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Singular/plural nouns with units and 'how many'

Trying to work out whether to use 'is' or 'are' in the following sentences (aware they might differ): How many grams of flour is/are on the scale? How many centilitres of cough syrup are/is in the ...
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Measures: calculations vs measurements or calculations vs detections [closed]

QUESTION: In sampling, are measurements (see context) only ever down to just being detections? I understand that measures overall include things like calculations and measurements (detections as posed ...
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Why do these two situations allow a noun to be singular and plural? [duplicate]

Examples: "Two miles is too far to walk" vs "There are two miles" In the first situation, the noun is seen as singular, while the noun is seen as plural in the second situation. ...
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What do the adverbs modify?

They crashed the ship three years later. They crashed the ship three years ago. In these sentences, do “later” and “ago” modify “crashed”? Also does “three years” modify “ago” and “later” since it ...
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How to use adverbial phrases with season/year?

Time adverbial phrases seem very confusing. Google doesn’t show any past questions on this. I’d like to ask how I should write a sentence with a temporal phrase indicating season and year: [subject] [...
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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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What is the function of "Monday?"

What is the function of "Monday?" Is it a direct object of starts or an adverb? Mask mandate starts Monday.
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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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Diagramming phrases of form “two miles from [something]”

How would you diagram “After the taxi dropped me off two miles from my apartment, I walked home”? I’m mostly wondering about the phrase “two miles”—would it make more sense to think of it as modifying ...
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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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To open (by) a given distance

I am writing maintenance instructions together with a colleague. We are non-native and are quibbling about this sentence: Open the door by 10 cm. My colleague claims that the preposition by is not ...
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What type of phrase is "A few days ago, ..." or "Last Monday, ..."? [duplicate]

What do you call a phrase like "A few days ago, ..." or "Last Monday, ..."? For example, "A few days ago, I went shopping" or "Last Monday, I finished reading my book" I was thinking that it was 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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Could the "pseudo" adverbial phrases modify the real adverbial phrases?

1)A woman fell 50 feet down a cliff. 2)The project was finished 10 days ahead of the schedule. 3)Emma is 10 years older than Sophie. 4)I finished the project 10 days ago. 1)50 feet/10 days/10 ...
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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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