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

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“To” vs. “for” in “gold for your business” [closed]

As a marketing slogan could the following sentence be considered grammatical? Because happy customers are gold for your business. Would it be better to say to instead of for? Or a rephrasing ...
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Is it grammatical to finish a sentence with “also”?

In the following text, I wonder if it's grammatical to finish the sentence with also. it does sound weird to me. The sentence sound incomplete somehow and makes the audience wait for more. Here ...
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Grammatical? “One in 12 babies is/are immunized.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which is correct: “one or more is” or “one or more are”? “1 in 10 are” or “1 in 10 is”? Which is grammatical and why? About one in 12 Australian babies is not ...
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What is proper sentence structure? [closed]

I've got a problem with this structure: "Under this term are meant all things that belong to (...)" I wish to know if it's correct and what kind of structure actually it is. I believe it's probably ...
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Usage of “in contrast”

I want to explain something in the first sentence and then say some opposite thing in the second sentence. I thought, I could use the phrase in contrast to make the flow of a paragraph. For example: ...
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As or due to give same meaning? [closed]

Does as or due to give same meaning? I have written some example case As the reference data is available with a leading company and difficulty of making own reference data, the overall ...
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Is ‘Today, Japan’s old age social security system is running at a deficit, is the whole country” in Forbes magazine a right sentence? [closed]

I’m puzzled about the meaning of “is the whole country” in the following sentence of the article titled “Japan’s choice: Sink the welfare state or collapse – Whither Japan,” in October 21 Forbes ...
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Is this a run-on sentence? Is there a better way to rewrite it?

Since Osan was Jihei's wife and Koharu was his adulteress, they represented his obligation and passion respectively. I see three potential problems: Run-on sentence: There are two ...
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“stopping to refill his cup when she did”

Consider the following sentence: She got up to get some of the coffee he had made, stopping to refill his cup when she did. What does the subordinate clause in this sentence mean? Does it mean ...
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How to avoid repetition of “due to” [closed]

I want to say that something has happened due to several reasons. So I used word due to to say the reason but due to comes respectively. I avoided it in my 2nd sentence. Would it be ok? Missing of ...
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correct usage of 'in spite of' instead of 'although'

It is difficult to figure out how to alter the word although for a case like below as in my report there are many although.. so I am looking for an alternative like in spite of Although the ...
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“torrential rainfall promoted unhealthiness …” [closed]

During the monsoons, it rained heavily and continuously. The ditches, pits and channels all overflowed with water... In the (....) I want to say something like: this whole scene of ...
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“without any core banking words”

What is a better way of saying this sentence? The banker explained the working of bank in an easy way for a layman to understand without any core banking words. The emphasis is on the ...
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removing some repeating phrases within a sentence [closed]

i think this sentence doesn't accept by the academic readers as some phrases are repeating so that looking for some modifications. Alternatively, users can decide for which application this ...
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Combining 3 sentences [closed]

I am struggling to combine following 3 sentences for a one sentence. I am doubted how to do it. Any suggestions please. a) Most of the above methods often rely on the crown height model (CHM) ...
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What does “a mission to make the 1 percent 100 percent able to indulge in car elevators” mean?

Further to my previous question on the word, “profile in courage” in Maureen Dowd’s article of NY-Times, “Of Mad Men, Mad Women and Meat Loaf,” I was puzzled with the ending line of the following ...
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Meaning of “Schemas are changed infrequently, if at all”

As the question title implies, the following is a simple sentence written in plain English. Schemas are changed infrequently, if at all. Where schema is a special term used in Database ...
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“If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”

What does the following Jack Lemmon quote mean: If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball. I guess picking up the wrong golf ball must be an idiom but I ...
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Starting a sentence with “apparently” [closed]

Can one start a sentence with the word apparently? For example: Apparently he did not pay him back. I know that one should not start a sentence with because, but what are some words that one ...
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How do you distinguish “have got” from “got” as the past tense of “get” in “I got my car back”?

When someone says "I got my car back" in an informal setting, does it mean (1) or (2)? I have got my car back. (Where "have" can be dropped in spoken English.) I got my car back. (As the past tense ...
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'submerged' in this particular moment [closed]

How can I say this sentence more properly? Suppose I am with my girlfriend, and I say "I want my whole life to be submerged in this particular moment". I don't think that submerged is the right ...
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What does the phrase, “there is properly no history, only biography” mean?

I found Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous words, “there is properly no history, only biography,” in his “Essay I” being quoted in the article titled “Keeping the dream alive: A biography,” appearing in ...
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What does “This change has been a long time coming” mean? [closed]

This change has been a long time coming. So what does this sentence really mean — the change has taken a long period of time to finally occur? Or something different?
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The meaning of “People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”

I am having a hard time understanding the following Logan Pearsall Smith quote: People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading. Googling didn't help much other than whose quote it is. ...
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Sentence completion question [closed]

From the given options, choose the sentence that completes the paragraph in the most appropriate way. Most people at their first consultation take a furtive look at the surgeon’s hands in ...
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Does “I don’t have either late-night nor between-meal snacks” sound natural?

Does the sentence sound natural? I don’t have either late-night nor between-meal snacks.
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What does “Watch the plain clothes” account for in terms of “Cheap liquor nationalism”?

International Herald Tribune (September 30) introduced a commentary of Japanese novelist, Haruki Murakami who is regarded as a favorite for this year’s Nobel Prize in literature on Japan’s dispute ...
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OK to use two “there”s in a sentence?

A teacher once told me that it is improper to use two there words in a sentence, such as There is a woman there. or Is there a man there? and instead state A woman is there. or ...
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Is “He picked up a quarrel” correct?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? He picked up a quarrel.
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Using “basically” in an interview

Can I use word basically in an interview? For example I basically belong to X but I am working at Y from last 10 years. Or can I use I belong to X and I am working at Y from last 10 years. ...
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What tense is “You were unable to do it.”?

"You were unable to do it." Can you describe the tense of this sentence? Is it Past Progressive?
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How to avoiding starting with “it is”? [closed]

I have a sentence fragment I must make into a sentence: Late August at the Los Angeles Zoo. I use this sentence to begin a story. I really do not want to use “it is” though, because “it is” ...
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Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …”

I was told that it is a typical mistake for Russian speakers to say I feel myself badly instead of I feel ill. I wonder to what extent such constructs sound wrong to native speakers? I feel ...
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Can't understand the meaning of “facile” in these example [closed]

I found the meaning of facile is easy, getting something without effort. http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/facile I have read those sentences. But can't understand it clearly. I'm trying to ...
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Can't understand the meaning of “flogged” in this sentence

There are products to be flogged and, Ms. Barberich added, “stars to be made.” What does it mean by flogged here? I got these synonym: struck, propelled, electrical, beaten, flogged, chastised ...
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How does “panegyric” work in “Tom is very panegyric while talking to his co-workers”?

Tom is very panegyric while talking to his co-workers. From What is a sentence for panegyric? What's the meaning of this sentence? I have search the meaning of panegyric, but can't understand ...
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Meaning of the word 'orthodox' in sentence? [closed]

"If I can not succeed in an orthodox way, at least I can succeed in a criminal world." What does the word orthodox mean in this case ?
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Breaking or break the habit

Which of these sentences is grammatically correct? Imagining the ill effects of smoking led him to ultimately break the habit. Imagining the ill effects of smoking led him to ultimately breaking the ...
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Is this sentence correct in grammar and does it even make sense [closed]

This sentence: You have the right to ask for someone in the United States of America. Does it have any grammatical errors? Does it even make sense? I think it is usually ...to ask for ...
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what does “the powers that be have to really mean it for the work to matter” mean? [closed]

The following is from Jeff Atwood's blog: When given the freedom to "work on whatever you want", the powers that be have to really mean it for the work to matter. Mostly that means providing ...
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Is this a valid sentence using accretion?

I am having difficulty understanding and using the word "accretion". From what I understand , it means to gradually save a definite amount from a source. So is the following sentence valid? James ...
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Is this a valid sentence using “approbation” [closed]

I believe the word means to approve or praise. So can I use it as Are you looking for an approbation from your boss ? or Why are you still standing here ? Do you want me to approbate you ? ...
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Is this correct: “leaning against my back” [closed]

I'm writing in present tense, first person. I want to say that someone is sitting back to back with the main character (narrator). I utilized the following phrase: The voice comes from someone ...
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Proper use of 'forestall'. Is this allowed?

Your attitude always forestalls us from enjoying. Does the above sentence make sense?
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What is the subject of the following sentence?

Food allergies are adverse reactions to an otherwise harmless food or food component that involves an abnormal response of the body's immune system to specific protein(s) in foods. This is a ...
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Need clarify the use of word “locates” in the sentence

My English teacher asked a quiz question: The dancing club ___ north of this district a. lays b. lies c. locates d. lain The answer was given as c. locates. I feel something ...
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What does “force oneself ” mean in the sentence,“Dickens has been forcing himself. Bleak House was forced; Little Dorrit was labored”?

I saw the phrase, “force himself” in the following sentence of Time (Jan 30) article titled “Charles in Charge.”: Critics found these novels dreary and diffuse. Henry James, reviewing Our Mutual ...
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What does “Has it come to this?” in “Republican leaders quickly voiced horror at these tactics. ‘Has it come to this?’ said John Boehner” mean?

There was the following sentence in July 19 New York Time’s editorial titled “Democrats Gain the Upper Hand”: “Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Democratic leadership, said Monday that her party ...
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What does “find someone well” mean?

I got some email from a stranger that contains: I hope this email finds you well. So what does "find you well" means here? Does it mean "Are you well" or "The email find the right guy"? I'm a ...
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How to make a statement and then iterate through a list thereafter

I would like to state a fact, and then, if possible, in the same sentence, iterate over a list of properties related to that fact. Here are a few examples: The construction site had two ...