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The usage of "the" usually pertains to nouns and/or subjects which are specific or definite. In the sentence "... and providing questionnaires to the individuals who had not taken part in the coordination meeting of Khuzestan soccer referees", using "the" implies that there was a specific group of individuals who had not taken part. If "the" was left out ...


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Yes, it's grammatical. No, it is not in good style. No, you cannot be assured that everyone will process it correctly. Just because something is grammatical doesn't mean everyone will process it well: I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. The best way to say their clunky ...


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The head noun of "the number of Koalas" is "number", which is singular, and since it is head, it makes the entire noun phrase singular. The relative clause "which are native to Australia" goes with the noun phrase "Koalas", and "which" refers to Koalas. The relative clause "which is declining alarmingly" goes with the noun phrase "the number of Koalas", ...


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As Brian says, the first rendering flows better. There is also no real issue with the nonrestrictive clause not directly following what it modifies, because it does directly follow what it modifies. Of aligning business processes to achieve optimal growth is not a restrictive clause—it’s not a clause at all, since there is no predicate. It’s a prepositional ...


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I think that the best way to make the sentences more readable is to do some serious revamping. For example, in the "unsavory practice of Y" example, I would try to reduce the number of contending clauses that I had to try to put into order. To that end, I would probably express Y as a possessive and rephrase the "which limits growth" clause as an adjective. ...


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As TRomano observes in a comment above, the simplest way to resolve an awkward sentence structure involving a passive construction is to put the wording into active voice. More often than not, doing so reduces the number of words in the sentence and brings the verb and its object closer together. In the OP's example, a number of verbs would work in the ...


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Verbs have many properties, tense (e.g., present, past), number (viz., singular and plural), mood (e.g., imperative, conditional), but here the inconsistency is in in verb's grammatical aspect. There are four grammatical aspects: Simple "I ate", "I eat", "I will eat" "I lasted", "I last", "I will last" Progressive (ongoing) "I was eating", "I am ...


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Plurality is assumed even though its a a "bunch", since the bunch is disparate. Thus I'd say: Our team is a happy bunch who work night and day Unless the work is directed at a single cause in which the team is really (one) cohesive unit. In this case say you might say: Our team is working night and day on [the issue]



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