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

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Elephantine memory. [closed]

When something is 'Elephantine', it means that it is similar to an elephant in a certain way. Since elephants have great memory, is it alright for me to say that someone has an elephantine memory? ...
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What's a more professional or formal way to say that someone is “cowering/hiding behind their keyboard”?

I am trying to explain how a lot of people online have a lack of accountability on the internet by hiding behind their keyboards.
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“Kindly” vs “Please” : Which is better in official emails? [closed]

Consider the below sentences:- 1. Kindly review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 2. Please review the document and let me know if I need to change something. 3. Could you ...
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The usage of “was always”

Good evening everyone! Recentle I've been wondering if it's okey to use always with past simple. Here's a sentence I made up as an example: Baking cakes was always a hard task for me. Is it ...
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Should I capitalize a word at the beginning of a sentence with a slash?

Sorry about the badly written title. Basically, I have this sentence: Clicking/Tapping on the icons brings up the DNA selection menu. Should tapping be capitalized in this situation?
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Is using the word “Likewise” in a sentence not professional or informal? [closed]

Last evening in my communication class, we had some discussion. In that discussion I used the word likewise in a sentence. But they said using likewise in a sentence anywhere is not professional or it ...
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“All there is is light” - repeating the word “is”

The sentence in question: All there is is light. The sentence appears in a context of a novel, where a great flash of light is described. "All there is..." is meant to describe the fact that the ...
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What is implied in this sentence? [closed]

In "How to write mathematics" by Halmos I came accross the following fragment: "A credit line from me here wouldn’t add a thing to their stature, but my possible misunderstanding, misplacing, and ...
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Should we use the word “Actually” before a sentence? [closed]

Someone asked to me about some particular information. I replied to the email like this:- Hi, "Actually I was assigned the following task by my Manager"........ Is it grammatically correct to start ...
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Describing the syntax in a sentence from Jane Austen's Emma

I'm writing an essay on a passage from Jane Austen's Emma and am trying to comment upon the structure of a certain sentence. I know what I want to say (in terms of the effects of the syntax), but I ...
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What does “the squalor of toiling steel” mean? [closed]

This is a sentence from the book Survival in Auschwitz. Above us the malevolent clouds chase each other to separate us from the sun; on all sides the squalor of the toiling steel closes in on us. ...
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Nicely packed story - a better way to say it? [closed]

"She told us a story, it was a very nicely packed story but..." Is there a better way to say "nicely packed story"? There was this person who gave us a speech and she shared a personal story. It was ...
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Which sentence is phrased correctly [closed]

I think you set the bar of expectations too high for this product. I think you set the bar of expectations for this product too high. Do both work, or is one of those worded wrong?
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Using “Prescience”

Is it alright if I use the word "prescience" in this manner, since the term prescience means to know something in advance? From the looks of the dark clouds outside the window, I've got a prescience ...
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Can I use a gerund in a non-restrictive clause? [closed]

This sentence feels correct to me, but I'm not sure as I'm not a native. There were even people who, not knowing what was going on, just came to see what all the noise was.
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Use of will in condition clauses [duplicate]

I've got following sentence in a visa application form: You are not required to provide a medical certificate or Chest X-ray Certificate if you will be in New Zealand for less than six months. ...
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How to convey the idea of 'each of more than one person saying a different thing'? [closed]

I am a non-native English speaker. I have a question about forming the following sentence: "One one person is saying one one thing." I mean each person is saying a different thing. I want to ...
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'Year Obtained from education' on CV meaning

So I am filling out a CV and answering about my education, when it comes up 'year obtained' I have never come across this on a CV before and if I have it hasn't been worded this way. Could someone ...
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What phrase can I use to compare a situation to something which is never going to happen?

My sentence is: There is a rule that you must come to training unless....? I need something like 'pigs flying outside the window' but more formal.
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What is the meaning of this excerpt?

I settled a debt(in process of) for certain amount with the government, but there is a note at the bottom which bothers me. If I understand correctly, this means that I would have to pay the reduced ...
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How to say a particular author is the only one you've read every book of?

Charles Dickens is an author. I have read every book he's written, and he's the only author who I can say this about. If I wanted to express this fact, in one single and elegant sentence, what would ...
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Does this sentence sound natural to native speakers? [closed]

Otherwise, the facilities built would be lying idle and the purpose of improving public health would be in vain. ** May I ask if this sentence is correct and idiomatic? Many thanks!
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UPTO ONE YEAR BEFORE EXPIRY

I'm trying to understand the meaning of this sentence "RE-ISSUE OF PASSPORT ON EXPIRY OR UPTO ONE YEAR BEFORE EXPIRY". I just need help with explanation on latter part of this sentence (upto one yr ...
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“The tongue in a certain state will cleave to the roof”

While looking for synonym comparison of “stick-cleave-adhere”, I came across this in English Synonyms Explained in Alphabetical Order: To stick expresses more than to cleave, and cleave than ...
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Is there any difference between 'to affiliate with' and 'to affiliate to'?

When I was looking up the word 'affiliate', the dictionary offered the example sentences which I've been really confused from. The actual meaning of the word 'affiliate' is to cause a group to ...
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What is a better way to say: “you did a great job” [closed]

What is a better way to say: "you did a great job"
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If a verb projects, does that make it complex?

There is a lot of discussion about simple, compound and complex sentences. However, I find this difficult to apply to verbs that project e.g. mental verbs "think, believe, understand" etc and verbal ...
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Removing repetition [closed]

I have a sentence: "As she reaches an inch from your face, something burning inside you (love) caused you to raise your arms and envelop her slim figure." "inside you caused you" sounds repetitive. I ...
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Adverb placement, before or after the verb [duplicate]

first time on this side of the StackExchange. Quick question: My dream is to code a chess game, and then have the AI I developed checkmate me legitimately. vs. My dream is to code a ...
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Donald Trump's run-on sentences

In every Trump speech, almost every sentence is a run-on sentence. Here is a quote from one of his speeches last year Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and ...
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How to describe the situation in the question in correct English?

Suppose two sheets intersect at a line and there is a third sheet which passing through the line. As a result two points will be created in the line. Now I want to do the inverse operation, that is ...
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cube of the distance [closed]

In my thesis, I want to say the outcome is proportional to the cube of the distance. Is there any way to say it better? Thanks,
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“I will send an email to manager and copy you on that.” Is this correct? [closed]

1) I will send an email to Rick and copy you on that. 2) I will send an email to Rick and I will copy you on that. Which of the above is correct?
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Is this a complex sentence or compound-complex sentence?

Is this a complex sentence or compound-complex sentence? Researchers who study the trajectory of biodiversity loss are alarmed that, within the century, an exponentially rising extinction rate ...
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Sentence Structure Question

What kind of clause or phrase is used in the first part of the following sentence (Frail and seemingly disoriented at times)? Would you elaborate on its structure. Frail and seemingly disoriented ...
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Can you say “Please don't try to get in contact with us”

A mailbot sends some files and should notify the recipient that this mailaddress can only send and not receive messages. This notification at the moment is: Please don't try to get in contact with ...
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Spotting error of the sentence [closed]

Another baffling change that I notice in hin now-a-days is that he avoids to speak to me. Please spot the error in above sentence nd explain plz.
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When should the word “NOW” be used in a sentence…? [duplicate]

Consider the following 2 sentences:- "Now the application is working fine". "The application is working fine now". Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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Is this a grammatical sentence?

One of my students wrote a sentence, shown hereunder in italics, and I can't seem to able to tell if it is correct or not? Andrew has thought good of creating some company and setting it up abroad. ...
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“If you don't mind me asking” or “If you don't mind my asking”? [duplicate]

Which one is more appropriate - "If you don't mind me asking" or "If you don't mind my asking"? I always thought that it was "If you don't mind me asking", but I recently heard "If you don't mind my ...
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What strikes me the most - usage [closed]

Can anyone explain what does this mean and how to use it correctly in a sentence? What strikes me the most
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Is it a correct sentence when you say “Orange is not a vegetable, and neither is Apple”? [closed]

Is it a correct sentence when you say “Orange is not a vegetable, and neither is Apple”? I would like to do the below.. 1. I wish to point out the similarity of 2 different subjects (Orange and Apple ...
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Meaning of 'not permitted in A or in B' [closed]

Does "not permitted in A or in B" mean "not permitted in A and not permitted in B" or mean "not permitted in A or not permitted in B"? Thanks for any helpful answers!
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What does this sentence in the song FIGHT SONG - by Rachel Platten mean? [closed]

The sentence is : Like how a single word Can make a heart open I know the literal meaning , but I don't understand its meaning here? The link to the video song
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Meaning of a sentence from a news article

This is an excerpt from NYT news article. (http://nyti.ms/1mCPmPy) But the drop in production is not happening fast enough, especially with output from deep waters off the Gulf of Mexico and ...
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“They saw the bus to come to the station.” What is wrong with this sentence? [closed]

Please, correct (if it needs) this sentence: They saw the bus to come to the station. Should I use to here?
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Can a single sentence be made using words to, too, and two consecutively (one after the other) in the same sentence properly? [closed]

Without any restriction, can a single sentence be written or spoken using the words "to", "too", and "two" in the same sentence consecutively used (one after the other) and be proper? Please ...
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Is “No” a complete sentence [closed]

I'm aware No is what is called a "sentence word". Does that mean that on its own, it is a "complete sentence"? Please state the reason for your answer, i.e. do not simply answer "Yes" or "No"
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“Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel”, who will adopt the suggestions?

I have a sentence Several suggestions have been offered for adoption by the panel. My question is, is the panel supposed to adopt the suggestions, or the panel offered those suggestions?
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Is “Tomorrow good?” a complete sentence?

Is this a complete sentence: Tomorrow good? As I understand it, first you change the interrogatory to declarative so the question becomes whether Tomorrow (is) good is a sentence.