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

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Confusing sentence, which is which?

Very difficult sentence structure. The bold part is very confusing. Although these molecules allow radiation wavelength, where most of the energy of sunlight is concentrated, to pass through, ...
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Can someone help me to understand this difficult sentence structure?

Please help me to understand the following. I have difficulty with the passage that appears between the two dashes. Gutman argues convincingly that the stability of the Black family encouraged ...
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“People who” or “people that” [on hold]

I am doing homework and I got confused about this phrase when I was writing. I am not a native English speaker. (...) and the only way to do this was taking control of everything and being ...
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Is a sentence always grammatically incorrect if it has no verb?

Is the following grammatically correct? My friend says the second sentence is grammatically incorrect, but couldn't explain why. I have always been fascinated by statistics. The different ways in ...
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What is best way to communicate “No” to others as professional? [closed]

I'm working in support section at my office. There might be non-paid customers but they would ask more supporting from us, how would I say No to the customer as polished and professional way?
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'The average person' or 'an average person'?

Which one is correct, or are both of them fine? "It would take the average person 10 days to read this novel" Or "It would take an average person 10 days to read this novel"
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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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Choose the option that best corrects the comparison error in the following part of the sentence - (accomplished and intelligent like Merlin)

Although Merlin was renowned for his superb wizardry and general sagacity, Mingo, his unheralded apprentice, was every bit accomplished and intelligent like Merlin. a. accomplished and intelligent as ...
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Is there an online sample sentence database or search engine?

Sometime, I am not sure if I use a specific word correctly. I would like to get some sample sentences to learn from. So, is there a online sample sentence database/search engine?
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Why is this sentence wrong?

In their stories, originally published in the eighteenth century, the Brothers Grimm have embraced a number of themes that have never vanished from life, despite modern advances in science and ...
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GRE sentence completion

This is a GRE sentence completion question(Type:Sentence Equivalence,which means 2 options are to be selected from the given options which are most suitable for the sentence.so,basically the selected ...
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Comma usage for a tattoo [closed]

I want to get a tattoo of the phrase "Be humble, for you are made of earth. Be noble, for you are made of stars." I'm not sure if that is correct. I see it online with and without commas. Would anyone ...
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What is 'move it along' [closed]

One of the colleague has mentioned the following, We should be able to do it, but to move it along (My name), please do it at xyz. What should I infer from this statement?
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Use 'conform' verbally in a sentence taking a direct object

Give me an example of a sentence using the verb 'conform' + direct object. I'm aware that this is usually used in a prepositional phrase however I'm wondering how it might be used without it. So give ...
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How do I most briefly and appropriately convey that my research papers were authored only by myself? [closed]

I've currently mentioned that I authored 4 papers by myself in the following way: I solo authored 4 papers. Is this fine or is there a more appropriate/correct way? Also, in the same context... ...
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Two past perfect verbs in the same sentence

Both these sentences contain two verbs (correct me if I'm wrong) that are in the past perfect tense. I'd like to ask how do they occur in chronological order. Though my question is related to the one ...
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The use of the word “disjunction” in a sentence

I am not a native English speaker. I have been given the task of reviewing a text written in English. I wonder if I by the following use of the word "disjunction", make myself guilty of the very same ...
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Which one of these is correct sentence if there are any?

We're having a discussion about which of these three sentences is the correct one. The context is about chocolates. That's what's going to be sticked in mouth. So, here are the sentences. 1) Tag ...
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have a clear, quick, decided look about

I don't understand this sentence: He(the mockingbird) was a clear gray, with white bars across his wings that flashed when he flew; every part of him had a clear, quick, decided look about it. ...
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Past Perfect Confusion

In a book these two forms are acceptable: Before a complete version of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women appeared in 1880, the book had been published in two separate volumes. AND ...
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Listing ages of children [closed]

I am an ESOL teacher. I want to teach a simple sentence construction to low level learners to enable them to say the ages of their children. Is it grammatically correct to say: My children are ...
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What phrase can describe the final moments before a deadline?

I got a call from a friend while 10 minutes were left of my birthday. I want to put it like that The phone call from him ___________ was the icing on the cake. How to express that only 10 ...
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<Subject> were <clarification> is this correct?

Is it correct to use 'were' to clarify usage in the following sentence: "Model A is a combination of model B and C were model B is used for (..)" to clarify "were" model B is used for in the ...
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That is which it has not been

I've been reading Christopher Hitchens and I cannot understand, again, the exact meaning of a particular sentence. Here is the sentence in context: Having no reliable or consistent witnesses, in ...
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Does this sentence require the addition of the word “that” between “hope” and “the patient”?

Should the following sentence be altered to say "in the hope THAT the patient would still be alive"? He would then have to ride many hours, maybe changing to a fresh horse at some farm, in the ...
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Which is the correct pronoun? [duplicate]

Someone has left____ wet towels on the bathroom floor. his or her or their
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Writing and speaking duplicated words

A recent workplace conversation prompted this question. Red Hat, the software company behind a popular Linux distribution, came by the office and everyone got some random trinkets, including a number ...
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GRE senetence completion

The following is a GRE sentence completion question. In failing to see that the justice's pronouncement merely ______ previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent,the ...
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Comma or not? Question or Period?

Before[...] you asked if I was _____. Should there be a comma after 'before' or is the ellipsis okay? Also, should the sentence end with a period or a question mark?
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Can anyone give me some sample sentences that fit each definitions of “skittish”?

I have searched for its meaning in online dictionaries, and have found about 5 meanings for the word "skittish". Those meanings are lively or frisky in action (Of a person) playfully ...
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Is this Correct Sentence to use in an Email? [closed]

I send a welcome mail to the users who register on my website. I end the email with "If you are facing any problem in using the service then let me know, I will be happy to assist you." Is this ...
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Meaning of the sentence “…had expected to behold her dimmed and obscured by a disastrous cloud…”

I'm unable to understand this long sentence, particularly the parts highlighted in bold. Can someone break it up for me? Those who had before known her, (1) and had expected to behold her dimmed ...
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Clauses in Sentences

I understand that a clause contains (in order) a subject, verb and object, like below: He let his daughter. "He" is the subject, "let" is the verb and "his daughter" is the object. But what ...
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Sentences without subjects [closed]

"What do you call a sentence without a subject?" I have gone through a lot of sites, but none of them has the answer. So, I'm hoping this website might help me.
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What's the meaning of “I can't imagine why.”? [closed]

Does it mean "The answer is obvious to me." in a sarcastic way, or does it mean "I really don't know the reason."? I am inclined to go with the former. Surprisingly googling doesn't help. Secondly, ...
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Convert into a simple sentence

The sentence is - They called their goodbyes and the train pulled out of the station. The answer given in the book is - They having called their goodbyes, the train pulled out of the station. Is ...
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A quote from The Lord of The flies [duplicate]

There's a sentence within a novel that I don't understand. Can you break it down for me? The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward ...
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Can a sentence start with “Because”?

In my grade school days, I recall a teacher proclaiming to the class: You should never start a sentence with the word "Because". Of course, I've since seen lots of examples to the contrary, and ...
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Multiple preposition in a sentence [duplicate]

I would like to use both insert and remove in the same sentence. However, I would like to know how I will use the prepositions because the verbs have different prepositions into/from. There are some ...
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“All I've done” or “All what I've done”? [closed]

Is the "what" required to come after "all"? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? What is the grammar point here? I understood that there should be a subject and a main verb. In this ...
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Is “[verbing] you a [noun] as [adjective] as you are” grammatically sound?

Is "[verbing] you a [noun] as [adjective] as you" grammatically sound? ie, "Wishing you a day as lovely as you." I think it is, but the first part of the sentence "Wishing you a day" feels off. ...
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Inferred verb? Is it ok to drop the second appearance of the same verb in a sentence?

I work in a scientific field and when my reports are reviewed I commonly have them kicked back asking to add a second "were" before "compared" to this kind of sentence: The items were entered into ...
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Position of “here” in a sentence

Background In my thesis I have to write without 1st person. On the other hand I sometimes have to explain how I have chosen some parameters or how I have realized some implementation etc. (which in a ...
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Is it grammatical to finish a sentence with “also”?

In the following text, I wonder if it's grammatical to finish the sentence with also. it does sound weird to me. The sentence sound incomplete somehow and makes the audience wait for more. Here ...
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Is this a double negative sentence?

Many in the government disagree with a plan to debunk the low budget grassroots effort to expose the frivolity of Project X; the government employee’s union, with a newly elected leadership that ...
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Doubt between two similar-looking simple sentences

I was just wondering what the difference is between these sentences: Instruments are to be machined... Instruments have to be machined... I would be highly glad if anyone helps by giving ...
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What does the phrase, “there is properly no history, only biography” mean?

I found Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous words, “there is properly no history, only biography,” in his “Essay I” being quoted in the article titled “Keeping the dream alive: A biography,” appearing in ...
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“I'm not understand” — help regarding sentence structure

I am trying to learn/improve my English by remembering grammar rules. Every day, I read a lot of technical documentation and have many conversations with my colleagues from US. I already have many ...
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How can I improve this sentence stylistically [closed]

My mother burst into tears about how I was changing. That was, for I lately indeed had begun to show some rebel attitude. Is the latter sentence understandable, clean and grammatically okay? I ...