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Comparative Correlatives without the verb?

When using comparative correlatives in the context of something "being", can the verb be omitted? A classic example of this is "The more, the merrier.", where we refrain are are &...
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How to avoid poor flow in these sentences with "divorced his wife" and "divorced his ex-wife"?

Consider the sentence He had been living in the city ever since he divorced his ex-wife. and the alternative He had been living in the city ever since he divorced his wife. Both have imperfect ...
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With or without 'to'

Should it be 'the place we went last night' or 'the place we went to last night'? I feel like if I swap 'restaurant' in for 'place', I'd definitely include the preposition 'to'. But with 'place', you ...
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Is not a comma more than warranted in this kind of situation? [closed]

From The Two Towers: To his simple mind ordinary hunger, the desire to eat hobbits, had seemed the chief danger in Gollum. He realized now that it was not so: Gollum was feeling the terrible call of ...
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How to word "...but with whom we shared..."

I just told my life's story to someone I've known for only two days, but with whom we shared an instant, platonic connection. I know that we in this sentence "should" be I, that this ...
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'I'm in favour of ___' vs. 'I'm for ___'

Is 'I'm in favour of' considered more formal than 'I'm for', or are they interchangeable? I want to say something like, 'Sometimes people abandon their logic /in favour of/ false hope', but can't help ...
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Rephrasing "Audience-minded" or "Audience-attentive"

I am struggling to find the best flowing combination of the words "Audience-minded." I would preferably like to have it read "x-minded". Although, I am not opposed to a synonym that better flows. By ...
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What is precisely the problem when a non-native English writer lacks 'natural flow'?

Having read the writing of non-native English speakers on several occasions, it has always struck me how easily I can identify what is 'wrong' about a particular sentence without really determining ...
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Is stress-timed rhythm true?

It is said that English has stress-timed rhythm. Is it true? because it sounds that syllables with stress doesn't necessarily get a beat and make isochrony. If it is true, I would like to hear how you ...
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How can I make this sentence read better? [closed]

I'm writing a bio for my website. I have a section where I talk about why I am interested in computer programming. When I read it to myself, it sounds great (because I know where to put the pauses in ...
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Multiple kinds of non-plural items in a parallel list

OK, I was recently asked a question by a foreign friend on an English sentence that they created. Mixing and matching all kinds of vegetables, seafood, and meat, some of my newly added dishes are ...
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Is there a term for an offset quote that is only quoting the body of the text?

A trend in many magazine-style articles is to take a quote from the body of the article and place it in its own blockquote or other special formatting, then place it somewhere irrelevant in the flow ...
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Why does my sentence seem to require an adjective?

In the midst of a paragraph, one of my students write, 'They taught us a way of cleaning.' I felt it sounded exponentially better to say, 'They taught us a new method of cleaning,' or 'new way'. Why ...
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