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

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“I left smoking”, “I quit smoking”, “I gave up smoking”, “I stopped smoking” are these same?

For various such sentences in many cases I get confused, it seems different for different cases. I want to know if someone left doing something for permanantly then what should be used? Also give some ...
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Thanking you in anticipation

Is this correct to use Thanking you in anticipation to say thanks?
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Should I use “in” or “at” in the following sentence?

She talked about shoes all the time: [...] college, [...] parties, and even [...] family reunions. Which one should I use in the sentence above? (should I also include while?)
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When is it acceptable to start a sentence with an “-ing” word?

Here's my example. It is a sentence that begins in the middle of a paragraph and I'm using it as a transition. "Living in Costa Rica also gave me the opportunity to interact with the local ...
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Is “Agreed.” a complete and correct sentence? [duplicate]

Is it correct to write, Agreed. instead of, I agree. I am confused by this single-word sentence. Why is it in the past tense? Or is "Agreed" a (past-participle) adjective, like "Gone" ...
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Is this correct English?

If the sentence "My thoughts on religion exactly" correct or is "Exactly my thoughts on religion" correct?? Or are both correct??
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Describe a state where mental focus is spread too thin and/or on too wide a range of concerns?

At my work when I have a myriad tasks, could I say that my thoughts are dispersed amongst many objectives? I am trying to figure if I could use the term dispersed in a sentence to describe a state ...
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Please explain the meaning of the word “distance” in the sentence

Distance sometimes lets you know who's worth keeping and who's worth letting go Unless the distance is playing games with the vision and its all a mirage, a vagueness of a dream
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How to quote a paragraph with a missing sentence?

How do I indicate that I've removed an entire sentence from a quoted paragraph? Consider the example paragraph below - if I want to quote this paragraph without the emboldened sentence, how might I do ...
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“Mass communications shapes the world we live in”

I am editing a web page and came across this declaration: Mass communications shapes the world we live in It looks wrong to me, but I am wondering if it should be Mass communication shapes the ...
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“Art was theatre was sport”

I seem to have come across this sentence structure before but I can't quite remember where. Which number would be the best follow up to the phrase "To the ancient Romans"? To the ancient Romans ...
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What is the issue with this sentence? [closed]

What is wrong with this sentence. 'Keep moving please. If everyone was to stand there, how would the rest of the people manage to get past?'
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Polite request regarding availability

How do I ask if a person is available and to inform me, in a polite way?
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Is the usage of “I couldn't tell X apart” correct?

Example: The forest was dark and the trees too many. I could hardly tell shadows apart. Is the usage of apart correct in the passage above? (I'm wondering about this because a Google Books ...
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“Was the extent” vs “was about the extent”

That was the extent of what I recalled. That was about the extent of what I recalled. Do the mean the same? If not, what's the difference?
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What's wrong with “We hope you will find our Qualifications to be well-organized, concise, and most of all, to exceed your expectations.”

Why is the following sentence grammatically incorrect? We hope you will find our Qualifications to be well-organized, concise, and most of all, to exceed your expectations. I've asked three ...
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Show I use “before” or “until” in the following sentence?

I'm not really sure how long I was in there. All I know is that I didn't come out from the toilet before/until I'd thrown up four times. Should I use before or until? (I third option is also ...
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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 ...