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When can you leave out the word "for" in a sentence?

When can you leave the word "for" out of a sentence? Examples: They have been married ten years. They have not had a holiday for ten years. I have searched for an answer to this question, ...
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What are the grammatical name and function of ‘five months later’?

What is the grammatical name and function of five months later as used in the following sentence? Five months later, Steve strained himself to mould some more blocks.
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Is this a dangling participle and can it be fixed elegantly?

Does the second sentence begin with dangling participle? Event X is here. Three years in the making, now it’s your chance to shine at our epic event. One definition of a dangling participle is "...
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"Doctors often work very long hours": intransitive verb followed by a noun?

I spotted something iffy in "work". Oxford Learner's Dictionaries has A1: [intransitive] noun Doctors often work very long hours. Oxford English Dictionary has b. intransitive. With ...
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On verb/subject agreement in an inverted sentence

I would like to know general grammatical rules on verb-subject agreement in inverted sentences like the following one: At stake is much more than just the fortunes of the president. Although much ...
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the accident happened a mile west of Bowes (Is 'west' an adverb?)

The Lexico Oxford Dictionary defines a use of 'west' as an adverb: To or towards the west. he faced west and watched the sunset the accident happened a mile west of Bowes I can easily understand the ...
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What are AWAY and APART modifying here?

I wanted to ask a question about the adverbs away and apart. The villages are miles apart. The exam is only two weeks away. It is three days apart. It is five kilometers away/apart. Away and apart ...
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Can "under" and "within" mean the same in a quantified context?

We use "under" for the measurement of time and weight, like this: The egg was boiled under 12 minutes. The bag was just under 10 kilos, so I was able to bring it on the plane. [from here] ...
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Similar adjectives to "worth"

This laptop is worth $140. Here worth does not need a following preposition. However, when I say, for example: I am curious about his motivation behind his decision. The word curious is an ...
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"5 weeks pregnant" or "5 week pregnancy?"

From my understanding both "5 weeks pregnant" and "5 week pregnancy" are grammatically correct but I don't know when to use one instead of the other and which one sounds more natural for native ...
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Is 20 dollars here a direct object or a predicate complement? 'This book cost me 20 dollars.'

In this sentence: This book cost me 20 dollars. Is 20 dollars a direct object or a predicative complement?
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Subject–verb agreement not clear in "Is two bars OK?"

Is the following correct? Can I get some chocolate for myself? Yes, you can but not much. Is two bars OK? Is there any rule to explain the sentence above? The dialogue's taken from Grammar ...
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What is “long” doing in “all (time-period) long”?

What part of speech is long playing the part of in the bold parts of the quotations below? For one thing, it shows at a glance how much money is on hand for any particular purpose all month long. ...
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Pluralization rule for "five-year-old children", "20 pound note", "10 mile run"

Why are year, pound and mile in the singular form in the phrases below? five-year-old children 20 pound note 10 mile run Is that because they're acting as adjectives, which are always invariable in ...
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