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What are the grammatical phrases in this sentence?

I'm analyzing this sentence and scanning it for prepositional, appositive and verbal phrases. In the sentence so far as I can tell there is only one prepositional and no appositive and no verbals ...
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What is the correct suffix for someone or something from “Bonaire”?

Living on the island of Bonaire, a question has arisen on the correct suffix to be used when describing someone from, or an item pertaining to, the island of Bonaire. Both "Bonairian" and "Bonairean" ...
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“Being myself of the feminine gender…” Gender ? Or sex? [duplicate]

From the section of letters of a woman's magazine: "Being myself of the feminine gender, I suppose..." Can we say a person is of "the feminine gender" ? Shouldn't we say "the feminine sex"? ...
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Term meaning careful and thorough, almost excessively so [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a term which means that one expends extra effort or materials in making sure that something is done properly, to an almost excessive or extravagant extent. One good is example ...
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Is this valid English: “it can help the learner generalize better”?

It sounds a bit off, but I am not sure if it valid or not. It was likely written by a native French speaker. After viewing the comments, I am including the full sentence: It has been shown to ...
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1answer
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Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”

An author I know wrote this on his Facebook page: There is a term of military art I cannot remember, that I need for a book, and that is driving me [batty] trying to find. So what is the single ...
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1answer
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He “lights his a cigarette” [on hold]

In one of Oscar Wilde's plays -- An Ideal Husband -- one sentence goes like this: Lord Goring bites his lip, and lights his a cigarette. Now doesn't the second part of this sentence sound ...
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Is the use of semicolon applicable anywhere in this sentence?

Here's the sentence - On further statistical analysis, these benefits were found to be both short term (0-30 days) and long term (31-360 days) and in both STEMI and UA/NSTEMI patients, ...
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“between” or “among” [on hold]

Is it correct to use between or among in the following sentence? Plus, should it be no offset or no offsets? In the current application, it is assumed that the origins of the lasers have no ...
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1answer
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Usage of “to find out” [on hold]

Your father climbed to some rough rocks near the coast to find out that under the rocks, our friend Lake lies severely wounded. Is this usage of "to find something by chance (as a result of ...
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“Last straw on camel's back” but positive? [duplicate]

Is there an idiom that is similar in meaning to the last straw that broke the camel's back, except with positive connotations? For eg., how do I idiomatically express that "the My Little Pwny mount ...
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What kind of rhyme is “pan” and “screen”?

I know there're various types of rhyme in English, such as slant rhyme. There're also things called assonance and consonance. I plan to rhyme "pan" with "screen". Essentially two monosyllabic words ...
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A is more near to B than C (is or does)? [on hold]

Which of the following sentences is correct? The approximate data values are much closer to the real data values than the original ones are. The approximate data values are much closer to the ...
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to choose a name: “a colorful land” or “the colorful land” [on hold]

I purchased colorful.land domain name to host my family's blog, because my new-born daughter is instinctively attracted to colorful objects. What should the website be? ttp://a.colourful.land or ...
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“Thirty times weaker”: Using a multiplier to describe the lack of something [duplicate]

I was watching CNN's coverage of the earthquake that struck northern California this morning, and I heard the following exchange between the CNN anchor and a seismologist, Walter Hays: ANCHOR: ...
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What does 'measurable life' mean?

what does 'measurable life' mean? I found this usage in the end of a sentence that criticized the youth of today. Update I saw its usage in this comment: Insensibility is wide spread today. Market ...
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1answer
46 views

Difference between “Class ” and “Classes” [on hold]

Is this statement true? "Parents send their children to English class" Or should I use "classes"?
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1answer
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Must I capitalize Tivoli?

In this sentence: "Bakken is the world's oldest tivoli", must tivoli be capitalized ? My program's atleast trying to make me think I must.
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Deletions in clauses connected by “and” [on hold]

Can the words in the parentheses be omitted? Accordingly, the camera amount used to simulate one IBEO LUX LiDAR sensor is 11, and (the camera amount used to simulate one ) Velodyne (is) 36.
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Are there any conditions for using “would”?

In the following sentences, is on appropriate or for? Can the first about be omitted? Is would correct? On (for) actual LiDAR sensors, the lasers turn (about) or oscillate about an axis, as is ...
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1answer
58 views

Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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3answers
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Adjective form of “foreign policy”?

Is there a adjective form of "foreign policy" or "foreign relations"? It needs to fit in with: There were contrasting political, social, and ??? systems. EDIT: By "foreign policy", I really mean ...
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“While standing” vs. “stood”

Original: I didn't react to her pessimism ,and tolerated her pessimism. I didn't react to and tolerated her pessimism I didn't react to while I was tolerating her pessimism. Would you tell me if ...
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Intransitive verbs with preposition in passive sentences

The words listen, shout, etc. are intransitive verbs, but why are they used in passive sentences with preposition to, at, etc.? e.g: she was never listened to. I don’t like to be shouted at. ...
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“Could not have been” vs. “must not have been”

What's the difference between "could not have been" and "must not have been"? For example, That could not have been an easy task. That must not have been an easy task. I've seen both ...
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Word for “to make italic”?

When we make text bold, we can just use the verb "bold". When we make text underlined, we can use the verb "underline". But which verb would we use for making text italic?
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Confusion about modal and auxiliary verb sentence structure [duplicate]

"Little did he realize that ..." What is the structure of this sentence with the past tense of the auxiliary verb 'do' in the beginning ? 2) "Otherwise, could we..." or "Otherwise, we could..." ?
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“…and who knew?” or “…,and, who knew…” or “…, and who knew…”?

Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and who knew? Maybe I'd find the meaning of life. Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and, who ...
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usage of please [duplicate]

Should 'please' be stated at the beginning of the sentence like: 'Please can you do this for me', or 'Can you do this for me please' Which one of the above is the correct expression.
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2answers
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Difference between IPA ɚ, ɹ, and ɝ

Wanting to be more Californian and trying to correct my accent, I'm look at the sound for mother, in the North America column. What is the difference between IPA symbols for ɚ, ɹ, and ɝ. (ɝ is not on ...
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2answers
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What is the meaning of the phrase “for my sins”?

I have a sentence: No, Sir, for my sins, I am not a regular church-goer. What does "for my sins" mean in this case? The phrase is from a book but not published yet and I am translating it to ...
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“Result” vs. “Results” in verb form

In an article I read, there was this line: And most simply, using and consuming fewer products result in less waste. I know sentences aren't supposed to start with the word "and," but I'd like ...
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“In” + gerund: “Pip joins the procession in carrying the casket”

Pip joins the funeral procession, planned out by Mr. Trabb, the tailor, in carrying Mrs. Joe’s casket through town. Is this sentence grammatically correct? One of my teachers proofread my work, ...
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Using “of” twice in a sentence

Is it correct to use of twice in the following sentence? The problem of absence of remote facilities is addressed in the article... What is the best way of writing this sentence?
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Types of Independent Clauses

I am curious if anyone is aware of a list of different types or categories of independent clauses. By comparison, there are four types of sentences (simple, compound, complex, and compounds complex), ...
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Word To Describe A Virtue/Attribute For Someone Who Is Connected (perhaps business-wise)

I can't quite find a good word to describe someone who is networked, or has connections. Particularly business wise. Only thing I can think of is "associations", but doesn't quite fit the mold because ...
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“I am a legend” vs. “I am legend”

Which sentence makes sense, the first or the second? I am      legend. I am  a  legend.
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How to phrase “analysis into a company”

I want to say : Analysis conducted at a insurance company showed that... or Analysis into a insurance company showed that... What is the best way to phrase this?
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When a person is completely entranced by the monotony of - for example - a road

I remember reading about a psychological effect that can happen to - for example - drivers, when they are driving on a monotonous road, where they are completely entranced by the monotony of that ...
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What kind of figurative language is this phrase?

What figurative language is this phrase? Is it an idiom or personification? Or something else? I have tried to figure it out but I can't. "to drive the idea out of my mind"
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Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?

There are a number of works that depict an ostensibly utopian society which has elements of or is arguably a dystopia (such as Orwell's Brave New World or what Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip One ...
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2answers
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Using “heretofore” in the past perfect

Is it grammatically correct to use "heretofore" in the past perfect? ...the king's power, which had heretofore been absolute. The meaning of "heretofore" is "before now", but would it still work ...
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Should I use present or past tense in indirect speech?

Suppose a person has told me this: I will go home. I want to report what he told me to someone else, but I don’t know whether the condition is still true — that is, whether he has gone home. ...
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How to use “posthumous”?

I know that "posthumous" means "after one's death." But how would you use it to say: This is shown by his posthumous weakening of the monarchy. What I mean to say is that after his death, other ...
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What is the most appropriate pronoun for humanity?

Humanity lived thousands of years in the environment without any source of electric power, but in the environment with radiation they will be dead in a few days.
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Difference beween requests “can”, “could” and “may”? [duplicate]

We can use can, could, and may for requests and permissions, but is there any difference between the meanings of the following three versions? May I go? Can I go? Could I go?
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1answer
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Can I continue a sentence after “respectively”? [duplicate]

Is it okay and in common usage to continue a sentence after using the word “respectively”? Consider this example: Denoting the object’s mass and acceleration by m and a, respectively, Newton’s ...
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Can the word 'fluently' be interchanged with 'fluidly' in this sentence, “I see I can't write fluidly either.”

I was asking a question concerning the use of the words 'fluently' or 'fluidly' in a particular sentence. I did not mean to post it as an Answer.
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What is the best content management system software for website owners? [on hold]

Do you think Wordpress is the best or maybe Joomla etc? Please say what you think and why...
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3answers
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How are multiple, alternative direct objects governed by multiple, alternative verbs?

Title 18 USC Sec. 1519 begins: Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object . . . Question: ...

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