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

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Eliminate to be verb [on hold]

How can I eliminate the weak "to be" verb (DOES) in the following sentence: She does not assist in accomplishing...
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When to use “rather than” versus “instead of”?

I never really gave a deep thought at this but recently a teacher of talked about language and there was an implicit question in it. something like there is a difference between "rather than" and ...
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Is this write a sentence? [on hold]

Is this write a sentence ? I've once invited a U.K. friend of mine.. Thanks a lot!
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What does this mean: To come in a close second or third

In this newspaper article about a swiss pilot it says at the end: On his travel blog he lists the most amazing moment in his life so far as having his two daughters. It may be safe to say this ...
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Prima Facie: How would you use this in a sentence? [on hold]

I understand that 'prima facie' is 'at first glance', but how would you start/use the word in a sentence? Thanks.
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Fixing a series of loose sentences: Strunk & White [on hold]

Rule 18 of Strunk & White talks about avoiding a succession of loose sentences. It gives the following example for a bad construction: The third concert of the subscription series was given ...
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“While” followed by simple past/past continuous

I'm currently reading "Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue" by Hugh Howey. Here's a short passage with my problem zone and the subsequent question: ...Well, I'm going to go do more Officser ...
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Are these commas correct?

I have the following sentence: In this paper, I will explain, on the intuitive level, how to use different methods of light polarisation to obtain interesting physical phenomena. I am unsure ...
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Discount vs. off [migrated]

I wonder if someone could tell me which one of the following sentences sounds idiomatic: a) These jeans have 25% off. b) These jeans have 25% discount. c) These jeans have a discount of 25%. d) These ...
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Speak of the Devil [closed]

In native English people say "Speak of the devil and he doth appear" when someone walks in unexpectedly when they are speaking about him oblivion to his appearance in a short while. But the same ...
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Should I use “somewhere” in this sentence?

"I've lost myself [somewhere] among the dreams that never come true"
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Sentence comparison

According to a survey of graduating medical students conducted by the Association of American Medical Colleges, minority graduates are nearly four times more likely than are other graduates in ...
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Should there be a comma when you start a sentence with “And”?

Is it okay to use the word "and" right after another sentence, and should I use a comma? "And, as a member of my high school's entrepreneurship club, I participated..." "And as a member of my high ...
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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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Grammar check on a sentence with one subject, many verbs in sequence, and no conjunctions between them

Here is a sentence from my article. Just wondering if there is anything wrong with having sentences which are too long. He created some data, put up some samples, initiated a sequence and finally, ...
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Using either “that contain” or “which contain” in a sentence [duplicate]

Here are the original sentences: "I completed forms that contained the person's information and a description of the problem." "I completed forms which contained the person's information and a ...
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Initial “See, …” or “Look, …” usage

Which is correct to say 1. "Look , The situation was like that..." or "See, The situation was like that ....". 2. "Look , I am not involved in it..." or "See, I am not involved in ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence - “Were it not for the bodies there on the ground, it would have appeared to be a normal day at the oasis.”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Conditional sentences not starting with “if” What is the meaning of this sentence - "Were it not for the bodies there on the ground, it would have appeared to be a ...
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What does “pass it on” mean?

I love the song Pass It On by The Coral, but I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: Just find the feeling, pass it on. What does pass it on mean?
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What word (e.g. eventually vs potentially) does express better the following scenario? [closed]

The scenario: a) John believes that Peter Parker has a PhD degree. b) Peter Parker is the spider man, but John does not know about this. Which sentence does express the scenario in the best ...
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Meaning of “but if one turns it thither ever so little” in context

I am reading the book Pensées, and I can't understand a paragraph. Please help me review it. The difference between the mathematical and the intuitive mind.—In the one, the principles are ...
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Does “I don’t have either late-night nor between-meal snacks” sound natural?

Does the sentence sound natural? I don’t have either late-night nor between-meal snacks.
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Can I start a sentence with “Whereas”?

The sentence is supposed to be contradicting a previous situation explained thoroughly in the precedent paragraph. The contradiction is on the same subject (in the past/now). Can the sentence be ...
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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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“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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Is it correct to use “City Name-area” in a sentence?

Is it possible to use this: "Phoenix-area businesses" instead of "businesses in Phoenix" or "Phoenix businesses?"
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How to call the scientists who work in the natural sciences?

How to call the scientists who work in the natural, technical, biological and other sciences? Can I call them natural scientists, technical scientists and so on?
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Correct usage of “The” within this sentence

A client has requested that I put a notice in the form of ALL THE PRODUCTS ARE FOR RESEARCH USE ONLY on a web page. However, the word "THE" in the sentence appears unnecessary in my opinion. Is ...
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What is the difference about two sentences below?

What is the difference about two sentences below? 1.Despite a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called "new age" treatment. 2.Despite being a very old medical therapy, acupuncture is called ...
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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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Which is correct sentence? Use of verb with would [duplicate]

I am having little difficulty with the use of would. Here are two examples that are making me confused about use of verb with would. What would happen if he loses the match? What would happen if he ...
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“Since” vs “ever since”

Example: Tufy was our Chihuahua. He'd been in the family (ever) since I was born. Would adding ever change the meaning of the sentence?
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Is this sentence correct?

I am creating an app for Android in my locale language (French) and in English. It will display when the next buses or trams will be coming in real time. I would like to know if this sentence is ...
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“Outside” or “outside of”?

The word rarely turns up outside that context. and The word rarely turns up outside of that context. Which one is correct and why?
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Can a statement be both negative and positive after saying “Whatever you do…”?

Sometimes you are given advice. Sometimes in the form of What ever you do, statement Can this statement be both positive and negative? E.g. Whatever you do, don't take off your seat belt ...
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Grammatically correct usage. [duplicate]

Happy Holi to You and Your Family. Play Safe! Is anything grammatically wrong in above sentences? In which category does the second sentence fall? Can we replace Play Safe! with Play Safely!. Are ...
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“Even though” contradiction

Clause Run! This single-word command is also a clause, even though it does seem to have a subject. With a direct command, it is not necessary to include the subject, since it is obviously the ...
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When to use “me and my __” and “my __ and me”? [duplicate]

When is it correct to use, for example "me and my wife" and "my wife and me", which is correct and what's the difference?
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Help with wording of a sentence

I want to construct a sentence that says the following: Objects belonging to a king should be treated in a certain way, and what you presented is clearly an object of this kind. I couldn't find a ...
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Is “spying is what I do” grammatical? [migrated]

Spying is what I do. Is this sentence correct? If someone asks me "What do you do?", can I reply with the above sentence?
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In my example, can I remove the word--“that”?

This suggests that the current MLDA is not effective. However, the estimates in this paper challenge that claim and show that the effects of the current MLDA is statistically significant in all cases ...
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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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Using respectively when two subjects receive the same treatment

When describing the fact that A, B and C received treatments 1, 2 and 3, we can write: Subjects A, B and C were tested; and treatments 1, 2 and 3 respectively, were applied. If subjects A, B and C ...
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Is “to take part to join us” a valid sentence?

I've seen it quite many times but it sounds like it repeats same thing twice?
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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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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 ...