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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.
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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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