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What part of speech is the word “entire” in “over the little garden field entire”?

The sentence is: "After a while she got up from where she was and went over the little garden field entire." A quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I want to know if the ...
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Is “Does” or “Did” dropped when it occurs at the beginning of a sentence?

I watch a lot of American shows and I noticed that the actors tend to drop "does" or "did" from the dialogue when a sentence begins with it. For example: Does she have a name? ...
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as + adjective + as vs as + many + as Rules

I'm trying to sum up some rules for myself around "as + adjective + as" and "as many/few/little/much as". This is what I have summed up for myself. Is this correct? If using a plural noun with "as + ...
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Conjunctions, coordinators

I really know that for the levels of studying English language, we had always said that "for" is a coordinator. However, I would like to know what for serves in this sentence For God so loved the ...
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What's the term for contradictory sentences or phrases?

"Don't include too much technical detail if it doesn't add value. " In the sentence above, you could remove the last clause "if it doesn't add value", and the remaining statement &...
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“He hit my head.” or “He hit me in/on the head.”

Why do we need the preposition 'in' or 'on'? Can't we simply say "He hit my head."?
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Are these three 'stormy' sentences synonyms?

Are ”there’s a storm coming” and ”there’s a storm approaching” a synonym of ”there’s a storm brewing”? If they are, which one sounds more natural and you use frequently?
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Opt into vs opt in to

On the site 'Writing Explained' it is recommended to use "in to" instead of "into" when "in" is part of a verb phrase. As such, I would conclude that the phrase "opt in to" would be preferred over "...
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Function of Else

In the sentence, "Do you study anything else besides English?", what is the function of else? Is it an adjective? An adverb? And if it is an adverb, what does it modify? Thank you!
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Words/phrases like “kindred spirit” that refer to both the speaker and the subject of the sentence

The google definition of kindred spirit is "a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one's own." That means that if I were to say to someone "You are a kindred spirit", I am describing ...
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two and's when using “between”

I'm writing an introduction part for my research paper. I wrote a sentence that follows: "The main concern of this study is to find out whether there is a relationship between gender and success and ...
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In which context should I use reduced relative clauses?

As I should write essays and other kinds of writings in an academic style, I was wondering whether reduced relative clauses are formal or I had better opt for a non-reduced relative clause so that I ...
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Are “Get” or “Grasp” stative or dynamic verbs?

In Merriam–Webster, the definition of understand is as follows: to get the meaning of something / to grasp the meaning of something. Now my questions are regarding a sentence like: I don’t ...
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When do present participles shift from being “gerunds” or “verbal nouns” to become non-finite clauses?

Note: This is not a question about what is the difference between a gerund, verb and participle, interesting as that polemic may be. It is about non-finite clauses, which does bear upon these ...
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Does “The father regretted to tell his children something embarrassing” make sense?

I came across this question in a test: The father regretted _____ his children how he regretted _____ hard when he was young. A. to tell; not to study B. telling; not studying C. to tell; not ...
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use of the conjunction “nor”

"She didn't get married nor had children". Is the use of "nor" correct? I know we can use "nor" without "neither" but I'm doubting in this case.
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Past Perfect Tense Used Instead of Past Simple in 'The Kite Runner'

I'm currently reading 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, and notice that in some place in the book, i can't really comprehend the use of past perfect tense instead of simple past tense. Consider ...
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Proper ellipsis [linguistic] for “Yes/No” questions/answers containing “do + like”

Is it grammatically correct to say/write the following Q: Do you like to eat ice cream/apples...? A: No, I don't like [to eat apples]./ Yes, I like [to eat apples]. Is it necessary to include the ...
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When using conjunctions in a question to connect two sentences, should I add a comma before the conjunction?

When using conjunctions in a question to connect two sentences, should I add a comma before the conjunction? For example, Why did you leave me to be like this ,and disappear without a single trace? ...
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Is the distinction between noun and adjective inapplicable to English?

The distinction between noun and adjective is inapplicable to English grammar, and should be replaced by a distinction between objective and attributive words. — Encyclopaedia Britannica (1911) How ...
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Why use “Team” while voting?

While I'm surfing the online forum and social media about Godzilla VS Kong movie, I found lots of people said Team Godzilla & Team Kong to mean Support Godzilla & Support Kong. I want to know ...
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What does “one more step from the future” mean?

I'm not sure it's a correct English sentence. Can it be interpreted as "bringing something back from the future and advancing the present"? Maybe it would be better to use "one more ...
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Should I use subjunctive or indicative mood after “makes it possible that”?

I am editing a text in analytical philosophy, and I came across the following sentence: Such a mechanism for a term’s designation makes it possible that the idea designated by the term be distinct ...
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Is it “Not so well educated” or “Not as well educated”?

Note: I originally posited this on Writing, but someone told me to post it here because the question is grammatical in nature and not about the writing itself. I am writing a scholarship essay and one ...
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Town vs City, why they can be used interchangeably in novel?

I know that this is a simple question, but it does made me wonder. This is what I found after reading quite a lot of novels and often happened: Why does City of something was sometimes called town ...
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Gramatically understand “make more and more of an impression on..”

The case I want to understand is "Japanese musician YOSHIKI is making more and more of an impression on the British royal family". As I understand it, it says YOSHIKI is impressing the ...
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Prepositional verb and non-prepositional one of a same object

If a prepositional verb and a non-prepositional one have the same object, should I put first the non-prepositional one, or it's not necessary ? The sentence is "You should reflect on and examine ...
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Why is “Do you have anything in mind?” correct?

If "What's the time in your watch?" is grammatically inconsistent (as time is an abstract concept so it should be "by your watch"), why is "Do you have anything in mind?" ...
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Is it “multi-element” or “multi-elemental”? “Multi-attribute” or “multi-attributed”?

I've seen both being used, so I'm having a hard time telling which one is correct. Logic dictates that it's supposed to be "multi-elemental" and "multi-attributed," considering we ...
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“BE GOING TO” What verb tense is it? Why?

In wikipedia, it is stated that basic form of going-to construction is present tense, however it gives the impresssion to me like of a present continuous. Furthermore, whatever book I read it is ...
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Focus on + (verb+ing) or (to+verb)

Is this sentence grammatically correct? "In spite of the toughness, what I focus on is 'to carry' on and 'fight' until I win." Which one is correct : What I focus on is to carry on ... My ...
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Can I replace “to conquer” by “conquering” in this sentence?

The green, the result of men’s toil to conquer nature, is wheat fields blown by the breeze into green waves.
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Sequence of Moods (Subjunctive)

I asked a question a while ago ("If I asked, would she say it were/was time?" Past Vs. Subjunctive) about “sequence of moods” whose top answer read, Fowler says the past simple is used in ...
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“If I were born in 1920s, my name would have been Margaret”

Yesterday I heard someone saying "If I were born in 1920s, my name would have been Margaret" and I was confused why she didn't say 'If i had been born in 1920s', what's the difference here?
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Can we use the present continuous with a gerund, other than the specific examples listed?

Can we use the present continuous with a gerund in instances other than have been + present participle + gerund , am considering + gerund, and "am going to + gerund" ? I've taken the ...
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Semicolons with two-item list

I found a previous answer on here that said "Normally, a semicolon would be used in a construction with three or more list items, not just two." But I'm curious about this because a list of ...
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Can you please explain the use of “in what” in this sentence below?

I couldn’t figure out the grammatical role of “in what” in the sentence below. What does “in” refer to in this case? Can someone explain it please ? Burroughs killed Vollmer in what he first ...
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“Fools that they are”

I have a question about the interposition “fools that they are” in the following: “Fools that they are, they never knew thy guiltless pride, thy true spirit.” Using Google’s Ngram Viewer, I found ...
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Is this an Auxiliary verb or a Lexical one?

I am studying auxiliary verbs, and I saw that "to dare" is a modal auxiliary. However, this sentence is somehow confusing, "He does not dare to interrupt." My question is: Is "to dare" a modal ...
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when can i omit the subject in comparative sentences

I recently encountered two sentences - Cars made in Japan are better than those made in Korea. here, "those" cannot be omitted Prices of mangos in Thailand are much lower than (those) in England. ...
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Should direct speech be used in synopses?

When you're writing a synopsis for a book, a movie, or a show, is it acceptable to use direct speech? Does it look professional? Or is it better to use indirect speech when it can convey the meaning ...
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Why do I have to use “what” in this sentence? What role does “what” play here?

I know this sentence is correct: In the 1980's the rate of increase of the minority population of the United States was nearly twice what it was in the 1970's. So the part of the sentence I'm ...
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Why is this habitual sentence wrong?

Why is the following sentence wrong? Usually we grow vegetables in our garden but this year we don't? Since the simple present shows habitual behavior, can we show an exception to the habit also ...
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Lists. To colon or not to colon?

As a Spanish translator, I struggle with MANY Spanish sentences that include a preposition followed by a list of numbered (e.g.) activities. The lists can be long or short. An example would be: The ...
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When is it not possible to reduce relative clauses to participle phrases?

While "The woman who lived next door was a doctor" can be reduced to "The woman living next door was a doctor", the sentence "The woman who called me was a doctor" cannot be reduced to "The ...
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“Named” as a past participle adjective or relative clause

'I passed the exam.' The exam = 'The passed exam.' 'I named the boy.' The boy = 'The named boy.' 'I called the girl.' The girl = 'The called girl.' What = 'The boy named John.'? What = 'The girl ...
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She came in in a wheelchair

She came in in a wheelchair. Do I need a comma between the two repeated words?
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“add to” vs “add in” which one is correct?

I have a question about a preposition collocation. Between "Please add it to the cost" and "Please add it in the cost" which one is idiomatic?
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Why is this a complete sentence?

"Another organization, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, offers writers from around the world a three-month residency in which to share not only stories and poems but also ...
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Clarification for the usage of 'should' in this sentence

The phrase comes from a song named Black Oak by Slaughter Beach Dog. "Magnetic letters neat, and now arranged in such a way that they should spell his lover's name." I'm curious about the usage of ...

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