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

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Meaning of “And a more strange narrative than the two between them unfold it has not been my lot to come across”

I am puzzled by the line "And a more strange narrative than the two between them unfold it has not been my lot to come across." in Dracula. Would any native speaker be so kind to tell me its meaning? ...
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How can I rephrase sentence to make it more concise? [closed]

What I am trying to say: A farmer should provide essential food for his livestock. The failure of farmer to provide this essential food for the cattle will materially impact cattle's health. Farmer's ...
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Should I use verb or verb + ing in the following case?

Marla glanced at her watch. Half past four. She'd been in the subway since morning, doing nothing in particular—just watching trains come and go, people getting on and off. A typical commuting ...
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Without vs before

In order to answer a question I have to take a look at a document that is not with me by the time that question was raised. Which of the below sentences is more suitable to express that idea? I ...
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Meaning of “but if I can't do better, how is it to be helped?” [closed]

The following is an excerpt from the novel, Jane Eyre. I don't quite understand the meaning of the italicized sentence. Would someone please enlighten me on that? "It is a long way to Ireland, ...
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Reviewing documents for technical users [closed]

I am working on reviewing a document which details what a software application does. It is supposed to be detailed enough for a non-technical person to understand. A technical user will then ...
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Meaning of “would that I might forget him”

"Would that I might forget him," Ned said bluntly. — A Song of Ice and Fire Does the sentence in quotes mean, "I would forget him if I could"?
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Sentence Fragment dispute with MS office 2010. Is this the right way to write my sentence?

"Many of the owners of the solutions mentioned in the bullet points above pay royalties to the original collectors of the data." That sentence gets a flag in MS office 2010 as a Fragment. To me, it ...
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What is proper word for “His words vibrated in my ears”

What is the proper way of saying His words vibrated in my ears The context is a man calls some one for the last time.He is about to die.What ever the other person says he cannot hear clearly but ...
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“Followed by a second,” or “followed by a second one?” [closed]

Erica lowered her pen to the blank page, wrote a verse, followed by a second (one). In the example above, do I have to add that last one? Or just leave it as it is?
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Is it a correct sentence? [closed]

I've got a sentence: Cleaned the lake from the ice. Question: Does it really mean "the lake with no ice on it" or does it mean that "the ice now is clear."?
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What does this mean? [closed]

What does the following sentence mean? Self-serving bias beckons us not to false modesty but to a humility that affirms our genuine talents and virtues and likewise of others. closely looking at the ...
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“Lived” vs “lived in.” [closed]

Erin no longer recognized her home. She felt as if she had entered a recent battlefield, or a recycling center. It could have been anything—anything except the place she lived (in). Do I have ...
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Can a past participle phrase stand at the end of a sentence?

For a present participle phrase, I've seen: Seeking advice from the pros, she visited the website. She visited the website, seeking advice from the pros. For a past participle phrase, ...
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Any of four combinations are true? “Both X and Y are A or B” could be wrong?

I want to write a sentence to mean that any of the following 4 situations are true. X = A and Y = A, X = B and Y = B, X = A and Y = B, X = B and Y = A. The following sentence, Both are A or B. ...
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Does a helping verb have to be followed by the main verb to form a complete sentence?

A friend wrote: "I just feel that now is a good time to reiterate that pluralization does not require an apostrophe." In reply I wrote: Sometimes it does. "Mind your Ps and Qs" doesn't need ...
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Shortest correct sentence in English- use of contractions [duplicate]

I often hear people saying that "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language. I know that there are also discussions about sentences using the imperative mood such as "Go." that would be ...
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I know not if I ~ [closed]

I know not if I will ~ What does it mean? What is I know not if I ~?
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“Shore of another world” vs “shores of another world.”

The lights of Tokyo were visible on the other side of the river. For an instant, I felt as if the city was an unreachable land; a place that existed on the shore(s) of another world. Should I ...
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“Drove to the main road,” or “drove off to the main road?”

After helping with the dishes, Eri swung her purse on her shoulder and said goodbye to her mother, promising she'll come back to see her soon. Keys in hand, her dad led Eri to the car, and then ...
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“Snapping out” vs “snapping out of it.”

I wrote the following: Eri was still staring at the screen, but her eyes were expresionless, as if in a trance. Her father laughed. "I admit it was a shocking footage. But Eri, you look ...
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“Why the sun shines?”

I've seen questions framed in the following manner many a time: "Why the sun shines?" "Why hair grows?" While the most correct way to frame these kind of questions is obviously: "Why does ...
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Job requirements. Why do they write words with capital letters within sentences?

I noticed the capitalization within sentences. For example, Great experience in Java, Android SDK with core knowledge of Object Oriented Programming principles and Design Patterns. Is there a ...
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Usage of 'would' in the future tense?

Is there anything wrong in this sentence? "I would go to work tomorrow if the buses were plying." I know it is not wrong to use 'would' in hypothetical sentences in the past and present tense: ...
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How can I re-word this sentence? [closed]

"With computers integrating people’s life increasingly these days in the era of information processing and computerization, more and more people need to read online information." Should mentioning ...
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What does the sentence mean?

I have a physics book and am having trouble understanding this sentence: When we say we are a pile of atoms, we do not mean we are merely a pile of atoms, because a pile of atoms which is not ...
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Are commands complete sentences?

This question seems to indirectly ask the question, but the upvoted answer says "the actual sentence is...". So my question is this: Are commands considered to be grammatically sound, complete ...
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What is the suitable option to fill the blank in the sentence below? [closed]

Alice is exhausted, she ............. is running has been running had been running was running Can anybody please help me in understanding the answer to this question?
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Is this structure, Adj. as it seems, correct?

I wish to express Although it may sound good, its assumption is questionable and risky. I remember vaguely that I have read it as such from somewhere I cannot remember: Good as it may sound, ...
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How to use the “not only . . . but also” construction? [closed]

I’m trying to create the following phrase: It is important not only to ____ but also to ____ in general. But the way I’ve written it above doesn’t sound that good to me. Since I’m not a native ...
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English sentence structure

My daughter wrote a short story at school and wrote ''said the woman'' the teacher corrected this and wrote '' the woman said'' Is it not correct either way?
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Is this question grammatically correct?

Something seems off about this sentence, but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence in question: Which countries is Nicaragua competing with? Alternatives I considered: With which ...
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Active to Passive voice: “Go to School Now”

How would you convert the imperative sentence: "Go to school now." to the passive voice? While discussing it in class, our teacher gave the following solution: "You are ordered to go to school now." ...
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“Since” or “from”? [duplicate]

I am staying in USA since 20 years. I am staying in USA from 20 years. Which one is correct?
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Short sentence with adjective and adverb

I think that this is a problem of the usage of adjectives and adverbs (that's why I chose this title): I have a sentence in my presentation, which clarifies that a procedure uses only observations ...
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Comma after or before “parenthetic” and?

After showing me the house, Nana led us to the living room, and with Mongai's Take Me Somewhere Nice playing on in the background, we started on the Scotch we'd bought at the 7-Eleven. The dim ...
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What symbol denotes “or more”?

Trying to construct a math-like means for my English students to understand sentence structure. Need to indicate: "A compound sentence consists of 2 Independent Clauses and 1 OR MORE Dependent ...
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Which event does the sentence refer to about the love-letters?

Quotation from My Life Autobiography of Havelock Ellis: The love-letters of the Brownings have been used to exploit the indignation of the superior people who make this protest. I have looked into ...
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Omitting “what it was” in a sentence

Example: There's was something wrong in the room, but I couldn't quite tell what it was. I felt as if I had entered a house with the gas stove left on; there was something dense and strange in ...
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Is it correct to use “we too gone through…”? [closed]

Is this a correct sentence: We too gone through such a situation. I felt that a better alternative is: We had also gone through such a situation. Which is the correct usage?
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Help in deciphering the meaning of this convoluted sentence

I was reading an answer on one of the sister sites of this site and came across this line : A common question, glad you asked it. Here is all you never thought you would ever not want to know ...
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Is this sentence structure truly awful, or not?

I sometimes hear comments on this sort of sentence: In some cases, we find the solutions are actually. . . . The comments are to the effect that one should not to put In some cases at the ...
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Is saying, “This is funnier too” incorrect?

Regardless of context, is the sentence itself correct? What I said was something along the lines of, "This is smarter, and it is funnier too."
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Which sentence is more correct: “They are playing by the river” or “They are playing at the river”?

I know that both sentences can be used to express proximity, to be near something but "by" sounds much better to me than "at" in this case. In which situation is "at" preferable?
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What's the difference between “stared at” and “stared off at?”

What's the difference between these two sentences? Mary stared at the distance Mary stared off at/into the distance
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What does “the grit of something” mean?

I read this sentence: those problem are the creative grit of a theory What does "the creative grit" mean?
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“at the age of” vs “at age”

Which sentence sounds better/more natural? She first became aware of it at the age of five. or She first became aware of it at age five.
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“peered out the plane” vs “peered out the plane window”

Is it OK to omit window in the following sentence: Mary relaxed her body as she peered out the plane. Clear turquoise water and miles of white sand started appearing on the horizon. Is it ...
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What is the mistake in this sentence? [closed]

Can't understand my easy writing comment? Something seems wrong about this sentence; I want to know where the mistake is in this sentence. Is it grammatically correct?
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“Holding her finger” vs “holding on her finger” vs “holding onto her finger.”

Mary peered down at the beach, and holding her index finger, she sank back to her seat with a sigh. Mary peered down at the beach, and holding on her index finger, she sank back to her seat ...