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What's the correct structure of this sentence [duplicate]

I have a list of programs that are installed. What's the correct way to say this? "The number of programs installed" or "The number of installed programs"? What's the correct ...
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What type of sentence is this ? ("I'm the [Insert noun]") [closed]

What type of sentence would you describe something like ("I'm the birthday girl, or I'm the teacher teacher) When it is usually said when there is a group of people involved in the situation.
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Specific question construction (couldn’t find anything on Google) [migrated]

How do I ask why a person does not want a certain thing ? If why don’t you is more like a suggestion, and why you don’t wanna…, as far as I know, is grammatically incorrect, what’s the correct way to ...
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Role of 'that' in this sentence? [migrated]

I am recently reading an English book to improve my English skills. In the book I am now reading, there is a sentence, There is nothing Hypnos and Morepheus can do to soothe your aching body, to calm ...
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Does this sentence imply that the tenant would only need to deliver the property after the expiration of the tenancy agreement?

I found this sentence in a tenancy agreement: I guarantee that the Tenant shall deliver up vacant possession of the Property at the expiration or sooner determination of the said Tenancy Agreement or ...
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Connecting two sentences with only a comma - no connector [migrated]

In the sentence below, why is there a comma without a connector or transition? What rule allows separation of two sentences with a comma but without a connector? Is this phrase ("the fulfilment ...
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How would you use the verb " intention " with infinitive in this question? [closed]

Of the following possible usage case scenarios which option would you pick and why? ( I want to ask a person if his intention is to make me laugh ) Is your intention to make me laugh? Is making me ...
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Does "tuition classes" mean the same in US English US as it does in Indian English?

I am trying to write a sentence that says how others had the capability to pay for extra classes other than school to get better learning. My peers always had their parents who could pay for tuition ...
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I'm getting confused between two of these sentences [closed]

What’s about this support ticket? This was the question we used inside a product. But some users suggested the below version of the same sentence. What’s this support ticket about? Now I'm getting ...
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What is the correct preposition, they were all (on/at/of) the same view? [closed]

They were all (on/at/of) the same view. What is the correct preposition in this example? The meaning of this example is that they have the same opinion, so which is correct ?
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'This is not what you think' Is there any way to frame this sentence without using 'not' or any other words meaning the same

You would need to come up with sentences meaning the same as this without actually using not or similar words/synonyms and actually the sentence shouldn't be showing any negative vibes or emotion
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That-clause as a subject and an object

I wrongly wrote that I was gay. It was wrongly written by me that I was gay. That I was gay was wrongly written by me. All of these sentences mean that I should have written another but I wrote that ...
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Is it possible to start a sentence with "worse than"? [closed]

In English, is it possible a sentence like this? Worse than those who do something are those who do something else. I think this would be the standard sentence: Those who do something else are ...
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“…that the privations on the soul grow ever more stark and ruinous by the day.” - Can the word “privations” be used in this format?

Is it admissible to use to the phrase “privations on the soul” to describe the state in which the needs of the soul are not met and thus starved?
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What is the subject in this quoted sentence?

"But perhaps most importantly, UF simply should not be looking to Governor DeSantis to decide which speech activities it will permit its employees and students to engage in,” the ACLU’s Daniel ...
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How to interpret the sentence "Rahul Dravid appointed head coach of Indian cricket team"? [duplicate]

Above mentioned sentence is a News headline. If i had to write it, I write it as Rahul Dravid is appointed as head coach of Indian cricket team. Where it should be 'is appointed'. How do I ...
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Is just "Thank you, looking forward" without "to it" correct to use? [closed]

Is just "Thank you, looking forward" correct to use? Meaning the same as "Thank you, looking forward to it".
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Usage of "illiteracy" in certain sentences

How to use the "illiteracy" word in sentences when you want to mention your illiteracy related to some topics or areas? I'm a native Russian speaker, and when I write English text, I can ...
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Is "personal usage requires the user provision the device" correct? The bare infinitive v the to-infinitive

I've come across this sentence in a piece of technical documentation: Disabling personal usage requires the user provision the device as a fully managed device. In my opinion this sentence is ...
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Do you always need to break up clauses with commas?

I've been getting back into creative writing after years away from it and have been running into some grammar issues. This time, it's about clauses and commas. 'I like him because he's funny and he's ...
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Is "data, in its broader typological sense" correct to use in a sentence? [closed]

Through the following sentence : ...data, in its broader typological sense,... I want to mean data with its different types (text, image...) Is that correct to say? Otherwise what would be an ...
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Meaning of "hard to overstate"? [duplicate]

Does the last sentence (the consequences are hard to overstate) of the following paragraph mean it is difficult to overstate the consequences? If not, could you tell me the meaning of that sentence? ...
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Having doubt in understanding a couple of sentences from The Hindu newspaper

"Kerala, which hosts a vast stretch of the Western Ghats, is having to contend with these changes with almost no respite between severe spells. The recurrent bursts show that anomalies in ...
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Is it possible for "thus to" to replace "in order to"

I'm struggling to understand if the sentence below is correct: The first time they ventured in this bookshop, thus to find refuge and protection from the rain lashing on cobblestones outside, Paul ...
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Is using 'as if' okay as a sentence starter?

My teacher is having us write as if sentences and using as if at the start of the sentence. For example, she used "As if I had money, I went shopping". This makes no sense to me or several ...
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All my Xs and Ys with Plural X & Singular Y

I am trying to make sentences start with "All", like the following: All my pots and pans were broken, by accident. But, what if I had only one pan ? Sounds ODD : All my pots and pan were ...
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Can "why" ever be used as a subordinating conjunction?

I posted an image of a list of subordinating conjunctions for my students today, and one of them asked about "why" on the list. I couldn't think of any example where "why" would be ...
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"Damn am I hungry." vs "Damn I am hungry." What is the difference? [duplicate]

I know this is a stupid question, but I've heard a lot of people saying some sentence like that, like interrogative sentence, but they didn't mean to ask a question. Damn am I hungry, lets go get ...
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Is it correct to say "I have not done enough to say no"?

I am an international student and writing my Statement of Purpose. To give you some context, my client asked me a question that I didn't know the answers, but at the same time I felt like I did not ...
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Is a single adjective proper grammar? [duplicate]

Would something like Cold and soaked, she waits in the rain. Forgotten. be proper English? Specifically the "Forgotten." part I know sentences need to have a subject and a verb, but we ...
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Is the word trackable used correctly here?

I want to phrase a sentence to say that: one could find easily the initial source location of an object. Could we say that that object is easily trackable, in the sense of its original location?
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Sentence structure with an embedded question in a sentence

There are several instances where we embed questions in a sentence, but what is the conventional structure of those embedded question? For example, She asked if we still need a pen. She asked do we ...
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What's the meaning of the second part of this sentence? [closed]

Namespaced functions, unless declared "friend," have no access to the class' internals, whereas static methods have. What's the meaning of the second part of this sentence, which is seen at ...
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Meaning of "unthinkable fold"

The enemy seeing the unthinkable fold in front of them, fled What is the meaning of unthinkable fold? I tried to google it but to in vain. Source of this info is here: https://youtu.be/dK08CT_3LjU?t=...
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Can I use a comma after an apology?

I apologize, you can return the item to the store. Is the sentence structure correct or did I need to use a period instead?
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Meaning of "It is also a mile high up in the sky."

Given the example: Denver is the capital of Colorado. It is also a mile high up in the sky. It is called the “Mile High City.”
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Long explanation of the meaning of being preferred company [closed]

I am trying to grasp the essence and the meaning of being preferred is.
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Is it correct if I complete a sentence with "Before"?

I'm asking for the correct format of this sentence: My friend: "Can we go for a walk?" Me: "Sorry, but I have a python course and I need to complete it before". Is it correct to ...
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Why I hear in a lot of movies the sentence "We was" or "they was"

Sorry if someone already answered it, but as I could not find it, I decided to post the question. For a while I've been looking movies ( normally USA movies ) and I hear always these statements that ...
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"It is!" I squealed at the same time she cried, "It's not!" - Is this sentence correct? [closed]

Is this sentence apt? - "It is!" I squealed at the same time she cried, "It's not!"
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What does it mean if a subject clause if it can be replaced by an adverb?

I have this sentence But it would be foolish to judge Euripides chiefly as a playwright; his ruling interest is not dramatic technique but philosophical inquiry and political reform. I think this ...
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Kindly explain the meaning of this sentence from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

He had one, brief glimpse of the stone Pensieve on the desk where he had left it, and then an earsplitting noise made him cry out, thinking of curses and returning Death Eaters and the rebirth of ...
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What kind of sentence structure is this? "The true measure of our character is ..."

The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, and the incarcerated. I don't know what type of sentence this is. If any of you know please answer! Complex? ...
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Top down or bottom up for reducing a sentence to all its parts?

I'm still learning grammar. I'm trying to figure out the steps to break down a sentence. My process now is to look at the sentence as a whole first. Then I classify it as either simple, compound, ...
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Can participial phrases describe the actions of a subject other than the first one mentioned?

I'm still very confused about the correct placement of participial phrases when they describe the action of a noun that isn't the main subject. "I eventually saw the film that had everyone ...
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A question from the famous quote of AGT golden buzzer Nightbirde

I watched a very touching video on youtube recently and there was a very beautiful quote: "You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy" by Nightbirde. What ...
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Does, "... gas, electricity, and any other costs associated with the internet," mistakenly imply gas and electricity as a cost for internet?

In the utilities section of a rental agreement, a paragraph ends with the sentence, "Tenants shall be responsible for gas, electricity, and any other costs associated with the internet." In ...
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Use of neither in beginning of sentence [duplicate]

I have come across the following sentence in a paper, and I wonder if it is correct or even just passable English: Neither is Islam a constant movement over time." I would use "nor" ...
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What is the grammatical function of the infinitive 'to aid them' in the following sentence? 'He could do nothing to aid them.'

I am aware that infinitives can serve as the subject of a sentence (as in 'To underestimate her would be foolish'), as the object of a sentence ('He likes to play basketball'), and as the predicative ...
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Subordinate clauses headed by "With"

There are some subordinate clauses headed by with. For example: A company can adopt a standardized approach or an internal models approach, with the former generally leading to much higher capital ...

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