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Pick up someone vs Pick someone up? [duplicate]

When referring to toddles/infants, we say: Example 1) Pick up the baby. But when my friend asks me a favor, they would say: Example 2) Can you pick John up from the bus stop? or... Example ...
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Why can 'X as well as Y' be written as 'as well X as Y'?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D., U. Texas at Austin, Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses), 2013, p 193:         ...
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Is the position of “everyone” in “time wears everyone down” correct?

I'm trying to write a quote that conveys that time wears down everyone (in that it spares none). In order to emphasise 'everyone' it seems it should come before 'down' (Ex. You let everyone down). ...
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Could this sentence be arranged in this way?

Hey. Formally speaking, the preposition is normally placed before its object: About what were you talking? Being "what" the indefinite object of that preposition, which could be replaced by any ...
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Grammaticality of “The victim was found by a passer-by with stab wounds”

I just heard a radio news report on a murder: "The victim was found by a passer-by with stab wounds". Surely this should read: "The victim, with stab wounds, was found by a passer-by"?
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Hemingway: “You nearly were killed”

Here is a sentence from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway "Five and you nearly were killed when I brought the fish in too green and he nearly tore the boat to pieces." I could not help ...
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Understanding relationships between clauses in complex sentences

I’m aware that complex sentences show specific relationships between clauses, but I'm a bit confused with some of these relationships. For example, what is the difference in meaning between the ...
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Comma splice or implied conjunction?

There was some confusion, Mother let me know. The sentence, on the one hand, has a comma splice, using a comma to connect two independent clauses. On the other hand, this is a case of an implied ...
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Is “come sunrise” right?

I found this sentence in the book Artemis Fowl 2: The Arctic Incident: Whether he escaped or not, the LAPD would be visiting evety dwarf in the city come sunrise. I guess it means "when sunrise ...
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adverb phrases modifying each other

Here comes a very stupid question. I always wondered what type of grammatical phenomenon allows adverb phrases to be placed right next to each other repeatedly. So something like this. I ate a bag ...
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Is “my clothes disintegrated, victims of the sea” correct? [closed]

I came across this sentence as I was reading a book: My clothes disintegrated, victims of the sea. I think saying: My clothes, victims of the sea, disintegrated. would be correct. Which one ...
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What is the usage of “in it fat” in this sentence?

I found this sentence: It has in it fat, which gives energy. I can't figure out the usage of the part "in it fat". Can anyone kindly explain it or maybe give some examples please?
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“He was playing when he fell” or “he fell when he was playing”?

Which one is correct? He fell down when he was playing in the field. He was playing in the field when he fell down. Why?