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

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is it compulsory to use “his/her” and “he/she” to refer to a person or just “he” and “his” is enough? [duplicate]

Let see this sentence: a person needs to change his / her mind so that he /she can become good. or a person needs to change his mind so that he can become good is the second one incorrect? I've ...
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Is using “too” correct in “As X, so too Y”? [closed]

Is the usage of "too" correct in this sentence? As the systems we simulate become increasingly complex, so too does the task of validation.
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Why is a semicolon used here instead of a full stop? [closed]

I came across this sentence in the book I'm reading (Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings) and I was wondering why the semicolon is used instead of a full stop. Unlike the western Grolims ...
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Adding “one” to an expression like “more than the average”

Is it necessary to add the word "one" in the following sentence? Mary was clearly not a typical child; she was more quiet and inexpressive than the average (one). Does that one belong there?
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Is there any rule of order for time, date, place, building, and etc?

I sent an email to confirm my meeting with a person which specified time, date, place, and building on the email like below: I would like to meet you at 5pm this Sunday in KFC on the first floor ...
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Use of “then'” in the sentence

I came across the following sentence in this article. "The emasculated society of Europe serves, then, as a warning to conservatives, and reinforces their belief that America must reverse the trend ...
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How to use decades in this sentence?

I want to say ongoing research on matter X using the word decades. The research started from the date of discovery of matter x in 1982 onwards. This should be an opening statement of an academic ...
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“The idea of the X came from Y” vs “The idea of the X raised from Y”

I'm confiused a little bit in a correct usage of the word idea in sentences. Wich one of the following correct? The idea of the system design came from the knowledge acquired in literature review ...
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sentence formation and use of right grammar [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Her bank account was opened under me as a guardian. Actually I need to say that when her account was opened I had to be her guardian since she was ...
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“is to” or “is how to”?

Is it better to say "is to" or "is how to"? For example: A challenging problem is to analyse the runtime effects. or should it be: A challenging problem is how to analyse the runtime effects....
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Please help me understand the meaning these sentences

We have a call about it tonight. We're trying to close it as a bigger project. I'll let you know soon. I would like to understand what 'close it as a bigger project' means. Does it mean the project ...
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What are these types of sentences called, and am I missing any?

All the "pluperfect" and "preterit" (sp?) stuff makes my head swim. I have tried to make a list of all the different basic sentence types using a common theme. Could somebody identify the term for ...
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“What could X do besides Y?” or “What could X do, besides Y?”

Example: But what can a tree do(,) besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen? Should I place a comma there? Why or why not?
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Do bands perform “live at somewhere” or “live in somewhere” or …?

I saw a video (of a band performing on a stage, typical "live performance", inside a theatre) which had this title: (Band name), Live at (Town) Theatre But it occured to me that in might fit: ...
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Is the following a correct use of “which in itself?”

The tree was thick and tall as a watch tower. Its branches resembled twisted arms, and they had so few leaves you could count them with your fingers. Like some kind of parasites, moss covered ...
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Can we start a sentence with “Like this,”?

Is the following sentence well constructed? Like this, doing things that you do not like help you learn important skills. It looks wrong to me, but I have yet to find a rule or guide that could give a ...
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Singular pronoun in "The Cardinal and Ferdinand… he warns her”

The Cardinal and Ferdinand, the brothers of the Duchess, are very much against her re-marriage. He even warns her by showing his father's dagger and that he would use it to take revenge on her if ...
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Show agreement or similarity with “so could it be” or “so could it”?

I have this sentence: As this problematic situation could be applied to Europe, so could the way of dealing with it be I don't know whether the last be should be removed or not. Is it correct ...
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Meaning of 'I didn't think you were' [closed]

What is the meaning of this sentence: I didn't think you were Why is 'were' used here instead of 'are'? How is that different from: I didn't think you are
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Which of the following sentences is correct [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct: 1) No regular classes will be there for Sunday School during June. 2) Regular classes will not be there for Sunday School during June.
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“X is inequitable because Y is disproportionate to Z.” Is there a better way to put this?

While a full Major League Baseball season is 162 games, the first round of the playoffs is only a 5 game series. I feel that this system is inequitable because the length of the opening playoff ...
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Is “Everyone tends to get the best of my worst” a valid sentence?

Is there any alternatives to the above sentence? I just needed to know how to say : "everyone tends to find my worst qualities easily" in a subtle way. And i really had no what to tag it with :)
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Transform negative to affirmative? [closed]

What is the affirmative form of the following sentence? He is neither poor nor honest. I tried, but couldn't transform it from negative to affirmative.
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Is it possible to write an infinite sentence that is grammatically correct? [closed]

I was wondering if this was technically possible in English. I did not know if there are specific grammar rules that would make an infinite sentence impossible.
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How should we put a website address into a sentence? [closed]

Is the following a right way to put a website address in a sentence? You can visit the website http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/ask for English grammar problems.
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How to say: I only speak spanish [closed]

Are these sentences correct? I only speak spanish. I speak spanish alone. I just speak spanish. Are there other ways to say the same thing?
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Meaning of the sentence [closed]

"Eliot Ness hounded out graft in all forms—he even helped nab Al Capone". I know "hound" means "follow and pursue", but no meaning of "graft" in the dictionary seems to fit the sentence.
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Make a billing details default? Is it correct English?

We have a situation where we are asking the user to select one billing details and make it default, from the different billing details that he has already provided to us. The billing details consider ...
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“With us this morning is Peter” [duplicate]

Is it possible to say in English, "With us this morning is Peter"? What is the Subject in the quoted part of the sentence?
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Is it correct to use two present verbs sequentially?

We are currently in the process of finishing planning for the outage. It the preceding sentence grammatically correct? Is the preceding sentence ideally structured? If not, what would be a ...
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How to express the willingness to learn things necessary on the job?

I am applying for a job in finance where I think I am just a beginner. So there are a lot of things I will learn on the job. I want to express that I am ready for it and to make clear that I am an ...
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use of no or not [closed]

I came across a sentence : "I met this person about a month ago. I remember his name, what he was wearing, and his hair texture but no his face." Shouldn't "not" be used instead of "no" in the above ...
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“in the most unexpected way” vs “in the most unexpected of ways”

For instance, which one I should use in the following sentence? It wasn't until eight years later that I got to hear about the Johnsons again, though [...]. Are they the same? If not, how to ...
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Can you use the word “where” in a sentence this way?

Is it proper grammar to use the word "where" after a comma, or can I replace this word with something more appropriate? "I was employed as a ______ at ABC Company, where I was responsible for ...
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Meaning of “How do I respond when confronted by a person you spoke ill about me to a fault?”

How do I respond when confronted by a person you spoke ill about me to a fault? What does this sentence mean?
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“So though” vs “so even though”

Do they mean the same? Or they mean slightly different things? Example: They both had passion for music, so, (even) though their tastes differed, they never ran out of topic to talk about.
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“I became proficient” - is this correct grammar? [closed]

I would like to find out if this is correct: "I became proficient at locating information in customer relationship management software and recording customer issues in a help desk system."
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Right sentence for keep a date in mind

A friend will get married and she made a banner with "Save the date" expression, expecting her friends to memorize/annotate the marriage date. The sentence doesn't feels right to me, but I could not ...
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Use “too” instead of “so” and “very”

In what situation would you use "too" instead of so or very. Can someone help me? I have a problem with using too in sentence. Please give me an example. Thanks
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Is this sentence correct using the right choice of words? [closed]

Does the way I wrote the following sentence make sense? The story begins with Olaf speaking about his experiences and perception of life.
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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paraphrase this sentence [closed]

Please help me to paraphrase this sentence. Because of their insect origin, the Myrmidons were blindly loyal to Achilles, so loyal that they would die without resisting if ordered to.
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“Choose a password [that is] at least 6 characters long” - should I include “that is”?

I am not a native English speaker. But I would like to know if the following sentence is correct? "Choose a password at least 6 characters long." Or should it be something like "Choose a password ...
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What are other ways to express “something becomes more and more important”?

For example, if I would like to use the word "importance", how can I make the sentence?
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and "...
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What does this mean: To come in a close second or third

In this newspaper article about a swiss pilot it says at the end: On his travel blog he lists the most amazing moment in his life so far as having his two daughters. It may be safe to say this ...
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Eliminate to be verb [closed]

How can I eliminate the weak "to be" verb (DOES) in the following sentence: She does not assist in accomplishing...
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [closed]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...
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Should I use “somewhere” in this sentence?

"I've lost myself [somewhere] among the dreams that never come true"