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“It takes” + infinitive vs. present participle

Is it grammatically correct to say "It took me five hours travelling to the US"? Most people would say "It took me five hours to travel to the US." I wonder if the infinitive is always the only ...
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Clause in sentence

John found it surprising that Wayne played the tuba. That Wayne played the tuba is the clause, but what kind is it? I am completely stuck on this and can't figure it out.
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“It would be a better idea to” VS “A better idea would be to”

I'm contemplating these two sentences: I think it would be a better idea to show you my works. I think a better idea would be to show you my works. as answers to a question "Can you tell me ...
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What topicalizing role does “do” play in “Only now do we have what we need to move forward”?

In the sentence "Only now do we have what we need to move forward", the word do clearly has some emphasizing meaning. But I would like a more precise understanding. Topicalization and fronting are ...
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How to use the word difficulty correctly [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: The city is difficult to turn into an economic center. OR it must be: It is difficult to turn the city into an economic center. Thank you.
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fun to make and fun to eat

“These cookies are fun to make and especially fun to eat.” (source) Semantically, these cookies is both to-infinitves’ object; and to-infinitves seems to be the semantic subject of both funs, as is ...
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What is the function of MIGHT , HELP and LEAVE here?

What are the functions of the following verbs in this sentence? It might help leave a better impression? Is might a modal? How about help? leave?
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When is (it) a good time to call you?

When is it a good time to call you? When is a good time to call you? Everybody tells me that both are correct. What is the exact grammatical difference?
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“Good to hear” vs “Glad to hear”

Which one is correct: Good to hear you enjoyed the radio show. or: Glad to hear you enjoyed the radio show.
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Changing the order of “that” clause [closed]

I saw the following sentence in a book: That people were so willing to respond is one measure of the importance of the topic. Is there any reason to bring the "that" clause to the beginning of ...
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How difficult was that decision to make vs How difficult was it to make that decision? [closed]

How difficult was that decision to make? How difficult was it to make that decision? How difficult was that decision to be made? Are there any differences among the above-mentioned sentences?
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will be possible to be used

Is it (1) correct, (2) natural/wise to say the following in english: "[X] will be possible to be used here as [Y, ie. some function/role]"? Are there any alternatives, and if there are, are they a ...
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“It's cold outside” vs. “There is cold outside”

Why don't we use "there is" when we're talking about cold outside? What is the difference in meaning between "it's cold outside" and "there is cold outside"? Update. Let me explain my question a bit....
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Which sentence element is the “to-infinitive” after an empty subject “it”?

I am having difficulty in defining sentence elements in this sentence: It takes two numbers to measure your needs but only one to measure mine. If I modify the sentence to this: To measure your ...
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Does the verb 'rain' belong to some special class of verbs since its subject is always 'it'?

The subject of the verb 'rain' is always 'it' when the referred sense of the verb is 'rain fall' It rained heavily last night. Do you think it will rain again this evening? It looks as though the ...

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