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Which function word to use when using multiple verbs

Using the verbs in separate sentences: I upload images to the website. I download images from the website. (I'm referring to to and from as the function words). Which function word do I use when ...
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What is the function of “one of my favourite xxx”?

When people say "XXX is one of my favourite restaurants", what do they want to express? Why they don't just say "I like XXX"?
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Is there a difference between the usage of “this” or “that” when referring back to an idea in the previous sentence?

In the following two sentences, is there any difference in what "this" or "that" would indicate about the previous sentence? Would one of them be less accurate than the other? We may run out of ...
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indefinite article before I(0)

I'm writing my thesis and need to write: "[...] and a/an I0 of [...]" and am puzzled about which indefinite article to use. I(q) is a symbol for intensity as a function of the momentum transfer q ...
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Complaint Vs. Blame [closed]

A question on our English test asked for the function of the following sentence: “There is no hot water left, you shouldn’t have showered for too long!” The correct answer was blame, but couldn’t it ...
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Where does the apostrophe go when the noun is modified by “both”? [closed]

"As both of my grandfather’s alma mater," vs. "As both of my grandfathers' alma mater," -- which is correct?
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What is the function of “for more productivity” on this sentence?

rapid population increases drive the search for more productivity. What is the function of "for more productivity"? is it a complement or an adverbial? Thank you!
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The use of 'of' at the beginning of a sentence

Besides expressing the relationship between a part and a whole, recently I found another interesting use of preposition 'of': Mr Harper's call for a rise in interest rates should not surprise us. ...
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In the phrase “color spectrum”, what part of speech is color? What formal or functional evidence supports your identification?

The sentence in its entirety is: "The way people talk about the color spectrum, and even perceive it, varies from one speech community to another, although all humans eyes see the same colors because ...
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Term for a function that is deliberately excercising edge cases

This is a single word adjective that is in general use, but which has a specific use as a semi-technical term in mathematics. It's something like a "pessimistic" function, or a "lethal" function? It ...
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Prepositional Phrases, Meaning, and Function

I’m having difficultly explaining how the prepositional phrase functions in the sentences below. There are 3 similar sentences with the prepositional phrase “for each person”. I’ve listed my ...
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Are there any word types in English that don't fall into one of these 5 functional categories?

(And I suppose the logical follow-up question is - are there any functions words take that are not included in these 5 categories?) 1) deliver specific content/ meaning adjective adverb noun verb ...
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What is the term for something who is not part of any group

I have multiple elements. Some of the elements have been associated with some particular group while some other are still alone (they are not part of any group) Can you please suggest some term/word ...
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Part of speech in a sentence

In the sentence: " I let him take the pen ... are the mentioned functions correct? I = subject let = main verb him = indirect Object take = the second verb (bare infinitive) the pen = Direct ...
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If a verb projects, does that make it complex?

There is a lot of discussion about simple, compound and complex sentences. However, I find this difficult to apply to verbs that project e.g. mental verbs "think, believe, understand" etc and verbal ...
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Is it possible for a word in a sentence to have two grammatical functions at once?

I just saw this question, which is about the whoever/whomever choice in these sentences: I will kill whomever I despise. I will kill whoever despises me. It made me think; what is the object ...
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'It's just the way it is' - functional / notional descriptor

Given a set of expressions, when responding to questions about rules and regulations. 'It's just the way it is.' 'It's the rules.' 'It's just not allowed.' What would be a good ...
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the role of two nouns together

When two nouns come together like taxi driver, the role of the first noun is noun adjunct. Now the question is what is the second noun's role. I mean the role of driver in taxi driver. Thanks
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Is there a difference between an adverb and an adjectival complement?

Consider the example: I am happy to wait. In some publications, the function of the infinitive is called 'adverb'. In others, it is 'complement of adjective'. Is there a difference in the naming of ...
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Subject, Verb Object (and so forth) sentence analysis. In particular: What's the Verb here?

I need help! Could you please look at this sentence: When I obtained a credit card, I began spending money recklessly. I'm doing basic sentence patterns, and I don't know how to analyse this part:...
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Adverbial phrase

What is an adverbial phrase ? I recently learnt 'to boot' , meaning in addition, as well. And someone was saying it is an adverbial phrase. I think I know what is an adverb, but never learnt of ...
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The future tense (will / going to )? [closed]

Could anyone answer this then explain correctly? Choose : Be careful, you ..... your hand with that knife . will cut / are going to cut /are cutting
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Terms for “natural gender” and “grammatical gender”

This post is partly inspired by previous posts, such as this one, on non-existence of grammatical gender in English. My question is mainly about what "natural gender" and "grammatical gender" are to ...
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Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”

Having been bamboozled by various questions and answers on this site, I'd like to know what are the parts of speech (POS) and grammatical functions of the words and phrases in the following sentence: ...
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What is the difference between a part of speech and a syntactic function / grammatical relation?

What is the difference between a part-of-speech and a function? In other words: What is a part of speech. (e.g. noun) What is a grammatical function. (e.g. head, subject) [read "grammatical ...