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The original unedited title of the question had a question in an aside. We would encounter such a need only in text that purports to capture dialog, where the speaker interrupts himself. Agent 99 has found out that a CHAOS agent plans to derail a passenger train. Can you tell me — you are that CHAOS agent, aren't you? — which train that will be? In ...


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This is a matter of style, so consult your style guide, either the one you've adopted or the one thrust upon you. I prefer The Chicago Manual of Style, which, in its 16th edition recommends that when two question marks collide, only one remains in the text. Section 6.120 has the following examples: Who starred opposite Richard Burton in Who’s Afraid of ...


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You'd be better off saying "It formed in him . . ." rather than "It formed inside him . . ." "He kept in the book bag an apple" sounds as though you just got off the boat from Germany. (Or maybe off the train from somewhere in rural Pennsylvania. You know, as in "Throw Mama from the train a kiss.") You have two choices with that sentence. If you're focusing ...


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For clarity's sake, use a comma after issues in the first sentence. To avoid any further issues, the program will now close.


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1."To avoid any further issues [the] program will now close!" 2."The program will now close to avoid any further issues!" There is some subjectivity in this but my immediate instinctive reading without analysing the sentences was: The first sentence implies (1) that there is/has been an issue (2) the user is already aware of that (3) to avoid ...


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It formed inside him an ambition to teach his students all the more. It formed an ambition to teach his students all the more inside him. He kept in the book bag an apple. (awkward or marked) He kept an apple in the book bag. The differing acceptability of these examples is due to a phenomenon known as HEAVY NOUN PHRASE SHIFT. It gives us ...


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C implies that the giraffes stayed alive for the purpose of passing the trait to their offspring; maybe true from some biological standpoint, but probably not what the giraffes were consciously doing. E uses the present tense instead of the past tense. B should use "their" instead of "its", since the subject is not a single giraffe.


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Most of the comments seem obtuse or sarcastic. The straight-out answer is that for the most part, this type of construction is now rare, and as you guessed, more likely to be used in a poetic or literary setting, "for dramatic effect". I could imagine the grave-voiced movie ad narrator: IN A WORLD NOT THEIR OWN, WHERE BIONIC MONSTERS LURK AROUND EVERY ...


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It's grammatically fine to use two "doesn't" in the same sentence so long as they don't form a double negative. Without the full context of your sentence it's hard to understand what "it's" referring to in this sentence, but there's nothing that says you can't use two contractions in the same complex or simple sentence. If you're attempting to say something ...


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1 is wrong because using it gives two finite predicates joined only by a comma. Bracket out the modifiers and here's what you end up with: Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition was established for this reason , was created in 1996 in this way. 5, however, subordinates the established clause, so you have only one finite predicate: Jesse Jackson's ...


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The second example doesn't sound (read) quite right. You DO kind of need the "were" for the "hanging". However, It would sound perfectly natural to say: "Above the desk -- on the wall -- six security monitors displayed black-and-white versions of the restaurant." Or, better yet: "On the wall above the desk, six security monitors displayed ...


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Yes, both are grammatical. In the first sentence, were serves as the primary verb. It's connecting the subject ("six security monitors displaying black-and-white versions of the restaurant") to the present participle ("hanging on the wall") to form the past progressive. In the second sentence, displayed serves as the primary verb. It's connecting the ...


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I agree with your general point. However in your suggested replacement, "...more people than that using it..." The word 'that' would be incorrect because it is singular. You could say, 'As of 2014, 38 percent of the world's human population has used the services of the Internet within the past year — over 100 times more people than those using it in ...


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The words are acceptable but the punctuation is not. Your two options for correct comma placement would be: "Could you, please, let us know when …" "Could you please let us know when …" The version with two commas is somewhat outmoded; the version with none is readily understandable and more contemporary. One comma alone, however, is incorrect.


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Normally, the word 'raise' is associated with cattle. For crops (vegetables, grains, etc.) we use the word 'grow'. You can use the phrase 'raise mushrooms' but it sounds really awkward. 'Grow mushrooms' on the other hand is natural and suitable. For a quick reference, see n-gram from Google showing usage of the two phrases.


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The word "are" signals that a participle is required. This will be the present participle ("-ing") to show the progressive tense for continuing action. So your choices are "rising" or "raising." "Rise" means to go up. It's intransitive (i.e., it cannot take an object, like "mushrooms"), so it won't do. "Raise" is transitive and takes an object, telling ...


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Incorrect: Plastic surgery is vain and unwise, thus it should be banned. Correct: Plastic surgery is vain and unwise; thus it should be banned. Also correct: People say that plastic surgery is vain; furthermore they also assert that they should ban it. Better sentences: Plastic surgery is vain and unwise, and should therefore be ...


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Neither is wrong, but "Is price negotiable for the job?" is clearer. In this sentence, you have a clear subject (price), object (negotiable) and object of the preposition (job). In "Is job price negotiable?" you have a compound noun as the subject, "job price" that may be confusing.


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You can't swap "51,000 people" (a plural) for "that" (a singular). If you swapped it for a simpler pronoun instead, it stops working: "This is what they looks [sic] like." But it works because of the reasons in chasly's comment. You are referring to the entire crowd of 51,000 as a single entity. "This is what a crowd of 51,000 people looks like." You ...


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"Long before" is tricky there. Before the boy noticed them, the earrings had been in the pawn shop for a long time. Long before the boy noticed them, the earrings had been in the pawn shop.


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The verb of the sentence is choose. What is the subject? In other words, who is doing the choosing? It's the students. The word order for English — normally subject-verb-object — has been inverted here. That's what creates the emphasis. The pronoun needs to be in the accusative form. It is him whom the students choose as the representative of the ...


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The sentence structure is Subject (it) - Copulative Verb (is) - Complement (he). The complement should be in the same case as the subject, so "he" is correct. It's the "who" that's problematic. The structure of the relative clause is Subject (students) - Active Verb (chose) - Direct Object (whom) In formal writing, the pronoun should be in ...


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The sentence your friend wrote is incorrect because it joins two indepentand clauses with a comma. In other words, you could repalce the comma witha period and get two gramatically correct sentences. Your version of the sentence, however is also incorrect. I'm assuming that's because you made some typos. There are a few easy ways to fix the senatnce. You ...


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Although the second version isn't incorrect, it's much less commonly used than the first.


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First let's dispose of the it at the beginning of the sentence—the one embedded in It'd: It'd been so long since I last saw his smile it came like a sun. As John Lawler points out in connection with a similarly functioning it in a different sentence, this first it is a "dummy non-referential pronoun inserted by Extraposition." In the present instance, ...


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One simple way to indicate unambiguously that "It is incorrect to say that "dance like an elephant" is the goal" is to reorder the sentence as Dancing like an elephant is not the purpose [or goal] of this exercise [or whatever]. One simple way to indicate that "The objective is to prevent dancing like an elephant" is to say The purpose [or goal] is ...


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The purpose isn't to dance like an elephant. The purpose is to not dance like an elephant.


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Your first sentence is absolutely fine, and I like it without the conjunctions -- it feels more tiring for some reason. The basic "the _ the _" construction is explained here. Some might suggest that you have to set up a second comparison: The more he walks, the less energy he has; the less energy he has, the more tired he gets. But in the second part of ...


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The sentence is understandable but it is rather bad English. If I were given it to edit, I would change it to "That guy would make all those girls fall in love", or I would prefer your second version.


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We would say: That guy will make all those girls fall in love with him. If we leave out "with him", he could simply be a sort of love deity who makes people fall in love with each other. With respect to "make"; notice how "him" comes between "make" and the complement "shake in his boots": The approaching tiger made him shake in his boots. We do not say ...


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Why is a part from a B777 being analysed by Airbus? Because it is not. The word "because" is used to introduce a reason. "it is not" does not provide a reason for the part being analysed. Instead I suggest, "Why is a part from a B777 being analysed by Airbus? It isn't!"


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The Louvre Museum merely has 300,000 objects [Kaplan and Haenlein, 2010] all told, 0.4% of the 70 million photos and videos sent on Instagram daily.


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It could conceivably be Model A is a combination of models B and C were model B to be used for..., though this is unlikely. I would agree with others that, without context, the likeliest explanation is a typo for where.



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