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

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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 ...
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Is using “too” correct in “As X, so too Y”? [closed]

Is the usage of "too" correct in this sentence? As the systems we simulate become increasingly complex, so too does the task of validation.
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Why is a semicolon used here instead of a full stop? [closed]

I came across this sentence in the book I'm reading (Enchanter's End Game by David Eddings) and I was wondering why the semicolon is used instead of a full stop. Unlike the western Grolims ...
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Adding “one” to an expression like “more than the average”

Is it necessary to add the word "one" in the following sentence? Mary was clearly not a typical child; she was more quiet and inexpressive than the average (one). Does that one belong there?
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Is there any rule of order for time, date, place, building, and etc?

I sent an email to confirm my meeting with a person which specified time, date, place, and building on the email like below: I would like to meet you at 5pm this Sunday in KFC on the first floor ...
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Usage of “however”

In the below sentence, the word however is used at the end. New genome editing techniques—in particular the CRISPR system Church and his team are using—offer new hope, however. In 1987 Japanese ...
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Use of “then'” in the sentence

I came across the below sentence in this article. "The emasculated society of Europe serves, then, as a warning to conservatives, and reinforces their belief that America must reverse the trend of ...
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How to use decades in this sentence?

I want to say ongoing research on matter X using the word decades. The research started from the date of discovery of matter x in 1982 onwards. This should be an opening statement of an academic ...
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“The idea of the X came from Y” vs “The idea of the X raised from Y”

I'm confiused a little bit in a correct usage of the word idea in sentences. Wich one of the following correct? The idea of the system design came from the knowledge acquired in literature review ...
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sentence formation and use of right grammar [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? Her bank account was opened under me as a guardian. Actually I need to say that when her account was opened I had to be her guardian since she was ...
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“is to” or “is how to”?

Is it better to say "is to" or "is how to"? For example: A challenging problem is to analyse the runtime effects. or should it be: A challenging problem is how to analyse the runtime ...
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Please help me understand the meaning these sentences

We have a call about it tonight. We're trying to close it as a bigger project. I'll let you know soon. I would like to understand what 'close it as a bigger project' means. Does it mean the project ...
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What are these types of sentences called, and am I missing any?

All the "pluperfect" and "preterit" (sp?) stuff makes my head swim. I have tried to make a list of all the different basic sentence types using a common theme. Could somebody identify the term for ...
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“What could X do besides Y?” or “What could X do, besides Y?”

Example: But what can a tree do(,) besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen? Should I place a comma there? Why or why not?
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Do bands perform “live at somewhere” or “live in somewhere” or …?

I saw a video (of a band performing on a stage, typical "live performance", inside a theatre) which had this title: (Band name), Live at (Town) Theatre But it occured to me that in might fit: ...
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Is the following a correct use of “which in itself?”

The tree was thick and tall as a watch tower. Its branches resembled twisted arms, and they had so few leaves you could count them with your fingers. Like some kind of parasites, moss covered ...
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Can we start a sentence with “Like this,”?

Is the following sentence well constructed? Like this, doing things that you do not like help you learn important skills. It looks wrong to me, but I have yet to find a rule or guide that could give a ...
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Singular pronoun in "The Cardinal and Ferdinand… he warns her”

The Cardinal and Ferdinand, the brothers of the Duchess, are very much against her re-marriage. He even warns her by showing his father's dagger and that he would use it to take revenge on her if ...
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Show agreement or similarity with “so could it be” or “so could it”?

I have this sentence: As this problematic situation could be applied to Europe, so could the way of dealing with it be I don't know whether the last be should be removed or not. Is it correct ...
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Meaning of 'I didn't think you were' [closed]

What is the meaning of this sentence: I didn't think you were Why is 'were' used here instead of 'are'? How is that different from: I didn't think you are
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Which of the following sentences is correct [closed]

Which one of these sentences is correct: 1) No regular classes will be there for Sunday School during June. 2) Regular classes will not be there for Sunday School during June.
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“X is inequitable because Y is disproportionate to Z.” Is there a better way to put this?

While a full Major League Baseball season is 162 games, the first round of the playoffs is only a 5 game series. I feel that this system is inequitable because the length of the opening playoff ...
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Is “Everyone tends to get the best of my worst” a valid sentence?

Is there any alternatives to the above sentence? I just needed to know how to say : "everyone tends to find my worst qualities easily" in a subtle way. And i really had no what to tag it with :)
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Transform negative to affirmative? [closed]

What is the affirmative form of the following sentence? He is neither poor nor honest. I tried, but couldn't transform it from negative to affirmative.
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Is it possible to write an infinite sentence that is grammatically correct? [closed]

I was wondering if this was technically possible in English. I did not know if there are specific grammar rules that would make an infinite sentence impossible.
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Is the above sentence correct? [closed]

She has an outstanding relationship with children being as she is caring, kind and thoughtful and fun to be with.
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How should we put a website address into a sentence? [closed]

Is the following a right way to put a website address in a sentence? You can visit the website http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/ask for English grammar problems.
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How to say: I only speak spanish [closed]

Are these sentences correct? I only speak spanish. I speak spanish alone. I just speak spanish. Are there other ways to say the same thing?
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Meaning of the sentence [closed]

"Eliot Ness hounded out graft in all forms—he even helped nab Al Capone". I know "hound" means "follow and pursue", but no meaning of "graft" in the dictionary seems to fit the sentence.
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Is it “close the door” or “shut the door”?

I am confused about which one to use. Do the phrases have the same meanings or different meanings? Close the door. Shut the door.
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Make a billing details default? Is it correct English?

We have a situation where we are asking the user to select one billing details and make it default, from the different billing details that he has already provided to us. The billing details consider ...
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“With us this morning is Peter” [duplicate]

Is it possible to say in English, "With us this morning is Peter"? What is the Subject in the quoted part of the sentence?