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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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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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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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“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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It takes/requires/needs for someone to do something [closed]

Practically all books on English grammar teach the construction "It takes [an amount of time, effort, etc] for somebody to do something" as in: It took three months to finish the paper. Now I ...
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“Making it easier to recognize A”, “making A easier to recognize”, and more [closed]

Are the following three sentences grammatically correct? If yes, what is the difference in the correct ones? This will make it easier to recognize the object. This will make the object easier to ...
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It is possible + infinitive

It is not possible to keep abreast of the normal tides of acquisition. (Source) Can someone analyze this sentence? My first thought was that the infinitive 'to keep' modifies possible, but then I ...
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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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“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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In the sentence 'She seems nice', is 'nice' a subject complement, verb complement, or both?

In the sentence below, is nice a subject complement, verb complement, or both? She seems nice. According to this page, it’s a type of verb complement; but it also seems to me to fit with the ...
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singular event with singular verb [duplicate]

Is the use of the contracted negative form of Do, the DON'T, in reference to a singular event or action acceptable in formal writings as is in song lyrics composition?
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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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