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preposition+being+past particle

Please explain me the meaning and usage of "being+past particle" when we use with "preposition" ? I don't know what kind of meanings it would conveys 1) She was afraid of being accused of a crime ...
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Can “who'd” be used as a relative pronoun?

I was doing this question: 17. Although pharmaceutical companies that begun to produce the drug learned that taxol could be extracted from the bark of all species of yewr, they soon focused their ...
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be rid of / get rid of

Finally, I got rid of Karen. / Finally, I was rid of Karen. rid of is a phrasal verb whose direct object is Karen got and was function as copular verbs rid of Karen together is a participle clause (...
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There exist or there exists

Which one is correct? Based on assumption C, there exists an object A and two other objects D and E. Based on assumption C, there exist an object A and two other objects D and E.
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This is me singing (vs myself)

(I'm pretty sure this is a duplicate question, and I apologize, but after reading the similar questions and answers, I'm still not exactly sure how to answer mine...) I wrote the following sentence: ...
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Is it informal to omit the word “that” when it's optional?

I know there have been many questions about omitting "that" or not, but none of them addressed formality. I am writing a thesis in Romania and my supervisor gave me some feedback in which, among other ...
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Is the sentence “What do you think is going on?” grammatically correct?

A lot of my ESL students have asked me if the following sentence is grammatically correct. They see it as an error because the word think is followed by is. "What do you think is going on?"
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Difference between 'lattice' and ''diagram'

I would like to know the difference between 'lattice' and 'diagram' in mathematics context.
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Word-choice when modifying preceding nouns, among past participle, “which”, and “as”

Please see the following phrases. (i) "the language used in" (ii) "the language which is used in" (iii) "the language as used in" (iv) "the language as it is used in" I understand that a past ...
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Can 'on one occasion' and 'at 5am' be called sentence connectors /conjunctive adverbs?

In the given examples: He never invited anyone. On one occasion, somebody came. Does "on one occasion" act as sentence connector here acting as conjunctive adverb? He has a tight schedule. At 5 ...
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Is 'More stricter' gramatically correct?

The news company I work for just read out a script saying, "More stricter measures have been imposed across Asia..' Surely it should just be, "Stricter measures have been imposed across Asia..' Am I ...
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Does the following structure have a name in grammar?

The structure in question is in the form of Don't + be + verb + ing + rest of the sentence I've heard sentences like this in movies, especially by African Americans, and it seems to be something ...
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Is the word “with” strictly necessary?

I just published a "read me" file with a piece of software I wrote. In the file, I describe an interaction between the user and the computer: Simply run: tpot http localhost:8080 and you ...
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Meaning of “as wild of… as possible”

Here is the sentence: "The goal of my position is to have as wild of bears as possible in this park" What does "wild of bears" mean? I know the form "as [adjective/adverb] as possible" like in "...
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“assign a category” or “assign to a category”?

I translate technical documentation to English and we often have phrases like "system A is assigned (to) safety class/seismic category B". According to the rules of English grammar, in the Passive ...
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Step up one's game VS. Step one's game up

Which is the grammatically correct expression? Is there really a difference?
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What do you call this sequence?

Sorry about the rather uninformative title. I'm curious about what you would call something like this: A University of Iowa student has died nearly three months after a fall in Rome in a suspected ...
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Which one would fit better in this context between present continuous and present perfect continuous?

It is from official standard English test. The question is like below. Fitness enthusiasts may feel that their workouts are no longer as effective as they were. When an individual ______________ for ...
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Are they both correct?

Keep in mind either of the statements occur the next day, that is the context must be considered to be in only past tense and FYI I know "to be" is for present and "to have been" is for past so kindly ...
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Is this a dependent clause?

One can establish their genetic ’distance’, which itself can be calibrated to give an indication of the length of time since these populations last interbreed. I thought this was an appositive clause ...
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What is a good way to describe someone falling and feeling the strong wind pushing them down?

I screamed. My whole body was falling down in complete darkness. I could feel the strong wind pushing me down. I had my eyes opened for a while but closed them, feeling no use in having them opened ...
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Why is “strategies to cutting” correct in this sentence?

I'm reading 'When Breath Becomes Air' by the late Paul Kalanithi, and I came across the sentence: "I could see that there were two strategies to cutting the time short..." My question is why "to ...
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How to understand “to” in “to die”?

I often come through the titles with "to die". And sometimes very confused about the meaning of this "to". Does that mean a future action? But definitely not in this context as the man already died ...
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Conjunctions with should

What are all of the subordinate conjunctions in the clauses of which 'should' can come? (If I should~/so that I should~/lest I should~) I think that 'should' used with subordinate conjunctions has ...
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Is it more correct to say “transcript list” or “transcripts list?”

When referring to a list of X, such as a list of transcripts, is it more correct to say "transcript list" or "transcripts list"? That is, when one referring to a list of something, should the name of ...
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to- infinitive as object complement

I permitted him to use my car./I forbade him to enter my building./I ordered him not to play the terrible song. Why does the grammar see these to-infinitives as object complements when the verbs can ...
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Nonpersonal they as antecedent pronoun

Wondering about nonpersonal they, as an antecedent pronoun postmodified by a PP or a relative clause. (Of course they as a subject pronoun and them as an object pronoun are often nonpersonal.) Is it a ...
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Is the phrase 'there is no one single form' correct?

Is it correct to write 'there is no one single form of ...'? Is this an example of tautology? Or, is this terminology used for a matter of emphasis? Is there a nuance between the word 'one' and '...
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“would have been” without if-part but with “in retrospect”

I struggle with the following sentence: In retrospect, it would have been an interesting experience. The it refers to something in the sentence before: I have never ascended Mount Everest ...
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subordinate clause

I'm looking for a grammatical explanation for this clause Men tend to talk about fewer subjects, the most popular being work, and sport. In other words, we could say "..., among which, work and ...
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State of Being verbs as gerunds preceded by possessive

I have been trying to untangle whether, in the following sentence, the apostrophe -s is necessary "He complains about his feet ('s) hurting." Apologies if the title isn't accurate or precise. I'm ...
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Is this sentence a cleft sentence or not?

People can agonize over the purchase of greeting cards. They will spend an enormous amount of time searching for just the right words to convey their thoughts. "It is usually an embellishment to the ...
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Would it be correct to say “thank you to everyone”?

Would it be correct to say "Thank you to everyone"? It seems like there would be two direct objects to the verb "thank".
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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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“To believe the ocean exists when you see a stream. it is the vision …”

Is this grammatically correct? Please correct the above quote. I want to complete the expression.
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Using “which” in this sentence

An immovable property may be subjected to a servitude by virtue of which the owner of such property is bound. I would like to know how “which” is being used in this sentence and what it refers to. ...
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What does “was gonna be” means?

So no one told your life was gonna be this way. Is it used to say something would happen in the next future?
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Using“ whose” in relative clauses

When do we use "whose " in a relative clause? People, things, or places? Thanks for advanced!
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Perfect Participle - “Having gained truth, keep truth”

"Having gained truth, grab the truth" This is an example of the Exercise in Grammar 51 in Wren and Martin, which actually asks for the noun being qualified by the partciple beside its type. Now, two ...
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Is 'to' a part of infinitive when using 'to + verb' and 'to' has the same meaning as 'in order to'

Please, take a look at the examples below. I started to cry. I opened my eyes to see them. ('to' = 'in order to') In the first example the 'to cry' part is sure an infinitive. It corresponds to ...
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Is this clause restrictive or non-restrictive?

I'm debating whether the noun phrase "John Locke's Two Treatises of Government" is restrictive or non-restrictive in this context: Benjamin Franklin was introduced to democratic ideals when he read ...
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Use of 'tug open'

I was wondering if you guys could help me out with the use of 'tug open' in the following sentence : Bob and Peter tugged open the door. Bob and Peter = subject Tugged = verb the door = object ...
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Grammar: It takes time to be proficient in a language once you start learning

Is it a correct way to say it? It takes time to be proficient in a language once you start learning. Or does it sound awkward? What about this: It takes time to be proficient in a language ...
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Evaluation of Inhabitants on/of/based on the Influence of Media?

I'm currently translating an abstract for personal purposes, but I'm not sure how I'd translate this part. I translated it as this: Self-Evaluation of Inhabitants on (the) Influence of Media (the ...
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What is the grammatical function of a list following a colon

My ten year old son asked the grammatical function of items in a list following a colon. Such as the sentence "There are three countries in North America: Canada, The United States, and Mexico." ...
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The naming of organisations

I have noticed that prepositions often vary from the names of some organisations to others. For example, "New Routes volunteer organisation" "The volunteer organisation of New Routes" Which one ...
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Speculations and deductions

I am very curious to know if: “ She probably should have had the cake" is grammatically correct.In other words Iam in doubt whether we can use adverbs of certainty, like probably, along with ...
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Position of “in accordance with” in negative sentence affect meaning of the sentence

I find that the position of “in accordance with + noun” in a negative sentence affects the meaning of the whole sentence. For example: Our company did not supply goods to country yy in accordance ...
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can “Every” be used as the Subject of a Sentence?

"Every can't be used as a subject since it is a determiner" is this sentence correct ? Here Every is being used as a subject but we know every is a determiner , how is it possible ?
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cleft sentences with base form of the verb and infinitives

Are we supposed to use the base form of the verb in a cleft sentence or an infinitive? or a gerund? or maybe it's a matter of personal choice? "What I really hate is _____ out." a. go b. to go ...

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