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Questions about the structure of grammar

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Is it correct or not? [on hold]

Thanks for always make my cheeks hurt from smiling or thanks for always making my cheeks hurt from smiling?
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He interrupted me or He did interrupt me?

//INVERSIONS// I had hardly uttered a word when he interrupted me. according to the lesson, this sentence turns into: Hardly had I uttered a word when he interrupted me. why can't we say Hardly had ...
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Implied independent clauses before “because” directly after questions

I have noticed because is often used, especially in speech, after sentences which are not related to the following subordinate clause in the way the word normally indicates. I thought because ...
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Can a sentence(independente clause) cotain both an indirect object and an objective complement? [on hold]

Due to the way objective complements appear, their verbs usually give a name or a property to the DO, so it wouldn't be possible for it to have IOs because it will be senseless to ask "to whom, to ...
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Sentence Structure Analysis [closed]

1. It's just like her to run away from her responsibilities! It = Subject 's = Verb just like her to run away from her responsibilities = Complement like her to run away from her responsibilities ...
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Is this sentence grammaritcally correct? [closed]

There are published procedures. Should I say "spreaded"?
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Tag questions: special cases with "I/you/we/they/he/she/it think(s) + clause,…?

I see some differences in the way we use "tag" when we change subject "Ex: I think he will come here, won't he? She thinks he will come here, doesn't she?" I wonder whether it is correct or not if I ...
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What's the grammatical item for “Some in tears” in this sentence?

The sentence is from a news report. They searched for the missing throughout the night under generator-powered flood lights as family members waited by the mounds of debris - some in tears. So What'...
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Is my use of “that that” in this sentence gramaticaly correct

Abbreviated version: "I thought that that wasn't a thing in the U.S.A. anymore at all!" Entire sentence: "My entire world was blown away when I heard that 800,000 kids in America (the U.S.A.) work ...
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It is not necessary that every headache has to be tumor [closed]

I think this not a right sentence. Can anyone help me to correct this?
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how to understand this sentence “unbelievably slow in appreciating their good fortune in ruling the country…”?

Here are two consecutive paragraphs from The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg: The extensive range of what I would call “almost synonyms” became one of the glories of the English language, ...
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Is my sentence correct? [closed]

He told me nothing. Is the above sentence syntactically correct?
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How “unless” and “until” affect the structure and meaning of a complex sentence

Here is an ex­cerpt from a book I’m read­ing: Un­less con­sumed in highly skilled rit­ual con­texts, as is prac­ticed in many tra­di­tional so­ci­eties, what drugs in fact do is re­duce our per­...
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Defining clause boundaries when 'also' is used

I'm getting really confused trying to identify how many clauses are in this sentence and was just wondering if anyone could please advise. It's the 'also' that is throwing me off as surely I cannot ...
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Was the “Construction Infinitive without Subject” ever productive?

The following quote is excerpted from an answer by Sven Yargs about the grammatical quirks of the verbal unit make do: Otto Jespersen […] identifies "make do" as falling into a category he calls "...
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Should I use did or the past tense of verb

Example : If someone asks " did you walk him home?" Should I say : EX1: Yes! I did walk him home. EX2: Yes! I walked him home. So what is the difference between them? and when to use them correctly....
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is it ok to say “from diagnosing to treatment to follow up”?

what i want to express is Blockquote from diagnosis to treatment to follow up Blockquote .i want to express it in a way that reader feels that its a continuous and long term process. ...
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As an English native speaker, why can't I properly explain the rules of English? Am I expected to know them by heart? [closed]

Okay, a little background information to start: I'm an English-speaker who has been born and raised in the southern United States and has picked up the western accent of my father. It is the only ...
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Is it right to say "I don't live here naturally?

Can someone confirm or correct my grammar? Someone was asking me where I live. But my current address isn't my permanent one. So I answered: "I don't live here naturally." Was that correct? Or ...
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Finites in a conditional sentence

In the sentence below. How many finites are there? 'Interviewers ask respondents if they have been the victim of a crime in the past 12 months; if they have, respondents provide information about ...
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“How to we categorize appropriation”

I cannot grasp the sentence structure of this: What incites my curiosity even further is how to we categorize appropriation in the case when Japanese people say that there is nothing offensive ...
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xx should xxx be in place

"The PM is seeking legally binding changes to the backstop - the plan to avoid the return of Irish border checks should no EU-UK trade deal be in place." I don't understand the grammatical structure.
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Is “What can I help with?” proper English? [duplicate]

"What can I help with?" Part of our team is claiming it is not proper english and another part is claiming its the correct way for us to say it. For context this is in reference to working on a ...
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Neither before a plural or singular noun?

Below is a short passage from Harvard Law Review, Volume 66: However, with lower courts free to exercise their discretion, there is danger that they may in the same litigation reach opposite ...
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Is “know not” grammatically correct? [closed]

I've just seen someone comment: We send our children to fight in a war we know not what we are fighting for. I am not English expert (it's not even my first language) but the structure just seems ...
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“… takes as input …” vs “… takes input as …”

Why did the author place "as" between the verb take and the preposition here? Give an efficient algorithm that takes as input a desired accuracy ϵ > 0 and returns a simple cycle C for which r(C)≥ r*...
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'In which' or 'where'?

Which case is correct? I'm writing like some kind of fanfiction, but I really want to know and get better in grammar. "He had been unable to sleep well the night before to the morning where he had ...
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Imperative sentence patterns …

Please let me ask you native or very well-trained Eglish speakers if there’s some patterns, rules, or formulas in regards of an imperative sentence’s structure. For example, I was reading this ...
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What is the grammatical name and function of this sentence

...which eventually develop into cacoons.. The full sentence is: According to researchers, the silkworm (which eventually develop into cacoons) from which raw silk is produced do well in warm ...
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Questions on usage of 'as' in the following sentence: “Maybe Andrew Jackson was as impetuous, maybe Richard M. Nixon as venal.”

While reading an article, I found a sentence of which I couldn't get the exact meaning, which was: It is difficult, at the moment, to fully assess the damage Trump is wreaking. We have never had a ...
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Omitting Which / That in a Sentence

The following sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. I'm wondering if it's correct and what it means: “Give me a couple of dates are good for you.” Shouldn't it be “Give me a ...
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Can a PP be analysed as a complex adjective?

In the sentence They are more familiar with this, the predicative complement more familiar with this is an AdjP, with the adjective head familiar. But what about a sentence such as They are more at ...
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Is this sentence correct? - “Every one of them could not solve it.”

Thank you for checking out my question. Even though I asked a similar question earlier, another confounding issue showed up here. Is this sentence grammatically correct or, at least, acceptable? ...
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Is “The cat paws in the water to get the fish” a grammatically correct sentence? [closed]

Is this sentence, "The cat paws in the water to get the fish" grammatically correct?
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Does the word “function” in this sentence make grammatical sense?

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I honestly just want to confirm something and I need people who understand English grammar better than myself to help me out here to see if this makes grammatical ...
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Comparing negatives (It is nice not to be rude.) vs. (It isn't nice to be rude.)

What is the difference in style and meaning between the following two in terms of the adjective "nice"? (It is nice not to be rude.) (It isn't nice to be rude.) besides, what is the difference in ...
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Double negative in this sentence?

I am wondering whether the following sentence contains a double negative: Contrary to popular belief, home values don’t depend on material alone but rather the efficiency of those materials in ...
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Here you are or here it is

In an interview I heard " Examiner: May I see your passport please ? Student: Yes, here you are. " Why wasn't the answer ', Yes, here it is. '? Is the full version of the answer " Yes, here you are ...
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Make sleep or get someone sleep [closed]

How can I rephrase "I made the child sleep" without the word ' make' ?
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''happiness is only real when shared'' or ''hapiness only real …'' [closed]

When we can avoid to put the verb to be? In this case are both correct or ''happiness' only real....'' because of the double ss at the end of the word we can avoid to write it down? because the sound ...
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Adjective and conjunction which has higher priority?

I have a question about priority. For example: "elder brother and sister" means: "elder (brother and sister)" or "(elder brother) and sister"? Another example: "old men and women" means: "old (...
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Is this question and reply valid

First speaker: You do not have to hit me to prove your point Reply: Yes I do Is this conversation valid? Valid in the sense that if a conversation like this should occur, there is no error? ...
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Which sentence is more grammatically correct?

The last payment was made on January 31, 2018. or The last payment made was on January 31, 2018.
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Why both “had” and “after” in “… after we had completed our work”?

We went to watch a movie after we had completed our work. Why the need for the word "had" when there is the word "after"?
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What is the relative pronoun “whose” acting as in the dependent clause

I'm trying to understand how to diagram the following sentence. "Teachers whose students are motivated happily work overtime" I believe "whose students are motived" is a dependent adjective clause, ...
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The process by which Middle English developed… or WAS developed?

From an answer on Quora: "...the phrasal verbs are usually Germanic, and Germanic words in English are more often colloquial, whereas Romance words are more often formal. The colloquial/formal ...
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“Paper is used for writing on ”or “paper is used for writing”,which one is grammatically correct?

"Paper is used for writing on "or "paper is used for writing",which one is grammatically correct ? Chopstics are used for eating . Chopstics are used for eaing with. This desk is used for putting ...
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Is the phrase “Those one track minds” grammatically correct? [closed]

There is an interesting grammatical construction in the song Shout by Tears For Fears. They really really ought to know Those one track minds That took you for a working boy Kiss ...
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Is the tense of the latter part of the sentence correct?

"He couldn't foresee devoting himself to anything other than that passionate desire, even if the fire eventually burns him down." Is 'burns him down' correct? The speaker is okay with the fire burning ...
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Regarding Sentence Formation?

I generally face problem in sentence structure . Which one is correct :- Mainly he does this . He mainly does this . He does mainly this . He does this mainly . All the above sentences seem to be ...