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symbolic units that connect a linguistic form with meaning

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Not~but~ construction

Grammatically, is structure "not + preposition + but + preposition + object" possible? For example, can I say 'someone is lying not on but off the couch'? I mean 'someone is lying not on the ...
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Is there a name for this format - '5:number :: k: ? '?

Is there a name for this format - 5:number :: k: ? ? The question mark in the above poses a question. The answer is supposed to be found out by looking the relation of previous pair. In this case ...
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verb+ing about verb+ing about

I am sorry that I couldn't come up with a more appropriate and specific title. But my questions are: I was thinking about talking about (something) Is this structure correct? It does seem awkward ...
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Which one is correct: built or to be built

Which of these is correct? 1.How do you want your house to be built? 2.How do you want your house built? I think 1 is correct because it is the house that will be built(someone will build it). But I ...
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What are the differences between the following? [duplicate]

What are the differences between: I did this for the first time in Tibet. I did this in Tibet for the first time. Which one should I use if I have done 'this' before, but it is my first time doing '...
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Why can you use relative clauses with implicit complementisers or relative pronouns?

Why are these correct? The work I am doing is easy. The house he lives at. The book I am writing is about different realms. The man I was helping thanked me. The ant I was blocking the road of. ...
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What kind of elliptical construction would the following interpretation fall into and what are some similar examples?

Here is the sentence construction: As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up. I want to ...
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Grammatical Rules of Construction. Conjunction-reduction

I'm struggling to understand the meaning of certain phrases that follow a particular pattern. Since I lack the vocabulary to define that pattern, I'll give some examples instead: The pet-friendly ...
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What is this construction? (Sentence Structure) - 4

The most handsome boy in the class, Sam. I remember seeing a sentence of this type in a book. I don't remember which. Can such a sentence be called a Sentence? It contains only a Noun and an ...
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Is it correct this construction with the expression “have something in mind”?

I have a doubt related to the expression "to have something in mind". Is it correct to add information between the beginning and the end of it? For example, like this: "I have so many ...
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The meaning of the structure *to be + said + verb (infinitive)* [duplicate]

What are the uses of this structure? I looked for about it, but I couldn't find something useful. Can you give me a definition and some examples?
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How can I construct phrases only to work with one of Given, When, or Then?

I think the following is a problem which falls firmly between two stools, so please forgive me if this is the wrong place, but I think it's more of a linguistic question than a computer question. ...
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. a scorcher of a day; a geyser of a character, etc

I've seem a lot of such constructions, e.g. a spasm of a rant. What do grammarians call such constructions, and is there anything in particular that an EFL teacher needs to know about them, to teach ...
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What is right sentence construction of “same as”?

This is the same car that you bought me. (Does it mean only one car exists?) This is the same car as the one you bought me. (Does it indicate to two cars? One is the current one we are looking at, and ...
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“It contains vitamin C as an antioxidant.” Acceptable?

The drink contains vitamin C as an antioxidant. It is clear what this sentence is supposed to mean: "The drink contains vitamin C, which serves as an antioxidant." or "The drink ...
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Use of conditional sentence?

Oh, I'm not sad. I made sure I've got a lotta dreams, so if one breaks, I can/could pursue another. Should I follow up with can or could after the "if" clause?
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What does the construction “indefinite article + adjective” mean?

I came accross sentences like these: "blablabla" says a breathless Mrs Johnson. "Dinosaur Jr. set to release new album mid-2016, says a nervous Lou Barlow" Are breathless and ...
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How to compose a single phrase/write a sentence for this? [closed]

This is related to covid19 issue. I'm not native so can't find words to describe it in a sentence. But here's what I want to write: Since covid19 issue hasn't stopped yet, and we can't stop our ...
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Grammatical Rules of Construction or Logic to Resolve Some Seemingly Contradictory Legislation

One of the things attorneys, such as myself, do often is argue over the meaning of a statute. Often this comes down to grammatical arguments about the location of commas, the use of conjunctions, etc. ...
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Leave+be+(past participle) or (past participle) without be

I am a bit confused with the construction. If we would like to say that we leave the object in that state (using a past participle), would we need be before the past participle? For instance: I left ...
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Which sentence structure is correct and why?

I have typed nearly all the sentences. I nearly have typed all the sentences. Also, do I need to add the preposition 'of' to the sentence? E.g. "I have nearly typed all of the sentences."
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cannot in 'not only…but also' [duplicate]

I know from verious other discussions that 'can not' and 'cannot' are basically both correct but 'cannot' is being used more often. Nonetheless what happens if I have a 'not only...but also' ...
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Identify the subject and verb in the sentence

Please where is the subject and the verb in the following sentence: Slavery and the slave trade bulk large in this work. Is it grammatically correct? And what kind of the word is 'large' in this ...
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How to use the title of an article in the same sentence as saying an article exists

Sorry the title is not ver well worded - but that is my problem. Lets say I have a friend Jane who has written an article called 'How to Shop for Apples'. What is the best way to write something like:...
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Comma before a subordinate clause

I was reading a book and stumbled on this sentence: It was closed, but the salesman said he would wait, if we hurried. I'm confused about the use of the comma preceding if we hurried. Why not ...
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Increasing clarity by breaking verbal stumbling blocks

I am marking students' essays and frequently coming across stumbling blocks of words. Although grammatically speaking these blocks are mostly correct, I find that clarity is being impaired (e.g too ...
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“I was going to do,but something happened”, “I was to do,but something happened” and “I was about to do,but something happened”have the same meaning?

Do "I was going to do,but something happened", "I was to do,but something happened" and "I was about to do,but something happened"have the same meaning?.I'm so confused right now. Please give me some ...
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Alternatives to the Colon

I find that I use the colon far too often in my writing. Specifically, I use the following construction too often: statement: explanation or example Here are some concrete versions of this: ...
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Sentence construction, adjective position [duplicate]

I need to phrase a title, and I am not sure what the best option is: Detect visited page without analyzing its features or Detect page visited without analyzing its features
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When do we use this construction? Auxiliary verb + subject + verb

I was trying to find some info about this construction but couldn't succeed, although I happen to encounter it here and there almost every day. So the construction is: auxiliary verb + subject + verb. ...
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And vs or for a plural noun

Situation: there are ten students in my room. Some of them have blue books. Some others have red ones. Now, I am telling my subordinate to instruct them all to study the notes in the corresponding ...
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It is not + noun + to infinitive

I do know an adjective (without a noun) in this construction can be followed by a to-infinitive, as in: It is not acceptable to kill a goat in that way. It is not good to kill him here. But, is it ...
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Is it OK to use “if” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Is it OK to use "if" at the end of a sentence? e.g. I saw a professor once saying: They can withdraw the paper you don't go to the conference if.
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What is the proper term for etching or digging of wall to hide conduit of cables

I am creating a scope of work and I can't seem to find the right term to say... (including context) Contractor should provide in wall conduit. If no in wall conduit is available, contractor should ...
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Omitting will in “if-will-sentence” [duplicate]

My daughter is learning if-sentences in school right now.They learned that the rule for type I sentences is "if-clause: Simple Present, main clause: will-future or (Modal + infinitive)" How does the ...
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Why can 'X as well as Y' be written as 'as well X as Y'?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D., U. Texas at Austin, Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses), 2013, p 193:         More on Dr. Johnson ...
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Which phrase sounds better( more natural and common for native speaker).“ Victim of art”

I have doubts about the phrase "Victim of art". Should I change it to "Art victim" or it can be used as it is but may be I miss articles? Or, please, suggest your own version with the same sense. ...
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Threat on/to/for

As I was writing a sentence, it struck me that I am not all that quite sure about the noun 'threat', and how a sentence using the words 'threat' and 'cause' can be constructed. For instance: "...
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Selective with/in/about [closed]

I need to find out which preposition is more suitable for the sentence below; "Could we not just be selective with/in/about our potential themes." Thanks!
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Overthinking “…expect there to be…”

This sentence struck me as odd when I casually said it in conversation: I expect there to be bears. ...meaning I wanted [sarcastically] bears in the cave we were planning on exploring. What ...
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Now we live in a well-ordered society

Context from a video: After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, God decreed the laws and commandments, which guided the Israelites' life on earth and taught people how to worship God. These laws ...
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What's the correct response to “would you care to…”?

I was asked, "would you care to grab coffee sometime?" and didn't know how to correctly respond to it. Obviously I could respond with a "yes, sounds great" or a "no, thanks", but what would a parallel ...
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a-verb-ing construct (e.g. a-hopping) [closed]

I sometimes here casual phrases in English like a hipping and a hopping (a hippin and a hoppin). How exactly does this fit into English grammar and what is the history of the construct?
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Have someone/ something do something (not the usual meaning)

Have someone do something usually means asking a subordinate or a qualified worker etc to do something. But I keep coming across this construction, only with what seems to be a different meaning. I'd ...
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Can you help me understand the construction of this sentence? [closed]

Can you help me identify the individual components of this sentence, please? Asking askers asking askers asking. I realise the second occurrence of asking is a verb, however, I am unclear on the ...
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Is the construction “as… also” grammatically correct?

I came across the following sentence: "Every element of visual data can be viewed as in 3D also in 2D" Is it correct to use here the construction "as...also..."?
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Preposition followed by pronoun and noun phrase

I am reading Scrivener's Plain Introduction to textual analysis, written in 1874, and was surprised by the following construction : It was presented to the University by Theodore Beza, for whom and ...
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When do you use “what'd you say” and when do you use “what d'you say”?

In informal writing you can say: "What'd you say" or "what d'you say?" When do you choose the former or the latter? Which one is more common?
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Why the construction “They it was who…” is grammatically correct?

I just came across the following sentence on Olaf Stapledon's Star Maker: They it was who controlled our whole adventure... I have the impression this a rather archaic, yet valid, construction. A ...