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

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“These will be, should be” [closed]

Is the following sentence correct? "... the goods will arrive later. These will be, should be packed, will be stored in our third shed" I don't know if it does make sense to you guys, but since ...
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Do listeners understand different adjective orders?

I found Adjective order, but I keep wondering if listeners actually understand what I mean when I don't follow that order. For example, if I say, "a lovely long white coat," I may change it to "a long ...
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Using “you know” when the listener can't be expected to know. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Garbage/stuff words Can you end a sentence with "you know," when telling the listener some new information that they couldn't possibly be expected to know? For example, ...
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Fish fish fish [closed]

I have seen that buffalo buffalo... has been posted here before. However some sites claim also that the sentence Fish fish fish fish fish fish fish. makes sense. Can someone confirm and ...
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How should I understand “archaeocyte” in this sentence?

Consider the following sentence: The fossil consists of a complete skull of an archaeocyte, an extinct group of ancestors of modern cetaceans. Does it mean "the fossil consists of a complete ...
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How should I understand this sentence?

How should I understand the following sentence? Missing until recently were fossils clearly intermediate, or transitional, between land mammals and cetaceans. This from the excerpt of an ...
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What is the meaning of this complex sentence?

The historical roots of democracy in India are well worth considering, if only because the connection with public arguments is often missed, through the temptation to attribute the Indian ...
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How should I quote a book's name?

When writing, one often needs to quote the name of a book. How should I do it properly? I have met all of the following kinds of quotation. Which one is correct and what's the principle? An ...
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Clarification in sentence usage [closed]

I want to rephrase this: "No member in my group is pending to clear the certification". May I say "No one is yet to be certified"?
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Question regarding “does”/“do”

What rule of grammar does this sentence break? (I mean the "does" part of the following sentence) What does the status indicators mean? Also, why does english.stackexchange.com have a code ...
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“one perspective or point of view”?

Consider the following sentence: Often passages will present information about the topic from more than one perspective or point of view. Are "perspective" and "point of view" of the same ...
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Yoda's sentence structure [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What term can be used to describe Yoda's speech? What is the structure of Yoda's sentences? Are they grammatically correct (US english)? "Size matters not, ... ...
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Can I start a sentence with “i.e.”?

While writing a rhetorical question I ran into a case where it seemed natural to start a sentence with "I.e": How do we handle the case when the list is empty? I.e., if the filter matched no ...
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Capitalising a sentence whose first word is explicitly lowercase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Capitalization of names that begin lowercased, at the beginning of a sentence Let's say that you have a word that should be typed with leading lowercase letter. Perhaps ...
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Inverse word order

Is the following sentence correct? Within the class NP dwells the elite group of problems labeled NP-complete. What rule allows to flip "group" and "dwells" in this case? I thought one should ...
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Forming valid one word sentences

I remember my English teacher saying that there are only two valid ways to make a one-word sentence: A question: Why? Where? A command: Go! Stop! Is this correct?
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“Nothing to tell” versus “nothing to say”

There's nothing to tell. There's nothing to say. Can anyone explain the difference between those two statements and give some examples on how they should be used? I think I do have a basic ...
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Can I start a sentence with “because”, whether I am answering a question, or giving a sample of an idea? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can a sentence start with “Because” I would like to know if the next sentence is right: "Because in this case, both are spelled the same way"
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Should I write “calling himself in this/that way” here?

In my text I am trying to say, that it is not clear what intentions the person had, by calling themselves in a certain way (let's say Foobar). My question is should I use "calling himself this way" ...
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Help me parse this sentence so I can understand what joke my ancestors played on the King

I'm reading an old history book about my ancestors entitled "Rulewater And Its People: An Account Of The Valley Of The Rule And Its Inhabitants" published in 1907 by George Tancred. In it, I'm having ...
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“I'm not understand” — help regarding sentence structure

I am trying to learn/improve my English by remembering grammar rules. Everyday, I read a lot of technical documentation and have many conversations with my colleagues from US. I already have many ...
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Is it acceptable to use digit and word form of numbers in the same sentence/paragraph?

To illustrate, this reads a bit awkward: In a country with 75 billion SMBs, at least seven billion of them should advertise. What's the acceptable practice in such sentences ?
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Is there a sentence containing every letter without repeating? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shortest pangram Does anyone know of a coherent sentence that contains every letter in the alphabet without repeating any?
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Meaning of “you don't need no memory” and its grammar or rhetoric [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “We don't need no education” You don't need no memory. Just don't know what it means.
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The sentence with the most prepositions at its end — does it really work?

What did you bring that book that I don't want to be read to from out of about 'Down Under' up for? I was wondering whether this sentence is actually correct and if it is, whether someone could ...
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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 shorten 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 shorten the ...
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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 ...