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How to analyse this sentence in terms of grammatical components? [closed]

She might be exposed to similar dangers. Which word is the main verb of the sentence? Is be or exposed? What is the grammatical component of 'to similar dangers' in the sentence? Is it an adverbial ...
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This use of "that" in British English

Probably informal if not exclusively colloquial. The pattern is as follows <adjective>, that Some that I've seen: Awful, that. Wonderful, that. Suspicious, that. I understand the meaning ...
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Which one is the correct usage of advice? [closed]

He gave me an advice He gave me a piece of advice If both are correct let me know the difference between them.
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Is this grammatically correct: It depends if my employers agree or not

I should say in advance that my question is at least half answered here but not fully. (As I understand the answer here, 'it depends on if' is not good grammar. My question is if the same clause can ...
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What are differences among these prepositions, ON, AT, and IN? [closed]

The different uses of these prepositions. I am still confused how to use it with verbs, adjectives and even adverbs. I hope someone can explain it to me. Example: "The ball is in the floor" ...
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Is there a way to improve my GMAT Verbal reassoning? [closed]

I have been preparing for the GMAT for about a year now. I have tried multiple courses and Multiple Private tutors, but the I am still to consistently score above 35 to even attempt the test. I am ...
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What are the roles of "such" and "that" in the following sentence? [migrated]

"For every number a not equal to 0, there exists a number b such that ab = 1." I am aware of a related post on the use of "such that", I am not sure how the explanations there fit ...
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"None of them... may not..."

I saw one sentence in a journal paper, which writes in the following manner: However, C. Duif presented in 2004 a review article [3] which argued that none of the external factors may not be the ...
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"Do I" in past narrative tense

Consider the following made-up passage where "do I" is used to indicate internal monologue. "And where were you on that night?", she asked. I hesitated. Did I lie, did I tell the ...
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Determining the main verb in perfect tense [closed]

The boy has decided to run away from the terrifying dog. Which is the main verb (run away - has - terrifying - decided)?
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Is a copy vs are copies

I am attaching one copy of three different documents to an email. Do I say "Attached is a copy of the last 3 documents" or "Attached are copies of the last 3 documents?"
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You (mustn't-needn't)get off the bus before it stops? [closed]

You need to advise someone in this letter , so I think you need to say :you mustn't get off the bus ,is it correct or not ?
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Adverb clause of comparison

What is the subordinate clause in this sentence? Which is the main clause? "The higher you ascend, the colder it becomes."
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How to properly use semicolon for a list of sentences in business writing?

I ran into a fraud company and now trying to file a dispute. But unfortunately, it didn't approve. So, right now I'm trying to fight it by starting with the refund policy. And hoping someone can help ...
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Are such sentence constructions acceptable?

The structure of the following sentence struck me as odd. So large was his mouth that he could fit his entire fist inside—an antic that drew hysterical laughter at drinking bouts during the bloody ...
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My onboarding experience "of"/"with"/"using" the Telegram app

I'm a user experience researcher and I need to write about my own onboarding experience using the Telegram application. I don't know which sentence sounds better. My onboarding experience with ...
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How to refine ambiguous tense reference?

Caught offguard, Gibbet retreated to the safety of the wall, fervently hoping that the darkness was sufficient to hide him from her gaze. Reading this sentence, it feels ambiguous (to me) whether it ...
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Why do we use "than" when we are saying an amount desired is greater or lesser such as in "more than" or "less than"? [closed]

Why do we use "than" when saying an amount is greater or lesser amount desired such as in the phrase "more than" or "less than" when there is no comparison? is it an ...
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The meaning of "pertinent activities" [closed]

I wrote this sentence: The most appropriate solution is that parents should try to ascertain the subjects that engage their children and seek for providers of the pertinent activities. Did I express ...
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Usage of "as to whether" [closed]

Can I ask you a question? People have varied perceptions as to whether parents should arrange the activities that children do in their free time. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Did the way ...
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What is the difference between "on-track" and "on track"

I'm trying my best since this is for a college application essay: What is the difference between "on-track" and "on track" and which one should I use? Here is the sentence I'm ...
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Is a report used to report, or does a report report? Active vs passive

PASSIVE VOICE - The Random Name Report (RANAR) is used to report the randomness and effectiveness of names. vs. ACTIVE VOICE - The Random Name Report (RANAR) reports the randomness and effectiveness ...
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What is the origin of situations in which you cannot expand a contraction?

Recently I noticed that there are some sentences which contain "can't" that sound wrong when you replace "can't" with "cannot." Here's one example. The sentence Why can'...
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English tenses past or present [duplicate]

He mentioned she liked flowers. He mentioned she likes flowers. Which is correct and why?
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'Has been launched' or 'was launched'? [closed]

Suppose Jaguar XE was launched in the US yesterday. Now, consider the given statements. Jaguar XE was launched in the US at a starting price of $39,900. Jaguar XE has been launched in the US at a ...
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Is the phrase "refreshing lives" grammatically correct?

Someone shared a mail, where among the contents, he said - its been 14 years of refreshing lives. We are arguing whether the word refreshing is being used in the right context.
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Do these sentence have adjective of verb 3 instead of passive simple present tense (buried, closed, defeated, published)?

Most of my family are buried near my home. The case is dismissed. I am defeated. Nothing left to look forward to and nothing left to hold on to. Your first question is published. What I have realized ...
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How to parse/interpret the unusual wording on a diploma?

My SO just earned a PhD and received their diploma, and we were both puzzled by the wording. I'm copying it line by line, including punctuation (but omitting the school/personal specifics in brackets)....
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Hello I'm bottling salad dressings and need some advice or suggestions on the wording etc. for the label [closed]

We always start & finish with the finest ingredients, we gave this dressing no other choice but to be delicious! Artisanal crafted in small batches over the years for an exclusive clientele, now ...
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How do you use "so much" in a sentence? [migrated]

I am a non native English speaker. As far as I know, "so much" means a lot of something. However, I heard a conversation that went like this: Person 1: "They can clean so much" ...
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Not everyone is made for this. Neither is every bike [closed]

context: I want to say that not everyone is made for mountain biking. And not every bike is made for the sport either. So don't just buy a random bike, get a proper one. can someone help please?
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Can you replace an em-dash with a comma?

If I were to say something like This is something that is revolutionary—that will redefine our society. Can you use a comma instead of an em dash? In all cases? What are the rules?
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Interesting use of "so much"

When I use the phrase "so much," I normally mean it as a quantifier of an uncountable noun. That sounds pretty obtuse, but let me give examples: Don't use so much sugar The patient is in so ...
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Can I say: Not so homeless a black cat? [migrated]

I know that grammatically correct is 'How sad a story!', but can I put an indefinite article before adjective 'black' e.g. 'Not so homeless a black cat'?
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"Less" or "fewer" for comparison of weight [duplicate]

In this this Youtube video the following question is posed at the 4:20 time mark: Which of these is correct? The baby weighed fewer than 2 pounds at birth. OR The baby weighed less than 2 pounds at ...
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didn't use to vs used not to [duplicate]

In all the coursebooks I've used there has not been a mention of the structure used not to in a sense that somebody did not do something for some time but started doing it. Consider the following ...
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how to make question with passive structure? [migrated]

what is the rule for making questions based on passive structure? for example: TV was invented by X. question: who was TV invented by? this question structure confuses me!
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Difference between Vibe and Vibes [closed]

is it Gangsta Vibe or Gangsta Vibes, what is more correct? And what is difference between Vibe and Vibes? Thanks
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Can two different pronouns (that, who) be used to refer to the same antecedent (a statue representing a person)?

"He is being crowned by a female figure that accompanies him and who represents Victory." The figure itself is, of course, not a human, but its representation is (or at least is ...
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To-Infinitive as noun phrase or nominal clause in transformational generative grammar [closed]

Ain't to-infinitives with subjects classified as noun phrase or nominal clauses in the transformational generative grammar without exception ?
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all the best of luck in..? [closed]

I was wondering whether it’s correct to say I wish the team all the best of luck in… etc Is this correct English? Thank you for the confirmation!
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She requires that he undergo/undergoes an exam [duplicate]

Is it undergo or undergoes? I have the vague impression that the former is more correct, but I'm not sure what this type of grammatical construction/tense is called.
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"nor" + pronoun + pronoun

I've never seen the following phrase structure before and I couldn't find any resources on Google: "nor" + pronoun + pronoun Context: ...and she just couldn't find me, nor I her. Source: ...
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How to unambiguously indicate inflections where letters are sometimes removed?

Consider a lexicon where you look up the words 'jump' and 'dance'. You would often see something like this: jump -s -ing, etc. dance -s -ing, etc. I reckon this notation (is there a name for it?) is ...
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Present perfect with the adverb yesterday

I have a question about using the adverb yesterday with the present perfect. While reading this book - "Grammar for English Language Teachers" (Martin Parrot), I came across this passage -&...
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How do you write "think'd", a contraction of "think would"? [closed]

How do I write the contraction of "think would" in say "What do you think'd go best?"? This may be an Australian English thing in that it sounds normal to me, but I can't ...
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The use of the word "of" between nouns and other prepositions [closed]

Can all composite nouns be converted using the word "of". For example: A B C D becomes D of C of B of A Supermarket credit card system = System of card of credit of supermarket. Credit card (...
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Based off of vs. Based off [duplicate]

Yes, I have seen the amazing thread here, which discusses mainly "based on" vs. "based off of", and it also (vaguely) touches on the fact that "based off" can actually be ...
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English Grammar book on 'Voice Change' and 'Narration Change' [migrated]

I want to know the name of some English Grammar books, in which : (1) The Voice Change (Active to Passive and vice-versa) (2) The Narration Change have been discussed in details with examples.

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