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

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Is this sentence flawed? [closed]

I keep trying to make this sentence sound better but I can't figure it out. It's part of an essay I wrote. "We are threatening ourselves by destroying the plants and animals that we have only ...
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Does “Each product is defined into final detail” have a meaning?

I was asked to proof-read an english text. The sentence "Each product is defined into final detail" caught my eyes, as I do not know if it is valid. I believe the client wants to say "Each product is ...
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What is the best word to describe a person's false pride?

I need to build up a sentence saying like this "She has no false pride like other actresses, she replies to every message sent by her fans". I need to emphasize that she has no false pride like other ...
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parts of the sentence(syntax) [duplicate]

could you be so kind and tell me which and where parts of sentence are in sentences like this? (by parts of sentence i mean attribute, subject, predicate, object, etc) It was a bright room and I ...
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'balls have dropped' what does it mean?

I am seeing an episode of a British sitcom, The Thin Blue Line, where an officer makes a remark Just once in a while, I'd like to nick someone whose balls have dropped! What does this sentence ...
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What does this actually mean?

'...Conferred on the whole country its name of China' I'm reading it but I'm not quite sure I understand what it means. Is it saying they told the country they they'd name it China?
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I'd know my life before I had even lived it

Girl: "I've made my decision, Father". Her Father: "You've ruined so many prospects, Lucy". Girl: "Hmm.Nothing but boys, following in their father's footsteps. I'd know my life before I ...
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Didn't find what (you are/you were/you're) looking for?

I'm trying to figure out how best to word the above sentence. It's for a web page, and at the bottom of the page there will be a search bar. To me "you are" or "you're" is the best fit, because the ...
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what does over-ridden means?

I got a email from my lecturer saying You have over-ridden the design document with a progress report. What does this mean?? Cheers for your help.
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I don't understand a part of the dictionary definition of the word“ bastion” [closed]

I looked up the word "bastion" on the internet, and the definition was: a projecting part of a fortification built in an angle to the line of a wall, so as to allow defensive fire in several ...
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Meaning of “niche” in “he knows the niches of this or that genre”

He knows the niches of this or that genre. Which meaning is intended here? He is a master at every genre and knows everything about them. He has a shallow knowledge about every genre.
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From the viewpoint of us/we, the people?

From the viewpoint of us, the people / From the viewpoint of we, the people Hi guys, I'm not sure which one is correct. I'm trying to say that I am also part of the people, and I'm not sure if I ...
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“New York is a great place to live.” (no preposition?)

New York is a great place to live. New York is a great place to live in. I've seen the former usage a lot and I've started wondering what the grammar aspects of it are. The main question ...
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Alternate word for impersonate in terms of Items or things

Well actually I'm searching for the right word for a particular scenario or maybe behavior. Suppose I go to a shop and ask for an item but they don't have it. Now the sales person's priority is to ...
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Word or phrase for “online supporting documents”

In a conversation on a particular topic, I want to ask the other person to provide online supporting documents about his views on the topic. They may be websites or blogs or wiki etc, but they should ...
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Is it proper to use a cause clause as the major statement of a fact?

I am reading a manual explaining the usage of symbols. I was stuck at below paragraph(The software-context may be ignored.): As a ‘\’ is not special inside a character alternative, it can never ...
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Job Description on CV [closed]

I want to write a title (e.g. "Math Teacher") and one short sentence (e.g. "High School teacher at Kellog's school of Wizards") on my CV that describes the job I had during a summer. The company I ...
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Aptitude to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily

Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for ...
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Word for a salesperson's enthusiasm

Suppose you visit a shop looking for something to buy. Every time you pick up an object, the shopkeeper goes gaga over the features of the product and why it's a must-buy. I'm searching for a single ...
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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How widely used is the “two-space-sentence-ending” convention?

I was reading a manual discussing about how a sentence should be properly ended by convention. Here I quote: you follow the American typist's convention of putting two spaces at the end of a ...
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How does punctuation affect this clause in a sentence?

In this sentence: Parents and children, under the age of 18, that live in the same residence When punctuated this way, does the age restriction apply to both parents and children? I mean, ...
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Should I use “me and her” or “her and me” in the following sentence?

I was surprised Paola agreed to come on the trip, just her and me. I was surprised Paola agreed to come on the trip, just me and her. Both versions sound OK to me. Or is it there a more appropriate ...
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Example of use of autoantonym causing unintentional ambiguous sentences in news reports?

What are some examples of use of autoantonyms causing unintentional ambiguous sentences in (recent) news reports? I'm trying to compile some real-world examples of autoantonyms (as opposed to toy ...
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What is the best way to forcefully say each word in a sentence.

Here is the example that I have: "Mother," I said with clenched teeth, "I said I don't want to talk about it." Now, I'd like to express the fact that each word in the second part of the ...
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Using plural and singular to refer to the same thing(s)

I often have trouble expressing myself when I want to talk about some things (plural) holistically as a single thing. For example, "differential equations are a form of expression...". It doesn't ...
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Would you guys change the following sentence suitable for my cover letter? [closed]

I need your help guys:) I am applying for an instructor position at a university in the States. Would you please change the following statement appropriate for my cover letter? "My bachelor's degree ...
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How to understand this sentence

I found this sentence in a reading material from a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) test. And I found it incredibly difficult for my to understand. A desire to throw over reality a light that ...
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Which is correct? “In as greater detail as possible” or “In as great a detail as possible” [closed]

The question title really says it all. I have Googled the subject but not found the answer!
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“Pouring from the window” vs “pouring in from the window”

Mary woke to the soft light pouring from the window. Mary woke to the soft light pouring in from the window. What's the difference? Do they mean exactly the same?
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If you or somebody you know … are/is …? [duplicate]

What is the correct grammar for a sentence such as the following: "If you or somebody you know is an experienced such-and-such, please contact us." Vs.: "If you or somebody you know are an ...
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Have I corrected this sentence properly? [closed]

Could anyone clarify that I have corrected the following sentence properly? Original sentence: The day will kick off with a variety of stalls for everyone to enjoy from 10am-12pm including cakes, ...
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“in the order it was received” and referring to position as “order”

I'm sure many of you have been in this situation—I'll be on hold for a bit and some automated voice will say Your call will be answered in the order it was received. I understand what they're ...
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“Now is the time to” or “Now is time to” – Which is correct?

Which of the following two phrases is correct? Now is the time to Now is time to Or are both of them correct? And if so is "Now is the time to" more formal?
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How to parse these two long (subordinate) clauses connected with 'that'? [closed]

From footnote 8 on page 205 of Thinking Like a Lawyer by Frederick Schauer: Supplemented context: There are, of course, controversies about and challenges to these venerable distinctions as ...
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Who is one God and the one Mediator? [closed]

This is a passage from a book of the Bible: 1 Timothy Chapter 2 1 Exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; ...
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Initial capitalization of foreign surnames when starting a sentence

In the book, "The Crystal Shard," by R.A. Salvatore, a character is surnamed "de Bernezan." Which of the following complete sentences uses the correct English-language capitalization: de Bernezan ...
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Which is correct: kind or kinds? [closed]

The shopkeeper had hardly any of those kind/kinds of goods.
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Help me identify the structure of this excerpt

"Girls being kept out of the sciences and pushed into the humanities; the humanities being valued less in our society than the sciences;... " This sentence is weird and I want to know why. I noticed ...
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Questions becoming statements [duplicate]

Sometimes there is an interesting effect when you convert a question into a statement, though this does seem somewhat modern. For example, What the heck. as opposed to What the heck? or ...
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How to rewrite the following sentence? [closed]

"She is exhausted today because she did not get any sleep last night." And the given word is "Had___________________________________" I don't know how to rewrite the sentence.
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Can “On a second look …” be used in a sentence?

Is "On a second look, I thought / I felt" a correct usage? The complete sentence will be like this: "On a second look, I thought that the IP address you provided belongs to another network range ...
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Grammatical correctness of the sentence [closed]

Here is a sentence which doesn't really sound grammatically correct. I would appreciate if any one can have a look and let me know if the sentence could be improved. After all, when someone spends ...
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Use of the word “panic-stricken” for self

which would be the correct use of the word "panic-stricken" in the two sentences below: I was panic-stricken at the thought of missing my trip to usa OR I got panic-stricken at the thought ...
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“Is it just me or does this annoys you?” Please show me whats the mistake in this sentance [closed]

I found it on some 9gag title post and every one commented about the ugly grammar. As a non English speaking person, I can't find the problem with that sentence.
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What's your name? [duplicate]

My question may not be related with English language. It might be more of correct usage. Which one of the following is correct? Your name, please? or Your good name, please? // as if there is a ...
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Using “and” with names that have “and” in them

I taught him Microprocessor and Interfacing and Professional Ethics. Here Microprocessor and Interfacing is the first subject, and Professional Ethics is the second. The same professor taught me ...
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Turn “in to” or “into” a lonely lane?

I have a sentence I'm writing where I describe making a turn, as I run, into an empty alleyway. Here is how I would like to say it: I turn into a lonely lane... The problem I find is that it ...
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Punctuate a clause-example-clause-example in a sentence

I'm proofreading a colleagues work, and ran across a sentence which contains two examples with clarifications. I do not believe this should be broken out into two sentences. The original (nouns ...
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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 ...