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Splitting the components of a compound verb [duplicate]

I've always understood that splitting infinitives should be avoided; e.g., instead of To boldly go where no man has gone before. use To go boldly where no man has gone before. With that in ...
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Word order in a descriptive statement

When stating the conditions in which an experiment was done (no particular emphasis needed)... What's the correct word order "Plants were exposed to freezing temperatures for 2 hours" OR "Plants were ...
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Trouble with prepositions [closed]

I want to write the sentence "start date of the period being aggregated over" However, I know one is not supposed to end a sentence in a preposition. I can't think of a good alternative to this ...
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Why do personal pronouns always come last after a list of nouns?

Why do we always put "I" or "me" at the end of a list of nouns in a sentence. For example we would say "John, Sam, and I are going to the mall" instead of "I, John, and Sam are going to the mall" Is ...
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Use of “not only… but also”

I am an English teacher in Korea. Please help me to teach correct English to my students. I found the following sentence in the book "Why We Shop: Emotional Rewards and Retail Strategies" written by ...
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Doesn't matter what is correct or what correct is?

When we're asking a question we use a reversed order of words: Where is he? When we're stating something we're using the normal order: I don't know where he is. But what about one? It ...
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Which sentence is correct (too+adj.)? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? This object has a too low temperature. This object has too low a temperature.
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Order of words in a sentence [closed]

He raised my curiosity about what kind of person he is. He raised my curiosity about what kind of person is he. What is the right position of "is" in the sentence?
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Repeat Adverb in a list or is one time enough?

[1] ...., which is less efficient and secure against ... [2] ...., which is less efficient and less secure against ... Is it necessary to mention "less" two times as shown in version [2] or is ...
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“than are X” versus “than X are”

A co-worker and I disagree on how to phrase the end of this sentence: (1) MDA-MB-231 cells, which are highly invasive, are more than 20 times less sensitive to gradients than neutrophils are. ...
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Can you replace the words “such a” before the noun with the words “as such” after the noun?

For instance: are these sentences equal in meaning and clarity? This isn't the time to delight oneself with such a luxury. This isn't the time to delight oneself with a fine luxury as such.
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Is it “Don't let's” or “Let's don't”?

On Downton Abbey, I heard Mrs. Crawley say: "Don't let's make a thing out of it!" On The Goodwife, I heard Dianne Lockhart say: "Let's don't invite trouble for ourselves." It seems that ...
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So do I ( what word type is “so” functioning as?

In the following example: I like cakes. So do I. What word type is "so" taking the role of? Verb, adverb? I understand that there is some ellipsis happening and the sentences could be re-written: ...
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Having 10 percent of the population left-handed was an advantage for human beings

Having 10 percent of the population left-handed was an advantage for human beings. Is the sentence above natural to you, especially, the part "Having 10 percent of the population left-handed". ...
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To further upgrade your performance or upgrade your performance further? [duplicate]

a. to further upgrade your performance b. to upgrade your performance further Why do I feel that (a) is grammatically incorrect although it is used often. If anyone could explain the grammatical ...
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“How much is faster the train than the car?” [closed]

How much is faster the train than the car? How much is the train faster than the car? Which one is correct?
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“An expression of one aspect of ” vs “one aspect of the expression”

A): It is an expression of one aspect of her love. B): It is one aspect of the expression of her love. My questions: Do A) and B) mean the same? In the case of B), is one aspect of a ...
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“you have sooner or later to” - why is “have to” split into two parts?

Playing a sport, any kind of sport, coming from a sports oriented family and not trying hard, you have sooner or later to face some awkward questions at dinner, such as... Source: Tennis ...
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How does Yoda's speech sound to native English speakers?

There have been a few questions about the sentence structure used by the Star Wars character named Yoda: Yoda's sentence structure What term can be used to describe Yoda's speech? When nine ...
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Order of the word “chapter” and the chapter name

I see a lot of authors write something like below when refer to chapter or section in research publications: Refer to Methodology chapter,... We discuss the problem in the [Methodology ...
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Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers: the use of adverbs

When you say: I earn fifty dollars a week scarcely. I know this is not correct. It doesn't sound right and you can't apply an adverb to "a week" because it doesn't make sense and that's not the ...
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What is the difference between “last scan processed” and “last processed scan”?

How is this sentence: Process a scan if the last scan processed is older than the update time (in seconds). different in meaning from this sentence? Process a scan if the last processed scan ...
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“thus” at end of sentence

Is it (grammatically) correct to put “thus” at the end of a sentence, like in this example? Most properties carry over directly. We only need to discuss them for one case thus. I know that I ...
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Is there any particular rule for specific colours in adjective order?

I read here that there is a general rule to write an adjective order. But I didn't find any explanation if the rule has a specific order for colours, especially for primary colours. This may sound ...
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Exception to the word order S-V-O

Found in a book: Behind him was Sam. In a field was a big Group. To the left was a session of barracks. Next to the Corner was a woman. Don't know why the word order isn't correct, it's ...
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“Satanist lies” or “lies satanist”?

Context There is this page on Facebook which is created to make all sorts of incredibly complex anagrams, 101 Anagrammi Zen. On that page, I recently commented on the anagram "Alanis Morissette ---> ...
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“I and my wife” or “My wife and I”? [duplicate]

A native English speaker said to her students that "I and my wife have ..." is wrong & we have to say "My wife and I have ..." Why did she say it's wrong?
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“We just need to rename” or “We need just to rename”

I want to say that just in case we want to rename something (in programming) we should do something. Which of the sentences is correct? In case we need just to rename the message... In case ...
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Usage of “taken” regarding the time a picture was taken [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, but I have lived in the US for one year. I'm developing software (i.e. an application programming interface, API). There is one property that is supposed to store the ...
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What is more correct and why?

Technology helps us better understand more things. Technology helps us to understand better more things.
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Should subject come first in sentence?

I don't know the exact terms used to describe this situation but I'm wondering whether there is a clearly "correct" way of phrasing this sentence. I know both versions are grammatically correct, but ...
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“She ran… , her nose pressed against the glass” Are the actions simultaneous or consecutive?

She ran towards the display, her nose pressed against the glass. My friend and I don't understand the same thing when reading this sentence, and neither of us can explain why. To me, it doesn't ...
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“Why didn't he” vs. “Why did not he”

I understand that [ didn't = did not]. But is it correct to write the following? Why didn't he come to work? Why did not he come to work? And can it be written as follows? Why he didn't ...
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Superlatives and word order

I stumbled upon the sentence below on the Internet and felt confused: The Alchemist, a novel by Paulo Coelho, which is listed as one of the most read books by successful people says... Are really ...
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Want to introduce myself to someone I was provided a business card

I am searching for an Administrative Assistant/Clerical position and a friend of mine provided me with a business card of the Asst. Vice President of career service and alumni relations at a college. ...
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Declarative Clause with Interrogative word order

This is a part of a song's lyrics: ... (previous lines in short: I don't like you, but) Then again it's good to get a call Now and then, just to say hello Have I said I hate to see you go ...
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When may adjectives precede determiners? (E.g. too difficult a task)

The expression too difficult a task sounds a little pompous, but it doesn't sound ungrammatical. According to my folk-beliefs about English grammar, determiners precede adjectives. However, the ...
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Word order while using “to be interested in”-which one is correct?

How is the correct sentence, while using to be interested in with a little or a little bit (is this right?) I am interested a little in football. I am a little interested in football. I am ...
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It extraposition

It is she that I am talking about. It is the extraposition that I am interested in. It is I to whom I was referring. It was the text book with which I was struggling. I was trying to ...
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Is my use of “oblivious” wrong?

I posted this question on stackoverlow today and a couple of people have taken me to task over the use of the word "oblivious" in this sentence: I have deliberately omitted @ referencing the ...
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What is the correct form of this sentence?

This sentence sounds funny to me: To finish this task it is imperative that all effects are considered in the used step-by-step plan. While the same sentence, with the last verb in a different ...
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“Ask ourselves what is it that…” or “Ask ourselves what it is that…”

This is from an article about setting goals: 'We need to ask ourselves what is it that we want in order to feel truly accomplished.' Compared with 'We need to ask ourselves what it is that we want in ...
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What is a word for when someone likes bodily harm done to oneself.

What word would work for someone who likes to be hurt by other people? Physically, like it may even be a turn on.
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It was too tempting a chance to resist

One day, I came across this sentence: This chance was too tempting a chance to resist. Even though this sounded perfectly natural to me, as I tried to get the full meaning out of it, I ...
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“single largest” or “largest single”

I commonly hear statements like "the largest single contributor to..." and "the single largest factor...". It seems as though "largest single" and "single largest" should have slightly different ...
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Incorrect placement of “the”?

Does this sentence make sense? "I can't sympathise with the many people who are impatient." Should "the" be dropped from the sentence? I couldn't find a similar answer anywhere else.
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Comparative adjectives

I have a question concerning use of more in comparative sentences when used with adjectives. I was more furious about my cat's death than you thought I would be. Usually, or always, when more ...
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Should I use “Team X” or “X Team” when “X” alone is ambiguous?

Suppose I want to put a description below a picture of a sports team or prepare t-shirts and other promotional gadgets with the name of the team. Sometimes the team is well-known (Manchester United) ...
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What is the difference between those two sentences (grammatically and in meaning)?

An inappropriate TV show for children should be banned on any type of channels. A TV show inappropriate for children should be banned on any type of channels. It seems to me that there is ...
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Where do I place the frequency adverb “often”? [duplicate]

Imagine the following situation: Person A says to person B, that B will be the target of taunt/sneers/ridicule etc. Is it possible to formulate the following sentence (regarding the word order)? ...