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

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In a sentence of imperative mood, can the verb end in -ing?

You might text these to someone: Walking to school. Driving there. I believe that the main use of this type of sentence would be to describe what you yourself are doing in that moment. You might ...
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SAT Grammar - Gerunds vs. Parallelism

Hello everyone I was working on the following question: I said the error was A, because it should be how to preserve right? But apparently that is not the error, I cannot seem to find any other ...
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Usage of Past Perfect in “After something…”

I have been doing a couple of SAT and exam writing problems and I have noticed this following trend. Usually you have a couple of sentences like this: "After she had eaten her food she went ...
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Crescendo sentence in romantic letter [closed]

Context: Writing a romantic letter to ex-fiance whom I recently made major sacrifices and life choices be with. I understand that this is ultra-specific and personal, but quite frankly I've been stuck ...
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“I gave it a lot of thought” vs. “I thought about it a lot”

I've heard the following expression often and I have a few questions. . I gave it a lot of thought. What is "it"? Is it dummy or something you are referring to? Does it sound differnt from "I ...
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Use of “remain pending”

Can I say: hello, remain pending the approval from your side of the budget, I send you yesterday and did not have a response.
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How should I inteprete the following sentence structure?

Discussion of the assimilation of Puerto Ricans in the United States has focused on two different factors: social standing and the loss of national culture, depending on whether the commentator is ...
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“A mystery” vs. “mysterious”

When you say: His motive (for the crime he committed) remained a mystery. It doesn't sound the same if you change "a mystery" to "mysterious" as if the two words didn't have the same meaning. ...
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What is the importance of just in comparative sentence?

Do these two statements mean the same thing? Pizza tastes as good as pasta. Pizza tastes just as good as pasta. To me, 1 sounds like pizza tastes at least like pasta or better while 2 ...
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“Good to hear(read) from you” [duplicate]

I have noticed people use this sentence to reply to written mails but I often ask myself; why use "hear" when you "read" ? Is it just a generally accepted phrase or people do use it wrongly ?
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some help with an excerpt from my reading material [closed]

I am reading a book for my church group, and in the book Jesus is saying to St. Faustina the following: "During this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of my ...
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“Untapped demo of missing persons”?

I was reading an article and could not make sense of what author means by the following: So let's see. Right now, when people think of Malaysia Airlines, what do they think about? Probably the ...
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Cleaning nose with hands in an awkward manner

I am trying to find a sentence or phrase that would best describe "Cleaning nose with your hand" but in an awkward manner, so that you straighten your hands then start pushing it across the nasal path ...
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Please suggest a better transition phrase as compared to “Coming to” [closed]

Excerpt from my essay: Coming to my industrial experience, I am currently working in... My professor's comment on my essay: I think you want to transition to industrial experience from ...
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Sentence meaning…? (weird structure) [closed]

I came across this sentence: "Spectacular bright apartment interior design within bright colour could make any minimalist in addition to fresh impact." I think my English is quite good but I still ...
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Would you rather vs Would you rather see

I saw the following sentence on a website: Would you rather Ronaldo or Messi in your team. This sounds weird to me, I would say: Would you rather have/see Ronaldo or Messi in your team Is it okay ...
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arbitrary vs at the whim of somebody

I'd like to ask if these following sentences have the same meaning ? Hong Kong had been ruled at the whim of its colonial overlords. Hong Kong had been ruled by arbitrary colonial overlords. ...
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How to describe the situation that reverse the reason and result?

For example: A: My wage is low so I do my work slowly B: No! Your wage is low just because you do your work slowly, you xxxxxx(some words or sentences to describe reverse the reason and result) How ...
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Can two contradicting ideas be put together in the same sentence?

I have written a paragraph in which I have described that a person's fingers are both smooth as glass and bumpy as a rocky road at the same time. I was criticised for this statement, but I do not ...
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Must the subject be “I” when I start a sentence with “Considering”?

I think the best way to do this is using the examples below: Considering it's going to be summer in Australia, you don't need to take that many clothes with you. Is the sentence correct? ...
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What's the meaning of “the column's impediment”?

We see atop Arlington Ridge, the column's impediment of Arlington House, which is now the Robert E. LEE Memorial. (CNN Transcripts; video and audio: CNN Student News) What's the meaning of "the ...
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Is saying “He was well thought of” ending a sentence with a preposition? [duplicate]

If not, is there any other way to say this? (I'm looking for synonyms, not rewordings such as "Others thought well of him.")
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What does “Relates with understanding to manifestations of turbulent emotions in others” mean?

I'm trying to translate sociotypes' description, and I saw this sentence and couldn't understand clearly what does it mean.. this is as it came: " CHARACTER: This individual is very interested in ...
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Whose Possessive?

There are some sentences that seem to be ambiguous to me and I do not know if one is correct or interpretation is left completely to context. They all follow some basic format: "The boy misunderstood ...
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Should I keep the ellipsis in this sentence?

I was wondering if I am using the ellipsis properly in this sentence. If not, what punctuation should I be using in place of the ellipsis? "This trick proved to be difficult at times because, as ...
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CV writing help - grammar question

I'm preparing my CV for an internship (here is a link for my cv - Click). I'm concerned about these sentences: 1-Taking the course by Gedik University 2-Joined the Erasmus Student Exchange ...
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What word could I replace “importantly” with in this sentence?

I am looking for a synonym to the word "importantly" in this sentence (as well as other grammar tips because this sentence is messing with my brain): "Perhaps more importantly, I learned the ...
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Correct Usage of Nigh in a sentence

Currently, I am trying to come up with a poetic title involving Nigh, Night, Ghost and Quiet. However, I have struggled to figure out correctly where I can place Nigh in a sentence and be ...
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Further explanation of “among others”

I know that "among others" is used when we mention one or more than one person. But still, I am a little confused. For example: "Among others, Adam and Smith supported me at the meeting." (I am ...
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Most important “one” or “noun” in a formal sentence

If I use "one" in a sentence, is it considered as formal or informal? For example, what I want to say is the following: There are many points that must be taken into consideration. ...
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Is “Apprentice” mainly a European term?

Apprentices, sorta like trainees who are skilled but need a bit of training and experience before making the commitment to employ them. When I did a bit of research, I observe that "apprentices" were ...
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Comprehension - what was the author trying to convey here?

Given this passage: We are even farther removed from the unfocused newspaper reviews published in England between the turn of the 20th century and the eve of World War II, at a time when newsprint ...
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Asking for confirmation when someone wants to change an upvote [closed]

I am building a user facing software. I want to ask for the user's confirmation if they really want to change their vote. For example: A user once upvoted a post and then he wants to downvote it. ...
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The difference between “given that” and “provided that” (CAE book reference)

I don't understand the difference between "given that" and "provided that". The tour wasn't as pleasant as we thought it would be, given that the coach broke down on the way. [Source: CAE ...
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How to add clarity to a declarative sentence? [closed]

I have the following sentence, and I am wondering how I could make it more clear, and catchy because i feel like there is something wrong with it. Does the message come across properly? ...
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What does “former” mean before a person's name in this sentence?

"He married the former Jane Smith and they had 3 children." What does former mean in this sentence?
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What does this tweet from Elon Musk mean?

Today I read a tweet from Elon Musk, in reply to someone else. One of Musk's previous tweets was discussed in the following AppleInsider article: Elon Musk walks back Apple Car, Apple Watch ...
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What is the word for a statement which most probably is wrong but is said to convey a different meaning?

Example : Paul McCartney said "If Slaughter Houses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian." Now, it also means that everyone who works at a slaughter house is a vegetarian. But, what Paul ...
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Meaning of “Try to be a filter, not a sponge”

"Try to be a filter, not a sponge" This is a line of dialogue from the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower. I am confused. Either it means that one shouldn't absorb the opinions of others wholly but ...
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as meaning and it's prep OR conj?

Look on it as your introduction to being the best. This sentence from a book,the as in it is a preposition OR a conjunction? why? what's the meaning of the as? thanks
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Is the sentence structure “As A did something, B was doing something” correct?

For example, As Jerry and Ming argued about the many possible tile colors for the floor of the new ice-cream parlor, Maria was thinking about whether to paint the walls or wallpaper them. Is ...
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Why is the second one wrong? [closed]

We need to be serious (if we want) to succeed in the examination. We will be serious to be successful in the examination. The second one is wrong. Please tell me why.
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What are the differences between two sentences? [closed]

They argued against imports garments. They showed arguments against importing. Which one is correct? Please, say details about these two sentences. Thanks in advance.
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You ARE not TO be here [closed]

Several times I've heard sentences like You are not to be here. whereas I'd expected something with should. Or He is absolutely not to know.. What is this form? When should I use it?
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What's the meaning “certainly ends there”?

In fact, it is hard to predict how many firms might struggle. The current levels of corporate debt are not inherently unsustainable, but certainly ends there. -Economist- What's the meaning of "...
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A better way to phrase “Launch beta test” [closed]

I have a call to action button titled "Launch beta test". However, I feel the wording is not proper. I want to express to people that the product is still in experimentational mode, but is a close ...
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what is the meaning of “I saw the mortal face of a man”

For the first time since I became a man I saw the mortal face of a man, and his face seemed terrible to me and I turned from it. -What Men Live By: And Other Tales -Leo Graf Tolstoy- I'm ...
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Pangram Using Each Character Only Once [closed]

As a prank, I wish to arrange the keys on a coworker's keyboard to be a pangram, but in order to do so, the characters can only appear once. I've done some googling and have not found a pangram that ...
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I don't remember the formulas but here it is what I recall [closed]

Are these sentences correct? I need to know, how the system is being started. If you ask me, how the product is being generated is not his headache.
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I may know each word, but I don't understand the sentence:(

I am reading a book on sampling. I don't understand this sentence: How many interviews do you suppose it took each of these pollsters to come within a few percentage points in estimating the ...