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A day in heaven equals how many days on earth? A pound of weight loss equals how many calories? Those sentences are typical of a format used in tests and quizzes. They are perfectly acceptable but unusual outside those contexts. You would rarely hear someone say them that way in a conversation.


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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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Because "thing" is a (pro)noun and "nice" is an adjective that modifies the noun: Postpositive adjectives are rare in English and their use is generally formulaic; "thing" and "nice" don't meet the criteria. As for your second paragraph: this is a different situation. "Reading" in the first sentence is a verb - the boys are doing reading; in the second ...


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If the humans have been defeated then it is they who have been exiled not the Gastrea. The humans are confined close together in the small territory. "side-by-side" (of two or more people or things) close together and facing the same way. "on we jogged, side by side, for a mile" synonyms: alongside (each other), beside each other, abreast, ...


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What you're reading in Catcher in the Rye is the first-person interior monologue of the narrator, the character Holden Caulfield, a confused and alienated teenager. Thoughts aren't polished prose. We could take Where I lived at Pencey, I lived in the Ossenburger Memorial Wing of the new dorms. It was only for juniors and seniors. I was a junior. My ...


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This is a form of ellipsis. The complete sentence would read: What he did was that he was starting these undertaking parlors . . . You see this kind of thing in colloquial speech all the time. The most common example is probably: The thing is, is that . . . To be complete you would render that as What the thing is, is that . . . But who has ...



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