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

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Become / get, successfully / effectually, together / common / united [closed]

Currently I'm looking for a product name. The goal of this product is that everyone can get successful with the power of a network (together, united) But I don't know which combination makes sense: ...
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Understanding the referent of a pronoun in this sentence [closed]

The sentence is taken from clash of clan game tips screen. Pekka's armour is so heavy that the spring trap doesn't work on her. Now, I would like to know, what is the referent for the ...
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Does the following sentence need punctuation?

Two youngsters in a bush surely didn't give a good impression. Two youngsters in a bush: surely it didn't give a good impression. Two youngsters in a bush; surely it didn't give a good ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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Can we omit the preposition “to” in the phrase “be responded to by”? And why?

In an article, I have read a sentence as follows: In the Golgi stress response, insufficient organelle capacity is responded to by augmentation of glycosylation enzyme expression and vesicular ...
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What is the difference of these two sentences?

Please explain the difference of these sentences.... 1) The garden is not as large as yours. 2) The garden is not larger than yours. I feel these are same. But is there difference? Please teach ...
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I love you for like ever [closed]

Can I say: "I love you for like ever" or I should say "I will love you for like ever" or both forms are correct? Thank you very much!
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Can you begin a sentence with 'It's because…'

Someone I work with in an ESL setting is using "It's because..." to begin his sentences and I believe it doesn't sound natural. I am aware that he should be using 'because' to join the sentences but ...
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An appropriate adjective [closed]

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...
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“As for me” in the beginning of the sentence

Could I use "As for me" in the beginning of the sentence? For example, when somebody asks the whole group of people what was done, and one in that group answers what he did: "As for me, I did that ...
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Sentence Structure 'drag out of by' [closed]

I'm interested to know if the following structure is correct: The family was extremely upset as every piece of information about the accident had to drag out of by the authorities. Is the preposition ...
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Shall. I use a preposition here? [closed]

which one is correct? We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and friends were invited. Or We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and ...
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Could you please simplify the highlighted part in simple English [closed]

Lindsey Aloia (Rollins College) and Denise Solomon (The Pennsylvania State University) published their findings in the journal Human Communication Research. Aloia and Solomon studied 50 ...
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“I'm curious as to how to…” [closed]

Is that worded properly? I'm not sure if it's off. Thank you for any help you give.
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Is it gramatically incorrect to begin a sentence with 'But'? [duplicate]

I am wondering because I was told that it is, but from what I've seen it's pretty widely used. Thanks!
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When to use potentials in a sentence

Is it grammatically correct to use potentials in the below sentence: Software tools analyze data and report potentials issues.
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“No longer could I wait”: Valid construction? [closed]

A lack of capital and experience had always kept me from pursuing this dream, but no longer could I wait. I'm unsure whether or not the no longer could I wait fragment is correct. I have just ...
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Is the comma usage proper in this sentence?

As a result, I am able to be understanding and accommodating to the people that I work with, including clients, which I believe is an important asset for a professional to have. I wanted to make ...
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What does “spurned” modify in “I am walking out of a room to the jeers of a woman spurned”

I am walking out of a room to the jeers of a woman spurned. Which word does the past participle modify in this context? Does it mean that I was spurned while walking out of the room, or am I out ...
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I have been all the time since lunch

I heard a native speaker say these words. Looking at his watch, this gentleman said to someone: I have been all the time since lunch. What makes this sentence grammatical ? Is there more to it ...
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product available on request (or: on demand)?

I need to show the availability status of some (physical) products. If the product is not available straight away, how would you say it? product available on request product available on demand ...
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Word classes in specific sentence

Consider the following setup. What would the word classes of "out" and "there" be? "Where is James?" "He is out there somewhere, right in the middle of the storm." I was first thinking in ...
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Meaning of “She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing” [closed]

Can you tell me what the following means? She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing.
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Suggest a professional way to say this statement [closed]

A news reporter responded to a question as below: We have no idea about this. I am not sure how correct this statement is in a professional environment. Can someone please suggest if there is ...
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Two concerns about this passage

Junior youth groups on the island are particularly thriving, urged on by the support of village chiefs who see how the participants are spiritually empowered. Encouraged by the unity and dedication ...
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Can somebody help explain this sentence from the novel Crytonomicon?

The sentence is as follows: Over the safety-engineered nubs molded into the jetway floor, their rolling suitcases drone like fighter planes. They graze the backs of his knees as they bank around ...
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Constructing a question to find out the position of something [duplicate]

I need to ask a question and I need you help in framing that question. Leave all that apart now. I will first tell you a sentence: "Narendra Modi is the 15th Prime Minister of India" I need to ...
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How to understand ' I am of big eye'? [closed]

'I am of big eye' means 'I am a person whose eye is big' ? Furthermore, how to understand the usage of 'somebody/thing is of something'?
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Grammatically correct sentence where “you're” and “your” can be interchanged? [closed]

Most grammar checkers are capable of detecting the the misuse of "your" and "you're"; providing the necessary correction. I'm curious though, is there any sentence that can be constructed where ...
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Which of these sentences is more appropriate/correct? [closed]

Which of these sentences is more appropriate? a) Thanks go to (person a) and (person b) for accepting to be a committee member in my defense. b) Thanks go to (person a) and (person b) for accepting ...
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Can you make this sentence clear?

I insist on putting this never-before-heeded advice in my math syllabus every semester (this is only my third one). I often obsess about the way I write things and I actually re-read it myself this ...
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While I was waiting for [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? I want to say that I waited the time that the bus would leave the terminal in the past tense. While I was waiting for the bus leaves, a man came to talk to me. ...
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Is there a better way to structure a sentence with two separate points? [closed]

I have the following sentence: I improved the usability of the company's website and optimized the website's rendering speeds. Is there any way I can say this by using "company's website" only ...
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Is “straight from Kafka” an idiom?

I am working as a translator and in one of my projects, which was about strategic management , I came across this sentence: " In scenarios that come straight from Kafka, the simplest problems take ...
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how can I use “fewer” and “more” with numbers?

I have never heard anyone use words "fewer" and "more" when talking about the fact that a certain number of items is greater than a certain number of other items by a constant. For example if the ...
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What does “these” in this sentence refer to?

Here is the quotation: In support of his thesis, Dr Wrangham, who is an anthropologist, has ransacked other fields and come up with an impressive array of material. Cooking increases the share of ...
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What is the meaning of “the greatest story ever sold”?

Here goes the quotation (my emphasis): Teabing chuckled. "The ivory towers of Harvard have made you soft, Robert. Yes, the clergy in Rome are blessed with potent faith, and because of this, their ...
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Meaning of “he has done little to make the case to leaders that stacking political institutions with tycoons and their cronies will fuel discontent”

When it comes to political reform, Mr Leung's hands are tied by Mr Xi's intransigence. But he has done little to make the obvious case to leaders in Beijing that stacking political institutions ...
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What does “even the keel in favour of ” in the sentence mean?

Even the legal framework that is supposed to provide a modicum of protection to workers is fraying. For instance, the state’s unwillingness to use the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act or the ...
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“Former and Latter for upcoming list: ”following latter“ or ”latter following“, or just ”latter"? [closed]

According to this page, they use former and latter in the following way: “I enjoy read­ing Entrepreneur and Inc, but pre­fer the lat­ter over the former.” The issue I'm having is how to ...
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Help understanding a sentence/reference

The introductory paragraph of the book An Introduction to Mathematics, written for general audience by the great British mathematician Alfred North Whitehead goes like this: Chapter 1: THE ...
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Affirmative statements with negative meaning

I was trying to understand indefinite pronouns from this English Grammar Guide site. Everything was going smoothly until I bumped into this paragraph. AFFIRMATIVE STATEMENTS In affirmative ...
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use of expediency and entail?

I wonder if the following sentence conveys the right meaning. Even if they make a big mistake, expediency entails to forgive each other for the bigger cause of friendship. Can expediency entail ...
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Should this “wasn't” be a “weren't”? Why? [duplicate]

If it wasn't raining I would have gone to work. I was told this sentence isn't correct, because it should have "weren't" instead of "wasn't": If it weren't raining I would have gone to work. ...
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Is it idiomatic to say, “What a better place to X?”

Example: My first destination was the plant pathology department because—well, what a better place to find out about plants? Is it common/idiomatic to ask a question with that structure?
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“He would go to the theater if I would go with him” - is this a correct sentence?

How to say properly in American English this sentence: "He would go to the theater if I would go with him". Does it look absolutely fine? First of all, I'm curious about two "would" in one sentence.
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that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still

The idea that nothing is true except what we comprehend is silly, and that ideas which our minds cannot reconcile are mutually destructive, sillier still. To me, the second sentence is ...
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Capital letter after adverb [closed]

In sentences like: Also, it provides ... Also, It provides ... is it allowed to place It (with a capital I) instead of it after the adverb Also?
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Is it common to say “that [month] night”? [closed]

I know it's common to say: I was in my apartment that Wednesday night, lights off, curtains drawn, shopping on the Internet. How about? I was in my apartment that January night, lights ...
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Should “differentiate” be plural in this sentence? [duplicate]

What we know how to do and what we have done differentiate us from others. or What we know how to do and what we have done differentiates us from others. Can anyone explain to me which is correct ...