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A sentence is a set of words that is complete in itself, typically containing a subject and predicate.

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Do I use quotation marks when listing several companies in a sentence? [closed]

One should possess skills such as correctly spelling “Sysco Foods”, “Sysco Software” or “C-Sharp”. Do I use quotation marks when listing several companies in a sentence such as the above?
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English grammar "the something for something" [migrated]

I found on a bean can the phrase "the italian for healthy taste". I'm wondering if it's an English way to say or it's just a wrong sentence?
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What Verbs can Gerunds Follow?

Throughout my life, I have relied on intuition to ensure that my sentences are intelligible and grammatical. I like using gerunds because they can shorten sentences and avoid redundancy. Recently, ...
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"While + Past Simple" or "While + Past Continuous" [migrated]

Question : Last night, while they (sleep), a burglar broke into their house. Answer A : Last night, while they slept, a burglar broke into their house. Or Answer B : Last night, while they was ...
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"both X and Y coexist" vs. "X and Y coexist"

I want to say "X and Y coexist" in an article but my co-author repeatedly suggested wording it as "both X and Y coexist". We are not native speakers but her command of the language ...
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What does "folly and fool" mean in this sentence

I am reading the Wikipedia entry for Clown, as for some reason I thought they would be close to Religion historically, and found this sentence "It seems plausible that folly and fools, like ...
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"Lease" and "surrender" meaning. "They moved out and the lease was surrendered."

What does it mean: They moved out and the lease was surrendered. Does it mean that previous leasers gave back the landlord their lease document (their contract with landlord), or it means that as ...
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Does this sentence have a subject?

The following is a paragraph from an online article: I don’t know whether Closca will succeed in this: although its foldable bike helmet is available in some outlets in New York, including the Museum ...
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"Not just [he/him], but [she/her] is leaving this year"?

How do I correctly write sentences like these: "Not just [he/him], but [she/her] is leaving this year"? I'm unsure whether to use an object or subject pronoun. I've come to learn that in ...
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I need explanation for a meaning of "was on borrowed time"

I'm studying English and I know a lot of words and wanted to read a book for my first time in English but there is sentence in the beginning of it that I can't really understand the meaning: And now, ...
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Which is correct? Suggest me the best out of it [closed]

I wish no human will ever get trapped like this. I wish no human ever get trapped like this. I wish no human ever gets trapped like this.
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What does the "they" represent? [closed]

I'm doing TOEFL speaking and noticed that in many conversations, speakers use "they" to represent the school or other institutions. For example, in TPO12's speaking part, the university is ...
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"At this point" sentence format [duplicate]

this is my first question on the English Stack Exchange. I was thinking to myself when I thought of these sentences: At this point in time, he would have eaten dinner. At this point in time, he would ...
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Statement in question form [duplicate]

Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel, learn to smell and know that by practice alone will you become experts. In the above sentence, why is "will you become experts" a statement?
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How would you structure this sentence so that it expresses what I want to express [closed]

The sentence I first came up with was "We can't put people's lives at risk because of the benefit that we don't know when it will going to be realized" Even writing this sentence I felt ...
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What is the predicate part of the sentence in an "X is ___ed" pattern?

Basically, this derives from an NLP problem I am facing in software development. NLP stands for "Natural Language Processing", and it is ML dependent. Since it depends on ML, it is ...
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A word to describe that you ate too much so you don't like it anymore now [duplicate]

In our native language we have a word for saying that you can't eat something because you ate too much of it and now you don't like the taste of it (for some time). When and how we use it: No, I don'...
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How to say this more concisely with less redundancy? [closed]

I felt like I had a privileged access to something that most people had no access to. How to say the above more concisely? I feel like the sentence suffers from redundancy. Is it so? I am saying that ...
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Interrogatives and which vs. that [duplicate]

The same question is posted on Stack Exchange English Language Learners and I have not heard back from anyone yet. Is the following sentence grammatically correct? How would I know what things you ...
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Why there is a comma before “and” in a simple sentence of two clauses? [duplicate]

Loretta studied very hard for the test, and she felt confident that she would pass. This is a simple sentence connected with a coordinating conjunction. There should not be a comma because we add a ...
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Use of 'Get' in a particular type of sentences

I just want to know whether the sentences below are grammatically correct or not – His / that attitude gets me irked. Is the use of word 'get' acceptable in such cases? His / that attitude irks me. ...
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What's the grammatical term for a sentence that begins with a descriptive noun phrase, followed by a complete sentence?

For example: A powerful sword forged by a famous blacksmith, it has seen endless battles. A cheap yet versatile mini-tank, the Ice Golem provides a wide range of uses ... The sister of the Witch, ...
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Why use 'has' when the word before it is plural noun? [closed]

I have an English book, in which there is a sentence that confuses me. The sentence is In the past years, the business of clothes has grown well. I'm confused because why the author use the word '...
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Repeating definite/indefinite article for each noun in a list [duplicate]

Should we repeat them or not? For example: He brought the umbrella, the stick, the bag and the flower. He brought the umbrella, stick, bag and flower. She has a dog, a cat, a parrot and a tortoise. ...
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Meaning of go around in the sentence [closed]

I am trying to understand the meaning of go around in following sentence. After checking the dictionary, I found 2 possible meanings. spin a flight path taken by an aircraft after an aborted approach ...
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What sentence type is this sentence below

Yes, that might be all right. Is this considered a simple or complex sentence? "that might be all right" acts as the subordinate clause and "Yes" can't be an independent clause ...
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Should I separate multiple "ands" in a series with commas? [closed]

I enjoy eating apples and cherries and pears and bananas. OR I enjoy eating apples, and cherries, and pears, and bananas. I apologize if this question was listed somewhere else, but I can't find a ...
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What's the meaning of the sentence "you're a lot"? [closed]

I have a doubt regarding the meaning of this sentence "you're a lot" during a film. Initially I thought that was a compliment, like "you are beautiful", but it wouldn't make sense ...
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The word "new" may be an Adverb or an Adjective

I am trying to understand this sentence where the word 'new' can both be an adverb and also an adjective. Can someone please help me explain the ambiguous structure and the meaning conveyed in the ...
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Using "As" at beginning of a sentence

A company called Goodbrothers (for the sake of argument) wants to advertise its environmental credentials, using As Goodbrothers, we always pay attention to environmental concerns. In this context, ...
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Asking what the subject complement refers to

I encountered something similar to the following in a reading comprehension exam (not one that I did myself). Pepsi is a good example of a soft drink that has a lot of sugar and is therefore ...
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How to use commas around 'well'

In the sentence: "He needs it to, well, do it" as if spoken words, are the commas correct? I'm trying to break up the sentence as you would when speaking, but I'm not sure if I only need the ...
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Interpretation of sentence in introduction of “When we were very young” [closed]

I've been reading When We Were Very Young by A.A.Milne and stumbled upon this sentence in the Introduction, when the author raises the topic of who is “saying” the verses in the volume of poems: I ...
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What is the proper meaning of this sentence? Please explain this briefly [closed]

In a Batman(2022) movie, in public memorial for mayor,there is a announcement that "As a reminder, the family asked that those wishing to honor the mayor's memory... consider a donation to the ...
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"Something won't happen because something is good." It seems the 'something is good' would affect the first 'Something' negatively but doesn't

I am writing about minimal web design, and these are the first lines I wrote: Minimalism was one of the major web design trends throughout the 2010s. And it likely won't fade away in the 2020s because ...
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A question regarding how to write characters doing actions during sentences

I have a conundrum regarding how to write a sentence break. Specifically, a character is saying something, and, in the middle of their saying that thing, they carry out an action. What combination of ...
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What is a better way to ask "until which grade is this school available"

Looking for school admissions for my kid and somehow the sound of this question puts me off. (I want to know till which grade does the school currently runs (offer classes) like 8, 9, 10, 12?) I'm ...
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How would dialogue be punctuated and capitalised in the middle of a sentence?

I've seen multiple authors use multiple methods for how they punctuate complex dialogue, sort of mid-sentence quotations. Is there a standardised method or is it exceedingly situational? Below I've ...
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Is this a complex sentence with a dependent clause, or a simple sentence with an introductory clause?

so I came across this sentence: Before the invention of the printing press, books were very expensive. I know that “books were very expensive” is the independent clause, but what about “before the ...
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How to use "Some more so than others"?

Consider the following sentence: Americans all around the world felt a sense of pride, some more so than others. Is such a usage of the phrase correct?
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Is it redundant to say something "must be necessarily..."?

Is the combined use of must be and necessarily here redundant? Your appearance must be necessarily maintained. I want this statement to be sardonic, so simply "Your appearance must be ...
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Can I say "Since we met, I had been meaning to say that I like everything you do"? [closed]

Hypothetically, I said "I like everything you do" in the past. So now can I say "Since we met, I had been meaning to say that I like everything you do." ? Is it okay to use past ...
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"My" calling or "his" calling? [duplicate]

While writing a profile description for a website, I came across this sentence that got me questioning my English grammar proficiency. I am a multipotentialite who found his calling in content ...
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'Just like she does'..........is it used properly in this sentence? [duplicate]

She didn’t show the workings in the math exam, she just tried to guess the answers just like she does in the homework. I am not sure if 'just like she does' makes sense. If not what can I use ...
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Placement of the phrase "three years ago"

"This question was posed to a friend I respected greatly three years ago." In this sentence, what does the "three years ago" refer to? Does it mean the question was asked three ...
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Does the verb “have” make an emphasis in “What have you there in your pocket?”

“What have you there in your pocket?” I got confused when first saw this sentence. I thought “have” is a auxiliary verb but there is not other verb in the sentence. So it must be a verb meaning “own ...
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Rearrange the sentence in a specific order [closed]

Sentence: Developers from 10+ countries are using our service. I want to rearrange this sentence so that it starts with "10+ countries". But keep the meaning of the sentence the same. I ...
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Word order in the sentences with 'I wonder'

I do not know the correct terminology for phrases that contain the 'I wonder' bit. I do, however, realise that most of the time the word order in such sentences is supposed to be sort of 'reversed', e....
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I had a girlfriend. She (was/is) an american. Which one is correct and doesn't sound odd? [duplicate]

Which one doesn't sound odd and is correct? "I had a girlfriend. She was an american." Or "I had a girlfriend. She is an american."
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Comma concerning "in which" sentence

I would like to know how to set the comma(s) in this sentence? I visited a course in which we read the book "Heart of Darkness" approaching topics such as imperialism and eurocentrism.
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