It is difficult to use, three times consecutively, in a sentence ...
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When talking about something, where do we place its name in the sentence?

In Computer Science papers (and I'm sure that in papers in many other fields, too), we often have to describe a new tool or method that has a name. Let's talk for instance about Eclipse, and its wide ...
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Answering questions with a negation at the end

How are you supposed to answer a question like this (assuming you're from Minnesota)? You are a Minnesotan, no? Are you supposed to give the same answer as your answer to this question or give ...
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Comma in compound/complex sentences

Is there a rule, which states that one must or must not use comma before "then" in a sentence like this: If you can read this, then you might want to answer this question.