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Is “to” missing in the following phrase: “civil liberties be damned”?

I am currently reading a column by Thomas L. Friedman titled "We're always still Americans," published on December 11, 2014 in International New York Times. If there had been another 9/11 after ...
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“Former and Latter for upcoming list: ”following latter“ or ”latter following“, or just ”latter"? [on hold]

According to this page, they use former and latter in the following way: “I enjoy read­ing Entrepreneur and Inc, but pre­fer the lat­ter over the former.” The issue I'm having is how to ...
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Better way of saying “in order to demonstrate this”

What is a better way of saying "in order to demonstrate this, I will..."? I already use "to that effect" in the same paragraph. I'm looking for something as compact and concise as "to that effect" ...
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Use of 'which' to combine clauses

Is there anything wrong, in terms of either grammar and/or usage, with the following sentence: "The information age has ushered children into a global society, which is the cause of educators ...
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Parallel Structure: negative comparative

Consider the following sentence: "Frank will not be honored for dedicating his time to orphans, as Fred will not be honored for devoting his life to the poor." A better way to phrase this might be: ...
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Is “this object remains a valid inclusion in a discussion of similar objects” grammatically correct?

The wider context within which I am writing this phrase is: "What is certain, however, is that early twentieth-century piano rolls, while not themselves audio recordings, remain a valid inclusion in ...
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Is it incorrect if the last word following a comma ends in a full stop and does not feature an “and” before it? [closed]

These are the four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, plasma. These are the four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas and plasma.
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What is the use/structure/meaning of 'had it not [something], …'?

I encountered a question in an exam and I am wondering about the exact answer and reasons behind it Question: Had it not rained, the farmers _________ all of their crops. A. Would lose B. Should ...
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Should I refer to “Section 2.3” or “Subsection 2.3”?

When writing a document that is divided into numbered sections and subsections, sometimes I would like to refer a certain subsection that has been numbered 2.3, for example. Here the 2 represents the ...
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“As was his habit” what does it mean?

"As was his habit, he planned to spend the month of August in Normandy, visiting friends and working on his house." I often see this kind of structure:As was his habit. But I do not understand what ...
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Active or passive? [closed]

I have a question mainly regarding whether my sentence is active or passive. But also I would like to ask if it has a bad structure? A piece of paper with a couple of paragraphs almost entirely ...
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What's wrong with “We hope you will find our Qualifications to be well-organized, concise, and most of all, to exceed your expectations.”

Why is the following sentence grammatically incorrect? We hope you will find our Qualifications to be well-organized, concise, and most of all, to exceed your expectations. I've asked three ...
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“It is me whom she loves” or “It is I whom she loves” which one is grammatically correct? [duplicate]

It is me whom she loves or It is I whom she loves Because I know that "It is I" is grammatically correct.
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Classification - There is/are

What is the official 'name' for the 'there is' / 'there are' construction? Is it a verb phrase or a lexical verb? I'd say possibly a verb but it must be the most difficult term to Google.
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The relative pronoun “which” and the omission in this sentence

The complete sentence: Yet I should point out before I proceed with this line that when I use ‘ideology,’ I do not mean to imply the now-familiar sinister connotations of mischief or falsehood ...
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Is this sentence structure correct? I catch myself using this structure a lot [closed]

This is a line from a story I'm writing: "The blanket had been peeled back, revealing imprints of recent slumber." Is this correct or should I make another sentence for the second clause?
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Sentence diagramming trouble with figuring out subordinators and relative pronouns

http://imgur.com/a/dyALV for the pictures. In the diagrams my main concern was figuring out if the use of "that" was under the context of it being a relative pronoun or a subordinator. I have trouble ...
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Should this sentence have a singular or plural object?

Is the correct version this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as a genuine part of the book. OR this: But in general such verses have rarely been accepted as genuine ...
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Didn't you USED TO or Didn't you USE TO? [duplicate]

I was somehow confused encountering this sentence: Didn't you USED TO work with Annie at Macy's?. Should we use USE TO here since we are using Did which needs the base form of the verb.
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A different use of BOTH [closed]

I'm really confused with this since my students have asked me if this sentence is correct or not. Is it correct to say: Please sign BOTH first and second PAGE. (Or is it PAGES?) Under what ...
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“Social media post” or “social-media post”? [duplicate]

Should "social media" be spelled with a hyphen in the phrase "social media post"? To me, the hyphen looks wrong, but I would like to be able to provide some grammatical rationale to explain why.
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What do you call this (these) writing “fallacies”

I just read this answer on Chinses.Stackexchange, and I see some obvious logical "leaps of faith" that I would like to know their most accurate and concise labels. Many thought it is difficult to ...
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When is a comma appropriate when using “that is”

Is there a better way of structuring the following? In the first instance, efficiency needs to be evaluated; the most efficient choice, that is, the choice that minimises unnecessary ...
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Is this sentence structure backwards?

I edit reports at work and often feel that sentences end up structured backwards, for lack of a better term. For example, this sentence: We designed a water diversion that also acts as a fish ...
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“I'm not understand” — help regarding sentence structure

I am trying to learn/improve my English by remembering grammar rules. Everyday, I read a lot of technical documentation and have many conversations with my colleagues from US. I already have many ...
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uncommon use of “as well as” compounding two verbs onto one subject

I've got a pretty strong intuition for what's grammatically correct and what's not. My hunch here is that the following sentence is wrong. Can someone verify this for me, using a syntactical rule to ...
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Which of these two sentences is grammatically correct?

Which sentence is grammatically correct: In the fall Julie will attend graduate school in Italy. Or Julie will attend graduate school in Italy in the fall.
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Grammar: “Just because A, doesn't mean B”

I hear this all the time, and often from writers, but it never sounds right. I found myself using it in something I was writing. For example: "Just because I stopped eating doesn't mean I'm full." ...
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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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“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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What is the meaning of this expression?

Does "next player's turn" mean "next turn of the player" or "turn of the next player"? Or can it mean either depending on the context? In this particular case the context is a two player board game ...
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“an html link” vs “a html link”, which is correct? [duplicate]

In colloquial speech, when discussing the web, people almost always say "an html link" as opposed to "a html link" and for some reason, using "an" just seems to flows off the tongue better. ...
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English Syntax Rules Based on Word Choice

I was reading the Wikipedia article on Animacy and came across something I found to be very interesting: The higher animacy a referent has, the less preferable it is to use the preposition of for ...
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One argument, multiple paragraphs?

How do I structurally split up an argument into multiple paragraphs? Let's say I'm using two texts as evidence for one argument, and I want to devote one paragraph to each text. What would the ...
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“only then can you do” vs “only then you can do” [duplicate]

What is correct in a sentence: "Only then can you do" or "only then you can do" ?
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What does the phrase 'Quote-O-Matic' mean?

A sample application in the book 'Test Drive ASP.NET MVC' used this as its title.
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Is correct this expression “ The exercise consist of making something”? [closed]

I posted the following sentence in a blog and the majority of people could not understand it. The exercise consist of making the buffer A dynamic so that the application is able to read and ...
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Is there a name for this type of sentence structure: “She looks as though she's been poured into her clothes, and forgot to say 'when'”?

Comedians seem to use phrases that employ this type of sentence structure - is there a name for it? Examples of Groucho Marx's one liners seem to fit this pattern — and if memory serves, Emo Philips. ...
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sentence structure: S + 'was that' + independent clause

Is the structure 'was that' + independent clause correct? Example sentence: The major difference about these two groups was that they were composed entirely of young children
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“which” as the subject - composing a complex sentence

How is the best way to compose a complex sentence with the word "which" as the subject of main and dependent clause? How about this sentence? Which road to take is very crucial, because that will ...
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“Class X” OR “X Class”

A. I will sit in class X. B. I will sit in X class. Question: Any specific reason for using "B" format?
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A list of something [duplicate]

When I write a list of something. What are the following correct in American style. A, B, and C. A, B and C.
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Can Whilst only be used in mid-clause?

According to this entry in the Urban Dictionary on "Whilst" (2nd definition on this page: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=whilst), it can only be used in mid-clause. I have skimmed ...
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Helping improve or help To improve [duplicate]

Is "Helping Improve Lives"ok or should it be "Helping TO improve lives?"
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What kind of punctuation should I use to embed a question in another sentence?

How should I punctuate this sentence? It seem that I should somehow distinguish the question part of the sentence from the main part of the sentence. If I didn't know the answer, I would first ...
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What defines a correlative?

I have come across a number of expressions (both...and..., if...then...) which are named as "correlative" in different grammars (namely Quirk et al.). The question: What makes an expression a ...
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Can I put the job position in front of the name?

In military contexts you often see sentences like this one: "General Montgomery decided to..." I am now writing an evaluation about a sale my company had had, and I want to credit several people ...
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Should I add commas anywhere within this sentence? [closed]

Our expert services range from preparing proposals of best practice designs to value added engineering service for post-bid projects to field service start-up.
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When and how to use the “be + they + noun” structure [duplicate]

Can you please explain this structure? I can't forget the looks on faces of people who've lost hope. Be they gay, be they seniors, be they blacks looking for an almost-impossible job, be they ...
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Term for when you're attributing something to a rule

I'm looking for a word or a phase that describes attributing something not to a person or group, but to an inanimate object like a rule. Ex. A best practice is to run cross browser tests in all ...