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Questions about the structure of grammar

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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 there anything wrong with this sentence, particularly with the gerund phrase? [on hold]

I couldn't find any similar sentences (with the same structure) in Google News or Google Books. Here's the sentence: "The novel, featuring its three leading characters in their thirties, was a real ...
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Using adverbs with determiners

I found this on Wikipedia: Possessive determiners may be modified with an adverb, as adjectives are, although not as freely or as commonly as is the case with adjectives. Such modification is ...
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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 is correct? What class are you or in what class are you? [closed]

Which is correct ? A: What class are you? B: In what class are you?
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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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not to welcome or not welcoming

I have this sentence: One of the reasons for not welcoming this change is ... I am not confident that the use of not welcoming is correct. some of the choices are: not welcoming not to welcome ...
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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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Kindred Families are or have

Which is the correct version? “If they knew they had kindred families” Or “If they knew they were kindred families”
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My feet made impact / My feet made an impact

I am currently writing an essay and Grammarly tells me to change my sentence from "My feet made impact on the ground" to "My feet made an impact on the ground". Should I trust Grammarly, or should I ...
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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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Update the workflow… to do vs to doing

I wanna say that in the task I’m working on, one of the step consists in updating a workflow. “I will update the workflow to skip the phase X” Or “I will update the workflow to skipping the phase X”...
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Is it possible to use “HOW + Clause” like those below

Could you please help me to fix and explain to me, which sentence is correct? 1."They protect themselves from their sympathy is enlisted" 2."They protect themselves from their sympathy to be ...
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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 ...
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Threat on/to/for

As I was writing a sentence, it struck me that I am not all that quite sure about the noun 'threat', and how a sentence using the words 'threat' and 'cause' can be constructed. For instance: "...
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How to say it properly?

How can you say to a child not to pour water on you when she is taking a bath? My sister use the term don't wet me and it sounds off
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Why is it “don't you dare”, but not “do not you dare” or “don't/doesn't he/she/him/her dare”? [duplicate]

Ok, so I'm supposed to prepare a short presentation about a grammatical oddity in the English language that doesn't seem correct, and yet it is. The topics range from explaining the plural of fish/...
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Meaning of sentence. “He is not vigilant like you”

He is not vigilant like you. Does it mean that you are vigilant. Or you are not vigilant like him. I am really confused by the sentence whether it's a compliment or complaint?
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“should always have been done”/“should have made”/ should have been always done” [closed]

So I'm doing a coffeemaker advert in English and it is not my native language. I think you have to know the idea behind this sentence so you can help me to get this grammatically and ideally right. ...
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X-bar tree for a sentence

Those talents, as they make a part of his fortune, so do they likewise of that of the society to which he belongs. (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations) The structure of the sentence above from Adam ...
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The grammar of “one another”

In sentences such as: They talked to one another Is the string one another a constituent, or are the two words part of a mandatorily gapped coordination of preposition phrases (or even verb phrases)?...
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John has three cups and (a) jug. Can the article be omitted in this case?

John has three cups and (a) jug. Jane gave them the notebook and (the) pen Can the article be omitted in these cases?
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English Subject-auxiliary inversion

In normal declarative English sentences, let's call them 'canonical' sentences, the verb comes after the subject. Bob is walking the Great Wall of China. Bob likes elephants. But in other types of ...
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How to make an interrogative sentence with “Should have”? [closed]

Should he have been accused? Or Should he had been accused? Which one is correct?
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What part of speech is “back” in “If you want it back”?

If you want it back ... I'm doing a school project and need to figure out parts of speech in my letter that I wrote, but, I dont know what "back" is, can anyone help?
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“Mathematics (…) greatly intrigue her.” Is it grammatically correct?

I was looking at the news and came across Alison Harcourt, who is an Australian grandmother still working as a tutor and mathematician from young (here). I decided to make an anagram related to it, ...
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Can I use “proud” in this phrase: “Proud company for nonprofits”?

This phrase is a title. I am not sure in the use of "proud" before a noun even though I saw in the dictionary that this structure exists. What do you think? How do you understand the phrase? Thanks in ...
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Is the phrase “our POTUS” grammatically correct?

I saw somebody use this on twitter, but I had to do a second take because to me it doesn't make sense. If you expand the acronym you get "our President of the United States". It seems redundant if an ...
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What is the structure of 'Shot dead'

"Boss shot dead his girl friend." Please elaborate the structure of the sentence. Can I replace "shot" with any other word, like stabbed, poisoned or beat?
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Where should 'often' be placed in a negative sentence?

They often don't know how to react to compliments. or They don't often know how to react to compliments. Which sentence is correct?
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Can a dependent clause refer to a word other than last word of independent clause?

For the sentence construction: "(independent clause), which (dependent clause)" could the dependent clause be referring to a word other than the last word (or phrase) of the independent clause? So ...
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Help me to explain this sentence's grammar

Global temperatures have already risen 0.9℃ and continental temperatures 1.5℃ degrees above pre-industrial levels" This is a sentence from an essay about ice melting and environment changing. It ...
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What is the meaning of the sentence [closed]

Taking in with a wave of his hand the rich, black earth spreading all the way to the horizon, he exclaimed: “My God, what couldn’t we do with such wonderful land.” Then he added as an afterthought: “...
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Hyphen needed in compound modifier with birthday cake/party?

For example would it be a fifth-birthday cake or fifth birthday cake?
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By which, to which, at which, to whom. are these Relative pronouns in Adjective cluase?

as per my experience, i know that, which,who,where,why,whom,there,that are the relative pronouns but i doubt on the words 'By which', 'to which', 'at which', 'to whomm. are these Relative pronouns in ...
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What is the difference between 'I am of the opinion' and 'I am off the opinion'?

I was in a chat conversation with a close friend and, in quickly swiping over my keyword, made a typo, which reads: I am off the opinion we should inform him. What I meant was: I am of the ...
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‘To be concentrated’ usage

Recently I have heard many people say that somebody needs ‘to be concentrated’ on something. Am I right in saying that this is being used incorrectly?
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Is expression “It does us no harm.” grammatically correct?

I would write it with "to": "It does to us no harm." or "It does no harm to us". Similar example from https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/do-to "I’ll never forgive him for ...
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Punctuating a list at the end of a dependent clause?

From what I've gathered, it's best to place a list at the end of a sentence. But I'm having a hard time fixing the following sentences without affecting the meaning. The sentences in question: But ...
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May I know which one is correct [closed]

May I know which one is correct, "Our family got a surprised time" or "Our family got a surprising time" or Our family got a surprise time"? Thank you so much.
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I stopped suddenly vs I suddenly stopped

Are these sentences both correct and what is the difference between them if both are grammatical ? I stopped suddenly. I suddenly stopped.
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Can I use “was” twice in this sentence. [closed]

If there was one thing that every commanding officer in the special operations community knew about, it was just how much red tape it took to mount a rescue mission of that magnitude.
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can <too> (meaning also) come before the end of sentence? [closed]

I want to say: This challenge too gets resolved soon. meaning this challenge also gets resolved. is it grammatically correct?
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My cat is dead vs my cat was dead [closed]

I wanted to tell someone that my cat"is dead or was dead"i got flustered between the present or the past
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Will vs going to [duplicate]

I want to say the feeling of missing to my friend but i'm confused to say,i will miss you or i'm going to miss you
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Adjectival order: “a style appropriate for” or “an appropriate style for”

I would like to understand the correct grammatical order in the sentence, In your essay, you must use grammatically correct sentences with accurate spelling and punctuation in a style appropriate ...