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

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“Would agree” vs “would have agreed”

Did I really believe she would agree? and Did I really believe she would have agreed? What's the difference between the two? Is one more common/grammatically correct than the other?
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A stand-alone list of independent clauses as a sentence

Clearly, in some cases an isolated list cannot be a sentence. For example, Apples, oranges, and bananas. is not a sentence. But what about a list of independent clauses following a ...
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A sentence with too many commas [closed]

Can someone please explain the following sentence? This perspective provides a primarily pragmatic justification, therefore, for confidentiality, in that any perceived limitations to, or ...
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Wondering about using 'to'

I recently read a passage from a newspaper. Therefore alcohol should be banned to enable people to have a long and happy life. Q1) I'm confusing the part of 'people to have a long and happy ...
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The structure of the second half of this sentence

The dot is placed in a position that is relative to the other dots and the timing as to when the item was posted I'm okay with the first half of this sentence (the part before and). I'm ...
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Is the sentence “We are invested” correct?

Is the sentence "We are invested" correct? I found it in a blog and was wondering whether it is correct. I do not want to discuss the usage, but just if the combination of "are" + "invested" is ...
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Who are the witnesses in a court hearing?

Among the witnesses called by petitioner were Mr. Allen; Ms. Farrow; Dr. Susan Coates, a clinical psychologist who treated Satchel; Dr. Nancy Schultz, a clinical psychologist who treated Dylan; and ...
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Could somebody rewrite this sentence in a simple language? [closed]

"A knight had only to swop his armorial surcoat and shield for those of another to be safely taken for that person." (Hanley, Catherine., War and Combat (1150-1270): The Evidence from Old French ...
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What does “…and books seem to outnumber rolls as such.” mean?

"In England we call them rolls of arms: in Spain they are known as armoriales — armorials — or libros de armeria — books of arms, and books seem to outnumber rolls as such. Of nearly 30 Spanish ...
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I'm trying to pick up new sentence structures

...and I came across this sentence: " It doesn't matter how good you are at identifying and fixing problems, if your written and spoken communication does not measure up, it will hold you back." It ...
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Is it bad to start a sentence with “as”?

My boss doesn't like it when I start sentences with "as", and I'm not sure if it's actually a problem. A case where I would start with "as" would be: As your new account manager, it is my ...
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Is the expression, “…it extended miles and miles around…” correct?

Example: The forest extended miles and miles around the house. Is that expression grammatically correct? Does it make sense?
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Should I hyphenate “up-to-the-minute” in this case?

I have had a look at some examples on here, but I am still not sure. Should I hyphenate "up-to-the-minute" in this sentence? We can supply you with up-to-the-minute intelligence on distributors, ...
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How many sentence types are there in English? [closed]

As the header says - how many distinct sentence types are there in the English language?
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Meaning of “The personification, of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to eliminate for good.”

I'm reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and there is this sentence in there that confuses me: The personification, of the natural is exactly the tendency I wish to suppress in myself, to ...
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Can this be considered a complete sentence?

Can this be considered a complete sentence? There lived a princess named Gretchen.
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Can I say “I have been nourishing my passions”?

Can I say "I have been nourishing my passions"? Or something similar to express the figurative fact that "I have been developing and nourishing them"?
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Is it correct to use the word “something” to describe a plural form?

Then, as I continued gazing at her, something came to my mind. They were the remnants of the dream I had before waking up. Is that grammatically correct? If not, what's the closest alternative? ...
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“only then can you do” vs “only then you can do” [duplicate]

What is correct in a sentence: "Only then can you do" or "only then you can do" ?
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Is “at all” necessary in the following sentence?

My body was totally anesthetized at the time. It was a miracle I had managed to get an erection at all. Is the at all at the end neccesary?
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What does “a man lives in the mind of his own confinement” mean? [closed]

Can anyone explain what this line means? A man lives in the mind of his own confinement.
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Time agreement. Using past simple/continuous and present perfect together

Should it be present perfect (has felt) / present simple (cannot understand) in the sentence below or the tense of the first sentence implies that these verbs fall into past aspect so past perfect / ...
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“Is left untouched” or “was left untouched” [closed]

Which is correct? My book was left untouched for so many years. or My book is left untouched for so many years. Well, until now, that book is really untouched. So does that mean that just ...
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The meaning of “Nothing much seemed to dent this vision of corporate hegemony squeezing out all but the most profitable trash”

I came across this sentence while looking up the meaning of the word hegemony: Nothing much seemed to dent this vision of corporate hegemony squeezing out all but the most profitable trash. It ...
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I am going nowhere or I am not going anywhere

Is there any difference between I am going nowhere. I am not going anywhere. and are these sentences correct?
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speaking about time known now but not when the readers read the message

I am writing to a university. Plus, XXX University is doing a great in the researching areas. For example, just a week ago, researchers from this university joined the ESA's Rosetta mission, that ...
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Is this sentence correctly constructed for the meaning one is trying to convey?

Here is the sentence: Techi's brother Data is Painting Dye's husband, Time Line's best friend. The sentence before that establishes that Time Line is Painting Dye's husband. The meaning trying ...
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Not sure if I should use 'the' or 'a'

So I just commented (tried to, the answer turned out to have been deleted) on an answer and wrote this: "I also feel that the disclaimer was just a tincy wincy bit unnecessary". I then though to ...
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Explain the meaning of the two sentences

I'm a bit confused by these two sentences: The general government consumption expenditures are used as another measure of government size, although they do not account for the full government ...
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Using Manifest correctly

Can I use the verb manifest in the following sentence? We would quickly learn that obstacles can manifest in any neighborhood. Google's Definition: display or show (a quality or feeling) ...
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Found missing/Found to be missing?

Which one among the following is correct? These were found missing. or These were found to be missing. For me the former one sounds little bit odd since "found" and "missing" are next to ...
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How to end one-word sentences like “done”?

How do we end one-word sentences? Should there be a full stop or another punctuation mark? or can I just use it without any punctuation mark? I usually say "Done." in response to emails where I'm ...
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What's the meaning of this phrase?

"For a long time I had a strong desire in studying and research in sciences to distinguish some from others, particularly the book [Euclid's] Elements of Geometry which is the origin of all ...
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Awkward sentence [closed]

I am trying to improve this sentence. It sounds awkward to me, How can I rephrase it so it seems better and is more lucid? Which variation is the best? The biggest thing that I have improved in ...
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What's the verb in this sentence? [closed]

What is the verb in this sentence? The friends had to get the door open soon. I think it is open, but I am not sure.
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Grammar check on a sentence with one subject, many verbs in sequence, and no conjunctions between them

Here is a sentence from my article. Just wondering if there is anything wrong with having sentences which are too long. He created some data, put up some samples, initiated a sequence and finally, ...
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“While” followed by simple past/past continuous

I'm currently reading "Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue" by Hugh Howey. Here's a short passage with my problem zone and the subsequent question: ...Well, I'm going to go do more Officser ...
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implement something for/in/on/with something?

Which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence?: Implementation of this technique for/in/on/with complex objects is complicated (meaning: it is complicated to apply this technique ...
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Usage of “of” in the following sentence

I would like some help in understing the usage of "of" in the sentence: Gender inequality refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender. perceptions of ...
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What does “blow over someone's quest” mean?

What do the following sentences intend to convey to the reader? One blew over the industrialist's quest. One blew over the ford's quest.
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Confusing sentence from reddit

There was this reddit thread to see who can create the most confusing sentence. Judging by the upvotes, I am guessing it is indeed a correct sentence. If so, can someone decipher this work of art? ...
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Is “may the force be equal to mass times acceleration” proper English?

There is a meme going around in which a game-show contestant is given the phrase: May the force … And they finish the phrase with: … be equal to mass times acceleration. My ...
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Word for going to ground floor

In a multi-story building when we go to ground floor from an upper floor, what word is used? Downstairs? Any other word? For example, when I go to the ground floor by elevator, should I say, "I am ...
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Is the sentence “Anne looked at me disgusted” grammatical?

I have always thought it acceptable to say and write, "She looked at me disgusted." However, I know some consider it ungrammatical, saying it must instead be either "She looked at me disgustedly" or ...
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Grapes and vintners

Please, can you translate this? These dregs are distilled until a clear liquid results that retains, supposedly, the vapors left behind by the grapes gone to the vintner. I suspect that the ...
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Akward sounding paragraph

The valves, by way of the flaps are able to control the flow of blood through the heart because the flaps open and close during the contractions of the heart. I think the bolded part especially, ...
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Is there a grammatical name for this type of sentence construction?

Zookeepers encouraged him to spend more time in the Monkey House…until one day they locked him inside. This quote was taken from an article about an African man who, in 1906, was locked in a zoo ...
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Sentence correction problem. GMAT related

Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because, unlike alligators, the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt. The whole sentence is in question: ...
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What is the meaning of 'exhausting the evidence' in the sentence?

Here is the sentence ... let us call the relevant, overall sets of scientific belief ‘theories’; different, conflicting theories are consistent with the data; the data exhaust the evidence for ...
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Grammatical error in following sentence

I am an IT Professional with over 12 years experience in Website Development, IT Management, IT Support and project management. I have the following strap line on my resume A dynamic, creatively ...