Questions regarding the rules for the formation of sentences

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Subject + verb inversion

I have come across, more and more frequently, that writers move the verb forward in sentences like: Today some English teachers attend to grammatical niceties in a more analytical way than did their ...
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'which is' or 'one is' [closed]

I have sentence. Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms, which is used for solving [name of problem] problems. Can I say: "Algorithm is classified as a probabilistic algorithms. ...
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Use-case of `as less as possible` [closed]

Are following two usages both valid and have same meaning? Use tools as less as possible. Use as less tools as possible. Thanks.
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Sufficient or sufficiently?

When we compare this with his [Milton's] later prose writings, when he moved closer to the victorious Cromwellian ascendancy, we find that pragmatism usurped idealism, not completely but ...
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Necessary and unnecessary articles for proper nouns

In AmE (and probably other dialects as well) there are certain place names and other proper nouns that either have a compulsory definite article or a compulsory lack of one attached to them. For ...
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“Love me tender”: adverb or adjective?

Is the last word in each of these phrases an adverb or an adjective? How can we know? love me tender treat me nice hold me tight
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Difference between “focus” and “focus on” in “My main focus is Spanish.”

This question is originally posted on WordReference forum. My friend suggested me to post here to get more opinions on this question. I don't know if I am allowed to link to other site, so I am going ...
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Nonstandard English Syntax [duplicate]

What would be the best way to describe the non-standard syntax of "The spider he was confused."?
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Complements and adjuncts

Paul Austen’s novel sold immediately to the author’s eager readers. In the above sentence, which part is the complement and which is the adjunct? I am confused as to whether the adjunct should be ...
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You yourself - double pronoun

You have made it up yourself. This is obviously ok. But if the pronoun it should be repalced by a long noun-phrase: You have made up the illusory world in which you move yourself. It would ...
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Should “which percentage” or “what percentage” be used within a sentence?

I have the following paragraph: "The contents of a fish tank with 70 fish, of which 10 percent are goldfish, are added to another fish tank with 130 fish, of which 20 percent are goldfish. After the ...
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How do I express the possession of multiple objects by one proper noun and one pronoun?

As far as I can tell, my question is not a duplicate of either of these two similar questions. It is very close (maybe a duplicate, but I don't quite think so) of this question. I want to construct ...
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Is it grammatical to have duplicate 'it'?: __ it it __

Is it grammatically correct to use the word it twice in a row? When doing so, do you have to separate the two using a comma? If there are different situations please use examples. My examples: ...
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How to avoid a preposition at the end of a relative clause

In this example: I am adverting to (noun, eg letter), the reception of which I am asking/tentative about. How can I recast this sentence, and preserve this syntax, without the "empty preposition"...
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Would it be correct to say: The first few years of a child's life play a key role in their development

The first few years of a child's life play a key role in their development. or should it be The first few years of children's lives play a key role in their development.
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“Were you” or “You were”

In a sentence like the following: You want to know how long you were unavailable. Should I write "you were" or "were you"? Second version (with "were you") is: You want to know how long were ...
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“From the above analysis, we can see that” VS “From the analysis above, we can see that” [duplicate]

What is the difference between this two sentences? I looked into the google,and found that these two sentences are used.
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“the girls' nose” or “the girls' noses”: which means the nose of many girls? [duplicate]

"the girls' nose" or "the girls' noses"? We are talking about the nose of many girls.
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A question on this common sentence structure

I saw these lines in a children's book today: The tourists gathered around the lake, taking photographs of the wildlife in the area. The cat sat itself down on the veranda, stretching its ...
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Is it bad to start a sentence with “as”?

My boss doesn't like it when I start sentences with "as", and I'm not sure if it's actually a problem. A case where I would start with "as" would be: As your new account manager, it is my ...
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Why are these questions structured differently?

How many rooms does your apartment have? How many rooms have carpeting? I'm a native speaker of English teaching at a language school. Recently I was stumped by a question made by a student. ...
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Is the word order acceptable here?

I come from a family of completely Italian lineage called the Carusos. Since "the Carusos" is the antecedent of "family" is it that bad to have it come after lineage? Would it be better to say: I ...
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Awkward style choice or syntax error?

I'm doing a bit of copy editing on some work, and ran into a sentence that I feel is poorly constructed; however, the author insists that there is no error and that the supposed error in question is a ...
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Why does “complex sentence” vs “compound sentence” matter?

This question asks about (teaching) the distinction between complex and compound sentences. I have managed to read really quite widely in linguistics for more than fifty years without ever as far as ...
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Is this an example of a dangling modifier too?

"From an original focus on the oil industry, Platts gradually expanded its purview to include metals, shipping, and all energy-related markets - oil, coal, natural gas, electricity, nuclear power, ...
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Is it “the humanities” or just “humanities”?

I.e., would I use "I hate the humanities" or "I hate humanities"? On that note, would the complementary statement be "I love the sciences" or "I love science"? "I love sciences" just sounds wrong, ...
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Isn't this a dangling something?

As one of the busiest times of year, people will share moments, plan for the festivities and search for the perfect gift, every single day — on Facebook. And this year, it will truly be a mobile ...
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Can I say “Why not you study literature?” [closed]

May I ask you this question meaning to emphasize the importance of studying literature? What has confused me is that the question, ironically, carries the same implication of, "Why study literature?" ...
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Is there an exception to the prohibition against ending a sentence with “ ’s ” at work here?

The ’s can be used as a contraction representing a weak, unstressed word that is not pronounced. It allegedly cannot occur in sentence final position. She is not ready, but he is. She’s not ...
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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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Is it acceptable to say “It is one of my most important things.”?

My question is if I want to say It is one of the most important things for me. In another way, can I say It is one of my most important things. instead? And does the latter one sound ...
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Invoices status, Invoices statuses, Invoices' status or Invoices' statuses

According to this, statuses is the plural of status. However, I am not sure here which one to use, my logic is statuses is more proper as each invoice has different status. But seems awkward word or ...
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Ending a sentence with “and thanks”

I have a colleague who ends many emails with "and thanks". To me it sounds awkward and random, but I wonder if anyone has seen this usage before? Examples (note particularly the third one!): "That ...
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Can “some” be a noun and a subject?

What is the noun in this sentence: Some of our greatest innovations were launched during tough times. I know that of our greatest innovations is a prepositional phrase and as such cannot contain ...
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Poetic syntax with “as” and “so”

Does anyone know how to describe the type of poetic syntax of the line: "As the deer panteth for the water / So my soul longeth after thee" or something to that effect. I'm not sure if this ...
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“Now that x, y,” vs. “Now x, y” (“Now” in dependent clauses): British vs. American English

I have noticed that British English speakers tend not to use that after now in certain dependent clauses where American English speakers will almost certainly use it. BE version of two examples: ...
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“Choose a username that is …and must contain”: phrased incorrectly or just awkwardly?

The following parameters are given regarding creating acceptable usernames for a particular website: The username is case sensitive. Choose a username that is 6-74 characters long and must contain ...
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Does “use X, Y, or Z” mean use *one of* or *all of* the options?

This is the text supposedly providing the parameters for creating acceptable usernames for a particular website: The username is case sensitive. Choose a username that is 6-74 characters long and ...
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How to properly use “not…without” in English? [closed]

Please help me out by criticizing on the grammar and syntax of the following sentence used in my cover letter. I would like to make sure the sentence is not confusing in any way before sending it out. ...
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Matching tenses of sentences

I'm writing to enquire whether there is a need for ... Wishing to be a part of your team thought the best way to go about it was to ask you directly. My background is mostly with ... but my ...
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Is it correct to say that “John is responsible for Mary”? [closed]

Is it correct to say that "John is responsible for Mary"? If not, what should we say? What I want to denote is a mix of all these senses: Supporting someone, because of sympathy, and also morally ...
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observe someone … to have been…,

My question is in following sentence What happens, says Hume, is that we observe individuals of one species to have been constantly attended by individuals of another. Why use to have been ...
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Changing case within quoted text

I'm familiar with the convention that square brackets may be used within quoted text to indicate word[s] that aren't actually present [in that exact form] in the original. It's often necessary where ...
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Which is preferable: “We are all” or “we all are”

"We are all mad." "We all are mad." I think each of these conveys the same idea. Besides this, we can use "we are all" alone. I hear the first one more frequently. Does the second one sound worse ...
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Is the verb “are” missing in this sentence?

I have a question about a possible grammatical error in this sentence: "We hope you find our toilets in good condition". I came across it lately on one of the mall's notice boards. In my opinion this ...
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Syntax of have - already - yet

I am not sure about the last bit of the following sentence whether it is grammatically correct or not. Isn't the usage of the two words "already" and "yet" tautologous? I think one of each is actually ...
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Syntactic function of “what” in specific case

See the following sentence: Be careful what you eat. In this case, "what" is having which syntactic function? I checked the possibilities in the wiktionary: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/what My ...
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Ellipsis in noun phrases with possessive case [closed]

Can you omit the second occurrence of the word "poems" in a sentence like the following? I like Lord Byron's poems, and also enjoy a number of Percy Shelley's [poems].
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'I have no idea why do I like him so much' or 'I have no idea why I like him so much'

As far as my knowledge goes, 'why' in this case functions as a relative pronoun introducing a clause. I am just unsure whether it is grammatically accurate or at least acceptable to phrase the second ...
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“Keith does not a hint take” or “A hint does Keith not take”

While wasting time on the internet (as I am wont to do), I came across a video in which somebody was criticizing a blog-post and corrected the statement *Keith does not a hint take. supplying his ...