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

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“Being open minded” vs. “the quality of being open minded”

One of the most essential characteristics that all good leaders share is being open minded. One of the most essential characteristics that all good leaders share is the quality of being open ...
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What sentence structure is this?

Nelson Mandela just passed away today. Many of my friends are writing tributes on their Facebook pages. One goes like this: I typically have an aversion to joining the masses on these matters, ...
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Which is most correct of these 3 phrases?

At the top part of the front page of my trading journal website, I have a phrase that I don't know whether is correct or not. Here's what it says: Online trading journal software including trade ...
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Negating ‘to’-infinitive in negative clause

The sentence: There aren't any reasons to do it. I'd like to say other form of this phrase with opposite meaning. Something like this: There aren't any reasons to don't do it. How to say this form ...
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Commas in a complex sentence

Modern English words, then, concerning more complex and theoretical, rather than utilitarian, ideas (astronomy, poetry and epistemology) can generally be found to be of Romance origin, whereas more ...
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How to quote a quote within a lecture?

If there is an quote in my lecture slide, for example: “180 years of being a beacon of good practice. Something very precious was lost [when Cadbury was taken over]” – Sir Dominic Cadbury Do I ...
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Leaders Lead By Solutions [closed]

Is it a possible sentence? Leaders Lead By Solutions.
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Meaning of “Would you value the ethics of consequence over means?” [closed]

I've been reading a book for a while and I've stumbled on the following sentence, which I didn't quite understand: Would you value the ethics of consequence over means? The context is the ...
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sentence structure

I was reading a grammar book where the author said " what happened? " as a complete meaningful sentence. I am not clear how can it be a complete sentence? Can someone explain me the logic behind it? I ...
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How should this sentence be interpreted?

So I am reading the essay "On Some Verses of Virgil" by Michel de Montaigne (translation by Donald M. Frame) and I came across this particular sentence. Is there any ugliness in doing wrong that ...
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“got to have” in a sentence

Is the following sentence right: "You got to have that satisfaction to never being satisfied" English is not my first language and a friend of mine wants this as a tattoo. I can't shake the feeling ...
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Difference between “about” and “Around”

What is the difference between "about" and "around" in following example ? I'll see you around 6 O'clock. I'll see you about 6 O'clock. Now, I usually the first one, but I heard the second one on ...
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Hyphenation rules for product shelf life

Given this sentence: Studies confirm the longest product shelf life of 3 years. How do I make it correct and clear? The product has a set of shelf lives (it is a pharmaceutical product). ...
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How to make Sentences using Being? [closed]

Sentence - He is being in tension. Above sentence is Present Continuos. How can we use Being in other sentences.
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“Even whiter than before,” vs “even more white than before.”

Bathed in the moonlight, her skin looked even whiter than before. Bathed in the moonlight, her skin looked even more white than before. Are both forms allowed? Which one is more common and ...
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Application of a sentence in a situation

In the film The Exorcist, father Demien Karras challenges the daemon Pazuzu to get a bigger dare. That dare would consist in abandon the body of the girl Regan and penetrate Demien's body. My interest ...
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Question about the phrase “items borrowed”

In the sentence For example, the proportion of children's book borrowed doubled to comprise 40% of total I mean that "book borrowed" = book which is borrowed. And the full sentence is : ...
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Thesis help! This sentence is really bothering me. Please explain why I feel bothered [closed]

This sentence is really bothering me. Does this look right to anyone? If not, can someone write why? Thanks. Only to the extent that John and Jane are willing to let go of the pretense and show ...
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Is “IN” in this sentence correct grammatically

I wrote this sentence: My professor in many subjects during my studies at Damascus University and my fourth-year-project sponsor. I don't know if in is correct. Or would it be better to use for? ...
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“The supervisors can better monitor employees” vs. “supervisors can improve the monitoring of employees”

Can we say "the supervisors can better monitor employees" rather than the mouthful that is "supervisors can improve the monitoring of employees"?
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Does the sentence sound naturally because it is grammatical or is it grammatical because it sounds naturally?

I have been thinking of this for the past couple of days. Does the sentence sound naturally because it is grammatical or is it grammatical because it sounds naturally?
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Usage of 'AD' era designation

Considering the sentence: AD 1453, the city of Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman empire. Is this a complete sentence? From what I understand of the situation: The era designator ...
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Is the sentence correct? [closed]

I called on your mobile just now, but could not reach you. Is the construction of the sentence correct?
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should i put the in this sentence

I have this sentence:- Your environment advances the well being of humanity and the society. Should I put the before society, or should I remove it and put it before humanity?
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Refer to a number which comes after every 5 numbers

I want to refer to a number which comes after every 5 numbers, (eg. 5, 10, 15, 20 .. ). How can I say it it in a proper sentence? Thanks.
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Why must you capitalize the first word of a sentence? [closed]

My suspicion is it provides more visual indication that a new sentence is starting, but it bothers me because I think a period / exclamation / question mark seems sufficient to me. Plus, if a proper ...
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how many types we can use the word dog [closed]

There are various set expressions, idioms or merely collocations, which include the lexeme 'dog' – such as 'a dog's life' and 'every dog has its day'. What other expressions including this lexeme are ...
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Use of plural form when applied to both singular and plural cases

There is a situation where I have never worked out the correct thing to do. For example, here is a sentence I just used in a comment on Stack Overflow: The 'strong disagreement' was about ...
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Different sentence structures [duplicate]

I helped him to get it done. I helped him get it done. Which one is better and the reason for preferring one over the other.
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“This fine-looking, commanding man had become a shadow of his former self.”, I don't know how to underatand this sentence. Help me please

"This fine-looking, commanding man had become a shadow of his former self." "a shadow of his former self" means he was not like what he once had been, right? Then, I am wondering if "this ...
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“of both which” or “of which both”

Consider the following sentence: This takes a lot of time and money to keep going, ... I have little. Which would fit best in that ellipsis? of both which or of which both or both of which In my ...
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Can “in the scope of” and “in the field of” be used interchangeably?

I am wondering if "in the scope of" and "in the field of" can be used interchangeably? Such as: ... possesses knowledge and skills in the field of general problems of computer science as well as ...
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Is it OK to omit the “there was” in the following sentence without changing its meaning?

Never in her life had she seen such shocking footage, not to mention two in one day. The experience had shaken her like nothing before. But there was something else in them that had disturbed ...
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“for fear of degradation”

Is this a valid sentence? Degradation: 1. the condition or process of degrading or being degraded. As used in this context: "...doing so would bring shame to the family. For fear of degradation, ...
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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 ...